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Hallmark open in Providence PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Matt Wilson

Intern Writer

Deede’s Hallmark in Providence has the right gift or card for every special occasion. 

Bobby and Deede Melder opened their second Hallmark location this September in Providence Marketplace. Their other location is in Hermitage, which they bought in 2008.

The Melders’ daughter went off to college, they were ready to find a career in something family oriented. 

Bobby researched franchises and really liked Hallmark and decided he wanted to open one in Mt. Juliet. He made up a business plan and sent it into Hallmark, but someone else had already planed to open one in Mt. Juliet. At the time the owners of the Hallmark in Hermitage put their store up for sale and the Melder’s jumped at the opportunity.  

“Buying the existing store gave us experience and time to learn the retail business,” said Bobby Melder.  

The man who wanted to open a Hallmark in Providence backed out, and they offered Bobby the spot, which he gladly accepted. He was just as excited to finally open a store in Providence. The growth in Mt. Juliet and the ability to expand attracted them here, and they have been well received by the community. They have a loyal customer base, and many of their Hermitage customers have visited the Mt. Juliet store. Bobby and Deede work at both stores during the week. 

The Melders have many gifts and products for each occasion. They have Hallmark brand cards; Life is Good apparel, crown jewelry and a wide selection of women’s jewelry and accessories. You can find all your gift-wrapping accessories there from wrapping paper to bows and string. There are hundreds of items to choose from that you can have engraved and personalized using their laser printer. The engraving is free and they will do it in store while you wait or shop around. 

The Melder’s passion is to create a generally fun and friendly atmosphere. They are locally owned and family oriented. Community is important to them, and they try and shop locally as well. 

They celebrated their grand opening last Saturday. Upcoming events include their holiday open house Nov. 8 and 9. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at the Mt. Juliet store Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the Hermitage store Nov. 29. Make sure to bring your own cameras to take pictures. 

Store hours are Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. The Mt. Juliet store is located in Providence by Men’s Warehouse and the Hermitage store is located by Hibbet Sports off of Lebanon Road. 

Coffee, food, live music and more at Sonny’s PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Matt Wilson

Intern Writer

Where in Mt. Juliet can you grab a coffee, a bite to eat, listen to live music, buy a guitar, or even jam a little yourself? Sonny’s Music Café and Creperie offers all of that and more.  

Sonny’s opened this year on Bob Dylan’s birthday, May 24, Sonny’s favorite artist. They offer fresh food and live music weekly. They also have a full service coffee bar and free Wi-Fi. 

All sauces are homemade and they grow their own herbs and vegetables, because using local ingredients and freshness are important at Sonny’s. They have daily lunch specials and like to come up with new, creative dishes to offer customers. 

The walls of Sonny’s are lined with guitars and music memorabilia, all of which is for sale. There is a separate room with an amp, where you can try out the guitars and jam. Soon, they will also start selling guitar accessories. They also offer 8-week music classes. 

Stop by Wednesday through Sunday to listen to live music. Wednesday is bluegrass night. Thursday is open mic night. Friday and Saturday are open nights for scheduled bands to play. You will hear a variety of music including: jazz, blues, Americano, folk, and bluegrass. On Sunday, Sonny’s has what they call Bluegrass Brunch. From 11-2 you can bring your family to enjoy brunch and live bluegrass music. 

Sonny has been in the music and restaurant business for 20 years. As a teenager growing up in Washington state, he would visit a music store located right by a coffee shop. He noticed that customers from both businesses would go from one store to the other, and that is where he got the idea of one day opening a joint music/restaurant business of his own. Sonny says, “Two things in life that alleviate life’s pressures is food and music.” Sonny was a bartender at McNamara’s Irish Pub before opening his own place. “Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride”, is the motto at Sonny’s. 

Sonny’s Music Café and Creperie is located at 12192 Lebanon Rd. They are open Sunday through Tuesday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. They cater and host private parties. If you would like more information or would like to schedule a show you can call them at (615)773-5513 or you can visit them on Facebook. Come out to the Harvest Festival Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is a charity event benefiting Give A Little-Nashville where they will be collecting toys to give to children for Christmas. 

Mt. Juliet Market perfects your night PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Whether you are having a dinner party, or a nice night at home, you can find what you need at Mt. Juliet Market. 

“We pick up where Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits leaves off,” said Co-Owner Nikki. 

Mt. Juliet Market is located right next to Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits at 11356 Lebanon Road, and they compliment the wine and spirits store which has been popular with the community since opening last year. Mt. Juliet Market helps round out the evening with cocktails, craft beers, appetizers, gifts, classic sodas, all-natural snacks and much more. 

“We have everything you need to get that special touch to your party.”

Mt. Juliet Market has over 300 cold beers in their beer cave, as well as several on tap. They have a unique tap that is the first of its kind in Tennessee. No contamination and super fresh beer, all in a bottle provided by Mt. Juliet Market free of charge. 

“We like to tell people it floats if you drop it in the lake,” Nikki joked. 

There are free tastings Friday 5-8 p.m., and you can always taste it before you buy it. Mt. Juliet Market also sells kegs as well. 

If you are looking for something non-alcoholic, Mt. Juliet Market has a wall of old-fashioned sodas. There is also a candy wall for the kids, or the adult with the sweet tooth. 

Mt. Juliet Market is striving to get more and more local products for you to choose from. They are adding new items all the time, and will soon have a section that caters to just local products. Some of the local products they currently carry are Walkers Feed Co Mixers, Eli Mason Sryups, Bathtub Gin Preserves, Olive & Sinclair Chocolates, Willa’s Shortbreads, Soberdough Beer Bread, Liquid Courage Flask and Sophie’s Dip Mixes.

Keep a lookout in October because Mt. Juliet Market will have plenty of Oktoberfest activities planned for the month. 

You can order online at You can also call them at (615)754-5400. 

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Country Pride Amish Market PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A Mt. Juliet staple is now back open, but in a new form. 

The property that used to hold the Dairy Queen, has been reborn as the Country Pride Amish Market. The store is now filled with Amish produce from nearby in Kentucky. The produce is all organic, and the owners Norman and Peggy Chrisman make the trip three times a week to keep the store stocked. 

“It’s all organic, and it’s quality,” Chrisman said of his choice to use the Amish produce. 

In addition to the produce, there are breads, honeys, jams, bacon, eggs, sugar, flour, Amish pies and cakes. 

Behind the counter, there are other eats for you to enjoy. You can get homemade hamburgers, hot dogs and many other items, as well as ice cream cones. You can also purchase deli meat by the pound. 

Country Pride Amish Market has many other types of items for sell during the different seasons of the year. They have plants and flowers out front, and will also have Pumpkins, straw, Christmas trees, and many other seasonal items. 

Chrisman has lived in Mt. Juliet for 30 years, and ran the Green Hill Market for many years. He also had a roadside market before moving into the current location. He said it was important to keep the old Dairy Queen building alive because it is one of the oldest businesses still standing in Mt. Juliet. He said it was in bad shape when he purchased it, but through a lot of hard work the market is open and ready for customers. 

Country Pride Amish Market is located at 11674 Lebanon Road. They are open Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They can be reached at (615)754-5339. 

Rockstar wins at Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The awards keep rolling in for Rockstar Academy of Dance. 

Students from the school recently attended a national competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and ended up winning three dances overall. 

“We are pretty proud of these kids,” said Rockstar’s Lacy Chandler. 

The students won a solo (10-year-old), duo (8-and-under), and trio (9-12-years-old).

An average of 45 kids compete for Rockstar during January through July. Chandler said they go to a different national competition each year, and try to pick different cities for the students to visit. 

“We like to show kids new places,” said Chandler. “They get to see places that most kids don’t get to see.”

Chandler said they have been to places such as Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, St. Louis and Georgia. The team won Best Studio at the regional competition they attended in Chicago. 

Chandler said the success they’ve seen at Rockstar is attributed to how hard the kids work. She said many of them work four to five hours a day, four or five days a week. Kids have to audition for the competition team, which usually happens in July or August. 

“They work really hard,” said Chandler. “They take it very serious.”

Rockstar is about to see an expansion of an extra 1,200 square feet within the next month. That will be to make room for a new after school program that will be starting. 

For more information on that program, or all the programs at Rockstar Academy of Dance, call (615)773-4067. You can also check them out on the web at, or on their Facebook page. Rockstar Academy of Dance is located at 1251 N. Mt. Juliet Road. 

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