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Sky High

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 | Uncategorized | No Comments

None of us need reminding of the astronomical rise in inflation over the past year. We see it in every purchase we make, and it stands to reason that these rising prices could have an impact on your salon visits.

The small businesses that did survive 2020 are now facing challenges that could become an even greater threat to their survival than COVID, and that is the never-before-seen levels of inflation.

From mid-January 2020 to mid-January 2021, our cost of goods used for salon services has gone up well over 25%, retail products are up another 15%, shipping costs up 40%, and normal operating supplies up another 25%. Add to that, fuel costs for our commuting staff have nearly doubled. These factors have had a negative impact on our efforts to operate for profit.

Salons in general do not always raise prices the same way a grocery store might. We are not selling a can of beans or a dozen eggs. We are selling a very personalized service to our guests that we most likely have a personal relationship with. This relationship, which we covet, can make it difficult to raise service prices at a rate to keep up with this never-before-seen inflation.

In addition, we have taken for granted that our supplies would always be available to us as they have in the past. That is now no longer the case. Many salons have struggled managing their hair color inventories and developer, a key ingredient to hair color, has been in very short supply.

You can clearly see that these economic factors taking place over the past 12 months could impact your salon visits, so do not be shocked if inflation works its way into your salon’s personal services.

On behalf of Salon Professionals everywhere, please allow me the opportunity to thank every one of you for your continued patronage to the salon you choose. Without you, there would be fewer of us.

Brian K. Whitehead
Managing Partner
The Village Salon

Everything to Gain

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By Connie Ferraro Tellico Hearing Solutions

When we enjoyed the gift of time with our friends and family this past holiday season, whether it was when we were gathered round the table at Thanksgiving, or exchanging gifts on Christmas morning, one of the greatest treasures we received were the words of our loved ones, and the laughter of our children and grandchildren. 

Is there any more magical sound than the laughter of a child?

Unfortunately, for many of us, experiencing that treasure grows more and more difficult over time. Sometimes we don’t even notice until that treasure eludes us altogether. When we, or a spouse, parent, or grandparent experience hearing loss, it can come as a shock, and create a sense of separation we could never imagine before. One may compensate by turning up the volume on the television or asking loved ones to speak louder and clearer. A good friend or spouse may repeat what others say when in circumstances where background noise or mumbling may seem to be the culprit. 

For some, it’s difficult to acknowledge they suffer from hearing loss, believing it’s an admission of advancing age or weakness. But denying that it is happening and refusing help from others comes with its own additional hardships, as untreated hearing loss can exacerbate loss of other senses, such as balance and cognitive function, making this period of transition in life all the more difficult.

While it’s true that most hearing loss occurs as we age, just as corrective lenses can overcome loss of 20/20 vision, so too hearing loss can be likewise addressed. And thanks to the technological advances in today’s hearing instruments, it’s possible for you, your friend, or family member to again lead full and active lives.

Have no fear. The new hearing aids we sell are not your grandma’s hearing aids! People will not even notice you’re wearing them. Participate once more in everyday conversation, confident that your ears won’t get you into trouble. 

This last Christmas may have come with some disappointments if you found yourself realizing the difficulties of simply hearing the conversations of your family and friends, the laughter of the children around you, or the carols filled with holiday spirit. But instead of seeing this as a loss, think of it as a wakeup call – the nudge you needed to take action. 

What comes next? Get yourself or your loved one in for a free hearing test and evaluation of your/their current hearing situation. Yes, it’s free, and it’s that easy. Experience the compassionate care that you will only find at Tellico Hearing Solutions. Remember, Robert is not only a Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, but he is also a hearing instrument wearer. Call us today and make this new year one you will remember. There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC

Organization is Healthy

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 | Uncategorized | No Comments

For many of us cleaning up and clearing out to get our home more organized can feel like a monumental task we probably prefer to avoid.  While getting organized can be a challenge, the benefits are worth the effort.

“Living in a cluttered home can create constant low-grade stress and subtly, but steadily, drain your energy,” explains, Kathryn Norton co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville.  “Just spending 15 to 30 minutes a day cleaning out a junk drawer or the family’s mudroom has proven to have many benefits to make our lives healthier and happier.”  

The biggest benefits of an organized home are:

Save Time

One of the greatest and most obvious benefits of an organized home is saving time. When you don’t know where to find things, you spend too long searching. You waste valuable time you could be spending on something else. If you organize your things, giving every object a home that makes sense and is functional for your life, then you’ll know where they are, even when you’re in a hurry.

Save Money

Have you ever had to buy an extra flashlight or blouse because you couldn’t find the one you already had? Replacing items due to poor organization can obviously waste money. Once you get everything set up the way you want, you’ll also be less likely to impulse-buy odds and ends that are just going to take up space.

Promotes Productivity 

Disorganization can make you feel unmotivated. How many times have you put off a work project or even a hobby because you had so much stuff you needed to do? The same goes for a cluttered home. It’s difficult to feel inspired to work on a project when there’s so much visual stimuli going on you can’t concentrate. Fostering a clean, decluttered environment can help encourage your creative juices and give you time, energy, and the focus you need to see projects through to completion. 

Increases Energy 

Chaos and clutter is draining.  It can sap your energy and even make it feel like it is hard to breathe. A well-organized space gives you an energized feeling. Pay attention to how you feel the next time you walk into a cluttered room. How does this compare to walking into a well-organized room?

Soothing Surroundings Are Nurturing 

Being in a space characterized by order and a sense of tranquility, is soothing and helps relive stress.  Coming home to an orderly home can help you feel like you’re entering a sanctuary away from the stresses of the outside world. 

From inside the home to the garage, Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage will listen to your specific needs and design systems that help you stay organized in your closet, home office, mudroom — almost any room in the house.  Turn chaos into calm with Tailored Living and PremierGarage. 

Tailored Living/PremierGarage®

Design Your Space to Thrive

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Decorating Den/Kozar Design Team

It’s hard to believe the New Year has already come and gone, and 2022 is here. The Christmas decorations are put away, and our homes have returned to their pre-holiday look. With the weather still rainy and dreary, and the temperatures ranging from nippy to downright chilly, we now survey the spaces we frequent the most and realize, with dissatisfaction – we need a change! It can be as simple as adding a new rug to the living room or placing a centerpiece on the dining room table, or it can mean the entire redesign of a room, or even a whole house. Either way, whether small or far reaching, these changes are key to bringing you closer to enjoying the ideal home of your dreams.

If you thought you knew your home backwards and forwards before, odds are you’ve come to know it even better post the pandemic lockdowns. Perhaps, like many others, you’ve been working virtually from home since early 2020. Before you knew it, jury-rigged office setups that were supposed to be temporary have become permanent. Maybe the blurring of boundaries between home and office life has prevented you from getting the decompression and relaxation you need when off the clock. It’s often difficult and frustrating to channel creativity and productivity if your surroundings seem to constantly stunt both. On the flip-side, it is so rewarding to truly make a room or space beautiful. A place that allows you to thrive, rather than just survive, that boosts your mood and provides both style and comfort all in one package. One way or another, your home is an expression of yourself and your current wellbeing. You share it with your family and friends, experiencing both the highs and lows of life within its walls, and spending so much extra time inside can highlight the interiors that don’t yet live up to your personal vision of comfort and beauty.

But how to go about getting the most from your home, making it an accurate representation of your unique tastes and preference? As with most other ventures worth taking, it starts with choosing the right guide.

Whether you are redecorating your existing home, or a new one, the greatest challenge starts with choosing the right interior designer. “A great interior designer possesses extraordinary listening skills,” replied Sandy Kozar, owner of Decorating Den Interiors, when asked what she felt was the single most important characteristic of a successful interior designer. Beyond listening skills, a professional interior designer is also a capable facilitator and communicator. “Your designer will ask a multitude of questions about you, your family and lifestyle, how you envision your home being used now and in the future, and about your personal preferences and individual tastes. And you should always be made to feel that you are a welcomed and integral part of the design team. Your complete design should be a reflection of who you are.” 

Sandy is an award-winning and professionally trained designer, and her talented design team has been featured on HGTV as a Pro Network Designer, Best of Houzz three years in a row for customer service, and Expertise.com Dream Room Winner for 3 years in a row. Featured in “The Kitchen Bible” book by Barbara Ballinger, and “Love Your Home,” a book by Carol Donayre-Bugg, and an article in Elle Décor, Sandy’s creative planning and design of residential spaces is well-known and respected through the Knoxville area, and she remains a frequent contributor to Everything Knoxville Magazine and East Tennessee’s Mountain Views. 

Constant and clear communication skills with each client are essential to the team’s success. From the beginning of each project to its conclusion, Sandy’s design team will be with you every step of the way, listening carefully to insure they make your vision a reality, but also keeping you up to date during every step of the process – one of the things Sandy’s team takes very seriously. Whether your goals are to redesign one room at a time, or an entire house, they will work with you to keep your project moving smoothly and efficiently.

To kick off this year, we are excited to share our detailed interview with Sandy.

MV: Sandy; what would you say sets you and your design team apart from your peers?

Sandy: As degreed professional designers, our team possesses the education and experience required to design beautiful and functional spaces for our clients. We typically do not sell design hours, focusing instead on the quality of the products and services each client desires to realize the greatest impact for their budget. This unique approach allows us to spend the time necessary to design complete and beautiful living spaces and not be focused on the clock. We can offer our clients a curated collection of fine furnishings, upholstery, custom window treatments, accessories, art, and more, with access nationally and internationally. We provide good, better, best, and even luxury lines for our clients with classic styling, alongside the latest trends for today’s lifestyles. Clients also appreciate that we offer a complimentary consultation, including virtual consultations.

MV: What is included in your complimentary consultations?

Sandy: We know every project presents its own unique set of circumstances. We will take the time necessary to help establish the scope of your project and the style you desire. Dont worry about the time; our initial design consultation is always complimentary. Our first appointment will typically last about an hour. We ask to start with a 15–20-minute house tour; this allows us to see your style (or discuss a change in style), colors and discuss function of the room(s). We will also talk about any projects you may want to begin immediately, or in the future. Then we will spend a few minutes “getting to know you” asking specific questions and taking measurements to help with the design process. We do not get into deep design work or show product at this appointment, but we are information gathering for our next appointment. The more information we have, the more we can help you. Next, we will review how we work with you, all within your lifestyle, budget, and timing. We will work with you to determine a budget that accomplishes your overall project goals whether it is one room at a time or the entire home. Our extensive variety of products means we can satisfy almost any budget with good, better, best, and luxury line of all products. If you are purchasing product, we do not charge for our design time during the project. Before we leave your home, we will also schedule your design appointment to keep your project moving efficiently. We can then make the “magic” happen.

MV: How long does it take for the “magic” as you have described it, to happen?

Sandy: If you truly want a beautiful room, it takes time, but it’s always worth the wait! After your initial consultation, we create a comprehensive design to include three-dimensional space plans, renderings, and elevations, as well as finish and fabric samples, fully customized for each project within two weeks. Once the design is finalized, we place and track all orders, updating our client on the status, inspecting as it arrives, then scheduling our team to be on-site to bring everything together in one visit, just like you see on HGTV. We find that revealing the transformation this way really makes a statement! 

MV: You mentioned earlier how important good listening skills are for a designer. Can you elaborate?

Sandy: Good listening skills are crucial to working with clients. Many people just can’t articulate exactly what they want; they just know what they DON’T want. It’s up to us to not only listen to what the client is saying, but also guide them through the millions of design options to discover their own unique style. It’s like a treasure hunt!

MV: Share with our readers what you enjoy most about interior design.

Sandy: We genuinely enjoy the opportunity to exercise our creative skills, but our real passion is to involve our clients in this collaborative and transformative process. It’s difficult to describe just how much this energizes us. The experience of creating something tangible from our clients’ wishes, personal tastes, preferences, and lifestyles is more rewarding than you can imagine. But even more rewarding are the personal friendships that have resulted from our close working relationships with our clients. We have been exceptionally blessed with so many new friends.

MV: Sandy, what is the best way for a prospective client to reach out to you?

Sandy: I suggest they first visit our website to view our portfolio and read “How We Work” at www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com. Fill out our “contact us” form or give us a call. We always respond within one business day. Whether you just moved in or have lived in your home for years, we are happy to help you turn your design dreams into a reality. Then we schedule your first appointment. Either we call you, or you call us. We will talk together for about 15-20 minutes to learn more about you, your project, and the ideas you have for your home. Then, we will schedule your complimentary in-home or virtual consultation.

Excited yet? Call the Kozar Design Team today at 865.392.6222 or visit www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com to take the first step in making your home the beautiful reflection of you and your family that it’s meant to be – and thrive!

Decorating Den Interiors
Kozar Design Team

The Roof Cleaning Company that Knows Roofing

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Are you embarrassed by the ugly black streaks or moss on your roof but are worried that the cleaning process could damage your roof? You are right to be concerned. Certain roof cleaning methods, such as pressure washing, can cause significant damage your roof. Asphalt shingles are especially fragile, and high-pressure water can – and will cause damage.

In this issue of East Tennessees Mountain Views, we are delighted to share this interview with Steven Sadler, the owner of Clean Roof LLC.  Clean Roof LLC is a local business comprised of roofers trained and licensed in cleaning and repairing varying roofs.  They are also a Better Business Bureau accredited company with an A+ rating. Clean Roof LLC professionally cleans your roof using a soft wash process that will make it look great as well as potentially increase its lifespan. Clean Roof LLC is both properly insured, trained, and licensed to clean and maintain roofs. 

MV: How did you get started in the roof cleaning business?

Steven: As a roofer doing mainly repairs, I saw many roofs that had significant staining. Stains from natural contaminants arent just an eyesore to look at, they also take a toll on the life of your roofs shingles. If not cleaned periodically, they can permanently damage roofing materials. I knew how roof worked, I saw how important it is for homeowners to properly maintain their roofs, but there were so few companies doing it right. So, I decided to do it myself!

MV: Can you elaborate on how these contaminants cause costly damage to shingles?

Steven: Algae alone can shorten shingle life by as much as 30%. That damage could have you replacing the roof prematurely. Even repairing small sections of a damaged roof is more costly than a roof cleaning. I saw many homeowners using pressure washing to get their roofs clean, which could also lead to real damage. 

MV: What makes Clean Roof LLC different from other roof cleaning companies?

Steven: As former roof installers, we are trained and insured specifically for roof cleaning, which is different from pressure washing. We are so confident in our process; we also guarantee our results. We encourage you to think twice before hiring a pressure washing company to clean your roof due to potential shingle damage and voided roof warranties. 

We have researched the recommendations from each shingle manufacturer so we can tailor our cleaning treatment accordingly.  From shingle to tile, we have installed and maintained all sorts of roofs, and, because of our experience, we have especially skilled knowledge for cleaning your shingles safely without voiding your manufacturer’s warranty.

MV: Contractors are so busy today.  Many times, they don’t even have the time to return customers calls.  What is your philosophy on communication with customers?

Steven: It’s really important to me to provide great customer service, especially in this market. If I don’t pick up the phone when you call, I will give you a call back within 24 hours. After you decide to use us, we strive to be in constant communication with you until the job is done.

MV: So, what causes those black streaks we see on so many roofs?

Steven: Algae – This typically causes the black streaking pattern seen on dirty roofs. Algae is most apparent on asphalt shingles of any color. Algae typically appears on the shady side of your roof or the north face, although it can be present on all sides.  But we’ll also get rid of the moss or lichen on your roof.  Those are pretty common in East Tennessee.

MV: Are there other items homeowners should be aware of with Clean Roof LLC?

Steven: Thanks to our roofing experience, we can check for maintenance needs, spot troublesome areas such as potential leak hazards or other unseen damage and provide a general overall inspection of your roof while it’s being cleaned. Also, during the winter months, we dont clean if the temperature is 50 degrees or less, so winter cleanings are scheduled as the weather allows.

MV: Does Clean Roof LLC provide any other services in addition to roof cleaning?

Steven: Absolutely. We clean your siding and gutters, do roof repairs, and if you wish, we can set up an annual or bi-annual plan to make sure your roof & gutters are always clean. We can even safely remove your old satellite dish!

MV: Can plants be harmed by your process?

Steven: We protect your plants by neutralizing our cleaning solution and keeping your plants wet before and while rinsing your roof. Be at ease, we have never killed a plant and we dont plan on starting with yours!

MV: Thank you for taking the time to share this information with us, Steven!  Is there anything you would like to add?

Steven: It only takes looking up to realize a clean, well-maintained roof is key to preserving not just the function, but outward beauty and appeal of your house. So, if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the unsightly streaks and discolorations on the top or even sides of your home, give me a call at 865-313-6779 or visit our website at www.cleanroofllc.com. There is no cost for an estimate. The only thing you have to lose are those unsightly stains on your roof! 

Clean Roof LLC
576 Foothills Plaza #180
Maryville, TN 37801

Skillfully Using Today’s Technology to Find Your Next Home

Monday, December 6th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Today’s Real Estate market is moving at light speed. Numerous buyers are home shopping at a distance and are unable to physically view homes they are interested in before they are sold. More than ever, the skilled use of today’s technology provides the solution for many of these buyers.

Allen Realty is one such firm that utilizes professional-grade photographs and listing videos to assist buyers and sellers in making the quick and informed decisions that are often required today to create a win-win sale.

The powerhouse driving Allen Realty is Sam Allen. He and his wife, Randi, both love East Tennessee. They are young, enthusiastic, and driven. They also love the real estate business. In a way, Sam even has real estate in his blood. Both of his parents sold and built real estate, and he enjoyed the process from his childhood. It is not a surprise that he ended up running his own successful real estate company.

Sam and Randi created and designed Allen Realty to go the extra mile to create a personalized, intimate experience for their clients in their home sale or purchasing endeavors. Allen Realty uses an approach to real estate that combines sales and marketing savvy with today’s leading-edge technology.

Sam’s video narrations convey not only the details of the house, but also the emotional reasons that would lead a buyer to see the value in this property as their future “home”. He goes the extra mile to show potential buyers how it might feel for them and their family to actually live there.

And even though today’s technology is pivotal to the success of Allen Realty, equally important is Sam’s ability to truly listen and learn about his clients.

In this issue of East Tennessee’s Mountain Views, we are happy to introduce you to this energetic and focused couple, Sam and Randi Allen.

MV: Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

Randi: We both grew up in a small suburban town in southern California called Murrieta. Sam grew up with his mom and dad and two sisters. He was the captain of our high school football team and went on to pursue an engineering degree after graduation at California State University Maritime Academy.

Sam: Randi grew up with her mom and dad and three siblings. She played competitive soccer, and later pursued her degree in Child and Adolescent Development at Point Loma Nazarene University. We started dating our junior year of high school and remained together throughout college.

Sam: I relocated to East TN a few years later where I married my high school sweetheart, Randi, and have been selling real estate ever since! We currently live in Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake with our dog Mr. Benny. I can truly say I love what I do! Real estate is something that I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid. Both of my parents sold and built real estate.

MV: Tell us about your decision to leave California and why you chose East Tennessee.

Sam: In 2017, we made our move to Nashville where Sam worked as an engineer at Omni Hotel, and Randi pursued her BSN in nursing at Marian University. Sam’s parents had been looking to retire and move near a lake in TN, and Randi’s sister lived in Nashville. We both decided that moving to TN would be a great option for us as we both absolutely loved visiting, and a large amount of our family were relocating to TN as well.

Randi: Also, we chose to make East TN our forever home because of the undeniable beauty and countless activities it has to offer. We both felt that this was truly an amazing place to one day raise a family, while also providing uniquely beautiful communities for our parents to retire.

MV:  Sounds like you’re both quite committed not only to each other, but to real estate as well!

Sam: Randi is as fully committed to our real estate venture as I am. We left 2 otherwise successful careers to pursue new careers in the real estate marketplace, and we are as committed to supporting each other as we are committed to every single client. We wouldn’t be making a major investment in a state-of-the-art real estate facility in Vonore if we weren’t committed!

MV: Tell us more about your transition from engineering, and Randi’s decision to leave nursing to join you at Allen Realty.

Randi: After a few months of working at Omni hotel, Sam decided that engineering was not for him, and pursued real estate as a full-time career. Sam had been around the real estate world for as long as he could remember, as his grandmother was a broker, his mother was a real estate agent, and his father built homes. He took an interest in real estate at an early age, and always knew he would somehow incorporate it into his life. Sam moved to Vonore from Nashville, and I soon followed when we got married in 2018. After three years of working as a realtor, Sam expanded his business further by getting his broker’s license.

Sam: Randi started working as a nurse at UT Medical Center after she moved to Vonore but decided to quit in 2020 after we made the decision to open our own real estate office. Randi is now completing her real estate license.

MV: How does Allen Realty differentiate itself from other realtors in the area?

Sam: We are a boutique real estate firm, which differentiates us from majority of other firms in the area. We are meticulous and go the extra mile to create a personalized, intimate experience from start to finish when assisting clients with their home search. We created our office space for clients to feel at home and want everyone to see and feel the pride we take in our business as well as the sincere gratitude we have for those who choose to work with Allen Realty. I believe our meticulous nature can be clearly visualized through the quality of work we provide when helping clients buy or sell homes.

MV: How important are the quality photos you provide your clients compared to the cell phone images that others often rely upon?

Sam: We use top notch photographers and videographers to perfectly capture the essence of every unique home. The personalized photos and videos that we use to advertise have very clearly set us apart from other firms in the area.

MV: Describe your marketing philosophy.

Sam: We place a big emphasis on online marketing because 90% of buyers nowadays search online. We spend the majority of our marketing dollars on online advertisement to get our listings in front of as many people as possible.

MV:  Anything else you feel would be important to add? Maybe your secret weapon, Mr. Benny?

Randi: Our passion and enthusiasm for this area is ultimately what led us to opening our own real estate office. We want as many people as possible to be aware of East TN and assist those interested in finding a place to call home.

Sam: We’re passionate about real estate, and I believe that can be seen in everything that we do. Selling real estate is more than just a career to us, it is our genuine calling in this life. We are absolutely thrilled to be opening our own office, and we hope to see many new faces walking through our doors! You may or may not be greeted by our joyful, enthusiastic office dog, Mr. Benny!

Randi:  And don’t forget! Be sure to check out our website and “take a tour” yourself! One of those amazing properties could be your next home!

Allen Realty
1028 Highway 411 Vonore, TN 37885

Avoid This Common $10K – $20K Plumbing Mistake

Monday, December 6th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By David Brewster, Owner of Aqua Clear Water Systems, LLC

I guess we have all heard about the $10K – $20k that area homeowners have shelled out to repair the pinhole leaks in their homes copper plumbing. Clients I have worked with tell stories of massive floods, ripping out drywall, hidden mold growing behind walls, and the $10k – $20k re-plumbing jobs that have resulted. What many of us may not have heard about is that, in most cases, there is a safe and effective alternative to replacing your existing plumbing. Fortunately for many a homeowner, we have helped them avoid turning their home into a job site by simply fixing the water that travels through their existing pipes.

Chlorine is corrosive to copper. It reacts with the copper to create a chemical compound: Copper chloride. This compound can slowly attack copper from the inside, which results in those tiny but destructive pinhole leaks. Also, hard water, which is an abundance of calcium/magnesium, can erode copper pipes if a hot water recirculation pump is installed.

Kinetico water systems from Aqua Clear can safely remove the chlorine, chloramines, and hardness that can attack copper pipes from the inside. We also add a special coating filter, after the Kinetico system, to recoat the copper plumbing from the years of damage. After installing hundreds of Kinetico systems to fix our clients’ pinhole leak issues, we can say with 100% certainty that this system works!

We’ve been saving our valued clients from the expense of $10k – $20k re-plumbing jobs and also from turning their home into a job site. Not only did they save their plumbing, but they also get all the other benefits of installing a Kinetico whole house water filtration system. We are so confident in our turn-key pinhole leak prevention system, that we will refund your investment if it doesn’t stop your pinhole leak problem. Call or text 865-213-1139 to schedule your free pinhole leak assessment, and get your questions answered.

Aqua Clear Water Systems

“After installing hundreds of Kinetico systems to fix our clients’ pinhole leak issues, we can say with 100% certainty that this system works.”

believeRX & believeRXtra – equipping you to “Live Your Best Life”

Monday, December 6th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No Comments

by Tim Rose

Local pharmacist and entrepreneur, Ellen Phillips, along with her colleague, pharmacist Monty Roark, operate a unique, client-centered concept in pharmaceutical care: believeRX, located at 9627 Countryside Center Lane near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville. Ellen, Monty, and their compassionate, caring team of highly trained pharmaceutical associates have a mission to provide traditional pharmacy services combined with a holistic approach to health and well-being.

believeRX recognizes that your local pharmacy can and should play an important role in your family’s total healthcare and wellness in partnership with your other healthcare providers. believeRX combines the personal and caring touch of the now almost non-existent neighborhood pharmacy with today’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Ellen and her team have created a holistic and interactive approach to your pharmaceutical experience designed to equip you to “Live Your Best Life.”

believeRX is a full-service traditional pharmacy where you can get all of your medications and supplements, as well as receive a personal approach to your health. We believe there is more than one way to prevent or treat disease and we offer alternative therapies such as Halotherapy (dry salt therapy for breathing conditions, skin and mental well-being), infrared heat sauna sessions, peptides, and a large selection of high-quality supplements such as Terry Naturally products, and many more. believeRX is very different from the “national chain” pharmacy you are used to. Believing it’s time to focus on patients, not just their prescribed medications, staff members even receive additional training to become Certified Health Coaches.

Ellen and her team strive to provide a custom-tailored experience for each customer/patient by treating them as a whole individual and not just their specific ailments or prescription medications. Their name says it all, “We Believe in You” and your goal for better health, well-being, and longevity.

In addition, to believeRX, Ellen and her team of health-conscious professionals have created believeRXtra in the same location, offering fresh, healthy great tasting fresh juices, smoothies, and bowls, made with real ingredients and without any added sugar. They are sweetened with only natural sweeteners such as local honey or agave – and they taste fantastic!  Medical grade protein, Blender Bombs, YourSuper, CBD Oil, MCT oil, collagen, and many other options to help promote weight loss round out the offerings to help equip you to maintain good health, and break sugar addiction!

Choose from a wide variety of smoothie flavors such as: Chocolate Thunder, Mango Margarita, Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie, Acai Blueberries, Guava Berry, or Matcha Green Tea, just to name a few.

If a fresh juice is more to your craving, try Anti-inflammatory Juice, Immune Booster, Summertime Mojito, Creamsicle, Tropical Carrot or one of the many other symptom fighting or just plain healthy, but always delicious, recipes.

Smoothie bowls are a great option for those interested in more “crunch.” From Dragon Fruit Bowls or Chocolate Teddy Graham Bowls to Guava Protein Bowls or Acai Banana Berry Bowls, (or one of the numerous other choices) believeRXtra is sure to have a menu item you’ll love.

When I was growing up, my dad owned a pharmacy in a small town in California. Like believeRX, he also featured personal, caring service and after-hours home delivery, when needed. He even had an ice cream and soda fountain. Also, like believeRX, it was very different from many assembly-line medical pharmacies of today. My dad knew his customers and treated them as individuals and friends. Going into a large, chain pharmacy, I used to feel like I was treated like I was only a number. Lately, some of them are so bureaucratic and disorganized that I feel that it would be a step-up for them to treat me like a number! It is refreshing and encouraging to me that believeRX still believes in personal, caring, and holistic customer service.

believeRX even has a modern/healthy version of the old-fashioned soda fountain: believeRXtra Fresh Juices and Smoothies!

To experience a friendly, caring pharmacy that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s big box, assembly-line pharmacy world, you are invited to visit believeRX or believeRXtra today!

9627 Countryside Center Lane, Knoxville, TN 37931
865.214.6672 |   www.believeRXtra.com
Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 2 pm

Discover Quality Window Fashions, Innovative Design & Exceptional Service

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By Darla Zorn Owner/Founder Express Blinds

Decorating your home, or even a single room, can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You see amazing rooms in home design magazines and multiple, beautifully appointed rooms when touring area home shows, all of which you had hoped would become the much-needed inspiration for your upcoming decorating project. You sit down at the dining room table with torn pages from your favorite designer publications, photos and hand-written notes from a variety of home tours, a blank pad of paper and a pen, and a seemingly unlimited amount of creative energy ready to tackle your latest decorating project. Three cups of coffee, several phone interruptions, and three hours later, all that remains is a blank sheet of paper staring you in the face and a feeling of total frustration.

Selecting window coverings for your home is no exception. Although appearing to represent just a single design component of your overall decorating plan, window fashions can quite simply make or break your entire decorating project. That’s because selecting windows fashions involves far more considerations than your selections of flooring, furniture and décor, or room colors. Window treatments influence every one of these other selections. They help to control how guests view each room in your home. They filter light, provide privacy, frame the panoramic views your guests see from your windows, help to control room temperatures, and even protect our valuable furnishings from the damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun.

At Express Blinds, we combine our decades of experience with your design dreams to create that showcase quality look for your home that you hope to achieve. One skill that I am confident that you will appreciate most when working with our Express Blinds designers is a skill that is becoming increasingly absent in today’s design marketplace the art of listening. By listening to your personal goals, asking relevant questions, and considering each room, its furnishings, décor, colors, size, type, style and orientation of your windows, along with your budget, we are confident that we can help you to create those designer-inspired window fashions that will further enhance the interior design of every room in your home.

So, if youre ready to get started, we’re ready to listen. Clear off some additional space at the dining room table, pour an extra cup of coffee, and prepare yourself to be amazed by the almost unlimited selection of colors, fabrics, textures, styles, automation and more that comprises today’s window fashions world.

Call us today at 865-730-4880.

Express Blinds, Shutters, Shades & Drapes
1043 N. Cedar Bluff Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37923

A Perfect Gift!

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The holiday season is in full swing as party invitations arrive and plans with family and friends are finalized for this special time of year. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift or something special just for yourself, we are here to help you select all the perfect pieces!

If you are considering women’s apparel as a gift, remember how difficult and sometimes frustrating shopping can be. You’re sure you’ve chosen the perfect gift, only to discover that it’s not even the right size. How disappointing when you wanted to please her!

This is where Santa’s helpers at The Lily Pad come in! We’ll ask questions relating to hair color, eye color, approximate height and weight, and lifestyle so we can assist you in selecting the perfect items. Unfortunately, there’s no universal sizing code in women’s apparel, so we may suggest a size 6 from one company and a size 10 from another, basing our suggestions on how each garment is fitting. Our sales associates are knowledgeable about each line, how they’re sized, the care involved in cleaning, fabric contents, and general information about all

the lines we represent.

If you aren’t comfortable selecting clothing, a Lily Pad gift certificate is a wonderful gift that every woman will appreciate! That way she can choose the pieces she really wants. And, best of all, with each $100 gift certificate purchased before Christmas, you’ll be entered to win a $500 gift certificate! This drawing will take place on December 26th.

During this holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. In this spirit we simply, but sincerely, thank you and our wishes for a joyous holiday season!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-337-5537 www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com
Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm

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