Shopping Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Locally

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins at the Farmers Market at the Pavilion at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City

Pumpkin Spice season is here! *cue Spice Girls”

So tell me what you want, what you really, really want
I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha)
I wanna really, really, really wanna a PSL with extra spice *wink*

After a little singing and dancing, it is time to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or a PSL and chat about how to join the pumpkin spice craze on a local level.

Taking a fall coffee break at The Corner Cup in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Abby enjoyed a hot Pumpkin Spice Chai while I went for an iced version. We even had a gluten-free, fall-inspired snack! **The Corner Cup has several gluten-free goody options!!**

First things first, find a local coffee shop and order up a pumpkin spice latte or chai (hot or iced–depending on the temps!). With coffee in hand, take a stroll downtown looking for pumpkin-spice inspired goodness.

One thing I love about living in the Northeast Tennessee area is all of the local coffee shops! There are so many good ones it is hard to pick a favorite, but I will go ahead and spill the beans about an upcoming SSL adventure blog. It involves Abby and I visiting several area coffee shops, and it will feature our top picks and why we love them! It is a hard job, but someone has to do it *wink*

Abby and I showing off our arm candy inspired by pumpkin spice and fall. Abby’s arm wrap is from Reclaimed Inspired in Johnson City and my stack is a combo of bracelets Abby made me + a BRANDED Collective leather wrap I purchased at Reclaimed Inspired.

Abby and I made our first stop at Reclaimed Inspired Goods in Johnson City. This darling store carries all kinds of lovely things–from kitchen wares to jewelry for a cause like BRANDED, a collective that employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. #getBRANDED

After strolling downtown Johnson City, we got in the car and headed for Main Street Jonesborough–about 15 minutes up the road.

A collection of pumpkin candles at Carolyn & Lee Chandlers located on Main Street in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Before exploring all the shops on Main Street, Abby and I went to The Corner Cup to get our fall-inspired beverages. You can’t stroll without sipping and spending *wink* One of my favorite new stores in Jonesborough is Carolyn & Lee Chandlers candle shop and studio (you can actually see them making the candles–which is soooo cool!!). Did I mention this place smells divine!! Oh, my! I love candles so much, and this place will help me add to my ever-growing collection. Shhhhh. Don’t tell the hubby.

Stay tuned for an upcoming SSL blog post all about Carolyn & Lee Chandlers + see the candles I couldn’t live without. #candlelovers #candleaddicts

Dear Hallmark,
Please film a Harvest or Christmas movie on Main Street in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Thanks so much,
Chasidy–a Hallmark and Main Street Jonesborough fan

Stopping for a selfie with one of the International Storytelling Festival tents in the background #OnlyInJonesborough

After coffee, candles, and selfies, we headed to one of my favorite antique stores in the area to do a little pumpkin-spice inspired shopping. If you love vintage and antiques, Main Street Jonesborough has several stores filled with goodies. I totally suggest grabbing a friend and spending the day on Main Street.

Jack is wearing these vintage hats well!

Does this qualify as a pumpkin spice find? Hmmm. Kinda sorta. And I really need this in my life–in my art studio.

Just look at all of the pretty hardware and drawers! It could hold so many art and craft supplies. *Dear Santa….*

It is really easy to bring fall colors into the home. Look for rich browns, buttery creams, burnt oranges, rusty reds, and golden yellows.

We ended our afternoon in Jonesborough at One.40.Four, where we spied this pumpkin-spice convertible top. Abby decided she needed one, and hopefully, we will be modeling it soon on the blog. I am so thankful she was able to come home for Fall Break. It was much fun shopping pumpkin spice with her. *sappy Mom moment*

The hubby and I taking an obligatory selfie at Lady of the Fountain in downtown Johnson City.

Whew! After a busy day of pumpkin-spice shopping and drinking PSLs, I decided an evening in downtown Johnson City was the perfect way to end a perfect day. Abby had other obligations, so the hubby and I decided to have a little date night.

Downtown merchants decorated scarecrows for the First Friday event.

This cutie was created by Reclaimed Inspired Goods.

Artisans’ Village is well-represented by this fabulous scarecrow!

The Local Company is your go-to shop for area art and artisans. It is the perfect place to find pumpkin-inspired goodies. So, go and treat yourself *wink*

After spending all day shopping and most of the evening out on the town, how does one recover? A pumpkin-spice mini-spa day, of course! I called up Salon Bella Dona, a premier Aveda salon and booked a Pumpkin Pie Pedi with Lexie Panepinto + Pumpkin Facial and microdermabrasion combo with Ex-fo-li-ate by Renee.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Mask at Salon Bella Dona in Johnson City, located on Bristol HWY.

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Pumpkin Pie Mask = Perfect Fall Pedi Treat

Look at all of these fall colors! How do you choose?

It is very important for us to take time to treat ourselves. Whether it is a pedi or massage or just a moment of stillness on the porch with a good cup of coffee. We need these moments to rejuvenate our spirit, so we can go forth and conquer the tasks before us!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about pumpkin-spice shopping. From PSLs at your local coffee shop to facials from your local salon, pumpkin spice is easy to bring into your life! Now, I challenge each of you to head out to your local stores, coffee houses, salons, and restaurants and see what pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice things you can find. Feel free to share your fun in the comment section below or to my FB page or by tagging me on Twitter|IG @ChasidyHathorn.

Cute pumpkins created by my sweet friend Julie at First Friday in downtown Johnson City

 

 

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BuzzFest Downtown Johnson City + “Bee True To Who You Are” Reveal

12321516_724952394314275_6781098068423678137_nHey, y’all! I am so excited to share this blog post with you for so many reasons…I am so buzzed about it that I don’t even know where to start *wink* First of all, it makes my heart smile to see downtown Johnson City growing and having awesome events like BuzzFest, Blue Plum, and the new Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival. When there is great music, food, and art–they will come *big smile*

"Bee True To Who You Are" available at The Local Company in downtown Johnson City. The LoCo will be donating 5% of all bee related sales now thru May 5th. They will also be hosting an artist's demo, kid's drawing and coloring contest ! To learn more about this bee-tastic event and JC's passion for bees, visit What's the Buzz Johnson City's Facebook page here.

“Bee True To Who You Are” available at The Local Company in downtown Johnson City. The LoCo will be donating 5% of all bee-related sales now thru May 5th. They will also be hosting an artist’s demo + a kid’s drawing and coloring contest. To learn more about this bee-tastic event and JC’s passion for bees, visit What’s the Buzz Johnson City’s Facebook page here.

Not only will people come for great food and art, they will also come to support a great local event that will celebrate the invaluable life of bees. BuzzFest celebrates the many ways you can invite honeybees and other pollinators into your own backyard through bee-centric beekeeping, cultivation, and preservation of pollinator friendly gardens and green spaces. Join us [for BuzzFest on Friday, May 6] to welcome Johnson City’s own BEE QUEEN and her handmaidens. Learn about pollinator gardening, beekeeping essentials, and other fun activities for the family. All of this and more is happening at First Friday in May in downtown Johnson City. Y’all will not want to miss this!

20160420_122146_resizedI was really happy when I learned about BuzzFest from Sara Fagley, owner of The Local Company, because bees truly are invaluable + they work sooo hard for us–no questions asked, no complaints. All they “ask” is we provide them with what they need (and not destroy what they need or them with crazy sprays and such). It really isn’t that hard to live in harmony with nature…and with each other. We just need to work together better *big smile*

This celebration got me to thinking about the beginnings of Lolly Molly Art–which started because I wanted to decorate my daughter’s room with cute and functional art. (This was waaaayyyy before Pinterest and Etsy!). Long story short–Lolly Molly went beyond cute art pieces. Over the years, I have created political works, furniture, assemblages, abstracts….Basically, whatever I have dreamed up in my head…I have tried to bring to life.

To help celebrate BuzzFest, I wanted to go back to the roots…I wanted to create cute, whimsical, engaging bees…bees that make people smile…feel childlike…because children are open to new ideas and learning. Just like us adults should be!

Now, without further ado and before I wander off topic and ramble on for days, here is a little “scrapbook” of photos of “Bee True To Who You Are”–an original painting by me inspired from drawings from my sketchbook dated 1998 (yikes!).

This bee painting was designed to have a chalk-like feel because we should all grab some chalk, draw a hopscotch board on the sidewalk, and take a break from our adulting.

Work in progress

Work in progress

A view of the easel (the hubby made it from an old door + leftover pieces of wood)

A view of the easel (the hubby made it from an old door + leftover pieces of wood) and my studio fan *wink*

Bright colors + simple shapes = smiling faces

Bright colors + simple shapes = smiling faces

Enough said.

Enough said.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today for the buzz on BuzzFest + the reveal of Bee True To Who You Are. Stay tuned tomorrow for the bee string art that I created for this special event + where the bee string art kits will be available for purchase.

"Bee True To Who You Are" by Chasidy Hathorn

“Bee True To Who You Are” by Chasidy Hathorn

**Bee Nice–The use of any artist’s image from this site is prohibited unless prior written permission from the artist (Chasidy Hathorn) is obtained.**