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Business Pulse: 7-20-14
19 TOPZ-Donna
Judge Bart Stanley, right, finds lots of fresh fruit to add to his cup of yogurt at Topz Frozen Yogurt Caf which opened Friday. Stanley said he has been anxiously awaiting for Topz to open downtown. Also shown is owner Monica Baker.

It’s that time of year again … when our head mouse, otherwise known as James P. Clark, is away. I’m not so sure we mice have been playing this time as we seem to have been working even harder than usual. And, we usually work long hours to make sure our readers enjoy the best our award-winning paper has to offer.
Unfortunately, my rendition of Business Pulse isn’t going to be as long as I had hoped. Earlier in the week, I put out an S.O.S. to my friends to be on the lookout for new businesses in town as I had the honor of trying to fill James’ shoes this week and write his Business Pulse.
Well, it was at 1:34 a.m. Thursday morning when I received a text from my friend which said, “I saw a new business.” Now, I don’t know if she saw the business while driving around town in the middle of the night or, if for some reason my source (Donhua is her name) just happened to wake up in the middle of the night and think, “Oh, I should tell Donna I saw a new business!” Mind you, she didn’t name the business, just said she saw one.
Anyway, I was very thankful and made my way to the business on Friday as there is not a sign proclaiming a name or phone number where the person could be reached. I was able to find the owner and take his photo in the sprinkling rain. (The things he is selling are located outside so, I needed an outside pic.) However, I had to be somewhere else as soon as the photo was taken. So, I asked him if I could come back the same day. “Oh sure,” he said. “We are open until 5 p.m.
I rushed back as soon as I could and pulled into his parking lot at 4:25 p.m. As soon as I did, my heart sank. The items which before had been displayed so nicely outside were gone. The parking lot was empty and the door was locked. It was 4:25 p.m. The man, whose name I did not remember, was gone. I had no name, no number and no story. (Insert sad face here.)
A trip next door did get me a phone number of a friend of the man. But, when I called the number and it went straight to voicemail I figured my Business Pulse story was a no-go. Oh well, at least I found a couple of other exciting things going on in the business world.

Elite players choose Elite Basketball

Anthony Lippe, Warren County High School’s head assistant basketball coach has started a business giving private lessons … basketball lessons in case you were wondering. The business is called Elite Basketball and lessons are given at the high school gymnasium twice a week.
“Warren County doesn’t have anything like this. Coaches I’ve talked to have said if players wanted basketball lessons, they had to go to Murfreesboro or Cookeville. Most of the lessons in those cities are more expensive not to mention the gas used to drive there. We are trying to change the basketball culture here,” said Lippe.
Lippe has years of basketball experience. He played high school basketball at Hunter’s Lane high
School in Nashville. He was also a student assistant for the men’s basketball team at Tennessee Tech for four years and worked at Lipscomb University as a basketball summer camp coach for six years.
Lippe started his career in McMinnville coaching 5th and 6th grade boys’ basketball at Warren County Middle School. During that time, Lippe was also an assistant high school boys coach under coach Malcolm Montgomery.
He was head freshman and junior varsity coach for girls’ basketball under coach Erick Baird. His second year at WCHS he spent as varsity assistant.
Lippe now works as head boys’ basketball assistant under coach Chris Sullens.
“Coach Sullens said this is something we really, really need in Warren County. He has encouraged it,” said Lippe.
Lippe likes to have small group sessions ideally with six students at a time.
“With six students, each can have a partner. I tried five at a time but I learned real quick that an even number is best when working in small groups on things like fundamentals,” said Lippe.
Lippe said he and Sullens discussed what he could teach in his classes that would be most beneficial to kids at the elementary and middle school level as well as when those players reach high school.
“We decided on speed and agility, fundamentals, lots of footwork and mix in strength and conditioning. We do not use weights, just the player’s own body weight in strength and conditioning,” said Lippe.
Lippe’s skills are available to boys in grades fifth through eighth. Presently, he teaches two sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. He said when school starts back, he may begin Saturday morning sessions.
Players have two options on payment:
Pay as you go - $40 per session.
Pay in advance - $120 for four sessions. (Averages to $30 each or buy three sessions, get one free.)
If you have a little Shaquille O’Neal or LeBron James at your house, give Lippe a call at 931-607-6225 or check out his Facebook page at

Manna Natural Market opens downtown

The last time I wrote Business Pulse, which was about this same time last year, I touted a couple of businesses who were locating downtown and helping to revitalize the downtown area. Since that writing, I am pleased to say several businesses have decided to make downtown McMinnville their home. Several of those happen to promote healthy living and healthy eating, also.
One such business promoting a healthy lifestyle, Manna Natural Market and Coffee, opened downtown. Monday. The business, owned by Shari and Paul Newby has a motto of “Eat healthy … live healthy.”
“Business has been great. It has been beyond my expectations,” said Shari. “People have been placing orders. I have access to pretty much anything anyone wants. We will also carry fresh produce starting next week.”
If you are one of those people who has driven out of town to purchase organic groceries, set your GPS for 122 East Main Street in McMinnville because organic groceries are here.
Manna has lots of organic and natural products including bulk foods such as nuts and seeds. Frozen foods including ice cream are offered as are gluten-free products such as bread, cake and cheese. The store also sells Chuck’s Roast coffee, a brand owned by Chuck Jones, a childhood friend of Shari’s.
Manna offers espresso drinks made with Chuck’s “Blackened” roast which is specifically roasted and blended for coffee drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.  The drinks can be made with a choice of regular milk, almond milk and coconut milk as well as a variety of flavorings.  Their vanilla and hazelnut syrup is organic and sweetened with agave.  
Signature drinks are also available with enticing names such as:
Aloha Chocolate Almond Latte made with coconut, chocolate and almond syrup - sounds like it would make me think I am in Hawaii.
Lucky You Latte  made with Irish cream and caramel syrup.
Mandi’s Skinny Iced Coffee  made with a splash of hazelnut or vanilla coconut creamer and sweetened with Stevia – mmmm, I wonder if this one would make me skinny.
Manna offers free Wi-Fi and sitting areas for customers to enjoy their coffee or tea or Kombucha drink.
Aromatherapy yoga is also offered at Manna on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Classes last one hour. Trechia James is also available by appointment to give massages to those who need to work out the kinks of a hectic week.
For more information, visit or Facebook page Manna-Natural Market & Coffee.
That’s all folks.
 As I said at the beginning of this piece, it is going to be shorter than I intended because of the disappearing man. Perhaps James can track the guy down next week for a story. After all, I have already taken the photos. Half the work is already done.
I hope you enjoyed reading Business Pulse this week and please give these businesses some business.