Seems like it’s gonna be a busy summer in East Nashville: lots of new businesses opening and moving, plus a big change for an iconic Eastside landmark.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
You (were) here: 5 Points mural getting makeover
OK, breathe, everybody.
With all the changes happening in East Nashville, one thing that’s stayed steady: the 5 Points mural (above) that’s welcomed folks to our neighborhood’s central hub since 2002, when artist Nathaniel Allen put paint to brick.
But here we are, in 2016, and times (and walls), they are a’changin’.
“The first thing we wanted to do when we bought the 5 Points Building in East Nashville in 2007 that now houses Eastside Cycles was to update the mural. A big case of paralysis by analysis sidelined the project until now. We gave up over-thinking what image would best represent the New East Nashville. Instead, we decided to simply give the wall a fresh look with art. We commissioned a former Fido employee and Belmont U. graduate who has been painting murals in San Francisco for the past several years.”
We know there’ll be mixed reactions to this news, as with all change in East Nashville. But most of us can probably agree: If you’re going to visually reimagine this prominent spot in the neighborhood, having a local artist do the imagining is a properly East Nashville way to do it.
If you’d like to pay your respects/take your selfies, head by soon: The new mural will start going up on June 24.
WXNA officially hits the airwaves
Nashville’s new, long-awaited “Low Power, High Voltage Radio” station, WXNA 101.5 FM, is finally taking flight, making its official on-air debut on June 4, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. (the time honors the station’s frequency).
It’ll be an exciting moment for independent radio lovers here in town, and it’s been a long time coming: A missive from the WXNA folks notes that launch day comes “exactly 18 months to the day since the Nashville-based, non-profit, listener-supported community radio station received its construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission.”
During that time, the station’s board of directors and crew of volunteer DJs — which includes a bunch of East Nashvillians, and The East Nashvillian contributors — have been wrangling the many moving pieces required to get the noise rolling, from fundraising and document filing to building the station itself.
What you can expect from our city’s new rad radio ramblers:
“WXNA will feature more than 80 programs designed to be as exciting, varied and unique as Nashville’s music, art and cultural scenes,” says Randy Fox, WXNA’s programming director (and a familiar name to our readers). “There will be individual specialty shows focusing on the many flavors of rock’n’roll, soul, country, funk, jazz, blues, electronica, traditional pop vocals, movie soundtracks and much more. We’ll also feature a variety of talk shows that will examine community issues and culture, food, health issues, Nashville’s stand-up comedy scene and many other topics.”
Initial broadcasts will preview the freeform format to come, with the regular schedule kicking off on Monday, June 6.
Check out more at the official WXNA website, and dig deep into the WXNA story in our recent article.
Congrats, WXNA-ers. Ears across Nashville thank you for all your hard work, and the hard work to come.
The Bowery Vault opens
With the opening of the new The Bowery Vault at 2905 C Gallatin, behind Mickey’s Tavern and Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen, the distance between your stage wear and a stage: very much minimized.
The shop, led by owner/musician Vero Sanchez, is a “Customized Rock'n'Roll & Western” clothing boutique and private listening room, including racks of leather and denim and more, from boots to jackets, along with a stage with full backline.
The Vault’s open noon to 6 Monday through Friday, noon to 8 on weekends, and songwriters are welcome to bring a guitar during store hours to take advantage of said stage and try out their latest scribbles. Post-store hours, the Bowery Vault is available for rental, for showcases/events and the like.
A grand opening celebration is on the schedule for June 17 and 18. Check out more at The Bowery Vault’s Facebook page.
Eastsider opens new Nashville Craft distillery
Wedgewood-Houston may technically hold claim to Nashville’s newest distillery, Nashville Craft, but we’ve got its maker: Bruce Boeko, a former DNA lab director turned booze wizard, calls East Nashville home.
Boeko opened the doors at Nashville Craft (514 Hagan Street) last week, sharing sips of his new distillery’s flagship concoction: Naked Biscuit sorghum spirit, a small-batch offering that’s a little sweet, a little spicy, a little floral, a lot tasty.
As things move forward, Nashville Craft will be producing whiskey, gin, brandy and other spirits. Meantime, you can check out the distillery and tasting room (and try/buy Naked Biscuit) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
For more, visit the Nashville Craft website.
Quantify Fitness to open in Fatherland District
Time-strapped but fitness-interested East Nashvillians, this one might be up your alley: Quantify Fitness — a new “smart-gym method” workout space — is set to open this summer at 224 South 11th Street, in the Fatherland District.
The fine points of their “optimal results in minimal time” pitch: workouts of as little as 10 to 20 minutes, with measurable effects.
“We are the first place in Tennessee to incorporate state-of-the-art exercise equipment called ARX, the first exercise technology created that safely and perfectly accommodates any user’s strength, measuring it accurately throughout the entire range of motion while using tracking software to provide motivation and quantify progress over time. This will be the most efficient workout you have ever experienced, which is why most people only need to visit once per week, allowing time for recovery and muscles to grow stronger.”
If you’re intrigued, Quantify has a pre-launch promo going, offering registrants two free ARX sessions, plus a session in their infrared sauna. Sign up for that here.
Owner Josh Jarrett tells us he’s aiming for a soft launch in mid-July.
“We're super excited to be part of the neighborhood,” he says, “and we can't wait to get opened up!”
More info about the space and offerings (which also includes one-on-one personal training) at Quantity Fitness’ website.
Furniture Wholesale Plus opening in former Southern Thrift space
The old Southern Thrift on Gallatin is getting new life: Furniture Wholesale Plus is opening their second location at 2701 Gallatin Pike, taking over a prime Eastside space that’s been vacant since the longstanding thrift stop shuttered in January.
The locally owned furniture sellers’ first location is close by, at 3870 Dickerson Pike, and they’re planning to open this new one in mid-June, with a big grand opening celebration following.
Already on the schedule: a soft-opening “open house night” on Saturday, June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., with food, drinks, music and a $250-off coupon for attendees.
More info at the Furniture Wholesale Plus East Nashville Facebook page.
Little Octopus is leaving us
In case you missed all the cephalopodic hubbub this week…
The good news: seasonally and regionally focused restaurant Little Octopus has become so well-loved in its first year here on the Eastside, it’s graduating to a new space.
The bad news: said new space isn’t in East Nashville.
Our last opportunity to enjoy chef Daniel Herget’s Little Octopus dishes on our side of the river is July 31; shortly thereafter, the restaurant will reopen in its new home at 505 12th Avenue South, in the former Ru-San’s space in The Gulch.
The move to a locked-down location, at least, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as it was always the plan — Little Octopus' home, POP Nashville, was designed as a pop-up hub and incubator of sorts, with concepts launching inside its walls, then moving on to a full-time location “once benchmarks have been met.”
The Gulch move probably doesn’t surprise too many diners, either, since owners/operators Sarah and Brad Gavigan’s other concept, Otaku Ramen, is located there. Plus, over this debut year, we apparently weren’t the ones packing the place.
“Little Octopus surprised us in many ways, the biggest being that our core customer base being from West and South Nashville,” Sarah Gavigan said in a release.
POP being POP, 604 Gallatin won’t stay without a rooted restaurant long — plans are to debut a new concept in August, with details about that concept coming through in the weeks to come.
Fabric/yarn/crafty etceteras shop Nutmeg, open here in East Nashville since the summer of 2014, will be closing its doors at the Shoppes on Fatherland on June 18. But no, it’s not closing closing, owner Meg Anderson assures in a note to shop friends — she’s just outgrown Nutmeg’s current confines.
“We are searching for another brick and mortar location in East Nashville,” she says. "Until then, I'll be operating out of my new dye studio… This is an exciting transition period and our spot at the Shoppes is not quite right for us any longer. As I work from my dye studio, I'll be grow, grow, growing our Nutmeg Fibers brand and hosting pop up shops and special events.” (We dropped a note to inquire about where that studio is located; will update.)
While Anderson preps to shutter that location, she’s holding a moving sale: Everything at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 204 and online at Nutmegster.com will be 30 percent off until closing day. So if you’ve been looking for yarn, tools, patterns and such, you might want to get to shoppin’.
Meantime, Anderson is also prepping for the 2016 installment of the Eastside Fiber Festival, “Celebrating Nashville's Fiber Arts Community” at the Shelby Park Community Center on September 17. Get more info at the Eastside Fiber Festival website.
Shelby Bottoms’ famous pheasant gets the royal treatment
Back in early 2014, we ran a piece on the “Lonely Bird in Shelby Bottoms,” a Golden Pheasant, native to the mountains of Central and Western China, but living — quite happily, it seems — right here in our neighborhood park.
So, it was with no small degree of hail-yeah that we received news of local artist Adam Hale’s new exhibit at the park’s Nature Center, featuring a “royal portrait” of our beloved feathered neighbor.
“The Pheasant King” — “an Old World masterpiece-style portrait befitting of the celebrated bird’s pedigree,” pictured above — will be up for viewing, along with other Hale works, from June 4 through August 31 at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson Street).
“This is one of the more challenging pieces I’ve done,” Hale says. “I wanted to reproduce the mastery of a 17th century painting glorifying a king, while capturing the raw nature of this heroic bird.” #nailedit
“The Pheasant King” merch will be on sale at the center and on Hale’s website, too, with proceeds going to the Shelby Bottoms Environmental Fund.
More on other park happenings/events at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center page.
— Another free pizza party at Smith & Lentz Brewing (901 Main Street), Friday June 3, 5-8 p.m., hosted by OrderUp Nashville.
— For all of June, free spay/neuter for pit bulls and pit mixes in Davidson County at the Pet Community Center, 943-B Dr. Richard G. Adams Drive in 37207.
— Big congrats to Porter Road Butcher on being named one of “America’s Best Food Artisans” by Food & Wine magazine!
— The Shelby Park Picture Show movie-suggestions train rolls on: now accepting pitches for science fiction flicks.
— Congrats to Eastside smoothie and juice bar Lynne Lorraine’s, at 1100 Fatherland, Suite 102, which celebrated its second birthday on Tuesday.
— Speaking of birthdays: Eastside spa O.liv Body Bar celebrates its fifth on Saturday, June 11, so they’ll be having a bit of a celebration, including 15 percent off retail, a giveaway for a mud lounge visit for two and a visit from The Trunk Nashville. East C.A.N. will be there too, bringing along some sweet adoptable dogs. Noon to 2 at 922 Main Street.
— One more birthday: Eastside photo, video and event facility Studio 615 turned one last week. Congrats!
— On the subject of birth: Need a doula? Eastsider Andrea Hewitt just launched her baby-bound business here in the neighborhood. Check out EastNashvilleDoula.com.
— Project 615 is throwing a big, free "6-1-5 Day" block party (on June 15, naturally), with food trucks, live music, shopping and more, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Shoppes on Fatherland, 1006 Fatherland Street.
— “1st Person Nashville, a collaborative, multi-media project that amplifies the voices of Nashville's refugee and immigrant communities, will exhibit selections of work from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday June 7, 2016, one night only,” at The Red Arrow Gallery, 919 Gallatin Avenue, Suite #4.
That’s all for this week. Have news to share? Please email Nicole.