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For this week's news we have free vitamins for the kiddos, new tattoos for the grown-ups, Dining Out For Life for everyone and more.
On we go:
Nashville CARES celebrates annual Dining Out For Life at restaurants citywide on Tuesday, April 18
Every year Nashville CARES partners up with local restaurants to facilitate one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. Dining Out for Life (DOFL) reaches out for support from the local restaurant community by asking eateries to donate a portion of their sales for the day back to Nashville CARES. Restaurants across the city volunteer to participate in the generous fundraiser. Sixy-nine restaurants participated last year, hosting more than 10,000 diners.
This year’s DOFL is on Tuesday, April 18. You can check their website for all participating restaurants. There are over 70 to choose from, so your options are limitless. If you want to keep it on the Eastside, you can join our Publisher Lisa McCauley for lunch or dinner. She will be hosting the event at The Pharmacy (731 McFerrin Ave.) from 11 to 2 p.m., and The Beast Pub (917 Woodland St.) from 5 to 10 p.m. Drop by and say hello, grab a bite and support a worthy cause. She’ll be the brunette with a big smile, ready to tell you all about the good work DOFL does for Nashville CARES.
Over the years, DOFL has raised more than $1.2 million for Nashville CARES. In 2016 alone, funds raised educated more than 35,000 middle-Tennesseans about HIV prevention and transmission and helped provide services to improve quality of life for over 3,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. To learn more about the mission of Nashville CARES and the impact they’ve made in Middle Tennessee visit their website. We also wrote about Eastsider Debbie Barnett, director of communications and marketing at the organization in our latest issue.
Riverside Village Pharmacy “Healthy Kids” campaign offers free vitamins to children
The whole “Take your vitamins, kids” thing just got much easier thanks to a new program the lovely folks over at Riverside Village Pharmacy (1406 McGavock Pike) are offering. The locally-owned pharmacy kicked off their "Healthy Kids" campaign this month, offering multi-vitamins to the youngsters of Nashville.
The new program is providing vitamins to kids in the community to ensure that they are getting proper nourishment. The service offers free 30-day supplies of multivitamins to children ages 2-15. They provide natural-sourced gummies, free of yeast, wheat, dairy, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, shell-fish, gluten, and artificial colors or flavoring. The prescription can be refilled each month, with one available for each child in the household. All parents have to do is stop by the pharmacy. If you’re already a current patient, there is no paperwork to fill out. If you’re new to Riverside, there is just a quick, easy, basic information sheet to complete. Dr. Parker Phillips, pharmacist and owner, said, “Right now many families cannot afford health insurance. These same families may lack the necessary resources to properly feed their children, and if they are not getting proper nourishment, their ability to learn and excel is greatly diminished.”
Adventure Tattoo blazes trails in East Nashville on the Porter/Douglas Corner
The little corner building at the intersection of Greenwood and Porter that’s home to Dandelion Salon (and formerly Porter House Bistro) is welcoming a new neighbor, Adventure Tattoo (2100 Greenwood Ave.). The corner has seen a lot of changes over recent years; the The Family Wash moved out, Vinyl Tap moved in, and Southern Grist Brewing Company opened. Funny enough, Adventure Tattoo isn’t the first ink shop in that spot. Captain Morgan (yes, that's his name), had his solo shop Trick-or-Treat Tattoo there before moving elsewhere several years ago. Now veteran ink-ologist Chad Koeplinger has moved into the space, though he’s expanded into the adjacent room and given the place a bright coat of paint. Koeplinger first moved to East Nashville back in October in a much smaller studio on Trinity lane, but says he needed more room and some natural light. Koeplinger is the sole owner of Adventure Tattoo, but shares the space with another friend and artist, Ian Dana Camp.
Koeplinger may have set roots in Nashville now, but he took a roundabout way of getting to this fair city. For the last 12 years he has been traveling heavily, which is an understatement. Koeplinger explained that for the most part he hasn’t had a home base, moving from city to city and seeing as much of the world as he could. He spent some time in Washington D.C., New York, Napa Valley, and Austin, but said, “Mostly I didn’t live anywhere at all, just out of my suitcase, travelling all over the world, tattooing, and seeing as much as I could. It was just time for a change and Nashville seemed like a great fit."
He decided to settle down in Music City after a stop here during his 50-state tattoo trip last year. It may not be Guinness World Record-certified, but Koeplinger is the first artist to tattoo in all 50 states. Last year, he made the rounds in one cohesive trip, stopping in every state to ink folks up—all in just over 100 days. Do the math; that’s almost one state every two days. He even has a book coming out later this year about that crusade called “50 States”, so keep your eyes open for that (we will be sure to let you know about it here). Furthermore, this ink vet has tattooed in over 200 shops in 30 different countries. He’s literally tattooed on every continent besides Antarctica, which is probably because penguins are opposed to tattoos and it’s just too cold to take any layers off. Perhaps he merits a new title, sommelier of tattoos, swashbuckler of ink, a pioneer of the prick?
Aside from his tattoo work, Koeplinger is a foodie and artist. He’s dined at every 3-Michelin-Star restaurant in the U.S. and is working his way around our growing food scene here. Like most tattooers, his knack for the visual goes past human skin and we can expect to see an art show from him later this summer. Most importantly, check out some of Koeplinger’s work on the shop Instagram. Adventure Tattoo books sessions by appointment-only, so reach out to the guys at email@example.com
The Tennessee Help fire up a Willie Nelson tribute with friends on April 20
If Willie Nelson is always on your mind, we’ve got quite the evening for you. Next week, in anticipation of the icon’s 84 th birthday later this month, The Tennessee Help is celebrating Shotgun Willie on April 20 at The Basement East (917 Woodland St.) with “An East Nashville Revue of Willie Nelson.” The date, 4/20, is not lost on us, guys.
You may remember The Tennessee Help from some memorable past tributes at The Basement East—last year they celebrated Elton John, Leon Russell, Van Morrison, "The Last Waltz" anniversary and more. The core group of The Tennessee Help is made up of members Chase McGillis, Philip Creamer, and Tim Jones. These guys have been the right-hand men and backing bands to plenty of local and national acts like Kris Kristofferson, The Wild Feathers, and The Black Crowes. Studio dogs and road warriors The Texas Gentlemen will also be performing, too. The lineup is stacked with local talent and deserves a special shout out to some top songwriters Kendell Marvel, Jaida Dreyer, and Keith Gattis.
We are running a giveaway to next week’s show (full disclosure: we are also a sponsor) that you can enter here. We’re shucking out three pairs of tickets, so throw your names in the hat. If you want to secure your spot, grab ‘em here. Panchos grab your Leftys and get on the road again for this upcoming tribute. Braided pigtails encouraged.
Last week, the former location of The Birdhouse (726 McFerrin Ave) was painted “Ruby Ann’s”— not sure what this means but we will do our best to figure it out. Email us if you’ve got any tips on this mysterious new spot.
There are plans for a new restaurant to go into the old Porter House Bistro space at the Porter/Greenwood corner. New York Chef Julia Jaksic will open what’s tentatively called Café Roze (1115 Porter Rd.), serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Still a few days left on our giveaway for East Nashville Hope Exchange’s Silent Auction and Wine Tasting and Music City Spirits Wine and Cocktail Festival’s Bourbon and Bluegrass Night.
Longstanding, beloved Charlie Bob’s Restaurant (1330 Dickerson Pike) is closing their doors on April 30. after 65 years of feeding Nashville. Get your bites in before then.
Board & Brush (337 Cleveland Ave.), Nashville’s DIY wood sign workshop officially opens their doors this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. with free cocktails, snacks and giveaways.
YEAH! (Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities), the non-profit that hosts the Southern Girls Rock Camp and Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, announced they’re hosting a program for female-identified adults over the age of 18, April 20-23. Register and get more details here.
Our friends over at The Basement (1604 8th Ave. S) have partnered with Cold Lunch Recordings to host a fundraiser for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood this Saturday, April 15.
Get “Fully Baked” at Smith & Lentz Brewing (903 Main St.) on Thursday, April 20. They’re hosting a craft beer, craft pizza pairing party with 5 Points Pizza. Music from Diamond Carter.
Hair-doers Parlour & Juke (1101 Riverwood Dr.) quietly opened a second location over here on the Eastside next to TKO two weeks ago.
That's a wrap for this week. Tips? Email Emma.