Illustration: Matt Hudson

East Side Buzz, Friday, May 15

Reopenings, Postponements, and Essential Hardware!

Be Seen in the Pages of The East Nashvillian!
A new issue of The East Nashvillian is now in the works! Just like our city, we’re still standing proud — ready to bring you the best of music, art, culture, and personalities that make our city the great community it is, even in a time of social distancing. To place your ad in our new issue, contact our sales team today at sales@theeasnashvillian.com.

And speaking of issues, our latest is still available for free when you order delivery from many local restaurants, liquor stores, and merchants. When placing orders online, simply look for The East Nashvillian on the menu and add it to your order or request it when you place your order by phone. Copies are also available for curbside pick-up orders and you can grab one from the rack by the front door of many restaurants. Check out the full list of participating restaurants and shops, and bookmark the page to check back for updates!

Metro COVID-19 Response Update
At his Monday press conference, Mayor John Cooper noted continued improvements in several public health metrics including transmission rates, hospital capacity, and contract tracing staffing, but reiterated that the start of Phase One of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville did not mean a complete return to business as usual.

To that point, the Mayor announced that Metro Public Health Department Director Dr. Michael Caldwell has revised Public Health Order 4 to require all employees who interact with the public, or who cannot maintain a safe social distance from their co-workers, to wear a face-covering or mask.

The order also directs businesses and facilities that are open to the public to place signage at all entrances, asking all those who can safely wear a mask to wear a cloth facial covering. The Metro Public Health Department will use all available enforcement options to ensure compliance with the Order, and enforcement is being carried out through the joint efforts of MPHD, the Metro Nashville Police Department, and Metro Parks and Recreation.

The revised Public Health Order 4 will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on May 31, unless otherwise extended. The Mayor urged citizens to specifically support businesses who follow the order and that violations of the Public Health Order can be reported by dialing 311 or by visiting hub.nashville.gov.

The texts of all COVID-19 related Public Health Orders, guidelines and printable signage for businesses, and more on Metro’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at asafenashville.org. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call the information hotline at 615.862.7777.

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Ivy Drive Development postponed
The proposed development at 3901-3905 Ivy Drive that sought to replace two homes on the 9-acre, adjoining lots with cluster subdivision of 32 homes was pulled from the Metro Planning Commissions meeting agenda on Tuesday, May 5 and has been “deferred indefinitely.” In order to be reconsidered the developers would have to repeat the public notification process.

The neighborhood group, Save Ivy Drive, hailed the news as a victory for their efforts to halt the project. The group was formed in March and organized opposition to the plan through their Facebook page @saveivydrive.

Business of the Week: Cumberland Hardware
A fixture of East Nashville for more than 100 years, family-owned Cumberland Hardware has navigated the 2020 tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic like they have every natural disaster. By supplying their neighbors with the essential tools and materials for safe and happy homes.

“We had very little damage [from the tornado],” co-owner and manager John Varallo says. “The buildings on both sides kind of shielded us, and we actually opened that night. We came in to check on the cats, and a lot of people came in to get tarps to cover their roofs along with flashlights and whatever they needed to get through the night.”

The Cumberland cats, Annie and Oliver, had weathered the storm like felines handle most troubles — with aplomb and endurance. And while cats can be masters of social distancing (when they choose to be), they’ve also continued to serve as the shop’s official ambassadors, despite the changes in business brought on by a global pandemic.

“Since we’re considered an essential business, we’ve been able to stay open,” Varallo says. “We did cut our hours back to 9-3. We put up Plexiglass at the counter to protect us and our customers. We are asking people to wear masks when they come in the store and practice social distancing. We sanitize surfaces after every customer, especially if they pay in cash. And new stock that comes in get wiped down.”

Varallo says household cleaning supplies have shot to the top of the sales list in recent weeks, but with so many people at home for extra hours, long-overdue home repairs along with ongoing recovery from the tornado have spurred sales of specific products.

“We’ve seen a lot of people who need glass repair and storm window repair, and we’re temporarily out of Plexiglass, as is our supplier,” Varallo says. “Everybody is doing a lot of home repairs and a lot of honey-do lists knocked out.”

While open for walk-in customers, Varallo says that customers are welcome to call ahead with their order and they will pull the items and have them ready at the counter for faster check out, or curbside pick-up. For more information, call Cumberland Hardware at 615.227.1240 or visit their Facebook page.

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Quick Bits 

  • Congratulations to the Dive Motel & Swim Club for being the only Tennessee hotel to be chosen for Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Hot List. The Dive Motel was among 76 hotels and 10 ships to make the cut, and was described as a “marriage of urban cool and Americana motel kitsch.”
  • The former church at 1700 Fatherland St. is slated to become the new home for artist management company Q Prime South, whose roster of artists includes Ashley McBryde, Marty Stuart, The Black Keys, and others. The renovation of the historic building will be handled by Centric Architecture and McKeithan Design.