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Hunt the perfect car for you PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

If you are fed up with the normal car buying experience, head down to Car Hunters for something completely different. 

Everyone has been through an excruciating car buying experience. You end up being there for several hours, go back and forth on price, there is a mysterious manager involved that you don’t really see. 

The owners of Car Hunters have been on the other side of that. With over 50 years experience, Mike Willis, Brian Hampton and Scott Sloan had seen how some big name dealerships treated their customers, as well as their employees, and they had had enough. 

The first to branch out was Willis. He has been selling cars in Wilson County for over 25 years, and when the dealership he worked for had a change of direction, he decided to leave and set out on his own. He had spent years going all over the country finding cars for people. He was confident in it, and he started Car Hunters. 

But with his success, he saw that it was a lot of work to keep up with the demand. 

“I didn’t know how I was going to do it,” said Willis.

Luckily, his buddy from church Brian Hampton was working at another dealership, and was burned out. He said he wanted to help Willis, and Willis was glad to have the extra help. They then brought on Sloan, and things have taken off. Car Hunters sold 53 cars last month, and 50 the month before. 

“If you have a car, I will hunt that car for you,” said Willis. Willis said he used to sell about 25 a week at a previous dealership just by locating the right car for the customer. 

When picking a spot for their new dealership, Willis said it had to be Mt. Juliet. Even though most of his work life had been in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet was his home. He goes to church here, and had coached little league. It was his home. Luckily, the spot at 12695 Lebanon Road came open. It was a Shell station many years ago, and has seen several different businesses come through the years. The trio put a lot of money to restore its vintage charm, and it is now nearly unrecognizable from the previous companies that call it home. 

“It’s awesome being in Mt. Juliet,” said Willis. Willis said that the people in Mt. Juliet are so friendly, and that is one of the reasons he has called it home for so many years. He says it is great being able to serve his community. 

Their goal is to make the car buying experience a pleasurable one, not a horrible pain. They aren’t going to pressure you into anything, they are going to do whatever it is to get you what you need. 

“We stand behind our cars,” said Hampton. “Most of our deals take 45 minutes.”

One thing they are going to be working on in the coming months is Cars for Kids. They are going to help find cars for children that are heading off to high school and college in a price range they can afford. 

Car Hunters is located at 12695 Lebanon Road. You can reach them at (615)288-3088 or check them out on the web at www.carhuntersllc.com. 

When picking a spot for their new dealership, Willis said it had to be Mt. Juliet. Even though most of his work life had been in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet was his home. He goes to church here, and had coached little league. It was his home. Luckily, the spot at 12695 Lebanon Road came open. It was a Shell station many years ago, and has seen several different businesses come through the years. The trio put a lot of money to restore its vintage charm, and it is now nearly unrecognizable from the previous companies that call it home. 

“It’s awesome being in Mt. Juliet,” said Willis. Willis said that the people in Mt. Juliet are so friendly, and that is one of the reasons he has called it home for so many years. He says it is great being able to serve his community. 

Their goal is to make the car buying experience a pleasurable one, not a horrible pain. They aren’t going to pressure you into anything, they are going to do whatever it is to get you what you need. 

“We stand behind our cars,” said Hampton. “Most of our deals take 45 minutes.”

One thing they are going to be working on in the coming months is Cars for Kids. They are going to help find cars for children that are heading off to high school and college in a price range they can afford. 

Car Hunters is located at 12695 Lebanon Road. You can reach them at (615)288-3088 or check them out on the web at www.carhuntersllc.com. 

 
Save energy with GenOne3 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GenOne3 is a Tennessee Limited Liability Company located in Mt. Juliet. Greg Smith, Todd Takacs and Jeff Willis, Mt. Juliet residents for over five years, opened GenOne3 18 months ago. The sole purpose of the company is “Saving Energy” primarily through design and implementation of Solid State Lighting LED products by NEUTEX Lighting. GenOne3 wants to help Mt. Juliet “green up” and save money, and they feel they have a distinct advantage over other lighting distributors that simply cannot meet the standards, performance and warranty offered by NEUTEX.

NEUTEX LED Lighting, based out of Houston, Texas, is the premier division of the NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group, Inc. family of companies; which designs, tests, manufactures and sells some of the industry’s best LED lighting solutions under a direct-to-the-customer business model.  This is their ninth year in the LED manufacturing business. NEUTEX is the only LED lighting manufacturer with an established warranty trust fund for all their customers, with warranty programs offered up to 10 years. 

LED’s are the future in lighting from all aspects, whether it is residential, commercial or industrial. GenOne3 along with NEUTEX are working on a lighting center to be built in Mt. Juliet, which will display some of the 2700 products offered. The lighting center will also educate customers on LED lighting and energy management so that they can maximize their energy efficiency at work and home. Possible locations include Providence and the new Beckwith business center. 

The NEUTEX LED Lighting roster of indoor and outdoor LED lighting fixtures, lamps and bulbs offer business owners, architects, lighting designers and facilities and building managers the most advanced LED lighting solutions for today’s applications. 

GenOne3 is located at 3540 N. Mt. Juliet Road behind Dragonfly Consignment Boutique across from MJMS. For more information you can email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 615-830-5733.

 
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 http://www.mtjulietmarket.com. You can also call them at (615)754-5400. 

 
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