I can’t believe it’s been one year already since we opened our store in Mt. Pleasant. Sunday, November 4th will mark our one year in business. I remember last year on our Grand Opening – it was so awesome to cut the ribbon and open the doors for people to come in. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. But so thrilled that so many people came out to join in our celebration.
Prior to that there was a lot of shopping, figuring out what people might like, displays to refinish and buy, POS system to choose, accounting and credit card machines, etc. It’s crazy how much goes into opening even a small store like ours. But we got the store open and we’ve learned by trial and error on what the market wants and we are still learning. 🙂 We’ve had a lot of fun our first year in business!! 🙂
YAY, you guys for shopping with us this past year, for telling others about our store, for giving us good ratings on Google and Facebook, for tagging us in your posts, for liking the products we have and coming back for more, for inspiring us to want to do better for each of you, to be a Mt. Pleasant store appreciated and needed in the community. We are so grateful for all of you.
In deciding what to do and how to celebrate our one year anniversary, I waited for inspiration to hit me and thank goodness it did before the anniversary date. The Mt. Pleasant community means so much to me and my husband that we decided to do something that would include ‘Community Unity‘.
Beginning on our anniversary date (November 4th) through December 31st – we will be offering the following as a way to celebrate our one year in Mt. Pleasant and celebrate the Mt. Pleasant community in the process.
Purchase one or more J.M. Thomason seasoning tins (product manufactured and headquartered in Mt. Pleasant).
Several blogs ago, I mentioned ‘Small Town Business Revolution‘ that provides an opportunity for small towns undergoing revitalization efforts. Deluxe Inc. has provided marketing and other business services to both large and small companies since 1915.
When they celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2015, they decided to give $500,000 to a small town in America to help with their revitalization efforts by helping small businesses. Towns were nominated across the country and narrowed down to a handful. Then the handful chosen were voted on and one town was named the winner.
Amanda Brinkman from Deluxe and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec came into the winning town along with a team of people to help businesses and the town with guidance on how to be successful and provide a face-lift where and if needed. The recipients of the town were six small businesses which were given marketing advice and materials, a refresh of their decor if needed, business advice, industry expertise, revamping of displays, and anything that may benefit the city as a whole up to $500,000 value. It’s really quite exciting! Deluxe filmed the revitalization process and people all over the country soon knew about X small town.
It was such a success the first year, Deluxe decided to keep going. They have completed 3 seasons and are now taking nominations for Season 4!! That’s where YOU come in.
MT. PLEASANT NEEDS YOU AND YOU AND YOU……..
Between now and October 26th we need you and your friends and family to go online and nominate Mt. Pleasant to be chosen as one of the finalists for receiving this generous opportunity. If in the end, we win the whole enchilada (which I think we can/will) 6 businesses in Mt. Pleasant would be chosen to receive marketing and business advice and assistance where needed. (Deluxe chooses the six businesses by the way) It would really be a boost for them and our town. It would help get Mt. Pleasant on the map for people to visit our quaint little town and help the revitalization efforts. We need more people coming to town and shopping and dining for our town to thrive and be even a better place to live and work. (I know you’ve heard me say it a million times and I’ll be saying it a million more I’m sure) 🙂
How do you nominate Mt. Pleasant you ask??Well, it’s very simple. Just follow these instructions. It may take anywhere between 5-20 minutes depending on how much you write – but OH MY – it could mean the difference between getting a chance to win or not. So PLEASE (yes, I’m begging and encouraging and asking and motivating you) take a few minutes out of your day and nominate our town. THANK YOU!!!
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)
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?
‘A 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.”
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.
It’s No Longer a Marathon; It’s a Sprint
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 Hardwarefor 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!!
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: