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And here’s the latest round of East Nashville news:
Molly Green coming to Main
That didn’t take long: We mentioned in early November that the folks behind clothing/home goods shop Two Son would be moving out of 918 Main St., and the location’s already getting new life, with a Technicolor paint job replacing the sleek black.
Taking over at 918: a new location for family-owned clothing and accessories shop Molly Green.
The East Nashville Molly Green is something of a replacement shop — web & media director Laura Foster tells us that the current Molly Green location in Opry Mills mall will shutter in January, with the East Nashville location opening soon afterward. That’ll still make for a total of five Molly Green shops in three metro areas, with other Nashville-area outposts in Green Hills and Cool Springs, plus shops in Birmingham and Chattanooga.
Ultimately Nashville is home, Foster says, and with this move, East Nashville, specifically, will be the brand’s base.
“We love the city and the community we’ve built here,” she says. “Brandon and Brittany Hartwell, the husband-and-wife owners and founders of Molly Green, have been looking for a space for our corporate team to call home, and they really loved the idea of sharing the office space with a store. They started looking at the end of September and they found this amazing space that fits all of our needs. We love all the creativity and work that’s happening in East Nashville and we are excited to be a part of it and contribute to it.”
On the whole, Molly Green stocks “a mixed bag of soft basics, everyday denim and weekend wow.” But even if you’ve already shopped a Molly Green shop, or picked stuff up online at shopmollygreen.com, Foster says you can expect some surprises at the East Nashville location.
“Our company motto is, ‘Molly Green, a brand as unique as the people who wear it,’” she says. “…When we create a store, we want it to be as unique as the city it’s located in, while still reflecting the Molly Green brand. In the way no two people are the same, no two stores are exactly the same.”
One particularly East Nashville move the Molly Green folks have already made: The bright art on the building comes courtesy of East Side Murals, who also did some painting at the Chattanooga shop. (If you’re not familiar, check out the East Side Murals feature story we ran recently.)
“Not only are we obsessed with how it looks, but we are thrilled to contribute to the killer wall art here in Nashville,” Foster says of the watercolor-inspired mural work.
Having an office/studio in a freestanding building also opens up the opportunity to host events at the new East Nashville hub, Foster says, from private shopping hangs to charity gatherings.
“We have so many ideas and we can’t wait to make them happen, and have the whole community be a part of it,” she says. “This is more than just a store for us, it’s our way of reaching out and investing more in the people and in the city who have given us so much.”
Get to know the Molly Green brand better at shopmollygreen.com, and keep up with the latest news about the East Nashville opening on the Molly Green Instagram feed, @shopmollygreen.
The Hideout Salon and Lounge coming to Lockeland Springs
On the hunt for a fresh place to get your hair wrangled? New addition, coming soon: The Hideout Salon and Lounge, in the works at 1400 Woodland St.
If that address looks familiar: Yep, it’s the same location as the long-loved Lipstick Lounge.
“I am thrilled to be right above The Lipstick Lounge,” says Hideout owner/stylist Chelsea Joffray. “It embodies everything that I want The Hideout to represent. We will have a separate entrance from Lipstick behind the building for clients and event-goers. Just ring the buzzer on the back door and come on up.”
Those “event-goers,” Joffray says, will be a key component of The Hideout’s business, hence the “lounge” part of the name.
“(The Hideout) will have two main functions: one as a hair salon and secondly as a communal event space,” she says. “The salon will be offering haircuts, color services, and straight razor shaves. We want to create a space for everyone, a place where anyone can come get their hair done, artists can hang their art, musicians can perform, yoga teachers can host classes. This is a safe space for craft, exploration, and just plain-old lounging. We have an entire room just for the people to come and do events they are wanting to share with the community.”
Joffray’s gotten in close touch with the East Nashville community in recent years, working at the East Side Rudy’s Barbershop location (stylists Blair Winston and Erin James from Rudy’s East are also due to move into the Hideout, she tells us).
“East Nashville is an amazing neighborhood, I have bonded with my clients here and grown as a stylist here,” she says. “I want to not only contribute awesome hair services to the community of East Nashville, but provide a space that is a welcoming, rad oasis.”
Joffray hopes to have the doors open at The Hideout on Sunday, March 3. Keep up with the latest on The Hideout Instagram, @thehideoutsalonandlounge, or at thehideoutsalonandlounge.com (still in the works as of this posting).
Babo Korean restaurant opens
Folks eagerly awaiting the rebirth of 1601 Riverside Dr., the former Pied Piper Eatery space in East Nashville, have some good news: Babo — the new Korean concept first announced back in May — is now open.
The restaurant was dreamed up by Joey Plunket and Sara Nelson of East Nashville bar Duke’s, and friends Tim and Danny Song, of Atlanta restaurant Gaja. And if you lean toward casual, low-key dining, this’ll definitely appeal — Babo takes an unfussy order-at-the-counter, seat-yourself approach, with a menu that doesn’t creep above $14 for dinner items.
On that menu: Korean favorites like bulgogi and bibimbap, plus crafty fried chicken with gochujang and tofu ranch, and fried pork katsu with BBQ and slaw. Early diners we know seem to be really gravitating toward the scallion pancakes with buttered leek and beer batter, and the house-made dumplings.
The kitschy rock ’n’ roll decor of Pied Piper has been traded for moody industrial vibes in Babo, with a full bar set off to the left as you walk in, serving draft and bottled beer and a mix of more of-the-concept drinks, including soju and sake.
Initial Babo hours have been Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a full kitchen serving late-night diners until midnight. (That’s subject to change as they get settled, so keep an eye on the Babo Instagram, source of the above photo, for the latest updates.)
Before Babo’s arrival, Pied Piper Eatery had been in that location for nearly a decade. They closed in February of this year.
Rudy’s East location closing
As one East Nashville salon rises, another leaves: The East Nashville Rudy’s Barbershop outpost, which opened in February of 2017 at 960 Woodland St., will clip its last locks on Monday, Dec. 10.
“Nashville has been an exciting market expansion for Rudy’s and we will greatly miss the many customers and friends we’ve made over the last two years in East Nashville,” director of marketing and brand Danny Segal tells us. “We’ve made the tough decision to put focus on expanding our shop presence in existing and new markets and on our rapidly growing product business.”
Rudy’s entered East Nashville during a time of relatively busy hair-artistry expansion here, with Local Honey, Scout’s Barbershop, the Yellow House Salon & Barbershop, Parlour & Juke and several others all opening up East Side salons within a few years of each other.
The Rudy’s brand will keep a Nashville presence, though — their Edgehill Village shop, at 1200 Villa Place, is set to remain open. Beyond, Rudy’s has multiple locations in its native Washington, and in California, Oregon, New York, and Georgia.
If you’re a Rudy’s devotee who’d like to stick with the brand, you can find info about the Edgehill Village Rudy’s Barbershop at rudysbarbershop.com.
— Eater Nashville dropped its reader-voted Eater Awards 2018, and the newly crowned Restaurant of the Year is East Nashville’s own Peninsula. Chef of the year is Philip Krajeck, from East Nashville’s own Folk. Dining Neighborhood of the Year is East Nashville. We’re doing OK over here, food-wise. Somebody should do an East Nashville Food & Drink issue.
— Check out No. 308’s Britt and Alexis Soler on the cover of Southwest the Magazine, in a story written by Nashville’s own Jennifer Justus. (Justus just wrote about Lockeland Table for our Food & Drink issue, too.)
— The pitter-patter of more little feet in Margo Price’s household? Congrats to the recent East Nashvillian cover star on the forthcoming Basil/Speedy addition.
— Need drink inspiration for your Christmas party this year? The folks behind the Nashville Cocktail Festival pulled together a Holiday Cocktail Guide, with recipes.
— The Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms are working on an official license plate of East Nashville; it’ll come alive if they can score 1,000 preorders by Dec. 2019. Into it? More at their website.
— Nashville Public Radio’s “Neighbors” podcast is really fun, and often includes East Nashville neighbors. The Dec. 4 episode, for example, has a familiar face: Josh Unruh, who keeps many of us caffeinated at Ugly Mugs, and who helped launch an after-school program to show kids the benefits of role-playing games.
— The Lipstick Lounge’s First Funkin Toy Drive benefitting Fannie Battle Day Home for Children is Friday, and the $5 cover is waived if you bring a new toy. Begins at 7 p.m.
— The 13th Annual Get Behind the Mule Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is Saturday, Dec. 8, at The 5 Spot. Live music, live painting and lots more.
— Women’s clothing/accessories shop Pauli’s Place is hosting a third anniversary sale from Friday, Dec. 7 through Thursday, Dec. 13, with 20 to 80 percent off everything in the story, including clothing, jewelry, boots and gifts. They’re at 1006 Fatherland St., Ste. 201.
— Customer Appreciation Day is Dec. 15 at East Nashville record shop The Groove. Coffee, cocoa, snacks, giveaways, sales and more, 3-6 p.m.
— Getting to know local schools as your little one gets ready to enter one? Warner Enhanced Option Elementary School is hosting an open house on Friday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
— Into crafting? Turnip Green Creative Reuse is hosting free Holiday Reindeer Weaving classes on Fridays this month at their place in East Nashville. (Get to know those folks better with the Turnip Green Creative Reuse feature story we ran recently.)
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.