Best of Nashville voting just opened again, so for the umpteenth year, you can go in and throw some praise on your favorite East Nashville people and places, from restaurants to musicians.
Every year, I thirstily beg you all to name the East Nashvillian blog here “Best Local Blog,” and to date, I have zero plaques to show for it. Beginning to think you don’t think I’m/we're the best or local or a blog. Let’s bring it home in 2017 — I’m desperate for validation, and hoping those few months I was gone really made your hearts grow fonder.
On a less desperate note, here’s this week’s East Nashville News?
Nashville Tail Blazers now open on Dickerson
East Nashville has another new doggy daycare, boarding and walking provider: Nashville Tail Blazers opened a few months back at 2407 Dickerson Pike, with an 8,000-square-foot facility and the option for in-home services.
The Tail Blazers facility has indoor and outdoor play spaces, and daycare there includes reward-based training from the staff, led by owner and longtime pet trainer Devin Komline.
In-home offerings include dog walking visits, new puppy pop-ins, dog park play dates (with up to three other pups) and overnight care. (Kitty parents aren’t left out either.)
The company’s grown over two years from a West Nashville dog-walking service into a full boarding/care experience.
"We've been keeping a low profile mainly so we could grow organically over here on the East Side and figure out the ins and outs,” Komline tells us, “but (now) we're running at full steam.”
Learn more about Nashville Tail Blazers at ntbdogs.com, and check out some of their adorable customers on Instagram at @nashvilletailblazers. (Along with the one up top, this one’s kinda our favorite.)
Check out Ann Powers’ ‘Booty’
One of the country’s most gifted music scribes — who happens to be an East Nashvillian — has a new book hitting shelves on August 15.
Ann Powers’ Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music “explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form.”
Jumping from nineteenth-century brass bands to current-day YouTube pop, Powers gives us “the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect” in a tome that’s been two decades in the making.
You can pre-order the book now via Amazon — but we’d encourage you to visit one of our local booksellers, like Her Bookshop, who’ll almost certainly be selling it.
To get to know the author a little better, read the Ann Powers feature from our November-December 2015 issue.
Good Sister Bad Sister closed
As of this past Sunday, Good Sister Bad Sister Studio and Boutique, at 914A Woodland Street, has closed its doors. The studio opened last August, offering a mix of shopping and beauty services, from hair styling to jewelry and gifts.
“We have been so honored to be a part of this vibrant community at this location,” makeup artist/image consultant/“Makeup Ninja” Jaiya Rose said in a goodbye note. “And to have been able to offer the creative artists hand crafted treasures has made us proud.”
Rose said she and her team lost their lease on the space, “but not our spirit.” Keep up with her next moves at makeupninja.biz.
Defy Film Festival returns
Underground film confab Defy Film Festival will be back for 2017: This year’s two-day event is set for August 18 to 19 at Studio 615 (272 Broadmoor Drive), and will again feature screenings of dozens of films from independent filmmakers from all over the world.
Founders Billy Senese and Dycee Wildman launched the two-day celebration of cinema last year, with 57 films from 17 countries screening at 615. In 2017, the schedule’s inflating just a tad, with 63 films over those two days, including shorts and feature-length films from as far as Iran and Australia and as close as right here in the Southern United States.
The common thread: “features and shorts that defy standards and expectations.”
Tickets and VIP passes are available for online purchase now — you can choose between specific shorts blocks and/or features (which run $10 apiece), or grab a $45 pass that offers admission to any films you want, plus unlimited Jackalope beer and wine. (You’ll also be able to purchase a bottomless Jackalope cup separately, for $15.)
Learn more at defyfilmfestival.com or on the Defy Festival Facebook page, and check out some extra details about Defy Film Festival’s 2016 debut here.
Float Horizen coming to Russell
“Float center and alternative therapy spa” Float Horizen is in the works at 1012 Russell Street, Suite 204, with a menu of options that includes flotation therapy, salt therapy, harmonic mediation, massages and more.
Owner/“Float Guru” Zane Ritter is a Nashville native and UT Chattanooga grad who’s been cooking up the Horizen idea since 2015, aiming to offer clients a “perfect way to de-stress, meditate, and recover from strenuous exercise.”
If you’re not familiar with the float-therapy thing, here’s their description:
“The float tanks contain around 1000 pounds of Epsom salt in the water, which allows your body to float effortlessly much like being in zero gravity. The water is kept at 93.5 degrees allowing you to lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. The tanks are insulated against sound so outside noises do not reach you. In this environment, your thoughts are free to wander without distraction, your muscles and connective tissues begin to unwind, joints are supported and relax, and your lower back begins to decompress and align. Your mind and body gets to rest, de-stress, and heal. After the float session is over, you will feel renewed and ready for whatever life throws your way.”
The process, Ritter and Co. say, can help with anything from pain relief and lessening anxiety to a creativity boost.
Learn more about the company and their offerings at floathorizen.com. We reached out for an update on opening day, and will share when we get concrete details.
Double N Urban Farm folk launch Stomping Ground Herbals
East Nashville may be moving into artisanal burgers and flotation therapy these days, but we still have some old-fashioned, back-to-nature neighbors, including Double N Urban Farm and Apothecary, a half-acre urban farm right here on the East Side.
For a while now, they’ve been offering vegetable and herb CSA shares and a mix of apothecary items, from aromatherapy blends to natural deodorants. (We dug deep into their offerings a little while back here.)
This year, they’re making a big change, turning their vegetable farm into a “100 percent organic medicinal herb farm,” and launching the Stomping Ground Herbals brand to share their herbal wares full-time.
With the new herbals brand, farm leader Nicole Mattingly said in an update, “We will be offering more herbal wellness than ever before, and my heart is bursting with joy!”
Mattingly/Stomping Ground are taking a little break while they’re working on getting things up and running, but keep an eye on their Etsy store for new apothecary offerings, and learn more at stompinggroundherbals.com.
— This Saturday, August 5 at Shelby Park: the family- and pet-friendly Undy Run/Walk, an underwear-themed 5K that raises funds and awareness for colon cancer. If you’re not a big runner, a one-mile fun run is on the schedule too. And there’s a giant inflatable colon, which — just a guess — you’ve probably never seen before. Lots of all-ages fun for a good cause. For more on the event, head to ccalliance.org.
— Also Saturday: Bring the kids to Shelby Park for a free nature-focused yoga/games hang.
— Also an August 5, Turnip Green Creative Reuse is hosting their Reduce.Reuse.Repeat social function, with food, drinks, music, a silent auction and the opportunity to contribute to their earth-friendly/art-friendly work.
— East Nashville’s own Kernels Gourmet Popcorn was on Tennessee Crossroads. Episode’s airing again on August 6.
— The next Historic East Nashville Merchants Association Meeting and Mixer is set for Tuesday, August 8, 6-8 p.m. at Vinyl Tap (2038 Greenwood Avenue). Metro Council member Brett Withers and others will be on hand. If you own/run a business in the neighborhood, HENMA/these mixers are a fine way to get acquainted/involved with the local biz community. More at eastnashville.org.
— The Family Affair Ministries Fellowship church property, at Riverside and Porter, was purchased by the foundation of Crocs co-founder and CEO George Boedecker Jr. No word yet on what’s in the works for it.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.