KINGSPORT - Environmental Solutions & Associates, Inc., or ES&A, Inc., was formed in Kingsport on May 30, 2007, offering environmental consulting services to the region, and specializing in all aspects of environmental, safety and health.
Owned and operated by Edward L. Conners, ES&A, Inc. is licensed and/or certified in lead-based paint inspections, lead-based paint risk assessments, asbestos inspections, industrial hygiene air monitoring, mold surveys, Phase I and II environmental audits, two-hour asbestos awareness training, two-hour lead awareness training, safety audits, first aid and CPR training.
"We conduct services for local industry, businesses and home owners," Conners said.
Conners has worked in the environmental field for the U.S Army and the civilian sector for more than 25 years. He also has worked for several local companies in the environmental field since moving to the region in 2001.
Conners retired from the U.S. Army in 1997 after 22 years of service. While in the Army, he was a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare specialist for 15 years.
Conners was born in Honduras, Central America, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1961 with his mother and father.
He and his wife, Felicia Gibson, have two boys and two girls, and are expecting an addition to their family in September.
For more information, contact Conners via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSPORT - Following renovations, Hair Force II has reopened to the public at 4036 Fort Henry Drive.
The business offers coloring, cuts, styling, manicures and pedicures. New offerings include microdermabrasion, facials, aroma massages, reflexology, eyelash dying, eyelash perming, laser hair removal and permanent cosmetics, all performed by a registered nurse.
Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome, and evening appointments are available on request.
For more information or an appointment, call (423) 239-5351.
BLOUNTVILLE - The new Corey Ippolito Winery has opened as the latest addition to the Corey Ippolito Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, at 533 Rogers Oakdale Private Drive, Blountville.
The winery offers free tastings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (423) 323-1241.
KINGSPORT - Boomerang Bakery/CafÃ© & Pizzeria is now under new ownership, and the new owner is bringing more than just pizza to the restaurant's menu.
Now owned by Lori Love, the restaurant features soup specials such as creamy tomato tortellini, spicy black bean, and lentil with roasted garlic chili oil, as well as salads and sandwiches such as homemade chicken salad, tuna salad, and ham and cheese. Quiche Lorraine is also on the menu, as well as pies and pastries and home-baked breads.
Pizza is served between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
"From the hand-tossed dough to the homemade sauces and a dozen different toppings, they are a reflection of the years spent in Italy during my husband's military service, and are made to the diner's specifications," Love said. "If a customer doesn't see the exact combination of items they would like on the menu, they need only speak up and I will do my best to accommodate them."
Love said she plans to continue to expand and evolve the menu, based on her own vision, as well as customer requests.
"Always an aspiring chef, I soaked in the culinary culture wherever I have lived overseas. I also spent time in Germany, studying the bakeries. I love the German lifestyle of being able to go to the bakery every day to get fresh breads and baked goods. I hope to eventually be able to be open every day and offer a wide array of bakery items. Even in an unsteady economy, it has always been my dream to open a bakery-cafÃ©," Love said.
Boomerang Bakery/CafÃ© & Pizzeria will sell fresh baked goods on Saturday mornings this summer at the Farmer's Market on the Gray Fairgrounds.
A name change is also on the menu. Love is holding a contest and asking the public to submit name ideas for the business.
"As part of the evolution of my restaurant, I feel changing the name is important in order to better represent the food I serve," she said.
Boomerang Bakery/CafÃ© & Pizzeria is located at 5652 Fort Henry Drive on Highway 36 in the Midway community, between Colonial Heights and Gray.
The restaurant mainly serves carry out patrons, but a couple of tables are available for those who want to dine in.
The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information or to place an order, call (423) 239-3001.