Ringgold Opens Two Businesses in Downtown

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Historic Downtown Ringgold held ribbon cuttings for two businesses opening last weekend:  Above the Ridge and Uniktings!.  Family, friends, and supporters of downtown came to welcome the two new retail stores to the historic Nashville St. shopping area. The two ribbon cuttings were held in conjunction with each other on Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of "Above the Ridge" and the opening of Uniktings! brand new location.

Above The Ridge owners, Brandon and Nina Shirey, welcomed new visitors into their store for the afternoon as curious shoppers browsed the wide selection of outdoor sporting goods.

  "We're an outdoor specialty shop... we sell hard goods for outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, biking, back-packing, running and a couple other brands that aren't necessarily related to outdoor recreation but are in that industry," explained Mr. Shirey "we've seen so many people in Ringgold out jogging or running with their dogs that we included a lot of pet friendly equipment as well." This is the Shirey's first brick-and-mortar store and their inspiration comes from their own family experiences in the great outdoors.  "You can't go to a big retailer and get the same kind of advice or suggestions on what works and what doesn't out on the trail or on the water, because [large retailers] can't give you the same attention that we do in our store," explained Mr. Shirey. 

Uniktings! a familiar retailer in downtown Ringgold, also had a grand re-opening at a new location just two doors down from "Above the Ridge" on Nashville St. Owner and operator Cindie Robinson opened her former location in May of 2007 and after expanding the variety of retail offerings, she has now expanded into a newly renovated space.  "We've redone our floors and lighting and the entire way the merchandise is displayed and it really looks great," explained Ms. Robinson.  Uniktings! offers various customizable print, embroidery and other accessories to create personalized gifts and apparel.  Ms. Robinson has also been an active member of the Ringgold Downtown Partners, Ringgold's merchant association.

"Having a great, diverse mix of retail shops in downtown is vital to having a healthy local economy in Ringgold," explained Joseph Brellenthin, director of Downtown Development.  "We have a lot of great projects going on and it's really a lot of activity for a small town, but these are the kinds of investments that can make a town a real destination for families to visit," explained Mr. Brellenthin.  The City of Ringgold has recently undertaken projects to improve pedestrian access and walkability along the historic Nashville St. shopping areas and is working to renovate and redesign large portions of the recreation areas off Emberson Dr.  Renovated facilities, new fields, playgrounds, and a canoe launch are planned to increase the time and activity around downtown for residents and visitors.  "We have representatives from our major boards and the council down here to show people that the City is taking a very active role in promoting and sustaining a great quality of life in downtown Ringgold.

Above the Ridge is located at 7767 Nashville St. in Ringgold, and they are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information you can reach them at abovetheridge.com or by calling 706-935-2458.

Uniktings! is located at 7749 Nashville St. in Ringgold, and they are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information you can reach them atwww.uniktings.com or call 706-937-5252.

 


CBL & Associates Plans Mixed-Use Redevelopment At Cary Towne Center in Cary, N.C.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. on Monday announced future plans to transform Cary Towne Center in Cary, N.C., into a mixed-use destination. Last week’s announcement by IKEA of its proposal to build a store adjacent to Cary Towne Center provides a keystone attraction for the project and a catalyst for its redevelopment, said officials.  Over the last several months, ... (click for more)

GDOL To Help Roper Corporation Recruit In Fort Oglethorpe

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Roper Corporation recruit 100 assemblers to work in LaFayette. The recruitment will be held on  Friday, June 2 , from  1-3 p.m.  at the Fort Oglethorpe City Hall located at 500 City Hall Drive in LaFayette. GDOL staff will be on site to assist applicants. Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ... (click for more)

Erlanger Expects $5 Million Profit Despite "Very Challenging" Budget

Erlanger Health System officials said they expect a $5 million profit for the upcoming fiscal year despite a "very challenging" budget. Britt Tabor, chief financial officer, said there will be continued top line growth, which has brought a 51 percent rise in patient revenue over the past five years. "This is organic growth. It's not from mergers or acquisitions," Mr. Tabor ... (click for more)

Public Defender Says Another Entity Needs To Continue Funding For New Mental Health Court

Public Defender Steve Smith said another entity needs to take over funding the new Mental Health Court. He said Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has agreed to oversee the court and will make a budget presentation to the County Commission on May 31. Mr. Smith told members of the Pachyderm Club on Monday that he has been funding the program through the services of Anna Protano ... (click for more)

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

In 2016, Tennessee was named State of the Year for Economic Development by Southern Business & Development Magazine based on project totals and the variety of industries that invested in the state and created jobs. To a great extent, Bradley and Polk Counties have benefited from that investment.   From February 2015 to February 2016, Cleveland/Bradley County led the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: DeVos Changes Everything

I believe that from every point on my moral compass the state’s hijacking of five public schools in Hamilton County is wrong. I also believe I can argue with success from any direction on my compass against any of the proposals or terms that Commissioner Candice McQueen just threatened to impose on the county’s Department of Education. But today let’s go to ‘True North’ on my compass ... (click for more)