Fun look ahead: We’re working on our May/June issue, and it’s set to have something of an Outlaw slant — Margo Price on the cover, an in-depth profile of the ’70s "Outlaw" movement in the mix, told through the personal accounts of country music legend Bobby Bare, plus lots, lots more.
We’ll guess that this’ll be a well-loved edition of the magazine, and if you’d like to get an ad in its pages, there’s still time: Reach Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling.
With that, here’s the latest East Nashville news:
Music City Hemp Store opens its doors
A few things to know about Music City Hemp Store, newly opened at 307 N 16th St., but technically celebrating its grand opening on April 20: You won’t find hemp clothes and paper and the like there; all the products you do find on the shelves are indeed legal here in Tennessee.
What Hemp Store owner Dave Duncan stocks: extracts, oils, creams and bright-colored gummies, along with a few canine-specific products, all infused with cannabidiol, or CBD (a compound that technically, yes, is found in the same kind of plant that fuels all those frowned-upon jazz cigarettes).
CBD is one of dozens of different compounds found in cannabis; the one we’re not supposed to have here is THC, which is almost entirely absent in CBD products. (Short legal basics: A 2017 bill in the state legislature outlined CBD acceptability, specifically that “industrial hemp plants must have a clear chain of origin and not contain more than 0.3 percent” of THC.)
According to outlets as wide-ranging as High Times and Women’s Health, CBD’s been shown to help with pain relief, inflammation, seizures and a host of other issues in humans, and things like anxiety and joint pain in dogs.
“The list is really long of things it’ll address,” says Duncan, a longtime songwriter and blues musician who, inspired by CBD’s therapeutic qualities, spent the past six months digging deep into the burgeoning industry before launching his shop. “First is anxiety and insomnia. People are uptight and they can’t sleep,” he says, laughing, adding that arthritis might still be the most common driver.
As if on cue, a topical cream customer stops in to tell Duncan how “that stuff worked pretty good,” and the shop owner offers a quick rundown of other products that can bolster relief.
“It’s like this all day every day, and I’ve only been here a week,” Duncan says.
The interest hasn’t been entirely unexpected — Duncan spent a good three months trying to find CBD oil sold locally as he was first exploring it, and as soon as he began making moves toward opening the shop, it became clear he was far from the only one looking.
“I go down (to get a business license), the lady says, ‘Man, I need CBD oil for me and my dog,’” Duncan says. “Everyone I talk to has got a story. And wants it.”
A few other shops and markets in Nashville do carry CBD products, but Duncan sees a focused shop like his as a particularly useful outlet for interested folks, given the personal attention and pro tips he can (and willingly will) offer up. He also puts personal attention toward his sourcing: Music City Hemp Store carries products grown and made within a few hours' drive in Tennessee, and Duncan’s visited every farm, met every producer, gotten to know every product he sells.
“I’m really happy to find a little niche to contribute,” he says, “and I couldn’t be more pleased with the response.”
Intrigued? Initial hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more, swing by the Music City Hemp Store Facebook page.
Teresa Mason talks Wilburn Street Tavern
In case you missed the recent rumblings: Wilburn Street Tavern, at 302 Wilburn St., is in the process of being reborn, under the capable stewardship of longtime Mas Tacos owner/operator Teresa Mason.
That long-loved neighborhood bar closed late last year for what was expected to be a temporary overhaul, but it’s future seemed uncertain before news broke over the past few weeks about Mason’s involvement.
Mason tells us that plans are to get the doors open by May, and that Wilburn Street fans should expect familiarity and a simple menu, and shouldn’t expect any crossover from her other well-known spot.
“We will not be bringing Mas Tacos with us,” she says. “We will be starting with nachos and hot dogs. But hopefully, some really delicious nachos y hot dogs — we’ve got some good ideas.”
Starting simple’s worked well enough for Mason before — Mas Tacos kicked off in 2008 as a pioneer in Nashville’s food truck scene, and its reputation and footprint slowly and steadily grew (the brick and mortar opened in 2010, a cantina was added in 2016). Today, it’s routinely marked as the best spot for tacos in Nashville.
“The changes through the years have come pretty naturally,” Mason says. “I didn’t have a grand plan to expand when I started, menu or space, but it seems to be about every two years we do a little add-on of some sort. The result is 10 years in the making now, and I am so proud of what Mas Tacos and the team have become. We have new challenges every year, and I couldn’t be more happy with how we’ve managed and grown.”
Growing outside the confines of 732 Mcferrin Ave., Mason says, was a goal, and location and timing-wise (with new restaurants from the folks behind Rolf and Daughters and Butcher & Bee on the way in the area), Wilburn Street slotted in perfectly.
“I have always loved Wilburn Street and its beautiful pocket of buildings including the old post (office) and the Roxy (Theatre)," she says. “I’m happy to be able to continue to work in my neighborhood. I wanted to start a new project but wanted to stay close to home. So this works out great. It’s exciting with the other new neighbors opening up as well. I think it will be a wonderful adventure.”
We’ll update when opening-day gets set; meantime, Mason’s staying busy over at 732 McFerrin Ave., too.
Thrive shop closing its doors
Bummer news from the Shoppes on Fatherland: Longstanding home goods/gifts/more shop Thrive, in business here since 2011, is closing its doors.
Owner Mark Wood said it was a difficult decision to shutter his homegrown business, which he’s kept stocked with handmade soaps and candles and lots of other artisan-crafted finds. He plans to keep things running for another few weeks, before moving on to “pursue another opportunity that has presented itself.”
“One of benefits of owning a business, right here in East Nashville, is that your customers are really your neighbors and they become your friends,” Wood said in announcing the closure. “And over these six years I’ve made a lot of friends. You can’t know how grateful I am to them for the support they have shown me and my store.”
If you’d like to stop by, shop and say goodbye, Thrive is located at 1100 Fatherland St., Ste. 107, and open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the week (save Sunday, when doors close at 5). More on Thrive’s Facebook page.
BE-Hive Deli & Market coming soon
Fun scoop of veg news from the Nashville Scene’s Megan Seling: Longtime local providers of non-meaty meats The BE-Hive are working on opening a deli and market here in East Nashville.
Fittingly dubbed the BE-Hive Deli & Market, it’s set to open on April 14 at 2412 Gallatin Ave., according to the Scene, offering up staple BE-Hive items including seitan filets and deli slices, chorizo and pepperoni, plus lots of vegan sandwiches and snacks, from vegan Reubens to chicken-less wings.
The local company’s wares are available at a mix of markets around town, including The Turnip Truck here in the neighborhood, and the BE-Hive folks have also been hosting benefit buffet dinners in the neighborhood for years (they continue to do so monthly with their neighbors The East Room, the most recent on April 2). Those events put the versatility of their plant-based products on display: From Thanksgiving feasts to Asian-themed menus, they’ve covered just about any cuisine, sans-meat, while raising funds for a slew of local non-profits and charities.
Read more about the deli news from the Nashville Scene, and get to know the BE-Hive better at bethehive.com.
Mayor Briley kicking off town hall series in East Nashville
Have thoughts about Nashville’s future that you’d like to share with Nashville’s leaders? Opportunities, coming up.
The Mayor’s office announced this week that Mayor David Briley is planning a series of town hall meetings, set throughout Davidson County, intending to “engage with residents and talk about the future of their neighborhoods.”
“We are embarking together on a new season for Nashville and Metro Government,” Mayor Briley said in a release. “We are becoming more service-oriented than ever before, especially as new methods of communicating with Nashvillians are coming into play. But sometimes, old school methods are what we need, and these listening sessions will help Metro to learn about the public’s priorities and concerns face to face. I look forward to meeting with residents throughout Davidson County.”
The first of those town halls, set for Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., is here in East Nashville at Maplewood High School, and you’re encouraged to attend and share your feedback.
There’s no cost to be there, but the Mayor’s office is asking attendees to register, so they can plan for crowds.
Keep an eye on the Mayor’s Office Newsroom for updates about other town hall opportunities.
Rosepepper hosting Cinco de Mayo fiesta
In the years since Andrea Chaires took over running Rosepepper, after the loss of her father, Ernie Chaires, in 2014, the restaurant’s maintained its local reputation for top-notch margaritas and approachable Mexican fare, and become something of a national social media darling, what with all those excellent marquee quips.
This year brings a big opportunity that Chaires wasn’t about to let pass: the first time under her watch that Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday.
Thus, she’s planning “an epic fiesta” at the restaurant in her dad’s honor, with live mariachi performers, local bands, cornhole, dancing, hand-crafted art hangings, plus food, merch and “anything else I can shoehorn in there.” (That could/will include Flying Ham Rentals hanging out with their vintage campers, an artful installation from Harlan Ruby’s VroomVroom Balloon bar and more.)
Best part: It’s free, open to all. The fiesta will run noon to 9 p.m. outside, regular Rosepepper hours (11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.) inside, on Saturday, May 5, rain or shine.
Rosepper is located at 1907 Eastland Ave., and you can keep up with announcements on Instagram.
— Reminder and pro tip: Early voting runs through Thursday, April 26, and May 1 is Election Day. Davidson County voters can snag 50 percent off Lyft rides to or from early voting locations with the promo code TFN.
— Another little reminder: Dining Out For Life is Tuesday, April 17. We wrote more here; lots of East Nashville restaurants in the mix.
— On Saturday, April 14, some of our Inglewood neighbors’ll be on This Old House — the “Trough Planter” episode, WNPT, 6 p.m.
— Hankerin’ for a Crawfish Boil? Head to at Noble’s Kitchen & Beer Hall (974 Main St.) on Sunday, 4 p.m. until the bugs are gone. Plates run $19.95, all-you-can-eat for $34.95.
— If you love East Nashville Beer Works’ annual Noon Years Eve hang, this Sunday, they’re planning a “less crowded version.” Spring Fling Sunday features family-friendly music from Bill Crosby and the Bahama Llama Orchestra, games, pizza, beer for the grown-ups and more. Kicks off at 11 a.m., free admission, 320 E Trinity Ln. (Need records? Heart of Vinyl will be there this Saturday.)
— Graze Nashville isn’t just giving a man a (vegan) fish, they’re teaching a man to (vegan) fish. Cool vegan cooking class coming up with chef Jess Rice, focused on cheese and cheesecake. Goes down Monday night, April 16.
— For 37216-ers who’d like to pitch in and clean up their area: The South Inglewood Neighborhood Association's Earth Day Clean Up is set for Saturday, April 21, meeting at the South Inglewood Community Center.
— Nashville Interiors magazine featured a gorgeous home design project on Boscobel, headed up by interior designer Hannah Crowell.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.