“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

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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It’s National Dairy Month….. Featuring Hatcher Family Dairy

This week’s blog is all about celebrating ‘cows’ with June being National Dairy Month. But not just any cows, but Tennessee cows and not just Tennessee cows but a local family dairy where 1824 General Store gets their milk for their customers; Hatcher Family Dairy.

I don’t know about you but I like ‘fun facts’ so here’s some on Tenn cows:

  •   270 dairy farms in Tenn
  • ~148 milking cows per farm
  • ~40,000 milk cows in Tenn
  • ~2,015 gallons of milk are produced annually per cow
  • Tenn cows produce 80.6 million gallons of milk per year
Hatcher Dairy Farm Cows

Now that you know the scoop on Tenn cows – I want to tell you specifically about Hatcher Family Dairy.

  1. It’s family  run… duh!  (Hatcher Family Dairy) They have been supplying milk to our store for several months now.
  2. They are located in College Grove.
  3. Their land has been farmed for 5 consecutive generations since 1831. That in itself is pretty amazing.
  4. Hatcher milk is the ONLY brand we carry in our store and is sought after by many in the region.
  5. They are really great to work with!!
Three Generations of Hatcher Farmers

You may be asking yourself, “What is so special about Hatcher milk?” Well, lots according to their website and their many satisfied customers.

  • Their milk is all natural which means they don’t add anything artificial to their whole milk, 2% or skim milk.
  • All their milk is produced only from their cows.
  • A Hatcher is involved in every aspect of the operation from feeding the cows, to milking the cows, to processing the milk, to transporting the milk, to the marketing of the milk, to the managing of the store.
  • The cows primary source of forage is grass.
  • No cows are given artificial bovine growth hormone, recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).
  • The milk is NOT raw. (It is illegal to sell raw milk (retail) in the state of Tennessee for human consumption.)
  • The whole milk is pasteurized not homogenized. That means the cream rises to the top just the way it should naturally.

They also have the reputation for the ‘best’ chocolate milk around. People come in our store specifically for the chocolate milk; grab a pint or a half gallon next time you’re in. I guarantee  you will be hooked on it.

We always have a selection of Hatcher dairy products in our store. But if you want to be sure to get what you want on a weekly basis – we offer a service to our customers that ensures they will have farm fresh milk every week and the quantity and type they want. You can message us on Facebook @1824generalstore or email us at 1824generalstore@gmail.com on or before Friday at noon with what you want and we will have it the following Thursday ready for you to pick up in our store. 🙂

If you want to get up close and personal with the Hatcher cows, they offer farm tours. That would be a fun family outing with the kiddos. We are so fortunate to offer farm fresh, local, Made in Tenn dairy products to our customers. If you haven’t tried Hatcher’s milk yet – I invite you to come on in and check it out.

Please follow us on FB and Instagram @1824generalstore and give Hatcher a follow also @hatcherfamilydairy. We would appreciate it!

Until next time 🙂 Angela

 

First Blog Post: My Story

This is my first blog post for 1824 General Store. I’m so excited to put this together for people to read and enjoy.  In our store we have so many wonderful Made in Tennessee products and artisans. However posting on Facebook or Instagram only allows for a short caption and sometimes a longer one is needed in order to describe these wonderful artists and products in addition to other topics of interest. In giving thought to how I can offer more than a short caption when appropriate; I thought ‘why not a blog?’ The grammar may not always be perfect and I’m sure a typo from time to time will happen but you’ll get the gist of it. 🙂

I thought it would be best to start my first blog with a little information about myself and why my husband Matt and I opened this quaint General Store in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.  My background is not in retail but rather healthcare business. I started out pursuing my nursing degree many, many years ago but during that time I had an opportunity to work on the supply chain/business side of healthcare and fell in love with it. I changed my focus from a nursing degree to a business degree and obtained a Masters in Business Administration. Since that time I’ve worked in various leadership roles in healthcare businesses.

Then back in 2016 , my husband Matt and I were meeting our daughter at a halfway point which happened to be in Mt. Pleasant; a town neither of us heard of but what the heck we were going to check it out. The Mt. Pleasant Grille looked like a good place online so we stopped there for a bite to eat and drove around. We fell in love with the historic downtown area and the historic homes surrounding it. Over the next few months – we met again a few times at the halfway point. I started looking online at homes for sale; just for the heck of it!  Well, one thing led to another and before we knew it our home was for sale and we were moving from Cheatham County to Mt. Pleasant in an historical home.  We were very excited to be in our new-old home and be a part of this small, quaint community.

A dream of mine for many years was to someday open a local retail business in a small, quaint downtown. Maybe that dream came from my many years of watching the Hallmark Channel where downtown shops were owned by the locals and where locals shopped and visited with each other. I know it’s a TV show (one I still watch by the way) but nonetheless why couldn’t it exist in real life? After all, many small towns already have that so why not Mt. Pleasant?

Mt. Pleasant’s downtown area is going through a revitalization in hopes to bring it back to the old days of when the streets were filled with people mingling, shopping, laughing, and hanging out.  From what long time residents tell me, shops filled each building and locals and visitors shopped for their goods and services in their hometown.  It was a bustling place. Many locals that have lived here a long time, remember those days and hope that one day Mt. Pleasant will be that way again or something similar.

So, why not be a small part of the downtown revitalization effort by opening a general store I suggested to my husband. Well, again, one thing led to another and before I knew it we were having our grand opening of 1824 General Store on November 4, 2017.  (By the way, the 1824 in the name is the year Mt. Pleasant was incorporated as a city.) We just finished our 6 months of being open and I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people that come in from Mt. Pleasant and visitors from other cities; many who have become repeat, returning customers.

For all of you who have visited our store, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, continue to shop here and tell others about us and bring friends and family here to shop and visit; a huge THANK YOU! I so much appreciate it.  For those of you who have not yet visited us, I look forward to meeting you in the near future.

The more people that become aware of our historic downtown and all the cute shops and restaurants to frequent – then we’ll have a chance to be that thriving town once again for all to enjoy.

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Until next time 🙂 Angela