A friendly and fun reminder to start off this week’s roundup: We’re smack in the middle of East Nashvillian of the Year nomination time, and the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association would love to hear your opinions on which neighbors really deserve the honor this year.
There are two categories: business or business owner (nominate the one you feel “portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer”; and private citizen who “best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.” To add a neighbor or neighbors to the mix, email lisa(at)theeastnashvillian.com by November 11, and include their name and a brief rundown of their accomplishments. HENMA will vote on November 12.
Beyond, we’ve got a lot of news on openings (grand or otherwise), events and something made of crust and cheese that we believe will warm you up nicely on this crisp fall day.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Free slice day at Five Points Pizza
Cancel your dinner plans for Tuesday, Oct. 21, as Five Points Pizza is hosting a happy Free Slice Day to celebrate three years of serving up fine pizza to East Nashville, their running streak as a Best of Nashville “Best Pizza” winner and the existence of their still-fresh and already well-loved late-night slice window.
From 5 to 7 p.m., swing by 1012 Woodland for a free slice of cheese or pepperoni at said slice window, and accept your thanks for being a Five Points Pizza fan.
“We first opened our doors in 2011, and we’ve had a loyal fanbase ever since,” FPP co-owner David Tieman says. “Our customers are the reason we do what we do day after day, and we wanted to find a way to thank them for making our first three years such a success.”
Launches, openings and grand openings in East Nashville
In the coming weeks, we’ll be welcoming quite a few new spaces and faces to the East Nashville business landscape, either literally or ceremonially. A quick rundown with some updates:
ANY OLD IRON
- Any Old Iron, the new high-fashion outpost at 1629 Shelby, will host a launch party on Friday, Oct. 24 to celebrate their opening and show off the work of some included designers. The event runs 7 to 9 p.m. at East Ivy Mansion (209 South 5th St.), and will include Deep Eddy vodka cocktails. You’re invited, but you’ll need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. More at the Any Old Iron Facebook page.
- New children’s clothing stop Rich Hippies has set a date for their open doors: Plan to stop by 725 Porter Rd. on Saturday, Nov. 1 if you’d like to check out their original children’s clothing and home goods, plus local and less-local makers’ kid-friendly creations. More at Rich Hippies’ Facebook page.
A MATTER OF TASTE EATERY
- Today (Friday) is the last open date at fresh and gluten-free restaurant A Matter of Taste Eatery’s Franklin Rd. location, and those folks are putting the finishing touches on their new location in East Nashville, in the 1100 Fatherland building. The aim is to have that space open by the end of October. Once doors open, longtime AMOT fans can expect an expanded menu and a big patio on which to enjoy al fresco dining. More at A Matter of Taste’s Facebook page.
- New restaurant and wine bar The Vine — which takes over the 5th & Main space formerly occupied by Germantown Cafe East — has plans to open its doors on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The kinda stuff on their menu: shrimp and grits with squash and mushrooms; spinach lasagna with house-made meatballs; perhaps a sauteed spinach, arugula and beet salad with warm goat cheese and pine nuts. For more, visit The Vine on Facebook.
THE VILLAGE CHAPEL
- Non-denominational church The Village Chapel will join Yeast Nashville, East Nashville Family Medicine and others over at EastSide Station as of Friday, Oct. 24, with their first Sunday service scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on October 26. They’re at 805 Woodland, Suite 300. More at the Village Chapel website.
CULT FICTION UNDERGROUND
- A little delay for the opening of the new Cult Fiction Underground location. We mentioned recently that CFU was stepping out of its longtime home under Logue’s Black Raven Emporium and taking over the former Southern Bred restaurant location at 1048 E. Trinity Lane. The grand opening was set for Oct. 11, but some buildout hold-ups have made it necessary to push that opening back to Halloween night, October 31, fittingly enough. That night, Cult Fiction hosts a Halloween party with music, a movie and more. Keep up with the latest at the Cult Fiction Facebook page.
A ‘reopening’ at Riverside Village Pharmacy
A few changes and an accompanying celebration to share from Riverside Village Pharmacy: The neighborhood business is now under new management, and has recently added a new staff nutritionist (Amanda Gilbert) and an expanded health/nutrition/natural beauty care area. To celebrate the changes and new additions, they’ll be holding a reopening party from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Expect food, drinks, music and 10 percent off all purchases at the party.
Riverside Village Pharmacy is located at 1406 McGavock; more at the Riverside Village Pharmacy Facebook page.
Expansion plans at Smokers Abbey
From grand openings and delayed openings and reopenings to an expansion: The cigar gurus at East Nashville’s Smokers Abbey are looking to take their space further, adding an extra 1000 square feet of space with a craft beer and coffee bar and more. In order to make it happen, they’re reaching out to Abbey diehards through a crowdfunding campaign. That campaign runs through November 9, and the Abbey folks are hoping to raise $35,000 over that time, with contribution perks that run from drink tokens to custom-making your own pipe with pipe-maker Grant Batson.
For more on the Abbey and the campaign, visit their Indiegogo page.
Pit Bull Awareness Day at Pavilion East
We recently told you about Bark for Life of East Nashville, a pup-celebrating fundraiser happening at Pavilion East on Saturday, Oct. 18. Ardent appreciators of dogs might want to mark down the following Saturday, Oct. 25, too, as Pavilion East welcomes animal advocate group Nashville Pittie for Pitbull Awareness Day, which puts the focus on promoting a positive image of the breed.
The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes music, food trucks, vendors, games, contests and appearances from adoptable pitbulls. More info at the Nashville Pittie Website.
East Nashville artist opening at Red Arrow
The latest exhibition at Riverside Village art gallery The Red Arrow Gallery features the work of home-grown artist mikewindy, an Inglewood dweller and Maplewood High School teacher whose Some Faces I’ve Made show kicks off with an opening reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. His work — example above — speaks to the very literal title of the exhibit.
Some Faces I’ve Made continues at The Red Arrow Gallery, 1311 McGavock, through November 23. For more, visit The Red Arrow Gallery website.
Linocut print show at East Nashville Family Medicine
More for East Nashville art fans: East Nashville Family Medicine will host a Linocut Print Show on Saturday, Oct. 25, featuring the work of a mix of local artists, including Laura Baisden (of Camp Nevernice) and Sunshine Crum-Thompson (of 30 Silent Mockingbirds), plus many others.
Refreshments will be served, and the event also serves as an ENFM open house of sorts, so it’ll give you a chance to check out the office if you’ve been curious and haven’t had the chance. The print show runs 5 to 8 p.m., and East Nashville Family Medicine is located at 801 Woodland. More here.
Free upcoming local library classes: herbs and cloth diapering
Just a few free opportunities to learn coming up via our wonderful neighborhood library branches:
Saturday (Oct. 18), The Inglewood Branch Library hosts a Beginner's Guide to Growing and Enjoying Herbs workshop, led by the Master Gardeners of Davidson County. You’ll learn… what the title says, plus you’re welcome to bring along a small potted herb plant to get some master-gardener thoughts. Workshop starts at 3 p.m., and the Inglewood branch is at 4312 Gallatin. More here.
A little further down the line, on November 4, neighborhood cloth diapering company Smile, Mommy! will host another free Cloth Diapering 101 workshop, during which they’ll teach new/soon-to-be moms and dads the ropes of cloth diapering. That one’s at the East Branch (206 Gallatin), and starts at 6 p.m. Register by emailing info(at)smilemommy.com.
Another vintage sale at Fanny’s
The vintage shopping throwdowns over at Fanny’s House of Music are invariably a good time (and tend to offer a great haul), and another is coming up this weekend. Drop by 1101 Holly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 and pick through the wares of multiple vendors sharing vintage clothing, decor, accessories, even some vinyl. More here.
That’s all for this week. As always, we’d love to hear any East Nashville news you’d like to share.