Tuned-up bikes, tuned-up bodies and great art — what more do we need? (Especially since East Nashville already has a lot of donuts and beer).
The latest round of East Nashville news:
Stroller Strong Moms starting in Shelby Park
East Nashville moms have a new option for getting fit, with kids in tow: Stroller Strong Moms Nashville — a local affiliate of a national brand, with branches that extend from Anchorage to El Paso — launches this month, with meetups here in the neighborhood at Shelby Park.
Former “collegiate athlete turned mamathlete” Sarah Dreyfus Staab is helming the Nashville crew, coaching local moms through hourlong, full-body workouts meant for every fitness level (and all mom levels, from well-practiced moms to pregnant and newly postpartum moms). She initially got involved with Stroller Strong Moms in Monterey, California, and after relocating here, felt driven to expand the brand to Tennessee.
The approach is as much about fitness as it is about community — the intent is to bring together a crew of women to help motivate and support each other (and maybe grab a monthly Mom’s Night Out together too). “Forging fitness and friendships through sweat,” is the idea.
Stroller Strong Moms Nashville will be kicking off with free preview class on March 26, at 9:30 a.m., but if you can’t make that one, you’re not missing the free introduction — first classes for new mamathletes are gratis.
The schedule going forward: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the park in front of the playground.
After the complimentary first class, there are options for unlimited monthly classes ($65), a 10-class pass ($95) and a five-class pass ($55). Single drop-ins are $15.
Shelby Ave. Bicycle Co. update
We mentioned this back in November, and if you’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of new East Nashville bike shop Shelby Ave. Bicycle Co., your wait’s nearly over: Those folks are aiming to open up the doors at 1629 Shelby Ave. in April.
The space was most recently occupied by fashion brand Any Old Iron, which recently relocated to Cannery Row. It'll now be led by Austin Bauman, known well in Nashville bike circles for Jefferson Street shop Green Fleet Bikes.
Bauman says it'll likely be mid-month before the doors open, and we'll have more in a future column about what’ll be going on inside the Shelby shop — which is set to be a mix of bike/accessory sales along with repairs and rentals.
Meantime, a cool thing to note: Bauman took great pains to maintain the historic former S.W. Simpkins Groceries building’s history — inside the shop, he’ll be displaying the nearly century-old original signage, which was painstakingly saved, alongside the circa-1942 Coca-Cola mural that Any Old Iron had already moved indoors. (The latter was recently further protected from damage with help from Nashville artist Andee Rudloff.)
Keep an eye on shelbyave.bike for the latest news about the shop’s opening.
Nashville Running Company moving
A little bit of shuffling for the folks at runners’ gear shop Nashville Running Company, parked at 1105 Woodland Street since 2012: As of April 2, they’ll be in a new home.
Don’t fret though, East Nashvillians who depend on NRC for sneaks and socks and general running love: They’re not going far. The new location is a mere three blocks down, at 820 Woodland.
“It's been a great RUN at our current location,” the locally bred company said, announcing via dad joke, “but it's time to make some new memories.”
Some new plans are in the works with the change of location, including a weekly midday run and (because why not?) Saturday cookie baking.
We'll share when we get word on who might be taking over the shop's longtime spot.
Learn more about Nashville Running Company (including the brands/stuff they carry) at nashvillerunning.com.
Photog Partipilo’s ‘Cuba’ book is out
Not too long ago in our pages, we shared an “Images of Cuba” photo essay, featuring the work of Nashville photographer John Partipilo, a former Tennessean lensman and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.
If you were taken by Partipilo’s evocative, compelling captures, good news: He’s made them ownable. His limited-edition hardcover book Cuba My World Ends Here is available for purchase now via johnpartipilo.com, and it’s stocked with snapshots that, according to our friend/noted art expert Paul Polycarpou of Nashville Arts, “are the work of a master craftsman who has sharpened his skills over years of on-the-street photojournalism and a lifelong dedication to fine-art photography.” Agreed, agreed.
Each book includes a 5”x7” print and a Partipilo signature, and runs $67. If you’re intrigued, probably should jump on it, via Partipilo's website — as this was going up, there weren’t many left.
Take a spin back through John Partipilo's “Images of Cuba” here.
— Put this in your pocket for the weekend: This Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, East Nashville law office Eastside Legal will reimburse Uber, Lyft and taxi fares (up to $20) for the first 50 people that bring their receipts into the office. Just needs to be a trip home, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. They’re essentially paying you not to drink and drive. More details on Eastside Legal’s socials.
— Record shop/neighborhood bar Vinyl Tap added a new deli menu: house-made sandwiches, including spicy roast beef, buffalo chicken, home-style turkey, salami, sweet ham and veggie, all for $8.50, with a side of German potato salad, Greek pasta salad or chips. They’re open Monday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Noon to 1 a.m. Tuesday to Sunday, at 2038 Greenwood Ave.
— Fun update from in-the-works East Nashville tiki bar Chopper: They’re shooting for a May opening at 521 Gallatin Ave. (Here’s what we wrote when Chopper was initially announced.)
— Cycle Nashville is combining two things East Nashvillians (and, in general, human beings) love: going on a bike ride, and eating tacos. News on the 2nd annual Tour de Taco.
— Congrats to East Nashville Family Medicine on four years of taking care of East Nashvillian sniffles and scrapes.
— Can you believe it’s been a full decade since Mitchell Delicatessen began slinging stupendous sandwiches on the East Side? Time sure flies when you’re full o’ flank steak. In celebration of that milestone, Mitchell’s offering $2 off all sandwiches (which brings the cost to about what it would've been in 2008) on Friday, March 23. Discount’s only good for in-store purchases, though, so you’ll have to hoof it to 1306 McGavock Pike. More on how Mitchell Deli is celebrating 10 years here.
— Produce market/nursery The Crop Shop, which sprung up last spring on East Trinity Lane, is planning to open up for the 2018 season on March 18.
— Intrigued by the Nashville School of Traditional Country Music we wrote about not too long ago? They’re having an open house on Tuesday, and everyone’s invited.
— Congratulations to the former owners of The Park at Five Points, who apparently got a whopping 800 percent return on investment, since 2010.
— For your Easter celebrating: There’s an Eggstravaganza at East Park on Saturday, March 24, including an egg hunt, Easter Bunny snapshots and lots more family-friendly fun.
— Project 615 and the Preds’ Pekka Rinne have teamed up on a T-shirt that’ll help raise funds to fight pediatric cancer.
That’s it for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.