East Side Buzz: DCXV and Steluta shops closing, Wonders on Woodland whittling down, Sips n Strokes opening, more

This week, we’re saying goodbye to several local shops — but since we live in the future, goodbye isn’t always “goodbye.” Lots more, too.
The latest East Nashville news:

DCXV shop closing

Designer Adrien Saporiti — the brains/brawn behind the uber-popular “I Believe in Nashville” murals — is making a modern move with his DCXV brand: As of Wednesday, Jan. 31, the retail shop at 727 Porter Road will be closing its doors. DCXV will continue on as an online entity, but, Saporiti says, “the focus going forward will be on periodic limited releases.” 
“The last few years have been filled with some amazing opportunities to create art and collaborate with wonderful brands and artists, so I’ve decided to make the change and focus on that side of my work,” he said in announcing the shop’s imminent closure. “I’m excited for what I’ve been working on lately, and for what’s to come.”
Nashville native Saporiti started DCXV (it’s “615” in Roman numerals) to “share his art and represent his hometown,” building a well-loved T-shirt and apparel brand on simple but impactful, locally focused iconography. In 2012, his first “I Believe in Nashville” mural went up, and local/national renown followed (along with approximately infinity selfies).
“Through DCXV I received an education, a lifetime of experiences, and made friends from all over the world that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” he said. “Thank you to everyone who has supported DCXV (especially those of you who got the logo tattooed… I mean, come on!).”
Leading up to the shop closure, you can save big on DCXV stuff — including I Believe in Nashville merch for you, your walls, your baby, your coffee… Swing by the shop or head to dcxvindustries.com to grab whatever DCXV wares you had your eye on, half off. (Just use the code “THANKYOU” online.)

Steluta shop shuttering 

A similar change to DCXV in the works for East Nashville shop Steluta: After 14 months on Riverside Drive, the fashion/home goods brand is “pressing pause” on the brick-and-mortar front, and also going online only.
“We are astronomically grateful for the community we have met and grown to love,” an announcement from owner Jessica Bower says. “…As with all celestial bodies, we look forward to continuing a long life orbiting through these beautiful skies together."
Bower says the doors are set to close by February 28, and that a closing party is in the works for February 10. Meantime, as Steluta shifts to the web, there’ll be some good shop-only sale fun to be found at 1601 B Riverside Drive.
Bower still seems plenty busy on the non-digital front, too — in July, she opened “chef-driven American-style restaurant” Fort Louise at 1304 McGavock Pike in Riverside Village, which serves upscale-but-approachable dinner and weekend brunch in a “cozy a.f.” setting. (More on Fort Louise at hungrylikeafort.com.) 
If you’ve been particularly enamored with Bower’s taste in clothing/etc., make sure to bookmark shopsteluta.com, where you’ll still be able to get your fix once the Riverside doors shut.

Sips n Strokes East Nashville on the way

Coming soon to the Wabash building at 901 Woodland Street: Sips n Strokes Nashville, whose steady creative events offer “a casual, fun environment in which customers of all ages and experience levels can ‘unleash the artist within.’”
More specifically — and, as you might guess from the name — that means you’re settling down with a crew of other artistically interested patrons and working on a painting with step-by-step instructor guidance, and pairing that, if you like, with whatever sippable stuff you wanna bring.
Owner/manager Emily Krenkel Bussman tells us she expects the East Nashville Sips n Strokes studio to be open in a couple months, and stocked with “the same fun, laid-back atmosphere” as the Gulch studio they’ve had going for the past six years.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Sips n Strokes brand, it’s a growing Southeast chain — they also have a bunch of studios in Georgia and Alabama — and their approach sits somewhere in the middle of art class and social call. 
“We love being a fun night out with friends,” Bussman says, “but we are really enjoying watching new artists discover their hidden talents with us.”
Attendees work on pre-planned painting projects, with imagery that spans from still life captures to skyline views and portraits. Local instructors include a mix of self-taught and formally trained artists, all of whom, we assume, get pretty adept at helping maybe-slightly-drunk budding artists head home with something beautiful, made with their own hands.
Intrigued? Follow Sips n Strokes Nashville on Facebook for updates on the East Side opening.

Wonders on Woodland, whittling down

The owners of 5 Points fixture Wonders On Woodland announced a big change late last week: The longstanding and long-loved antiques and vintage treasures spot, which has of late only been open on weekends, is winding down its walk-in days further, adopting “a seasonal approach to the business.”
“For some time now we have struggled with balancing our love for our shop with the desire to enjoy some of life’s other adventures,” an announcement from owners Wayne and Debbie Goodwyn reads. “…The commitment to present interesting and unique finds in a pleasant setting is one we’ve taken on with pride and pleasure. However, that commitment leaves time for little else.”
Short of closing up for good, they said, this whittling seemed like the best option. The shop’s doors are shutting for the winter, but they’ll reopen for several weeks in the spring, then a bit in mid-summer, then again for the winter holidays. By-appointment visits will also be available, and you might still catch the open sign  on “some random days by chance.”
“Our greatest hope is that you’ll understand and continue to come visit,” the message says.
The shop’s been serving lovers of classic furniture and antique baubles at 1110 Woodland Street for going on 11 years, and over that time, it's become an anchor in East Nashville’s central hub.
To keep up with happenings — including seasonal/pop-up open dates — follow Wonders on Woodland on Facebook.

New face at East Side Smiles

For our friends with teeth: You’ll see expanded hours and a new face at neighborhood dental office East Side Smiles, as Dr. Diana D’Aoust joins the team, coming East Nashville’s way from Washington, D.C.
Dr. D’Aoust has already started seeing patients at 7 N 10th Street, and she brings particular expertise in Invisalign and cosmetic reconstructions (along with your general dentistry needs). Her presence is helping the practice expand hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and contract with additional insurance plans. More convenient oral health for everyone!
“I know the neighborhood is going to love her personality,” ESS founder and longtime East Nashvillian Dr. Thomas Hadley says of his new colleague. “She’ll fit right in.”
Get to know East Side Smiles/plan to get your teefs touched up at eastsidesmiles.net, or by following the East Side Smiles Facebook page.


— It’s the darnedest thing, but The New York Times came to Nashville and found us to be “affordable.” They also liked rambling around East Nashville, with stops at the Basement East, Pepperfire and Cafe Roze, among other spots.
— This week marks a full decade of The Boom Bap here in Nashville, and organizers/hip-hop lovers will be celebrating all weekend, with two nights of anniversary parties: live performances on Friday, DJs on Saturday, both at The Basement East.
— Butcher & Bee’s first guest chef collab of 2018 is a cool one: James Beard Award-winning chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr., of Chicago restaurant The Purple Pig, will be here on February 9, teaming up with B&B’s Bryan Lee Weaver for a menu that mixes Italian and Middle Eastern flavors.
— If you’re a local lady who likes crafting and being pampered and hanging out with other local ladies, the pre-Valentine’s Day Galentine’s Day hang from Nashville Craft Party might be a thing for your calendar. Happening here in the neighborhood, tickets on sale now.
— If music’s more your thing than crafting, another Galentine’s Day hang: Indie-classical ensemble Sound Riot (which includes composer in residence Cristina Spinei, recently featured in our pages) hosts their second annual Galentine’s Day performance at Nashville State Community College that same night, Feb. 13, the program consisting entirely of works by female composers. Instead of an admission charge, they’ll be collecting new/gently used clothing for nonprofit Dress for Success Nashville.
— It’s been a hard week. Watch this video of Doug the Pug hanging out with baby goats, and you take care of you.
That’s it for this week. Have some East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.

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