In the weeks since Cristy Powell opened up the new Eat Well Market in East Nashville, business has, to an extent, taken over her life — three weeks post-lease signing, she had the place open and serving, a community garden and deck in the works, a food truck acquired. Fitting, really, since Powell’s life experiences informed the thrust of the business.
“I was a single mom a couple of years ago,” says Powell, between blending a special-ordered apple soda and ferreting out some heavy cream inside the Riverside Dr. Market, “and there were a couple of nights that all my son and I had to eat were sweet potatoes that a farmer friend of ours had given us. I worked really hard — I was employed, and just couldn’t afford all the bills and food too. So that’s really close to my heart. Every day we have something that’s two bucks or three bucks that you can take home, and we have lots of cost-effective things like red beans and rice, dirty rice, things like that that you can feed a few people for a few bucks.”
Helping customers eat affordably is a focus; Powell’s overriding Market philosophy, as the name indicates, centers on helping them eat well, too.