The Perk Spot Coffee Shop

Candace and Aaron Davaloz are the proud owners of a new coffee shop in Mt. Pleasant. I first met Candace when she was working for the court in Mt. Pleasant. She would stop in our store and grab some snacks and gift items from time to time. She was always so bubbly and cheery and easy to talk to. It was ALWAYS a pleasure having her stop in the store and chat.

I remember her telling me how she had worked in the coffee industry off and on since a young adult and how much she loved serving people and making coffee and latte’s for others. She even continued doing it once in awhile ‘ FOR FUN‘. 🙂

Although her day job was working at the court each day that was not where her passion was. Then she had the opportunity to run the Buckhead – Mt. Pleasant location so she jumped all over that. Customers loved her!! She greeted customers with enthusiasm, caring and kindness. People started frequenting the coffee shop more often because Candace was there and she was able to wake up each day knowing she was fulfilling her own passion.

Then the most AMAZING opportunity presented itself to her; to own her own coffee shop in the town she loved and serving the people she loved. She could not pass up the chance to make a dream of hers come to fruition. So, Candace and her husband did what every new business owners do and that’s figure out if it really is doable financially and whether or not they are willing to put in the time and energy day after day to run a business.

Fortunately for all of us, they decided to move forward and take the leap of faith. When she told me about this opportunity and how she has dreamed of having her own coffee shop for a gazillion years, I asked her if she also had a name chosen for when that day would arrive. She without hesitation said, ‘Yes, The Perk Spot Coffee Shop“.

They quickly got it all together as they did not want to be closed for a long period of time but there were permits, licenses and inspections to be had before opening the doors. Oh yeah, and equipment to purchase and have installed. As you can see from the photo above, Candace was very excited to receive her brand new Espresso machine. 🙂

And then opening day arrived on Tuesday, January 15th!!! What an exciting day for the new business owners and for all of us in Mt. Pleasant. We are so glad you are here Candace. And not only do we have a wonderful, community coffee shop here in town owned by a great couple but they are also open from 7:30am – 7pm Monday – Friday. Yay! In fact, last night I went in around 6pm and grabbed some fresh ground coffee for breakfast this morning. It is also nice to have another store open till 7pm as we are. They are open on Saturdays from 8am – 4pm.

Drink Menu for The Perk Spot

So, why not grab a cup of coffee before work and then come on back after work and grab another then walk across the street to our store and grab something to bring home for dinner like some delicious Liberty Trace Farm meat, Tallgrass meat, Coco’s Italian Market pizza or ravioli? See how convenient we make it for you?

Stop in this week and check out the new decor, food products, drink menu and say hi to Candace. Oh yeah, don’t forget to follow her on Facebook so you stay current with the happenings of The Perk Spot Coffee Shop.

Welcome Aaron and Candace!! Until next time 🙂 Angela

ALL HANDS ON DECK!!

All Hands on Deck: Photo Credit Smart Living 360

2018 was a great year for our first full year in business thanks to all of you who shopped with us. We appreciate you so much!

Hello 2019! As a small business owner, the tasks do not end when operating hours close. There is always accounting, displays, social media, purchasing product, cleaning; the list goes on and on. Now I don’t say that as a complaint at all because that’s what we all signed up for.

With the end of year comes the end of year inventory count. Prior to opening my store, my experience was in supply chain and operations in the healthcare field. So I know how long and tedious an inventory count can be.

With that in mind, I needed All Hands On Deck both New Year’s Eve day and New Years Day to perform an inventory count. So I reached out to my mom who is visiting for a few months and my husband to assist. They totally ROCK!! We got it all done and Christmas displays changed out.

Another example of All Hands On Deck is Kinzer Pharmacy coming in February to Mt. Pleasant. Driving by on New Years, a truck was backed up to the store and things happening in preparation for their business. So exciting. I love seeing new businesses come to Mt. Pleasant and buildings filling up. If you follow them on Facebook you can keep track of their opening dates.

The Perk Spot is coming soon to downtown Mt. Pleasant. If you aren’t aware, Buckhead – Mt. Pleasant location closed their doors on December 22nd.

As we all know – every town needs a coffee shop so Candace the former manager of the Buckhead Mt. Pleasant location is opening her own coffee shop in the same location. She has a gazillion years of experience in the coffee industry and is fulfilling a life time dream of hers. All Hands On Deck for Candace soon in preparing for her coffee shop to open. Give them a follow too so you know when the opening date is.

Another exciting business coming to Mt. Pleasant is Good Wood Press. George Hamilton V  hosts Mt. Pleasant’s own radio show on Fridays from 9am -10am on WKOM. He is opening up this store front business in the building next to Hay Long Hall.

All Hands On Deck now in preparing the building for its’ January 2019 opening.  Give them a follow on Facebook too.

Everywhere we turn there is All Hands On Deck where new business owners are fulfilling a dream of theirs and providing  a service /goods to the community they love.  So let’s support all of our local Mt. Pleasant businesses. We want them to be around for a loooooong time. 🙂

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be in the know.

Family Traditions for the Holidays

I love this time of year when Christmas decorations are bountiful and beautiful everywhere you go. Christmas music is playing in the stores, people are enjoying shopping for others and families and friends are making memories together.

One of our family traditions is going to Opryland Hotel in Nashville and walking around looking at all the beautiful decorations, flowers and people. It’s such a festive place to be.  Some of our family (we have a big one so only some made it) met us at Opryland Hotel  this past Sunday. 

My husband Matt and I enjoyed an adult holiday beverage at The Falls restaurant while waiting for family to arrive. It was so relaxing and enjoyable.  We were soon joined by some of our kids and grandkids as you can see in the above photos. The tree we always get a photo in front of was decorated beautifully. But every year, as the parents of our grandkids try to gather the kids in front of the tree for that ‘perfect’ family photo, the kids don’t always want to cooperate . I think it’s hilarious because they are making silly faces or touching their sibling but the parents don’t find it so funny. 

Christmas Themed Parties

Another fun family tradition we started several years ago is a ‘Family Christmas Themed Party’.  I was inspired to do so after a trip we made to Italy and thought it might be fun to host a family dinner celebrating a Christmas in Italy themed party. So I did some research on Christmas meals and traditions and made decorations and a meal to match. I LOVE doing this each year for our kids and grandkids that can make it.  It’s part of our Christmas present to all of them. All they do is show up and have fun. Cousins play with each other, activities to do such as cookie decorating, good food to eat and lots of laughter and fun memories.

One year we had the ‘Grinch’ as our themed party with a Whoville menu and decorations. I think this one is the most memorable for everyone. Such a great time. This year my mom and brother will be joining us so we are having a ‘Tennessee Country Christmas‘. My mom and brother have lived in Alaska for the last 12-15 years (I can’t remember how long) so I have not had them near us at Christmas to partake in the festivities with us. I’m so excited to be able to have them here this year.

I can’t tell you what we are doing, what decorations or food I have planned as the family themed party for this year because it is always a SECRET!! I want it to be a complete surprise for my family; kind of like opening a gift.  I’ll post pictures after the party for you to see. I’ll let you know how it went but I expect it will be fun and memorable.

If any of you have some family traditions you would like to share, I would love to hear about them so please put them in the comments section.

Only 12 more days till Christmas Eve so be sure to stop in our store and other Mt. Pleasant shops to do some holiday shopping. We would appreciate it.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

1824 General Store’s One Year Anniversary!!

Grand Opening – November 4, 2017

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.

  1. Purchase one or more J.M. Thomason seasoning tins (product manufactured and headquartered in Mt. Pleasant).
  2. From 1824 General Store (local Mt. Pleasant business).
  3. 1824 General Store will give $1.00 for every seasoning tin purchased to the Virginia Mai Kittrell Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons (a non-profit in Mt. Pleasant)
  4. Which goes to helping families in need in Mt. Pleasant.

Thank you all so much for your support this past year. We are looking forward to an amazing second year!!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

IT’S TIME!! Mt. Pleasant Needs You!!

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!!!

  1. Go to Deluxe Small Business Revolution Nomination page. (click name or here)
  2. Fill out information about yourself,  City name, State and Population.
  3. In 500 words or less, type how bringing Deluxe’s Small Business Revolution – Main Street to Mt. Pleasant would make a difference.
  4. Hit ‘submit’ and you’re done.
  5. Tell all your friends and family about this opportunity and ask them to nominate Mt. Pleasant also.

MT. PLEASANT’S RADIO SHOW

Last week’s blog I mentioned we had a one hour radio show starting each week called, ‘Drive South Radio Show‘ on WKOM 101.7 FM. I’m going to mention it again because it’s really a big deal.

  • YOU can  listen LIVE!  http://wkom.radio.net
    • Last week when I was home, I just asked Alexa to play WKOM 101.7 and poof – it came on 🙂
  • Drive South Radio Show – Friday mornings at 9 AM CST  Presented by the Merchants on the Mount.

Features: Live Music ,  Good Eatin’ , Regional History & Tales from the Backward Z book. (yes, we do sell it in 1824 General Store)

Learn and Love the stories of small town middle Tennessee and discover Mount Pleasant, the town you never knew you always wanted to see!

Thank you with all my heart for nominating Mt. Pleasant and spreading the word. Be sure to tune into the Mt. Pleasant’s radio show hour on Friday.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Who’s Celebrating 200 Years Old?

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)

Mt. Pleasant, Tenn Post Office

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?

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.”

Post Office Entrance

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.

Congratulations!!!

It’s No Longer a Marathon; It’s a Sprint

Sprinting and Focus

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 Hardware for 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!!

TN Vacation.com

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:

 

1824 General Store          Nelipot Boutique

Dari Gem      Jernigan’s on Main

Buckhead Coffee       Tailored Tumbleweed

You can read the article ‘A Day in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee’ by Melissa Corbin.  Thank you TN Vacation for featuring Mt. Pleasant and the women-owned businesses.

Together we will sprint!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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