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In my two years of living in Nashville, I’ve seen my fair share of music at a variety of venues and had my fair share of drinks at an assortment of bars. But never have I been to an all-in-one restaurant, bar, and music venue—until I went to The Stone Fox. Located off of 51st and Indiana Avenue, this newly-hatched joint is starting to make some serious noise. The first time I meet Elise and William Tyler, Elise is sitting in a booth with a co-worker talking business, interspersed with the occasional trickle of laughter, while William chats behind the bar with a friend. I take a quick scan of the place. Gleams of gold streamers adorning the stage’s back wall catch my eye, reminding me of eighties proms and pictures of toothy teens in gymnasiums-turned-dance halls. After the introductions, I settle down on the couch with the duo. Elise is in a plush chair across from me, and William sits to my left. They begin telling me about the origins of their new establishment. The siblings’ idea has been a long time coming. It was four years ago when she and her brother de-

cided to open their new venue. At the time, she was operating Halcyon Bike Shop as an original owner, after working for several years as a manager at the Belcourt Theatre. Though the business has firmly planted its roots in 12South, it was not an easy beginning. In 2008, Halcyon received the last business loan from the Nashville branch of Bank of America, before the fateful market crash two months later. “I watched them launch Halcyon and saw how crazy and stressful it was to initiate a small business. But I also saw the freedom and privilege that comes with working for yourself," William says. "There's something incredibly liberating about that," he adds, smiling at his sister. Seeing that sense of freedom spurred William to approach her with the idea of opening a bar and music venue. "It's been years in the making, but I never hesitated working with him," Elise finishes. “William and I have always been really close friends,” she glows proudly. “We never fought as kids, and we’ve always had a pretty harmonious relationship. When he was in high school, I ran his band’s fan club. So we’re long-time collaborators.”

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Profile for Native

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...