We are still alive and well here at 1824 General Store. With the silence of my blog for awhile, you may have thought differently or never even noticed. 🙂
I had my blog all written out last night while enjoying some much needed quiet time. But then I woke up this morning and drew a card from my ‘positive jar’ and was inspired by the words. The card read, ‘Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go.’
My husband and I opened our store on November 4th, 2017; a whopping year and a half ago. In some ways the time has flown by and others it’s slower than what I envisioned for my Hallmark world. But nonetheless, an adventure, a journey in my life to where I am today. It’s very different from the healthcare corporate world I came from but a new adventure where I am experiencing and learning new things.
But the journey of the last year and a half has brought me to yet another place along the way; Columbia, Tenn. A couple of weeks ago we announced the opening of another location calling it 1807 General Store named after the year Columbia was chartered as city just as 1824 is named after Mt. Pleasant’s year.
Although it’s not a ‘storefront‘ like 1824 General Store, we are nonetheless excited to have a presence in Columbia. (but who knows what the future holds) It’s a beautiful city that is rapidly growing and going through its own revitalization efforts. We are located in a store called Bleu32 Vintage Marketplace on the 2nd floor in the far left corner. It’s a beautiful marketplace filled with all kinds of furniture, gifts and clothing both new and used. Lots of treasures to look at on 3 floors. It’s located in downtown Columbia surrounded by many other shops and restaurants.
Follow 1807 General Store on Facebook and Instagram @1807generalstore.
In addition to running and opening the General Stores, I’ve been helping out another business with their projects and goals. Life is busy but fun! I’m so grateful to be a part of these businesses in Maury County and be on this journey in my life. Sometimes for a brief few moments, I find myself focusing on all the things that aren’t going the way I envisioned or not going as fast as I’d like. Then I have to remind myself of all the things that have gone magnificently wonderful and perfect and in the right timing and how much fun it will be to see things unfold so perfectly and so awesome-ingly (new word) in the months and years to come.
As they say, “Enjoy the Journey”. Sometimes easier said than done but it’s a great reminder that there is so much knowledge to gain, inspiration to share and fun to be had along the way. And really that can be just as satisfying and sometimes more rewarding than reaching the end.
The City of Mt. Pleasant and the City of Columbia are on their own journey of revitalization and growth which is exciting to see and experience not only as a business owner but as a resident of Maury County. I too am on my own journey as we all are in our lives. But regardless of where you are today and where you want to be; celebrate your success in how far you’ve come and believe without any doubt that all things will come together for you to see your dreams/goals come to fruition.
I can’t end a blog without my request of asking locals to shop local, to eat local and to attend local events. Small businesses are usually run by families and need your support to keep their doors open. We won’t have everything you need but as I always ask, please check out the small, local shops to see if they have something first before going elsewhere. There are price ranges in all the shops that will suit everyone’s budget. By doing so, YOUR community will benefit as a whole and will have a positive impact on the city.
Every Saturday night during the summer at 8pm in the parking lot of Muletown Hemp and Cafe in Mt. Pleasant is movie night. The owners of the business have agreed to set up a movie screen and provide a bag of free popcorn to kids and a FREE movie EVERY Saturday night. So take the kids to a super hero movie and thank the owners for providing this benefit to the community. 🙂
Positive changes happening at the Mt. Pleasant Grille as well. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with the news! Come on out and dine with them. They have a soda fountain, a beautiful event room and delicious food.
Until next time,