We’re kind of blown away that June is almost on the books. Seriously? Where do the days go?! Whether you’ve been away on vacation, asleep by the pool or sweating your tush off at Bonnaroo (or the CMA Fest), you may have missed all the things going on around town. But no worries — here’s a quick re-cap of what you need to know. Enjoy!
Edley’s Opens in Sylvan Park
At last, residents of Sylvan Park can get their BBQ fix at the newly opened (as in just a few days ago) Edley’s Bar-B-Que. The new building is sleek and a wonderful site to see at the always-bustling 46th and Murphy roundabout. The structure, which was erected on the land that once housed Sylvan Park Restaurant, actually pays homage to the long-time neighborhood meat-and-three with an enlarged replica of the old restaurant signage peeking out from behind the wood siding. Two decks, sufficient parking and a delicious menu highlight this newest place to grab a bite in Sylvan Park, joining favorites like Caffe Nonna, McCabe Pub and Star Bagel to name a few.
Nashville to New York
Legendary New York City department store Bergdorf Goodman, through a partnership with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., published a three-page editorial story and 24-page fashion spread — all of which was shot in Nashville — in the June issue of Bergdorf Goodman magazine. The pieces feature Nashville’s own model-singer-songwriter Karen Elson. In conjunction with the magazine, Bergdorf Goodman unveiled Nashville-themed window displays at their landmark location on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street in New York, which is the perfect depiction of our creative and modern aesthetic. The webpage dedicated to the Nashville Now piece features additional content from local tastemakers, including artist Bryce McCloud, Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast owner Jersey Banks, restaurateurs and founders/owners of Strategic Hospitality Max and Ben Goldberg, and singer-songwriter and owner of White’s Mercantile and H. Audrey boutiques Holly Williams. Kind of cool, right? Flip through the digital version of the magazine here. Nashville has never looked better!
Two New Clothing Lines From Nashville
Nashville artist Brian Nash launched his new lifestyle clothing line called LaLa Land this month. Brian, who’s known for his whimsical artwork, has given center stage to one of his most lovable characters LaLa, a bunny who appears on all of the items in the new line, including men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Most of his items, which include jammies, boxers, belts, T-shirts, ballcaps and more, are made in Nashville. Gotta love the local love! Visit the website to see the complete line and purchase.
VK Sport, a new Nashville-based line of women’s golf and activewear, was created by Victoria Kopyar, an entrepreneur and avid golfer. Given that 41 percent of golfers are women, it’s high time a luxurious yet functional line of clothing became available. Bright colors and attractive designs make them pieces that can go from the fairway to an evening out. See the complete line here.
Prayer Vigils Honored Orlando Victims
Middle Tennessee residents gathered at various candlelight vigils on Sunday, June 12, to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. Perhaps the largest one, organized by the Tennessee Equality Project and the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, took place in Nashville’s Public Square Park, where hundreds gathered to honor the victims. Additional shows of support included buildings lit in rainbow colors, and the hashtag #PrayforOrlando spread throughout social media.
Magpies: The Girls Shoppe Now Open!
Popular children’s clothier Magpies announced earlier this year that they were expanding, literally and figuratively. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Anatra, The Girls Shoppe offers girls’ clothing and accessories for ages 6 to 14. Read more about the venture here, and then head to the shop (and Shoppe) located at 6019 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37205.
Powerboat Racing on the Cumberland
The Cumberland River felt more like the Indy 500 last weekend as the state’s first-ever Formula 1 Powerboat Race took to the water. “Thunder on the Cumberland” drew curious tourists and locals alike to the banks of the river, where viewers could watch the high-power boats compete for top prize, reaching speeds of up to 120 mph.
Every now and then, a little reinvention is in order, and that’s just what BOUND|RY has done. The long-time Nashville restaurant favorite has re-opened as an event venue and catering service. With a media opening just a few days ago, the new space is ready to go and is quite the stunner. Rent one room or the entire three-story historic building, about which co-owner Tamara Davis says, “We’ve worked hard to preserve the history of the building during renovations.” Catering and craft cocktail bar service are also available for either on- or off-site. Learn more here.
Happy Birthday to YOU, Exit/In!
Beloved music venue Exit/In is celebrating 45 years of bringing acts big and small to the local entertainment scene. To celebrate, local artist Bryan Deese created a commemorative mural on the outside of the legendary venue that showcases 10 of the most influential acts that helped elevate Exit/In to it’s current status as a locally owned and operated venue. “I like to think of Jimmy Buffett as the patron saint of the mural since he was the first ever performer at Exit/In,” Bryan says in a press release. “I don’t think there’s a more important venue in Nashville besides The Ryman Auditorium than Exit/In.” Stop by the venue, located at 2208 Elliston Place, Nashville TN 37203, and see the mural up close and personal. And HBTY, E/I!
Guilty on All Counts
The high-profile Vanderbilt rape case took centerstage again this month, this time with defendant Brandon Vandenburg being tried for rape of an unconscious woman in a university dorm room almost three years ago. Brandon was found guilty on all counts and is awaiting sentencing. Another defendant, Cory Batey, was found guilty in April, while the two additional defendants are awaiting trial.
Le Sel Announces New Executive Chef
Midtown’s modern French Bistro has a new executive chef. Brian Lea returns to Nashville from Los Angeles, and is now at the helm at Le Sel. “There’s nothing like Le Sel in Nashville – there is an allure to the dining room that should be carefully executed through the food,” Brian says in a media release. “I hope to bring a certain level of simplicity to the menu that comes with local, quality ingredients.” We can’t wait to taste his work! Le Sel is located at 1922 Adelicia St., Nashville, TN 37212.
Beloved store owner Kayce Hughes closed her namesake shop after 17 years in business. She shared a heartfelt farewell explaining the reason — and teasing what she’ll be doing next. We’re super bummed, but thrilled for the next phase! Best of luck, Kayce! And another 40-year Nashville retail fixture Coco is closing. Currently offering deep discounts on remaining inventory, Coco will be missed as well.
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