Makes Me Wanna take a Tennessee Roadtrip {March/April}

Makes Me Wanna take a Tennessee Roadtrip {March/April}


Our Roadtrip blog has been quick the work, but we are so excited to share with you where we are going over the next two months! It’s sure going to full of great events and people along the way, you are more than welcome to take notes and join us along the road! Also, if you have any must-have stops to add along the way feel free to e-mail us or comment below, we’d LOVE to learn about them and even drop in for a visit!

1st Stop – Sweet Tea and Shopping Spring Spectacular
Saturday March 29, 2014
sweetteashopping_springspec_postcard_finalJulia Proctor is one of the best hosts around, and this sale is sure to be as great as her others. Sweet Tea & Shopping always has the best vendors situated on the coolest venue, the Grounds at Bottom View Farm. With music, food, hands on workshops and tons of vendor booths its supposed to be great and with 66°+ temperatures its sure to be a perfect day of pickin’, shopping and fun! Can’t wait to see you January of J. Alexander Home and Stacey from Anchored Soul Designs!

While you’re in town, you might as well take the time to stop in at one of our most favorite places, The Marketplace at Amberleaf. Although some of our favorite booths in this store will be at Sweet Tea & Shopping it’s still worth a stop inside, the hours of the store are only Thursday-Saturday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. So it’s perfect! It’s an artisan marketplace with 25+ vendors all under one roof. Hand-made, vintage, art, re-purposed and more. Food, fun and lots of shopping. Coffee cafe open during regular business hours. Located at 112 Public Square, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066.

Another fun place to stop and have brunch/lunch at is The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cafe . They have an antique, beautiful atmosphere, a great menu, and the best chocolate covered strawberry I’ve ever had. Very reasonably priced, too. Address is 2375 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066.

2nd Stop – Barn in the Bend Barn Sale
Saturday April 5, 2014

Snuggled in the Neelys Bend area of the Cumberland river – only minutes from Nashville. We are excited to attend this sale for the first time and meet Jackie! I’m also really excited to see the grounds for the barn sale, because I’ve heard its a beautiful place to have a wedding as well! The OTHER part I’m excited about is the Fried Green Tomatoes “Secret’s in the Sauce”!! Serving up all of the fried, southern, goodness you can handle! Yum for fried green tomatoes but personally, I LOVE the fried pickles! Excited to see some favorite vendors here as well, including the super cute Sisters of Nature mobile boutique!!

And since you’re so close to Nashville, you must make a reservation at the Loveless Cafe. Only about 30-45 minutes away from the Barn in the Bend barn sale, Hot Biscuits and Country Ham… Need we say more?!?

Located at 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37221. Open everyday 7:00am – 9:00pm but seriously, CALL ahead and make a reservation– like two weeks out. (615) 646-9700 You’ll thank me for that bit of advice :)

3rd Stop – Preservation Station Market Days
Sunday, April 6, 2014
VERY excited to attend the April sale and meet Jennifer Higdon at this event in Kentucky! Over 60 vendors selling antiques, vintage, primitive, industrial, rustic, shabby chic, handcrafted, customized, and boutique items! Music provided by Warren Batts, original member of Bill Haley and the Comets “Rock Around the Clock,” and soups, sandwiches, pizza, and snacks! “It’s a wonderful social event in an cool old school,” says one shopper!

Since I’m not from anywhere near Kentucky, I asked Jennifer to recommend some favorite spots nearby. This is her must-have list:
Kuntry Kutter on 18th Street is a shop in an old fire station.

Moonlite Barbeque on Parrish Avenue is the best mom and pop restaurant.

Whittakers Gun Shop is one of the largest gun shops in the US and it is less than a mile from Preservation Station.

Downtown Owensboro has a new convention center, a new Smother’s Park, lots of new shops, and a cool place to grab a drink called Gambrinus.

A new clothing boutique just opened on Hwy 54 called Peacocks and Pearls and all my friends love to shop there.

4th Stop – Southern Junkers Spring Market
Friday April 11, 2014

This event is near my new hometown Bartlett, TN! Advertised as full of vendors that are dedicated to the World of Painted, Handmade, Antiques, Vintage, fixer uppers Jewelry collectables and oddities. Our motto is “Everything has a Purpose, and most things have a Re-Purpose”! Our Southern Junkers Spring Market is hosting a Very Unique Group of Vendors with a Passion for Creativity.

Located at 11625 Hwy 64, Eads, TN 38028. Friday and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm.

5th and final stop – Til the Cows Come Home Barn Sale
Saturday April 26, 2014
tilthecowscomehomeBecca Gerndt is hosting a new sale in Cookeville, Tenn called “Til the Cows Come Home” Barn Sale, which literally just makes me want to go for the name and marketing. Genius Becca ;) She describes her sale as rich history, five generations of Mullins have loved and cherished our farm! Please join our friends and us during the last weekend in April for food, fellowship and fun. Lots of antiques, shabby chic and repurposed items will be for sale. One of my all time favorite vendors The Tangled Nest will also be attending. I asked Becca to give me some “inside secrets” about Cookeville, and boy did she deliver….

Historic downtown Cookeville is just 3 1/2 miles from Til The Cows Come Home Barn Sale on Mullins Farm. Within this unique historical district, one will find 6 antique shops as well as many locally owned retail shops featuring upscale clothing and beautiful jewelry.  Delicious eatery establishments can also be found within walking distance.  A must see is the Historic Depot area, which will definitely take you back to another time, with the display of antique trains; it cultivates a turn of the century atmosphere. The West Side must eats are Ralph’s Donuts, boasting the best glazed twist donuts this side of the Cumberland. Cream City Ice Cream and Coffee House is across from the depot and is also a must stop!

The Cookeville History Museum is located next to the lovely Dogwood Park right on Broad Street.  This park is such an asset to the area with a gorgeous fountain, green spaces and benches for visitors to enjoy this special treat on a spring day!

Located on the main square near the courthouse one can find two more antique shops, as well as locally owned restaurants serving “mouth watering” meals daily.

The city of Algood is just down the road from Mullins Farm. There you will find food and friendly folks…antiques, vintage, primitive and shabby chic items as well!

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