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Surrounding Areas
Creative Community

A Creative Community of Retail Shops and Businesses in Nashville, Tennessee

Marathon Village is a neighborhood born out of the buildings that once housed the Marathon Motor Works from 1910-1914. The company started in Jackson, Tennessee in 1907. It was the first factory to totally manufacture automobiles in the southern United States and the only one to do so until General Motors made the Saturn in 1990.
These early gas-powered vehicles are extremely rare. Housed within what was the original showroom at 1305 Clinton Street are four complete Marathons and one additional body. In addition to the showroom, the lobby at 1305 Clinton Street, which was built in 1912 as the new Administration building, has displays and pictures related to the engineer William Collier and the history of the Marathon Motor Works company. The hallways of the factory complex, amidst retail shops and private businesses of all types, is a living industrial museum full of vintage machines from the pre-1914 era. They were powered by line shafts that ran the length of the factory and are the exact types used to build these early automobiles. They have been purchased from individuals all over the United States, shipped here and meticulously restored by Marathon Village employees.
Displayed on the walls are a series of photographs and articles that provide insight into the company and its storied history.
Beginning with the purchase of his first building here in 1986, owner Barry Walker has supported a thriving creative community and made a center for commercial, performing, and visual arts. He designed a plan to preserve the historical and architectural significance of each space while building:
  • Affordable creative studios
  • Work studios
  • Commercial artist spaces
  • Areas designed for the performing arts
  • Spaces for banquets, wedding receptions, parties ...

Marathon Village Today

Serving as a model for adaptive re-purposing of historic structures, Marathon Village has become a diverse destination where artists, performers, designers, music business professionals, and inventors co-exist. More recently, we have added a first-floor retail experience like no other that includes flagship stores from the History Channels’ American Pickers to legendary whiskey makers, Jack Daniels. There are a variety of eclectic, smaller boutique shops that include Brown Dog Market, Carousel Ink, D.Luxe Home, Island Cowgirl, Izzyru, Lorraine Francis, Screened Threads, Vincent Peach, and West & Company. Also on the roster to visit are:
  • Garage Coffee
  • Bang Candy
  • Safe House Tattoo
  • Pure Salon
  • Corsair Artisan Brewery and Taproom
  • Grinder’s Switch Winery
  • Third Coast Comedy Theater
  • Orleans Avenue Restaurant
  • Hair Mama Jones
  • 360 Skin Studio
  • TransPlant Outdoor Living
Affordable commercial spaces and studios! Located in Nashville's coolest urban neighborhood!
Office Studios Available
Call 615-327-1010
Check back from time to time for available studios.
Marathon Village
Management Office
1305 Clinton St., Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-327-1010
Fax: 615-327-1019
Business Hours
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Closed
Appointments Available
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