East Nashville News: East Nashville Beer Fest, Sarah Martin to run for District 5 Council, renovations at Eastland Kroger, more

Tomorrow is the last day of February! This month has been one long, bitterly cold, childcare-less adventure, with a little snowman building and sledding thrown in. Spring should theoretically be on its way, and will be punctuated by one of our favorite annual events--our very own craft beer festival. Also: the Eastland Kroger will receive some long-overdue renovations.

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Tickets to East Nashville Beer Festival on sale today

East Nashville Beer Festival

Today's the day!

Tickets for The East Nashville Beer Festival go on sale at 10 a.m through their website, and they are sure to sell out faster than you can say, "Chug, chug, chug!" The 5th Annual East Nashville Beer Festival, presented by 3 Crow Bar, returns on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m.

This is East Nashville's only craft beer tasting and festival--the event that started it all for Rhizome Productions, which now travels the south throwing fabulous craft beer festivals. General admission is $60, and Gold Tickets are $100. If you'd rather go for free, we suggest you read the next item. 


Win two tickets to #ENBF

East Nashville Beer Festival

The East Nashvillian has partnered with the East Nashville Beer Festival to give away two tickets to the 2015 event.

Enter to win here and get bonus entries by liking The East Nashvillian on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. The contest ends at midnight on Monday, and you must currently be 21 or older to enter. 


Renovations begin on Eastland Kroger

Kroger at Eastland Ave. Nashville, TN

If you've noticed the cluster of storage units outside the Kroger at Eastland and Gallatin, you may have wondered what was up.

Says corporate spokesperson Melissa Eads, “We are doing a mini-remodel at the Eastland Kroger. Highlights include an all-new décor package, new shelving, improved lighting, some new cases, and new flooring in produce. The work is underway and should be completed by late April."

It's our understanding that some of the metal shelving will be replaced with wooden shelving, and that the nutrition selection will be beefed up. We've also heard whispers that Kroger hopes to expand the store in 2016.

The store will not close during the renovations over the next six weeks. 


Sarah Martin announces candidacy for Metro Council District 5

Sarah Martin Nashville, TN District 5

East Nashville community leader Sarah Martin formally announced her candidacy to represent the people of Metro Council’s Fifth District and will kick off her campaign in March.

“The Fifth District Metro Council seat doesn’t belong to a politician," says Martin, a resident of Cleveland Park. "It belongs to the people. I am excited to help them shape their future. I would be honored and humbled to serve this great community that I love so much.”

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Public Administration and graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Tennessee State University. She is a member of Women in Numbers. She serves on the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville, the Legislative Committee for the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee, and the Board of Directors for the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance. She is also current Membership Secretary for the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has served as co-chair of Cleveland Park Neighborhood Association. She is currently employed by a nonprofit organization.


Cotton Mill Live: Concert series filmed in East Nashville living room 

Cotton Mill Live

The Cotton Mill Live concert series, which taped 14 episodes in an East Nashville loft through the fall with artists like Keb' Mo', Matt Wertz, Meghan Linsey (who’s currently on The Voice), Liza Anne, and Christian Lopez, will premiere on Tuesday, March 3, with a new episode to premiere each week through May.

Each episode will have several plays on the Zuus channel (Comcast channel 228) throughout the week. Next week's episode airing schedule looks like this:

  • Tues (Premier): 7 p.m. 
  • Wed: 10 am & 10p.m. 
  • Fri: 7 p.m. 
  • Sat: 6 p.m. 

"Jeremy [Ryan] and Gavin [O'Neill], my business partners, actually live in the loft, which is one of Nashville's old cotton factories along the Cumberland River," says Ally Rodriguez, Cotton Mill Live's director of Relations and Sponsorships. "Hence the name 'Cotton Mill Live.' The building is on Davidson Street. It was built at the end of the 19th century. All the filming takes place in their living room. The large open space allows us to seat around 70 people although we've been known to pack the house with over 100 guests at a time.

"Our roster is something we're very proud of. Originally, the guys booked shows with their friends. When I came on board I did a showcase for the music industry and brought in the TV/digital deal with Zuus. Season One was an absolute success for how quickly it all came together. Now we have a long list of artists who want to play our venue."

After it airs, the content will also live on the Cotton Mill Live website


East Nashville Spice Company celebrates second birthday with entry into Whole Foods

East Nashville Spice Company

"Two years ago I was selling my spices in jelly jars with handmade labels out of the trunk of my car," says Malissa Lawson, East Nashville Spice Company founder. "Now I'm in 25 stores and about to be in all the Whole Foods stores in Tennessee." 

Lawson's company officially launched in March 2013, not long after she returned from a trip to the Souks and Bazaars of the Middle East, which aren't short on spice merchants. 

"The sights and smells were absolutely amazing, and I came home with an extra suitcase full of spices," says Lawson. "When I got home I started experimenting in the kitchen and before I knew it, I had put together the best all-purpose seasoning I had ever tasted, but with none of the bad stuff like MSG & sugar. It was all my favorite spices in one jar, so I got completely hooked on it and started using it on everything. Friends and family tried it too, and wanted to purchase it, so I began making it in bulk and selling it."

Lawson named her company after her community because she loves her neighborhood. "This community--East Nashvillians as well as local businesses--is so supportive and so eager to get behind you and help you. I really couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere for my baby business to grow."

Coming up on two years of business, Lawson is proud to announce that her spices can now be found in more than 20 stores and will soon be on the shelves at all five of the Tennessee Whole Foods locations. 


East-sider Sarah Potenza turns heads on The Voice

Are you guys following East Nashville resident Sarah Potenza, 34, on The Voice? During her blind audition this week, she inspired all four of the judges to swivel their chairs.

Given the choice, Potenza decided to join coach Blake Shelton's team. After all, Shelton coached another Nashville singer (Craig Wayne Boyd) to a first-place finish last year.

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