New business

Business Pulse – New Owner, New Business, New Deal

We’ve reached that wonderful time of year when it’s easy to assume that all Warren County business revolves around the Warren County A&L Fair. And, to some extent, that’s true. Places like Three Star Cinema, J’s Restaurant and Collins River BBQ regularly use Fair Week as an opportunity to take a well-deserved vacation rather than compete with the county’s biggest social calendar year event. J’s will reopen on September 19. Three Star Cinema and Collins River will reopen on September 20. But there is still a little unfair business news to discuss.

Great new owner for

good old Sloppy Top

Over the past seven and a half years, Good Ol’ Sloppy Top has established itself as a benchmark among food trucks in Warren County. Matt and Danielle Pelham started the business and turned it into a success story, but early this year the Pelhams began to focus more on their event venue – The Union Roost at 343 Gwen Pelham Lane in McMinnville .

This led them to search for a new owner and they didn’t have to look any further than their own truck. Christy Cassady started working for the Pelhams four years ago. “I was looking for a job that would fit into my schedule and allow me to pick up my granddaughter from school and I responded to their ad for a part-time employee. I learned on the job, and over my four years I ended up feeling like I could pretty much handle anything that came my way in the business,” Christy said.

When the Pelhams mentioned their intention to sell, Christy knew she had a choice to make. “I thought, well, I’ll probably have to find a new job if I don’t buy it. If I don’t try it, I’ll never know, so, you know what, I’m just gonna go ahead and do it.

Christy thanks Matt and Danielle for giving her the experience, the confidence and the opportunity to take this big step and own her own business. “I’m very lucky and grateful to Matt and Danielle. Without them, I wouldn’t be doing this. They’ve blessed me in so many ways, they don’t even know it,” Christy said.

Christy is no newcomer to the restaurant industry, having grown up under the influence of Warren County culinary royalty. “My grandmother, Willene, was Eva’s cook years ago. When I was 19, I worked there with Grandma and always looked up to her,” Christy said.

Christy took over ownership of Good Ol’ Sloppy Top on August 1. His first task was to add brand new staff, as the truck’s summer staff consisted of students who returned to school last month. Cassady is grateful for the help of her sister, Susie Rackley, as well as employees Alexxia Hillis, Loren Hinshaw and Abby Guy. Christy also has a strong support system at home with her husband, Charlie Cassady, and their two children, ages 11 and 27.

The faces may be new but the menu remains the same. “I believe if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Christy said. She says her biggest seller is chicken salad and she’s also proud of her homemade chili cheese. “I don’t like store-bought chili cheese. I have the good stuff.

Sloppy Top offers a different special each week, with the Mr. Good Burger being a customer favourite. It’s a quarter-pound patty with melted jalapeño cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard, and sautéed onions on a toasted bun. “We heard you can’t find something like this burger anywhere else,” Christy said.

The location of Good Ol’ Sloppy Top is a bit up in the air at the moment, as Christy has been approached from several different places. The only constant will be Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pump ‘n’ Pay East near the hospital. Christy is also looking to perform at other events such as JROTC meetups and potentially the Hunter Girl concert in Tullahoma on September 17th. For other locations and times, Christy encourages customers to check out the Good Ol’ Sloppy Top Facebook page. It also offers a catering service with its full menu.

Time for a touch


After spending the coming week standing and walking at the Warren County A&L Fair, there might be a lot of people in need of a good massage. Fall Wanamaker Young will be ready.

Autumn recently launched a new massage practice where she works with Deanna Magar at Sage Skincare and Wellness, located at 496 N. Chancery St. next to Bobby Ray Elementary.

Autumn was born and raised in Warren County, married with two children. She has worked in the medical field for about 20 years and has worked out of town for many of them. “I wanted to change careers, but I wanted to stay in the medical profession and I knew massage was the best option for me to own my own business and take care of others, both mentally and physically,” said Autumn.

Autumn recently graduated from the Nashville School of Massage Therapy in Brentwood. “I was able to do my clinical studies at Massage Envy in Murfreesboro as a massage therapist, which I think gave me a head start in providing excellent massage therapy,” Autumn said. “I am now a massage therapist at Sage and I love it. Deanna helped me at school and gave me great advice, as well as my mentor, Donna Hale.

Autumn and Sage people strive to cultivate a relaxing atmosphere. I can personally attest that the place smells great and has a soothing vibe.

Autumn offers a wide variety of treatments including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue massages, hot basalt stone massages, Himalayan stone massages and aromatherapy massages.

Not one to settle for the status quo, Autumn frequently travels across the country to study new techniques so she can bring the best services back to her home in Warren County. “In October, I will be traveling to New Jersey so I can start offering Thai massage with herbal poultices. In December, I will be offering full body mud wraps. And lymphatic treatment will arrive in 2023,” Autumn said. “Sage is the perfect place to indulge and I offer a bit of everything for everyone.”

So when the stress of everyday life gets to you, turn to fall.

A good deal

While it’s true that the Collins River BBQ on Main Street is closed for just the week, they still have business news to report.

Aware of rising prices for food and restaurant supplies, Collins River BBQ owner Joe O’Neal had no choice but to adjust the prices on his menu. But in an effort to avoid leaving a bitter taste in customers’ mouths, it has added a new sweet offering to soften the blow.

With the purchase of a meal, tea is offered free of charge for customers in the dining room. “It’s just a little something we could do to help our customers. We appreciate their support of our small family business and want to do what we can to help everyone,” O’Neal said.

As someone who often orders water from restaurants as a cost-saving measure, the free tea seems like a great deal.

join the hunt

If you’re taking your kids to the fair this week, I’m sure an extra $500 would help. Fortunately, the Southern Standard offers our It’s a Wacky, Wacky, Wacky, Wacky Warren Scavenger Hunt where you can win big. See our announcement on page 6B for more details.

Until next time,

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Hope you all enjoy the Warren County A&L Fair this week. It really is one of my favorite times of the year. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi courtesy of our exclusive Business Pulse sponsor, Ben Lomand Connect. As always, if you have business news to report, please call me at (931) 473-2191 or email me at [email protected]