The new East Nashville Turnip Truck Natural Market grocery store is slated to open to customers at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Megan Barry.
Located at 701 Woodland St., the new store will replace the original Turnip Truck, which opened in early 2001 in a small building located at the southwest corner of the intersection of South 10th and Woodland streets. Owned by H.G. Hill Realty Co., that building will undergo a renovation and be joined by new construction (read more here).
To span 13,000 square feet, four times the size of the original location, the new Turnip Truck will feature hot and cold food bars, a juice bar, a bakery with gluten-free selections and a meat department.
The Turnip Truck bills itself as Nashville’s only “locally owned full-service natural foods grocer.”
A Florida-based company that a year from now aims to have a network of 175 electronic device repair stores around the country has set up its first shop in Nashville. The franchised location in the 21st Avenue South building anchored by Chipotle and Subway is being run by Susan Wright, who previously spent 14 years in various roles at tech giant Oracle. Check out more info here.
The Tennessean reports Edgehill Village has landed a J.Crew.
Similarly, Eater Nashville reports that the team behind Bartaco in 12South plans to bring a location of its Barcelona wine bar/restaurant concept to the Edgehill Village complex, which is undergoing extensive renovations. There's no timeline yet for an opening of Barcelona, which has a dozen other locations in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts and the Washington, D.C., area.
Nashville-based Rob Lowe, Elliott Kyle, Jay Weaver and McClain Towery are reinventing the popular buildings, located at the intersection of Edgehill Avenue and Villa Place.
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Since the late 1990s, Nashville has seen the addition of numerous noteworthy large-scale buildings.
Examples include Adelicia, Bridgestone Arena, Music City Center, The Pinnacle at Symphony Place and Terrazzo.
However, a diminutive two-story structure now open in 12South (and offering both ground-level retail and top-floor apartments) might be more significant — given that its simplicity is so refreshing for our fast-changing city.
Understatedly clad in white brick and offering a timeless design, Becker’s Corner (as it’s called) represents exactly the type building Nashville has lost in disturbing numbers since the 1950s and, as such, needs so badly to restore a certain dignity to our built fabric.
Simply put, such pedestrian-scaled masonry buildings provide a characteristic lacking with the many modernist-flavored, and often massive, additions to our city: charm.
There is nothing fancy about Becker’s Corner. And that is its appeal. Unlike many of the buildings Nashville is landing nowadays — with their seemingly requisite hodge-podge of colors, materials and forms — this little building is tasteful in its noticeable lack thereof. It showcases symmetry, a balance between the windows and the well-defined entrance, and a nicely executed height-to-width proportionality. Such tried-and-true design applications rarely fail. With Becker’s Corner, these characteristics shine.
And then there are the subtle touches: the side door (which allows the apartment dwellers a sidewalk access option in addition to rear entry and exit), the playful blue touches, the traditional awnings and exterior lights that entice folks to tempt retailer Draper James, a perfect blend of brick arrangements (not too busy but sufficiently visually interesting) and the building’s “attachment” to the adjacent brick structure home to Summer Classics. The latter element is almost militantly old-school.
Nashville once had hundreds of such smallish commercial buildings. Now their numbers are modest. In the last few years, we have seen the loss of such structures in Hillsboro Village (are more to follow?), on Division Street (visualize the little gems once home to Mario’s and Ken’s Sushi), in Midtown on 17th (where SkyHouse Nashville now rises) and in SoBro (I still miss the two-story brick and stone building that sat on what is now the roundabout at Eighth and KVB).
And more are to be demolished. The future toppling of the Midtown building home to J-J’s Market will be painful. The little buildings on Church Street and catty corner from the Downtown YMCA will surely be razed. Who knows the fate of downtown’s Berger Building (which sits on Rosa Parks Boulevard within the possible footprint of the long-awaited federal courthouse)?
With additional little brick commercial buildings offering traditional designs to surely be lost, it is important we add to the city’s built fabric with their 21st century counterparts.
True, some local architects will scoff, noting designs must be true to a building’s context, time and place. Why implement materials, forms and massing that were popular in the 1920s when we can push the envelope and go “cutting edge”? It’s a valid question. And if Nashville over the years had not lost 90 percent of its small commercial masonry buildings, the need for newer versions would not be so great.
But we have brutalized our urban manmade fabric — particularly in Midtown — with commercial buildings that are modernist monstrosities, many of them essentially synthetic stucco junk.
True, land costs likely will not allow a developer to undertake a Becker’s Corner-esque building in, say, SoBro, The Gulch or Midtown. But Five Points/East Nashville, Germantown, Hillsboro Village, Jefferson Street and 12South are primed for such structures.
Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple.
Nashville-based developer The Shop Trust understood this maxim. It could have opted for a more contemporary and bold look for Becker’s Corner. Instead the entity directed Benjamin Sohr's Pencil & Paper Co. and Ireland Architectural Services, both local entities, to do otherwise.
The result is highly successful.
Let us hope that success will spur other developers to give the city more such buildings.
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