East Nashville News: Hop Stop closes, East Nashvillian of the Year nomination time, VroomVroom Balloon, more


This week, we're saying goodbye to a beer bar, saying hello to a balloon bar and lots more.

The latest East Nashville News:

Hop Stop shutters

As you’ve probably heard, neighborhood craft beer/hot dog haunt The Hop Stop closed its doors this week, after four years in business at 2909-B Gallatin Pike. According to owner Jesse Hamilton, the restaurant and bar had just reached the end of its shelf life.
“I always knew every business I opened is going to have a life cycle,” he said Tuesday, as he and his staff were preparing to shutter. “With this particular business, it was just time.”
Hamilton said he put the Hop Stop on the market over the summer, and had “great interest” in the following months, but ultimately decided to go with “a group that I think is very passionate, and will really bring some great new energy to the space and to the community.”
Said group: East Nashvillians Robyn Donnelly and Katie MacLachlan of local business coaching company Crush it Harder. Word is the new owners are hoping to get the new business — a bar, naturally — open in early 2018, but nothing’s been announced yet. The team’s PR reps tell us we should have further details in the coming weeks.
Hamilton co-launched the Hop Stop at the top of 2014, opening the doors two weeks after losing his wife/business partner Tracy Hamilton to breast cancer. Jim Latham, who also helped launch the business, sold his stake in the Hop Stop last year.  
Hamilton continues to lead Riverside Village’s Village Pub & Beer Garden; he said no changes are planned for that business.

Nominate your favorite neighbors

Year’s almost over, so: It’s East Nashvillian of the Year nomination time again!
If you’re new to the neighborhood (or have just somehow missed this annual anointing of our preciouses): The East Nashvillian of the Year awards have, for a decade now, gone to a mix of East Side neighbors who “exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville.”
The honors come in two categories: business/business owner, meant to celebrate local pros/brands who “portray the best of what East Nashville has to offer”; and citizen, bestowed upon someone who “best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.”
Nominations for both categories are being accepted now, and at the next Historic East Nashville Merchants Association meeting and mixer (6 to 8 p.m. on December 4 at our place, 919 Gallatin Ave. #8), winners will be voted upon and crowned.
Know some deserving East Nashvillians? Send your nominations to ENOTY@eastnashville.org, and make sure to include the citizen and/or business/business owner’s name, and the reason you’re nominating them.
We’ll share the honorees as we roll into 2018.

Meet VroomVroom Balloon

East Nashville has many bars, but, far as we know, only one balloon bar: VroomVroom Balloon, a creative endeavor launched by East Side mother-daughter entrepreneurs Sunny Becks Crumpton and Fiona Flaherty a few months back.
You may already know Crumpton and Flaherty from the longtime East Side business that houses the balloon bar: Harlan Ruby, a “dream shop” parked at 805 Woodland Street #301, stocked with all manner of other gifts and party supplies, from stationery to home goods.
Through VroomVroom, they’re offering an array of inflated adornments, including more traditional balloon bundles and full-on balloon-decor installations. Above: a mini-balloon garland design the VroomVroom team did for a lucky little one’s birthday party (via the Harlan Ruby Facebook page).
Have something celebratory coming up and need fancy float-y stuff? Stop by the shop Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 9 to 3 on weekends, and/or visit the VroomVroom website.
To get a look at more of what they can do, follow VroomVroom Balloon on Instagram.

Local musicians taking the stage to give back

A few upcoming benefit shows to note:
On November 18, The Cobra hosts Lunchfest, A Benefit for the Homeless in Middle Tennessee, featuring Thelma and the Sleaze, Zobrodome, From Worlds Alike and lots of others.
The event’s aimed at raising funds (and collecting items) for Punk Lunch, a new Murfreesboro-based organization focused on fighting hunger in Middle Tennessee. Among other efforts, they’re handing out bag lunches and backpacks filled with necessities (like canned food and personal hygiene products) to Nashvillians in need.
Show kicks off at 7 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring donations (cash, unopened personal/feminine hygiene products, canned food).
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, The Basement East hosts a show to benefit Puerto Rico, with a crew of Nashville talents — including our current cover star Jason Eskridge, EN-featured acts Alanna Royale, Jamie Rubin and Audley Freed, along with an impressive list of others — taking on the songs of 1985’s famed Live Aid event. 
Expect songs by Elton John, Queen, Tom Petty, The Who and a slew of other legends, all performed by some of Nashville’s best.
Proceeds are going to the Universal Hope Initiative, a volunteer-led organization that focuses on supporting and empowering women. More at universalhope.org.


— New East Nashville float center and alternative therapy spa Float Horizen hosts its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1012 Russell Street, Suite 204, noon to 5 p.m.. Discounted First Time Float Specials abound. For more at what they're offering, check out what we wrote about Float Horizen back in AugustMore at floathorizen.com.
— There’s a Gallatin Road Corridor Transportation Solution Open House next Monday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Nashville Magnet High (110 Gallatin Avenue). If you have questions/want to learn more about Let's Move Nashville: Metro's Transportation Solution proposal, might be worth swinging by.
— Big congrats to the folks at home goods-and-more shop Welcome Home, who are celebrating their fourth shop birthday with a party this weekend. Saturday, Nov. 18: snacks, mimosas, champagne, gift certificate drawings, That Awesome Taco Truck parked outside slingin’ tacos 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and more. Stop by 1882 Eastland Avenue with birthday tidings and, ideally, a credit card. (They have cute stuff.) Shop’s open Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Congratulations to Pepperfire on a full 7 years in the neighborhood, scorching tastebuds and makin’ friends. 
We're happy for Toddzilla, and looking forward to him getting resettled in his old East Nashville spot. (If you don't know our spectacularly coiffed neighbor, here's a piece we ran on him a while back.)
— Fun way to help kids in the community: East Nashville book store Her Bookshop and Explore! Community School have partnered on a book drive to help the school build their new library. The shop (1043 West Eastland Avenue) has a wishlist, and generous neighbors can snag a title (with a 10 percent discount) and pop it into the onsite donation box.
— Related to local kids and Her Bookshop: Next installment of the shop’s recently launched Storytime is Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
Tennessee Crossroads stopped in to see pet-friendly East Nashville artist John Cannon. Watch the piece here. (We did an Artist in Profile piece on Cannon not too long ago too.)
That’s all for this week. East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.

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