February came and went in a flash, didn’t it? So many things going on around town, all within the shortest month of the year. Remember FRA’s big basketball game that enjoyed international attention? And then there was the finding that a local house fire was Tennessee’s first caused by a hoverboard. We feel awful for this family, but if you haven’t heard, and you have a hoverboard, make sure you know the precautions to take. And passionate voters — a record-breaking 44,011 to be exact — cast their early ballot for the presidential and county primaries. (Tuesday, March 1, is Super Tuesday for Tennessee, 11 other states and one U.S. Territory. So get out and vote!)
And when it comes to retail and restaurant announcements, new exhibits that opened in Nashville and overall fun happenings here, there’s lots to cover! Here we go:
Lucchese Now Offers Accessories
Texas-based Lucchese, with a fabulous Nashville location, may be known for its beautiful boots, but their portfolio is now a little more diverse. Fans can now indulge in even more beautiful leather goods, thanks to their new line of accessories for men and women. Choose from options like tablet cases, toiletry bags, wallets, passport covers, belts and more. Shop in-store, at 503 12th Ave. S., or online at lucchese.com.
Element Salon Now Open in 12South
Element Salon, the nationally acclaimed Green Hills salon, now has a second location where locals can get gussied up. Known for its impressive team of stylists, Element offers cuts, color, blowouts, smoothing treatments, brow care and more. The new location is at 2907 12th Ave. S. Learn more at (615) 385-5500.
New Tunes Coming Soon!
Nashville’s newest radio station — and an independently owned one at that — WXNA, 101.5 FM, is one step closer to launch as they unveiled their programming lineup earlier this month. The station, which was created, in essence, to fill the void left by the shutting down of 91.1 WRVU back in 2011, secured funding thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The station will go live this spring, but until then, they’re enticing listeners with 82 original shows filling more than 120 hours of air time each week. What can we expect? “A diverse and eclectic range of programming that will include genre-jumping free form music shows, specialty shows, combination music/talk shows about Nashville’s incredible music scene, talk radio focused on the arts, cultural affairs and more,” says co-founder Randy Fox. “Basically, a unique mix of locally crafted programming that will reflect the personalities of the people producing it rather than what marketing studies tells us will sell advertising.” Learn more about the station and keep up with the progress on their website or Facebook page.
And Another New Independent Radio Option …
In other independent tunes news, Acme Radio launched earlier this month on TuneIn, an app that streams music and podcasts from all over the world. The station, which is produced at Acme Feed & Seed‘s downtown location, streams live Acme shows, as well as studio-produced shows of all kinds. See a complete lineup of shows and learn more about Acme Radio at acmeradiolive.com.
12th & Porter is Open (Again)
While Jody Faison is no longer the owner, and you won’t find the Light Fantastic on the menu, 12th & Porter, which reopened earlier this month, IS serving up fabulous music acts — and a limited menu — at the iconic spot at the corner of (fittingly) 12th Avenue and Porter Street. Check out the website for a list of upcoming shows, to view the menu and to learn more.
Fresh Meat & Sundries at Sperry’s Mercantile
If you’re on the west side and have a craving for fresh meat and seafood, make a stop at Sperry’s Mercantile. The meat, seafood and sundry shop located behind the long-time Nashville favorite, Sperry’s, features fresh-cut filets, fish, ground beef, a variety of seafood options, to-go meals, plus sides, salads, desserts and other sundry items, like Sperry’s salad dressings (Green Goddess, anyone?!). Sperry’s Mercantile is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Keep up with the daily specials on their Facebook page.
Musica Will Soon Be Complete
Musica, the much-revered bronze sculpture of unclothed dancers at the top of Music Row, will soon be surrounded by a ring of dancing fountains. The final portion of Alan LeQuire’s Musica commission, “Fountains of Musica,” will be complete in 2017. The announcement and renderings were unveiled just this week, and the tiered falls and choreographed spouts look stunning! Take a look at a video rendering and learn more about the entire project at fountainsofmusica.org.
Welcome Back, Jimmy!
For locals who spent summers at Starwood Amphitheater, you’ll likely fondly recall the annual visit paid to the Antioch concert venue by one Jimmy Buffett (and his Coral Reefer Band, of course). Well, with the Ascend Amphitheater preparing to enter its second season of offering outdoor entertainment in the heart of downtown, Buffett fans (OK, parrotheads) will be thrilled to know that Nashville is going to feel more like Nashville than it has in a while when Jimmy returns to Music City for his first outdoor concert since Starwood was open. If you’re not much into tropical rock (yes, it’s a real thing), you can still get your ’80s/’90s fix with other Ascend headliners like Bryan Adams, Styx and Duran Duran, as well as more current acts like Alabama Shakes. See the complete summer lineup here, and then go pack your bags for Margaritaville.
“Southern Roots” Now Open at Cheekwood
Spring and Cheekwood, Nashville’s botanical garden treasure, just kind of go together, you know? And now there’s yet one more reason to venture out to Cheekwood: Steve Tobin’s “Southern Roots“ exhibit is now open. The exhibit, which is set up both indoors and out, features pieces of Tobin’s Steelroots sculptures. Each impressive piece is comprised of steel and bronze, as well as wood, glass and ceramics. The indoor exhibition closes Sunday, May 29, and the outdoor portion, which spans five areas of the West Gardens, is open through Sunday, September 4. Learn more at cheekwood.org.
Go Goo Goo at the Cluster Shop Dessert Bar
We covered the Seersucker Candy opening earlier this month on StyleBlueprint (opened by the team behind Olive & Sinclair), but that’s just the tip of the local candy store iceberg. The Goo Goo Shop Dessert Bar, housed in the back of the Goo Goo Shop (on Third Avenue off Broadway), is now serving up sweet treats — some of which encompass the signature Goo Goo Clusters and some that are just downright delicious. A few must-tries are the 3rd Avenue Heartache (flourless dark chocolate and peanut butter cakes topped with peanut butter Goo Goo Clusters), The Honky Tonk Blonde (brown butter blondie with Goo Goo Supremes, ice cream and toppings) and The Goo Goo Brew Shake (coffee ice cream, banana and cinnamon). Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
Nashville Visitors, Enjoy Your (Curated) Stay!
Do you have friends coming to town, or perhaps your company is bringing in some corporate bigwigs? Hook them up with Bon Vivant, a new lifestyle management company now offering curated experiences and VIP packages to Nashville visitors. We are excited about this business, founded by Jen McMakin and Jamie Bibler, as Bon Vivant is a great way to create a highly customized visit to Music City. Learn more about the lifestyle management firm, including the services offered, at bonvivantnashville.com.
Nashville Brews News
Eastsiders have a new beer mecca. The Southern Grist tap room is now open! The nanobrewery in East Nashville features a robust menu of craft beers, from IPAs to porters and everything in between. To complement the beverages, Southern Grist patrons can enjoy food from a nominal menu of options from 312 Pizza Co. and Tempered Café and Chocolate. And if neither of those options is appealing, the fine folks at Southern Grist allow guests to bring their own food or have food delivered. We think we’re in love! Southern Grist is located at 1201 Porter Road. Learn more at (615) 727-1201.
In other beer news, Bearded Iris Brewing is now open at 101 Van Buren St. in Germantown. Beer-o-philes (yes, it’s a new word) can indulge their love Wednesday through Sunday with five options, each featuring fun names like Local Color, Lady Friend and Persona. Learn more at beardedirisbrewing.com.
Corner Pub’s Midtown Location to Close
Local eatery Corner Pub announced earlier this month that they will be closing their Midtown location in May 2016. Vanderbilt purchased the property last September, and because both parties couldn’t come to an agreement on the lease, Corner Pub is vacating the premises when their lease is up this spring. Thankfully, you can still get your burger and beer fix at one of their other four locations. Click here to find one near you.
While we’re sad to see Corner Pub close up shop, we’re hopeful for the Nashville foodscape, as there are TONS of new restaurants that have opened in the last few months or are scheduled to open soon. Find out more about all of those in an article coming out next week … stay tuned!
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Something else you may be interested in … check out this article on the Nashville Weed Wrangle happening next week, and how this idea is spreading to other cities.