Take a break from the mall and try small… small towns, that is

December 1st. I will be breaking out one of my collection of Christmas ties this morning and officially declaring that it is looking a lot like Christmas.

There are plenty of shopping days left, so why not make one of them a shopping adventure in Hickman County, Tennessee. In East Hickman, for a great meal and maybe a gift, try the Beacon Light Tea Room with its ham and biscuits or fried chicken. Diamond Gusset Jeans may be purchased from their home on highway 46 at Bon Aqua Clothing. Ms. Pam’s Coffee House has great coffee and desserts. In Centerville, the Town Crier is a Hallmark store with lots of gift items, some with a local flavor. The Farmhouse on the Square has great food in a unique environment. Shop ’til It Stops is a ‘thrifty boutique’ that benefits Women are Safe, a non-profit that serves the immediate needs of victims of domestic violence in a four-county area. On the way back to I-40 off highway 50, you’ll find Grinders Switch Winery where you can relax in their tasting room and pick out the perfect wine for your holiday gatherings or for someone nice on your list. Hickman County Industrial Development Board, Industrial Development board of Hickman County, Hickman industrial board

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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