You take the good, you take the bad — lots of shifting to talk about in the East Nashville business world this week.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Bar Luca closing
Still-young East Nashville cocktails/wine spot Bar Luca announced Wednesday that its doors would be closing this week, after a little more than a year at 1100 B Stratton Avenue.
“We appreciate and love all that have supported us this past year,” an Instagram post said, inviting fans to stop in on Friday, March 3 for their final day.
The neighborhood hang opened in late November of 2015, helmed by a large group of locals, including co-owner Abi Hewitt, beverage director/wine expert Robin Riddell Jones (whose monthly wine delivery service The Spill was in last week’s column), designer Katie Vance of Powell Architecture + Building Studio and many others.
Hewitt tells us that she and the original team sold Luca back in August, and that she’s gotten word that the investor is keeping the space and planning to put another concept in.
We reached out to the current Bar Luca players for more info, but haven’t gotten a response yet.
That business is located in a bustling and growing East Nashville development, also home to the East Nashville Local Honey outpost, Barista Parlor, Vinnie Louise and others.
Baxter Bailey & Company moving and expanding
Our local spot for pampered pooches is getting new digs: Baxter Bailey & Company will be taking over the former Chocolate F/X space at the Shoppes on Fatherland, 1004 Fatherland St #101, starting in late March. (Chocolate F/X recently closed its brick-and-mortar doors but continues to share its sweets online through ChocolateFX.net.)
Currently, Baxter Bailey & Company shares a larger space with home goods/gift shop Abode Mercantile at 1002 Fatherland St, #101, and this move not only lets the dog boutique spread out to expand its pup-focused offerings, but Abode gets to sprawl too, filling out the entire space that’s housed the two brands.
The Baxter team tells us we should expect an expanded treat bakery (with super-cute cookies, truffles and more), a “Tasting Bar,” new bow tie collection (see above) and other “luxury lifestyle products for all dogs and their families.”
Baxter Bailey & Company has been a Shoppes on Fatherland mainstay, joining the cluster of small retail spaces back when it launched in 2012, and growing with it since. Oddly enough, Chocolate F/X initially took over a former Baxter Shoppes space, before moving into that larger 1004 Fatherland storefront.
For more on Baxter Bailey & Company and to explore/shop, visit www.baxterbaileycompany.com.
Ladies Rock Camp 2017 registration open now
Late last year, we mentioned the new grown up-focused Ladies Rock Camp launched by Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, and held here in East Nashville.
Their spring session is coming up in April,
this time held at the Red Arrow Gallery — which, as it happens, is celebrating its third anniversary in East Nashville this week — and registration is open now. Update: The session's now listed at Watkins College of Art & Design, April 20-23.
Basic details about Ladies Rock Camp:
“A condensed rock camp for our 18+ women, trans gender, and non-binary adults who want to come rock out with us. You will learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and perform at a showcase. Throughout the weekend, we will be having band performances, inspiring workshops, and discussing our favorite topics (feminism, empowerment, social and racial justice, intersectionality, etc).
“Our goal is to raise money for our scholarship fund for Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp and Tennessee Teens Rock Camp. Every dollar will go towards these funds and we aim to have our LRC tuition fully fund some campers.”
Tuition is offered in three tiers, ranging from $175 to $325. If you’d like to take part, start the registration process here.
Visit yeahrocks.org for more info on this camp and the young folks-focused camps that YEAH organizes throughout the year.
Fond Object growing downtown
From the cool kids at the Nashville Scene: Riverside Village music/fashion/more stop Fond Object will soon have a younger sister downtown.
Like the original at 1313 McGavock Pike, Fond Object’s new location will have vintage offerings, recorded (and live) music and art, once things get going.
"It’ll still be like the kind of one-stop shop, psychedelic department store vibe," co-founder Jem Cohen told Scene-ster Stephen Trageser.
A soft opening is planned at 535 Fourth Ave. S. for March 24; grand opening is set for Record Store Day, April 22, 2017. (The home of the new downtown Fond Object, coincidentally, was most recently home to Turnip Green Creative Reuse, which moved to East Nashville last year.)
Scout’s Barbershop adding two new locations
Fond Object isn’t the only East-bred business broadening — Scout’s Barbershop is working on adding two new locations: one in The Gulch at 811 Gleaves Street, and one in historic downtown Franklin.
To celebrate the new Gulch location, Scouts is having a party there on March 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with coffee, donuts, beer, whiskey, music and more.
The flagship Scout’s Barbershop is at 904 Main Street in East Nashville; it opened in the fall of 2014, and in 2015, was joined by a second location in Sylvan Park.
For more on Scout’s, visit scoutsbarbershop.com.
Adrian’s Nails no longer at Platinum Salon
If you’ve long been getting your manicures/pedicures from Adrian Grammer at Platinum Salon on Fatherland in East Nashville, there’ll be a change to your pampering: Grammer announced this week that Adrian’s Nails has picked up stakes from Platinum.
“This is a good thing, y'all!” the update said, promising further updates about the change, and thanking “all that supported me and have been loyal to me for so many years.”
Meantime, she’s doing house calls — info on how to set those up on Facebook.
— Billboard just wrote about “Music's Hottest Neighborhoods (And Where to Go When You're There),” and East Nashville is one of three. “If Nashville’s Cumberland River is like the Seine to Paris, creative and bohemian East Nashville is the city’s Left Bank,” it says.
— Fun home-decorish viewing: Our neighborhood HGTV stars, LAVA Home Design's Lex and Alana LeBlanc, get some NewsChannel 5 love.
— We’re big fans of Sgt. Michael Fisher, Community Affairs officer for the East Precinct. For your feel-good Fisher news of the week, check him out reading to some super-cute neighborhood kids at NIA House Montessori in 37207.
— Have you seen Welcome Home’s new online shop? Pretty sweet stuff on there.
— Congrats to Top Knot Vintage on their first year in East Nashville. There’s a celebratory sale going on through March 5, with 30 percent savings. Stop/shop at 307 N. 16th Street.
— Good news: The now-annual record-breaking Broken Record Comedy Show is coming back for 2017, with more than 100 hours of funny in the works. Kinda bummer news, at least for those of us who hate crossing the river: This time, it’s not in East Nashville. But hey, it’s still happening, and at a great location: April 16-23 at Third Coast Comedy Club, as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival.
— In our March/April 2016 issue (with Aaron Lee Tasjan on the cover), we wrote about the approval of a historic marker commemorating the surrender of the city of Nashville to Union troops during the Civil War, right here in Edgefield. An update: Rediscover East!’s Carol Norton let us know that the Historic Marker for the Surrender of Nashville was dedicated late last month, adjacent to the community center at East Park, 700 Woodland Street.
That’s all for this week. News to share? Please email Nicole.