We’re just about to dive into AmericanaFest 2018 (Sept. 11-16, all across town), and we’re stoked once again that taking in one of our favorite annual fests doesn’t necessarily require us to cross the river.
Just a few of the top-notch AmericanaFest-related happenings going down in East Nashville:
— Better Together Presents: Show Up and Sing on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at The Basement East, with Chuck Mead, Will Hoge, Mary Gauthier and lots more.
— Queer Roots Party at AmericanaFest on Thursday, Sept. 13 at The Crying Wolf, with Patrick Haggerty, Little Bandit and many others.
— Cafe Rooster Records and Friends 3rd Annual AmericanaFest Party on Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Basement East, with Jon Latham, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Joe Purdy and many others.
— Sunday Morning Coming Down on Sunday, Sept. 16 at The Compound (919 Gallatin Ave.), with JP Harris & Friends, The Watson Twins, Elizabeth Cook, Creamer and more, plus food, drinks and lots of other fun.
Another East Side Americana perk worth knowing about: AmericanaFest wristband holders will also receive discounts from a slew of participating retailers in East Nashville through the Edge of AmericanaFest promotion, Sept. 11 through 16, from shopping to food and fitness. Download the AmericanaFest mobile app to get a full rundown of the local locations included, and grab lots more info at americanamusic.org.
With that, on to the latest bit of East Nashville news:
Porter East shop Pony Show closing
Only so long you can keep a wild pony penned in: After six years of sharing vintage and handmade fun with East Nashville, Pony Show owner Pippin Chapman announced this week that she’d be moving on to “a new chapter in my creative life,” and closing the shop at 723 Porter Rd. come Sept. 16.
“Thank you to all the wonderful folks who have helped my little Pony Show become the magical dream shop that it is,” she wrote in an update to shoppers and friends. “…It’s been such an amazing 6 years and the lessons learned and friendships made are far too numerous to list.”
Chapman plans to keep the brand alive online, at ponyshownashville.com, so longtime fans should still have access to her fun, quirky, often glittery picks on the site — and, we hope, a healthy flow of snapshots featuring famous shop dogs Goldie and Frances on Instagram.
Head to Facebook to read Chapman’s goodbye message, and to keep up with announcements in Pony Show’s last brick-and-mortar days. We’ll update when we hear more about who might be taking over that Porter East spot.
Consider the Wldflwrs moving Eastward
Another newcomer to the The Wabash building on Woodland (also home to coworking titans WeWork): Consider the Wldflwrs, a local jewelry brand that most recently called North Nashville home.
Owner and Designer Emily Eggebrecht launched the brand online in 2013, and in 2017, opened her first storefront and studio in the Buchanan Arts District, near fellow creative makers Nisolo and Emil Erwin. She’s now set to shutter that flagship shop and, come mid-September, move the Wldflwrs operation to East Nashville, at 901 Woodland St., Suite 102.
As with the North Nashville location, the East Nashville Consider the Wldflwrs will offer a mix of original designs and the work of other designers Eggebrecht’s connected with through trade shows, craft fairs and the like.
“It’s really fun to have a collaborative space where we can showcase many different styles,” she says, “since so many of our customers are looking for something unique.”
Consider the Wldflwrs’ particular brand of unique, Eggebrecht says, centers on blending nature and simplicity.
“We love to encourage people to see natural beauty and wear their piece as an accessory to their beauty,” she says. “We definitely enjoy a good statement piece every once and a while, but we primarily focus on simple and timeless pieces of jewelry, whether it’s our bridal line or a heritage piece.”
Part of the impetus for moving all those timeless pieces to this side of the river: Eggebrecht and her husband moved to East Nashville a little over a year ago, too.
“We’ve seen some of the amazing developments pop up in just the last year,” Eggebrecht says. “We are excited to have a jewelry store and offer repairs as well as gift-able jewelry and bridal jewelry to this side of town.”
Opening date for the new East Nashville shop is Sept. 19, and on Oct. 5, Eggebrecht and her team plan to host a grand opening celebration with live music, drinks and goodie bags, 5-9 p.m.
Learn more about our new neighbors/shop online at considerthewldflwrs.com.
East Side Goodwill closing
Bummer news for East Nashville thrifters: The Goodwill store at 613 Gallatin Rd. is set to close on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The decision to shutter, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee PR & communications director Chris Fletcher tells us, ultimately had to do with widespread improvements they’re making.
“Goodwill is making upgrades to the donation processing areas of all its stores, to allow us to put more merchandise and better quality merchandise on our store shelves,” he says. “…After an extensive review, it has been determined that the Gallatin Road facility is configured in a way that prevents us from making these necessary upgrades.”
Sales are happening at that location in the meantime, and Fletcher says it’s not out of the question that a new East Nashville store’ll pop up some time down the road.
“We are always on the lookout for properties in the 48 counties we serve that would add value to our organization and our mission,” he says. Meantime: There’s a store on Berry Road, just six miles away, and a donation site two miles away at 3200 Gallatin Pike.
GrowHouse Method unveils Kava Bar
In May, GrowHouse Method brought the neighborhood’s first combo fitness center/plant shop to life, at 1105 Woodland. Over the weekend, they added East Nashville’s first kava bar to the mix too.
For the unfamiliar, kava is a beverage made from a medicinal South Pacific plant, purported to have calming, stress-relieving properties — some liken it to the looseness that comes with a few adult beverages, just without the potential blackouts/mood swings. The flavor often gets compared to intensified chamomile, or another super earthy tea. (Detractors tend to say it tastes like a cup o’ mud puddle, but as with all things, beauty/eye of the beholder.)
Kava bars have been rising in popularity throughout the U.S., and East Nashville’s entry into the trend soft-opened on Saturday, with a party that included all kinds of performances, from spoken word to “ukulele sorcery” inside GrowHouse Method’s leafy 5 Points space.
Along with the new kava service, GrowHouse Method continues to offer personal training, group classes, horticulture workshops and lots more, and if you need new houseplants, they’ve got you covered too. Schedules/lots more info are available at growhousemethod.com.
The Kava Bar is now open 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 2-8 p.m. on Sunday.
POP Nashville takes a breather
A little bit of a late heads up about this one: POP Nashville — which popped back up in February at 604 Gallatin Ave., slinging Otaku Ramen take-out (and later, adding Little Octopus dishes) — is closed. But just temporarily.
The POP team announced in late August that they were taking a breather “to create a stronger team and a better system that enables us to serve you amazing ramen from amazing people all winter long.”
“We take what we do seriously — we love it — we take pride in it, and with growth comes improvement,” an update reads.
Among the upgrades in the works: improved service and “bangin’ new dishes.”
An exact reopening date hasn’t been announced yet, but it should be imminent — “fall” and “real soon” have been the hints thus far. Meantime, Otaku and Little Octopus devotees can still grab what they need at those restaurants’ Gulch locations (1104 Division St. and 505 12th Ave. S., respectively).
Keep an eye on POP Nashville’s social media for announcements.
— Turnip Green Creative Reuse is doing another “Dirt on Composting” workshop on Saturday, Sept. 8, and all participants get a free backyard composter.
— The next Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party is next Saturday, Sept. 15, at Cornelia Fort Airpark. Featured: Miss Tess & the Talkbacks and more.
— Another Five Points Street Market is set for Oct. 13-14, with all kinds of local makers and vendors set up right in our central hub.
— Big love to the folks at Make Nashville, who are closed for just a few days while they deal with the aftermath of a small fire.
— On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Factory at Franklin hosts Art for Animals, an evening of art, wine, food and fun that benefits East Nashville’s Pet Community Center and its efforts to provide affordable care (including spay and neuter services) to local pets.
— Another Fanny’s Choice vintage pop-up market is coming on Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1101 Holly. Vinyl, clothes, art and more.
— Need some fresh foliage for your East Nashville property? Nashville Tree Fest will celebrate trees with education and 800 free trees over a three-week period from Sept. 25 to Oct. 12 at Farmers Markets across Davidson County (including East Nashville’s, on Oct. 10).
— Well Health & Chiropractic is hosting a “Healthy Food Tasting” at their place (2618 Gallatin Pike) on Thursday, Sept. 13, with samples from local businesses, a short nutrition talk and more.
— Um. There’s Breakfast Pizza at Lockeland Table (for a short time).
That’s it for this week. Have some East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.