East Side Buzz: Depressed Cake Shop, British Bike Bash, Nashville Rosé Festival, A Buffy Musical, Indian Street Food, General Elections, and more

Anaconda Vintage Hosts Depressed Cake Shop

It’s not your church ladies’ bake sale; the cakes, cookies, and cupcakes are often grey, black, or silver, perhaps with a little pop of color. Maybe that sounds like a terrible idea for a fundraiser, but “where there is cake there is hope, and there is always cake.” So says the grassroots organization Depressed Cake Shop, which facilitates cake pop-ups aimed at helping raise awareness about mental health and funds for mental health organizations around the world. In an effort to fight stigma and bring awareness to mental health issues during May, which happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month, Anaconda Vintage is hosting a Nashville Depressed Cake Shop on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m., at 1062 E. Trinity Lane, #101 (behind Grimey’s).

The Depressed Cake Shop, founded in the U.K. by public relations specialist Emma Thomas, began as a one-day pop-up bake sale in London in 2013. The idea caught on, and a Facebook community developed to help others with similar efforts. Now Depressed Cake Shops pop up all over the world, offering creative sweets as a delicious way to start a conversation about depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. Nashville Cake Shop organizer and baker Megan Seling got involved in 2014, when she held her first pop-up at Stone Fox in Nashville. “The idea really resonated with me because I’ve lived with depression most of my life and baking has been a good way for me to focus and find comfort during especially rough patches,” she explains.

“I loved the idea of doing it at Anaconda Vintage because those women have such a strong sense of community. Their store is more than just a store — they host all kinds of events and support all kinds of art and artists,” Seling says.

Nashville’s pop-up will showcase creations from some of the city’s best bakers and bakeries says Seling. “We have such an amazing lineup of bakers. Lisa Marie White of Killebrew and Marsh House is making fresh donuts; Jessica Bedor of Sinema is making vanilla bean macarons with local strawberry filling; Jennifer Justus of the Nashville Food Project is baking cookies inspired by her favorite Kacey Musgraves song (“Happy & Sad”), and Goo Goo Cluster is creating exclusive Goo Goos for the event.” Seling will be making two different kinds of cupcakes. “There will be lemon-bar stuffed cupcakes topped with sprinkle pills and also rainy-day cupcakes, which are filled with blue sprinkles and topped with umbrellas. I’m a big fan of baking things into other things,” she says. Come see what these folks can do for your palate, even with a limited color palette.

Everything at Nashville’s Depressed Cake Shop will be $5, and all proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Tennessee Affiliate. Learn more about their work at namitn.org.

There will also be cold brew and coffee from Living Waters Brewing available for cash donations to NAMI. For more information on the Nashville pop-up visit the event page on Facebook here: Depressed Cake Shop and read more about the mission on the Depressed Cake Shop website.

18th Annual Ton Up Brit Bike Bash Brings Vintage Motorcycles to Little Harpeth Brewing

Motorcycle lovers will want to head over to Little Harpeth Brewing at 30 Oldham St. this Saturday afternoon, May 18, where Ton Up, the Nashville-based British motorcycle club, will be holding their annual Brit Bike Bash from noon to 5 p.m. The show will feature new and vintage British motorcycles and European bikes, with prizes awarded for bikes in a number of categories, including Best Triumph, Best Norton, and Best Vintage, among others. Lovers of all types of motorcycles are encouraged to come on their bikes (the weather is supposed to be great for riding). Of course, all bike aficionados, riding or otherwise, are welcome.

This is the 18th year Ton Up has sponsored the event, which was held for a number of years at Drifters, then at The Basement East. Having outgrown both venues, the Bike Bash is moving down near the Cumberland to Little Harpeth Brewing this year.

“It all started with a bunch of guys, about eight or ten who had British motorcycles and just worked on them together,” Ton Up Club President Richard Brodock says. “We didn’t really fit into the regular motorcycle scene, but we all loved these British bikes,” he adds. It turned out that lots of other folks in Nashville loved British bikes too, and Ton Up was born.

In addition to the bikes on show, local vendors will be on hand selling motorcycle-related art, clothing, and accessories. American Motorsports will also be there showing off some of the latest sport bikes.

Admission to the event is free. It costs $10 to enter a bike in show competition. For more information, see Ton Up’s Facebook page.

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Nashville Rosé Festival Brings the Pink to East Park

The second annual Nashville Rosé Festival will have corks popping in East Park on Saturday, May 18 from 3-7 p.m. The festival will feature over 70 different rosé wines, along with a beer garden and a selection of food trucks and other vendors. DJs from Snyder Entertainment will provide music, and attendees will, no doubt, provide the dancing. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. Established in 1995, the TBCC is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Nashville Rosé Festival website.

They Slay

If you missed it last week, you still have one more chance to check out “Give Me Something To Sing About” — an interactive live performance of the musical episode “Once More With Feeling” from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” at Drkmttr Collective, 1111 Dickerson Pike on Friday, May 17, from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. Proceeds go to the Tennessee Prisons Books Project and Southerners on New Ground (SONG). For more information, see the Drkmttr Facebook page here: DRKMTTR. Also, check out our recent feature on Drkmttr Collective by clicking here. 

Election Section

This week’s petition filing deadline for declared candidates marks the official start of the 2019 Metro Nashville General Election. We’ll be using this space to include news about public appearances, such as meet and greets and town halls, by candidates in East Nashville voting districts.

Zulfat Suara, who is running for one of five seats at-large on Metro Council, will appear for a meet and greet on Sunday, May 19, 1:30-3 p.m. at Delgado Guitars, 919 Gallatin Ave., Suite #9. To RSVP for the event, email delgadoguitars1928@gmail.com or call 615. 227.4578.

To see which voting district you live in, check out this handy map published by Nashville Metro Government: Communities and Council Districts.

Quick Bits

– A new Indian restaurant will be taking up residence on the East Side in the former location of EDesIa at 1112 Woodland St. Calling their new digs a Truckstaurant, 615 Chutney will bring their South Indian street food style to the Five Points neighborhood and will continue to operate their food truck which began rolling in late 2018. The cuisine, as described on the restaurant’s Facebook page is “chutneyfied.” To see the street food menu, visit their website at Nashville Chutney.

– Colts Chocolates will be moving its manufacturing facility from the current location on Overton St. in The Gulch to the old Piggly Wiggly supermarket at 3611 Gallatin Pike in Inglewood, the Nashville Post reports. The chocolatier, which has operated out of The Gulch since the 1980s, expects to have 15 full- and part-time employees at the site. Colts decided to leave their Gulch digs for a more spacious facility on the East Side. For more on the move, see this story in The Nashville Post.

– Mayor Briley’s proposed budget will impact public bus routes in Nashville, resulting in reduced service and possibly a fare hike, WeGo transit officials said at a Metro budget meeting this past week. The $8.7 million budget shortfall could cause WeGo to reduce bus service by seven percent after having increased it by 32 percent since 2013. For more on this story see the WPLN website.

– Metro Nashville school sickouts continued this week as teachers protested for better pay. Over 1,000 teachers stayed home from work on Thursday, dissatisfied with the three percent cost-of-living raise outlined in Mayor Briley’s current budget plan. The Metro Board of Public Education has requested a 10 percent raise. For more on the story, see The Tennessean.

– A nine-acre parcel of land in Inglewood has come on the market priced at $2.75 million. The property at 3901 Ivy Drive, has been held in a private living trust. Much of the land is currently undeveloped, and the parcel, zoned R10 for low- to medium-density residential use, is being advertised in MLS listings as “suitable for 32 units” and “picture perfect for cottage development.”

– The Tennessee State Legislature’s inclination for passing laws prohibiting certain types of local regulations may actually hurt economic growth, especially with regard to much-needed affordable housing in Nashville, according to a new study from the Partnership for Working Families. Last year the legislature voted to ban local governments from requiring developers to build lower-cost units through incentives or mandates for project approval. The study analyzes the impact of preemptive legislation on communities and families and suggests that such policies disproportionately impact low-income and minority women and families in Tennessee. Read the study here and check out this story at the WPLN website. See some of the legislation at issue by clicking here: State of Tennessee House Bill No. 1143

– Current trade wars undertaken by President Trump are having a negative impact on Tennessee exports according to Middle Tennessee State University’s Tennessee Trade Report 4th Quarter 2018 analysis. Exports of whiskey and automobiles have suffered, and Tennessee has seen marked decreases in overall trade with Canada and countries in Latin America especially. For more on this story, see The Tennessean. To see the report, go to MTSU’s Global Commerce website.

– Nashville Public Library officials broke ground this week at the site of what will be the new Donelson branch library. The new facility will be the centerpiece of the Donelson Plaza revitalization project, aimed at converting the property at 2710 and 2720 Old Lebanon Road into a walkable town center. The new library is set to open in 2021 and will replace the smaller facility at 2315 Lebanon Pike, which was built in 1966. Replacing the Donelson branch with a newer expansion is part of NPL’s Master Facilities Plan. See the master plan here: NPL Master Plan, and check out the story at the WKRN website.

– A woman out for a stroll in East Nashville was hit by a person riding a scooter. Lack of scooter regulation enforcement is a growing problem as the number of scooters on sidewalks increases. See more from Fox17.

– Beginning on July 1, Tennessee will be issuing Real ID driver’s licenses in compliance with federal standards for identification. By October 2020, a Real ID will be required to pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at airports, as well as to enter certain other secure locations requiring federal identification. For more information and to see a sample of the new Real ID license see this story in The Tennessean.