East Nashville News: Hello Two Son and Be Well, goodbye M&M and more

 
This week, we’re saying hello to high fashion, saying goodbye to a longstanding furniture shop and lots more.
 
On to the latest crop of East Nashville News bits: 
 

Two Son opens, already in 'Vogue'

 
Aren’t too many new shops that get their first bit of press from Vogue magazine. And yet, there it is… The brand new Two Son got a Vogue introduction with a fantastically positive (but fantastically clickbait-y) headline: “This New Shop Is Giving NYC Retail a Run for Its Money — Though You Won’t Guess Where It’s Located.”
 
It’s located at 918 Main Street, a.k.a. the painted-black building that’s been something of a revolving door over the past hunk of years, and it’s sharing a tightly curated mix of men’s and women’s fashions and home goods.
 
Says Vogue: “The 2,200-square-foot space is chock-full of a veritable who’s who of cool favorites, both old and new: Ryan Roche, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, B Sides, Amo denim, Norse Projects, Lauren Manoogian, legendary leather purveyor Schott . . . the list goes on.”
 
Two Son couples/friends-in-charge David Perry and Leigh Watson and Aubrey McCoy and James Kicinski-McCoy are also launching their own clothing line.
 
“We’re taking those core pieces — your everyday denim and your favorite T-shirt and your favorite button-down — and we’re just cleaning it up a bit, refining it, and making it a little bit more modern,” McCoy told the publication.
 
The shop’s currently open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 to 8 Friday through Sunday. Get a peek into what they’re selling on the Two Son Instagram.
 

Riverside Village’s M&M Furniture to close

 
 
While Inglewood’s Riverside Village has been undergoing big and steady changes in recent years, spaces like Fond Object and the new Perk & Cork making it a growing restaurant and retail corner, one thing’s stayed the same: the low-key little antique/buy-and-sell furniture shop on the corner of Riverside and McGavock, M&M Furniture.
 
After 19 years in that location, however, M&M is set to close around the beginning of the year, owner Roger Myers tells us. He’s been wrapping up with a few sales, the last of which is set for the weekend.
 
“I’ve had a lot of customers over the years and they come and just about cleared everything out,” he says. “I’ll probably get rid of the rest of it this weekend.”
 
Myers came up in construction, and two decades back, he happened on the storefront on a then-much sleepier corner. He put a bunch of work into fixing the space up back then, but the years have taken their toll. 
 
“It don’t look like it now ’cause it’s run back down again,” says Myers. “That’s one reason I’m moving out, it’s just so old and everything, and they’re fixing everything else up around here.”
 
If you’d like to swing by to take a peek at what’s left and/or say goodbye, M&M is located at 1310 McGavock.
 
Far as future possibilities for that corner, we reached out for word, and the owner has no immediate plans for the property.
 

Riverwood Mansion invites you to mix and mingle

 
 
On Sunday, December 20, you’re invited to swing by Inglewood’s beautiful and historic Riverwood Mansion to celebrate the holiday season and do some good for neighbors in need.
 
The Mansion’s Mix and a Mingle holiday open house and donation drive is a partnership between Riverwood’s 8 Lavender Lane, Nashville Event Lighting, Ninth and Everett Design Firm, Totem Weddings & Events and People Loving Nashville, and during the 2 to 4 p.m. hang, you’ll get to enjoy drinks and treats and grab many a photo op by the Mansion’s marble fireplaces and beautiful chandeliers and other bits of historic beauty. To get in, you’ll just need to get involved in some holiday generosity.
 
Admission to Mix and a Mingle at the Mansion is free with a suggested donation to People Loving Nashville, aimed at helping homeless and needy neighbors. Items those folks are hoping for: socks, hats, gloves, scarves, fleece blankets, winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and men’s/women’s undergarments.
 
 

Be Well Nashville set to open in January

 
 
The Shoppes on Fatherland should be welcoming another new name at the top of the year: Be Well Nashville, “a health and wellness store specializing in high-quality nutritional products, herbal cleanses, protein powders and more.”
 
Launched by wife-and-husband team Dr. Leslie and Michael Shew, the shop will have a retail component (focused on healthier eating and all-around living) as well as weekly and monthly wellness classes.
 
Want more specifics about the kind of stuff you’ll see once the doors open at Suite 104 at the Shoppes?
 
- nutritional supplements and herbal products 
- essential oils
- organic coconut oil
- organic feminine products
- personal development/health books
- music therapy CDs
 
...and more, including items for kids and four-legged family members.
 
For more info — and to keep up with the latest news on our health-focused new neighbors — like Be Well Nashville on Facebook.
 

Nomzilla’s second Sushi 101 class is coming up

 
 
In November, new(ish) East Side sushi space Nomzilla hosted its first-ever Sushi 101 class, with chef Justin Eady sharing sushi-rolling tricks and tips and GM Christopher Stowe offering info on sake, including pairing particulars.
 
We took part in that inaugural class, learning to navigate maki rolls, Nigiri and Temaki (hand rolls) under Eady’s friendly tutelage, then eating our classwork. Not gonna lie, it was pretty sweet. 
 
If you’re looking for a fine gift for the East Nashvillian sushi lovers in your life, the next class is coming up on Saturday, January 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.37, available online, and include lots of info — from sushi history and traditions to the sushi chef arts — plus lots of hands-on tutelage and plenty of eating and drinking. 
 
Nomzilla is located at 1000 Gallatin Avenue, Suite A.
 

Turnip Truck earns East Side beautification award

 
 
Once a month, Chamber East (the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's East Side crew) bestows a "beautification" award on a neighborhood business that adds some appreciated pretty to our humble corner of the Earth. 
 
 
Recognized in the awarding (and pictured above): Manuel Zeitlin and Kristen Newton of Zeitlin Architects, Turnip Truck-er Phillip Hill and Hawkins Partners' Tipton Fowlkes. (The construction team, Carter Group, wasn’t there on picture day, but is included in the honoring.)
 
Congrats to all those folks on the award, and genuine thanks from many an East Nashvillian for broadening our in-neighborhood grocery options considerably.
 

QUICK BITS

 
- Christmas procrastinators, unite: A bunch of the Porter East shops (including Pony Show, Apple & Oak, DCXV and Rich Hippies) are hosting a Procrastination Party on Tuesday, December 22 to help out those of you who still have lots of names to cross off the ol’ Christmas list. Shops will be open late, and drinks and treats will be on offer (including caffeinated warmth from Trailer Perk coffee truck), along with complimentary gift wrapping. Click on those shop names for details from the individual spaces.
 
- Tasting Table, a “website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts,” shared a crop of 46 chefs across the country “who ruled the kitchen in 2015,” and Jessica Benefield of East Nashville’s Two Ten Jack was included.
 
- Nashville “kolache haven” Yeast Nashville got a little love this week from the larger kolache haven of Texas (specifically, the Houston Chronicle).
 
- Edley’s Bar-B-Que has the whole season-of-giving thing on lock: They’ll be collecting coats, scarves, warm gloves and new socks to share with needy neighbors, and if you bring any of that by for the donation box (the East location is 908 Main Street) through December 23, you’ll be gifted with a free dessert.
 
- Related, Edley’s is among a few local places offering a little bonus if you swing by and do some last-minute gift-card grabs. With the purchase of a $50 Edley’s gift card, you’ll get a $25 loyalty card too. Turnip Truck has their own bonus: Until Christmas Day, a $100 gift card also nets you an extra $10 gift card. So, two gifts, knocked out in one purchase, either spot. (Or, y’know, pocket your bonus. Ain’t no shame.) 
 
- Also with the giving game on lock: East Side pet-stuff providers Baxter Bailey & Company, who are taking part in a holiday pet food and supply drive going to benefit Compassion in Action of Tennessee, Goofy Foot Dog Rescue and Italian Greyhound Rescue Tennessee. They’re looking for dry and canned kitten/cat/puppy/dog food, toys and treats, beds, blankets, collars, harnesses, leashes, carriers, crates and more. If you’d like to help some furry friends, get more info on the BB&C Facebook page and/or drop items by their place (1006 Fatherland St, Ste 101A).
 
- We recently mentioned the Gift Horse Pop-up shop held at Sawtooth Print Shop (604 Gallatin Ave, Ste 215) and led by paper goods folk PULP. It’s still going, and there’s still lots of maker-made stuff to buy. This Saturday, a little something extra: Those makers will be in the house for an artist reception, 6 to 9 p.m.
 
- Just a little happy news — or, rather, happy hour news: The burger pros over at The Pharmacy just launched a happy hour Monday to Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m., at the bar only. You can snag a $3 local pint and $4 tots inspired by well-loved Pharmacy burgers (Chili Cheese Tots, Strogo-tots or Mission City Tots). 731 McFerrin Avenue.
 
- While not totally East Nashville, since we had the first non-Ohio location, let’s go ahead and take this: Conan’s tight bro Andy Richter had some serious words for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “If you trust me at all, then believe this: I cannot recommend this miracle product highly enough.” Miraculous ice cream, y’all.
 
That’s all for this week. Anything to share? Drop Nicole a line.
 

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Janie on December 18, 2015 said:
The Two Son shop? Oy. It's a shame they didn't settle in 12 South or some other location. Hopefully, they'll move on soon. It's places like this that ruin Nashville. UGH.

HW on December 19, 2015 said:
Janie, please elaborate. How would Two Son "ruin Nashville?" Have you visited their shop yet?

Janie on January 08, 2016 said:
@HW, yes, I've visited the site, their IG page, and their online store. They're not offering anything new, and the pricing is ridiculous (but pretty on-par with similar shops in the area). I don't see it lasting, so there is that... not EN at all. They would have done well in 12S or GH, possibly Franklin or Brentwood, or maybe just with an online presence.