A Good Pour: Rachel Mullins

A Good Pour is a series of good conversations with good people. It is inspired by the 100 Cups Academy with the awesome Jason Elkins through the very helpful TN Small Business Development Center at Vol State. Learn more at https://100cups.coffee/.


A Good Pour with Rachel Mullins

Co-owner, The Red Tulip in Gallatin, Tennessee


How I Know Rachel

My husband, Seth, and I met Rachel and her husband, Chris, in 2007 when we joined the Pathfinders Sunday School class at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. She is a longtime friend of mine, and I love her huge heart for her family, friends, and this community.

I asked her to be my second “A Good Pour” because she was the first “nudge” I received to start my own business. I had texted her in late January, and she said that I was actually on her list to call to ask about a recommendation for someone that could build a Shopify store for The Red Tulip. I thought to myself … I can do that. Within the next several days, I received two other nudges, and then I couldn’t get the idea of starting my business out of my head. It just goes to show you that God can work through anything, even text messages, IF we are listening for Him.

Rachel’s Sumner Story

Rachel was born and raised in Gallatin. She married Chris, her high school sweetheart, and had both of her two children, Taylor and Hayden, here in Sumner County. In 2005, she formed The Red Tulip, an adorable gift boutique, with her mother-in-law, Margaret Mullins. Rachel loves the outstanding community that Gallatin and Sumner County offer. She says we have the very best people and loves that she is somehow connected to just about everyone that walks in the store.

Rachel Mullins Quote

What is helping you right now? 

Rachel says that working out is helping her right now, specifically, working out with Ashley Welburn of Hendersonville. She adds that exercising has become a type of therapy, and she truly misses it when she can’t get there.


An organization or cause near and dear to your heart: 

She first mentioned Educate a Woman noting that she was honored to be on the original committee that formed the event. But then I watched her eyes get big and teary as she went on to talk about her Tulips, the high school and college girls that work at The Red Tulip. Rachel loves giving these young people one of their first jobs but enjoys watching them grow even more. This isn’t surprising at all if you watch The Tulip’s Facebook page during graduation time. Her “Tulip garden” is well-loved!


What is a movie, television show, podcast, writer, song, etc., that you think should be added to The Good List?

  1. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven: Her son, Hayden, gave her this book last year for Mother’s Day, and she says she thinks about its lessons often.
  2. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: She has read it several times, and I had to admit to her that I still haven’t read it. 
(Read more from The Good List.)


What is one marketing question you have for me?

If a retail store hasn’t concentrated on marketing in a while, where do you recommend it start?

This one demanded its own blog post. Read my answer.

retail marketing restart checklist

Rachel, you are one of the people that I’ve known the longest in our little city. I’m grateful for our memories and that God used you to help me see my next path. Love you!