This week, we're in and out of fashion, still hoping for a drive-in and more. On to the latest round of East Nashville news:
Pom Pom Nashville shuts its doors
Kinda bummer news from one of East Nashville’s cuter shops: Pom Pom Nashville announced this week that the doors were set to close for good at 1006 Fatherland St., Ste. 203, where the brand had been slinging “bohemian women's clothing, accessories, and home goods” for about two years.
The last day for Pom Pom in East Nashville’s Fatherland District is set for July 28.
As with some other recently shuttered East Nashville shops, though, this isn’t an end, just a pivot to online — you’ll still be able to snag Pom Pom stuff at pompomnashville.com, and the closing announcement also noted that pop-ups at local shops and markets are in the planning too.
“Thank you all so much for love and the support you’ve given us for the past two years,” Pom Pom’s goodbye note said. “We will miss your smiling faces and be forever grateful!”
As those folks gear up for the move to online, they’re hoping to clear out some inventory — everything in the store is 30 percent off through closing day.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday noon to 4.
We’ll keep our ears open for news on who’s taking over that space.
August Moon Drive-In offers update
When news first broke last year about the August Moon Drive-In — an “immersive theater” concept styled like a drive-in, with built-in classic-car-style seating and a simulated starry sky — responses ranged from excitement to smirks.
Since the envisioned opening of spring 2018 came and went, those who fell more on the excitement side have likely been wondering, as we have, whether the replica drive-in was still coming to its initially planned spot, on the East Nashville side of the river near the stadium.
The August Moon folks offered an update this week, and, long story short, things seem to be looking very “probably?”
In a video announcement, founder Michael Counts said that a lot of the hold-up boiled down to partnership possibilities they were exploring — one for a space elsewhere in Nashville that isn’t coming through, and one for a location in Pigeon Forge that’s still very much on the table.
“The site we have in East Nashville is still our favorite, and still the ‘A’ plan for what we’re doing,” Counts said, “but we had to explore these different possibilities.”
This might mean that the East Bank location will come first, with a Pigeon Forge drive-in following, or it might mean we’ll see two locations opening simultaneously. Or something different. Counts said they’re in the final stages of figuring those details out, so we can likely expect more solid news soon.
Something else he says should be coming in the weeks ahead: a crowdfunding campaign geared at getting the community involved in bringing August Moon to life. To keep up with the latest updates, follow the August Moon Drive-In on Facebook.
You can also watch Counts’ full update on YouTube, and learn more about August Moon at augustmoondrivein.com.
Phancee opening on Fatherland
An upcoming East Nashville fashion addition: Women’s clothing shop Phancee is gearing up to open at 700 Fatherland St., in the space that was formerly home to gifts/decor shop Rustique, which closed in February.
The boutique, which stocks casual wear, custom T-shirts, and pieces that nod to its name a little more (cocktail dresses, sequined jerseys), launched in Antioch with one major aim: “Our first and only concern is to make sure that you are feeling Phabulous once you leave our store.”
Owner Sheneka Davis said in a new-shop announcement that she hadn't specifically been looking to make a move to the East Side.
“A breakfast date with a close friend led me here,” she wrote. “There was a sign on the door by the restaurant that we were having breakfast at... I told her to call the number and she did! After I heard the amount, rejection automatically set in! I then pondered over it and decided to call myself four hours later! The amount didn’t change, but the fear was absent!”
Excitement looks to be taking fear's place, as Davis preps to host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, August 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with food, music, games and giveaways for the first 25 customers.
To check out the shop’s offerings and keep up with announcements, follow Phancee on Instagram.
Comfy Nails Zone now open
New spot in the neighborhood for pampering your fingers and toes: Comfy Nails Zone is open at 3026 Gallatin Pike in Inglewood (in the building that was home to clothing shop 615 Ave).
They don’t have much in the way of a web presence yet, and we struck out getting them on the horn, but just the basics: Neighbors who’ve made early use of the Zone say they’re offering your general gamut of manicure/pedicure services, with middle-of-the-road rates (like pedis in the area of $35).
Posted hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. We'll share more when we get in for a visit.
Blue Buccaneers drop new pirate tunes for kids
For a long while now, we’ve been fascinated with Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers, a collection of Nashville music stalwarts turning their creative attention to the pirate’s life, offerings songs immersed in swashbuckling and the sea and such.
Kids, for obvious reasons, tend to like the pirate songs and sea-faring vibes, and now, Mason and Co. have something explicitly made for those young fans: If You Want to be a Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers, a newly released LP stocked with “songs for kids of all ages, with all the mayhem but less of the rum, murder, and sorrow that sometimes shows up in our songs.”
Tracks like “The Parrot of a Pirate” and “Talk Like a Pirate” offer singalong-inspiring stuff about… well, treasure, and land lovers and stuff, led by Mason’s slightly (but not overwhelmingly) pirate-y brogue.
The set is available at tommason.net/store and at Blue Buccaneers shows (plus your various digital outposts, like Amazon).
The band’s busy in the coming months with stuff like coastal pirate festivals, but if you’re taking your family to the Pilgrimage fest in Franklin come September, the Blue Buccaneers are set to be there.
Keep up with the Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers Facebook page for show announcements — they tend to play in East Nashville pretty regularly.
Burg & Co. Marketing sets up shop
Another business setting East Nashville roots: Burg & Co., a digital marketing agency headquartered in Tampa, Florida, is opening its second location here in the neighborhood, at 901 Woodland St. (the Wabash Building, home to coworking space WeWork).
Those folks launch websites and develop social media plans and the like, and have done so for a mix of clients including 7-Eleven and (one for the musicians among us) Gator Cases.
Get to know our new neighbors and their work at burgandco.com.
— We tipped back in May to the 2018 Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party run, and finally, its kickoff is almost here: The first party of the season goes down at the Cornelia Fort AirPark this Saturday, July 21. In the spotlight Saturday: Brazilbilly featuring Jesse Lee Jones, along with Cicus No. 9 (but you’re also invited/encouraged to bring your own stringed instruments and participate in the music-making). Pickin’ starts at 6 p.m., featured bands at 7, and your ticket ($12 advance/$15 at the gate) includes one drink (folks who bring an instrument get a second one). Lots more at corneliafortpickinparty.org.
— Did you catch our feature on Shenanigoats in the new issue? Related fun: Reality TV series Very Cavallari invited those folks (and the goats) for a visit, and it’s fun to watch.
— Southern Living magazine is really into Riverside Village restaurant Fort Louise’s grits, so they asked for the recipe, and shared it with us. Fun timing, since Fort Louse is celebrating its first birthday this weekend with a Detox-to-Retox yoga session and house party. All the details on that were in last week’s Buzz; just scroll down to the Quick Bits section here.
— Marriott Traveler, meanwhile, eyeballed the “thriving” Nashville craft cocktail scene and like both Walden and Attaboy in East Nashville.
— What would you think about 1311 Woodland becoming a B&B? You can share your feelings at a meeting next week.
— An opening announcement for East Nashville’s Slow Hand Coffee & Bakery is coming soon (closing date for the downtown location is July 27).
— Saturday is the ’80s Prom Night Party at Noble’s Kitchen & Beer Hall, so if you’ve been itching to break out your old prom garb: great excuse.
— Wednesday, July 25, East Side gift shop Gift Horse is hosting a pop-up with Hellcats Inc., who’ll be bringing candles and patches and pins and more.
— “The First Aging Buildings Come Tumbling Down In The James Cayce Homes.” (Related: Here’s our Cayce rundown/update from the new issue.)
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.