If you spend a lot of time throughout the week wandering around the Internet, some of this week’s news column will feel a little familiar — lots of fun/not-so-fun stuff came through early in the week. Plenty of fresher bits too, though, and an invitation to honor some of the people who make East Nashville great.
On the latter front, the November meeting/mixer of the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the new Look East (1011 Gallatin), and at that meeting, our independent biz neighbors will be electing the 2016 East Nashvillians of the Year.
Know someone/several someones that you think “exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville”? Send in a nomination.
There are two categories: a business or business owner that in 2016 “portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer”; and a private citizen who “best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.”
Email your honoree picks to firstname.lastname@example.org by the evening of November 14, and make sure you include the following:
1. Business Owner Name, Business Name & Reasons for Nomination
2. Neighbor's Name & Reasons for Nomination
And hey, no self-nominating.
New to the East Nashvillian of the Year honors? Check out our first issue of 2016, celebrating reigning champs Darrell Downs, Kelly Perry and Matt Charette.
With that, let’s move on to the week’s East Nashville News:
Noble’s Kitchen and Beer Hall coming to East Nashville
It’s been a good few years for craft beer lovers in East Nashville, with the opening of East Nashville Beer Works, Smith & Lentz and Southern Grist. That’s apparently going to continue into 2017.
The Tennessean reported this week that Noble’s Kitchen and Beer Hall would be taking over part of the Hunter’s Custom Automotive campus at 974 Main, offering 48 taps putting out local/regional beer, plus a food menu with a fresh and local focus.
Construction is already under way, the paper says, and the aim is for a January 2017 opening. Get more info at Tennessean.com.
Title Boxing aiming to open an East location
Put up those fists: a Title Boxing location is set to soon join the East Nashville business landscape, at 605 Gallatin.
Once the space opens (estimated opening date is December 6), members can work with trainers to learn boxing fundamentals — hooks and uppercuts and the like — but the intent is fitness beyond just fists-ness: to work through “a true boxer's workout to strengthen and tone your arms, legs, back, core and your confidence.”
The franchise has locations all over the country, and there are already quite a few Nashville-area spaces, including ones in Green Hills and downtown.
To keep up with the latest, follow Title Boxing East on Facebook.
After less than a year on McFerrin Avenue, “(Korean) Fried Chicken Joint” The Birdhouse has closed its doors.
“While we love our neighborhood and tried our hardest to make things work at this location, unfortunately and frustratingly, it wasn't to be,” an announcement on The Birdhouse Facebook page reads. “This business decision was a very difficult one to make, but the correct one given the circumstances.”
Launched by chefs Chris Futrell and Casey Carstens, the restaurant served dishes like Korean BBQ brisket, Bibimbap and Kimchi fried rice — along with the aforementioned chicken — out of a small space across the way from Mas Tacos, The Pharmacy and Holland House.
Birdhouse fans might not have seen the last of those dishes — “we hope to be serving y'all our Korean Fried Chicken again in the very near future,” the note says. So here’s hoping.
New thrift store on Woodland opening this month
A new thrift store, fittingly called Woodland Thrift, is set to open this month at 943 Woodland. It comes to us via the Set Free Church, also based in East Nashville (816 S 6th St).
An initial introduction to the new space kicks off this weekend: a soft open-ish estate sale runs November 3 to 5. Here’s some more about that sale from EstateSales.net.
We reached out for more details and will update, but meantime, here’s Set Free Church on Facebook.
Shugga Hi Bakery & Cafe in the works on Dickerson
Welcome news for anyone with a sweet tooth who lives on the west side of Gallatin: Nashville Business Journal reports that a new bakery called Shugga Hi Bakery & Café is in the works at 1000 Dickerson Pike, just north of Cleveland Street.
The sisters behind the endeavor, Kathy Leslie and Sandra Austin, grew up on Hart Avenue, and told the Journal they hoped to bring a Five Points kind of energy to that side of the neighborhood.
They’re aiming for a December opening, and told reporter Jacob Steimer that we should expect a "funky-type vibe," with a menu that includes brunch dishes, donuts and “alcohol-infused cakes.”
Horner Rausch Optical closing
More changes on Main reported by talented Tennessean scribe Getahn Ward: The longstanding Horner Rausch Optical Superstore at 968 Main is set to close this month, along with the adjacent optometrist office at 966, following a property purchase by well-known neighborhood investors Chad and Andy Baker and partners Jim Higgins and Rick Piliponis.
If you don’t know The Baker Twins, you’re likely familiar with their black-and-white spotted businesses on East Nashville’s main artery, The Dog Spot and Spot’s Pet Supply. Those are among a dozen storefronts down the pike now owned by the two brothers.
Chad told Ward that a health and wellness business was set to lease 968 Main. More on those spaces — and other development plans from the Bakers — at Tennessean.com.
— Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (1900 Davidson), Inglewood-based photographer Richard Barrow is leading a discussion about the best places to snap photos along Nashville’s greenways, and there’ll be door prizes for attendees — including copies of his limited-edition 2017 Greenways for Nashville calendar, created in partnership with Greenways for Nashville. Take a look at the extremely purdy pictures included in the calendar on Barrow’s website, and if you’d like, order one through him. Proceeds will support Greenways for Nashville’s work to maintain and develop greenways in town. If you’d like to attend, it’s free — just call 615-862-8539 or email email@example.com to register.
— Congrats to East Nashvillian Maren Morris, who took home new artist of the year at the CMA Awards Wednesday night. (The CMA Awards show also showcased lots of East Nashville fashions, including members of Morris’ band wearing Any Old Iron.)
— “A sizable redevelopment is being considered for the 1400 block of Fatherland Street, potentially bringing commercial space, single-family homes, and micro-apartments to one of the neighborhood’s most unusual geographic areas.”
— On Monday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., Stratford STEM Magnet (1800 Stratford) will host a premiere screening of The Stratford Story Project, “the untold story of Stratford’s living history from many different lenses of people who are connected to the school.” A reception follows, and it’s free and open to all.
— Hey, it’s post-Halloween, so, time to talk about Christmas. The Fannie Battle Caroling for Kids planning season is upon us — it’s one of East Nashville’s longest-held traditions, and offers major support for Fannie Battle’s work to help local families. Check out more at the Fannie Battle website.
— Like bacon? Like beer? There’s a thing going down at the stadium this weekend that you might wanna explore.
— Fun to see East Nashville's own Eric Jans being tapped for his expertise nationally, in this CBS News report. Just a little less fun, since it’s regarding people stressing about their insurance coverage. But still.
— If you need a pick-me-up on election day (November 8), stop by Tower Deli & Market at 1305 Gallatin with your voting sticker on, and they’ll hit you with a free coffee. (Figuratively speaking.)
— Need a little emotional pick-me-up leading up to election day? The Dog Spot’s Halloween costume contest winners might help. A dog dressed as a lobster: always a win.
— Also coming up this month: The 5th annual East Nashville Chili Bowl at 3 Crow Bar. Chili cooks and chili-eaters alike can take part, with proceeds going to help East C.A.N. continue to care for pups in need.
— Also also coming up this month, East Nashville's Project 615 has a huge event downtown called Nashvember, benefiting Room in the Inn.
That’s all for this week. Have news tips you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.