To start this week, we’d like to share our respects for East Nashville icon Bill Martin of Bill Martin’s Grocery, who passed away last week at the age of 96. His store has stood through decades of changes in our community, and Martin remained a beloved fixture there throughout.
If you don’t know much about him, WKRN put together a great piece on the “true Tennessee hero” late last year.
On a less sad note, we’re also proud to celebrate The East Nashvillian’s seventh anniversary this week. We’ve seen and chronicled a lot of changes too, and we’re thankful that our neighbors have read, shared, contributed and commented. (Even you salty Facebook grumps.) Hope we can be a voice in East Nashville for many years to come. If you'd like to look back through our years of coverage, here are The East Nashvillian's digital back issues.
One last bit of longstanding East Nashvilleness: We all know that this Friday and Saturday bring the 14th annual Tomato Art Fest, with all its shopping and eating and listening and celebrating and competing and general good times.
We’ll be there, of course, and we have a special treat: Come see us (at booth 403 right near Eastside Cycles), and take a chance spinning our prize wheel. You might leave with tickets to one of a slew of Nashville shows, from Bleachers to the Head and the Heart, Penny and Sparrow, Michelle Branch, UB40 and lots, lots more, courtesy of AEG Presents.
Hope to see you there, and also please hydrate and wear sunscreen.
With that, on to the latest East Nashville News:
Peninsula restaurant aiming for fall opening
Along with a bigger Her Bookshop location, brand-new mixed-use development The Eastland, at 1035 West Eastland, is also welcoming a new addition to the East Nashville dining scene: Iberian Peninsula-inspired eatery Peninsula.
The concept is a long time coming for co-owners/spouses Craig Schoen and Yuriko Say and partner/chef Jake Howell, Schoen tells us.
“My wife and I have had the Spanish/Portuguese concept for about 10 years, and were just waiting for the right chef, moment, place, etc.,” he says.
The three have extensive restaurant-biz experience, spanning from New York to Seattle, where they were most recently located. It was at renowned chef Renee Erickson's Seattle spot the Walrus and the Carpenter that Schoen and Say found that “right chef” in Howell, an Idaho-bred craftsman whose resume includes a mix of West Coast restaurants.
Far as the “right place,” friend/Hot Yoga East Nashville owner Brooke Asbury, who relocated here a few years back, gets some credit.
“She convinced me that it would be a perfect fit for my wife and I to open our dream spot,” Schoen says. “After visiting, I went back to Seattle and twisted the arms of my wife and chef to pack up and move down even though they had never been in the South at all.”
The menu, Schoen says, will feature “lots of game, vegetables, simple and old-world European techniques without the pretense of some other areas of Europe. Lots of wine from the region, a Spanish-style gin and tonic menu, and of course, an extensive cocktail program since that is the world I come from.”
The trio is shooting for an opening just after Labor Day, and Schoen says they’re on track to hit it.
Check out some more about the Peninsula plans at peninsulanashville.com.
Ellie Monster joins the Shoppes
Western/retro clothing shop Ellie Monster is another newer addition to the Shoppes on Fatherland, opening up at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 208, in mid-July.
The brand itself, though, has plenty of miles under its boots. Owner Ellie Lahey launched Ellie Monster in 2005, opened her first shop in New Orleans in 2009, then headed here to Nashville in 2012. The previous Ellie location was at 1108 Gallatin; redevelopment, Lahey says, prompted the move to the new space.
Inside the Ellie Monster doors, you’ll find stuff like custom embroidered, fringed and rhinestoned pearl-snap shirts, vintage boots and bolos and lots more.
The shop’s open now Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
To digitally explore some of Ellie’s creations, follow @elliemonsters on Instagram or check out the Elie Monster Etsy shop.
Meet Follow Me Cheese
Another new neighborhood spot for East Nashville food fanatics: Specialty cheese shop Follow Me Cheese opened in early August adjacent to Ellie Monster, at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 206.
Helmed by sisters/New Yorkers-turned-Nashvillians Danielle and Casey Deak, the shop stocks a hand-curated selection of American-made cheeses, with a particular leaning toward local/regional creations, and, given the confines of the cozy space, a focus only on cheeses “that the sisters themselves love.”
Follow Me Cheese is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 to 6 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.
For more, follow Follow Me Cheese on Facebook.
The Shine Project makes its Shoppes debut too
It’s been a real busy summer for new faces over at The Shoppes. Another newbie, The Shine Project, held its grand opening at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 303, on August 8.
On the shelves: affordable clothing, jewelry and gifts, all with a story.
As a college student, owner Ashley LeMieux worked with a program that helped inner-city students work toward post-secondary education, and got inspired to do more. She launched the non-profit Shine Scholarship Project, which propelled her toward creating a business that’d offer more than a one-time leg up.
LeMieux taught herself to make jewelry, and passed those skills on to local students in Phoenix, whose creations became the bedrock of The Shine Project. Still headquartered in Phoenix (though LeMieux and her husband have relocated here to Nashville), the company continues to provide scholarships to local students, along with mentoring, guidance and employment. Students work on everything from jewelry and shirt design to hand-making the pieces you buy, while earning money toward their education.
You can read more about the beginnings of The Shine Project here.
Do some shopping online at theshineproject.com, or stop by the East Nashville storefront Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Groove changes hands
Some changes are afoot at East Nashville record shop The Groove, but if you caught the shuttered doors earlier this week at 1103 Calvin Avenue, don’t worry — it’s not permanent.
Longtime owners John Moore and Louis Charette announced on Monday that they were handing the Groove reins over to new owners Michael Combs and Jesse Cartwright.
“We have been very fortunate to have served East Nashville and the local music community over the past seven-plus years and want to thank everyone again for their love, support and patronage,” the announcement said. “…We truly appreciate each and every friendship and working relationship we've established during our time at The Groove and we hope to see you again soon.”
The shop was slated to reopen Thursday (as this was being scribbled), but a social post noted that the reopening had to be pushed back; Friday’s the current plan, so doors may/should be opening as you read this.
The Groove opened in 2007, sharing new and used records/CDs etc., hosting loads of events and cementing a standing as a beloved haunt for local music obsessives. More on The Groove’s Facebook page.
Changes for 3rd and Church East Nashville
Another local ownership change: 3rd and Church East Nashville, which opened at 1406B McGavock Pike in early 2016, is ending its run on August 31. It’s set to be reborn on September 1 as Riverside Village Health and Wellness, under the new stewardship of nurse practitioner Brenda Simmons.
“Brenda and I worked together in the Emergency Room at TriStar Skyline Medical Center for years,” 3rd and Church owner Jason Boylan said in an announcement. “She is a highly talented, attentive provider who I know will ensure a smooth transition.”
Boylan said the change was part of an effort to focus on growth opportunities at the flagship 3rd and Church Healthcare location downtown, at 301 Church Street.
The clinic is tucked into Riverside Village in Inglewood, (conveniently) alongside Riverside Village Pharmacy.
— Congrats to Lockeland Table, celebrating five years in East Nashville this weekend! (Catch Chef Hal Holden-Bache at the Tomato Art Fest, Saturday on the Cooking Stage. He’s scheduled for 10:45 a.m.)
— Local shop Gift Horse is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday with an all-day shindig, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., including food trucks, giveaways, live music and more.
— Refinery 29 picked out 10 “pinked out destinations to add to your Instagram pilgrimage,” and East Nashville’s own Lemon Laine was on the globe-spanning list.
— Did you know the Turnip Truck is keeping bees and farming honey on their roof? Welp, that’s the buzz. They just harvested, and we’ll soon be able to snag their extremely local honey.
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.