GLBT Chamber Briefs – January 07


The Edge Salon has announced the opening of a new Brentwood location in early 2007. The new salon will be located at 7028 Church Street, suite 104, just off Franklin Road in Brentwood. 

Owners Charles Scarbro and Bill Vandiver said they felt a second location was necessary to keep up with their steadily increasing clientèle.

"We’ve experienced a great deal of growth and wanted to expand our service area," Scarbro commented. "We simply wanted to spread ourselves out more and offer our clients more options and convenience."

And they quite literally will be spreading themselves out to meet those needs. There are currently no plans to hire any new stylists for the Brentwood salon. Current employees will work rotating shifts at each salon on different days of the week allowing clients the option to visit their favorite stylist at the location most convenient for them.

Scarbro says the new salon in Brentwood will have a similar look and feel to the current salon in Belle Meade utilizing ’40s era movie stars, Elivs Presley and Marilyn Monroe as inspiration points for the interior design.

All services currently available at the Belle Meade salon will be available at the new Brentwood location. A grand opening celebration with celebrity guests is planned for the first week of February 2007.  

Joshua Payne will perform at Holy Trinity Community Church (HTCC), 6727 Charlotte Pike in Nashville, on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend the concert. 

There will be an artist reception after the show in the fellowship hall of the church. All profits from the concert will go to the HTCC building expansion fund.

More information about the concert and HTCC can be found on their Web site at More information about Joshua Payne can be found on his site at  

What’s really going to put a spark in your clients’ eyes this year? Here are some ideas from Insomniac Arts of Nashville*…

Top 5 Promotional Items for 2007

5. Postcards – Great to send to potential clients, letting them know more about your business, or to existing clients as a reminder to come back.

4. Magnets – Available in many sizes, they are a highly effective marketing tool that provides constant visibility.

3. Mugs – Whether you choose insulated cups or coffee mugs, these can be used by clients at work or at home, stimulating conversation about your business.

2. Calendars – Great holiday gift for your clients to thank them for their continued business. It advertises for you all year long!

1. Shirts & Apparel – Shirts are great for your employees, making them easily identifiable to customers and professional looking. As gifts for clients, shirts and hats advertise for you everywhere they go! Besides, who doesn’t love a free shirt? 

*Insomniac Arts is an independent graphic design firm and all-purpose creative warehouse in Nashville. Their customers range from local country and rock bands to small businesses.  They handle requests such as specialty mosaics, hand bound books and journals, pencil portraits, photo restoration and retouching wedding and live band photography. They may be reached at 615 429-9564.  Visit them on the Web at


The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) has announced the start of Lavender University in January 2007.


The committee charged with organizing the curriculum for the first six months of 2007 is starting the New Year by offering classes in topics as varied as Advanced Health Care Planning, Residential Garden Design, Financial Planning, a Medical Update for the LGBT Person, Digital Photography, and the Culinary Arts.

In addition, Lavender Univer­sity will be conducting a monthly series congruent with the six-month curriculum that will spot­light Personal Empowerment. The 2007 Lavender University planning committee’s goal with the first half of the year is to engage the community in three ways – intellectually, artistically and personally.

Check the Lavender University Web site for details or email them at [email protected].