Major thing this week: The new November/December 2017 issue of The East Nashvillian is out, and it has soul, and a holiday gift guide, musings on Barista baller Andy Mumma, a chance to catch The Theater Bug and lots, lots more. Grab your copy around town, or read the full issue online.
With that, here’s the latest East Nashville News:
Wild Sage salon grand-opens on Woodland
East Siders who prefer their hair care/beauty to lean toward the organic/eco-friendly side have a new name to turn to: Wild Sage Salon and Makeup Boutique recently hung its shingle at 914A Woodland Street, in the former Good Sister Bad Sister space.
The salon, led by business partners Jeff Gensemer and Tara Lexx Hampton, focuses on “greener, more healthy alternatives to hair care and color,” with vegan, ammonia-free products.
“We had a vision for a healthier way of beauty care in the industry and are excited to bring it to life,” Gensemer says.
Longtime East Siders may recognize Gensemer as the former head of Studio Green Organic Salon, a salon with a similar thrust that opened back in 2010 (we wrote a bit about it in our 10th issue) and closed in 2014.
Hampton’s previous business, Deer Willow Salon, also had a natural/eco-friendly focus, which makes the Wild Sage pairing pretty logical.
Added fun: Good Sister Bad Sister’s Jaiya Rose is back, too, working her makeup magic out of a space in the same building.
Wild Sage and GSBS are hosting a grand opening celebration on Friday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with drinks, snacks, gift certificates and door prizes on offer, and a chance to explore the space. (Attendees are also invited to contribute non-perishable food donations for a Second Harvest drive.) More about the grand opening here.
Leading up to that party, the salon has some holiday-season specials to share. For new clients, up until Thanksgiving: $99 cut and color; $120 cut and highlight; complimentary brow shaping with any service; plus, for gentlemen, $25 cuts, brow cleanup, hot towel and scalp massage.
For more, visit Wild Sage Salon on Facebook.
Make Nashville hosts 12 Days of Holiday Making
If you haven’t visited East Nashville’s non-profit makerspace Make Nashville, you’ll have an excellent excuse leading into the holiday season: the 12 Days of Making series, which’ll give creative and crafty neighbors a chance to make a different gift every night, December 1 through 12.
On the project docket for The 12 Days of Making: making cutting boards, custom jewelry, 3D-printed ornaments, metal holiday trees, clutches and more.
Over the course of the 12 days, you’ll have a chance to experience the breadth of what Make Nashville offers, working in their metal shop to weld Christmas decorations, hitting the ceramics lab for ornament making, sidling up to some sawdust in the wood shop, stitching in the fabric lab with a master seamstress — electronics aficionados can even learn how to program holiday lights with an Arduino microcontroller.
The Make Nashville space is set up for just about any kind of creativity, and this series highlights its riches. And since handmade gifts are always among the awesomest gifts, it's also a prime opportunity to knock some names off your Christmas list in an extra-thoughtful way (while also picking up some creative skills).
For more information/to grab a seat at any/many of the 12 Days of Making classes, head to makenashville.eventbrite.com (several are already up/available for ticket-buying, with more to come). Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other opportunities to check out Make Nashville: Every Friday, they host a Community Build Night from 6 to 9 p.m., and invite non-members to come explore and decide if they’d like to become non-non-members. Get to know the full picture at makenashville.org.
Goat Yoga goes from the pasture to the page
Most of us are at this point aware of Shenanigoats and their all-the-rage Goat Yoga classes. (If not, you can learn more here.)
Attended practices here in the neighborhood, had your back walked upon by adorable cloven hooves and fallen in love? Here’s a holiday heads up: There’s a new Shenanigoats Goat Yoga book.
The tome, Goat Yoga — The Light in Me Honors the Goat in You, was just issued by Nashville-based Turner Publishing Company, and features instruction on “all the best goat-friendly poses” woven in with dozens of color photos shot in a Boscobel backyard by photographer Ashley Hylbert.
Some excerpted wisdom:
"Goat yogis must always remember that their greatest assets are the four-legged friends that make this wonderful practice possible. We may not understand why goats and yoga make such a perfect pairing, but we are surely thankful for their willing participation." Yes indeed.
Learn more about the Goat Yoga book at Turner Publishing’s website and get to know East Sider-led Shenanigoats better at shenanigoats.com.
If you’d like to buy a copy of the book, we hear it’s stocked locally at Parnassus (and bets are our great East Nashville book shops can get it for you too).
New comedy mic at Dee’s
Let’s go a little up the way to Madison — here's one for local comedy fans/fans of Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge (sister bar to East Nashville haunt Mickey’s).
Nashville comics Dusty Slay and Mikah Wyman just launched “Hey, you should be a comedian!,” a Tuesday-night open mic series at Dee’s, fashioned with a bit of “authentic Nashville flavor” — specifically, a solid soundtrack of classic country music going when a comedian’s non onstage eliciting laughs.
“Musicians love comedy and comedians love music,” Slay says. “Most comics would do music if they could play or sing. Comedy and country music can be very storytelling-based, and I’m doing my best to blend the two.”
Mics like these are an opportunity for up-and-coming comics to get stage time and for comedy fans to catch on-the-rise acts early, without dropping much cash. (This particular Tuesday mic is free.) Mics like these (and this one, specifically) also usually have more seasoned comics popping in too.
Each Tuesday features about 20 different comics doing 4- to 5-minute sets, with performer sign-ups starting at 9:30, show kicking off at 10.
It’s been going for about a month, and, Slay says, “Dee’s and the audiences have been really happy with the shows.”
Check out the Facebook Event page for next week’s mic here.
For some more Dee’s detail, check out the feature we just ran on Dee’s’ lovely major demo, Amy Dee Richardson.
A few extra East Side connections: Co-host Wyman’s an East Sider, and Slay’s a soon-to-be East Sider whose debut album, Makin’ that Fudge, was recorded here at the now-shuttered Cult Fiction Underground.
East Side UPS Store opens
We know a lot of our readers get their hackles up when we report on chains, but anyone who’s needed to step back into 1992 and fax something will probably find this useful: East Nashville has a new UPS Store.
UPS Store #6943 soft-opened Thursday at 707 Main Street (across from GReKo Greek Street Food), and the UPS folk tell us this:
“Along with the standard mailbox services, packing and shipping that The UPS Store is known for, this new store is really primed to serve the printing and freight needs of the area. The store was designed to handle large freight shipments, and has full print production capabilities, including wide-format printing for large banners, posters and signs.”
Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Go forth, print/ship and be merry.
— Donations are needed for the East Nashville Hope Exchange’s annual Family Christmas Store; if you’d like to help some students and families, here are the details.
— Houzz has a tour of East Nashvillian Erin Walsh’s cozy space in the neighborhood; take a gander if you’re into home decor, it’s real cute.
— Just a reminder: The 919 Gallatin Ave Open House is this Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m., and we’d love to see you there. Lots of local businesses, live music, good hang.
— Project 615’s free annual Nashvember event is this Saturday at Track One downtown too.
— Kali Yuga Yoga is hosting a 90-minute "yogic sleep” workshop Friday, and I’m REAL tired (#toddler), so thought it worth sharing.
That’s it for this week. Have any East Nashville News tips to share? Please email Nicole.