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As we welcome 2019, many of us have resolved to make positive changes in the new year. And it seems that eating healthier and “better self-care” are at the top of the list. Clean Eatz Nashville, located in Green Hills, is helping Nashvillians achieve both of those goals. Doing so while enjoying delicious, convenient meals, will make sticking with those healthy eating habits that much easier.
MEAL PREP MADE EASY
Owner Will Russ has been a proponent of meal planning and prep for years, long before he opened Clean Eatz this past spring. We are all busy, and few of us want to spend our weeknights grocery shopping and cooking. We just want something quick and easy. And, for many of us, that means settling for meals that are not as nutritious or delicious as we’d like.
Russ said that customers appreciate Clean Eatz for a number of reasons. Whether you are trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight, Clean Eatz has meal options to help in achieving those goals. And for those on a budget, affordability is key! With over 40 locations, Clean Eatz has emerged as one of the most affordable meal prep companies in the nation, offering a variety of meals accommodating varied lifestyles.
“This works because we’ve taken the guesswork out of meal prepping, we do the thinking for you,” said Russ. After struggling with his own weight and relationship with healthy eating habits, he and his partner Jamie found a local Clean Eatz Cafe in Greenville, North Carolina. “Meal prep made losing weight and staying on track easy: I looked forward to the meals I was eating.” Since starting his journey with Clean Eatz, Russ lost over 75 pounds.
Of course, the meals taste great, and Clean Eatz offers a surprising variety, with a new menu each week including six freshly prepared refrigerated meals, as well as over 40 different frozen options in their grab & go section. The vast majority of the meals are under 500 calories, with the exception of higher protein meals.
“It’s important to look forward to your meal prep, otherwise you probably aren’t going to stick to your meal prep,” said Russ. The Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Bowl was delicious and robust—comfort food without the usual guilt. The Parmesan Peppercorn Beef with potatoes and broccoli were tender and flavorful. The meals can be prepared in the microwave in just two-to-three minutes. Alternately, they can be reheated in a skillet, or transferred to an oven safe dish and warmed in the oven.
The meal lineup includes low carb and no carb options. There are also options for dairy free, vegetarians, pescatarians, and gluten-free diets. “Our goal is to create variety, depending on your lifestyle and preferences you can find meals that work for you.”
Russ and his partner Jamie are fairly new to Nashville, having moved here in the summer of 2017. Until then, Russ worked at his family’s document management company for fifteen years. When they sold the business, he knew he wanted to make the leap to the food service industry. He just wasn’t totally sure in which direction he wanted to take it. When Russ saw firsthand how meal prep changed his life for the better, he wanted to offer that to others.
It was important to find a city that could support the five or six Clean Eatz locations he hopes to open in the future. The couple also wanted to find a city that was culturally similar to their home in North Carolina.
“The journey to Nashville wasn’t easy. We said goodbye to friends, family and a community we loved,” Russ said. “Like so many we were both in search of more and chasing opportunity, but also creating opportunity in the world around us.”
CLEAN EATZ AND THE LGBT CHAMBER
Russ got involved in the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce soon after moving to Nashville. He’d been involved in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce but found the Davidson County Chamber to be too big for him to effectively network or have an impact on the work they do. He finds the Nashville LGBT Chamber to be much more manageable.
He first joined to network and even make friends, which is a common reason for people to join. In fact, O&AN readers chose the Nashville LGBT Chamber as their favorite social group in 2018’s “Faves and Raves.” Russ knew that the LGBT Chamber does a lot of good, providing advocacy and educational organization that benefits our members and the broader LGBT community.
Russ has become increasingly involved in the Chamber, and Clean Eatz is hosting Brewing Up Business on January 17, 2019. They will have spread of food and samples, including items from their meal prep, as well as their café. It’s a fantastic opportunity for members or anyone interested in checking out a Chamber event to come mix and mingle with others in the LGBT business community.
One of Russ’ resolutions for 2019 is to become an LGBT certified business with both the Nashville LGBT Chamber and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Russ said that he doesn’t consider himself disadvantaged as a business owner because he is gay. However, he recognizes that certification gives him a leg up in the very competitive food industry.
“It’s not about me as an individual becoming certified,” he explained. “It’s about my business becoming certified and my team having greater access to opportunities because of that certification.” NGLCC certification provides advantages to LGBT-owned businesses to help them grow, whether they are new, like Clean Eatz or have been around for years.
These benefits include:
- being part of the NGLCC’s online database of certified businesses
- access to a current list of supplier diversity and procurement professionals
- use of the NGLCC Certified Business logo on marketing materials
- and eligibility to receive sourcing opportunities e-mails from the NGLCC and its Corporate Partners
Russ is determined to get that NGLCC certification to help expand his business and become more profitable. But this venture is about more than that. He is determined to stay focused on helping people live longer, healthier lives. Positively impacting the world around us is his primary motivation for making Clean Eatz a success.
FOOD AS A MISSION
With every story he tells or each example he provides about his customers and his employees, his passion for helping other people and lifting them up is so clear. “You have to happen to the world,” said Russ. “If you’re not lifting up the world around you, then what’s the point?”
When planning more stores in middle Tennessee, he talks about more and more people eating well in order to live healthier longer lives. He talks about creating more opportunities for his team and providing healthy affordable meal options for customers across middle Tennessee.
Russ encourages readers to try Clean Eatz to focus on healthier eating. The meals are $7.60 or less per meal, and customers receive volume discounts at 10, 15, and 21 meals. Over the next few months, customers in surrounding neighborhoods and towns will have access to convenient satellite pickup locations!
Russ also has a special offer for O&AN readers! New customers can receive 50% off on up to 10 meals on their first meal plan order when mentioning this article at checkout in store! For more information, visit cleaneatz.com/location/loc/nashville.
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For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.