New coffee, old wood, fresh teeth: This week's Buzz has everything.
Here's the latest East Nashville news:
Retrograde Coffee coming to Dickerson
More good news for the 37207-ers: A new coffee shop is in the works at 1305 Dickerson Pike, just off Douglas Ave., led by a team of longtime players in the East Nashville business community.
Retrograde Coffee should be open by July, according to co-owner Nathan Weinberg, who’ll be running the place alongside Steve and Davey Mabee, brothers and fellow East Nashvillians. All three have deep roots in the East Side real-estate world, with roles at infill development company North by NorthEast Development, sister company Greenline Partners and local firm MW Real Estate Co.
Coming to the Retrograde menu, Weinberg says: "very high-quality" coffee, along with “creative specialty coffee drinks” and tea from East Nashville neighbors High Garden.
“We want to offer this all in a comfortable, not imposing, setting,” Weinberg says. “Our drinks are thoughtful, and will rotate based on season and ingredient availability. Our drinks will be like none other in the city and our drip coffee will be some of the best grab-and-go the city has had.”
Going from real-estate development to beans-and-brews development isn’t as much of a stretch as it might seem on the surface for the Retrograde team. Weinberg put in a decade in the hospitality business, working in high-end hotel customer service; Davey Mabee has a long run of barista years in his background, both here in Nashville and in his native Pennsylvania.
“(He’s) an expert as it relates to that work,” Weinberg says of Davey. (They’ll be tapping the other-brother Mabey, whose resume includes years as an audio engineer, for his finely tuned attention to detail.)
Their real-estate acumen did play a role in the planning too, though — the team saw a need, and an opportunity, in that growing part of East Nashville.
“Dickerson has all the ingredients to be a super successful artery,” Weinberg says, “and we want to be a part of that, especially on the front end.”
A forward-looking sensibility, for sure, and an evocative juxtaposition with the Retrograde name — which Weinberg says was chosen for both aesthetics and intended vibe.
“Retrograde speaks to our intent to slow down a bit, even move backwards,” Weinberg says. “We want coffee to be savored, enjoyed one cup at a time and be evocative of other things. Retrograde for us speaks to a time of innovation and you’ll see odes to that through the shop, from our ’50s-inspired rocket lights, to our Deco trim work.”
No website to point you to, yet, but we’ll keep you posted as the opening date gets closer. (Above image: Google Street View.)
Good Wood moving, expanding
The Retrograde Coffee crew will already have neighbors in place: Good Wood Nashville, longtime providers of reclaimed wood and custom furniture, are partnering up with those folks and setting up shop next door, at 1307 Dickerson Pike.
This one’s due to be a little more immediate: Good Wood owner Dave Puncochar tells us he’s hoping to get set up in the new space over the next few weeks, and unveil their new showroom, stocked with hand-crafted furniture, plus some gift offerings (cutting boards and the like) and their much-praised, personality-filled lumber, from rustic barn wood fit for wall-cladding to reclaimed flooring materials.
This new home is the culmination of a three-year search, and its perch — on a major East Nashville artery, right off the Interstate, close to Ellington Parkway — brings a lot of relief to the Good Wood team.
“Many people get lost trying to find our current location,” Puncochar says of their longtime Inglewood space, tucked back on W. Kirkland Ave., “and we have heard a few stories of people just giving up and returning home.”
This location, overall, offers up lots of new options for the East Nashville-bred company, boosting their showroom square footage from 400 square feet to more than 4,000, and allowing for better separation between dusty lumber and polished furniture.
Puncochar sees the space as a chance to better showcase what Good Wood’s long been known for, and spotlight some newer twists to their business.
“We now offer modern lumber (and) modern design, as opposed to just rustic barnwood,” he says. “We believe that this move will pivot us for the future, as it gives us a modern look and allows us to mature as a business.”
Also new: Good Wood plans to launch woodworking classes in the new space, designed for both beginners and experienced woodworkers.
“We think that many of our classes will be centered around a project … ‘Build a Cutting Board,’ ‘Build a Dining Table,’ ‘Build a Headboard,’ a Side Table, etc., and even as simple as ‘Build a Birdhouse,’” Puncochar says.
Down the line, Good Wood may also host pop-ups for other local makers, either temporarily or permanently. (Meantime, they’re already planning to feature custom lighting made by fellow locals Southern Lights Electric in the new showroom).
Around their coffee-slinging neighbors’ debut, Good Wood hopes to host a “very significant grand re-opening” to show things off, too.
“We couldn’t be more excited and more grateful for the support we’ve received in the last six years in business,” Puncochar says, “and we’re so excited to see where this will go.”
For more on Good Wood Nashville, stop by goodwoodnashville.com, and follow the new-space progress (and other projects) on the Good Wood Instagram feed, @goodwoodnashville.
East Nashville Dental Co. coming soon
Good news for East Nashvillians who enjoy dental hygiene: We’ll soon have a new dental office, with East Nashville Dental Co. aiming to open its doors at 815 Gallatin Ave. on May 16.
The ENDC intent, partner Dr. Suzie Stolarz, tells us, is “being a neighborhood dentist... being part of the fabric of the community and being someplace people feel comfortable going to.”
Dr. Lalita Nekkanti (pictured above) — who recently came our way from New Orleans — is set to be the primary dentist in the new office, which’ll be offering general dentistry, restorative dentistry (crowns, implants and the like) and cosmetic dentistry (like whitening and veneers), and, they say, accepting most insurance plans.
Nekkanti says the East Side had a lot of appeal for her.
“It’s such a fun and eclectic part of town,” she says. “I’m excited to be part of this practice so I can be part of a community that is both vibrant and growing. I love that East Nashville is made up of people from all over, each bringing their own unique flair to the neighborhood. I'm also excited to be part of a community that values things like locally owned businesses, whether it's restaurants, coffee shops, bars (or) yoga studios.”
The practice is kicking off with limited hours — two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — but they’re expecting to expand that reach soon.
To explore East Nashville Dental Co. services and/or make an appointment, drop by eastnashvilledentalco.com.
Crafted Tones Music and Arts Festival comes to Fond Object
“Primitive” music and arts — from cigar box guitars to musicians who work with them — will be on display Saturday, May 12, at the Crafted Tones Music and Arts Festival, an all-day event at Riverside Village’s Fond Object (1313 McGavock Pike).
The fest, hosted by handmade guitar purveyor Lucky Box Guitars, includes a slew of music and art-angled vendors (from Revived Vinyl’s used-records crafts to painters, photographers and a grab bag of cigar box guitar-makers), alongside a lineup of live performers, many based in blues and folk traditions. (In the mix: local blues guitarist Ted Drozdowski, “downhome acoustic folk blues” artist Little Johnny Kantreed and others.)
Door prizes and giveaways are on the schedule, too, and the long afternoon of entertainment and shopping (noon to 10 p.m.) is easy on the wallet: $8 gets you no-re-entry admission; $15 snags an all-day wristband; kids 12 and under are free.
Head to the Crafted Tones Music and Arts Festival Facebook event page for more.
— This Sunday brings the 2nd Annual Episcopal School of Nashville Lobster Bake, a chance to get to know one of East Nashville’s newer elementary schools and crack a nice Maine crustacean. On the menu: corn on the cob, potatoes, blueberry cobbler, cold beer, chilled wine and, of course, the main event. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, and there’ll be live entertainment and a silent auction, too. Tickets are $85 per person, rain or shine (grown-ups only, though). More info via Facebook, and grab your Lobster Bake tickets through Eventbrite.
— Gillian Welch’s unfathomably brilliant Soul Journey album is getting pressed to wax for the first time this summer (remastered direct from analog tapes, gatefold jacket, printed insert with lyrics), and you can preorder it now through East Nashville’s Acony Records.
— Also related to Welch: The book Nashville: Scenes from the New American South is due out in November, “portray(ing) the city’s growth and enormous popularity” through lots of photos from photog Heidi Ross and text from author Ann Patchett. Welch’s feet are on the cover.
— Amanda Valentine, an East Nashville-based fashion designer we sure like, dropped her fall 2018 line.
— Local band Reality Something’s new album, Life Noise, comes out via local label Infinity Cat this Friday, and you can sample/preorder it now right here on these Internets. Fans of ‘90s alt-rock might wanna take notice (along with fans of locals-done-good Turbo Fruits; the lineup features ex-Fruitsman Kingsley Brock).
— Not on the East Side, but certainly of interest to some East Siders: The 6th annual Sevier Park Festival goes down in 12 South this Friday/Saturday, and the lineup includes J Roddy Walston and the Business, Amanda Shires, SUSTO and more.
— The U.K.’s The Telegraph offers a fun outline of “Why you'll never understand the US unless you've been to Nashville,” and points its readers to some well-liked East Nashville newcomers, including Cafe Roze and Attaboy.
— Inglewood Lounge’s been closed for just a minute, but don’t fret, it’s for a good reason: a little rehab love that’s brought more space to the service well.
— Shopping fun is here again, with First Sunday at Porter East, this Sunday, May 6.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.