East Side Buzz: Fond Object Farewell Party, Kettner Coffee Supply Opens, East Nashville Family Medicine Celebrates Five Years, Friendly Arctic Expands, and more

Fond Object Farewell Party

With Inglewood’s beloved Fond Object officially closing this Sunday, the community is losing a record store, vintage clothing boutique, and an eclectic music venue.

Fond Object’s backyard has welcomed music of all genres, as well as poets, DJs, theatre performances, movie nights, Record Store Day celebrations, and more, for over six years.

Photo Credit: Jordan ODonnell

Naturally, the proper way to say goodbye is with a traditional backyard blowout. An all-day farewell party kicks off at noon on Saturday, Mar. 2.

In typical Fond Object fashion, a packed lineup featuring a variety of bands and songwriters are scheduled to perform, including Olivia Jean, Country Westerns, Blank Range, Tim Easton, Teddy and the Rough Riders, Black Venus, Steve Forrest & The A-Oks, Spodee Boy, Schizos, Kent Osborne, Modern Convenience, The Medium, Ariel Bui, The Shitdels, Dylan Lee Johnston, Chet Jameson and more. Pat Sansone, Tara Walters, and Ryan Sweeney are lined up to DJ, with more to be announced.

There will be food trucks and vendors, with Little Harpeth Brewing and Cathead Vodka sponsoring the event.

The show is free and, as always, all ages. Visit their Facebook event page for updates and details.

Kettner Coffee Supply Opens in Greenwood Neighborhood

Residents of the Greenwood neighborhood won’t have to go far for their coffee fix. Kettner Coffee Supply located at 1045 W. Eastland Ave. is now open for business.

Owned by public relations pro Hannah Schneider (of Hannah Schneider Creative and the new BRND House), Kettner is located within The Eastland building, joining tenants including Peninsula, The Bookshop and Darling Salon & Blowout Bar.

“I actually lived in [The Eastland building], and really craved a neighborhood place I could call home,” says Schneider. “I wanted somewhere with great coffee, quick service, and a staff who would learn my name and strike up a conversation.”

Courtesy of Hannah Schneider

Kettner will serve Nicaraguan coffee from New York City’s Café Integral, and premium soft serve ice cream. “I thought [soft serve] would be so fun to offer,” says Schneider. “People love it; we’re pouring espresso and making affogatos for people. We’re serving Cafe Integral coffee, which is so special, but I also wanted a space that was inviting and fun, and I felt like soft serve was the perfect addition. It’s a plus that so many families can walk over and have something for mom and dad, and also the kiddos.”

Kettner will also offer a selection of pastries from Sam Tucker of Village Bakery and Provisions but is focusing on a simple menu. “We’re keeping it classic,” says Schneider. “I really want the coffee to speak for itself, so we’re serving a small menu, but are happy to make any special requests if we can service it. As serious as I am about the coffee quality, I also want to serve what people love.”

The space offers free high-speed Wi-Fi and features local decor from Apple & Oak and Fort Houston.

Another plus is Kettner’s neighbor The Bookshop. “We actually have a connecting door, so we keep it open during service so people can grab a book and then come cozy up with a coffee. It feels like the perfect business marriage,” says Schneider.

As part of Schneider’s effort to create a place people can “call home,” neighborhood residents will receive a locals’ discount.

Schneider also states that they will be using the space for local community events further down the road. To stay updated on all events happening at Kettner Coffee Supply visit their website or socials @kettnercoffeesupply.

Kettner Coffee Supply will be open seven days a week, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

East Nashville Family Medicine Celebrates Five Years

East Nashville Family Medicine, known for their friendly and helpful staff, is celebrating five years of serving their community with health, happiness, and lots of love.

Dr. Rozmond Lewis and Nurse Practitioner Mimi Gerber opened the practice’s doors on March 3, 2014. Both vowed to provide high-quality care and accessibility by offering both primary care and urgent care in the same office.

Today, East Nashville Family Medicine continues to uphold that vow proudly. They’ve established meaningful, lasting relationships with their fellow community members and invite all of them to join in their fifth-anniversary celebration at 801 Woodland St.

The celebration will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 1, and they’ll be providing free B12 shots and balloons for the kids.

For more information visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

The Friendly Arctic Expands

By this summer, Friendly Arctic Printing and Design will open a second location, called The Friendly Arctic, located at 1004 Gallatin Ave.

This second location will serve as a sales office, retail storefront, and special events location for the Greenwood neighborhood and the surrounding areas.

“This particular location is around the corner from our current space at 1045 Granada Ave., which is convenient, to say the least,” says Tom Oakes, head of sales and marketing for Friendly Arctic. “It’d be hard to pass up on such a great opportunity for foot traffic as Gallatin Avenue continues to develop.”

Courtesy of The Friendly Arctic

With this new space, The Friendly Arctic will offer its own retail products, including t-shirts screen printed and designed in-house, and screen-printed posters from many local concerts and events, designed by co-owner/artist Andy Bird. “We’ve been expanding our own retail brands, and shirt offerings, such as our TN Is Fantastic brand, for the last couple of years. This differs from our main contract print work, which has also been growing. Our current print shop does not have enough room to really lean into these creative endeavors,” says Oakes.

Clients of the print shop will also have an opportunity to sell their products through this Gallatin Avenue storefront on consignment. These products will include local bands, clothing lines, artists and designers that get their items screen printed through the company’s print service. This portion of the storefront will serve to spotlight Nashville talent and promote local events surrounding Friendly Arctic’s clients.

Additionally, this second location will serve as a special events space inside and outside. They plan on utilizing the generous, fenced courtyard in the back for a variety of events. “The courtyard out back is also a big factor, as we’re planning on hosting art shows, print workshops, and other special events.  East Nashville has been our home since 2009, and we’re extremely excited about really plugging into the local art scene with these events,” says Oakes.

“We’ve also been in dire need of a client meeting space away from all of the noise, ink, and heat that a screen printing warehouse generates,” Oakes explains. This expansion will meet that need, with a meeting and sales area apart from the actual print facility. Clients who want to get their own designs screen printed will be able to talk with sales managers in a comfortable and fun setting or sit down to brainstorm with the in-house design team.

For more information, visit their website, or follow them on Instagram.

SmileMaker Orthodontics to Open New Office

SmileMaker Orthodontics currently has an office in Hendersonville and has been renting office space from East Side Smiles, but Dr. Jay B. Burton of SmileMaker and his wife Sarah have found a brick and mortar space in East Nashville to call their own.

The new office, intended to be their primary location, is located at the corner of Gallatin Pike and East Trinity Lane in a mixed-use building that is currently under construction. “Our grand opening target date is in May, but that depends on when the construction is complete,” says Sarah.

Dr. Jay B. Burton is a Tennessee native who grew up a couple of hours outside of Nashville in McKenzie. After completing his orthodontic residency at New York University in Manhattan, Burton and his wife Sarah made the move to Tennessee.

“We loved East Nashville right away. It reminded us of New York. It has such wonderful diversity, culture, and food,” says Sarah. “We noticed there were no orthodontists in the area, and families were growing and staying in East Nashville. That’s when we realized this was the place we needed to be.”

For more information on SmileMaker and updates on the new location please visit their website or Facebook.

Death Row Inmates Paint the Stations of the Cross

Rosebank neighborhood Memorial Lutheran Church, in collaboration with inmates at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, the nonprofit organization No Exceptions Prison Collective, and Borderland Mission, is hosting a community-wide viewing of the 12 Stations of the Cross.

Courtesy of Vicar Dawn Bennett

This exhibit will feature canvas scrolls that are hand-drawn and painted by inmates who live on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. “I learned of the scrolls last year during my work with the men living on death row,” says Vicar Dawn Bennett of the East Nashville Memorial Lutheran Church.

“As part of my social justice ministry work, I’m always seeking out ways to educate the citizens of Nashville about the ways in which we live in society together. Most notably, it was the inmates at Riverbend who chose to collaborate with each other on the scrolls as a way to not only practice their faith but to also give back to their community by contributing artwork that carries a very powerful message,” says Vicar Bennett.

After learning of these scrolls painted by the inmates, Vicar Bennett came up with the idea to connect them with No Exceptions Prison Collective. “I chose to collaborate with them as a way to raise citywide awareness of the many folks working to address the potential harm to society since mass incarceration affects us all.”

Courtesy of Vicar Dawn Bennett

According to their website, No Exceptions Prison Collection, “is an interfaith prison ministry.” Their collective, “is led by both those living outside and inside the Tennessee prison system who collaborate with other prisoners, family members and loved ones of prisoners, local and national organizations, faith communities, and concerned citizens in order to end mass incarceration in the State of Tennessee, restore families, and rebuild communities.”

“I have been in a relationship of advocacy in the Nashville area for many years,” says Vicar Bennett. “Half of my work within the church is to engage in community outreach. My decision to partner with No Exceptions Prison Collective is out of a desire to bring awareness to the impoverishment and human condition of those living on death row in Tennessee. As a minister who is also active in raising awareness about the troubled topic of mass incarceration, it seemed like a natural collaboration,” Vicar Bennett explains.

Courtesy of Vicar Dawn Bennett

Vicar Bennett doesn’t have a complete list of who drew and painted the scrolls; she does credit inmate Derrick Quintero as the person who spearheaded the project and worked to include all those in A-2 pod who wished to participate. He printed a statement to go along with the scrolls to be a voice from the other side of the bars. “This piece of art is a commentary on the continuing battle for our collective moral world view,” says Quintero.

Quintero continues, “We often do outreach on particular equity-based social justice reform issues impacting juvenile, women, men, and race. Art is our mail outreach tool.”

Quintero is a member of REACH, which stands for Reciprocal Education and Community Healing. “Several inmates housed in A-2 pod participate in the R.E.A.C.H. program, where I first met them,” says Vicar Bennett.

The display of the scrolls coincides with the season of Lent.

The display of the scrolls coincides with the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday (Mar. 6) ashes service will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a viewing and meditation of the Stations of the Cross scrolls, and community dialogue at the Memorial Lutheran Church on Riverside Drive.

Click here for more information on this event.  

Quick Bits

― Construction at the James A. Cayce Homes is expected to last another decade as officials are scrambling to finance it. Read more at the Tennessean.

― Businesses beware of a new type of counterfeit money getting passed around town. Read more at WSMV.com.

― Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge now has a Sunday Rock ‘n’ Roll Gospel Brunch with food served from 12-4 p.m. and music from 2-5 p.m. Read more about this Sunday’s Gospel Brunch with Tim Easton here.

― Planners are hosting a community meeting on Feb. 26 to discuss a request to change the land use policy (long-range vision) for several properties along North Sixth Street, at the northeastern corner of Cleveland Street and North Sixth Street. The requested change is from Urban Neighborhood Maintenance policy to Urban Neighborhood Evolving policy and Urban Neighborhood Center policy. Read more at Nashville.gov.

― Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher, chairwoman of the council’s budget and finance committee, calls for a sweeping audit of architecture, engineering contracts. Read more at the Tennessean.

― Nashville chef Sean Brock will appear in the sixth season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, which premieres Feb. 22. Read more at the Nashville Business Journal.

― Metro clears large homeless camp at the corner of Fifth Street and Main Street. Read more at the Nashville Scene.