On Music Row: Tween TV fave goes country

Also: Songwriter Melamed releases first album, Carrie Underwood sets November release, and more
[From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
Jul 12, 2009 11:49 AM

When green goes bad

Increase in the number of LEED-certified structures also leads to spike in projects that fail to pass the U.S. Green Building Council's standards. When the latter occurs, who's to blame?
[From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
Jul 12, 2009 11:04 AM

Hot NOW! on Elliston Pl. Oh, and cool too

For those whose arteries have been aching for a clogging while the Krispy Kreme on Elliston has been hobbled by renovations we have good news:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 10, 2009) –  Krispy Kreme’s Elliston Place location has been selling doughnuts from a tent outside the store, while the inside undergoes a remodel. But today, Friday, July 10, the newly remodeled Elliston Place location will reopen its doors, giving the community doughnut shop a face lift, as well as the new refreshing Kool Kreme® soft serve menu. Krispy Kreme’s new Kool Kreme is a sensational new line of mouth-watering soft serve products, complete with a premium toppings bar. Available in Very Vanilla, Deep Chocolate and Swirl, Kool Kreme menu also offers traditional cones, shakes and Krispy Kreme’s specialty doughnut sundaes, all paired with a toppings bar that includes classic hot fudge, seasonal fruit, Butterfinger® candy, Oreo® cookie pieces and Reese’s® peanut butter cups. Doughnut sundaes are ideal for fans who just can’t leave Krispy Kreme without the taste of one of the company’s Original Glazed® doughnuts. Doughnut sundaes are traditionally served with Very Vanilla Kool Kreme atop a hot Original Glazed® doughnut and smothered with a deliciously thick, rich chocolate sauce. Elliston Place will be showing off the newly remodeled store by hosting a Kool Kreme Hour on Friday, July 17. Free Kool Kreme cones will be offered to all customers between 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a drawing for customers to win a Kool Kreme party for up to six people. The winning party will get their choice of either a free doughnut sundae, available in Original Glazed®, Strawberry Cake and Chocolate Cake, or an Arctic Avalanche™ which combines Kool Kreme with various candy mix-ins.
You heard that right: Doughnut Sundaes. Now who's for an EKG?
Jul 10, 2009 10:58 AM

Permit Patrol: 10 July 2009

Renovations at Sam's, work on AT&T building downtown continues, preparations for the Whiskey Kitchen, and more...
Jul 9, 2009 4:17 PM

GNAR puts out June figures

Signs of hope despite continued downward trend
Jul 9, 2009 3:09 PM

Common sense, yes. But still . . .

Channel 2 on the rising rental rates in the Nashville residential market.
According to local real estate experts, owners of luxury condominiums and million dollar houses may not be able to sell their homes but they can rent them for top dollar. "The urban market has really taken off over the last couple of years," Grant Hammond with Summit Property told News 2, adding such inventory available for rent is limited in the Nashville area."
Jul 9, 2009 2:08 PM

Nissan inks deal for national distribution center in Wilson County

Automaker plans to build new facility at the Opus-owned Couchville Pike Business Center
Jul 9, 2009 11:31 AM

Gresham, Smith and Partners ranked top firm

According to a release, Nashville's Gresham, Smith and Partners have been named 34th in the ranking of "Top 100 Green Design Firms" compiled by Engineering News-Record, an industry publicaiton. "Firms are ranked according to revenue for design services generated in 2008 from projects that have been registered with or certified by a third-party organization that sets standards for measuring a facility’s environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon footprint," the release states. The firm has more than 150 LEED Accredited Professionals.
Jul 9, 2009 10:43 AM

Don't Blame It On the Weather

The New York Times today has a report on the dip in consumer sales for June. According to the Great Gray Lady, “the industry posted a 6.7 percent decline in sales for the month, in contrast to a 3.9 percent increase a year ago, according to the Goldman Sachs Retail Composite Index.” In a bit of an odd explanation (totally plausible, but hardly scientific) the paper states that rainy weather on the East Coast may have kept spenders from opening their wallets for a new summer wardrobe.
"Sales fell at mall stores open at least a year, a measure of retail health, including Abercrombie & Fitch (down 32 percent compared with the period a year ago), Zumiez (down 19.3 percent), Children’s Place and Limited Brands (both down 12 percent), Wet Seal (down 11.1 percent), American Eagle Outfitters (down 11 percent), Gap (down 10 percent), and Hot Topic (down 7.9 percent)."
Department stores didn't fare better.
"Sales declined 14 percent at Dillard’s, 8.9 percent at Macy’s, 8.2 percent at J.C. Penney, 8 percent at Bon-Ton and Stein Mart, and 5.6 percent at Kohl’s. T.J. Maxx and Ross Stores performed much better, posting 4 percent and 1 percent sales increases respectively."
The only stores which saw an upkick were affordable clothing spots Buckle and Aéropostale, which saw 9.6 and 12 percent sale increases, respectively. Interestingly, Wal-Mart has stopped reporting monthly figures.
Jul 9, 2009 9:40 AM

Unemployment claims drops; not good sign

According to rivised figures recently released, the amount of claims for unemployment has dropped even though the unemployment figure is on the rise, up to 9.5.
New claims for unemployment insurance plummeted by 52,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 565,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's significantly below analysts' expectations of 605,000 for the week ending July 4, according to Thomson Reuters. The last time new claims were below 600,000 was week of Jan. 24. "This is not as positive as it looks," Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a note to clients. "There are a number of special factors at play here, including the fact that the holiday-shortened week skewed the data."
Jul 9, 2009 9:20 AM