Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce started the ball rolling to help Chamber members get back on their feet with a limited number of “Re-opening Mini Ribbon Cuttings,” which began Friday, May 1 — the same day Knox County officials allowed many businesses to open amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chamber’s first ribbon cutting recipients were Farragut businesses Total Hair and Body Medical, 11121 Kingston Pike; Water Into Wine bistro & lounge, 607 N. Campbell Station Road; and Kat’s Lash Lounge & Wax Studio, 11410 Kingston Pike, as well as The Pizza Kitchen, 10420 Kingston Pike (in Lovell Heights shopping center); and Finn’s Restaurant & Tavern, 9000 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville.
The Chamber has scheduled more such ribbon cuttings, which began Wednesday, May 6, with Fitness Together, Anytime Fitness-Farragut, B K Lash & Skin Boutique, OsteoStrong Farragut and Embroidery Boutique.
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Julie Blaylock, FWKCC president/CEO, notified members of the ribbon-cutting opportunity in an e-mail Monday, April 27.
“To help our business members “market” and celebrate their business reopening after closure due to COVID19, we are providing a limited number of “#Reopening Mini Ribbon Cuttings,” she stated in the e-mail.
Blaylock explained businesses would receive an e-mail targeted to their geographic location with link to Google Doc listing available date/time blocks. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-negotiable “in order to provide this opportunity,” she stated, but added the Chamber “may add more days/times depending on demand in a given area.
“If spaces fill up before you can sign up, please don’t worry,” she added. “E-mail us directly to indicate you would like this service, (and) we will reevaluate our schedule to add more spaces.”
Blaylock noted, however, the mini ribbon cuttings only are available to those businesses having to close or severely limit their operations to comply with officials’ orders because of the pandemic.
“Other previously scheduled regular ribbon cuttings will resume or be rescheduled as soon as possible,” Blaylock said, adding, “Contact us if you are unsure if you qualify. Photos will be shared publicly in batches in print/online afterward, plus streamed on social media.”
Another difference to the regular ribbon cuttings is the limit on attendees.
“Only one to two Chamber staff and up to two (FWKCC) ambassadors/board (members) will arrive for the time chosen,,” she stated, adding, “Due to continued social distancing for Knox County’s Phase 1 Reopening Plan, we must disallow additional guests besides the owner/manager and one staff or immediate family member.”
No more than 10 individuals would be allowed to participate — amd no refreshments.
“In total, we expect to spend approximately 15 minutes at your business,” Blaylock stated.
This will also minimize disruption to your business.”