Starting this week with a little farewell: I’ve been helming this East Nashville News column for almost four years now, but this’ll be my final one. After today, your weekly news will be in the capable hands of calendar editor Emma Alford; find her contact info here.
It’s been more than challenging trying to keep up with our neighborhood’s frenzied pace of change, and more than fun trying to fling everything I could find at you day after day, week after week. Even if you never noted/cared about the byline, I sincerely appreciate you reading, and supporting a magazine and neighborhood I love dearly.
Hope you enjoy this final missive, and continue to enjoy what Emma has in store. She’s a good’un.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Hunters Station moving forward
Big East Nashville development buzz this week has been the concept-plans approval of Hunters Station, a restaurant-heavy project in the works from Fresh Hospitality at the former Hunters Custom Automotive spot on Main Street.
The Tennessean’s Getahn Ward shared details about and renderings of the project, which is slated to reimagine and reuse the two existing buildings, adding patios, a deck, dog walk and bocce ball court, among other details.
The potential restaurant tenants being buzzed about: new locations for Nashville-bred Grilled Cheeserie and Biscuit Love, a Nashville sister for Franklin’s 55 South, another Hugh-Baby's BBQ & Burger Shop from Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint’s Pat Martin, and others. Added up, Hunters Station is expected to have space for nine tenants, including retail names.
Fuselage moving to Franklin
If you enjoy shopping at urban/industrial decor-and-more shop The Fuselage in East Nashville, better pencil in a trip, quickly: It’ll be open for one more week at 521 Gallatin Ave., Suite 1, before that crew prepares for departure.
They’re not going out of business, just heading south to take over a space at The Factory at Franklin. That spot’s becoming somewhat popular for East-associated businesses of late — The Pharmacy is reportedly working on another location there, Walker Creek Confections somewhat recently opened a candy shop there (and closed their East store), and our neighbors at Five Daughters Bakery have a Factory location too.
The Fuselage (re)opened in its current space in late 2014 after a reboot and change in ownership. Since, they’ve been part of a rapidly changing and growing development over by Barista Parlor, Local Honey et al. (Earlier this month, the Fuselage’s neighbors Bar Luca also announced their closure.)
No word yet on what’ll be taking over that suite. Meantime, the Fuselage folks told us they’ll have regular hours for this last week: 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday.
‘Blossom’ buddy Jenna von Oy readies new book
Hey, ‘90s kids: Did you realize that Jenna von Oy — a.k.a. Six from Blossom, the vice president of sitcom BFFs (president of course being Kimmy Gibler) — is our neighbor?
She’s been in East Nashville a while now, and in the years since that rightfully beloved program, she’s become a successful, motherhood-focused writer. Right now, she's getting ready to unveil her latest book, Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom.
Like her 2015 intro, Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide To Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One, the Momedy sequel is based on personal experience — von Oy is rearing two young East Nashvillian ladies, and her latest work is “an introduction to the adventures a mom can look forward to as her child moves into toddlerhood,” pulled from the “comedy and chaos” she’s wrangling on a daily basis.
A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom is due out on April 11, and the author is celebrating here in town on April 1, with an event at Parnassus Books in Green Hills from 2 to 4 p.m.
On the schedule: von Oy reading an excerpt from/signing copies of the book, and sharing Nashville-made Gigi's Cupcakes.
Parnassus is located at 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite14,, and you can grab more about the book/event at Jenna von Oy’s Facebook event page.
Nashville Record Store Crawl returns
Last July, Nashville welcomed its first official Record Store Crawl, and we were happy to see that it’s returning in 2017: The second Nashville Record Store Crawl is set for Saturday, August 26.
These events — intended to combine “the best of record stores, bar crawls, and live music into the greatest crate digging experience in town” — go down in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, Seattle and Austin. Unlike some other self-led crawls, this one’s pretty low-impact: Your ticket gets you a seat on the Record Store Crawl bus roving from shop to shop, bottomless PBR, lunch from Two Boots Pizza and access to a whole bunch of swag and giveaways, along with discounts from participating shops — many of which are here in East Nashville.
Among the shops you’ll crawl that day: Fond Object, The Groove and Vinyl Tap, all here on the East Side. At each of those shops, you’ll get 15 percent off purchases (plus Vinyl Tap is offering extra drink tickets, and Fond Object is hosting a meet-and-greet with their petting zoo friends).
Pre-sale tickets for the Nashville Record Store Crawl are available online now for $49.95 (21/over only).
For more on the Nashville event/other Record Store Crawls, head to RecordStoreCrawl.com, and/or like Record Store Crawl on Facebook.
— Grammy-winning songwriter and East Nashvillian Scot Sax has something new out: a children’s book called The Mosquito & The Bumble Bee. Atomic Nashville has it (1603 Riverside Drive), and here’s a nice review.
— Do you have a favorite Big Old Tree in East Nashville? Enter it in the Davidson County Big Old Tree Contest 2017. Might help it get recognized as a Metro Historic and Specimen Tree (which in the tree world, is like a Grammy). Entry deadline is April 1.
— Longtime East Nashvillian contributor Stacie Huckeba has a photographic editorial art show coming up on Sunday, April 9 at Art & Invention Gallery. Lots of great music on the schedule too; proceeds to benefit the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
— This weekend, take the kids to do some fun learnin’, and help support Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. Mr Bond and The Science Guys have their 4th Annual Science Spectacular Fundraiser there, 10 to 11 a.m., 1900 Davidson Street.
— GQ magazine tapped Butcher & Bee chef Bryan Lee Weaver for a rundown of the Best Places to Eat Healthy in Nashville.
— East Nashville’s Bagel Face Bakery is up for a FedEx small business grant (to the tune of $25,000) — if you’d like to help them win it, vote here.
— If you’re an artist/artisan/maker and you want to take part in this summer’s Porter Flea, better get your application in — they close April 2.
— Video evidence of the sign unveiling at the newly renamed Frederick Douglass Park, via our esteemed mayor.
That’s all for this week. And, for me anyway, for all other weeks. Going forward, if you have East Nashville news tips, please email Emma Alford. It’s been a joy. Y’all be good.
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