Sledders on Shelby Golf Course, photo credit: Jennifer Murphy
How many times this week has someone in the neighborhood told you to "stay warm"? Unless you've been completely holed up and hermit-y, we're willing to bet it's a bunch, which is the beauty of living in the hospitable South, even when the weather is anything but hospitable. While we're on the subject of weather, to stay up to date on it and still it keep it super local, look to WKRN meteorologist Justin Bruce, an East Nashville resident.
In spite of the brutal temps and the ice-encrusted roads, and in fact right in the middle of all of it, there was one certain baby girl in East Nashville who was determined to make her way into this world. We are so excited to announce the birth of Nicole Keiper Childrey's daughter, Calla. Nicole is the brain behind all of our social media and blogging efforts--including, ordinarily, this newsletter.
In other The East Nashvillian news, we still have a little ad space left for our March/April 2015 issue. This will be a big issue for us, as we're increasing distribution by 25% starting with this issue. For info, contact email@example.com.
And now, on with it:
New tiny house to hold an open house
Construction was recently completed on this diminutive abode, which clocks in at approx. 180 square feet, including the loft, which measures 8'x6'. On Sunday, March 8, an open house will be held from 1-3 p.m. at 4403 Saunders Ave. (making it currently an East Nashville house but certainly not permanently an East Nashville house). "My friends that are hosting the event on their property are Jennifer and Adam Smith," explains owner Donovan Miller, who built the tiny house over the last six months.
Says Miller, "It's technically for sale, but this open house is to generate interest in the tiny homes and to show it off for some potential builders that are going to work with me to build for other people---and also to let East Nashville know there's a tiny home in the area that's available on airbnb.com." Inside the house, a painting of the Nashville skyline can be found; it was done by the host of HGTV's Tiny House Builders. "We're collaborating somewhat," says Miller. "He's going to be posting a video of the house onto his blog soon. And [I'm] hoping to get it on television after that."
Massive development proposed for east bank
Developer Don Allen proposes that the Cumberland River's east bank be developed with almost 2,000 apartments and town homes and up to 1.9 million square feet of office space, along with public green space along the riverfront and docks for water taxis, according to The Nashville Business Journal.
"We have a very workable easel," said Allen, who has reportedly spent about $40 million over the past 15 years buying land all along the east bank. "We're simply trying to put this vision out there. With land prices downtown as steep as they are, there is no reason for the other side of the river not to develop. Our mindset is, 'The market is coming our way. Let's set the table and prepare for that.' Right now, this area is a puddle that has to be jumped. We're filling that in."
Sisters of Nature takes its shop off the road
This news is a bit belated, but better late than never: the oceanwater-colored mobile boutique Sisters of Nature---from which you could purchase "ethically made goods for the adventurous free spirit"---has kicked open the doors of its brick and mortar at 521 Gallatin Ave., in the same compound as The Fuselage and Barista Parlor.
"I loved the creative vibe in East Nashville and thought that would be the perfect place for us to settle down," says owner Kimberly Parker. "After a year of being in a mobile boutique and out on the road every week I was ready for a place to call home for Sisters of Nature. It's going great so far and has been well received; we've got a lot of regulars now and really enjoy meeting new friends. Many of our customers are people who live in the neighborhood and just stroll down to our shop."
A lifestyle brand, Sisters of Nature carries clothing, accessories, home decor, paper goods, and bath and body products. The shop's hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Find it on Facebook.
Buttermilk Road to host new cooking classes
"Bringing people together, one biscuit at a time"--that's the motto that underscores everything done by Buttermilk Road, the pop-up restaurant/Southern foodie event-throwing company. Founded by Lisa Donovan, an East Nashville-based writer and former pastry chef at Margot, City House and Husk (talk about a Music City pedigree to drool over), Buttermilk Road forked in a new direction recently with its announcement of a series of forthcoming cooking classes to be held in Nashville this spring.
Here's the bad news: Almost before the classes---Southern Baking Basics, French Pastry Primer and All Pie, All Day---were even announced, they became fully booked. The moral of this story: Nashvillians don't mess around when it comes to baking biscuits, and we should all contact Lisa about putting some more classes on her book.
Soup Sunday sells out for a good cause
Speaking of sell-outs, Our Kids' Soup Sunday is a hot ticket each year, as it features soups from more than 50 Nashville restaurants, being vetted by a panel of culinary and celebrity judges. This year's event is at LP Field on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Ladling out more than 500 gallons of soup each year, Soup Sunday is for a good cause, as proceeds go towards children and families affected by child sexual abuse.
In 2015 Soup Sunday implemented some changes to make the event even better---namely, capping attendance at 1,500 and streamlining ticket prices so that the event doesn't get so damn crowded as it has in years past. What that meant: Soup Sunday sold out before you could say, "Soup's on!" From the outside (of LP Field) in, we're left to wonder if we'll be able to make out the sound of 1,500 people slurping soup all the way from the east bank.
Mr. Bond and the Science Guys’ Science Spectacular
Mr. Bond and the Science Guys’ 2nd annual Science Spectacular, which raises funds for three East Nashville organizations (Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, Salvation Army and East C.A.N.) through a series of science entertainment shows, starts its three-month run this Saturday, Feb. 21, at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.
One Saturday of each month from February through May 2015, a free science show will be held at a different venue in East Nashville; after this weekend, the other two events will be March 28, 10 a.m. at The Salvation Army on Stockell Street, and May 2, 10 a.m. for East C.A.N. at Pavilion East. Donations are encouraged but not required. More info.
Traveling trunk show coming to Red Arrow Gallery
The Southern Foray is a traveling trunk show/entrepreneurial adventure put on by three southern women with a passion for entrepreneurship and making a difference in the world. This spring, it's traveling through nine states on a 3,000-mile road trip that starts in Charlotte, NC, and ends in Greenville, SC with stops in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and (East Nashville) Tennessee.
Its Tennessee debut will be made at The Red Arrow Gallery (at 1311 McGavock Pike) on March 3, from 5-9 p.m. All are welcome to join the Southern Foray's young entrepreneurs Hallie Darphin, Grace Wallace and Mary Frances for a trunk show featuring their work--jewelry, stationary, and school supplies, respectively.
Vegetarian Indian restaurant to open?
A new Facebook page, called East Bollywood Vegetarian Indian Food, indicates we may have some exotic meat-free fare in our future later this year. A post on the page reads, "This is the restaurant I am opening sometime this year! More information to come! I have a lot of work ahead of me but I'm determined to see this come to life!" We reached out for more info, but as of press time, we got nothing. You better believe we're going to stay tuned though.
East Nashville in the news this week
- Hot Yoga Fanatics Brave Cold in East Nashville via The Tennessean
- The 11 Best Dishes in Nashville via Thrillist.com (3 are dished up on the east side)
- Chocolate Creations from Chocolate F/X in East Nashville via Nashville Lifestyles
- From Vegan-Friendly to Czech-inspired Pastries, East Nashville is Rolling in Dough via Nashville Scene
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