Where is 3st Held and Who is the Non-Profit?

Every month, we look for unique spaces to host 3st. We like to bring you into a spot you might not normally go (like Riverwood Mansion) or a space you simply can't go (like the top of Renaissance Hotel during construction). But who are the people behind these amazing spaces? And, who are the non-profit leaders they choose?

We connected with Christian Paro of Studio 615 and Gary Gaston of Nashville Civic Design Center and talked Nashville, the coolest part of their jobs, and their favorite booze.

Tell me what makes your group so damn awesome?

Gary Gaston, NCDC

Gary Gaston, NCDC

Gary Gaston: NCDC is dedicated to envisioning the city. For 15 years we have served as a laboratory for new design ideas for Nashville. We even work with other cities across the country. But, I am most excited about our recent efforts to help implement amazing public space interventions. The city is a better, more livable place because of our work.

Christian Paro, Studio 615

Christian Paro: Studio 615 is one of the finest production facilities in the country.  The way it's designed with an all LED cyc room, sexy green rooms, thumping PA system, flex office space and great vehicular access for loading and unloading… Studio 615 can seamlessly transition from high-end photo and video productions to large scale events.



Christian, other than 3st of the Month (ahem), what are some other notable events or moments that have occurred at your space?

CP: We've hosted many different clients over the course of our first year, but most notable would be the opening night of Nashville Fashion Week, Carrie Underwood's Revlon photo shoot, Cage the Elephant, NEXT awards finalist reveal, and Creative Mornings.

Gary, what are some of your favorite buildings in Nashville?

Imperial House AKA "The Flying Nun"

GG: I have always been a fan of mid-century modernism. I lived at the Imperial House on West End (also known as the Flying Nun Building) when I first moved to Nashville – sorry to see that gem go. The bank building at 4th and Union is a current favorite – excited to see it is being renovated into a boutique hotel.

Ok, let’s get to the important stuff. What is your Favorite bar or watering hole in Nashville?

Family Wash on Main St in East Nashville

GG: I moved back to Germantown two years ago after living seven years in East Nashville, so I divide my time mostly between those two neighborhoods. Silo has become my neighborhood bar of choice. The drinks, staff and food are all amazing.

CP: Currently, my favorite spot is The Family Wash. We worked together on the buildout of the new space on Main Street and I've come to really enjoy the menu, food and drinks alike.  Plus, the owners and staff are just incredible people that deliver solid service every time.




What is your go-to drink?  

Classic Negroni

Spring Fling Cocktail

CP: Negroni. Equal parts gin, campari and sweet vermouth with a dash of bitters and orange peel.

GG: For hosting a cocktail party in the spring or summer I serve Spring Flings. In a large pitcher combine 1 ½ cup sugar, 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, slices of lemon, 1 cucumber thinly sliced, 1 cup fresh mint, 2 cups vodka (to taste). Let this sit for 30 minutes and stir to dissolve sugar, and add soda water and ice – garnish with lemon, mint and cucumber. Fresh, crisp and fun!

Thanks to these guys for taking the time to talk with us. Meet them, learn more about what they do, and share a drink on July 3rd. 

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Have we said it enough? We missed you guys! Opening up the doors at The Bell Tower and seeing so many familiar faces brought back all of the memories… well, maybe more like vague familiarities of past boozy nights over tables of cocktails and clever themes, but let’s call them memories.

We took some time off and made some changes. Most notably, Jesse Goldstein, the founding partner of 3st and man behind Food Sheriff Consumable Branding, made the tough decision to step aside and pass the event on to FoxFuel Creative. Jesse now runs marketing for Fresh Brands and, consequently, has his hands full, but his spirit is still alive and well with 3st. He was hands on during the transition and thrilled to see the event relaunch with the same familiar flavor of the past.

And what an event it was! With our non-profit sponsor, Play Rec Sports, we brought quite a mix of new spirits and stalwarts of the the local Nashville booze scene. All in all, 350 of you “sampled” 19 different spirits, wine, and beer.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the food and kickass venue! Infinity Hospitality never disappoints. They delivered a beautiful display of fruit and cheese in the amazing Bell Tower space. How about those ceilings? We were thrilled to have a breeze in the patio area and show off some of the versatility of the space.

The booze is back indeed and there was a TON of it! Local bartenders stirred, shook and strained themselves into a frenzy with some of the most creative (and tasty) cocktails we've ever had. We know you loved it because you cut loose on that gif photo booth from Generation Domination. And yes, we have the images.

Halloween Haunts in Nashville

Halloween is one of those rare holidays that does not require any family time. Even better, it joins the ranks of days like St. Patrick's Day with all sorts of boozy revelry. Oh, and the costumes. 

So, where can you go in Nashville this Friday night to catch the most current up-to-the-minute "Sexy Ebola Nurse" and perhaps an recycled Miley Cyrus from last year?

We have our three favorite picks for you. 

The Sutler

This killer new space is having what they call a "Sell Your Soul" party (if you've been there, you've likely seen the bad-ass boot installations, which we guess is the root of the name). They'll have live music and a costume contest where the winner will get 2 airline tickets to anywhere Southwest flies. Get your tickets here.

Acme Feed & Seed

This killer spot on lower broad is the best new reason for locals to go downtown. This Halloween, they're turning all four levels of the historic venue into one hell of a party! Each level has a different theme, with everything from live music to drink specials and a monster mash dance party on the rooftop. Get your tickets here.


Nightmare on M Street

Back for another year, this Gulch-focused event happens inside the Rosewall - which if you were lucky enough to hit up our September 3st event, you know how cool this space is. They're getting spooky with a costume contest and DJ KDSML. Having attended this one before, we know the costumes will be on point. Click here to buy tickets.