This week’s East Nashville news roundup is stocked with new businesses and/or changes at existing ones. Business is our business, and business… is… good?
Anyhow, on to it:
Otis James is coming back east
Back when Otis James was just starting up his artisan tie and cap biz, he toiled out of an East Nashville backyard. And the prodigal son, he is returning to, um, whence he came: James is in the process of moving his production and retail operation from Marathon Village back over to our side of the river.
He’ll be taking over the storefront that once housed Rainbow Fashions over on Gallatin, in front of Barista Parlor. It’s a fine pairing, since he and BP are already bros — James even made a BP-stamped limited edition throwback ballcap that was up for purchase in the upscale coffee shop (see: up top).
“Those of you that know me personally, as well as those that live in Nashville, will understand how important and significant this move is,” James wrote in a blog post. “We are getting out of Marathon Village and taking over a legit retail location, and not only a legit retail location, but quite possibly the best possible retail location we could have.”
James tells us he expects the new space to be open in early October. Meantime, ogle some Otis James creations.
New neighborhood shop for craft enthusiasts
The Shoppes on Fatherland welcomes another new face: fabric, yarn and craft store Nutmeg, led by shop owner Nutmeg (otherwise known as Meg Anderson).
A grand opening celebration is set for this Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon to 6 at the shop, 1006 Fatherland St, suite 204. Expect to see organic and handmade fibers, the work of indie textile and pattern designers and more.
Check out more at the Nutmeg website. (And congrats, new neighbor!)
New restaurant and wine bar for 5th & Main
We’ve been trying to link up with operating partner Greg Swafford to get some fancy details on this, but here’s what we know at this point: The space that formerly housed Feast over at the 5th & Main condo complex will soon get new life as The Vine, a restaurant and wine bar.
Remodeling is already underway at 501 Main St., and we hope to have info on an opening date and other such specifics soon. If you’d like to keep up with the build-out, check out The Vine on Facebook.
New ONYX slings a lot more than coffee
We were bummed to hear that art studio/gallery Kaleidoscope was closing back in April, and we’re happy to see that the cute yellow building it lived in now has new life.
New to that space: ONYX, a multifaceted business that I won’t try to describe better than they have:
“ONYX is a unique shop in East Nashville featuring vintage items of all kinds, artisan jewelry, watch repair and battery replacement, handmade soaps and lotions and much more, all in a wonderful coffee shop complete with drive-thru window.”
They say there’s nothing new under the sun, but a drive-thru coffee shop that can fix your watch sounds pretty new from this vantage point. Visit ONYX at 3107 Gallatin Pike, or at their website.
New chef at Holland House
Eater Nashville’s been all over the chef-swapping news at fine-eats space Holland House this week. Monday, they reported that chef Kristin Beringson was headed from HH to City Winery. Wednesday, they followed up with news that chef Hrant Arakelian is taking the helm. So there you have it: Holland House continues to serve wonderful foods, and all is well with the world.
Celebrate two years of Fat Bottom Brewing
Raising a glass in someone’s honor has never felt more appropriate: East Nashville craft beer cap’ns Fat Bottom Brewing will celebrate two fine years come Sunday, Aug. 17, with a party at their place.
There’ll be lots of live music, food available from Porter Road Butcher and The Gambling Stick, samples of Matchless Coffee Soda (fair warning: it’s amazing) and, of course, lots of Fat Bottom brews. A $10 cover gets you a bottomless cup. Pace yourself.
Party runs 4 to 8 p.m. at 900 Main St. Our heartiest congrats, Fat Bottoms.
Celebrate a year of Smokers Abbey
Our cigar-celebrating friends at Smokers Abbey are inching upon their one-year anniversary, and they also have plans to celebrate in style, with a party at their place on Saturday, Aug. 30. In their plans: raffles, kegs, DJing and, naturally, cigars (lots on special, for the special occasion).
Congrats to you too, Abbey folks. Head by 604 Gallatin Ave #102 at 6 p.m. if you’d like to celebrate with ‘em.
New Red Arrow exhibit opening
Riverside Village’s Red Arrow Gallery opens its latest exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 16 with a celebratory reception. They’ll be showing work from Colorado artist Kay Tuttle in an exhibition called Nature:Couture, which highlights ideas of wealth and consumerism.
Drop by 1311 McGavock Pike starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the opening reception; drop by Fond Object next door for music from Francie Moon & The Great Outdoors. More at the Red Arrow website.
Get your Tomato Fest swag before the weekend’s out
If, say, sunstroke or over-stimulation kept you from snagging the Tomato Art Fest T-shirts or posters that you wanted during the fest, good news: You can still snag those via the TAF website.
Time-sensitive news: They’ll be gone after the weekend, so jump on it if you want it.
That’s all for this week. As always, we welcome your East Nashville news submissions.