$18 million in grant and loan funds made available through the American Rescue Plan for small businesses in Nashville and Davidson County are now open to applicants. Metro Nashville is partnering with Pathway Lending to administer the funds. Eligible small businesses can apply for a grant or start a loan application.
Big news was announced for the former headquarters of Bridgestone at 535 Marriott Drive. Genesco announced it will relocate its corporate headquarters next year, create new jobs and invest more than $30 million in Davidson County over the next five years.
Check out the updated website for Donelson Plaza. There are new images of what the final renovation will look like. Note: The architect of our new Donelson Library will be chosen soon. The depiction of the library in the images is just a placeholder for now. Also, check out this news clip from WKRN Channel 2 about the Plaza as well.
One Century Place is offering 10% off the use of their all-inclusive conference center. See website for details.
Remember that SoundWaves at Opryland offers a Davidson County resident discount of up to 40%. Check out this link for more information.
Big congratulations to Fletcher’s on their 40th anniversary. The new paper, Main Street Nashville, did a nice article on this milestone. Read it here.
Big thanks to Kursynske & Associates for the renovation they have underway at the corner Lebanon Pike and the entrance to Donelson Station. Here are a couple of artist renderings of what the building will be transformed into. No new tenants lined up yet, just construction and rehab at the moment.
As most have heard by now, the corner of Lebanon Pike and Fairway Drive where the Philip’s 66 gas station used to be is going to be a Chase Bank. A rendering is below
I was humbled and honored to receive the Community Advocate award at the annual end of the year awards luncheon at the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber. Special thanks to 2019 President Randy Brothers for all his work this past year.
The 35th Annual Donelson-Hermitage Chamber Christmas Parade was another big success. Businesses and organizations from all around participated. This was the first year The Donelson Gateway Project decorated a float. I walked with it and with Mayor Cooper for a bit. It was great to see everyone. Thanks to Mayor Cooper for coming by our float before we started.
Many know about the acquisition a few years ago of CVS, Baskin-Robbins and Pizza Hut at the corner of McGavock Pike / Lebanon Pike. I met with the developers, Commercial Realty Services (website below) right after they purchased the properties back in 2015/16. They are the same ones that brought us Sindoore Indian By Nature and Jimmy John’s in the revamped shopping center at 457 Donelson Pike. Their original intent was to redevelop BR and Pizza Hut into a similar strip center. Pizza Hut has several years left on their lease but BR’s lease ends at the end of this year. BR’s parcel is small and there aren’t many options for it on its own. Unfortunately, BR will be redeveloped into a Take 5 Oil Change. As this does not require a zoning change, there is nothing I can do. I am looking at what options we have going forward to better align the vision of the Urban Design Overlay with the base zoning of parcels within the UDO. As it’s Donelson’s only ice cream shop along Lebanon Pike, I’ve tried to help find them a new home and will advocate for another nice ice cream / dessert shop. I’ll also continue my laser focused efforts of working with business and property owners to advocate for continued improvement along our Lebanon Pike business district with businesses our neighbors want that add value to our community. I don’t want to disparage a new viable business, but a second quick oil change business less than a quarter mile from another one is not adding value to the community’s long standing desire for improvements and diversified businesses to support along Lebanon Pike. I did meet with the new business owners of Take 5 and explained the whole situation. They understand we aren’t blaming them and they want to be a valuable member of the community.
Welcome to Donelson, Catio Cat Lounge, a place where you can spend time with feline friends and adopt cat lounge and snack bar. Located in Music Valley Village at 2416 Music Valley Drive Suite 114, the Catio is a unique experience, offering a place where you can go to relax, snack and watch kitties play.
Domino’s Pizza will be moving into the former Papa Murphy’s building according to permits in the works.
Here’s a great story about the Eakes family / HJL Management and their efforts with revitalization their properties in Donelson.
At the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon in September, I had the privilege of joining Austin Smith, owner of Party Fowl, and Deb Varallo, of Vararllo Public Relations, on a panel to discuss small business growth, opportunities, challenges, and more. I was also thrilled to see the Chamber support Hip Donelson’s Hip Eats program with a donation of $1,000 from the Taste of DH event. That donation will go a long way to supporting this program that helps ensure our students have healthy food during the times they aren’t in school. It’s a real need within our students and their families and this program has made a big impact. Here to accept the donation is Two Rivers Middle is Nicole Valentine Vaughn, who also serves on the board of Hip Donelson.
Welcome another great new small business to Donelson – Stillhouse Herbals! They are an Herbal Apothecary and Holistic Boutique offering small batch, handcrafted herbal remedies consciously crafted by local and regional herbal artisans. Acupuncture, Reiki sessions and Flower Essence Therapy available by appointment as well. They’re located at 2500 Crossfield Drive right across the street from Mill Creek Mercantile and Nectar: Urban Cantina.
The DH Chamber held a great ribbon cutting for Sunflower Bakehouse on a morning appropriately full of sunshine. Their food is fantastic and I already know a number of converts who used to say “vegan isn’t my thing”. Their sandwiches, soups, salads and more are all outstanding. You’ll love it.
At a recent monthly meeting of VFW 1291, I had the privilege of presenting a Certificate of Appreciation from Metro Council to Semper Slider’s owner Zac Jenkins, who on September 11th of this year, prepared hundreds of meals for first responders at VFW 1291. This was above and beyond service on behalf of those that keep us safe. Thank you, Zac! Please go support Zac’s incredible food down in Music Valley right at the entrance of Music Valley Village.
Check out this great article from Nashville Eater about restaurants to visit in the community. More are coming. Sunflower Bakehouse is nearing completion and looking great. (Thanks to Ron Rice for taking this picture and posting on Hip Donelson.) And as you now have heard, two doors down at the former Providence Auto will be TennFold, a pizzeria and brewery. Read about TennFold in the Nashville Post here. More details to come.
Congratulations to Bowtie Barber Club for merging with Bloom Salon & Spa to become Bowtie Barber Club & Beauty! Thanks to Keith Weiser and his staff for continuing to invest in Donelson. This combination is going to be an even better addition to the community.
Doesn’t Belle Air Mansion look great? They are officially open for business. Checkout their beautiful website here.
Welcome, CrossFit Donelson! Get fit with this new business at 219 Shady Grove Road. From their website, “We are a diverse community with a culture focused on fun and hard work. All our members know each other’s names and support one another during workouts. CrossFit Donelson will help you reach your goals and get into the best shape of your life.”
You’ll notice the red and white Metro signs along Lebanon Pike between Briley Parkway and Stewart’s Ferry Pike in the Urban Design Overlay. Over the last several months, some business and property owners and I have been meeting with the Planning Department in terms of streamlining aspects based on how its implementation has been going since its inception a decade ago. Changes have never been made to it and these are purely administrative, working in tandem with Planning and property owners. It does not change anything fundamentally with the vision and rather enhances the ease of its applicability when development occurs. A few duplicative elements are being removed as they’re already been addressed in subsequent plans that have been created since then, such as NashvilleNext and the Walk-Bike Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways. I’m pleased and thankful for how Planning and property owners were all on the same page with this process. It went before the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 26th and will next go before Council for three readings. Please feel free to review the red-lined edits here and don’t hesitate with any questions.
Congratulations to Mehaul Oleary and team on the grand opening of his new restaurant and pub, The Lost Paddy. Located at 709 Spence Lane near Murfreesboro Pike, it’s a wonderful new addition to the district. Thanks to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting a great ribbon cutting.
Check out Hi5 Practice’s transformation of 936 Allen Road where their new home is located. Check out the video of the before and after. Hi5 is a great marketing company that helps connects medical practices with their patients. Check out a picture of the inside of their office. Congrats again to Kevin & Sierra Barnett and their team and thanks for the investment in the district!
It’s a Ball Y’all is a new event honoring extraordinary women in our community. See flyer below for details and visit this link for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
Explore what Donelson has to offer at Donelson Day on June 15th from 11am to 3pm at Buchanan Log House (2910 Elm Hill Pike). Come out and meet your neighborhood businesses and friends. Businesses that are confirmed to be at the event with more to follow:
Caliber Coffee- Cold brew and sweet treats
Nashville Flower Market- Build your own flower bouquet
Zulemas- Flautas and possibly lemonade
Hermitage Dance Academy- 2 different performances
Paper and Ink Arts- Kids coloring and drawing area
Buddy Allen- Samples and SWAG
Rehab Therapy- Physical therapy services with discounted evaluation
Music City Fencing- Fencing Demonstration
Williams Violins- Try to play a violin
Buchanan Log House- House will be open for attendees to see the property
Nash 103.3- Listener SWAG and possible giveaway
Mind Body Institute- Free chair massages during the event by licensed and massage therapy students
Full Metal Flowers- Local metal artist selling items
Remington College- SWAG and giving away a free teeth whitening session
Kona Ice Truck- Shaved ice for sale during event
Jae’s Gems- Mining table and mineral display
Smart Supplies- Creating the entrance sign displaying “Donelson Day”
Hermitage Officers- Patrol cars with sticker badges and kids items
Congratulation to our new Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Terri Williams Nutter! The DH Chamber release a press release, which is as follows: Terri has an eclectic employment history. She currently serves as Children’s Minister at Donelson Church of Christ, a position she has held for four years. She holds an affiliate broker’s license with Beck & Beck Real Estate, Inc., and has 20 years’ experience in residential real estate. Originally from Memphis, Terri moved to the Donelson area at the age of 17 to work as an entertainer at Opryland and has lived in the Donelson-Hermitage area off and on for over 40 years. She worked in Branson, Missouri, in the height of its popularity as a destination, and after returning to Tennessee, performed again at Opryland and in the Music Valley area of Donelson, as well as in Pigeon Forge. She has sung on the Grand Ole Opry, is a published songwriter, and was a recording artist at Warner Bros. Records. She has also traveled and performed internationally. Terri was the co-producer of Branson Fest for fourteen years and producer of the 1994 Branson Area Festival of Lights lighting ceremony for the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. She has served as VIP and Volunteer Committee Co-Chair for United Cerebral Palsy, was the Community Relations Chairperson for Friends of Nashville School of the Arts, and toured the state as an ambassador with Gov. Lamar Alexander and other celebrities and dignitaries as part of Tennessee Homecoming ‘86. She is currently the 2019 Chair of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women In Business and a current class member of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage. She is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and of Donelson Church of Christ.
Congrats to Masonry Specialty Contractors on a great ribbon cutting celebration with the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber. The building looks great inside and out. They’re located at 2540 Park Drive. Their office is located on the second floor and the first floor is available for a variety of uses. If interested in learning more, contact Radley Hendrixson.
I was happy to join Mayor Briley, Ryman Hospitality CEO Colin Reed and members of Marriott’s leadership team to cut the ribbon on the new SoundWaves water park at Opryland. Remember that there is a special Davidson County resident discount.
I joined the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and team at the Better Business Bureau on celebrating their move from downtown to Century City. They very much needed larger office space as they’ve grown over the years.
Congratulations and welcome to Nashville Piano Rescue! As a piano player, I’m of course very subjective, but they do fantastic work. If you’ve ever wanted a piano but were afraid of the cost, go check them out. They’re a great addition to the music shops that have come to town over the past few years like Blues Vintage Guitars and William’s Fine Violins & Luthiers.
The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual “Taste of Donelson-Hermitage” will be March 25th at The Inn at Opryland. Call the Chamber at 615-883-7896 for more info or to save a space.
It fills me with great pride to drive past the former Papa Murphy’s building one morning with the sun shining down on it and an “Available” sign on it. I have spent this entire term fighting against an attempt by a predatory lender trying to skirt regulations and illegally expand into this building, which would have degraded the character and quality of Donelson’s central business district and continued to exploit our most vulnerable neighbors. I’m proud of the legislation I passed strengthening regulations and we finally defeated them in the court system as they left the building abandoned and instead challenged regulations up through the TN State Court of Appeals. I’m very pleased to see these efforts have finally paid off and we will hopefully see a new business here that we can all be proud of and warmly welcome. For more info on this listing, visit here.