Cool Stuff Happening in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn

Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Tenn

There are all kinds of happenings in the Mt. Pleasant area in the coming days and weeks so this week’s blog is focused on giving you information about them. Hopefully you can make it out to some of the events and support the businesses and communities hosting them.

Watershed Public Theater presents ‘ James and the Giant Peach’

Lots of dates to choose from. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The theatre is located in Columbia. For more information and tickets click here.

 

Muletown Hemp and Cafe Grand Opening: Located at 112 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant.  Friday, September 21st from 11am – 7pm. Click here for more information.

 

Hay Long Hall presents ‘Danny Trashville Live’

Located at 103 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant.  Saturday, September 22nd from 7pm-9pm. Tickets $10. Click here for more information and tickets.

 

Hay Long Hall presents ‘No King Am I” Live Worship Service and Community Potluck

Located at 103 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant. Sunday, September 30th from 1pm – 4pm. FREE ! For more information click here.

 

1824 General Store presents ‘An Evening with Author Scott Mertie, Owner of Nashville Brewing Company

Located at 106 North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 13th: 6pm – 8pm. Tickets are $30. Click here for info.

 

Mid-South Barbecue Festival 

Located on Town Square in Mt. Pleasant. Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. BBQ competition, vendor fair, live music, BBQ and more. FREE. For more information click here.

 

Mt. Pleasant Spin presents ‘Rhythm Riders’

Coming sometime in October, FREE spin classes. Great workout and fun time.

Click here to stay informed and for more information.

 

State of the City Department Report

For those of  you who may not be aware, the City of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn puts out a State of the City report each month highlighting various things happening and so much more. Click here to access and read it.

Until next time   🙂  Angela

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Who Let The Dogs Out?!!

Who Let The Dogs Out?! For audio click on photo to listen. (photo from World Wildlife Fund) (sound clip from spaceflight.nasa.gov)

This past week I’ve been without a car because it needs some much needed TLC from the mechanic. I’m very fortunate though to live and work in the same town and in walking distance of the store; no long commutes for me which I’m very appreciative of. I commuted about an hour each way to and from work for many years so I understand the time it takes and at times, the patience it requires on the road.

One of the many things I was so excited about when I moved to Mt. Pleasant was the ability to walk out my front door and go walking in the morning or evening in my neighborhood. I moved from an area where that wasn’t an option for me. I had to drive somewhere to walk and get some exercise. So, what a treat it would be to just walk out my front door or so I thought.

I moved here about a year and a half ago and unfortunately have walked my neighborhood only about a dozen or so times. Why? For fear of being attacked or bitten by roaming dogs not on leashes or with owners. It’s not what I had envisioned of my quiet, peaceful walks in my neighborhood but it is my current reality and others also.

The majority of dogs in my neighborhood are behind fences, in their homes or on leashes which I am very thankful for and appreciate that as a non-dog owner.  It’s not a matter of whether or not I own a dog, it’s a matter of public safety.

In fact, the other day a customer of ours walked over to the store with her dog on a leash (as she always does) but had two unleashed dogs following along with her that weren’t hers. She was trying to keep them with her as not to get hit by a car but they ran off on their own crossing the busy streets. While standing outside with her, here came another one down Bluegrass. It’s not only the safety of people but the unleashed dogs themselves that are the concern.

My intent for this blog is to bring awareness and ask residents in the city limit neighborhoods to do what we all can to make our streets, sidewalks and city a safe and walk-able place for residents and visitors alike.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time pointing out one story after another I’ve heard or experienced, but rather ask the question to all of you, “Is there anything we as residents can do together to ensure the safety of our kids, our pets, ourselves and our visitors?”I don’t have all the answers so hoping anyone reading this blog may have some amazing solutions to share which I’m sure are out there.

But it’s also important for everyone to know what some of us have experienced due to unleashed dogs in the neighborhoods so we can all become more aware and come up with helpful solutions to the problem since we do not have Mt. Pleasant Animal Control to call for assistance.

There are people who are fearful to walk just as I am and choose not to risk it, others have been bitten and attacked by dogs, dogs have attacked other animals and dogs have had close encounters with moving vehicles.  In researching what is already in place with the City, I found there is a leash law requiring dogs to be on a leash while not in the privacy of their own home but that’s about it.

Since we do not have animal control in the City, some of our choices are:

  • Call the non-emergency number for the Mt. Pleasant Police Dept if you see or are concerned about unleashed dogs. (931 379 3201)
  • If you are being attacked by an unleashed dog – call 911 for help.
  • Walk with a stick to keep unleashed dogs at a distance.
  • Walk with some pepper spray in case of attack to avoid being bit or injured.
  • Maury County has an Animal Control number although I’m not sure how fast they could get out here for assistance but it’s worth a try. (931 375-1403)

The City is doing so many things to make this community a desirable place to work and live and play through grant money for a splash pad, a dog park, and Main Street revitalization through the TDOT grant including efforts and projects from individuals and business owners.  It takes a village.

I think we all deserve to live in a safe, clean community. People reading this blog may not have the same view or experience as me and that’s OK. That’s what makes our world such a great place; diversity of culture, views and perceptions. 🙂  So, I thought I’d share my perception, thoughts and concerns regarding this issue with all of you.

I would love to hear ideas on how we as a community can address the issue since we do not have Animal Control as an option. And certainly if you have or know more information than I currently have that would help this situation, would love to hear that also. Your ideas and suggestions are welcomed and valued so please share!

Until next time 🙂  Angela

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An Evening with Scott Mertie: Owner of Nashville Brewing Co

Let me introduce you to this awesome guy in this photo.  He is the Founder and Owner of Nashville Brewing Company, Scott Mertie.  We had an event here at the store back in January so I reached out to him (never met him before) and asked if he could send a representative for his beer and provide samples to those stopping in the store.  We carried their craft beer and I wanted to have it represented at the event because it is really good beer.

Without hesitation, he arranged it for me and we had a great turnout. Well a month or so later he and his wife stopped in at the store for the first time on their way hunting. Both of them were so nice to chat with. During our conversation discussing the revitalization and history of downtown Mt. Pleasant, Scott told me about a book he wrote called ‘Nashville Brewing’. The book talks about the history of brewing in Nashville.

He offered to come back out in the future (if I’d like) and speak about his book at our store and  offer tastings of their award winning beer. I told him, I would ABSOLUTELY take him up on that  offer in the future.

WELL FOLKS,  THE FUTURE IS HERE!!! 

We are just beyond thrilled and elated to host this incredible evening with Author, Scott Mertie and Founder of Nashville Brewing Company. For all of you who are lovers of great beer or like to think of yourself as a historian or simply enjoy hanging out with awesome people – than attending this event is a must!!

The event will start at 6:00 pm  through approximately 8:00 pm. Tickets are limited to ~40 attendees. So, if you are interested in attending this fun and informative event, NOW is the time to purchase your tickets.

We are SO000000 fortunate to have Scott Mertie speak about Nashville’s Brewing History and sample their award winning beers. We will even have their Oktoberfest beer on hand. Guaranteed to be a blast!! Hope to see you there!!

Nashville Brewing Company claimed a silver award for their Nashville Lager in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Event Information

  • Tickets are $30 per person  (such a deal)
  • Scott Mertie to speak about Nashville Brewing History
  • Free tastings of Nashville Brewing’s Award Winning Beers
  • Receive a Nashville Brewing Pint Glass Souvenir
  • Receive an autographed copy of Scott’s book: Nashville Brewing
  • Light snacks served
  • Hang out with fun, like minded people (history lovers – beer lovers – both)

ME! ME! ME! I WANT TICKETS!!! WHERE DO I BUY THEM?

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, October 13th.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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Mama Mia! It’s Mama Merrill’s!!!

Here we are coming up on the end of August already. We’ve had a taste of fall in the air these past couple of weeks with  some crisp, cool mornings.

But with fall and winter months ahead of us many kids and adults alike are susceptible to flu symptoms and colds. I remember last year when so many people got the flu or were concerned they would. Schools closed for flu days. That’s right, flu days not snow days. You know it’s serious stuff when the school tells kids to STAY HOME!!  

Regular and Spicy Tonic Available

People were flocking to our store to get Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic in hopes to avoid the flu or a cold.  This tonic is amazing and people  that took it daily told me it kept them from getting ill altogether or had very few symptoms that were short lived.  I  took my tablespoon a day as well and for me, it kept the doctor away. No flu or cold for me!! 🙂

 

What a pleasure it is for me to highlight this Made in Tenn product, Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic and the Founder of the company, Ashley Merrill. Not only is Ashley a kind and caring person but her product is outstanding! 

Ashley is a Nashville native, passionate about her family’s health and yours. We are so fortunate to have her quality product sold in our store that has helped so many. Several of you met her at our Made in Tenn Tasting Event this month as she was there handing out tastings and talking about her products.

What is Mama Merrill’s Elderberry TonicIt’s a tonic that helps boost your immune system and provides additional benefits.

When asked how she got started in her business, she said, “I was basically an accidental entrepreneur. Just being a mom trying to take care of my kiddos. Especially during the winter months I saw the need for a higher quality Elderberry syrup without funky preservatives like sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The only solution I could come up with was to start making my own, and I figured while I was at it I should add healthy ingredients and make it tasty!  It impacted our family’s health so positively, I couldn’t help but share it with everyone I came across. When friends and family kept coming back for more, I realized I had a wonderful opportunity to make it a business.”

Ashley knew elderberries helped boost the immune system and spent two years developing and testing  Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonics using a proprietary process and blend of powerful ingredients.

“I added ingredients we were already trying to incorporate into our diets, like local honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger and turmeric.” said Ashley.

Elderberries

Each of the ingredients used in Mama Merrill’s Tonic have been carefully selected because of their scientifically proven positive effects such as reduced inflammation, seasonal allergy relief and a greater immune system to help fight off sickness.

I thank God every day for the opportunity to be a small part of helping others get sick less often and feel better when they do get sick! The testimonies we receive from people thanking us for the products keeps us going, knowing that we are making a tangible difference in the daily lives of many people! “, says Ashley.

I too have heard COUNTLESS testimonials from our customers that take this tonic who avoided the flu, never caught a cold when everyone around them seemed to have one and just feel better overall. The positive testimonials go on and on.

So, if you haven’t been taking your daily dose of Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic, I HIGHLY encourage you to start doing so before the flu and cold season comes.  Because it comes every year like clockwork. But doing what you can to improve your immune system before it hits will really help reduce your chances of catching anything.

In our 1824 General Store, we carry both Regular and Spicy Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic. In the beginning of September we will also have her newest product Mama Merrill’s Simple Elderberry Tonic. This tonic was crafted specifically for those with allergies or sensitivities to certain spices or honey.  It has only 3 ingredients: Water, 100% Apple Juice, and Elderberries! Come and get it!! You’ll be sooooo glad you did. 🙂

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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MAMA MERRILL’S INGREDIENTS

Organic Sambucus Nigra Elderberries– high in vitamin C and flavonoids & shown to have extensive health benefits; prevent & reduce cold & flu symptoms, anti-oxidants (cancer prevention), promote regularity, lower blood sugar, skin revitalizer, circulatory system protectant and more!

Local (Middle Tennessee) Honey– known for its ability to ease allergy symptoms naturally, learn more here. 

Apple Cider Vinegar– the health benefits of ACV are too vast to list! Learn more here. 

Immune-Boosting Spice Blend containing Turmeric– Scientists have discovered the power of Turmeric exceeds that of 10 commonly prescribed medications used to treat inflammation, depression, chronic pain, cancer and more!

Mama Merrill’s Spicy Elderberry &Turmeric Tonic with Cayenne & Pepper is the same basic recipe,with a couple powerful additions. Sweet with a kick, it’s a crowd favorite! Cayenne has been scientifically proven to aid in detox, and benefits the gut, heart and more! Scientists have also proven Black Pepper increases the absorption of Turmeric! Learn more here.

Colonel Robert Melville Cooper Etc.

In chatting with our own Postmaster, Robert Wakefield about the 200 year celebration of the existence of the Mt. Pleasant Post Office happening THIS FRIDAY , August 24th – he told me some very interesting facts about the 5th Postmaster of the Mt. Pleasant Post Office. 

Photo from FindAGrave.com

His name is Colonel Robert Melville Cooper. He was born in 1790 in South Carolina and had 11 siblings. His father died when he almost 8 years old and then his mother packed up the children and moved to Tennessee. First to Nashville, then Williamson County and then settling in Maury County in 1809.

He married Catherine Cooper in 1816 and they had 15 children together. I know that was the norm back in the day but could you imagine as a woman giving birth to 15 babies and raising them and paying for them now a days? Lord Have Mercy!! We definitely live in different times.

A little military background on the Colonel:

  • Private in Capt. Bird S. Hurt’s Company, 1st Regiment Tennessee Militia(Col. William Metcalf) Smith’s Brigade, Carroll’s Division
  • 1814 joined State Militia to fight with General Andrew Jackson’s Army from Nov. 13, 1814 to May 13, 1815
  • He wrote that he participated in the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815
  • On June 6, 1817, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel and commandant of the 51st Regiment of the State Militia of Tennessee
  • He is noted for identifying the remains of Meriwether Lewis, by the nails he made for the casket in a letter written to Col. Draper

In 1810 Cooper opened the first store in Mt. Pleasant (maybe it was a General Store?).  He moved to Mississippi for a while and then returned to Maury County in 1825  where he owned a farm six miles south of Mt. Pleasant.

Photo from FindaGrave.com

He served as Postmaster in Mt. Pleasant and was very active until his death  in 1878 at the age of 87. He died at the home of his daughter, Ellen Houser. He is buried in McClain Cemetery  in Hohenwald, Tennessee. (information found here was listed on FindAGrave.com)

Don’t forget this Friday, August 24th marks 200 years the Mt. Pleasant Post Office has been serving the community. Stop in and mail yourself a letter to get the special cancellation; something to treasure for years. It will only be available on August 24th. If you can’t make it to the post office on Friday to drop off your self addressed stamped envelope,  feel free to drop off today or tomorrow to me at the store and I’ll be sure to bring it over on Friday. Just make sure your letter is addressed and has a stamp on it.

NEW COURTHOUSE FOR MT. PLEASANT APPROVED 

According to the Columbia Daily Herald, the courthouse was approved from the County Commission.  It will cost $2.9 million paid through the county’s litigation tax.

Photo Credit: Columbia Daily Herald

The new court will be located right down the street from our store on Bluegrass Ave and Olive Street.  It will be 5,500 square-feet and include a single 160-person courtroom and two conference rooms. An important aspect of the design is to keep incarcerated folks away from the non-incarcerated folks. Keeping safety in mind!

So we get a new court building and a safer one for all concerned in building safety and personal safety.  YAY!! In addition, another benefit is there will be parking spaces available on Main Street for people visiting the shops. Every week on busy court days, the streets are lined with parked cars; mostly for court parking not shopping in our cute town. So, this should free up spaces for people to come and park easier and stroll through the shops.

SPLASH PAD GRANT AWARDED

Example of a Splash Pad

Another wonderful grant awarded to Mt. Pleasant. This award is for $75K and will be super fun for kids; a splash pad. Thanks to Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation for taking the lead on this project and for all who were involved.

 

I believe the high school students will be designing the splash pad which makes it even cooler. 🙂

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)  announced a series of grants totaling more than $15 million to help fund parks and recreation projects in Tennessee communities. Mt. Pleasant was 1 of 51 communities receiving grants.

“Easy access to parks, trails, walking paths and other recreational facilities can make a good community a great community,” said Haslam. “These grants provide the resources needed to help make Tennessee an even more desirable place to live, work and raise a family.”

TO THE MT. PLEASANT COMMUNITY, MADE IN TENN VENDORS AND ALL VISITORS! We had a great turnout at our Made in Tenn Tasting Event on Saturday, August 18th. The vendors had a great time chatting it up with everyone and  my family and I had a great time with all of you. Thank you for coming out and supporting our event.  YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH: TEEN NIGHT AT HAYLONG HALL

  • Teen night at Haylong Hall (101 Haylong – Old Church)
  • Open Mic Night
  • Ages 13 – 19 years old
  • 7:00pm – 9pm
  • More details to follow next week

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Made in Tenn Tasting Event!! Yum,Yum!!

Wow! This sounds like a lot of fun. When/Where/What/Who/Why?!!!

When:  Saturday (this coming Saturday) from 3PM – 6PM

Where:   1824 General Store/106 North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant

What:  Free tastings of Made in Tenn products

Who: Our amazing suppliers that make their food/products right here in Tenn

Why: Because we know the products our Made in Tenn vendors make are delicious and made with a whole lot of love. Most of the companies are made up of families or a small number of staff. We get the privilege of supporting a small business in Tennessee while getting a great product to sell to you our customers and you our customers get to enjoy delicious food made in our home State. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Bonus: If you purchase any of the Made in Tenn products featured during the 3PM-6PM event time, you will receive 10% off. (Only on featured TN products and only during those hours)

We are very fortunate to have all of these Made in Tenn products available in our store for our customers. Each and everyone of the people behind these companies that we deal with for ordering, asking questions, deliveries, etc are such a pleasure to work with.

And a huge thanks to all of our vendors for taking time out of your day to set up a table and provide food tastings to all our visitors on Saturday.

And a huge thanks to all of you who are planning on visiting the store for the Made in Tenn Tasting Event. Stop by anytime between 3PM – 6PM and meet the vendors and taste their products. It’s all FREE!!

** Note: The store will be closed on Saturday for just 30 minutes from 2:30-3:00pm to allow the vendors to set up their tables. We will  re-open at 3:00pm.  (Of course we will open at 10am on Saturday as normal)

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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Who’s Celebrating 200 Years Old?

Could it be that we are celebrating Mt. Pleasant City becoming 200 years old? Nope! Because our store 1824 General Store is named after the year the city was incorporated so that celebration won’t take place until 2024. So, who or what else could it be? Certainly not a ‘person’. If that were the case – Mt. Pleasant would get all kinds of publicity to see if there was something in the water that causes people to live to 200 years old. There would no longer be the need to ‘market’ Mt. Pleasant. We would be famous and flooded with people.

Well, some of you may have already guessed it but for those of you who are clueless like I was, I’ll tell you. 🙂 Mount Pleasant’s Post Office will be servicing Mt. Pleasant for 200 years on August 24, 2018.  (1818-2018)

Mt. Pleasant, Tenn Post Office

That’s incredible.  That’s six years before the city was chartered. While the Postal Service has no official motto, according to the USPS blog, the popular belief that it does is a tribute to America’s postal workers. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.  THANK YOU for servicing our community for 200 years!!

Postmaster Robert Wakefield said, “On this day (Friday, August 24, 2018), the Post Office will celebrate its 200th year by offering a ‘special cancellation’.

 

But wait.. what is a cancellation?

cancellation (or cancel for short; French: “oblitération”) is a postal marking applied on a postage stamp or postal stationery to deface the stamp and prevent its re-use. Cancellations come in a huge variety of designs, shapes, sizes and colors.”

Post Office Entrance

So mark your calendars for Friday, August 24th to stop in at the Mt. Pleasant Post Office at 201 North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee and get your special cancellation on your stamp.  I’m going to mail myself a letter with a note inside it about this 200 year celebration so  in years to come I won’t forget why I have it or why I’ve been  saving it. Then when I get it in the mail not only will I have the special cancellation on the stamp to treasure but my  kids and grand-kids for years to come will know why it’s an important letter and hopefully not throw it away but rather appreciate and remember the history it represents.

I suggest you do the same. What a great way to celebrate Mt. Pleasant’s  Post Office and say hi to the friendly postal employees while you’re at it.

Congratulations!!!

It’s No Longer a Marathon; It’s a Sprint

Sprinting and Focus

When I first moved here and started looking into the feasibility of owning a business in downtown Mt. Pleasant – I heard from a few people that the revitalization of the town is a marathon. That it will take many years for the city to revive and thrive again. Having my business for 9 months now (time flies) and learning about those who started the revitalization process like Jim Barrier, MCI, Mt. Pleasant City and countless others – I see how much work, time, effort, money, love, caring and vision over 8+ years has gone into this town. A huge THANK YOU to all of you!!!

This is my own perception from what I observe and believe – but I think those before us have run the marathon (the slow, steady pace) for the City and now we as residents, owners of businesses and the City are willing, able and excited to sprint the rest of the way. We have so many positive things going for us right now, that it’s important to keep that momentum going.

With all of us doing something, the momentum will continue and before long we will have a thriving downtown not only for the benefit of residents but for visitors. With new people moving every week it seems to Mt. Pleasant, not only are they excited to live in this quaint town, but they shop our stores and become involved in the community. They go to Ace Hardware for home repair items, they eat at Pepe’s, they shop at Nelipot Boutique, they attend our churches; all of which are good for our community and businesses. THANK YOU  to each and every one of you for moving here and supporting our community and for all who have lived here for years.

We are sprinting that’s for sure. With all the great news about Mt. Pleasant, grants being given to the City for various projects, industry moving here and the list goes on – momentum is happening. I’ve already listed several positive things in my blog over the weeks for our community and today I have the pleasure once again to announce more good news for the City.

$1,250,000 Grant for the City’s Downtown Revitalization Project 

 

This  grant  was awarded to the City of Mt. Pleasant by TDOT. It will include work on all infrastructure, sidewalks, streets, street lights, roads, ADA compliance, traffic lights……….all things towards improving transportation on foot and vehicle on a section of Main Street and hopefully will include underground utilities. Our historic downtown Main Street will be even better than it is today and easier for people to navigate through. Just so EXCITING!!

TN Vacation.com

The TN Department of Tourist Development asked for a list of women-owned businesses in Mt. Pleasant as they wanted to write an article on them. From the list they chose the following women’s stores to feature:

 

1824 General Store          Nelipot Boutique

Dari Gem      Jernigan’s on Main

Buckhead Coffee       Tailored Tumbleweed

You can read the article ‘A Day in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee’ by Melissa Corbin.  Thank you TN Vacation for featuring Mt. Pleasant and the women-owned businesses.

Together we will sprint!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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Will Mt. Pleasant, Tenn Be Next?

Several months ago, Kate Collier, the City Manager for Mt. Pleasant had mentioned in an email to a group of us that her friend had told her about something called The Small Business Revolution.

Well, I quickly looked into it to see what it was all about. Deluxe Corporation, is a marketing company that has been around since 1915. In celebration of their 100th anniversary they decided to do something incredible, over the top, unheard of, amazing, giving, thoughtful and just down right kind!! Here’s how they explain it:

The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, creating the Small Business Revolution as a way to celebrate the small businesses that drive our economy and bring our communities together, and create a movement of support. We created the Small Business Revolution – Main Street to help those small businesses, and in turn, those small towns, reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back.

Each season they look for a small town to help and choose six businesses to participate by gifting $500,000 towards the town’s revitalization efforts. They spend the money where it will be best utilized. It may be setting up an existing business with a new website, business cards, shelving etc.; whatever the need may be to help them become more efficient, organized, seen on the Internet etc. They also look at what the town in general might benefit from.  Once the town is chosen as the winner the town’s transformation is featured in their online series. It’s pretty cool.

Historic Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Tenn

Once I read about that, I reached out to see how to nominate Mt. Pleasant and was told applications for Season 4 would take place in the Fall of 2018. Since learning about this opportunity several months ago- I’ve watched every video series for the 3 seasons on the Small Business Revolution gleaning whatever information, knowledge, expertise I possibly could. I’m not sure exactly ‘how’ the whole process works for nominating a town until they announce the nomination process in the Fall but I do believe it’s something along these lines.

You submit video or print or both about your town and somewhere in the process I believe towns are voted on to be chosen as the winner to be the recipient of this incredible gift. When I get more information on how and when, I’ll be sure to write another blog on it.

Amanda Brinkman and Robert Herjavec

Could you imagine getting $500K for our town and businesses, marketing advice and tools from Amanda Brinkman of Deluxe and business advice from Robert Herjavec from the Shark Tank? Mt. Pleasant could absolutely benefit big time from these two and their team of experts to continue us in the right direction of our revitalization. You can bet when it comes to making sure we have a gazillion votes, letters, videos that not only me but other business owners, City Officials, residents and non-residents will be involved.

After posting one of my blogs on Instagram about Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization efforts, Small Business Revolution started following me on Instagram and suggested we nominate our town. Well , of course we will. 🙂 That was the plan all along from months ago when Kate’s friend mentioned it to Kate who mentioned to some of us. I’m just waiting Amanda on how to nominate our town so once that information becomes available, we’re going to get started on the process. Woot! Woot!

We residents, we business owners, we City officials, we visitors to Mt. Pleasant, we who love Mt. Pleasant, we investors of Mt. Pleasant, we Maury County residents, we kids, we adults….. can all jump on board the

#NOMINATE MT. PLEASANT FOR SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION

wagon when the time comes to give our town the best possible chance of winning the whole enchilada. What am I saying? ‘best possible chance’?! We must go into this process believing and knowing that we are the winners of Season 4!!! Now doesn’t that feel a whole lot more exciting and fun than ‘a chance’? Of course it does!! We will do it together and it will be a very fun journey!! Stay tuned.

Thank you Deluxe! Thank you Robert and Amanda for caring about small town America and the businesses that help keep them thriving.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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Weddings, Events, Music, and Plays – OH MY!

This week has been a great week here in the store and in Mt. Pleasant. We continue to have such a positive response to Coco’s Italian Grab-n-Go products and so glad people are enjoying their delicious food.  We are so fortunate to have such quality food from the Coco’s Italian Restaurant and Market in West Nashville right here in our small town for all to feast on.

In case you haven’t tried it yet or heard that we have it, I’ll give you a quick rundown. We have frozen grab-n-go pizzas, ravioli, baked ziti and tortellini. In addition we have Italian bread, home-made gelato, marinara sauce and more. People are loving it!

Here’s just one customer’s response on social media, “Perfect homemade crust, out of this world sauce and tons of cheese. Picked this bad boy up at 1824 General Store, added the pepperoni (comes with, you add) and popped it in the oven for 13 minutes. Dinner is ready and it is wonderful! We tried the ziti earlier and it was delicious too! Later this week we are going to try the lobster ravioli. Can’t wait. Oh, almost forgot…only $11.00!????” D.M.

HOST OF THE TOWN 

The Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce features the ‘Host of the Town‘ from time to time. This is where a business ‘hosts’ residents and other business owners to tell about their line of business and to share their vision.

103 Hay Long Ave

On July 24th, an old historic church located at 103 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant was the featured ‘Host of the Town’. Service and construction on the church began in the late 1890’s and was completed in 1903. But yesterday wasn’t about prayer and worship or hosted by a clergyman/woman. It was more about what it will become. With Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization efforts, who knows what might be popping up around here! What I’m excited about is that the owner of this exquisite historic church is giving it a lot of love.

 

Michelle Morgan

The owner of this beauty is Michelle Morgan. She moved to Mt. Pleasant about 18 months ago and has become very involved in the community.  She doesn’t just talk about supporting the community and small businesses and the importance of that, she DOES it. If you haven’t met her, you may very well have heard of her name because she is constantly coming up with ideas and a vision for making Mt. Pleasant a better place to live and work. She loves connecting people together for the greater good of the community, she always shops locally first and involves herself in community goodness wherever she goes. I’ve gotten to know her pretty well over the months as we both moved here to Mt. Pleasant about the same time.

Michelle fell in love with this historic church and her vision for its use started coming together (of course built around her love for the community). I wouldn’t expect anything less. 🙂 The building is a work in progress right now and a little rough around the edges. But even with the rough edges, it’s still a beauty in my opinion.

Craig Morris

 

 

 

As the Host of the Town, Michelle shared her ideas to those in attendance. The event had a great turnout.  Before entering the church, local bluegrass musician Craig Morris serenaded the attendees as he described himself as ‘The Pied Piper’.

 

Professor and the Bull

Once inside there was a  great Southern potluck buffet provided and more live music for the audience to enjoy by duet, Professor and the Bull“I am Professor, I am The Bull, we are Professor and The Bull, made in America!”

Host of the Town Event

Owner and visionary, Michelle Morgan said, “The (still unnamed) church on Hay Long will be a live music, live theatre venue and will also be  available for weddings and private event rentals. We hope to serve the community in meaningful ways so I’m open to requests! A recent submission was to use the space as a movie theatre and we are exploring the possibility of showing older films once a week in the evenings. Perhaps rotating and having a kids week, family week, date night week and horror/thriller week.”

With live music and theatre, weddings to celebrate and parties to have – there are countless future memories to be made in this beautiful, historical church. The work continues on the restoration of the floors, pews, walls etc. and when it’s finished – it will be even more amazing and quaint than it is in it’s current state.  The Un-named Church is scheduled to open for business sometime in the Fall of 2018.  It will book up quickly so you may want to get your name/event on Michelle’s calendar soon for all your Fall and Holiday get togethers’ and weddings. You can reach out to Michelle directly by emailing her at mmfranklin@live.com. 

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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It’s Soooooo Exhausting!!

It’s sooooo exhausting keeping up with all the good news and happenings in Mt. Pleasant!!  🙂

Not really!  It’s actually quite exhilarating, exciting and fun!! In last week’s blog I wrote about several positive changes for our town including the grant for the dog park we received. (If you missed that story – click dog park and it will take you to last week’s blog) This week the good news continues!!!

DOG PARK DASH GRANT

From Left to Right: Thomas Kenney; Director of Parks and Recreation, Mt. Pleasant’s Mayor Jim Bailey, Randy and Jenny Boyd; Founders of Boyd Foundation and Kate Collier, Mt. Pleasant’s City Manager

On Monday, July 16th, Randy Boyd  inventor of the ‘invisible fence’,  founder of the Boyd Foundation along with his wife Jenny, and gubernatorial candidate  for Tennessee presented the City of Mt. Pleasant with a check for $25,000 to be used for building a dog park. Several people showed up at Town Square to celebrate the  presentation of the check.

The dog park will be located at Howard Field (next to, behind of, in front of….. somewhere at Howard Field). Thanks to the Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash program, Mt. Pleasant residents that love their four legged animals will now have a place to let them run around and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great opportunity for residents to meet their neighbors of like minded interests.

NEW CONSTRUCTION AND A FACE LIFT

This past week I’ve been surrounded by some construction going on. Across from me, is what I think is the most beautiful historic downtown building (non-residential) on Main Street. I am so fortunate to be able to look out my store’s window everyday and see this gorgeous building. I love just peeking in the windows and seeing all the old paintings on the wall of the hardware days and beautiful wood doors and windows.

A couple of months ago a crew began some restoration work on it to preserve its beauty and painted the trim a gray primer. Well, I couldn’t wait to see what the color of the trim would end up being but I was hoping for a two-tone that would be reminiscent of ~1900 era. You can see the plaque of 1900 above the center window. Much to my surprise and delight – this past week, the crew showed up and guess what? The trim is being painted black with a cream color accent. Looks gorgeous on this building. I don’t know if there are plans for a business in there yet but I like what I’m seeing. Thanks to the owner of the building for your TLC.

In addition, back in September/October of 2017 before we opened our store, there were 2 buildings next to mine that were beyond saving, unfortunately. They were structurally unsafe to keep there so they were torn down. However, on Friday we had some activity in that space preparing for new construction to begin. The building will be the new corporate office for Smelter Service Corporation a business that has been a part of the Mt. Pleasant community for 40 years.

I could have inaccurate information so that’s my disclaimer up front, but someone mentioned to me a few months ago that they thought the new Smelter office will be the first, new  ‘commercial’ building erected in downtown Mt. Pleasant since City Hall/Police Department back in the 60’s -70’s. (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong in the comments below)

But no worries, the new building will fit in with the look and feel of the historic downtown buildings; no modern high rise. It will be an 8,000 square foot building with a brick exterior that will fit in with the historic look and feel on the outside but modern on the inside. Thanks to Smelter’s leadership for bringing a fresh and new but old feel building to the downtown.

SPIN CLASS GRANT AWARDED TO THE CITY

Posted on the City’s Facebook Page: The City of Mount Pleasant has been awarded a grant to start and furnish a “Spin Class” at the community center. The grant was awarded by the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation! Stay tuned for further updates! SPIN CLASSES WILL BE FREE!! 

Thomas Kenney, Director of Parks and Recreation for Mt. Pleasant said, the program will start with 18 bikes. It will have all the music, lights and excitement of a studio. Some classes will be staff lead and some will be Apple TV remote as well on the big screen. This is another positive and exciting opportunity being brought to Mt. Pleasant through a grant and offered to residents free of charge. Thank you Maury Regional Health Care Foundation!

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS

If you live in the City of Mt. Pleasant or have a business here, you are very much aware of higher sewer costs than other cities you may have lived in before. But thanks to City Manager, Kate Collier and City Officials, help is on it’s way to improve our sewer system which will hopefully reduce the costs for residents and businesses alike.

Major sewer renovations that need to be taken care of does not come cheap so the City applied for a Community Development Block Grant. You can apply for it every other year as can a county.  Maury County allowed Mt. Pleasant to apply for a grant in their place since their revenue is higher than Mt. Pleasant’s and therefore, they are typically denied the grant. (Thank you Maury County)

The GREAT news is Mt. Pleasant just received notification that it has been awarded both grants; each for the amount of $525,000 (over $1 million). YAY!!! Both of these grants will be used toward major sewer renovations which is basically mandated by the State of Tennessee for Mt. Pleasant to address.

Grants, new construction…. all good stuff in our town. In addition, we also have some community events I want to share with you. Residents, city officials and businesses are frequently having events and many are free to the public. Having community events drawing residents and visitors together is a great thing for Mt. Pleasant.

I encourage you to come out and support local businesses by attending or sharing their events with others in your circle of friends and family. And take advantage of the opportunities the City puts together for people to enjoy.

#1 Saturday, July 21st at 8 PM

Movie on the Square will be featuring ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid‘. Family friendly event. Just bring a chair, a snack, a drink or grab something to-go at theMt. Pleasant Grilleand eat while you enjoy a movie.

#2 Saturday, July 21st from 7-9 PM

Live music outside atTJ Smawls. Family friendly. Bring a chair and show up anytime during this time. Food can be purchased inside TJ Smawls.        Address: 715 South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant

#3 Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 PM

Diabetes Management Associates and Borderland Way will present a demonstration and presentation for Diabetic Alert Dogs.
Address: 401 1st Ave Mt. Pleasant TN, 38474

#4 Saturday, July 28th: 9am – 4pm

Kids Back To School Haircut Clinic: Free to kids 12 and under hosted by The Tailored Tumbleweed Salon. Call ahead to make an appointment. Contact Jenny Dickson at 931-797-7357.

#4 Made in Tenn Tasting Event

Our store (1824 General Store) is hosting a Made in Tenn Tasting Event on Saturday, August 18th from 3-6pm. We carry several Made in Tenn products and love having them in our store. Not only does it support other Tenn businesses but the products we carry are just ‘darn delicious’.  Stop in anytime during these hours and learn about the Hemp Oil from the Founder of the company, sip on Maury County’s own beer from Asgard Brewery, try a new salsa and many more. Free to all!

It will be a great opportunity for you to see our store if you haven’t been in yet, to taste some of the products we carry and speak to some of the owners of these fabulous businesses.

#5 Community Center: Activities for Seniors

  • Plans are in the works for a Yard Sale for September 15th at the Community Center. Booth space rental available for $10.  More information to follow. Contact Diane at the Center for more information. 931-698-3421
  • Field trips in the works below. If anyone is interested in participating, contact Diane at the center.  More information to come. 931-698-3421
    • Visit the Amish country
    • Visit a local winery

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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