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Merchants' Overhaul Is Over, and It's Open for Business


Bartenders in vintage garb at the snazzy-looking new incarnation of Merchants
By Dana Kopp Franklin - Nashville Scene
July 30, 2010

There's a hip new bistro in town, but it has a long history. It's Merchants, the 22-year-old restaurant in a historic building on Lower Broadway.
 
The restaurateur brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg bought Merchants earlier this year, and spent three months on a complete renovation of both the interior and the menu.
 
The Goldbergs, whose company is called Strategic Hospitality LLC, are known for diverse projects like the chic boite Patterson House and the kitschy, tourist-friendly Paradise Park Trailer Resort.

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SONGWRITERS SING FOR NASHVILLE CHRISTENS THE WOODS AT FONTANEL

By Press Release
July 20, 2010

Over 20 Songwriters Donate Time and Talent for Flood Relief

(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- July 20, 2010 -- The inaugural event at Nashville's newest music venue, the Woods at Fontanel, was christened by some of the world's most influential and revered songwriters Saturday night during Songwriters Sing for Nashville. Patrons gathered on the beautiful grassy hillside to hear music directly from the men and women who created songs recorded by some of the biggest names in electron beam deposition system history. Replica Bell & Ross Watches

The day kicked off with Marc Beeson, Jaron Boyer, Chuck Cannon, Danny Flowers, James House, Kendell Marvel, Danny Myrick, James Slater and Lari White performing their hits on the Gibson Tunesmith Stage in the Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel. The music transitioned to magnetron sputter venue late in the afternoon, where 12 members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame delighted the audience with their own renditions of multi-genre hits spanning six decades.

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Goldberg Brothers Buy Merchants, Promising to Revitalize Dining Landmark


Max (left) and Ben Goldberg hang out with their vintage convertible. Photo by Eric England
By Dana Kopp Franklin - Nashville Scene
May 19, 2010

Benjamin and Max Goldberg, the brothers whose diverse projects include chic cocktail haven Patterson House and the kitschy Southern-fried bar and restaurant Paradise Park, are tackling a complete overhaul of pioneering downtown dining spot Merchants.
 
The Goldbergs bought the restaurant and have recruited an accomplished chef to take over the kitchen, according to a release sent out today on behalf of their company, Strategic Hospitality LLC. The new executive chef, Clayton Rollison, is a Culinary Institute of America grad who has worked at New York's well-known Gramercy Tavern. In Nashville, he served as sous chef at the swanky Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel.
 
Merchants, which has operated in the 19th century commercial building at Fourth and Broadway for more than 20 years, helped jumpstart the revival of Lower Broadway as a home for fine dining and not just honky-tonks.

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Goldbergs team up with Tower on another restaurant project


By J.R. Lind - Nashville Post
May 19, 2010

["Since Tower Investments purchased 411 Broadway in 2005 (the old Heilig Meyer furniture store, which sat vacant for 12 years) and the adjacent Merchants Restaurant, Tower renovated both buildings. There are now 7 new businesses that employ nearly 100 full and part-time staff." ~ Steve Marks - content not part of original article]
 
Merchants marks third JV between restaurateurs and real estate investors
 
Nashville restaurateur brothers Max and Ben Goldberg are taking over one of downtown's most beloved dining spots.
 
The Goldberg's company Strategic Hospitality, already operating redneck-chic Paradise Park, rooftop venue Aerial and swanky speakeasy The Patterson House now runs Merchants at the corner of 4th and Broadway.
 
The building itself is owned by Tower 401 Investments LLC, an arm of the powerful Tower Investment land group, which also owns the Aerial and Paradise Park properties.

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Sale of 613,112 SF Morristown Industrial Facility Announced

By Press Release
April 20, 2010

Tower Investments sells Former Universal Furniture Building to CMH Set and Finish
 
Morristown, Tenn. - (April 20, 2010) - Tower Investments LLC, a Calif.- and Tenn.-based real estate investment and development firm announced today the sale of the former Universal Furniture building to CMH Set and Finish, Inc.
 
The 613,112-SF facility is situated on 35 acres on East Morris Blvd. in Morristown.

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NASHVILLE MAYOR JOINS FONTANEL OWNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW MUSIC CITY DESTINATION

By Press Release
March 11, 2010

(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- March 11, 2010 -- Friends, neighbors, community leaders, local and state representatives and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean were on hand to break ground today at the site of Nashville's newest travel destination, The Fontanel Mansion. Former home of Country Music Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell, the mansion will open for public tours on June 1, 2010. In addition, the surrounding 136 acres will include a restaurant, museum and gallery, an outdoor music venue and hiking/mountain biking trails.

As bull dozers, dump trucks and earth movers were making ready the sites for The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel, The Trails at Fontanel and The Woods at Fontanel, an outdoor music venue, owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, Operating Partner Tom Morales, Tennessee Department of Tourism's Lee Curtis, Nashville Councilman Walter Hunt, community leader Jim Lawson joined Mayor Dean to speak about the history of the area and the impact the new additions will have on the local economy. Following the ceremony, all parties united to plant a dogwood tree on the property to symbolize new life and new growth the area.

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Bernards Inc. moving into former Guilford Mills site

By Laura Young - The Business Journal (Greater Triad Area)
February 19, 2010

Greensboro - A Triad furniture importer and distributor is moving its headquarters and warehouse operations into a former Guilford Mills plant.
 
Bernards Inc., which is currently in Archdale, will move around July into about 240,000 square feet of space at 5644 Hornaday Road, said Jeff Friedman, co-owner of Bernards, along with Dale Ward.
 
The site, a former 300,000-square foot Guilford Mills plant, has been empty for about five years and, according to real estate records, was purchased in 2008 for $4.6 million by Woodland, Calif.-based Tower Investments. Tower said in early 2008 that it planned to turn the property into a shopping center, but that the space was available for lease until it secured tenants.

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Tower Investments Makes Nashville its Second Home

By Christine Buttorff - Nashville Public Radio
July 2, 2009

You may have never heard of Tower Investments, but it's becoming a major player in Nashville projects. Since 2004, the company has purchased almost 20 properties in Tennessee and made Nashville the site of the company's second office. WPLN's Christine Buttorff talked with Alex Marks who runs the Nashville branch of Tower Investments. [excerpt from Nashville Public Radio]

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Celebrity event aids kids

By Susan Meeker - Colusa County Sun Herald
May 12, 2009

Derek Jellison was an active, healthy 4-year-old when he was diagnosed with a non-malignant, inoperable brain stem tumor in 2002 that would slowly rob him of his ability to walk and may eventually take his sight and his life.
 
At 11, Jellison, a Redding fifth-grader, said he wanted to leave behind something long after he's gone that will help other children with disabilities enjoy the outdoors as he has done the past three years at the annual Field of Dreams. [excerpt from Colusa County Sun Herald]

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Mayo Clinic throws its support behind Elk Run

By Jeffrey Pieters - [excerpt from Post-Bulletin, Rochester, MN]
April 28, 2009

The Elk Run biobusiness park has a big new backer.
 
Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Denis Cortese on Tuesday threw Mayo's support behind the 2,300-acre project planned in Pine Island.
 
"We're just supporting it in any way we can, because we see a real benefit down the road," he said.
 
Cortese made his remarks at the city-county Government Center, seated with a group of proponents of Elk Run.
 
Elk Run would serve as, among other things, an incubator for startup biotechnology businesses.
 
The business environment, as bad as it appears nationally, is favorable for a Midwestern project like Elk Run, planners said.
 
"There's such a concentration on the cost of doing business nowadays," said John Pierce, vice president of Tower Investments, the California-based company developing Elk Run.
 
"We've gotten a lot of interest (from biobusinesses), because, frankly, we may be a lot more competitive from a cost standpoint," he said.

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