East Side Buzz, February 11


Matters of Development

The owners of East Nashville record store The Groove have ended their bid to buy the shop’s Calvin Avenue property, and more than $25,700 donated to a GoFundMe campaign will be returned to donors, according to the Nashville Scene. Owners Michael Combs and Jesse Cartwright say they have no plans to close the business or move.  

All People Coffee, Nashville’s first Black-owned coffee and beverage shop, has opened at 347 Douglas Ave., Ste. 101, according to The Tennessee Tribune. All People Coffee serves coffee and specialty drinks along with a self-pour beer wall with 12 local brews on tap. 

Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed budget includes $40 million to extend Cleveland Street to the River North site of the incoming Oracle corporate campus, according to AXIOS Nashville. The project will extend Cleveland Street from Dickerson Pike to Cowan Street and will include an I-24 underpass. 

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery will celebrate the opening of its new 969 Main St., location by offering free food and non-alcoholic drinks Feb. 18-20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Denver-based breakfast chain’s soft opening event will benefit local charities Fannie Battle Day Home For Children (Feb. 18), Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (Feb. 19), and W.O. Smith Music School (Feb. 20). RSVP to reserve a spot for parties of six or less. 

The 5 Spot To End Vax/Test Requirement

The 5 Spot announced on social media Thursday that effective Monday, Feb. 14, the popular East Nashville music venue would be retiring its COVID-19 negative test/proof of vaccination policy. 

An Instagram post states “the ongoing decline of Covid cases in Davidson County” is the reason for the policy change. 

“So long as COVID continues to pose an endemic threat, we encourage everyone to take reasonable precautions as they see fit,” the post reads. 

The 5 Spot was the first venue in East Nashville — of a dozen music venues city-wide — to adopt a vaccination/test policy in August. 

The 5 Spot’s policy has required patrons and bands to present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test taken within 72 hours in order to enter the venue or perform there. 

Gilda’s Gang 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Slated For April 2 At Shelby Park

The 2nd Annual Gilda’s Gang 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, benefiting Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s free cancer support program, is to take place Saturday, April 2 at Shelby Park. 

This fundraising event supports an essential Middle Tennessee nonprofit in honor of the late Dr. Gail Addlestone, who developed and led one of Gilda’s Club’s most successful and long-running fundraisers: Gilda’s Gang, a half-marathon training program. 

Addlestone first became involved with Gilda’s Club as a volunteer. Having lost her own mom to ovarian cancer, she was passionate about the nonprofit’s mission from the very start. Then, just a couple of years later, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. 

As Addlestone endured surgery, chemo, radiation, and more, she took on her second role at Gilda’s Club: member. She participated in the weekly moms’ support group and opened the door for Gilda’s Club to serve her father, husband, daughter, and friends. 

Sadly, Addlestone soon had to stop practicing medicine. At this time, she changed roles yet again and became a Gilda’s Club staff member, serving in a way that combined her two passions: exercise during cancer treatment and supporting Gilda’s Club.  

While she accomplished much while working for Gilda’s Club, Addlestone is perhaps best known for establishing what would later become Gilda’s Gang – a half-marathon training program and fundraiser that raised more than $1.3 million for Gilda’s Club between 2006 and 2017. 

Since her death in 2007, Addlestone’s legacy has been recognized by Gilda’s Club in several ways. Gilda’s Gang was named in her honor, and she was celebrated posthumously with the Nancy Saturn Award of Inspiration in 2011. Additionally, the Dr. Gail Addlestone Community Building Award was created in 2018 and is presented annually.  

The 2nd Annual Gilda’s Gang 5K is being generously supported by media from The East Nashvillian, as well as support from Caffé Nonna, and Run Nash.

The event opens at 7:30 a.m., at Riverview Shelter at Shelby Park — Shelby Avenue & S. 20th St. — with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. The 1-Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Both runs are untimed. Post-run fun lasts until 10:30 a.m. 

Registration is $35, and free for children 12 and under.

Find out more about Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee on their website.

United Way Needs Volunteers For Raise Your Hand Tutoring Program

United Way needs volunteers to tutor Williamson County students struggling in reading and math, specifically in the Spring Hill and Fairview, Tennessee areas.

Tutors serve before and after school alongside teachers to help first-through-fourth grade students struggling with reading and math. Volunteers commit to one hour per week for up to 10 weeks tutoring students individually or in small-group sessions. No teaching experience is required, and training is provided. High school students looking for volunteer hours are encouraged to apply.

“We rely so much on our volunteer tutors to listen to and coach each child to success in the classroom,” said Sonya Johnson, Manager of Education Initiatives at United Way. “Our tutors help break down learning barriers that so many children face — especially during the pandemic — and help them gain the tools they need to be confident learners. This program could not happen without the support of our dedicated volunteers.”

Since 2012, Raise Your Hand has partnered with administrators and teachers at Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District to implement free tutoring sessions. For the 2020-21 school year, volunteer tutors helped 251 students from 12 elementary schools. 

Participation is free for students, thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous grants from the Volunteer Generation Fund, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. To learn more about Raise Your Hand or to become a volunteer, visit the United Way of Greater Nashville website.

Mayor Cooper, Metro Nashville Ask Residents for Feedback

What is it like to visit a Metro Parks community center? How convenient is the checkout service at Nashville Public Library? How easy is it to catch a WeGo bus?

Mayor John Cooper and Metro Nashville’s departments are looking for those answers and more as they deploy community-wide customer experience surveys, which are open now.

“Like any enterprise must do, Metro government is reaching out to our customers — asking the people we serve to help identify how we can deliver better and more efficiently,” Mayor Cooper said. “As any successful small business or company must, city government will continue to earn our customers’ confidence — and that starts with asking for their feedback and ideas.”

Surveys take two minutes or less to complete; go to hubNashville to participate.

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