I have said in the past and will continue to say that “It takes a village” to get a town revitalized. The definition of revitalization is ‘to give new life or vigor to‘. Many people in Mt. Pleasant’s City, residents and business owners far before my time have given time, energy, love, money and a caring heart to Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization efforts. Without all their involvement and continued involvement, Mt. Pleasant’s historic downtown commercial buildings would be boarded up and the town would probably be a sleepy one. I want to give a shout out to two people that have been tirelessly, for a gazillion years, been focused on revitalizing Mt. Pleasant and giving back to the community in so many ways. Thank you Jim Barrier and Donna Morency!!
With the emergence of manufacturing businesses coming to Mt. Pleasant and people moving here from all over the country – I think it’s even more important that we as a ‘village’ work together to continue our efforts of breathing new life into our amazing town. One way we as downtown merchants try to accomplish that is by meeting once a month to collaborate on ideas, events, and to help each other with whatever is needed in order to continue serving the community we love and support one another with ideas and encouragement.
Debriefing/Recapping of Events
Yesterday was our December meeting and we had the best turnout we have ever had at our merchant’s meeting. I LOVE IT!! Focused, caring, loving, concerned merchants and City management. It takes all of us working together for the betterment of Mt. Pleasant. We talked about all the events we’ve had since October; BBQ Festival, Shop Small Saturday, Sunday Funday and Maury’s Mayberry Christmas. We focused our discussion on what went well for all of you participating in it, what went well for the businesses and what can we do differently in 2019 to make it better. We have some great ideas that we will be working on in 2019 to make our annual events even better and more enjoyable for all. Certainly, if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. You can email me at email@example.com or comment on this blog. It will be a great year for Mt. Pleasant.
Thank you all for participating in these events that people work so hard on throughout the year to bring to everyone.
Mt. Pleasant Merchant Business Updates
Some exciting news regarding businesses in town!
- We have a new pharmacy coming to town sometime in January 2019. It is called Kinzer Pharmacy. The owner, Michael Kinzer and pharmacist has an extensive background in the pharmacy and retail business from his years working for Fred’s Pharmacy. It will be located on South Main Street across from City Hall where the florist used to be. He attended our meeting yesterday as a new merchant and we are so excited to have him and a small town pharmacy available in Mt. Pleasant. Stay tuned for more information.
- A beloved business on North Main Street is Jernigan’s on Main. The owner Vicki Jernigan is such a sweet, caring, thoughtful person who loves Mt. Pleasant and wants to see it be revitalized. She has had her shop open for a couple of years and many of you may have noticed lately that her store has been closed more often than usual. I have great news for you all. Jernigan’s is undergoing a restructuring that you are all sure to love. Exciting things on the horizon. Shhhh…. I can’t say anything yet. 🙂 Be sure to follow her store on Facebook so when she announces more information you’ll be in the know.
- As many of you may already know – Rite Aid on North Main Street is also undergoing a restructure and was bought out by Walgreens. I am hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that Walgreens will spruce up the outside of the building and put up a new, fresh Walgreens sign because Rite Aid’s sign and exterior has been a bit lackluster in my opinion and has needed a face lift for awhile.
- George Hamilton V is the host of Mt. Pleasant’s Radio Show, “Drive South” every Friday morning on 101.7 FM. He is also the ‘Viva NashVegas‘ radio show guy that has his live show at Hay Long Hall once a month on Saturdays. He loves Mt. Pleasant so much like we all do that he decided in addition to the radio shows, he is going to set up shop here as well. I’m super excited about this because he will be opening a store front over the next month or so on Hay Long Ave. It will be in the building next to the police station and Hay Long Hall. It used to be a ‘pink building’ but no longer is. His business will be a letterpress shop. He will have posters and Mt. Pleasant merchandise for sale. You’ll also be able to go in and make your own letterpress posters. He will also conduct some classes as well. I don’t know what the name will be, but stay tuned. It will be very cool.
Before I sign off on this week’s blog – I do want to remind you and ask each of you to shop local in Mt. Pleasant if you live in Mt. Pleasant before heading out to other communities. With all these great stores in our town, I’m confident you’ll find something for someone on your gift list. And all the local businesses would appreciate you shopping and dining in their establishments.
If you don’t find everything you need for your gift giving needs in Mt. Pleasant then I encourage you to head to our neighboring communities and shop small there also. Columbia has some awesome shops and restaurants and Hampshire is a great place to buy something for the wine lover at all their wineries.
Last but not least, here’s advertising for my own store :). Come on in and check out some of the items we have.
- Made in Tenn food and gift items (many to choose from)
- Candles galore
- Coco’s pizza and Peppermint gelato (not for a gift but a quick, delicious meal for sure)
- Main Street Homemade Ice Cream
- Scarves and Hats
- Toys, candy and so much more
Until next time 🙂 Angela