Friday News Roundup, February 28

Eastwood Village on the Way
Work has begun on Eastwood Village, the office and retail redevelopment of the former Hobson United Methodist Church site at 1716 Greenwood Ave., along with a marketing campaign to lease space in the development. As mentioned in last week’s “Quick Bits,” a pdf brochure for the development has been posted on the Sagemont Real Estate website. The brochure includes blueprints and conceptual illustrations that describe leasing opportunities for business offices, restaurants, boutique retail, and a small number of residences. The plans also call for new residential construction on the site. The site has been eyed for possible redevelopment for a number of years, but current plans began to formulate after two Nashville-based companies, Vintage South Development, and The Legacy Companies, purchased the property for approximately $4.8 million in October 2019.

Board & Brush Welcomes New Owners
A hearty welcome to the new owners of Board & Brush Creative Studio — Chelsea and Daniel Hunter. Located at 337 Cleveland St., Board & Brush offers instructor-led workshops, guiding attendees through the ins and outs of power tools, wood, paint, art, and assembly, with all materials supplied by the studio. Each workshop lasts about three hours and attendees can select from hundreds of design templates, most with a vintage farmhouse look. The Hunters held a grand re-opening event on Feb. 15 and are both excited about their new family venture. “Owning a business was on our wish list, although we didn’t know what kind of business,” Chelsea Hunter said in a press release. “We wanted to show our children the value of working hard, and this studio allows us to set that example while also providing much-needed flexibility.” For information on workshops and more, visit Board & Brush Nashville online.

Score a Goal, Plant a Tree
Major League Soccer is coming to Nashville this weekend with the Nashville SC MLS Opening Match Day on Feb. 29, but before the kick-off here’s a way to give back to the city. Cumberland River Compact in partnership with Nashville Soccer Club, MLS WORKS, Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works, Metro Water Services, Civil Site Design Group, and volunteers like you will be planting over 100 trees on Davidson Street alongside the Cumberland River to help capture stormwater and improve our urban tree canopy.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at 547 S. First St. For more information and to register as a volunteer, visit the Cumberland River Compact website.

Help for Tax Time
The United Way of Greater Nashville and partner agencies, including Tennessee State University, are currently operating the 16th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance free tax prep program. VITA offers free tax preparation services by IRS-certified volunteers to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2019. In 2019, VITA volunteers completed 14,750 returns, helping taxpayers save more than $3.9 million in tax preparation fees and bringing more than $20 million in federal refunds back to the community. Now through April 15, 24 VITA sites are in operation throughout Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit the VITA website.

Take me Down to the Clinic
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has announced plans to open eight new primary care centers in the Nashville and Memphis areas this fall. The new clinics will be a joint venture with the international health organization Sanitas and will offer preventive care, urgent care, chronic disease management, and care coordination services. The Nashville-area locations will be in East Nashville, South Nashville, Brentwood, and Murfreesboro.


Weekly Music Round-Up
Here are some shows to keep the music in your life happening throughout the next week!

Tonight, Feb. 28, East Nashville-Madison’s Queen of All Media, Elizabeth Cook, will be serving up the tunes to The Cowan at Topgolf (500 Cowan St.), performing a set with her band Gravy. Expect lots of attitude, sass, great clothes, and of course, awesome music as she brings it all back home. Tickets and info are available through ticketweb.

The debut full-length album ingénue, by Kristen Englenz drops today, followed by a release show at 9 p.m. Saturday night at Bowery Vault with Jon Latham, No. 1 Knife (Brian Wright & Sally Jaye), and Anana Kaye. ingénue was produced by Ken Coomer, and features music legends Blind Boys of Alabama on “Pray For Rain.”

Tuesday, March 3, Canadian power popsters Sloan will be rocking The High Watt (1 Cannery Row). Superstars in the Great White North, they’ve never quite captured the same success in the US despite a string of so-good-it’s-hard-to-believe albums starting in 1992. Go see them because they’re one of your favorite bands or just go to discover your next favorite band — tickets and info here.

Singer-songwriter Ron Pope’s new album, Bone Structure, is filled with incredibly candid songs directed squarely at his young daughter. It’s a celebration and examination of life and fatherhood that is drawing high praise from critics. He’ll be performing a free live set at Grimey’s on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 p.m., for more info drop by Grimey’s website.

Finally, this show is technically next week according to the way we keep our calendar but it’s one you may want to pick up your tickets early. British art-punk pioneers Wire distinguished themselves from punk’s first class with three utterly original albums that influenced the development of art-punk, post-punk, noise rock, electronica, and even hardcore punk. Over the last 40 years, they’ve continued to push musical boundaries in new directions. They’ll be making a rare Nashville appearance next Friday, March 6 at The Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row). Tickets and more info are available at the Mercy Lounge website.

Quick Bits

  • New York-based karaoke lounge Sid Gold’s Request Room will be opening a location in East Nashville at 3245 Gallatin Pike in early April. The bar and entertainment venue currently operates locations in New York City and Detroit.
  • Nashville-based hotel developer Ray Dayal recently purchased two pieces of land adjacent to the property where he’s currently building an 11-story La Quinta hotel along Woodland Street and Interstate Drive according to a story in Nashville Business Journal. Dayal has owned and developed hotels in Middle Tennessee since the 1970s.
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