NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For Meg and Brett MacFadyen the countdown to retirement approaches. The couple opened Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville in 2000. They plan to permanently close the business located at 1106 Woodland Street by the end of May.
"I don't know. We have some other ideas of things we need to be doing so we're going to try them. I'm really sad, I'm really excited, I'm kind of scared of it all but I'm kind of looking forward to the adventure that's coming next 'cause we do have a lot of good ideas that we want to try," Meg said.
The art majors first called the space Garage Mahal as pieces started to be collected.
Over time, they said they have formed true friendships with customers from all over the world.
"I literally have known some children since they were in their moms bellies and now they're in college so I have this long history with people and they're of course, they're our customers but they're also really our friends. It has been probably one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, it truly has," Meg said.
"We've met many many people from all over the world, we've had people who produced art work from all around the country and beyond," Brett said.
The MacFadyens will be selling their properties, including the neighboring Idea Hatchery business, to Christian Paro of Paro South, LLC DBA C615. The longtime commercial property owner, manager and developer in East Nashville will continue the small business initiatives the MacFadyens started with the Idea Hatchery by continuing to offer small retail spaces at a reasonable price.
The owners plan to have a sale every weekend in May. According to their Facebook the discounts will get larger ranging from 30 percent off to 50 percent the second to last weekend in May.