By Lesley Lassiter
The Nashville Scene
Not long after I moved to West Nashville 10 years ago, I noticed intriguing sign along I-40 West between 46th and White Bridge Road. “Tennessee Cheesecake,” it spelled in black-and-white on the side of a green building just south of Charlotte Avenue. I wondered to myself, “Do they sell cheesecake there? Or is it some type of cheeky burlesque club?” (At the time, there was still some gentrification left to be made along that strip of Charlotte separating Sylvan Park and The Nations.)
Years passed and I never checked it out. It didn’t really look like anything was going on inside. And then one day, I noticed the sign was gone and I was sad that I’d never taken the time to figure out just what Tennessee Cheesecake was all about.
As it turns out, Tennessee Cheesecake makes and sells cheesecakes.Actual cheesecake that you eat. And they didn’t go out of business; they just moved to Mt. Juliet. The business is primarily wholesale, but with the expansion in Mt. Juliet, a retail store was opened where you can buy cheesecakes directly in a variety of flavors and sizes (though the selection depends on what’s available on a given day) and pies as well.
This weekend, though is Tennessee Cheesecake’s annual “dock sale.” They literally open the doors on the loading dock and sell the cheesecakes right there for deeply discounted prices.
The catch is that you can’t pre-order or reserve the flavor you want, and it is first come, first served, beginning this Friday, Jan 23, at 10 a.m. The sale continues Friday until 5 p.m. and starts again at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24. Check out their website for more details. They have included a phone number, I suppose in case you would like to call to see if there’s still a cheesecake or pie available.
Tennessee Cheesecake Annual Dock Sale
Friday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tennessee Cheesecake Bakery
355 Industrial Drive