The biggest happening in East Nashville this week, obviously: The Tomato Art Fest, Friday and Saturday. If you’ve never been, we can’t recommend it highly enough — it’s an almost overwhelming amount of entertainment and togetherness and food and drink and shopping and fun.
We have a full rundown of the happenings in our latest issue, and we’ll be there waving and smiling and stuff, so come say hi. Just be nice, cuz it’s our birthday week!
Yep, eight years ago this week, we launched The East Nashvillian with a couple dollars, a couple dreams and some stories about a neighborhood and community we love. Both the neighborhood and the magazine have grown considerably since, and we couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve gotten the chance to chronicle over the past eight years. It’s been tomatoes and Todd Snider and tall-and-skinnies and so much more.
We hope you’ve been enjoying what we do too, and hope we get to do it for many, many years to come. Feeling nostalgic? You’re always invited to take a misty stroll through our archives.
With that, happy Tomato time, and here’s the latest crop of East Nashville news tidbits:
Apple and Oak branches out to Hillsboro Village
As of Thursday, local entrepreneur Allison Holley has officially spread her roots across Nashville, opening up a second Apple & Oak shop, this time in Hillsboro Village.
Holley’s flagship shop, at 717 Porter Rd. here in East Nashville, opened in late 2015, and since, it’s become a much-loved, much-Instagrammed stop for vintage rugs, handmade home goods and lots of other nesting materials. The second Apple & Oak hosted its grand opening at 1818 21st Ave. S. this week, showing off the super-stylish, trend-leading taste that earned the East Nashville shop a loyal following.
All of this, Holley says, has been a whirlwind.
“When I found out the space in East was available, I opened the shop within two months,” she recalls. “I originally hadn't planned on having a retail space, but Ginny, the owner of [Nashville clothing shop] Vinnie Louise, convinced me that I should do it and connected me to the building's management. I had no expectations and and the experience has been great ever since I opened the doors. East is special to me because all of our customers and the community as a whole is so supportive and welcoming.”
A similar kind of it-just-happened experience led the expansion, too.
“I feel like Hillsboro chose me,” Holley says of her new second home. “I was approached about the space being vacant, and it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. When I first moved to Nashville, I lived in Hillsboro Village and it's one of my favorite parts of town, it's so cute and romantic.”
That new Hillsboro Village shop is open now 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, 10 to 8 Tuesday through Saturday. East Nashville’s hours are just a little different: noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 to 6 Tuesday through Friday, 11 to 4 on Saturday.
The brick-and-mortar spots, as it happens, aren’t all of the Apple & Oak empire — there’s also a rolling rug shop of sorts: Loretta Lou, a little blue 1965 Ford pickup that you’ll find at makers’ markets around town (or that you can book for an event/visit). And folks who prefer to source their chairs and knickknacks and floor coverings from a laptop can peruse appleandoaknash.com 24/7, too.
Even if the East Nashville shopkeep didn’t see this growth coming, she’s happily rolling with it.
“I never expected to open one shop, let alone two,” Holley says, “and I am so excited to bring Apple & Oak to Hillsboro Village.”
Another CBD shop opening in East Nashville
Just a few months after Music City Hemp Store’s opening at 307 N 16th St., another CBD-focused shop is getting ready to open its doors in the neighborhood.
CBD American Shaman has a grand opening set for August 13 at 925 Gallatin Ave., Suite 103 (recently home to a beauty salon), and like their Hemp Store neighbors, they’ll be stocking a broad mix of products infused with cannabidiol, a legal compound that’s touted as offering wellness benefits, from lessening anxiety to soothing joint pain.
Some of the specifics on American Shaman shelves: CBD tinctures and capsules, lotions and beauty products, and plenty of edible stuff (gummies, candies, cookies), along with products for customers who prefer to vape their hemp oil. Dogs and cats have options too.
This particular brand has franchises stretching from Georgia to California, including several in Tennessee.
Folks who attend the East Nashville grand opening, which starts at 10 a.m., will have access to free samples (and folks who can answer questions about the what/why/how of CBD).
To learn more about CBD American Shaman, stop by cbdamericanshaman.com. For updates on the East Nashville location, follow CBD Nashville American Shaman on Facebook.
Tinkergarten launches at Shelby Bottoms
Moms, Dads and other caregivers: Looking for some outdoor edutainment experiences for your young charges? We have a new option here in the neighborhood.
Locals Heather Crabtree Jones and Katie Parker have launched East Nashville Tinkergarten classes, meant to give families an opportunity to “meet outdoors to connect and learn through play.”
East Side Tinkergarten crews will collect at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center for five-part classes that meet once a week, open to children 18 months to 5 years old. (Kids under 1 can come too, and don’t need to register.)
A fall session of eight classes runs Tuesday afternoons, September 18 through November 6, and the curriculum is meant to “support the development of a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills,” with a particular focus on problem solving.
That session will be led by Jones, and it’ll be followed in October/November by a weekly Wednesday session headed up by Parker.
Total cost for each student, each session is $160 (with a 30 percent discount for additional siblings), and you can learn more about the Tinkergarten approach (and sign up for an East Nashville session) through tinkergarten.com.
Boo Ray and chef Sean Brock pair up on duets
Boiled peanuts and pork belly, okra and miso — those are the kinds of surprising pairings we usually expect from celeb chef Sean Brock, the man behind the popular Husk restaurants in Nashville and Charleston.
He apparently likes to surprise us outside the kitchen, too, as Brock’s teamed up with East Nashville musician Boo Ray on a pair of duets — part of Ray's "BooCoo Amigos" project, for which he’s already collaborated with repeat East Nashvillian cover star Elizabeth Cook.
Ray and Brock’s connection has decidedly East Nashville-centric roots: The two met at Barista Parlor here, bonding over a mutual tattoo-artist friend.
The now-friends cowrote “a release centered on the love of tattoos and food,” with the rollicking “Saint Misbehavin’” and groove-led “Soul Food Cookin,’” which are available now digitally, and due out as a limited-edition 7-inch on August 24.
Fittingly enough, they recently celebrated the project with a release show at Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint here in town, pictured above.
Check out more about the Boo Ray and Sean Brock collab at booraymusic.com, and catch our neighbor Ray on August 28 here in the neighborhood, at the 5 Spot’s $2 Tuesdays.
— Massive congratulations to Ugly Mugs, who’ve been operating for a full 10 years as of this week. We raise a(n ugly) mug to you.
— Massive congratulations, too, to younger neighbor Gift Horse, celebrating two years in East Nashville with a party this Saturday.
— Big bragging rights for a few of our East Nashville favorites: Cafe Roze and Folk are both among the Top 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2018 in Bon Appetit magazine. (They’re the only Nashville restaurants in the mix.)
— A Rolling Stone piece with an East Nashville center: “Meet the YouTuber Who’s Spearheading a New Wave of DIY Americana.”
— East Side guy Charlie Abbott has a song (called “Sunday”) in the new Mila Kunis/Kate McKinnon movie The Spy Who Dumped Me.
— Cassidy and Todd Wellons brought a gutted Cleveland Park home back to life in a big way, and Apartment Therapy shared the finished product.
That’s it for this week. Have an East Nashville news tip? Please email Nicole.