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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What Is Hemp CBD Oil? Is It Marijuana in Disguise?

Is this legal? Will I get high? Is it marijuana?

These are just a few questions inquiring minds want to know about a product we sell here in the store; Hemp CBD Oil by Ology-Essentials. I must say, it’s really quite an amazing product that has helped so many people  improve their quality of life. The stories told by hemp oil customers of Ology-Essentials are phenomenal. One would think it’s a miracle drug but it’s not a drug.  Well, you know what I mean. 🙂

A few of the benefits it can provide are:

  1. Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory
  2. Helps reduce chronic pain and inflammation
  3. Helps with stress and anxiety
  4. Inhibits cancer cell migration
  5. Relieves nausea
  6. Builds immune system
  7. Promotes cardiovascular health
  8. So much more……..

I am not the expert in Hemp CBD Oil by any means, but founder of Ology-Essentials, Kayla Fioravanti, is along with Haleigh ad Keegan Fioranvanti. In 1998, Kayla and Dennis Fioravanti co-founded Essential Wholesale, a company listed in INC. Magazine 5000 for three years in a row as one of the fastest growing companies in America. They sold their business in 2011. But as you can see from her success in her previous company, along with her background in chemistry – Kayla knows what she’s talking about. In addition she has written several books and is a business and author coach. She has a bio that could literally take up this entire blog, however I must move on but trust me, she knows what she’s doing.

Since Kayla is the expert on her product, I have taken the following information from her website to share the facts about Hemp CBD Oil, a Made in Tenn product. This way we will all be more educated and informed.

Hemp CBD Oil Facts

  • Both hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant Cannabis Sativa L., however that is where the similarities end. Hemp is cultivated differently and has completely different functions and applications.
  • The seeds, hurd and fiber are harvested from the hemp plant. The flowering buds are harvested from the marijuana plant.
  • Hemp is said to have 25,000 uses.
  • Marijuana has 2 uses—medical and recreational use.
  • The hemp plant contains a high level of cannabidiol (CBD) and only trace amounts of THC (regulated to 0.3%), while the marijuana plant is the opposite with a 5-30% THC content.
  • THC is the primary ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high.
  • CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound isolated from the cannabis plant.
  • Hemp CBD Oil contains cannabidiol as well as over 85 other cannabinoids.

There is so much scientific and health information about Hemp CBD Oil, I encourage you to research more about it and the benefits it can provide to our bodies.

Is Hemp CBD Oil Safe?

It’s National Dairy Month….. Featuring Hatcher Family Dairy

This week’s blog is all about celebrating ‘cows’ with June being National Dairy Month. But not just any cows, but Tennessee cows and not just Tennessee cows but a local family dairy where 1824 General Store gets their milk for their customers; Hatcher Family Dairy.

I don’t know about you but I like ‘fun facts’ so here’s some on Tenn cows:

  •   270 dairy farms in Tenn
  • ~148 milking cows per farm
  • ~40,000 milk cows in Tenn
  • ~2,015 gallons of milk are produced annually per cow
  • Tenn cows produce 80.6 million gallons of milk per year
Hatcher Dairy Farm Cows

Now that you know the scoop on Tenn cows – I want to tell you specifically about Hatcher Family Dairy.

  1. It’s family  run… duh!  (Hatcher Family Dairy) They have been supplying milk to our store for several months now.
  2. They are located in College Grove.
  3. Their land has been farmed for 5 consecutive generations since 1831. That in itself is pretty amazing.
  4. Hatcher milk is the ONLY brand we carry in our store and is sought after by many in the region.
  5. They are really great to work with!!
Three Generations of Hatcher Farmers

You may be asking yourself, “What is so special about Hatcher milk?” Well, lots according to their website and their many satisfied customers.

  • Their milk is all natural which means they don’t add anything artificial to their whole milk, 2% or skim milk.
  • All their milk is produced only from their cows.
  • A Hatcher is involved in every aspect of the operation from feeding the cows, to milking the cows, to processing the milk, to transporting the milk, to the marketing of the milk, to the managing of the store.
  • The cows primary source of forage is grass.
  • No cows are given artificial bovine growth hormone, recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).
  • The milk is NOT raw. (It is illegal to sell raw milk (retail) in the state of Tennessee for human consumption.)
  • The whole milk is pasteurized not homogenized. That means the cream rises to the top just the way it should naturally.

They also have the reputation for the ‘best’ chocolate milk around. People come in our store specifically for the chocolate milk; grab a pint or a half gallon next time you’re in. I guarantee  you will be hooked on it.

We always have a selection of Hatcher dairy products in our store. But if you want to be sure to get what you want on a weekly basis – we offer a service to our customers that ensures they will have farm fresh milk every week and the quantity and type they want. You can message us on Facebook @1824generalstore or email us at 1824generalstore@gmail.com on or before Friday at noon with what you want and we will have it the following Thursday ready for you to pick up in our store. 🙂

If you want to get up close and personal with the Hatcher cows, they offer farm tours. That would be a fun family outing with the kiddos. We are so fortunate to offer farm fresh, local, Made in Tenn dairy products to our customers. If you haven’t tried Hatcher’s milk yet – I invite you to come on in and check it out.

Please follow us on FB and Instagram @1824generalstore and give Hatcher a follow also @hatcherfamilydairy. We would appreciate it!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

 

J.M. Thomason Seasonings

My vision for the blog is not only to talk about Mt. Pleasant and our store but  the Made in Tenn products we sell in our store.  I don’t want to just tell you a bunch of information about how great the products are (even though they are) but to tell you about the people, the family, the vision, and/or the history of the company. Most are small businesses and many are family run. Learning  about who is behind the vision and operations of the company is fascinating to me  and  I hope it will interest you as well.

For my first Made in Tenn product blog  I thought it would be fitting to post about a company and product that we carry in the store  that’s not only a Made in Tenn product but a Made in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn product. How cool is that!! Did you even know we had one?

Let me introduce you to McKinley Thomason, President of  Doug Jeffords / J.M. Thomason Seasonings company.  When we opened the store in November 2017, I was already carrying the seasonings from J. M. Thomason; a very popular item in the store.  It was exciting news for me and the City of Mt. Pleasant finding out the company was moving to our small town. It would not only create new jobs but bring a new industry. Prior to the company physically relocating to Mt. Pleasant, McKinley stopped in the store to introduce himself as he knew we carried his products and has since delivered a few orders; such a nice guy. 🙂

It all started with the Doug Jeffords Company back in 1961. McKinley’s father, John Mack Thomason was a salesman for the Doug Jeffords Company, a company providing quality seasonings, spices and custom blends for the southeastern states. In the early 80’s, John Thomason purchased half the Jefford’s company and later bought the remaining half. Today it remains a family owned and operated company. Doug Jeffords Co has been selling their seasonings to chefs and restaurants for more than half a century.

McKinley’s father passed away in 2005 but the family has continued to follow his vision for the company. Then in 2013 McKinley launched the J.M. Thomason seasonings for retail named after his father. He created nine seasonings for home cooks using natural, quality ingredients. The tins they come in were designed by a local artist and are cool enough to give to someone as a gift. Which by the way many people who purchase them do give as a gift as well as using them for their own grilling, baking, sautéing etc. There truly is a seasoning blend for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to naming the retail seasonings after his father, Doug Jeffords Company also gives a percentage of profits from the J.M. Thomason seasonings to a non-profit organization called Heifer International. Their focus is on Working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.

In 1989 his father moved operations to a 12,000 square foot building in Cool Springs where they remained until 2018. They were outgrowing the space, hence the reason for looking at other options. In March 2018 – the Doug Jeffords Company moved to a 77,000 square foot facility in the Cherry Glen Industrial Park in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.

When asked why they chose to move operations and how things are going since being in their new place, McKinley said, “We made the move to Mt. Pleasant to expand our production capabilities and provide our customers with a higher level of service. Since the move we have grown for the past two months and are looking forward to years of being a part of the Mount Pleasant business community.”

If you haven’t an opportunity to try their spice blends, I highly recommend stopping in our store and checking out all nine seasonings. We have ‘smelling jars’ so you can decide which one you would like to try by first smelling the aroma before purchasing.

Thank you McKinley and Doug Jeffords Company for choosing Mt. Pleasant for your business operations.

Until next time 🙂 Angela