The Mill Storehouse actually started out as Barky’s Front Porch, a sister company to Barky Beaver Mulch & Soils Mix, Inc. The vision was to have a small storefront to sell seasonal garden supplies and items to parallel along with Barky Beaver’s custom soil and mulch product lines. This opened the door for one of the owner’s children, April Patterson, along with her husband Nick, to dream of something more than just a seasonal store. April has always had a passion for the local community and boutiques. She developed a popular storefront on Dale Hollow Lake at Mitchell Creek Marina that her family owned and operated for 11 years from 2006 until 2017.
April admits that she enjoys a good buy while getting good quality. “So many small boutiques are not affordable and I wanted to create something that people could come to, buy great quality, and still have money in their bank accounts at the end of the day," she said, adding, "While we do have an array of different priced items, we focus on bringing in good quality products at an affordable price."
The shop prides itself in bringing in modest apparel for both women, men, and children, according to April.
"It’s sometimes hard to find items that are of good quality, modest in nature, and a great price," April said. "That’s what we strive to bring to Cookeville, Tennessee, and I hope our customers will see that we are doing so. We carry some brands exclusive to the Mill Storehouse, and we also carry an array of home décor and farmhouse style items."
Farming holds a special place in Nick & April’s hearts and you will see a touch of that at The Mill Storehouse as well.
“My husband and I farm and enjoy being good stewards of the land the Lord blessed us with," she said. "We love raising healthy crops and livestock to better feed our family and community."
April said that some of their goals for the future include selling their Acres of Grace Farms custom raised Akushi meat and farm fresh, free range eggs.
"I know what some of you have to be thinking – what in the world is Akaushi beef? April laughed, explaining. "Well, my husband is actually a veterinarian. That’s how we met, I actually took a dog to him and it was literally love at first site. We were married a year later and are truly living that fairytale ending you see on Disney movies. We are both beyond blessed and thankful that the Lord brought us together."
April admitted that Nick is a perfectionist and only wants to raise the best beef he possibly can raise that is healthy as well. With hours of research he found that the Akaushi breed of cattle had heart healthy properties. The Akaushi beef actually contains a higher concentration of monounsaturated fat relative to saturated fat which can lead to lower cholesterol. the prevention of coronary heart disease and weight loss. It is a significant source of oleic acid which is the compound found in olive oil that is considered to be “heart healthy”. The marbling in Akaushi beef contains a higher percentage of monounsaturated fat than any other beef in the United States. As a result, Akaushi beef has a rich buttery flavor as well as juiciness and tenderness throughout.
"We’d love for you to come visit us at our storefront," April said. "We can’t wait to see you soon!"
"We now have enough stock to custom sell our Akaushi beef through the Mill Storehouse" April shared with enthusiasm. "Come in store to get more information! We also plan on carrying Hatcher Dairy milk, local to Tennessee along with other meats and eggs in the near future. Stay tuned for details!"
Thank you for visiting The Mill Storehouse site. Hopefully this site will give you a good idea of what is carried in the physical store store located on 3211 Highway 111 North right beside the model for Honest Abe Log Homes.