This week, we’ve got big booze news, July 4th celebrations, big moves for makers and more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Sinkers is going supersized
Sure, the loudest local booze news right about now is our new ability, as of Friday, to purchase bottles of wine right there in the ol’ Krogers/etc. But perhaps just as fun: Sinkers Wine and Spirits — longstanding provider of distilled and fermented things to many an East Nashvillian, conveniently located right near the Inglewood Kroger — is about to get BIG.
Starting in August, the little (but well-stocked) strip-mall shop will begin the process of more than doubling its size, taking over two adjacent spots and growing into a new, two-level structure. By the time it’s done six to eight months later, the new Sinkers will be a 20,000-square-foot imbiber’s wonderland, with an expanded wine and beer selection, 24 beer and wine taps with growler service, a variety of kegs and more.
Beyond beverages, owner Bill Sinks — who’s owned Sinkers since 1985 (it goes back to ’62) — is planning on rounding things out with cigars and meat/cheese and other specialty food items too, plus regular food and drink tastings.
“It’s going to look totally different,” he said in a release — and that extends to the rest of the complex, too. In the works: a new stacked stone facade and new lighting, among other improvements.
The shop will remain open at 3304 Gallatin Pike during the build-out, so no worries, Inglewood and Madison etc., your home bar will not become barren.
Where to celebrate Independence and Independents
If you’re still sorting out your independence-celebration plans and intend to stay on this side of the river, you have some fine options, as always. Just a few:
THE THIRTH OF JULY
Start partying early on Sunday at the Thirth of July block party — always one of the neighborhood’s best hangs of the year. The hunk of North 12th Street between Ordway and Calvin shuts down to accommodate the festivities, which include great food (G’z BBQ and Jeni’s Ice Cream), great beer (Yazoo) and great music. Among the performers this year: country lovely (and recent East Nashvillian cover star) Elizabeth Cook and longstanding roots heroes The Mavericks, among many others.
Gates open at 2 p.m., and tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door (beer’s included). More at TheThirth.com.
Extra good news: We have a quick giveaway going — enter here to win a pair of tickets.
THE EAST NASHVILLIAN PRESENTS INDEPENDENTS' DAY
We’re partial to this party, as it’s presented by The East Nashvillian and features a big collection of our compatriots. But regardless of our partiality, it’s gonna be a fantastic time. The party runs from noon to 11 p.m., and will feature a slew of WXNA DJs hanging out and spinning songs, giveaways throughout the day and an invitation to enjoy the Wash’s quality fireworks-watching perch. Admission comes with a $5 suggested donation, which goes to support WXNA’s work to provide Nashville with excellent freeform radio. (If you haven’t read our recent WXNA piece, please do! If you haven’t read our somewhat recent Family Wash piece, please do!)
10th ANNUAL MUSIC CITY HOT CHICKEN FESTIVAL
Among the great things about the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival, held each July 4th in East Park: It goes down early in the day, making it the perfect Part 1 of a multi-party Independence Day blowout. Among the other great things: It’s free, and it features pretty well all the major slingers of our city’s unofficial official food, from Prince’s to Pepperfire to Hattie B’s.
A fire truck parade kicks things off at 10:30 a.m., festival gates opening at 11, and the first 500 folks in line enjoy free hot chicken samples. (Food will be purchasable, too.) Beyond, there’ll be a cooking competition, other vendors, beer from Yazoo and lots more.
Proceeds from the fest go toward Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms, who work tirelessly to preserve and protect our beloved park.
Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Make Nashville, Platetone move East
A heads up for our creative, crafty and eco-minded friends: We’re about to get new neighbors who’ll catch your interest on all those fronts.
Building-mates Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Make Nashville and Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts are in the process of packing up their downtown home and moving into a new place here on the Eastside, at 947 Woodland.
The rundown of what those organizations offer:
Turnip Green Creative Reuse takes an arty, collaborative approach to keeping useful but unwanted stuff (residential/industrial materials like metal/wood scraps, fabrics and the like) out of landfills by repurposing it for creative projects, via workshops and events, partnerships with artists, schools and teachers and a retail space that offers materials to artists at low/no cost.
Member-run co-op Make Nashville is “dedicated to all things Maker, Hacker, Coder, and Builder,” with workspace available for members, classes and events for makers-in-training and more.
Platetone is “a fine arts community studio offering workspace, workshops and exhibition opportunities” focused on printmaking and other paper media/book arts.
Turnip Green president Kelly Tipler tells us that the lease at their 4th Avenue South space wasn’t sustainable long-term, so a move had been in the works for a while.
“Make first saw the space (on Woodland) and invited Turnip Green and Platetone to explore the opportunity,” she says. “Turnip Green immediately knew the groups would be great collaborative partners and that East Nashville would be the perfect home for our creative missions. East Nashville has a creative vibrancy that we appreciate and are honored to now be part of on a larger scale.”
Between the spacemate organizations, that Woodland location will house a maker space and collaborative studio space, gallery space and marketplace featuring artists creating with reusable materials, a retail space with reuse materials (available for a monetary donation of what you can afford/wish to give) and more. Expect lots of cool events, workshops and classes, too (Platetone, for one, does a cool open studio for the community the third Thursday of the month with kid-friendly, make-and-take art projects).
Tipler says Turnip Green opening day is set for Tuesday, July 5; The Platetone folks are hoping to be in the new space at the end of July, and up and running in early August. (We reached out to Make Nashville about their planned up-and-running day, and will update.)
The above video gives a deeper look into what the Turnip Green folks are up to. For more: Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Make Nashville and Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts.
Record Store Crawl coming in July
We’ve had plenty of bar crawls, and we have a monthly art crawl, but here’s another crawl option worth knowing about: Nashville’s first official Record Store Crawl is going down on Saturday, July 30, and a lot of the crawling is gonna be right here in the neighborhood.
On the agenda: not so much crawling but rolling, as a bus escorts participants through a rundown of some of our city’s best record shops and music-loving stops, including The Groove, Fond Object and The Basement East here on this side of the river. Along the way, you’ll catch live performances (Charlie Worsham, Big Jesus and others), grab pizza from Two Boots, do some serious shopping and take home a bunch of gifts, like a pack from Third Man Records and more surprise LP/7-inch records.
A particularly cool part of this event: It’ll give us a sneak peek inside the long in-the-works record shop/bar Vinyl Tap, taking over the former Family Wash space at 2038 Greenwood. We haven’t heard a formal grand opening date yet, but you’ll be invited to explore and enjoy some treats there during the crawl.
You’ll also get to save with discounts at various places (including 15 percent off at Vinyl Tap, Fond Object and The Groove).
This crawl is part of a larger, nationwide event — similar celebrations are happening in six other cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago
Tickets to the Nashville event ($49.95 a person) and more info are available at RecordStoreCrawl.com.
Let’s talk about the 5 Points mural
It was an eventful week in East Nashville public art, some good, some not so good, as the side of East Side Cycles started its changeover from the longtime Nathaniel Allen mural to a brand new piece depicting some cute dancing bears.
There have been some… let’s say differing opinions about whether the art change is warranted. Unfortunately, some on the “no” side decided to convey their discontent my splashing the in-progress mural with paint. Bad form. Less unfortunately, a bunch of folks in the community pitched in and helped artist Leah Tumerman get things back on track. Nice form.
Related, a meet-the-artist event at Bongo Java was scheduled as this column was going up: Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at 107 S. 11th Street. In on the chat: Tumerman, Bongo founder Bob Bernstein and curator Tinsley Dempsey of Color Theory Studios.
On July 4 at 10 a.m., there’ll be another event: Big and little kids alike are invited for a B.Y.O.Bear Photo Op. Bring teddy bears/other stuffed animals down to Bongo for a big group photo at the mural, 103 S. 11th Street.
Check out more of Leah Tumerman’s work (including bears, picture above!) at StoryBizarre.com. It’s pretty rad.
— The neighborhood was all a-twitter this week as pop megastar and International Party Person Justin Bieber capped off his Nashville tour stop by Jenga-ing at Dino’s. But our own Mitchell Delicatessen clearly won the week by marking the Biebs’ visit with a commemorative special sandwich, simply named The Bieber. We could be wrong, but doubt it was unintentional that it prominently featured pork butt.
— The cantina at Mas Tacos is now open for business, serving margaritas and Micheladas and more. Now open weekdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 732 McFerrin.
— “The Metro Development and Housing Agency has released images related to the next phase of its Envision Cayce project in East Nashville.”
— Antique Archaeology, Mike Wolfe of American Pickers’ chain of home/antique stores, shared some lengthy blog praise of East Nashville’s Idea Hatchery this week.
— The Nashville LGBT Chamber is hosting an ice cream social at Parachute Media’s place (708 Gallatin Avenue) on Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m., with ice cream via Jeni’s. On the menu: "a unique summer flavor that shows the camaraderie between local small businesses and non-profit organizations." More info here.
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news bits you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.