Nashville-based Goo Goo Cluster LLC has rolled out Goo Buttons, bite-sized chocolates made by hand at its Third Avenue store. The confections went on sale this week in groups of five. The Classic Collection will be available year-round but a partnership with Belle Meade Winery has produced a holidays-only Celebration Collection that includes chocolates filled with flavors such as honey apple spice jelly, blackberry and lemon.
'Our intention was to highlight the wonderful flavors of the Belle Meade Wines, and we worked hard to find the perfect ingredients to complement those flavors and not overpower," said Lauren Garcia, the Goo Goo Shop's confectioner. "The end result is an assortment of some really unique and beautifully flavored chocolates."
Garcia and her team have other seasonal collections in the works. Check out more info here.
Scott Witherow of Olive and Sinclair Chocolate is expanding his retail business with a high-profile storefront in his hometown. Witherow and his team have started work on the renovation of the old Williamson County Rescue Squad building at Franklin's Five Points. They expect to open their doors there in a month or so.
In addition to its new storefront, the chocolate company will add new products to its line that are exclusive to his Williamson County location. Witherow revealed only one of his new products called the Seersucker, but said the rest will have to be a surprise.
Two years after opening her East Nashville vegan bakery and café, Karina Khan will close the doors to Khan's Desserts this Sunday. The chief culprit — cue some It City teeth-gnashing — is the fast-rising rent at the corner of Porter and Eastland avenues. Lizzy Alfs at The Tennessean has more info here.
Sweet news from Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville: Locally owned startup bakery Five Daughters is adding a retail presence not just at its production center in The Factory at Franklin but also in 12South space that had housed the Corrieri's cheese shop. Look for openings later this fall.
Meek says that right now about 80 percent of their current demand is for doughnuts, including '100 Layer,' stuffed and 'paleo crushers.' But they also offer options such as kouign amaan (a crispy, caramelized croissant), cupcakes, custom cakes, biscuits, cinammon rolls and more, utilizing primarily local and organic ingredients.
Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville has some good details about the progress being made on Bar Luca just off Gallatin Road in East Nashville, near Barista Parlor. The wine bar and restaurant will be able to house about 50 guests and is scheduled to open its doors in November.
Hunt Brothers Pizza has since June set up a presence at five U.S. Army or Air Force bases in Germany. The local company's stations are inside other retailers operating under the Army & Air Force Exchange Service banner. Check out more info here.
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.
Maneet Chauhan — the New York- and Nashville-based chef whose Chauhan Ale and Masala House in the North Gulch has captured attention, in part, for its Indian-spiced beer — will team with Derrick Morse of Cool Springs Brewery to operate a microbrewery in the Franklin space Turtle Anarchy will soon vacate. The facility will brew, among others, some Indian cuisine-influenced beers.
Chris Chamberlain, who knows his craft ales and lagers, has the details here at Post sister pub Nashville Scene.
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