Chef offers unforgettable experience

Carol Scott, standing, engages with the client and the guest to provide an unforgettable, fine dining experience as a personal chef to residents in the Farragut community. Farragut residents have a new source to wow guests they are entertaining.

After working as a chef in restaurants for years, Carol Scott, former chef of Edison Park Steakhouse in Farragut, said she wanted a closer connection with diners so she started her own personal chef business, Sweet Productions Personal Chef Services by Carol.

Scott brings to the business her past experiences while working with chefs, Bobby Flay, Roy Yamaguchi and Gordon Ramsay.

“We are an exquisite fine-dining personal chef service, she said, adding her goal is to provide an unforgettable fine dining experience. She will provide the service for cocktail dinners, dinner parties, wedding showers, birthday parties and bachelor parties.

“I prefer to keep [the gatherings] intimate,” she said.
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Women’s, girls’ styles mingle at The Bubblegum Boutique

Erin Scoggins has returned to Tennessee and using her retail experience to open The Bubblegum Boutique in Turkey Creek. The shop carries apparel for little girls and women, and a portion of the proceeds are used toward ministries in which Scoggins is involved. Little girls’ clothing and women’s apparel mingle together at The Bubblegum Boutique, a new store in Turkey Creek.

Erin Scoggins, owner, opened Bubblegum Boutique Wednesday, July 8, at 11688 Parkside Drive.

“We do have baby gifts for little boys, but pretty much, we are geared to women and little girls,” Scoggins said. “We also have jewelry and accessories.

“You can buy an outfit for your little girl while you are shopping for yourself,” she said.

A Dayton native, Scoggins was a nurse before she ventured into the retail business.

“I went to Omaha, Neb., for a nursing program,” she said. “I stayed out there for six years, but three years ago, I got into retail on the side.” She would work as a nurse and then in retail on her days off.
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New grocery store brings in Latin fare

David Blanco has opened El Paraiso Tienda Hispana, a Spanish grocery store in Aspen Square at 11110 Kingston Pike, Farragut. Farragut residents who enjoy Spanish and Latin American dishes and want to make them at home can check out a new grocery store in Town.

Honduras native David Blanco has opened El Paraiso Tienda Hispana next to El Mezcal Restaurant at 11110 Kingston Pike in Aspen Square Shopping Center, Farragut.

The store features food items from Mexico, Central America and South America, he said. It carries natural herbs and spices, fruit juices, coconut water, rice, mole’ and other sauces, vegetables, cookies, breads, corn husks for tamales and more.

Blanco opened the business June 14 in Aspen Square.

”It is all Spanish food,” he said, adding he had spoken to people around the area and discovered there was an interest in a grocery store.

“We have a lot of Spanish people living close to Farragut and who work in Farragut,” Blanco said. “That’s why we wanted to put a store here.”

In the future, he said he might expand with a restaurant in another location.
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Turkey Creek’s UT Alumni Hall unveils Nike merchandise

Darby Moore, left, and Holly Moore browse Alumni Hall, looking for merchandise to take home to Athens after their East Tennessee visit. A week after The University of Tennessee became an official Nike school on Wednesday, July 1, one Turkey Creek store has already seen the sponsor’s impact.

“We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls [and] had a lot of people travel from out of state just to come and shop [for] Nike; Georgia, Alabama, those kind of places,” Turkey Creek’s Alumni Hall store manager Bethany Flickinger said.

Two of Flickinger’s customers, Holly Moore and her daughter, Darby — both out-of-town shoppers from Athens, Ala. — were passing through Thursday, July 8, while visiting family in Sweetwater and decided to stop in; the stores near their home had very little Nike UT merchandise to choose from.

“We’re near Giles County [in] Pulaski,” Moore said. “They carry just a few pieces [of merchandise] but very little. So when we come to visit, we try to load up.”

The Athens natives were excited about last week’s UT-Nike unveil; the partnership is quite a convenience for them.
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business briefs

• David Brace, city of Knoxville’s director of Public Service, has been promoted to senior director of Public Works starting Sept. 7 while Chad Weth, deputy director, will fill Brace’s former position as Public Service director. Brace will answer to Christi Bran-scom, deputy to the mayor and chief operating officer, was recently named to the new Economic Development Team and work with developers.