So, obviously the biggest thing going in East Nashville this week is our annual celebration of the vegetablest of all fruits, the Tomato Art Fest. Friday and Saturday, there’ll be art, music, shopping, food, running, lots of people wearing red, the occasional tomato-flavored beer, and lots more.
There’s lots happening Friday, including the ticketed Tomato Art Pre View Party at Art & Invention and some evening live music. But the main hunk of the fest is Saturday.
We’ll be up and at ‘em early Saturday at the "Push, Pull & Wear" Parade, which is super fun, so here’s encouragement to join us.
Beyond, it’ll be a long (and joyous) fest, so here’s to pacing ourselves. Hope to see you there.
Without further ado, this week’s (mostly non-Tomato) East Nashville News.
'Nashville Flipped,' back for seconds
We’d like to extend some big congrats to contractor Troy Dean Shafer and his East Nashville-based home renovation company Nashville Flipped: Their DIY Network series of the same name has been officially renewed for a second season.
The first season of Nashville Flipped showed Shafer and his team finding and refreshing a collection of less-than-pristine historic homes in the Nashville area, including several right here in the neighborhood. If you’re a lover of historic homes, the NF m.o. should be music to your ears — from the network’s breakdown of the show: “Reviving historic homes is as important to Troy as is accomplishing a financially sound flip.”
If you haven’t yet caught a Nashville Flipped episode — or would like to revisit — DIY has a little marathon going this Saturday, starting at noon and running until 3:30 p.m. Might make for some good pre- or post-Tomato Art Fest indoor-kid time.
Meet new biz Pet Wants Nashville shop during Tomato fest
Pet parents will soon have a new dog/cat food-shopping option in the neighborhood: Pet Wants Nashville is taking over 962 Woodland, next to the new Burger Up East, and we’re invited to take an early look at what they’ll be offering during this weekend’s Tomato Art Fest.
Don’t expect to find your standard brands at Pet Wants once the doors open — the company does their own thing, selling a branded “carefully developed proprietary pet food,” plus treats, supplements and other all-natural pet items.
Probably of particular interest to those of you who hate leaving the house: They’ll offer free delivery, selling their food by the pound.
The company is a growing chain/franchise business, launched in Cincinnati in 2010, and the East Nashville storefront is the first Music City location. (There are others spread throughout the country, from Washington to Colorado to Texas and on.)
If you’re headed by Five Points Saturday for Tomato festivities, Pet Wants Nashville owner Shawna Cohen will have a market table out front (the build-out is just beginning, so we can’t head inside just yet), where she’ll be sharing free samples of dog and cat food and homemade beef jerky.
An official opening date won’t be announced for a minute, but Cohen tells us she’s shooting for October 1.
The Ettes celebrate a ‘Shake the Dust’ decade
In September, it’ll officially be a decade since local rock trio The Ettes issued their well-praised debut LP, Shake the Dust, via indie label Sympathy for the Record Industry.
Since then, the band members have been plenty busy, creating “Record Store/Art and Design Collective/Record Label” Fond Object in Inglewood’s Riverside Village, launching a clothing line (drummer Poni Silver’s Black by Maria Silver), throwing tons of outdoor shows and wrangling Inglewood’s favorite rescue petting zoo. But next month, the band does a little bit of returning to their roots.
On September 30, a 10th anniversary vinyl edition of the long-out-of-print Shake the Dust is due out via Fond Object Records, limited to 1000 copies (700 on black vinyl, 300 on marble “Glasz” colored vinyl).
The re-release will include two bonus tracks culled from rare Ettes 7-inch releases — and you can check out one of those, “Eat the Night,” below.
If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, Shake the Dust preorders have begun, via the Fond Object website, or at the shop (1313 McGavock Pike).
Little Octopus wraps its arms around East Nashville a little longer
As we mentioned back in June, East Nashville restaurant Little Octopus won’t be “East Nashville restaurant Little Octopus” too much longer — the concept, locked down in pop-up spot POP for a year plus, is moving to the former Ru-San’s space in The Gulch.
Good news for us, though — initial plans were for a July 31 shutdown on the Eastside, but here we are in mid-August, and the 37206 restaurant is neither shut nor down. The LO folks announced Wednesday that they’d be extending service here in the neighborhood through the Fall.
“Well, what can we say.... we live in a booming metropolis and building a restaurant takes time,” the announcement reads, “but luckily we have POP and we get to stay until our forever home is ready.”
The Gulch move date is still up in the air, but meantime, we’ll still get to dine with the Octopus folks at 604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 202, 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
Once Little Octopus does move west, plans are for a new restaurant concept to take over POP. More info on that is still forthcoming.
High Class Hillbilly hosts anniversary party/market
If you’re a devoted vintage shopper, might want to mark August 21 on your calendar.
That Sunday, East Nashville vintage stop High Class Hillbilly is hosting a big anniversary party and market, noon to 8 p.m., with a crew of vendors, plus live music, cocktails and more.
On the vendor side: Closet Case Vintage, Southern Sun Vintage and many others. Music: Sergio Webb, Stephanie Hamood and Frankie Lee. The cocktails, of the free variety, come courtesy of Bacardi’s Tennessee white corn whiskey brand Bonnie Rose.
If you’re yet unfamiliar with High Class Hillbilly, it’s led/curated by musician Nikki Lane, whose taste is pretty spot on.
The shop is located at 4604C Gallatin Pike, and there’s lots more info at the High Class Hillbilly Facebook page.
— New Eastside gift shop Gift Horse hosts its grand opening celebration on Tomato Art Fest day (Saturday).
— A few other fun things to consider for Saturday/Tomato day…
Welcome Home is hosting a pop-up with mobile plant shop Flora, noon to 5 at 1882 Eastland Avenue.
Smith & Lentz Brewing has a crew of food trucks coming to the taproom backyard Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. Nashville Burrito Company, Bao Down and Bare Naked Bagel are all slated to attend. If you’re hungry/thirsty, head by 903 Main.
— Eastside music maker Aaron Lee Tasjan just got a big blast of love from NPR — check out this “Songs We Love” piece on “Little Movies,” from his upcoming album Silver Tears, due out in October. (Coincidentally, we recently ran a cover story on Aaron Lee Tasjan, and we recently ran a piece on NPR scribe Ann Powers, too).
— From Nashville Business Journal: Investors are under contract for a lot more East bank Riverfront property near the in-the-works Topgolf complex, and are aiming for a mixed-use development.
— We mentioned last month that the Pet Community Center had launched a fundraiser to expand their surgical capacity. Congrats are due — they surpassed their $15K goal, and are now on track to double their low-cost spay/neutering service abilities. (The Center is located at 943 Doctor Richard G Adams Drive.)
— A big congratulations goes out to the folks at Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea, celebrating 8 years in business this week.
— Another big anniversary shout out: As of August 9, East Nashville book shop East Side Story has been loving on local writers/readers for four years.
— The next HENMA mixer/meeting is set for Tuesday, August 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Clayton Floors & More (2703 Gallatin Pike). If you’re an Eastside business owner, feel encouraged to join in.
— If you wanted to share your wit and help name the new Five Points mural bears, we’re almost at the buzzer.
— Looks like Eastside rock band The Dead Deads, who’ve been wandering the country with ‘90s hitmakers Bush lately, are due for what we think is their biggest hometown show yet: September 22 at War Memorial with Chevelle.
That’s all for this week. Have something you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.