Tuesday, February 14, 2012
We've been open for one month at 2915 Gallatin Pike on the mean streets of east Nashville. And the response has been really great. Despite our low-key approach to advertising, we've had a warm reception, thanks in no small part to some really flattering coverage in the Nashville Scene, and also to the curiosity of passers-by who are happy to see a new business in the neighborhood. But only one half of our business is open so far, so more exciting developments are coming soon.
The consensus seems to be that there is no other place like this in Nashville. It probably is true that we are the only place in town where you can buy a leopard skin pill box hat, an Aleister Crowley t-shirt, a blue-ray DVD of Drag Me to Hell, a beautiful piece of jewelry, original art and a book on Audrey Hepburn. Or Ed Gein. Tell me that's not an emporium. The Black Raven is a lot of cool things smashed together under one roof. From the street, you can see by our window displays that we are a boutique of stylish new and vintage clothing pieces. But you should also know that we carry great original art, from low dollar items to high priced pieces; we also have a small but very cool used book room with titles ranging from true crime, to classic Hollywood, to old trashy pulp novels, to the occult, to sex, rock and roll, travel, art, and much more. And we have a growing collection of cult dvd's for sale, along with horror collectibles, autographed memorabilia (for $600 you can take home a framed autograph from Boris Karloff or Lon Chaney!), and odds and ends like collectible bourbon decanters or hand-printed ouija boards. So that's all I'm saying about that. If that's not enough to inspire you to stop in, then I don't know what is....
Unless...perhaps a 40-seat movie theatre and adjoining pub/lounge might do it. And beginning hopefully in March, that's what will be open for business downstairs at the Emporium. Courtesy of our resident fanatic film collector, Robert Slendorn, we will be offering double features of old 1970's drive-in movie fare, exploitation, horror and grindhouse flicks every Friday and Saturday nights at our Cult Fiction Underground. We have also applied for a beer permit so that our movie goers can relax before, between and after movie features and discuss profound art matters and local gossip in the Black Raven Lounge.
In addition, we will showcase films by independent filmmakers, local and otherwise, and hope to also introduce an experimental film series. Add to this the occasional poetry reading or other bohemian event and you'll have a very cool place to hang out and have a beer or a coffee.
SO...please stop in and introduce yourself at Logue's Black Raven Emporium!