Multi-tasking is so 1990’s.

iStock_000049007044_DoubleMulti-tasking is so 1990’s.
I remember back to my earlier interviews and all employers wanted someone who was good at “multitasking.” I haven’t interviewed for a normal job in a while but I’m hoping that question has been thrown out the door. We’re constantly bombarded with distractions these days so it’s really important to shut stuff off and focus so you can get things done. This article from Success magazine, “How to Get More Done in Less Time” by  Michael Maven has some great tips. For the past year I’ve been using the “One Page Productivity Planner” from Brendon Burchard and it really helps me move the needle on what is most important.
BT’s Summer Mix is Out!
People are always asking what new albums to buy. If you haven’t gotten on the Spotify bandwagon you should check it out. I’ve been a premium subscriber for a while now and it is fantastic. If you buy music on a regular basis, this will save you a ton of money and let you discover a massive amount of music. Since my first dual deck boom box, I’ve been making playlists. Every season I’ll add all of the songs that I like to a seasonal playlist. Here are the 88 songs that I loved listening to this summer. The Fall – 2015 playlist is in the works and will be published the first day of winter. Enjoy!
Ever wonder what Mr. Jefferson’s Public Land Survey System looks like 230 years later?
Follow @the.jefferson.grid on Instagram to see what they find next.
Commercial Real Estate Rents in Knoxville are Affordable
10 U.S. Tech Markets with Fastest Growing Rents – Elaine Misonzhnik, National Real Estate Investor
According to the NAI Knoxville Q2-2015 Market Report office rents in the Knoxville are are averaging $14.72 per square foot. The closest comparable city in this list is Raleigh, NC and their average office rents are $23.31 per square foot. Ouch.
Funny Clip of the Week
I guess this is what Neyland will be like since AT&T upgraded the cell service. Hilarious. Folks opposed to the new cell tower in Fountain City might be on to something…

Three Tools to Help with Habits (and One Habit You Can Start Today)

What is one habit that would make you happier and more successful?
Here are four things that can help you get started:
Is the commercial real estate industry ready for how business is changing?

Bob Whetsel on Downtown, Cumberland Avenue and Retirement – Our own Josh Flory interviewed Bob on his recent retirement as the City of Knoxville’s Director of Redevelopment.

What’s the Difference Between Art & Advertising?

University of Tennessee - Football PracticeIt’s Football Time in Tennessee – If you haven’t heard, the Vols are going to kick butt this season. This week I had a chance to attend practice and tour the new football facility.The preparation, staff and resources required to get everyone ready for game day would blow your mind.  Standing on the practice field with the guys you start to realize that they are giants that move really fast.  When I was in school (96 – 00′) we won the national championship and didn’t take any crap from Florida or Alabama. It’s been frustrating to watch the kids over the past few seasons hang their heads in games and give up. This year is going to be a different story. All of the players and staff were great and and I’m really looking forward to this season and the future.

Not SurprisedMillennials don’t think much of themselves, report says. – Jesse J. Holland – Associated Press

Productivity – There are a ton of resources that help you figure out what is important and how to execute. For the past few years I’ve been using Flipboard to get information on things that are important to me, my family and clients. You can curate your own magazine where people can follow and comment on what you’re reading. My “Productivity” magazine has over 2,800 subscribers and I typically post one to two things a day.

Question of the Day – What’s the difference between art and advertising? If you’ve got a business in the City of Knoxville, I hope you were involved in the discussions for the past three plus years about the new sign ordinance. Recently, Magpies Bakery, submitted plans to install a pretty cool looking piece of art on top of their building.

Art or advertising? North Knoxville bakery challenges sign ordinance – Laura Halm – WATE.

The City of Knoxville denied their request and there has been massive outcry in support of the Magpies.  I wonder what people would say if [you name any company] put a piece of “art” on their building on Kingston Pike? Not sure it would be the same response…

Get your popcorn ready, the implementation of the new sign ordinance is going to be a circus.

Food Halls, First Aid Kits and Rules for Being and Entrepreneur

The 100 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur – James Altucher

Developers Move Into Single-Family Rental Homes Sector – Bendix Anderson – NREI Online

How millennials are shopping today – Daphne Howland – Retail Dive

Camping First Aid Kit: DIY First Aid Kit And Ready-Made Products – Nora Taylor – Survival Mastery

The 17 Most Anticipated Food Halls in the USA – Whitney Folloon – Eater

Commercial Real Estate News and Other Interesting Reading

James Beard Award-winner Joseph Lenn to open downtown Knoxville restaurant – Mary Constantine, Knoxville News Sentinel

The causes and consequences of China’s market crash – The Economist

Job Numbers: ‘Solid Foundation’ for Rate Hike – Paul Bubny, GlobeSt

‘Why I can’t get a mortgage’ – Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Where apartment construction is hottest – Diana Olick, CNBC

Estoppels – Why? What? How A Red Light Becomes A Green Light – Ira Meislik, Retail Real Estate Law Ruminations

Chinese company opening U.S. headquarters in Knoxville – Ed Marcum, Knoxville News Sentinel

Friday’s Miscellaneous Debris (Saturday Edition) – Golf, Fantasy Football and Wilco?

Golf. Didn’t get this edition out yesterday because I spent the afternoon at the News Sentinel Open. Had the chance to see two hole in one’s on the 196 yard par 3 on 16 at Fox Den. We also saw a pro shank one in the water which is more my style. Here’s the second round wrap up.
Music. If you’re a Wilco fan (or not) check out this great concert put on for KEXP, the other 90.3 in Seattle. KEXP’s youtube channel has tons of fantastic artist playing great music. Last fall we were at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and happened to see Jeff Tweedy (@jefftweedy) and he was fantastic. Please post your favorite music related YouTube channel in the comments section.
Knoxville Restaurants. In case you missed it, I was interviewed by our reporter/broker in residence Josh Flory (@joshdflory) about the Knoxville restaurant scene in Knox Bricks and Mortar.
Boy Scouts. My troop, Troop 6 in Knoxville, TN, is turning 100 this year. It’s been an honor to be a part of this group and reconnecting with old friends to put together our anniversary event later this August. Here’s the New Sentinel article about Troop 6: “Boy Scout Troop 6 celebrates its 100th anniversary” (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Fantasy Football. If you’re one of the 40 million+ people that are getting ready for your fantasy football draft, I’d recommend Football Guys. You can input all of your league rules and they’ll put together a customized cheat sheet for your draft. Additionally, Football Guys was started by Joe Bryant (@joe_bryant) who’s based out of Knoxville, TN!
Other Great Commercial Real Estate, Business and Productivity Articles:

Friday’s Miscellaneous Debris (Late Edition)

Eggs: Do you eat eggs? For breakfast, I’ll typically have a whole egg with then two egg whites with spinach, beans and salsa. It’s pretty healthy but occasionally I need a cheat day. Big Ass Fried EggIf you’re going to cheat you might as well fix cheese eggs. The best cheese eggs in the world are from the one and only Waffle House. Here’s their secret recipe for cheese eggs. Here are six other ways to cooks eggs if you aren’t in to american cheese.

Chip and Pin: Swipe to pay is on the way out and “chip and pin” is in. I used my Apple Pay for the first time and it’s super simple. This is going to be a big shift for retailers and customers this October. Square Trying To Help Small Businesses Meet October Deadline For New Chip and Pin Credit Cards (Consumerist).

Books: If you haven’t gotten the memo, you should read at least ten books a year. I’m always looking for ideas and would appreciate suggestions! Here’s a good looking list: 10 Success Books That People In Their Thirties Should Read (Lifehacker). Please leave suggestions in the comments section below.

Showers: One of my favorite things about vacation is the chance to shower outside. One of my complaints about our place at Seacrest Beach, FL was that we didn’t have a proper outdoor shower like our house in Folly Beach, SC. Here’s a list of 29 outdoor showers that look pretty cool.

Focus:  How in the world do you get things done without having a proper to do list or checklist? One of my favorite books is “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right” by Atul Gawande. I put a lot of effort in thinking through a proper checklist for my projects and how I plan my day. This one page day planner by Brendon Bruchard is really great and helps me get things done and moving forward. This article brings up some good points about freeing up time to focus on the important stuff, How To Stop To-Do Lists From Ruining Your Life (The Guardian).

Big Chunk of Land Across from McGhee Tyson Airport Sells

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2844 Alcoa Highway
Alcoa, TN 37701

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Land Area (SF): 514,443.60 SF
Land Area (AC): 11.81 AC
Use: Multi-use Commercial

Frontage: 870′ on Alcoa Hwy
Traffic Count: 52,174 AADT on Alcoa Hwy

Sale Price: $925,000
Sale Type: Development
Price/Acre: $78,323.45/AC
Sale Date: May 27, 2015
Recorded Buyer: Hodge Family Ltd Partnership
Recorded Seller: Waggoner Development Co
Buyer Broker: Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace | Dick Bales
Seller Broker: Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace | Dick Bales

Zoning: General Business E; Planned Commercial Unit Development – E1 Regulations

Sources: Knox County Register of Deeds Office, Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, Costar, Courthouse Retrieval System, KGIS, TDOT

Information Deemed Reliable, But Not Guaranteed

Real Estate News Update

Blount County Eye Center opens $2.1M facility
Blount County Eye Center on Monday opened a new $2.1 million expanded facility to accommodate the growing father-and-son practice.   KNS

Jewelry TV wants tax deal with Knox County
Jewelry Television wants to make a permanent home in Knox County, and wants the county commission to help by approving a tax deal for a property purchase.   KNS

Peerless Restaurant re-brands to K-town Tavern and will feature 40 craft brews
Within the next seven weeks Knoxville will be saying goodbye to the landmark bull statue that welcomes guests to the Peerless Restaurant, 320 N. Peters Road, and hello to a new sign announcing the opening of K-town Tavern.   KNS

A Tour of and Conversation about the Kern’s Bakery Building
Recently Urban Woman and I were fortunate enough to be invited to join friends Karen, John, Robin and Chris for a tour, just over the Henley Bridge, of the Kern’s Bakery Building with David Dewhirst as our guide. Karen won the tour in the silent auction in June at the Community Design Center event. We all enjoyed the tour – which David graciously extended beyond two hours as he spun stories of development, redevelopment and the general craziness that goes on in a city.   Inside of Knoxville

Former WNOX building to be auctioned
The 16,106-square-foot building is located at 4400 Whittle Springs Road. According to Knox Heritage, WNOX moved its studios to the property in 1955, and it played host to music programs including The Midday Merry-go-Round.   Bricks and Mortar

Alliance Brewing Company Nears Opening Date
The latest business gearing up for a late August opening along this stretch of road is Alliance Brewing Company. The opening has been a long time coming. Head brewer Adam Ingle told me they hatched the plan for the brewery literally years ago and thought it would have long been open before now. Turns out it’s complicated to open any business and probably more so a brewery.   Inside of Knoxville


Friday’s Miscellaneous Debris

  • If you love Evernote, you’ll get a kick out of Tim Ferriss’ interview of Evernote’s co-founder and executive chairman, Phil Libin (@plibin) , “What Evernote’s Phil Libin Learned from Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman, and Others.”
  • As rent in Manhattan has continued to rise it’s not too surprising to see that the bodegas are having a hard time keeping up. Read more here: “Bodegas Declining in Manhattan as Rents Rise and Chains Grow (NYTimes)”
  • This week I’ve been reading “The Martian” by Andy Weir. It’s an awesome book and I’d highly recommend. Things can really suck sometimes in the real estate but hey, at least you aren’t stranded on Mars. Movie is coming out in October and here’s the trailer: The Martian | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX
  • Have you ever wondered what those blue and yellow 30A stickers were all about? Well last week we went down to northwest Florida to check it out. 30A is a scenic highway running through Fort Walton Beach which is just to the west of Panama City. Other than the drive through the wasteland of a state, Alabama, it is fantastic. We stayed at Seacrest Beach which is in between Rosemary and Alys beach. The sand and ocean are out of this world and great for little kids. If you are an urban planning geek, it’s also fun to see where the architecture and planning firm DPZ & Co. made their mark in New Urbanism with the Seaside Beach project 35 years ago. It was fun walking and riding through the different areas from Rosemary Beach to their latest project on 30A, Alys Beach and see how things have changed over time. Here we are riding our cruiser bikes after dinner:  and a few pictures from my morning walk through Alys Beach .
  • Did you know? The first Friday of every August is International Beer Day.

Another Site on Bearden Hill Sells

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6508 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Submarket: Bearden/Papermill/West Town

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+/- 10,964  square foot building
Land Area (SF): 20,083 SF
Land Area (AC): 0.46 AC

Frontage: 120′ on Kingston Pike
Traffic Count:  AADT
Parking spots: approx. 10

Sale Price: $530,000
Sale Type: Investment
Price/SF: $48.34/SF
Price/Land SF: $26.39/SF

Recorded Buyer: Peoples Development Co. Inc.
Recorded Seller: Jean Barr
Buyer Broker: Tony Cappiello | Cappiello Real Estate
Seller Broker: Scott Smith | Volunteer Realty
Occupancy at time of sale: 0%

Sources: Knox County Register of Deeds Office, Costar, Courthouse Retrieval System, KGIS, TDOT

Information Deemed Reliable, But Not Guaranteed

Real Estate News Update

Former Old City costume shop may be razed in favor of new development
The building that housed Big Don the Costumier, once an Old City mainstay and go-to for Halloween and masquerade apparel, may soon come down with a little incentive from the city.    Read More

Roundup of new restaurant offerings
More food options are coming to the 400 block of Gay Street, with Archer’s BBQ announcing it will complete the tenant mix in the J.C. Penney building.    Read More

Del Taco to open 10 restaurants in the area
The Del Taco Mexican quick-service restaurant brand announced today it plans to open 10 locations in the Knoxville area by 2021.    Read More

Blackhorse brewery seeks to expand
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery just marked its second anniversary at Western Plaza, but is already dealing with growing pains that have the owners mulling the possibility of a move.
Read More