A heads up that we have two great giveaways going right now: tickets to Nashville Rep’s production of A Christmas Story, and a Bourbon Bundle gift box from High Note Gifts. Enter either/both by clicking the hyperlinks there — those are fine winnings, and they’re ending soon.
Beyond, we’re doing a little catching up after a Thanksgiving week off, with some newly opened/soon-opening East Nashville businesses, a closure, musical tidings for the holidays and more.
On to this week’s East Nashville news:
Sisters of Nature leaving for L.A.
Back in February, we mentioned that the creative director behind East Nashville boutique Sisters of Nature, Kimberly Parker, was branching out and developing a new fashion line.
That label’s come alive (see up top), and is getting plenty of attention — fellow East Nashvillian Margo Price just hit the Charlie Rose show wearing Sisters of Nature’s Run Away With Me Maxi dress, for one.
That attention’s brought about a “bittersweet” change:
“Sisters of Nature has decided to close its chapter as a storefront in Nashville in order to fully dedicate our love and attention to our new clothing line based out of L.A.,” a message from those folks reads. “We are still more passionate than ever about ethical fashion and we will continue to play our part by being designers and producers of socially conscious pieces, as opposed to curators. We have been rapidly evolving since we hit the ground running in 2013 out of our vintage camper trailer and are so excited for the direction of the brand.”
Sisters’ Brenna McKamey tells us that December 17 will likely be the team’s last day at 521 Gallatin Ave., #5.
“All the shops in our complex will be throwing a big block party that day so we thought we would use that as a goodbye celebration,” she says.
Meantime, they’re open 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Once they’re out West, you’ll still be able to snag Sisters of Nature pieces online, via sistersofnatureboutique.com. (And McKamey promises to keep us posted if/when they link up with any local boutiques back here at home.)
Drop by the Sisters of Nature website to check out their brand’s current Holiday Collection, and swing by the Sisters of Nature Facebook (or by the shop) if you’d like to extend some goodbyes and congratses.
Inglewood Lounge coming soon... to Inglewood
You 37216ers should soon have another fun place to eat/drink: Inglewood Lounge, “a neighborhood bar with bold food, cheap drinks, and #actualbrunch” is taking over the former Mrs. Winners building at 3914 Gallatin Pike.
It’s led by Actual Brunch chef Dan Forberg, who’ll be bringing his much-praised brunch to the space, our friend/contributor Collin Czarnecki notes over at Noble Nashville, along with a full bar and “bold and concise” menu of globally inspired eats.
Mid-December is the aim, and Forberg and Co. are sharing regular updates on the Inglewood Lounge Instagram (from which the above sneak-peek photo is culled).
Soda Parlor opens on the East Side
Marathon Village’s Soda Parlor is now officially East Nashville’s Soda Parlor, as the new, much larger space at 966 Woodland opened up over the weekend, slinging sodas, floats, Waffle Mondaes and more.
Also in the house: an array of arcade games and an apparel section, because why not?
We’d been looking forward to this since August, and as you can see above, the results are super purdy. (More shots of the new place on Soda Parlor’s Instagram.)
The Parlor is the latest business to join the new development at the old Turnip Truck location on Woodland, which now houses Burger UP East and Pet Wants Nashville.
If you’d like to swing by for some shopping/sipping/waffles, they’re open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 to 11 Friday and Saturday, 11 to 6 on Sunday.
Vinyl Tap open
Another one we’ve been anticipating for a good while: Vinyl Tap Wax & Drafts, the record store/craft beer bar that’s taken over the former Family Wash space, is now officially open.
Taps are flowing and crates are full at 2038 Greenwood, and the doors are open noon to 11 Tuesday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 on Sunday. Happy hour (dollar off drafts) is 4 to 6 Tuesday through Friday.
They buy vinyl too, so if you have some records and need some beer money… boom. More at www.vinyltapnashville.com.
The Ornaments return
Every year in East Nashville, a trio of some of our city’s finest musicians — Jen Gunderman, James Haggerty (yep, our Hags) and Martin Lynds — usher in the Christmas season with inarguably the world’s finest Christmas music: Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.
Their renditions are spectacularly faithful, and fantastically fun, and for a lot of us, Ornaments shows are now a closely held holiday tradition.
This year’s dates are here, and as always, they’re many, and mostly at The Family Wash.
Thursday, Dec. 15 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Friday, Dec. 16 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Saturday, Dec. 17 — 10 a.m. Kids Show at the Belcourt Theatre; 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Sunday, Dec. 18 - 2 p.m. at The Family Wash
Monday, Dec. 19 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Wednesday, Dec. 21 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Thursday, Dec. 22 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Friday, Dec. 23 - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at The Family Wash
Wash shows are $10; the Belcourt kids show is $10 for members, $12 non-members. You can grab your Family Wash tickets at FamilyWash.com. Belcourt tickets are available at Belcourt.org.
Given the spirit of the season, a portion of the proceeds will go to charity (the W.O. Smith School, specifically).
To get a sense of the awesomeness, check out the above video (just maybe look away if you’re easily made seasick).
More sounds (and spirit) of the season at Basement East
You’ll see a bounty of holiday benefit shows this time of year in Nashville, and for that we’re thankful. Here are just a couple that we’re particularly looking forward to, and they both happen to be here in the neighborhood, at the Basement East.
Friday, Dec. 2:
Platinum Salon and John Corabi’s Annual Toys for Tots Charity Event will once again be collecting new, unwrapped toys for deserving kids, and rewarding gift-bringers with a night of good, loud music as a thanks. Thee Rock N' Roll Residency will deliver world-class ‘70s rock throughout the night, and — added bonus — Corabi has donated a guitar that was autographed by Dolly Parton, which’ll be raffled. (Raffle tickets are $10 apiece at the door, cash only.)
Admission comes either with an aforementioned toy ($20 is a good price guideline), or with a $20 donation. Can’t go but still want to help? You can donate to the cause online, via Corabi.
Last year, they raised almost $20,000, and they’re hoping to top it. More about the Charity Event here.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin will head up a benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank, delivering a mix of her own songs and holiday tunes alongside the Watson Twins and her band.
Baylin’s thoughts on the night: “Doing a show during the holiday season creates a wonderful opportunity to give to those in need, and likewise share that with friends and the good people in our community. It will be a musical evening filled with nostalgia, love and holiday cheer.”
You can safely expect to hear her new holiday single “Purple Snowflakes,” produced by Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins), along with lots more of her Dusty in Memphis-soulful offerings. (Take a listen to “Purple Snowflakes” above).
The show kicks off at 8 p.m. that night, and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of.
Elmo Buzz and friends throw a Winter Pep Rally
Closer to Christmas Day, when you’re probably good and ready for a stress-reducer, Elmo Buzz is coming to save the day: Todd Snider’s alter-ego and a crew of East Nashville musical luminaries are set to take over the Basement East on Christmas Eve Eve (Friday, Dec. 23), for an East Nashville Winter Pep Rally and Dance Cotillion.
The lineup: Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rorey Carroll and more, plus “a confetti cannon or something sweet like that (probably)" and burlesque cheerleaders and, if the flyer is to be believed, at least one dog turd.
We feel safe predicting that there won’t be a more fun, raucous, unpretentious Christmas party to be found across the land.
— Remember how we mentioned new Texas BBQ slingers Shotgun Willie’s, and promised to update about when they’d be set up here in the neighborhood? Keeping promise: They’re due to be at Smith & Lentz Brewing (903 Main St.) on Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m., and Sundays 4 to 8 p.m. Make your beer and brisket plans accordingly.
— If you've ever wanted to learn Irish Ceili Dancing, here's an event in the neighborhood Saturday from the Scott-Ellis School of Irish Dance you'll want to take a look at - live music, dance instruction, silent auction and more. (Those folks will start the day marching in the Nashville Christmas Parade too, if you’d like to spend more time with ‘em.)
— Super fun: Check out country voice/neighbor Margo Price and NPR lead music crit/neighbor Ann Powers talking East Nashville, among other topics, on NPR. (Related, if you haven't read our piece on Powers, here it is.)
— We just wrote a little bit about The Wild Feathers’ new live release, Live at the Ryman. Here’s Rolling Stone’s take on it too, along with a listen to “Left My Woman” from the album.
— Art and Invention Gallery (1106 Woodland) hosts their Holiday Open House this Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. There’ll be fine art, artisan gifts and nice neighbors.
— Big congrats out to Gym 5 on 10 years of East Nashville muscle-building.
— Fannie Battle has officially kicked off the 100th Year of its Caroling for Kids program. You’ll see caroling groups now through Christmas Eve, singing to raise money for the Day Home. Want to get involved? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 228-6745 about caroling/other ways to pitch in.
— If you like snagging gifts/supplements/assorted awesome stuff at Riverside Village Pharmacy (1406A McGavock Pike): Their annual holiday sale is Friday and Saturday, and everything (non-prescription) is 20 percent off.
— Also Riverside Village: beer, wine and cocktails are now on the menu at Dose Café and Dram Bar (1400 McGavock).
— On Thursday, Dec. 8, High Garden (935 Woodland) hosts a Holiday Trading Post, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bring a handmade/repurposed/regiftable item by to trade with neighbors.
— East C.A.N.’s annual Holiday Open House is Saturday, Dec. 3, 6 to 10 p.m. at 1301 Forrest. There’ll be food, drinks, door prizes and more.
That’s it for this week. Anything East Nashville-related you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.