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When husband and wife team Mike and Trenda Moss bought the Pickled Beet, they wanted to open a store for customers who share their thrill of hunting, buying, and talking about primitive antiques. The store, across from Rose Mont on South Water Avenue, was formerly called the “Blue Barn” and was a fruit and vegetable stand decades ago. Trenda admitted she was skeptical when they bought the property in 2014, but said her husband realized the potential from the very beginning.
“It was a mess. My husband saw the vision and he always said we can make this into a store.” After a year of hard work, Trenda thought they were done; residing the exterior of the store, installing barn wood on the walls, and decorating the store with antiques to display their merchandise. “I came home from work in Nashville one day and my husband had built a little porch on it, which just added to the charm.”
Tragically, Mike Moss died just four months after the store opened in September 2015 after a brief battle with lung cancer. Trenda says she is glad he was able to see it finished and everything he had accomplished. “I really want to keep it open for his memory because he just loved it so much. We had a few other businesses in Gallatin. His goal was to sell those and work there because he loved talking with people and buying and selling antiques. So we’d love to keep his spirit alive.”
At an award ceremony today, Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown and Gallatin Beautiful gave The Pickled Beet the City Beautification Award. The ceremony marked the first award given to local businesses with the intent of enhancing the economic vitality of the city by acknowledging businesses that improve the aesthetic appeal of their properties. Throughout the year, winners will have an award ceremony at their business and publicly recognized by the Gallatin City Council. Additionally, a Beautification Award sign will be displayed on their property.
“When business owners take that extra step to have an attractive presence in our community, it not only makes them look good to their customers, but it’s a reflection on our city,” said Mayor Brown. “There are many companies that are long overdue for recognition, and I believe others will be inspired to improve their properties.”
The public is invited to nominate beautification projects they believe are worthy of recognition. The application simply asks for the name of the Gallatin business and why they should be considered for the award. Nomination Form - https://goo.gl/forms/Gg89QjPHHOJ8xZkw2.
The City has a variety of upcoming beautification events. Gallatin Beautiful and the Gallatin Public Works Department will sponsor frequent volunteer events targeting litter on roadways. In concert with Earth Day, the Clearview Community Clean-Up Day will clean up roads, trails, and public spaces on April 22. To find out how you can participate, contact the Mayor’s office at (615)451-5961.