BusinessVUE: News & Notes from around town
Advance Financial Foundation Recognized as Adventure Science Center Museum Partner
The Advance Financial Foundation has been recognized as presenting partner of Adventure Science Center’s subsidized membership program through a generous annual commitment. This investment ensures access and equity to the entire community to enjoy the world of science and technology in a fun, family friendly environment.
Subsidized memberships at Adventure Science Center – called Curiosity Level memberships – are offered to families who participate in SNAP, WIC, or TANF. Since 2017, the number of households served by these subsidized memberships has nearly doubled. Advance Financial Foundation’s partnership is critical in continuing to serve the Nashville community with affordable and accessible options.
“Because of this generous commitment, we’re able to serve more than 700 families that otherwise may not have access to the museum and it’s programming. We’re honored to establish this partnership with Advance Financial Foundation and are excited to move into our 75th year with this generous funding,” says Susan Hosbach, CFRE, Chief Development Officer at Adventure Science Center.
Founded in 1996 in Nashville, Advance Financial is a family-owned and operated financial services firm offering FLEX Loans, wire transfer, bill payment and unlimited free money orders. Currently it operates more than 100 locations throughout Tennessee, employs more than 1,000 local representatives and offers online services in multiple states across the country. Advance Financial has 17 branches in the Nashville area including one at 7120 Hwy 70 South in Bellevue.
For nearly 75 years, Adventure Science Center has been bringing science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee. The organization offers engaging learning experiences through hands-on, interactive exhibits, innovative programs and full dome productions in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium.
To learn more about subsidized memberships at Adventure Science Center, please visit AdventureSci.org.
The Loveless Café Honored with Official Historical Marker
The Loveless Cafe, a Nashville treasure since 1951, was honored on Saturday, January 18 when an official historical marker was unveiled in front of the restaurant at 8400 Highway 100 in Bellevue. Known for its scratch-made biscuits, fried chicken and country ham, the Loveless Cafe will now receive an official historic designation.
“Since our humble beginnings in 1951, we’ve become an iconic destination for Nashville locals and visitors alike to enjoy a scratch-made Southern meal together,” said Mike Mitchell, COO for Loveless Properties. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Metropolitan Historical Commission as a cherished ingredient in Nashville’s rich history.”
Among those in attendance were Metro Nashville Councilman Dave Rosenberg Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce President, Steve Blume.
The marker reads:
In 1951, Lon and Annie Loveless began serving fried chicken, biscuits and jams at picnic tables to hungry travelers from Highway 100, then the main road between Nashville and Memphis. They soon converted their 4-room home into a restaurant, added the 14-room Loveless Motel, a smokehouse and the iconic neon sign. Known for scratch-made Southern meals using recipes passed down by Lon and Annie, The Loveless Cafe remains a staple that welcomes over half a million guests each year.
To learn more, visit LovelessCafe.com.
Barre In The Brewery, Wednesday at TailGate
Barre Roots, a Bellevue-based boutique fitness studio, will be onsite at TailGate Brewery for a pop-up Barre fitness class inside the production space on Wednesday evening.
The class runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. TailGate Brewery is located at 7300 Charlotte Pike.
“Barre In The Brewery” serves as an extension of Barre Roots’ belief in community over competition. “We want Barre classes to be fun, so we’re bringing them to locations where people can feel comfortable, be with like-minded individuals, and have fun,” says Kelly Porter, co-founder and lead instructor of Barre Roots. Porter is certified in the booty barre method, and was previously certified in Exhale Core Fusion.
Attendees should bring a yoga mat, a bottle of water and appropriate fitness attire.
Additional information is available at Facebook.com/BarreRoots.
Honeyfire BBQ “Gives Back” January 24
Honeyfire BBQ is stepping up to “Give Back to Bellevue” on Friday, January 24. The popular barbecue restaurant in One Bellevue Place will donate a portion of its sales that day to the Bellevue Community Fund.
Just mention that you’re dining for the Bellevue Community Fund and Honeyfire will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from your tab to the fund.
The restaurant is owned by pit master Shane Nasby, a Bellevue resident.
Honeyfire serves a diverse menu featuring both traditional favorites and bold, creative flavors. The restaurant specializes in slow-smoked meats, fresh interpretations of traditional side items and cocktails and beer that won’t break the bank.
Honeyfire BBQ is a counter-service restaurant and all seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The dining room can accommodate up to 90 diners and the patios, which are climate-controlled for year-round comfort, can accommodate an additional 70 guests.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. Additional information is available online at Honeyfire.com.
The Bellevue Community Fund is the only community-specific fund operated by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. It has been making annual distributions to eligible Bellevue-based community service projects since 2014. For more information on the Bellevue Community Fund, visit Community Funds of Middle Tennessee at CFMT.org.