It’s almost August, so if you haven’t started your Tomato Art Fest plan of attack yet, here’s encouragement to do so. The map and schedule are in our latest issue, so you should have everything you need to maximize your Tomato time.
We're also giving away VIT Tomato Art Fest passes and tickets to the Tomato Art Pre View Party, in case you'd like to enter. Just a PSA.
Last thing, in case you missed it: Wednesday weather made it necessary to postpone the Shelby Park Picture Show showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’ll be rescheduled, but meantime, next one is The Sandlot, on August 3, 7 p.m. at the Old Timers Baseball Field in Shelby Park.
Without further ado, here’s the East Nashville News we came across this week:
Riverside Village Pharmacy launches ‘Riverside Remedies’
Add another name to the list of East Nashville shops not just selling brands, but creating them. Last July, Turnip Truck launched Field Day, its own brand of value-priced grocery products. This July, Inglewood’s Riverside Village Pharmacy announces Riverside Remedies, its house brand of supplements and essential oils.
The line — which includes items like wild oregano oil, turmeric root extract and and organic echinacea — is wholly non-GMO, Kosher-certified and FDA registered, plus, look ma, no gluten!
“Our goal is to provide top quality, natural products at an affordable price,” RVP nutrition consultant Amanda Gilbert tells us. “We're very proud to introduce this line to the community.”
The new line adds to the neighborhood compound pharmacy’s already broad mix of offerings — along with filling your prescription there, you can grab a variety of health and beauty stuff, and shop for gifts (baby items, fancy smelly candles, jewelry and more, including lots of items from local artisans/artists).
Riverside Village Pharmacy is located 1406A McGavock Pike, and there’s lots more info at RiversideVillagePharmacy.com.
'People' and Wayfair invade Maren Morris’ backyard
From "My Church" to “my backyard”: With a little help from shopping hub Wayfair and interior designer Lori Paranjape, country singer Maren Morris’ East Nashville backyard got a total overhaul, and People magazine shared some snapshots of “the backyard oasis of her dreams.”
Spoiler alert: There’s lots of cute furniture, a pretty awesome fire pit, some cornhole action and at least one man bun. Drop by People.com to ogle the photos.
If you end up falling in love with Morris' stuff, go on and go shopping: Wayfair has her backyard makeover ingredients on sale.
Elizabeth Cook visits World Cafe
Our May/June 2016 cover star, East Nashville singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook, dropped by NPR’s World Cafe recently, while continuing to spread the good word about her new album, Exodus of Venus. (Lots of good words about that, incidentally, in our cover story.)
You can listen on NPR’s website, and hear live performances of songs from Venus — “a darker album that rocks harder than she has in the past,” by World Cafe’s approximation — and hear more about a tumultuous period in the artist’s life, which left her “barely holdin’ on to my basket, but able to get a record out.”
Monthly Shoppe Crawl kicks off
We hate to drop this on you post-kickoff, but the good news is, the new East Nashville Shoppe Crawl is gonna be a monthly thing, scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month through the end of the year.
The combination party/sale/crawl is a team-up between a big mix of shoppes at the Shoppes on Fatherland — Pauli’s Place Boutique, Chocolate F/X, Abode Mercantile, Baxter Bailey & Company and many others — that invites you to wander around and enjoy discounts, wine and visiting food trucks for a few hours, once a month.
Wednesday brought the first one; next Crawl is coming up on August 31, 5 to 8 p.m. (The follow-ups are on Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 21.)
The Shoppes on Fatherland are... on Fatherland, naturally, near 10th and 11th, and you can find more info about the shopping/dining complex on the Fatherland District website.
To keep up with Shoppe Crawl happenings, Pauli’s Place’s Facebook page is a good place to start — they’ve been forthcoming with details.
Dose Cafe & Dram Bar opens
The former Watanabe space in Riverside Village is humming once again: Dose Cafe & Dram Bar — a sister location to the westside Dose on Murphy Road — opened up at 1400 McGavock Pike Wednesday, giving us our first look at the sleek and fresh space the owners have been working on since March.
Like the original location, the Eastside Dose is serving high-quality coffee and food, and, as the “Dram Bar” in the name indicates, cocktails will be in the mix too, once permits come through. (“Dram” is a little bit of something to drink, or more colloquially, a place that serves booze. The more you know.)
Thursday’s hours were 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but those are preliminary; set hours are still coming. Keep up with the latest at Dose’s Instagram, and drop by the corner of McGavock and Riverside to give our new neighbors a try.
(For more, check out the chat we had a few months back with Dose proprietors Keith Steunebrink and Heath Henley.)
Porter Flea Summer Market is here this weekend
Quick reminder for lovers of local/handmade/artisan goods: Friday and Saturday bring the 2016 Porter Flea Summer Market, back in East Nashville again and stuffed with participating makers from across the creative spectrum, potters to painters to furniture makers.
The long-running juried handmade market launched here on the Eastside (hence the Porter name), but it’s bounced around a bunch since. This go around, it’s at Skyway Studios, 3201 Dickerson Pike.
Friday, July 29 is the ticketed preview market (6 to 9 p.m., already sold out); Saturday is the full, free market, opening at 10 a.m.
New, this time: They’re offering VIP Porter Passes that’ll allow you to skip the entrance line and come and go as you please, for $15. Those were still available as of this posting.
Lots more info at the Porter Flea website.
Come on, ‘Vogue’
Is this it? Are we officially fancy-pants now? This week, famed fashion and style mouthpiece Vogue proclaimed East Nashville “Nashville’s Coolest Neighborhood,” offering a rundown of places that make us so, like Butcher & Bee, Fanny’s House of Music and High Garden.
We’re “an emerging, diverse neighborhood where the tables are full of locals instead of other travelers,” the piece says, among other complimentary tidbits (and a regrettable “aka East Nasty”).
Take a read, if you haven’t, over at Vogue.com, and, dunno, probably brace for more “other travelers”?
The return of Radio Cafe
Earlier this week, the Nashville Business Journal dropped an update on the Radio Cafe, and the renovation of its new digs in Inglewood.
If you’re newer to East Nashville, quick RC history: Before Mad Donna’s started slinging Bloody Marys and spicy mac ’n’ cheese, Radio Cafe held down that corner on Woodland, and the humble music hub was much beloved by neighbors and singers and players.
Eastside old timers were sad to see it go, so many are thrilled to see it return in a new location, and, if the reno permits are any indication, get some cool upgrades. (We reached out to owner Mac Hill to see if we can get more details about plans, and will update.)
To be fair, Radio Cafe’s kinda been back for a minute now at 4150 Gallatin Pike, though its reappearance has been under the radar, mostly, with a spate of friends-and-family shows popping up.
We’re excited to see how this new Radio Cafe era develops — in part because it taps into some old-East Nashville nostalgia, in part because the vibe at the old place was special, and often fittingly weird.
To keep up with the latest, give a like to Radio Cafe’s Facebook page.
Beast Pub launches Blues Power Happy Hour
Another new Wednesday happening in the neighborhood: Next week, The Pub at the Basement East launches Blues Power Happy Hour, a weekly hang that’ll include guest DJs spinning all manner of blues music, plus drink specials and food specials from chef Jonny Rizzo.
For starters, Eastside singer-songwriter Patrick Sweany will be behind the 45s (and that’ll continue whenever he’s not out on tour), and Johnson City’s Yee-Haw Brewing Company will be showing off their Blackberry Berliner Weisse and Dunkel.
Blues Power Happy Hour runs Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m. at the Beast Pub, 917 Woodland.
Wine on the River back on Shelby bridge
Oenophiles and craft beer enthusiasts, here’s another (sort of) Eastside event to put on the calendar: The 14th Annual Wine On The River is set for September 10 on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (previously known as the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge), and it’ll once again include a globetrotting variety of wines, beer and spirits to sip, plus culturally themed food to sample.
All told, you’ll be able to choose from near 80 different boozy brands spanning 10 different regions, while listening to live jazz and admiring Nashville from atop the bridge.
Tickets are on sale now: $59 general, $85 VIP (early access, line bypass and more). More info at the Wine on the River website.
— Don’t forget, Saturday is the ribbon cutting and open house celebration at new East Nashville maker space Make Nashville. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and you’ll be able to check out the home they share with partners Turnip Green Creative Reuse and Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts. Address is 947 Woodland; more on the Facebook event page.
— Also Saturday: July’s installment of the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Parties, with Sam Lewis and The Glade City Rounders as featured performers. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and include a drink ticket. (You’re invited to bring a stringed instrument and play, and that gets you an extra drink ticket.) Parties start at 6 p.m. at the Cornelia Fort Airpark, 1093 Shadow Lane. More at the Friends of Shelby website.
— Sick of carting all your glass to the recycling center? Have other thoughts about reusing and reducing? Share some feelings by filling out the Davidson County Waste & Recycling Survey.
— Hit songwriter Jude Johnstone has a daylong songwriting workshop coming up on Saturday, August 6 at her place in East Nashville. It’ll include nuts-and-bolts instruction, critiquing, workshopping with guest speakers, a full day of meals and more. Stars from Trisha Yearwood to Johnny Cash have cut her songs. (If you’re new to her, Performing Songwriter has an in-depth piece on her career.) Cap is 10-15 participants, and cost is $200. More details/sign-up info on Johnstone’s website.
That's all for this week. Have something news-y you'd like to share? Please email Nicole.