East Nashville News: The Mill Boutique to open, Porter House Bistro closes, Rock Out East Nashville, more

A new boutique, restaurant closure, new music fest and more in this week’s East Nashville News:

The Mill Boutique opening in East Nashville

The Shops at Porter East dropped news about a new resident: The Mill Boutique, which carries women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, is set to take over 737 Porter Road (formerly home to Vinnie Louise, which recently took over Sisters of Nature’s space at 521 Gallatin).
The Mill, a “boutique born from Instagram,” does already have a brick-and-mortar presence in Nashville — their first shop, in The Nations, opened in early 2015. 
An East Nashville opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but the Mill folks intend to drop that news “very soon,” and meantime, you can explore the kind of stuff they stock over at their birthplace, @shopthemill on Instagram.
The shop joins an eclectic mix of other businesses at Porter East (corner of Porter and Eastland), including vintage/handmade shop Pony Show, restaurant The Terminal Cafe and home-goods spot Apple & Oak, among others. 

Porter House Bistro closes

Right after last week’s news column went out, we got wind of some bummer neighborhood dining news: Porter House Bistro, the French-inspired eatery posted at Porter and Greenwood, has closed up shop.
“We are so thankful to everyone who has supported us from the start,” PHB leader Drew Bryant wrote in a goodbye note, “and to our incredible employees for all of their hard work.”
That particular location has changed concepts a number of times through the years. Porter House Bistro took over when Cafe Fundamental shuttered; before that, it was a Greek placed called Zavos. 
No word yet on what, if anything, is set to move in. For more: Porter House Bistro’s Facebook page.

Teenie & Gus launches with gift kits for dogs

Have a pup you’d like to spoil? (If not, did you receive the East Nashville resident welcome kit? Has a dog, beard oil and a vintage flannel shirt that smells of hoppy beer — let us know if we need to resend.) Good news: New East Nashville-based business Teenie & Gus came online late last year, offering gift kits for deserving dogs. And on February 11, you can get to know their products (and the “crazy dog ladies” behind them, Kreya and Hana), as they celebrate their launch with a Valentine’s party at Pet Wants Nashville (962 Woodland), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is part hello party, part fundraiser — Teenie & Gus has partnered with local animal rescue organization Snooty Giggles, and if you and your pup(s) go by to celebrate, there’ll be a few ways to contribute to the rescue’s efforts: donations for the onsite Valentine’s photo booth will go to Snooty, as will 50 percent of any Teenie & Gus kit purchases. (You can also just donate directly.)
As for the kits: They’re all limited-edition, stuffed with handpicked items, from toys to bandanas to treats. A Valentine’s Kit is available now for $35, and they’re working on an Outdoors Adventure Kit that’s coming soon, too.
For more on Teenie & Gus (and their launch “pawty”), drop by TeenieandGus.com and/or their Facebook Event page.


Rock Out East Nashville fest launches this spring

Hey, weather already feels like spring, might as well start thinking about outdoor music fests, right? Come Saturday, May 6, we’re set to have a new addition to the local music-fest scene, as the first Rock Out East Nashville kicks off at East Park.
The full outline isn’t available yet, but we do know that there’ll be “the best bands, beer and food Nashville has to offer” on hand at “the chillest park in East Nasty.”
Rock Out East Nashville tickets are on sale now — early-bird rate is $15, general admission $20, VIP $80 — and the event is set to benefit Operation Stand Down Tennessee, which works to support veterans and their families.
Wanna keep up with the latest? Drop by RockOutEastNashville.com.

Premiere: Ali Sperry's ‘Highest Hill,’ recorded in East Nashville 

Our singing/songwriting/Kali Yuga Yoga-teaching neighbor Ali Sperry recently recorded a new album, Crooked Feelings, in her cute pink Little Hollywood home, and captured a new video for album track “Highest Hill” around the neighborhood.
Watch the video above. The LP — which also features contributions from a bunch of other talented East Nashvillians, including keys whiz Jen Gunderman and guitar hero Audley Freed — is out February 24. More at Ali Sperry’s Facebook page.


The official premiere of the Stratford Story Project — “a living history of Stratford High School from the 1960's to the present” — is set for February 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Stratford High School's Auditorium (1800 Stratford Ave.). There’ll be a screening and discussion panel, and you’re invited. 
— Remember some months back when we mentioned that new vintage shop Gunstreet Goods was in the works? Process was a little winding/complicated, but the shop is officially opening this Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 935 Woodland.
Lockeland Table chef Hal Holden-Bache writes: “I had the privilege of traveling to NYC last month in order to participate in a Food Network show…” Lots of scintillating details in there, but he doesn’t give up the name of the show. Did he compete on Chopped? Is he beating Bobby Flay? Did Ina Garten take him out to a Long Island farm stand to buy tiny potatoes? The mystery and intrigue! (We reached out to try and be all nosy, but no response yet. Stay tuned?)
— As of this posting, The Nasty Women Nashville fundraiser for Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition had raised over $10,000 toward the cause, via donations and art sales at/tickets to January 31’s benefit event at The Basement East. Major applause. If you’d still like to contribute, donations are being accepted online
Southern Grist Brewing Co.’s first anniversary party is this Saturday, Feb. 4, noon to 5 at 1201 Porter Road. If you don’t already have your tix, sorry y’all, it’s sold out. But you can swing by at 5 p.m. to check out their celebratory brews (if there are any left), including a Mango Upside Down Cake IPA and Double Dry Hopped DIPA. 
— Local entrepreneurs looking for an East Nashville space to lease: There’s apparently 3805 square feet in the Morris Jacobs Building in 37207 up for grabs.
— Need your heart warmed? The 2017 Nashville Fire Fighter Calendar features our local heroes posing with East C.A.N. pups, and sales benefit the Operation Warm Program, which provides new, American-made coats for local children in need.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.

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