I was told it was time to interview myself, so here goes. I am Melissa Robinson; wife, mother, and lifetime resident of Mt Juliet, TN. I am a Realtor® with Robinson Properties, and my goal with my Facebook page Melissa Knows Mt Juliet is to promote and bring awareness to local businesses here in Mt Juliet.

For 18 years, I was an educator with Wilson County Schools. I taught at Stoner Creek Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, and West Wilson Middle School. Those skills helped me become a better real estate agent for my clients, and gave me the idea to educate my community about our great local businesses.

For the past couple of months, I have been interviewing local business owners in my area and posting to my Facebook page Melissa Knows Mt Juliet. Bringing awareness to local businesses became a passion of mine when local businesses began closing their doors and the comments were, “I didn’t even know they were there.”

Shopping local not only helps local business owners, but it keeps more tax dollars in our local community. Large businesses have their place in our town, but it’s the small businesses run by the mom on the PTO or the dad who coaches the Little League team that gives our community its unique, close-knit feel. No matter how big Mt Juliet grows in terms of population, I hope it keeps the small-town feeling that its always had.