Monthly Archives: April 2015

Shark Tank draws familiar Knoxville faces

The chance of landing a spot on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank is slim – 150 of 40,000 who applied last year got on the show – but that didn’t stop nearly 180 people from giving it a try.

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There were many who drove hundreds of miles to Knoxville to make their one-minute pitch on Thursday to casting members, but amongst the crowd were some familiar faces.

Here are a few Knoxvillians I spotted:

Lisa Wiles of Fan-e Shaker – an adjustable pom-pom skirt designed to snap on pompoms that can be traded out for different colors to support fans’ favorite teams. I wrote about Lisa’s efforts back in 2014. She said she decided at the last minute to come make her pitch to the Sharks’ crew. Continue reading

Second Sephora locating in West Town Mall

Beauty lovers rejoice. A second Sephora will be opening in West Town Mall on Friday.

The location will be on the other end of the mall inside JCPenney, where shoppers will find 2,600-square-feet of makeup, skincare, fragrance and other beauty accessories.

JCPenney partnered with Sephora back in 2006 to open these store-within-stores in an effort to lure young female shoppers. The JCPenney off Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek has a similar set up. Continue reading

Bonnaroo gets new partner in Live Nation

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is the latest independent music event to consolidate, partnering with big money.

The four-day festival on 700 acres in rural Manchester, Tenn. is now majority owned by Live Nation, the country’s largest concert promoter and ticket seller. (Live Nation, a $6.87 billion publicly-traded company, also owns Ticket Master.)

Read an exclusive Billboard.com interview with Ashley Capps of AC Entertainment and Rick Farman of Superfly about their decision here. Continue reading

Report: Chattanooga, Memphis tops for startups

Chattanooga is the best city in Tennessee to start a business, according to a report released today by WalletHub.

The personal finance company evaluated start-up opportunities in 150 of the most populated U.S. cities. Tennessee’s four largest metropolitan areas all landed in the uppermost half of the list, though Knoxville again was last when compared to its sister cities.

Chattanooga earned the highest ranking in the state coming in fourth overall. Memphis came in close behind at seventh.

Nashville was ranked at 20th while Knoxville was 32nd.

The company considered each city’s “access to resources” and its “business environment” and then identified 13 related metrics such as the number of small businesses per capita, financing accessibility and the educational attainment of the local workforce.

At the top of the list was Shreveport, La., followed by Tulsa, Okla. and Springfield, Mo.