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If you live in East Nashville, and you drink alcohol, you probably have an opinion about Weiss Liquors vs. Main Street Liquor. Some folks have strong opinions on this topic. Here are two empirical facts: 1) Main has colder refrigerators and 2) Weiss wins the sign war hands down. Weiss Liquors goes back a long way. Nicholas Weiss first started selling alcohol downtown in the 1890s. The business has moved a few times since, landing in its current location in 1961. The sign first showed up in the 1930s and has moved twice since then. The arrows, not part of the original design, were added in the 1940s. You can read more at Nashville Design History, in an article by John Whitman. Since then the sign has been featured in movies, music videos, and on more than a few Instagram accounts. Sadly, some of the letters are out right now due to vandalism. That’s a tough one. BTW, if you’re looking for work, as of this posting, Weiss is hiring!

Located at 824 Main Street. Impossible to miss. There is of course parking at Weiss, and at the storage center next door. The parking lot can be tricky on weekend evenings.

Down at the corner

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The east side has Five Points, where Woodland, Clearview, and North 11th come together. But what do you call a place where four streets and a cemetery entrance come together? Busy – you call it busy. On the north side of the confluence of Clarksville Pike, 13th Avenue North, Clay Street and Dr. D.B. Todd Blvd, and across the street from the entrance to the Temple Cemetary, lies a humble building nearly as busy as the intersection it presides over. At 2012 Clarksville Pike, The Belly Restaurant, Sam’s Market, and Joyce’s Barber and Beauty Salon ensure a steady clientele. And on the west and east sides of the building, we find art. On the west side, a self-referential mural that includes the 2012 Clarksville building, though showing a mural that looks more like the one on the east side (see below). The businesses named are no longer here. Portraits of students fill out the mural. On the east side, a simpler mural, with an intriguing incomplete portrait. And on a low wall to the west of the building, a fading tribute to the Family Affair Diner, which is lost to history, or at least to Google.

Located at 2012 Clarksville Pike, right where it makes a strong turn to the south and becomes D.B. Todd Blvd. Parking available, though if you park in front of the building, you’ll be backing out onto a busy road when you leave.

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Your orange paradise

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I don’t know why Discount Beer and Tobacco on E. Old Hickory in  Madison has palm trees on its wall. Maybe it’s reference to Nuevo Alba, the Central American/Mexican restaurant next door, which has some orange trim on its front. That makes a little more sense.

Located at 208 East Old Hickory Blvd in Madison, just east of Gallatin Road. The mural is on the west wall, facing Gallatin. Lots of parking. Get a pupusa at Nuevo Alba and enjoy the art!

Another patriotic store

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U.S. Discount on Nolensville Rd. is another example of the flag-draped convenience store. We’ve seen this before – I featured A very patriotic convenience store back on the Fourth of July, 2016. I do wonder if these stores, often run by immigrants, are trying to assert their love of country in a political environment that questions that. I suppose I could go inside and ask, but that’s a tough one. This is the south side of U.S. Discount, and there is another flag on the north side (second picture below). The signature is a little tough (first picture below). Looks like George Jalle or Jalli to me, but I have found no such artist on the internet.

Located at 1997 Nolensville Pike. The store is tiny, and has huge amount of parking by comparison. Stop by, grab a soda or a beer, and enjoy the art!

The cock on the block

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Returning to the theme of Latino grocery stores, El Gallito Super Mercado on Foster Avenue. “Gallo” in Spanish is “rooster,” while “gallito” is the diminutive form – “little rooster.” I don’t know about you, but the gallo in this piece is anything but little. It’s also new. A screen grab from Google street view (first picture below) shows a very different mural. The Google image is dated June 2016, so the mural above is no more than a few months old. There is a sign on the edge of the parking lot (to the left if you are standing where the picture above was taken) that is clearly the same style and which is signed by Fernando Vargas. See the second picture below. As we’ve seen in other Latino stores, he gives his phone number, in case you want to hire him or talk about art.

Located at 2801 Foster Avenue. There’s plenty of parking, and for once, the art is up high and not obscured by cars. Drop by, get some real tacos, and enjoy the art!

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The Gallatin and Straightway Gallery (Part 2)

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The Hookah Kings front wall is part of the dense graffiti art found at the corner of Gallatin and Straightway. At least some of the art on this wall predates Hookah Kings, which only opened about a month ago, while some of this art is at least a couple years old. The “my name is” tag belongs to Mobe Oner, who notes in a post on his Facebook page that a portrait he did is now covered over by the Kid Oak image seen below (on the north wall of Jerry’s Market), though apparently the lost image was painted over by something else before the Kid Oak image went up. Such are the perils of outdoor art. Scoot over to Oner’s page to see the lost work. Kid Oak, on the other hand, is a fairly common sight in Nashville, with an Instagram page for various appearances.

Part 1

Located at 1401 Gallatin Avenue, at the corner with Straightway Avenue. This works here faces Gallatin, on the east side of the road. Some parking at Jerry’s, as well as some street parking on Straightway. See Part 1 on the map for the pin.img_5080-2

The Gallatin and Straightway Gallery (Part 1)

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Sometimes you have to start small. There are certain sites around town that are intimidating to tackle because there is simply so much art. One place I drive by a lot is Jerry’s Market on Gallatin and it’s impossible not to notice that it and the surrounding buildings have a lot of art on them. Get out of your car, though, and you’ll discover there’s a lot more than you probably realize. Jerry’s Market, Hookah Kings Lounge, Street Customs, and (to a lesser extent) Collision Repair Service are simply bursting with art. It’s way too much to manage in one blog post. So I.m starting small with this Dustin Spagnola piece. Spagnola is an Ashville, NC artist who has done a fair amount of street art. The flamenco dancer is a theme he has used elsewhere. He’s one more example of how Nashville is not just a canvas for local artists but has become a destination for artists around the country and around the world.

Part 2

Located at 1401 Gallatin Avenue, at the corner with Straightway Avenue. This Spagnola piece faces Gallatin, on the east side of the road. Some parking at Jerry’s, as well as some street parking on Straightway.

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