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A Jones of All Trades filled with handmade treasures PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

With the motto of buy local, build local, A Jones of All Trades is bringing handmade jewelry, home décor and toys to Mt. Juliet. 

“I’ve been a crafter from a very young age,” said Owner Becca Jones. 

That love of crafts of all kinds gave birth to the store on Lebanon Road where 25 vendors display all their handmade items. The crafters vary anywhere from stay at home moms to retired persons, all building what they love. 

“Everything in my store has a story,” said Jones. 

Jones collected the vendors through sources like Etsy and Craigslist, and her husband collected some reclaimed wood to build the beautiful display cases in the store. Jones herself makes several items like jewelry and headbands. 

A Jones of All Trades wants to be more than a retail shop. They want to be active in the community whether it be craft nights, doing events in the schools, or benefits. This fall, they are going to do a family festival at the Rec Center. They will also have classes on starter beading or how to make the yarn clutches that are for sale in the store. 

Jones is always looking for new vendors. You can seek them out on Facebook or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A Jones of All Trades is located at 11870 Lebanon Road. They are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. You can reach them at (918) 808-5374.

Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits grand opening July 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits has already served a large number of citizens in the community, but a grand opening celebration is scheduled for July 1. 

On that day, there will be specials on case prices. The specials were still being worked out at time of publication, so stop in the store Monday to check them out. 

What makes Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits unique is that you have a say in what gets stocked. There is an information center located in the store for you to request what you would like to see there. 

“No request is too crazy,” said Manager Jimmy Byrd. 

He said as time passes, the store will adapt its stock to the needs of the customer. 

“We are going to pride ourselves on customer service,” said Byrd. 

He said the knowledgeable staff will be able to help you find what you are looking for, make suggestions, or help you track down that product you really wanted for a future visit. 

On Fridays, Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits will be holding tastings from 4 to 8 p.m. It won’t be just wine, as Byrd plans to have customers be able to taste a wide array of products. 

Like Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits on Facebook or check them out on the web at 

Mt. Juliet Wine & Spirits is located at 11344 Lebanon Road. You can reach them at (615) 288-3496

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Cajun Seafood PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Born and raised Creole, La., Leland Rutherford has been bringing the food he grew up on to Mt. Juliet for a few years now. 

Cajun Seafood recently opened a new restaurant in Cool View Plaza across from the Hickory Hills subdivision, but it has been several years in the making. 

Rutherford used to work on the oil platforms, seven days on, and seven days off, and his down time he would take out his shrimp boat. 

When he moved to Tennessee, he would travel back down to Louisiana and bring the shrimp back with him. After his friends would eat the food he cooked up from his trips, they would start asking him to bring them back shrimp. So he went to school in Georgia to get a retail-wholesale license, and started selling out of a building on his land on Bass Lane. 

That led to a food trailer that he purchased to take to the Wilson County Fair. Because of the popularity of the fair, Rutherford decided to park the trailer across from West Elementary School. 

And it kept snowballing from there, until his daughter and son-in-law decided they wanted to get in the restaurant business, and that led to the new restaurant open at 14833 Lebanon Road. 

“Maybe one day we will franchise,” said Rutherford. He said he has talked with a few people about that possibility and considered it. 

Rutherford is cooking up all your cajun favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, alligator meat, crab, oysters, red beans and sausage, cajun spaghetti and shrimp etouffe. They even have crawfish when they are in season. 

Cajun Seafood is opened Monday and Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Wednesday. 

You can check them out on Facebook under Cajun Seafood LLC, or reach them by phone at (615)288-3264. 

American Jewelry taking donations for Soles 4 Souls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

For the whole month of July, you can drop off your used or new shoes at American Jewelry for Soles 4 Souls in Nashville. 

There will be drop boxes inside the store. For every two pairs of shoes you donate, American Jewelry will give you a $5 gift certificate to spend in the store. 

Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.

Kavanagh’s bringing the pub experience to MJ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Irish tradition meets southern hospitality at one of Mt. Juliet’s newest places to be, Kavanagh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Open for a little over a month, husband and wife team Tom and Ann Kavanagh, wanted to bring the Irish Pub feel to Mt. Juliet. 

They had looked in East Nashville and Bellevue at locations, but they kept coming back to Mt. Juliet. Ann said that Mt. Juliet, from City Manager Kenny Martin, to Mark Hinesley at the Chamber of Commerce, to many other officials, were fantastic and helpful. After finding the spot and going through 120 days of remodeling, Kavanagh’s was born. 

“In Ireland, a pub is a place to meet and talk,” said Tom, who is from Ireland. 

He said he wanted to create that kind of atmosphere here. He said sometimes you can go to places, like sports bars, and you can’t hear anyone talking because everything is so loud. They wanted to create a place that, while you could watch a game or listen to live music, can be a quiet place to talk with your friends and family. 

When preparing the menu, the Kavanagh’s wanted to get in the Irish staples like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips and other items. But they also wanted to do some fuse some ideas with other types of food, one of them being their chef’s creation, a Guinness Glazed Hog Wing. It’s a pork shank cooked with a Guiness glaze, served over Kavanagh slaw. 

Ann said that they just have a tiny freezer because they want the food to be as fresh as possible. All the potatoes are peeled and cut fresh daily, and they try to buy as much food from local farms. They said they are going to utilize the Mt. Juliet Farmer’s Market more and more as time goes on. 

There is also a lunch menu with several options for just $7. 

On tap, you can get Guinness, Harp, Magners, Smithwicks, or domestic beers like Miller Lite, Bud Light, Yuengling or Blue Moon. There are even more options in bottle. Kavanagh’s will also do Irish Whiskey tastings. 

There are plenty of special nights to show up at Kavanagh’s. On Monday, you can play trivia with friends, or you can challenge them to darts. On Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m., there will be live music. 

If you have a party or special meeting, Kavanagh’s has a place for you. There are several different options, even a room where you can plug in a computer to do a power point, or if you have a party, you can even plug in a gaming system. 

Starting Thursday, June 20, Kavanagh’s will be having their grand opening starting at 11:30 a.m. It will be a 4-day weekend celebration with giveaways every night, little giveaways, samples and a visit from Blackstone Brewery. 

Kavanagh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. They are located at 1209 N. Mt. Juliet Road. You can reach them at (615)758-7788. You can also check them out on Facebook. 

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