Handbags, hair-doin’ and a Her-less bookshop — busy bit of time on the East Side, once again.
Here’s the latest round of East Nashville news:
Lilyan James joins Porter East
The former home of Doxahlogy, 711 Porter Rd., now has a new, similarly fashionable resident: locally bred handbag/leather goods brand Lilyan James.
Lindsey Stewart Sherrod launched the company here a few years ago, pulling both the name and design inspiration from her “unbelievably stylish” grandmother — who happens to have East Nashville roots.
“In the 1960s, Lilyan lived on Eastland Avenue,” Sherrod says. “She left East Nashville for Japan with my grandfather who was a journalist there. It seemed fitting for the story to come full circle as I start this journey and I am excited to be in a neighborhood that formed so much of who Lilyan is now.”
Sherrod’s “casually elegant handbags,” each made individually here in the States, have been earning the owner/designer a good haul of local industry attention — she earned a Brand Builder Award and Accessory Designer of the Year honors from the Nashville Fashion Alliance last year.
We’ve thus far been able to snag LJ stuff largely online, at lilyanjames.com (and through some other retailers, including Nashville’s Goodwin). But Sherrod tells us she felt a serious draw toward going brick and mortar.
“I have always loved what is human about work and design,” she says. “Everything is so internet-driven now. Yet, there is still this space and need to connect, especially to what we wear and carry. It is textural and women and men want to experience that in person, whether they are buying for themselves or someone they love.”
In the new shop, you’ll find a selection of Lilyan James favorites, like the laptop-friendly bucket backpack and small/simple swing bag, along with products from Sherrod’s maker friends.
The common thread moving through the offerings at 711 Porter, she says, “is a wider view of the world, and what is possible when unexpected paths are considered.”
Current hours at Lilyan James are noon-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.
Sherrod expects to host her first event in the space on Thursday, Sept. 27, details to come. Keep an eye out for that and other updates on Instagram (@lilyanjames), and get to know Lilyan James better/do some online shopping at lilyanjames.com.
See Surreal Blow Out Bar in September
Another new name in the mixed-use Eastside Heights development (joining recent addition Pedego Electric Bikes): Surreal Blow Out Bar is setting up to soft open on Sept. 4 at 414 Woodland St., Suite D.
Surreal is new to East Nashville, but not to Nashville: They opened in 2008 in Green Hills as a full-service salon, then refocused to the current blowout-bar approach. Salon offerings include blowouts (obviously), styling for events (weddings, proms, etc.), color, facials, and more.
Launched by fourth-generation Nashville native Melanie Williams and friend/co-owner Danielle Schroeder, Surreal’s overall aim is “to be your go-to glam squad.”
Learn more/book an appointment at surrealhairstudio.com, and follow along at @surrealblowoutnashville on Instagram for announcements/hairspiration.
New plans for Riverside/McGavock
It’s been a long and winding road, but the property at the northwest corner of Riverside Drive and McGavock Pike may actually be on its way to redevelopment.
The Nashville Business Journal reported this week that a new proposal — a project meant to include 33 apartments and restaurant/retail space — is up for vetting by the Metro Planning Commission in October. If thumbs go up, ground could break early next year.
Among the local pros with a hand in the project: Barista Parlor founder Andy Mumma and Moto Moda owner Jimmy Pruitt, who’ll be working on a restaurant/bar concept.
Pruitt told the Business Journal that the new spot, billed under the Moto Moda brand, is set to offer Barista coffee and baked goods for breakfast, pizza beyond. The dining part of the business is also designed to butt up against a motorcycle-shop space, offering sales and service. Diners, he said, should be able to look in on the bike-wranglers through plexiglass.
The whole proposal comes after another, much larger project faced opposition from the community.
Corner Music coming East
Since news broke in June that the longtime 12 South home of Corner Music had sold, devoted fans of the shop (and their “minister of electric guitars,” East Nashville mainstay Todd “Toddzilla” Austin) have been awaiting news of a relocation.
And there we have it: The Corner Music folks announced on socials that they’ve found a new corner, on the northern reaches of the East Side, at 3048 Dickerson Pike (right by the original Prince’s).
This new space, at more than 10,000 square feet, brings more room for gear and repairs, plus “lots more” parking than the old location — and the Corner clan is pretty stoked that the nearby stumbling-bachelorette quotient should be significantly reduced, too.
Planned opening date: September 29.
Read more about the new location from the Nashville Post, and check the Corner Music Facebook page for additional updates from the team.
Olney celebrates album release
Nashville songwriting statesman David Olney has a new album called This Side Or the Other, and he’ll be celebrating it with a release show here in the neighborhood: He brings a full band and yet-unspecified special guests out on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the 5 Spot.
The new set explores some themes that’ll feel familiar to any who’s caught, oh, a few seconds or so of news over the past few years.
“I wanted to explore the idea of walls,” Olney said about the LP. “What does a wall mean? What does it mean to be an immigrant who comes upon that wall as a wanderer, someone lost and alone?”
This Side Or the Other’s title has a bit of personal poignancy too — a longtime fixture on Holly Street, Olney now calls the other side of the river home (but still spends at least half his working time back over here, cowriting with fellow scribes and rehearsing with his mostly East Sider band).
Learn more about Olney at davidolney.com, and swing by 1006 Forrest Ave. early Saturday — doors open at 5:30 p.m., music at 6, and cover’s $10 at the door.
New name for (former) Her Bookshop
The East Nashville book nook known as Her Bookshop since spring 2016 has changed its name. And the new moniker, conveniently, just required a one-letter swap: The space at 1043 West Eastland Ave. is now home to The Bookshop.
Why the subtle change? Owner Joelle Herr (who’s also a regular contributor to The East Nashvillian) says she’s looking to knock out some lingering misconceptions about the shop’s approach.
“While I did love the ‘Her’ (a pun on my last name),” she wrote in an announcement, “it quite simply led to much confusion. When I say confusion, I’m talking men standing outside, asking if it’s ‘OK’ to come in. Women texting their fellas that they can come in from waiting in the car: ‘We didn’t think there’d be anything in here for him.’ Lots of folks thought that we only carried books by or for women, which just isn’t the case.”
The new name, Herr says, should better underscore what her shop actually aims to be: “a nook for people who love beautiful books.”
Same as the Her days, The Bookshop is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-4 on Sunday. More at The Bookshop’s Facebook page.
— Rosebank STEAM Magnet Elementary held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the completed renovation of their building. Among the many folks in the house: Mayor David Briley and Metro Councilmembers Brett Withers and Anthony Davis. (Davis is “excited for all the momentum and growth at one of our East Nashville neighborhood schools.”)
— On Sunday, Sept. 9, High Class Hillbilly will host a Vintage Market from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with lots of vendors in the house sharing their stuff, from ceramics to furnishings. It’s free, too.
— Creative neighbors: If you’d like to take part in a new local mural, Center 615 is hosting a Mural Painting Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 22. It's “a joint effort by BriteHeart, Southern Women for Civil Rights and The Deane Foundation to engage, connect, empower positive change through collaborative arts-driven community building and civic participation.”
— New East Nashville pinball bar No Quarter has set a grand opening date. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Sept. 6.
— Big congrats to Dr. Michael Brannom, a longtime fixture at Mobley Veterinary Clinic, on his retirement. Our pets’ll sure miss you, Dr. B.
— Some East Nashville neighbors have launched the Bucket Blast Festival and Conscious Carnival, a three-day camping and music/arts fest held in Nunnely, Tennessee, about 50 miles from downtown. It’ll run Sept. 7 - 9, and tickets are decidedly non-Bonnaroo-like: between $25 and $35. Learn more at bucketblastfest.com.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.