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What’s the big news this month? East-Centric Pavilion has left the building, and in its place Jack Davis of JD Events and Festivals has opened The Pavilion East. We’re thrilled to see this fantastic event space under Davis’ management. His impressive résumé includes such successful events as the Nashville Pride Festival, as well as our own Tomato Art Fest.
     Another major happening is the expansion of Five Points Pizza. Powell Design is building a take-out area and walk-up window in the space directly west of the current location, which was formerly home to a hair salon. New late-night hours will accommodate the bar crowd with pizza by the slice, and they plan to be open seven days a week. Architect Steve Powell says it will be finished “well before Tomato Art Fest” this August.
     Powell Design is also working on the build-out of Spark of Life, a new restaurant opening soon at 1100 Fatherland. Owned by Pam Daley, it will feature gluten-free and vegan food, organic wine and gluten-free beer. Hours TBA.
     Next door to Spark of Life, Powell Design is also working on Lynne Lorraine’s Juice Bar. Owner Chad Curry hopes to be open by the end of March or early April. The menu includes fruit and vegetable juices, both fresh and grab and go. They will have free Wi-Fi and indoor cafe seating, with outdoor seating available during the warmer months. The name comes from Chad’s mother’s and grandmother’s middle names. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8-2 Saturday, closed Sunday.
     The Post at 17th and Fatherland is coming along and now plans to be open April 1. It’s a coffee/juice/smoothie place with plenty of seating. A cool hang for that corner of the neighborhood. Progress can be seen also at Five Points Cocina Mexicana, 972 Main St. They should be opening soon.
     Two Ten Jack, Climb Nashville and Cumberland Transit are now open in Phase II of the Walden development, just to the south of Ugly Mugs. Two Ten Jack puts ramen noodles in an entirely different light, and they also feature a terrific and very eclectic specialty drink menu.
     The lot at 949 Main St. is to become a four-story development featuring 38 condos and a 5,000-square-foot retail space.
     Bella Nashville is heading to 1010 Fatherland St., next to Far East Nashville. They have a wood-fired pizza restaurant located at the Nashville Farmers Market, and plans are to put their bread bakery and retail store in East Nashville.
     The Yellow House Salon & Barbershop East is coming to 1104 Forrest Ave. It’s the second location for owners Kris and Liz Whipple, who also have a shop in Midtown. This location will have six stylists and two barbers.
     Hoping to do their part to keep the ’hood healthy, East Nashville Family Medicine is open at 801 Woodland, next to Nashville Sweets.