Jackie Gutierrez-Jones

Writing and marketing have always been in my blood — I was figuring out ways to promote my budding lemonade stand and friendship bracelet company way back in 4th grade. Since those heady days, I've dabbled in PR, community relations, and graphic design before rediscovering my first love: writing.

I've spent the last 11 years working as a copywriter and lifestyle journalist covering the latest in food, drink, and travel for both local and national publications, including Lonely Planet, Observer, Time Out, Eater, The Infatuation, UrbanDaddy, and Nashville Lifestyles. As a copywriter, I've penned copy and led editorial teams for Whole Foods Market, Frost Science Museum, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Flaviar, Sendwave, and Dialpad.

Currently, I head up editorial as the senior content manager for Trainual, a SaaS company helping small-to-medium businesses organize their processes and training.

The Best Bars, Live Music Venues, & Broadway Honky-Tonks In Nashville - Nashville

When most people think of Nashville, they picture Broadway—downtown’s main street where raucous honky-tonks, peddle taverns, and tractor trailers reign supreme. Over 16 million people visit Nashville every year, and a lot of them come for the combo of big-city party energy and small-town Southern charm. But to reduce Nashville to its “NashVegas” alter ego (and the bachelor/bachelorette party capital of the US) would do the city a grave disservice.

Digitizing Latinx and BIPOC brands to form an e-commerce community

As a first-generation, Dominican-American who was born and raised in Brooklyn, Jennifer Gomez understood the importance of Latinx-owned small businesses from an early age. “My mother worked six to seven days a week sometimes,” says Gomez. “And so there would be a bodega owner that, once I left school at 3 p.m., I’d have to check in with him. In my neighborhood, small businesses were like pit stops on my way back home.”

Crowdfunding platform gives donors visibility into climate crisis solutions

“In my talks, I sometimes say, it’s like we’re funding the musicians on the Titanic,” chuckles Karl Burkart, deputy director of One Earth. “A lot of people don’t know how to be philanthropists in climate. And that’s one of the things we’re really trying to help with, because we need to dramatically scale the amount of funding for climate philanthropy.” This is the mission behind One Earth, a philanthropic organization working to push collective action to limit global average temperature rise to

Check Out this New Saké Bar in East Nashville

Before ordering a bottle of sake with your next dragon roll, check the label — is it “Proper?” If so, congratulations. You’ve just sipped sake that’s been completely brewed and produced in Tennessee. And for that, you can thank Byron Stithem, founder and brewmaster at Proper Saké. He’s been churning out some of the South’s best sake from a location in Music City’s Pie Town neighborhood — one of about 24 sake breweries in the entire United States.

How Clarice Phelps became the first Black woman to help discover a new element

At an age when most kids watched cartoons, young Clarice Phelps preferred “Beakman’s World”—a children’s series starring a zany scientist who answers viewers’ STEM-related questions. The show inspired her life ambitions and maybe some dubious home experiments. “I loved trying to tinker with the VCR and mixing up random liquids in the kitchen. Dangerous, I know—it was a different time,” adds Phelps.

Experience the best of Florida’s northeastern coastline with these 5 beaches in St Augustine

One word that seems to be synonymous with Florida: beaches. And with good reason – the Sunshine State has no shortage of shorelines that tempt the imagination, and no two are exactly alike. With long stretches of sand, warm water temperatures, and perpetually sunny weather, visiting the state is a no-brainer for individuals and families looking for a few days of shelling, swimming, and sand castle construction.

Do I need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic?

With its crystalline waters, sugary white sand and year-round balmy temperatures, it’s easy to see why the Dominican Republic lures visitors from all over the world. Add a dash of captivating mountain scenery and a pinch of laid-back Caribbean culture, and you’ve got the makings of a top-tier tropical getaway. Booking your flight is the easy part. Before you reach the sand, you’ll have to navigate some red tape to get into the country. Not everyone needs a visa, but they're easy to obtain if yo

3 Holiday Road Trip Destinations Just a Drive Away

Instead of waiting around for your holiday bonus/ jelly-of-the-month subscription to come through, ask yourself: what would Clark Griswold do? He’d take a road trip, of course. Whether it’s riding the Polar Express to meet the man in red, sipping sumptuous teas with all the holiday trimmings, or ice skating at night under the glow of brightly colored lights, Nashville is less than a day’s drive from a list of destinations that put the “wonder” in winter wonderland.

Make-Your-Own Winter Cocktails At Home

Summer lends itself to simpler, uncomplicated sips—light beers, sparkling seltzers, icy glasses of vodka or rum with a splash of juice. It’s just too hot to get exceptionally fussy with what’s inside your glass. But winter? That’s when cocktails really hit their stride. Maybe it’s because most of us are cooped up inside trying to avoid the cold. But one thing’s certain: the resulting inspiration (boredom?) makes for some pretty creative concoctions behind the bar.

As I Am - April Bowers Creative

“As I Am” is a celebration of the authentic human experience. It’s a visual ode to our skin, our curves, our scars, our abilities — because they tell a story. Your story. And your story is worth telling. For decades, advertising and society have forced us to tell only one version of this story. The impossibly flawless ideal. Someone whose authenticity has been wiped away by filters, airbrushing, and photo editing. Throughout time, that ideal has changed — from the voluptuous siren of the 50s to the gamine waif of the 90s — but the pressure to reach the unattainable has remained the same.

Tomacco is Now Open in Germantown

The humble taco is nationally beloved, running neck-and-neck with that perennial American classic, the burger. But tacos can claim something the burger has yet to achieve: it’s one of the few dishes honored with a regular guest spot on your weekday calendar (#TacoTuesday, anyone?). In fact, it’s become a cultural touchstone of sorts, with different areas in the U.S. putting their local spin on the Mexican staple, reflecting the tastes, bounty, and people of that particular region. Unsurprising

Robotics program opens doors for first-generation college students

“Hold on, let me show you something,” says Dr. Maria Elena Cruz. A small sphere encased in clear plastic comes into view, revealing whirring gears, sensors and a glowing LED matrix inside. “This was the inspiration behind our summer program.” Earlier this year, Dr. Cruz stumbled upon Nucleus Robotics’ Sphero BOLT Coding Robot. The robotic ball can be programmed using codes developed through drawings...

5 New Whiskeys to Sip This Fall

Fall and whiskey go together like tailgates and barbecue. That slight nip in the air begs for a rich, belly-warming tipple, and Tennessee offers no shortage of whiskeys to hunker down with. And sure, you could go with your tried-and-true favorites, but in the spirit of the season, a little bit of change just might do you—and your home bar—some good. With that, we’ve rounded up a list of five new whiskeys to hit the Nashville market this year.
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