Mooney’s Market & Emporium opened in May 2012 in Monteagle, TN. It is a store selling natural foods, local products, gardening supplies, plants, yarn, and antiques and art on consignment. Long-time Sewanee resident Joan Thomas bought the building in 2010 and began renovating it in 2011.
The building was built in 1939 by Raymond Sanders to serve as a grocery store as well as his home. Soon the highway adjacent to the building was improved, and the store began selling gas. The store operated for five years but closed down due to the Depression. Ward Goodman was the last person to run the store, but he left to work on the University farm in the late 1940s. Later, Georgia and Paul Mooney moved in, and sold flowers and produce from their garden. After the Mooneys moved into town, the building sat empty and abandoned for more than 10 years.
Mooney’s Market & Emporium is located at 1265 W. Main Street, and is open Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.