Bellevue is a suburb southwest of the city of Nashville, TN. Because Nashville is as big as it is, everything is separated into little corners of the county. Bellevue is on the border for Davidson County with Pegram, Franklin, and Fairview all close by. If you grew up in Bellevue, you can probably relate to these things...
Trolled the Mall on Friday Nights
Once you reached a certain age, your mom or dad would drop you off to meet a friend at the Bellevue Mall. There wasn’t anything to do but browse the stores, but you still felt grown up being alone and with your own credit card. You are also mildly freaked out at what they've done to it by now.
Natchez Trace Parkway
You probably have at least one social media share of a picture you took atop the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. And if you were really cool, you had someone reenact the scene from Titanic with you. Some of you even learned to drive up here.
Red Caboose Park
Red Caboose was the spot. A big stage and an even bigger playground. You would have so much fun playing “Telephone” with your friends throughout the wood or finding the best hiding spot for hide-and-seek.
The Bellevue Picnic
If you grew up in Bellevue, you definitely spent that one Saturday in May at the Bellevue Picnic, rain or shine (though let’s be real, it was almost always rain). Your mom would give you some money to spend on food and then meet up with you when it came time for the fireworks. And if you were really cool she would buy you a glow stick.
Everybody knew about the Loveless and swore it was the best country kitchen in Nashville. And every one of your friends would wear her Got Biscuits? shirt to school the day after having breakfast with her parents. Some people even remember the old Loveless when Carol Faye made the good biscuits (or in my case, grew up in the kitchens because it was my family-owned).
Baseball or Soccer
Ten bucks says you or your siblings grew up playing baseball at Babe Ruth park back by the Harpeth or soccer at HYSA by the interstate. And if you weren’t the one playing, you were hanging out with all your friends around concessions.
Two Movie Theatres
Remember when there was a Regal and a Carmike theater? And everybody would get sad when the good movies were playing at the Carmike because the Regal was much fancier (and more expensive).
Papa John’s or Domino’s or Pizza Hut? Nah, we have Pizza Perfect and it tops all of the above. And if not for the pizza, then definitely for the small arcade in the back room.
May Flood 2010
You probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when the first drops of rain fell. If you were lucky enough to live far enough away from the Harpeth, you were probably playing in the flood waters. If not, your childhood home is probably nonexistent. That flood sure brought us all together as a community, though.
Brewhouse or Alley Pub
If you manage to live in Bellevue past the growing up phase, you know there’s very few decent bars in the area. So if you need a quick drink with friends or even a close-to-home weekend party, you will probably find yourself at one of these two bars (and every other 21+ will be there, too).