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  • Writer's pictureJanet Kurtz

FACES OF 2ND AVE - Betsy Williams

Faces of 2nd Ave - Betsy Williams: A Georgia native, Betsy moved to Nashville to manage her brother's investment properties including the Rhea building at 166 2nd Avenue North as well as the ever-tempting Savannah Candy Kitchen. Just walking by that shop, with mouth-watering aromas of pralines and other temptations, is enough to draw in even the most disciplined dieter. After the June 3 riots, Betsy was one of the first to walk 2nd Ave to assess the damage and offer help to friends who had damage to their businesses. In her 15 years in Nashville, Betsy has used the skills she honed as the Director of the Chamber and as the Director of the Development Authority for her hometown in Georgia to make Nashville at better place to live, work, and play.

Betsy’s 1,000-watt smile and “never met a stranger” attitude has been a fixture in the 2nd Ave neighborhood. She has worked tirelessly to improve the district by volunteering her time to improving downtown Nashville. Most recently, her dream of lighting 2nd Ave to make a more warm and welcoming atmosphere on the street was realized when crews from the Downtown Partnership and Public Works installed lights on the Chinese Elms that line the street. Betsy’s home and business were both located in the Rhea building on 2nd Avenue and have suffered severe damage. But true to her nature, Betsy brought her amazing drive and from Day 1 has been working to restore and preserve not just her building, but the entire neighborhood.

When asked what she loves most about 2nd Avenue, she said "I love the feeling of community that we have in the neighborhood. We have a big, small town in an historic setting. Everyone knows everyone." Betsy is well-known for her genuine hospitality and outstanding cooking.

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