This week’s big news, at least in our world: Our January/February issue is here. Nashville creator Callie Khouri (pictured above) is on the cover, and elsewhere, you can read about the newly crowned East Nashvillians of the year (business and citizen), East Nashville author Lydia Peelle, rock & roll mainstay Dan Baird and lots more.
Pick up a print copy at restaurants/shops/etc. all across town, or read the issue online here.
With that, here’s this week’s other East Nashville News:
Marathon Pilates, bWELL Massage, p3nashville teaming up for East location
We’ll soon have another health and wellness stop in the heart of East Nashville, as Marathon Pilates, bWELL Massage and p3nashville combine forces, taking over the former Horner Rausch Optical Co. space at at 968 Main.
If this sounds a little familiar: Hints at that kind of business came through when the shuttering of HROC hit the news in November, but these are the specifics. While we don’t have an opening date yet (we reached out to Marathon, and will report back), here’s what we do know:
Marathon Pilates is already serving Nashvillians via their 12 South location, with group and private classes, along with individually tailored sessions. P3nashville has a West-side location as well, offering physical therapy, Pilates, massage and nutrition services on West End. bWELL, however, looks like a new brand from a familiar face: Longtime LMT Lisa Brown is in charge, and on Main, she’s planning to have a private massage space and “full complement of equipment.”
A social announcement from Marathon noted that “together we will be working to improve alignment, balance, movement, efficiency and to optimize whole-body health,” with pilates, massage and physical therapy offerings all under that shared East Nashville roof.
While we await an opening date, explore more at marathonpilates.com, www.p3nashville.com and www.bwellmassage.com.
Walker Creek Confections closes East Nashville location
Tennessee-bred purveyors of “damn fine candy,” Walker Creek Confections, have taken East Nashville off their shop-location list, closing their IDEA Hatchery confectionery at 1108 Woodland Street at the top of the New Year.
Headquartered in Watertown, Tennessee (about an hour east of Nashville), Walker Creek is known for an array of artisan toffees and caramels. They opened the East Nashville location around mid-2015, and in the fall of 2016, moved to a larger storefront within the IDEA Hatchery. This past October, they added another location, grand-opening a Walker Creek shop in Franklin at the Factory.
Owner Cathy McCook told us she didn’t have anything to share regarding the East Side closure, but did want to note that her team “enjoyed being in East Nashville and serving our customers there.”
If you’re a Walker Creek toffee fanatic, don’t be too bummed — there are still plenty of ways to snag their wares, including that newer Franklin location, the OG shop in Watertown (114 E Main St, Watertown, TN 37184) and online at walkercreektoffee.com.
River North project aimed at reinventing East Bank
Some of the most-talked-about Nashville development news this week focused on our side of the river: a 100-plus-acre project called River North, perched right on the East Bank, kind of smack in between East Nashville proper and Germantown to our west.
All told, the project is set to include multi-family residential space, commercial office space, retail space and entertainment and hospitality space, along with public green space and waterfront activity space. (S'alotta space.) Work on its 40-acre first phase, “The Landings,” is set to kick off in the second quarter of this year.
River North is the work of Chicago-based Monroe Investment Partners, who’ve been investing in that area for years. And it looks like they’re garnering noteworthy local fans for the plan already — the River North website, from which the above imagery is culled, quotes Mayor Megan Barry as saying, “River North begins an exciting new era in Nashville’s relationship with the Cumberland River by strategically orienting civic life along the riverfront.” A little less political-speak-y take: The Nashville Business Journal notes that the Mayor sees the project as “key to fully harnessing downtown's economic potential.”
Among River North's future neighbors: the also much-talked-about Topgolf entertainment complex.
Contrast the River North vision with what’s currently there, pictured below, and… it’s sure envisioned as quite the major change.
Learn more about what’s in the planning at www.rivernorthnashville.com, and get further details from the Nashville Business Journal.
More detail emerges in the Hill Center Greenwood plans
The last week of 2016, we shared tidbits about a potential new development — including a Sprouts Farmers Market — around Gallatin and Greenwood. This week, developers H.G. Hill dropped a big proposal for their Hill Center Greenwood vision, with a fleshed-out set of perusable plans.
If you’re feeling a little tl;dr about a 28-page proposal, here are some key points:
The proposed Sprouts would anchor the complex, the frontage on Gallatin consisting of a large parking lot (151 spaces), one-story retail on the south corner, one-story restaurant space on the north. Flanking the grocery building in the rear, two-story residential buildings would be in place, buffering the transition to residences as you move east into the neighborhood. Across the street on the northwest corner of Gallatin and West Greenwood, the plan includes an additional one-story retail space with patio, and a parking structure with an additional 76 spaces.
As it stands now, plans are to start sitework/construction this fall, with a spring/summer 2019 opening.
Currently, that intersection is home to Camille’s Market, the Athlete’s Foot and Young’s Fashion, with a Cricket wireless shop across the street.
There’s a lot more of the Hill Center Greenwood vision in the document if you’re highly interested, from rainwater harvesting and sidewalk plans and aesthetic intentions to a full timeline. Check it out here.
— The newly released Bonnaroo lineup includes some East Nashville neighbors: onetime East Nashvillian cover star Aaron Lee Tasjan and fellow rising star Margo Price, plus rock achievers Cage the Elephant (who’ve also worked here in the neighborhood with super-producer Jay Joyce). Other bold names, if you haven’t already explored: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper and lots of others. More info (and tickets) at www.bonnaroo.com.
— Also related to talented musical neighbors: Sturgill Simpson (whose rise, at least locally, traces back here to East Nashville) is Saturday’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and if you’d like to celebrate another neighbor going live from New York, but from here in the neighborhood, the Beast Pub is having a viewing party. Starts at 10:30 p.m., 917 Woodland.
— Heads up for local artists: Turnip Green Creative Reuse is accepting applications for its 2017 Reuse Artist in Residence. An artist will be chosen for each quarter, and given unlimited access to TG’s East Nashville studio/materials and a $500 stipend. More info/application here.
— If you happened to read about “the rise of emo nostalgia” in The New Yorker this week, worth noting: Nashville is the Reason’s been on that for a good while, and their emo-star-studded monthly DJ nights are held here in the neighborhood at the BEAST Pub. Next month, they’re doing a Punk Rock Prom at The Basement East, with a Smiths cover band featuring members of Bayside/Saves the Day/Braid and more.
— This Saturday, Jan. 14 is January’s East Side Art Stumble, with openings and exhibits across the neighborhood, including The Red Arrow Gallery (with East Nashville artist Daniel Holland), the Family Wash, Art and Invention and many others. Always an excellent excuse to explore our art scene. More info here.
— The East Nashville Beer Festival will be in East Park on April 8 this year. Ticket announcement expected soon.
— Colorful fun for a colorful neighborhood: East Nashville artist and teacher Camilla Spadafino’s Paint the Town by Numbers, Nashville kit is being repressed soon, and there’s a launch/Kickstarter coming.
— A fun read from friend/neighbor/writer Susannah Felts about East Nashville bookstores Her Bookshop and Atomic Nashville.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.