Shoppers Look Local as Gas Prices Proliferate

As gas prices increase, local residents are driving less and shopping more near their homes. The Rural Blog has an interesting post on the subject. Not only are local shoppers staying home, but most everyone is driving less.

Since Hickman County is a short drive from the Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin areas; people are enjoying their driving time and visiting area attractions for better value. Bon Aqua Clothing Company with their Diamond Gusset Jeans, the John Noel Bon Aqua State Natural Area, Tarkington’s Country Store (you can wade the creek there!), the historic Centerville Public Square, the Grinders Switch Winery (which is on the Natchez Trace Wine Trail) are just some of the things to visit.

And food… Beacon Light Tea Room, Fish Camp, Breece’s Cafe, Farmhouse, Tarkington’s Country Store (gourmet fried bologna sandwiches like my mom used to make!), PapaKayJoe’s Barbeque, Farmhouse, Harvest Grille, Homestead — just to name a few.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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