Flicko's brings analog media kicking and screaming into the modern age with high-tech digitization services. Media handlers transfer video and audio content contained on VHS, MiniDVs, records, and audiocassettes onto round digital discs. They transform photos, slides, and negatives into JPEG images on a data CD or DVD. With a 24-hour turnaround time for many orders, memories are speedily preserved until the inevitable day when DVDs are replaced by high-resolution cave drawings.
The dishes of Bon'Appetite Bistro Catering's master chef, Jernard Wells, have graced the tables of celebrities including Steve Harvey and Paula Deen, earning him recognition from Cuisine Noir and Chatter magazines. Traveling to client's homes, Wells crafts customized menus in a variety of regional cuisines such as Cajun, American, Jamaican, Martian, and Italian. In addition, cooking classes for adults, teens, and couples illuminate the art of crafting cuisines with simple methods yet complex flavors. Chef Jernard is also the author of 88 Ways to Her Heart: Cooking for Lovers, which is mostly metaphorical and doesn't detail the process of riding a Cheerio directly to your significant other's left ventricle.
Though its blue and pink neon lights and retro decor speak to times past, Surf's Up Carwash scrubs cars clean in a quick, modern-day automated wash house that subscribes to eco-friendly practices. Drivers pull up to an automated teller, follow a few touchscreen prompts, and, in about three minutes, drive off in a vehicle that sparkles from top to tire. During the wash, performed by power-minimizing machines, grime flows off of finishes with the help of biodegradable soap. Surf's Up also recycles 80% of its water and uses only 17 gallons of fresh water per wash, a process that’s more efficient than the typical at-home wash and easier than pouring soap down a waterfall and driving through it. All car washes also include complimentary access to Surf's Up's high-powered vacuums.
Declared a 2011 finalist for the area's Best Mattress Store by readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mattress Outlet has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from top-brand manufacturers for more than 30 years. At eight locally owned locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its knowledgeable staffers navigate showrooms that brim with cushy memory-foam slumbering surfaces from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The staff procures the store's inventory from top manufacturers, who have partnered with Mattress Outlet for years, working to keep the prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters are damaged during travel.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and eight years later, Pure Barre spread its franchises to what is now more than 160 locations across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, physiques can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The total-body workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. High-energy, intimate classes with small amounts of attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills. Pure Barre also offers private barre-ties, DVDs, equipment, designer exercise apparel, and more.
Louis Priddy’s love of pounding the pavement led him to found Running Factory II—the previous incarnation of Front Runner Athletics—in 1982. Over the next 15 years, the business blossomed until Louis changed its name and built a new 4,000-square-foot location to accommodate its expanded inventory of shoes and athletic apparel.
In 2001, Louis passed the reins to avid runner Chad Varga, who has carried on Priddy’s legacy by ensuring that his customers’ shoes not only fit on their feet but also accommodate runners’ individual arches and manner of jogging. To achieve this, Chad and his staff conduct free comprehensive gait analyses, guiding guests—who are often referred by local orthopedists and podiatrists—toward shoes that match their foot shapes and habits of running on the sidewalk, on a track, or on hot coals. The store’s wide range of men’s and women’s shoes from the likes of ASICS, Adidas, Mizuno, and New Balance help the experts find the ideal pair.