At SouthEast Bank, we’re proud of the many small businesses that make East Tennessee a great place to live. Celebrated between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® is a welcome reminder to shop the vibrant local businesses that are the core of our communities. This holiday season make it a point to #ShopSmall and help contribute to our area’s thriving local economy.
Highland Tire & Auto
Tim Caldwell and team have been providing Chattanooga and surrounding communities quality auto service and repair since 2005. While tires are a big part of this locally-owned business, they also specialize in brake repair and brake service, air conditioning repair, shocks, struts and wheel alignments, just to name a few. Stop by and see them at 3886 Hixson Pike in Chattanooga.
The Dixon family knows a good combo when they see it. They’ve been serving up exceptional BBQ and made-from-scratch cheesecakes since opening their restaurant in Decatur at 365 Abel Avenue in February of this year. Guests also get more than just a well-crafted plate of food – the location has a rich history and enough character to make for an outstanding dining experience.
The Town Framery
Debi Tuttle and team are experts at preserving memories. Stocked to the brim with keepsakes and frames of all shapes and sizes, they’re more than capable of taking any memento and accentuating it perfectly. Debi’s run the store at its current Farragut location for over 15 years, but it evolved from her mother’s gallery that was established in 1989. Her advice for framing a photo? “You want a frame that enhances the photo, not takes it over.” Stop by and see them at 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut.
Hardin Valley Body Shop
It’s clear that this business has a solid foundation built on family values and a commitment to producing quality repairs. Mark and Sonja Ogle have owned the shop located at 1831 Marietta Church Road in Knoxville for over 30 years and specialize in collision repair, paint jobs, glass replacement, and more.
Wall of Books
Owner Terry Gant has a passion for books and education. He’s a former literature and history teacher and opened the store located at 650 South Jefferson Avenue in Cookeville in May of this year. Offering an expansive collection of new and used books, as well as educational toys and gifts, customers are welcome to trade and sell books from their collection.
This Ooltewah staple has been serving up delicious BBQ since 1946. A true family business spanning generations, Kenny (background) purchased the business from his aunt and uncle, who started the restaurant. Now, it’s Kenny’s daughter Sarah and her husband Malcolm who own the eatery. Customers stopping by for brick pit-smoked BBQ also get a heaping dose of hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere, complete with family memorabilia and mementos from celebrities. Stop by and see them at 8307 Old Lee Highway in Ooltewah.
Central Alignment and Services
With over 30 years of experience in auto and trucking maintenance, owner Mike Costner, Teri (pictured) and the rest of his team, are never intimidated by the size of the machine they’re repairing. Whether it’s a motor home, tractor-trailer or school bus they’re more than up to the task. The shop is lined with heavy-duty hydraulics and enough tools for any job. Stop by and see them at 4616 Central Avenue Pike in Knoxville.
Ugly Mug Coffee Shop
The name may be “Ugly Mug,” but the lattes owner Sharon Valentine, her daughter Jessie, and the rest of the team create is pure art. Their coffee roasting knowledge runs deep, as her grandfather started his coffee roasting business in Memphis in the 70s and continues to this day under the leadership of her uncle. They serve up the Memphis roasted beans and piping hot brews to a large number of businesses around Tennessee and customers at three locations. Stop by their eclectic shop at 108 B St. in Lenoir City.
Spring Street Supermarket
While the large, retro sign may draw customers in, it’s the family atmosphere and commitment to quality meats and goods that keep them coming back – and they have since the 1970s. It was John Bruce’s first job, and he jumped back into the family business after college. While you’re strolling the aisles, make a special stop by the animatronic bears that perform on demand, and watch for the train circling the ceiling. Stop by and see them at 215 W Spring St. in Cookeville.
Small businesses are the backbone of the communities we serve – they bring authenticity, heart, and character to the towns that we’re proud to call home. At SouthEast Bank, we value our relationships with small businesses and work hard to find solutions to meet their needs. If you own a small business, take a moment to look over some of our offerings and don’t hesitate to contact us!
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