Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

Downtown Kingsport has been seeing a revitalization of its own over the past decade and the hard work and dedication is starting to pay off. Antique shops, unique dining experiences, urban living, and fantastic venues are a few of the things that downtown Kingsport has to offer. The Downtown Kingsport Association and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce are just two of the organizations tirelessly working to make Downtown Kingsport a destination for eating, living, and entertaining.

Wine Festivals, an annual Christmas Parade, the Busker Fest, and the Twilight Alive Summer Concert Series are events that draw thousands to the downtown area each year. Downtown Kingsport offers small town living but in close proximity to easy access to two large interstates and a regional airport for quick getaways to larger cities. Industry and education are important parts of downtown Kingsport as well as seen with the close proximity to both Domtar and Eastman. The Regional Center for Applied Technology and the Kingsport Academic Village offer educational opportunities close to home. With so much to offer why would anyone not consider Kingsport as destination to both live and play?

The Carriage House

The Carriage House is a prime example of what it means to embrace the Kingsport spirit. Since opening on Market St. in 1976, the business has grown and shifted with the needs of its customers and community. With racks full of unique clothing and shelves overflowing with beautifully spun yarn and artfully crafted merchandise, this shop understands that loyalty runs locally. The Carriage House has been and remains to be a premier custom framing shop and a destination for those that want to be loyal and shop local. With boutique clothing lines, local gifts, and an impressive assortment of classes, tools and accessories for both knitting and crocheting, the Carriage House is an amazing example of what it takes to be a successful small business.

April 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the Carriage House’s new location at 505 E. Center St. After 44 years, this downtown business is considered a critical piece of the downtown fabric. Shop owner, Terri Jones, has been active in the business since it opened and operated under the leadership of her parents. She understands that her offerings have to continuously shift to meet the needs of her customers, and yet she also stays true to the business’ roots in needlework and custom framing.

Shop hours are Tuesday- Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Special classes and events are also offered on a routine basis. Call to learn more 423.247.9091.

Wallace News Stand

Wallace News Stand has been a staple of downtown Kingsport, Tennessee for many years. It began as Broad Street Fruit and News in 1936. In 1941, Wallace Crum purchased the business and changed it’s name to Wallace News Stand as it remains today. It was owned for many years by Marty Mullins.

In 2015, Thom Throp, a lifelong resident of Kingsport, purchased the iconic business. For 75 years, it has been a gathering place in Kingsport to purchase newspapers, magazines, novelties and to grab a bag of their famous popcorn, SnoBalls, drinks or other snacks. Thom can be found at Wallace’s whenever it is open. He is striving to keep the tradition and greets every customer with a smile.

In the recent months, Thom has become aware of several improvements that this historic landmark needs to continue to keep this tradition in downtown Kingsport. He has recently been able to replace the aged awning, but still needs the help of customers and locals that have enjoyed coming to Wallace’s througout the years. Thom has started a Go Fund Me Campaign to help raise the money needed for these improvements. If you love local businesses, tradition, and freshly popped popcorn, you’ll be glad you helped save this small business for future generations.

Rainbow’s End Floral

Rainbow’s End Floral invites you to visit the shop between 9 and 5:30 weekdays and 9 to 3 on Saturdays at 214 E. Center St. in downtown Kingsport, TN.

Our shop is family owned and operated since 1993. We would be glad to help with any floral needs both locally or anywhere in the world. In addition to fresh and permanent flowers we offer plants, candy bouquets and giftware. Creations with balloons can also be bought here. Columns, archways, clusters, characters or even a ride in a 5-story tall Hot Air Balloon named “Rosie” can be made possible.

Weddings are a big part of Rainbow’s End Floral. From the first planning meeting until you hear the wedding music start we will work to create the day of your dreams. Whether your wedding is big or small we give our all to you and your very special event.

Our team consists of qualified customer service people who will happily take your orders and convey your wishes to our very talented designers who will create works of art in flowers and plants. Then our delivery team will transport your arrangements to the intended destination and present it with a smile.

When visiting Rainbow’s End Floral please mention seeing us in the VIPSEEN magazine and receive a gift just for you.

The 101

The 101 hopes to be Kingsport’s first destination building. Our dream is to provide a spot for you to gather, shop, learn, relax, smile and enjoy. Using a synergistic model, Style Boutique, PICSEE Photography Studio and High Voltage Venue plan to work together to create an environment unlike any other in the area. Mark your calendar for June 1st, from 5-10 pm, for a fun night of music, food, shopping and specials as we celebrate the opening of all the doors of The 101. We can’t wait to meet you!

HIGH VOLTAGE is the newest open air venue in Downtown Kingsport. Located at the corner of Main and Cherokee, our building features the first permanent Payton Miller mural introducing Hamilton, the giraffe. High Voltage hopes to be a gathering space throughout the day for coffee, a book or lunch from a food truck. Unless reserved, we will also be open to the public on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings throughout the summer. Make plans to join us for craft beer, charcuterie, corn hole and a cozy, comfortable seat. We can accommodate up to 150 people and are ready to reserve your event. High Voltage is a unique and versatile spot perfect for a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or high school reunion. Our large screen TV will make hosting your Derby or football party a breeze. Check us out on Facebook at 101KPT.

We are Jennifer, Becky and Cristy, the collaborative trio behind downtown Kingsport’s PICSEE STUDIO! Affectionately known as the Picsee Chicks, we’ve been blessed to photograph milestone moments of Tri-Cities residents for the past 9 years. Our artistry, attention to detail, and passion for what we do are at the very heart of our business, and we specialize in creating love-filled and significant imagery for everyone from weddings to families! From the time you commission our photography services until the moment you have your amazing heirloom products in-hand, our goal is to make your experience a fun and unforgettable one – one that will provide your family with a collection of breathtaking images to treasure for years and generations to come. Visit to see our work.

STYLE BOUTIQUE never stops changing and evolving to meet the needs of our customers. We are moving to The 101 to continue our relationship with the Picsee Chicks and to provide a fresh new look in a fresh new space. We will continue to offer the high quality stylish merchandise that we are known for while adding fresh flowers, food products and new merchandise lines. Custom framing and invitation design/printing will remain a focus in our new location. During the move, call us (423- 288-1616) for your printing and invitation needs. We are so proud of our new space and can’t wait to share it with all of you. Check us out on Facebook (styleboutiquedowntown) and Instagram (shopstyleboutique) to see sneak previews of the new shop.

Edward Jones

What Can Investors Learn from Roller Coaster Rides?

As you know, a roller coaster is used as a metaphor for many areas of life – including the financial markets. As an investor, what can you learn from this thrill ride?

Here are a few suggestions:

Don’t jump off. This is pretty standard advice for all roller coaster riders – but it’s also a good recommendation for investors. Specifically, you don’t want to exit the financial markets when they turn volatile. It can be tempting to do so, because the markets do indeed experience dizzying drops from time to time. But if you jump out of the markets when they’re down, you may be on the outside when they start their climb, potentially missing out on gains.

Protect yourself. When you’re on a roller coaster, you are typically advised to keep your arms and legs inside the car to protect your extremities from dangerous contact with the track and other cars.

As an investor, you also need to protect yourself from dangers such as a market downturn. If you owned just one type of asset, such as aggressive growth stocks, and a downturn occurred, you’d likely take a big hit. One of the best ways to help avoid this possibility is to diversify your holdings among stocks, bonds and other investments. Although diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against losses, it can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio.

Keep looking forward. When you’re on a roller coaster, you don’t want to look backward. Not only could you strain your neck, but you’ll also be unprepared for the ups, downs, twists and turns that await you. When you invest, you want to keep looking forward as well. By keeping your eyes, and your focus, on your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you can be better prepared to follow a consistent strategy designed to help get you to your destination.

Don’t bring extra baggage. For obvious reasons, it’s not a good idea to

bring any loose or extra baggage inside a roller coaster car that may have you going upside down at 90 or so miles per hour. As an investor, you don’t want to be saddled with any extra “baggage,” either – and one of the biggest sources of this baggage is unrealistic expectations. If you think you will earn double-digit returns every year, you will likely be disappointed – and your disappointment could lead you to make unwise decisions, such as constantly buying and selling investments to improve your performance. This type of activity is expensive, time-consuming and usually futile. So, when you invest, maintain realistic expectations – it can help you stay on track toward your goals.

By following these basic guidelines for roller coasters, you’ll enjoy a safer ride. And by observing similar rules for investing, you can help make your investment “journey” smoother – and less scary.

Citizen’s Bank

In an era of bank mergers and acquisitions, locally owned community banks have become a distinction among their larger holding-company peers. Providing personalized financial services for well over 80 years, Citizens Bank intends to hold on to that distinction by continuing to grow and meet the changing financial needs of the communities it serves.

Citizens Bank was inaugurated as a premier community bank in November 1934, just when the nation was beginning to recover from the tribulations of the Great Depression.

In 1962, when the bank’s total assets were $5 million, Joe LaPorte, Jr. became the fourth president. Under LaPorte’s direction, Citizens Bank became nationally recognized for its exceptional performance. Joe LaPorte, Jr. made a lasting impression in the Tri-Cities area and beyond and in 2006 was posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Bankers Hall of Fame.

Continuing the family legacy, Joe LaPorte, III followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the bank in 1979 and was named the bank’s fifth president in 1985 and in 1987 was named CEO and president.

Citizens Bank boasts Preferred Lender status with the U.S. Small Business Administration and through its SBA lending division, Small Business Resources, consistently ranks as a top lender in the Tri-Cities region.

Citizens Bank has established a reputation as one of the state’s most well-capitalized and stable financial institutions. “Citizens Bank is committed to local, community banking,” says Chairman and CEO Joe LaPorte, III. “Our growth will keep us independent, and our most important asset will always be our customers.”

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

In 1985, Jim Mellody dreamed up the idea of a family friendly restaurant, a neighborhood pub where friends and families could gather to enjoy good food and sports in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Together, with his wife Jeanette, they embellished the Brady family name and created the now-famous Beef ‘O’ Brady’s®. Their first sports bar and grill opened in Brandon, Florida. The regulars quickly nicknamed it “Beef’s®.” Inspired by a love of sports, Jim filled his restaurant with TVs and satellite dishes so patrons could enjoy watching a vast array of sporting events. He also covered the walls with authentic sports memorabilia he had collected through the years.

As a final touch, he made sure a traditional Irish Blessing graced every menu, bidding good fortune and happy times to all who visited. As the Beef’s story grew, so too did the menu. It was important to Jim that guests have variety (like the award-winning wings available in 12 signature sauces) as well as signature favorites with an Irish twist. Today, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is one of the fastest growing kid friendly restaurants in the country. Some call it the “Luck of the Irish.” Jim would call it a darn good dream that took a lot of hard work.

As of January 6th, 2017, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Kingsport, TN is under new ownership and management. Our vision remains true to that of Mr. Mellody. Partnering with local schools to support and encourage academics, sports, bands, and staff appreciation. Staying involved with our amazing Model City Downtown to encourage events and growth. We want to be the go to place for families, sports teams, locals, and out of town guest to come and enjoy a family friendly sports themed atmosphere and a wide variety of award winning food. Numerous catering and delivery options makes us a great choice for game days, meetings, and team events.

Weekday Daily Specials, Winter Trivia Night and Kids Eat Free, Sunday Church Bulletin discounts, Spring to Fall patio events, and more to come in the near future. We have 36 TV’s throughout our restaurant, large meeting/party room that seats up to 40 guest, a new arcade room for kids, live music coming this spring, and patio dining all conveniently located under the Kingsport Press water tower downtown Kingsport, TN. Where game time meets family time! See you at Beef’s Kingsport!

Turquoise Boutique

As you walk through the door of Turquoise Boutique, you know you are walking in to a happy place! You are immediately greeted by the owner, Keta Hawley, to offer you any help you may need. Keta will help you find the perfect piece that is just right for you! The shop offers several very unique designers and lines that range from Boho chic to casual to a very modern vibe. Whatever your style, Turquoise Boutique is a fit! All of the lines at Turquoise Boutique are zip code protected and the shop only carries about 4 to 5 pieces of each style so there’s no need to worry about seeing that beloved dress you just purchased off the rack, walking around town. This is just one of the many facets that make shopping at Turquoise Boutique such a unique experience!

At Turquoise Boutique, the main goal is for every person to leave the shop happy and feeling good about being uniquely you!

Turquoise Boutique is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 11

VIDA Hot Yoga

VIDA Hot Yoga is a new boutique fitness facility located in the heart of downtown Kingsport. The 2,000+ square foot studio offers a variety of hot and non-heated styles of yoga, barre and pilates. VIDA will also offer workshops, private and corporate sessions, and community events. Owners Jessica White and Ashley Davis, Kingsport natives and graduates of Dobyns-Bennett High School, each bring unique contributions to VIDA. White, in addition to having a Master of Education degree, is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) specializing in Baptiste-inspired Power Yoga. Davis has a doctoral degree in a health care specialty, holds multiple group fitness certifications, and has 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry. White and Davis are excited to share an inviting space that welcomes and encourages yoga students of all levels to grow in their practice, relationships, and life.

VIDA is an eco-friendly studio featuring a state-of-the-art INFRARED heating system. The heating system used at VIDA is safer and more energy efficient than traditional heating methods. Infrared heat does not require filters, fuels, ducts or pumps that require cleaning and maintenance. The panels are noise-free and do not circulate allergens, dust, and microbes through the air. Infrared heat works differently than conventional heating in that it heats the objects in the room, not the air. This system transforms light into heat, and offers a variety of health benefits. Infrared heat increases metabolism, improves immune function, and aids in toxin removal. From minor ailments to chronic pain, this heating system has been shown to decrease inflammation and pain. As toxins are removed from the body, the heat increases healing, improves flexibility and mobility, reduces muscle stiffness and soreness, increases circulation, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall recovery. Combining this method of heat with yoga, barre, and pilates you’ll feel and move better! VIDA is the only studio in the area to offer this amazing technology.

VIDA features fully equipped locker rooms with everything you need to shower and head to your next outing. VIDA clients can attend early 6am classes before work, rush over for Power Hour on their lunch break, or attend any of the many classes offered throughout the week! From calorie scorching power yoga and barre, to relaxing gentle and restorative classes, there’s a class at VIDA for everyone, regardless of past yoga experience. Beginners and experts alike will find VIDA the perfect studio for improving their health, fitness, and well-being. VIDA will also be offering a kid’s yoga class!

VIDA offers convenient parking in the attached parking garage. You won’t have to worry about a lack of parking or running in the rain to make it to your class. At VIDA, you can enter the studio directly from the parking garage or take a stroll down Center Street and enter through the front lobby. The studio will feature a rotating art exhibit from local artists in the lounge area and host a variety of artwork in the studio to promote a well-rounded, global experience. VIDA amenities make attending classes convenient, fun, relaxing, and beneficial to your overall health. VIDA will provide Kingsport and surrounding communities a health and fitness experience unlike anything in the region, an experience that truly encourages you to move your body and still your mind. Check out VIDA’s website for pricing, schedule, FAQ’s, current updates and join us for our grand opening in June!

Kingsport Armature & Electric Co.

Kingsport Armature and Electric Company Incorporated, located in downtown Kingsport at 323 East Market St., is an electrical contractor as well as electric motor sales and repair. We are a family owned business located in Kingsport and have maintained our office in the same location since opening in 1951. Kingsport Armature and Electric Company, Inc specializes in commercial & industrial electrical installation on new construction and as well as at existing structures. As a Subcontract member of the AGC we are the longest running Electrical Contractor in Upper East Tennessee. The majority of our work has been through contractors belonging to the Associated General Contractor, Tri-Cities Branch.

It has always been Kingsport Armature and Electric Company, Inc goal to provide the highest quality of work though employing the most skilled craftsmen since inception, with safety and quality never being compromised as our main goal.

Our people are our greatest asset and we strive to daily make Kingsport Armature and Electric Company, Inc a great place to work.

Over the years we have been a part of and supported numerous charitable causes by donating both time and money. We are extremely proud of our community and have been happy to have served it for all of these years.


Pal’s Sudden Service would like to congratulate the city of Kingsport as it celebrates its 100th year. Pal’s is proud to have been a part of the Kingsport community for more than half of those years, and we celebrate our success together.

It was of course Kingsport native Fred “Pal” Barger whose idea for a quick-serve restaurant led to the first Pal’s being built downtown at 327 Revere Street. The original menu consisted of Sauceburgers, Frenchie Fries, milkshakes and Cokes. Pal says he’s thankful the people of Kingsport are forgiving, or else his new restaurant would never have made it.

“I took out a full-page ad in the Kingsport Times that advertised our 19-cent hamburgers as 2 for 19 cents on the day of the grand opening,” Barger remembers. “Well, people were lined up out Revere Street and all the way down Center Street up to the post office. And our electrical transformer blew because our system just couldn’t handle it. That was a lesson we learned from.”

But the people of Kingsport kept coming back for more, and in 1958 Barger was able to open his second Kingsport Pal’s on Lynn Garden Drive after renovating an existing ice cream operation.

In the 1960s, the Pal’s menu expanded to include hotdogs and the Big Pal. But it wasn’t until a few years later that those menu items became part of the iconic restaurant design we know today when Pal’s #3 opened in Colonial Heights in 1985.

The restaurant continued to look to Kingsport for locations for expansion, and later that same year, the iconic design was used for Pal’s#4 on Stone Drive.

As Pal’s expanded to other cities in the region, Kingsport remained the headquarters for the growing restaurant chain. By this time, Pal’s Sudden Service was financially able to support several community events in Kingsport, including the city’s signature event, Fun Fest.

Pal’s eventually added two more Kingsport locations on Fort Henry Drive and John B. Dennis Highway.

Kingsport has been a true partner to Pal’s Sudden Service, supporting the restaurant as some of the most loyal fans in the foodservice business. Pal’s returns that affection by remaining committed to the city as the headquarters and keeping our original downtown restaurants in the same location.

In addition, Barger remains a true lover of his home city. He and his wife Sharon helped fund the construction of a roundhouse for the city’s carousel and played a key role in the construction of a new athletic fieldhouse at Pal’s alma mater, Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School, and the purchase of property for a new educational center in downtown Kingsport, Northeast State Community College’s Pal Barger Regional Center for Automotive Programs.

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