Little Harpeth taproom to open

Nashville-based microbrewery Little Harpeth Brewing Co. will open its taproom today.

The company started brewing craft beer (originally, lagers only) in 2014 from a North Nashville facility located at 30 Oldham Street. Little Harpeth beer is now available in multiple area bars and restaurants.

Read more here.

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Gulch Crossing lands Taziki's

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Sep 3, 2015 12:25 PM

Sewing Training Academy opens on east side

Catholic Charities of Tennessee’s Sewing Training Academy has opened in East Nashville at 1210 Davidson St.

According to a release, CCofT, Nashville Fashion Alliance and Nashville/Smithville-based Omega Apparel Inc. have collaborated to oversee the academy, which is expected to yield workers for the city’s burgeoning fashion industry.

“I am ready to put the graduates to work,” said Dean Wegner, Omega Apparel president/CEO. “Within five years, this initiative could easily add 1,000 new jobs to the local economy.”

The Frist Foundation, the Memorial Foundation and other benefactors provided start-up funding for the academy.

“The Sewing Training Academy is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership that will prepare Middle Tennesseans for skilled, well-paying jobs supporting the local growing creative economy,” said Bill Sinclair, executive director of Catholic Charities.

The academy will offer three-week courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, with classes to be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays.

Read more here.

(Trishawna Quincy, Sewing Training Academy instructor, addresses students in the new facility.)

Sep 3, 2015 10:19 AM

Dollar General director buys the dip

Just about all of our reports on noteworthy stock trades by local public-company insiders have them booking juicy profits. But every once in a while, we get to draw attention to an investment that signals a big vote of confidence. So it is here with Bill Rhodes, the CEO of AutoZone and a director of Dollar General: A trust set up by Rhodes, who has been on the Dollar General board since 2009, last week spent $370,000 to buy 5,000 shares of the discount retailer, growing his total (direct and indirect) holdings to more than 27,000 shares. The move came after Dollar General (Ticker: DG) slipped from above $80 to the mid-$70s amid broader market trumoil and in the wake of its Q2 profit report.

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Dollar General still attractive, says UBS analyst

Following Dollar General's second-quarter earnings report, UBS' Michael Lasser has taken a sanguine tone that is similar to that of a number of other analysts. In reiterating his 'buy' rating and $85 target for Dollar General (Ticker: DG), Lasser says CEO Todd Vasos and his team still have a number of ways to hit their profit growth goals.

From here, even if the company's algorithm rests on a longer-term comp that hovers around the 3% range, we think it can still produce mid-teens EPS growth with optionality to the upside. We would use the pullback as an opportunity.

Aug 31, 2015 11:38 AM

Nashville's per-gallon gas price average drops 8 cents

The average per-gallon price of regular gas in Nashville on Sunday was $2.25, down eight cents compared to the mark of a week ago and down 21 cents from the figure of four weeks prior.

This time in 2014, the average per-gallon price of regular gas in Nashville was $3.21, according to AAA The Auto Club Group.

Relatedly, Tennessee’s average price was $2.17 Sunday, down nine cents compared to the figure from the previous week.

The price was $2.38 four weeks ago and $3.21 a year ago. In Tennessee, the peak price to date this year has been $2.58 (on June 17).

The national average Sunday was $2.48, 12 cents lower than the mark from the prior Sunday.

Motorists in the Southeast should find the lowest Labor Day gas prices in a decade.  The current state average prices of $2.31 in Florida and Georgia, and $2.17 in Tennessee are $1.06, $1.02, and $1.04 cheaper than the price during last year's holiday respectively.

"Low gas prices are added incentive for Americans to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend," Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, said in the release. "Low gasoline prices are an added boost in disposable income, giving travelers more money to spend on lodging, shopping and dining out."

Last week, the price of oil dropped below $40 a barrel, the lowest mark since February 2009. During that time, the national average price of gasoline averaged $1.90. However, oil rallied toward the end of the week, settling at $45.22 on Friday.
 

Aug 31, 2015 10:14 AM

Vegas-based ice bar concept scouting for Nashville site

The founder of an ice bar and lounge concept that just celebrated its fifth birthday in Las Vegas says he's looking to expand to a number of other cities in the near future. And yep, writes Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville, Music City is on his short list.

Aug 31, 2015 8:39 AM

Q&A: Robin Davis of Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace

Robin Davis is co-owner with Jennifer Starks of Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace. With the Donelson-based business having recently opened, Post Managing Editor William Williams sat down with Davis to get her thoughts.

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace is both a taproom and a market. How will the two co-exist?

The home for Homegrown is located in Donelson Plaza on Old Lebanon Road, and we were fortunate enough to have found a space with two side-by-side suites available. The two suites will serve as home to the taproom and marketplace, respectively, with outdoor entrances from the sidewalk for each, as well as a door inside between the two spaces for convenience. We imagine our customers will stop in for a bite of lunch or dinner and wander next door into the marketplace for a few grocery essentials on their way out, or perhaps even run in for a gallon of milk and pick up a growler of beer from the taproom at the same time. Later this fall when the marketplace is in full swing, we’ll also offer our sandwiches, salads and other foods made in-house as grab-and-go convenience items in the market. Many of the products offered in the marketplace will also be used in our recipes/dishes that we serve in the taproom. It’s the perfect marriage of the two concepts — local food in the market and local food on our menu. We have big future plans of growing our own food on our own farm.

Michael Moranski, your chef, most recently worked at Flyte. And Jessie Norman, your GM, comes from Barlines in the Omni. While fine establishments, neither offers, on paper, much similarity to Homegrown. Comments?

The key to any great business is a good idea paired with passion. But the way to ensure the success of a business is to find highly talented and qualified team members to help bring your dreams to life. Mike and Jessie are just the people who can do that.

Chef Mike has spent his culinary career creating unique local dishes and his design of Homegrown’s menu is no exception. He knows how to take a simple recipe and add a pop of unexpected flavor that has diners asking for more. Jessie has worked in many bars/restaurants, both small and large, where she was expected to keep all the balls in the air on busy, crowded nights. And she’ll do that for us at Homegrown too. We have 70 seats, 24 draft beers, a creative menu and a hard-working team, and she knows how to orchestrate all those elements so that our guests have a great experience. 

In addition to their knowledge and extensive experience, Jessie and Mike are both Donelson residents. Like us, they also want to build something awesome in their own community, and Homegrown offers them a place to apply their expertise with the kind of creative freedom and input that you just can’t get in larger organizations.

What percentage of your grocery items are local and/or packaged and/or natural/organic?

The marketplace will be stocked with 100 percent local and regional (Southeast) products. It’s much like an indoor farmers’ market. We’ll carry eggs, milk, cheese, meat (fresh and frozen), and both traditional and organic produce. We’ll also carry some locally made packaged products like Ousley Ouch salsa and Sunday Morning Pancake Mix. Some of our purveyors include Porter Road Butcher, Groves Family Dairy, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, Noble Springs Dairy, Walker Produce and Green Door Gourmet.

Your beer menu is mainly Southeast focused. What will be your strategy for rotating the beer offerings?

That is by design and what Homegrown is all about—providing access to the best local and regional products around. Homegrown as a whole is an answer to a demand/need for the Donelson community, and our beer rotations will follow that same strategy. We will be listening to our customers, social media networks and community members on what they want to see on tap next. We are definitely dedicated to featuring our local Nashville breweries, such as Yazoo, Little Harpeth and Black Abbey, as well as regional favorites like Good People, Highland Brewing and Calfkiller. Occasionally, we’ll also feature some beers not brewed in the Southeast on our “Tourist Taps.” We’ll ask our neighbors and guests to vote on them, so that will be a lot of fun.

Where did you get the idea to operate this type business — which many folks would associate with being found in a more urban setting — in a suburban locale? Did you visit a similar place in the suburb of another city? I assume your approach is that Donelson has lots of residents who want non-mainstream retail located near their homes.

Our idea for Homegrown came about because we live in Donelson, and we want it. And we’re not the only ones. The HIP Donelson Farmers’ Market is one of the largest and most attended seasonal markets in middle Tennessee with thousands of shoppers every week. East Nashville is the closest opportunity for Donelson residents to get a good selection of craft beers. And although it’s only a 15-minute drive, it’s still a drive across the river. There’s a misconception that Donelson is far away, but we’re only 15 minutes away from downtown if you shoot straight down [Lebanon Pike/Hermitage Avenue/First Avenue]. We’re a Nashville neighborhood, not a suburb. We’ve got beautiful, established neighborhoods with big trees, large yards, and still (but going fast) affordable houses. Those residents that have gotten priced out of East Nashville, Inglewood and 12South are moving to Donelson, and they want, and deserve, the same kind of quality food and beer that you can get in those other Nashville neighborhoods.

I understand you might eventually offer, for example, some craft beer-oriented events that will have an informative and/or educational theme. Thoughts?

Yes! Homegrown is a craft beer advocate looking to expand the appeal of craft beer by offering tastings and classes that inform customers about beer flavors and styles. If you have not tried craft beer yet, then we invite you to come on in, and we will help you find something that you will love. We intend to offer great events such as signature beer dinners and brunches, as well as educational Craft Beer 101 classes. Our grand opening festivities are set to take place Oct. 1-4, and we will have some fun announcements about our events and classes at that point.

Aug 31, 2015 6:45 AM

Cupcake shop headed for 12South

Sprinkles Cupcakes plans to open its first Tennessee store on 12South this winter. Officials say the store will sell cupcakes, cookies and ice cream and feature a Cupcake ATM that will run around the clock.

The California-based chain, which was launched 10 years ago and now runs almost 20 locations in a handful of states as well as Washington D.C., will take up space in the Beckers Corner development being spearheaded by The Shop Trust.

 

Aug 28, 2015 1:06 PM

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