September 9, 2021 — Saltworks Security, an application security consulting company, has opened its new headquarters for development and customization at technology hub Fountains at Gateway in Murfreesboro, announced Dennis and Susan Hurst, co-founders of Saltworks Security.
Saltworks Security serves global financial, healthcare, insurance and other institutions that create applications to manage highly secure data. Saltworks’ engineers partner with customers to build world-class application security programs throughout their organizations’ software development life cycles.
Saltworks will hire more than 25 engineers in software development and application security to be based at the new development headquarters. The new 5,464-square-foot office space, located on the top floor of One Fountain Plaza, offers a convenient location and a Class A office and retail environment to team members living in Murfreesboro and surrounding communities.
“We are in a strong growth mode and searching for great team members, from recent MTSU graduates to experienced team leaders,” said Dennis Hurst, co-founder and president. “Saltworks currently has more than 50 team members located around the world, with many working remotely. In our new Murfreesboro corporate office, most team members will have the flexibility to work on site two to three days per week and remotely for the remainder of the week.”
“Saltworks is grounded in a team member-first philosophy,” said Susan Hurst, co-founder and senior vice president of operations and marketing. “We believe that supporting our team members – our most important resource – with a great work environment, healthy work/life balance and ongoing, customized training allows them to provide world-class service to our customers. At Fountains at Gateway, we had the opportunity to build out our offices from scratch in an already-thriving office and retail community. All team member workspaces, along with the kitchen and break room, have windows with great views, while interior spaces are designated for conference spaces and management offices.”
“The office design was also informed by the pandemic,” continued Susan Hurst. “We incorporated physical wood and glass barriers, which combined with the building’s air filtration system and Fountains’ pocket parks, walking trail, and restaurants with outdoor seating, provide both a healthy and enjoyable work environment for our team. The location also allows our people to work close to home and commute with ease.”
About Saltworks Security
Founded in 2013, Saltworks is an application security company that partners with organizations to build world-class AppSec programs from policy to production. Founded on the premise that application security is mandatory, must be agile and can’t slow the software lifecycle, Saltworks provides comprehensive, data-driven security testing tools to help protect every stage of application development.
Saltworks’ Atlanta headquarters for services is the base for more than 50 employees located across the world, most working remotely. The new development headquarters in Murfreesboro will add 25 employees in its first year. The company also has a small office in Hyderabad, India.
Saltworks is a member of the Murfreesboro Technology Council. More information about the company, its customers, partners and technology partner program can be found at https://www.saltworks.io/.
October 30, 2020 — Hearthstone Properties has developed Kids Cove at Fountains, Murfreesboro’s first Class-A distance learning center providing drop-in and full-time access to a fun and safe learning center for kids in K4 to 8th grade. Kids Cove will open November 2 in a 4,477-square-foot space on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza at Fountains at Gateway, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Kids Cove is designed with separate zones for individual and classroom learning to accommodate students’ Zoom classes, traditional homeschooling, tutorial programs and the Rutherford County Virtual School program. Personal study cubes prevent distraction and limit exposure to germs, and a classroom provides safely spaced learning by age group in art, music, elective and tutorial programs. Robust fiber internet and onsite tech support ensures all students have high-speed and tightly filtered data access.
Young children enjoy fun activities and fresh air in indoor and outdoor play areas, and older kids have options for downtime and social activities. Dedicated reading spaces marked by age group allow quiet time for everyone.
Fountains at Gateway’s holistic design as a corporate office campus, upscale retail district and event and entertainment venue creates an ideal environment for families using Kids Cove. Parents can order inexpensive kids’ lunches from onsite eateries Just Love Coffee Café and Burger Republic for lunchtime delivery. And SodaBar provides free drinks for lunch and afternoon ice cream breaks following exercise time. Members also enjoy backstage privileges to all Fountains at Gateway entertainment activities, including Winterfest ice skating, movie nights, concerts, the splashpad, and roof access for the city fireworks spectacular on July 4th.
“A key component of our concept is the impeccable quality of our staff,” said Graby. “Our managers are degreed and former teachers in private or magnet schools who chose to homeschool their children. Their experience brings an ideal blend of understanding and expertise in coaching children and young teens in their studies and leading them in fun, educational downtime.”
Kids Cove provides important safety features including UV sterilization through the building ventilation system, strict keycard access controls, onsite security and building management as well as full security camera coverage with parent access to the video stream. And CDC guidelines for this age group will be monitored and followed, including entry temperature checks for staff and kids.
Pricing ranges from hourly drop-in rates to economical unlimited weekly packages.
Registration is available online and Kids Cove is offering grand opening specials. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main lobby information desk. More information can be found at www.kidscoveatfountains.com.
February 28, 2020 — Hearthstone Properties has launched Studio at Fountains, a new Class A workspace model of small, fully furnished, private offices and shared co-working amenities designed for individuals, small teams and fast-growing companies. The new office concept will occupy 15,000-square-feet of office space on the third floor of One Fountain Plaza at Fountains at Gateway, a Class A corporate office campus and retail district in Murfreesboro, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone.
Studio at Fountains will include 80 private office studios and suites. Developed in collaboration with a leading London design group, Studio features state-of-the-art offices with glass walls for natural light, individually controlled LED lighting, keypad entry and acoustically buffered workspaces for sound absorption. Each office is fully equipped with ergonomic chairs, height adjustable desks, white boards and storage options.
Shared amenities include six conference rooms seating from four to 24 people, open seating and huddle pods, conversation pit with fireplace, copy center, kitchen and bistro, complimentary beverages and snacks, private mailboxes and concierge services. Studio members also have access to Fountains at Gateway corporate office amenities, which include a 1 gig fiber network, discounted rack space and VMs provided by Fountains’ affiliated data center, two corporate putting greens, and discounted rates for the large conference facilities at The View at Fountains. On-site restaurants, a health club and retail stores offer added convenience, and outdoor seating on the plaza, pocket parks and adjoining city greenway provide greenspace and quiet to recharge.
“We see a growing need in Murfreesboro for small, Class-A offices to accommodate individuals and small teams that need a dedicated workspace and more privacy than a traditional co-working space, but with short-term leases and the flexibility to seamlessly grow from a single-person membership all the way to a full floorplate of 25,000-square-feet,” said Graby.
Now under construction, Studio at Fountains is slated for completion this spring. “Leasing is underway and we’re offering not only tours of the space under construction, but also virtual reality tours in our sales office.” said Graby. “It’s a great way to try out the different spaces and help you determine which office space best fits your needs.”
Graby said private studios can be configured for one to two people and are available for $600 per month, and team suites for two to seven people start at $875 per month. All studios and suites include monthly credits for conference room and copy center use. A limited number of co-working memberships, at $250 per month, are also available for those who don’t need a dedicated office.
Tours are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of One Fountains Plaza, or upon reservation for private showings.
More information can be found at www.StudioAtFountains.com.
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November 13, 2019 — The third annual Winterfest at Fountains at Gateway brings outdoor ice skating and holiday activities to Murfreesboro for nine weeks, from November 22, 2019 through, January 20, 2020, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Winterfest creates a magical experience for all ages with festive holiday lights, decorations and music on the central plaza. The festival offers ice skating in addition to concerts, school spirit skate nights and pictures with Santa.
“We were thrilled that more than 15,000 skaters and spectators from across Middle Tennessee joined us at last year’s Winterfest,” said Graby. “This year, we are planning for more visitors, families and groups to enjoy the rink.”
The outdoor ice rink is also available for private rental to host church and youth events, holiday parties and corporate events. Rink rental may be combined with rental of The View at Fountains conference center and event venue to provide an exclusive group activity for a holiday event.
This year, Winterfest sponsorships are available to businesses and organizations that want to display their brand on the rink. Initial sponsors include Franklin Synergy Bank, VIP Murfreesboro, Once Upon a Child, Urgent Team, CB&S Bank, Rutherford County Chamber, Awnings Plus and 94FM The Fish.
For hours of operation, a schedule of activities and information on venue rental or sponsorships, please visit FountainsWinterfest.com.
October 30, 2019 — SteelSummit Holdings, a leading national metals service center and trading company based in La Vergne, Tennessee, has selected Fountains at Gateway for its corporate headquarters. The firm has leased 11,551 square feet of office space on the third floor of One Fountain Plaza at Fountains at Gateway, announced Fountains developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Approximately 30 executives and management team members will move from the company’s manufacturing location in La Vergne to the new headquarters space at Fountains at Gateway, which will also accommodate future growth, according to Todd Rollins, CEO of SteelSummit.
The company processes metals for the automotive, heating and cooling, appliance, construction, and other industries, and has a manufacturing facility in Davidson County near La Vergne.
“Our company and headquarters operations are expanding and we need to move our corporate offices to a larger more strategic location,” said Rollins. “Fountains at Gateway in Murfreesboro offers the headquarters space we need in a location that is close to Nashville International Airport to accommodate our visitors. It also offers our people a better commute and the conveniences along the Gateway business corridor. Everyone on our headquarters team is excited about the move.”
Construction of SteelSummit’s space begins next month and will be completed in early spring 2020. Paradym Studio is leading the design and engineering for the buildout.
“We’re excited to welcome SteelSummit and their headquarters staff to Murfreesboro and to Fountains,” said Graby. “This growing steel supplier felt that the amenities in and around Fountains at Gateway would give their employees and their corporate visitors the conveniences they desired, which validates the vision we set out to achieve. We are looking forward to a busy few months as we get both SteelSummit and recently announced Saltworks Security open and operating here at Fountains.”
“We are thrilled that SteelSummit has chosen to call Rutherford County home and keep its HQ in Middle Tennessee,” said Patrick Cammack, senior vice president of economic development with Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. “This further demonstrates that corporate and tech operations are attracted to our talented workforce, top-notch education ecosystem and business-friendly environment.”
Brandon Hoop and Ben Claybaker with NAI represented SteelSummit in the transaction and Byran Fort and Frank Thomasson with CBRE represented Fountains at Gateway.
October 29, 2019 — Saltworks Security, an application security company based in the Atlanta area, has leased 5,464 square feet of office space on the top floor of One Fountain Plaza at Fountains at Gateway, announced Fountains developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Saltworks Security partners with customers to build world class application security programs throughout their customers’ software development lifecycle. Saltworks customers include global financial institutions, healthcare, insurance and other customers who create applications that manage highly secure data.
Dennis Hurst, founder and president of Saltworks Security, said the company will hire more than 25 engineers in software development and application security at the new Fountains office, which will be the firm’s third office in the US.
“On behalf of the Murfreesboro City Council, I want to congratulate Saltworks Security on its decision to locate its new office at the Fountains at Gateway corporate office campus,” said Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. “Murfreesboro and, more specifically, the Gateway district with its attractive location, talent base and amenities continue to attract high-paying jobs to our city. We look forward to welcoming Saltworks and their growing team of software development and application security engineers to Murfreesboro.”
“We are very enthusiastic about expanding Saltworks Security’s operations to Murfreesboro, because we wanted a location where people can work close to home,” said Hurst. “We look forward to building our team with experienced engineers and developers who live in the area and don’t want to commute to Nashville as well as new engineering graduates from Middle Tennessee State University.”
“Saltworks’ office at Fountains at Gateway will offer an exceptional work environment for our new engineering team,” Hurst continued. “Scott Graby has created a high-tech, Class A office building in a development that offers every amenity. The on-site eateries, park spaces, putting greens, and the adjacent greenway will give our engineers convenient ways to recharge during challenging projects.”
Construction of Saltworks’ space begins this week and will be completed in January 2020.
“Saltworks is a great addition to Fountains at Gateway, and reflects the modern, technology-based company profile that we envisioned when we created Fountains.” said Graby. “The company’s strong industry reputation and growth make it a great fit for Murfreesboro, where many software engineers get their start at MTSU and decide to make this area their home. We are delighted to welcome Saltworks.”
May 22, 2019 — Kneucraft Fine Jewelry & Design has leased a 1,484 SF square-foot retail space on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza at Fountains at Gateway, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties
Kneucraft Fine Jewelry & Design is a family owned and operated jewelry store that designs and hand-fabricates bridal, special-occasion and casual jewelry as well as high-end, one-of-a-kind pieces. The store also carries upscale watch lines
Kneucraft has been in operation for 28 years in upstate New York, in the city of Plattsburgh. Owners Shawn and Kimberly Kneussle and their son and head jeweler Ryan Kneussle are relocating the business to Murfreesboro
“We are excited about opening our new jewelry store and also making our home in Murfreesboro,” said Shawn Kneussle. “We love the area and the people we’ve met here and have found the ideal location for our new store at Fountains at Gateway.”
“As custom jewelers, we personally handle every facet of the business – from creating custom-designed engagement and bridal sets to restoring or repurposing dated jewelry into a piece that can be worn for generations,” added Kneussle. “Customers are often surprised to learn that a custom piece can be designed to fit their taste, gemstone and metal choice as well as their budget. We compete with the finest jewelry lines available, but each piece of jewelry we create is unique and reasonably priced.
The buildout of Kneucraft Fine Jewelry & Design is underway and slated to open in mid June.
“A jewelry store has been on Fountains’ ‘shopping list’ since the beginning, but we didn’t want just any jewelry store,” said Graby. “It needed to be a family-run, independent shop with a story behind it, and with a strong craftsman mentality. It was hard to find the perfect fit until Shawn and Kim came to visit and checked all the boxes. We fell in love with their family and their passion for their craft, and we can’t wait to introduce them to Murfreesboro. We placed them next to e.Allen’s clothing boutique and look forward to synergy between the two shops as well as with the View at Fountains (our new conference and event center), which is playing host to a growing number of Middle Tennessee weddings.”
March 7, 2019 — Steakhouse Five, a new high-end steakhouse concept, has leased 3,552-square-feet of space and will open at Fountains at Gateway in early summer, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.Created by Mitchell Murphree, Executive Chef and owner of Five Senses restaurant in Murfreesboro, Steakhouse Five will feature premium quality meats and local produce as well as fresh seafood. “We celebrated 15 years at Five Senses in November,” said Murphree. “With that, I’ve been planning an upscale steakhouse for some time and building a great team that would enable us to operate two restaurants. My grandparents raised livestock, my family ran a country ham business, and I was a member of the UT Knoxville meat judging team. You could say an appreciation for meat has been with me since I was born.” “At Five Senses, we have always called it ‘fun dining’,” added Murphree. “It has been a destination for people who love something different and seasonal. Steakhouse Five will deliver that same commitment to the highest quality food and hospitality.”
Steakhouse Five will be located on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the four-story office building at Fountains at Gateway. The restaurant will seat up to 100 guests inside as well as 20 on the adjoining patio overlooking the main pocket park. Designed in a modern Southern theme with elegant historical accents, Steakhouse Five will feature a sophisticated main dining area, private dining room and a conservatory-style bar with a full-width glass door that opens to the patio.
“We are truly excited about our space at Fountains,” said Murphree. “We kept hearing that it is one of the few places you can go in town and feel like you’re in a ‘new Murfreesboro’. It has a hip, big city feel – a mix of entertainment, greenspace, high end shops and a salon; and a variety of eateries, from burgers and beer to ice cream sodas. It’s just a cool area to hang out.”Read more…
December 21, 2018 — Just Love Coffee, a full service, locally owned artisan coffee roaster and franchisor of Just Love Coffee Café, will open its eighth location at Fountains at Gateway early next year, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Just Love Coffee Café serves a full menu of its specialty drip coffee, classic caffe’, traditional espresso, cold brews, and signature lattes as well as a wide range of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, sandwiches, salads and sweets. The coffee shop also provides food and beverage catering, from small drop-offs to full catering for 2,000 with a mobile espresso cart and omelets made onsite.
Just Love Coffee Café at Fountains will be located in a 1,897-square-foot retail space adjoining the pocket park that connects the retail space and five-story office building. The interior buildout of the coffee shop is underway and the projected opening date is March 2019.
“Fountains at Gateway is an ideal home for our newest coffee café,” said Rob Webb, co-founder of Just Love Coffee. “We were drawn to the Class A quality of the development as well as the events and entertainment that bring the community to Fountains. Also, its location on Medical Center Parkway next to St. Thomas Rutherford is convenient to everything and equidistant to our two other coffee cafes in Murfreesboro.”
“The layout of Just Love Coffee Café at Fountains is about social connectivity,” added Webb. “Coffee is a social beverage that brings people together and our space will include a variety of seating options that accommodate customers enjoying time together. Our space opens onto the main pocket park at Fountains where customers can enjoy both indoor and outdoor patio seating. And our distinctive front bar seating allows customers and baristas to engage in friendly conversation.”
“Just Love Coffee Café is one of the top coffee shop brands in the Nashville-Williamson-Rutherford market, and it has been at the top of our list as a perfect-fit retail tenant for Fountains at Gateway,” said Graby. “They’re locally owned and have developed an outstanding product and a growing, mission-based company that brings an extensive customer following to Fountains. We are truly excited to welcome them to Fountains.”Read more..
November 1, 2018 — As the holiday season approaches, the second annual Winterfest at Fountains at Gateway brings outdoor ice skating and holiday activities to Fountains Plaza, November 17 to January 21.
Winterfest features one of the few outdoor ice skating rinks in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin area. The festival offers ice skating for all ages in addition to concerts, themed skate nights, Christmas caroling and pictures with Santa. Festive lights and holiday decorations adorn the central plaza to create a magical experience for all ages.
Special events include an Exhibition Skate by the Scott Hamilton Club, November 30; pictures with Santa, December 1; and Ball Brothers Concert, December 6.
“We were thrilled to open Rutherford County’s first outdoor ice skating rink last year and welcomed more than 15,000 people to the inaugural Winterfest ,” said Fountains developer Scott Graby. “Requests to stay open beyond the New Year holiday led us to extend Winterfest to January 21, for a total of more than nine weeks this season. We are grateful to the Murfreesboro community for its support of this annual festival.”
Visit FountainsWinterfest.com for hours of operation, a schedule of activities and venue rental information for corporate events, holiday parties and youth events.
April 25, 2018 — i3 Verticals, a leading provider of integrated payment and software solutions, has leased 8,500-square-feet of office space on the top floor of One Fountain Plaza at Fountains at Gateway, a Class A corporate office campus and retail district in Murfreesboro, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
According to Greg Daily, Chairman and CEO of i3 Verticals, the company plans to begin construction on the new office space in May 2018 and completion is expected by July 2018.
“We are delighted to be expanding i3 Verticals’ deep Middle Tennessee roots to Murfreesboro and Rutherford County,” commented Greg Daily. “Murfreesboro is a particularly attractive location for this important operations facility because it offers both an experienced and mature workforce and the ability to build our team locally over the longer term with qualified, technology-focused job seekers graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. We also found an outstanding facility at Fountains at Gateway, which we believe will be an attractive location for our employees and which we believe has the flexibility to meet our needs now and for the foreseeable future.”
“Fountains at Gateway was designed to serve modern, technology-based corporate tenants such as i3 Verticals, with a walkable retail district that includes a variety of restaurants and shops as well as corporate putting greens and pocket parks for relaxation,” said Graby. “i3 is a highly regarded and successful company, and it is truly a pleasure to welcome them as Fountain’s first office user to enjoy the amenities and business lifestyle at Fountains.”
Graby also announced that Hearthstone Properties has leased 6,700-square-feet of office space on the same floor for a conference center.
Fountains conference center will include 6,700-square-feet of meeting and event space as well as 1,900-square-feet of covered outdoor terrace space that wraps the conference center on two sides, overlooking Gateway Island Park and the surrounding greenspace. The center will feature sleek, modern finishes and include a large meeting space with wall-to-wall views that accommodates more than 300 people. A 20-person board room overlooking the front of the development will provide executive meeting space for office tenants. Full audio-visual amenities and a warming kitchen with serving areas will be available to conference center users.
“We have always envisioned an upscale event venue as a key amenity and feature of Fountains,” said Graby. “With a goal to capture the beautiful views of the entire Gateway District and Gateway Island Park, a design emerged that showcases the fourth floor panoramic views and utilizes the open-air terrace for mingling or outside dining. While the main area will serve multiple uses for larger groups, the smaller boardroom will serve as an amenity for Fountains corporate tenants.”
March 8, 2018 — Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will be the anchor tenant of a new, 22,200-square-foot retail building which began construction last month at Fountains at Gateway, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
MMC has leased nearly 80 percent of the new building for its growing medical spa, dermatology and plastic surgery departments. The 17,565-square-foot lease includes 6,068 square feet on the first floor and 11,497 square feet on the second floor.
According to Joseph A. Peay, Chief Executive Officer of MMC, the three departments will relocate to Fountains in late 2018 or early 2019 from Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and Surgicenter on Garrison Drive, adjacent to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
“We are so pleased to announce the upcoming relocation and expansion of our medical spa, dermatology and plastic surgery practice areas,” said Peay. “Led by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Albert Kattine and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Medling, the new facilities at Fountains at Gateway will provide ever higher levels of service and amenities to our patients in these departments.”
“The relocation will also accommodate the growth of other practice areas at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and Surgicenter, allowing us to serve more families,” Peay continued. “Adjacent to our medical campus, our new Fountains offices will be convenient for patients traveling between the two locations.”
“Fountains at Gateway is an ideal fit for MMC’s new medical offices,” said Peay. “We have the opportunity to design our offices from scratch, customizing them to meet all of our patient needs. And the development provides a unique, upscale environment with convenient restaurants and relaxing greenspace for patients and medical staff.”
January 29, 2018 — Edible Arrangements® has leased a 1,310-square-foot retail space in the Fountains at Gateway office building, with plans to open in early February.
Edible Arrangements offers a wide selection of fruit bouquets, arrangements and chocolate covered fruit boxes for all occasions. In addition, the Fountains store will feature a new selection of fruit smoothies, frozen yogurt and small fruit selections in convenient grab-and-go sizes that can be enjoyed at their indoor or outdoor bistro tables, or taken off-site.
According to franchisees Raza and Mo Momin, the Fountains store reflects Edible Arrangements’ latest design and Edible To Go product line. “We wanted to be part of a new, first-class development that would accommodate our new design and full product line, and offer a convenient location for our customers in Murfreesboro and the surrounding area.”
November 6, 2017 — As the temperatures dip and the holiday season approaches, the first annual Winterfest at Fountains at Gateway will bring ice skating and holiday activities to Fountains Plaza, November 19 through January 6.
Featuring the first outdoor ice skating rink in Rutherford County, Winterfest will offer ice skating for all ages, themed skate nights, movie nights on the rink, Christmas caroling, and pictures with Santa. Lights and holiday decorations will adorn the central plaza to create a magical experience for all ages.
“We are truly delighted to introduce Winterfest at Fountains and bring outdoor ice skating to Murfreesboro,” said Fountains developer Scott Graby. “Fountains at Gateway was created to serve three distinctive purposes – as a corporate office campus, upscale dining and retail district, and community event venue. Winterfest is the first of many community events we look forward to hosting at Fountains.”
October 24, 2017 — Name the fastest growing city in the state. Nashville may be the “It City,” but the census finds Murfreesboro equal if not greater in growth. The secret is out! Murfreesboro is on the rise.
What’s the next big thing in Murfreesboro? They call it the new urban landscape. The Fountains at Gateway is a 31-acre Class A multi-tenant office and retail development. Paul Lature, president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce says the Fountains at Gateway is a blue chip investment. “Things are growing; our retail sector is absolutely exploding,” said Lature.
The fast-growing county is a magnet now for business large and small. That sells not just for visitors but the thousands of people who are moving here. “Last year alone we had about 2,300 new jobs for Rutherford County,” said Lature. Everything about Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is about racing to keep up with the growth and nothing is slowing down. How fast is Rutherford County growing? There are just more than 300,000 people living there now and that is expected to nearly double in the next 10 to 15 years.
August 7, 2017 — Two new retail concepts, The Soda Bar and Homegrown Marketplace, will open next month in a 2,524-square-foot space retail space in the Fountains at Gateway office building.
The Soda Bar is a dessert shop that will offer specialty ice creams, craft sodas, floats, Hawaiian shave ice, coffees, and signature take-out treats such as edible cookie doughs.
Homegrown Marketplace is a home décor and gift shop that will offer a wide range of décor and furniture for the home as well as stationery, gift items, and locally produced specialty food items. The new concept will be an opportunity for local and regional artists, artisans and craftsmen to showcase their goods.
The signature concepts were created by Hearthstone Properties to fill an important retail niche in the variety of restaurants, shops and services opening at Fountains.
Plans include an indoor-outdoor soda bar that opens onto Fountains Plaza and an outdoor kiosk that allows customers to order outside and receive a text when their orders are ready. “The interior architecture and store operations are designed for customer enjoyment and convenience, allowing customers to stay engaged in the events and activities on the plaza,” said developer Scott Graby.
May 31, 2017 — The Social Chair has leased retail space Fountains at Gateway with plans to open in late summer.
The Social Chair is a full-service blowout bar offering affordable luxury services such as signature style blowouts, formal updos and make-up application. The salon will be located on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the recently completed office building facing the central plaza.
“We see a growing demand in Murfreesboro for a full-service blowout bar concept that caters to women who want the ‘just left the salon look’ in less than an hour,” said Jessica Shields, who owns the business with her husband Matt Shields. “Our clients will enjoy a friendly, upscale setting and complimentary beverages while our talented stylists work their magic.”
Developer Scott Graby said The Social Chair is an ideal fit for the mix of restaurants, shops and service businesses at Fountains at Gateway. “As Murfreesboro continues to grow, the city is experiencing increasing demand for upmarket services and The Social Chair will help fill that niche.”
May 10, 2017 — Designer boutique e.Allen has leased a 1,596-square-foot retail space at Fountains at Gateway on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the recently completed office building facing the central plaza.
e.Allen offers designer collections for women, luxury denim, fine boots and shoes, handcrafted jewelry and gifts.
“We empower women to mix collections and maximize their investment in quality clothing to create a style unique to their life each and every day,” said e.Allen owner Elizabeth Allen. “The end goal is for each customer to have a versatile wardrobe that serves her for years to come!”
Construction buildout will begin this month and e.Allen is slated to open in late summer.
Update July 11, 2018 — Kitchen Fresh has closed.
April 11, 2017 — Kitchen Fresh has leased a 1,897-square-foot retail space at Fountains at Gateway, the new Class A office and retail development in Murfreesboro, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Kitchen Fresh is a new, fast-casual restaurant concept built around healthy, organic, chef-inspired food. All food is made from scratch and fresh-to-order.
Meals are served in bowls with ingredients selected by each customer and prepared by Kitchen Fresh staff. Small, regular, family and kid-size bowls are available for dine in or take out. Customers select from a complex carbohydrate base of rice, quinoa or noodles; a choice of vegetable and healthy protein; and one of the restaurant’s handcrafted sauces. Kitchen Fresh also serves cold-pressed juice as well as its own teas, lemonades, almond milk and almond-milk coffee hybrid drinks.
“There is growing demand for delicious, healthy food served quickly, and our new brand is based on this principle,” said Brandon Whitsett, co-owner. “We selected Fountains at Gateway for our first restaurant because of its upscale design and location as well as the appeal of its work-play community environment. The convenience and quality of our food will attract local business and medical professionals during the day and families and young professionals on evenings and weekends.”
March 24, 2017 — Anytime Fitness has leased a 4,477-square-foot retail space on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the recently completed office building at Fountains at Gateway. Construction buildout is underway and Anytime Fitness is slated to open in May.
The 24-hour gym will feature a modern open design and private bathrooms with showers. Staffed by trained fitness consultants, Anytime Fitness offers individual and group fitness options, a range of cardio and strength equipment and hundreds of free classes. Members also have access to more than 3,300 gyms around the world.
“Our new, state-of-the-art gym at Fountains at Gateway will provide an affordable, high-quality fitness facility that is open 24/7,” said Ryan Creque, owner/operator. “The convenience, flexibility and prime location will appeal to busy professionals with working hours that span the clock. We are truly excited to bring Anytime Fitness to Murfreesboro’s fast-growing Medical Center Parkway corridor.”
Update January 25, 2018 — Tressler will not open an office at Fountains at this time.
March 7, 2017 — Tressler & Associates, PLLC and Tressler Title have leased a 1,713-square-foot retail space for the firms’ new Murfreesboro offices on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the recently completed office building at Fountains at Gateway.
With shared offices in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Nashville, the Tressler Team is expanding its physical presence into Murfreesboro. The firms have established a temporary office at Heritage Executive Suites in Murfreesboro until their new offices at Fountains are completed this summer.
“We’re very excited to be a part of the growth in Murfreesboro,” said Todd Tressler, owner and founder. “Scott Graby and his team have done a great job assembling an impressive list of brands at Fountains at Gateway. Fountains offers everything we are looking for – a gorgeous space both inside and out that is easily accessible for clients. While the Tressler Team has been an active part of the vibrant business scene in Murfreesboro for several years, we’re looking forward to serving new and existing clients from the heart of the Gateway business district for years to come.”
February 16, 2017 — Nothing Bundt Cakes has leased a 1,803-square-foot retail space in an 11,200-square-foot retail building facing Medical Center Parkway, just inside the entrance to Fountains at Gateway.
The Murfreesboro bakery is slated to open this summer and will offer a wide range of cake flavors and sizes, according to franchisees Jeff and Lynne Warne, who also own Nothing Bundt Cake stories in Nashville and Franklin/Cool Springs.
“A bakery for all occasions, Nothing Bundt Cakes offers delicious bundt cakes made from only the purest ingredients,” said Lynne Warne. “Our cakes range in size from bite-sized Bundtinis to 10-inch Bundt cakes, with a variety of flavors and decorations available. We also have gifts, cards, candles and serving platters that complement any celebration.”
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November 28, 2016 — Scott Graby possesses something that is in historically scarce supply for so many growing companies these days: A big chunk of new, high-end office space.
Graby’s stone-and-brick office building, accented with sleek LED lights, stands amid a budding mixed-use development featuring trendy restaurants such as Burger Republic, which also is in the Gulch, as well as Tom+Chee, which has blossomed after succeeding on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.” There will be a fitness center, a bakery, a hair salon and a bike locker with a shower for tenants. The stairwell has a rock garden with a water feature. There are two putting greens and campus-wide WiFi. A plaza includes fountains, a forthcoming splash pad and green space that can host an ice rink, a concert or football games shown on a big-screen projector.
As Williamson County runs low on available office space and becomes an increasingly pricey place to live and work, Murfreesboro is jockeying to soak up that overflow growth and force its way onto the short list of companies looking to expand or relocate into the region. Murfreesboro, the fastest-growing city in the state, can tout many attributes.
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November 17, 2016 — Board & Brush Creative Studio has leased a 1,136 square-foot retail space on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the recently completed office building at Fountains at Gateway.
Board & Brush provides do-it-yourself wooden sign workshops with more than 100 designs that customers can personalize to create one-of-a-kind décor and gifts. A flat fee is charged for all workshop projects, which includes everything needed to create a finished sign piece.
The Fountains at Gateway location is slated to open in early 2017 and will be the first Board & Brush store in Tennessee. “Board & Brush is the fastest-growing DIY woodworking studio in the country and the only concept to offer such an expansive selection of designs,” said franchisee Ashley Till. “We’re very excited to be part of the retail district at Fountains at Gateway, which is attracting new restaurants, shops and planned activities to Murfreesboro.”
Update December 2018 — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has closed.
October 12, 2016 — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop®, a Baja-style, fast-casual Mexican restaurant new to the Nashville area, has leased a 3,552-square-foot retail space on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the 107,000-square-foot office building at Fountains at Gateway.
The Texas-based restaurant concept is known for its casual, fun atmosphere, wide array of fresh, handmade food and outstanding service as well as full bar service with margaritas and a selection of draft and craft beers.
“We are thrilled to announce that Fountains at Gateway in Murfreesboro will be the first Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Tennessee,” said Sean Chambers, operating partner for the Nashville-Davidson—Rutherford—Williamson franchise group. “Fountains at Gateway offers everything we were hoping to find for our flagship Fuzzy’s store, including an ideal location, unique amenities and strong customer appeal. With plans to open in spring 2017, we are excited that Fuzzy’s will be among the first tenants to open in the new Fountains development.”Read more…
August 15, 2016 — Burger Republic has leased a 4,002-square-foot space in an 11,000-square-foot retail building facing Medical Center Parkway, just inside the entrance to Fountains at Gateway, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Burger Republic is an original and “fiercely independent” concept specializing in gourmet burgers, American craft beers and hand-spun milkshakes.
“We are a from-scratch kitchen with an unwavering commitment to quality in everything we do,” said Drew Jackman, who partnered with another industry veteran, Jeff Warne, to create Burger Republic. “It’s a thrill for us to expand and bring the goodness of Burger Republic to the ‘Boro. Jeff and I chose Fountains at Gateway because it is going to be a premier destination in the Murfreesboro area, and we want to be a part of it.”
Update February 1, 2017 — Brixx will not open at Fountains at this time.
May 3, 2016 — Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has leased a 3,693 square-foot retail space on the ground floor of One Fountain Plaza, the 107,000-square-foot office building currently under construction at Fountains at Gateway, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Best known for its wide variety of pizza, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza also offers an array of signature dishes, from sandwiches and salads to pasta to desserts, using locally grown ingredients when possible. Brixx is a full-service restaurant with a broad selection of craft beers and microbrews, wines and cocktails.
The Fountains at Gateway location is slated to open this fall and will be the third Nashville-area restaurant for Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, according to restaurant veteran Marc Hanmer of JAM Restaurants, the Brixx franchisee for Middle Tennessee. Hanmer and his family own and operate Brixx restaurants at Cool Springs in Franklin and Indian Lake in Hendersonville.
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April 28, 2016 — There’s a movement building in Murfreesboro of people wanting more for the city than just to be Nashville’s little sister to the south. Developer Scot Graby wants his new development, Fountains at Gateway, to be the destination that raises Murfreesboro’s profile. “I’ve visited 15 to 20 developments to get the best ideas,” Graby said during a meeting outlining his dreams for the future.
The health-conscious development will feature rentable bicycles and connectivity to Murfreesboro’s Greenway system. Plus, keycard-protected showers and a bike room for workers “in case you want to bike to work,” he said. “We are trying to be as collaborative as we can be,” Graby said. The entire development will be centered on pocket parks, fountains, stages for live music and an ice rink in the winter. “We are looking for a 24/7 type of feel so there is always something going on,” Graby said.
Update March 27, 2018 — Tom+Chee is not planning to open in Murfreesboro at this time.
March 23, 2016 — Tom+Chee has leased a 2,300 square-foot retail space in the new Fountains at Gateway Class A office and retail development, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties. The popular grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurant will be located in an 11,000 square-foot retail building facing Medical Center Parkway, just inside the entrance to the Fountains development.
One of the Nashville area’s newest fast-casual concepts, Tom+Chee opened its first restaurant in the Nashville West shopping center on Charlotte Pike, last August. According to Nashville businessmen Sam and Ray Patel, who own the Middle Tennessee franchise for Tom+Chee, the new Fountains at Gateway location will be the group’s second store to open in the Nashville area.
“Our strategy is to locate Tom+Chee in newer hallmark developments that cater to the modern workforce and feature activity generators that make the development a destination,” said Ray Patel. “Sam and I chose Fountains at Gateway because it’s the most unique development in the area and will become a destination for Murfreesboro residents.
Nashville Business Journal
November 13, 2015 — The Nashville Business Journal’s annual list of Top Construction Projects in the Greater Nashville area ranked Fountains at Gateway 17th in total estimated cost at $80 million and 4th in total square footage at 650,000 sq. ft. Fountains at Gateway is a mixed-use, walkable corporate office campus and retail district that includes 400,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space, 70,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an a apartment community and business hotel. Fountains at Gateway’s developer is Hearthstone Properties and the general contractor is Solomon Builders.
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March 29, 2015 — Graby recently reached an agreement to buy the first 12 acres out of 31 from the Murfreesboro City Council for about $2.6 million to develop Phase 1 of a three-phase project that could attract up to 1,600 jobs to a development between Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Island. “It’s going to be a mixed-use project that taps into the new urbanism type of architecture and walkability, so many other factors that play into that lifestyle that we have kind of lost over the last 30 years as people have moved to the suburbs and cars have become the mode of transportation.”
March 20, 2015 — Construction should start this summer on the first phase of The Fountains at Gateway office and retail complex in Murfreesboro. “The Fountains at Gateway will provide the first opportunity to demonstrate our ability to meet the need for large blocks of ‘Class A’ office space,” said Brian Hercules, vice president of economic development at Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
Nashville Business Journal
March 20, 2015 — Hearthstone Properties will begin work next month on The Fountains at Gateway, an ambitious 31-acre mixed-use development with office and retail on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The project’s first phase is valued at $23 million. “Fountains at Gateway will provide high-end features and upscale aesthetics. This combined with the convenience of shops and restaurants that cater to the needs and desires of their employees bring an attractive corporate campus to the Gateway environment.”
March 20, 2015 — The Murfreesboro City Council on Thursday approved plans for the $2.6 million sale of 12 acres adjoining Medical Center Parkway to developer Scott Graby, who plans to build The Fountains at Gateway office and retail park. Graby hopes to close on his purchase this month and begin infrastructure site work in April.
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January 20, 2015 — A developer proposing to build three corporate “Class A” office buildings for lease to attract 1,200plus white collar jobs wants to buy 31 acres from the city. The five member commission unanimously authorized Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons to prepare a contract with Graby to buy the first 12 acres for a Phase I deal. The site is on the north side of Medical Center Parkway, east of neighboring Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and near the Gateway Island to the rear.