What is PopShelf? A Happy Shop! And Other Weekend Excursions

We have a new store in these parts, PopShelf, owned by Dollar General. First of all the colors “popped” from the road that made me go “what kinda store is that”. What a great marketing strategy. Immediately what did we do? (Well after we were not driving anymore). We googled it to see what it was and then said “let’s go”. So while we were with my SIL and BIL yesterday, we decided to do just that.

What kinda of store, you say? Well, I walked in to pretty soaps and smell goods and “capture your eye” decor and then lots of storage containers for your home of many styles. There are party supplies, toys, cosmetics, kitchen gear, crafts supplies and materials. Just about anything you need for those quick “one stop and shop” items when you don’t want to walk through Walmart. They even had some frozen foods, snack isles, seasonal items, and it was just a fun place to shop. I will go back quite often. There is one in the Hermitage, TN area near Nashville and near us. And there is one in Hendersonville, TN. I believe I read there is also one in Clarksville, but they are popping up in neighborhoods. Most of the items are $1 to $5 but not all. There are some $8 to $10 I believe. And guess what? You scan it yourself. There is someone there to help in the middle of the square of 4 scanners. They also have the lady shopper’s dream – cute bags that you can use later for toting. ;-), a smaller version of the Cracker Barrel type bag, but white with their logo. I just happened to have enough stuff that I needed two! If you have one near you, go check it out. It’ll become a regular stop. It’s what I call “a Happy Shop”.

What did I buy? Well, we have been on a shopping spree of sorts lately – mainly groceries and the Dollar Store. We have been to Sam’s also – so we didn’t need much in the way of household supplies or food staples, but we did make splurges on snacks meaning maple cookies, chocolate peanut butter cookies (kinda like the Girl Scout cookies). I bought some laundry detergent pods so I’d have a back up. We bought Mom some candy she had been looking for that we’d not been able to find anywhere else. She’s always loved these “circus peanuts”. We’d have bought more if I had not already had a big huge shopping week already. But oh —we’ll be baaaaack! And with pleasure.

This shopper loves PopShelf! Trendy and Perfect! Oh and they even have $1 greeting cards – cute ones of all kinds.

I have to laugh at the “fat free”. Hmmmmm. Anyway Mom got her candy and we have our cookies for an after meal “digestive” as the Europeans call it. Or is that just the Italians. I like their thinking. One MUST have a cookie for things to digest. And they DO say a little bit of “fat” helps it absorb – instead of just going directly to our backsides. lol. Well, that’s what “they” are saying now.

George’s Birthday Weekend Continues

Ya’ll help me remember to have a weeklong birthday in January ok?

Flight at Half Batch Brewing, Hendersonville, TN

We always love meeting my SIL and BIL here and have done so through the years. But guess what? Their beautifully recently remodeled house is up for sale in Gallatin the next quick town over. They will be moving closer to us (part time and temporarily) to an apartment in Lebanon. We’ve been hanging out in Lebanon a lot lately too instead of going toward Nashville. Lebanon is beginning to boom as is our area with the newly added Amazon distributing center. I mean whooooaaa, wooded areas and farms get a big road and an Amazon distribution center so big it meets the horizon “down yonder” and then the area just explodes. My SIL and BIL have a condo in the mountains of East TN near their 1 year old granddaughter. And during Covid days BIL could work from the condo. Now they need them in the office some in Hendersonville – but the house market booming and retirement days not far away, they decided to sell their house. In the Lebanon area, apartment prices (right now) a little more reasonable and they were ready for a change of area, and it’s not too bad of a drive – maybe 40 minutes for the few days he has to drive in to work. We are happy to have them closer to us for when they are here. Yay!

We also went out to eat and to Sam’s and to PopShelf.

Blossom Thai, Hendersonville, TN

We went to a new restaurant, Blossom Thai. The food was very good. The menu displayed asterisks of all the dishes they were not serving or out of. The wait was very long and there was a sign that asked that we please understand. These signs are popping up everywhere since people are choosing to sit at home instead of work. With rent paid for and forgiven and extra incoming coming in due to Covid, I guess they don’t bother. So we all wait when we go out to eat. It’s all becoming very European it sounds. Eating is becoming a very long and communal experience, lol.

I am Christian and so I didn’t really understand the Buddhist “shrine”. It was explained to me, but I still don’t get it. So is some Buddha God supposed to swoop down when no one is looking and eat the pineapple and sip the water? I’m really not making fun, I seriously don’t understand. I know as a Christian though it made me feel uncomfortable being admisdt a bunch of Buddha statues. God made it clear he is not happy with any other God’s but him and He says He is the only one true God and He detests the man made statues. I’m just telling you what I know as a Christian. So this was odd to me.

But I did understand “Egg Roll”, LOL.

My dish above, was the “Pad Kra Pow”. It was good but VERY salty and pretty hot for a dish with no warning label. Or those cute little peppers they usually put by a dish to let you know it has some heat. But that said, again for the 3rd time, the food was good! I enjoyed my hot tea also. It was Jasmine tea.

So we’ve had a lot of fun this weekend. Friday night, going back in time, we ate at Bubbakoo’s Burrito, in Mount Juliet. It was great. A “build your own” situation of taco’s, taco salad, burritos, quesadillas and so forth. Loved it.

Meanwhile in Texas

Guess who’s a big boy now? He’s learning to drink from a “sippy” cup!

Ok, over and out, being rushed this morning. Off to church. And another birthday excursion. lol

9 responses to “What is PopShelf? A Happy Shop! And Other Weekend Excursions”

  1. Hi!

    Well I have to say you got me with the new store Pop Shelf! OMG!! I want one here in Western Mass but sadly they won’t get one here. So I just paused and Googled if they will be opening up anywhere near me. And guess what? NO! They are all in TN. 1000 of them! But I looked on their site and let me say this. I would get in major trouble with a cart in that store! lol Can you just imagine a Sunday Funday with your fave friends? 🙂

    The baby is adorable! And growing so fast! I hope you guys get to go see him soon again.

    And I am living through your blog of where you eat! I am so jealous of what you guys have in TN! Looks so good where you went for Georges birthday. And Wow! He gets a celebration every day for a week? Amazing! Don’t worry we will remind you next Jan about your birthday week! LOL Big celebrations on the horizon! Perhaps rent an RV and go in style to see your grand baby! 🙂

    Have a great Sunday!

  2. It looks like your hubby had a great Birthday. I love Thai food. And taco salads are on our menu one day next week. We like the same kind of food.
    I think with all that is going on we need to enjoy and celebrate Birthdays and special occasions as much as we can.. Make those good memories.
    I can’t believe little Roo is drinking out of a sippy cup already. He is cute as can be.
    The area we live in has grown a lot too from when we moved here. More people are leaving the city and moving to rural areas.

    • I can’t believe he’s doing a sippy cup already either. He does good with his hands and getting good control but he does random things like pulling ears and grabbing hold lol! Yes we have eaten well on his birthday!

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