June 15

Shop!talk brings together retail planners, visual merchandisers and designers from retail and consumer brand organizations and retail design firms, and anyone who wants to stay in front of the ever-changing consumer and retail trends. Shop! supplier and producer members may attend as sponsors. For information on sponsorship, contact Susan Kimelman at details 954-241-4812.

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Free to Attend

Location: Marathon Village Nashville


Take an intimate tour of Nashville’s revitalization of cherished spaces, as the city seeks to reclaim and refresh their historic architecture.

2:30 PM: Retail Tour shuttle picks up at Marathon Village
3:00-5:30 PM: Historic Renovations Tour (stops listed below)
5:30-6:00 PM: Registration/Check-in Opens
6:00-9:00 PM: Marathon Village Nashville: Cocktails, Presentation, and tours of Marathon Village Retail
7:00-7:30 PM: Speaker, Barry Walker, Marathon Village Developer. Topic: The New Industrial Chic.
7:30-8:00 PM: Speaker, Jon Petty, Sr. Project Manager, Southeast Venture, LLC. Topic: What’s Next? The Nashville Retail Scene
Traditional Southern bites prepared by Chef’s Market
Performance by singer, Trent Mayo
Bourbon Tasting by Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Wine tasting by Grinder’s Switch Winery

Highlights of the tour:

Marathon Village: Barry Walker, Marathon Village Developer,

The New Industrial Chic

The shuttered 130,000 square foot industrial complex – languishing in weeds and neglect — was home to the now defunct Marathon Motor Works when urban visionary Barry Walker recognized its potential and bought it in 1986.  Since then, Walker has overseen development of Marathon Village into a four-block conclave of artists’ and photographers’ studios, offices, a radio station and a thriving retail environment.

Built between 1881 and 1912, the different buildings each involve their own distinct architecture, creating lovingly restored spaces that are truly unique. Best described as a “Southern Soho”, Marathon Village houses some of Nashville’s most eclectic, one-of-a-kind retailers. True to his word, Barry Walker has kept his promise of keeping rents low to attract entrepreneurial businesses and the creative design community.

What’s Next? The Nashville Retail Scene

Jon Petty ( is a senior project manager for Southeast Venture, LLC, a fully integrated real estate services company with multiple disciplines including Brokerage, Development, Architecture and Interior Design. Jon consults to a number of well-known restaurant chains and retailers, such as Subway, UPS Store, Zaxbyʼs, Firehouse Subs, Cameron Express Carwash, Waterstone Guitars, Eurobronze Tanning Studio, Popeyeʼs Chicken, Jets Pizza, Sweet CeCeʼs, SportClips, and others.

Live Music

Trent Mayo is a Country Music singer/songwriter from Stone Mountain, GA. His low voice eagerly tackles the likes of Johnny Cash, Josh Turner, and Chris Young while being a throwback to Classic Country. Trent’s sets include Country hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s as well as current party songs while taking requests from the crowd.

Travel Info:

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