First, a little housekeeping: Hard to believe it's almost that time again, but our annual Tomato Art Fest issue is in the works. Biz friends who’d like to get an ad in there, contact Lisa. (It's traditionally our fittest and fattest issue of the year.)
For a little inspiration/prep, here's the last TAF issue, for your digital reading pleasure.
Beyond that, we’ve got fresh green space, fresh donuts, fresh vape juice and lots more. On to this week’s East Nashville News:
East Nashville gains more green space
This week, the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA cut the ribbon on a fantastic new addition to East Nashville: a new urban park and trail, with greenspace and fitness stations.
Even better news: That space, at 2624 Gallatin Road, is available to YMCA members, of course, but it’s also open to the wider community, membership or not.
Even betterer news: With added parking and a new entrance off Gallatin, enjoying this new space shouldn’t give you a driving/parking-induced rage aneurysm.
“This was all a dense thicket, and it’s been transformed into a really wonderful-looking, positive environment,” Maddox center board chair Neal Doherty told attendees at Tuesday’s celebration. “You can see how popular the pool is, and now we’ve got an outdoor space as well for kids to get stronger and healthier at a younger age.”
With open exercise areas, eight fitness stations (including a balance beam and even bars) and a quarter-mile trail, the urban park adds to the organization’s broader aim: “offering people of all ages and backgrounds a safe, nurturing place to learn, grow and thrive,” says executive director Judi Winfield-Ferri.
This urban park — facilitated via a land donation by local real estate investor Jim Crossman and gifts from the Maddox Charitable Trust and Memorial Foundation and other donors — is step one in a two-phase plan for the facility. Phase two will include renovating their former preschool space to accommodate more family programs.
For more info, visit the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA website, and/or get out there and enjoy the greenspace this weekend. Just wear sunscreen, huh?
Philly’s Federal Donuts headed for East Nashville
There’s been a lot of movement over at the Fluffo hub on Main Street, including Fat Bottom Brewing’s coming-soon departure and Hot Yoga of East Nashville moving out and up the road to the former East Nashville Cooperative Ministry space.
We now know what’ll be filling the yoga studio’s vacancy at 900 Main Street: Eater Nashville reported this week that Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov and his team are planning on setting up a Nashville outpost of their chicken, doughnuts and coffee-slinging concept Federal Donuts.
Solomonov and Co. have five Philly Federal Donuts locations going, serving creative donut flavors — churro, guava poppy, strawberry lavender — and fried chicken, which comes naked or with dry seasoning or wet glaze. (There are a bunch of seasoning/glaze options too.) And every order of chicken comes with a honey donut. Also, did you know Solomonov is a James Beard Award winner? So, anyhow, let’s all buy sweatpants.
Get more details on the East Nashville plans from Eater Nashville, and check out more about the restaurant(s) at the Federal Donuts website.
Half Christmas Beer Fest is back again
Attention, East Nashville shoppers: Just under 200 shopping days left until Christmas! Also, 37 shopping days left until the Half Christmas Beer Fest.
The annual tacky sweater/cold brews throwdown, presented by Edley’s and Lightning 100, brings out more than 40 beer vendors and a bunch of accoutrements to set the yuletide mood: DJs playing holiday music, snow machines, christmas lights, a costume contest and more. So festive.
This year’s event is set for Saturday, July 16 from 6 to 10 p.m., right here in the neighborhood at Pavilion East (1106 Fatherland Street).
Tickets are $40, on sale now. You can save $5 by using the promo code GETWEIRD, fittingly enough.
The Vine closes
Restaurant and wine bar The Vine, which opened in 2014 at 501 Main Street in the 5th & Main complex, closed its doors last week “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
A note on the business’ official website doesn’t dig deeper about the closing, but offers thanks to its supporters: “We cannot begin express our gratitude to our customers, our staff, and our vendors for the past few years of service to our community.”
This is the latest restaurant closure in a line of many at that location — it previously housed Feast, Germantown Cafe East and Allium.
Former Green Wagon space reopens as Gaslight Vapor
The longtime home of natural goods store The Green Wagon, which closed in 2014, has a new face: Gaslight Vapor Room is now open at 1100 Forrest Avenue, bringing “a next-level vaping experience” to 5 Points.
The new place is a second location for the Gaslight folks (the first is in Gallatin). If you’re looking for “name-brand vaping hardware and boutique-quality handmade e-liquid,” you might wanna look their way.
The Gaslight approach, via their bio:
“We aren't vape snobs. We are real people who have experienced the enormous benefits and fun that come with making the switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes, and we are passionate about helping others in the Nashville community and around the country experience the same thing.”
Visit Gaslight Vapor Room on Facebook for more, and/or drop by 1100 Forrest Avenue Monday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. (Those are initial hours, and are likely to change, so might wanna check before you go.)
The Dead Deads touring with Bush, recording with Helmet frontman
We’re gonna imagine that The Dead Deads are currently feeling as if they’re on some kind of cloud, from which they’d prefer not to come down. #topicalhumor
The East Nashville-based loud-rock crew just snagged a pretty solid tour for an on-the-way-up band, particularly one made up of a ’90s kid or two: They’ll be flanking the east side of the country (and some of the middle) with grunge-era hitmakers Bush, playing theaters and pavilions and amphitheaters from Maine to North Carolina.
This is part two of some serious ’90s-kid bragging-right stuff, too: They’ve been working on an album of late with producer Page Hamilton, otherwise known as the frontman of loud-rock elder statesmen Helmet. No word yet on when/how we can expect that to come out, but recording’s under way right here in the neighborhood as we speak.
Check out the Bush dates (and keep up with album news) on The Dead Deads’ Facebook page.
Craft for a cause with Hankabee
If you’re not familiar with East Nashville’s Hankabee Button Co., here’s a short intro: Creative and driven second grader Henrietta a.k.a. Hanke a.k.a. Berta launched the local business at age 8, and she (and the sisters she employs) make custom buttons, pins and magnets here in the neighborhood, for clients that have ranged from chimney sweeps to Kacey Musgraves. She’s awesome.
Related to that awesomeness, on Saturday, June 18, Hankabee Button Co. is hosting Craft for a Cause: Father’s Day Edition, a crafternoon hang meant to raise money for Nashville’s Room in the Inn.
At the donation-only event, participants will create special buttons, magnets and/or cards for dads they love, with the money collected going to support Room in the Inn’s work to fight homelessness.
Craft for a Cause goes down from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harlan Ruby (805 Woodland Street, Suite 301), and you can find more info at the Hankabee Button Co. website.
East Nashville BBQ Company gets beautified
If you swung by Cleveland Park this week for some East Nashville BBQ Company eats, you met a vibrant, colorful change: Local artist Andee Rudloff, alongside the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Association, The Boys & Girls Club and Metro Arts Thrive, turned the restaurant into a technicolor wonderland by adding the mural pictured above.
If the style looks familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen Rudloff’s work before — she’s done Tomato Art Fest-related work and lots of other public art around town.
If you’d like to see the work in person, East Nashville BBQ Company is located at 829 Lischey.
— So, if you watch reality show The Bachelorette, you might’ve noticed that 1059 The Rock DJ Wells Adams is on the current season, wookin’ pa nub. You might’ve also noticed Adams reppin’ East Nashville on a recent episode with an “East Side Till I Die” tank. WHAT. Creative Group created those shirts, and if you’d like one, we’re told that The Trunk and East Side Story carry them in the neighborhood.
— Congrats are due to Urban Green Lab executive director, Jennifer Tlumak Westerholm: She and husband Peter are expecting a little boy this fall, so she’ll be stepping down from her UGL post. The East Nashville-based organization is currently looking for her replacement.
— Coooool: East Nashville-based custom bag designer DhHeritage made a hand-tooled leather bag for country star Chris Stapleton to use at this week’s CMT Awards.
— Hungry night owls, be aware: Butcher & Bee (902 Main Street) relaunched late-night service for the summer. Their full menu (plus some food and drink specials) will be available until they close (which is 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday).
— This week, creative sweets haven Chocolate F/X celebrated two years in East Nashville. Congrats!
— The East Nashville Eric Church pop-up shop is back again for the CMA Music Festival, through Sunday.
— A heads up for hopeful East Nashville homeowners with more modest budgets: The first home in new 37207 development Cottage Park — developed “to create an East Nashville neighborhood for those that feel ‘priced out’ of the area they love” — just hit the market. The 1444-square-foot single-family home at 706 Cottage Park Drive is listed at $224K; 80 more homes will follow in the development, which also includes an 8-acre nature reserve with a walking trail and dog park. Other properties will range from $219K to $249K intro pricing.
That's it for this week. Stuff to share? Please email Nicole.