Back in the saddle after Thanksgiving and spendsgiving: This week, we’re looking at muscle cars, brains, bodies, bikes, ballet and lots more.
Quick housekeeping heads up, too:
Deadline for East Nashvillian of the Year nominations is Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.; voting will go down at the HENMA mixer on Monday at our place. Lots of info in November 16’s column about how to nominate a neighbor, if you have someone(s) in mind.
We’re hard at work on the Jan/Feb issue, too, which’ll include the East Nashvillians of the Year announcement and more. With it: Last chance to snag 2017 ad rates for 2018 is coming up. Want your business/brand in the book(s)? Deadline to reserve ad space is Dec. 15: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured up top: 2016 East Nashvillians of the Year Dave Brown and Mike Grimes of the Basement East.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Full speed ahead for East Nashville’s 4 SPEED
If you read our most recent issue, you probably got more acquainted with East Nashville entrepreneur Andy Mumma, the brains behind Barista Parlor and, soon enough, tiki bar CHOPPER (in the works in the former Bar Luca/Moto Moda spaces at Stratton/Gallatin).
Those beverage-centric businesses aren’t Mumma’s only passion projects. Also in the works now: 4 SPEED, a boutique dealership specializing in restored muscle cars and hot rods — think shined-up and revved-up ’65 Mustangs and ’79 Camaros and the like.
The dealership is due to open in the spring of 2018 at 946 Main Street (the transmission shop next to Gym 5), and while it’ll indeed be a place to browse and buy beautiful old automobiles, Mumma and co-conspirator Adam Wright (Gym 5’s owner) see 4 SPEED as a lot more than that.
“We are both car enthusiasts and wanted to create a space to hang and talk cars with other enthusiasts,” Mumma says. “The dealership part is just a natural extension, so we can pay the bills and continue to have a hideaway.”
When the doors open, we won’t see a sea of wheels — Mumma expects four to eight hand-picked cars to be in the boutique shop at any given time, all from the muscle-car/hot rod world, i.e. “the cars I know most about and have a huge passion for,” he says.
They’re largely planning to source and spotlight already restored cars, but Mumma says they’ll be taking on some projects with regional builders, and down the line, they hope to have a complete shop on site.
Also in the space, which Mumma says “will present like a very clean garage”: a lounge, retail pit with apparel, pro photo prints and locally printed illustrations of the cars they carry and more.
Once things are running, monthly parking lot car shows are in the works too, not only to spotlight those elegant machines, but to help inspire and spread classic-auto love in the community.
“We hope it can be a space for not only folks who are way into cars but also for people who like muscle cars but don’t know where to go to learn more,” Mumma says, “. . . Maybe we can help guide them on what to buy and make some dreams come true.”
Follow along as Mumma and Wright get 4 SPEED revved up: 4 SPEED on Instagram, 4 SPEED on Twitter, 4 SPEED on Facebook.
And if you haven’t already, read our feature on Andy Mumma — it’s a good one.
Nashville Brain & Body sets up shop on Riverside
The former home of LAVA Home Design, near Pied Piper Eatery, is up and humming again: New tenants Nashville Brain & Body opened the doors in early November, offering “comprehensive and innovative health care” for adults and children, including chiropractic, clinical neurology, acupuncture and other brain-based treatments.
Led by Dr. Melissa Brown Wenrich, the practice also has a lot to offer moms-to-be, like pre- and post-prenatal chiropractic. (Brown Wenrich’s education put a specific focus on pediatrics, pregnancy and nutrition.)
NB&B isn’t brand new to the neighborhood — you might’ve previously caught Dr. Brown Wenrich on site at the Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy on Gallatin Pike. With the new space, though, the team says, “We are beyond grateful and excited to bring you a place to connect and heal.”
Nashville Brain and Body is located at 1601 C Riverside Drive, and you can grab more info/schedule a consultation at nashvillebrainandbody.com. Follow along with Nashville Brain and Body on Instagram for regular updates/specials, too.
Any Old Iron out, Shelby Ave. Bicycle Co. in
In case you missed this tidbit during your turkey coma: Word came through last week that East Nashville boutique Any Old Iron, at 1627 Shelby Avenue, is on its way out, and that a new bike shop is due to take its place.
A report in The Tennessean noted that Green Fleet Bicycle Shop’s Austin Bauman is behind the new in-the-works shop, called Shelby Ave. Bicycle Co., which would carry bikes and accessories, and offer services like repairs and rentals.
Should be a bit before we see a changeover — planning commission meetings are scheduled for January, as Bauman works toward getting his East Side shop up and going.
Any Old Iron, meanwhile, is headed to the Cannery Row area, the paper said, with an appointment-only studio in the Big Red building.
Young East Nashville dancers join ‘Nashville’s Nutcracker’
Every year for the past decade, the Nashville Ballet has brought The Nutcracker to Nashville, inviting a talented crew of youth dancers to bring in a little extra holiday joy.
This year, East Side talent will again take the stage at TPAC’s Jackson Hall during the Nutcracker run, set for December 2 through 23: Seven young East Nashville dancers have been chosen for the 2017 youth cast, to perform alongside both our world-class Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony. Those accomplished young neighbors:
Florence Bavas, as a Native American Soldier
Bridget Byrd, as a Party Girl
Samantha Coplan, as a Lamb
Lillian Padgett, as a Medium Mouse
Norah Perry, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry member
Lillian Pyatt, as a Lamb
Madison Womack, as a Garden Fairy
All seven won their spots through community-wide auditions, and were chosen from a crew of hopefuls coming in from 14 counties in Tennessee and Kentucky.
When this year’s performances kick off, we’ll again be treated to the Symphony delivering the famous Tchaikovsky score, soundtracking a familiar production that has special Nashville twists, with nods to our city’s history in sets, costumes and more. (This year, expect a bunch of fresh fun, too, like snow falling on your head during the famous snow scene.)
Big congrats to our young neighbors, and here’s a little something to get you in a Nutcrackery mood.
Fannie Battle gets a facelift
Some happy holiday-season news for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children: The family-focused non-profit’s East Nashville space is getting a free facelift from Advent, a Nashville-based design firm that’s done work for the Titans, UCLA, Penn State and a host of other high-profile clients.
Over at 108 Chapel Avenue, we’ll see the lobby and main hallway renovated and refreshed, as part of Advent’s new community service initiative, dubbed SEE615 (Serve, Engage, Embolden). The reveal is expected in mid-December, and we’ll make sure to share some after shots here.
For more on Fannie Battle (whose annual Caroling for Kids fundraiser kicks off December 1), visit fanniebattle.org. More on Advent at adventresults.com.
— Excellent feature on Margo Price in American Songwriter, penned by talented local journo Marissa R. Moss.
— This year’s East C.A.N. HoLiDaY PaRtY is Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. There’ll be food and drinks and friends and dogs and everyone’s welcome.
— Congrats to local shop Hang the Moon, celebrating their third birthday this week (and offering shoppers 20 percent off through Sunday to mark the occasion).
— Big birthday for Shelby Bottoms Nature Center this year: They’re turning 10, and celebrating with a big bash on Saturday, Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m., with cake, activities, a campfire and more fun. Free/open-house style.
— Happy belated birthday to East Side Smiles too, who celebrated eight years in the neighborhood a little over a week ago.
— Reminder: Saturday morning brings the next planting of Yoshino Cherry trees on Riverside Drive, with the Friends of Riverside Dr. More info here if you’d like to take part and pitch in.
— Art & Invention Gallery’s Holiday Open House is set for Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., with all kinds of fine art and artisan gifts, plus music, treats and other fun. Idea Hatchery shops will be open late too.
— This Sunday, Her Bookshop hosts their second Sunday Salon with writers/East Nashvillians Zeneba Bowers and Matt Walker, who’ll be reading from their Little Roads Europe series. Drinks and snacks and music, too. Kicks off at 4 p.m., free admission.
— Like beer? Like opera? Might wanna pencil in Tuesday, Dec. 5, for Smith & Lentz Brewing’s Beerful Holiday Bash.
— High Garden is doing their Holiday RootWise Trading Post again this year: Thursday, Dec. 7 at their place. Bring anything handmade, upcycled, harvested, etc., and plan to barter (no money changing hands is the only rule). Setup time at 7 p.m., trading kicks off at 7:45.
That’s it for this week. East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.