If you want to leave Nashville with a truly fabulous, fashionable keepsake, you owe it to yourself to stop inside Katy K Designs
(2407 12th Ave. S
, 615-297-4242), a boutique of offbeat, often campy, and always eye-catching Western wear, accoutrement, and knickknacks. Katy K is part of the hip 12th Avenue South district, near such gay-popular hangouts as Rumours Wine Bar
and Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles
. The shop carries women's and men's fashion, and it's a big favorite with the lesbian and gay community. Look for fine cowboy boots, both elegant and whimsical women's and men's shirts and jackets, cowboy hats, clever belt buckles, Johnny Cash and James Brown (plus "All The Cute Boys Are Gay") T-shirts, and plenty of other fun items. Katy K is one of those Nashville must-sees, as is the surrounding neighborhood.