This week, we have details on the new Terminal Cafe and Well Body Pilates, plus the new home for Eastside Music Supply and lots more.
On to the latest bits of East Nashville News:
The Terminal Cafe coming to Porter East
Back in October, we were bummed about the closure of well-loved Eastside eatery Khan’s Desserts. This week, we were happy to hear about that space getting new life: Husband-and-wife team Whitney and Khalil Davis are aiming to open The Terminal Cafe this summer at 733 Porter.
Plans are to offer breakfast and lunch, along with guest chef-led theme nights, and private dinner parties wrangled by Whitney’s event company, Pink Mink Productions.
The Davises bring some bona fides to the new place — along with Whitney's events chops, Khalil is the former co-owner of Gulch spot Coffee, Lunch, and spent a dozen years, off and on, with Bongo Java. They also bring some Eastside neighbor cred: The longtime East Nashvillians live about a minute from the new spot, and the location is very purposeful — they spent two years hunting for a space that they felt suited them and the Terminal Cafe concept.
So far, they’re feeling pretty solid about where they landed.
“We are super pumped to have so much support from the other Porter Road merchants and can't wait to bring the neighborhood another food option with really great coffee,” Whitney tells us.
If you’d like to keep up as the build-out moves forward, follow The Terminal Cafe on Instagram.
Details on the bigger, better Eastside Music Supply
Last week, we mentioned a change in address for neighborhood music-stuff hub Eastside Music Supply. This week, let’s dig into the nitty and the gritty.
Owner Blair White tells us that the plan is to shutter the current space in the Shoppes On Fatherland on May 25 to get the new place — the former Logue's Black Raven Emporium location at 2915 Gallatin — up and running.
“Our new space is going to lift the restrictions of products and services we’ve had due to the small size at the Shoppes on Fatherland,” White says. “Our new spot will feature a huge repair and building space, where we will continue repairs for amps, guitars, and effects, but also be building all of these out of house.”
More specifically: The EMS retail space grows from 400 to about 900 square feet, and although the original thrust was more guitar/bass-centric, a drum room is in the works to expand their rhythmic offerings too.
What’s not changing: “The vibe of the store is going to stay the same,” White says. “We are not trying to turn ourselves into a Guitar Center. We will still have very unique, curated, hand-picked guitars, basses, amps, and effects and will be keeping the customer-focused vibe that the musicians in the community have grown to love and expect from us.”
The aim is for a soft opening on June 3, with a grand reopening celebration on Saturday, June 25, with live music, door prizes, giveaways and raffles. (Related to raffles: If you haven’t checked out the custom guitar raffle fundraiser for Jeremy and Exie Ferguson, there’s info at this Gofundme page — you can also see the guitar, and purchase raffle tickets, at Eastside Music Supply).
Meantime, the big move comes with big community appreciation from the EMS folk.
“We’ve only been open for a year and half and this moment of growth is incredibly exciting for us,” White says. “This is all happening because of the support we’ve received from musicians locally and nationally.”
Keep up with the latest by following Eastside Music Supply on Facebook.
Well Body Pilates open on Fatherland
Apologies for the belated holla on this one: New “boutique movement studio” Well Body Pilates joined the East Nashville health and wellness community recently, hosting their grand opening celebration in April at 1000 Fatherland Street, #202.
Led by Nashville-raised, New York-trained instructor Elizabeth Wilkinson, the studio offers individual, duet and small group Pilates and Gyrotonic sessions and classes (and if you’re not familiar with either of those terms, there’s an Intro Package offered to bring you up to speed).
For more on our new neighbors, drop by the Well Body Pilates website.
Stream fresh tracks from pop-leaning neighbors
A few neighbor-made tracks for your late-week listening pleasure:
East Nashville transplant Eryn McHugh just released new track "Top Down," a skittery and summery pop tune, and a bit of a teaser for a forthcoming EP. It’s also representative of a stylistic shift for the singer-songwriter.
"After putting out mostly wistful, organic, piano-driven ‘singer songwriter stuff’ for my career thus far, it's a bit outrageous to make a sharp shift left to pop,” she says. “But it's what I love and feel inspired by right now. I came out of a dark three to four years, including a rough divorce, and am at a really happy place. I want to celebrate that. So — while I'm making pop now — the least I can do is inject the confection with unexpected poignancy. For me, this (track) is about an existing relationship that has some mileage on it, and trying to recapture the youthful impulse of that early love because it's worth the continued investment."
Stream "Top Down" above, and grab more at Eryn McHugh’s Facebook page.
Need a little more love to listen to? Fellow transplant and happy newlywed Meiko recently shared “I Do,” a teaser from her new album, Moving Day, due out in June.
“I wrote it before I got married,” she told supporters of the Pledgemusic campaign for Moving. “I was imagining how romantic it must be to be so in love with someone that you’re willing to make that person your home-slice for life!”
Stream “I Do” below, and read more about Meiko on her website.
Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Parties lineup is here
This year’s installment of the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party series is set to kick off on June 18 — once again held in the Cornelia Fort Airpark here in East Nashville. And this week, we got some more details… namely, the featured performers set to take the stage at each of the series' four events.
The schedule is pictured above, but here's a more link-y version:
The featured performers aren’t the only performers — you’re invited to bring along a stringed instrument to add to the party soundtrack (and doing so will net you an extra drink ticket). But if you’d like to just come and listen, you’re enthusiastically welcomed to do that, too.
Events start up at 6 p.m., with featured performers kicking off at 7, and the Cornelia Fort Airpark is located at 2640 Airpark Drive. Proceeds go toward the Friends of Shelby Park and Cornelia Fort Airpark. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate ($5 for ages 12-20), and all over-21 attendees get a drink ticket along with admission.
To keep up with the latest, drop a Like on the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party Facebook page.
— Remember how we mentioned that we’ll all play a big role in deciding what movies get screened at this year’s Shelby Park Picture Show? Polls have begun. Hope you’re dropping in your two pence!
— Musicians, take heed: East Nashville-launched company Artist Growth has another giveaway going that you’ll want to eyeball. Prizes include a $1000 gas card and a 1000-CD bundle from Disc Makers.
— Another kind of fuel on the giveaway block: The Urban Juicer — whose Eastside spot is at 1009 Gallatin — is giving away a month of free juice.
— Hey Pretty Boy, Go Back To Franklin. For the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, in September. Because the lineup’s awesome. And includes some Eastsiders: Margo Price and the Electric Western Dance Party.
— Our friends at Do615 talked to Cage the Elephant about their favorite Nashville hangs, and perhaps unsurprisingly, they like to stay on this side of town. Good taste, gentlemen.
— A heads up for our yogi friends who are feeling a little cash-strapped: East Nashville’s Kali Yuga Yoga is bringing back free Yoga in the Park, starting May 31. It’s every Tuesday night through August 30, 6 to 7 p.m. in Centennial Park (meet by the sand volleyball courts). If you don’t feel like leaving the neighborhood for your free yoga classes, the East library branch (206 Gallatin) hosts community classes each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Just bring a mat or towel.
— The bad (and obvious) news: We have one of the 15 worst intersections in the city! The good news: Something’s gonna be done.
— The national love for East Nashville’s newly reimagined Urban Cowboy B&B continues. This time, it’s Wallpaper magazine.
— An update on the East Nashville on-campus football stadium situation. (Spoiler alert: $$$👍 👍 👍.)
— The Martha O’Bryan Center and the Tennessee Arts Commission have teamed up for a cool afternoon arts celebration for Cayce Place residents, the Cayce Place Arts Festival, set for Saturday, May 21 at the Center’s main campus, 711 South Seventh Street, from 1 to 5 p.m. More here.
— “The 2016 US Air Guitar Southern Qualifier and Nashville Burlesque Showcase will feature air guitarists and dancers from around the country strutting their stuff and melting faces on stage at Foobar on May 21…”
— This year’s Summer Solstice Party is set for June 18 next to Bongo East, and applications for vendors are open now.
That’s it for this week. Stuff you’d like to share? (Preferably East Nashville-related?) Please email Nicole.