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

“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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Scott Mertie, Owner of Nashville Brewing Company

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 Is Hemp CBD Oil? Is It Marijuana in Disguise?

Is this legal? Will I get high? Is it marijuana?

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:

  1. Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory
  2. Helps reduce chronic pain and inflammation
  3. Helps with stress and anxiety
  4. Inhibits cancer cell migration
  5. Relieves nausea
  6. Builds immune system
  7. Promotes cardiovascular health
  8. 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 – Kayla knows 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?

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

 

‘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

 

We Love Our Customers!!

I love having customers visit our store be it new, returning, local or out of State. It’s fun chatting it up with them and  getting to know a little bit about them.

What I have noticed since we’ve been open is there are quite a few people that have lived in Mt. Pleasant for a long time but also  quite a few people that have moved here in the last few years from out of town and outside of Tennessee. Some are retiring here, some moving their families from Murfreesboro, Franklin or Florida…. the list goes on.  People are seeing that Mt. Pleasant housing is still affordable, the area is beautiful, the town is quaint and they want to be a part of it.

One of the fun things about owning a retail business is that I get to meet several people throughout the day both locals and visitors. Let me introduce you to a few of our customers……….

A Local Resident of Mt. Pleasant

Meet Michelle! She’s a frequent shopper in the store. She moved here about the same time that we did.  She is demonstrating that we have red carts in the store to hold all of your goods AND it rolls. This way your hands won’t freeze with frozen food purchases and you have tons of room to put all the things you love in your cart;  much more room than an armload.

An Out of Town Visitor 

Meet Mike Wolfe from the show American Pickers that owns Antique Archaeology in Nashville and is invested in Columbia, Tenn as well. He  walked in the store and of course, I immediately recognized him from American Pickers since it is one of my favorite shows. (No, not just since he came in here as you might be thinking)

I never thought I would be the ‘star struck’ kind of person but I was.  I was actually a little nervous yet thrilled he stopped in my store. But I wondered what brought him here.  So I asked him and he said he heard good things about the store from people in Columbia so he wanted to come and check it out. He did some shopping, we chatted a bit and then he went on his merry way. It was a fun experience. So, you never know who might be next. People tell me Luke Bryan has a place in Mt. Pleasant so who knows? He may be my next visitor. 🙂

A Sweet Little Girl

Meet this sweet little girl. I really enjoy having kids in the store and seeing their faces light up looking at the toys or getting a bubble gum from the 1 cent bubble gum machine. While their parents shop, they have fun playing with a wind up car or emoji ball. And this little girl drew a picture and gave it to me.

So whether our customers are small, residents of Mt. Pleasant or visitors from out of town or celebrities – just know I appreciate all of you and thank you for stopping in our store.

Until next time 🙂 Angela