Meet Our Spring 2016 Intern, Amani!

Career Move Month bannerEven though it sounds a little cheesy, our mission at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville is “Moving People Forward” in our community.  One way we try to move people forward is through education, because having a great education really sets our students up for success through their career.  Some of the programs we support are Book’em and the PENCIL Partner program, but we also like to support Nashville college students through educational internships!  To give you an inside look at our internship program, we asked our current intern Amani to tell you all about her experience so far and what she’ll be working on this semester:

Marketing Intern AmaniHello everyone, my name is Amani and I am proud to be the newest Spring 2016 Marketing Intern for Two Men and a Truck! I moved from Knoxville, Tennessee to attend school at Tennessee State University, where I am currently a sophomore majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Integrated Marketing.  Some fun facts about me:

1. My favorite color is Tiffany blue;

2. I am an avid collector of decorative and humorous mugs;

3. I have a twin brother who also attends TSU, and he even lives in the same dorm as I do, a floor beneath me.

I plan on using my degree and my passion of community service to work for a nonprofit, specifically in the marketing department, in order to boost the awareness, donations, volunteers, or recipients.

I came across Two Men and a Truck at a career fair at TSU in the fall of 2015. Most businesses were interested in business or science majors, or upperclassmen. I was feeling discouraged when Mrs. Jenni Hargrove, Two Men’s Marketing Director, stopped me and called me to the table. We exchanged information and after an interview, I was selected to start interning on January 25, 2016.

Marketing Intern AmaniDuring my internship so far, my main focus has been the Movers for Moms campaign that Two Men and a Truck spearheads in conjunction with the Safe Haven Family Shelter. I thoroughly enjoy earning the experience in cause marketing. Lately, I have been learning the skill of selling my product or idea and building business relationships by calling businesses to initiate charity partnerships. I also appreciate the experience earned outside of regular business hours. I have been invited to various meetings by Mrs. Hargrove as a means of networking and becoming familiar with other organizations around Nashville. For instance, last month I had the privilege of sitting in on a meeting for FiftyForward’s Junior Board. (FiftyForward is a place for adults 50 years of age and older to participate in activities with their peers such as exercise, games, and tutoring children.)

I am so excited to have this internship because this is a real life application of the concepts I learn about in the classroom. I am able to apply the information into real life situations, preparing me for a career in marketing. I look forward to contributing to the Movers for Moms campaign. It is an amazing cause that will help so many families, and that’s the fuel for the movement. Two Men and a Truck took a chance on me while I was young and inexperienced, and in turn has given me skills I will take with me to every classroom and career move beyond this.

Are you interested in becoming a Two Men Nashville Marketing Intern, or applying for another position in our company?  Click here to learn about our current career opportunities!

If you need information about our moving services, please click here to visit our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288 for a free moving estimate!

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Read Me Day 2016

Read Me Day 2016 with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

One of our favorite local non-profit partners is Book’em, an organization with the mission of providing books to low-income children across the state of Tennessee.  Book’em has tons of awesome programs, such as the Reading Is Fundamental program that lets our marketer Jenni bring free, brand new books to first graders at Dodson Elementary School throughout the school year.  But today we want to tell you about one of their biggest annual events coming up this week on Friday the 26th: Read Me Day!

Book’em explains how Read Me Day began 30 years ago:

Read Me Day was started in 1986 by Frankie DeWees, a teacher at East Hickman Elementary School in Lyles, Tenn. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the importance of reading. The event was called “Read Me Day” because students, teachers and visiting readers were invited to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message on it so the children could “read the reader.” Book’em has celebrated Read Me Day since 1990.

Since Book’em became the official sponsor of Read Me Day, they’ve been inviting professionals from all sort of industries to come into Nashville elementary schools and read stories to students.  This year, we were so excited to be invited to help prepare for this fun day!

Hands On Nashville's annual book drive for Book'emThroughout January and the beginning of this month, Hands On Nashville hosted their annual book drive to benefit Book’em.  This year, students across Greater Nashville were able to collect over 3,700 books through this awesome drive!  Then over 40 high school student volunteers dedicated a Saturday to sorting the books at the Hands On Nashville headquarters.

Julia Green Elementary School's book drive for Book'emThis month, Ms. Stein’s fourth grade class at Julia Green Elementary School also decided they wanted to do something to help the community, and they came together to collect 1,600 more books for Read Me Day students!  Ms. Stein said her class announced the drive over the school announcements, wrote their own speeches to tell other classes about the campaign, and even volunteered their time on some of Nashville’s recent Snow Days to sort and box all the books.

After all this hard work put in by Nashville’s youth, it was the least we could do to round up their boxes of books and bring them to Book’em’s office!  It’s so exciting to know that we were able to be a small part of Read Me Day this year, and we can’t wait to keep volunteering with this great organization.

Julia Green Elementary School fourth graders

If you’re looking for information to book your next move, we would love the opportunity to serve you!  Please give us a call at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for a free moving estimate.

Moving Week Cheap Eats in Nashville

Eight Nsahville restaurants to get cheap eats during Moving Week

As someone who has moved three times in the past two years, and as the employee of a company that oversees dozens of moves each day, trust me on this one: You are not going to want to cook on Moving Day.  Or the day after.  And probably not the day after that, either.  However, you probably also don’t want to spend a ton of money eating out during your Moving Week.  I completely understand, and I’ve got you covered!  Here are my top 8 suggestions for cheap eats around Nashville to populate your Moving Week menu:

Calypso Cafe has delicious fruit teaCalypso Cafe  |  In Midtown, East Nashville, and Berry Hill

Calypso is by far one of my favorite places to grab some grub in Nashville.  With healthy menu options like their Black Bean Salad and Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, you can keep your energy up for less than $10.  My favorite menu items are the Jerk Chicken (beware: it’s spicy!) and their homemade Fruit Tea.

The Wild Cow  |  In East Nashville

For seven years, I was a proud vegetarian, and The Wild Cow was (and still is) one of my favorite places to eat out.  Their menu offers delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for the extremely health-conscious.  As a bonus, they’re also located in one of my favorite parts of town.

Hattie B's has delicious hot chickenHattie B’s  |  In West Nashville and Midtown

Need some Southern comfort food?  Hattie B’s is the perfect place for you and your family.  They have Nashville’s best hot chicken at four different “heat” levels to accommodate all of their customers, and they offer fried and grilled chicken.  If you’re visiting the West Nashville location, our office is just a hop, skip, and a jump away (actually, right across the street)!  Stop by and say hey!

Jack’s BBQ  |  In North Nashville, Downtown, and Midtown

Another Southern favorite–barbecue.  Yum!  With six meat options (and veggie plates, if you’d prefer) that are all just as tender as the next, you can’t go wrong at Jack’s.  If you’re just moving to Nashville for the first time, I would recommend visiting the downtown location for dinner so you can check out Broadway’s neon lights!

picnic tableI Dream of Weenie  |  In East Nashville

This hot dog stand is shaped like a wiener, and their menu ranges from the “Frank and to the Point” hot dog to the “Flamin’ Frank” dog.  My regular order is the “Dill Weenie” with mustard, onions, and a dill pickle spear.  The best part is getting to sit at their bright picnic tables in the shade.

Coco’s Italian Market  |  In West Nashville

I’ve never been to Italy, but I’ve been told by my world-traveling friends that this restaurant/market combo brings them right back to Europe.  Their authentic Italian cuisine is inexpensive and delicious.  There are two things there that you have to try: weekend brunch, and their cappuccino.  You just can’t beat it.

SATCO has unlimited chips and quesoSATCO  |  In Midtown

SATCO stands for San Antonio Taco CO., but I rarely meet someone who actually says the full name.  I moved to Nashville six years ago from Texas, and I have to be honest–their tacos do not at all mirror San Antonio’s Mexican food.  However, you can order your tacos exactly how you want them and enjoy unlimited chips and queso, which totally makes up for the misleading name.

Provence Breads & Cafe  |  In Downtown, Historic Hillsboro Village, Midtown, and the Airport

This France-inspired bakery not only has amazing bread and coffee, but also a delicious breakfast and lunch menu.  I frequented their original location in the historic Hillsboro Village while I was a student at Belmont University, but they’ve become so popular that they’re demanded all over Nashville now.  Don’t forget to pick up a beautiful macaroon for dessert!

Well, there you have it!  I am not a food critic by any means, but I do know how to eat around Nashville on a dime.  I can also help you find the best deal in town for movers; our team is made up of only full-time, background-checked movers who have all been through hands-on training and are covered by our above-industry-standard insurance policy!  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website here for information on our moving prices.

 

This blog post was written by our Marketer, Jenni Hargrove. Click here to meet the rest of our team!

4 DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts from Moving Boxes

Valentines Day Crafts by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

Show your love this Valentine’s Day by creating easy homemade crafts and decorations! Making homemade crafts can be a fun and inexpensive family activity. These crafts are all upcycled from old moving boxes, meaning all you really need is craft paper, glue and stickers, and you’re ready to go. If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! Our office offers a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be purchased at your Nashville location!

Below are four easy, do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day craft tutorials!

Kid’s Valentine’s Day card box

DIY Valentine's Day kids card box by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

Personalize your child’s Valentine’s Day card box for their school party by using one of our Truckie’s Treasure Chest boxes. These boxes are simple to assemble and have handles to make for easy transportation to and from school. You can purchase this at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location or order one online for just a few bucks!

Supplies: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK supplies for Valentine's Day kids' card box DIY craft

1 Truckie’s Treasure Chest box
Craft paper
Stickers
Hot glue gun
Box cutter
Scissors

Step 1: Assemble your box and place the handles into the open spaces on the side. Next, use a box cutter to make a slot on the top for Valentines to be dropped in.

Step 2: Have your child cover the box in craft paper of their choice. Use a hot glue gun or tape to secure the paper to the box.

Step 3: It’s time to personalize! Let your child personalize their card box with stickers, paper hearts, ribbon, and anything else they wish.

 

Sweetheart garland

Valentine's Day sweetheart garland by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville
Spruce up your home by creating a classic conversation heart garland to hang in your home. I’m in love with how this turned out!

Supplies:

1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® box
Acrylic craft paint
Sponge paint brushes
Red stickers or a red marker
Ribbon
Box cutter
Hole punch
Heart stencils
Pencil

Step 1: To make this simple, we decided to do a quick online search and print heart stencils. Trace as many hearts as you’d like to have on your garland and use your box cutter to carefully cut them out.

Step 2: Now that your cardboard hearts are cut out, it’s time to paint. We stuck to the classic candy heart colors but your options are endless! Also, I would recommend doing two coats of paint for the best results.

Step 3: After the paint is fully dry, use your hole punch on each side of the heart. String your ribbon through the holes and behind each heart to put your garland together. At the back of the first and last heart, tie a knot in the ribbon to keep them from slipping off.

Step 4: Use your creativity and think of fun sayings to put on each heart! We used red stickers for accuracy and to save time but a red permanent market can work just as well.

 

Valentine’s Day door wreath
DIY Valentine's Day door wreath from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes

Greet your guests with love by creating a paper heart door wreath!

Supplies:Valentine's Day door wreath supplies

1 small box
Craft paper
Sticker letters
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Pencil
Scissors
Box cutter

Step 1: Trace a large circle onto your box with a second circle inside it. Use your box cutter to cut out the inside circle as well as the large circle, leaving you with a base for your wreath. Keep in mind this does not have to be perfectly shaped and it is okay to have jagged edges as you will be covering it up.

Step 2: Cut out various sized hearts from your craft paper and begin gluing them down to your cut out circle. Continue doing this until you are satisfied with your wreath.

Step 3: We added a “LOVE” banner to the top to make it extra festive. After you are happy with the look of your wreath, use your hot glue gun to secure ribbon to the back of your wreath.

 

Tic-tac-toe board

DIY Valentine's Day tic -tac-toe board by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

A fun twist on a classic game can entertain your kids for hours … okay, maybe 15 minutes but you have to admit, it is fun!

Supplies:

1 small box (Or a remaining side from the box used in previous crafts)
Colored paper
Glue
Marker
Scissors

Step 1: Cut a large heart out to act as your tic-tac-toe game board. Cover this heart in colored paper.

Step 2: Cut smaller hearts out of craft paper in two separate colors. You will want to cut 5 hearts in each color.

Step 3: Draw your board game lines onto the heart and play!

If you liked our Valentine’s Day crafts and you’re hungry for more DIY projects, follow our Pinterest board on Reusing Moving Boxes!

If you need information on moving or would like a free estimate, visit our website or give our office a call at 615-248-6288!

Job Shadow Day with McGavock High School

Job Shadow Day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

Last week, we were one of the local Nashville businesses who participated in McGavock High School’s Job Shadow Day.  One senior (Trez) and one junior (Omar) came from the school’s Hospitality and Finance Academy to learn about all the roles that keep this moving company spinning on its axis.  We all had a blast teaching them about our Sales, Operations, and Marketing departments!

Trez and Omar, like most high schoolers, have a general idea of what they want to do once they graduate.  Trez plans to study business while playing baseball in college, and Omar is considering attending a police academy to become an officer.  However, both of them were attracted to McGavock’s Job Shadow Days so they could get a taste of other career options available to them.  Our biggest priority was letting these students see all the ins and outs of a moving company; even though moving may seem like a simple “Point A to Point B” process, there’s a ton that goes on behind the scenes!

Chris teaching Omar about being a Sales LeadFirst, Trez and Omar met our sales staff.  Our Sales Lead, Chris, explained that he’s responsible for ensuring top-notch customer service from the office, giving sales goals to the other Sales Representatives, and keeping paperwork organized before it gets handed off to the Operations department.  Then they each sat with one of our Sales Representatives to learn about our pricing, how to use the online moving schedule, and how many movers and hours each job will require.  We were really impressed by Trez and Omar’s great questions, like, “What makes up the service fee?” and “Can people call to get moved between states, or can you only move them locally?”

Justin teaching Trez and Omar how to check in a truckNext, we showed them our dispatch office, where all the Movers and Drivers check in and receive their job information every morning.  Justin, one of our Quality Control Specialists, explained our dispatch procedures, organization methods, and the basic breakdown of each job.  As if on cue, when Justin finished his explanation, one of our moving teams came back from a job in the field.  Justin brought Trez and Omar out to the truck to walk them through the team’s check-in procedure.  Both students were impressed by how organized the trucks are kept, and the long list of equipment that each truck needs to have stocked at all times in order to move, disassemble, and reassemble any furniture items a customer may own.

Once Trez and Omar had a sense of how our Operations department is managed, our marketer Jenni brought them into her office to talk about her favorite parts of marketing.  She gave them a basic description of our targeted customers, and explained how our company uses social media to interact with the community.  To explain the purpose of marketing, Jenni asked, “When you think of coffee shops, what’s the first name you think of?”  Both students answered immediately, “Starbucks!”  Jenni nodded and said, “Exactly.  We want to be the Starbucks of the moving industry.  When a family is ready to move, I want the first company they think of to be TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

Trez and Omar at Hattie B'sFinally, after a long day of experiential learning, it was time to get a real Nashville lunch!  We treated Trez and Omar to a Nashville classic: hot chicken from Hattie B’s right down the street.

By the end of Job Shadow Day, Trez and Omar both said they learned a lot, and were amazed at how much work goes behind just one moving job.  They’re looking forward to being a part of our Summer Program for college students, where they can come “earn while they burn” between the spring and fall semesters!

 

Do you need a free quote for your upcoming move, or want to learn more about our company?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or click here to visit our website.

If you’re looking for more information about the Academies of Nashville inside Metro Nashville’s public high schools, click here to read all about them.