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.
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.
For more than 30 years, MurMaid Mattress has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from both top-brand manufacturers and from its own, onsite factory. The shop has garnered the title of Best Mattress Store from readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press multiple times. At seven locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its staffers navigate sprawling showrooms that brim with memory-foam mattresses and adjustable beds from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. It procures its inventory directly from such manufacturers, working to keep its prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters were damaged during travel. The store's immense stash of products also includes MurMaid Mattress’s own creations, assembled at an onsite factory affixed to the Cleveland location. Staffers produce custom, made-to-order mattresses from materials used by national brands.
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.
The catalyst for many on- and off-road excursions, Chatt Town Scooters puts drivers in motion with new scooters, used motorcycles, and by-the-hour vehicle rentals. UTVs prowl the dirt and jagged terrain in search of adventure, and scooters zip around town, veering into tight alleyways and hugging the turns of tiny drive-thrus. Parts, installations, and upgrades keep vehicles running smoothly, and the shop’s fashionable protective gear does the same for drivers.