Last reminder, neighbors: You have until November 10 to get your East Nashvillian of the Year nominations in.
To give a nod, send an email to lisaeastnash@gmail(dotcom) and include your picks for either category — Business, and Citizen — or, if you’re feeling inspired, both. Share a little about why your chosen honorees are due the honor, too.
With that, let’s move on to this week’s East Nashville News:
Nomzilla hosts sushi 101, gets hot chicken-y
You give a man some fish, he eats that one time. Teach a man to make sushi with said fish, he eats that one time and probably some other times, too.
Newish East Side sushi stop Nomzilla is hosting its first Sushi 101 class from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, and during that class, head chef and owner Thet Tint and sushi chef Justin Eady will share historical sushi musings and show you the tricks of the trade, while offering paired sake tastings.
Tickets run $25, and that’ll net you all that learning, plus sushi (which you’ll roll yourself), sake and recipes to take with you, plus a 20 percent discount if you’d like to join the restaurant for dinner that weekend.
You can snag a reservation at the restaurant (1000 Gallatin Ave) or by emailing christopher.stowe@nomzilla(dotcom). Seats are first-come, and they’re keeping this first one small, but if the love’s there, Nomzilla hopes to add repeat performances.
Some more Nomzilla news, and something of an indication of Tint’s creative approach to sushi: His place also just launched a collaboration with hot chicken-making neighbors Pepperfire, with an appetizer, sushi roll and cocktail all featuring Pepperfire’s signature spice.
The specifics on those Pepper-zilla/Nomfire(?) menu items: the Pepper-Friar cocktail, with rum, simple syrup, lime and Pepperfire spice; the Hot Chicken Roll, with hot chicken, avocado and cucumber; and an outer-spiced seared tuna appetizer (pictured up top).
"The collaborative effort was a natural move as we both share a passion for spice, creativity and delivering a truly unique dining experience,” Tint said of the pairing with his fiery neighbors.
To keep up with all the latest educational/spicy happenings, follow Nomzilla on Facebook.
New shop Apple & Oak hosts celebration with Porter East neighbors
You might’ve noticed a new name over at the Porter East corner recently, as furniture and home decor shop Apple & Oak swung open its doors at 717 Porter Road. This Saturday, Nov. 7, we’ll get the chance to offer a proper “welcome to the neighborhood” when A&O hosts a grand opening celebration.
The opening party is set to run from noon to 7 p.m., with mimosas and coffee until 4, then friends-from-around-the-way Mas Tacos swinging by from 5 to 7.
It’s not just Apple & Oak’s coming-out party, though — neighbors Rich Hippies have been sharing cute kids’ clothing and accessories over at 725 Porter for a full year now, and they’ll be celebrating Saturday with drinks, treats and giveaways too.
Not enough reason to celebrate already? Let’s add more. Vintage/handmade stop Pony Show has a third birthday, so lots of 50-percent-off vintage will be up for grabs, along with new merchandise, and folks who spend $50 get to grab a 20 percent off coupon for their next purchase. Plus drinks and treats all day, too.
One more? Sure. Apparel makers and “I Believe in Nashville” creators DCXV celebrated their third birthday this week. They’re right over there at 727 Porter, and will be open and high-fiving Saturday as well. All of the birthday.
More info on the celebrating shops:
The Urban Juicer East opens
As we mentioned back in July, health-focused juice and food providers The Urban Juicer have added East Nashville to their growing empire (which also includes locations on 8th and in Green Hills). This week, the East location grandly opened its doors at 1009 Gallatin Ave.
Fun bonus: Downloaded their mobile app (just search your App store for The Urban Juicer) and was greeted with a fine hello in the form of a $7 credit. Thanks, Urban Juicers. (Update: That deal's expired, they tell us, but it was :) while it lasted.)
Artisan East closing its doors
Bummer news from Brandy Davenport of Artisan East. Goods & Good Finds: The eclectic shop, launched in the summer of 2014 at 1601-B Riverside Drive, will be closing its doors after a few more days of deeply discounted inventory clearing.
“So sad. But true,” she wrote in an update to friends and customers. “For more reasons than I can list, the time has come.”
The shop’s “last hurrah,” as of Thursday, included open hours on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday noon to 3.
This won’t be the last we see of Davenport’s crafty home goods and art and eye for local maker talent — she’s keeping an online shop open at www.artisaneastnashville.com. (Free delivery in the neighborhood off there, too.)
For a little extra insight into Davenport’s shop and what a friend she’s been to local makers, check out our interview.
The Building’s final days are nearly here
We mentioned this back over this summer, but since the time’s coming, seemed like a reminder was due: Events and shows hub The Building, located at 1008c Woodland Street (right by Drifters), is set to close its doors as of Saturday, November 21.
Hosting music-makers and other entertainers (and more than a few scenes of Building leader Anthony Billups’ antics on A&E reality show Crazy Hearts) since 2009, the space had a long and strong run. But over the summer, Building brass decided it was time “to ride off into the sunset.”
“A few months ago, we made the decision to apply for our beer and liquor license because it was clear that it was the only way we would be able to continue. After months of improvements and researching the laws, regulations, and the process of obtaining licenses, we have made the decision to close The Building,” an announcement reads. “The time, energy, and financial requirements that this would put on the necessary parties would be a direct impediment to our personal and career goals.”
There are a few shows and events still left on the calendar — including the final installment of the venue’s weekly Open Road Monday, including Billups, on Monday November 16.
Say goodbye at an upcoming show, or on The Building’s Facebook page.
Peter Cooper’s new album out on Red Beet Records this month
East Nashville’s own Red Beet Records will issue the fourth solo album from East Nashville’s own singer/songwriter/producer/journalist Peter Cooper on Friday, November 13.
The new set, Depot Light, is stocked with Cooper’s takes on songs penned by master storyteller Eric Taylor.
Come release day, you’ll be able to snag Depot Light directly via Red Beet; meantime, if you’d like to preorder the album in ones-and-zeroes form, it’s up on iTunes (with preview track “All so Much Like Me”).
If you’d like to get to know our multi-talented neighbor a little better as you prep for the new LP, read Randy Fox’s Peter Cooper story in The East Nashvillian, or read Cooper’s duo partner/Red Beet head Eric Brace's recent thoughts.
Get down with DOH at Tower Deli
Regular shoppers at East Side home decor shop Welcome Home likely came upon DOH Nashville, neighbor Katy Futrell’s artisanal and fantastically sinful donut company, once or thrice, as it'd been regularly popping up there.
DOH’s dialed back at Welcome Home, but you’ll now be able to snag Futrell’s donut delights even more regularly, as she’s set up permanent residence over at the new Tower Market and Deli (1305 Gallatin Avenue — we talked about it some here).
The initial team-up plan is for weekend residency, but expanded hours are on the way (we reached out to Futrell for an update on what/when to expect).
Wanna keep up with the ever-expanding roster of DOH offerings? Follow DOH Nashville on Facebook.
That’s not the only piece of cool recent Tower Deli news. We mentioned recently how the folks there had launched an October fundraising effort for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research foundation, bookmarking $1 from every sandwich sale. Final tally: $3,500. It’s a cause that’s close to our hearts here, so we wanted to give a big digital high five to the folks at Tower.
Get your family photos snapped at Nashville Community Darkroom
It’s November already, which means it’s time to get the family photo snapped for your Christmas cards (either earnestly or ironically, depending on your demeanor). Easy and affordable, in-neighborhood way to do so: Hit up the Nashville Community Darkroom.
They’re doing family holiday portraits again this year for $65, which includes five high-res images snapped by a pro photog.
Open sessions are available November 14, 15, 21 and 22 — you just order your portrait session online, then head to the Nashville Community Darkroom website, pick your time slot and reserve.
Your snaps will be taken over at NCD’s place, 1143 Gallatin Avenue.
Unfamiliar with the Darkroom? Check out our interview with founder and president John Haubenreich from last year.
Upcoming East Side pop-ups abound
Thinking about your holiday shopping plan of attack now that we’re firmly into November? Along with the many regular East Nashville shopping options, here are a few things popping up in the neighborhood to keep in mind:
Paper-goods mavens PULP are launching the Gift Horse Pop-Up Shop inside the East Side’s Sawtooth Print Shop (604 Gallatin Ave, Ste 215), starting on Saturday, November 28 (Small Business Saturday, as it happens).
Included among the curated, handmade Gift Horse offerings: pottery from 400 Moons, letterpress prints from Sawtooth, handbound books from linenlaid&felt, jewelry from Acorn + Archer and lots more local goodness.
The pop-up will remain up through December 24, so you’ll have ample time to explore the wares.
The same day PULP launches their pop-up, Gallery Luperca (at 604 Gallatin, Ste. 212) hosts the Shop Your Block Artisan Market, featuring the work of another broad mix of artisans and vendors, including illustrator and embroidery whiz Mecca Art, natural jewelry maker Meghan Borland and others.
The market’s set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and you can register here (it’s free).
For more, visit the Shop Your Block Artisan Market Facebook event page.
There’ll be lots more going on in the neighborhood on Small Business Saturday (we mentioned recently that the second Gallatin Galavant is scheduled to go down up and down East Nashville’s artery). We’ll make sure to update more as we hear about it.
- Catch Darius Rucker looking sharp at the CMA Awards Wednesday? Sharpness due to the talents of East Nashville’s own J and HP.
- Mute Math fan? Catch an intense and soulful live video of “Used To” from right here in the neighborhood at the Basement East.
- We gotta bunch more East Nashville birthdays (of a sort) to shout out.
This Saturday, November 7 marks nine years since Marche Artisan Foods opened their doors.
On November 3, neighborhood book stop East Side Story celebrated three years of East Side Storytellin’, their twice-monthly celebration of books and music.
Consignment/thrift shop Hang the Moon put a period on their first year as of Thursday.
Our neighborhood thrives as our neighborhood businesses thrive, so we’d like to send some big love to all these folks on the milestones. Thumbs: all the way up.
That’s it for this week. If you’d like to share some East Nashville news with us, drop Nicole an email.