Family Traditions for the Holidays

I love this time of year when Christmas decorations are bountiful and beautiful everywhere you go. Christmas music is playing in the stores, people are enjoying shopping for others and families and friends are making memories together.

One of our family traditions is going to Opryland Hotel in Nashville and walking around looking at all the beautiful decorations, flowers and people. It’s such a festive place to be.  Some of our family (we have a big one so only some made it) met us at Opryland Hotel  this past Sunday. 

My husband Matt and I enjoyed an adult holiday beverage at The Falls restaurant while waiting for family to arrive. It was so relaxing and enjoyable.  We were soon joined by some of our kids and grandkids as you can see in the above photos. The tree we always get a photo in front of was decorated beautifully. But every year, as the parents of our grandkids try to gather the kids in front of the tree for that ‘perfect’ family photo, the kids don’t always want to cooperate . I think it’s hilarious because they are making silly faces or touching their sibling but the parents don’t find it so funny. 

Christmas Themed Parties

Another fun family tradition we started several years ago is a ‘Family Christmas Themed Party’.  I was inspired to do so after a trip we made to Italy and thought it might be fun to host a family dinner celebrating a Christmas in Italy themed party. So I did some research on Christmas meals and traditions and made decorations and a meal to match. I LOVE doing this each year for our kids and grandkids that can make it.  It’s part of our Christmas present to all of them. All they do is show up and have fun. Cousins play with each other, activities to do such as cookie decorating, good food to eat and lots of laughter and fun memories.

One year we had the ‘Grinch’ as our themed party with a Whoville menu and decorations. I think this one is the most memorable for everyone. Such a great time. This year my mom and brother will be joining us so we are having a ‘Tennessee Country Christmas‘. My mom and brother have lived in Alaska for the last 12-15 years (I can’t remember how long) so I have not had them near us at Christmas to partake in the festivities with us. I’m so excited to be able to have them here this year.

I can’t tell you what we are doing, what decorations or food I have planned as the family themed party for this year because it is always a SECRET!! I want it to be a complete surprise for my family; kind of like opening a gift.  I’ll post pictures after the party for you to see. I’ll let you know how it went but I expect it will be fun and memorable.

If any of you have some family traditions you would like to share, I would love to hear about them so please put them in the comments section.

Only 12 more days till Christmas Eve so be sure to stop in our store and other Mt. Pleasant shops to do some holiday shopping. We would appreciate it.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

News From Mt. Pleasant’s Downtown Merchants Meeting

Photo Credit: Lightborn

I have said in the past and will continue to say that “It takes a village” to get a town revitalized. The definition of revitalization is ‘to give new life or vigor to‘. Many people in Mt. Pleasant’s City, residents and business owners far before my time have given time, energy, love, money and a caring heart to Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization efforts. Without all their involvement and continued involvement, Mt. Pleasant’s historic downtown commercial buildings would be boarded up and the town would probably be a sleepy one. I want to give a shout out to two people that have been tirelessly, for a gazillion years, been focused on revitalizing Mt. Pleasant and giving back to the community in so many ways. Thank you Jim Barrier and Donna Morency!!

With the emergence of manufacturing businesses coming to Mt. Pleasant and people moving here from all over the country – I think it’s even more important that we as a ‘village’ work together to continue our efforts of breathing new life into our amazing town.  One way we as downtown merchants try to accomplish that is by meeting once a month to collaborate on ideas, events, and to help each other with whatever is needed in order to continue serving the community we love and support one another with ideas and encouragement.

Debriefing/Recapping of Events

Yesterday was our December meeting and we had the best turnout we have ever had at our merchant’s meeting. I LOVE IT!! Focused, caring, loving, concerned merchants and City management. It takes all of us working together for the betterment of Mt. Pleasant. We talked about all the events we’ve had since October; BBQ Festival, Shop Small Saturday, Sunday Funday and Maury’s Mayberry Christmas. We focused our discussion on what went well for all of you participating in it, what went well for the businesses and what can we do differently in 2019 to make it better. We have some great ideas that we will be working on in 2019 to make our annual events even better and more enjoyable for all. Certainly, if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. You can email me at 1824generalstore@gmail.com or comment on this blog.  It will be a great year for Mt. Pleasant.

Thank you all for participating in these events that people work so hard on throughout the year to bring to everyone. 

Mt. Pleasant Merchant  Business Updates

Some exciting news regarding businesses in town!

  1. We have a new pharmacy coming to town sometime in January 2019. It is called Kinzer Pharmacy. The owner, Michael Kinzer and pharmacist has an extensive background in the pharmacy and retail business from his years working for Fred’s Pharmacy. It will be located on South Main Street across from City Hall where the florist used to be. He attended our meeting yesterday as a new merchant and we are so excited to have him and a small town pharmacy available in Mt. Pleasant. Stay tuned for more information.
  2. A beloved business on North Main Street is Jernigan’s on Main. The owner Vicki Jernigan is such a sweet, caring, thoughtful person who loves Mt. Pleasant and wants to see it be revitalized. She has had her shop open for a couple of years and many of you may have noticed lately that her store has been closed more often than usual. I have great news for you all. Jernigan’s is undergoing a restructuring that you are all sure to love. Exciting things on the horizon. Shhhh…. I can’t say anything yet. 🙂 Be sure to follow her store on Facebook so when she announces more information you’ll be in the know.
  3. As many of you may already know – Rite Aid on North Main Street is also undergoing a restructure and was bought out by Walgreens. I am hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that Walgreens will spruce up the outside of the building and put up a new, fresh Walgreens sign because Rite Aid’s sign and exterior has been a bit lackluster in my opinion and has needed a face lift for awhile.
  4. George Hamilton V is the host of Mt. Pleasant’s Radio Show, “Drive Southevery Friday morning on 101.7 FM. He is also the ‘Viva NashVegas‘ radio show guy that has his live show at Hay Long Hall once a month on Saturdays. He loves Mt. Pleasant so much like we all do that he decided in addition to the radio shows, he is going to set up shop here as well. I’m super excited about this because he will be opening a store front over the next month or so on Hay Long Ave. It will be in the building next to the police station and Hay Long Hall. It used to be a ‘pink building’ but no longer is. His business will be a letterpress shop. He will have posters and Mt. Pleasant merchandise for sale. You’ll also be able to go in and make your own letterpress posters. He will also conduct some classes as well. I don’t know what the name will be, but stay tuned. It will be very cool.

Before I sign off on this week’s blog – I do want to remind you and ask each of you to shop local in Mt. Pleasant if you live in Mt. Pleasant before heading out to other communities. With all these great stores in our town, I’m confident you’ll find something for someone on your gift list. And all the local businesses would appreciate you shopping and dining in their establishments.

If you don’t find everything you need for your gift giving needs in Mt. Pleasant then I encourage you to head to our neighboring communities and shop small there also. Columbia has some awesome shops and restaurants and Hampshire is a great place to buy something for the wine lover at all their wineries.

Last but not least, here’s advertising for my own store :). Come on in and check out some of the items we have.

  • Made in Tenn food and gift items (many to choose from)
  • Candles galore
  • Coco’s pizza  and Peppermint gelato (not for a gift but a quick, delicious meal for sure)
  • Main Street Homemade Ice Cream
  • Scarves and Hats
  • Toys, candy and so much more

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Maury’s Mayberry Christmas Celebration

As a small business owner, I think I can speak for all small business owners when I say we really appreciate it when customers shop our small businesses. We understand there are many places to shop including online but when you shop local and small, you help support your community by keeping buildings occupied and businesses open. So THANK YOU to all who shopped with us on Shop Small Saturday; a nationwide campaign by American Express encouraging people to shop small businesses.

And of course, if you couldn’t make it out to the businesses in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday there are a whole bunch more days before Christmas to stop in and check out what everyone has. You’re sure to find something for someone on your gift giving list.

For this week’s blog, I want to tell you about the 2nd Annual Maury’s Mayberry Christmas Celebration coming up this Saturday, December 1st in Mt. Pleasant. Donna Morency, Director of the Community Development Corporation and team has been working diligently to bring a full day of festivities to everyone.

There will be shopping and dining of course available all day in the stores and restaurants.  In addition there will be an Opie look a like contest, a live radio show you can join in and watch/listen from 11am-1pm at Hay Long Hall which is the Viva NashVegas show.

And in addition to the shops with store fronts being open for business, thanks to the manager of Buckhead Coffee, Candace, – she has arranged for several home based businesses to have a ‘pop up shop’ in the building across from City Hall on Main Street. There will be a sign and maybe balloons out there so you won’t miss it. Several of the home based businesses will have items for sale under one roof so be sure to check them out.

There will also be the Rotary’s Christmas Parade at 5pm on Saturday which is a great tradition of Mt. Pleasant followed by live music at Hay Long Hall starting at 7pm.

Lots to do and lots of places to visit so be sure to participate. You’ll be glad you did.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

 

A Daily Habit of Thanks!

Tomorrow, November 22nd marks another Thanksgiving Day in the books. A day most of us spend with either family or friends or both eating a big meal, stuffing ourselves silly and for the brave – some attempt the Black Friday sales Thursday night  to get a jump start on deals.

It tends to be a time when we share with those we care and love for our gratitude for having them in our lives and for the meal we enjoyed and the other good things in our lives. It’s a great time of the year to reflect on our lives and give thanks for all we have; our health, our money, our jobs, our family, friends, etc.

Many years ago in my own personal development journey (which I’m always on), I came across a few books that spoke highly of the importance of giving thanks everyday for everything you possibly can in any given moment and the significant impact it would have on my life. I’ve always been a grateful person for the things and people in my life but until I read these books and started applying it to my daily life, I didn’t understand the impact it would have on me.

It has helped me see things differently, appreciate more things and be more aware of things to appreciate. It has definitely made a positive impact on my life both personally and professionally and I am grateful for that.

In the spirit of the season, I want to thank each of you who read my blog, shop our store, share your friendship with me and my husband, for my friends, my family, business owners, community leaders, visitors and residents of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities.

I APPRECIATE YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY!! THANK YOU!!

 Happy Thanksgiving!!

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thought provoking words from Louise Hay’s website.

My dear friend, Daniel Peralta, contributed to my book Gratitude: A Way of Life a number of years ago and wrote the following wonderful thoughts about gratitude.

When you express gratitude, you raise the vibrations around you to a higher frequency. You create positive energy that emanates out from you and returns to you as wonderful experiences. You become magnetic. Good things and good people gravitate toward you because you’re such a joy and delight to be around.

An attitude of gratitude is naturally attractive. It has the power to turn challenges into possibilities, problems into solutions, and losses into gains. It shifts the energy. It expands our vision and allows us to see what might normally be invisible to someone with a limiting attitude.

Gratitude is a prayer for goodness to abound. I think the words “ thank you” are two of the most beautiful words in the language. They can light up someone’s face and help the other person know that he or she is appreciated. It opens the doors to our hearts and allows us to feel connected.

Let’s spend as many moments as we can every day being grateful for all the good that’s in our lives.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…. Mt. Pleasant News!

First and foremost of news to share is that  November 13th marked the day that Small Business Revolution announced their top 20 towns for Season 4. If you missed the news, Mt. Pleasant was not in the running this year but hey if they do it again next year we can nominate our town again for a chance in Season 5. I believe there were approximately 12,000 towns nominated so it was quite the task I’m sure for Deluxe/Small Business Revolution to narrow it down to 20.

However, congratulations is in order for the top 20!!  Of the top 20, there was a Tennessee town chosen; Gallatin. YAY!! Way to go Gallatin. So even though we did not make it this year, we can rally around Gallatin as they go through the process and support them in anyway possible. I would love to see their town as the final winner.

Court House Ground Breaking

The City of Mount Pleasant announced that they will break ground on Wednesday, November 14th at 1:00PM for the new County Courthouse, Mt. Pleasant location on the corner of Bluegrass Ave and Olive Street. Come and celebrate this exciting time for Mount Pleasant! It might be chilly out but that doesn’t matter – just bundle up with a coat, scarf and gloves if you can make it.

TJ Smawls on South Main Street was closed for about a month while it got a face lift of sorts. It’s under new ownership and management with Dolores Blankenship. This is her new endeavor; after all she wasn’t busy enough. 🙂 But seriously, she loves our town and not only is one of the Commissioner, but now a local business owner. Go check out the new decor and eat a meal there. I need to get over there myself very soon. All the best to her!

1824 General Store

Who likes to shop? Who likes wine? “I do! I do! “, said the residents of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities.

“Glad to hear it”, said 1824 General Store. “Because between now and Christmas, every Thursday and Friday night from 5PM to 7PM, we are having  Sip and Shop in the store”.

“What is Sip and Shop?”, they asked.  1824 General Store responded with excitement, “It’s a time for you to stop in and have a complimentary glass of wine (if you’re over 21 years of age) while doing some holiday shopping in the store. Doesn’t get much better than that.”

The residents of Mt. Pleasant and neighboring communities cheered with joy! 🙂

Shop Small Saturday

Every year there is a national campaign encouraging people to shop small businesses called Shop Small Saturday.  It’s always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Mt. Pleasant merchants would LOVE to have you do some shopping on Saturday, November 24th and support our community and local businesses. We will be open regular business hours from 10am – 7pm but check with your other favorite businesses in town for their hours. Thank you in advance for your support!

Hay Long Hall Presents

Hay Long Hall is a new event venue here in Mt. Pleasant on Hay Long Ave near town square.  It’s an adorable, historic church turned unique venue with pews for seating. The owner, Michelle Morgan  has done an amazing job bringing talent to the venue and bringing life back into an old building. Here are a few of the events you may be interested in attending. Be sure to check out their website for more details and pricing.

Saturday Nov 17th: Secret Commonwealth 7PM-9PM (Celtic Band)

Saturday Nov 24th: A Victorian Christmas Carol Play  12pm-2pm

Saturday Nov 24th: Craig Morris and King Cotton 7PM – 9PM (Bluegrass Band)

Sunday Funday in Mt. Pleasant

Participating merchants will be open various times on Sunday, November 25th. Last year several merchants had ornament decorating free to children to participate in while parents shopped for holiday gifts.

Each merchant will have something different to offer. Please check the merchants social media pages for more information. We at 1824 General Store will be open from noon – 4pm and will have ornaments for the kids to make and take home. Stop on in!

Whew… that’s probably enough for now although there is always something good happening in Mt. Pleasant. Thanks for reading and sharing my blog.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

The 4 M’s!!

1824 General Store

 

Well, it’s that time of year again; the Ho Ho Ho/Turkey/Merry Christmas/Hanukkah season! I was going to write about the holiday season that is upon us but I attended the Mt. Pleasant Downtown Merchant’s Meeting this morning (as I do each month as I am the secretary for it) and decided to change my topic to the 4 M’s.

In May 2018, a few of us decided to start up monthly meetings for Mt. Pleasant merchants to attend. Most of the merchants in downtown Mt. Pleasant are on the email list. I’m probably missing some so if you aren’t on the email list and are a merchant, please email me (Angela) at 1824generalstore@gmail.com so I can add you. Although not everyone can attend every meeting or at all if they are having to be in their store, each merchant receives an agenda ahead of the meeting, minutes after the meeting and can always be added to the agenda to discuss a topic if they so choose.

We discuss and plan events for the City of Mt. Pleasant, for our stores collectively, get updates from the City Manager, Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Corporation.  From time to time, we do like to ask merchants to speak and share something beneficial with the group. We may have an outside expert come in and speak on social media, marketing etc all in an attempt to help us be more knowledgeable which hopefully in turn helps our businesses become a more enjoyable place to shop and attract more visitors.

During our meeting today we had an awesome message from a local business owner; hence the title of my blog – The 4 M’s.

Missy Meador’s Message to Merchants

Missy’s business ‘Human Capital Management Group’ located here in Mt. Pleasant offers human resource services to small, mid-size and large companies.  She is very passionate about the Mt. Pleasant community and supports the local businesses. We were so fortunate to have her speak at our meeting today. Her message to merchants was a positive one about our business community and the City in which we live. More inspiring than HR processes and job descriptions. 🙂

She talked about what a unique town we have in that it truly is walk-able from many of the neighborhoods to the downtown area. Not all towns have that feature but WE do! That Mt. Pleasant has a lot to offer people including the wonderful businesses we have here. And the importance of supporting one another in business as opposed to looking at each other as ‘competitors’.  I can personally say that the business owners here in town that I know are huge supporters of each other’s businesses and share events on their social media pages, send people to each other’s stores and support each other whenever possible. It’s really nice to work with these business owners and managers.

Missy also talked about being a ‘brand ambassador‘ for our community as business owners; taking pride and ownership in Mt. Pleasant.

I would encourage each and every person reading this blog to be a ‘brand ambassador’ for Mt. Pleasant.

Being a brand ambassador for Mt. Pleasant means sharing with others all the wonderful things here, the events we have, the businesses to shop in, the school programs, the manufacturing that’s moving here, the grants we have received, music events, restaurants to dine in, etc.  But it’s more than just sharing about it, it’s participating in it. You know how the saying goes… ‘Talk the talk or walk the walk’.  We need to walk the walk. So let’s spread the word and so some walking! 🙂

As you begin your holiday shopping this season please start by looking in the Mt. Pleasant shops first before going outside of the community. It would be greatly appreciated by all. 🙂 Someone may have just what you need or want and the perfect gift you didn’t know you were looking for. 🙂 Each week I’ll list a few downtown businesses to bring awareness to.

‘It takes a village’. It takes all of us to spread the word.

As Missy said, “Mt. Pleasant is in a beautiful place right now‘. I couldn’t agree more. So many wonderful things in the works and the current and future looks bright for us all.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Nelipot Boutique: A cute clothing boutique on 1st Ave. Check her page for hours and updates.

Mt. Pleasant Grille: Most of you already know the Grille as they’ve been around for awhile but maybe you haven’t been there lately. They have homemade ice cream and delicious chicken and waffles.

Mindful Palm Massage: This is a new business downtown at 108 Hay Long Ave that recently opened. Check out her website for more details. She will have gift cards available soon. What a great, relaxing gift for your loved one.

Becky’s Do or Dye: Need your hair cut, dyed or an up-do? Check out Becky’s near the Grille. She’ll be happy to help you out.

1824 General Store’s One Year Anniversary!!

Grand Opening – November 4, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been one year already since we opened our store in Mt. Pleasant.  Sunday, November 4th will mark our one year in business. I remember last year on our Grand Opening – it was so awesome to cut the ribbon and open the doors for people to come in.  I was excited and nervous all at the same time. But so thrilled that so many people came out to join in our celebration.

Prior to that there was a lot of shopping, figuring out what people might like, displays to refinish and buy, POS system to choose, accounting and credit card machines, etc. It’s crazy how much goes into opening even a small store like ours. But we got the store open and we’ve learned by trial and error on what the market wants and we are still learning. 🙂 We’ve had a lot of fun our first year in business!!  🙂

YAY, you guys for shopping with us this past year, for telling others about our store, for giving us good ratings on Google and Facebook, for tagging us in your posts, for liking the products we have and coming back for more, for inspiring us to want to do better for each of you, to be a Mt. Pleasant store appreciated and needed in the community. We are so grateful for all of  you.

In deciding what to do and how to celebrate our one year anniversary, I waited for inspiration to hit me and thank goodness it did before the anniversary date. The Mt. Pleasant community means so much to me and my husband that we decided to do something that would include ‘Community Unity‘.

Beginning on our anniversary date (November 4th) through December 31st – we will be offering the following as a way to celebrate our one year in Mt.  Pleasant and celebrate the Mt. Pleasant community in the process.

  1. Purchase one or more J.M. Thomason seasoning tins (product manufactured and headquartered in Mt. Pleasant).
  2. From 1824 General Store (local Mt. Pleasant business).
  3. 1824 General Store will give $1.00 for every seasoning tin purchased to the Virginia Mai Kittrell Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons (a non-profit in Mt. Pleasant)
  4. Which goes to helping families in need in Mt. Pleasant.

Thank you all so much for your support this past year. We are looking forward to an amazing second year!!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Last Week’s Blog – ‘Ditto’…….

Last Week’s Blog – ‘Ditto’ for This Week 🙂

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Ditto has a couple of meanings. For those of you who grew up in the 70’s, well ditto meant the coolest pants EVER!! They came in all kinds of colors and some had the seam on the butt and legs and others did not. Regardless, they were all COOL.  Loved, loved, loved those pants.

 

But for today’s ‘Ditto’ meaning for this week’s blog, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – ditto means “to repeat the action or statement of”.  

Since last week’s blog was about Small Town Business Revolution and asking everyone to nominate Mt. Pleasant – I’m repeating the same blog as last week below. In other words, this week’s blog is ‘ditto’ of last week’s.

Please read the blog below for more information about nominating Mt. Pleasant. The deadline to nominate is Friday, October 26th. You only have today, tomorrow and Friday. So chop, chop…. get on it as soon as it is feasible for you.

Thank you (English),  Grazie (Italian), Gracias (Spanish), תודה (Hebrew), Merci (French),  Efharisto (Greek), Danke (German), Ngiyabonga (Zulu)

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Several blogs ago, I mentioned Small Town Business Revolution‘ that provides an opportunity for  small towns undergoing revitalization efforts. Deluxe Inc. has provided marketing and other business services to both large and small companies since 1915.

When they celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2015, they decided to give $500,000 to a small town in America to help with their revitalization efforts by helping small businesses.  Towns were nominated across the country and narrowed down to a handful. Then the handful chosen were voted on and one town was named the winner.

Amanda Brinkman from Deluxe and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec came into the winning town along with a team of people to help businesses and the town with guidance on how to be successful and provide a face-lift where and if needed. The recipients of the town were six small businesses which were given marketing advice and materials, a refresh of their decor if needed, business advice, industry expertise, revamping of displays, and anything that may benefit the city as a whole up to $500,000 value. It’s really quite exciting! Deluxe filmed the revitalization process and people all over the country soon knew about X small town.

It was such a success the first year, Deluxe decided to keep going. They have completed 3 seasons and are now taking nominations for Season 4!! That’s where YOU come in.

MT. PLEASANT NEEDS YOU AND YOU AND YOU……..

Between now and October 26th we need you and your friends and family to go online and nominate Mt. Pleasant to be chosen as one of the finalists for receiving this generous opportunity. If in the end, we win the whole enchilada (which I think we can/will) 6 businesses in Mt. Pleasant  would be chosen to receive marketing and business advice and assistance where needed. (Deluxe chooses the six businesses by the way) It would really be a boost for them and our town. It would help get Mt. Pleasant on the map for people to visit our quaint little town and help the revitalization efforts. We need more people coming to town and shopping and dining for our town to thrive and be even a better place to live and work. (I know you’ve heard me say it a million times and I’ll be saying it a million more I’m sure) 🙂

How do you nominate Mt. Pleasant you ask?? Well, it’s very simple. Just follow these instructions. It may take anywhere between 5-20 minutes depending on how much you write – but OH MY – it could mean the difference between getting a chance to win or not. So PLEASE (yes, I’m begging and encouraging and asking and motivating you) take a few minutes out of your day and nominate our town.  THANK YOU!!!

  1. Go to Deluxe Small Business Revolution Nomination page. (click name or here)
  2. Fill out information about yourself,  City name, State and Population.
  3. In 500 words or less, type how bringing Deluxe’s Small Business Revolution – Main Street to Mt. Pleasant would make a difference.
  4. Hit ‘submit’ and you’re done.
  5. Tell all your friends and family about this opportunity and ask them to nominate Mt. Pleasant also.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

IT’S TIME!! Mt. Pleasant Needs You!!

Several blogs ago, I mentioned Small Town Business Revolution‘ that provides an opportunity for  small towns undergoing revitalization efforts. Deluxe Inc. has provided marketing and other business services to both large and small companies since 1915.

When they celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2015, they decided to give $500,000 to a small town in America to help with their revitalization efforts by helping small businesses.  Towns were nominated across the country and narrowed down to a handful. Then the handful chosen were voted on and one town was named the winner.

Amanda Brinkman from Deluxe and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec came into the winning town along with a team of people to help businesses and the town with guidance on how to be successful and provide a face-lift where and if needed. The recipients of the town were six small businesses which were given marketing advice and materials, a refresh of their decor if needed, business advice, industry expertise, revamping of displays, and anything that may benefit the city as a whole up to $500,000 value. It’s really quite exciting! Deluxe filmed the revitalization process and people all over the country soon knew about X small town.

It was such a success the first year, Deluxe decided to keep going. They have completed 3 seasons and are now taking nominations for Season 4!! That’s where YOU come in.

MT. PLEASANT NEEDS YOU AND YOU AND YOU……..

Between now and October 26th we need you and your friends and family to go online and nominate Mt. Pleasant to be chosen as one of the finalists for receiving this generous opportunity. If in the end, we win the whole enchilada (which I think we can/will) 6 businesses in Mt. Pleasant  would be chosen to receive marketing and business advice and assistance where needed. (Deluxe chooses the six businesses by the way) It would really be a boost for them and our town. It would help get Mt. Pleasant on the map for people to visit our quaint little town and help the revitalization efforts. We need more people coming to town and shopping and dining for our town to thrive and be even a better place to live and work. (I know you’ve heard me say it a million times and I’ll be saying it a million more I’m sure) 🙂

How do you nominate Mt. Pleasant you ask?? Well, it’s very simple. Just follow these instructions. It may take anywhere between 5-20 minutes depending on how much you write – but OH MY – it could mean the difference between getting a chance to win or not. So PLEASE (yes, I’m begging and encouraging and asking and motivating you) take a few minutes out of your day and nominate our town.  THANK YOU!!!

  1. Go to Deluxe Small Business Revolution Nomination page. (click name or here)
  2. Fill out information about yourself,  City name, State and Population.
  3. In 500 words or less, type how bringing Deluxe’s Small Business Revolution – Main Street to Mt. Pleasant would make a difference.
  4. Hit ‘submit’ and you’re done.
  5. Tell all your friends and family about this opportunity and ask them to nominate Mt. Pleasant also.

MT. PLEASANT’S RADIO SHOW

Last week’s blog I mentioned we had a one hour radio show starting each week called, ‘Drive South Radio Show‘ on WKOM 101.7 FM. I’m going to mention it again because it’s really a big deal.

  • YOU can  listen LIVE!  http://wkom.radio.net
    • Last week when I was home, I just asked Alexa to play WKOM 101.7 and poof – it came on 🙂
  • Drive South Radio Show – Friday mornings at 9 AM CST  Presented by the Merchants on the Mount.

Features: Live Music ,  Good Eatin’ , Regional History & Tales from the Backward Z book. (yes, we do sell it in 1824 General Store)

Learn and Love the stories of small town middle Tennessee and discover Mount Pleasant, the town you never knew you always wanted to see!

Thank you with all my heart for nominating Mt. Pleasant and spreading the word. Be sure to tune into the Mt. Pleasant’s radio show hour on Friday.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Celebrating Women Business Owners AND Mt. Pleasant Radio Show?! Huh?

October is National Women’s Small Business Month! Being a small business owner myself, well, I think we deserve a little recognition for our vision, hard work and contribution to our communities and the economy. Kudos to all women who own a small business!! Here’s a toast to all of you who took a chance at your dream and saw it to fruition. YOU ROCK!!!!!!

According to the eighth annual 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express:

  • By January 2018 there were 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US. These businesses employed 9.2 million people and generated revenues totaling $1.8 trillion.
  • Compared to all firms, women-owned businesses accounted for 58% of firms, employed 21% of the workforce, and generated 46% of revenues.
  • When it comes to growth, the businesses owned by women also fared better, surging 58% from 2007 to 2018. All other businesses on the other had increased by 12% during the same period. This was an annual growth of 4.2%.
  • Between 2017 and 2018, there were 1,821 net new women-owned businesses added per day.
  • Almost half or 48% of women business owners are between 45 and 65 years old, with 67% over 45 years of age. Women between 25 to 44 years made up the second largest group at 31%.
  • The vast majority, or 88% of women-owned businesses generated revenues of less than $100K.
  • The businesses which made between $100,000 and $249,999 accounted for 5% of all women-owned businesses.

As you can see – women contribute to our economy in a significant way across the country but today I want to focus on the women owned businesses right here in our quaint little town of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. If I left anyone out (accidentally) type in the comments the name of the business so we can recognize her.

As we all know, Mt. Pleasant is currently going through a revitalization effort. More people from out of state and out of town have been moving here in the last couple of years just like my husband and I did a year and a half ago. We fell in love with the historic buildings downtown and the historic homes.

Photo Credit: Videoblocks

Yes, I’m going to say it again. 🙂 For a community to thrive and be alive, it takes a village. It takes people like these women business owners, to take a risk on opening a business in a not so bustling town. But we knew that coming into it and decided it was worth the risk otherwise we wouldn’t be here. Believe me, I know it takes fortitude especially on the days of few customers. Sometimes, I do ask myself, “What the heck did I get myself into?” 🙂 

But then I regroup  and remind myself that this store is a dream and goal of mine and even more so I would like to think 1824 General Store is providing a valuable service to residents in our community and surrounding areas.

Without our women owned businesses and services downtown,  there would be more vacant buildings falling apart, boarded up and sad looking and not many shopping options. So I encourage you during this month of October to stop in at least one of these women owned businesses and say ‘THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!’ And  another great way to say ‘thank you’ is by purchasing something in their store and telling your friends about your awesome purchase and invite them to go check out the Mt. Pleasant shops. That’s what will help keep all of these businesses open. Without community support, businesses are at risk for closing their doors and none of us want to do that. 🙂

And for those of you who do frequent the downtown businesses, a huge THANK YOU!! The other day, as people came into our store – I noticed that each person was a ‘regular’ customer of ours meaning they shop here frequently and it brought joy to me. I love that my customers appreciate us being here and the products we have that they keep on coming back.!!!!

Here are the Women Owned Businesses in Mt. Pleasant (that I am aware of).

Photo credit: Resiko

MT. PLEASANT RADIO SHOW- FRIDAY, OCT 12TH

You’ve heard right!! Mt. Pleasant will soon have it’s own radio show talking about all things Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities. How awesome is that? The name of the show, “DRIVE SOUTH”.

This Friday at 9 am on WKOM 101.7 FM will be the first radio show for Mt. Pleasant that I’m aware of. This will be a once a week show, same time and place. The topics will rotate each week depending on what’s happening in and around town. Several of the merchants got together to help make this possible through purchasing ads for the show. But the MOST IMPORTANT PERSON responsible for making this opportunity possible is MICHELLE MORGAN with Hay Long Hall.

It was her vision and contacts that brought this radio show to fruition. Any businesses that want to purchase ad space in the form of a recorded commercial, contact Michelle Morgan at Hay Long Hall.

Friday’s show will consist of:

George Hamilton V will be the show’s host.

 

 

 

Michael Kelsh is the guest musician.

 

 

 

Marshall McGaw, author of Tales from the Backwards Z will be interviewed. He wrote this book which are stories of growing up in Mt. Pleasant. Of course we sell his book in our store. See, we make it easy for you.

 

Damien Boggs will be playing at Hay Long Hall on Saturday, October 13th from 7-10pm and will be interviewed on the first show.

 

 

HOW EXCITING!! I’m so happy for our town and so appreciate all the people that live here and have started businesses here (male and female). Thank you!!

Until next time 🙂 Angela