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.
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.
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.
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.
Collective Clothing's intrepid owners Travis and Sondra Aten travel the Midwest in search of vintage items to pair with resale pieces for a diverse collection of T-shirts, coats, and women's wear that echoes every modern era. The boutique's brood of sparkly logo T-shirts (about $8) complement shiny owl jewelry (about $7) or leopard-print scarves. Don well-worn pairs of used cowboy boots ($40+) or rotating looks by brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Free People, LaCoste, Penguin, and American Apparel. At the shop's $5-or-less show space, regal marblesque busts of famous composers, including Wagner and Liszt, await strong arms to cart them home to a mantel or the neighbor's bedroom closet.