East Side Buzz, December 3

As you may have heard, the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association (HENMA) is seeking nominations for the annual East Nashvillians of the Year awards — and today is the last day to name your nominees! So if if you know an individual who best represents the civic pride of the neighborhood and/or a business paying it forward, now’s the time to get them in the running. Nominations can be submitted here.

The winners will be announced in the Jan/Feb print edition of The East Nashvillian. This ever-popular issue is a great vehicle for getting your business in front of our devoted following, and ad space is still available. Contact sales@theeastnashvillian.com for more information today!


Matters of Development

Metro Planning Department has released a preliminary vision of the East Bank infrastructure design, including a conceptual street grid, bikeway concept, greenway concept, open space/park concept, and cross-river connections.

A new local coffee shop, Madtown Coffee, 516 Gallatin Pike S., has opened in Madison. 

A three-parcel East Nashville property, located at 2605, 2631, and 2635 Gallatin Ave., has sold for a combined $2.2 million, according to the Nashville Post

The Vic, a new neighborhood bar from Fat Bottom Brewery founder Ben Bredeson, is now open in The Gallatin Hotel at 2512 Gallatin Ave. Read more about it here.

An East Nashville industrial property on the Cumberland River has sold for $1.96 million, according to the Nashville Post

A new East Nashville preschool and childcare center, Bloom Academy, 4119 Gallatin Pike, opened Monday. The facility offers enrollment for children 12 weeks old to age five (there is a waitlist) and features a nearly a half-acre outdoor play area, with tree stumps, balance beams, a rock climbing wall, and an outdoor mud kitchen. “We do focus on academics, however, we know the importance of learning through play,” Bloom Director Ashley Tolbert said. 

Southern Grist Brewing  has officially shut its doors at its Porter Road location, as it prepares to open a new location at 754 Douglas Ave. (Southern Grist’s Instagram page said an announcement would be coming this week.) 

The Dive Motel, 1414 Dickerson Pike, has launched an Asian comfort food menu from Charleston-based Xiao Bao Biscuit.


Third Redistricting Draft Proposal To Be Released Today; Adoption Next Week

The Metro Planning Department is nearing the adoption of Metro Council and School Board redistricting proposals and will release the third draft of proposals today, Friday, Dec. 3, on the city’s redistricting website.

Proposal C will incorporate feedback from Proposal B and will have a very quick review process. Comments from the public are due by 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7. 

Comments can be submitted via email (redistricting@nashville.gov), an online survey, or an in-person review session at the Planning Department Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Planning Commission plans to vote on the adoption of Proposal C on Thursday, Dec. 9. There will be no public hearing. 

After Planning Commission review and adoption, Metro Council can either adopt or reject the proposed maps. If Council rejects the Planning Commission’s recommendation, the Commission’s map will then go to a referendum. While the Metro Council cannot amend the Planning Commission’s recommendation, the Council can submit its own plan for a public referendum.

The redistricting is part of a regular redrawing of Metro Council and School Board district lines, which happens every 10 years. Elected officials will continue to represent their current districts until 2023. 


East Nash Holiday Bash Lights Up Five Points This Weekend

Five Points will be decked in holiday cheer this weekend, thanks to the East Nash Holiday Bash

The three-day event, which kicked off Thursday with a community Christmas tree lighting, will run through Saturday night. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ornaments and decorate the tree, located in the lot next to Bongo East, throughout the weekend. 

There will be a holiday market with local vendors and artists, a holiday cocktail bash (Friday from 6-9 p.m.), a charcuterie board class (Friday at 4 p.m.) photos with Santa (Saturday from 2-4 p.m.), live music, food, a fire pit, and more. 

The event is free (except for the cocktail bash), and is presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. It continues today, Friday, 4-9 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

A Groovy Holiday Market & Fundraiser To Take Place Sunday

You may have heard that The Groove Records, 1103 Calvin Ave., is raising money to purchase the property where the indie record store is located, or else it will have to close or move.  

You may also have heard that Christmas is rapidly approaching, and maybe you haven’t done your shopping. Well, now’s your chance to help The Groove, and also help yourself, by attending A Groovy Holiday Market & Fundraiser. 

The pop-up market at The Groove on Sunday, 1-5 p.m., is presented by The Groove and mobile boutique Rock-N-Boho Clothing. It will find vendors such as western wear fashion designer Ashlyn Evans, candlemaker La Candela Nash, and other groovy, local small businesses donating 10 percent of sales to The Groove’s fundraising efforts. 

(The Groove has additionally announced a benefit concert Dec. 18, and you can also help by donating to The Groove’s GoFundMe campaign.)


Homeless Individuals Welcome At Christmas Concert Dec. 17

A Madison church has announced a Christmas concert specifically to address the needs of homeless persons in the area — and they are invited. 

The Concert for the Streets will take place Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m, in the sanctuary of City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, 701 Gallatin Pike S. 

The concert will involve area artists to raise funds for the purchase of homeless outreach items, such as sleeping bags and propane canisters. 

Jonell Mosser, Tiffany Huggins Grant, Meredith DiMenna, and others will perform. A $10 donation is suggested for admission, or a donation of a cold-weather sleeping bag, a three-to-four-person tent, or a six-pack of camping propane canisters.

Homeless individuals throughout the area are invited to come and enjoy the show for free. 

“There are lots of Christmas shows in Nashville, but folks living on the streets aren’t usually welcome at those shows,” said Rev. Jay Voorhees, the church’s pastor. “We believe that they should have the opportunity to enjoy some good music in a warm space.”

To purchase tickets or donate, please visit the Concert for the Streets website.

Quick Bits 

  • Love Notes to Abortion: A Collection of Visual Stories (Planned Parenthood Abortion Art Gallery), will be free and open to the public today, Friday, Dec. 3, from noon to 5 p.m., at The PSV Store, 100 Taylor St. The gallery closing, featuring music and performance art, will be today from 5-8 p.m. and is $5.
  • MusiCares will be offering complimentary dental appointments to music professionals in Nashville. Appointments will be held at Chrysalis Oral Health Care Alliance and will include x-rays, teeth cleaning, and dental treatment planning. MusiCares will cover the cost of preventive dental care services to those who are eligible. Register here.
  • The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has announced NIVA Care health insurance for members’ full-time and part-time employees. Benefits include health insurance, student loan debt repayment, saving for emergency expenses, dependent care, and more. Read more about eligibility requirements here.
  • “A Christmas Gift For You From She’s A Rebel,” the seventh annual She’s A Rebel: A Girl Group Tribute show has been announced Dec. 11 at The Basement East. Tickets are available here.

Love Buzz

Amanda Shires

It’s time, it’s time! It’s Friday, Dec. 3, and it’s finally time! 

You see, dear reader, I am on Team No Holiday Music Before Thanksgiving. No judgment if you are not! Maybe you’ve been blasting “Hard Candy Christmas” since October and that’s OK, too. But for me, the Christmas season doesn’t start until Thanksgiving is officially over now that we’re through the fourth Thursday of November IT! IS! TIME! And new to this year’s Christmas collection is Amanda Shires’ debut holiday record, For Christmas

The first single “Gone For Christmas” is a joyfully bratty country rock and roll tune that shines bright with backing vocals from The McCrary Sisters. It’s about kicking a no-good dude to the curb. After running through her Christmas wish list — a boat, a pony, a date with Larry David, Shires declares that what she wants most of all is “you gone for Christmas.” 

It’s the “Santa Baby” antithesis we never knew we needed and now I’m going to carry that same “take no shit” energy into this holiday season. And, like Shires, I would also like a 52-week paid vacation and a trip to the Caymans.

Want a tune that’s a little more wistful and romantic? For Christmas has that, too. Check out “Blame It On the Mistletoe,” the video for which tells the story of a sweet Christmas kiss while paying homage to those cute vintage stop-motion holiday movies. 

“Love Buzz” is curated by contributor Megan Seling


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