June 25, 2020
Dear Customers and Vendors,
It is with a heavy heart I am writing this letter. In November of 2017, I opened my store, 1824 General Store. My husband and I moved to Mt. Pleasant in the spring of 2017 because we loved the historic downtown as well as the charming homes in the historic neighborhood. After speaking with the City Manager about the City, we learned of its revitalization efforts including private investors that wanted to help revitalize the town by fixing up buildings and preserving its history while giving people who wanted to realize a dream of opening a storefront the opportunity to do so in a beautiful building and charming small town.
My career has been on the business side of healthcare which was very rewarding. But I had an opportunity to fulfill a dream of mine; opening a small store in a small town. Knowing that Mt. Pleasant was not yet thriving but going through a revitalization process, I thought maybe by opening a storefront business that I could in some small way contribute to the revitalization efforts by giving residents and visitors alike another business to shop, a business to walk to from the surrounding neighborhoods, a place to get Made in TN food products and other food and gift items. My vision was to be the town’s ‘general store’ from the past but with a modern twist; all with a ‘Hallmark feel’. A vision of being that store as Hallmark movies portray, where residents come in not only to my store but all the small businesses in town and wrap their arms around them in love and support as well as from people from other communities.
We have had residents and visitors do just that over the years and are grateful for each and every one of you! But unfortunately we have seen a decline in business over the last year and a half and with Covid19 this year, business has slowed even more and it no longer makes sense for us to remain open. It has not been an easy decision and one that I have contemplated for a long time as I have not wanted to close my doors – but it is time. We will remain in business through August 31, 2020 at the latest. Everything will be for sale; shelving, refrigerators, freezers, displays, etc. We are not having a ‘clearance sale’ of marking everything down to give away prices although several items will marked as ‘sale’ items. Whatever does not sell in Mt. Pleasant, we will move to one of our booths in Bleu32, Fireflies or Painted Tree until inventory is sold. Displays and shelving will be marked for sale on Saturday, June 27th if anyone is interested in looking to purchase. We will also post on social media.
It has been an amazing journey and I have no regrets as I’ve been able to realize a dream of mine even if for a short time and be a small part of the revitalization efforts of Mt. Pleasant. I’ve been able to work side by side with passionate, caring, hardworking small business owners focused on the revitalization of Mt. Pleasant and a love for their community. They are amazing men and women. I’ve been able to meet so many different people from my community, from surrounding towns and people from out of State. I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of 1824 General Store over the last 2.5+ years. I appreciate your support of my business and the City of Mt. Pleasant.
I know how much all the small businesses in Mt. Pleasant need the support of the residents and surrounding communities as well as visitors to be able to keep their doors open. They are all here for similar reasons; to realize a dream of theirs and to be an integral part of the Mt. Pleasant community. I cannot stress enough the importance of showing support for them as often as possible. It will help them keep their doors open, help them pay their bills, provide for their family and be able to offer a service or product to this wonderful community. Let’s make sure we all support our local businesses; it’s good for them, good for us as residents and good for our community as a whole.
Several of the retailers started the Stop-Shop-Small campaign (#stopshopsmall and @stopshopsmall) months ago in an effort to bring awareness to people about the importance of shopping small businesses. As you drive by a small business in your community wherever you live or work, take the time to STOP and SHOP a SMALL business. They will REALLY appreciate it. Sure, you may find an item 25 cents or a few dollars cheaper at Dollar General or Walmart but if you can afford it – pay the difference and support your community. All small businesses need the support of their communities; now more than ever. The owners want to be there, they want to provide a service or product for their community and the only way they can do that is for people to stop and shop their small business. I will be promoting ‘Stop Shop Small’ businesses on FB and Instagram pages to bring awareness to communities about it’s importance and highlight small businesses.
Thank you to all the vendors that have worked with me over the years to provide amazing products for me to sell. You guys have been great to work with and I’ve been so honored to meet the small business owners of Made in TN products, realizing their dreams as well.
I know the good-bye letter is long but how do I express my love and gratitude for all those that have shopped in my store or worked with me on initiatives over the years in a single Facebook post? I can’t! 🙂 I thank you again for your support over the years and ask you to support Mt. Pleasant’s small businesses. Here are a few of them to consider below.
With much love and appreciation to all of you. Now, onto the next journey or chapter of my life whatever that may be.
Angela Newman, Owner of 1824 General Store
120 North Main
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