Hometown Shout-Outs

I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time in my little hometown recently. I still work there PRN as a nurse in the hospital, and our parents live there so we take our baby girl to visit them whenever we can. I have to admit – I have a love/hate relationship with the town. I have some bad memories that just won’t go away, and they steal my joy when I’m there. Rural areas like ours have low resources, and since the population is so small everyone is in each other’s business. Then again, small towns are great because most people are still neighborly, and you can almost always find a helping hand when you need it.

For the longest time it was difficult for me to drive down our main street because the buildings were empty or rotting, and the businesses that were there just looked like they were struggling to survive. Down the main street strip there’s a lack of parking, and although we have sidewalks, they are functional at the least. The city does their best to keep it clean and when Christmas rolls around they put up lights, but without anyone walking around to enjoy them the street lacks energy. The town sits on an intersection of highways 8 and 21, both of which could provide visitors – if they had anything to visit! Highway 8 is actually becoming known as a “wine trail”, which I feel like we could use to our advantage.

In the past few years, however, things have seemed to change. At least four or five new businesses have stripped out, refurbished, and moved in to the charming little brick frameworks that line the lane. A little paint, a little hard work, and a little love completely changes even the most dark and desolate looking shop! I’m so thankful for the women and men who are taking on the task of rebuilding what I call “downtown”. I always had the urge to take part – buy a little brick and mortar store and put in a bakery, or a boutique, or a cafe. Alas, I’ve not been blessed with the opportunity or the funds to do so – so I’ve decided that I’ll try and help out by putting a spotlight on these local businesses!

For the next few months, I’ll be featuring a post on these little jewels that are springing up in Potosi, MO. You can take a peek at one I’ve already done to see what they will be like: (Click here for my Lillybugz Children’s Boutique Review).

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Lillie Bugz Children’s Boutique 

It feels really good when I roll into my little hometown and see that businesses are growing and taking up blank spaces down Main Street. One such business is this adorable little shop my friend Billie Jo recently opened. Billie Jo and I met while working at the hospital, and her daughter Lillie has always been her muse (obviously)! Her namesake store is a boutique that has trendy children’s clothes and maternity clothes as well.

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The simple but organized set up is perfect for any momma or daddy wanting to take the kids shopping too. Comfy seating is available and all the clothes are at adult-height, so the little ones can run around. She even has a play room situated right next to a dressing room.

Isn’t it adorable! It’s a good thing my hubby was there, or else I would have bought the whole store. I love supporting small town businesses, and this one will for SURE always be on my list when I visit home. There’s not really anything like it in Potosi, so I’m positive LillieBugz will continue to thrive! Great job Billie Jo!

* I was not compensated in any way to write this post, I just seriously love small businesses!*

24 Hours in Hermann, MO

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*Disclaimer – I was in no way compensated to write this review and the opinions expressed here are my own*

Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to have a little “girls night” with a few of my old college roomies! We all just so happened to have the same night off, and we decided going somewhere close would be our best bet. Two of us currently live in St.Louis and the other in Columbia. Hermann is about equidistant for all of us, and none of us had ever visited so it was an easy choice!

Hermann is known for its selection of wineries, a quaint downtown, and beautiful scenery. With only 24 hours to spend, we wanted to try and see as much of it as possible. We checked in at our hotel, the Hermann Crown Suites, which is situated within walking distance of several shops and restaurants. It’s a fairly new business, recently renovated, and good pricing for the amount of room we had! The building itself was erected in the 1800’s.

Just a short walk away, we ate dinner at The Black Walnut Bistro. This restaurant had 4 and 5 star reviews on Yelp, and we wanted a good place to sit down and catch up.. The food was excellent and the service too, but the price was a little expensive for me and the small room had terrible acoustics that made it difficult to have a good conversation.

After dinner we headed over to Sugar Momma’s, a cute little pie shop that was right next door to our hotel! It’s adorable windows were decked out and definitely enticed us in. I love a good window display (haha). We met Sugar Momma herself, Mrs. Tammy Bruckerhoff, who helped us choose our pie slices for dessert! There were so many pies to choose from, plus she had candy everywhere – we needed direction. Sugar Momma was so kind and welcoming, and she gave us some fantastic insider tips on where to go the next day. We said our goodbyes and headed up to our room to devour our precious pie slices.

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The next morning we were up by nine (which is sort of ridiculous because we all love sleep AND it was raining). We walked (okay…ran) across the street to a little hometown donut shop called Battocletti’s Bake Shop for breakfast. We had heard some locals praising it, and it was pretty busy when we got there. The donuts are good, and cheap too – but be warned they only take cash. Luckily I had a few bucks in my wallet [not normal] and we got to indulge.

Adam Puchta Winery was our next stop. If it wasn’t raining so much, I bet there would have been plenty more visitors but we pretty much had the place to ourselves! They have a small tasting room, a big selection, and a very pretty outside set-up. There wasn’t a tour for us to take at this winery, so we didn’t stay very long.

One of the largest (and probably the most popular) wineries in town is called Stone Hill Winery. It was easy to find, had plenty of parking, and the hosts were friendly. We took a tour of the cellars and our tour guide was full of fun stories of the owners and what happened to the winery during prohibition. The winery cellars were once used to grow Portabello mushrooms! The main building had three tasting rooms, a live band playing by the atrium, and a huge store room where they sold bottles and cases.

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My favorite meal of our trip had to be the lunch we ate at Stone Hill. The owners had transformed an old barn into a restaurant, and we sat in what used to be a horse stable. We were all a little chilled from the rain so it was nice to sit down and get some warm food – which was amazing! I’ve never really had German food before, and here it was a specialty. The white bean and sausage soup hit the spot. I had a grilled chicken salad on a croissant, and the girls both had the daily special – sausage stuffed onion on mashed potatoes covered with white wine gravy. They give huge portions, so we were filled to the gills by the time we were done. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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From lunch we had to part ways. For 24 hours, I think we did a fantastic job of getting the most out of our trip! I would love to go back again. I think a weekend trip would be perfect for a couple wanting a small getaway.

24 Hours In Hermann, MO

Have you been to Hermann, MO? Is there something I missed that I should add to my list next time I visit? Comment below and Let me know!

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