Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Sevierville Talks Sevier

Being a Sevierville Chamber of Commerce member means I get to support other businesses and the things they do.  Even if I’m just a superly small business of one kid (a undercover private eye supersleuth detective), it’s important to find out what other Chamber members are doing and getting done.

Today after school, I got to go to another ribbon cutting and this time it was at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center that’s at 3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Kodak (that’s just a little bit north of Sevierville but not all the way up to the I-40).  It was held at that location because that’s where a brand new exhibit is, and it just opened today.  It’s all about the life of Tennessee’s first Governor (and the person this county got named for) John Sevier.

When we got there, everything was set up for a nice crowd and a nice crowd showed up (that made me superly happy because a nice crowd is a great thing to have at a ribbon cutting).  Ms. McCroskey (she’s the boss at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce) made everybody feel so welcome, and then she talked about how important the exhibit is and why John Sevier’s life is what the exhibit is about.  Then  Ms. Hickey (she’s the lady that was from the Marble Springs State Historic Site and that used to be John Sevier’s house) talked a bit, and Mayor Atchley talked a bit, and then it was time to cut the ribbon.

In case you don’t recognize all the people here’s their names and in the order of the picture:  Ms. Marr, Ms. Hickey, Mayor Atchley, Mr. Helton, Ms. McCroskey, and Mr. McMahan.

After the ribbon cutting, everybody got to see the exhibit and you need to know this about the exhibit:  It’s big enough to be really, really, really interesting and small enough not to take up all day to see everything in the exhibit.  It’s just the right size and plus there’s lots to learn (all of it is historical).

Now I’m going to say something very important because lately some people, they’ve been getting upset about history.  This what I have to say:  Politics has no place in history.

You see, you can’t go back and change history even if you don’t like what happened way back then because it already happened.  That’s why it’s called history.

Anyway, one thing I liked was this display in the exhibit where people can get dressed up kind of like in the olden days of John Sevier, and then they can get someone to take a picture of them or maybe even take a selfie (except there weren’t any selfies back then because there weren’t any cellphones).  Just look for this part of the exhibit.

Know what I liked the most about this part of the exhibit?  I liked the picture of the doggy.  When you go see this exhibit, look at the doggy in the picture.  He’s so proud to be part of the military.  You can just see it in his little doggy face (I love how proud that doggy is).

There was even a treasure chest in the exhibit but I’m not going to wreck things by telling you what the treasure chest is all about or what’s in it (or maybe what was in it because until you go see the exhibit, you don’t know for sure if the treasure is in or out of the treasure chest).  But it’s superly old so if it does have treasure or doesn’t have treasure, it’s a treasure all on its own.  Take a look!

When my mom and me were leaving the event, I saw displays that had boatloads of information about other Chamber members and also holiday guides for places like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and other places a little bit more driving from here than that.  I got one of each rack card and magazine and flyer and all the other important business stuff like that.   It’s important to know everything you can about local attractions and events in the community, especially when your business is detectiving.

I got all of the ones on the right hand side, and all of the ones on the left hand side.  This is what the displays look like.

My mom made me put half of them back because I got doubles of everything.  I didn’t notice that what was in the one display was in the other display, too … just put in different slots.  That was a lot of work because it’s not nice to just put things wherever you drop them, and it’s not fair to make workers do extra lots of work for a mistake you make.  It took me way longer to put half of them back than it took me to get them.  Next time I’m going to be a better looker so I don’t make that mistake again.

Anyway, after seeing this exhibit, I highly recommend you go up to the Visitor Center on Winfield Dunn Parkway when it’s business hours so you can visit the exhibit like I did.  You are going to be 100% impressed with what’s there.

This location and exhibit is Missy Barrett approved and totally 100% family friendly.

 

 

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A Fra Poco, Pollo Loco

P.S.  Just so you know, I know the first part of my blog headline is Italian and
the second part of my blog headline is Spanish, but they rhyme and besides
the Italian-English dictionary my Grandpa Barrett has says that a fra poco
means
see you soon, so that’s why it works for me.

As a official member of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce since last Monday, my first official member event was going to the ribbon cutting on Friday at Pollo Loco with my mom.

If you go there, you’re going to love it because it’s decorated so the minute you walk inside, for sure you think you just went on a vacation south of the border (meaning Mexico, not North Carolina). The colors inside are bright and happy, and the tables are not crowded to each other so you don’t feel like you just got squashed in a school bus.  There’s the one side that’s the restaurant side, and then if you go through a open doorway part, the other side is a lounge.

I loved all the great atmosphere and I especially loved the music because it was real Mexican music and it made me feel like dancing (except I didn’t because when you go to a business event you have to not act like it’s a party event).  It was just the right loudness, too, and that’s important because even when it’s a festive place, customers should be able to talk without having to yell at each other to get understood.

I was waiting for pictures to go up on the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce page and the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce page but they’re not up yet and I really wanted to get this blog entry up so the pictures are from the Pollo Loco Facebook page.

This picture is one that I think everybody is going to like because there’s lots of color and the food looks in the picture like what the food looks like when you go to the restaurant.  It’s fresh and gets made when you order it.  The pineapples and tomatoes and peppers and stuff that are part of the decorations aren’t part of the food order, but your order is going to look this beautiful when the server brings it to your table.

PHOTO CREDIT: Pollo Loco Restaurant

    PHOTO CREDIT: Pollo Loco Restaurant

When my mom and me were there, I sampled some nacho chips (delicious) and also some flautas that were superly fantastic delicious. Also, do not mix up flautas with taquitos because they are not the same thing at all. Taquitos are made with corn tortillas then fried, and flautas are made with flour tortillas then friend. Both of them have meat fillings. At Pollo Loco, the filling in the flautas I had were chicken.  The ones in this picture look a hundred percent like the ones that were at the Grand Opening ribbon cutting.

       PHOTO CREDIT: Pollo Loco Restaurant

Special Note To Fellow Chamber Members
If you took pictures at the Grand Opening ribbon cutting event,
you can share them in the Comments section below.

What I also like is the menu isn’t too big or too small.  That means there’s not so much to choose from that you get mixed up and don’t know what to order, and it’s not so little that you haven’t got too much to choose from.  To my way of thinking, they have just the right size menu for making good choices and pretty much all of what’s on the menu is good (I don’t like some vegetables so the pretty much part has to do with my personal taste and not how the restaurant makes food).

So if you’re looking for superly yummy Mexican food, try Pollo Loco at 1732 Newport Highway in Sevierville.  You can’t miss them because they’re in a mall and plus they have this big sign outside that tells you when you get to their restaurant.

                                                        PHOTO CREDIT: Pollo Loco Restaurant

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