‘Garden & Gun’ cover story touts Eighth Avenue South

The national media keep showing love for our so-called It City.

Check this out: The April/May edition of Garden & Gun offers a cover story that focuses simultaneously on the growth of Eighth Avenue South and new music coming out of Nashville.

The Charleston, S.C.-based Southern culture magazine portrays Eighth Avenue South as a bonafide district that is quickly gaining cultural clout because of its alternative music venues and restaurants. (Read more about the music here but do note you will need to view the printed edition to read the section on Eighth.)

The Garden & Gun view of Nashville is, at the minimum, it seems a stretch. After all, the multi-block strip does not function as a contained neighborhood district, as it stretches more than 2.5 miles from SoBro to Melrose. Significant blocks of Eighth are anything but trendy or hip.

Yet, there’s no denying new places are popping up on the urban strip, and segments of the street are thriving. So the magazine article thus begs the question: Does Eighth Avenue South actually have elements of a well-defined district such as Five Points or 12South?

Slated to open April 15 is Urban Juicer at the former site of Fiddlecakes at 2206 Eighth Ave. S. Recent openings include The Pour House, Hatworks, 8th and Roast café and Craft Brewed Bottle Shop & Tasting Room.

In addition, there will be almost 300 new residents in the area when Stonehenge Real Estate Group unveils its $33 million, 266-unit apartment project this fall. Likewise, Franklin-based Parkes Development Group and Nashville-based Fulcher Investment Properties have broken ground for their long-awaited Franklin Road project at the old Melrose Theater site.

Indeed, Eighth might just be creating a buzz.

So maybe Garden & Gun is onto something. Could the new 12South be ... “8South”?