Behind the scenes: Unique Designs for Puckett’s Murfreesboro

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‘By hand, from the heart’ is the perfect way to describe the unique woodwork pieces constructed by Rustic River Creations, some of which will soon have a prominent home in our new Puckett’s Grocery in Murfreesboro. Whether it is a dining room table or a set of barn doors, each piece has its own history that Matt Akin and his family strive to preserve, and we enjoyed getting to chat with Matt about the meaning and background behind the company!

“History can get lost in translation sometimes,” Matt said. “It’s our goal to convey the stories behind each of our pieces so that families can talk about it and enjoy it.”

A few years ago, Matt and his brother Aaron found themselves out of college and working but unhappy. The brothers then decided to pursue family over profits and make their dream of building rustic wood pieces to sell to the public a reality.

“Our grandfather was a mechanic, and his shop was behind our house,” Matt said. “It sat vacant, so we transformed it into our workshop to honor him in that way.”

Just like that, Rustic River Creations was born in Chapel Hill, Tenn. Matt, Aaron, their father Mike and Matt’s brother-in-law Josh have now been in business together for two and a half years and are passionate about their mission to preserve the past. They spend an immense amount of time searching and designing from the elements around them.

“We are Godly men that believe things were put here for a reason,” said Matt. “We think it would be irresponsible to take trees down that don’t need to come down. We are in the business of preserving and making sure things get to see another lifetime.”

The groups sifts through lumber to find the right pieces for each particular project from many different places, such as an old log cabin. They draw inspiration from these antiquated materials and transform them into generational pieces that families can incorporate into their homes.

“Dad is the creative genius behind all of it,” Matt said. “He has a great sense of design and building.”

In fact, Matt and his brother began building with their dad at a young age.

“Our parents owned a convenience store, so we spent a ton of time helping out,” he said. “Dad started to get bored with that, so he built a wood shop in the back of the store, where we would build coffee tables and different pieces of furniture.”

In addition to benches and outdoor swinging beds, Matt says their most requested style now is a rustic industrial farmhouse table, utilizing reclaimed wood for tops and their signature metal bases at the bottom.

“We’re not in the mass producing game,” said Matt. “We can with 100 percent confidence say that each piece is unique. There’s not going to be another one like it. The character is different–from the wood grain to the knots.”

It was the farmhouse tables that caught the eye of Andy Marshall, owner of our family of restaurants and CEO of A. Marshall Family Foods.

“About four months ago, we were out doing a delivery and passed by Homestead, so we stopped in,” said Matt. “It is such a cool and unique location. We looked around and thought our styles would really mesh there.”

Their chance visit prompted the group to sign up for the Holiday Village at Homestead Manor last December, where they met Andy. He loved their work and asked if they would be interested in constructing 14 tables for the new Puckett’s Gro. in Murfreesboro. Matt and his crew enthusiastically said yes.

“Mr. Marshall is fantastic,” said Matt. “The tables will be an eclectic mix. They will be completely different and very cool.”

Rustic River Creations will build six tables in a rustic industrial style with pipe legs and distressed tops. The other will be more traditional restaurant style tables. The crew keeps their followers up-to-date on their project builds through their blog.

“We like to give people an inside look at what and how we are building in an effort to be 100 percent transparent.”

Although Rustic River Creations does not sell their work in any retail locations currently, they are working on a showroom at their shop, which will soon be open to the public.

Make sure to stop by the upcoming Murfreesboro location to check out the unique tables! Can’t wait that long? Head over to the Rustic River Creations blog to watch their progress and follow their social media accounts, @rusticrivercreations, for an inside look at all their projects!

COME ONE, COME ALL // JOB FAIR FOR PUCKETT’S MURFREESBORO!

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We are SO excited to say that Puckett’s Grocery in Murfreesboro is comin’ right along and we are READY TO HIRE for all staff positions! We’re holding a job fair this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 4 through Jan. 6, at 225 West College St. in Murfreesboro and want to meet you!

Available roles include managers, servers, hosts, line cooks, prep cooks and server assistants, among others. Interviews will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on all three days.

If you’re interested in joining our A. Marshall family, please stop by the job fair at your convenience. We’ll have applications available on site, and you should bring a current resume and valid photo I.D.

We’ll be opening the doors to Puckett’s and our artisan ice cream shop Hattie Jane’s Creamery next month on the downtown Murfreesboro square! To stay up to date with construction and grand opening announcements, follow us on Facebook.

WHO: Puckett’s Gro. Murfreesboro

WHAT: Job Fair

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 4 – Friday, Jan. 6; 10  a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. each day

WHERE: 225 West College St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130

WHAT A YEAR! // WELCOME 2017!

We at A. Marshall Family Foods want to extend our sincerest thanks to each of you who have contributed to a successful, exciting and rewarding year and are looking forward to 2017 with highest hopes and lots of new plans and ideas! Here’s a recap of some of our favorite moments (and people!) that have made the past 365 days so wonderful:

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LET’S GET THIS (NEW YEAR’S EVE) PARTY STARTED!

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Pop, fizz, clink! It’s almost time to ring in 2017 and we’ve got a handful of options for you to choose from, all of which include good food, live music and great friends!

Each of our restaurants will celebrate the start of the new year with live music performances and chef-inspired curated dinner menus and specials for the evening. Reservations are going fast and most are being accepted by phone only, so y’all hurry and give us a call!

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Puckett’s Gro., downtown Nashville
Puckett’s at 5th Ave. and Church St. in downtown Nashville will welcome the 1970’s musical style of Vinyl Radio to its stage at 10 p.m. The cost is $70 per person and includes the show and a festive three-course menu from which guests may select two salads, one of four entrees and one of two desserts, as well as party favors and a Champagne toast. Seating for the show begins at 9 p.m. and those interested should call for reservations: (615) 770-2722.

Puckett’s Gro., downtown Franklin
Located right off Main St., Puckett’s Gro. in downtown Franklin will offer two times for New Year’s Eve partygoers to enjoy dinner and a show by Beatles cover band The Wannabeatles. $60 per person for the 6 p.m. seating and $75 per person for the 9 p.m. includes a three-course meal comprised of the guest’s choice of one appetizer, one of four entrees and espresso cake for dessert. A Champagne toast at midnight is also included in the cost for the 9 p.m. show. Reservations accepted in the restaurant or by phone at (615) 794-5527.

Puckett’s Gro., downtown Columbia
Puckett’s Gro. on the public square in downtown Columbia will be rockin’ to the classic songs of the 60s and 70s with a show by Boomerang at 10 p.m. Seating will begin at 9 p.m. and the cost is $65 per person, which includes a family style salad for the table, the choice of one entree and two sides from a special menu, and the choice of one of two dessert options. Stop by the restaurant to make a reservation or call (931) 490-4550.

Puckett’s Gro., downtown Chattanooga
Puckett’s Chattanooga will welcome Georgia band Remembering January to its stage at 10 p.m. The cost for the evening is $50 per person and includes the show and a festive three-course menu, as well as party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. The dinner menu will include a salad course; the guest’s choice of one of three entree options including smoked herb salmon, garlic ribeye, or country ham stuffed chicken; and the choice of either coconut tres leches cake, an apple bacon waffle, or black bottom icebox pie for dessert. Seating for the show will begin at 9 p.m. Call (423) 708-8505 for reservations.

Puckett’s Boat House
New Year’s Eve at Puckett’s Boat House will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with an acoustic performance by Jon Mullins with Brentwood Down. The restaurant’s regular menu of Southern seafood favorites will be available as well as dinner specials. There is no cover for the first show, and reservations are recommended.

At 10 p.m., Brentwood Down’s full band will join Jon Mullins to perform through the end of the evening. Seating for the second show will begin at 9:30 p.m., and costs $25 per person, which includes a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. We’ll have a limited appetizer menu that you can order from, plus the Boat House’s full drink menu.

Puckett’s Boat House is accepting reservations by phone only at (615)790-2309.

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Scout’s Pub
Our Westhaven restaurant is providing a swanky backdrop for locals looking for an alternative New Year’s Eve experience; the chef-inspired restaurant is hosting a four-course dinner that will offer an elevated meal, complete with house wine pairings and more.

A $75 ticket provides guests with an array of dishes prepared special for the night by the Scout’s Pub head chef, Lee Rice, from cider braised pork belly with black eyed pea puree to brown butter seared scallops and filet au poivre, and ending the meal with creme brûlée and a champagne kiss shot dessert.

Those looking to spend the evening with their significant other can do so with a $150 couples ticket, which includes the four-course menu for each party as well as a bottle of wine to split. Wine pairings include options from the restaurant’s signature house selections ranging from Puckett’s chardonnay and merlot to the Puckett’s Boat House pinot grigio and Homestead Manor cabernet sauvignon.

Scout’s is offering two seating times to choose from: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. After you dine, you are also invited to continue the holiday celebrations at the bar where champagne, signature cocktails, brews and more will be served.

Homestead Manor
Harvest at Homestead Manor will serve its own four-course, farm to fork meal curated special for the holiday that includes shared appetizers, soup or salad, an array of main dish options and dessert.

Guests will begin their meal with a choice between an endive spear with avocado, lobster and grapefruit, and chicken liver toast with shallot jam, in addition to soup or salad options ranging from lobster bisque to apples, spicy pecans, blue cheese and champagne vinaigrette over fresh greens.

Entree choices include seared scallops over a potato pancake with caviar sauce, filet mignon with wild mushrooms and rosemary garlic mashed potatoes, and pomegranate orange chicken with roasted root vegetables and gruyere garlic roasted mashed potatoes. To finish off the dining experience, guests will be served a special-made dessert featuring chocolate and caramel flavor profiles.

New Year’s Eve reservations are encouraged, and can be made through Homestead Manor’s website at homesteadmanor.com or by calling (615) 538-6113.

Cheers, everyone!

MERRIEST OF MEMORIES FROM THE A. MARSHALL FAMILY!

We won’t say we’ve saved the best for last, but we sure did love talking with Cliff Marshall, Andy’s son and a manager at Puckett’s in Chattanooga, about his family’s Christmas traditions!

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a few of our people a little better and from our family to yours, we wish you a holiday that is merry, bright and joyful!