15 Jan Kingsport: A City of Originals
Kingsport is a city full of originals. Pal’s Sudden Service was born here, as was the recipe for the Original Long Island Iced Tea. The hand-carved carousel is a beloved original too, as is our music, brews, cultural experiences and outdoor adventures. As a city of makers, more originals are soon on the way!
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Pal’s is one of America’s leading quick-service restaurant chains. Pal’s originated in Downtown Kingsport in 1956 and that original location, one of only two of their walk-in counter locations, is still open today on Revere Street. Incredible food, lightning-fast service and the iconic look of their drive thrus make a visit to Pal’s a one-of-a-kind experience.
The story begins in the 1920’s in the midst of prohibition. Charles Bishop, aka “Old Man Bishop” is known for creating the original Long Island Iced Tea recipe while residing on Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. Packing quite the “punch”, the original recipe includes five liquors and maple syrup. In the 1940’S, Old Man Bishop’s son, Ransom Bishop tweaked the original recipe by adding lemon, lime and cola. Find the original recipe here, or try for yourself at East Coast Wings & Grill, home of the award-winning Long Island Iced Tea bartenders.
This one-of-a-kind carousel was hand-carved by community volunteers. In 2022, the Kingsport Carousel was recognized by Reader’s Digest as one of the Nicest Places in America! Experience the magic of 32 rideable animals, two chariots for only $1 per ride. It’s a wonder to behold!
Tennessee’s first cidery, located right here in Kingsport, takes pride in using locally-sourced, fresh-pressed apples. The dedication of the crafters and unique lineup of ciders, many offered seasonally, make Gypsy Circus Cider Company the most awarded cider in the south, most recently being awarded second place in the 2022 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest for Best Cidery.
Bellafina offers hand-crafted, decadent chocolates created with the finest ingredients. Named by Forbes.com as one of the best truffles for gifts, Bellafina truffles are made fresh to order with only natural ingredients and no preservatives or extra sugars. The best part? 100% of their profits benefit charities helping children.