Outdoor project gets push from First Watch

First Watch general manager Rhonda Eades, left, leads the restaurant’s team, from left, Cory King, Andi Rogers, Dakota Pepper, Jamie Breslin, Meagan Coulter and Leonard Ogle, in welcoming the community to First Watch, 11682 Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek, as it celebrates its fifth anniversary. It opened Oct. 21, 2013.
As a thank-you to the community, which has supported it for the last five years, a Turkey Creek restaurant is holding a week-long fundraiser to help give a little something in return.

First Watch opened at 11682 Parkside Drive on Oct. 21, 2013, and was the first location for Knoxville-based franchise group, Capstone Concepts, LLC,

Now, Capstone is about to open its eighth location.

“It’s been an awesome journey,” said Nadim Jubran, marketing and business development manager for Capstone Concepts, LLC. “We’re very thankful for this community.”

So to celebrate that milestone, Capstone Concepts, LLC, is helping to raise funds for a stage at Founders Park at Campbell Station.

First Watch will be collecting donations Sunday Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 28, and will match up to $5,000 in donations toward the project.

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Ashva gallops into Hardin Valley

Shawdee Rocha, left, with Daisy and her husband, Marcelo Rocha, right, with Beau own and operate Ashva Equestrian in Hardin Valley.
Professional horse rider and trainer Shawdee Rocha’s new Hardin Valley business is designed to share her nationally-honed equestrienne talents with eager riders of all skill levels.

Rocha opened Ashva Equestrian along Watt Road about a month ago with the help of her husband, Marcelo Rocha, and support from her family and local members of the horse community.

“It is a great location, and everyone has been very welcoming,” she said of the 12-acre tract featuring a multi-stall barn and an array of exterior training equipment.

“We are excited to be here.”

Rocha has an extensive riding and training background, beginning as a pre-teen growing up in Knoxville. She moved back to her home state of California six years ago, where she pursued her equestrienne skills in earnest and turned pro as both a competitor and as an assistant trainer.

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Showcasing 40-plus homes, HBAGK’s Parade of Homes runs through Oct. 28

The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville 2018 Parade of Homes currently is underway, showcasing more than 40 homes in and around Knoxville every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, Oct. 28.

The new homes built have added more than $22 million to the area economy this year, according to a HBAGK press release.

Those who already own a home and are not in the market to build or buy also will find an endless number of ideas to upgrade, modernize and remodel their existing home utilizing the latest designs and technological advancements.

The free event provides one-on-one access to builders and their representatives at each showcase home.

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business briefs

• EXIT Realty offices welcome the following to their team of professionals: Jim Greer and Julie Horton, EXIT Real Estate Professionals at 165 West End Ave., Farragut; Heather Ellis, EXIT Key Realty at 6216 Lonas Drive, Knoxville; Janie Ragland, EXIT Realty of the Smokies, 3662 Douglas Dam Road, Kodak; and Johnny Ashbrook, EXIT Key Realty, 149 Kelsey Lane, Lenoir City.

• Weichert, Realtors – Advantage Plus in Knoxville has named realtors Rosemary Durant, Missy Hall and Susannah Dunn the office’s top agents for September. Durant was named overall Top Agent of the Month while Hall and Dunn were named Top Selling and Top Listing agents respectively.

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