Celebrating Women Business Owners AND Mt. Pleasant Radio Show?! Huh?

October is National Women’s Small Business Month! Being a small business owner myself, well, I think we deserve a little recognition for our vision, hard work and contribution to our communities and the economy. Kudos to all women who own a small business!! Here’s a toast to all of you who took a chance at your dream and saw it to fruition. YOU ROCK!!!!!!

According to the eighth annual 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express:

  • By January 2018 there were 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US. These businesses employed 9.2 million people and generated revenues totaling $1.8 trillion.
  • Compared to all firms, women-owned businesses accounted for 58% of firms, employed 21% of the workforce, and generated 46% of revenues.
  • When it comes to growth, the businesses owned by women also fared better, surging 58% from 2007 to 2018. All other businesses on the other had increased by 12% during the same period. This was an annual growth of 4.2%.
  • Between 2017 and 2018, there were 1,821 net new women-owned businesses added per day.
  • Almost half or 48% of women business owners are between 45 and 65 years old, with 67% over 45 years of age. Women between 25 to 44 years made up the second largest group at 31%.
  • The vast majority, or 88% of women-owned businesses generated revenues of less than $100K.
  • The businesses which made between $100,000 and $249,999 accounted for 5% of all women-owned businesses.

As you can see – women contribute to our economy in a significant way across the country but today I want to focus on the women owned businesses right here in our quaint little town of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. If I left anyone out (accidentally) type in the comments the name of the business so we can recognize her.

As we all know, Mt. Pleasant is currently going through a revitalization effort. More people from out of state and out of town have been moving here in the last couple of years just like my husband and I did a year and a half ago. We fell in love with the historic buildings downtown and the historic homes.

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Yes, I’m going to say it again. 🙂 For a community to thrive and be alive, it takes a village. It takes people like these women business owners, to take a risk on opening a business in a not so bustling town. But we knew that coming into it and decided it was worth the risk otherwise we wouldn’t be here. Believe me, I know it takes fortitude especially on the days of few customers. Sometimes, I do ask myself, “What the heck did I get myself into?” 🙂 

But then I regroup  and remind myself that this store is a dream and goal of mine and even more so I would like to think 1824 General Store is providing a valuable service to residents in our community and surrounding areas.

Without our women owned businesses and services downtown,  there would be more vacant buildings falling apart, boarded up and sad looking and not many shopping options. So I encourage you during this month of October to stop in at least one of these women owned businesses and say ‘THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!’ And  another great way to say ‘thank you’ is by purchasing something in their store and telling your friends about your awesome purchase and invite them to go check out the Mt. Pleasant shops. That’s what will help keep all of these businesses open. Without community support, businesses are at risk for closing their doors and none of us want to do that. 🙂

And for those of you who do frequent the downtown businesses, a huge THANK YOU!! The other day, as people came into our store – I noticed that each person was a ‘regular’ customer of ours meaning they shop here frequently and it brought joy to me. I love that my customers appreciate us being here and the products we have that they keep on coming back.!!!!

Here are the Women Owned Businesses in Mt. Pleasant (that I am aware of).

Photo credit: Resiko

MT. PLEASANT RADIO SHOW- FRIDAY, OCT 12TH

You’ve heard right!! Mt. Pleasant will soon have it’s own radio show talking about all things Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities. How awesome is that? The name of the show, “DRIVE SOUTH”.

This Friday at 9 am on WKOM 101.7 FM will be the first radio show for Mt. Pleasant that I’m aware of. This will be a once a week show, same time and place. The topics will rotate each week depending on what’s happening in and around town. Several of the merchants got together to help make this possible through purchasing ads for the show. But the MOST IMPORTANT PERSON responsible for making this opportunity possible is MICHELLE MORGAN with Hay Long Hall.

It was her vision and contacts that brought this radio show to fruition. Any businesses that want to purchase ad space in the form of a recorded commercial, contact Michelle Morgan at Hay Long Hall.

Friday’s show will consist of:

George Hamilton V will be the show’s host.

 

 

 

Michael Kelsh is the guest musician.

 

 

 

Marshall McGaw, author of Tales from the Backwards Z will be interviewed. He wrote this book which are stories of growing up in Mt. Pleasant. Of course we sell his book in our store. See, we make it easy for you.

 

Damien Boggs will be playing at Hay Long Hall on Saturday, October 13th from 7-10pm and will be interviewed on the first show.

 

 

HOW EXCITING!! I’m so happy for our town and so appreciate all the people that live here and have started businesses here (male and female). Thank you!!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

 

Made in Tenn Tasting Event!! Yum,Yum!!

Wow! This sounds like a lot of fun. When/Where/What/Who/Why?!!!

When:  Saturday (this coming Saturday) from 3PM – 6PM

Where:   1824 General Store/106 North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant

What:  Free tastings of Made in Tenn products

Who: Our amazing suppliers that make their food/products right here in Tenn

Why: Because we know the products our Made in Tenn vendors make are delicious and made with a whole lot of love. Most of the companies are made up of families or a small number of staff. We get the privilege of supporting a small business in Tennessee while getting a great product to sell to you our customers and you our customers get to enjoy delicious food made in our home State. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Bonus: If you purchase any of the Made in Tenn products featured during the 3PM-6PM event time, you will receive 10% off. (Only on featured TN products and only during those hours)

We are very fortunate to have all of these Made in Tenn products available in our store for our customers. Each and everyone of the people behind these companies that we deal with for ordering, asking questions, deliveries, etc are such a pleasure to work with.

And a huge thanks to all of our vendors for taking time out of your day to set up a table and provide food tastings to all our visitors on Saturday.

And a huge thanks to all of you who are planning on visiting the store for the Made in Tenn Tasting Event. Stop by anytime between 3PM – 6PM and meet the vendors and taste their products. It’s all FREE!!

** Note: The store will be closed on Saturday for just 30 minutes from 2:30-3:00pm to allow the vendors to set up their tables. We will  re-open at 3:00pm.  (Of course we will open at 10am on Saturday as normal)

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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What’s Up Mt. Pleasant? A Must Read!!!

I decided for this week’s blog, instead of focusing on our Made in Tenn suppliers, I would write about downtown Mount Pleasant and some of the happenings. As residents and non-residents, you may or may not know what’s happening in this quaint,historic downtown that’s designed to bring community together and help with the revitalization efforts.

Anytime a community comes together in beautifying the downtown and making improvements;  it’s a good thing.  It’s good for the aesthetics of the town, it’s good in bringing people together for a ‘like’ cause and it helps the town thrive, and draws more people to visit and live in the area. A few really cool things have been taking place lately so I wanted to share that with all of you.

Downtown Interactive Mural

Interactive Mural

Mt. Pleasant’s Community Development Corporation submitted a proposal for a grant to the Tennessee Arts Commission for a mural to be painted on the side of the building. Artists submitted drawings and ideas of their vision for the mural and a committee selected the winner.

The winner was our town’s own, Bedford Smith. The grant covered the paint and the artist’s labor. Bedford’s design is one that encourages people to stand in front of the silhouette and act as though you are standing in the rain with an umbrella or playing the trumpet, etc.

And of course, we encourage you to take a selfie and post it on social media for all to see. It’s bright and colorful as you enter Mt. Pleasant heading south. Can’t miss it!

Dog Park Dash 

Boyd Foundation Dog Park Grant

Randy and Jenny Boyd said,  “We’ve made it our mission to put a smile on people’s faces by creating dog parks across the state, where animals can play in safe spaces and people can grow their relationships with others. Our vision is to become the most pet-friendly state in the U.S. by not only providing dog park grants in 2018, but also in years to come.”  They believe dog parks make happier pets, healthier humans and closer communities.

The name Randy Boyd may sound familiar to some of you. His company is known for designing the ‘invisible fence’ for cats and dogs. But not only that, he is currently running for Governor of Tennessee. (a busy man)

Randy and Jenny’s foundation, The Boyd Foundation, accepted applications from cities across Tennessee to be considered for having a dog park built in their community. Each grant awarded is worth $25,000 with one city receiving a $100,000 grant. Thanks to our City Manager, Kate Collier and other city officials, a grant was submitted for Mt. Pleasant. The Boyd Foundation’s grant, Dog Park Dash, announced the winners for the grants recently. There were 36 cities chosen to receive a $25,000 grant. The winner of the $100,000 grant was awarded to Jackson, TN.

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Drum roll please…….. MOUNT PLEASANT IS ONE OF THE 36 CITIES CHOSEN TO RECEIVE A DOG PARK GRANT!!!!! This is yet another improvement for our community and benefit for our town. We are thrilled to have been chosen.

The dog park will be located at Howard Field near First Ave and College Ave. You are invited to come to the Town Square on Monday, July 16th at 10 am to show your support and appreciation for the Dog Park Dash grant. The City will be receiving the grant check at this time. If you can make it – come on out. It would be great to have a large crowd of people in attendance. Thank you Boyd Foundation!

Gardenia Park Community Garden

Back in June 2018, several volunteers got together at Gardenia Park in Mt. Pleasant to start a community garden. They are using this year’s efforts as a ‘demonstration garden’. As you can see in the picture to the right, volunteers were learning how to plant potatoes using a pallet, soil, straw and potato starts. There are several plots that were planted with a variety of seeds; eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.

But where the heck is Gardenia Park?I wondered the same thing and found out it was super close to our store. Going south on Main Street, turn left on Bluegrass which is right by our store, and follow it until you get to Gardenia which is only a few blocks. Then turn right on Gardenia and drive until it dead ends in the park.

Vegetable Plot as of 07.11.18

Not only did volunteers plant seeds of many types of veggies, they continue to water and care for the plots to ensure the concept of a community garden fulfills their vision. Next year, residents of Mt. Pleasant will be able to reserve a plot and plant their own seeds, pick and eat their own fresh vegetables from their own garden. How cool is that?!

BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE!!  In addition to the community garden, a fundraiser was held at Town Square in June to raise money for playground equipment; over $2,000 was raised. Thank you to all who attended and donated money.

In addition, the City plans to install signage at the park and budget money to install restrooms next year. Once the playground equipment is in place along with restrooms, it will be an even more desirable place to hang out with family and friends.

Gardenia Park at Dusk

Bring a blanket, a book and a Frisbee. There is plenty of room to have fun!!

A shout out not only to the volunteers but to the City Officials for their support of the community garden and also making sure water lines were available and assisting with the plots.

ART PROJECTS

Photo Credit: GBMS Artwork

Donna Morency, Director of Community Development Corporation, told me there are ‘projects that use art as an economic development tool’ that are in the works. Stay tuned for more good news. Thank you Donna for all your efforts, diligence and commitment to the revitalization efforts of Mt. Pleasant.

Whew….. as you can see there is always something being done by people in this ‘pleasant’ community to make it an even more desirable place for us and others to live, work, play and for businesses and people to thrive. Kudos to all of you!!

Until next time, Angela 🙂

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We Love Our Customers!!

I love having customers visit our store be it new, returning, local or out of State. It’s fun chatting it up with them and  getting to know a little bit about them.

What I have noticed since we’ve been open is there are quite a few people that have lived in Mt. Pleasant for a long time but also  quite a few people that have moved here in the last few years from out of town and outside of Tennessee. Some are retiring here, some moving their families from Murfreesboro, Franklin or Florida…. the list goes on.  People are seeing that Mt. Pleasant housing is still affordable, the area is beautiful, the town is quaint and they want to be a part of it.

One of the fun things about owning a retail business is that I get to meet several people throughout the day both locals and visitors. Let me introduce you to a few of our customers……….

A Local Resident of Mt. Pleasant

Meet Michelle! She’s a frequent shopper in the store. She moved here about the same time that we did.  She is demonstrating that we have red carts in the store to hold all of your goods AND it rolls. This way your hands won’t freeze with frozen food purchases and you have tons of room to put all the things you love in your cart;  much more room than an armload.

An Out of Town Visitor 

Meet Mike Wolfe from the show American Pickers that owns Antique Archaeology in Nashville and is invested in Columbia, Tenn as well. He  walked in the store and of course, I immediately recognized him from American Pickers since it is one of my favorite shows. (No, not just since he came in here as you might be thinking)

I never thought I would be the ‘star struck’ kind of person but I was.  I was actually a little nervous yet thrilled he stopped in my store. But I wondered what brought him here.  So I asked him and he said he heard good things about the store from people in Columbia so he wanted to come and check it out. He did some shopping, we chatted a bit and then he went on his merry way. It was a fun experience. So, you never know who might be next. People tell me Luke Bryan has a place in Mt. Pleasant so who knows? He may be my next visitor. 🙂

A Sweet Little Girl

Meet this sweet little girl. I really enjoy having kids in the store and seeing their faces light up looking at the toys or getting a bubble gum from the 1 cent bubble gum machine. While their parents shop, they have fun playing with a wind up car or emoji ball. And this little girl drew a picture and gave it to me.

So whether our customers are small, residents of Mt. Pleasant or visitors from out of town or celebrities – just know I appreciate all of you and thank you for stopping in our store.

Until next time 🙂 Angela