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Supporting Small Businesses: Athens & Farragut Highlights

Supporting Small Businesses: Athens & Farragut Highlights

SouthEast Bank| November 27, 2020
Supporting Small Businesses: Athens & Farragut Highlights

Locally owned businesses are at the heart of everything our communities do, creating jobs and helping our economies to grow and thrive. Small Business Saturday® is dedicated to supporting these important organizations.

To celebrate this special day, we visited 14 local businesses in the Middle and East Tennessee communities. We look forward to sharing their stories with you, knowing that your support makes a big impact on small businesses.

The Purr-fect Team: The Animal Clinic of Athens

828 Rocky Mt Rd, Athens, TN 37303

This year, pets’ companionship has been especially important, and the team at the Animal Clinic of Athens works hard to keep the community’s four-legged friends happy and healthy. It’s clear how much this incredible team cares for their animal patients, as some of them even bring their own pets to work.

From newborn kittens to Great Danes, the animal clinic’s expert team serves dogs and cats of every size. Dr. Scott Curtis, a co-owner of the clinic, shared a few details about how it got started.

After working in Athens during his veterinary school summers, clinic founder Dr. Mark Workman fell in love with the city and decided to open his very own animal clinic. As a 1983 University of Tennessee graduate, Dr. Workman has deep roots in East Tennessee, and the clinic has experienced exceptional growth under his leadership. 

The original clinic “had one exam room and one surgery room,” said Curtis, “and it’s grown exponentially.” After outgrowing the original practice, Dr. Workman and his team purchased a larger building, which had formerly been a dance studio. The building has maintained much of its character, and you can still see several famous musical icons painted on the clinic walls.

Today, The Animal Clinic of Athens has become one of the largest in the area. It’s also one of the area’s oldest clinics, and it has a well-earned reputation for high-quality care and service.

Room to Grow: Lanham Furniture & Appliances

215 E Broadway St, Lenoir City, TN 37771        

Lanham Furniture & Appliances has been a Lenoir City staple since 1960. Current owner and operator Josh Lanham said he, his brother and mother still have a hand in everything that happens day to day. “I do the ordering, delivering and a little bit of everything,” Lanham said, explaining that he and his brother both started working in the store as teenagers. 

Lanham shared that his grandfather started the store as a used television repair shop, then began selling appliances. Since then, both the city and the store have continued to grow while maintaining deep roots in the community. They now offer a variety of products that will appeal to almost any shopper, including home furnishings, kitchen and laundry appliances, a wide mattress selection and more.

Serving Smiles: Don Delfi’s Pancake House and Restaurant

120 West End Ave #2822, Knoxville, TN 37934

In its nearly four years of operation, Don Delfi’s Pancake House and Restaurant has become a regular breakfast and lunch stop in the Farragut community. “Seeing the customers enjoying what you cooked is a feeling that’s hard to describe,” said Ignacio Martinez, the restaurant’s owner and operator.

Martinez began working in the restaurant industry at 19 years old, and he has continued to expand his cooking career ever since. Martinez said he loves to make everything on the menu because his true passion is for bringing people joy through food. The next time you visit Farragut, be sure to stop by for breakfast or lunch at this great location.