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Located on the lower level of The Mall at Green Hills is Goozy, a grab-and-go style eatery locally-owned by Christie and Melissa Hauck of Christie Cookie fame. At Goozy, which also had a brief stint on Hillsboro Circle, the Haucks’ passions come full circle: gelato, cookies and savory treats.

You can find a rotating cast of flavored gelato, a dessert they studied in Italy before launching the company’s sister brand, Bravo Gelato, 15 years ago. Also served are batches of Christie Cookies made with the original recipe, soups, sandwiches, spuds and other lunch options.

And just as the Haucks’ history in Nashville dates back decades, so does the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. Goozy, a word coined by one of their children, is something you might say to describe something gooey and delicious, two words that come to might when you’re pulling apart a melty grilled cheese or diving into a cup of gelato.

Marketing interview: Chelsea Bell

This location is going on four years inside the mall. What do you like about being in Green Hills?

We operate with about eight people all year and see a lot of the same customer faces come back because they remember us. Because we’re local, we like to use locally-sourced ingredients when we can for items like The Nashville (made with pimiento cheese, bacon and pickled jalapeños on sourdough). Christie always wanted to have a restaurant other than just ice cream and cookies, so Goozy has let his dreams become a reality. It's nice having an owner who has run a business in Nashville for more than 30 years and knows what people love.

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One of the first things you see at Goozy is the gelato selection. Can you tell me about some of the flavors and how often they rotate?

Our gelato is really popular, so we try to rotate flavors constantly to give our customers more to try. We recently had a green tea hemp gelato, and we also pair them with several different types of bourbons and other alcoholic flavors. Jack and honey is one of our staple flavors, and we just made one we with Fireball whiskey. We also wholesale to places around Nashville like Amerigo's.

You mentioned the cookies sold at Goozy are made with Christie Cookies’ original recipe. Is this the only place you can find the original?

Yes, the storefronts are different than ours because we bake the original recipe. The cookies are made with sugar and butter and turn out a little crunchier here. We sell cookies by the dozen, but we don’t sell cookie tins or ship orders. That’s something we’re asked about all the time.

See photos of the space below:

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Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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