East Side Buzz: The Getalong, Future Sheriff’s Office, East Nashville Restaurant Week, and more

HENMA’s East Nashvillian of the Year Awards at Lyra

The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association (HENMA) will be hosting the East Nashvillian of the Year awards at Lyra on Feb. 11 from 6-8 p.m.

The 2018 East Nashvillian of the Year: Business is Lockeland Table, and the 2018 East Nashvillian of the Year: Citizen is Anthony Davis.

All are welcome to attend and show their appreciation for these outstanding individuals in the East Nashville community.

HENMA is looking for new board members. If you’d like more information, please contact Lisa McCauley at lisa@theeastnashvillian.com.

The Getalong Joins the Shoppes on Fatherland

There’s a new retail and community event space that has chosen the East End neighborhood as its home.

The Getalong is a large multi-use space located at the Shoppes on Fatherland, formerly occupied by Emily Arrow’s Singalong Shop. The space will be filled with several small businesses, both established and new, joining forces to bring the neighborhood high-quality goods and a fun hang.

Proprietors of the permanent shops at The Getalong are: Jennifer Kite, owner of Scout Baby; Tana Smith, owner of Hoop House; and Jenny Luckett, owner of January Moon.

“The idea of growing our online shops to brick and mortar is something both Jenny and I had been considering but were just waiting for the right opportunity,” says Kite. “Over the holidays, I did a month-long residency at Emily Arrow’s Singalong Shop. Right before it started, Emily and her husband had just decided to move to Houston for his work, and that’s when the conversation kicked into high gear.

“Retail-wise, we’ll have a focus on apparel and accessories for children, moms, and home,” she continues. “With a rotating schedule of pop-up vendors, activities, and workshops, we’ll truly have something for everyone; books, instruments, house plants, homewares, toys, gifts, and much more. The back half of The Getalong will also be available for birthday parties and get-togethers. In a nutshell, we’re a fun community-minded space with a long list of folks involved, thus The Getalong.”

The Getalong’s tagline is “shop, play, connect” — and they’re excited to offer more than just a retail space.

“Carrying on Emily Arrow’s torch, we will continue to offer in-store activities, including story times and singalongs, music lessons, yoga, and art classes for kids of all ages,” says Kite. “We are thrilled to have Blooma Nashville and Little Art House as activity partners who will host classes in our space.”

Blooma Nashville will be offering a movers and crawlers yoga class for ages 8 to 18 months, and kids yoga for ages 3 and up. Little Art House will be offering art classes for ages 10 months to 6 years.

The multi-use space plans on representing some local vendors for the first three to five months, which include Aubrey Hyde, Breathless Paper Co, Brown Fox Collective, Cash Color, Kamppinen, and Twigs and Roots. For pop-ups, they’ll have people from all over the U.S. as well as some international brands. They’re still working out the details but will announce additional vendors as soon as they’re confirmed.

The Getalong will open their doors with an all-day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “We’ll have mini donuts and cocoa from Happy Belly and coffee courtesy of Stay Golden. Little Art House will be supplying art activities, and Erin Rae will be making her DJ debut. She’ll be heading up the music from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. It’s going to be fun! No RSVP required, just bring your smiling faces,” says Kite.

For updates, please follow The Getalong on Instagram. 

Location: 1100 Fatherland Street, Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37206

Sunday 12–5 p.m.
Monday (closed)
Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Work Begins on Future Sheriff’s Office

Demolition of the Jerry Newson Training Center at 710 S. Fifth St. is taking place to make room for the future Davidson County Sheriff’s Office building.

At this time no finalized images have been released, and the Mayor’s Office and Sheriff’s Office haven’t announced a groundbreaking date.

Renascent Inc. is undertaking the demolition, ESa is the architect, Ragan-Smith Associates is handling engineering and land planning, and Bell & Associates is the general contractor.

The DCSO property resides within Metro Councilman Brett Withers District 6. In regards to what jobs and offices located in the new facility, Withers says, “The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will consolidate several operations into the new facility once it is completed. These should account for about 250 jobs total.”

Withers supported a Resolution (the Resolution can be found here) approving the selection of the site as the future home of the DCSO headquarters after meeting with Sheriff Darron Hall. Withers encouraged Hall to work with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in order to prioritize the mentoring, training, and hiring of Cayce residents for new DCSO job openings for which they might be eligible.

Withers says, “Another factor that I considered was that the parcel across Summer Place from this location is prioritized for a future grocery store in the Envision Cayce Master Plan. Having an office building housing 250 jobs, and fairly heavy county-wide vehicle traffic counts located across the street, will help to make that site more attractive to a future grocery store tenant in order to strengthen the marketing, and potentially speed up the timeline for signing a lease with a potential grocery store operator.”

Although there are not many details on the building in regards to its size, Withers says, “It will be about two stories in height and will contain office space as well as a training facility.”

Withers adds, “On the whole, I believe that bringing a $20M public-sector investment to South Fifth Street will help to encourage private investment along that corridor, and I’m already beginning to see signs of success in that endeavor. It also appears to be increasingly likely that Metro Government could make additional public-sector investments nearby for new Public Works or other Metro Department buildings and facilities in the coming years. Those are preliminary and long-range ideas.”

Envision Cayce Update

The Metro Development and Housing Agency has released two images of Boscobel III, one of the residential buildings set to be part of Envision Cayce, a planning process focused on revitalizing Cayce Place (Nashville’s largest public housing property, which is located on 63 acres in East Nashville).

Boscobel I (consisting of three buildings) is set to be complete by the end of 2019, Boscobel II (two buildings and 13 townhomes) is set to be complete by early 2020, and Boscobel III is set to be complete by the end of 2020.

Boscobel III will sit at the northeast corner of the intersection of South Seventh and Lenore streets. Dew Street will be reconfigured to extend past its current cul-de-sac end and continue west to South Seventh Street and through to South Sixth Street. This extension is scheduled to be complete before the end of 2020.

Some of the amenities the building will offer to residents include a private terrace, covered parking, and a new playground area located along what will be the newly constructed Dew Street extension.

Boscobel III will sit across the street from the parking lot of the Martha O’Bryan Center and the new Explore! Community School campus.

Jamie Berry, director of communications for Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, says, “Explore! Community School, currently grades kindergarten through third, is relocating to the Cayce campus next to the Martha O’Bryan Center. The facility is being built for grades kindergarten through eighth, but Explore! will expand one grade per year. The exterior of the school and interior for grades kindergarten through fifth are set to be complete by the start of the fall semester. The second and final phase, which is the interior for the sixth through eighth classrooms, is set to be complete before the end of the year.”

Envision Cayce’s second residential construction and first mixed-income development is Kirkpatrick Park. “Phase I of Kirkpatrick Park is scheduled to open in early March, with all four phases completed by summer. This is MDHA’s first mixed-income development for Envision Cayce. A total of 36 units are set aside for Cayce Place residents. There are also 20 workforce units for individuals and families earning 80 to 120 percent of the area median income, and 38 market rate units,” says Berry.

For more information about workforce and market-rate units at Kirkpatrick Park, visit www.KirkpatrickPark.com.

For more information on Envision Cayce click here.

East Nashville Restaurant Week Kicks Off Second Year

Get ready to loosen your belt a few notches as the second annual East Nashville Restaurant Week kicks off on Feb. 4 and runs through Feb. 10.

East Nashville Restaurant Week was founded in 2018 by Jessica Bower of Fort Louise (an East Nashville favorite that closed this winter) and Michael Shemtov of Butcher & Bee to help draw traffic to east side restaurants during the often slow month of February. “February is historically a slower month for many restaurants, so we thought a local restaurant week would be a great way to both drum up business for restaurants in our community and offer wallet-friendly prices to guests, many of whom live in the neighborhood,” says Laura Ryan director of communications for Butcher & Bee.

This year Butcher & Bee has led the effort with the help of Craig Schoen of Peninsula. Participating restaurants create a special menu or offer a special deal of their choice for the week.  All participating restaurants are listed on the East Nashville Restaurant Week website, and there are still others signing up. “We welcome all restaurants to participate,” says Ryan. “Our planning team is small, so we may have missed some establishments in our outreach, but we welcome all East Nashville restaurants to sign on through Feb. 3.”

In addition to partaking in a variety of impressive fare, you’ll also have the opportunity to donate towards an important cause. The East Nashville Restaurant Week has chosen Fannie Battle as their non-profit partner, a local organization working to provide high-quality childcare to at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential.

Lyra will be donating a portion of their proceeds from sales on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to Fannie Battle, while Peninsula, Café Roze, and Butcher & Bee will be offering their guests the option to add a donation of $1 to their check. The list of restaurants donating, or giving guests the option to donate, will be evolving up until the week begins.

For a list of all current East Nashville Restaurant Week participants please click here.

East Nashville restaurants that would like to participate may sign up here.

Tree Surgeon Pays Visit to Five Points Landmark

The Treehouse Restaurant received some urgent news when they recently contracted a tree surgeon to do some limb work on the longtime landmark in Five Points.

The elm tree that houses the landmark treehouse built by Buddy Spicher some 10 years ago is at a critical crossroad, and the tree surgeon recommends immediate action in the best interest of the beloved tree.

“Affectionately nicknamed ‘Woody’ after my grandfather Woodrow Wilson Whatley, the elm will be receiving some love and attention by the tree professionals,” says Matthew Spicher, co-owner of Treehouse. “We hope to keep intact as much of the original kids’ treehouse that we can.”

East Nashville Beer Works Gets Back into Package

Coming soon right around Valentine’s Day, East Nashville Beer Works will be releasing three new packaged beers.

Miro Miel, a honey blonde, and Brut Willis, a brut IPA, will be available year round. The rotating quarterly seasonal is the taproom favorite, East Bank, a Citra IPA.

Owner of ENBW, Anthony Davis, says, ”All three brands will be available in four-pack, 16-ounce tall boys. They’re available in package stores all around middle Tennessee and on-premise locations [bars and restaurants] as well.”

The new packaged beer is distributed by Bounty Beverage.

Visit East Nashville Beer works for more information.

Quick Bits

― Jem Cohen, Co-founder of Fond Object, announces the store’s final day in business will likely be Feb. 15. With all the news about Fond Object and the new development plans, this announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, but it leaves many East Nashvillians heart-broken. Read more at the Nashville Scene.

― Smith and Lentz Brewing Company and Chef Bryan Weaver of Butcher & Bee (and the up and coming Red Headed Stranger) are teaming up to host a fundraiser for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST). The fundraiser will take place at the Smith and Lentz taproom on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to the end of the Predators game, and Chef Bryan Weaver will have a pop-up featuring tacos from Red Headed Stranger. Twenty-percent of the taproom sales from the Fundraiser will go to FAST. The fundraiser is entitled “Suds for Silas” in tribute to a strong 4-year-old boy in the community that is affected by the disorder. Read more about the event here.

― LabCanna, a Nashville based CBD company, has opened their first brick-and-mortar store on Gallatin Avenue. Read more at the Tennessean.

― Neighbors were caught off guard when an overflow cold weather shelter for the homeless was recently opened at the Shelby Park Community Center. Read more at Fox 17 News.

― According to an MLS listing the property once home to the old Bill Martin’s grocery store is under contract to be sold, but the prospective buyer is unknown at this time. Read more at the Nashville Post.

― The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club and The Pearl Diver make Garden & Gun’s list of the ”South’s Best New Bars.” Read more at Garden & Gun and the Nashville Scene.


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