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Kingsport Grocery Co. opens for business

Staff report • Jul 13, 2008 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Grocery Co. restaurant is now open.

Located at 453 E. Main St. in downtown Kingsport, the restaurant offers New York-style pizza, gourmet “Beefalo Burgers” and sandwiches, and 55 American and international microbrewery beers. The list includes microbrews not offered in the region before, and the restaurant will be growing those offerings to more than 100 microbrews in a few weeks.

Kingsport Grocery Co. is another initiative of Adapt Core Inc., founded by Doug Beatty, Jeff Lane, and Kanishka Biddanda, whose projects include 12 Bones Smokehouse on Main Street, The State Theater on Broad Street, and the Thursday night Twilight Alive downtown concert series.

“Our goals are simple. We want to provide our community a nice but relaxed environment to enjoy really tasty food at fair prices,” Biddanda said.

He said it’s important to Adapt Core to use locally grown produce when possible. “It helps to support our local economy and it allows us to provide even fresher and healthier items on our menu,” he said.

In addition to restaurant seating, the Kingsport Grocery Co. offers bar and patio seating. The restaurant is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later. For more information, visit KingsportGrocery.com or call (423) 578-6847.

Pipkin Massage Therapy

KINGSPORT — Dianna Pipkin recently opened a massage therapy practice at Hair Flair, 5334 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport.

Pipkin was the first licensed massage therapist in Johnson City in 1985, and practiced there until 1989, when she moved to Florida. She returned to the area in 1999, and was re-certified in massage therapy last year.

Pipkin attended Reflections of Health School of Massage in Johnson City in 2007 and passed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in November 2007. She was licensed by the state of Tennessee in December 2007. Pipkin is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Pipkin said she is working to establish massage therapy as a preventative therapeutic process in the workplace by offering chair massages in workplaces in the region. “Onsite massage can reduce work-related stress; improve alertness, performance and productivity,” she said.

She also offers 15-minute chair massage as well as 30-minute and one-hour Swedish massage sessions at her office.

For more information, call (423) 948-9166, or schedule an appointment at Hair Flair at (423) 239-8118 or at DiannaPipkin@aol.com.

G2K Games

ABINGDON, Va. — G2K Games is now open at the Cinemall complex in Abingdon.

The new 3,000-square-foot store is the company’s largest to date, featuring an expanded Comic Shop and additional play space for collectible card games and tabletop miniature games. Video Game customers will be able to find a large selection of pre-played games as well as new releases.

“Our new customers will come to find that we offer higher trade and cash values than any national chain,” according to a release.

The business is holding a grand opening celebration now through Thursday, July 17. While supplies last customers will receive a free comic book with any purchase.

Customers are invited to stop by the store or visit its Web site for tournament and event schedules for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, UFS, Bleach, Naruto, WarHammer, WarHammer 40K, Lord of the Rings, WarMachine, Flames of War and Video Games.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (276) 676-4263, or visit www.g2kgames.net.

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