East Nashville News: Perk and Cork opens, Khan's closes, East Nashvillian of the Year and more

 

A busy week: time to say hello, say goodbye and say, "Hey, neighbor, you done good."

On to this week's East Nashville News:

Perk and Cork (soft) opens for business

 
Back in June, we mentioned that Riverside Village would soon be welcoming a new “espresso and wine eatery,” Perk and Cork, in the blue house that Old Made Good once called home.
 
If you were looking forwarded to it, good news: The cute and cozy new space (soft) opened its doors on Thursday, serving offerings from the espresso half of its descriptor (bureaucratic stuff was holding up the wine list), along with sweet and savory panini (from grilled cheese to s’mores), cheese plates and more. 
 
The decor: homey and relaxed (think burlap and mason jars). The espresso beverages: top notch.
 
 
The eatery’s located at 1304 McGavock Pike. We don’t have word on regular hours, but keep up as they ramp up at Perk & Cork’s Facebook page.
 

Khan's Desserts to close

 
 
Much-loved neighborhood vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free restaurant and bakery Khan's Desserts announced this past weekend that they’ll be closing up shop as of Sunday, October 18.
 
“We have felt our customers to be part of our lives as we are part of theirs: making cakes for their children’s birthday each time they grow a year older, helping new vegans and the curious to learn about plant-based foods, witnessing your highlights like graduations and weddings, as well as the ordinary routines of daily meals…” the announcement says. “Khan’s has outgrown our small space, but the rent has gone up greatly, and without partnership or investment, we are unable to move to another location.”
 
The shop opened in 2013, after launching as a dessert provider for Nashville food stops including The Wild Cow and Jamaicaway, and in recent months had become the East Side go-to for vegans with a soft-serve ice cream-attuned sweet tooth. Although the restaurant’s thrust was veggie/vegan-minded, Khan’s became a favorite of many an East Side non-vegan (particularly for their cupcake selection).
 
Hours for the remaining Khan’s days are as follows:  
 
Friday, October 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 17: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
 
A community party is in the works for Sunday as the doors close; keep an eye for details on Khan’s’ Facebook page.
 

Pauli’s Place set for Shoppes on Fatherland

 
The Shoppes on Fatherland is set to get a new addition in the coming months: Pauli’s Place, a women’s boutique focused on new and pre-loved designer clothing, accessories, shoes and boots, will take over Suite 205, currently home to apparel company Project 615.
 
The name is a tribute to owner Randi Michaels Block’s daughter, who was adopted from Bulgaria this year. 
 
The doors-open date isn’t set yet, but Block tells us it’ll likely be between early November/early December. More on the new space soon.
 

It’s East Nashvillian of the Year nomination time

 
 
Heads up, neighbors: It’s once again time to heap some love on deserving East Nashville citizens and businesses via a nomination for East Nashvillian of the Year honors.
 
Your guidelines, as you’re trying to think of deserving personages:
 
The business category aims to honor a business or business owner that this year “portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer.”
 
The citizen category honors a local who “symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.”
 
To get your favorite folk in the running, send an email to lisaeastnash@gmail(dotcom) by Tuesday, November 10, and include the following:
 
1. Business owner name, business name and reason for your nomination 
2. Neighbor's name and reasons for nomination
 
For a reminder, check out our January/February 2015 issue and read about last year’s winners, Powell Architecture + Building Studio and (new Metro Councilman) Brett Withers. 
 

Drink wine, do good

 
 
There are many different ways one might approach encouraging others to do social good. Suggesting that they drink more wine is a less common, pretty easy-to-sell way.
 
Longtime Nashvillian Thomas Haehn launched FOH, the Feed Our Homeless project, alongside his brother, Konrad Hähn, a wine maker at Von Schleinitz winery in Germany. Thomas identified four Nashville charities that needed support; Konrad helped create a line of wines that, when purchased, helped direct funds to those charities. 
 
Included among the organizations that benefit from the profits of FOH’s wine line: our own East C.A.N., which works to aid animals in our community.
 
The varietals: two different “Rockin’” Rieslings, a twist on Prosecco, and “Underdog” dry Riesling and dry Rose, the latter of which were inspired by East C.A.N. and fellow Nashville animal advocacy group SAFPAW.
 
Interested in supporting as you sip? Main Street Liquor Market and Weiss' Liquors are carrying the wines in the neighborhood, and Thomas Haehn tells us Woodland Wine Merchant is about to start stocking too. Woodland (1001 Woodland Street) is also set to host a wine tasting on October 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
 
To learn more about the project, the wines and the charities, head to the HighDef Wines website, and/or follow FOH on Facebook.
 

High Note Gifts joins local gift-box game

 
 
As we roll into the holiday season, we’ll all to some degree wrangle with a desire to share meaningful, creative gifts. In our meaningful, creative neighborhood, there’s something of an easy answer: a piece of home.
 
Enter new local gifting service High Note Gifts, similar to Batch, in that curated packs of hometown goods are collected, arranged and shipped to folks we want to spoil.
 
A few cool things about High Note: a healthy mix of East Nashville-bred or -connected items are among their offerings (including chocolate from Olive & Sinclair, oatmeal from Haulin’ Oats and coffee from Bongo Java); and along with their variety of pre-planned crates, you can also opt to go custom. So you might, say, cobble an East Nashville crate and send it back to mom or dad to show what good care the neighborhood is taking of you.
 
The impetus behind creating High Note Gifts, according to cofounder Ilex Pounders, was in part a desire to capture what makes Nashville great.
 
“It’s the people and small businesses that live and thrive here, so we wanted to capture that. Our goal is to give people an authentic taste of Music City. Working with and driving awareness for other local businesses is the best way to do that.”
 
To check out the offerings, drop by the High Note Gifts website.
 

Make plans to swap at Hound Dog Commons

 
Who’s a fan of swap meets? Heads up: Hound Dog Commons (305 Douglas) hosts the Nashville Trading Post Swap Event on Monday, October 19 from 2 to 7 p.m. 
 
Up for swaps: men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, books, vinyl, stationery, home goods, craft supplies and more.
 
To keep you caffeinated and snacked: free coffee from Crema, and free popcorn. To keep you entertained: live jams. 
 
Not yet familiar with your hosts? Hound Dog is a fairly new East Side event space and community/workshop hub that’s, as the name implies, very dog-friendly too. Find out more at the Hound Dog Commons website.
 

QUICK BITS

 
 
 
- Bare Jr. is reuniting: Friday, November 13 at the Basement East. Be there and be Bared.
 
That’s all for this go-round. As always, if you have East Nashville news bits to share, please email Nicole.
 

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