by Jim Ridley
One of the newest of hip businesses to open in East Nashville may well prove to be one of the most unique and coolest locales in all of Music City — Logue's Black Raven Emporium. Owned and operated by artist and local rock scene veteran Robert Logue (Royal Court of China, The Shakers), his wife Cemile Bagci-Logue and film collector Robert Slendorn, Black Raven is a unique counter-culture DIY retail and entertainment complex.
Taking over the old veterinary clinic building on the corner of Gallatin Pike and Trinity Lane, the upstairs has been transformed into a retail space for vintage and new clothing, boots, shoes, handbags original art, prints, unusual used books, and all manner of eccentric "various & sundries." Think classic department store filtered through 30 years of goth-punk-retro culture.
But the lower level of the building is where things get really interesting. Descending from the back of the building into a foyer and ticket booth area that invokes the feel of classic Times Square grindhouses, one enters the emporium's "Cult Fiction Underground" — a lounge area and 40-seat theater space where Logue plans to hold regular screenings of cult, exploitation and horror films, along with other special arts events.