We’d be remiss if we didn’t nod to the fact that the 2017 Best of Nashville winners are newly out, and once again, East Nashville reigned supreme in the Best Neighborhood category. Not sure how many years running that is, but it’s probably close to a brajillion.
Elsewhere, East Side businesses and folks made their best-of mark from music to food to shopping, and we’d like to share our congrats with everyone who got the BON back pat. It’s always a fun issue of the Nashville Scene and a great honor. Check out all the 2017 honorees here.
With that, here’s the latest East Nashville News:
From Soda Parlor to ‘Final Space’
New York Comic Con just wrapped, and among the many superheroes and zombie slayers, Nashville’s own Olan Rogers — leader of East Nashville’s Soda Parlor — was sharing sneak peeks of his latest project.
Said project: Animated “comedic epic sci-fi space opera” Final Space, coming in early 2018 to TBS.
Long a major YouTube celebrity, Rogers is making a big move into the traditional ‘tube with the series, and doing so alongside a crew of well-known names, including fellow executive producer Conan O’Brien and a heavy-hitting cast that includes Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL), Gina Torres (Westworld), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy) and others.
The thrust of Final Space’s story: Astronaut Gary Space and alien sidekick Mooncake travel through the stars, trying to unlock mysteries of the universe.
“It’s dark, it’s funny, but it’s also tragic and it’s full of heart,” Rogers has said of the show.
The NYCC crowd got special preview access — along with a visit/Q&A with Rogers and members of the cast — but the rest of us can still get an advance look at Final Space via the wonders of the Internet.
Take a look above to check out what Rogers has cooking, and follow Olan Rogers on Twitter for the latest news about the show’s premiere.
Speaking of cooking: You can also grab waffle sundaes and various floats at Rogers’ Soda Parlor, 966 Woodland Street, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 to 8 on Sunday.
Longevity opens at the Shoppes
Another new name at the Shoppes on Fatherland: “Luxe activewear” retailer Longevity opened its doors in early October at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 204, sharing pieces meant to make women feel “strong, confident and beautiful from the studio to the street,” founder Christine Anguiano tells us.
In the shop, Anguiano keeps a focus on quality workmanship as she stocks the shelves, leaning on brands like Swiftwick, Alo Yoga and StrutThis.
“We are trying to get away from ‘disposable’ clothing by offering brands that are made to last and are figure-flattering,” she says.
The inspiration was her own fitness awakening — trying to find a way to manage her own chronic back pain, she found Reformer Pilates, then found herself struggling to locate a one-stop shop for quality gear. Hence, Longevity was born.
The space is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can learn more at longevity-boutique.com. Get a closer look at what Anguiano’s carrying at Longevity by following the Longevity Boutique Instagram feed, too.
Caroling for Kids kicks off 101st year
Every year for more than a century, East Nashville’s delivered the Christmas chestnuts in support of Fannie Battle Day Home, which has been serving at-risk families in our community since 1891.
Caroling for Kids — Fannie Battle’s longest-running fundraiser — returns for the 101st time starting December 1, again inviting neighbors to sing and celebrate to support the organization’s work. (As the event’s grown, it’s expanded beyond just door-to-door caroling to raise funds; lots of participants host online/in-person events to fundraise during the season, too.)
Curious to know more/get involved? They’re hosting an Open House to kick off the 101st Annual Caroling for Kids on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 108 Chapel Avenue. There, you can meet Fannie Battle team members, learn more about the fundraiser and talk with some caroling vets who’ll give you the lay of the yuletide land.
Attending the open house is free, the Fannie Battle folks just ask that you RSVP.
To get a sense of how festive/fun Caroling for Kids is, take a spin through photos from years past.
For more on Fannie Battle Day Home and what they do for Nashville families, visit fanniebattle.org.
Grand opening at new Meridian Street Cafe
We mentioned last month that Red Headed Stranger, the new project from some Butcher & Bee folks, is set to take over 815 Meridian Street.
This week, the eatery that long called that location home, Meridian Street Cafe, is getting ready to start serving devoted diners again at its new location, 1800 Dickerson Pike.
The Cafe’s grand opening in the Dickerson spot is set for Friday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. They’ll be serving breakfast and lunch menu items that fans and friends will find familiar, plus a new dinner menu and cocktails.
To get a visual sense of what’s in store — like big ol’ burgers and plates piled high with eggs and home fries — follow Meridian Street Cafe on Instagram.
Her Bookshop soft opening Saturday
We just told you a little bit about Run Fast, Milo!, local artist and shop owner Julie Sola’s new children’s book. Related check-in: The author event East Nashville’s Her Bookshop had in the works for this Saturday, Oct. 14, is also going to serve as the soft opening for the new Her location, at 1043 West Eastland Avenue.
Party’s planned for 1 to 5 p.m., with a Milo storytime at 3. Her Bookshop owner Joelle Herr says we should expect a very soft (“think velvet-down-pillow-soft”) opening, so you may see a few unstocked shelves and such, but you’ll also see lots of Milo merch from Sola, including pillows, wrapping paper and more.
— At 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, Mayor Megan Barry is planning to unveil the long-talked-about transit improvement plan to city leaders. We can safely expect some talk about the proposed Gallatin Pike light rail.
— The New York Times just featured East Nashville’s Margo Price (written by talented local scribe Jewly Hight). Price and her band will also be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
— Big congrats to Edley’s Bar-B-Que, whose fifth location, over in Chattanooga, is opening on Tuesday, October 17. (The East Nashville Edley’s is at 908 Main Street.)
— An Envision Cayce Town Hall is planned for 6 p.m. on October 17, at 701 South Sixth Street. Attendees will get updates on Kirkpatrick Park, Barrett Manor and more, and get a chance to share input on buildings in store for the next phase of construction.
— American Songwriter shared the “rowdy new video” for East Nashville band The Weeks’ “Bottle Rocket.”
— Wednesday was Todd Snider’s birthday. Good excuse to re-read this piece on “East Nashville’s ambassador to the world.”
— Doggie Trick or Treating is a thing, thanks to Mutts & Meows (935 Woodland Unit H), and we’re here for it.
— The Ladies Rock Camp Fall Showcase is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Gift Horse, 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 301.
— Nashville Community Darkroom is getting ready to host the first class in its new location on Hart Lane: Introduction to Film Developing, on October 18. Registration here.
That’s all for this week. East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.