Unofficial ‘Mayor of Hillsboro Village’ fears more Nashville mom and pop businesses will close

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Each Nashville neighborhood is different, but they all have one thing in common – they’re growing at rapid rates with businesses and residents.

Some say the result of growth is a loss of “hometown” feel.

Bob Bernstein is known to many as is the unofficial “Mayor of Hillsboro Village” and Fido Café is his headquarters.

A look back at Second Avenue the “birthplace” of Nashville

Fido is the first business he opened in 1996, after taking over the old Jones Pet Store turning it into a coffee shop and restaurant.

His title, just like the city, has changed.

“I used to be able to feel like the Mayor of Hillsboro Village,” Bernstein said. “I would walk up and down the street and could wave to everybody. Now, the owners of the businesses aren’t here. There’s a few of us still left, but most of these people – some of the owners I’m guessing – have never stepped foot in…

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