Need a stout cup of Drew's Brews, some New Orleans funeral-band vinyl, a Michael Crichton paperback and some jumbo slabs of Benton's bacon? Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of some of Riverside Village's highest-profile tenants, and the happening East Nashville hang celebrates with a day of sales and goodies.
There'll be live music and cheery chow Saturday to commemorate year one of Sip Café and the East Nashville School of Music. The day will be especially sweet for Sip, as owner Mike Duguay—who also owns Mike's Ice Cream Fountain on Lower Broad—will hand out free samples of his vanilla ice cream. In coming weeks Sip will start carrying 18 flavors of Mike's, which recently completed its manufacturing facility nearby: that will give the Riverside neighborhood an ice-cream parlor to go with its barbecue (Bailey & Cato's and Dee's Q), vegetarian offerings (The Veggie Cafe), pizza (Castrillo's) and the quickly beloved Mitchell Deli.
Also celebrating is Inglewood Backs and Tracks, the used book and record shop with deals for discerning jazz fans. (I found a two-disc Blue Note jump-blues set not long ago for the cost of a Noshville Reuben.) Owner-proprietor Adam Meyer will knock 10 percent off all merchandise; he's already offering 15 percent off "beach reading" popular fiction, some of which may end up in the nearby "take-one/leave-one" lending library on Mitchell's garden patio.
Meyer says Mitchell too will be joining tomorrow's party—a good excuse to sample one of the city's tastiest, saltiest BLTs (and to sign up for next week's Yazoo tasting dinner—more on that Monday). It's all happening throughout the day at the corner of Riverside Drive and McGavock Pike in East Nashville. Watch out for Fan Fair traffic.