The 4 M’s!!

1824 General Store

 

Well, it’s that time of year again; the Ho Ho Ho/Turkey/Merry Christmas/Hanukkah season! I was going to write about the holiday season that is upon us but I attended the Mt. Pleasant Downtown Merchant’s Meeting this morning (as I do each month as I am the secretary for it) and decided to change my topic to the 4 M’s.

In May 2018, a few of us decided to start up monthly meetings for Mt. Pleasant merchants to attend. Most of the merchants in downtown Mt. Pleasant are on the email list. I’m probably missing some so if you aren’t on the email list and are a merchant, please email me (Angela) at 1824generalstore@gmail.com so I can add you. Although not everyone can attend every meeting or at all if they are having to be in their store, each merchant receives an agenda ahead of the meeting, minutes after the meeting and can always be added to the agenda to discuss a topic if they so choose.

We discuss and plan events for the City of Mt. Pleasant, for our stores collectively, get updates from the City Manager, Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Corporation.  From time to time, we do like to ask merchants to speak and share something beneficial with the group. We may have an outside expert come in and speak on social media, marketing etc all in an attempt to help us be more knowledgeable which hopefully in turn helps our businesses become a more enjoyable place to shop and attract more visitors.

During our meeting today we had an awesome message from a local business owner; hence the title of my blog – The 4 M’s.

Missy Meador’s Message to Merchants

Missy’s business ‘Human Capital Management Group’ located here in Mt. Pleasant offers human resource services to small, mid-size and large companies.  She is very passionate about the Mt. Pleasant community and supports the local businesses. We were so fortunate to have her speak at our meeting today. Her message to merchants was a positive one about our business community and the City in which we live. More inspiring than HR processes and job descriptions. 🙂

She talked about what a unique town we have in that it truly is walk-able from many of the neighborhoods to the downtown area. Not all towns have that feature but WE do! That Mt. Pleasant has a lot to offer people including the wonderful businesses we have here. And the importance of supporting one another in business as opposed to looking at each other as ‘competitors’.  I can personally say that the business owners here in town that I know are huge supporters of each other’s businesses and share events on their social media pages, send people to each other’s stores and support each other whenever possible. It’s really nice to work with these business owners and managers.

Missy also talked about being a ‘brand ambassador‘ for our community as business owners; taking pride and ownership in Mt. Pleasant.

I would encourage each and every person reading this blog to be a ‘brand ambassador’ for Mt. Pleasant.

Being a brand ambassador for Mt. Pleasant means sharing with others all the wonderful things here, the events we have, the businesses to shop in, the school programs, the manufacturing that’s moving here, the grants we have received, music events, restaurants to dine in, etc.  But it’s more than just sharing about it, it’s participating in it. You know how the saying goes… ‘Talk the talk or walk the walk’.  We need to walk the walk. So let’s spread the word and so some walking! 🙂

As you begin your holiday shopping this season please start by looking in the Mt. Pleasant shops first before going outside of the community. It would be greatly appreciated by all. 🙂 Someone may have just what you need or want and the perfect gift you didn’t know you were looking for. 🙂 Each week I’ll list a few downtown businesses to bring awareness to.

‘It takes a village’. It takes all of us to spread the word.

As Missy said, “Mt. Pleasant is in a beautiful place right now‘. I couldn’t agree more. So many wonderful things in the works and the current and future looks bright for us all.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Nelipot Boutique: A cute clothing boutique on 1st Ave. Check her page for hours and updates.

Mt. Pleasant Grille: Most of you already know the Grille as they’ve been around for awhile but maybe you haven’t been there lately. They have homemade ice cream and delicious chicken and waffles.

Mindful Palm Massage: This is a new business downtown at 108 Hay Long Ave that recently opened. Check out her website for more details. She will have gift cards available soon. What a great, relaxing gift for your loved one.

Becky’s Do or Dye: Need your hair cut, dyed or an up-do? Check out Becky’s near the Grille. She’ll be happy to help you out.

Last Week’s Blog – ‘Ditto’…….

Last Week’s Blog – ‘Ditto’ for This Week 🙂

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Ditto has a couple of meanings. For those of you who grew up in the 70’s, well ditto meant the coolest pants EVER!! They came in all kinds of colors and some had the seam on the butt and legs and others did not. Regardless, they were all COOL.  Loved, loved, loved those pants.

 

But for today’s ‘Ditto’ meaning for this week’s blog, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – ditto means “to repeat the action or statement of”.  

Since last week’s blog was about Small Town Business Revolution and asking everyone to nominate Mt. Pleasant – I’m repeating the same blog as last week below. In other words, this week’s blog is ‘ditto’ of last week’s.

Please read the blog below for more information about nominating Mt. Pleasant. The deadline to nominate is Friday, October 26th. You only have today, tomorrow and Friday. So chop, chop…. get on it as soon as it is feasible for you.

Thank you (English),  Grazie (Italian), Gracias (Spanish), תודה (Hebrew), Merci (French),  Efharisto (Greek), Danke (German), Ngiyabonga (Zulu)

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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.

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

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.

Photo Credit: Videoblocks

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

 

“It’s such a damn little lot..”

My husband Matt was traveling for work this week and came across a ‘little’ General Store.  He loves to take the back roads and stay off the interstate when possible. Fortunately for me and you, he took a few pictures of this old General Store that’s being swallowed up by vines and the weather.

Little Lot General Store w/husband’s finger in photo

Little Lot is an unincorporated community in Hickman County, Tennessee. Little Lot is located on Tennessee State Route 230 8.1 miles east of Centerville.

According to the Hickman County website,  early settlers were mostly pioneers from Maryland. Hugh McCabe settled on Little Lot lands in 1810 and donated one quarter of an acre of land for a church and school. Parker Tyler said of the donated land and naming the town, “It’s such a damn little lot, we can’t give it a big name”. The town was then appropriately named Little Lot.

The first General Store in Little Lot was built by Ferdinand B. Russell in 1853. But apparently a devastating tornado hit the town in 1902. I would imagine the General Store might have been demolished from that tornado  since 1916 is the year on this Little Lot General Store ‘s building.

General Stores back in the day were such an important part of the community not only for providing goods but a place that people gathered and chatted while shopping. I love experiencing that today in my own store. I’ll have a customer in the store looking around and here comes another one and they both know each other and start chatting. I don’t know what it is about that, but maybe just the ‘sense of community’ and belonging it represents. Always puts a smile on my face. 🙂

I would like to think General Stores such as mine are still an important part of communities. Maybe not in the same sense as 100 years ago but hey, we still have goods people like and need and who knows who you might run into while you’re here?

 

I LOVE seeing customers both new and returning come to the store and buy their favorite foods or find the perfect gift for a friend or for them self; brings me joy to see their happy faces. 🙂

Today I had the pleasure of this little girl shopping in the store and finding a milk maid doll filling up the bucket with candy.  She loves picking out candy from our store and getting a 1 cent bubble gum from the machine. So sweet…..

 

We appreciate all of you more than you know for shopping at 1824 General Store!! Not only is it a pleasure to get to know you but we appreciate your community spirit of shopping local in Mt. Pleasant not only here in our store but all the stores in our quaint town.

Of course as in any town, stores will come and go and new ones will open over the years but the best way for all the stores to have a chance to remain in business is having the support of the community in which we live, the surrounding communities and visitors alike. It takes a village! (Yes, I know you’ve heard me say that a gazillion times but it really does) We probably don’t have everything you need or want, but if you could first look in the Mt. Pleasant stores for what you may need or want before going elsewhere – you may be surprised of the amazing, awesome, delicious gifts and food you will discover.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant

We have restaurants in town, clothing boutiques, a general store of course, a coffee shop, vintage goods, baby clothes, a new hemp store, an event venue… the list goes on. So if you haven’t been to downtown Mt. Pleasant in awhile – I encourage you to come check out the stores and say hi to the owners.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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Don’t Forget Our Next Event – Get Your Tickets Now !!

“An Evening with Author, Scott Mertie Owner of Nashville Brewing Company”

Click here for more information and tickets.

Scott Mertie, Owner of Nashville Brewing Company

Cool Stuff Happening in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn

Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Tenn

There are all kinds of happenings in the Mt. Pleasant area in the coming days and weeks so this week’s blog is focused on giving you information about them. Hopefully you can make it out to some of the events and support the businesses and communities hosting them.

Watershed Public Theater presents ‘ James and the Giant Peach’

Lots of dates to choose from. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The theatre is located in Columbia. For more information and tickets click here.

 

Muletown Hemp and Cafe Grand Opening: Located at 112 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant.  Friday, September 21st from 11am – 7pm. Click here for more information.

 

Hay Long Hall presents ‘Danny Trashville Live’

Located at 103 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant.  Saturday, September 22nd from 7pm-9pm. Tickets $10. Click here for more information and tickets.

 

Hay Long Hall presents ‘No King Am I” Live Worship Service and Community Potluck

Located at 103 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant. Sunday, September 30th from 1pm – 4pm. FREE ! For more information click here.

 

1824 General Store presents ‘An Evening with Author Scott Mertie, Owner of Nashville Brewing Company

Located at 106 North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 13th: 6pm – 8pm. Tickets are $30. Click here for info.

 

Mid-South Barbecue Festival 

Located on Town Square in Mt. Pleasant. Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. BBQ competition, vendor fair, live music, BBQ and more. FREE. For more information click here.

 

Mt. Pleasant Spin presents ‘Rhythm Riders’

Coming sometime in October, FREE spin classes. Great workout and fun time.

Click here to stay informed and for more information.

 

State of the City Department Report

For those of  you who may not be aware, the City of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn puts out a State of the City report each month highlighting various things happening and so much more. Click here to access and read it.

Until next time   🙂  Angela

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Who Let The Dogs Out?!!

Who Let The Dogs Out?! For audio click on photo to listen. (photo from World Wildlife Fund) (sound clip from spaceflight.nasa.gov)

This past week I’ve been without a car because it needs some much needed TLC from the mechanic. I’m very fortunate though to live and work in the same town and in walking distance of the store; no long commutes for me which I’m very appreciative of. I commuted about an hour each way to and from work for many years so I understand the time it takes and at times, the patience it requires on the road.

One of the many things I was so excited about when I moved to Mt. Pleasant was the ability to walk out my front door and go walking in the morning or evening in my neighborhood. I moved from an area where that wasn’t an option for me. I had to drive somewhere to walk and get some exercise. So, what a treat it would be to just walk out my front door or so I thought.

I moved here about a year and a half ago and unfortunately have walked my neighborhood only about a dozen or so times. Why? For fear of being attacked or bitten by roaming dogs not on leashes or with owners. It’s not what I had envisioned of my quiet, peaceful walks in my neighborhood but it is my current reality and others also.

The majority of dogs in my neighborhood are behind fences, in their homes or on leashes which I am very thankful for and appreciate that as a non-dog owner.  It’s not a matter of whether or not I own a dog, it’s a matter of public safety.

In fact, the other day a customer of ours walked over to the store with her dog on a leash (as she always does) but had two unleashed dogs following along with her that weren’t hers. She was trying to keep them with her as not to get hit by a car but they ran off on their own crossing the busy streets. While standing outside with her, here came another one down Bluegrass. It’s not only the safety of people but the unleashed dogs themselves that are the concern.

My intent for this blog is to bring awareness and ask residents in the city limit neighborhoods to do what we all can to make our streets, sidewalks and city a safe and walk-able place for residents and visitors alike.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time pointing out one story after another I’ve heard or experienced, but rather ask the question to all of you, “Is there anything we as residents can do together to ensure the safety of our kids, our pets, ourselves and our visitors?”I don’t have all the answers so hoping anyone reading this blog may have some amazing solutions to share which I’m sure are out there.

But it’s also important for everyone to know what some of us have experienced due to unleashed dogs in the neighborhoods so we can all become more aware and come up with helpful solutions to the problem since we do not have Mt. Pleasant Animal Control to call for assistance.

There are people who are fearful to walk just as I am and choose not to risk it, others have been bitten and attacked by dogs, dogs have attacked other animals and dogs have had close encounters with moving vehicles.  In researching what is already in place with the City, I found there is a leash law requiring dogs to be on a leash while not in the privacy of their own home but that’s about it.

Since we do not have animal control in the City, some of our choices are:

  • Call the non-emergency number for the Mt. Pleasant Police Dept if you see or are concerned about unleashed dogs. (931 379 3201)
  • If you are being attacked by an unleashed dog – call 911 for help.
  • Walk with a stick to keep unleashed dogs at a distance.
  • Walk with some pepper spray in case of attack to avoid being bit or injured.
  • Maury County has an Animal Control number although I’m not sure how fast they could get out here for assistance but it’s worth a try. (931 375-1403)

The City is doing so many things to make this community a desirable place to work and live and play through grant money for a splash pad, a dog park, and Main Street revitalization through the TDOT grant including efforts and projects from individuals and business owners.  It takes a village.

I think we all deserve to live in a safe, clean community. People reading this blog may not have the same view or experience as me and that’s OK. That’s what makes our world such a great place; diversity of culture, views and perceptions. 🙂  So, I thought I’d share my perception, thoughts and concerns regarding this issue with all of you.

I would love to hear ideas on how we as a community can address the issue since we do not have Animal Control as an option. And certainly if you have or know more information than I currently have that would help this situation, would love to hear that also. Your ideas and suggestions are welcomed and valued so please share!

Until next time 🙂  Angela

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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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It’s Soooooo Exhausting!!

It’s sooooo exhausting keeping up with all the good news and happenings in Mt. Pleasant!!  🙂

Not really!  It’s actually quite exhilarating, exciting and fun!! In last week’s blog I wrote about several positive changes for our town including the grant for the dog park we received. (If you missed that story – click dog park and it will take you to last week’s blog) This week the good news continues!!!

DOG PARK DASH GRANT

From Left to Right: Thomas Kenney; Director of Parks and Recreation, Mt. Pleasant’s Mayor Jim Bailey, Randy and Jenny Boyd; Founders of Boyd Foundation and Kate Collier, Mt. Pleasant’s City Manager

On Monday, July 16th, Randy Boyd  inventor of the ‘invisible fence’,  founder of the Boyd Foundation along with his wife Jenny, and gubernatorial candidate  for Tennessee presented the City of Mt. Pleasant with a check for $25,000 to be used for building a dog park. Several people showed up at Town Square to celebrate the  presentation of the check.

The dog park will be located at Howard Field (next to, behind of, in front of….. somewhere at Howard Field). Thanks to the Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash program, Mt. Pleasant residents that love their four legged animals will now have a place to let them run around and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great opportunity for residents to meet their neighbors of like minded interests.

NEW CONSTRUCTION AND A FACE LIFT

This past week I’ve been surrounded by some construction going on. Across from me, is what I think is the most beautiful historic downtown building (non-residential) on Main Street. I am so fortunate to be able to look out my store’s window everyday and see this gorgeous building. I love just peeking in the windows and seeing all the old paintings on the wall of the hardware days and beautiful wood doors and windows.

A couple of months ago a crew began some restoration work on it to preserve its beauty and painted the trim a gray primer. Well, I couldn’t wait to see what the color of the trim would end up being but I was hoping for a two-tone that would be reminiscent of ~1900 era. You can see the plaque of 1900 above the center window. Much to my surprise and delight – this past week, the crew showed up and guess what? The trim is being painted black with a cream color accent. Looks gorgeous on this building. I don’t know if there are plans for a business in there yet but I like what I’m seeing. Thanks to the owner of the building for your TLC.

In addition, back in September/October of 2017 before we opened our store, there were 2 buildings next to mine that were beyond saving, unfortunately. They were structurally unsafe to keep there so they were torn down. However, on Friday we had some activity in that space preparing for new construction to begin. The building will be the new corporate office for Smelter Service Corporation a business that has been a part of the Mt. Pleasant community for 40 years.

I could have inaccurate information so that’s my disclaimer up front, but someone mentioned to me a few months ago that they thought the new Smelter office will be the first, new  ‘commercial’ building erected in downtown Mt. Pleasant since City Hall/Police Department back in the 60’s -70’s. (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong in the comments below)

But no worries, the new building will fit in with the look and feel of the historic downtown buildings; no modern high rise. It will be an 8,000 square foot building with a brick exterior that will fit in with the historic look and feel on the outside but modern on the inside. Thanks to Smelter’s leadership for bringing a fresh and new but old feel building to the downtown.

SPIN CLASS GRANT AWARDED TO THE CITY

Posted on the City’s Facebook Page: The City of Mount Pleasant has been awarded a grant to start and furnish a “Spin Class” at the community center. The grant was awarded by the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation! Stay tuned for further updates! SPIN CLASSES WILL BE FREE!! 

Thomas Kenney, Director of Parks and Recreation for Mt. Pleasant said, the program will start with 18 bikes. It will have all the music, lights and excitement of a studio. Some classes will be staff lead and some will be Apple TV remote as well on the big screen. This is another positive and exciting opportunity being brought to Mt. Pleasant through a grant and offered to residents free of charge. Thank you Maury Regional Health Care Foundation!

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS

If you live in the City of Mt. Pleasant or have a business here, you are very much aware of higher sewer costs than other cities you may have lived in before. But thanks to City Manager, Kate Collier and City Officials, help is on it’s way to improve our sewer system which will hopefully reduce the costs for residents and businesses alike.

Major sewer renovations that need to be taken care of does not come cheap so the City applied for a Community Development Block Grant. You can apply for it every other year as can a county.  Maury County allowed Mt. Pleasant to apply for a grant in their place since their revenue is higher than Mt. Pleasant’s and therefore, they are typically denied the grant. (Thank you Maury County)

The GREAT news is Mt. Pleasant just received notification that it has been awarded both grants; each for the amount of $525,000 (over $1 million). YAY!!! Both of these grants will be used toward major sewer renovations which is basically mandated by the State of Tennessee for Mt. Pleasant to address.

Grants, new construction…. all good stuff in our town. In addition, we also have some community events I want to share with you. Residents, city officials and businesses are frequently having events and many are free to the public. Having community events drawing residents and visitors together is a great thing for Mt. Pleasant.

I encourage you to come out and support local businesses by attending or sharing their events with others in your circle of friends and family. And take advantage of the opportunities the City puts together for people to enjoy.

#1 Saturday, July 21st at 8 PM

Movie on the Square will be featuring ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid‘. Family friendly event. Just bring a chair, a snack, a drink or grab something to-go at theMt. Pleasant Grilleand eat while you enjoy a movie.

#2 Saturday, July 21st from 7-9 PM

Live music outside atTJ Smawls. Family friendly. Bring a chair and show up anytime during this time. Food can be purchased inside TJ Smawls.        Address: 715 South Main Street in Mt. Pleasant

#3 Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 PM

Diabetes Management Associates and Borderland Way will present a demonstration and presentation for Diabetic Alert Dogs.
Address: 401 1st Ave Mt. Pleasant TN, 38474

#4 Saturday, July 28th: 9am – 4pm

Kids Back To School Haircut Clinic: Free to kids 12 and under hosted by The Tailored Tumbleweed Salon. Call ahead to make an appointment. Contact Jenny Dickson at 931-797-7357.

#4 Made in Tenn Tasting Event

Our store (1824 General Store) is hosting a Made in Tenn Tasting Event on Saturday, August 18th from 3-6pm. We carry several Made in Tenn products and love having them in our store. Not only does it support other Tenn businesses but the products we carry are just ‘darn delicious’.  Stop in anytime during these hours and learn about the Hemp Oil from the Founder of the company, sip on Maury County’s own beer from Asgard Brewery, try a new salsa and many more. Free to all!

It will be a great opportunity for you to see our store if you haven’t been in yet, to taste some of the products we carry and speak to some of the owners of these fabulous businesses.

#5 Community Center: Activities for Seniors

  • Plans are in the works for a Yard Sale for September 15th at the Community Center. Booth space rental available for $10.  More information to follow. Contact Diane at the Center for more information. 931-698-3421
  • Field trips in the works below. If anyone is interested in participating, contact Diane at the center.  More information to come. 931-698-3421
    • Visit the Amish country
    • Visit a local winery

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.

Photo Credit: 1057 News.com

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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