Bandwagon Music receives $20,000 award to grow business + enrich community

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Last month, Bandwagon Music and Repair was awarded $20,000 as part of the Synchrony Financial Working Forward Small Business Awards.

Bandwagon was selected as one of 10 winners in the contest out of more than 1,400 entries from across the U.S. Jennifer Lantz, who owns Bandwagon with her husband Linden, submitted an essay detailing how she and her husband would use their winnings if selected. “Even if we hadn’t won, it was a great exercise to sit down and think through how we could grow our store and contribute more to our local community,” Jennifer said.

The $20,000 prize is awarded as two separate $10,000 components. $10,000 goes toward a business growth initiative. The Lantz family plans to add more instrument options to their store, which opened in October of 2016. To help alleviate the strain of running all aspects of the business themselves, they also plan to hire a part-time employee. The other $10,000 goes toward a community initiative. Bandwagon plans to continue and expand their efforts in helping area schools enhance their band programs by improving band classrooms and providing instruments at no cost to lower-income students who may not be able to afford the cost of instrument rental.

Jen Robinson, Synchrony Financial’s Small Business Awards marketing leader, said, “Linden, Jennifer and their two kids embody Synchrony’s values perfectly. They’re deserving of this award and we are honored that we’ve had the opportunity to hear their story, meet them and support them in working forward to realizing their dreams.”

Bandwagon is located at 7639 Highway 70 South in Bellevue.


dessert + coffee = frothy

It’s a very simple formula to make your season bright: dessert + coffee = frothy.

BAKERY by frothy monkey is baking up holiday treats again this year, and not just for the Frothy Monkey locations. From now through December 19th (by 10:00 a.m.), you can pre-order their delicious Christmas pies, cakes, cookies and bread, and schedule to pick up on either December 23 or 24 at any Frothy Monkey location (fees may apply). Rumor has it the cookies are Santa’s favorites, so order extra and stay off the naughty list!

And while you’re there, don’t forget to stock up on Festivus, their special 2017 holiday blend that combines coffees from Sumatra and Ethiopia, with notes of cherry and blueberry + vanilla + baking spices. Even the packaging is special, featuring hand-lettering (screenprinted) by local artist Neal Russler. Available in-store or online. Great gift for yourself and the coffee connoisseurs in your life.

If you’re searching for just the right finish to your holiday meal—or, let’s get real, the best way to start your day—remember dessert + coffee = frothy.

Music for Seniors Celebrates 10 Years with Inaugural Benefit on December 9

Saturday’s supposed to be cold, but here’s an event that’ll warm your heart. Music for Seniors invites the public to join them as they, along with their Musician Partners, board, friends and supporters celebrate 10 years of “Sharing live music, lighting up lives!” In honor of this anniversary and the holiday season, they will host Lighting Up Lives! on December 9 at 3rd & Lindsley Bar and Grill (818 Third Avenue South).

The celebration will include performances by Grammy-award winning artist and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy, along with John England, the Ukedelics, Richard Griffin and more. In addition to a concert, the inaugural recipient of the Lois and Gilbert Fox award will be announced. The Lois and Gilbert Fox Achievement Award was established to recognize the Foxes’ commitment to Music for Seniors, their lifetime of service to the community and their civic leadership.

Gilbert Fox stated, “While my wife Lois was in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s showing no responses, when Sarah sang, Lois smiled. Some achievement!”

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with live music from 2 :30–4:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and VIP packages are $100 and include a 4-top reserved table with best-in-house seating, four drink tickets. Tickets are available at Parties larger than four are encouraged to contact  Rickey Chick, development director at

Music for Seniors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization, connects area musicians with older adults through live music programs designed to engage, entertain and educate seniors—promoting health and well-being, reducing isolation and enriching the lives of all participants. Founded in 2007 by Sarah McConnell, who now serves as executive director, the organization enlists over 200 musicians, including youth and seniors. Three distinct programs feature a wide variety of genres and focus on the preferences, tastes and unique needs of senior participants. Programming includes outreach to groups in nursing homes, residence communities, dementia care providers and others; a free daytime concert series, which is open to the public; and live performance learning labs that offer group lessons in ukulele and percussive arts led by qualified teaching artists. Music for Seniors’ programs reach 24,000 audience members yearly.

 To learn more about Music for Seniors, visit

And for these, we are thankful.

Did you draw the last straw and now you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year? Or did you promise to bring a dish or two to someone else’s Thanksgiving? Maybe you’ve got the basics covered, but need an extra pair of hands to finish out your Thanksgiving feast? These local spots can get you all mmmms and ohhhhhs without breaking a sweat.

McCabe Pub

Customers may provide their own baking dish for McCabe Pub to prepare a take-home version of any of their family recipe casserole favorites. Their squash, broccoli and sweet potato casseroles are must-have items on the Thanksgiving table as well as their homemade apple crunch, pumpkin pie and red velvet cake. Bulk items such as Sister Schubert rolls, tea punch and seasonal soups are also available for purchase. Orders can be placed starting now and will continue throughout the holiday season. The deadline to order for Thanksgiving is Monday, November 20 (pick up by by November 22), and the deadline for Christmas is December 16, and pick up by December 23.

The Food Company

This tiny spot in Bandywood is a must-visit spot for any last-minute Thanksgiving needs. The Food Company chooses the most popular items from the holiday catering menu and stocks the fridge on both Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to Thanksgiving. Catering options are available for whole Thanksgiving meals serving up to six, tasty side dishes such as truffled corn pudding and seasoned roasted asparagus and even brunch options for the holiday weekend. The Thanksgiving order deadline is Thursday, November 16, and orders can be picked up until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.

Something Special

There’s something special about the premier catering company on Heady Drive in Belle Meade. Owner Frances Pilkington explains, “We are traditional cooks of the highest quality, and that’s just it.” From creamed potatoes and sliced beef tenderloin to stuffed dressing and pumpkin pie, Something Special has it all. This year they are featuring the complete Thanksgiving meal, which includes turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce and a vast array of sides, cakes and pies. If dessert is what takes the cake for your family, Something Special has a full menu of cakes and pies, including gluten-free chocolate truffle cakes. Something Special will be open until 6:00 p.m. on November 22.

Chef’s Market

This one’s a bit off the beaten path but oh, so worth it. Let the staff at Chef’s Market create a warm, comforting meal for your family this Thanksgiving. Items can be purchased individually to supplement your holiday meal, or whole Thanksgiving feast packages are available starting at $230 to serve 12 people. You won’t want to miss the “Radiate!” package, which includes an herb-crusted turkey with Riesling gravy, three accompaniments, homemade cranberry pecan relish, butter rolls and choice of one memory-making cake. Other mouth-watering items include Chef’s famous spinach con queso dip, Tennessee cheese straw chicken tenders, blueberry & goat cheese flatbread, smoked gouda mac n’ cheese, squash casserole and salted caramel apple pie. The Thanksgiving order deadline is noon on Friday, November 17 and orders can be picked up until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.

When you need an extra pair of hands helping with your holiday cooking, what are some of your favorite go-to places around town?

School Nurse offers advice for cold and flu season

Christie El-Shishini, MSN, CPNP-PC, serves as the full-time nurse for Saint Henry School (6401 Harding Pike, Nashville). Most of what she encounters are ailments like headache, congestion, stomachaches and discomfort from an injury. Each day, she is also responsible for administering care to students with specific medical diagnoses, such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, severe allergies, seizure disorders, and ADHD.

Full-time school nurses are rare these days. Christie’s role functions as a liaison between school personnel, health care professionals, families and the community, so there is frequent communication with parents, referrals to physicians and supervision of individualized health care plans for many students. In addition, she ensures mandated health screenings have been completed, verifies the completion of immunizations, and promotes a healthy school environment. There are, however, certain limitations of the role. Assessment and care must be within the scope of professional nursing practice. There are mandatory forms that must be completed for students to receive medications and certain prescribed nursing care in the school clinic. As the case manager for students, the school nurse is charged with the task to ensure that there is adequate communication and collaboration among the family, physicians and providers of community resources.

With the pending cold and flu season, we had the opportunity to catch up with her recently and she offers some great advice for parents and children, but most of her advice is adaptable even in office settings.

What can you tell us about the flu strain this year?
The center for Disease Control (CDC) is an important reference when seeking information about the flu. Getting an annual flu vaccine is an important step in protecting yourself and your family from the flu virus. It is not possible to predict what the flu season will be like this year. Although the flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of season vary with each year and specific locations.

What risks are associated with flu?
Certain populations are at greatest risks for complications from the flu virus. Children younger than five years of age and adults over age 65 are in a higher risk group. Also at increased risk are pregnant women, people who live in long-term care facilities, people with chronic diseases, and anyone with a weakened immune system. The flu virus can sometimes weaken the lungs, allowing bacterial infection to develop. This can lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis.

Since flu often begins with vague symptoms that are also found in common colds, stomach viruses, and pneumonia, are there things parents/volunteers/educators can look for early-on to determine if they need to seek professional medical attention?
Flu complications in children are a definite risk. There are certain symptoms that would serve as warning signs that a child could be developing complications from the flu. Some of these include: high fever, fast breathing or increased work of breathing, confusion, listlessness, nausea and vomiting. If there is concern that your child has any sign or symptom of a flu complication, they should seek medical attention right away.

If the child is diagnosed with flu, what are some things to help make the child more comfortable during treatment? Are there home remedies to help break the fever? (Note: this is assuming that they are also on a prescription at this point, so these are supportive measures of a treatment plan, not in lieu of)
If diagnosed with the flu, there are actions that can be taken to ease the symptoms: take over-the-counter medication (aspirin should not be given without physician approval for children below 16 years of age), drink a lot of fluids, and get plenty of rest.

Give us your top six preventive measures to help children survive the cold and flu season:

  1. Vaccinate your child annually with the flu vaccine – the CDC recommends the flu shot as the best way to protect yourself and family from the flu virus
  2. Hand washing, frequently and correctly – Use soap and warm water when possible, hand gels can be used if necessary
  3. Clean shared surfaces often –this includes kitchen counters, bathrooms, phones, tv remotes, computer keypads, door handles, sink and refrigerator handles.
  4. Get out of the habit of touching your eyes, nose and mouth whenever possible – your hands will spread the germs you have come in contact with that may be contaminated with the flu.
  5. Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest. This is a good tip for helping to ensure your health throughout the entire year, but is especially important during flu season.
  6. Making good choices – if you know there is someone in the family not feeling well, try to keep them away from other people who are healthy (examples: no sibling play dates or friend get-togethers when someone in the group/household is not feeling well).

Click here for more information about Saint Henry School.


Newest community tradition: Taste of West Nashville

What a night! A great selection of food, fun auction items, great people, coming together at The Reserve at Fat Bottom Brewery to benefit a place that gives some of our neighbors the dare to dream again. As the inaugural Taste of West Nashville wraps, we’re calling this one heckuva success! Fourteen restaurants, Fat Bottom brews and perfect weather delivered a lovely evening. Hearts and tummies are full. Congratulations to West Nashville Dream Center—this event was a hit!

Catch a glimpse of some of the ways the West Nashville Dream Center is helping our community . . . oh, and there’s the goat. They. Have. A. Goat.


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Fat Bottom Opens, Special Offer for Our Readers


After much anticipation, Fat Bottom Brewery opens today in The Nations neighborhood! If you visited their East Nashville location, this concept is completely different (to confirm: the concept may be different, the beer is still delish!).

Fat Bottom 2.0 features a pet-friendly patio/courtyard, ready for live music and cornhole; The Hop Yard Restaurant, which offers a full menu; an upstairs lounge that overlooks the brewery and has outside balcony seating; and finally, The Reserve, a gorgeous event space that doubles during pleasant weather by rolling up the giant doors that open into the courtyard.

What’s particularly lovely about this project is the amount of preservation that went into it; they preserved where they could and re-purposed when they couldn’t (those trellises in the courtyard are actually old window frames from the original building).

“Everyone here at Fat Bottom is so excited to finally open our doors to the neighborhood!” says owner Ben Bredesen. “We are looking forward to meeting our neighbors and showing all of Nashville why we chose to move to the Nations.”

Open Monday–Thursday from 4:00 p.m.–midnight, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.–midnight, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

And 372WN readers receive a special discount! See page 59 in our February issue for details.

Chapter 1: We are born*.


You’ll find us in 100 locations throughout West Nashville or check out our digital edition right here. A lot of talented West Nashvillians contributed some excellent work to make this happen. And please, support the advertisers who support this community magazine; let ’em know how much we appreciate them!

We’ll be back on the blog periodically, and our next issue hits in February.

(*Heartfelt apologies to Mr. Dickens and our obvious rip-off of his opening line in David Copperfield.)



Files are at the printer, proofs have been approved.
Distribution route is in place.
Racks and signs have arrived, awaiting delivery to their destinations.
Now, we wait.

It won’t be long. As wild as the last two years, two months, two weeks, even the past two days have been, we’ve learned that timing is everything. All of the stops and stalls we’ve encountered have later proven to be purposeful and made things better. We may not like it at the time, we may not understand why, but it’s always yielded something better.

So we wait, excited, and trusting that the moment our inaugural issue drops is the moment that was intended.