Busy run of news this week, from local business spaces changing hands to a new market springing up around Five Points.
Here’s the week’s Buzz:
Lynne Lorraine's juicery closing
After a run that helped usher in East Nashville’s now fairly busy juice-bar presence, juicery and plant-based cafe Lynne Lorraine’s is set to close its doors at the end of April.
Owner Chad Currie announced the impending closure over social media, noting that the last day of business at 1100 Fatherland St., #102, was set for April 30.
“When we opened four years ago, we had no idea what a wonderful and exciting journey lay ahead of us,” Currie said. “Becoming a part of your routines and the local community has been a blessing beyond measure. …
“We are forever grateful for the love and support we’ve received over the last four years, and would love to see you again before we close.”
In the time since Lynne Lorraine’s opened, the juice bar has been joined by an East Nashville Urban Juicer location (1009 Gallatin Ave.) and the Turnip Truck’s juice and smoothie bar, among other local juice providers.
If you’d like to swing by for a goodbye, Lynne Lorraine’s is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Monday, 9 to 4 on Saturday.
Frisson Soft Serve opening East Nashville shop
Last March, we excitedly welcomed mobile ice cream slingers Frisson Soft Serve, who, in the year since, have been wandering around Nashville sharing the joys of their “gelato cones smothered in delicious toppings."
Come May, the Frisson folks are set to park it — and lucky for us, their first brick-and-mortar shop will be in East Nashville.
The new Frisson Soft Serve shop hosts its grand opening on Saturday, May 12, in the former Lynne Lorraine’s location, 1100 Fatherland St #102.
Owners Caila Singleton and Elise Schempp tell us that finding a place to stay put, and that place being in East Nashville, were both very much part of the game plan.
“That was our goal when we started the truck,” the team says. “East Nashville has always felt like home to us. We are an LGBT-owned and -operated business and being on the East Side is where we feel the most support and love. The community is very tight-knit and welcoming.”
In the new space, we should expect to see the creative creations that made their debut on the truck — specialty cones have included the cotton candy-covered “NashVegas” and the “Salty de Leche,” dipped in crushed pretzels and caramel and hit with a pinch of sea salt. But the owners also expect new cones and products to launch soon, too, and vegan options are already in the works.
Fear not, Frisson fans who aren’t on the East Side much: Singleton and Schempp say the truck will still be out and about at events and catering gigs, even once their East Nashville roots are set.
The grand opening celebration is set to run noon to 9 p.m., and the first 10 people in line will snag a free cone.
Get to know Frisson Soft Serve better at frissonsoftserve.com, and keep up with the latest creations on the Frisson Soft Serve Facebook page.
Five Points Street Market coming in May
Some local fun for Mother’s Day weekend: On May 12 and 13, the first Five Points Street Market — an open-air bazaar featuring local vendors slinging vinyl, clothing, crafts, art and more — kicks off at Woodland Street and N. 11th Street, next to Bongo Java East.
The event will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and the vendor mix is looking impressive: We’re looking forward to eyeballing upcycled denim jackets from Gypsy Cliff Creations, handmade lighting from JUNK is the new black, wood jewelry and cool miniatures from Tinker Craft Lab (see above), maybe grabbing a creative bouquet for the moms in our lives from ll.floral. There’ll be lots more, too.
Check out more details at fivepointsstreetmarket.com, and keep up with the latest vendor additions by following Five Points Street Market on Facebook.
Poverty & the Arts’ new East Nashville ‘adventure’
Another new neighbor headed our way: Poverty & the Arts — a “local social enterprise nonprofit that provides art supplies, studio space, training, and a marketplace to people impacted by homelessness” — announced that they’ll soon be “starting a new adventure” here in East Nashville.
The organization just signed a lease for a new studio and gallery space at 1207 Dickerson Pike, shouting distance from the newish Shugga Hi Bakery and Cafe and about a half mile down the road from the big Key Motel overhaul in the works by Urban Cowboy chief Lyon Porter.
The new space will include two gallery areas and two studio areas, both of which will be available to locals in need. Poverty & the Arts doesn’t just provide space, though: Their work also includes training and mentorship, and help marketing and selling those pieces to earn money through that creativity and work toward building and strengthening housing stability.
The organization has called a smaller studio downtown (at 1114A 3rd Ave. S.) home for the past three years, and the move came about as the organization and its needs grew — they’re looking to expand programming as they expand their square footage.
The Poverty & the Arts team expects to be up and going in the new East Nashville space in May. If you’d like to learn more, and/or contribute to their growth by donating, drop by povertyandthearts.org.
Well Body Pilates expanding to West Side
East Nashville’s Well Body Pilates is celebrating International Pilates Day this year with the grand opening of a new studio on the west side. WPB West is located at 4304 Charlotte Ave., and offers individual, duet and small group Pilates classes. The new space has the same bright, airy aesthetic as the East Side location (1000 Fatherland St, Suite 202), which was opened by Nashville-raised, New York-trained instructor Elizabeth Wilkinson in 2016.
The WPB West opening is on May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will have free demonstration classes as well as pop stalls and giveaways. The event will be popular, so we recommend signing up in advance here.
In addition to the grand opening celebration, Well Body Pilates is currently offering a Spring special for new students. Sign up this month using the code APRIL at checkout to receive your first month of unlimited classes for $125. Class passes can be used at both WPB locations.
Artist Julie Sola celebrates new ‘Possum Dreams’ book
A lot of East Nashvillians know artist Julie Sola from Fat Crow Press, the brand under which her prints and handmade home goods have been shared for about five years now. The local printmaker (and former Hatch Show Print-er) has also been building up her rep as a children’s author, following up her 2017 debut, Run Fast, Milo!, by issuing follow-up picture tome Possum Dreams this month.
The official description of that new book:
“Meet Henry, the adorable possum with an active imagination, who loves bedtime because he loves to dream. As he drifts off to sleep, Henry’s world is filled with adventure as he races his sports car, sails the ocean, rides a unicycle, walks on stilts, sings on stage, and enjoys all the excitement that a curious and enthusiastic life can offer.”
Like Milo!, Possum Dreams features prints made from hand-carved linoleum and accompanying words that were typset by hand.
Sola’s busy run of local media/shop appearances comes home to East Nashville next weekend, as Her Bookshop (1043 West Eastland Ave.) hosts a Possum storytime, 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.
At the all-ages event, Sola plans to read both of her books (plus a few other favorites), and lead a print-making demo, so young attendees can head home with a handmade print.
As always, Storytime is free. You can grab more about the event from Her Bookshop here. Read more about Possum Dreams from the publisher, Nashville’s Sping House Press.
Coco Reilly issues debut single
A little local listening as you head into the weekend — below, the first release from East Nashvillian Coco Reilly: gauzily and warmly retro single “Define You.”
— Project 615 launched a new “Spread Love” T-shirt campaign, and all proceeds will benefit the people impacted by the tragic shooting in Antioch.
— Quick heads up: Tickets for this year’s East Side food festival Yum!East go on sale Friday, April 27 (which is probably when you’re reading this).
— Nashville Cocktail Festival events are here, Friday through Sunday, and as of this posting, tickets could still be snagged. If you love learning about and tasting cocktails, explore at nashvillecocktailfestival.com.
— More immediate heads up related to Her Bookshop: Saturday, April 28 is Independent Bookstore Day, and the neighborhood shop will be taking part with a “daylong extravaganza.” Things kick off at 10 a.m. with storytime/giveaways for kids, and wrap up 4 to 6 p.m. with a sip and shop happy hour for grown folks, with wine and whiskey. In between, there’ll be a raffle, giveaways, treats and more. Check out all the Her Bookshop Independent Bookstore Day details on Facebook.
— Rolling Stone says “Joshua Hedley Is Country Music's New King of Broken Hearts.” (We’ll have plenty to say on him soon, too.)
— Lil reminder: This weekend brings the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and 5k, and there'll be road closures in East Nashville. Might wanna plan your to-ing and fro-ing accordingly.
— GQ magazine explores how fast-casual dining is finally growing up, and points to East Nashville’s own GReKo Greek Street Food as an example.
— “The East Nashville building home to high-end fashion retailer Two Son has hit the market with an asking price of $900,000.”
— Also opening a second Nashville location: “Luxe activewear” retailer Longevity, who’ll have a Germantown outpost come summer. Their Shoppes on Fatherland space opened last fall.
— Travel channel personality Andrew Zimmern apparently came to East Nashville for his show, The Zimmern List, and looks like I Dream of Weenie and Fanny’s House of Music were on said list.
— Community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge The Big Payback is coming up on May 2, and there are lots of East Nashville organizations that would love and appreciate your contributions, from East C.A.N. to East Nashville Cooperative Ministry.
— “The Nashville Area Red Cross installed over 400 smoke alarms in home in East Nashville this past Saturday.”
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.