East Nashville News: The Wild Feathers, Avo and 'CADO, Tiffany's Boutique and more

 
This week, we’re looking forward to a new album from a local band-done-good, a new endeavor from a local chef-done-good and lots more.
 
On to the latest East Nashville News:
 

The Wild Feathers ready second album

 
 
Hey, remember when we put local band The Wild Feathers on the cover and talked about how they were on the way toward something big? Nailed it.
 
Those gents are getting ready to release Lonely is a Lifetime, the follow-up to their self-titled major-label debut, on March 11, and its recording was once again helmed by super-producer (and East Nashville music-making hero) Jay Joyce. (We wrote about his considerable professional hotness too.)
 
The new set has a nice genesis story: After a few years of just about nonstop touring, the band retired to a cabin in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and hashed out a whole bunch of ideas. The results broaden on the band’s Americana-rock debut, the road-dogging having refined and defined The Wild Feathers sound.
 
“We progressed as a live band,” guitarist/vocalist Ricky Young says. “When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today — as individuals and musicians.” 
 
They’re on tour again pretty much from March until May (and likely well beyond), but, bummertown, we haven’t seen a Nashville date announced yet. (Nevertheless, we have BEAST hopes.)
 
Check out album track “Overnight” above.

 

Chef Jess Rice out at Avo, in for Treehouse pop-up

 
 
So, bummer news for big fans of West Nashville’s Avo: Chef de cuisine Jess Rice has parted ways with the highly praised, plant-based restaurant. The raw food chef/advocate and detox coach shared the news Thursday “with a heavy heart,” and local vegans/vegetarians likely have a similar heart state, since the space (or more specifically, her food) has drawn in big love from all sides of the city.
 
The good news: Rice hints that we’ll have a new endeavor to look forward to soon, and that there’s a chance it might be closer to us than Avo is. 
 
A release notes that, “Rice’s passion for utilizing locally grown organic produce and foraged food will live on in her forthcoming project, which will be 100 percent raw, gluten-free and plant-based… She is currently looking at real estate options on both the east side and west side of town and is excited to share fresh new menu offerings in addition to her best-selling recipes.”
 
While it’s of course way too early to count any chicken-shaped vegetables, Rice tells us that the chances of her next thing landing in East Nashville are “strong,” and we’ll take it.
 
On a more timely front: She’ll be sharing menu offerings here in the neighborhood on Monday, Feb. 29, as she takes over East Nashville restaurant Treehouse for a gourmet raw food pop-up event.
 
That event, called ‘CADO (get it?), will feature five plant-based courses, showcasing seasonal ingredients grown within 100 miles. There’ll be two seatings between 6 and 10 p.m., and tickets will run $40, sans alcohol. (There will be cocktails on offer, though — including her famous AVOcado margarita and a vegan Bushwacker.)
 
Rice says this’ll be the first of many pop-ups as she moves toward the launch of her next adventure.
 
To make reservations for ‘CADO, call Treehouse at 615-454-4201. The restaurant is located at 1011 Clearview Avenue.
 
To keep up with Rice’s plans, follow My Poor Tired Liver on Facebook.
 

Tiffany’s shop shuttered

 
 
A little slow on the uptake with this one, but: You may have noticed recently that Tiffany’s Boutique, the Fatherland Street fashion stop run by ’80s pop star Tiffany, is no longer. 
 
Indeed, Tiffany stepped away from the shopkeep life to refocus energy on her musical pursuits, including a new album, A Million Miles, that she’s hard at work creating at the moment.
 
“The charm of the store was that customers or fans could come in and have a shopping experience with me personally,” the singer and shopping pro told Florida Today. “With me being gone so much recording and touring soon, I knew the experience would not be the same, and I did not want to do that to people.”
 
She also told the publication that a boutique truck was in the works, “so we can bring that shopping experience to the fans. 
 
“I will still have a lot of the vintage pieces the shop was known for and the same specialty designs, but the experience will be cooler and will be mobile. Fans might not have been able to come to Nashville to visit the shop, so now we can bring the shop to them.”
 
If you’re intrigued by the talk of new Tiffany tunes, you can preorder the new album and/or partake in some big crowdfunding perks at her PledgeMusic page.
 
If you’d like to look back fondly on Tiffany’s time as an East Nashvillian shop wrangler, read the East Nashvillian interview with Tiffany from our January-February 2014 issue
 

New at Turnip Truck: Brunch, babies!

 
 
We love a brunch here in East Nashville, boy howdy do we. So, good news: Along with all the other new additions at the new Turnip Truck — including the hot and cold bars and full bakery — the natural grocer just started serving weekend brunch.
 
Expect eggs and bacon and biscuits and pastries and fruit and other brunch-y goodness. (We are not currently aware of the existence of Bloody Marys, what with those grocery laws and stuff, but you could certainly buy the ingredients for a pretty tough organic Bloody, aside of the booze.)
 
Brunch hours will be Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday 9 to 3. The new Turnip Truck East is located at 701 Woodland Street.
 

So, Sophisticakes?

 
If you swung by East Nashville bakery Sophisticakes recently for a sugar fix, you likely left empty-handed — the doors abruptly closed at 707 Porter, where those folks have been serving delicious confections since last spring.
 
So, is it “closed” closed?
 
Calls to the bakery are met with the following message: “Due to an unexpected family situation that has arose, we are not taking orders at this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.” 
 
Sophisticakes’ social media presence has been scrubbed, and its website is stripped down, with a message that reads: “We are making some repairs to the Sophisticakes website, as well as our East Nashville storefront. Thank you for your patience!”
 
We’re working on finding out more, but short answer is: Responses we’ve gotten so far are of the “We’re not sure” variety, so… we’re not sure yet whether Sophisticakes is planning to reopen. Meantime, we’ll keep on it, and if you have info to share about this local business that we sure do like, we’d love to hear it.
 
Update: Well, that doesn't look promising. (Hat tip Greg Delzer.)
 

QUICK BITS

 
— East Side band Light Beam Rider is celebrating the release of their new album, A Place to Sleep Among the Creeps, here in the neighborhood(ish) on Friday, Feb. 12, at ​Little Harpeth Brewing & Taproom (30 Oldham Street). Start time is 7:30 p.m., and special guests include folk from Diarrhea Planet and Sol Cat. Cover’s $5, and No Country For New Nashville has the LP streaming.
 
— Welp, that was quick: BarreAmped Nashville EAST, which opened on Woodland in July, is moving to a bigger space. As of Sunday, they’ll be at 1002 Fatherland St. Ste. 202.
 
— Easy way to bang out pre-Valentine’s brunch and flowers in one sitting: Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Octopus is hosting Alex Vaughan of new neighborhood florist FLWR Shop for a Valentine's brunch pop-up. Head by, enjoy brunches and bunches (of flowers). 
 
Frampton comes alive. In East Nashville. For tacos. 
 
— Hey band people: If you haven’t entered Nashville-bred Artist Growth’s $1000 gas card giveaway, put down the vaporizer and do the do. Just think of how many Sour Patch Kids/stale donuts you’ll be able to buy without having to shell out for gas! 
 
That’s all for this week. News tips to share? Email Nicole.
 

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Jennifer Burns on February 13, 2016 said:
Really sad to hear about Sophisticakes. I loved all her treats.