Sunrise Grocery in North Georgia is a cozy spot to browse around for fresh produce, delicious jams and jellies, mountain treasures, worms and priceless lessons in business administration.
As a partially omniscient writer, I can hear the voices of women saying, “Wow! Bernadette and I would LOVE to visit Sunrise Grocery, but our husbands have no patience. They’d just rush us and it wouldn’t be any fun.”
Dry your eyes, little lady. The owner of Sunrise Grocery – Jason Clemmons – is a truly brilliant and kind businessman who has learned a trick or two in the 30 years he’s owned this treasured roadside stand.
Jason has a Secret Weapon that can make any grumpy hubby happy to stay busy while you browse until you drop.
(No, it’s not moonshine but that’s a good guess.)
Beverly Whitt, the crackerjack lady who helps run Sunrise Grocery, told me how Jason discovered the perfect way to give shoppers time to browse.
Jason, like all good men, had a brass monkey that he didn’t know what to do with. Doubters said, “Throw that old thing away!” Jason said, “Nope. I’m gonna make a game out of this here monkey.”
Mister Clemmons decided he would hide the brass monkey all around his store and give a bag of world-famous boiled or roasted peanuts (featured in Southern Living Magazine, thank you) to folks who found it.
Wise women quickly spread the word to bring their men with them to Sunrise Grocery. As soon as they reached the parking lot and you-know-who began to get all grouchy, the ladies said, “Don’t worry, you old goat, I won’t be long. I’d invite you in, but you’d never find the brass monkey and win a free bag of peanuts, and I hate to see you cry in public.”
Now, if they don’t find the brass monkey, women have to drag their husbands out of Sunrise Grocery and promise to bring them back soon. Yes, this trick works on kids too.
You won’t learn smart stuff like that at Harvard.
Some visitors are so observant they can even find Miss Beverly behind the counter!
The next time you’d like a delightful drive up Georgia’s Route 129, you have to stop at Sunrise Grocery. It’s only a few miles south of Blairsville and just up the road a piece from Vogel State Park.
Sunrise Grocery is the perfect place to browse around when you’re looking for something special … or just looking with someone special.
Sunrise Grocery opens at 7:30 AM Monday through Saturday and at 9 AM on Sundays. They close at 6 PM, except on Friday and Saturday, when they stay open until 7. Come early to watch the sunrise!
Sunrise Grocery is the perfect spot to begin – or end – any day.
Definition of Browse for Men: Make a list of what you want. Go to closest store. Find everything without ever asking for help. Pay too much. Return home. Make list of what you forgot and what you have to return. Repeat.
Definition of Browse for Women: Take a scenic drive with friends. Talk, chat and enjoy the ride. Choose a place to shop based exclusively on how interesting it looks from the outside. Park. Apply make-up. Promise your friends you’ll only shop for a few minutes. Enter. Pick up every dang piece of anything not nailed down – except the clerk – and stare at it from every possible angle. Put it back right where it was … so that your friends can do the exact same thing. Buy something for yourself that you don’t need. Buy something for a friend who doesn’t need anything either. Exit. Stop for dessert and recount everything you and your friends touched. Make plans for your next trip.
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Robert Sutherland is a freelance writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA. Robert has two adult daughters, six grandchildren, one Kawasaki and a loving girlfriend. Robert’s e-mail address is: RJS@RobertSutherland.com.