Big first thing: Our new issue is here! Margo Price is on the cover, and elsewhere, we dig into three local nonprofits bringing the community together (Southern Girls Rock Camp, Jessi Zazu, Inc. and the Ben Eyestone Fund), plus some good Outlaw history and lots more.
Read the issue online at theeastnashvillian.com, or grab a copy on stands all around town.
Otherwise, this week, our 37206 Kroger’s growin’, a new clinic’s coming and HGTV just can’t seem to quit East Nashville, plus a whole lot more.
On to the latest East Nashville news:
Kroger’s East Nashville growth
You’ve probably noticed all the motion around the East Nashville Kroger at 711 Gallatin Ave., including the demo at the former Citi Trends. (Image up top: Google Street View.) Wondering what all that work’s leading to? We had a quick chat with Kroger corporate affairs, and here are the basics about what’s in the works:
— The whole store is being expanded to about 51,000 square feet, which tacks on about 20,000 (the ground where Citi Trends once stood is getting absorbed into Kroger-land).
— Construction around the former Citi Trends space is coming first, and the existing Kroger space will be remodeled as things move along. That remodel will include new flooring, new decor, indoor and outdoor seating and new checkout lanes inside, plus improvements outside, including the storefront and landscaping.
— New additions include, as has been rumored, a Starbucks location, plus expansions of the deli/bakery, the organic and natural foods section, meat/seafood section and “adult beverage” area.
— The order-from-home/pickup-at-store option Clicklist is being added (it’s already available at the Inglewood store).
Corporate affairs manager Melissa Eads tells us that, all told, the Eastland-area Kroger’s due to feel like “really just a whole new shopping environment.”
The investment adds up to about $9 million, and the company expects the expansion to add at least 50 new jobs.
The kinda bad news for the impatient shoppers among us: Expected completion for this large project is summer of 2019, so we have a little time before we’re snagging Grande Lattes while packing pasture-raised organic East Nashville tofu into our carts. Still, good news, since it still isn’t clear whether the Hill Center Greenwood plans, including a Sprouts grocery store, are moving forward as expected. (We’re looking into it, and we’ll share updates as soon as we hear.)
Eads says they’re “very excited about this project.”
Meanwhile, we’re contemplating new nicknames for the store, for once the rehab’s unveiled. Feel encouraged to workshop it in the comments.
Riverside Village Clinic set to open in July
The clinic space next to Riverside Village Pharmacy shouldn’t be empty much longer: Riverside Village Clinic — a new “local health hub” helmed by healthcare provider Jennifer Campbell PA-C — is aiming for a July 14 opening at 1406B McGavock Pike (most recently home to Riverside Village Health and Wellness).
At the clinic, Campbell and Co. are planning to offer general care, physicals, vaccinations, women’s health care and a spate of other services, including care focused on Campbell’s specialty, functional medicine. (Nutrition, emotional well-being and hormone health all fall under that umbrella.)
“I like to enter into a relationship with the patient and work as a unified team to bring them back to health,” Campbell says of her approach.
This is something of a homecoming for Campbell — she’s originally from Kentucky, but practiced here for about 15 years before making a sojourn to Oregon, and now swinging back Nashville’s way.
Our new(ly returned) neighbor is getting settled with help from some familiar faces: The clinic is being managed by the folks at Riverside Village Pharmacy next door, and longtime East Nashville fixture Kate Mills (former co-owner of Old Made Good) is redesigning the space’s interior.
Bonus for locals with a 37216, 37206 or 37207 address: If you book a visit from opening through August 15, Riverside Village Pharmacy will be offering a neighborly gift of a home-branded Riverside Remedies vitamin or supplement.
Looking for a new local health care option? Learn more and/or book your appointment through riversidevillageclinic.com, and follow along for the latest opening news at the Riverside Village Clinic Instagram.
New HGTV show kicks off in East Nashville
Tired of seeing Nashville on HGTV yet? Hope not, since there’s more coming. The newest Nashville-connected name on the home/garden network: Music City Fix, a series that’ll follow hosts Kortney and Dave Wilson as they “breathe new life into old, rundown Nashville homes.”
If the stars’ names sound familiar, it’s because you might’ve seen them on the small screen before: They’re also the hosts of Masters of Flip, a home renovation show that’s in its third season.
Although the concepts are similar (for Masters, the couple seeks out/transforms “neglected houses” in Nashville), the network folks tell us that Music City Fix is a brand new series, not a rebranding of the existing show.
Related to us: When Music City Fix debuts on the network at 10 p.m. Central, Thursday, June 7, we’ll get to watch the Wilsons tackle a “crumbling Craftsman bungalow in the trendy East Nashville area.”
From a release:
“Looking to capitalize on the historic character of this rare find, Kortney incorporates many of the home’s original features, including the mantel, front door and kitchen credenza, into the new design plan. When unsalvageable original hardwood floors compromise their already inflated budget, the duo decides to take a risk with the listing price to recover their profit margin.”
Fans of historic East Nashville homes might feel inclined to tune in for the 10-episode season — just a guess, but given other series set here (like Listed Sisters and Nashville Flipped), we’ll probably see more of East Nashville than just the one episode.
For more, swing by the Music City Fix page on HGTV.
Local listening: Kyle Daniel
Local listening as you roll into the weekend: East Nashvillian Kyle Daniel released his debut EP last month, and recently got the “New Country Artists You Need to Know” nod from Rolling Stone, so he’s off to a pretty solid start. Give a listen to EP track “Hangover Town” below:
— HENMA member or East Nashvillian business owner? The second quarter meeting/mixer is set for Tuesday, May 15 at Benchmark Physical Therapy, 705B Main St., 6 to 8 p.m. Along with the regular meeting/greeting/confabbing with fellow East Side entrepreneurs/professionals, there’ll be door prizes and free physical therapy screenings, and several candidates running for office will be in the house to talk and share. More HENMA info at the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association Facebook page.
— The 2018 YumEast food lineup is here, and, with all due deference to Stefon, it. has. everything.
— “A historic red-brick church with striking stained-glass windows in East Nashville will be remade into a boutique hotel this year, if Metro planning officials approve plans on May. 24.”
— Motorized scooter-sharing company Bird popped up in East Nashville (and other Nashvilles); you’ve probably already seen a bunch of them around the neighborhood. Whether or not they’ll stick around, though, seems up in the air.
— With their latest “Spread Love” sign T-shirt, Project 615 has raised more than $40,000 for people affected by the Waffle House tragedy in Antioch, “to support the immediate and long-term needs of the shooting victims and their families.”
— It’s Tomato 5K registration time! (Which means we’re really not too far away from Tomato Art Fest time.)
— Local company SnapShot Interactive’s Riverside Station offices (inside a renovated church) earned an Excellence in Development award from the Urban Land Institute. Congrats!
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.