Go To Guide

Welcome to your Giles County Go-To Guide!

If you’re looking for:
• Insurance • A New or Used Car • Dental Care • A Cup of Coffee • Roofing Installation and Repair • Building Supplies • Good Food • An Art Studio • HVAC Installation and Service • An Event Venue • Collision Repair • A Job or Employees

These are the Tried and True Businesses Giles Countians turn to for their great service and quality:
Brownlow Body ShopCreator’s CornerDr. Tesa JollyFarmer’s Mutual InsuranceMilky Way FarmMinor Hill Farm & Home CenterMurrey ChevroletPatriot Market & CafePylant MaintenanceSecond Street Coffee HouseStaffmarkTeam Hill Roofing

To help you get to know these local businesses better a new spotlight story will be added to this page every month.

Click on their ads, go by and see them or give them a call. More information is also available about each of these businesses in GilesNews.com’s Business Directory.


Patriot Market and Café: Veterans Make Meals for Many

by Margaret Campbell
Staff Writer

Patriot Market and Café was the brainchild of Elaina and Joseph Gill. The dream of a restaurant became a reality in January 2019 when they opened just off the Pulaski Square. 

“Both of us are veterans and we decided to open the café as a representation of our great country,” Gill explained. “I always have had the dream of opening my own restaurant and in the fall of 2018 after my husband retired from the military, we settled in Pulaski and it was finally something that we could do.

“Joseph and I have traveled the great USA and the world throughout our army careers. Being a self-trained chef, I love the variety of great food that different geographical locations provide,” Gill said. “I taught myself how to cook everything I enjoyed so I could hold the good memory of that location and I love having the opportunity to share that with everyone.” 

Gill notes her dreams would not have come to fruition if not for her family.

“The first time my husband brought me to the Giles County area, I felt like I was home, and we promised each other when he retired we would move back here. We and our five children moved in June of 2018; you will see them here from time to time since for the most part they are my crew, along with my cousin-in-law Linda and her kids. And there are others who I have adopted along the way.”

During their first year of business the Café decided to make a move to its current location at 426 N. Second St. in Pulaski.

“The new location used to be the bus station for Pulaski and then a restaurant,” Gill said. “We’ll celebrate our first anniversary of business in January, 2020.” 

The Gills strive to give back to the community. They support several local charities including many veterans organizations and others such as The Pouring Spot, Giles County Animal Shelter and Mommas, Munchkins and Milk. They also offer, as you might imagine, a veteran’s discount as well as one for first responders.

“Military veterans, first responders, teachers and senior citizens get a 15 percent discount every day and any military or first responders on duty get free drinks anytime,” Gill said. 

There are some specialty items that the restaurant will prepare. 

“We do custom orders any time and many in the area don’t know we will do lettuce wraps and have several vegetarian options,” Gill added.

The restaurant is family-based and everyone who comes in is treated like family as well. You may place phone orders at 931-292-6444.

Their hours are Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed on Monday; Tuesday-Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Dr. Tesa Jolly Receives Humanitarian Award

The Lucy Hobbs Project, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, celebrated six outstanding women in dentistry Oct. 3-5 in Chicago.

Among them was Giles County’s own Dr. Tesa Jolly, DDS, who received the Humanitarian Award for her dedication to her community with the creation and continuation of the annual Free Dental Day in Pulaski. 

Held each November, Free Dental Day brings together hundreds of volunteers to provide a free dental service — a white filling on a front tooth, tooth extraction or cleaning — to anyone healthy enough for dental work. 

Now in its 11th year, Free Dental Day has provided free services to more than 3,000 people over the past decade. 

The 11th annual Free Dental Day will be Friday, Nov. 22. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the CB Outreach Building, 511 S. First St., Pulaski. 

For more information or to volunteer, search for Pulaski, TN Free Dental Day on Facebook.

Awards Celebration

Benco Dental’s seventh annual celebration is named in tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. 

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates women’s achievements in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, branding and communications manager for Benco Dental. “Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We
want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practices and

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, included panel discussions, three Continuing Education credits and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members — and all women in dentistry — to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work.”  

Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back

In 1866, Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. This national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession — dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

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Second Street Coffee House

Most of us can’t start the day without something to awaken the mind and the spirit. Second Street Coffee House has both in the form of a freshly brewed cup of coffee served from a staff who knows its customers and creates a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for them.

“We pride ourselves in making relationships with all of our customers,” said owner Katy Kaufman. “We know the regulars by name and do our best to make everyone feel welcome and at home when they come to the shop.

Macy and I were regulars at the coffee house when it was under Buckhead management from the time it first opened on the Square in 2015,” Kaufman explained of herself and business partner Macy Crye. “Macy later became an employee under the previous management and I still showed up every day for coffee.”

The two were longtime best friends and had a dream of running their own coffee house. When the opportunity presented itself in early 2019, they decided to go for it. They opened shortly after Memorial Day at the same location, newly christened as Second Street Coffee House.

The owners are focused on making their business a success and doing that through involvement in the community.Second Street Coffee House

“We have been trying to involve ourselves in the community more with events like our monthly open mic nights and as members of the Giles County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce,” Kaufman said. “We are also planning on hosting an event this month to raise money for suicide prevention and awareness in honor of Markaus Willis and donating that in his name.”

The third member of the team is Annslee Swann.

“Annslee is a full-time senior at Martin Methodist College and a member of the MMC soccer team,” Kaufman said. “She is very hardworking and on her off days you can see her doing her homework at the shop.”

The shop has a breakfast and lunch menu that includes weekly waffle and Panini specials. For teas drinkers, they have a selection served daily, hot or cold. There are also seasonal flavors included on the menu. You may enjoy your orders inside or al fresco at a bistro table on the sidewalk.

The business promotes being environmentally friendly with a discount.

“We have our ongoing discounts for anyone who brings in reusable mugs or travel mugs for their drinks,” Kaufman explained. “Our Earth Heroes discount is 10 percent off any beverage.”

The shop’s next monthly Open Mic Night will be held Saturday, Oct. 12.

“On open mic nights we close at 5 p.m. and then re-open at 7 p.m.,” Crye explained. “The entertainment includes spoken word, comedy and musicians.”

Second Street Coffee House is located just off the west side of the Pulaski Square at 102 S. Second St. It is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

“We are all inclusive and love everyone,” Kaufman said. “We are a safe space for anyone who needs it.”