A new place for kids, a new place for tiki vibes, a new chef at Walden, a new place to get your cellular telephone gadget connected to space — lots of new in our East Nashville news column this week.
On to it:
Singalong Shop opening in East Nashville
East Nashville parents should soon have another neighborhood haunt for the little ones: Emily Arrow’s Singalong Shop is in the works at 1100 Fatherland St, #107 (the former home of Thrive, which shuttered this spring.)
The shop’s thrust: books and music with a kid-friendly focus. Which makes sense, given the local musician at its helm: Emily Arrow, who crafts fun pop songs inspired by her favorite picture books.
“I began making music for children during my time as an elementary music educator in Los Angeles,” Arrow tells us. “I always loved sharing picture books at the end of my lessons and decided there needed to be songs about the books we loved reading the most, so I wrote my own. And that led to an exciting adventure performing at schools, libraries, and festivals around the country.”
Arrow’s issued several Storytime Singalong albums, with songs like “The Dot Song” and “Peanut to my Butter,” and she has her own books in the works too, due out via Penguin Random House in 2019 and 2020. (Her popular YouTube channel offers an intro to her ouvre, if you’re yet unfamiliar.)
We’ll get our first chance to see Emily Arrow’s new East Nashville place during Tomato Art Fest time: She’s planning to host an open house on August 10 and 11 to let locals and visitors check out the stuff she’s stocking, which’ll include “ukuleles, picture books, special boxed sets of the books I sing about, fun instruments and storytime supplies, and swag created by my illustrator pals.” (Many of said pals, she says, are also locals.)
The Singalong Shop grand opening is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, which’ll also kick off a regular Storytime Singalong series (it starts at 1 p.m. that day, and Arrow says she’s also planning to have guest authors, illustrators and musicians in as she welcomes shoppers and families all weekend, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Planned hours once the doors open: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ish), Wednesday to Sunday.
“East Nashville's creative energy is truly inspiring and I hope to bring a new space for kids and families to come and spend their time,” Arrow says of the new venture.
Keep up with the latest happenings/opening announcements at thesingalongshop.com, and/or the Singalong Shop Instagram feed.
Tiki bar Hubba Hubba in the works
An intriguing scoop from Lizzy Alfs at The Tennessean: In a piece on the blossoming East Nashville tiki bar scene, she dropped that yet another tiki spot, called Hubba Hubba, is in the works at 912 Main St.
Alfs said the new bar comes from locals Kyle Lamoureux and Dave Young, the latter also part of the team behind the East Side’s Crying Wolf.
Lamoureux isn’t new to the Nashville hospitality scene, either — he was among the owners of a somewhat short-lived but very well-received mobile food business: Shotgun Willie’s, which trafficked in “real Texas barbecue.”
He gave Alfs a sense of the kind of vibe a good tiki bar should offer: “It can give you the Caribbean feel if you’re not in the Caribbean, or the Southern California feel if you’re not in SoCal. It’s a very good place for escape.”
No word on an opening timeframe yet, or other kitchen/bar details there; we reached out to both Lamoureux and Young for more, and will update if we can dig into any details. Read more at Tennessean.com.
Salt & Vine chef joins Walden
If you were a fan of the light, fresh fare over at West Nashville’s recently shuttered Salt & Vine, good news: S&V chef Rahaf Amer is bringing her talents across the river, and joining fresh-faced East Nashville bar Walden as its new executive chef.
Amer is coming on board to expand the Walden menu with a wider range of small plates, and to guide Walden’s overall food approach, while, according to a release, “maintaining their ethos of approachable and affordable fare.”
Walden, which opened in March at at 2909B Gallatin Pike, kicked off with an array of simple dishes to pair with classic cocktails, beer and wine — pita pizzas, crafty grilled cheese sandwiches — and they’ve already shown their appetite for growth, adding chicken tinga and vegetarian jackfruit tacos, banh mi sandwiches and more.
The small plates angle is a good fit for former D.C. dweller Amer, who took that approach at the also-women-led Salt & Vine.
“Helping to evolve women-owned businesses in the restaurant industry is a big passion of mine,” Amer said in a release about her new spot. “I’m so excited to join Walden’s female-dominated team and put my own spin on their culinary offerings.”
For more on Walden, hit waldenbar.com and follow along with the latest on Walden’s Instagram feed. You can also keep up with Amer individually via her Instagram feed.
New residents for old Walmart center
Things are all spitshined at the retail center in front of the former East Nashville Walmart, now SpaceMax. And we’re finally starting to see new tenants get plans in place to move in over at 1214 Gallatin Ave.
First one we’ve gotten confirmation on: a new T-Mobile shop.
T-Mobile communications manager Kaitlin Craig tells us the telecommunications company has seen a lot of growth here, hence the new retail outpost.
“In addition to having one of our call centers based in Nashville, we also opened 11 stores in 2017, and we’ve already opened two stores this year, with six more planned,” she says.
Expected opening for the East Nashville shop is around August.
Real Estate/development company Southeast Venture’s rental listing for that retail center (from which the above photo is culled) said it was about 35 percent leased as of this posting. We’ll keep you posted when we learn about other new tenants.
East Nashville fun for the Fourth (and Thirth)
An East Nashville July Fourth tradition we’re all (probably) aware of at this point: the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival, held in East Park, featuring a kickoff fire truck parade and the presence of just about all of Nashville’s fine hot-chicken providers.
The key tips, if you’ve never been: Go early if you want in on the free stuff (gates open at 11 a.m., but lines start beforehand, and samples go to the first 500), wear sunscreen, plan to leave your pups at home, and bring your patience (there's always a lot of folks).
It’s a good time, and tends to be a very hot time, on many fronts. Also: free admission, but you might wanna bring cash for other stuff. More at hot-chicken.com.
A July Fourth-pregame tradition in East Nashville: The Thirth of July Block Party, on North 12th Street between Ordway and Calvin, on July 3. There’s lots of music, lots of beer, food trucks and neighborly togetherness.
This one’s not as big as the Hot Chicken Fest, and not as free ($30), but your ticket gets you all the Yazoo you can safely drink, plus hours of entertainment and fun. Party runs 4 p.m. to midnight. More at thethirth.com.
A new addition worth noting this year: Local label Cold Lunch is hosting a July Fourth “Party With A Purpose” at Pavilion East in East Nashville, featuring food, drinks, a local market, pop-up art gallery and lots of live music, with proceeds going to help local organization Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities and refugee/immigrant assistance and empowerment org NICE.
— Remember when we wrote about eDESIa, the new Indian/Italian fusion restaurant taking over the former Rumours East space? They’re soft-opened now while they wait on their TABC license (that’s for drinks and stuff). Current hours are every day 5:30 to 10 p.m., except Monday, and you’re welcome to bring your own wine.
— Earlier this month, we mentioned that new shop Anaconda Vintage was hosting a grand opening on June 30. So, reminder: It’s almost June 30! There’ll be discounts on shop stuff, beer and hot dogs, DJs and more. In Inglewood, at 1062 E. Trinity Ln.
— Coutelier's Chefs Jacqueline Blanchard and Brandt Cox stopped by Today in Nashville to share some knife knowledge and do a little cooking. (Their East Nashville shop opened in April.)
— There’s still time for you to get in on a lot of the creative fun at this year’s Tomato Art Fest. You an artist? Create something tomato-ey! Here’s the Tomato Art Fest artist application. More crafty? Take part in the "Push, Pull & Wear" Parade! Here’s the Tomato Art Fest parade sign-up. We’ll have the whole fest rundown in our new issue, out very soon.
— Jim Chandler over at 107.5 the River thinks East Nashville restaurant Folk is soooooooooo pretentious.
— There’s a beautiful new addition to the Fond Object mural, honoring co-owner Jeff Pettit, painted by multi-talented East Nashvillian Jason Galaz.
— The Shine Project, which opened an East Nashville outpost last year, is celebrating its sixth birthday with a 50 percent-off sale online. Head to theshineproject.com for a rundown of the sale offerings (stuff was available as of this posting, but it was for a limited time).
— Jeremy Popoff, the guitarist of alt-rock band Lit (“My Own Worst Enemy”), calls East Nashville home now, and veteran music journo Deborah Evans Price had a chat with him about music and such.
— Big congrats to Center 615, who’ll celebrate their five-year anniversary with a party at their place on July 12, 4 to 7 p.m. The plan: “We will celebrate growth, community and pay tribute to the 15 local businesses that have been at Center 615 for 5+ years!”
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.