This week, we’re talking fashion, music and teeth. And other stuff, too.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
East Side Smiles announces Free Dental Day
East Nashville’s lucky to have a dentist intent on making the whole neighborhood smile. Dr. Tom Hadley — the DDS in charge at East Side Smiles on N. 10th Street, and the guy pictured up top — announced this week that his office would be hosting a Free Dental Day on Friday, June 24, offering cleanings, fillings and extractions free to East Nashville residents.
Details on who and how are forthcoming — Hadley says he’ll post the fine print to the East Nashville Facebook group in about a month (but if you’re not immersed in that hive, we’ll make sure to share too). He also says that this endeavor has been a long time coming.
“I feel it's extremely important for doctors to donate their services if possible,” Hadley says. “Several days a year I work at Remote Area Medical, Hope Smiles, and other dentist friends' offices. I've always been a little intimidated by how much work goes into preparing a free dental day. It's been a dream to serve my own community but hosting seemed overwhelming. I wish we did this sooner.”
The prep part of this free dental day will include wrangling a bunch of volunteers — Hadley says that’ll include 20 civilian volunteers and another 20 healthcare volunteers, and that a master list of needs will be available soon.
“Y’all have been so good to us at East Side Smiles over the years,” he wrote in announcing this endeavor. “We can't wait to give a little back.”
For more on the practice, visit East Side Smiles’ website.
For a little more proof of what a lovable guy Dr. Hadley is, check out our blog post from a few years back, in which he shares his favorite (totally non-tooth-friendly) East Nashville foods.
Sisters of Nature branches out with fashion label
After an eventful year of sharing a curated mix of clothing, accessories and home goods at 521 Gallatin Ave #5, the woman behind local boutique Sisters of Nature is getting ready to debut her own fashion line.
SoN founder and creative director Kimberly Parker announced plans this week to develop a private clothing label “for the modern bohemian woman with a focus on unique details and feminine design.”
“I’ve been dreaming of designing a Sisters of Nature private label for quite some time now,” Parker said in an announcement. “I’ve been brainstorming, sketching, and constantly working on this label and am so excited to finally see these dreams come to life.”
Fan of the shop, and anxious to get your eyes on her clothing creations? You’ll have a solid opportunity come April 5-9, as Parker’s been invited to share her work during Nashville Fashion Week, our city’s annual celebration of the growing local fashion/retail community.
During Fashion Week, Parker plans to unveil a selection of limited-edition styles, and she’ll drop some sneak peeks along the way via Instagram and such.
Come September, the proper launch of the new label will give us a broader look (and, we expect, ample chances to shop).
To get a sense of Parker’s taste in the meantime, swing by the shop 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, or take a look at the Sisters of Nature website.
Fashion-forward neighbor Libby Callaway launches new biz
Since we’re talking fashion, seems appropriate to celebrate the launch of The Callaway, Nashville fashion guru (and longtime East Nashvillian) Libby Callaway’s new branding and communications company.
You might be familiar with Libby’s work in Elle or Glamour or any number of other publications, or you might’ve shopped her vintage finds at East Nashville’s beloved but departed (though occasionally pop-upping) Diamond Star Halo Vintage.
If you’re not a business, though, you might think The Callaway doesn’t apply to you. Au contraire: We can also learn about talented, creative neighbors in The Callaway Report, Callaway’s twice-monthly offering of storytelling, with a “personal take on cool, creative Nashville people, places, things and happenings.”
Sign up for The Callaway Report (and learn more about the newly launched company) at The Callaway website.
Elizabeth Cook preps for new album with March residency
Bold country voice (and longtime East Nashvillian) Elizabeth Cook is getting ready to release her first studio LP in five years, Exodus Of Venus, this summer, and to get some early prep happening, she’s locking down every Wednesday in March at The 5 Spot here in the neighborhood (1006 Forrest Avenue).
Each week, she’ll be joined by a similarly no-slouch guest: On March 2, Josh Hedley; March 9, Sarah Potenza; March 16, Allen Thompson; March 23, Rorey Carroll; and March 30, Josh Farrow and Elmo Buzz (the latter a guy a few of you may know by another name).
The shows all kick off at 6 p.m., cover is $5, and Cook’s planning on sharing a mix of old favorites and snippets of the new material.
For a little insight into one of the songs from the new album, “Tabitha Tuders’ Mama,” check out a piece NewsChannel 5 ran this week digging into its inspiration. (If you’re not familiar with the background story on Tuders, who disappeared from East Nashville nearly 13 years ago, read more from our pages.)
East Park hosts St. Patrick’s Day Fest again
St. Patrick’s Day is less than a month away, and you can start planning your weekend celebration now: East Park will once again host the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, a day stocked with music, food, music, kids activities and other Patricksian merriment.
This year’s fourth annual fest is set to kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, and those of you who live to dress up your little ones in adorable costumes should plan to be there early — a kiddie parade, including a contest for the best dressed little leprechaun (babies to 10-year-olds), starts at 11:15. (The first 100 kids snag a goodie bag, and the contest winner grabs a gift card to a local restaurant, which — just a guess — they’ll probably share with you, Mom/Dad/caregiver).
Performers over the course of the day include The Secret Commonwealth, Nashville Ceili Band, Scott Ellis Irish Dancers and Skip Cleavinger Trio, and admission is free, though you do have the opportunity to celebrate the Emerald Isle in style — VIP tickets are available for $45, and include a commemorative pint glass, free barbecue and unlimited beer and water in your own private Irish pub, along with access to VIP restrooms. And hey, look, The East Nashvillian is doing a St. Patrick's Festival VIP ticket giveaway too!
For more on the festival, and/or to snag your tickets, visit the Nashville St. Patrick’s Festival website.
New residential architecture firm launches in East
East Nashvillians who are interested in home design, particularly as it pertains to historic preservation, might want to perk up an eye: Architecture firm nine12 design launched in January here in the neighborhood, focusing on residential projects big and small — custom homes to backyard studios.
Kaitlyn Smous, half of the husband-and-wife team behind nine12, says she and co-captain Martin Wieck started the business “with the goal to make design more approachable and available — even for small projects with small budgets.”
Smous, in particular, has a passion for loving on old homes — she’s a Notre Dame architecture grad who studied with a concentration in historic preservation.
To learn more/see what Smous and Wieck are up to, visit the nine12 design website.
Mixed-density residential project planned on Trinity
The Tennessean reported this week that a plot of 1.69 acres on Trinity Lane — including what was to become the new Cult Fiction Underground — was purchased by a developer/homebuilder, who has plans to create a mixed-density residential development there.
That news sparked some wondering — what happened to those CFU plans?
Cult Fiction Underground updated some months back on a crowdfunding page that the Trinity location wasn’t working out.
“Sorry for the long silence everyone but it seems that all your amazing contributions have to be used for finding a different location since the Trinity Lane one won't meet codes,” the update reads. “The guys are hard at work trying to find a new home for the weirdos so keep checking CFUs Facebook for updates…”
CFU’s Facebook hasn’t updated anything since October, unfortunately; we reached out to see if we can’t find out any more about the neighborhood’s favorite grindhouse theater. We’ll update when we hear good/bad/otherwise news.
For more about the plans for the property, read the story at Tennessean.com.
— New fast-casual Korean fried chicken joint The Birdhouse announced their opening date: March 11 at 726 McFerrin Avenue. We shared a little more here.
— This Friday, Feb. 26, at The East Room (2412 Gallatin), a thoroughly fantastic lineup of local acts (including East Nashvillian cover stars Steelism) will play to help raise funds for our neighbor Candice Burnside Ferguson, for cancer treatment and related expenses. More at the benefit show’s Facebook Event page.
— A very happy ninth birthday to Pied Piper Creamery! Thanks for keeping us creatively sugared up for all these years!
— Be Well Nashville, the new health and wellness store we mentioned back in December, has opened its doors at the Shoppes on Fatherland. Drop by The Shoppes on Fatherland/1006 Fatherland Street noon to 6 Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville News you want to share? Email Nicole.