A Raisin in the Sun
Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Live onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's (TPAC) Johnson Theater, March
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming “Follow The Yellow Brick Road” while treading the cobblestone walkway up to Melody Malloy and Gary Bowie’s late-19th century home. The forward-thinking couple met at Malloy’s former 12 South men’s boutique Bloke. Bowie, who owns window and door manufacturer representative G. Bowie and Associates, was a customer. The two have remained an integral part of downtown’s residential renaissance ever since; they convert loft apartments into vacation rentals for those seeking a homier alternative to the conventional hotel. Their Printer’s Alley purchase was designed by family friend, David Wisnievitz, a retired film producer who goes by “The Wiz” and whose 35-year career includes gems like Training Day and Selena. Inside you glimpse the couple’s affinity for the fantastical and theatrical—a costume closets, spotlights, and conversation-sparking pieces. Mighty Mouse and a battery-operated Land Before Time-like triceratops are two of the junk shop-recovered finds that eloquently convey Malloy’s affinity for the oddball.
When they stumbled upon this three-story hideaway, located steps away from the honky tonks of Lower Broad, the former Belle Meade residents were immediately drawn to the neighborhood’s mover-and-shaker mentality and speed-dialed Wisnievitz to revamp the new residence. “I hadn’t even thought about living downtown until I saw this building and I told my husband I have to have this, I have to live here. I’m a big energy person and I’m just drawn to this building,” says Malloy.
Nashville Glass: interior glass work: mirrors, shower doors; nashvilleglass.net
Tony Pearson of Classic Cabinets: custom cabinetry; classiccabinetsusa.com
Arturo O’ Connor of Nashville Natural Stone and Tile: stone countertops; naturalstoneandtilenash.blogspot.com
Macon Kimbrough: Venetian plaster and special painting throughout; maconkimbrough.com
Mike Betts of All American Hardwood: flooring; aahinet.com
David Wisnievitz: interior, sound, lighting
Brenan Sharp: original artwork; artbybrenan.com
Kathy Anderson, Lindsay Hunter with Anderson Design Studio: interior; andersondesignstudio.com
Traditions in Tile: tile and stonework; traditionsintile.com