This week, a bunch of openings, a bunch of closings, a bunch of parties and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Crazy Kukla Boutique coming to Walden
Moms, Dads and other parental types: We’ll soon have another neighborhood spot to pick up things to clothe and entertain our small people.
The Crazy Kukla Boutique is aiming for an early October opening 1900 Eastland Avenue, Unit 102, in the Walden development that houses Two Ten Jack and Climb Nashville (and soon, Five Daughters Bakery).
The new shop is actually a sister store — the first Crazy Kukla is on the square in Murfreesboro, slinging boutique clothing, accessories and gifts for babies and kids (pictured up top).
Our Eastside Kukla will be similar in some ways, owner Kim Simpson tells us — there’ll be plenty of clothing, gifts and toys (including custom dollhouses and doll furniture), plus monogramming/personalization for items bought in the shop. But we’ll also get some special twists, including “more fashion-forward clothing” and more boys’ stuff.
When Simpson was envisioning spreading outside Murfreesboro, East Nashville was the first place in mind.
“We love the East Nashville community,” she says. “We are so excited to open at our new spot.”
Fatherland Shoppe The Panacherie opens
Another new name over at the cluster of local businesses known as the Fatherland District: In mid-August, apparel and accessories boutique The Panacherie opened up in the Shoppes on Fatherland, stocking stylish clothing for women and pre-teens, plus jewelry, bags, home goods and more.
The cute and cozy shop is a family affair, owned by CeCe and Wayne Clark and daughters Shannon, 22 (officially) and Sophie, 11 (unofficially). Their son Justin moved to Nashville to study, and about six years ago, the family followed.
The Panacherie isn’t the Clarks’ first entrepreneurial endeavor — Mom and Dad owned a closet design company in Florida for about 15 years, but earlier this year, they sold the old business, and made their moves toward the new one.
“The timing was right to seize the opportunity to realize the long-awaited dream of partnering with my girls on this new adventure,” CeCe told us.
The shop concept was a collaboration between Mom and Shannon; Sophie contributes by helping select the tween lines that hit the racks. Those racks, on the whole, are stocked with “classic designs and basic pieces that have a unique flair at an affordable price,” CeCe says, and the vibe is kind of a laid-back glamor.
“We drew our inspiration from the quintessential dress shops of the ‘30s and ‘40s,” she says. “A place where women can be a little pampered and have fun shopping while they sip a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.”
Opening up The Panacherie’s doors on the Eastside traces back to the kids, too — Justin and Shannon already lived here, and hipped the rest of the family to the possibilities.
“We love it here,” CeCe says of East Nashville. “We deeply appreciate that the businesses are so welcoming and willing to collaborate with each other.”
The Panacherie is located at 1006 Fatherland Street, #204, and hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Modern East Gallery shutters
One of the neighborhood’s young art stops closed its doors in August: After a year in the Shoppes on Fatherland, the photography-focused Modern East Gallery wrapped its run with a final exhibition, celebrating the work of the gallery’s owners Jennifer Stalvey and Brandon Felts and a slew of past guest artists.
“It has been our pleasure to share and display a rich variety of photography styles, mediums, and subject matter over the past 12 months,” a goodbye message from the gallery owners said. “Thank you to all of those who shared their work, to those who have regularly visited the gallery, and to those and collected original photography.”
The two owners/photographers remain busy with the latter part of that slash. Felts does model and travel photography under the Wanderlust Imagery name, and Stalvey continues to shoot “musicians, actors, dancers, writers, painters, healers, beauty queens and other creatives for their promotional purposes and for my desire to push identity, to see what they have to say, and to create something beautiful.”
No word yet on what’ll take over Suite 203 at 1006 Fatherland Street.
Sawtooth Print Shop closes Eastside space
Another bummer goodbye, though it’s not a shuttering, just a move: Letterpress design studio and print hub Sawtooth Print Shop packed up its 604 Gallatin space about a week ago, and hoofed down to Berry Hill to continue its arty business outside the Eastside.
“It's a bittersweet feeling to leave the Eastside and the community we feel so supported by,” a Sawtooth social post says, “but the times are changing and we want to be around for a long time despite the current no-holds-barred development going on all over town.”
A little bit of extra goodbye love: Check out the interview we did with Nieves Uhl a few years back, when she and Chris were still working out of a backyard space in Inglewood.
Hempopotamus closes Fatherland shop
After three years in the Shoppes on Fatherland, Hempopotamus has taken its East Nashville-made, industrial hemp-derived products online only, shuttering the brick-and-mortar shop.
If you’ve gotten accustomed to being able to easily grab Hempopotamus-brand hair and beard care products, lotions and the like, don’t worry — www.hempopotamus.com has all the stuff you’re used to, plus a large line of nutritional supplements (and locals get special pricing).
“Hempopotaproprietress” Kim Hussey-Ross tells us she’s also on the hunt for local retailers who’d like to carry hometown Hempopotamus wares (interested folk can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org), so they’ll hopefully soon be available offline in the neighborhood too.
If you’re new to what Hempopotamus does and currently have a head full o’ stoner jokes, here’s an explanation from those folks:
“From clothing to food, body care to fuel oil, paper products to rope, hemp can (and did for thousands of years) supply us with with many of our daily needs in a renewable and sustainable way. … Industrial Hemp is not Marijuana. It does not contain enough of the psychotropic ingredient THC to get you high. So while you should eat it, wear it, and share it, PLEASE don't smoke it, because its only effects will be a sense of disappointment, and most likely a headache.”
So there you have it. Hit hempopotamus.com for more info, and/or to shop online.
New restaurant spaces up for grabs on Russell
This’ll be a ways off, but a National Restaurant Properties listing offers something of an early look at the (potential) home of two new East Nashville restaurants, a stone’s throw from Five Points.
Up for lease: 4,410 and 4,470-square-foot restaurant spaces at 1003 Russell Street, which’ll both be outfitted with patios and parking. The location — once home to a church, across the way from the new East Nashville Burger UP and the mixed-use Farrow at Five Points — was snapped up by investors earlier this summer, according to the Nashville Business Journal.
The listing indicates that the restaurant spaces are part of 10th & Russell, a development that’s set to include eight homes, with an expected completion of spring 2017.
So, yes, details are early and limited. But the rendering up there looks pretty cool.
More at the National Restaurant Properties website if you’re curious and/or hunting for an East Nashville restaurant space.
Ron Brice shares more development news with Crain’s
Back in July, we mentioned that 3rd & Lindsley owner Ron Brice and partner Richard King had a pretty exciting project in the works on our side of the river — an artisan community on 35 acres in the northern reaches of East Nashville.
He was at liberty to share very little then (though we got a nice shot of the view from the top). A week or so ago, though, Brice dropped a few more details on Crain’s Nashville.
Of the in-the-works project, he said we should expect to see 98 residences at the base of the property, plus a performance space higher up.
"It's not going to be so much of a music venue, but more of a casual destination and events place with room to expand,” Brice told Crain’s. “With both of us being in the music business, we're actually trying to create a bit of an artisan community where artists can live, hang out and create.”
The piece notes that engineers are already at work on infrastructure planning, and that work could begin in/before spring.
— Early this year, we mentioned that former AVO chef Jess Rice was planning on hosting lots of pop-ups as she worked toward her next food adventure. Here’s another in the neighborhood: At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, she’s helming a “Sunday Brinner” at Dose Cafe & Dram Bar in Riverside Village (1400 McGavock). Tickets are $60 per person, and include “5 organic plant-based breakfast-themed courses, 3 complimentary craft cocktails, 1 MONQ personal essential oil diffuser, and 5 printed recipe cards.”
— September’s East Side Art Stumble is this Saturday, with art exhibits/events all around the neighborhood. Atomic Nashville has local artist Billy Martinez exhibiting and painting onsite; Fond Object has 20 local artists and makers taking part in The Earthwhile Artistry Fair & Skill Share; and much, much more. Full rundown at EastSideArtStumble.com.
— New East Nashville book shop Her Bookshop just launched a new book club. “Better Off Read is a book club collaboration between Her Bookshop and The Porch Writers' Collective, focusing on books that you'll definitely be better off having read.” First meet-up is October 30.
— Ever wanted to learn 3D printing skills? Make Nashville is hosting a “3D Printing Jumpstart” workshop on Sept. 24 at their place, 947 Woodland.
— The Nashville-focused episode of celeb chef Andrew Zimmern’s Travel Channel show Driven By Food (which features some spots Eastsiders will recognize) hit the airwaves this week. It’s set to air again on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
— Celeb food guru Anthony Bourdain came to Nashville (and East Nashville) for his CNN show Parts Unknown, too. The episode is slated to air on Oct. 2.
— Big congrats to Lipstick Lounge on 14 years of awesomeness. They’ll celebrate with a party on Saturday.
— Big congrats to neighborhood vintage/antique stop Rusty Rats, too — two years down, many more to come. They have a big sale going down Saturday to celebrate too.
— Have budding lil’ musicians/music lovers in your midst? Children’s music program Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is working on launching classes in the neighborhood this fall, and they’ll be hosting a free demo class on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at DancEast. Details/info on how to register on their Facebook events page.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville tips to share? Please email Nicole.