Lot of the mutterings on the street this week were about a Kid Rock video (but not Kid Rock) on Riverside and bummer times up the road at the now-shuttered Watanabe. Elsewhere, we heard some news about new businesses and potential new businesses, holiday parties and more.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Clean plates and clean laundry at new Madeline Nashville
Neighbors in 37207 will soon have a new place to snag meals, snacks and… freshly laundered underthings: Cafe/laundry/dessert spot Madeline Nashville is set for 1224 Meridian St., and word around the campfire is they’re aiming for a mid-December opening (though first of the year is possible).
What to expect from this new hub of edibles and washables? According to the menu they have up on their new website, we’ll see Southern/American favorites (sausage and bacon biscuits, grits, burger sliders, bread pudding) and farther-flung favorites like croque madame sandwiches and chocolate pot de creme. Beer and wine are in the plans as well.
To keep up with happenings/opening plans, head to the Madeline Nashville website and/or Facebook page.
More new businesses near The Dog Spot?
Chad Baker expanded his East Nashville dog dynasty in late 2013, opening Spot’s Pet Supply across the street from popular boarding/daycare stop The Dog Spot. We’re not predicting any new pet-focused businesses, necessarily, but we should be seeing some more new business faces around that Gallatin Avenue cluster soon enough.
Baker recently snagged the 11,000-square-foot space at 1000 Gallatin Ave. (most recently Today’s Fashion Mart), and will most likely split that space into two or three smaller storefronts up front, with a larger space in the back.
With the busy holiday season in full swing, work isn't expected to begin on these new spaces until the new year (unless some new business owners sign leases imminently, which’ll speed things up). But some hot (read: super vague but still) gossip we got as far as possibles: maybe a new spot for an existing restaurant, maybe a new restaurant, maybe retail.
Far as the booking process goes, “We want to make sure the tenants are a good fit for the building and neighborhood,” Baker says. (If you’re a business friend interested in finding out more/checking the spaces out, reach Baker at 615-578-8800 or Bakertwins@gmail.com.)
Speaking of Spot’s: Take your pup to see Santa
Just a quick Spot's Pet Supply-related side note for you pet parents: Bring your pup by Spot’s (1013 Gallatin) on December 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and grab a free photo with Santa, plus enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies (for you, not the dog, because... y'know, chocolate). For encouragement, see above. (Photo: Ted Eytan.)
Powell Design Studio moving into Fluffo
There’s been stuff/movement going on down at the Fluffo Building on Main St. in recent months, and if you’ve been wondering about who might be moving in, here’s at least one new (but old, East Nashville-wise) face: Powell Design Studio, also known as Powell Architecture & Building.
They’ve been on Shelby since 2008, but are planning to move down to the Fluffo hub (which also houses Fat Bottom Brewing, Hot Yoga East Nashville and others) imminently. Their new address: 904 Main Street, Suite A-1.
Happy birthdays for local businesses
Two great (and quite different) East Nashville businesses celebrate milestones this week:
East Side Smiles, the friendly dental compound led by lovable neighbor Dr. Tom Hadley, celebrated five years of caring for East Nashville teeth on November 17. (Visit the East Side Smiles website for more.)
Then Saturday (Nov. 22), newer face Welcome Home will toast to their first year of sharing gifts and home decor over at 1882 Eastland (in the Walden nook) with some extra treats for shoppers. Stop by Saturday, toast with a mimosa and enter a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the shop.
Welcome Home also just swapped to holiday hours to give neighbors more time to holiday shop. They’ll be open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 5. For more, visit Welcome Home on Facebook.
Upcoming open house/benefit parties
Since the holiday season often encompasses the welcoming of folks into your home, some local businesses are following suit, hosting open houses/parties in the coming days/weeks.
All day November 29 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Fatherland Street shop Abode invites neighbors in for their annual holiday open house, sharing refreshments while you peruse their latest selection of gifts (many of them local and/or one of a kind). Abode is at 1006 Fatherland St., #102A.
On December 4, newly minted 501c3 non-profit The Nashville Community Darkroom hosts a holiday benefit party, with food, drinks and music from excessively talented neighbor Tim Carroll, plus the chance to explore the Darkroom’s space and photographic offerings. Admission is free, and the party runs 6 to 9 p.m. at 1143 Gallatin.
On December 6, the pup-helping folks at East C.A.N. host their annual Holiday Open House at 1303 Forrest from 6 to 10 p.m., open to all. There will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages; there won’t be any of their adoptable pets in the house, but you can digitally meet some furry friends in need of a family at East C.A.N.’s Facebook page.
Cold weather / hot chili
And speaking of East C.A.N.: This year’s third annual installment of benefit competition The East Nashville Chili Bowl is set for Monday, Nov. 24, with all proceeds going toward East C.A.N.’s efforts to help dogs in our community.
During the Bowl, 20 contenders (having submitted an entry fee of $20) will share their spicy creations, and attendees — pitching in a $3 donation, or a new toy/food for East C.A.N. pups — get to taste those offerings. Prizes will be given for most unique, judges’ choice and people’s choice chilis.
The event runs 7 to 9 p.m. at 3 Crow Bar (1024 Woodland).
Celebrate Small Business Saturday on Fatherland
We recently mentioned the Gallatin Galavant, a teaming of East Side businesses for Small Business Saturday on November 29. It’s not the only combining of local-biz forces happening in the neighborhood that day.
Fa-La-La-La-Fatherland! — running 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., also on November 29 — brings together a broad mix of Fatherland Street businesses, who’ll share refreshments, deals, prize drawings and other SBS goodies.
Participating businesses offer just about everything you might need for your holiday shopping list, from clothes and accessories at Tiffany’s Boutique to boutique effects pedals at Eastside Music Supply, teas at High Garden and hemp stuff at Hempopotamus. (Eye the image above for the full rundown.)
For more on Fa-La-La-La-Fatherland!, visit the Facebook event page.
If you’re in the market for local gift suggestions overall, have you checked out our gift guide?
Give the gift of reading at Fairytales
Another neighborhood option for giving back this holiday season: Local children’s book shop Fairytales launched a book drive on Thursday, gathering used kids’ books from friends and neighbors to support youth literacy advocacy organization Ride For Reading. Stop by the shop (at 114 S. 11th St.) through November 26 to drop off your book donations; if you give five or more books, Fairytales will show their thanks with a $5 coupon (limit one per family).
Fairytales hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info, visit Fairytales on Facebook.
That’s this week’s roundup. Sitting on some East Nashville news you’d like to share? Hit us.