Maury’s Mayberry Christmas Celebration

As a small business owner, I think I can speak for all small business owners when I say we really appreciate it when customers shop our small businesses. We understand there are many places to shop including online but when you shop local and small, you help support your community by keeping buildings occupied and businesses open. So THANK YOU to all who shopped with us on Shop Small Saturday; a nationwide campaign by American Express encouraging people to shop small businesses.

And of course, if you couldn’t make it out to the businesses in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday there are a whole bunch more days before Christmas to stop in and check out what everyone has. You’re sure to find something for someone on your gift giving list.

For this week’s blog, I want to tell you about the 2nd Annual Maury’s Mayberry Christmas Celebration coming up this Saturday, December 1st in Mt. Pleasant. Donna Morency, Director of the Community Development Corporation and team has been working diligently to bring a full day of festivities to everyone.

There will be shopping and dining of course available all day in the stores and restaurants.  In addition there will be an Opie look a like contest, a live radio show you can join in and watch/listen from 11am-1pm at Hay Long Hall which is the Viva NashVegas show.

And in addition to the shops with store fronts being open for business, thanks to the manager of Buckhead Coffee, Candace, – she has arranged for several home based businesses to have a ‘pop up shop’ in the building across from City Hall on Main Street. There will be a sign and maybe balloons out there so you won’t miss it. Several of the home based businesses will have items for sale under one roof so be sure to check them out.

There will also be the Rotary’s Christmas Parade at 5pm on Saturday which is a great tradition of Mt. Pleasant followed by live music at Hay Long Hall starting at 7pm.

Lots to do and lots of places to visit so be sure to participate. You’ll be glad you did.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…. Mt. Pleasant News!

First and foremost of news to share is that  November 13th marked the day that Small Business Revolution announced their top 20 towns for Season 4. If you missed the news, Mt. Pleasant was not in the running this year but hey if they do it again next year we can nominate our town again for a chance in Season 5. I believe there were approximately 12,000 towns nominated so it was quite the task I’m sure for Deluxe/Small Business Revolution to narrow it down to 20.

However, congratulations is in order for the top 20!!  Of the top 20, there was a Tennessee town chosen; Gallatin. YAY!! Way to go Gallatin. So even though we did not make it this year, we can rally around Gallatin as they go through the process and support them in anyway possible. I would love to see their town as the final winner.

Court House Ground Breaking

The City of Mount Pleasant announced that they will break ground on Wednesday, November 14th at 1:00PM for the new County Courthouse, Mt. Pleasant location on the corner of Bluegrass Ave and Olive Street. Come and celebrate this exciting time for Mount Pleasant! It might be chilly out but that doesn’t matter – just bundle up with a coat, scarf and gloves if you can make it.

TJ Smawls on South Main Street was closed for about a month while it got a face lift of sorts. It’s under new ownership and management with Dolores Blankenship. This is her new endeavor; after all she wasn’t busy enough. 🙂 But seriously, she loves our town and not only is one of the Commissioner, but now a local business owner. Go check out the new decor and eat a meal there. I need to get over there myself very soon. All the best to her!

1824 General Store

Who likes to shop? Who likes wine? “I do! I do! “, said the residents of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities.

“Glad to hear it”, said 1824 General Store. “Because between now and Christmas, every Thursday and Friday night from 5PM to 7PM, we are having  Sip and Shop in the store”.

“What is Sip and Shop?”, they asked.  1824 General Store responded with excitement, “It’s a time for you to stop in and have a complimentary glass of wine (if you’re over 21 years of age) while doing some holiday shopping in the store. Doesn’t get much better than that.”

The residents of Mt. Pleasant and neighboring communities cheered with joy! 🙂

Shop Small Saturday

Every year there is a national campaign encouraging people to shop small businesses called Shop Small Saturday.  It’s always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Mt. Pleasant merchants would LOVE to have you do some shopping on Saturday, November 24th and support our community and local businesses. We will be open regular business hours from 10am – 7pm but check with your other favorite businesses in town for their hours. Thank you in advance for your support!

Hay Long Hall Presents

Hay Long Hall is a new event venue here in Mt. Pleasant on Hay Long Ave near town square.  It’s an adorable, historic church turned unique venue with pews for seating. The owner, Michelle Morgan  has done an amazing job bringing talent to the venue and bringing life back into an old building. Here are a few of the events you may be interested in attending. Be sure to check out their website for more details and pricing.

Saturday Nov 17th: Secret Commonwealth 7PM-9PM (Celtic Band)

Saturday Nov 24th: A Victorian Christmas Carol Play  12pm-2pm

Saturday Nov 24th: Craig Morris and King Cotton 7PM – 9PM (Bluegrass Band)

Sunday Funday in Mt. Pleasant

Participating merchants will be open various times on Sunday, November 25th. Last year several merchants had ornament decorating free to children to participate in while parents shopped for holiday gifts.

Each merchant will have something different to offer. Please check the merchants social media pages for more information. We at 1824 General Store will be open from noon – 4pm and will have ornaments for the kids to make and take home. Stop on in!

Whew… that’s probably enough for now although there is always something good happening in Mt. Pleasant. Thanks for reading and sharing my blog.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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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Weddings, Events, Music, and Plays – OH MY!

This week has been a great week here in the store and in Mt. Pleasant. We continue to have such a positive response to Coco’s Italian Grab-n-Go products and so glad people are enjoying their delicious food.  We are so fortunate to have such quality food from the Coco’s Italian Restaurant and Market in West Nashville right here in our small town for all to feast on.

In case you haven’t tried it yet or heard that we have it, I’ll give you a quick rundown. We have frozen grab-n-go pizzas, ravioli, baked ziti and tortellini. In addition we have Italian bread, home-made gelato, marinara sauce and more. People are loving it!

Here’s just one customer’s response on social media, “Perfect homemade crust, out of this world sauce and tons of cheese. Picked this bad boy up at 1824 General Store, added the pepperoni (comes with, you add) and popped it in the oven for 13 minutes. Dinner is ready and it is wonderful! We tried the ziti earlier and it was delicious too! Later this week we are going to try the lobster ravioli. Can’t wait. Oh, almost forgot…only $11.00!🍕🍕🍕🍕” D.M.

HOST OF THE TOWN 

The Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce features the ‘Host of the Town‘ from time to time. This is where a business ‘hosts’ residents and other business owners to tell about their line of business and to share their vision.

103 Hay Long Ave

On July 24th, an old historic church located at 103 Hay Long in Mt. Pleasant was the featured ‘Host of the Town’. Service and construction on the church began in the late 1890’s and was completed in 1903. But yesterday wasn’t about prayer and worship or hosted by a clergyman/woman. It was more about what it will become. With Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization efforts, who knows what might be popping up around here! What I’m excited about is that the owner of this exquisite historic church is giving it a lot of love.

 

Michelle Morgan

The owner of this beauty is Michelle Morgan. She moved to Mt. Pleasant about 18 months ago and has become very involved in the community.  She doesn’t just talk about supporting the community and small businesses and the importance of that, she DOES it. If you haven’t met her, you may very well have heard of her name because she is constantly coming up with ideas and a vision for making Mt. Pleasant a better place to live and work. She loves connecting people together for the greater good of the community, she always shops locally first and involves herself in community goodness wherever she goes. I’ve gotten to know her pretty well over the months as we both moved here to Mt. Pleasant about the same time.

Michelle fell in love with this historic church and her vision for its use started coming together (of course built around her love for the community). I wouldn’t expect anything less. 🙂 The building is a work in progress right now and a little rough around the edges. But even with the rough edges, it’s still a beauty in my opinion.

Craig Morris

 

 

 

As the Host of the Town, Michelle shared her ideas to those in attendance. The event had a great turnout.  Before entering the church, local bluegrass musician Craig Morris serenaded the attendees as he described himself as ‘The Pied Piper’.

 

Professor and the Bull

Once inside there was a  great Southern potluck buffet provided and more live music for the audience to enjoy by duet, Professor and the Bull“I am Professor, I am The Bull, we are Professor and The Bull, made in America!”

Host of the Town Event

Owner and visionary, Michelle Morgan said, “The (still unnamed) church on Hay Long will be a live music, live theatre venue and will also be  available for weddings and private event rentals. We hope to serve the community in meaningful ways so I’m open to requests! A recent submission was to use the space as a movie theatre and we are exploring the possibility of showing older films once a week in the evenings. Perhaps rotating and having a kids week, family week, date night week and horror/thriller week.”

With live music and theatre, weddings to celebrate and parties to have – there are countless future memories to be made in this beautiful, historical church. The work continues on the restoration of the floors, pews, walls etc. and when it’s finished – it will be even more amazing and quaint than it is in it’s current state.  The Un-named Church is scheduled to open for business sometime in the Fall of 2018.  It will book up quickly so you may want to get your name/event on Michelle’s calendar soon for all your Fall and Holiday get togethers’ and weddings. You can reach out to Michelle directly by emailing her at mmfranklin@live.com. 

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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Mt. Pleasant’s Annual Community Events

Every year, Mt. Pleasant has four major community events planned by the City, Community Development and oodles of volunteers. It takes a village as the saying goes to make these events a success and it’s so true. Success for the residents and visitors of Mt. Pleasant, success for the business owners, success for the City of Mt. Pleasant. Success in bringing the community together to meet, mingle, make memories with family and just have a really FUN time or as a friend says, a BIG time.

What are the four big events each year in Mt. Pleasant, you ask?

Paint the Town – This  is an art competition. Artists set up their easels all over town and paint something of Mt. Pleasant that inspires them. It’s an all day event. When their time is complete – judges determine which paintings win and in which category. Following the judging, all art is for sale and on display outside of City Hall. It’s a fun event. It’s already happened for 2018 so if you missed it you’ll have to wait until 2019. It took place on May 19th. Thank you all that participated as artists and spectators.

Thunder Over Maury – This is a fun event for families, kids, adults, car enthusiasts, airplane enthusiasts, foodies, and shoppers. It’s happening this Saturday, June 30th from 10am – 8:30pm at the Maury County Airport in Mt. Pleasant. So many people have been working hard to make this a fun event.

There will be a kids zone, vendor booths in the hanger, vintage airplane fly-in,  classic cars, food trucks, music all day, and fireworks at night. The price for admission is only $5 for 13 years+ , $3 for kids 7-12 and kids 6 and under are free. Park across the street from the airport and the trolley will take you to the airport where it’s all happening. Easy peasy….

You can even take the trolley for the small fee of $2 round-trip from the airport to downtown Mt. Pleasant for more shopping/eating options as well as checking out the new art mural as you come into downtown on the left. Don’t forget to take a selfie. Tell everyone you know about this fun event planned for Saturday!! Let’s have an incredible turnout.

Mid-South Barbecue Festival – This event is the longest running annual event for Mt. Pleasant and is well attended by many around the world. Yes, you read that correctly. The Mid-South BBQ Festival is KCBS sanctioned, State Championship BBQ Competition and street fair in Mount Pleasant, TN.  Competitors come to compete from all areas of the country and world.

This year’s BBQ Festival will be held on October 19th and 20th so mark your calendars. Most of the festivities (at least this past year) took place on Saturday. There will  be lots of BBQ to eat, vendors for shopping, 5K run, music and a Halloween costume contest. The festival is becoming more well known each year in this happening little town of ours.

And according to the their Facebook page, ‘Exciting news for the Mid-South Barbecue Festival. Smithfield has chosen our 2018 festival as one of their “Smoking with Smithfield” partners! Thank you Smithfield!!!’ I’m not sure what that means because I don’t know that much about BBQ competitions. Maybe they donate all the pork for the competition???? Whatever it is apparently it’s something good. I do however recognize the name Smithfield for their bacon. 🙂

Maury’s Mayberry Christmas – This is an event filled with Christmas joy and fun. Last year was the first event and as with any event, each year the event takes place it typically gets better and better. This past year there were carolers in the streets, Mayberry characters dressed up, a parade, a visit from Santa, contests and things for the kiddos to do in participating shops including some great sales. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st. Mark your calender’s and join in the Christmas festivities.

All of these major events provide a fun-filled day for residents and visitors alike. The work that is put into each event by the volunteers and workers is well there are no words to describe just how awesome they are‘. They are committed people to our community and we thank you so much for all your effort, time and dedication for the good of our community and its revitalization efforts.

I encourage everyone reading this blog to attend these events that are designed to bring to you the people in the community – a place to gather, to laugh, to eat, to make memories together.

Until next time, Angela 🙂