A Little of This and a Little of That :)

Table Centerpiece at Maury Alliance Dinner

Last night, January 31st was the annual meeting for Maury Alliance held at Puckett’s in downtown Columbia. I personally was not in attendance but the City of Mt. Pleasant had a table reserved. Apparently every year, the sponsors of the tables are asked to bring a centerpiece that represents their business or City. Then at the end of the evening the centerpieces are judged and a winner is chosen.

A few weeks ago I was asked if I could work with Tom Harmon from Too Much Stuff to come up with a theme and design for the centerpiece for this annual event. So Tom came over to my store and the brainstorming began. Then he saw my Sweet Grass Farms display where the bike sat and inspiration hit!

The inspiration continued and we decided to go with the bike as our centerpiece and Tom would fill the baskets with beautiful fresh flowers.

When my mother and I were chatting about it she suggested the theme’ Mt. Pleasant Then and Now’. I love team work. Next, I chose photos from books from the Mt. Pleasant Museum to use and reached out to Dave at Paperweight Printing to compile the photos in such a way that they would stand up in front of the bike on both sides with the photos presented in a timeline from 1824 – 2019. Teamwork resulted in a beautiful centerpiece depicting ‘Mt. Pleasant Then and Now’. Although the centerpiece that was a chocolate fountain with strawberries to dip won, the Mt. Pleasant centerpiece received numerous compliments. The bike will be on display at City Hall for a few days so stop on by.

Thank you Tom, Mom, and Dave for making it happen.

Does anyone leave their Christmas tree up through March???

My mom retired recently and moved from Alaska living with us temporarily until she decides what State she wants to settle in. She arrived about a week prior to Christmas and loves our tree by the front door. I usually take it down around New Year’s Day but not this year. It’s STILL by the front door. She loves the light and ambiance it gives. I have to admit it does look beautiful but…….

Some of you may have met my mother already as she has been helping out in the store lately. She was working in retail prior to leaving Alaska so she enjoys being back in it on her terms this time. 🙂 She has asked if the tree can remain there through March because she loves it so much. Oh my….. so we will probably accommodate MOM. I have to admit, it’s weird having it there but I LOVE Christmas so it’s nice all at the same time.

A COUPLE OF REMINDERS!

Kinzer Pharmacy is currently accepting prescription transfers in preparation of opening their doors for business next week. I stopped by the other day and got a tour of the place; it’s looking good and will soon be ready for customers.

Mt. Pleasant Marketplace is opening today from 10am – 7pm. It’s located in a building across from City Hall at 111 Public Square. It will have several vendor booths set up for your shopping pleasure.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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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

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.

“It’s such a damn little lot..”

My husband Matt was traveling for work this week and came across a ‘little’ General Store.  He loves to take the back roads and stay off the interstate when possible. Fortunately for me and you, he took a few pictures of this old General Store that’s being swallowed up by vines and the weather.

Little Lot General Store w/husband’s finger in photo

Little Lot is an unincorporated community in Hickman County, Tennessee. Little Lot is located on Tennessee State Route 230 8.1 miles east of Centerville.

According to the Hickman County website,  early settlers were mostly pioneers from Maryland. Hugh McCabe settled on Little Lot lands in 1810 and donated one quarter of an acre of land for a church and school. Parker Tyler said of the donated land and naming the town, “It’s such a damn little lot, we can’t give it a big name”. The town was then appropriately named Little Lot.

The first General Store in Little Lot was built by Ferdinand B. Russell in 1853. But apparently a devastating tornado hit the town in 1902. I would imagine the General Store might have been demolished from that tornado  since 1916 is the year on this Little Lot General Store ‘s building.

General Stores back in the day were such an important part of the community not only for providing goods but a place that people gathered and chatted while shopping. I love experiencing that today in my own store. I’ll have a customer in the store looking around and here comes another one and they both know each other and start chatting. I don’t know what it is about that, but maybe just the ‘sense of community’ and belonging it represents. Always puts a smile on my face. 🙂

I would like to think General Stores such as mine are still an important part of communities. Maybe not in the same sense as 100 years ago but hey, we still have goods people like and need and who knows who you might run into while you’re here?

 

I LOVE seeing customers both new and returning come to the store and buy their favorite foods or find the perfect gift for a friend or for them self; brings me joy to see their happy faces. 🙂

Today I had the pleasure of this little girl shopping in the store and finding a milk maid doll filling up the bucket with candy.  She loves picking out candy from our store and getting a 1 cent bubble gum from the machine. So sweet…..

 

We appreciate all of you more than you know for shopping at 1824 General Store!! Not only is it a pleasure to get to know you but we appreciate your community spirit of shopping local in Mt. Pleasant not only here in our store but all the stores in our quaint town.

Of course as in any town, stores will come and go and new ones will open over the years but the best way for all the stores to have a chance to remain in business is having the support of the community in which we live, the surrounding communities and visitors alike. It takes a village! (Yes, I know you’ve heard me say that a gazillion times but it really does) We probably don’t have everything you need or want, but if you could first look in the Mt. Pleasant stores for what you may need or want before going elsewhere – you may be surprised of the amazing, awesome, delicious gifts and food you will discover.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant

We have restaurants in town, clothing boutiques, a general store of course, a coffee shop, vintage goods, baby clothes, a new hemp store, an event venue… the list goes on. So if you haven’t been to downtown Mt. Pleasant in awhile – I encourage you to come check out the stores and say hi to the owners.

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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