Somewhere In Time

Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn

Last night I was watching one of my all time favorite shows, ‘Somewhere in Time‘ with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. I haven’t watched it for at least 10 years but the other day my husband and I and my mother were talking about time travel which led to, “Let’s watch Somewhere in Time”.

It’s a love story based on time travel where Christopher Reeve sacrifices living in the present to find love in the past. It’s such a romantic, love story based on time travel. If you’ve never watched it, I highly recommend it. The Grand Hotel in the movie where it takes place is on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Every year they have a ‘Somewhere in Time’ weekend. This past year was in October 2018.

For approximately $1500 per couple you get the following:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and dinner daily
  • Thursday evening Welcome Reception
  • Friday evening reception
  • Saturday Grand Luncheon Buffet
  • Saturday evening reception
  • Special showing of Somewhere in Time
  • Free golf green fees on The Jewel (cart fee required)
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Some day my husband and I will make the weekend trip to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere in Time weekend. I think it would be so much fun. But besides the fact that I love this movie, it made me think about time travel and Mt. Pleasant. Here we are in 2019 with paved roads, cars, electricity, A/C , cell phones, computers etc.

But what was it like in Mt. Pleasant in 1824 when the city was chartered?

Would you want to travel back in time to Mt. Pleasant in 1824 if you had the ability? Was it a time when the City was a bustling place filled with people walking Main Street, shopping in the stores, conversing on the streets, attending fun parties and building beautiful homes? I know during the phosphate era it was that way, but what was it like in 1824?

According to the Tennessee Encyclopedia , it was in 1896 that Judge S. O. Weatherly discovered brown rock near Mt. Pleasant. This site contained brown phosphate rock of high grade and proved to be one of the most important mineral discoveries in Tennessee. As news of this find spread, mining and industry moved into the area. Mt. Pleasant became a boomtown with the population increasing from 466 in 1890 to 2,000 in 1900, and fifteen companies were in operation in the early 1900s. Small companies were bought or forced out by larger companies.

But that was in the 1900 time frame that Mt. Pleasant was thriving. But what was 1824 in Mt. Pleasant like when it was first chartered? In 1890 there was only 466 people living here so was it more or less populated in 1824? I would love to hear what you know about that time period. Would you want to travel back in time in 1824 to Mt. Pleasant? Why or why not? Comment on your thoughts as well as your knowledge of Mt. Pleasant in 1824.

It’s fascinating to me to see how places looked and the way people lived and worked back in the day and how it has changed over the years. If I were to travel back in time, I would go to England in the Victorian Era wearing a beautiful dress, eating off of fancy china, living in a gorgeous home decorated with the all the beautiful material of the Victorian era and ornate fixtures. However, I would want it to include the comforts of today like heat, air conditioning and up to date bathrooms and computers. 🙂

I like to ‘have my cake and eat it too“. Why have just one or the other?

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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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First Blog Post: My Story

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