This is my first blog post for 1824 General Store. I’m so excited to put this together for people to read and enjoy. In our store we have so many wonderful Made in Tennessee products and artisans. However posting on Facebook or Instagram only allows for a short caption and sometimes a longer one is needed in order to describe these wonderful artists and products in addition to other topics of interest. In giving thought to how I can offer more than a short caption when appropriate; I thought ‘why not a blog?’ The grammar may not always be perfect and I’m sure a typo from time to time will happen but you’ll get the gist of it. 🙂
I thought it would be best to start my first blog with a little information about myself and why my husband Matt and I opened this quaint General Store in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. My background is not in retail but rather healthcare business. I started out pursuing my nursing degree many, many years ago but during that time I had an opportunity to work on the supply chain/business side of healthcare and fell in love with it. I changed my focus from a nursing degree to a business degree and obtained a Masters in Business Administration. Since that time I’ve worked in various leadership roles in healthcare businesses.
Then back in 2016 , my husband Matt and I were meeting our daughter at a halfway point which happened to be in Mt. Pleasant; a town neither of us heard of but what the heck we were going to check it out. The Mt. Pleasant Grille looked like a good place online so we stopped there for a bite to eat and drove around. We fell in love with the historic downtown area and the historic homes surrounding it. Over the next few months – we met again a few times at the halfway point. I started looking online at homes for sale; just for the heck of it! Well, one thing led to another and before we knew it our home was for sale and we were moving from Cheatham County to Mt. Pleasant in an historical home. We were very excited to be in our new-old home and be a part of this small, quaint community.
A dream of mine for many years was to someday open a local retail business in a small, quaint downtown. Maybe that dream came from my many years of watching the Hallmark Channel where downtown shops were owned by the locals and where locals shopped and visited with each other. I know it’s a TV show (one I still watch by the way) but nonetheless why couldn’t it exist in real life? After all, many small towns already have that so why not Mt. Pleasant?
Mt. Pleasant’s downtown area is going through a revitalization in hopes to bring it back to the old days of when the streets were filled with people mingling, shopping, laughing, and hanging out. From what long time residents tell me, shops filled each building and locals and visitors shopped for their goods and services in their hometown. It was a bustling place. Many locals that have lived here a long time, remember those days and hope that one day Mt. Pleasant will be that way again or something similar.
So, why not be a small part of the downtown revitalization effort by opening a general store I suggested to my husband. Well, again, one thing led to another and before I knew it we were having our grand opening of 1824 General Store on November 4, 2017. (By the way, the 1824 in the name is the year Mt. Pleasant was incorporated as a city.) We just finished our 6 months of being open and I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people that come in from Mt. Pleasant and visitors from other cities; many who have become repeat, returning customers.
For all of you who have visited our store, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, continue to shop here and tell others about us and bring friends and family here to shop and visit; a huge THANK YOU! I so much appreciate it. For those of you who have not yet visited us, I look forward to meeting you in the near future.
The more people that become aware of our historic downtown and all the cute shops and restaurants to frequent – then we’ll have a chance to be that thriving town once again for all to enjoy.
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Until next time 🙂 Angela