Welcome to almost-July, East Nashville. (Hope to see you at the Thirth of July, the Hot Chicken Festival or both.) This week we’ve got wine, women, song, a bunch of book-shop shuffling and lots more.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Urban Winery coming to Main Street
Not too many details on this yet, but the former Stephen's Auto Paint and Body shop on Main Street is on its way to becoming Nashville Urban Winery, a combo restaurant/bar/boutique wine stop.
A “coming soon” is parked at nashvilleurbanwinery.com, along with art from Nashville’s Bryan Deese (pictured above), whose name/work you might recognize from the Main Street mural project we wrote about earlier this year.
Nashville Post subscribers can get a little more detail over at NashvillePost.com. We’ll update more when we know it.
Big changes for East Side Story, Defunct Books and Her Bookshop
Coincidentally, three of East Nashville’s independent book stores have big news to share right about now.
Let’s start with the good news: Her Bookshop, which opened last summer in the Shoppes on Fatherland, is growing.
The growth necessitates a move: Owner Joelle Herr closed the doors at her Fatherland shop earlier this week, and in the coming weeks, she’ll be setting up for a move to the new Her Bookshop location, at 1043 West Eastland Avenue, #104.
“The new space is larger (which means we can carry more books!), and it's on more of a thoroughfare (which hopefully means more folks will know about us),” she wrote in an announcement about the change. “We're planning on expanding our events offerings (storytimes, happy hours, and more!) in hopes that we can become a true neighborhood bookstore.”
Herr’s shooting for a late July/early August opening at the new space. Follow along for updates at the Her Bookshop Facebook page.
A location change is in the works for Eastside shop Defunct Books, too.
As of last weekend, 118 S. 11th Street is closed to the public, as owner Greg Delzer preps for a move down the way, to “another Five Points neighborhood location.” (Delzer’s teasing the new location on the Defunct Facebook page, and plans to announce next week.)
Meantime, Delzer is downsizing and parting with some shop accoutrements — he has some nice bookcases up for sale, if you’re in the market.
Reach him via Facebook if you’d like to grab one, and keep an eye on that page for new-shop news.
One more major book-shop change: After Saturday, July 29, locally focused book nook East Side Story is closing its doors, after five years at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, in the Idea Hatchery.
In an announcement on the East Side Story website, owner Chuck Beard (above, with his family) said the closure doesn’t mean an end for the East Side Story vision — ventures including the regular reading/music East Side Storytellin’ events will continue, and there are “a couple of next level plans in the works too.”
“First and foremost, we consider ourselves very lucky to have been so welcomed into this literary community-at-large and to be a small part of the bigger story Nashville is writing these days and will continue to write into the future,” Beard wrote. “Nashville is a very special place that is experiencing a very special moment with impeccable characters and creative visionaries right now. … We are excited to grow our crazy ideas and community relations even further, and we hope you stick around and stay tuned for the next chapter in our story.”
Couture Cakes & Sweets closes
More Shoppes on Fatherland changes: As of June 24, local bakery Couture Cakes & Sweets has closed its doors at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 206.
Although the Eastside shop’s shuttered, the business is still going — Couture plans to continue offering custom cakes (like ornate wedding/birthday/etc. stuff) while looking for a new location.
Explore Couture’s creations/place an order at designyouacake.com.
Parlor & Juke adds Inglewood
A little behind on this one, but well worth belatedly noting: Much-praised Nashville salon Parlor & Juke opened a second location in April, at 1101 Riverwood Drive in Inglewood (near TKO).
Like the flagship downtown location, Parlor & Juke East offers cuts, color, consults, extensions and all manner of other style-forward hair happenings. (If you’re looking for big, bold colors — blues, purples, etc., they have particularly experienced hands there too.)
For more on Parlour & Juke East (and/or to book an appointment, drop by parlourandjuke.com. Explore some of their work on Instagram at @parlourandjuke.
A few Eastside-related releases to spin/prep for:
East Nashville singer-songwriter Erin Rae — who’s provided dulcet harmonies for the likes of Margo Price, Andrew Combs and others — recently released a new single called “Wild Blue Wind.” Stream it above.
A touch that only neighbors can really appreciate: Her promo photo features the Bates Florist sign more prominently than her visage.
Coming soon, too: Local guy Mark Robinson releases his The Mark Robinson Band Live at The 5 Spot — recorded, you guessed it, live at The 5 Spot — on July 7.
He was celebrating it with a hometown release show at, you guessed it, The 5 Spot, just as this column was going up, on July 29.
The bandleader’s take on the upcoming album: “It’s what I dreamed of doing when I left Indiana and moved to Nashville, Tennessee — to play guitar in the epicenter of the best music in the world.”
For a sense of what you’ll hear on the release, check out “Drive Real Fast” from a recent Music City Roots performance, below. More at markrobinsonguitar.com.
Turnip Truck earns NGLCC certification
National designation for the East Nashville-Bred Turnip Truck: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce recently certified our hometown green grocer as an LGBT Business Enterprise, adding their name to 800-plus other certified LGBT businesses across the country.
“While our business is built upon the concept of local – local products, local suppliers and local customers – we stepped into the national arena for our LGBT business enterprise certification,” founder/owner John Dyke said in a release. “We embarked on this certification process to convey to our community that everyone is welcome at Turnip Truck.”
Our own Nashville LGBT Chamber celebrated Dyke and the Turnip Truck in May at the 2017 Excellence in Business Awards, too, with Entrepreneur of the Year and Small Business Diversity Awards.
— For the guitar nerds: Take a look at East Nashville badass Audley Freed playing a badass locally made Jeff Senn Pomona guitar on The Tonight Show. (There’s a lot of East Nashville awesomeness in Crow’s band.) Here’s more on Senn’s guitars. And here’s more on Audley Freed, from our pages.
— Similar topic: Rolling Stone just dug into the new video for “Trinity Lane” from East Nashville talent Lilly Hiatt. The album of the same name comes out via New West on August 25. Here’s more on Hiatt from our pages.
— Becoming a bike enthusiast but need some practical skills? East Nashville’s Bike Fun is hosting classes on bike maintenance, bike laws and more in July.
— Happy birthday, East Nashville Beer Works! The neighborhood craft brewery will be hosting a big first birthday party at their place on Saturday, August 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More on the Facebook event page.
— If you’d like to fuel up vegan-style before heading off to the Thirth of July block party, The BeHive is hosting a 3rd of July Picnic Style Dinner Pop-up at the East Room, starting at 4 p.m. Monday. Benefits East Nashville’s Turnip Green Creative Reuse, too. More on Facebook.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville News tips to share? Please email Nicole.