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Business Pulse - New year, new venues
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The new banquet hall at The Elementary seats 180 and offers a stage along with sound and video equipment.

Happy New Year everybody! As managing editor and page designer, the biggest stress I face at this time of year is trying to make sure I put the right year on all the page numbers. Hopefully no 2022s slip through but it's always a concern of mine each year. This week we're looking at an existing business with a new addition and a brand-new business with some great old merchandise.


Going to Detention

is now even better

Detention @ The Elementary, located in the old Morrison Elementary School at 615 School St. in Morrison, has been a thriving business for close to two years. Every time I step foot in The Elementary, I'm still a little impressed that a place this cool is located right here in Warren County. 

The facility offers the latest video games, VR, bumper cars, a climbing wall, mini golf, golf simulators, a 24/7 fitness center, a basketball court, laser tag and more. The venue is packed with attractions you would normally expect to have to drive to Murfreesboro or Nashville to find. Detention @ The Elementary is an excellent place to hold birthday parties, company events or just about any other gathering where fun is on the menu.  And speaking of menus, Detention serves up some delicious items with a full-service restaurant featuring an unlimited salad bar and pizza buffet during lunch. I'm partial to the specialty pizzas, myself. 

So, with all these attractions, owners Dwayne and Bernadette Doud, along with manager Jason Heath, are proud to announce their latest addition that allows them to accommodate even larger crowds and events. 

"It's growing. We're adding new things each year to try to keep it fresh. The banquet hall has been open about two weeks. It's used as overflow from the restaurant but you can also rent the space out for private events or group gatherings. We have the capability of full sound, DJ services and we can cater events as well," Jason said. 

The new banquet hall was built by Dwayne and his crew and holds a stage and a sound booth along with projectors, screens and TVs. The hall seats 180 and stands on the land once occupied by the old Morrison School cafeteria.

"The banquet hall is available pretty much any time. It can be shut off for a completely private event or it can be opened if people want to use the arcade area as well," Jason said.

The new space is already attracting the attention of many corporate events and company parties. In fact, the National Wild Turkey Federation is in talks about moving several of its  events there.

"It really opens up a new realm of what we can offer here. In the future, we're looking into possibly adding small concerts," Jason added. 

Call (931) 773-7529 to inquire about renting the space. 



New store,

old merchandise

There's a new place to get vintage items in town. Eden Carlock has opened Black Sheep Antiques at 305 Sparta St. The store's first day was Dec. 17, so it's still getting on its feet with major expansion coming soon, but the store already offers a wide array of interesting items. 

Just judging from the amount of customers that were coming in while I interviewed Eden, it's safe to say the word is already getting out about the new shop. 

Eden is assisted in running the store by her father, Stan Carlock, who is partially responsible for Eden's love of antiques. Eden moved from Nashville to Spencer after her parents moved to the area to be near her grandparents. "I've been into antiques since I was a little kid. My mom and dad always liked them and they would take me to antique stores when I was little. Every time I went to my grandparents' house I would always admire their antiques. Things aren't made like that anymore. I've always had a love especially of anything from the '50s and back. I could always stare at antiques for hours. The detail work is beautiful and nobody takes that time now," Eden said. 

Black Sheep Antiques offers a variety of items including some things you may not find in every antique store. "I specialize in furniture. I have some furniture from the 1800s and early 1900s, but we offer more than just antiques. We have collectible toys, and there will be an oddities section with taxidermy, old medical supplies, funeral items and other things like that," Eden said.

With a large back room available, some vendors have already rented their spaces and will soon be moving into the store, expanding its offerings even more. Additional booth space is still available for those looking to showcase their wares. She also buys antiques.

Eden is currently offering a voucher special where customers who spend $75 or more receive a voucher for 25% off their next purchase. 

Black Sheep Antiques is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. The store can be reached at (931) 304-8031 or Eden can be contacted on her cell at (615) 617-7936.

"I'm excited to be a part of this community and I hope people come by and check us out," Eden said. 


Until next time,

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I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year brings us in the world of Warren County business. If you have a business you'd like to have featured here, please let me know at editor@southernstandard.com or (931) 473-2191. Thanks for reading.