Local Eats, Mom & Pop Shop, and Rock ‘N Roll {Touring Tupelo #2}

{this is continued from the previous post} After the zoo, we headed to Johnnie’s Drive In for lunch with Anne Palmer (of PalmTree Studios who was shooting the commercial). Her husband, Jason, works just across the street from Johnnie’s so he came to meet us for lunch.

johnniesJohnnie's Drive In on Urbanspoon 

I had the “dough” burger with onion rings and both were delicious! Christopher had the hamburger steak covered in gravy and onions with fries which I sampled and thought were pretty tasty too. 🙂 The best part of our time at Johnnie’s, however, was the great conversation with Anne and Jason. You’d never guess it from how young they look, but they’ve been married 22 years. We asked them for the best marriage advice they had and they talked about the importance of date nights and having fun together. I loved what they had to say about how important it is for mom & dad to have date nights because that directly affects the kids. You want to raise your kids knowing that mom & dad still love each other and want to spend time together. That gives them security in their parents. But also, it models a good example for their future marriages. Anyway, lots of good stuff like that. Anne and Jason were truly wonderful!

Just across the street from Johnnie’s is Palmer’s Grocery which is currently owned and operated by Jason Palmer (who we went to lunch with at Johnnie’s).

palmer'sI love places like this. Little mom & pop grocery stores… just so cute! I especially love supporting local businesses! Palmer’s has been family owned and operated since 1957. Check out the ad from the Tupelo paper in 1962 advertising Palmer’s on the left in this collage. And on the bottom is a shot of Jason by a vintage Coca-Cola sign.

Just down the street from Palmer’s and Johnnie’s is the birthplace of ELVIS! Did you guys know Elvis wasn’t born in Memphis? It’s easy to associate Elvis with Graceland and Memphis. But in fact, he was born in Tupelo, Mississippi! And you can even tour the two room house he was born in.

elvis' birthplaceLook how tiny that house is.  Just a bedroom and a kitchen. That’s it. So inspiring if you stop to think about it. Elvis Presley, the king of Rock ‘n Roll, was born in a two room house. Not a two-bedroom-house… just two rooms. And look how he changed and influenced music. Also, the shot at the bottom is of the church he attended growing up where he was first exposed to Southern Gospel music. 🙂

palmtree productionsAnne shot more of the commercial for Tupelo while we were at Elvis’ birthplace. Here’s a still from some of the video she took of us. 🙂

Just a few miles away from the birthplace of Elvis is the Tupelo Automobile Museum.

automobile collageCars aren’t really my thing so I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this, but I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived and found out they had a special display of MUSTANGS. Um, you guys, I love mustangs. Especially convertible ones (which they had in multiple years)! I might have drooled just a little, haha! Also, it was really cool to see over 100 years of automobile design and engineering. 🙂

One that that really amazed us was the friendliness of everyone we met in Tupelo. We live in the South and are used to Southern hospitality and friendliness, but Tupelo really impressed us. It’s like everyone there goes the extra mile to make your day better. Everyone waved hello and smiled. Even every stranger, store clerk, restaurant server, and hotel concierge was uber helpful and friendly to us. The locals made our stay in Tupelo absolutely wonderful! 🙂

Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s post about the commercial shoot! 🙂
Love Rach


29 responses to “Local Eats, Mom & Pop Shop, and Rock ‘N Roll {Touring Tupelo #2}

  1. Just a bedroom and a kitchen. I LOVE that. In this age of more and more and more I love seeing just how beautifully we can live with so little.

  2. I didn’t know that about Elvis, how awesome! 🙂
    Again, looks like y’all were able to meet some awesome people and gain new memories!

  3. How AWESOME!!! I love getting marriage/parenting advice/words of wisdom from those who’ve experienced it. It just reassures us that its all possible even during the difficult times (like parenting! lol). I agree, having dates is very important and something the hubby and I MUST do more of.

    Glad ya’ll are having a great time!! Can’t wait to see the commercial!

  4. I couldn’t agree more about supporting local businesses! There was a grocery store like the one you mention in the town where I went to HS. We went there all the time, and I’d forgotten all about it.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!!

  5. This sounds like such a lovely town. Delicious food – check. Nice people – check. Classic cars – check. Elvis – check. They’ve got it all!

  6. Sounds like a fun town! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!!

  7. Love this! Can’t wait to hear about shooting the commercial! 😀

  8. I knew that Elvis was born in Tupelo, but only for like 20 min because I wanted to know where Tupelo was, so I goggled it and wiki was all over the Elvis fact! :-p But that`s really cool! Must have been very inspiring seeing where he came from! Seems like a cool southern town! I`m not that into cars either, but when they`re old and pretty I don`t mind! When the commercial is finished, will we get to watch it? 😉

  9. I want to visit the south sooo bad!! Seriously this weekend of yours just keeps getting better! You two are blessed and have deserved every moment of it!

  10. Such fun photos! That house is too cute, and all that food sounds ahhmazing 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  11. That’s super inspiring that Elvis was born in a two-room house (although I’m thinking there had to have been a bathroom somewhere? an outhouse or something?) I’m kind of a secret history nerd and it’s always fascinating to see where people grew up and came from!

  12. I love mustangs too- looks like a fun Americana kind of day 🙂

  13. You make me want to live in the South SO bad! Many people up north are rushed, impatient, and unfriendly.

    On a positive note… I enjoyed reading the marriage advice!

  14. This looks like a great homey town! So awesome and friendly and welcoming! Love the marriage advice!

  15. That looks like such a fun time, Rach!

  16. What a lovely post this is, and what a lovely couple you two are!

  17. peaceloveterri

    I haven’t been to Tupelo in forever!

  18. What a fun post!!! Such a cool town.

  19. I love the advice they gave you! This all just looks like so much fun! 🙂

  20. How fun! Looks like you guys had a great time 🙂

  21. Great post, dough burger?? Sounds interesting .

    xo Meg

  22. I think that it is SO awesome that you were in a commercial! How exciting and FUN!!!!! 🙂

  23. I forgot he was from Mississippi! Very humble beginnings.

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  25. We’re thinking of taking a little day trip down to Tupelo on Monday.. found this post through some searches for places to eat!!! haha I was like, hey, I know her! We’ll definitely be going to the birthplace of Elvis and I’m thinking we’ll also have to eat at Johnnie’s!

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