This week, we’re getting stoked about coffee and indoor cycling and lots more.
On to the latest hunk of East Nashville News:
Dose Coffee and Tea spreads to Inglewood
The big 37216 news this week was of the caffeinated kind: The long-dormant Riverside Village space that previously housed Asian fusion spot Watanabe (pictured up top) will soon be home to a second Dose Coffee and Tea.
The first Dose opened in 2009, and remains a popular West Nashville hub for serious coffee lovers. Its younger East Side sister at 1400 McGavock Pike will have some commonalities, and some unique features, proprietors Keith Steunebrink and Heath Henley tell us.
We can expect a similarly clean, minimal design and a focus on high-quality coffee, from roasting partner Counter Culture Coffee and other featured by-the-cup roasters. Dose’s offerings for serious home brewers — whole-bean coffees, brewing classes and more — will likely come this way too.
But since the East Nashville Dose will be nearly twice the size, Steunebrink and Henley are envisioning some expanded offerings, including more from-scratch bakery items and a more expansive food menu. Dose west’s small kitchen keeps the menu more in the sandwiches/salads direction; Steunebrink expects Dose east to kick off with “a fairly small but well-curated small-plates menu” in the evenings and a focus on weekend brunches, with further broadening to come later.
A beer and wine (and potentially spirits) program is on the to-do list, too, as is table service. The overarching theme in all of that: sourcing high-quality ingredients, being low-key about it.
“On one hand you want to be very picky about your product and really particular about how you serve it, because that’s the mode of communication, and you want it to come across the way you envisioned it,” Henley says. “But at the same time, we’ve always erred a little on the side of meeting people where they’re at. If you don’t want to know that it’s a natural-processed Ethiopian coffee grown at 1500 meters above sea level, that’s fine. It’s a great cup of coffee.”
The second Dose landing on the East Side isn’t random — both Steunebrink and Henley are former East Nashvillians (the Murphy Road shop pulled them westward), and although they got close to inking in a few other neighborhoods, Riverside Village, ultimately had a personal draw.
“I used to come down here with my daughter and play chess out in the courtyard,” Steunebrink says. “It’s one of my favorite patios in all of Nashville.”
“When we drove up and saw that this was the space,” says Henley, “it was pretty thrilling.”
The two are aiming for an early June opening. Meantime, keep up with their progress on the Dose Coffee and Tea Facebook page.
Cycling studio Verticity rolls into 5 Points area
The new Farrow at Five Points development at 10th and Russell is set to welcome boutique cycling studio Verticity this summer.
Studio co-leaders Lindsay Brooker and Kimberly Novosel are planning to offer a line of fitness apparel and accessories at 1010 Russell, in addition to facilitating cycle-centric classes and workouts, with about 30 bikes and dressing rooms with showers.
Not familiar with indoor cycling classes? In Verticity’s case, at least, you should expect an intense workout with a soundtrack to set the pace, motivational instructors and a mood-lit studio, suited for inward focus.
“Imagine the uplifting spirit of a yoga class paired with an intense full-body workout on a bike, and add to that the fun of great music and moves that feel like dancing,” Novosel says.
The mixed-used Farrow development includes 16 brownstone-style two- and three-story residential spaces and three commercial spaces, including Verticity’s.
For more — and to keep up as they get ready to open — check out Verticity’s website, and/or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and the tweets.
March East Side Art Stumble is this weekend
The March installment of the monthly celebration of local art known as the East Side Art Stumble goes down this Saturday, March 12, and once again we’ll have a broad mix of artists showing work at galleries/venues throughout the neighborhood.
On Saturday’s lineup: Artist Rick Borg’s texturized paintings at Red Arrow Gallery; the opening of Adam Higgins’ "Big Empty," with large-scale abstract oil paintings (his work pictured above), at Gallery Luperca; landscape artwork from East Nashville’s own Neale Farmer at Main Street Gallery; lots, lots more.
Visit the East Side Art Stumble website for a full rundown of venues/artists/happenings, and plan to spend some time stumbling around the neighborhood and enjoying the work of talented local folk.
Donate clothing and shoes and help neighborhood nonprofits
Have some gently loved clothing and shoes you’ve been meaning to part with? Here’s a great way to clean out your closets and do a whole bunch of good.
Global social enterprise Soles4Souls is running a community shoe and clothing drive in the area, and for every donated pound they gather, they’ll be donating funds to East Nashville organizations East C.A.N. and the Martha O'Bryan Center. So by pitching in, you’re a) contributing to Soles4Souls’ work to provide shoes/clothing to people in need in 127 countries b) contributing to East C.A.N.’s efforts to help animals and Martha O'Bryan’s work to combat poverty.
The goal over the course of the drive — running May 1 through June 15 — is to collect 7,000 to 10,000 pounds and raise over $1,000 for those local organizations.
A bunch of East Side businesses are taking part by acting as drop-off points: You’ll be able to bring your donations to The Dog Spot, Old Made Good, Wags and Whiskers, Five Points Animal Hospital and Serenite Fitness (with more to come).
If you have two bags or more, you can also schedule a pick-up by texting “PICK-UP” to 615-521-3336.
For more, visit the Soles4Souls website.
— As of March 31, Fat Crow Press is moving from The Idea Hatchery over to Art and Invention Gallery. (Red Dog Beads is taking over the old Fat Crow space.) “With this move,” owner Julie Sola tells us, “I will be able to work with (Art and Invention owners) Bret and Meg (MacFadyen) on workshops and new events. I will start giving Lino carving classes and fabric printing workshops. I will still organize my annual Proto Pulp Children's book show and my Print maker festival plus a few new events to take place in the Idea Hatchery courtyard.” Big congrats to Julie on the move and the fun new stuff. Keep up at the Fat Crow Press Facebook page.
— New health and wellness shop Be Well Nashville has a grand opening celebration coming up on Thursday, March 17, kicking off at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting, and rolling into door prizes and green smoothie samples and chlorophyll "shots" and more. 1006 Fatherland St. More at the Be Well Nashville website.
— Food celeb Anthony Bourdain was apparently making the East Nashville dive-bar rounds this week, popping in at Dino’s and dropping by Edgefield, according to some Eater Nashville sleuthing. Word is we should see the results on his CNN series, Parts Unknown.
— Bourdain’s wasn't the only fancy-food-dude show hanging around in East Nashville. I Dream of Weenie got some reality TV love again this week, with Andrew Zimmern’s Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations coming by to film a segment on chow-chow. No word on when it’ll air yet.
— Remember how we mentioned that “plant-based bistro & bar” Graze would be taking over the old Silly Goose space at 1888 Eastland? You can get an early taste of what they’ll be slinging now, by heading to sister restaurant The Wild Cow. Fresh juices up for grabs: Earth Child (with beets, carrots, blood orange and more); Little Foot (kale/pinapple/ginger/more); and Sunny Daze (apple, carrot, orange, more). Wild Cow’s at 1896 Eastland.
— Saturday afternoon: Block Party around Five Points with Riddim N Spice food truck — hot chicken and waffles, mimosas, DJs and more, 1 to 5 p.m.
— Another Fanny’s Choice vintage clothing sale is coming up: Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1101 Holly St. A bunch of dealers sharing clothes, accessories and vinyl.
— Are you a student with a passion for sustainability? Urban Green Lab is looking for summer interns. Give a shout to email@example.com if you’re interested.
— Psychotherapist Julie Cousin opened a new office in Inglewood, offering services for adults and couples (she specializes in managing depression and anxiety, among other things). 3925 Gallatin Road.
That’s all for this week. East Nashville news bits to share? Email Nicole.
Top photo: Loopnet