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Donelson Business News - August/September 2015

The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber calendar has some good events coming up to share.  Nashville Shores is hosting a “Business Card Exchange” that the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber, Mt. Juliet Chamber and the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber invite everyone to on September 9.  See link above for details.

SmartSpace President Floyd Shechter will be the guest speaker at the DH Chamber’s September’s General Membership Luncheon on Thursday, September 10, addressing growth and development in the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory areas.

Congratulations to Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace for having a very successful grand opening and incredible first couple of weeks.  The marketplace is still in progress and should be open later in the Fall.  It’s a great new neighborhood business and my thanks to Robin Davis and Jennifer Starks for bringing it to Donelson.

Check out these photos of beautification done by The Print Shop.  They’ve been in business since 1975 and we thank them for continuing to serve the community with pride!

The Print Shop Beautification in Donelson

The Print Shop Beautification in Donelson

The Nashville MTA/RTA Strategic Planning process, nMotion2015, continues with the release of Service Improvement Strategies, posted on their website.  I encourage everyone to sign up for updates, attend and participate at the meetings and stay involved in this issue that has become one of the most critical challenges we face in our region.

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July Business News

The Texas Troubadour Theater in Music Valley has a variety of events from an Elvis show, church on Sunday morning and of course the Midnite Jamboree.  It’s also available for rental.  Check out their website for details.

Blues Vintage Guitars is a great business located on Elm Hill Pike and owned by Donelson-neighbor Gabe Hernandez.  They offer a wide variety of guitars for sale and the inventory is available on their website as well.

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June Business News

Big news from Xerox!  They plan to triple their Nashville operations and add 400 jobs to their Royal Parkway site.  Check out this article here from the Nashville Business Journal about this exciting development.

Picture This has done a great wine tasting and art event on the “Third Thursday” of each month.  They come to Donelson at 115 Cottage Lane on Thursday, June 18th from 4-7pm.  See flyer below for details and come enjoy an evening supporting this great local business and artist Jim DeVault.

Third Thursday On The Road June 18, 2015

 

 

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May Business News

Donelson welcomed two new great businesses both located in the central business district!

The Bowtie Barber Club offers a unique experience for customers and they had a great grand opening celebration with free food and haircuts.  The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber did an official ribbon cutting and Hip Donelson was there with a booth as well with many neighbors to support Keith & Ayla Weiser as we welcomed them to our community.  Be sure to visit their website and check out the products and services they offer.

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April Business News

One of the biggest news stories of the month was the announcement of SmartSpace bringing 370 jobs to Donelson!  Automated Health Systems is a new company coming to Nashville and Covance brings 120 jobs from downtown relocated to Donelson.

A great new business started by neighbor Christopher Hodges is Heirloom Archaeology, LLC.  Christopher helps return lost artifacts that reconnects generations in families.  It’s as fascinating business and the recent stories of his success are found on his website and Facebook page.

You may have noticed construction occurring over at The Crossings next door to CareSpot.  That will be Yats, a Cajun Creole restaurant chain from Indianapolis that looks delicious.  They’ll have an open deck area as well on the side of the building.  They should be open this summer.  I spoke with the owner and they’re excited to be part of the community.

At my campaign kick-off last September, I mentioned that Ryman Hospitality Properties was working towards the Grand Ole Opry House being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Normally this designation is reserved for properties that are 50-years or older, but the Grand Ole Opry House at 41-years is being added early because of its significant contributions to culture and arts.  The Grand Ole Opry celebrates 90-years this year and has a Birthday Bash Weekend scheduled for October 2-3.

 

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February Business News

As you’ve noticed at the intersection of Lebanon Pike and Donelson Pike, our new CedarStone Bank Donelson Branch is coming along nicely.  It will be a beautiful building and should be open by August!  Check out the rendering below.

New CedarStone Bank in Heart Of Donelson

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Donelson Business News

Bridgestone’s announcement to consolidate offices and expand their headquarters in a new tower downtown that will create over 600 jobs was one of the biggest announcements for 2014.  The 15th District is home to Bridgestone’s current headquarters and will be through 2017 while the new tower is constructed.  This also presents a great opportunity to find the next company to move into their current building and create even more jobs.

By now everyone has noticed that Johnson’s Furniture isn’t at 2620 Lebanon Pike anymore.  They’ve moved to Elm Hill Pike.  I’m excited that the new owner of the building is SmartSpace, who have done great things in Donelson by restoring buildings and giving them new life and beauty as well as filling them with great companies that provide solid career opportunities as well.  Thanks to SmartSpace President Floyd Schechter for sharing these renderings of what we have to look forward to seeing after the rehab is complete!  To inquire about leasing, contact Anthony Caduff at 615-251-8900.  The building will now be called the 2620 Building.

 

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Donelson Business News

Over the past couple of years, Donelson’s renewed economic development has shown promise and progress.  The redevelopment of The Crossings shopping center bringing new restaurants and businesses, to sidewalk infrastructure improvements, and new businesses in the community have been welcomed signs of an improving overall economy and renewed investment in Donelson.

The new life and vitality at the old Two Rivers Ford building when Ace Hardware moved in to the space along with Phat Bites, which became host for the weekly Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market, has been a real destination for both neighbors and visitors this summer.  The Market will return next May.  A wonderful addition to the Market has been the CedarStone Bank Entertainment Stage.  I’m thrilled to have been involved in helping book music and my thanks go to CedarStone for their sponsorship that has allowed us to make that happen.  You may have noticed that construction began recently for their new branch at the intersection of Donelson Pike and Lebanon Pike.  It is a welcome sight to see on a piece of land that has been empty for many years.  Just a few months prior, Wilson Bank & Trust opened their doors to a brand new branch on Donelson Pike next to JVI Secret Gardens.

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