This week, we can’t wait to start home-dreaming at a local HGTV star’s new shop, we’re watching another neighborhood shop split in two (in a not-bad way, kind of?), plus lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
HGTV star-led Lava Home Design opening on Riverside
Obsessed with home-design television? Get excited: Later this month, Nashville-based HGTV star Lex LeBlanc — one co-host half of the network’s new show Listed Sisters — is inviting East Nashvillians to benefit from her interior design know-how, opening a decor-and-more shop, LAVA Home Design, here in the neighborhood.
The new space, at 1601 Riverside Drive (right next to Pied Piper Eatery), is set to open the week of March 28, and it’ll serve as both the home base for LeBlanc’s interior design firm and as a shopping stop for neighbors making their house a home.
“We’ll carry an eclectic mix of furniture and home decor in all different price ranges, so there will be something for everyone,” LeBlanc says of LAVA. “It’s a place to find everything you need for your home, from sofas to dining tables, or just the finishing touches.”
She’s already showing the East Side love, too — the shot up top was snapped at Inglewood reclaimed-wood provider Good Wood, who… provided some reclaimed wood for the shop’s interior.
It’s a big month for LeBlanc beyond East Nashville, too — Listed Sisters’ season premier is set for Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Central, with new episodes to follow each Monday. (Only pilot episodes have aired so far — but East Nashville’s already been in the mix.)
Over the course of their debut season, Lex and twin sister/co-host/realtor Alana LeBlanc Barnett will help homeowners renovate their current homes to get the biggest possible return, and find a new, dream-homier home to settle down in. Families featured on this all-local HGTV series are spread throughout Nashville — including, word around the campfire says, a few here on the East Side.
(They’re also in the middle of casting for season two, so if the concept sounds like your life, throw your hat in the Listed Sisters ring.)
For more on the sisters LeBlanc and the shop, hit the LAVA Home Design website and/or the Listed Sisters Instagram.
Hang the Moon moving
Neighborhood vintage/consignment shop Hang the Moon is picking up from its location at 1108 Gallatin — “We have building damage and have to mosey,” owner Susan Moon writes — but won’t be leaving East Nashville.
What once was one cool and quirky East Nashville shop will now be two, sort of. Hang the Moon’s already partially vintage-shacked up with Pony Show over at 723 Porter Road. Come April 1, there’ll be a Hang the Moon presence in the upstairs Hen House at Hey Rooster General Store (1106 Gallatin Avenue) too. The split’s along usage lines: Everyday vintage items will live at Hey Rooster, fancier “stage pieces” at Pony Show.
This Saturday, as Susan Moon gets ready to finish the move, she’s doing a big clear-out sale, with all vintage at $15 and under at 1108 Gallatin. Clothing, shoes, accessories and more, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Come help us have less stuff to haul and say goodbye to the first phase of the Moon,” the moving Moon-queen says.
Fannie Battle earns grant, expands infant program
Big congrats to East Nashville’s Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, who’ll be expanding their infant program and adding a new classroom, with help from a grant from the philanthropic Boedecker Foundation.
With the new classroom, the neighborhood organization — a provider of affordable child care to many an East Nashvillian, and the oldest child care center in Middle Tennessee — will be able to welcome additional children from 6 weeks to 2 years, and in the process, help more families in need. (Fannie Battle offers priority enrollment to low-income and single-parent families.)
For more, drop by the Fannie Battle website, or share some congrats on the Fannie Battle Facebook page.
Journeys does good in the neighborhood
A little more feel-good news: Nashville-based shoe-slingers Journeys Group just celebrated a birthday (30 candles), and to mark the milestone, 665 employees headed out to children- and family-focused non-profit organizations around the city for a day of work and contribution — one being the SPARK program at the Salvation Army Family Resource Center here in the neighborhood at 611 Stockell St.
By the end of the day, the Journeys folks had fitted 835 young neighbors with free shoes. Nice way to spend a birthday, Journz.
Clean up the neighborhood, part deux
We mentioned recently that a Lockeland Springs cleanup day was on the books for April 23. There’s more to that…
Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean-up is under way, and we’re not ignoring, with Mayor Barry’s Citywide Spring Clean on April 23 (which encourages friends and neighbors to organize clean-up events all around the city) and other spring events. Naturally, East Nashville’s jumping right on in.
Shelby Hills, Inglewood, Cleveland Park and other corners of the East Side have plans in motion — some on Mayor Barry’s date, some thereabouts. If you’d like to take part or snag more info, visit the Nashville Public Works website to peruse.
— Our friend and longtime East Nashvillian Nanette Young Little is reaching out for help as she’s battling cancer — a struggle close to our hearts here. Loved ones have set up a fundraising site to aid the mother of three as she undergoes treatment (click here for more/to contribute), and this Saturday, March 19, The Basement across the river (1604 8th Ave S.) will host a benefit show. Amos Moses and the Legend and blues band Super Honk are taking the stage; $10 minimum donation, 9:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are available online, too. Hope to see you there.
— Via the always informative Eater Nashville: Chef Dan Forberg’s Actual Food catering company, now at home in the former Mrs. Winners at 3914 Gallatin, is bringing back the regular Actual Brunch pop-up that became super POP-popular. Eater says May should bring Sunday brunch with a full bar, and more to come.
— So, uh, guess Kevin Spacey was hanging out in the neighborhood this week? Dang, I Dream of Weenie, you blew it by not creating a Frank(furter) Underwood. (Dunno, with barbeque and ruthlessness on it?)
— Local clothing brand Hey Wanderer is launching a new spring line with a pop-up here in the neighborhood at Sisters of Nature (521 Gallatin Ave, #5) on Saturday, March 19. Expect hand-dyed and -sewn pieces that are “nice enough to wear to work and stylish enough to go out in, but comfortable enough to sleep in.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More reason to go: mimosa bar. More info on Hey Wanderer.
— We were stoked to see East Nashville’s own Melanie Cochran of The Wild Cow featured on WKRN this week, in a piece noting that Nashville’s among the “top places for women-owned businesses.” (We’re down with women-owned businesses.) Doubly cool since we talked with Melanie in our new issue. She kinda rules.
— O.liv Body Bar celebrates its first anniversary of good ol’ East Nashville pampering at 922 Main Street, Suite C, this week. Congrats!
— Little Harpeth Brewing celebrated their second anniversary on Thursday with a big St. Patrick’s Day party in their taproom. Here’s to many more pints and many more parties. Congrats, LH! (They're at 30 Oldham Street.)
— Artisan popcorn poppers Kernels Nashville celebrated their third birthday this week too, and they’re offering sweet gifts: Swing by 2501 Gallatin Avenue before the week is out and snag a free mini bag of their birthday cake popcorn. Congrats to you too, Kernels!
— Friday and Saturday at women’s resale boutique 2616 (2616 Gallatin), they’re taking an additional 50 percent off already marked-down stuff.
That’s it for this week. Have news to share? Feel encouraged to email Nicole.