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Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique filled with handmade treasures PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Just a few years ago, Tia Rios found her passion. 

While she went to college to do nursing, she learned that she had a knack for artistic endeavors. Soon after, she started making handmade gifts, many of them repurposed from things like old doors and window frames. That’s not all, as Rios likes to make pillows, jewelry, and many other types of items. 

“I love taking something old and making it new,” said Rios of her shabby chic style. 

She also got to put the hobby to work for Sparkling Tiaras helping make little girl birthday parties a blast.

“I’m very girly inside,” joked Rios about her style. 

She started loading up a trailer and going to trade shows and flea markets. She had to move away from her hometown Mt. Juliet due to her husband’s job, but was able to return after a year, when he secured a position back in the area. That is when she decided to make her passion her business, and opened Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique. 

Nearly everything in the store is hand made by Rios. She makes items on Monday and Tuesday, then opens on Wednesday through Saturday for people to come see her creations. 

Just 22, Rios has hopefully a long career ahead of her, and hopes to one day have her own line of products. Right now she is just happy with how her little boutique is going and is pleased with wherever she ends up. 

“It’s wherever God takes me,” said Rios. 

Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique is located at 3650 N. Mt. Juliet Road across from Mt. Juliet Middle School. They are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach them at (615) 417-7823. 

You can also check them out on Facebook by searching Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique. 

Penn Station East Coast Subs close to opening in Mt. Juliet PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich served hot and made-to-order on freshly baked French bread, will open its fourth store in Middle Tennessee in mid-December at 600 S. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet, Tn. At the helm is Thompson Station resident Marcus Queen and his two partners, who have plans to open two additional locations in 2014 and a total of 12 stores throughout Middle Tennessee within the next five years. 

Queen is no stranger to the restaurant industry. He’s spent 34 years working for well-known chains such as Applebee’s, Houston’s and Burger King. After a short stint working for Advanced Auto Parts in 2011, he was immediately drawn to Penn Station and its food after a visit a few years ago. 

 “After three decades in the restaurant business I thought I’d had enough and decided to try my hand in the automotive industry,” said Queen. “But it didn’t take long for me to return after I learned about Penn Station. I first tried the food on a trip to Louisville, Ky. to visit my sister. I thought the concept was great and the food was terrific. A few months later I received a phone call from a recruiter and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Queen and his partners opened their first Penn Station location in Hermitage in August 2012 and purchased two additional stores in Bellevue and Murfreesboro in May 2012. Their development agreement calls for the opening of eight more locations.

“Penn Station is a northern brand that we are slowly introducing to the South,” said Queen. “So far the response of the Middle Tennessee community has been very positive and we know as we continue to open more restaurants Penn Station will soon become a household name that represents fresh and delicious sub sandwiches.”

Originally founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985, Penn Station serves a variety of grilled and cold deli subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made throughout the day and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.

With his 12 restaurants, Queen will bring approximately 300 jobs to the area. He plans to hire 25 employees at his Mt. Juliet location and applicants can visit the Hermitage restaurant to apply. 

Penn Station has approximately 270 restaurants in 13 states including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All but one location is franchised. Projections call for the opening of 30 restaurants nationwide in 2014. Markets targeted for growth include Kansas City, Richmond, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and North and South Carolina, as well as a number of other existing markets. For more information, visit 

Zone Conditioning now open in Mt. Juliet PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Zone Conditioning, a boutique wellness and fitness studio, opened for new students Dec. 1 in the Hays Business Park across from the Mt. Juliet Library. The premier studio caters to the individual fitness needs of each client through personal and group training, nutrition counseling, special sports and therapeutic massage and health coaching. Each instructor and practitioner is certified in their areas of expertise and focuses on motivation through positive encouragement.

In addition, Zone Conditioning offers the only Official Spinning® Facility in Wilson County. Spinning classes will be joined by Spin yoga, beginner spinning, and curvy yoga for all body types. Two Zone Conditioning signatures are its ZONE Circuit, which incorporates treadmills, Spinner® bikes, TRX suspension training, Bosu balls and resistance training, and Power Hour Circuit, which blends aerobic and strength training in a group setting. Both classes are limited in size.

“We incorporate more than sweat with our wellness and fitness plan,” said Zone Conditioning co-owner Jen Mulford. “We care about the whole you.”

Zone Conditioning training focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection, ensuring that all areas of fitness are incorporated. In addition to its certified fitness instructors, Zone Conditioning staff includes a trained spiritual director offering soul care classes and a registered dietitian who can coach clients through health conditions.  Sports and therapeutic massage helps prevent injuries, relieve stress and improve endurance. 

“We recognize that everyone is at a different fitness level,” said co-owner Rob Mulford. “We have created an atmosphere where wellness is not intimidating and each person can pursue their individual fitness goals.”

Jen and Rob Mulford each have more than 20 years of experience in the wellness industry. Jen Mulford, CHHC, CPT, holds certification in personal training, health coaching, Spinning® and yoga. She is the co-founder of Compassion Fitness, which offers fitness and nutrition training, education and spiritual growth to individuals, non-profits, groups and communities regardless of their ability to pay. Rob Mulford, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist and certified Spinning® instructor.

Zone Conditioning is currently offering Grand Opening specials and ongoing sales, which can be found on its Facebook page ( or on Twitter (@ZoneCondition). 

Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce launches shop local campaign PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce has launched a shop local campaign to showcase people who are shopping local. From Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 20 Elves armed with 100 stickers are canvasing the community with one goal in mind…..hoping to catch people in the act of shopping local. 

“It’s just another way to help people to focus on shopping in our own community,” says Anita Goff, Director of Membership for the Mt. Juliet Chamber. “When we catch someone shopping in Mt. Juliet, we give them a sticker and take their photo which we upload to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #shoplocalmj and #mjchamber.” “We’ve been uploading photos for a few weeks now and so far, have had a good reaction from the community. It’s good for the local stores to get some added attention, plus people like to see their photos out there on the web!”    

If you’re interested in seeing all the shop local pics, find the Chamber on social media with the hashtags above, or click on the website at and find the #shoplocalmj photo album under the Community Snapshot tab.  

“The face of the business community is getting younger and younger all the time,” says Goff. “We like to use social media as much as we can so we can stay relevant and interact with our customers as much as possible. This shop local campaign has pretty much driven itself since all the photogs upload their own pictures.”  

Why shop local? Chamber President Mark Hinesley replies “Locally owned businesses build strong communities by linking neighbors and by contributing to local causes. Shopping local also funds more city programs and services through sales tax dollars. Plus, shopping in our own community helps us to maintain the distinctive local character that makes up the charm of Mt. Juliet. It’s just a win-win and for us, there really is no reason to shop anywhere else.” 

One more reason to shop local? Notice anything interesting when you look at the #shoplocalmj hashtag? Save yourself from the added hustle and bustle of traveling to other communities to shop. Shop calm and stay local.

MJ Health Care honors employees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The employees of Mt. Juliet Health Care Center were recognized on Nursing Home Caregiver Day, Friday, Nov. 22. The 2013 theme “The Extra Mile” recognizes caregivers who go above and beyond to meet the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs of their residents. 

More than 37,000 men and women provide care for more than 30,000 elderly and disabled patients in Tennessee’s nursing homes, from nurses providing medical care to kitchen managers preparing nutritious meals and everyone in between, the nursing home staff works together to ensure that each and every patient is receiving the highest quality of care possible. In addition to medical care, many facilities offer physical, occupational and speech therapy along with special programs for Alzheimer’s patients. 

“Nursing home employees work hard to provide round-the-clock care to residents,” said Ronald Knox, administrator at Mt. Juliet Health Care Center. “Many caregivers go the extra mile to make sure their patients receive quality care, and I think it’s important to recognize their dedication.”

Mt. Juliet Health Care Center is a member of the Tennessee Health Care Association, a non-profit organization whose members include long-term care facilities located throughout the state. To learn more about the many worthwhile things nursing homes do, visit the association’s website, 

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