Let me introduce you to this awesome guy in this photo. He is the Founder and Owner of Nashville Brewing Company, Scott Mertie.Wehad an event here at the store back in January so I reached out to him (never met him before) and asked if he could send a representative for his beer and provide samples to those stopping in the store. We carried their craft beer and I wanted to have it represented at the event because it is really good beer.
Without hesitation, he arranged it for me and we had a great turnout. Well a month or so later he and his wife stopped in at the store for the first time on their way hunting. Both of them were so nice to chat with. During our conversation discussing the revitalization and history of downtown Mt. Pleasant, Scott told me about a book he wrote called ‘Nashville Brewing’. The book talks about the history of brewing in Nashville.
He offered to come back out in the future (if I’d like) and speak about his book at our store and offer tastings of their award winning beer. I told him, I would ABSOLUTELY take him up on that offer in the future.
WELL FOLKS, THE FUTURE IS HERE!!!
We are just beyond thrilled and elated to host this incredible eveningwith Author, Scott Mertie and Founder of Nashville Brewing Company. For all of you who are lovers of great beer or like to think of yourself as a historian or simply enjoy hanging out with awesome people – than attending this event is a must!!
The event will start at 6:00 pm through approximately 8:00 pm. Tickets are limited to ~40 attendees. So, if you are interested in attending this fun and informative event, NOW is the time to purchase your tickets.
We are SO000000 fortunate to have Scott Mertie speak about Nashville’s Brewing History and sample their award winning beers. We will even have their Oktoberfest beer on hand. Guaranteed to be a blast!! Hope to see you there!!
Tickets are $30 per person (such a deal)
Scott Mertie to speak about Nashville Brewing History
Free tastings of Nashville Brewing’s Award Winning Beers
Receive a Nashville Brewing Pint Glass Souvenir
Receive an autographed copy of Scott’s book: Nashville Brewing
Light snacks served
Hang out with fun, like minded people (history lovers – beer lovers – both)
ME! ME! ME! I WANT TICKETS!!! WHERE DO I BUY THEM?
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, October 13th.
Here we are coming up on the end of August already. We’ve had a taste of fall in the air these past couple of weeks with some crisp, cool mornings.
But with fall and winter months ahead of us many kids and adults alike are susceptible to flu symptoms and colds. I remember last year when so many people got the flu or were concerned they would. Schools closed for flu days. That’s right, flu days not snow days. You know it’s serious stuff when the school tells kids to STAY HOME!!
People were flocking to our store to get Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonicin hopes to avoid the flu or a cold. This tonic is amazing and people that took it daily told me it kept them from getting ill altogether or had very few symptoms that were short lived. I took my tablespoon a day as well and for me, it kept the doctor away. No flu or cold for me!! 🙂
What a pleasure it is for me to highlight this Made in Tenn product, Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic and the Founder of the company, Ashley Merrill. Not only is Ashley a kind and caring person but her product is outstanding!
Ashley is a Nashville native, passionate about her family’s health and yours. We are so fortunate to have her quality product sold in our store that has helped so many. Several of you met her at our Made in Tenn Tasting Event this month as she was there handing out tastings and talking about her products.
What is Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic? It’s a tonic that helps boost your immune system and provides additional benefits.
When asked how she got started in her business, she said, “I was basically an accidental entrepreneur. Just being a mom trying to take care of my kiddos. Especially during the winter months I saw the need for a higher quality Elderberry syrup without funky preservatives like sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The only solution I could come up with was to start making my own, and I figured while I was at it I should add healthy ingredients and make it tasty! It impacted our family’s health so positively, I couldn’t help but share it with everyone I came across. When friends and family kept coming back for more, I realized I had a wonderful opportunity to make it a business.”
Ashley knew elderberries helped boost the immune system and spent two years developing and testing Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonics using a proprietary process and blend of powerful ingredients.
“I added ingredients we were already trying to incorporate into our diets, like local honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger and turmeric.” said Ashley.
Each of the ingredients used in Mama Merrill’s Tonic have been carefully selected because of their scientifically proven positive effects such as reduced inflammation, seasonal allergy relief and a greater immune system to help fight off sickness.
“I thank God every day for the opportunity to be a small part of helping others get sick less often and feel better when they do get sick! The testimonies we receive from people thanking us for the products keeps us going, knowing that we are making a tangible difference in the daily lives of many people! “, says Ashley.
I too have heard COUNTLESS testimonials from our customers that take this tonic who avoided the flu, never caught a cold when everyone around them seemed to have one and just feel better overall. The positive testimonials go on and on.
So, if you haven’t been taking your daily dose of Mama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic, I HIGHLY encourage you to start doing so before the flu and cold season comes. Because it comes every year like clockwork. But doing what you can to improve your immune system before it hits will really help reduce your chances of catching anything.
In our 1824 General Store, we carry both Regular and SpicyMama Merrill’s Elderberry Tonic. In the beginning of September we will also have her newest product Mama Merrill’s Simple Elderberry Tonic. This tonic was crafted specifically for those with allergies or sensitivities to certain spices or honey. It has only 3 ingredients: Water, 100% Apple Juice, and Elderberries! Come and get it!! You’ll be sooooo glad you did. 🙂
Organic Sambucus Nigra Elderberries– high in vitamin C and flavonoids & shown to have extensive health benefits; prevent & reduce cold & flu symptoms, anti-oxidants (cancer prevention), promote regularity, lower blood sugar, skin revitalizer, circulatory system protectant and more!
Local (Middle Tennessee) Honey– known for its ability to ease allergy symptoms naturally, learn more here.
Immune-Boosting Spice Blend containing Turmeric– Scientists have discovered the power of Turmeric exceeds that of 10 commonly prescribed medications used to treat inflammation, depression, chronic pain, cancer and more!
Mama Merrill’s Spicy Elderberry &Turmeric Tonic with Cayenne & Pepper is the same basic recipe,with a couple powerful additions. Sweet with a kick, it’s a crowd favorite! Cayenne has been scientifically proven to aid in detox, and benefits the gut, heart and more! Scientists have also proven Black Pepper increases the absorption of Turmeric! Learn more here.
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
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.
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
These are just a few questions inquiring minds want to know about a product we sell here in the store; Hemp CBD Oil by Ology-Essentials. I must say, it’s really quite an amazing product that has helped so many people improve their quality of life. The stories told by hemp oil customers of Ology-Essentials are phenomenal. One would think it’s a miracle drug but it’s not a drug. Well, you know what I mean. 🙂
A few of the benefits it can provide are:
Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory
Helps reduce chronic pain and inflammation
Helps with stress and anxiety
Inhibits cancer cell migration
Builds immune system
Promotes cardiovascular health
So much more……..
I am not the expert in Hemp CBD Oil by any means, but founder of Ology-Essentials, Kayla Fioravanti, is along with Haleigh ad Keegan Fioranvanti. In 1998, Kayla and Dennis Fioravanti co-founded Essential Wholesale, a company listed in INC. Magazine 5000 for three years in a row as one of the fastest growing companies in America. They sold their business in 2011. But as you can see from her success in her previous company, along with her background in chemistry –Kaylaknows what she’s talking about. In addition she has written several books and is a business and author coach. She has a bio that could literally take up this entire blog, however I must move on but trust me, she knows what she’s doing.
Since Kayla is the expert on her product, I have taken the following information from her website to share the facts about Hemp CBD Oil, a Made in Tenn product. This way we will all be more educated and informed.
Hemp CBD Oil Facts
Both hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant Cannabis Sativa L., however that is where the similarities end. Hemp is cultivated differently and has completely different functions and applications.
The seeds, hurd and fiber are harvested from the hemp plant. The flowering buds are harvested from the marijuana plant.
Hemp is said to have 25,000 uses.
Marijuana has 2 uses—medical and recreational use.
The hemp plant contains a high level of cannabidiol (CBD) and only trace amounts of THC (regulated to 0.3%), while the marijuana plant is the opposite with a 5-30% THC content.
THC is the primary ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound isolated from the cannabis plant.
Hemp CBD Oil contains cannabidiol as well as over 85 other cannabinoids.
There is so much scientific and health information about Hemp CBD Oil, I encourage you to research more about it and the benefits it can provide to our bodies.
Is Hemp CBD Oil Safe?
There are over 23,000 published studies regarding cannabinoids and various medical conditions. The key take away is that, “Studies indicate that CBD has no adverse physiological effect on blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, glucose levels, pH, pressure exerted by carbon dioxide or oxygen, hematocrit, gastrointestinal transit, emesis, rectal temperature, or potassium and sodium levels.”
Now that you know how that Hemp CBD oil is not marijuana and you can’t get high on it and it’s legal in Tennessee and that it actually has a gazillion benefits, then stop on in and pick some up and try it out.
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
It’s family run… duh! (Hatcher Family Dairy) They have been supplying milk to our store for several months now.
They are located in College Grove.
Their land has been farmed for 5 consecutive generations since 1831. That in itself is pretty amazing.
Hatcher milk is the ONLY brand we carry in our store and is sought after by many in the region.
They are really great to work with!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I was talking to a friend of mine this week about the revitalization of downtown Mt. Pleasant and she asked how my store was performing. I told her about my efforts on social media and print media to reach both local residents and visitors. I also told her my desire to share information about my store’s products and Mt. Pleasant City in general through a blog I recently started writing.
She pointed out that starting a new retail business is not an easy undertaking even in an established town of developed foot traffic like downtown Franklin, TN, for example. When one opens a business in a busy town, marketing focus is on the store, the products, the service and the customers. Opening a retail business in a town that is experiencing a revitalization effort has less foot and car traffic. The businesses cannot and do not just focus on marketing their store but in addition the owners find themselves marketing the town itself; an additional challenge for the small business owner.
It was one of those things where I knew that was the case for me and others in our small town but it didn’t hit me until she presented it that way. As I thought more of it, I realized this is so true. Many of the downtown businesses market not only their store products and specials, but things happening in the City of Mt. Pleasant or events merchants have planned in order to draw more visitors and shoppers to downtown.
According to Small Business Revolution’s website, ‘Small businesses are saving our main streets.’ As we traveled the country capturing the inspiring stories of 100 small businesses we recognized that nowhere in America are small businesses more critical, and more under siege, than in our small towns. We created the Small Business Revolution – Main Street to help those small businesses, and in turn, those small towns, reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back.
American Express supports and helps market the ‘Shop Small’ movement as they recognize the importance of small business in America.
‘Small businesses help ensure local economies stay strong and vibrant’.
Did you know….
There are 580,453 small businesses in Tennessee
Of these there are 80,234 businesses that employ 1-20 employees
Small businesses make up 99.5% of all Tennessee businesses
42.09% of all employees in Tennessee were working for a small business in 2014
Businesses with 1-4 employees had the largest loss (closing their doors) in 2014 (Data from SBA)
It’s quite amazing how many small businesses there are in the State of Tennessee. I so enjoy doing business with our suppliers of ‘Made in Tenn’ products as they too are small companies and many family run just as we are here in downtown Mt. Pleasant. They understand the challenges we face and the desire to bring a product or service to Tennessee communities and be a small part of the local economy.
There are so many unique and quaint small businesses in Mt. Pleasant’s Historic Downtown Area to visit. In case you weren’t aware what makes up this area, the area runs from Bond Ave to First Ave and one block east and west of Main Street. Within this historic district there are several businesses; retail shopping, restaurants and services. So…………..
What can you and I do to help Mt. Pleasant become a vibrant, bustling, place for people to live and work again?
Become involved in the town’s revitalization efforts by:
Following us and the other businesses on Instagram and Facebook
Tell friends and family about Mt. Pleasant
Share this blog with friends and family
Attend community events and meet and mingle with neighbors and strangers
Attend and get involved in City Commissioner meetings
When in need of food, gifts, clothes, a place to eat, flowers, auto body work and mechanical work, hardware, computer repair……. check out the Mt. Pleasant businesses to see if they have what you need or want first before going elsewhere. Every service/store has a variety of products and prices sure to fit different budgets.
Share your ideas on how we can all help and participate in the revitalization of this quaint, historic small town.
Thank you for supporting local businesses in Mt. Pleasant and throughout Tennessee. By shopping local, it helps improve the business owner’s chances of serving their communities for years to come.
My vision for the blog is not only to talk about Mt. Pleasant and our store but the Made in Tenn products we sell in our store. I don’t want to just tell you a bunch of information about how great the products are (even though they are) but to tell you about the people, the family, the vision, and/or the history of the company. Most are small businesses and many are family run. Learning about who is behind the vision and operations of the company is fascinating to me and I hope it will interest you as well.
For my first Made in Tenn product blog I thought it would be fitting to post about a company and product that we carry in the store that’s not only a Made in Tenn product but a Made in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn product. How cool is that!! Did you even know we had one?
Let me introduce you to McKinley Thomason, President of Doug Jeffords / J.M. Thomason Seasonings company. When we opened the store in November 2017, I was already carrying the seasonings from J. M. Thomason; a very popular item in the store. It was exciting news for me and the City of Mt. Pleasant finding out the company was moving to our small town. It would not only create new jobs but bring a new industry. Prior to the company physically relocating to Mt. Pleasant, McKinley stopped in the store to introduce himself as he knew we carried his products and has since delivered a few orders; such a nice guy. 🙂
It all started with the Doug Jeffords Company back in 1961. McKinley’s father, John Mack Thomason was a salesman for the Doug Jeffords Company, a company providing quality seasonings, spices and custom blends for the southeastern states. In the early 80’s, John Thomason purchased half the Jefford’s company and later bought the remaining half. Today it remains a family owned and operated company. Doug Jeffords Co has been selling their seasonings to chefs and restaurants for more than half a century.
McKinley’s father passed away in 2005 but the family has continued to follow his vision for the company. Then in 2013 McKinley launched the J.M. Thomason seasonings for retail named after his father. He created nine seasonings for home cooks using natural, quality ingredients. The tins they come in were designed by a local artist and are cool enough to give to someone as a gift. Which by the way many people who purchase them do give as a gift as well as using them for their own grilling, baking, sautéing etc. There truly is a seasoning blend for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to naming the retail seasonings after his father, Doug Jeffords Company also gives a percentage of profits from the J.M. Thomason seasonings to a non-profit organization called Heifer International. Their focus is on Working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.
In 1989 his father moved operations to a 12,000 square foot building in Cool Springs where they remained until 2018. They were outgrowing the space, hence the reason for looking at other options. In March 2018 – the Doug Jeffords Company moved to a 77,000 square foot facility in the Cherry Glen Industrial Park in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.
When asked why they chose to move operations and how things are going since being in their new place, McKinley said, “We made the move to Mt. Pleasant to expand our production capabilities and provide our customers with a higher level of service. Since the move we have grown for the past two months and are looking forward to years of being a part of the Mount Pleasant business community.”
If you haven’t an opportunity to try their spice blends, I highly recommend stopping in our store and checking out all nine seasonings. We have ‘smelling jars’ so you can decide which one you would like to try by first smelling the aroma before purchasing.
Thank you McKinley and Doug Jeffords Company for choosing Mt. Pleasant for your business operations.