Grab A Bite In WeHo

While you & all of your friends are in town for CMA Fest, sometimes you need a little break from the crowd to grab some grub or drinks! Since our lovely neighborhood of Wedgewood/Houston is located just minutes from downtown, we're not too far from the action, but far enough from the long lines for food!

For a tasty, Nashville lunch, you can't beat Gabby's Burgers & Fries. Located at 493 Humphreys St., this Nashville dive is sure to fill you up before returning to enjoy the live music and honkey tonks! They're open from 10:30am-2:30pm Monday-Thursday & Saturday, and open from 10:30am-7:30pm on Saturdays. We highly recommend getting the sweet potato fries as your side. And don't be afraid to experiment with your burger toppings; the kitchen sink is always a good bet! You can take your food to go and enjoy it anywhere!

For a late night drink after all the fun downtown, Bastion (located at 434 Houston St., just past the main building) offers an eclectic drink menu ranging from $2.50 draft beer to $9 bucks and punch to $13 signature cocktails, guaranteed to make anybody's boozy dreams come true. We also highly recommend their killer nachos for a late-night snack! The nachos are good both with and without meat. Make sure to taste all of their different sauces for an incredible mix of flavors!

Leroy Hodges, Jr. Featured Artist

It is well-known that the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood is one of the top arts & music neighborhoods in Nashville. This is largely contributed to the high volume of art galleries and studios packed into the expanse between Wedgewood Avenue and Houston Street. On the first Saturday of every month, locals and visitors alike make the short trek from downtown to our neighborhood to experience the Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl.

Luckily for us, Houston Station is one of the favored stops along the stretch of galleries and studios who open their doors to the public. With artistic co-working spaces such as abrasiveMedia and Refinery Nashville, we are fortunate enough to have a ton of foot traffic from art enthusiasts hungry for inspiration. Coming up next week during the June Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl, Refinery Nashville is highlighting artist Leroy Hodges, Jr.

  The Church Lady  by Leroy Hodges, Jr.

The Church Lady by Leroy Hodges, Jr.

Growing up in Meridian, Mississippi, Leroy learned to appreciate the beauty of life and nature despite challenging times and events. "Nature with all its beauty reflects a moment in time. Through painting, one can capture not only the beauty in nature, but also what can be imagined; the struggle, joy, and pain of the Human Spirit.," Leroy expressed. He said art allows him to express his God-given abilities in way the world has not seen before, and to unlock the keys of nature's unique shapes and wonderful creations.

Leroy's art evolved during the late 1990s through self-study, workshops, and training under various artists. Oil painting is his medium of choice because of its richness and pure colors. His artistic style is descried as expressive, thought-provoking, and imaginative. -Refinery Nashville

If you want to experience the beauty of Leroy's work, make sure to stop by Refinery Nashville on Saturday, June 4 between 6pm and 9pm. More information here.

Space is the Place

This past Saturday, abrasiveMedia hosted the second installation of Space is the Place, a collaborative project between choreographer Laurel Desmarais & Nashville-based contemporary and aerial dance company, FALL. This interactive movement installation explored scenes of personal space and awareness. Doing away with the barriers that separate viewer and performer, the audience was invited to awaken their senses and connect to the ever-changing environment.

You can check out more about FALL and Space is the Place here.

Leadership Nashville

Houston Station hosted part of The Leadership Nashville Foundation's Arts & Entertainment Day on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The 2015-2016 Leadership Nashville Class started their day at Studio A for breakfast and programming. They continued to Oz Arts Nashville for lunch and more programming. Finally, they continued to Wedgewood-Houston for a tour of our neighbor, Fort Houston, and finished the day at Houston Station.

abrasiveMedia hosted a panel and programming during the afternoon. Afterward, guests continued to Events Nashville for cocktails and a Music City Sampler, which included performances by Tracy Silverman and Charles Walker. They had a caucus in Noteable Blends to recap their day with Bastion chef, Josh Habiger, set up for dinner. During dinner, a tenor from the Nashville Opera performed two arias that were paired with Habiger's carefully curated meal.

A special thank you to The Leadership Nashville Foundation for including so many parts of the Nashville arts & entertainment community; we were especially grateful to be included. Donated vendors from the Houston Station Community also included Liberty Party Rental, Southern Sky Event Lighting, and JD's Music.

Land Trust Appreciation Dinner

On Monday, April 18, Houston Station was the location for The Land Trust's Appreciation Dinner for honoree Jeanie Nelson. The Land Trust for Tennessee is an accredited, statewide 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1999. Their mission is to conserve the unique character of Tennessee's natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations. They have protected over 100,000 acres of public and private land by working with communities, partner organizations, and private landowners to ensure that we have open spaces forever.

The Land Trust's Appreciation Dinner launched the presentation of the Jeanie Nelson Conservation Legacy Fund. Attendees were treated to a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and a full program in honor of Jeanie Nelson.

Vendors: Events Nashville*, The Clean Plate Club, Liberty Party Rental*, Nashville Audio Visual

*denotes Houston Station Community Member

Your Next Corporate Party & After Party

Are you brainstorming charity event ideas, fundraising events, or gala themes? Looking for a genuine Nashville event space to put some of these ideas into place? Here at Houston Station, we have high-ceilings, the exposed beams and spacious hardwood floors, which all marry together, to create the perfect Nashville atmosphere. Come celebrate in style with us as we transform our space into your perfect formal dinner setting. 

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And looking for somewhere to take the after party? Our newest community member, Bastion, reflects the aesthetics of both Strategic Hospitality owners Ben and Max Goldberg, and former Catbird Seat chef, Josh Habiger. Located inside Houston Station, this new neighborhood boasts mid-century mod furniture, custom iron railings, a record player, games and built-in bleacher-style seating. Honestly, there are very few places in town where you can still purchase a Miller High Life for $2.50 and relax in style like this.

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The entrance to the bar is one of the few entrances into our community from the outside of the building, and while there isn't a sign yet, the doorway is painted white, complete with a garage door flagged with reflective paint; a quote from The Neverending Story which reads, "Never give up and good luck will find you."

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So come stop by and we'll show you around, and make sure you stop by Bastion on your way out for a delicious cocktail and some bar nachos. We promise you won't be disappointed!


NPT's Big Yellow Bird Bash

Last weekend, Events Nashville at Houston Station hosted Nashville Public Television's Big Yellow Bird Bash, a fundraiser supporting NPT's Educational, Cultural, & Civic programming, which reaches over 660,000 viewers. Their event featured yellow & white decor, hors-d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction. This was their 5th year hosting this event, and their third year at Houston Station! Congratulations to NPT for hosting such a successful fundraiser! Events Nashville is looking forward to next year's event already!

Nouveau Classics Grand Opening

This Saturday, Nouveau Classics celebrated the grand opening of their new Nashville store, located on the second floor of Houston Station. They hosted their grand opening in conjunction with the Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl, and offered their guests complimentary wine and hors-d'oeuvres. Owner, Paula Clancy, was greatly pleased with the turnout, and is looking forward to regular weekday and weekend hours in her new space!

Paint Your Event!

Paint Your Event

Looking for a unique memento from your special event? What better way to commemorate all of your hard work with a personalized piece of artwork? Local Nashville artist, Heidi Schwartz of Paint Your Event, specializes in real-time event paintings. Heidi creates memorable interpretive live event paintings ranging from corporate events and charity banquets to weddings and birthdays. One of the leading talents of event painting, Heidi is able to capture your event in a way photography cannot match.

This slideshow demonstrates just one example of the work Heidi has done: a custom piece of art from Houston Station's holiday appreciation party! It is currently hanging in the Events Nashville office as a treasured keepsake!

If you want to learn more about Heidi and her work, you can visit her website. She also has a big event coming up, so make sure to stop by 100 Taylor Street on Thursday, April 21 from 5-9pm to check out Heidi's showcase and support her as a local artist! We know a lot of us at Houston Station are excited to see her work, and to support our dear friend!

Shine a Light on Your Next Celebration

As a corporate event venue, if there's one thing we know how to do, it's party. Our expertise resides in the food, the drinks, the music, but most importantly, we know what it takes to transform our space into the Nashville meeting space you've been looking for. So, whether you're hosting a fundraising event, business luncheon, or corporate dinner, our in-house event planners will take care of everything, down to the very last detail, leaving you and your guests to enjoy the camaraderie of the evening.

One of our favorite parts of hosting these events is decorating our historic warehouse, particularly, stringing the lights! We love to shine a light on all things celebratory, and one way we are able to accomplish such stunning décor is with the help of one of our Houston Station community members, Southern SKY Event Lighting.

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We are huge fans of all of Southern SKY's work, and with their help, we have the ability to string lights from the rafters, shine a spotlight on a keynote speaker, or even lamplight the bar for a more relaxed atmosphere. Their expertise and exquisite selection of gorgeous lights really help bring our genuine Nashville event space to life, and even more so, shines beautifully as a background for your celebration. Remember, it's all in the details...And we're very proud to have every last little detail covered!

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So, if you're looking for somewhere with a little more soul to host your next corporate dinner, or somewhere to shed a little light on your next fundraising event, give us a call. We'd love to show you around!

St. Roch Nashville in WeHo

Coming soon to our very own Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood is St. Roch Nashville, a southern food hall curated by Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis. This is their second location for this concept, the first being St. Roch Market, located in New Orleans. St. Roch Market is a southern food hall featuring a diverse lineup of food and beverage purveyors. Open daily, St. Roch Market offers a unique dining experience along with great shopping and an excellent craft cocktail bar. For entrepreneurs, the Market represents the ultimate platform to grow a food brand and build consumer exposure. St. Roch Nashville will be located down the street from Houston Station in the historic former Mays Hosiery Mill property at 431 Chestnut Street. It is due to open in 2017.

At roughly 8,000 square feet, St. Roch Nashville will house about 10 food vendors. Staple tenants will likely include a cocktail bar, retail wine sales, an oyster bar, a produce stall, a bakery and a coffee shop. Donaldson and Tanguis are in the process of meeting with different local chefs and food purveyors, who would pay a leasing fee for space at the food hall. - The Tennessean

 

Stay tuned for more information about St. Roch Nashville, and make sure to check out The Tennessean's article here.

 

 

Corporate Happy Hour

Let's face it, we all love a good happy hour. Throwing back a couple drinks, nibbling on tasty snacks, and washing away all the worries and cares from a long day at work is necessary from time to time. So why not kick back and watch those worries fade away as a team? Why not choose to have your corporate happy hour in a genuine Nashville event space designed just for you and your employees, rather than trying to crowd into some loud, obnoxious bar?

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As a Nashville corporate even solution, here at Houston Station, you can treat your employees to the corporate happy hour event they deserve. Show them how much you appreciate all their had work and dedication with cocktails, snacks, and even a band! This kind of event not only boosts camaraderie and morale within the work environment, but often, boosts creativity. Remember, the team that drinks together, thinks together!

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And it doesn't have to just stop at drinks. When you choose to have your corporate happy hour with us, everything will be taken care of so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your evening. From drinks to catering to décor, our corporate event venue and in-house event planners will transform the space into whatever theme you choose, so you can tailor it to your employees or company any way you like!

Interested in booking your next corporate happy hour or event with us? Give us a call. We'd love to show you around!

Noteable Blends

We love that so many organizations and businesses trust us as their corporate event venue. The responsibility of planning your perfect event is a responsibility we do not take lightly. From gala themes, to charity event ideas and non-profit event planning, it's our passion to make sure you and your guests always celebrate in style, regardless of the occasion. As a genuine Nashville event space, we love giving our guests enough room to mingle, dance and lounge around as they please, and nothing screams, "laid back space" more than our very own, Noteable Blends.

Noteable Blends

Noteable Blends is a space where you and your guests can relax, taste, tune, and listen. With unique and personalized blends of non-traditional coffee and tea, your guests will keep caffeinated while listening to music that they love with people they love. Why settle for an uptight conference hall to celebrate all your great achievements for the year? Who wants to donate to a good cause when they are constantly fidgeting in their uncomfortable hotel chair? Let our cozy, Nashville nook be the perfect space for your next corporate function, music showcase, or non-profit event. You really must experience the Houston Station difference.

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Speaking of different, cozy spaces, did we mention that this sweet little nook is attached to our main event space? So whether you're looking to host a small gathering, or looking for more space to accommodate your 300 closest friends, we've got the genuine Nashville event space you've been looking for! Want to learn more? Contact us. We'd love to show you around!

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Franklin Road Academy Fundraiser: Stars & Guitars

Last week, Events Nashville at Houston Station hosted local private school Franklin Road Academy's fundraising extravaganza. Boasting a guest count of more than 300 attendees, this event featured live entertainment, various auction items, delicious catering, and a VIP lounge.

The VIP lounge, hosted inside Noteable Blends, featured a private spot for VIP guests to relax and have a custom cocktail created by a mixologist.

Events Nashville's extensive venue space and customizable design make it the perfect location for your corporate fundraiser or cocktail hour. The open vendor policy allows for you to choose your own catering and create your dream event by filling it with the lighting, furniture, and decor of your choosing. The FRA Fundraiser utilized Southern Events Party Rental Company, Southern Sky Event Lighting, JD's Music, and Flavor Catering & Special Occasions.

To host your next corporate fundraiser, contact Events Nashville's corporate planner at samantha@eventsnashville.net

Galas & Weddings

This weekend, Events Nashville hosted two spectacular events.

On Thursday, Houston Station was the location for Dollar General's Annual Black History Month Gala. This event featured auctions, dinner & drinks, and a guest speaker, former NFL player Warren Moon. Vendors for the event included Southern Events Party Rental, Nashville Event Lighting, Julius Genius Band, and Panache Catering. Events Nashville was delighted to be the host for this event for the third year in a row, and are looking forward to seeing what next year's event will look like!


On Saturday, newlywed Mr. & Mrs. Fitzpatrick hosted their wedding ceremony and reception at Houston Station. This vivacious couple and their fun-loving guests made this evening so special! Vendors for the event included Liberty Party Rental*, Southern Sky Event Lighting*, JD's Music*, Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, Katie Russo Beauty*, Dulce Desserts, Import Flowers, Lane Photography*, Let's Booth It, Honeyboy & Boots, Matchless Transportation & Limousine Service, and Nashville Wedding Cars.

* denotes Houston Station Community member

Food Trucks: The Ultimate Party Pleaser

If any of you out there are like us, we're so excited for all the warm weather that's sure to head our way soon. Sunny days and warm nights mean big things for your corporate dinner, non-profit event planning, and fundraising events. As a corporate events solutions venue, here at Houston Station, one of our favorite parts of warmer weather means utilizing our tremendous outdoor space. There is plenty of room for seating and mingling, a fire to keep everyone warm on chillier nights, and more room to spread out various food options for your guests. We can transform the space to whatever theme you desire, after all, it wouldn't be a party at Houston Station without a little grit and glamour!

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As far as some of those outdoor food options go, one of our very favorites that we often suggest is the holiest of outdoor eats, the food truck. Food trucks are not only a trend we're seeing more and more of these days, but they also provide delicious and fun food for your guests to enjoy. Remember, mobile food is always the most fun. 

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We especially love working with, and often suggest, booking Smoke Et Al food truck! Smoke Et Al uses real wood smoke and other unique flavoring techniques to bring competition quality, memphis style BBQ to Music City. And not only does their head chef have an Executive Chef background, their food is also fun and customizable!

If you're looking to kick your corporate dinner or business luncheon up a notch, give us a call and let's talk food trucks! We can't wait to show you around!

Cumberland Gallery Opening CG2

Established in 1980, Carol Stein's Cumberland Gallery exhibits well-established and promising emerging artists. Tennessee and the Southeast constitute the primary focus, but national-level artists are well-represented in a variety of media, including: painting, works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

Coming soon to Houston Station: CG2 Gallery was established by Carol Stein and Jason Lascu. The gallery is an extension of the well-established Cumberland Gallery, and arose out of the need to provide more attention to promising emerging, mid-career, and national-level artists with an emphasis on challenging, cutting-edge, and evocative artwork.

We are looking forward to having CG2 Gallery as part of the Houston Station Community!

  CHRISTINA A. WEST: UNMET

CHRISTINA A. WEST: UNMET

Welcome Nouveau Classics!

April 2, 2016, Houston Station's newest community member, Nouveau Classics, will open to the public! Nouveau Classics is Tennessee's premier contemporary furniture showroom and interior design studio. They offer top quality, innovative brands exclusive to their stores. Specializing in both residential and commercial design, their talented staff of interior designers have 30 years combined experience. Their expertise and customer service standards will give you the confidence you need to make the right decisions for your space.

 Nouveau Classics Owner, Paula Clancy

Nouveau Classics Owner, Paula Clancy

When asked about her business and the move into the creative community in Wedgewood-Houston where Houston Station is located, owner, Paula Clancy, gave us incredible insight:

“I am an Interior designer and my retail showroom focuses on modern/contemporary home furnishings. I sell a complete package…. whether the client is buying one piece or a whole room, I am there from beginning to end. I love to juxtapose old with new and incorporating organic elements to create a unique and comfortable atmosphere for my clients. I work on commercial and residential projects with clients who love and respect contemporary design. 
    I was specifically searching for a warehouse showroom space that was within a community that supports the arts. I knew that my ideal space had to have character with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and a unique edge. In keeping cohesive with our Knoxville location, located in the downtown arts district, I immediately fell in love with the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Nouveau Classics is excited to participate and be open for the monthly art crawls.  
    I love the fact that the area is a bit untouched, and that it is on the verge of being an innovative destination neighborhood in the Nashville community. Houston Station, in my opinion, has unrivaled features that allows it to boldly stand out among any other communities. The mix of entrepreneurs, artists, and designers at Houston Station is impressive and I am proud to call this our new home. “ -Paula Clancy

Needless to say, we are more than excited to have Nouveau Classics as a community member at Houston Station. Make sure you drop by in April to see their new showroom!

Bastion, A Look Inside

Nashville Guru posted a great article featuring a look inside Houston Station's newest neighbor, Bastion! All photos below are credited to Nashville Guru's article, located here.

Chef Josh Habiger’s Bastion, a creative cocktail lounge and watering hole, officially open[ed] on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 434 Houston Street in the Wedgewood-Houston (sometimes referred to as “WeHo”) neighborhood. The Houston Station hangout caters to the neighborhood’s entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives seeking a nearby spot to unwind with friends. Strategic Hospitality, the team behind other local favorites like Pinewood Social and Patterson House, partnered with Habiger on the project. - Nashville Guru

Make sure to check out Bastion for their atmosphere and unique cocktails & drinks! Restaurant portion coming soon!

Bastion, Opening Tomorrow

Opening tomorrow at Houston Station is Strategic Hospitality's Benjamin & Max Goldberg's newest endeavor. Curated and designed by the brothers and chef, Josh Habiger, Bastion is just the kind of spot for an evening drink with friends or a delicious meal cooked in front of you in a quiet, intimate setting. Featuring exposed brick, hardwood floors, and some killer decor, the ambiance in unparalleled.

“I just wanted to create the type of place that I want to hang out in; a place that isn’t pretentious. Beers, shots, a few simple cocktails, along with some other elements that we hope will make it a great place to go," said Habiger. “I have been wanting to do something in that neighborhood for years now. I’m very excited to be a part of such a creative area of Nashville.” - Nashville Guru

Needless to see, the rest of us here at Houston Station are excited for a new spot to get together after work, and have really enjoyed getting to see the Goldbergs and Habiger bring Bastion to life. Welcome to WeHo, Bastion!

 Benjamin (left) and Max (right) Goldberg

Benjamin (left) and Max (right) Goldberg

 Chef, Josh Habiger

Chef, Josh Habiger