Friday, December 9, 2011

Logue's Black Raven Emporium: East Nashville's New All-in-One Gallery, Grindhouse and Boutique

Posted by on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 6:20 AM

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The switchboard's been going crazy since Randy Fox dropped the deets on East Nashville's newest hang in this week's Scene:

One of the newest of hip businesses to open in East Nashville may well prove to be one of the most unique and coolest locales in all of Music City — Logue's Black Raven Emporium. Owned and operated by artist and local rock scene veteran Robert Logue (Royal Court of China, The Shakers), his wife Cemile Bagci-Logue and film collector Robert Slendorn, Black Raven is a unique counter-culture DIY retail and entertainment complex.

Taking over the old veterinary clinic building on the corner of Gallatin Pike and Trinity Lane, the upstairs has been transformed into a retail space for vintage and new clothing, boots, shoes, handbags original art, prints, unusual used books, and all manner of eccentric "various & sundries." Think classic department store filtered through 30 years of goth-punk-retro culture.

But the lower level of the building is where things get really interesting. Descending from the back of the building into a foyer and ticket booth area that invokes the feel of classic Times Square grindhouses, one enters the emporium's "Cult Fiction Underground" — a lounge area and 40-seat theater space where Logue plans to hold regular screenings of cult, exploitation and horror films, along with other special arts events.

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