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Business Pulse - Huddle House opens Wednesday
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Huddle House is ready to open Wednesday at 2 p.m. GM Roger Hoelscher, seated, is surrounded by employees, from left, Dustin Miller, Kara Miles, Marissa Keenan, Tristan Arnold, Dallas Watts and Brandi Byars.

I’ve written about Huddle House and its progress several times in recent months so this news is particularly pleasant to deliver.

The remodeling project that was interrupted by COVID and at times seemed like it would never reach completion is finally over. Our Huddle House on The Strip will open to the public this Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Roger Hoelscher is the restaurant general manager and he’s hired a crew of 50, yes 50, employees to prepare and serve delicious pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and more.

“We have a great team in place and we’re excited to be opening,” said Roger while standing in the sparkling new dining room.

At this point I think everyone understands the gist of the Huddle House experience so there’s no need to repeat myself with another recap of the menu or the fare.

One thing I should stress is our restaurant will not be open 24 hours a day. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week after the 2 p.m. opening on Wednesday.

Dulce Sweet

Offers new taste

I often hear people groan about the opening of a new Mexican restaurant because they say they want to try something different, not more Mexican. On a sidenote, I should say Nelo’s Mexican Restaurant opened Wednesday in Newtown to a vigorous crowd ready to eat.

Dulce Sweet opened Wednesday on Smithville Highway in front of Burch Supply and it does offer something different. Shop owner Nancy Guzman is a savvy veteran when it comes to preparing tasty treats. 

Her menu is bursting with drinks and desserts that are prepared fresh from real fruit. She has a signature drink where she carves out the inside of a pineapple and uses the pineapple shell as the container for the delightful concoction.

“Nobody else sells this type of stuff around here,” said Nancy, who spent years working for a grocery store bakery in Murfreesboro. She’s pleased to return home to Warren County so she’s closer to her parents who live here.

Dulce Sweet offers fruit cups and smoothies. There are milkshakes and shaved ice. She has cake available by the slice and she can also prepare whole cakes if you call ahead at (931) 507-6517.

As for food with more substance, she offers grilled ham, turkey and spicy chicken sandwiches. She also serves a walking taco, with spicy chips upon request.

Nancy said on Friday her first two days of business went well and she’s fortunate to have strong support in this community. As a Hispanic lady, Nancy says she knows first-hand how people can be treated differently because of their nationality. She says that will definitely not be the case in her store.

“Everyone is welcome and I want everyone to feel comfortable here,” said Nancy. “People may look different but we all have the same color blood.”

Dulce Sweet opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday thru Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. It’s closed Monday and Tuesday.

Add new life

To your smile

A friendly smile can brighten someone’s day. A smile can ease tension, provide comfort, and convey happiness.

You could say a smile is one of the most powerful things in the world. With so much riding on your smile, it pays to keep it in tip-top shape. That’s where Smile Doctors on South Chancery Street enters the picture.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, a month that’s embraced by the Smile Doctors staff. For anyone wondering how a new smile might change their appearance, Smile Doctors offers a free consultation to get the proverbial ball rolling.

In today’s high-tech computer world, Smile Doctors can even provide a simulation of what you’ll look like with a new smile in place.

“A good smile boosts confidence and is one of the first things people see,” said local Smile Doctors office manager Deanna Travis.

Deanna says they provide braces for patients of all ages and recently had a patient who was 70 years old. There are invisiline braces which blend in with the color of your teeth and aren’t as noticeable if that’s the route you want to take.

Smile Doctors offers no-interest payment plans and accepts insurance. There are 230 Smile Doctor locations in America, making it the largest orthodontic chain.

In another technological advance, Smile Doctors offers a mouth scanner that works in conjunction with a smartphone. The scanner can provide a view of your teeth from the comfort of your home to prevent some office visits.

“We try to make it a fun and uplifting environment here,” said Deanna. “For people with braces, it’s usually around a two-year commitment so that’s a much more regular schedule than just seeing your dentist.”

Here’s a big kicker and one you will want to absolutely remember. If you mention this newspaper article, you will receive $250 off your orthodontic work. So it will definitely pay to say you read about this in Business Pulse. 

Smile Doctors can be reached at (931) 473-6200. 

Radical dude!

Skate shop opens

As a guy who spent many hours on a skateboard in the days of my youth, I’m excited to tell you about this new business.

The Basement Skate Shop has opened in the lower level of Plaza Shopping Center just down from Gary Steele Karate. Longtime skater Ben Dixson is the owner.

“One thing this pandemic has done is it’s really brought renewed interest to skateboarding,” said Ben. “People have been sitting at home and spending so much time on social media, all the skateboard videos out there have encouraged a lot of people to give skateboarding a try.”

Ben says he welcomes the interest and he has everything in his store to get you up and running on a new board. He offers everything including decks, wheels, bearings, trucks, grip tape and more.

“Skateboarding is great to get you outside and get you active,” said Ben. “As you get better, it teaches confidence.”

I used to love spending time on my skateboard and used it as a handy mode of transportation before I got my driver’s license. A skateboard is easy to take inside a store or a friend’s house and it's not cumbersome like a bike.

One drawback to the rising popularity of skateboarding, Ben said, is supplies are in much greater demand. 

He says he is currently working to expand his inventory but he’s having some trouble because so many items are on back order.

“I check every day and pretty much have to order it as soon as it’s in stock or it will be gone,” said Ben.

Ben also sells skateboard accessories like shirts, stickers, fanny packs and other items. The store can be reached at (931) 259-1848.