Friends partner as Soul Sisters fabric

Longtime friends, Betty Johnston, left, and Carlin Misenheimer, have partnered in a new business venture, Soul Sisters, for which they have opened a booth at The Shops at Homespun in Village Green Shopping Center in Farragut. Long-time friends Betty Johnston and Carlin Misenheimer, both of Farragut, have partnered in a business venture, Soul Sisters, to offer to the community handmade fabric accessories for the homea and as collectibles.

Johnston and Misenheimer rented a booth March 6 at The Shops at Homespun in Village Green Center, 11523 Kingston Pike, Farragut, where they sell pillows, candles, handbags, totes, beach bags, hobo bags, photography and more.

“We’re still adding to [the booth],” Johnston said. “It should be fun to see how [the business] all works out.”

“I think it’s just going to be a good thing for two retirees to try,” Misenheimer said. “It’s such a unique place. There are so many different things in [The Shops at Homespun], and it’s fun working with Betty again.”

Johnston said her daughter came up with the name, Soul Sisters.

“We have been friends for at least 36 years,” she said. “Our boys were in preschool together.”
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Stones’ Southern Bella Boutique to run e-commercial site

Kate and Bryan Stone of Farragut hope their online boutique, Southern Bella Boutique, is operational by late April or early May. Farragut residents Bryan and Kate Stone are starting a new online business, Southern Bella Boutique, out of their home.

Bryan Stone said they are looking to have the boutique’s e-commercial site live by the end of April or early May.

“But, most likely, we will have some shows prior to May,” he added. “We [purchased] our first inventory March 26.

“We are incredibly excited, and we both worked at large companies, so the prospects of entrepreneurship are exciting,” Stone said. “It’s been one of our goals for a long time.”

Southern Bella Boutique’s site will offer primarily women’s apparel and accessories. Women can find a variety of styles, including cocktail dresses, on the site.
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business briefs

• Kevin Bailey, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, has been named the new medical director of Tennova Healthcare’s Wound Healing Center at Physician’s Regional Medical Center, 900 E. Oak Hill Ave., Knoxville. Bailey is experienced in treating non-healing and recurring wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, complex surgical wounds, pressure and venous ulcers and bone infections.

• J. Wesley “Wes” Hines, professor at The University of Tennessee and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, has received the 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

• Joey Britt, certified anesthesia technician with Turkey Creek Medical Center’s Anesthesiology Department, recently was named Tennova Healthcare Employee of the Year at TCMC. He is one of seven to earn this honor — one for each Tennova hospital in East Tennessee.

• Scott Suchomski, Tennessee Valley Fair executive director, has been promoted to colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Suchomski has directed the fair since 2006 and served in the military for almost 30 years. His military service includes two tours of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2010.
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