Housekeeping heads up to start this week: We’re hard at work on the January/February issue of The East Nashvillian, and if you’d like to get an ad in its pages, now’s a good time — advertisers who commit to an ad package starting with the next issue will be guaranteed 2018 rates in 2019.
Speaking of that next issue: We’ll feature the new East Nashvillians of the Year in its pages. The 2018 nominees are listed now at the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association website, and at Monday’s fourth quarter HENMA meeting at East Nashville Beer Works, members will be voting on the winners. (Members also have the option of voting online.)
More info on the East Nashvillians of the Year (and HENMA membership, if you’re a local business owner and haven’t already joined up) can be found at the HENMA website.
With that, on to the latest East Nashville news:
Celeb chef Carla Hall and Margot team up
If you’re a food TV fan, you’ll certainly be aware of chef Carla Hall (above), co-host of ABC’s The Chew, a busy cookbook author (who isn’t afraid to rep Nashville hot chicken), and a former Top Chef contestant, not to mention a native Nashvillian.
Hall’s headed back to Nashville in December, and she’ll be joining up with another powerful female food pro, East Nashville chef Margot McCormack, for a meal of Southern favorites at McCormack’s Margot Café.
At the event — set for 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 — chef McCormack will be preparing dishes that are inspired by Hall’s latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration (which hit stores in October, and can likely be found or special-ordered at our local bookshops). McCormack will also pull from her own food aesthetic, by interpreting the dishes using local, seasonal ingredients.
Proceeds from the lunch will go toward Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville, an organization that’s devoted to supporting Middle Tennessee women in the culinary arts, with mentorship, scholarship and more.
Wanna be there? Tickets run $95, and include lunch (and paired Cakebread wines), a copy of Hall’s new book and the chance to hear Hall talk about her cooking philosophy and other food-fangled topics. Grab your lunch with Carla Hall tickets through Eventbrite, and learn more about Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville at lesdamesnashville.org.
Great Clips coming to East Nashville
Add another new name to the new development at 1214 Gallatin Ave., in front of the ex-Walmart/current SpaceMax: A Great Clips salon is set to move in right next to the in-the-works Orangetheory Fitness East Nashville.
Owner Pete Gilreath tells us that the new walk-in salon will have a total of eight stations, with six to eight stylists working, all providing the Great Clips trademark: “low-priced haircuts to men and women who are busy and want to come when it fits their schedule.”
“We also do shampoos, styles, updos and blowouts, but haircuts are mainly what we focus on,” he says. “We encourage our customers to check in online, or by using our Great Clips app (but) if a customer just wants to walk in, that’s fine too. It takes five seconds to check in on the app, and it puts your name on the list and tells you exactly how long your wait is.”
Another perk that comes with Great Clips’ nationwide reach: the ability to jump in at another salon, in Tennessee or across the country, and have the employees already know your likes and dislikes.
“Once a customer has visited a Great Clips … we put notes in our system under that customer’s file, telling us exactly how the customer likes their hair cut, what products we use on them, and any other particulars,” Gilreath says. “We call these ‘clip notes’ and we update the notes each time a customer visits.”
If you hit another GC salon in Nashville, good chance it’ll be one of Gilreath’s — he and his wife have been running Great Clips salons for 14 years, and have six other location in the Nashville area. This is their first East Nashville one, and Gilreath says they’re “extremely excited” to make Eastward moves.
“We have been in Nashville 32 years, and have watched that area grow and prosper,” he says. “We think the area is under-served, and a Great Clips will be a perfect fit.”
Aim is to have the new space open in the spring of 2019. For more on the Great Clips approach, visit greatclips.com.
(Above photo: Loopnet listing)
Lockeland Springs Home Tour looms
Every year, neighbors in Lockeland Springs open up their homes — many of them the stately historic properties we all ooh and ahh over as we walk around the neighborhood — for the Lockeland Springs Home Tour.
If you like home design, it’s a fun way to explore what other folks in our community are decking their halls with. If you’re nosy, it’s a perfect way to be a lookie-loo. And this year’s 40th Annual event is nearly here: It’ll run Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, with stops at eight different Lockeland Springs properties.
To take part, you’ll need a ticket: They run $15 per person, and are available at Sweet 16th Bakery, Alegria and Pied Piper Creamery. Ticket in hand, you can wander from home to home from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
This year, as with other years, you’ll be able to check out a mix of older East Nashville homes and new builds. For more on the event, visit the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association website.
Local Listening: Amelia White
East Nashville mainstay Amelia White is gearing up to release her latest album, Rhythm of the Rain, early next year, and as an appetite-whetter, she’s offered a new video for the title track, shot here at home and in the U.K. Give a watch above, and keep up with the latest on White and her new album at ameliawhite.com.
Upcoming chance to catch her here a: Saturday, Jan. 5 at The 5 Spot.
— With the proposed rezoning around Riverside Village on the scrap heap, it’s looking more like the building that houses Fond Object could be razed. We reached out to the Fond Object folks for comment, and will update if/when we hear back.
— Our condolences to the family and friends of East Nashville-raised former Nashville Mayor Richard Fulton, who passed away this week.
— Art & Invention’s Holiday Open House, which includes the opening reception of their Holiday Art Show, is set for Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
— The BE-Hive’s last veggie dinner of the year is coming up on Monday, Dec. 3, and this one has a holiday theme and an islands-y thrust, with poke bowls and pineapple fried rice and coconut sweet potatoes and more. At The East Room, benefiting Pet Community Center.
— Santa Claus is coming to Wags & Whiskers on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1-3 p.m.
— Feel a little more humbug? The Grinch will be be at Mutts & Meows here in East Nashville Dec. 1 and 8, 1 to 5 p.m., and you can get your pet’s picture with him.
— Shelby Hillllllllls are alive, with the sound of… OK, technically not Shelby Hills, but “around 5 Points” didn’t have the same ring. Marche is hosting a Sound of Music sing-a-long at their place on Dec. 10, with a screening of the musical, a meal (grilled cheese and tomato soup) and a goody bag full of props you can use to make the screening interactive. Tickets run $20.
— Get ready to air your grievances: East Nashville Beer Works hosts another Festivus hang, on Saturday, Dec. 22.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.