If you’re still recuperating from last weekend’s festival fun, best way to recover is probably to go to another festival this weekend.
— Look back at the weekend with these great Tomato Art Fest 2016 photos from renowned photographer (and East Nashville neighbor) John Partipilo.
— Look forward to this weekend’s Defy Film Festival by reading our interview with founders Billy Senese and Dycee Wildman.
For our business friends, just a reminder, too: We’re hard at work on our annual Music Issue — always one of our most popular of the year — and if you’d like to get an ad in, there’s still time. Drop Lisa a line.
On that note, here’s this week’s East Nashville News.
Vintage shop Hello Boys closing
After four years of supplying sharp-dressed East Nashville men with their everyday needs, Idea Hatchery shop Hello Boys is shutting its doors.
It’s no bummer, though, co-owner Gavin O'Neill assures us — just time to move on to new adventures.
“Hello Boys has been the best four years of my life,” he says. “I never imagined I'd be able to open up a store at the age of 22. It completely changed my life and allowed me to tap into resources that continue to pay forward to me.”
The Hatchery, an office/retail development on Woodland near Five Points, was conceived as a small business incubator, so young entrepreneurs like O’Neill could have access to affordable shop space in a thriving neighborhood. O’Neill says he knew it was time to hand over the keys to a new upstart as the draw of other interests came to the fore (he’s a writer, artist and Akashic reader and, alongside HB partner Jeremy Ryan, leader of filmed concert series Cotton Mill Live).
This Sunday, August 21, will be last day at Hello Boys’ 1108 Woodland shop; they’re celebrating Saturday with a goodbye party/closing sale — there’s still lots of stuff to grab, from clothing and boots to vintage barware. Saturday shop hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Keep up with last-HB-days updates on the Hello Boys Instagram.
Urban Cowboy B&B readies new Public House bar
One of two hot East Nashville scoops from Noble founder (and East Nashvillian contributor) Collin Czarnecki this week:
Urban Cowboy B&B owner Lyon Porter is moving onto phase two of his East Nashville business plan: After overhauling the historic Queen Anne Victorian that was once home to Top o’ Woodland, he’s getting to work on the Urban Cowboy Public House, a bar and restaurant in the onetime Dairy Queen building behind the main B&B property.
In the works there: a 2,000-square-foot indoor space and 3,000-square-foot patio, with a permanently parked food truck alongside, TBD. Aim is for a fall opening.
That side hustle has been in the planning since news broke about the mansion’s new ownership last spring, but Porter gave Noble some insight into how it’s actually shaking out. Read more at NobleNashville.com.
If you haven’t checked out the changes Porter made to the property at 1603 Woodland Street, take a look at some photos at UrbanCowboyBnB.com.
Soda Parlor coming to East Nashville
Scoop two (pun intended) from Noble’s Collin Czarnecki: Marathon Village soda/ice cream/floats/clothing shop Soda Parlor is pulling up stakes and moving east, grabbing a new space at 966 Woodland, next to the new Burger UP.
The old location at 1200 Clinton Street, Suite 20, will close with a celebration on Saturday, August 20, 6 to 10 p.m., with free floats and pizza.
Aim is for the new East Nashville place to be open at the end of October.
New Athens of the South fest set for October debut
This fall, new music and arts fest Athens of the South makes its debut in East Nashville’s East Park, with an aim to “unite and strengthen our local community under the umbrella of music, art, and positivity.”
Specific lineup details are still forthcoming, but plans are for the free event, set for October 22, to include a mix of local bands, songwriters, artists, vendors, food trucks and more.
There’s a call out now for local artists — from the visual, performance and film sectors — focusing on the idea of “Nashville Mythology.” Artists are encouraged to create pieces that tackle the question, “What is it that gives Nashville, a culturally vibrant, racially diverse city in the south, its own mythos?”
Keep up with the latest fest news by signing up for the Athens of the South newsletter (scroll down on the homepage).
Sarah Potenza celebrates new album
A year and some back, we looked at how a not-winning but still totally “winning” showing on TV competition The Voice pushed East Nashville singer-songwriter Sarah Potenza, and looked forward to the album the notoriety might help her produce.
On August 19, that album, called Monster, finally comes alive, and Potenza’s celebrating it in fitting style: with an August 26 release party at the Family Wash.
“A few years ago, when (my husband/collaborator) Ian and I moved to Nashville, we worked at the Family Wash. Ian would make the pies, and I would wait tables. So many of our friends today are folks we met while we were working there. The Wash closed the night before my blind audition aired. It was our last night working there. They re-opened in a new location, bigger and better, sort of The Family wash 2.0, and I feel like we did the same so to speak. So we felt it was only fitting to throw a big kick ass party, and release our album at The Family Wash. Come celebrate with us.”
The show kicks off at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10, available via Eventbrite.
If you haven’t read our Sarah Potenza cover story yet, here’s encouragement to do so. It offers some really cool insight into her voice and The Voice.
Couture Cakes & Sweets opens on Fatherland
We’re a few weeks late with this welcome — and judging by the fact that the cake racks have been selling out consistently, y’all are well aware. But nevertheless, a bloggy hello to East Nashville’s latest providers of sugary goodness, Couture Cakes & Sweets, which opened at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 206, in late July.
The new Shoppes on Fatherland bakery specializes in custom-designed cakes and cupcakes, plus other cool-looking indulgences, like the gilded-y apples pictured above.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. More on their creations (and info on how to place custom orders) on the Couture Cakes website.
Turnip Truck hosts ‘Doggie Day’ to aid Pittie in Pink
East Nashville-based dog rescue organization Pittie in Pink works hard to help and rehome pitbulls in our community, but if you follow them on social media, you’ve likely seen that they’ve been struggling to keep up with the costs of doing so, and could use some support.
Friends and neighbors at the Turnip Truck are lending a hand on Saturday, Sept. 10, hosting a "Doggie Day" event outside the store, with pup-focused and -friendly activities and offerings, with proceeds going to Pittie in Pink.
The free event, running 1 to 5 p.m. at Turnip Truck East (701 Woodland), will include a doggie costume pageant, canine coloring contest, doggie kissing booth, live music, pup photo ops, product samples, raffles, a dog washing station (suggested $10 donation) and more, plus grilled veggie dogs for sale.
Yes, you can bring your dog along, of course — he/she should be on a leash, socialized and accompanied by a grown pup parent, and will need to stay out in the plaza, but that’s where the party’s going down, so… works out.
Learn more about the local organization at the Pittie in Pink website. If you'd like to contribute directly to PIP's emergency fundraiser, you can do so here, too.
Eastside organizations honored with Metro Arts grants
Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission shared the latest crop of local nonprofits honored with grants through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities program.
That’s a mouthful, yes. Quick explanation: The program supports local, community-focused arts projects of various stripes, and a total of almost $30K in awards went to 14 Davidson County nonprofits. Folks doing good through art, supported by our Metro Arts commission.
So, among the recipients: East Nashville’s Rejoice School of Ballet (they offer affordable dance education) and Turnip Green Creative Reuse (a repurposing-focused art supply org that recently relocated to the Eastside too).
A full rundown of the deserving organizations on the Metro Arts site. Congrats, neighbors.
— Big bragging rights: Alexis and Britt Soler (of No. 308 and Old Glory) landed on Food & Wine's list of 2016’s best new mixologists.
— It’s our time, down here. Next Shelby Park Picture Show screening: August 24, The Goonies. We have a super awesome related giveaway going, too.
— Zagat runs down the hottest restaurants in Nashville, and Treehouse and Butcher & Bee are in the mix.
— Fatherland street fabric, yarn and notions store Nutmeg closed recently, but Nutmeg remains as an East Nashville entity, reborn in owner Meg Anderson’s new dye studio. She’s welcoming fans to come check the studio out/celebrate Nutmeg’s second birthday with an open studio day on Saturday, Sept. 3.
— Let’s give a neighborly round of applause to Inglewood-based visual design company 44 Designs, Southeast finalists in the PLSN magazine (Projection, Lights and Staging News) Hometown Hero competition, as part of the Parnelli Awards, honoring the live entertainment industry’s best. The awards show goes down in Vegas on October 22.
— Looking for a cute and thoroughly doable art project? East Nashville artist Camilla Spadafino recently released her Nashville Paint the Town by Numbers kit, including a (board) canvas, 18 paint pots (with Nashville-y color names like “Hot Chicken” and “Shelby Park Greenway”), and a brush to paint with. It’s $20 on her Etsy page, and very cute.
— A shout-out from NewsChannel 5 to the growing Nashville craft beer scene — our new neighborhood players East Nashville Beer Works, specifically.
— “Parking in the Five Points area is known to be scarce, especially when it comes to a free lot, but those days appear to gone.”
That’s all for this week. News tips to share? Please email Nicole.