Kinda hard not to be overwhelmingly excited about the stuff in this week’s Buzz, which includes a stalwart Nashville record shop coming our way and one of Nashville’s finest chefs serving us his new pizza biz.
On to the latest East Nashville news:
Grimey’s moving to East Nashville
Big music-scene news in East Nashville this week (#firsties go to the Nashville Scene’s Stephen Trageser): Grimey’s New and Preloved Music, a beloved fixture in Nashville’s independent record-shop scene, is set to move east from its Eighth Avenue South home this fall.
Its new home: the former Point of Mercy church on E. Trinity Lane, just off Gallatin and around the corner from a slew of other independent businesses, including Mickey’s Tavern, Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen, the Bowery Vault, Fox Bar & Cocktail Club and the new Walden bar. (Point of Mercy image above: Google Maps.)
Co-owners Doyle Davis and Mike Grimes say they’re excited about the move, but East Nashville wasn’t a shoo-in just because Grimes’ latest endeavor, The Basement East, turned out to be roundly embraced and enthusiastically loved by East Side neighbors.
“Honestly, we wanted to find a spot near our longtime current location, but our multi-month search proved fruitless,” Davis says. “We found a number of suitable spots as far as the space itself was concerned but we couldn't afford any of them. It was only after banging our heads against the wall that we decided to look into East Nashville.”
(The two do have longtime East Nashville roots, tracing back well before The Basement East: Doyle spent a decade as an East Nashvillian, living in the Riverside Village area, and Grimes founded venue/bar The Slow Bar, now 3 Crow Bar, in 2000.)
News broke in 2016 that the building housing Grimey’s’ current location was up for sale, so a change has seemed possible, even probable. Doyle and Grimes felt like grabbing a new spot was “the right move at this time,” and this particular location — a 53-year-old church with more square footage than the current space, better parking and a proper stage already in place — brought the chance to stock more stuff and improve the shop’s trademark in-store performances.
Davis says the buildout has a lot of moving parts, but that the old church isn’t being “massively overhauled.”
“The church is largely open space,” he says. “The buildout will open it up even further, into one big room for the record store. Downstairs, we're opening up a decent amount of space for retail. We plan to put our bookstore downstairs, along with select other merchandise, and we'll have offices and storage downstairs as well.”
The Eighth Avenue location is Grimey’s’ second (the first was a small space in Berry Hill), but it’s been home for about 15 years. In 2013, Grimey’s broadened there, too, opening sister location Grimey’s Too a few doors down.
With the East Nashville move, Too will become one, the stock from the second location coming back under the main Grimey’s roof. That change will be a little more immediate, as the Grimey’s Too location shutters at the end of May. The new East Nashville Grimey’s, meanwhile, isn’t set to open until the fall (the aim is to debut in time for Black Friday).
(If you’re wondering what this all means for freeform community radio station WXNA, whose studio is located above Grimey’s, programming director Randy Fox tells us, "We're waiting to see what happens with the 1604 Building before we make any decisions.”)
In the meantime, Grimey’s will remain open at 1604 Eighth Ave. S. (at least until November), hosting all its planned events, including the shop’s always-eventful annual Record Store Day celebration this Saturday, April 21. (This year’s RSD party includes a performance from Ashley Monroe, a live tribute to The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo led by steel legend Lloyd Green and lots more).
And the timing has a nice roundness to it: In 2019, Grimey’s marks 20 years in business in Nashville, and they’ll be celebrating that big birthday on the East Side with “a slate of anniversary events” to be announced.
“I think it's the beginning of a whole new era for Grimey’s,” Davis says. “Our locations on Eighth Avenue South have served us well and we love them, but after almost 15 years, it feels like it's time for a change. I'm very optimistic about our future.”
For more on the history/present/future of Grimey’s, stop by grimeys.com.
Folk yeah: an opening date
We finally know when we’ll get to test out the latest creations of James Beard-nominated Rolf & Daughters chef Philip Krajeck: His new place, Folk, is set to open its doors at 823 Meridian St. in East Nashville on Monday, April 23.
We’ve been anticipating this new restaurant since late 2016, when Krajeck originally unfurled his plans for a seasonally focused, sharing-centric spot.
The Folk folk announced the opening via social media, where they also tempted appetites with the above photo, and pointed intrigued diners to a Resy page that highlights a “fun, seasonal and inventive” menu built in “local produce, regional ingredients, and naturally leavened wood-fired pizza.” (“An ever-evolving natural wine list and specialty cocktails” are in the house too.)
Eater Nashville eyeballed some of the tipoff menu items, including lamb neck meatballs and pizza topped with fermented potato, Taleggio cheese and more.
Wanna get in on week one? Make your reservations via Resy — but if you prefer to see where the day takes you, Folk also welcomes (and encourages) walk-ins.
Official online homestead of East Nashville’s new Folk restaurant: goodasfolk.com.
Changes coming at Woodland Thrift
In the coming months, you should see a new name over at 943-B Woodland St., as Woodland Thrift — in business there since 2016 — wraps up its run.
The shop is a ministry of Set Free Church, previously located in East Nashville (on South 6th Street), and Pastor Tim Shaner tells us that Set Free’s recent relocation spurred the thrift closure.
“The city of Nashville … purchased our property and had us move out last December,” Shaner says. “This left us wondering where we would move our church, and my family since we lived across the street. We finally found a new church home in Madison and we're setting up a store there. This has all turned out to be a good thing — we cooperated with the city and we're happy with how everything was handled.”
The new Set Free church, thrift store and outreach center is now located at 505 Gallatin Pike S., and over the coming months, Shaner says, the Woodland location will be taken over by a friend who’s already been running vintage clothing outlet Relik Vintage inside of that Woodland Street space.
We reached out to Relik for more details/when that reopening might be, and will update.
LabCanna readying East Nashville retail location
We just wrote about the Music City Hemp Store last week, and it appears that CBD-focused shop will soon have East Side company: LabCanna, “a licensed hemp processor that provides product development and services to farmers and retail brands,” announced that a “flagship retail store and event center” was in the works, right here in East Nashville.
Like MCHS, LabCanna shares items like CBD tinctures and salves, touted as having healing properties that range from soothing joint pain to calming anxiety. This particular business spreads beyond CBD product sales, though, to that aforementioned processing and working with Industrial Hemp farmers to build their business.
They’re already looking to hire retail sales associates for the new space, at 1006 Gallatin Ave. (right next to The Dog Spot), as they shoot for a soft opening on May 15, with the grand opening following by the end of the month. (Recent progress ‘Grams indicate that the buildout’s coming along.)
Learn more about LabCanna at labcanna.com.
— Another East Nashville boutique hotel coming? That’s the word around the campfire, via the Nashville Post. Investors are buzzing around the church at 819 Russell St., the Post says, with plans to convert it.
— Her Bookshop’s free Sunday Salon this week features Margaret Littman, author of the new travel guide Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip: Natchez Trace Parkway, Memphis, Tupelo, Mississippi Blues Trail. If you’ve been chewing on doing a Natchez Trace run, you don’t want to miss it; she’ll be sharing her can’t miss spots. Starts at 4:30 p.m., and there’ll be wine.
— Nashville Predator Mike Fisher and Project 615 teamed up on a limited-edition fishy T to raise funds for the Nashville Predators Foundation.
— This is a big, big birthday: On Friday, April 27, East Nashville Cooperative Ministry celebrates 40 years of “neighbors helping neighbors in our community.” They’re throwing a party at their place in Inglewood, 4 to 7 p.m., with live music, tours and more.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.