KINGSPORT - The new Super 8 Motel, in the former Kingsport Inn building at 700 Lynn Garden Drive, opened for business March 1.
Accessible off Exit 1 of Interstate 26, it is owned by Summit Bakshi and managed by his wife, Noni Bakshi.
The Bakshi family demolished the older building that most recently housed the Kingsport Inn, formerly the Holiday Inn, and refurbished the newer annex building into 51 rooms with about $500,000 in renovations, Summit Bakshi said.
Noni and Summit Bakshi said the business offers free hot breakfasts to guests, as well as wireless Internet, king, single and queen beds, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers and 25-inch televisions with HBO.
He said plans are to reopen the pool that was behind the older building, using a walkway from the newly refurbished building, and eventually to put retail shops where the old hotel once stood.
The Bakshi family also owns the Comfort Inn in Johnson City, a Super 8 in Abingdon and is developing a hotel in Johnson City. Noni Bakshi said the hotel offers special corporate rates, as well as weekly rates and other rate plans.
For more information, call (423) 246-5515.
KINGSPORT - Hana Japanese Grill opened in mid-December at 1001 E. Center St.
The eatery at the corner of Center Street and Sevier Avenue offers traditional Japanese cuisine and is operated by Tracy and Daniel Law, longtime Tri-Cities restaurant operators who also own the Plum Tree Chinese restaurant in Colonial Heights.
The Laws also operated the former Peking Restaurant locations in Bristol, Va., and Kingsport.
Tracy Law, in the restaurant business for 27 years, said she likes being part of the trend of restaurants opening downtown, which boasts more than 20 restaurants.
Hana, which is Japanese for flower, is shifting its hours to be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Hana specializes in food such as miso soup and sushi rolls. It has lunch combos starting at $5.95 and dinner combos starting at $11.95
The restaurant offers catering as well as in-restaurant private parties during and after regular business hours.
Hana also offers carry out service, and reservations are requested for parties of 10 or more.
For reservations or more information on parties and/or catering, call (423) 246-0075.
JOHNSON CITY - The Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center will benefit from the sales of goods in a new bagel shop at the medical facility which opened recently. The JCMC Auxiliary owns the Einstein Bros. Bagels franchise.
"The Auxiliary already funds nursing scholarships, and we have three very successful gift shops (within the Mountain States Health Alliance family of facilities)," said Sam Greer, who served four years as JCMC Auxiliary president. "We talked for a year and visited some sites in malls and airports."
While Greer was vacationing in Naples, Fla., he talked with a manager of an Einstein Bros. Bagels store and "got the goods" on the venture.
"We got together a committee of six or seven people and had many meetings," he said.
The committee chose Tommy Lawson, who has 15 years of experience in the food business, as the manager.
The kiosk, open to all visitors and employees, is located in a new portion of JCMC built as a waiting area for cardiology, on the south side of the hospital next to employee parking.
Einstein Bros. Bagels is open from 6 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The business takes to-go orders and call-ahead orders, offering bagels in nine varieties, muffins, cinnamon twists, brownies, coffee cake, cookies, sandwiches and specialty coffees.
To order ahead, call (423) 431-1077.
KINGSPORT - Your Best Friend's Closet, a name-brand consignment shop, is open at 714 Lynn Garden Drive, the location formerly occupied by H&R Block. The consignment shop is in the Parkway Plaza shopping center next to the Mattress Center.
The business opened about six weeks ago and recently celebrated a grand opening.
Your Best Friend's Closet on consignment will take and sell gently worn name-brand clothing, including but not limited to items from Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Hollister, Gap and Old Navy.
The business places no limit on the number of garments an individual may bring and no appointment is necessary to bring clothing for consignment.
The business is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, call (423) 247-3769.
KINGSPORT - The Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art Studio and Gallery at 110 E. Market St. opened earlier this month in downtown Kingsport, offering a varied selection of Suzanne's original art, her consultation services and a venue where she can be observed while painting.
"I wanted to open a studio where people could participate in the artistic process and realize that having a piece made specifically for them is very much in their reach," Justis said.
"By talking with my customers and seeing where they live and how they currently decorate their homes, I can better get inside of their heads to create a piece for them that is just right and I know they will love. I can work directly with my customer or with their interior designer. Folks are welcome to check by anytime to see how their piece is coming along. It makes being a part of the artistic process fun," she said.
Justis has been a professional artist for more than 20 years and has earned awards.
She specializes in landscapes, pet portraits, regional and contemporary art and murals.
Justis works primarily in oils and acrylics but likes to try new mediums like painted glassware. Some of her work may be seen at area businesses and doctor's offices.
In addition, she has done volunteer projects in churches and schools and she is currently volunteering for The Boundless Playground project at Warrior's Path State Park.
The studio is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and appointments are available for consultations.
For more information, call (423) 765-0363 or e-mail Justis at Smbjustis@aol.com.
JOHNSON CITY - The Johnson City Medical Center recently unveiled its 58,000-square-foot renovation and expansion of the Center for Cardiovascular Health.
The new center has six cath labs with a seventh portable lab also available and a new waiting area.
"The whole project is about bringing in patient-centered care to make the center more user-friendly for patients and their families," said Cindy Salyer, vice president of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services for Mountain States Health Alliance.
"We had shelled out space for this expansion about two years ago beneath the recently completed intensive care unit knowing that we had a need to expand services in the near future to better meet the needs of the community."
Along with completing the shelled-in space, the $25 million project also renovated nearly 33,000 square feet of space already in use.
"We're also adding 32 interventional holding beds, 12 chest pain beds, a new waiting room and support areas for all those services," Salyer said.
A large waiting area is designed to give family members and visitors the ability to find ample space for reading and quiet time, including the use of computers with Internet access, as well as other areas for more social interaction, including a family space with toys and children's movies.