This week, we’re working to clean up the joint, saying goodbye to fearless neighbors, hello to arty neighbors, and well-done to a beloved dog doc. Plus lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Pitch in on a cleaner East Nashville
We’re inching closer to Nashville's first Citywide Spring Clean event on April 23, and if you haven’t already made plans to help do away with debris in East Nashville, here’s encouragement to do so.
Community clean-up efforts have sprouted up all over the neighborhood for that day — Shelby Hills, Lockeland Springs, Rolling Acres, Inglewood and on and on — and if you love your corner of our neighborhood and would like to see it further beautified, registering for the one closest to you is a fine thing to do.
Find a clean-up near you here — you’ll find information at the links about how to volunteer, too.
We’re naturally quite invested in the prettification of the community, so we’re jumping in and, along with some other local business folks, helping to wrangle a celebration and incentives for the East Nashvillians who choose to Spring Clean with us. Thus, the “what’s in it for you?” extends beyond the whole “making my neighborhood a better place” thing.
Volunteers who show up for a cleanup can also grab vouchers for free stuff and discounts from a mix of neighborhood business sponsors, and so far, that includes a pretty serious A-list: Divine Art Cafe, Perk and Cork, Drifters, Southern Grist, Edley’s, The Pub at The Basement East, Italia Pizza and Pasta, Five Points Pizza, Tower Deli, The Turnip Truck, Mickey’s Tavern and Wags and Whiskers. (Interested in getting your business involved? Let Lisa know.)
The cleanup party, after a rewarding day’s work, is set for 4 to 6 p.m. that day at Drifter’s (1008 Woodland).
Looking forward to seeing lots of you out there slinging a trash bag, then raising a glass with us at Drifter’s.
Moxie Fearless Furnishings to close
Fatherland District shop Moxie Fearless Furnishings is set to close at the end of the month, co-owner Elaine Hensley tells us, which'll be a big bummer to the many folks who love the shop’s stylish mix of furniture and home goods.
But the closure comes with positive reasons — Hensley and partner Scott Moore started Moxie as an outgrowth of their work in film production design, and that first love is demanding more attention.
“Our TV production design work is super busy,” says Hensley, an Emmy-winning art director, “so we are committed to that first.”
Their first business, Art Dogs Props — which provides prop and furniture rentals for TV production, photography and events — is based in Wedgewood-Houston, and it’ll be getting their full focus as the doors at Moxie close.
“We hope to expand it and maybe create some pop-up shops now and then, with our same eclectic, unexpected, modern vibe,” she says.
Of course, the big change doesn’t come without some feels.
“We will miss our friends and customers,” Hensley says.
If you’d like to drop by and shop before Moxie closes, head to 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 303. More info on the Moxie Fearless Furnishings website.
Creative space The Warren hosts official opening
We have a new creative hub in the neighborhood: The Warren, which — in addition to being the full-time studio for five Nashville artists of various disciplines — will double as a workshop stop, triple as a pop-up-shop home, quadruple as a gallery space and quintuple and sextuple(?) as a location for various other community events. They’re planning to be all sorts of busy.
To kick it all off, the home-team artists — Hannah Beasley, Ava Puckett, Rebecca Green, Zie Darling and Kayla Stark — will host an official opening shindig this Saturday, April 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. They’ll be showing off the studio, slinging drinks, selling prints and cards and generally saying hello.
The Warren is located at 1002 Fatherland Street, Suite 201, if you’d like to swing by with a warm welcome. For more on the new space, visit TheWarrenNashville.com.
That party, as it happens, coincides/comes in conjunction with another thing worth celebrating: the one-year anniversary of East Nashville’s monthly art crawl, the East Side Art Stumble.
For a full year now, various galleries and shops and other neighborhood businesses have pulled together to showcase our community’s art scene the second Saturday of each month. And this month’s first-birthday edition brings a slew of opening and closing receptions and sneak previews and other art-focused goodness, in addition to the official hello to The Warren.
For the full rundown of what’s on the schedule for Saturday’s Stumble, visit the East Side Art Stumble website.
New tours celebrate Nashville street art
Gallery art certainly isn’t the only kind of art that’s thriving in Nashville broadly, East Nashville specifically — our street art game is strong, something that’s immediately apparent merely by wandering the neighborhood for a few minutes.
Ever want to know more about the talented folks making our neighborhood’s walls more interesting/beautiful? Longtime Nashville street artist Bryan Deese (you’ve likely seen his mural work on the Performing Artist Co-Op/purple building at Five Points a few times) recently launched Nashville Street Art Tours, a series of 90-minute edutaining jaunts that offer a look at some of our city’s finest street-art pieces, with background stories about the work and the artist.
Deese’s description: “An all-inclusive look at the history and evolution of Nashville street art and graffiti.”
The weekend tours meet at the Farmers Market downtown, but we’re told they make their way East to spotlight some of our art and our artists.
Tickets are $25 a person, and are available at the Nashville Street Art Tours Square site.
For more on the man behind the tours, visit Bryan Deese’s website.
A fond farewell to a Mobley mainstay
Many an East Nashville pet owner will be raising a sad but still celebratory glass next week, as Dr. John S. Robison, a veterinarian and loving friend to four-legged family members at Mobley Veterinary Clinic, moves into well-earned retirement after 20 years there.
Since we didn’t have a photo of Dr. Robison to share, figured we could illustrate what a great part of our community he’s been with an image of the fruits of his labor, above. That fuzzy dum-dum on the right — my dog Alli — nearly didn’t make it past puppyhood, when she came down with a terrible bout of pneumonia days after we adopted her. Dr. Robison and his colleagues lovingly nursed her back to health over several weeks, and now she’s a happy ball of 8-year-old crazy. Guesses are there are hundreds of stories like this that our neighbors could share, from 20 years of Dr. Robison's devotion to East Nashville pets and pet families.
Big thanks to Dr. Robison, always.
The good related news: Joining the Mobley clan will be Dr. Georgia Parsons, a rare born-and-bred East Nashvillian who’s worked with Mobley in various capacities since she was a teen, learning the animal-care ropes.
If you’d like to say goodbye to Dr. Robison (his last day is the 15th) or hello to Dr. Parsons, Mobley is located at 4709 Gallatin Road.
If you’re not familiar with the clinic at all, get to know its namesake, Dr. Summer Mobley, via our relatively recent Know Your Neighbor piece on him.
Let’s talk about sidewalks (again)
A topic that is relevant to many an Eastsider’s interests (many a Nashvillian’s, really): the 2016 Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways Update, otherwise known as WalknBike.
The effort to better our city’s walks and ways, under Mayor Megan Barry’s stewardship, is kicking off with a public meeting on Friday, April 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library downtown (615 Church).
At the meeting, Metro Public Works reps and consultants will share an overview of what’s in the planning, and you’ll be able to share your feelings and opinions about what kinds of changes you’d like to see.
Not free for the meeting? There are digital ways to get your two pence in, too.
Check out/leave feedback on the WalknBike interactive map, which allows you to drop a pin where you think improvements should be made.
For more info on the effort, drop by the WalknBike website and explore.
— Jy’all know that musical icon Robyn Hitchcock moved to the neighborhood? He did. (And step off, everyone who thinks they have a grasp of creative/weird, next to Hitchcock, you're a straight normie.) Related, he’ll be playing his “first gig as a local” this month, with comedian Eugene Mirman — April 19 at Marathon Music Works.
— Congrats to the folks from cool-kids shop Rich Hippies, who just opened their second location in Germantown. (The East Side orig is at 725 Porter Road.)
— Kinda stoked that some fun musically themed brunches have been popping up in the neighborhood lately. (You know East Nashville loves a brunch.) On Saturday, Dino's kicks off a monthly Ice Cold Hip Hop Brunch, during which “Coach & Rate are taking over the Dino's back patio to play a bunch of hip hop music while you drink cold beer and eat brunch.” The Pub at The Basement East also recently launched The Soul Brunch with DJ Radski, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s soul music, (exemplary) brunch foods and perhaps the most incredible (green) Bloody Mary you’ve ever had. Y’all get to brunchin’, now.
— Not surprising that when Paste Magazine took on a Craft Beer Guide to Nashville, they encouraged folks to come to our side of the river repeatedly.
— WSMV recently dropped a little love on East Nashville chocolate shop Chocolate F/X, “where the chocolate comes to life.” (Not literally, because that’s terrifying.)
— The Tennessean, meanwhile, dropped a little love on new Inglewood book store Atomic Nashville, celebrating their grand opening 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 16.
— Also in The Tennessean: “The untold story of East Nashville's Slow Bar.” We also really liked the told story of the Slow Bar/Basement East we ran not so long ago.
— Houston’s Houstonia, finger on the pulse, hung out in the neighborhood and says “Nashville appears poised to be the next Hip American Midsize city.”
That’s all for this week. Have something you’d like to share (preferably East Nashville-related, though we’re also cool with baby goat videos and sloth photos)? Email Nicole.