East Nashville News: New event space plans, East Nashville Hope Exchange annual fundraiser, Pet Wants grand opening and more

Greetings, all! Emma Alford here. You may have seen my name by our magazine’s calendar over the years—if not, nice to meet ya. Nicole has handed the ship over to your’s truly and she has left some big shoes to fill. We will miss seeing her name in the byline for our weekly roundup. Thanks for all your time and witty words, Nicole. I’ll be taking the helm from here on out.

Now, on to the good stuff.  East Nashville Hope Exchange is hosting their annual fundraiser, big plans for some choice East Side acreage are in the works, a pet store has its grand opening and more.

East Nashville Hope Exchange to host 15th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction


On Friday, April 21, the lovely folks over at East Nashville Hope Exchange (ENHE) are hosting their annual wine tasting and silent auction—now in its 15th year. On our end, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the event, but if you’re looking to set your plans in stone you can buy your tickets online now. Each year the event features wines from around the world, a silent auction, and some light entertainment. The “corkdorks” at Midtown Wine & Spirits will be providing the vino for the evening and it sounds like they’ve got some pretty bid-worthy items for the silent auction. Among the auction loot: a one-night stay at the Renaissance Nashville, a 5-day "brain camp" from Learning RX, and oodles of gift certificates to local eateries, shops, and more.

The event will be held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church (419 Woodland St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. If you don’t know about the work that ENHE does, they’re a non-profit that supports literacy programs for at-risk children. They not only work with the kiddos directly but help to strengthen community and family involvement in youth education through summer and school year programs. The organization runs entirely on donations, grants and fundraisers like this auction. Last year the event raised roughly $28,000 for ENHE. Tickets available online for $35. If you’re the gambling type, look out for our giveaway.

Event-space, recording studio, and beer garden-style lodge coming to Hart Lane

You’ve probably seen the empty chunk of land near our "beloved" DMV on Hart Lane. The owner of the bar/music venue 3rd and Lindsley Ron Brice and architect Richard King have scooped up 35 acres of land between Hart Lane and Ben Allen Road. They have plans to turn it into an event space and beer garden-style lodge. The plot of land includes a hill that has one of the highest elevations in Davidson County (sounds like a great spot for NYE firework watching). They are hoping to have an indoor-outdoor lodge with a recording studio, plus an event space on the top o’ the hill. Brice and King are also shooting to have around 100 residential lots on half of the newly-acquired property; prices for the single-family homes starting around $250,000.

The project is piggy-backing on Metro Planning Commission's  recent passage of the city's first trail-oriented development community policy. The policy calls for publicly accessible trails to connect all properties within an area that is underserved by existing greenways. These types of policies encourage “active” transportation, AKA more walking, biking, and dancing to nearby locations and less driving. This new development will have multi-use trails connecting to all parcels of the land, including Oakwood Park, and nearby schools Jere Baxter Middle and Maplewood High. Read more about what Brice and King have planned on the Tennessean.com.

Pet Wants grand opening Saturday, April 8


The pet wants what it wants. At least, if they could talk, that’s what we think they’d say. The folks over at Pet Wants (962 Woodland St.) opened their doors in December, but they’re planning a proper grand opening for Saturday, April 8. You might remember when Pet Wants hosted dog gift kit maker’s Teenie & Gus’ launch party earlier this year. The all-natural dog and cat kibble brand is slow-cooked in small batches and can make it to your furry friend’s mouth within weeks (rather than months) of its production. They even offer free at-home delivery services, so now you're not the only one that can have meals delivered right to your door. The kibble purveyors will be selling their all-natural chow and other pet goodies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be handing out free samples, so discerning mutts can try before they (you) buy.

Following the official opening, from 4 to 7 p.m. that evening they will host an art show featuring pet-inspired work from local artists. Proceeds will benefit local rescue organization Snooty Giggles. They will also have some tunes from local act Magnolia Wind to start the afternoon off. 

The only thing we may love more than murals in East Nashville are our pets, so this new spot should be a hit. Owner Shawna Cohen believes it too, "It is heartwarming to know how much this community cares about their pets, which is why I'm so grateful to be able to share my passion for animals and to be able to provide superior nutrition choices and service." 

Quick Bits:


-We don’t have many details, but we have gotten word that The Mainstay (501 Main St.) will host it’s grand opening this Saturday, April 1. The new spot is taking over the space formerly occupied by The Vine. We did a rundown on the anticipated new joint a few months back. You can expect the drinks to be flowing and a taste of some “elevated bar food."

-We mentioned it earlier this week, but the folks over at Kustom Thrills are celebrating their 10th anniversary this Sunday, April 2.  Stop by to wish them a happy birthday and enjoy the free festivities while you're at it.

-Nashville Aikikai is looking to enroll students for their youth and adult classes—only $40/month, interested samurais should check their Facebook for more details. 

-Our city’s progressive community station Radio Free Nashville is hosting its “senior prom” over the river at Yazoo Brewery on Sunday, April 2nd from 1 to 4 p.m. to mark their 12th anniversary. Prom attire encouraged, ideally less acne required.

-Want to learn more about fermenting foods and their health benefits? Turnip Truck East is hosting a DIY workshop for you. Space limited, snag your tix here

-Funny moms:  We dropped a line about this last week, but don’t forget to attend East Nashville's own Jenna von Oy’s book signing this Saturday, April 1 at Parnassus Books in Green Hills Mall.

-Last call for all your makers out there to submit an application for Porter Flea’s summer market. Deadline April 2. 

-Lockeland Table’s sous chef Danny Bua Jr. will be leaving his spot in their kitchen to fulfill his dream of running a taco truck. Be on the lookout for “That Awesome Taco Truck” this summer.

-New art coming to the East Side when Raven and Whale Gallery opens its doors at The Idea Hatchery this Saturday, April 1. 

- Venturing past the Cumberland? Check out our friends at Edgehill Rocks this Saturday, April 1. 

-Feeling farmy? The Nashville chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier is hosting a daylong tour and dinner fundraiser to celebrate the farm culture of Bells Bend and surrounding areas. Les Dames is a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women in the culinary, fine beverage, and hospitality sectors. Grab your tix for Tour De Farm: Beyond the Bend here. 

That’s a wrap for this week. Tips to share? Email Emma.

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