Friday, September 9, 2011

Blue Hydrangea Antiques Store Review

Blue Hydrangea Antiques features a plethora of antiques, shabby chic decor, furniture, and odds and ends. The owner, Peggy, brings in new pieces on a weekly basis.

You can find eccentric merchandise such a Paris hotel window, a lamp shade made from doilies, a pink mixer, and several gorgeous pieces of furniture that seem to quickly sell.

Blue Hydrangea Antiques is located at 357 B. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 and the phone number is 615-202-2015. They are open Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is across the street from Lowe's and nestled between The Flower Shop and Crye-Leike.

I rate this shop 5 stars for its friendly employees, beautiful and reasonably priced merchandise. At this time, Blue Hydrangea accepts only checks or cash.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Woodland Gallery Review

I first visited Woodland Gallery today. I have been wanting to discover a pottery place and Woodland Gallery sort of landed in my lap. I missed a street and accidentally discovered Woodland Gallery. If you like supporting mom and pop businesses, you will love this resourceful store.

After speaking with a very pleasant employee, I discovered that an incredibly talented family runs the store. The father specializes in photography, the mother makes the pottery and teaches classes, and the daughter designs jewelry and art and makes clothing alternations especially bridal gowns. She also creates couture dresses.

Woodland Gallery has pottery pieces, jewelry, art, quilts, and other handmade art. I especially loved the melted bottle serving trays.  You can even bring in your glass bottle and have it melted down into a serving tray.

You can take pottery classes in the studio that is located behind the store. There are classes for children 8 years old and up, teens, and adults.  The studio has 5 potter's wheels.

If you're a mom, they have a mom's night out on the weekdays.  It is $25 per person and the class size is 5 adults.  You can call 348-0060 to schedule an appointment.

You can also take a sewing class too.

 It is located at 126 Powell Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075.  Their phone number is 615-348-0060. 

Their hours are:

Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

Please visit their website at for further information such as class schedules, costs, directions, etc.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wired Coffee Company Review

When I walked into Wired Coffee Company, its funky vibe and mellow warmth swept me off my feet.  I felt like I walked into a Tom Petty video from the 80s.

I ordered a caramel macchiato and it was perfection. Wireless Coffee Company uses Bonjo Java beans, which is fair trade and 100% organic. Wired also uses high quality syrups such as Ghiradelli and 1883 The World's Best.

The  friendly pink-haired barista told me about the shop and even introduced me to the shop's mascot-a tiny coal black dog that occasionally dances on command.

Wired Coffee's relaxed ambiance is heightened with a stage with a piano, overstuffed couches and chairs, and monthly revolving art work. My favorite part is the Cozy Corner Nook, which is a small room with comfortable overstuffed seats and a packed bookcase.

Wired Coffee Company  has Writer's Night every Thursday night at 8 p.m and Wired Open Mic every Friday at 8:30 p.m.  On Saturday nights, you can watch movies on Wired Coffee's eight-foot projection screen for free.

Wired Coffee Company is located at 699 West Main Street, Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075. If you are driving towards Rivergate, it is right after Blue Goose Cafe.

I rate this store 5 stars for its menu, friendly service, entertainment, and incredible atmosphere.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Itty Bitty Sandwich Shop Review

Itty Bitty Sandwich Shop is itty bitty in size but generous in taste and variety.  The sweet cook, Ruth, makes everything from scratch each morning and offers a wide variety of delicious boxed lunches. A boxed lunch includes a sandwich, choice of potato salad, pasta salad, sweet vinegar coleslaw, or chips, and dessert.

Ruth makes out-of-this world desserts daily such as hummingbird cake, strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, banana pudding, chocolate chip cookies, hot fudge cake, apple crisp, coconut cake, and several other scrumptious delights.

Itty Bitty is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  If you're in a hurry, you can fax your order in and pick it up before 11 a.m.  The fax number is (615) 264-5732. Itty Bitty is located at 706 West Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Their phone number is (615) 264-6300.

Please visit their website at to view their menu.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hendersonville Samaritan Thrift Store

If you like to hunt and dig for treasure, you will enjoy a trip to the Hendersonville Samaritan Thrift Store, which is located at 116 Dunn Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

The hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday:  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday:  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Hendersonville Samaritan Thrift Store sells used clothing, books, magazines, games, movies, toys, household items, purses, shoes, furniture, etc.

You can drop off items for donation during the store's hours of operation or call 824-5652 to schedule a pick up of larger items.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hendersonville Public Library

Hendersonville's 38,000 square feet library offers a variety of activities from star gazing to book clubs.

The renovated library offers numerous resources such as wireless internet service, a periodical room, book clubs for adults and children, a room for young adults.  You can check out DVDs, videos, children's educational materials, and books on CDs.  

The library hours can be a bit confusing.  You may want to print out the hours and post them on your fridge for future reference.  

The library hours are:
Sunday:        Closed
Monday:       10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday:       10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday       10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday:           Closed
Saturday:       12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

If you wish to check out a popular book such as The Help, you need to reserve a copy.  I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to check out Eat, Pray, Love and it is never available.  One of the librarians will call you when the book is available.  You can always renew your books on the library website unless it is a new release.

The librarians are helpful, kind, and friendly.  I cannot sing their praises enough.  One of the librarians even sent me a card when she found out my mother was ill.  Another time my daughter was giggling loudly in the children's section and one of the librarians said she enjoyed hearing the sound of children's laughter.

The library also offers several interesting programs for people of all ages such as:

ABC Club is held for 4-year-olds during the school year.  You can sign up during the first week of August.

Teen Programming.  Middle and high schoolers can participate in activities every Thursday night.  Please check the library website for updated details.

Adult Book Club meets the third Monday of each month at 6:45 p.m.

Stamp Club.  Monthly meetings are held.  Please call 822-3137 for further details.

Star Gazing.  Cumberland Astronomical Society bring telescopes to the library for a night of sky watching.  Please check the library website for times.

For further details and updates on upcoming events, please visit the library website at

The library is located at 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075 and the phone number is (615) 824-0656.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jolly Ollie's Pizza and Pub Review

My family took advantage of our Groupon and visited Jolly Ollie's Pizza and Pub for the first time on a Saturday night. It is located at 393 East Main Street, Suite 1, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

It is a cozy hole-in-the-wall pizza joint.  We ordered a pepperoni pizza and a veggie pizza.  We all enjoyed our pizzas and we were surprised at the fun and friendly atmosphere. Their grinders have earned glowing praises and I am looking forward to ordering the grinders at my next visit.

Each night Jolly Ollie's features different activities.  Sunday is Bingo night, Monday is writer's night, Tuesday is trivia night, Wednesday is poker night, Thursday is kid's karaoke night, Friday is karaoke night, and Saturday is live music night.

Jolly Ollie's Pizza & Pub's hours are Sunday-Thursday: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-1 a.m.

If you're looking for a fun and reasonably priced pizza pub,  you need to venture out to Jolly Ollie's. For more information such as menu and events, please click on

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Hendersonville's Hidden Sand Beach

Hendersonville has a small sand beach located at Lock 3 Road.  It has picnic sites, a boat launch ramp, and restroom facilities.  When we visited the site, several people were swimming in the designated swimming area.  Note:  There are no lifeguards present.  It had a relaxed atmosphere and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves whether it was laying out on the sand, swimming, or grilling out.  

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cafe Rakka Mediterranean Restaurant Review

My taste buds are still belly dancing from my recent visit to Cafe Rakka.  I instantly fell in love with Cafe Rakka as soon as I stepped inside it.  It is cozy, exotic, and alluring.  I felt like I was dining inside of Jeannie's bottle from I Dream of Jeannie.

I tried the grilled and roasted eggplant and cheese sandwich.  It was scrumptious and tantalizing.

Cafe Rakka is a feel good restaurant.  They offer healthy food and fresh food choices, friendly service, and an appealing and warm atmosphere.  You leave Cafe Rakka with the thought that you cannot wait to go back and share this unique experience with a friend.

They have a diverse menu and I have attached a link to their menu.  Please click on to view their mouthwatering selections.

Cafe Rakka's address is 71 New Shackle Island Rd., Hendersonville, TN  37075.  They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 3  p.m. and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Hours of operation are subject to change.

Please give it a try and let me know your opinion.

Thank you for stopping by Hendersonville, Tennessee!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Johnny Cash and June Cash's Grave Site

Beloved musicians Johnny and June Cash lie side by side in the Hendersonville Memory Garden.  They are surrounded by June's family members and Merle Kilgore who co-wrote Ring of Fire.  If you click on the photos you can see larger views of the photos.

If you park on the right side of the parking lot facing the cemetery you can see a black bench (pictured below), which is located next to Johnny and June's graves. 

It is bittersweet to note that Johnny quickly passed away after June. I remember sitting in Church one Sunday morning and  Johnny had asked all the local Churches to pray for June's recovery after her heart valve replacement surgery.  Sadly, she died from surgery complications on May 15th, 2003.

Johnny's last performance was on July 5th, 2003.  He read the following statement about June at the concert, "The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has." 

Johnny passed away on September 12th, 2003 from diabetes complications while hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

Johnny and June's love for one another and God is still evident.  A trip to their grave site is a testament to two talented musicians and gracious souls who simply could not live without each other.

The Hendersonville Memory Gardens is located at  353 East Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ms. B's Used Books and CDs Review

If you're a frugal book/music/movie lover, then Ms. B's is the place for you.  Everything is super organized and easy to find.  I always find a good deal.  I especially love the selection of children's books and have saved so much money over the years.  

Ms. B, the owner, has a hip librarian appeal.  Ms. B's artistic flair adds charm and whimsy to her ultra cool book and music store.  There are comfy chairs scattered throughout the store.  Even though there is a wide selection of books, movies, and CDs, the store feels light and airy and never cluttered.

Ms. B is a very kind person who is willing to help you find what you are looking for and to answer your questions.  She has even called us on occasion when our favorite books have arrived in her store.  

Her hours are 10-6 from Monday-Saturday.  Ms. B's is located at 330 West Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075.  You can trade books, CDs, and movies for either cash or store credit. 

I rate Ms. B's 5 out of 5 stars for low prices, a diverse selection of merchandise, a clean and organized store, and warm and friendly staff.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Popcorn Delights Store Review

My daughter & I went to Popcorn Delights for the first time tonight.  Several people have raved about the popcorn and say it is addictive.  They have many different flavors and options.  We tried the Cinnamon Toast and really liked it.  We bought a small bag for $4.32.

The lady in front of us in line was a regular and she said the macaroni and cheese and loaded baked potato flavored popcorn tastes like the real thing.  I've heard the spicy buffalo ranch and loaded baked potato are their best sellers.

Next time, I want to try the Elvis popcorn (peanut butter and banana flavor), which is one of their fun flavors.  The other fun flavors are peanut butter and jelly and Granny's apple pie.

The seasoned flavors are extra buttery, cheese, light cheese, spicy and hot cheese, white cheddar, sour cream and chives, salt and vinegar, dill pickle, southwest jalapeno, loaded baked potato, Parmesan and garlic, bacon and cheese, jalapeno ranch, pizza, mac and cheese, spicy buffalo ranch, kettle corn, cinnamon toast, and Tennessee pride (white and orange popcorn).

They also carry caramel, caramel nut, and fudge flavored popcorn.  The candy coated flavors are crazy confetti, cinnamon, vanilla, banana, blue berry, apple, coconut, grape, strawberry, cherry, cotton candy, orange, watermelon, raspberry cheesecake, blackberry, bubble gum, Dr. Pepper, and Coca Cola.

The specialty flavors include white chocolate, Heath toffee almond, creamy peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate, chocolate mint, strawberry cheesecake, M&M, Butterfinger, dark chocolate, smores, key lime pie, white chocolate pretzel, milk chocolate pretzel, puppy chow, Oreos, banana pudding, Snickers, Kit Kat, and Crunch bar.

The store location is 112 Saundersville Rd., Suite B-204, Hendersonville, TN 37075 and they are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. 

The staff was friendly and the store has a cute atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend Popcorn Delights.

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Hendersonville Theater is a Gem

Have you ever heard the saying that the best things are right under your nose? Hendersonville has an incredible small theater called Steeple Players.  It's right off of  Main Street. Unfortunately, most locals do not know it even exists.

We recently saw The Wizard of Oz and we were amazed at what they accomplished with a limited budget and tiny stage.  Steeple Players utilized every inch of the tiny stage.  They always think outside the box and add surprising and creative touches throughout their plays.

I really enjoy being close to the actors and being drawn into the story.  Afterwards the actors line up for a meet and greet.   It truly is an enjoyable way to spend an evening.  I have seen plays such as Little Women, Steel Magnolias, and Bell Witch.  I have always left each play feeling impressed and entertained.

I have included a link to Steeple Players' website that list upcoming shows, prices, audition information, and FAQs.

Thank you for stopping by Life in Hendersonville Tennessee and I hope you will see Steeple Players' next show, which is Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, September 22nd to October 9th, 2011.