One of our cutest shops leaving, an art house coming and a whole lot more, in this week’s East Nashville News:
Hey Rooster soon roosting in Hillsboro
We were a mix of happy and sad to hear the big news this week out of Hey Rooster General Store’s corner: Come the end of this month, the little shop with the yellow door at 1106 Gallatin Avenue will be a misty memory, as Hey Rooster heads west to take over the former home of BookWoman in Hillsboro Village.
To owner and Nashville native Courtney Webb, the move brings Hey Rooster closer to its intended energy.
“My shop always looked like it should have neighbors sharing walls and people walking on the street outside,” she said in a social-media announcement. “To me, we're just kinda picking up our little slice of life and placing it down in an environment I always imagined it to be.”
Hey Rooster’s final day in East Nashville will be February 25, and plans are to have the new location open in March.
“Please come see me and let's get all the ugly cries in over the next few weeks,” Webb said in the goodbye note. “I have so many feelings about leaving you East Nashville and this is really the only location that had a chance at pulling me away.”
The shopkeep/entrepreneur/jewelry designer/sausage ball maven opened her “modern take on a general store with a few references to the past” in 2013, stocking small-batch/handmade and otherwise maker-focused stuff, from home goods and paper goods to pantry items. All signs are pointing toward a similarly curated shopping experience over the river.
Our heartiest congrats, and sniffly goodbyes, to arguably the cutest little hunk of Gallatin (fine, it’s a pretty low bar, but still).
Send your digital goodbyes to Hey Rooster on Facebook and/or Hey Rooster on Instagram. And if you’d still like to do your Hey Rooster shopping from East Nashville, there’s an online store, too.
Nous Art House, Flora Plant Shop coming to Trinity Lane
East Nashville will soon be welcoming another new creative hub, and another site of (literal) local growth: Nous Art House is aiming to open its doors next month at 305 E Trinity Lane, alongside houseplants/seasonal gardening essentials/home goods shop Flora.
The two businesses will take over separate parts of a shared 2,000-square-foot space, with Flora’s Kerbi Howat and Kate Holl occupying the storefront facing Trinity, and local photographer Ashtin Paige Yetton’s “photo studio/office/art gallery/small venue” Nous filling out the square footage behind it.
Yetton tells us of the genesis: “As my photography business began to grow and expand, working from home or coffee shops just wasn't cutting it anymore and I really craved some separation between work and personal time. Meanwhile, my dear friends (Holl and Howat) were experiencing success with Flora. Flora needed four walls of her own as well, so Kate and Kerbi were looking to set up a brick and mortar. We all gravitated towards the idea of having a space together and, after a good deal of hunting and waiting and hunting some more, they found a spot that would allow us to have separate spaces for our businesses while still being connected.”
Flora built a local rep offering specialty houseplants and accoutrements as a pop-up business, and as a brick-and-mortar business, that focus will continue. Holl hopes the new space will also help the duo further “educate our community about the many benefits of keeping nature in our lives and homes, and how to do that well.”
Beyond, the three friends hope to see plant workshops, art shows, intimate concerts and other events held in the building throughout the year.
“Since moving to Nashville in 2012, I've had so many good people pour into me creatively, professionally and personally,” Yetton says. "I've had an incredible tribe of support every step of the way and I want to pay it forward with Nous Art House by supporting fellow creatives and their endeavors.”
While you await grand-opening news, get to know Flora’s plants and garden essentials at FloraPlantShop.com, and check out Yetton’s work at AshtinPaige.com.
Follow along for the latest Nous Art House news at the Nous Art House Instagram, and check out Flora's latest finds at the Flora Plant Shop Instagram. (Updated with clarifications)
Inglewood’s latest food addition: Fort Louise
Late last month, we mentioned that a new restaurant was in the works at the former Perk & Cork spot on McGavock in Inglewood. This week, the team behind that new concept gave us some more detail, including a name.
If all goes as planned, Fort Louise will open at 1304 McGavock this spring, as a “welcoming, chef-driven eatery, and friendly neighborhood destination for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.”
The in-the-works neighborhood hang is the brainchild of Inglewood resident Jessica Bower, who’s also behind East Nashville boutique Steluta. The aesthetic of Bower’s boutique should give some hints at how the “substantial interior remodel” over on McGavock will shake out, too — her aim is to bring some of Steluta’s bright and rustic aesthetic over to McGavock. Beyond, the team’s planning to make ample use of the Riverside Village exterior, building out a full back porch and setting up the patio as “prime al fresco dining and drinking in the warmer months.”
Longtime East Nashvillians might get the local nod in the name, too; it’s an homage to community-focused socialite Louise Clark Fort (the mother of Cornelia Clark Fort, for whom the East Nashville Airpark is named).
“We’re pouring a lot of thought, heart and soul into this concept,” Bower said in a statement. “When you come to Fort Louise, we want it to feel like you’re heading to a friend’s home for a dinner party. It’s warm, intimate and cozy — a perfect place to enjoy great food and really fun cocktails.”
Bower plans to tap a “prominent chef” to lead to kitchen, but the specific name’s still forthcoming.
Feel like checking out Bower’s already-running business while you wait for Fort Louise to open? Steluta’s located at 1601B Riverside, next to Pied Piper Eatery. More at ShopSteluta.com.
24th Annual Soup Sunday’s almost here
Once a year, a horde of energized Nashvillians head to the stadium not for sports, but to celebrate soup. And it’s about time to limber up your ladle hand again, since this year’s 24th Annual Soup Sunday — a benefit for Nashville nonprofit Our Kids — is almost here: It’s set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.
This isn’t just any soup-er bowl — attendees get to try dozens of creations from some of the best chefs at some of the best restaurants in our city, including a slew of East Nashville favorites: Eastland Cafe, Lockeland Table, Margot Cafe & Bar, Marche Artisan Foods, Porter Road Butcher, and others. All told, there’ll be 50-plus different restaurants representing, competing for best-soup bragging rights and serving 1,500 soup lovers.
To further contribute toward the cause, there’ll also be an onsite silent auction, and to further add to the fun, there’ll be kids activities like balloon artists/face painters too.
To attend, you’ll need to snag a ticket: admission is $25 per adult, $5 per child (three and under free). Not a bad idea to come hungry.
For more on Our Kids Soup Sunday 2017 and to grab your tickets, head to OurKidsCenter.com.
— As this was going up on the Internet, East Nashville’s own Aaron Lee Tasjan was getting ready to take the Conan stage. Head to TeamCoco.com to check if they’ve put up ALT’s performance. We’re looking forward to repeat plays.
— In January, we shared news about The Mainstay, a new neighborhood eatery in the works at 501 Main. Things are coming along, and looks like April 1 is the planned opening date.
— New rumblings around the Hunters Campus — some interesting possibilities thrown around for some of those potential new restaurants.
— Drop by the SnapShot Interactive website for an update on their renovation of the historic Riverside Drive Church of Christ. It’s on track to be completed at the end of this month, and SnapShot and sister company Ecos are aiming to host a grand opening in March. (We talked with them about the project in September.)
— This month's East Side Art Stumble crawls through the neighborhood on Saturday, Feb. 11.
— If the ongoing discussion around the refugee crisis has you interested in learning more, next Wednesday, Feb. 15, Woodland Presbyterian (211 N 11th) hosts “Who Are the Refugees? A Discussion and Exploration,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. More on the Facebook event page.
— The team at 3rd & Church Healthcare is growing: Lindsay Jones, LMT will now be basing her East Nashville Therapeutic Massage out of 1406 B McGavock Pike, too, open Monday to Friday 9 to 6, by appointment. Among her specialties: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports/Injury, Craniosacral, TMJ Recovery, Prenatal, Reiki, and Reflexology. More at www.eastnashvilletherapeuticmassage.com.
— A lot of us have been very focused on the future of our public schools. We’ll try to make sure we’re sharing more opportunities to help our young neighbors in East Nashville. Like this: Rosebank STEM Elementary has a Gofundme campaign going now, and they’re hoping to raise money to purchase laptops for the kids to use in their STEM Lab. Wanna pitch in? Here’s Rosebank STEM’s Lab campaign.
— Let’s get dive-bar fancy: Mickey’s is hosting a lobster and beer night on Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 to 8 p.m., with Cousins Maine Lobster. It’s at 2907 Gallatin.
That’s all for this week. News tips to share? Please email Nicole.