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pod615 - Episode 5 - Destination Springfield, TN

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

In this podcast episode, Ace Timmermeier, (City of Springfield), Kelly Marie (Kelly's Jubilee), Bob Smith, Shane and Karen Shoemaker (BS Brew Works), Lacie Beu, Martha Haley (Willow Oak Center for Arts and Learning), Danny Atchley (Robertson Historical Society), Anthony Facello (Etta Rae's) , Doug Voise (The Depot Bar and Grill), Brent Bunn, Presley Green, Staci Atkins, Shelia Head (The Catfish House), Kara Zahn (City of Springfield Public Relations) take you on a tour of Springfield, Tennessee and discover what makes this charming small town such a great place to visit, dine and shop.


There are many Springfield's, but only one Springfield, Tennessee!


Downtown Springfield, Tennessee is bustling with activity. The historic district is full of small businesses and the community supports each other. There are many things to do in Springfield, such as the first Friday night market and sunset concert series. The annual Freedom Fest celebration is a big hit, as well as the winter wonderland. Main Street boutique has men's bar wear and other retail items. There are many chef driven mom and pop restaurants, as well as cultural food options. The new Robertson County Airport is a great way to fly into Springfield. The city is also home to the award winning Raymond Floyd designed Legacy golf course.


In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. The potential for growth and development in Springfield, Tennessee 2. The city's unique amenities and attractions 3. The diversity of food options available in Springfield


Chapter Summaries:

[00:02:11] Ace Timmermeier (Tourism Coordinator) for the city of Springfield, Tennessee. She is passionate about promoting the city and its many hidden gems to visitors from all over the world. Hear she discusses the city's offerings and reads a letter from the mayor Ann Schneider. [https://springfieldtn.gov/]


[00:11:52] Kelly Marie is the owner of Kelly's Jubilee, a unique accommodations and event facility just outside of Springfield, Tennessee.

She specializes in hosting weddings, corporate retreats, family vacations, romantic getaways, and other special events. 11 plus spaces and more to come for a alternative to the traditional hotel or AirBnB. [https://www.kellysjubilee.com/]

[00:23:06}] Bob Smith, Shane and Karen Shoemaker discuss Robertson County's only Craft Brew Distillery. BS Brew Works founded in 2019 offers a wonderful community gathering spot to relax and enjoy their fine crafted brews. A small but freshly prepared menu is also available. Hear how they turned their craft beer hobby into a successful brewery business. [https://www.bsbrewers.com/]


[00:34:17] Lacie Bea (Marketing and Communications Director) and Martha Haley (Outreach Program Director) for Willow Oaks Center for Arts and Learning promote the many activities they offer for locals and visitors to their facility. With art and language classes, do it yourself activities, painting parties, their popular musical chorale and more... you'll discover your inner creative at the Willow Oak Center for Arts and Learning! [https://www.willowoakarts.org/]


[00:47:57] David Atchley, Vice President and Board of Directors member for the Robertson County Historical Society gives us an oral history of Springfield, Tennessee and Robertson County. We learn about the society and the museum, it's displays and historic structure. Thomas Kilgore, Joseph Washington, The Washington Family, Wessyngton Plantation and John F. Baker author of The Washingtons of Wessyngton: Stories of My Family's Journey To Freedom. Also the Dark Tabaco farming capital of the world, Springfield, TN. [https://www.robcohistoricalsociety.com/]


[01:24:47] Owner Anthony Facello discusses how Etta Rae's of Springfield Tennessee offers a southern dining experience with a twist! With over 30 years of experience together in the finest restaurants, Anthony and executive chef Tim O'Nan are excited to present their vision to you and all of their guests. Besides great dining they also offer a smoke-free Speakeasy in the rear of the historic building with fine craft cocktails and live music. [https://ettaraes.com/]


[01:33:08] Managing partner Doug Voise sits down with pod615 host William Kitchens and tells why The Depot Bar and Grill is consistently spoke of as the most popular restaurant in Springfield, Tennessee. With attention to detail and customer satisfaction the restaurant was built for success, offering a an array of menu items that work for lunch, dinner or any occasion. [https://thedepotbarandgrill.com/]


[01:41:55] Brent Bunn (Kitchen Manager), Presley Green (Server), Staci Atkins (General Manager) and Shelia Head (Manager and Pie Baker) at the The Catfish House in Springfield, TN talk about their 30 year business in selling the finest Catfish, Seafood and freshly prepared sides. Their story is one of family and friends. Employee turnover is rare here and the customers keep coming back. You'll feel the love this group has for each other and their guests. [https://www.thecatfishhouse.com/]


[01:52:22] Kara Zahn Public Relations Coordinator (City of Springfield, TN) discusses the city's growth, it's future and how it will maintain the small town charm that attracts so many to the city. [https://springfieldtn.gov/]


Resources: [https://springfieldtn.gov/]

[https://www.robcohistoricalsociety.com/]

[https://www.robertsonchamber.org/]


Showcase Segments and Sponsors:

[https://www.kellysjubilee.com/]

[https://www.bsbrewers.com/]

[https://www.willowoakarts.org/]

[https://ettaraes.com/]

[https://thedepotbarandgrill.com/]

[https://www.thecatfishhouse.com/]

[https://www.facebook.com/springfieldantiquebarn/]

[https://elaltenomex.com/]

[https://www.facebook.com/creamcropoverstock/]

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