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

Colonel Robert Melville Cooper Etc.

In chatting with our own Postmaster, Robert Wakefield about the 200 year celebration of the existence of the Mt. Pleasant Post Office happening THIS FRIDAY , August 24th – he told me some very interesting facts about the 5th Postmaster of the Mt. Pleasant Post Office. 

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His name is Colonel Robert Melville Cooper. He was born in 1790 in South Carolina and had 11 siblings. His father died when he almost 8 years old and then his mother packed up the children and moved to Tennessee. First to Nashville, then Williamson County and then settling in Maury County in 1809.

He married Catherine Cooper in 1816 and they had 15 children together. I know that was the norm back in the day but could you imagine as a woman giving birth to 15 babies and raising them and paying for them now a days? Lord Have Mercy!! We definitely live in different times.

A little military background on the Colonel:

  • Private in Capt. Bird S. Hurt’s Company, 1st Regiment Tennessee Militia(Col. William Metcalf) Smith’s Brigade, Carroll’s Division
  • 1814 joined State Militia to fight with General Andrew Jackson’s Army from Nov. 13, 1814 to May 13, 1815
  • He wrote that he participated in the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815
  • On June 6, 1817, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel and commandant of the 51st Regiment of the State Militia of Tennessee
  • He is noted for identifying the remains of Meriwether Lewis, by the nails he made for the casket in a letter written to Col. Draper

In 1810 Cooper opened the first store in Mt. Pleasant (maybe it was a General Store?).  He moved to Mississippi for a while and then returned to Maury County in 1825  where he owned a farm six miles south of Mt. Pleasant.

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He served as Postmaster in Mt. Pleasant and was very active until his death  in 1878 at the age of 87. He died at the home of his daughter, Ellen Houser. He is buried in McClain Cemetery  in Hohenwald, Tennessee. (information found here was listed on FindAGrave.com)

Don’t forget this Friday, August 24th marks 200 years the Mt. Pleasant Post Office has been serving the community. Stop in and mail yourself a letter to get the special cancellation; something to treasure for years. It will only be available on August 24th. If you can’t make it to the post office on Friday to drop off your self addressed stamped envelope,  feel free to drop off today or tomorrow to me at the store and I’ll be sure to bring it over on Friday. Just make sure your letter is addressed and has a stamp on it.

NEW COURTHOUSE FOR MT. PLEASANT APPROVED 

According to the Columbia Daily Herald, the courthouse was approved from the County Commission.  It will cost $2.9 million paid through the county’s litigation tax.

Photo Credit: Columbia Daily Herald

The new court will be located right down the street from our store on Bluegrass Ave and Olive Street.  It will be 5,500 square-feet and include a single 160-person courtroom and two conference rooms. An important aspect of the design is to keep incarcerated folks away from the non-incarcerated folks. Keeping safety in mind!

So we get a new court building and a safer one for all concerned in building safety and personal safety.  YAY!! In addition, another benefit is there will be parking spaces available on Main Street for people visiting the shops. Every week on busy court days, the streets are lined with parked cars; mostly for court parking not shopping in our cute town. So, this should free up spaces for people to come and park easier and stroll through the shops.

SPLASH PAD GRANT AWARDED

Example of a Splash Pad

Another wonderful grant awarded to Mt. Pleasant. This award is for $75K and will be super fun for kids; a splash pad. Thanks to Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation for taking the lead on this project and for all who were involved.

 

I believe the high school students will be designing the splash pad which makes it even cooler. 🙂

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)  announced a series of grants totaling more than $15 million to help fund parks and recreation projects in Tennessee communities. Mt. Pleasant was 1 of 51 communities receiving grants.

“Easy access to parks, trails, walking paths and other recreational facilities can make a good community a great community,” said Haslam. “These grants provide the resources needed to help make Tennessee an even more desirable place to live, work and raise a family.”

TO THE MT. PLEASANT COMMUNITY, MADE IN TENN VENDORS AND ALL VISITORS! We had a great turnout at our Made in Tenn Tasting Event on Saturday, August 18th. The vendors had a great time chatting it up with everyone and  my family and I had a great time with all of you. Thank you for coming out and supporting our event.  YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH: TEEN NIGHT AT HAYLONG HALL

  • Teen night at Haylong Hall (101 Haylong – Old Church)
  • Open Mic Night
  • Ages 13 – 19 years old
  • 7:00pm – 9pm
  • More details to follow next week

Until next time 🙂 Angela

Will Mt. Pleasant, Tenn Be Next?

Several months ago, Kate Collier, the City Manager for Mt. Pleasant had mentioned in an email to a group of us that her friend had told her about something called The Small Business Revolution.

Well, I quickly looked into it to see what it was all about. Deluxe Corporation, is a marketing company that has been around since 1915. In celebration of their 100th anniversary they decided to do something incredible, over the top, unheard of, amazing, giving, thoughtful and just down right kind!! Here’s how they explain it:

The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, creating the Small Business Revolution as a way to celebrate the small businesses that drive our economy and bring our communities together, and create a movement of support. 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.

Each season they look for a small town to help and choose six businesses to participate by gifting $500,000 towards the town’s revitalization efforts. They spend the money where it will be best utilized. It may be setting up an existing business with a new website, business cards, shelving etc.; whatever the need may be to help them become more efficient, organized, seen on the Internet etc. They also look at what the town in general might benefit from.  Once the town is chosen as the winner the town’s transformation is featured in their online series. It’s pretty cool.

Historic Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Tenn

Once I read about that, I reached out to see how to nominate Mt. Pleasant and was told applications for Season 4 would take place in the Fall of 2018. Since learning about this opportunity several months ago- I’ve watched every video series for the 3 seasons on the Small Business Revolution gleaning whatever information, knowledge, expertise I possibly could. I’m not sure exactly ‘how’ the whole process works for nominating a town until they announce the nomination process in the Fall but I do believe it’s something along these lines.

You submit video or print or both about your town and somewhere in the process I believe towns are voted on to be chosen as the winner to be the recipient of this incredible gift. When I get more information on how and when, I’ll be sure to write another blog on it.

Amanda Brinkman and Robert Herjavec

Could you imagine getting $500K for our town and businesses, marketing advice and tools from Amanda Brinkman of Deluxe and business advice from Robert Herjavec from the Shark Tank? Mt. Pleasant could absolutely benefit big time from these two and their team of experts to continue us in the right direction of our revitalization. You can bet when it comes to making sure we have a gazillion votes, letters, videos that not only me but other business owners, City Officials, residents and non-residents will be involved.

After posting one of my blogs on Instagram about Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization efforts, Small Business Revolution started following me on Instagram and suggested we nominate our town. Well , of course we will. 🙂 That was the plan all along from months ago when Kate’s friend mentioned it to Kate who mentioned to some of us. I’m just waiting Amanda on how to nominate our town so once that information becomes available, we’re going to get started on the process. Woot! Woot!

We residents, we business owners, we City officials, we visitors to Mt. Pleasant, we who love Mt. Pleasant, we investors of Mt. Pleasant, we Maury County residents, we kids, we adults….. can all jump on board the

#NOMINATE MT. PLEASANT FOR SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION

wagon when the time comes to give our town the best possible chance of winning the whole enchilada. What am I saying? ‘best possible chance’?! We must go into this process believing and knowing that we are the winners of Season 4!!! Now doesn’t that feel a whole lot more exciting and fun than ‘a chance’? Of course it does!! We will do it together and it will be a very fun journey!! Stay tuned.

Thank you Deluxe! Thank you Robert and Amanda for caring about small town America and the businesses that help keep them thriving.

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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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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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 🙂

‘Small Businesses are Saving Our Main Streets’

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.

Until next time 🙂  Angela