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August 18th, 2007 12:00 am by Staff

McDonald's is now open in the same building that houses the Shell station on John B. Dennis South. David Grace photo.


KINGSPORT — The area’s newest McDonald’s has opened at 1331 John B. Dennis South, across from White’s grocery store. The restaurant is located in the same building as the Shell fuel station and convenience store.

“The MeadowView area of Kingsport is growing and customers have been asking for McDonald’s to locate in this area for years,” said owner Diane Washburn. “I am happy to be here in a new location that offers the convenience of Shell and McDonald’s together.”

The new restaurant includes a dining room with leather seating and subdued lighting, wireless Internet service and flat screen television.

“Our customers have been pleasantly surprised,” Washburn said.

The restaurant offers a full menu complete with McDonald’s “Healthy Choices,” “Value Menu” and “Mickey D’s Tea.”

The restaurant employs about 50 people. It opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 6 a.m. on weekends. It closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at midnight on weekends.

The Shell station is owned by Parker Hill and managed by Rena Vance. McDonald’s is supervised by Karen Phillips.

The Red Clover Yoga Studio

KINGSPORT — The Red Clover Wellness Spa will open a new yoga studio on Sept. 1, at 114 West Park Drive.

To help introduce yoga to the community, all of the classes in September will be free of charge.

“Yoga allows an accessible approach for any and everyone. If you are not familiar with yoga, this is a great opportunity to see what it can offer to you,” said owner Linda “Alex” Alexander.

Alexander is a registered nurse with 12 years of experience in nursing, including eight years with cancer patients. She is also a licensed massage therapist with eight years of experience, a certified clinical aromatherapist and now a yoga instructor.

The studio will offer a wide variety of classes from beginner to advanced learner. Yoga is a way of creating balance in the body through developing strength and flexibility.

“It can be made up of just slow relaxing movements, or it can provide a more strenuous full body workout. Most everyone can do some type of yoga,” Alexander said.

The studio will offer special classes focusing on back care, and working the hips and shoulders.

“Working with an instructor helps to determine which style is right for you and your health needs, and can also help develop skill and appropriate body position,” Alexander said.

A schedule of classes is posted online at Those interested can also call the studio at (423) 392-1900.

The Red Clover is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Classes will fill up quickly, and reservations are recommended. Each class lasts about an hour. Loose comfortable clothing is needed to allow for free movement. Mats and props are provided.

The studio is recruiting yoga instructors, and also plans to offer other modalities in the future, such as Tai Chi or Qigong.

In addition to yoga, the Red Clover offers other wellness services, including massage and aromatherapy. It also features a retail shop carrying locally made jewelry and pottery, all-natural skin care products and other eclectic items.

Eastman Credit Union

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Eastman Credit Union recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new full-service Bristol branch.

Located at 1237 Volunteer Parkway in the former Chaco’s location, the branch opened its doors Aug. 6. The branch is a full-service financial institution featuring teller services, member services, consumer and mortgage lending areas. The branch also features a night depository, safe deposit boxes, drive-through tellers and a drive-through ATM that accepts deposits. Branch hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“ECU is very excited about the opening of this larger branch that will enable ECU to better serve our loyal member-owners in Bristol and the surrounding areas,” said ECU President and Chief Executive Officer Olan O. Jones, Jr.

“Residents have enthusiastically supported our presence in the community and we look forward to serving them in a more convenient environment,” Jones said.

Chartered in 1934, ECU was named the #1 credit union in the nation for overall service and value to member-owners. ECU currently operates 16 branches and more than 50 ATMs in five states.

Headquartered in Kingsport, ECU services more than 92,000 member-owners worldwide.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-999-2328.

Safefloor Solutions

KINGSPORT — Safefloor Solutions is now in business in Kingsport, serving as a distributorship of Sure Step Non-Slip, a practical, cost-effective solution for residential and commercial applications.

The business is owned by Jeff Meade.

“The National Safety Council reported that 170,000 people are injured in bathtubs and showers and over 800,000 injuries occur on floor surfaces for various reasons each year,” Meade said. “It’s also been documented that 30 percent of all workplace accidents are slip/fall accidents and 65 percent of all people-days lost are due to slip/fall accidents.”

He said Sure Step gives outstanding results on ceramic tiles, walkways, porcelain or enamel tubs, poolsides, concrete, quarry tiles, and various kitchen surfaces without changing the look.

“It is not a film or coating. It’s a special chemical treatment that creates a safer, slip-resistant surface which will not chip, peel or discolor, providing harsh abrasives are not used,” he said.

He said the treatment is professionally applied and is guaranteed for three years in residential bathtubs and guaranteed for one year for commercial bathtubs, such as hotels, hospitals, restaurants and nursing homes.

For a free demonstration or more information, call (423) 384-2443.

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