Built in 1786, James White's Fort affords glimpses into the frontier lifestyles of America's forefathers while providing education on Knoxville founder and the fort's creator, James White. Each year, more than 10,000 visitors explore the residence, which was restored and opened to the public in 1970. Six cabins and a stockade wall surround the main two-story log house, where guests can experience hands-on interpretations of life as a pioneer by cooking on an open hearth or spinning retro cell-phone-charger cords on an antique loom. Special events held throughout the year keep a continuous line of visitors waltzing across the land of Tennessee's first capital, including an annual celebration of Cherokee heritage.
The groomers and caretakers at Pups and Pals nurture dogs whether they're in need of a good shampooing or a place to stay while their owners are away. The staff cleans up scruffy pups with baths, haircuts, and grooming services and looks after furry friends during daycare and boarding stays.
YMCA of East Tennessee holds fast to its three-fold mission: to encourage healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Each of their five locations brims with cardio and weight equipment, as well as digital ActivTrax kiosks, which print out customized workout plans based on each guests' information. Instructors lead group fitness classes for adults and stacks of trench-coat-clad babies disguised as adults, offering sessions that range from kickboxing to water aerobics. In addition to specialized sessions for seniors, they also lead sports programs for kids, such as swimming, basketball, and karate, as well as host a youth-based leader's club.
The folks at YMCA of East Tennessee offer memberships to military families and host programs for kids who have dropped out of school or who have been suspended. Their scholarship program helps families send their kids to the YMCA's fun, safe, character-developing programs no matter their financial circumstances.
Coming from entrepreneurial families, Jesse and Tara like the freedom to pursue their passions. They feel that pets deserve that same freedom, even when they must spend the night away from home. And that?s why they run Pets R People 2 as a completely cageless doggy day care and overnight facility. They let pooches roam free, filling their 5,000-square-foot space with piles of warm blankets and doggy beds for their guests to snuggle into at will. They allow each visitor to play with any of their resident toys, and make sure to give them each their favorite food, personal attention, and necessary medications for no extra charge. Of course, they evaluate each dog?s behavior before welcoming them into their pet haven, making sure that he or she plays well with others and doesn't secretly meow.
Visitors enter a gleeful realm of recreation and friendly competition amid the indoor and outdoor attractions of Putt-Putt Golf & Games. The emerald corridors of 54 mini golf holes meander throughout the playscape, forming three 18-hole courses that gradually escalate in both difficulty and the territorial aggression of their native windmills. The thunderous clap of bat barrels smacking line-drives resonates from the baseball and softball cages, where mechanical hurlers sling baseballs at four different speeds and softballs at fast- and slow-pitch standards. More than 50 arcade and ticket-redemption games hungrily devour tokens in the game room, and guests can sate their appetites with pizza ($9 for a large), hot dogs ($1.50), and scoops of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2 for one scoop).
The helpful staff at The Adorable Child equips youngsters with new and gently used apparel in sizes from preemie to 14, accessories, and toys. They diligently inspect each consignment item, ensuring that all garments, including maternity outfits, are tagged with brand-name labels and that all nonclothing items—highchairs, changing tables, and strollers—are like new. In addition to used items, The Adorable Child carries custom-made clothing from local designers, including onesies and bloomers embroidered with a baby's name or anticipated SAT score.