Ideal Cafe

Remembering Ideal Cafe: 1959

Ideal Cafe 

Owner, Joann Lague pictured with her young team of waitresses soon after purchasing her restaurant in May of 1959. Pictured from left to right are Bernice Mitchell Blankenship, Joann Bowen Lague, Shirley Brewington King and Shirley Flatt Givens.


For those that can remember, Ideal Café, was certainly the place to be in Wilson County from the late 1950’s through the late 90’s.

At twenty-two years of age, with a one thousand dollar loan from her mother and her small savings earned while working at “The Lighthouse” restaurant as a waitress, Joann purchased the “Orange Bar” which was located where the Art Mill is today, off the Lebanon square.

“My sister, soon changed the name to “Ideal Café” so people wouldn’t think we were a bar,” reminisced her sister Bernice, pictured above at age of 13 years old. “Joann was an entrepreneur and had the Midas touch. She took care of all of us younger siblings and had me working in her restaurant after school and in the summers,” explained Bernice.

Bernice, now 67, lives with her husband in Lebanon but still remembers those days fondly. “The restaurant was across from the courthouse which, at the time, was located in the now empty parking lot on the square. All the lawyers and Judges would come in every day and sit at the table in that picture. Many, many court cases were settled in the restaurant, probably more than in the courthouse across the street,” remarked Bernice.

Back then coffee cost 5 cents and the favorite hot plate lunch consisted of roast beef, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, white beans and corn bread, costing a whopping 50 cents. “We had lines waiting at lunch everyday. The lawyers would have to be shooed out by my sister so she could use their table for the lunch crowd, but after lunch they would all come back for coffee.” “And they loved to pull pranks on Joann, especially Bill Baird. He was notorious for them. One day my sister was bending down to get something out of the freezer and he threw a firecracker into the kitchen. She literally chased him around, she was so mad. When she would go on vacation they’d put a For Sale sign on her door. Another time Bill Baird and Richard Brodhead convinced a man to go into the restaurant to tell my sister that he was with the FBI, there to investigate her dirty silverware. They all just loved to pick on her and get her mad and boy would she be fuming! O’Neal Williams, who used to own the salvage store next door would always come into the restaurant and try to steal her money box. One day she literally chased him around the square!” exclaimed Bernice with a hearty laugh.

“It was like a big family and you would hear all sorts of gossip and stories around those tables. The regulars consisted of the late Judge J.O. Bond and attorneys Richard Brodhead and Ewell Lee, who have both since passed away. Retired Judge Haywood Barry was a regular as was former Senator Bob Rochelle and attorneys Dave Allen, Ernst Cotton and Mr. and Mrs. Simms, who owned the local television store. Other familiar faces included Harry Holland, George Harding, Nathan Hankins, John Hatcher, Turner Cowan and Dr. Ernest Stockton.

“In fact, another regular, local dentist Gordon Miller, came to my sister and asked her to be on the ground floor of Cracker Barrel,” remembered Bernice. “I distinctly recall my sister telling him how ridiculous the idea was and that it would never take off. She always said that was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.”

The restaurant would open at 4 a.m. and Joann’s mother, Mattie Mitchell, and younger sister, Evelyn “Dean” Mitchell Agee, would start the breakfast. It would remain open through lunch and close after dinner at 7. The only day it closed was Sundays.

“We served a salad called “Mr. Bob”. It was named after Bob Askew, who owned Askew and Grissim, three doors down. He liked his salad a certain way and after a while other patrons started ordering their salad, like his, so my sister named it the “Mr. Bob”. The big canisters you see sitting in the counter (in the photo) were filled with fresh squeezed orange juice and after practice the football players would stop by and drink gallons of juice. As you can imagine, as a teenager, I loved working on those days!”

“When I was 16 years old, my sister bought me a 1963 Rambler. I had to pay her back, but she always made sure to take care of us. I remember thinking how unfair it was to have to give up basketball to go work there after school for $12 a week, but now looking back, I know my sister was teaching me the meaning of hard work. She taught us responsibility.”

Joann died in 2003 after selling “Ideal Café” in the late 1980’s and moving on to another of her businesses “Ideal Ceramics”.

“Everybody still talks about her restaurant and all she meant to the community. We hosted a retirement party for her and expected just a small crowd and were amazed by the turnout. We had reserved the back room of Sunset Restaurant but completely filled the entire place. But, that’s the kind of person my sister was, everybody loved her. She was tough but at the same time, generous.”

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Clean Eating

Clean Eating



Olive oil cooking spray

1 cup quick-cooking grits

4 oz low-fat garlic and herb spreadable cheese – (1/2 cup; such as Chavrie or Rondelé)Clean Eating

3 large fresh egg whites

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on or off

1 tsp mild chile powder

1/3 tsp sea salt, divided

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

2 tbsp olive oil, divided

2 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 red onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, fi nely chopped

1 1/2 cups no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juice

1 tbsp chopped fresh basil


1. Preheat oven to 325°F and coat a 2-qt baking dish with cooking spray. Prepare grits according to package directions. When done, remove from heat and stir in cheese. Partially cover and let cool slightly.

2. Add egg whites to a clean, stainless steel bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold one-third of egg whites into grits. Fold remaining egg whites into grits in 2 batches. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and bake for 40 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

3. Meanwhile, season shrimp with chile powder, 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper. Place a large, heavy skillet on medium-high and add 2 tsp oil. When skillet is hot, add half of shrimp. (TIP: Cooking in batches means that the shrimp will have enough space in the hot pan to brown and develop fl avor, rather than steam.) Cook without moving shrimp until browned on bottom, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook until opposite sides are browned, 1 to 2 more minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate and repeat with additional 2 tsp oil and remaining shrimp.

4. Pour remaining 2 tsp oil into same, empty skillet on medium-high. Add zucchini and onion, season with remaining salt and black pepper, and cook until softened and lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes with their juice and cook until mixture thickens slightly. Add shrimp with any juices that have accumulated on the plate and stir just until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Spoon grits onto each of 6 plates, dividing evenly, then top with about 3/4 cups shrimp mixture. Serve immediately.

Nutrients per serving (1 cup grits and 3/4 cup shrimp mixture): Calories: 284, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Omega-3s: 430 mg, Omega-6s: 640 mg, Carbs: 26 g,

Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 22 g, Sodium: 511 mg, Cholesterol: 124 mg

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1. Exercise more

2. Quit smoking

3. Learn something new

4. Eat healthier and diet

5. Get out of debt and save money

6. Spend more time with family

7. Travel to new places

8. Be less stressed

9. Volunteer

10. Drink less


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Get The Look

Get the Look

Get The Look


Performance athletic wear designed exclusively for active women looking for that ultimate fit, comfort and function. Crafted in high tech for moisture wicking capabilities to provide the optimum work experience.


Pink fleece lined full zip thumb holes.  Great for cool morning exercise

The purple burnout hoodie

A must have hoodie for this Fall! Features Burnout fabric and pairs great with a pair of pants or capris! 

All clothing courtesy of Dreams Boutique,

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Spray Tan

Preparing For a Great Spray Tan

If you are planning a spray tan for a special occasion go in and have one prior to your special day, so you can experience the tan and know exactly how it will look.

1. Call around and check with local tanning facilities and salons to get information about their spray tans. Will you be going in a booth or having aSpray Tan personalized airbrush from a technician? If so, is the technician trained and experienced? Ask for referrals.

2. Once you choose a location talk to the technician about any preferences they may have for your preparation.

3.The day before your spray tan, make sure to shave and exfoliate! We recommend Norvelle Body Scrub to moisturize and polish your skin, this product evens out skin tone for flawless results.

4. After your technician has finished and allowed you to dry you will be able to dress and go about your day being careful to avoid water for 6 to 8 hours, this gives the actual bronzer time to develop in the skin. Please do not plan manicures, pedicures, or any services that would require water on the day of your tan. Make sure if the weather forecast is rain you take an umbrella so as not to ruin your tan before it has time to develop.

5. 6 to 8 hours after your spray tan you can shower using a gentle body wash we recommend Norvell Body Wash to hydrate and cleanse the skin, this product is made to keep a sunless tan looking its best! After showering apply Norvell pro-long, this is made to extend the radiant golden color and moisturize the skin.

6. Most spray tans will last from 6 to 8 days when using the proper home care! Avoid things like loofas and scrubs as these will cause the tan to fade much quicker and give it a patchy look.

7. The day of your spray tan make sure not to apply any moisturizers or have any makeup or bronzers on the skin as this may impede absorption of the tanning spray. Take any undergarments you wish to wear while tanning, most tanning solutions will wash out of these garments easily. Take along loose clothing to wear after you appointment, tight fitting clothes are a no no immediately after spray tanning.

Spray Tan

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Get Fit - Running

Get Fit – A Personal Story

GINNY BONDGet Fit - Running

  • Overall Women’s Winner of Sherry’s Run: 2011, 2012
  • Native of Wilson County
  • Completed four full marathons, 20 half marathons and over 100 other races

When Ginny isn’t busy racing to the finish at area events, you can find her running around Wilson County fulfilling her duties as the Advertising Director for MainStreet Media. She currently lives in Lebanon with her husband and four children.

Running has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember I have enjoyed running and wanted to run fast. Early in my childhood I would be asked to do something and I would agree rather quickly if I could be timed. Throughout my childhood and my adolescence years running was the highlight of all my sporting events. In my adult years I have remained rather active in competitive racing. The act of racing and being involved in many charitable events help to motivate me to get out on the road.

Get Fit - Running
What do you eat during long runs?

Electrolyte replacement supplement, honey organic chews, water and Gatorade

What do you eat before a race?

A cup of coffee, a slice of whole wheat toast, & 6oz Orange Juice

Pre-race meal?

The week prior to a half marathon or full marathon carb loading is essential. Whole wheat pasta, and sweet potatoes are my two main foods.

How to get started?

Walk for a warm-up, then start running a minute at a time as you build on that until you can run without stopping.

Running Gear


Shoes- ASICS Nimbas

Sock- SwiftWicks

Shorts-Marika, $20

Tank- Marika, $20

Sports Bra- Marika, $30

Headband- Sweaty Band, $15

* Shorts, Tank, Sports Bra &
Headband courtesy of Dreams Boutique

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Get Fit Financially

Get Fit – Estate Planning 101


1. What Documents Do You Need for Proper Estate Planning?

When a client meets with me about Estate Planning, after some discussion, I usually find that in order to take care of their future needs and desires they will Get Fit Financiallyneed a Last Will & Testament, a Financial Power of Attorney, a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will. These are the documents that I personally have. These are also the Estate Planning documents I have prepared for numerous friends and family members. They are simple documents that don’t have to cost a lot of money but can properly take care of all your future needs.

Do you need a Trust? Do you need a complicated and expensive Will?

Usually not, but it all depends on the value of your estate and certain tax planning aspects of your particular financial situation. However, for most families, the aforementioned documents take care of all their needs and insure when they become ill or pass away, their estates are properly handled.

A Last Will & Testament is a legal document we all need. In the state of Tennessee, if you don’t have a Will, the law establishes who will receive your estate. And you may not like who gets everything you’ve worked so hard to accumulate. Take charge of who gets what, when and under what circumstances in your Last Will & Testament.

A Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney is a much needed document. Usually, if you are married, your spouse will be able to handle your financial affairs when you can’t. However, if your spouse can’t do it, then who will? You can determine who that person will be by having a Durable Power of Attorney prepared.

Of the utmost importance is your Health Care Power of Attorney. Who is able to make health care decisions on your behalf? Who do you trust to make the right decisions? You can decide that today by having a Health Care Power of Attorney prepared.

And finally, everyone needs a Living Will. Each of us has our own ideas about how we want to live and die during the end-stages of life. Make those decisions now, in legal documents that your doctor and family will be required to abide by.

Estate Planning does not have to be complicated or expensive. However, by not taking care of these legal matters on the front end, you can often cause your family to spend much more money later, trying to take care of these matters for you.

For instance, a simple Health Care Power of Attorney can cost $100.00. However, should you fail to have this document prepared and then require medical care that you can not consent to, your family will be forced to hire an attorney to file a Petition for Conservatorship. The Court will require a hearing to determine who can make health care decisions for you. Affidavits from doctors will be required and often a Guardian Ad Litem will also be appointed. Your family will end up spending more money than was ever necessary had you simply appointed your Health Care Power of Attorney, in a legal document, years before.

As another example, I recently handled a case where a single-mother prepared a Last Will & Testament and named non-family members to be the Guardian of her children. In this case, the birth father was not in the picture. The young mother suddenly died and there was a contest over who should be the children’s Guardian. The mother had taken great pains to find another couple who might take care of her children and raise them, the way she herself would raise them, and had named this couple in her Will. She and her children were very close to this other family. Her biological family however, with whom she was estranged, wanted the children to live with them in another state. The Court, after a hearing, followed the Mother’s wishes as set out in her Last Will & Testament. Without the Will, the children, more than likely would have been made to move with the mother’s biological family.

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Get Fit financially

Get Fit – Financially


1. This is the time of year when everyone starts preparing for tax season. What’s something people always forget to count that savesGet Fit financially quite a bit?

Missed deductions and credits are some of the most costly mistakes an individual can make when filing their tax return. Some of the most commonly missed tax savings involve itemized deductions. If you are eligible to itemize, you may be able to deduct real estate taxes, mortgage interest, cash and non-cash contributions to charitable organizations, points paid to refinance your mortgage, job search costs, tax preparation fees, and unreimbursed employee expenses. The items listed here are not an extensive list, just some of the most common items that a taxpayer may have. Check with your tax advisor to see if you are eligible to itemize and may be able to take advantage of these deductions.

You may also be eligible to claim a credit against your income taxes, which is a dollar for dollar reduction in tax, some may even generate a refund when no tax has been paid. Anyone with children in college knows how much the higher education credit can reduce your tax bill. Some other credits you may be able to take advantage of are the child and dependent care credit, the retirement savings credit, the adoption credit, the small employer health insurance credit, and of course no one can forget the earned income credit. Again all of these credits have different qualifications and limitations, please consult your tax advisor to see if you may be eligible to claim any of these credits.

Don’t forget about above-the-line deductions such as the student loan interest deduction, moving expense deduction, self-employed health insurance deduction, and the traditional IRA contribution deduction. There are some limits related to these deductions, so please consult with your tax advisor.

2.What are some things that you can gather each month to prepare for the upcoming tax year?

Most people try to avoid preparing for their tax return during the year. However, you will be better equipped to file your return if you maintain things throughout the year. If you are self-employed it is even more important to gather tax information during the year. Self-employed individuals typically need to track their income and expenses by type such as supplies, meals, travel, etc.

Some may find accounting software to be useful in tracking this information such as Quickbooks or Peachtree. If it is fairly simple, then you may be able to utilize an Excel spreadsheet instead. Another important item to track is your business mileage by using a mileage log that details the number and purpose of business miles driven during the year. You should also document the beginning and ending odometer reading each year. You may do this by getting your oil changed around the end of the year. You might be surprised to see how many miles you are driving each year for business purposes.

If you are not self-employed, there are still some items that you should track during the year, especially if you can itemize. I would suggest maintaining an Excel spreadsheet for your medical expenses, cash and non-cash contributions to charitable organizations, job search costs, and unreimbursed employee expenses. For your non-cash contributions make a list of the items donated to the organization and attach it to the receipt you obtain. You could be asked to produce this list if you are ever audited.

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Fit Home

Get Fit – In Home


Getting organized is always one of the top resolutions of the New Year. It often seems overwhelming, but if you take it a step at a time, you can accomplish your goals. An acronym often used in the professional organizing industry is SPACE.

SORT everything.

PURGE what is not needed.

ASSIGN everything a home.

CONTAIN like items together.


If something new is brought in something else leaves. Using this approach, we completely organized our client’s home office.


First, we Sorted: Clear the entire space and sort through each and every item In this client’s case, there were years and years of documents to sort and purge. For safety, we always use a professional shredding company when shredding documents of any kind.

Fit Home

Fit Home

Fit Home

 Fit Home

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Fit body

Get Fit – In Body

Will Taylor has 15 years of experience as an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and ISSA Sports Nutrition Certified Trainer and group fitness instructor. Fit body

Will has been with Sports Village Fitness in Lebanon since 2008.

He believes in high intensity training that includes agility and explosiveness. Will is a graduate of Tennessee State University. His motto is “Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”

For more information on ‘Taylored’ fitness, visit sportsvillage fitness

Get Fit Body

Get Fit Body

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