NY Pizza ‘invests’ in areaAfter being in South Knoxville for eight years, I Love NY Pizza moved to 10420 Kingston Pike, and opened in September.
I Love NY Pizza has four owners: John Wright, his wife, Jenny, and Jamie and Meg Akins. They bought the restaurant from former owner Ted Cioffi in March 2012, John Wright said.
“We were looking to make an investment, and I was looking at different businesses that were for sale in and around Knoxville,” John Wright said. “And I came across this one on a business broker’s site and went out and ate and just loved the food, started talking to Ted.”
The decision to move was made because the restaurant needed an area with more traffic, he said. “It wasn’t an easy decision to make. We had a lot of great customers in South Knoxville, and a lot of them have followed us to West Knoxville. And that’s great.”
He described the restaurant’s atmosphere as “unique, funky. We’ve got lots of photos and pictures on the walls of various New York icons. We built a large bar in the space. We try to be very friendly and welcoming. We make everything from scratch. We make dough and marinara and pizza sauce every day.” read more
Black Friday ‘awakens’
FHS senior among Best Buy, Kohl’s Black holiday rushFarragut High School senior Trenton Cardwell was just waking up in the late morning hours of Thanksgiving day. It is not unusual for a high school student to sleep in on a holiday during a break from school.
But where Cardwell awoke is a bit unusual. He, along with a handful of his friends, slept in their cars in the parking lot outside Best Buy along Parkside Drive.
They had been waiting outside the store since Wednesday, Nov. 27, and they were anticipating the store’s 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night opening and all the big sales prices making the sleepover worthwhile.
Cardwell, in particular, was waiting to buy an Xbox 360 video game system, something he wanted badly. Even though the Xbox One – the next generation model of Microsoft video game consoles – had come out that month, it was the Xbox 360 that Cardwell still wanted. read more
By Business For Business
Biz Alliance thankful for successful year, ‘incredible’ Town peopleAs the year draws to a close, we think about the time that has passed and about the coming new year. For those readers engaged in social media, you might have noticed the “30 days of thanks” posts being shared throughout November.
Organizations, like people, have much for which to be thankful. In that spirit of thankfulness, the Farragut Business Alliance has much to share:
Thank you to the incredible community event sponsors, vendors, participants and volunteers who made our 2013 events such a success. From the expanded Art in the Park and soggy Red, White & Blues Pre-Indepen-dence Day Com-munity Picnic, to the ever-popular Taste of Farragut and the sentimental Light the Park, your support, flexibility and enthusiasm continue to make our events bigger and better each year.
Thank you to the Farragut business community for reaching out to us with both ideas and concerns. In the FBA’s role as a liaison between the Town government and the business community, it continues to be important that we hear from you! Many more businesses are taking advantage of the free resources and programs available through the FBA. We hope this trend continues in 2014! read more
Autumn Care officially welcomed to areaAfter opening in May, the West Knoxville and Farragut location of Autumn Care Assisted Living held its grand opening Nov. 5.
“We cater to individuals, typically elderly individuals that need assistance with their activities of daily living,” said Brenda Weatherly, executive director of Autumn Care’s Farragut-Knox facility. “... They rent an apartment here, and we provide their ADLs [activities of daily living]. And we have nurses on staff. We have CNAs on staff. We have an in-house physical therapy [and] an occupational therapy.”
The Farragut-Knox location at 136 Canton Hollow Road, one of two Autumn Care facilities, has 44 rooms and is licensed for 56 residents, she said. It offers one-bedroom to studio apartments.
“We have in-room call light systems for emergencies,” Weatherly added. “We’re completely handicap accessible. ... We also have an activities director. We do outings. Also our breakfast here is a la carte, so you can have anything you want. Lunch and dinner are pretty much set menus. We provide three meals a day.”
The destination of outings varies, she said. “Like [in October], they went to Townsend and went to see the leaves. They usually go out to lunch once a week.” read more
business briefs• Town of Farragut Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ Board of Directors. The appointment was made at the 2013 NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Wash., in November. Actively involved with NLC for 10 years, LaMarche will serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors. Previously she served on the Program Committee and was vice chair and chair of the Human Development Committee. LaMarche currently sits on the Small Cities Council Steering Committee and is second vice president of the Women in Municipal Government. In 2012, she reached the Platinum level in NLC’s Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program.
• The Office of Philanthropy at Covenant Health recently announced two new directors of development for its fundraising team. Beginning in January, Gina Williams will serve as director of development at Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation, and Misty Brown will join Fort Sanders Foundation as director of development.
• Knox County Register of Deeds Sherry Witt has been elected president of the Tennessee Registers Association. Witt, a lifelong resident of Knox County, was elected at the organization’s annual conference recently held in Murfreesboro. The Tennessee Registers Association is comprised of all the county Registers of Deeds across the state. read more
biz beat• Josh Ellis State Farm, located at 11826 Kingston Pike suite 120, will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking event starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5.
• Canterfield of Oak Ridge, located at 200 Bus Terminal Road in Oak Ridge, will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting event, starting at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11.