Three Guaranteed Takeaways From Attending the Hunting Retailer Show in Nashville

From networking with peers and industry associates to enjoying the sights and sounds of Broadway, the Hunting Retailer Show in Nashville offers numerous guaranteed takeaways.

Three Guaranteed Takeaways From Attending the Hunting Retailer Show in Nashville

The Gaylord Resort & Convention Center atrium is one of the facility's most stunning vistas and a great place for networking.

Something's always happening in Nashville, the heart of Tennessee and home to the state capitol, country music, an evolving food scene and much more.

That means the 2020 Hunting Retailer Show will fit right in with the cool vibe going on in Nashville. The Hunting Retailer Show is exclusively open to brick and mortar and e-commerce retailers of hunting-related products and gear. This includes owners, managers, and employees who offer product lines within the hunting, firearms, archery and apparel retail market.

The show is March 9-10 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, where reservations can be made so you'll be right there in the heart of the action. The resort sprawls across nine acres that include lush indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, a full-service spa, steak, Mexican, Italian and Japanese restaurants and more.

Here are three guaranteed takeaways if you attend the show:

Socializing with Industry Peers

Business networking is important for any businessperson. Whether you want to get the word out about a startup, existing business, products or are looking to expand your social sphere, networking is one of the best ways to do it. Hanging out, asking about family, talking business, seeking advice and making new friends can help anyone in the industry.

The Hunting Retailer Show offers networking morning coffee roundtables with Rick and Julie Krueter, hosts of Beyond the Hunt. Roundtables will take place from 7-8 a.m. each morning of the show for additional networking opportunities. The purpose is to allow retailers to talk through daily obstacles they run into as well as successes they’ve experienced. Retailer Roundtables will be hosted in small groups by the editors of Grand View Outdoors publications. The industry appreciation party on March 9 after the show day wraps up offers complimentary brews, entertainment and more great networking opportunities.

Talk to Manufacturers

One plus about the Hunting Retailer Show is it's open to the industry. So you'll be able to learn about and get information from other exhibitors offering a wide range of products or services.

Need to find out about night-vision or thermal optics? You can, from American Technologies Network. Perhaps you want to add some new boots in your shop. Check out the ones from Kenetrek Boots. Maybe you've had customers ask about archery products and you're considering adding those? Talk with the representatives from Victory Archery and Spot Hogg Archery Products.

The list of exhibitors continues to grow, with more expected by show dates.

Visit Broadway Street Downtown

Lower Broadway has more restaurant options, but the closer you get to Bridgestone Arena you'll find some true Nashville icons worth visiting: The Ryman, Toosie's Orchid Lounge, Robert's Western World and Ernest Tubb's Record Shop.

Few truths about Nashville can be stated without including those four must-visit places. Another truth is that Broadway, and Nashville, has matured greatly in the last 40 years. Growth has expanded the city's boundaries, of course, but downtown's dynamic is changing with more dining and entertainment opportunities.

The Ryman is the Mother Church of Country Music, where the Grand Ol' Opry originally broadcasted for decades. It originally was a church, one of many in downtown Nashville. Concerts of a wide range still are held there. Opry performers years ago popped out the back door into Tootsie's for a warmup libation.

If you're into country music or vinyl albums, Ernest Tubb's Record Shop is a must-visit site and home of the Midnight Jamboree. For apparel, hats, boots and music, pop across Broadway to Robert's Western World.

Food options? You'll find tons of them on and around Broadway, from solid chili and beers at Rippy's Bar and Grill to Mexican fare at Pancho and Lefty's Cantina. For steaks and finer fare, head to Demo's, Morton's or The Palm. Homestyle with flair? Head to Puckett's Grocery a couple of blocks off Broadway.

Away from Broadway, but not too far, consider these great dining possibilities:

—  Husk Nashville, Chef Sean Brock's iconic Southern farm-to-table fare. Relaxing settings with ample selection of seasonal, fresh offerings along with a top-flight beverage list.

Monell's in the Germantown district, for incredible Grandmother Food including fried chicken, catfish, greens, cornbread, peas, beans and the works. Big portions in pass-around service.

Hattie B's, home of the original and real "hot chicken." You may have heard about this elsewhere or even tried it, but it wasn't the real Hattie B's. 


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