Some fun new businesses and a returning music series this week, plus lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
New shop Dirty Livin’ hosts a grand opening
The latest addition to the Shops at Porter East (Porter and Eastland): Dirty Livin’, a local fashion stop that’ll host its official grand opening party this Saturday, March 18, from noon to 4 p.m.
We’ll guess the name is a nod to the Peter Criss-sung track of the same name on KISS’ 1979 LP Dynasty, since that fits the shop’s rock-rooted vibe snugly — among the stuff on the shelves and racks: leather vests, vintage jewelry and a handmade specialty: artfully distressed band/brand/music T-shirts dubbed “thrashed and trashed” Ts.
Owner Gina Swanson has been popping up at The Country Nashville on the West Side for a few months and selling online for about two years, too, but Dirty Livin’ only recently joined the brick-and-mortar world, moving into 725 Porter Road at the beginning of the month.
At the opening party, she’ll be offering a 10 percent discount on all of those thrashed T-shirts.
To get a look at the kind of “rags, gags and rock & roll swag” in the store, drop by Dirty Livin’s Etsy shop.
More info on Dirty Livin’s Facebook page, too.
New gelato food truck hits the road
Speaking of the Shops at Porter East: On Sunday, April 2, new Nashville food truck Frisson Soft Serve is hosting a grand opening there (717 Porter Road), serving “soft serve gelato cones smothered in delicious toppings” from noon to 5 p.m.
On the menu, more specifically: specialty creations like a s’mores-y “Campfire Cone” and “The NashVegas,” with cotton candy, cotton candy sprinkles and a cherry drizzle (assuming the candy’s sitting in for rhinestones).
What with Frisson being a mobile business, we won’t have it locked down on the East Side permanently — the truck already has a schedule of appearances all around town this spring. But gelato chief Elise Schempp hinted that East Siders should expect to see the brightly colored dessert wagon over at Porter East “often.”
For details on the grand opening hang, head to Frisson Soft Serve’s Facebook Event page.
Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party unveils 2017 dates
The family-friendly Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party outdoor music series is officially back for 2017 — the folks from neighborhood group Rosebank Neighbors just dropped this season’s dates, which are Saturday, June 24, July 22, August 19 and September 23.
Once again, the events will be held out at the Cornelia Fort Airpark in Rosebank (1093 Shadow Lane).
This East Side series was launched in 2015 and modeled after Warner Parks’ long-running and long-loved Full Moon Pickin’ Parties, with a similar approach: attendees are invited to come down with a stringed instrument to take part in the noise-making, and featured musicians are invited to perform as well.
Proceeds from the events are funneled toward revitalizing the Airpark. We haven’t gotten word on 2017 tickets yet, but in past seasons, a $10 admission price got you in the gates and handed a local craft beer (those who came to play got two drinks).
Stay tuned for the latest news via the Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms website — we’re told we’ll hear about the two featured performers booked for each show soon.
For more about the Cornelia Fort Airpark and why the Pickin’ Parties were developed, check out our article from 2015.
The Eastsider moves forward
The Eastsider, the new mixed-use building in the works at 105 South 11th Street (between Eastside Cycles and Bongo East) passed another hurdle this week — plans were presented to the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission Wednesday, and the Nashville Post reported that they were approved.
You can eye one of the recent renderings from that presentation above, and poke through a whole rundown of plans for the three-story building here. We’re still a long way off from a grand opening date, but things seem to be plugging along.
— Dylan to the Dogs, the third annual benefit concert for local animal advocacy organization East C.A.N., is set for Friday, March 24 at the Basement East. You’ll hear a full run of Bob Dylan songs from some of the club’s favorite locals (including Basement king Grimey and Little Bandit, just dubbed a “Country Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone), and help some furry friends. Tickets here.
— At noon on Wednesday, March 22, Mayor Megan Barry, East councilman Scott Davis and the Metro Board of Parks & Recreation will host a Restoration Ceremony for the newly renamed Frederick Douglass Park, at 210 North Seventh Street.
— Chef Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table is headed to the Nashville Farmers’ Market’s Edible Kitchen this Saturday, March 18, where he’ll prepare a simple recipe with winter root vegetables snagged from the market. He’s up at 11 a.m. at noon, and it’s free. More here.
— East Nashville’s Project 615 just partnered up with the Nashville Predators on exclusive team shirts and such, available at the Preds pro shop and at the Project 615 store (1006 Fatherland Street).
— Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities just launched a new Southern Girls Rock Camp scholarship called The Ain't Afraid Scholarship, honoring “the talent and bravery of our longest camper-turned-volunteer Jessi Zazu,” of Those Darlins. Application/more about the scholarship here.
— The Pet Community Center recently launched an online pharmacy, where you can reorder pet prescriptions, flea/tick/heartworm preventative and more and have them shipped to your door.
— Buzzfeed just dropped a rundown of “The Best Bakery In Every State, According To Yelp.” Tennessee’s: East Nashville’s own Sweet 16th Bakery.
— Culture Trip says Five Points Pizza is among the “11 American Pizza Joints you need to eat in before you die.”
— Tasting Table just put together a roundup of “America's top dive bars.” Our city’s contribution: East Nashville’s own Dino’s.
— A little bit from NewsChannel 5 on where Hunter's Custom Automotive is going now that their longtime home is due to change hands — they’re staying in East Nashville, but movin' on up a little.
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