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Business creations: 'Slapdogs' opens in Indian Springs community

Staff reports • Mar 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A new restaurant called “slapdogs” has opened on Highway 126, at 5210 Memorial Blvd., in the Indian Springs community.

Owned and operated by Mark Smelser, the restaurant serves hot dogs, bratwursts, baked potatoes, burgers, and chicken sandwiches, along with nachos and corn chip pie.

The restaurant specializes in “gourmet” hot dogs, including the “dachshund” with chili and slaw; the “Chihuahua” with salsa, guacamole, jalapenos, sour cream and chili; the “blue tick hound” with onions, nacho cheese and chili; and the “dalmatian” with chili, jalapenos, banana peppers, salsa and Tabasco.

Sides include fries, onion rings, salads, cole slaw, and chips.

A kids menu is available, featuring corn dogs, popcorn chicken, plain hot dogs, cheese dogs, plain burgers, and grilled cheese.

Desserts include funnel cake with various toppings, brownies, cookies and ice cream cones.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is (423) 288-2110.

Eastman Credit Union

KINGSPORT — Eastman Credit Union has opened its new Boones Creek branch at 4307 N. Roan St., in the Food City Shopping Center.

The 1,400-square-foot facility offers in-house teller services, drive-through teller, and a full range of deposit and loan services. A drive-up ATM is located adjacent to the building in the Food City parking lot.

“ECU member-owners who live in Washington County have requested additional branches. This new Boones Creek location, in addition to our two Johnson City branches and recently opened Jonesborough branch, will help us to more efficiently serve the loyal member-owners who live in the area,” said ECU President and Chief Executive Officer Olan O. Jones, Jr.

ECU already has a strong presence in the Boones Creek and Gray communities. The institution is involved in the Johnson City Chamber’s Partners in Education (PIE) program and has been linked with Ridgeview Elementary in Gray. It also sponsors the multi-media classroom at the Museum of Natural History at the Gray Fossil Site.

Chartered in 1934, ECU operates 18 branches and more than 50 ATMs in five states. Headquartered in Kingsport, ECU services more than 100,000 member-owners worldwide.

For more information, visit www.ecu.org or call 800-999-2328.

For more information, call (423) 354-0059.

Lake Pointe Advertising

BLOUNTVILLE — Lake Pointe Advertising and Awards has completed a 4,500-square-foot production and warehouse addition at 1996 Highway 75, one mile north of the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The business is one of the area’s largest providers of custom embroidered corporate apparel, personalized gifts and awards and imprinted promotional items. Lake Pointe is a locally owned family business that provides products and services to local and regional companies as well as many national companies.

Lake Pointe began business in May 1999 on Shipley Ferry Road with three full-time employees. The addition of in-house embroidery equipment the following year allowed Lake Pointe to have better control over product quality and offer unique custom embroidery, according to the company.

A new facility was constructed on Highway 75 to house the increased sales and administrative staff as well as provide more production space.

Lake Pointe broke ground in June 2007 for an expansion at its facility, which would more than double the production area and provide warehouse space for fulfillment programs. New services being offered this year include a custom gifts and awards line.

Lake Pointe now employs 16 full-time employees in a 7,500-square-foot facility. The company will host an open house May 1 to give area business people and residents an opportunity to view its range of products.

“We look forward to having the Tri-Cities business leaders tour our expanded facility and hope that everyone will mark their calendar for May 1 to join us as we celebrate the dedication of our new building,” said Lake Pointe owner Larry Burris.

The Storage Mall

KINGSPORT — The Storage Mall, a new state-of-the art climate-controlled storage facility, is now open at 9951 Airport Parkway, Exit 63 off Interstate 81, Kingsport. The facility has security cameras and burglar alarm system, and is ideal for storing household valuables or commercial property. All sizes of storage spaces are available.

Edward Jones

KINGSPORT — Brian Murray of the financial services firm Edward Jones is inviting the public to join him for a grand opening celebration of his new office at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at 3616 Netherland Inn Road, Suite 5. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the U.S., and through its affiliates, in Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, contact Murray at (423) 246-9248.

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