Lots to know this week, from an East Nashvillian of the Year nomination call to the Ornaments’ holiday-season return, Dee’s’ second birthday and a whole lot more. Like Puuuuuuuuubliiiiiiiiiiix fiiiiiiiiinally!?!?!?!?
On to the latest East Nashville news:
A Publix location in East Nashville?
Let’s not get all Charlie Brown/football about this just yet, but according to a Nashville Business Journal report, there’s a possibility that the Hill Center Greenwood — in the works here in East Nashville, around Gallatin and Greenwood — will be anchored by a Publix supermarket.
The in-the-works mixed-use center was initially meant to be home to a Sprouts market, but those plans reportedly fell through earlier this month. The Journal came upon the Publix scoop through a bit of sleuthery in the planning documents filed with Metro, and neither the developer nor Publix spokesfolks have confirmed. But NBJ says they were able to get confirmation through unnamed sources familiar with plans.
Should this come to pass, we may be shopping pleasurably by mid-2020 or so.
East Nashvillian of the Year time is nigh
As we creep closer to the end of 2018, it’s getting to be about time to think about the year that was — and, specifically, which folks East Nashvilled better than anyone else in East Nashville.
Every year for the past decade-plus, East Nashvillian of the Year honors have been bestowed upon neighbors who “exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville.” And the rest of us East Nashvillians get to pick who’s up for the prizes.
To nominate someone extra Easty, you’ll just need to send some thoughts to ENOTY@eastnashville.org, including your nominee(s)’s name(s), and why you think they’ve earned the honor.
Prizes go out in two categories: business, and citizen, and you’re free to nominate as many of each as you like.
Once nominations come in, Historic East Nashville Merchants Association members will vote, and the top folks will be crowned. Deadline for nominations: Nov. 26.
If you’d like to eyeball who took the honors last year, check out the January/February 2018 issue of The East Nashvillian, with features on Citizen recipient Stacie Huckeba and Business recipient The 5 Spot.
The Ornaments are back
Sure, we haven’t even gotten through Halloween yet, much less Thanksgiving. But if our fine retail neighbors are already decking the halls, why can’t we?
The annual harbinger of yuletide joy, for us, is the announcement of East Nashville supergroup The Ornaments’ annual run of A Charlie Brown Christmas shows, during which Vince Guaraldi’s cockles-warming soundtrack is reproduced live with striking, inspiring accuracy. (Their ranks include EN columnist James Haggerty, Sheryl Crow keysmaster Jen Gunderman and Chuck Mead/Paul Burch drummer Martin Lynds.)
The good news: The Ornaments have set their 2018 dates, with a slew of shows for grown-ups and kids from Dec. 17-23.
The less-convenient news: What with their regular East Nashville haunt, the Family Wash, not currently in operation, they’re heading over the river for the residency. Which isn’t exactly bad news — they’ll mostly be at 3rd & Lindsley, a great-sounding and quite comfortable space to take in a holiday favorite. That club hosts The Ornaments that Monday through Thursday, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., plus Sunday, Dec. 23, for a live Lightning 100 broadcast at 8.
A morning kids show is on the schedule again too: Belcourt Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m.
Tickets for all shows will run $12, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward Music Health Alliance. For more on The Ornaments and this year’s shows, head to facebook.com/TheOrnaments. For even more on The Ornaments, check out the feature story we ran in 2015.
Dee’s turns 2
Our friend to the north, Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, just turned 2, and the team behind that low-key cocktail hang will be celebrating with a big ol’ party and pig roast this Saturday.
On the schedule at Dee’s 2nd Anniversary Bash (& Pig Roast!): Tons of live music (including East Sider Nathan Kalish, Dee’s mainstay Andy Beckey, a late-night superjam and more), plus a whole roasted hog you’re welcome to partake in. Food’s ready at 5 p.m., party runs until 2 a.m., and proceeds will go to help East Nashville’s Pet Community Center continue to provide affordable care.
Launched by the folks behind much-loved East Nashville watering hole Mickey’s Tavern and Amy Dee Richardson, Dee’s officially opened on Oct. 21, 2016, and quickly became a regular haunt for Madison dwellers and East Nashvillians alike, with steady country/Americana shows, affordable drinks and a mighty fine Frito pie.
Swing by pin 102 E Palestine Ave., Madison, to take part in the party; grab more info on the Dee’s 2nd Anniversary Bash Event page.
Bill Martin building hits the market
Major local real estate news this week: The property at 1105 Fatherland St., long home to Bill Martin’s Corner Foods business, just hit the market, listed for $3.5 million.
The news wasn’t exactly unexpected — neighbors have been wondering about the future of the longstanding grocery store since its patriarch Bill Martin passed away last year. But it’s still prompted concern from many locals, who fear further loss of our neighborhood’s personality and feel concerned that folks who depend on the shop, including many residents of Cayce Place, could end up without a grocer within close walking distance.
The listing doesn’t necessarily mean that the grocery store is shuttering or that another grocery brand won’t take its place — future plans will sharpen if and when a sale goes through.
The listing includes two parcels that add up to about three quarters of an acre, and the nearly 12,000-square-foot building. More on the MLS.
Abode and Baxter Bailey book Fall Open House
Fun fall excuses for shopping and socializing: Abode Mercantile and Baxter Bailey & Company in the Shoppes on Fatherland are both hosting Fall Open House events on Saturday, Oct. 27, where they’ll share stuff to eat and drink and stuff to buy and a few fitting treats, too.
At Abode (1002 Fatherland St., Ste. 101), there’ll be samples of locally made drinks and pantry items, plus specials and new products getting unveiled. At pet-focused spot BB&C (1004 Fatherland St., Ste. 101), visiting pups all get a free treat bag, and pet parents get access to specials and new products too. And if you don’t already have a Halloween costume for your pooch, they have you handled.
Both Open Houses are set to run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more on Abode, visit abode-mercantile.myshopify.com. For more on Baxter Bailey & Company, visit baxterbaileycompany.com.
— A big East Nashville birthday: East Side Storytellin’ celebrates six years of sharing words and music on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Nashville scribe Joe Pagetta will be reading from his essay collection Guinea Bastard, and Joe Pisapia will be sharing songs from his Connection album. It’s at The Post here in the neighborhood, kicking off at 7 p.m.
— Another birthday: Congratulations to CrossFit East Nashville, who’ll ring in their first on Sunday, Nov. 4, with a party at their place from 4-6 p.m. On hand: Food, fellowship, fitness, and fun.
— The New York Times looks our way once again. In their rundown of “Shopping the New South,” East Nashville’s High Class Hillbilly and Lemon Laine get a little love.
— If you’ve been wanting to add some more trees to your property, easy opportunity coming up: The Metro Beautification and Environment Commission is partnering with Root Nashville, the Cumberland River Compact, and the Nashville Tree Task Force for a “Farm to Your Yard” Tree Sale, offering lots of sizable saplings (Sweetbay Magnolias, Tulip Poplars, Yoshino Cherries, Appalachian Redbuds, and others), all around $100 or so, with helpful tips for planting and care. Deadline to order is Sunday, Nov. 19; trees will be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 1. More at the Cumberland River Compact website.
That’s all for this week. Have some East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.