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MEET THE EDITOR Hello Clarksville! I’m the new executive editor here at VIP Clarksville Magazine, and I’d love to take a second and introduce myself.

city where everyone has a seat at the table, but more importantly, knows their voice matters.

My family moved to Clarksville when I was seven, which is about as native as it gets for a military family like mine. My dad was stationed here with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell. Unfortunately, he was killed overseas in 2007 after his aircraft crashed in Afghanistan. Because of the schools and network of support we had locally, my family decided to stay here. I graduated from Rossview High School in 2014 and moved to New York City for school the following year. I have bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English literature from New York University, and a master’s in social and cultural analysis also from NYU.

That’s the amazing thing about VIP Clarksville — we get to pull together all of those faces and voices, and deliver it to you in gorgeous, glossy print. I’m really looking forward to what VIP Clarksville is capable of. Under our publisher Ashley Mynatt, we’re building out a remarkable team and we cannot wait to show y’all what we’ve got in store!

After several years of living in New York City and working a variety of jobs in broadcast news, magazine, and digital news, I found myself in a position like many others — forced to move back home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What had momentarily felt like defeat turned out to be a gift. Over the last two years, I’ve worked as a local investigative news reporter. Through that work, I’ve come to fall in love with Clarksville all over again. But not just for what it is. I see what it can be. My partner Amelia and I bought a house here at the end of last year. In between drawing chalk sharks for her son Indiana (and getting my rear handed to me in hide-and-seek), we love tackling home improvement projects, sipping on local craft beer, and hot yoga classes. We have two dogs, two cats, and more fish than we probably should. This is the first issue I’ve had the privilege of working on, and it’s filled with the faces and voices we know and love, but my goal moving ahead will be to also introduce y’all to the faces, voices, and stories you might not know: the hard-working school nurse who goes above and beyond for her students; the dedicated landscaper tending to lawns just down the street; or the single mother of three next door who’s also holding down a full-time job. I want to champion those that make Clarksville the city we’re proud to call home. Everyone can be a VIP. That’s the mentality I’m bringing to this magazine, and it’s my hope that through hearing each other’s stories, we can grow closer as a community and create a

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CONTENTS

EVENTS 12

FORT CAMPBELL CHAPTER AUSA QUARTERLY BREAKFAST

15 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS HOSTED BY SERVPRO 17 JAVA WITH JOE: COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH MAYOR JOE PITTS

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24 MAGIC OF THE MIND STARRING JEFF & KIMBERLY 27 DANCING WITH OUR STARS

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33 POWER BREAKFAST FEATURING SEAN HENRY 36 SUPPORT THE ELECTION OF ADRIENNE FRY

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40 A JOLIE’S CHATEAU EXPERIENCE 43 DINNER WITH THE TRUCKS 46 INAUGURAL EDUCATION SUMMIT FOR ALL WOMEN VETERANS

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59 RUN FOR COPS 5K

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60 OPENING DAY AT THE DOWNTOWN MARKET 62 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH MUSIC PRODUCTION BY APSU 67 REID POLAND FOR GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE DIVISION II RECEPTION 70 MCVC & OPERATION STAND DOWN NETWORKING EVENT 73 V.I.C.E. NIGHT

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76 SHOOT DOWN HUNGER CLAY SHOOT TOURNAMENT 79 DEATH OF A GANGSTER - SPEAKEASY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER

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82 UNITED WE DINE 85 CHAPEL HILL RISES 2022 VISION DINNER

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89 WOMEN IN BUSINESS 93 MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGIONAL CONVENTION OF CANDIDATES

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FEATURES 22 GIVE | CARE | SHARE: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF CLARKSVILLE- MONTGOMERY COUNTY

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30 2022 BEST OF THE BEST RESULTS 38 SALUTE TO SERVICE: TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION 48 DON’T DOUBT DOWNTOWN SPECIAL SECTION JODY ISAACS | JOURNEY’S EYE STUDIO VIRGINIA & NICHOLAS NICOLETTA | NICOLETTA’S CATERING WES CUNNINGHAM | STRAWBERRY ALLEY ALE WORKS ASHLEY HASTINGS | PUPS PLANTS & GOODS COURTNEY GATEWOOD | COURTNEY’S CREATIVE PALLETE LYNN SODEMAN | FANELLI’S DELI + MARKET ANDREA HERRERA | MILDRED & MABLE’S LISA FOREST | WEDDING BELLES OLASUBOMI BASHORUN | DBO GALLERY TONY SCHUNN | ANDVINYL RECORDS LLOYD NICELY | MOM AND DAD’S MUSIC LINDA SEPHARD | EDWARD’S STEAKHOUSE 65 CLARKSVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VETERAN- OWNED BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: JORDAN FARMS

AN ANNUAL SPECIAL SECTION WHERE WE GIVE RECOGNITION TO THE AMAZING WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE DAILY!

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Allisha Lee & Lana Bastin

Bob Freeman & Kristi Murtha

Kyle Johnson & Charlie Koon

Quarterly Breakfast Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Fort Campbell Chapter of AUSA, or the Association of the United States Army, held its quarterly membership breakfast at the Clarksville Regional Airport. Members enjoyed a light breakfast with coffee and juice, and a presentation by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Commander, Col. Vince Myers. Myers updated the group on BACH’s medical readiness, COVID, as well as current and planned hospital operations. Tim Johnson & Rich Holladay

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Gabriel & Vanessa Espinosa, Royce Stevens 12 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

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Hillary Brewer & Lindsey White


Kimberly Gilbert Mason & Lee Elder

Rich Holladay

Neil Stauffer & Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch

Melissa Anderson & Karissa Poe

Sam Nienow & Don Hunt

Vanessa Espinosa

Colonel Vince Myers & Charlie Koon

Specialist Marisa Scotto & Laura Boyd

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117th ANNUAL DINNER AND GALA 5:30pm at Wilma Rudolph Event Center Chairman Paul Turner and the Board of Directors Cordially invite you to the Chamber of Commerce 117th Annual Dinner and Gala. For more information + tickets, please visit www.clarksvillechamber.com/index.php

Sunday, June 12th

AUSA ANNUAL TOPGOLF FUNDRAISER 1pm-4pm at Topgolf Nashville The AUSA Annual Topgolf Fundraiser helps support military programs and upholds AUSA’s mission to educate those they serve with programs, products, resources, and events, while informing about issues affecting America’s Army, and connecting America’s Total Army, it’s industry partners, like-minded associations, and other supporters at the national, regional, and chapter levels. For more information + tickets, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1623784457982243

Saturday, June 18th

CLARKSVILLE JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL

12pm at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center Manifest Magic is proud to present Clarksville’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration powered by Emerald City CBD with this year’s theme, “Flowers to the People.” Join us as we celebrate life, love, culture, friendship, and community. For vendor, sponsor, and volunteer opportunities, please visit https://linktr.ee/clarksvillejuneteenth

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F E AT U R E D LO C A L E V E N T S F O R J U N E Saturday, June 19th

BLK C X ELLENCE BRUNCH 1pm at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center The BLK Xcellence Brunch is a highly curated brunch experience celebrating Juneteenth weekend and Black Xcellence in the Clarksville community. This annual fundraising event will feature Black art displays, the BLK Xcellence Awards, several cultural showcases and performances, and a cash bar. To purchase tickets please visit: https://www.clarksvillejuneteenth.com/event-tickets

Saturday, June 25th

SUMMER BLOCK PARTY 9am at Appleton Harley-Davidson Join Appleton Harley-Davidson at their Summer Block Party! There will be live music by Lone Watie, cold brew, food, and $1000 in giveaways! Chilled Vibez will be there with snowcones, Buffalo Soldiers will be selling hotdogs and hamburgers, and there will be vendors around the block. For more information, please contact (931) 648-1607 or email marketing@appletonharley.com

Saturday, June 25th

BULLS, BOOMS, AND BURGERS

5pm at 1680 Parchman Rd, Clarksville, TN 37040 Bull riding, live music, and burgers! Henley Farms is happy to be sponsoring and providing burgers for this great event at Walker Farm and Ranch. Gates open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm. Children 12 and under are free! For more information and tickets, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bulls-booms-burgers-tickets-282639882497

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze ServPro once again raised the bar for the monthly Business After Hours event, as Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce members returned to the cleaning and restoration company’s Ashland City Road facility for an afternoon of networking, socializing, and fun. This year’s event drew more than 150 guests and featured a DJ, catering by PSR Events and Stephen Cross, a photo booth, and casino games provided by Clarksville Casino Parties.

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Java with Joe

Coffee & Conversation with Mayor Joe Pitts

Mayor Joe Pitts & April Consulo

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze April Consulo of Office Now recently organized Java with Joe: Coffee and Conversation with Mayor Joe Pitts. About three dozen people came out for pastries, beverages, and a 60-minute question and answer session with the Mayor. Consulo emceed the discussion. She began with questions that had been submitted to her by attendees. She then opened the floor for additional queries. Mayor Pitts deftly provided informed answers on an array of subjects, and encouraged audience members to follow up with various departments in city government. He provided contact information and offered to personally follow up on some of the issues that were presented.

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GIVE | CARE | SHARE CLARKSVILLE IS SET TO BECOME HOME TO THE 5,000th BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN THE NATION! The Boys & Girls Clubs of America was founded on the idea that every child deserves a great future, which is why it’s a shock that Clarksville isn’t home to its own Club yet. However, a group of dedicated committee members are working to ensure that by the end of 2022, the doors have opened on the Boy & Girls Club of Clarksville-Montgomery County. Born from a Leadership Clarksville Class of 2020 study group project, the new Club found its inspiration in the form of a question posed by Montgomery County General Sessions Judge Ken Goble. He asked for the group to strategize and develop interventions that would keep children from entering the juvenile justice system. After some research and a handful of interviews, the committee landed on a solution: opening a Boys & Girls Club locally. According to stats from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 76% of low-income Club members ages 12 to 18 who attend the Club regularly reported receiving mostly A’s and B’s, compared to 67% of their peers nationally. Additionally, 52% of 12th grade Club members express an interest in a STEM career, compared with 27% of 12th graders nationally. Academic success — along with the encouragement of healthy lifestyles, building good character, and citizenship — are just a handful of the benefits youth receive when they become a member of a Boys & Girls Club. But how is this accomplished? Mentors and Club staff are equipped with the skills to positively impact youth members the moment they enter the door. Through participation in fun and engaging programs, youth develop meaningful relationships with staff, which in turn cultivates important skills, such as making new friends and developing their talents. This is widely referred to as the Club Experience. The Club Experience consists of five key elements. The first element — a safe and positive environment — sets the foundation for life changing youth development work. If children feel safe and positively encouraged, they’re primed for being invested in their own success. The next key element is providing fun and a sense of belonging, which keeps youth engaged. The last three elements – supportive relationships, opportunities and expectations, and recognition – help transform time spent at the Club into experiences that enable these kids to reach their full potentials as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. “The Boys and Girls Club provides something that every child needs, a safe and fun place for our children to go. The organization has also made a commitment to provide life-enhancing programs and caring mentors for kids. We become a better community by building up children who can reach their potential. This is a club that has endured the test of time with its roots dating back to 1860. I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact this club can have on our community for generations to come,” Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said. “There are a few projects that come along in the life of a community that are so impactful and life changing, not only for those participating but for their families and the entire community. The Boys and Girls 22 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

Club of Clarksville-Montgomery County is the latest example. A group of citizens began discussing the idea several years ago, put in the work to evaluate need, and created a plan to make it happen,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts added. “We are now the beneficiaries of their excellent work, and the Boys and Girls Club of Clarksville-Montgomery County will come to life in August of this year. That’s another reason we love this community,” Pitts continued. And it should be said that the part of the community for which the club is planned — New Providence — has been at a disadvantage for years. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the New Providence area has a median household income that’s 40% less than the city-wide median. This goes on to negatively affect the children who call New Providence home, who might not have access to the same resources that children in St. Bethlehem or Sango might have. As of right now, a local church is providing a building for the Club that includes a gymnasium, classrooms, and program areas. This gives the Club enough space to start off with 100 spots for membership in its first years, but then grow from there. The Club’s plan is to eventually purchase land to build a standalone Boys & Girls Club for grades K-12 in the near future. If the local chapter meets its fundraising goal of $600,000 — which would support one year of operating costs as well as secure furnishings for the Club — Clarksville will become home to the 5,000th Boys & Girls Club to open nationally. And while so much has been raised already in support of opening, including the funds raised at VIP Clarksville’s Black Tie Ball, just under 20% of the funding goal has been pledged. So, there’s quite a way to go. But based on the positive outcomes, it’s so worth it. The Club fee for youth members is $20 per year, per child. However, no child is turned away because of an inability to provide the $20. A donation to the Club is an investment in the future of ClarksvilleMontgomery County’s youth.


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Zana Durrett, Jamie Durrett & Lynn Wesson

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Melanie Mosier & Judy Edmonds

Elizabeth & Paul Darke

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein brought their unique blend of sleight-ofhand, magic, comedy, and mentalism to the Turner Auditorium stage at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. The couple, who now lives in Clarksville, has performed at Nashville’s House of Cards, Magic Castle in Los Angeles, CA, and appeared on television. Their new show, called “Dynamic Duo of Deception,” promised “world-class magic and mind reading that ventures beyond mere illusion and verges on the unexplainable.”

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Hopkinsville’s Pennyroyal Arts Council & Sanctuary, Inc. recently presented Dancing With Our Stars on the stage of downtown’s beautiful Alhambra Theatre. This year’s celebrities were Blair & Max Arnold, Ellery Naghtin & Brandon Garnett, Martha Argotte & Michael Steil, Amy Rogers & Mark Lindsey, Bri & Alex Smith, Caroline & Chris Bentzel, and Robin Tabor-Atkins & Dustin Gilbert. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sanctuary, Inc. and the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

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I N T R O D U C I N G YO U R W I N N E R S F O R T H E Hamburger

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Locally Owned Restaurant Yada on Franklin Mexican | Latin American Restaurant Casa Blanca Nutrition & Supplements Clarksville Nutrition Childcare | Preschool College | University Elementary School High School

Middle School

Private School

Vocational | Technical

Auto Collision | Repair Auto Detailing

Hilldale Christian Child Care Center Austin Peay State University Clarksville Christian School Clarksville Christian School Clarksville Christian School Clarksville Christian School Armored Trucking Academy LLC Bumpus Body Shop Anthony’s Mobile Detailing

Pizza

Sandwich Shop Seafood Server

Steakhouse

Caprigios Pizza Wicked Good Sandwiches Storming Crab™ - Seafood Restaurant Lauren McCall, Liberty Park Grill Garrison Oak Steakhouse

Sushi

Rock N Roll Sushi

Dance Studio

Dance Force, L.L.C.

Children’s Birthday Party Venue The City Forum Golf Course

The River Club Golf & Learning Center

Automobile Dealership (New) Jenkins & Wynne Ford, Honda, & Lincoln

Gymnastics | Tumbling | Cheer Clarksville Elite Gynastics Center

Automobile Service Center LR Harper Automotive

Martial Arts

Automobile Dealership (Pre-Owned) Darby Auto Sales Car Wash

Tire Shop

Aesthetician Barbershop Day Spa Gym

Hair Salon

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Medical Spa

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Place for a Massage

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Asian Restaurant

Yellowtail Robata Grill & Sushi

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Local Annual Event Clarksville Downtown Market

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Cosmetic Dentistry Practice All Smiles Family Dentistry

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Long-Term Care Ahava Healthcare of Clarksville

Medical Center | Hospital Tennova Healthcare Clarksville Medical Practice Premier Medical Group

Memory Care Facility Brookdale Clarksville

Mental Health | Counseling Services Clarity Mental Health Optometrist | Vision Care Sango Eye Care Orthodontist

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Pediatric Dentist Spring Creek Pediatric Dentistry


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Patton & Pittman Attorneys

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Power Breakfast featuring Sean Henry

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The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Power Breakfast at Old Glory Distilling Co., which featured Sean Henry, President and CEO of the Nashville Predators.

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Henry had the full attention of everyone in the packed room as he spoke about his vision for Clarksville’s new F&M Bank Arena, which will be under the management of Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment. Sabertooth has made Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena a world class venue, and Henry added that he is very optimistic about what its partnership with Clarksville’s local governments, businesses, and Austin Peay State University can do for the city.

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CAMPAIGN SUPPORT LUNCHEON Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Country Club was recently the site of an election campaign event for Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Fry, hosted by Governor Bill Lee and Congressman Mark Green. More than 150 were in attendance to show their support for Fry, who was recently appointed by the governor to fill the 19th Judicial District seat left open by the retirement of Judge Ross Hicks. Fry said she was humbled by the endorsements she received from Governor Lee and Congressman Green, as well as the support she has gathered throughout Montgomery and Robertson Counties. Grace Lord, Aubre Rios & Ashley Mynatt

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SALUTE TO SERVICE

tunnel to towers foundation PAYS OFF MORTGAGE FOR TWO LOCAL CLARKSVILLE FAMILIES The term “Gold Star Family” refers to the immediate relatives of a service member who died in the line of duty. This designation can refer to that service member’s surviving spouse, children, parents, or siblings — and while the title is meant as a tribute to the sacrifice that their loved one made in the name of our country, it’s an honor that no one truly wants.

Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist and Pathfinder Badge(s). He is survived by his wife, Yesenia, two children and a stepson.

One organization dedicated to supporting Gold Star Families is the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, based out of Staten Island, New York. At an event hosted by the foundation in mid-May, the foundation announced that it had paid off the mortgages of two Gold Star Families here in Clarksville.

The announcement was made at the foundation’s Never Forget Concert, hosted at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee. Nearly 750 first responder and military families attended the concert, which featured performances by Old Dominion, Brantley Gilbert, Darryl Worley, and Willie Shaw. In addition to the two families from Clarksville, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid off the mortgages of three other Gold Star families around Tennessee, and the mortgage of Jeff Carson, the late country singer turned police officer.

Those heroes are: U.S. Army SPC Russell Shane Hercules Jr. from Clarksville, was killed serving in Afghanistan in 2009. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart for his bravery and courageous deeds. He was just 22 years old and left behind his wife Victoria, his two children and two stepchildren. U.S. Army SGT Louie Ramos from Clarksville, died in May 2011 from injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan. Ramos received several awards while serving, including the Army Good

Carson was an award-winning country singer and songwriter. He later became a police officer in Franklin. In March 2022, Carson died of a heart attack. The Carson family attended the concert to accept the foundation’s gift. “Thank you all for being here this evening. I think we thought we were just being invited. Jeff just would’ve never believed all of this. There has been so much happening in these last few weeks and we’re just so thankful, we’re grateful.” Carson’s wife, Kim, said at the event. During the concert, Tunnel to Towers President and CEO Frank Siller also announced new details regarding the foundation’s Veteran Homelessness program, which will work to eliminate veteran homelessness throughout the country. The foundation will be providing housing for over 500 veterans by the end of the year in three communities: Riverside, California; Los Angeles, California; and Phoenix, Arizona. As part of the program, the foundation will be working with U.S. VETS and the American Legion to also provide comprehensive care, such as mental health and addiction services, and skills training to the homeless veterans. “You see what we do for our fallen first responders, you see what we do for our Gold Star families, and you see what we do for our catastrophically injured service men and women, and now tonight, the official announcement of our program and our promise to eradicate homelessness amongst our veterans. It is an enormous undertaking, but you know what? I’m not worried. And you want to know why I’m not

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worried? Because we have all of you,” Siller said at the event. About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others. For more than 20 years, the foundation has supported our nation’s first responders, veterans, and their families by providing these heroes and the families they leave behind with mortgage-free homes.

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A Jolie’s Chateau Experince Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Dozens gathered at Austin Peay State University’s Morgan Center for the launch of Jolie Chateau’s new skincare line. Attendees were able to view a variety of products, and watch a fashion show featuring two Nigerian fashion designers: 86th Corner and 11th November. Jolie Chateau, the shop behind the organization of the event, was founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Jolie Frederick to preserve the quilting customs of her native village in West Africa. Purchases from the skin care line of products she represents supports the preservation of the culture. Andrea Evans, Lanet Phillips & Kelly Evans

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Less than two years ago, Shirley Brown’s bimonthly Dinner with the Trucks event was comprised of four food trucks and maybe 100 folks turning out at the corner of a parking lot on Fort Campbell Boulevard. Her most recent event brought out nearly 1,000 people, all eager to dine with 21 food trucks at the event’s current location on Riverside Drive, in the parking lot of Two Rivers Mall. Brown said she now has more than 70 trucks signed up, which she rotates for events that are held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 4 – 8 p.m. Trenton & Stacia Ruger

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Inaugural Education Summit for Women Veterans Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Women’s Veterans of America (WVA) and Austin Peay State University (APSU) recently celebrated local “SHEroes” with its Inaugural Education Summit for All Women Veterans at the university’s Newton Family Resource Center. Andrea Van Aken & O’Neal Wiggins

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The event was led by Yolonda Williams, a U.S. Army veteran, APSU alumna and national commander of the WVA. “The last census found there were more than 6,600 women veterans that are here,” Williams said. “Through my organization, I’ve heard they want to know more about school, about the educational opportunities and the benefits that are applicable to them.”

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That kind of mutual, community-based support can only give way to more growth, and we’re already seeing the positive effects of the camaraderie. Soon, the F&M Bank Arena will be welcoming in thousands of hockey fans, ice skaters, concert goers, and the Austin Peay State University basketball team. Shelby’s Trio from Joe and Cathy Maynard will open at the end of this summer, bringing with it two new restaurants and Clarksville’s first rooftop bar. The Mailroom Restaurant — a new venture from Strawberry Alley Ale Works owner Wes Cunningham — will also open the summer in the historic Federal Building across the street from the Downtown Commons. Long story short: downtown Clarksville has a lot to look forward to, but also a lot to already love. VIP talked with a few of the current downtown business owners tasked with adapting to the explosive growth. We asked them what they’re excited about, what worries them, and what they wish people knew about the part of town they’re proud to guide into the future.

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ver the last few years, downtown Clarksville has transformed into a bustling city center complete with a variety of restaurants, shops, and happenings. This has primarily been led by a group of tight-knit business owners not only invested in reinvigorating downtown, but also each other’s success.

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JODY ISAACS | JOURNEY’S EYE STUDIO On downtown’s growth: “I’m so excited to see all the new types of things that are coming in. It’s a lot of food and beverage, but there are some people scouting out for retail and that sort of thing. And there’s some health and wellness that’s coming around as well, and so I think we have a nice variety. And then on Strawberry (Alley) it’s very exciting too, with the plants and coffee.” On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “I wish that people knew that you can walk a fair distance around downtown — that the scare for the parking per se right in front of where you’re going is not necessary, because you can park even a block away and that would get you to see more. Maybe you’d stop in at the museum, or make some other stops along the way. And I wish people knew that there could be an easy walking flow, and eventually I would love to see this be a walkable downtown.”

LISA FOREST | WEDDING BELLES On downtown’s growth: “It’s so exciting. It is just wonderful to look out — like when we had the Scavenger Hunt — and people were just all up and down the street. It’s very exciting and I think Clarksville is going in a really good direction.” On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “They can make a whole day of it. They can come and shop for boutique things, they can eat breakfast at Madeline’s, they can have lunch at Strawberry Alley or at Mickey’s, they can have lunch at the City Market. There’s just a whole day of stuff they can do right down here, and I tell our bridesmaids that all the time — that if you want to party, come here in the morning, pick your gown out, go to Mickey’s and shop the rest of the afternoon. We have people who drive in from Evansville, from all sorts of places and we just tell them to make a day of it.”

OLASUBOMI BASHORUN | DBO GALLERY On what he wishes people knew about downtown: “I wish that people knew that there’s stuff happening. I mean we have like four restaurants, five restaurants and things close early. It’s not your typical downtown. When you think of downtown Nashville, you think of bar hopping and crawls. Everything in our downtown is very local, it’s very mom and pop or young people doing things. That’s another thing too, is there’s a lot of young people owning their own businesses down here where traditionally, everybody thought it was just lawyers and doctors and things like that and two restaurants. But there’s more to do, more to see, and if the sign’s on, walk in. Everybody is pretty friendly for the most part and chill.” His advice to folks looking to open up shop downtown: “If you have a business and want to do it, just do it. You’ve got to understand that it’s all a process. I use kids learning to walk all the time as a metaphor. First they start crawling, then they learn to stand up, and then they fall on their face. They get back up, and fall on their face again before they take that first step. Then they take their first step, and fall on their face again. It is technically failure, but it’s only failure if you stop — that’s the only way that it is failure. If you keep getting up, and you’re going to run into things constantly. You’re going to run into the city not giving you your liquor license when you want it, so you can’t open on time. There’s going to be all these little hiccups but again, so what? Just keep moving.” 50 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE


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TONY SCHUNN | ANDVINYL RECORDS On what he wishes people knew about downtown: “When they come in here, a lot of people don’t even know we’re here. They’ll be like ‘Oh, I didn’t know you were here, how long have you been here?’ And we’ll be like ‘Oh, three years,’ and it’s just that they haven’t come down here in awhile. I think a lot of people don’t know there is a lot of shopping you can do down here — it’s not just government buildings and a maybe a couple restaurants. There’s literally a whole bunch of stuff on the street to do. Night life isn’t all that big yet down here which would be nice to have, but there’s a whole bunch of retail and food that’s come down here.” On what worries him as a downtown business owner: “The potential of our rent or cost of something going up could be an issue, but our landlord has been pretty cool so that hasn’t been a problem. Aside from that, maybe the parking issue, which is a common issue down here. And the more people that come down here, especially with the event center and everything, that’s probably going to be difficult and deter people from coming down here but I’m hopeful that will get fixed at some point.”

WES CUNNINGHAM | STRAWBERRY ALLEY ALE WORKS On downtown’s growth: “It’s super exciting. We’ve been down here for four years now at Strawberry Alley and we decided to open up here because we were excited for the future of downtown and cared a lot about downtown. Since then, it’s just becoming more and more obvious that downtown Clarksville is a great place to dine, shop, hangout, and spend time with your family and friends. In that time, we’ve added the new park down the street, the Downtown Commons, and F&M Bank Arena is opening up here soon. Those two projects along with all the local businesses are making it a really great place to be.” On what he wishes people knew about downtown: “I think the secret’s out on downtown as far as there being a wonderful mix of local shops and restaurants. But there’s more and more happening every day so the secret might just be that there are brand new restaurants popping up, brand new shops popping up. It’s no longer just a handful of longtime businesses that have been here. Those great businesses have been joined by small businesses that are popping up pretty frequently so just knowing that there’s more and more out there to be discovered, it’s not just what you might expect.”

LLOYD NICELY | MOM AND DAD’S MUSIC On downtown’s growth: “I like that downtown is starting to be bigger and more businesses are moving in and cooler businesses are moving in, and some younger-owned businesses, which I think is pretty much what downtown needs. Nothing against all the law offices, but it used to only be law offices and a place to drink beer and that’s not really productive. I like having the ArtLink over there, and Tony over at the record store, and my shop’s down here. Not that we’re the coolest but we’re pretty cool. I just think it’s great. I like the growth and the direction that downtown is heading right now.” On what worries him as a downtown business owner: “I don’t really see a downside to the growth downtown. The only thing I think that would make me a little bit nervous is being priced out of our buildings if it starts to get pretty big. I worked at the world’s largest vintage guitar store in downtown Nashville for about 10 years called Gruhn Guitars, and when the growth starts happening, some people can be priced out of their buildings. And I guess greed is another thing that scares me a little bit.” 52 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE


On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “I wish they knew more of the history. My husband and I were born and raised here, so we’re one of the few people on the whole street that were probably born and raised here. When we walked these streets when we were young, this is where we bought our clothes, this was everything. I wish they knew more of the history but we’re fixing to put plaques on the buildings which will give a history of each building, which I think is good.” Her advice to folks looking to open up shop downtown: “Come on down. To me, the more the merrier. Everybody keep saying, ‘Well you don’t want all these restaurants coming in.’ I do. People aren’t going to eat at the same place every night so just come on down. Just understand the demographics when you come down here. I don’t have a patio out back, I have a street out back, you know so that your parking is what you’ve got. People want to move in and then complain about it but it was that same way when you moved in.”

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On downtown’s growth: “I’ve been in Clarksville for seven years, and just the growth downtown has been amazing. Like now you can hop around to stores and bars, and actually spend a whole evening or day down here when before, I feel like you really couldn’t.” On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “The parking is a pain but once you find it, it’s worth it because there’s so much to do down here that people don’t know about. You can even hop around. We did a whole evening one time where we went to The Vine, and then we went to Yada, and then we went to Trazo, and then we went to the Blackhorse, and then we went to Mickey’s. We spent hours down here and you can hop around and do so many things. The walkability I feel like is getting a lot better.”

COURTNEY GATEWOOD | COURTNEY’S CREATIVE PALETTE On downtown’s growth: “Yes, it’s very exciting. It’s nice to see more people find out about downtown Clarksville instead of venturing out in other places. Small businesses need more growth and the more people that are down here, it’s more exciting to see.” On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “Downtown Clarksville, they think it’s more of an adult space because of the Blackhorse and Strawberry Alley (Ale Works) and other breweries down here, but there’s more stuff to do for kids and families than they think. The Custom’s House Museum has that whole play area downstairs, I mean my kids love going in there. I just sit there and work on my computer while they play. It’s awesome.”

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On downtown’s growth: “I’ve only been here a year and I’ve already seen so much growth, especially with the Blackhorse now reopened, that’s been amazing. A lot of people are just discovering this whole building, the City Market. On a daily basis, I get people that say, ‘I didn’t even know you were here. I didn’t even know this building existed.’ So, word’s getting out and that’s a great thing. People like new things. We’re not just a regular restaurant, we’ve got a deli, we’ve got Jody over here, we’ve got a ton of shops in here so people are discovering it and I think that’s great. For the first year that I’ve been open, I thought everybody knew this was here, and that’s not the case.” On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “I like the feeling of it. It’s a small, quaint little historic town like in a Hallmark movie, and I like the vibe of that. I just wish I could explore it more, but by the time I’m done here I am on the way home.”

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On what she wishes people knew about downtown: “I wish people knew about the history. I mean I’m fascinated with going into the archives and looking at old buildings and finding out what all of them used to be. I like to try and keep the integrity of this building as much as I can, front and back and inside. I want the history to stay. I want it to look like an old, historic downtown but with modern amenities. That’s my dream.” Her advice to folks looking to open up shop downtown: “My best advice would be to start small. Maybe do a booth somewhere like a rental, and see if it’s your passion and if you really like it. I kind of jumped off the cliff fast. I bought the building and then I had 2500 square feet to fill and it was a lot. So looking back, I wish I had taken maybe more baby steps but it’s all worked out so I can’t say it doesn’t work. But if it’s something you love and are passionate about, whether it’s ice cream, snow cones, paintings, or pottery – do it and it’ll work.”

NICHOLAS AND VIRGINIA NICOLETTA | NICOLETTA’S CATERING On downtown’s growth: “I’m super excited about the growth. I’m looking forward to the additional parking that we’re going to have. It’s been nice to watch the new stores pop up downtown because there’s been some options for everyone. Like The Vine here, with the wine and appetizers, which is great. Then you have Trazo with the mead, which you don’t find that everywhere. So, I like the fact that we’re getting news things, not just new attorney’s offices and more trinket shops but businesses that will pull you downtown.” On what they wish people knew about downtown: “I wish people knew that the downtown footprint actually extends all the way to James Corlew (dealership), and downtown is not just Franklin Street. That is the conception. There’s even a few business owners on Franklin that have a little bit of tunnel vision. My Eat Good building is just outside, it’s literally 500 yards outside of the downtown business district, so Corlew is in it. I want to dispel that misconception. When people think of downtown, they immediately think of Franklin Street, and just from Hot Pita to the Roxy. So I want to impress upon them that downtown really goes from the Dog Hill area to Corlew.” DON’T DOUBT DOWNTOWN • 55


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JORDAN FARMS Looking at the explosion of color, texture, and sheer beauty bursting from the fields at Jordan Farms, one can’t help but wonder how Charley Jordan got here – to this place far away from Army life, where nothing follows strict rules and the only thing certain is the uncertainty of nature. Career Army with a family legacy to carry, Jordan enlisted in 1989 and served for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2017 as a Chief Warrant Officer Four with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. “I come from a long line of military service and was inspired to join the military so I could travel and get the college money for school,” he said. “I had no idea that I would stay in as long as I did.” Even during those three decades of service, Jordan had his eye on the future, always cognizant of the fact that the day would come when he no longer put on the uniform. With that in mind, he prepared for his transition to civilian life as much as he could. In 2001, he purchased a large property in Middle Tennessee, began boarding horses, and got involved with junior high and high school rodeos. Seven years later, he founded Circle J Ranch, establishing himself in Texas Longhorn freezer beef sales. Still, when retirement came, Jordan found himself underprepared and struggling with separation from military life. “As early as I started preparing to leave the service, unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared enough,” he admits. “The first few years after my retirement were hard and very difficult to get used to. I finally decided to reach out to the Cohen Military Family Treatment Clinic of Clarksville, and that made all the difference for me. I was able to finally really focus on making my

farm business successful. I learned that it’s important to reach out for help when you need it – especially for veterans.” In 2020, Jordan took another big leap, selling Circle J and starting something new yet again: floriculture. Rebranded as Jordan Farms, the name represents the dedicated man behind the operation and the hard work he has put into the many blooms populating his fields. But more than just growing flowers, he’s growing an experience. “I grow several different varieties of annual and perennial cut flowers which are currently being sold by the bouquet at the Clarksville Downtown Market,” Jordan explains. “My farm is also open to agritourism events such as pick-yourown bouquets, photography sessions, yoga, educational events, and camping events. “ For Jordan, the challenges of a business so rooted in the ground are outweighed by the satisfaction of creating something for himself. “Life in agriculture is challenging, but it is also very rewarding – both physically and mentally,” he notes. “I brought my agriculture operation to life through many lessons learned – both good and bad. I had to relearn social media as an advertising platform and learn how to market myself and my farm. I engage as much as possible with my fellow veteran businesses and attend as many local networking events as I can. I’m also excited about my recent membership with the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, and I hope it leads to more opportunities for my flowers. “Owning your own business takes personal purpose, motivation, and direction. You are the sole reason for its success or not and I personally enjoy that challenge,” he goes on. “I balance my farm business between being an adjunct assistant professor for EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, a Horticulture Therapist student with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an agriculture education student with Hopkinsville Community College. My farm provides me with the purpose, motivation, and direction to be a better person and to continue to serve my community by bringing smiles to their faces with my bouquets.” For more information on Jordan Farms, visit jordanfarmstn.com.

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