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Old 08-29-2015, 05:34 PM
 
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One of the byproducts of that slower pace of life so many people move to this area for. I don't mind the tradeoff too much. Word of mouth is still the best advertisement and generally what I rely on anyway.
While "word of mouth" is very useful to locals, it's next to useless to newcomers. Of more than 10 moms I know who have moved here in the past few years - they continually tell me how HARD it is to find out about events, activities, kids camps. No one seems to know WHERE places advertise, how to find information (except for a phone number that is never answered,) how to enroll / register for things. Locals always tell me - "yeah, it's not really advertised, you just gotta know about it." Of all the places I've lived, this has been the most difficult to find info, get included in things, volunteer, get "in the loop." I've been subscribing to the JC Press paper every day since I moved here and trying to be on top of things, but it's tough. Word of mouth isn't helpful when you don't know anyone.
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:09 PM
 
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While "word of mouth" is very useful to locals, it's next to useless to newcomers. Of more than 10 moms I know who have moved here in the past few years - they continually tell me how HARD it is to find out about events, activities, kids camps. No one seems to know WHERE places advertise, how to find information (except for a phone number that is never answered,) how to enroll / register for things. Locals always tell me - "yeah, it's not really advertised, you just gotta know about it." Of all the places I've lived, this has been the most difficult to find info, get included in things, volunteer, get "in the loop." I've been subscribing to the JC Press paper every day since I moved here and trying to be on top of things, but it's tough. Word of mouth isn't helpful when you don't know anyone.
I think a lot of that is because most of the residents have been there most of their lives.
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Have ou checked out the Loafer? It's the free weekly arts paper distributed through the Tri-Cities. It's also online at theloaferonline.com . It's chock full of events throughout the region. Also like pages on Facebook such as Downtown Johnson City and ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts to find out about more events.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:41 PM
 
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I think a lot of that is because most of the residents have been there most of their lives.
Absolutely! I know that's the case, and it is understandable, but it doesn't make it easy to be a newcomer here and many feel unwelcome and shut out. Restaurants and other businesses need to get their info out there, whether via websites or other venues, especially to the newbies, to really grow. People worry that the Tri-cities are dying, but attracting newcomers to your businesses/restaurants, etc. will get new people involved and invested in their communities.

This thread alone will result in many people trying these restaurants, but there are LOTS of new transplants here in JC who are not on this forum. I think websites would benefit most businesses when it comes to reaching new customers or enticing people who are considering coming here.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:55 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Actually word of mouth is the way newcomers used to find out about things before the advent of the internet, and it's a great way to make friends with the 'locals', (and fwiw I was a newcomer here myself several years ago).

You kind of answered your own dilemma
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Locals always tell me - "yeah, it's not really advertised, you just gotta know about it."
Websites are great but if you want the down and dirty on the places to avoid, or the best place to eat, the best mechanics, the best after school programs, etc. there is nothing like talking to the people who live here and already know the ins and outs of the area offerings. From what I can see people around here are more than willing to give you more information and advice than you could ever dream of, if you start asking questions.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:57 PM
 
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Have ou checked out the Loafer? It's the free weekly arts paper distributed through the Tri-Cities. It's also online at theloaferonline.com . It's chock full of events throughout the region. Also like pages on Facebook such as Downtown Johnson City and ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts to find out about more events.

Thank you! I have not heard of The Loafer. I will check it out. I do follow MBM school of the arts and last year my daughter did both the fall and spring kid's musical theatre classes at JRT thru MBM. Sadly, JRT is not offering the kid's classes this year. It has been a challenge for my kids to get involved in something, only to have it canceled or not offered for the next session. That happened with summer camps, with JRT and with Parks & Rec soccer.

Okay, sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread! Back to Food!
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:35 PM
 
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Actually word of mouth is the way newcomers used to find out about things before the advent of the internet, and it's a great way to make friends with the 'locals', (and fwiw I was a newcomer here myself several years ago).

You kind of answered your own dilemma Websites are great but if you want the down and dirty on the places to avoid, or the best place to eat, the best mechanics, the best after school programs, etc. there is nothing like talking to the people who live here and already know the ins and outs of the area offerings. From what I can see people around here are more than willing to give you more information and advice than you could ever dream of, if you start asking questions.
Yeah, I get it. You seem to be suggesting that I/we don't try to make friends with the locals or ask questions, which is really not true. People like me are on this forum for just that reason - to ask the locals for recommendations and info. We have gone out of our way to get involved, try the local restaurants, volunteer and meet people... and we are not always met with kind words or welcoming attitudes in return.
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:22 AM
 
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BETTER GET TO THIS ONE QUICKLY...IT IS NOT GOING TO LAST LONG.


Volsky and Best (Modern?) Grill.....in the old Portico space on the Bristol highway.


Not sure what they are looking for, but whatever it is seems to have passed them by.


Went in last night...admittedly it was generally quiet in all restaurants around town, but aside from the cook eating at the bar, there was ONE other patron in the place.


Perhaps for good reason.


Under stocked bar. How does that even happen?


Menu...grilled food...hot dogs, burgers, chicken.... Yawn. We didn't eat. Cook had what looked like mashed potato glop on his plate. (Note to proprietor: Not a good idea to have the help eating with the patrons).


Move along. Nothing to see here. They won't make it 'til spring.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:07 AM
 
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BETTER GET TO THIS ONE QUICKLY...IT IS NOT GOING TO LAST LONG.


Volsky and Best (Modern?) Grill.....in the old Portico space on the Bristol highway.
Given that Portico left behind their pizza oven, I don't understand why someone doesn't just turn that place into an upscale pizza restaurant. As soon as I saw the V&B menu I knew it wasn't going to make it.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities, TN
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Given that Portico left behind their pizza oven, I don't understand why someone doesn't just turn that place into an upscale pizza restaurant. As soon as I saw the V&B menu I knew it wasn't going to make it.
We already have a ton of pizza joints, from eh to pretty nice. I'm not sure we need another one.
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