This week, we’re sad to see a local barbecue name go, glad to see a stylish neighbor staying, and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville news:
East Nashville BBQ Company closes
East Nashville BBQ Company — which took over the former Cantrell’s BBQ Pit space at 829 Lischey Ave. in 2015 — has closed its doors.
Owner Valorie West, who ran the East Nashville eatery with her family, told us the decision to shutter was spurred in part by the tragic loss of her 31-year-old daughter, Ashley Burgess, in 2017.
“We did a lot of soul searching,” West said. “We decided to start a new chapter.”
That new chapter, understandably, will be focused on family — West said she’s looking forward to spending more time in Miami with her grandchildren, and doing some RVing. But she’ll be doing so with a lot of gratitude for the neighbors who supported her family, and their business, loved locally for its laid-back vibes and house-made sauces, sides and smoked meats.
“We appreciate everyone, especially in our time of loss,” she said. “Everyone was so kind to us. We will never forget it.”
No word yet on what might take over that space, perched on the border of McFerrin and Cleveland Park, but we’ll update when we know more.
New Sinkers, ready to rise
It’s been a long wait, but the new, supersized Sinkers Wine and Spirits, at 3308 Gallatin Pike, is almost ready to be unveiled.
The Sinkers folks announced their big expansion plans in the summer of 2016, pointing toward a total rehab and a home base that’d nearly double in size, to 20,000 square feet of wine, spirits, beer and more.
Initially, the expectation was for a six- to eight-month buildout, but as with all things construction, it’s been a little longer of a wait. Their bigger, better building should be open by the end of this week, though, giving East Nashville imbibers access to all the additions — including a new growler station and expanded selection — and a first look at their stylish new digs.
Above, an Instagram-grabbed sneak peek of the new Sinkers space, made homey and warm with the help of neighbors Good Wood Nashville and their weathered wood stash.
Stay tuned to Sinkers’ Facebook page for news on a grand opening and invites into the new space. (Congrats, Sinkers family.)
Parlour & Juke drops downtown for Inglewood
Last summer, we mentioned that hair herders Parlour & Juke had added a second location in Inglewood, over at 1101 Riverwood Drive.
In the next few weeks, that’ll be the only Parlour & Juke: Those folks have announced that they’ll be “moving to one location,” sticking here in East Nashville and moving on from their 521 8th Avenue South space.
It’s a logical and positive switch, owner and stylist Cali DeVaney tells us.
“Almost the whole staff lives over here and I personally have owned my home in Inglewood since 2005,” she says. “We loved being downtown, but it grew up so much around us. When we moved in there seven years ago, there was no roundabout, convention center or hotels. We are happy for the change but we needed more easy accessibility.
“I feel like we all identify with and love East Nashville so much that it seemed like the natural choice. We are thrilled to be a part of the neighborhood.”
They won’t be moved entirely over this way until March 27, and pre- and post-Inglewood homecoming, they’ll continue offering the array of style stuff that’s made Parlour & Juke a particularly popular Nashville beauty name, from cuts and color to extensions and nail art.
For more on Parlour & Juke, visit parlourandjuke.com.
Riverside Village Health and Wellness shutters
We don’t have too many details on this one, but the run of Riverside Village Health and Wellness seems to have been a short one.
The clinic, which launched last September as 3rd and Church East Nashville closed up shop at 1406B McGavock Pike, is now closed.
Nurse practitioner Brenda Simmons led the family-centered health care provider, and we reached out for more about the closure and her next steps. We’ll update if we get more.
Maria Silver earns Nashville Fashion Week honor
It’s nearly Nashville Fashion Week time again — the eighth-annual, five-day event runs Tuesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 7 at OZ Arts Nashville, with a mix of runway shows, receptions and more, all celebrating and supporting the folks helping to make Nashville a growing fashion destination.
We’re a little late on this, but wanted to make sure we gave a shout out to East Nashville’s own Maria Silver — queenpin of Black By Maria Silver — who’s been named the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient.
That means Silver (who opened her first BBMS brick-and-mortar shop here in East Nashville over the summer) was chosen from among a broad mix of locally connected applicants, and put on the receiving end of both a financial award and professional development opportunities. The Fund’s been going since 2011, and it’s meant to push forward the next generation of Middle Tennessee fashion pros.
Silver will also be among the designers showcasing at this year’s event — she’s set for the opening-night Nashville Designer Showcase on Tuesday, April 3, alongside Any Old Iron and others.
If you’re fashionably inclined, the whole event is a must-do. Lots more about Nashville Fashion Week at nashvillefashionweek.com, and lots more on Maria Silver at blackbymariasilver.com.
Annex East, open now
Been wondering what’s popping up in those two new bungalow-ish properties across from Portland Brew? Here’s the scoop: Annex EAST — a “state-of-the-art innovative, creative and dynamic office environment designed to promote energy, networking and high-production” — opened officially at 2002 Eastland Ave. on March 1, and they’re now leasing private offices of various sizes, along with coworking space and conference rooms.
It’s a project from Brentwood-based Tower Real Estate, and their spaces range, rent-wise, from $245 a month for coworking to $445 for a private efficiency office, and $945 and up for one, two, three and four-person private offices.
Need a place to park your professionalisms? You can explore more about Annex EAST at 2002eastland.com, and follow the latest happenings on Annex EAST’s Facebook page.
East Side Smiles announces 2018 Free Dental Day
For several years now, the team at East Side Smiles in East Nashville has been helping locals in need with an annual Free Dental Day, offering basic services like cleanings up to fillings and extractions, totally gratis.
ESS leader Dr. Tom Hadley announced that the 2018 Free Dental Day is set for Friday, June 29, with more details to come.
We shared the Free Dental Day basics in 2016, and that post’ll help you get a sense of what to expect. We'll update again closer to the date, but wanted to give an early heads up, for those of you who may need to arrange days off/child care/off-tour dates ahead of time, so you can get your teeth in order.
Thanks, once again, to the East Side Smiles team for offering this immensely valuable day to the community. More about East Side Smiles at EastSideSmiles.net.
— Shelby Bottoms Nature Center has awesome programs, many of them free, throughout the year. The Spring 2018 schedule is here, and it includes events ranging from printmaking to birder’s club hangs.
— This Saturday, March 3, is Weed Wrangle-Nashville, “an annual, one-day, citywide volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants.” If you’d like to get involved here in East Nashville, some wranglin’ is going down in Shelby Park.
— Sundays at Porter East (specials, pop-ups and more from lots of independent retailers and businesses) returns this Sunday.
— Maren Morris celebrated her first No. 1, “I Could Use a Love Song,” at her favorite East Nashville bar.
— Rhiannon Giddens sits down in a flower-flanked classic trailer in East Nashville to perform a classic tune, ”Mal Hombre.”
— This Saturday, March 3, Nashville songwriting statesman David Olney hosts his first full-band show of the year here in the neighborhood. He’ll be sharing new songs and an art preview of “Sonnets On Wood,” now on display at the Art & Invention Gallery. 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.), 6 p.m. slot.
— This Sunday, March 4, Her Bookshop (1043 West Eastland Ave.) hosts a #Resist poetry reading, with “feisty feminist works” by Kim Baugh, Destiny Birdsong, Kendra DeColo, Lisa Dordal, and Ciona Rouse. It’s free, there’s wine, and it kicks off at 4:30 p.m.
That’s it for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.