Our big thing to start: The January/February 2018 issue of The East Nashvillian is out now, and it’s chock-full of fun stuff, from a cover story on musician JD McPherson to a celebration of East Nashvillians of the Year Stacie Huckeba and Todd Sherwood/Travis Collinsworth of The 5 Spot, plus lots, lots more.
Grab your print issue on stands all around Nashville, or head to theeastnashvillian.com to read the full issue online.
With that, here’s the latest East Side Buzz:
After more than four years in East Nashville, furniture/decor/gift shop Rustique will be closing its doors at 700 Fatherland Street sometime in January.
Mother-daughter owner team Erica Howard and Karin Farr announced the closure last Friday, noting that “retail has been great... but we are ready to have our weekends back.”
The two will have plenty to do with those weekends: New Mom Howard is running letterpress/lettering/design business Ruthie & Oliver Letterpress and caring for 6-month-old Ollie; Farr is running event/wedding venue the Barn on Willis Branch, in Goodlettsville.
“Don’t be sad for us," the announcement said, “it’s a good thing!”
While they’re prepping for the shop’s final days, Rustique shoppers can benefit from some deep discounts: Everything in the store is currently 50 percent off, and you can keep up with updates about final hours at the Rustique Nashville Facebook page.
Urgent Care center opening in Inglewood
Come spring, East Nashvillians should have a new place to head for immediate health concerns: Urgent Team — a large Southeast urgent/family care center operator — has a local location in the works at 3024 Gallatin Pike (the former 615 Ave. space), set to open on March 12.
At the new center, they’ll be offering urgent, primary care and wellness services on a walk-in/no-appointment-needed basis — anything from flu and colds to ear/eye injuries and bites and stings, plus physicals needed for school/sports teams.
“The East Nashville and Inglewood communities are fast-growing, vibrant areas of Nashville and providing convenient and affordable care for urgent, but non-emergency needs, is a primary focus we are intent on providing,” Urgent Team CEO/chairman Tom Dent said of the in-the-works clinic.
Most insurance providers, including Medicare/Medicaid and TRICARE, will be accepted at Urgent Team, and the clinic will be open 7 a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Above: a rendering of the new space, which’ll join more than a dozen other Urgent Team locations throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.
New ownership at Dino’s
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: Ownership changes are afoot again at East Nashville staple Dino’s, but don’t expect upheaval — part owner Alex Wendkos, who’s been on board since the most recent Dino’s change-of-hands, has become the sole owner, after three years of, as Wendkos says, “living my dream.”
Wendkos became part of the Dino’s leadership team in 2014, when she and busy Nashville restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes lovingly (and gently) overhauled the longstanding Gallatin Avenue dive, spit-shining the cozy space but maintaining the approachable charm that’d made it a favorite for late-night drinkers and burger hunters.
“What an honor!” she wrote, announcing her sole ownership. “Thank you, Miranda, for your belief in me. … Dino’s will remain a staple of Nashville and will continue to provide comfort, cold ass beer and fine food for as long as those walls can stand.”
It’s been a boom time for Dino’s during Wendkos’ tenure — Tasting Table listed it among “America’s Top Dive Bars”; Bon Appetit named theirs among the “3 Best Burgers of 2017,” Bieber popped in for some Jenga; and Nashvillians of all stripes made the space a local Cheers.
So, we diners may not notice a change, but it’s a cool thing for an owner who’s done exceptionally well at making a beloved local spot better without jettisoning its unique personality, while everything in the surrounding neighborhood continued to change considerably.
Congrats, Alex Wendkos, and long live Dino’s.
If, by some chance, you’ve never been, Dino’s is located at 411 Gallatin Avenue, and open 4 p.m to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 3 a.m. weekends.
East Nashville organizations celebrate country and bluegrass
We happened to stumble on a few local organizations that diehard lovers of classic country and bluegrass should know about, if you don’t already.
First: The Handsome Ladies. Originally bred in San Francisco, the non-profit aims to support and encourage women in bluegrass, via jams and workshops and online groups connecting passionate players and fans.
The Nashville Handsome Ladies chapter popped up in 2017, and is based here in the neighborhood. Curious? Their next ladies-only bluegrass jam is set for Thursday, Jan. 18 here in East Nashville, hosted by board member Michelle Haft. Visit thehandsomeladies.org to learn more.
Second: The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music, working to “preserve the history of American Country Music and Dance through inclusive, encouraging, group-oriented education.” That includes classes for all ages and skill levels, focused on a swath of classic country, from old-time Appalachian sounds to Cajun music and gospel.
Along with classes — “Fiddle From Scratch,” “Greenhorn Guitar” — Country School programming is set to include a mix of community events, too, including square dances and gospel sing-ins.
The collective of musicians/dancers sharing/teaching with the school includes Hogslop String Band fiddler Kevin Martin, acclaimed session player/multi-instrumentalist Brittany Haas and other considerable talents.
A list of current offerings is up at the Nashville Country School website; classes are held here in East Nashville at The Episcopal School of Nashville, 419 Woodland Street.
— TMZ snagged some fun old photos of Oprah during her East Nashville days, serving as VP of the student council at East High and grabbing the “most popular” superlative.
— Bonnaroo announced its 2018 lineup, and some neighbors will be in the mix again, including *Repeat Repeat, much of Sheryl Crow’s band and more.
— The Travel Channel came to spend a day in “Nashville’s hippest neighborhood.” Among their stops: Lockeland Table, Fond Object, No. 308, The 5 Spot and more. The network's findings: “Music, food and a good time. East Nashville is the place to be.” Works.
— Relix magazine had a chat with singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins here in her East Nashville home, which she shares with husband Ryan McHugh, who tour manages our current cover star, JD McPherson. Small world, this one.
— V magazine caught up with model Lily Aldridge in Nashville for a “United States of Fashion” photo shoot. They went to Dino’s, an increasingly hot place for national magazine photo shoots.
— Free chance to check out new East Nashville float center and alternative therapy spa Float Horizen: This Saturday, Jan. 13, they’re hosting a free 30-minute Introduction Harmonic Meditatio Workshop, starting at 1:45 p.m. Call 615-490-8656 to sign up.
— One for the parents: Fort Louise has been running a Wednesday night, kids-eat-free thing, and they’ve decided to make it a permanent thing. New family ritual.
— Nashville Running Company’s blowing out six birthday candles at their party on January 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their place. There’ll be giveaways, food, drinks and deals.
— Also celebrating milestones: Congratulations to Southern Grist Brewing Company, who’ll be doing a second-anniversary party at their brand new taproom/production facility in The Nations on February 10.
— WWD mag chatted with East Nashville fashion/marketing guru Libby Callaway about Nashville’s “booming haven for boutiques and local talent.” Among the local shops she ‘dropped: Two Son, High Class Hillbilly and Lemon Laine.
— East Side fashion stop Any Old Iron has a closing date: They’re open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1629 Shelby Avenue until the 27th. After that, they’ll be moving to appointment-only in their new Cannery Row location.
— From the department of good ideas: Upper Eastside Nashville is hosting a Sip & Shop event on January 18, and serving hot toddies.
— The new CrossFit East Nashville is hosting a grand opening celebration (with food, fun and fitness) on February 3 at their place on Davidson Street.
— If you're among those that enjoy a brunch, this Shugga Hi Sunday buffet looks to be a pretty sweet addition to the East Nashville brunch scene.
That’s it for this week. News to share? Please email Nicole.