Media Rerun: Murfreesboro’s Record Store
Murfreesboro’s best place for games, music and more
Someone once said you can’t go home again, but clearly, they had never been to Murfreesboro’s community cornerstone, Media Rerun: Murfreesboro’s Record Store.
Operated by John Judkins, Media Rerun is the spot for finding gems in an unlikely location, whether it’s a video game, movie, or musical instrument. Media Rerun makes it easy for kids to find a bargain while giving adults an opportunity to rediscover their childhood.
Judkins explains that he purposefully cultivates Media Rerun’s stock by listening to customers and staying on top of what his clientele wants.
“It’s pretty much every day I learn something new from somebody that walks in the door, whether it be a new video game or new record or just someone casually having a conversation about something.”
Judkins’ passion for providing a unique and special experience to everyone who walks into the store is clear, and he enjoys meeting customers’ needs, interests, and price points.
“Good deals, cutting prices and things, we’re really flexible when it comes to prices in here. If someone comes in and the price is $11.06 and all they have is a $10 bill, $10 it is. That makes them happy, That’s a $1.06 that they don’t have to do to the car and get change. So just really helping the customer is my most favorite thing that I like to do. “
Everyone knows that Nashville is a booming, creative city, and Judkins will add Murfreesboro to that development as well.
“So in my mind, we’ve got the people, we’ve got the money, we’ve definitely got the musicians in this town, we’ve got the excitement and entertainment, let’s try to focus on that and give that to more people in this city because it deserves it.”
In Judkin’s hands, Murfreesboro will be just like the treasures found at Media Rerun, which, will continue to evolve and change just like its hometown.
“My main goal would be to expand this unique variety of new and used items and also start introducing entertainment into it, whether it’s live music or movies nights, also showcasing local artists along with local bands and even local brewers, craft beers. My goal is really just to make what this is a bigger part of Murfreesboro. I want to get involved in fundraising and nonprofit stuff, just become a community person while at the same time being kind of place to go to for unique, weird, cool things, a good place to hang out and spend an evening… Eventually, we want to purchase a building that we can do what we want to with it and continue to make Murfreesboro kind of a cool, weird place to be.”
Come home again and visit Media Rerun in cool, weird Murfreesboro.
What is Pre-Parental Counseling?
Thinking about starting a family? Pre-parental counseling helps ease the transition for couples as they navigate the stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
Counseling is an effective tool that more and more Americans are seeking, from families to couples to individuals. Here in Middle Tennessee, Emily Pardy of Ready Nest Counseling provides a unique form of counseling that has long been missing in the therapy field- counseling for those seeking to become parents, (pre-parental counseling).
Pardy discovered the absence of this kind of counseling through personal experience. “Several years ago, my husband and I were trying to decide if we were ready to start a family. We sought help from the therapist who had walked us through pre-marital counseling, and when we approached him with the idea for giving us “pre-parental counseling” he was perplexed! He didn’t have any curriculum or resources to offer us, but he was willing to sit down with us and discuss our expectations of parenthood and how we felt it would affect our relationship.”
An Investment in Your Relationship
Through hard work Pardy and her husband feathered their proverbial nest using the tools they picked up from their counseling. “When we finally got pregnant and had our first daughter, it immediately became evident to us what a gift that investment had been in our relationship.”
And with the recognition of the gift that counseling had given them, a light bulb went off for Pardy-others could benefit from this type of work. “As our friends started to become parents as well, we quickly learned we were far from alone in our challenges. I had always valued my experience with therapy as a client; but, when I started to share my story with other parents it truly became a passion of mine to help ease this transition for couples as they navigated the stages of pregnancy and postpartum. After I had my second daughter, I wrote my first book, For All Maternity about my own journey into motherhood. Then, I decided to go back to school and get my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy to gain the education necessary to turn my passion into a profession..”
Focusing on Couples as a Whole
Pardy launched Ready Nest Counseling to work with families in, as she puts it, “in such a tender phase of life.” From conception to pregnancy to postpartum to infertility, Pardy seeks to help families in all stages of growth and while focusing on couples as a whole to ensure that both women and men get what they need from counseling.
“Trying for a baby, childbirth, and infertility are all major milestones that affect almost every aspect of a couple’s life together. While society tends to feminize this experience, Ready Nest Counseling focuses on the entire system that is affected. My goal is to offer couples preventative help as early as possible and provide them with the resources they need to integrate care throughout the entire phase. Ready Nest Counseling is at the forefront of integrating care with a couple’s emotional and relational wellness in mind.”
When You Get Help, You Also Give Help
Babies are more than just a focus in Pardy’s work in the office; she also implements a charitable component to her work to help newborns in need. “Ready Nest Counseling is dedicated to donating a portion of all session fees to the March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies. When you get help, you also give help!”
How to Make Space with a Lego Table
Lego Table: Old Armoire Doors, Things from Amazon and BAM!
My kiddos needed a place to store all of the components from their Lego sets so I bought various materials on Smile.Amazon.com, found a few unused items, hired my husband and created a Lego table from old armoire doors.
Please watch the video to understand the process of making this custom Lego station.
Many time kids just don’t understand where they need to put things when they clean up their spaces. This station helps them understand the need for organization and helps parents set expectations. It’s been a Godsend for our family! Finding additional space in our homes is a must. If you need help choosing materials or constructing the project just ask a family member or friend for advice. In many instances, this DIY method will be less expensive than a manufactured product.
Below are the items that I chose for this Lego table:
- Armoire doors
- 2 x Lego panels
- Storage bins
- Adhesive caulk
- Cordless Drill
- Oscillating Saw
- Wood and drywall Screws