First things first: We’re hard at work pulling together our annual music issue, and this’ll be an extra fun one, with a focus that stretches well beyond singers/stars to a mix of the other folks that make Music City work.
Interested in getting an ad in its pages? There’s still time. Just reach out to Lisa at email@example.com.
Beyond, with kittens, cupcakes and honey-based adult beverages, this might be one of our favorite Buzz editions yet. On to the latest crop of East Nashville news:
The Catio is coming to East Nashville
It’s spectacularly difficult to absorb just how East Nashville this is, but in big news for local pet lovers and sweets fanatics: We’ll soon welcome The Catio, “East Nashville’s one and only vegan retail bakery, cat lounge and cat-safe plant shop.”
The business comes to us via local pet rescue advocate Anna Talaga and much-loved local baker Beca Lewis Skeels, who’s been providing Nashvillians with super-stylish vegan treats under the Leeuw Bake Shop name for a while now.
The duo just snagged the keys for their new Catio home, at 1603 Riverside Dr. (most recently home to books/more shop Atomic Nashville, which has since relocated to 118 S. 11th St.), and they hope to get the doors open by fall.
Once those doors do open, we’ll have steady access to a variety of house-made vegan bakery items — particularly over the past year, Skeels/Leeuw has amassed a sizable fanbase through all kinds of animal product-free treats, from cupcakes styled like succulent planters to gourmet “pop tarts” and cinnamon rolls. So far, they’ve primarily been available via special order and at a mix of shops around town, including Gift Horse and the Terminal Cafe here in the neighborhood.
Skeels and Talaga found a common passion in animal rescue, and — just as the global cat cafe concept is setting roots in Nashville — the Catio came together.
A little more detail, via a social update from Skeels:
“We will be partnering with local rescues to bring adoptable cats into the lounge and to ultimately provide homes for these wonderful animals. As you know, both Anna and I are passionate about animal rescue, community and CATS! Our primary mission always has been and always will be to promote responsible pet ownership, support animal welfare, and to help save more animals in need. We are grateful to now be able to do this via a unique, community-oriented space and serve our community in such an incredible way.”
Unsurprisingly, support’s been pouring in since the duo announced The Catio on Wednesday, and, says Skeels, “To say we are completely blown away … is the understatement of the century… The Catio is really happening, and I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming!”
Orangetheory Fitness coming to East Nashville
Another business planning to park in the new retail center in front of the old Walmart location: Orangetheory Fitness East Nashville, set for 1214 Gallatin Ave., Suite 125.
Led by longtime East Nashvillian Martine Mahoney, the new studio will, like other Orangetheory locations, offer one-hour, full-body workouts — “heart rate-based interval training” focused on either “Endurance,” “Strength” and/or “Power,” geared toward all fitness levels and age groups.
Folks who like to track progress with hard data may find themselves particularly drawn to the approach, since performance summaries (OT trainers call them “Splat Points”) are captured and shared at the end of each workout. That science-centric design is a big part of what drew Mahoney in.
“After working with a startup called YouScience that focuses on the science of the mind and developing young adults to their full potential, I became intrigued by the fact that Orangetheory is really about the science of the body, and really wanted to explore this further,” she says. “Without getting too detailed, OTF is a truly evolved way of looking at a workout and is geared towards individual success in a group environment.”
Mahoney has a corporate biz background, from recent stints at a grab bag of smaller startups to positions with Comcast and the A&E Network. But a passion for fitness traces back to high school, and it carried through to serious personal undertakings — cycling solo in Spain for eight months; climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania — and, more recently, fitness-centric entrepreneurship.
This won’t be her first Midstate studio — she brought the concept to Hendersonville in 2015, and Mount Juliet in 2017. But the East Nashville location brings a particularly personal attachment.
“My goal is to build a strong studio tribe within the greater East Nashville community that all of us who live here or spend time here understand is pretty special,” Mahoney says. “East Nashville has been my home for over 10 years, and my dream has always been to bring this to my friends, neighbors, and anyone who wants to better themselves physically and mentally.”
Mahoney hopes to have the East Nashville buildout completed by mid- to late November, “allowing everyone to enjoy guilt-free holiday eats and get a jump on their New Year’s resolutions.”
For more on the Orangetheory approach, or to check out other local locations in advance of the East Nashville opening, visit orangetheoryfitness.com. If you’re particularly intrigued, they’ll be offering founders rates ahead of opening, and you can schedule a meeting with studio manager Rebecca Flores at this link.
(Among Orangetheory’s neighbors in that new development: a T-Mobile retail shop, expected to open this month.)
Honeytree Meadery in the works on Woodland
East Nashville’s craft brewery scene has grown considerably in recent years, and we’re even getting in to the winery game a little too. Soon enough, it appears we’ll be branching out to mead: Honeytree Meadery, “Nashville's Premier Craft Meadery,” has a new home in the works in East Nashville, at 918 Woodland St.
Not familiar with mead? Founders and long-time brewers Matt Loch and Ross Welbon can help:
“As beer has grains and wine has grapes, Mead’s featured ingredient is honey. Traditional meads are most similar to wines, found between 10-12% ABV and can be sweet, semi-sweet, and dry. The main flavors of the mead typically come from the types of honey used (i.e. wildflower, sourwood, orange blossom), but adjuncts like fruit, spices, and herbs are also commonly found and can elevate the beverage to previously unattainable levels.”
Sounds downright delicious.
Honeytree’s specific brews will be based on local honey, “from nearby apiaries or our very own hives,” and, fittingly, the founders are making a commitment to promoting beekeeping culture in Davidson County, and espousing “environmental stewardship through ecologically balanced business practices.”
Since announcing the location in early June, the team’s been busy this summer (bee-like, even) bottling mead samples and harvesting honey, and they’re hoping to have the East Nashville space open and ready for mead-ing/greeting come fall.
Local listening: Cordovas
— Big congrats to “luxury nail salon” CURED Nails, who’ve officially opened their East Nashville salon at 813 Gallatin Ave. They’re now doing manicures, pedicures, scrubs, masks and more, and you can explore/book online at curednails.com. (We tipped to this spot back in October.)
— Congrats, too, to the folks at East Nashville-bred natural grocery brand Turnip Truck, who are gearing up to open their third location late next year, this time in West Nashville.
— Natural beauty and wellness shop Lemon Laine, which opened in East Nashville last May, is also branching out, with plans to launch a second location in Houston, Texas, this fall.
— Texas is a draw right about now, it seems: East Nashville-headquartered SnapShot Interactive is also branching out to where all things are bigger, opening another location in Austin.
— On Sunday, August 5, Walk Bike Nashville will host the first "Golden Pheasant Triathlon" at Shelby Park, with a two-mile kayak route, eight-mile bike and two-mile run/walk. Triathlon tickets are available through Eventbrite. If you’re not familiar with East Nashville’s famous fowl, read all about the Golden Pheasant in our pages.
— East Nashville Chiropractic moved, but not far. As of July 30, they’re seeing patients at 211 South 17th St., right next door to the old location. The new home offers three times the space and makes room for new services, including the addition of Stephanie Oakley, LMT, as their new in-house massage therapist.
— Former boy scouts and other crafty Nashvillians: Smith & Lentz is bringing back the Pintwood Derby for a second year. The second annual event is set for their place on Tuesday, August 21.
That’s all for this week. Have an East Nashville news tip to share? Please email Nicole.