It’s been a fantastically busy week for new East Nashville businesses, so in this week’s column, we’ve got fresh faces galore, from flowers to records to hats. Lots of other stuff, too.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Vinyl Tap takes over former Family Wash
As you may have read this week in Eater Nashville, the blue beauty on Greenwood that once housed The Family Wash is set to have a new tenant: craft beer bar and record store Vinyl Tap.
Co-owner Todd Hedrick — whose choice of business names could be none more awesome — told Eater that the place’ll be selling new and used vinyl, and plans are for 24 taps for (largely) local craft beer, plus wine and a limited food menu. Live music might happen down the line, too.
Hedrick’s shooting to open the doors in May. Get more from Eater Nashville, and follow along with Vinyl Tap on Facebook as they get going.
Mister Hats comes our way from Memphis
Appreciate a jaunty chapeau? Good news: Memphis hat shop Mister Hats has branched out to Nashville, and the new, second location is right here in our neighborhood, at 921 Gallatin Avenue.
The shop, which opened last week, stocks a mix of well-known hat and cap brands, from Bailey, Stetson and Borsalino to Kangol. And with 30-odd years of behatting experience, Mister Hats owner Daniel Lansky is confident that he/the shop can hook you up, even if you’d previously found your head unsuitable for topping.
“We believe that our expertise in the hat world can help everyone achieve that stylish look,” he says.
(And listen, cool it with the South Park jokes, it’s Mister Hats, plural, duh.)
To check out the wares and/or order online, drop by the Mister Hats website. Otherwise, shop’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Five Points gets a FLWR Shop
East Nashville has a new face in florals: Longtime floral industry city-hoppers Alex Vaughan and Quinn Kiesow bounced from Los Angeles to New York and cities in between before settling here in Nashville, starting a family, and, now, a flower shop called FLWR Shop.
The new space, at 123 S 11th Street, showcases their “passion for great design and superb flowers.”
As you can see above (and on FLWR Shop’s Instagram feed), that manifests in some pretty stuff.
The shop itself is just a little ways off — plans are for a soft opening the week of Valentine's Day and a grand opening early March — but you can already have FLWR Shop signature arrangements delivered (anywhere in the Nashville/Franklin area, generally same day), by ordering online.
Goose gone, Graze on
Another exciting bit of news broken by Matt over at Eater Nashville: The now-empty space that once held The Silly Goose will soon be home to Graze, a new concept from the folks behind The Wild Cow.
Co-owner Melanie Cochran told the publication that we should expect “an all-day plant-based casual restaurant” that’s stylistically different from its also-plant-based bovine sister.
Hopes are for a March opening. Get some more info from Eater.
East Sider Margo Price visits Colbert
Catch East Nashville-based classic country voice Margo Price making her late-night TV debut this week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Real, real good. Watch Price and her band do "Hurtin' (On The Bottle)" above.
Treehouse welcomes new executive chef Jason Zygmont
You may remember the announcement back in October that Treehouse chef Todd Alan Martin was on the way out, heading back to Washington to be near family.
Martin is missed, but The East Side eatery now has a fresh face leading the kitchen: new executive chef Jason Zygmont.
Zygmont comes our way with an impressive pedigree, having done time at double-Michelin-star recipient Noma in Copenhagen and at multiple celeb-chef spots (Hugh Acheson’s 5 & 10 in Athens, Georgia; Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York).
He took over the kitchen a little over a week ago, introducing menu items like icy blue mussel stew, Tonkotsu Ramen with pork belly and soy-pickled mushrooms/kale kimchi and lots more tasty-sounding stuff.
If you’re anxious to try out the new Treehouse tastes, they’re open at 1011 Clearview Avenue 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
East Nashville Southern Thrift closing
Attention, thrift shoppers: The 2701 Gallatin Pike Southern Thrift location will be closing up as of January 31.
The East Nashville shop was one of four Southern Thrifts in Nashville, and the other three — on Lebanon Pike, Charlotte Pike and Metroplex Drive — will remain open.
They’ll be leading into the wrap-up with a closing sale. Keep an eye on the Southern Thrift Facebook page for updates.
Join East Nashville dancers for ‘Cinderella’
Students at East Nashville’s Rejoice School of Ballet have been hard at work under the direction of Nashville Ballet apprentice Gerald Watson, and they’re just about ready to show off for all you Prince and Princess Charmings.
From February 26 to 28, 24 of our the school’s pre-professional students and six faculty members will perform the classic ballet Cinderella at the 4th Story Theatre at West End United Methodist Church.
Not familiar with the school? It was launched in 1999 to offer affordable dance education to children in our community who might not otherwise have access to it. Instructors have since welcomed 1000-plus students, and continue to teach children ages 4 through 18, right here in the neighborhood (classes are held Edgefield Baptist Church and East Park Community Center).
If you'd like to take in some beautiful ballet and support neighbors, tickets to the shows are $8, and can be purchased online. There’ll be performances at 7 p.m. that Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
More info at the Rejoice School of Ballet website.
Great music, great causes
Two upcoming shows to know about if you like your entertainment cash to go toward worthy music and worthy causes:
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, a team of top-notch Nashville players — including Pete Finney, John Deaderick, Chris Autry, Martin Lynds and Bryan Owings — will be paying tribute to influential player and writer J.J. Cale at the Family Wash, and while doing so, raising cash to support the Music Health Alliance, a nonprofit that provides working musicians with healthcare advocacy.
If the great cause and ace band weren’t enough, the onstage guest list is threatening to be bananas. Bill Lloyd, Jonell Mosser, Kevin Gordon, Jon Byrd and many others are due to step in, as is legendary player (and Cale collaborator) Mac Gayden. Expect surprises, too.
Admission is a $10 suggested donation. The show kicks off at 9 p.m., and The Family Wash is located at 626 Main Street.
Then on Friday, Jan. 29 at Mad Donna’s, local folk-pop duo/couple The Bird and the Bear will be performing to raise funds for a cause that’s quite close to home.
Bandmember Garry Wood was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and with the considerable costs of chemotherapy and other treatment coming his way, help is very much needed. The Bird and the Bear will be joined by a crew of friends at the benefit, proceeds from which will be split equally between Wood and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Mad Donna’s is located at 1313 Woodland, and the show kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 (though any additional donations you’d like to make will be welcomed and appreciated).
— Big congrats to the Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy, celebrating their first birthday this month.
— Big congrats to No. 308, who’ll be celebrating their five-year anniversary on Jan. 20, naturally, with a party.
— Lockeland Table chef Hal Holden-Bache is leading a fermentation class at the restaurant on February 6, and there were still a few seats left as of this posting. You’ll sip Kombucha and learn to make it, along with a bunch of other fermented items, and get info about the health benefits. Cost is $40 per person.
That's all for this week. News to share? Email Nicole.