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Polywood Furniture from Amish Elegance

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Elegance

If you’re in the market for new furniture for your home’s outdoor living areas, we invite you to discover the wide selection of exquisitely designed and hand-crafted outdoor furniture available from Amish Elegance.

Manufactured by our very own Amish craftsmen, this long-lasting and highly durable furniture is manufactured from polywood, a poly resin material that is both eco-friendly and sustainable.  The individual care and craftsmanship that goes into the construction of each and every piece is the same level of craftsmanship that goes into every piece of all-American, solid hardwood furniture produced by our Amish master craftsmen.

Unlike conventional outdoor furniture, our polywood furniture is virtually maintenance-free and will retain its beauty for decades.  Our polywood furniture is weather resistant, meaning it will withstand the harsh outdoor elements, including direct sunlight.  Build for comfort and heavy use, it won’t fade, splinter, crack, or warp.  Just rinse with a hose periodically and your polywood outdoor furniture from Amish Elegance will stay beautiful looking, lasting a lifetime.

What our customers also appreciate is that our polywood furniture is made in America using recycled plastics destined for landfills. 

I invite you to see our large selection of genuine, Amish crafted, polywood outdoor furniture, in addition to our beautiful, all custom solid American hardwood furniture pieces.  Available in a large variety of furniture styles, including leather and fabric upholstered pieces, you’ll be amazed at both our selection and value compared to the large warehouse furniture showroom displaying assembly line produced furniture that is manufactured off-shore.

Visit us out our convenient showroom and let us help you discover and design your perfect furniture, hand-crafted to last a lifetime.

Amish Elegance
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-392-6000
www.amisheleganceknox.com

McKenry Receives National Closet Design Award

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Chris McKenry, Chief Organizing Officer of Closets by McKenry, is this year’s recipient of the Designer of the Year Award for Closets from the Interior Design Society.  The announcement was made at the IDS Awards Gala in Palm Springs on May 4th.  Presented by celebrity designers Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia, the award recognizes the creation McKenry did for the Master Closet in the 2018 Alzheimer’s Tennessee Designer Home and Garden Tour.  

“While it was a privilege to have been chosen to participate in the inaugural Home and Garden Tour, this national recognition for my closet design is truly humbling,” said Chris.  

This year the Interior Design Society had the largest ever number of submissions from across the county, and each award was chosen by a panel of 16 leaders in the interior design field.

When asked about the specifics of this project, McKenry shared, “The homeowner’s needs were considered, as well as the craftsman style of the home.  The footprint of the master closet totaled 175 square feet.  In the closet, gray melamine with mission fronts complemented the master bath design.  Antique mirrors were inserted into the doors above the custom dresser, which was topped with white quartz. 

“The entry is in her Lady’s Boutique and features an island with hamper and jewelry drawers under a white quartz top.   Above hanging garment and shoe shelves are high cabinets available to store out-of-season items.

“The smaller Gentleman’s Haberdashery contains open cabinets for his hanging garments with shoe storage and drawers and cabinets above for long-term storage behind doors. This area leads to the laundry, which is divided by an 8′ dark stained pocket door.  For this reason, the entire system is 101″ high and features base and thin top trim to not compete with the crown molding in the room.”

Closets by McKenry was opened in 2015 after Chris returned to Knoxville after 15 years in Los Angeles, where he was a professional organizer.  McKenry said that when he was in LA, he often found that new closets did not always meet the storage needs of the client.  

“I just love the beauty of an organized home, and my first step to design is a thorough assessment of needs,” he said, adding that the last step is the follow-up after installation.

Closets by McKenry
865-249-6382
www.ClosetsbyMcKenry.com

Discover the Ultimate Home Theater Experience

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Propelling Audio Visual

Do you have the desire to immerse yourself in an entertainment experience that rivals, and even exceeds, an IMAX theater or seats on the 50-yard line for the biggest game of the season? Thanks to today’s cutting-edge technology, you can recreate these and other experiences, including streaming, gaming, and more.  

While there are a variety of home theater packages available for the do-it-yourselfer, these one-size-fits-all systems often do not measure up to all the hype. So just what are your options? The answer is simple.  Lenoir City entrepreneur, Chris Limburg, offers homeowners wishing to recreate the true-to-life theater and sporting events experience the perfect solution for creating the ultimate in-home theater immersion.  Propelling Audio Visual, first launched by Chris, combines his 25 years of experience in aviation electronics with his 20 years of experience as a computer engineer with his enthusiasm to recreate the true home theater experience designed to exceed his clients’ expectations.

“We customize each home theater system and media room to fit the individual lifestyle and budget of our clients,” said Chris. “We offer a true, turn-key experience, including sales, design, installation, and service.”

Home theater enthusiasts also appreciate the fact that Propelling Audio Visual thoroughly researches each and every audio and visual component they sell to ensure you the performance and reliability you deserve.  Propelling Audio Visual partners include JVC, Sony, Klipsch, Onkyo, Sonos, and SANUS, just to mention a few. For a more complete list, you can visit www.propellingaudiovisual.com

If you’re tired of the lines at your local theater or the often rowdy fans at your favorite sporting events, replace the noise and the hassle with the true-to-life experience of owning your very own home theater or media room. Besides, the popcorn is fresher and the beverages cooler. Experience the ultimate in-home theater with Propelling Audio Visual.

Propelling Audio Visual
423-745-4518
www.propellingaudiovisual.com

Shepherd of the Lake Celebrates Its Five-Year Anniversary

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On Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Tellico Village will celebrate its fifth anniversary as a fully chartered congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). At a time when many traditional churches are struggling, this one is growing. 

Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran began living out its mission statement as “A Christian Community Sharing God’s Love with the World” in 2007 in Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village as a satellite campus of Faith Lutheran Church in Knoxville. The worshiping community moved to its current location in Chota Center across from the POA in April 2009. In June 2014, Shepherd of the Lake was welcomed into the ELCA. The congregation is active, compassionate, and supportive, focused on sharing God’s love with others through fellowship and outreach to friends, neighbors, others in Tellico Village, the surrounding community, the nation, and the world. It’s a place where all are welcome.

With compassion and a commitment to serve, this congregation actively gives. 

“Our focus is on God’s work. Our hands,” said Ingrid Schalk, Shepherd of the Lake Pastor. “We use our time, talents, and treasures to support each other and those in need. In recent years, we were involved in our first Habitat for Humanity home build in Loudon County in partnership with Community Church of Tellico Village. We volunteer regularly at The Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville, Kiddie Kingdom in Lenoir City and Philadelphia, and University of Tennessee campus ministry. We have also funded the construction of seven wells in Ethiopia and Uganda and a water filtration system for a school in Nepal. We also serve within our own congregation, assisting ministers, choir members, altar guild, lectors, ushers, and greeters. There’s something for everyone.”

A traditional service with holy communion is held on Sundays at 9 am, with multiple bible studies ongoing throughout the week. Men’s Fellowship and Ladies of the Lake meet monthly with additional group activities, including card making, movie night, and knitting, quilting, and crocheting.

As a member of the ELCA, Shepherd of the Lake shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by faith, the ELCA embraces individuals as a whole person – questions, complexities, and all. With four million members who actively participate in God’s work in the world, ELCA members believe they are freed in Christ to serve and love its neighbor. It is a church that belongs to Christ, and everyone is welcome. 

Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
143 Chota Center
Loudon, TN 37774
865-816-4756
admin@shepherdofthelaketn.org

The Best of Our Best

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By Peggy Cones

I once again wish to thank all of our loyal Cones Cupboard Antiques customers for their more than 25 years of support and encouragement. You blessed me with the unique opportunity to pursue my passion for the world of antiques, which my mother first introduced me too so many years ago. For nearly three decades, I have traveled throughout much of our country in search of unique antique items for our customers. And as you might imagine, although I have chosen to retire to spend more time with my husband, our children, and our grandchildren, my passion for the world of antiques has not diminished, although I have entered this new season of my life.

Whether you are a longtime antique aficionado or a relative newcomer to the world of antiques, I trust that you will share in my excitement as we announce that you can still enjoy what I refer to as “The Best of Cones Cupboard Antiques” by visiting the West End Antique Mall. Located at 7200 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, you’ll be able to rediscover “The Best of Our Best.” Retail hours are from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 pm Sunday, and closed Monday. You can also visit online at www.westendantiquemalltn.com or call 865-382-2442.

Thank you once again for 25 wonderful years, and please accept my personal invitation to rediscover for yourself “The Best of Our Best” at the West End Antique Mall in nearby Knoxville.

West End Antique Mall
7200 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-382-2442
www.westendantiquemalltn.com

Amish Elegance

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Exceptional Quality – Reasonably Priced – Hand-crafted by the Amish

By Angie Carroll,
Owner of Amish Elegance

Let me begin by thanking all of you who participated in our April 29th Grand Re-opening celebrating the launch of Amish Elegance, formerly Amish Excellence. It was our pleasure to host local radio and TV personality, Hallerin Hilton Hill, during the live broadcast of his popular afternoon radio broadcast on Knoxville’s own Newstalk 98.7 WOKI.  Also, we enjoyed having Dawn Steimer, Contractor with Master Remodelers and host of the popular radio broadcast Around the House with Dawn Steimer, broadcast from the showroom Saturday morning, March 30th. We particularly enjoyed the opportunity to share our Amish Elegance vision for the future with the WOKI radio listening audience and those in attendance.

Amish Elegance’s origin first began with our 1,900 square foot showroom, which we opened on April 1, 2016. Not surprisingly, as our understanding and appreciation of the Amish furniture marketplace grew, and in response to the evolving needs of our rapidly growing customer base, we evolved as well. We expanded our existing retail showroom to 4,200 square feet, allowing us to display many new lines of Amish furnishings in furniture styles beyond the traditional Mission style of furniture most often associated with Amish furniture. A growing number of customers also began requesting upholstered furniture pieces, so we began displaying an expanded selection of sofas, recliners, chairs, and headboards featuring both performance fabrics and high-quality leather.  In recognition of our efforts, we were recognized as the Number One Furniture Store in Farragut in 2017, Favorite Furniture Store in Knoxville in 2018, and Favorite Interior Design in Knoxville in 2018.

But our efforts didn’t stop there, as we began offering our customers an extensive selection of outstanding designer-inspired home décor items, including lamps, mirrors, clocks, and more, as well as framed art from some of our most celebrated regional artists, to help you to create those showcase quality living spaces within your home.

Although much has changed, one thing that has not changed is our commitment to providing you with the exceptional customer service, quality, and value you deserve, as we continue our tradition of offering you only the finest, solid American hardwood, custom hand-crafted Amish furniture, art, and home décor items that you have been searching for.

We invite you to discover the exciting world of quality, hand-crafted Amish furniture, home décor, and art at the all-new Amish Elegance. We also invite you to visit our new website featuring many of our product catalogs and photo galleries. Also, be sure to watch for the special events that we will be hosting throughout the year, where we will be introducing you to many of our very own Amish craftsmen and an expanded selection of new products.

Amish Elegance
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-392-6000
www.amisheleganceknox.com

Spring’s Super Separates

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

By Brenda Bryan,
Owner of The Lily Pad Boutique

If you’ve been shopping for a dress for the past few seasons, you’ve probably discovered that there aren’t many dresses in the market to purchase.  But why stress for a dress?  You can get the same look in this year’s strong separates!

Lifestyles now are much more relaxed, very rarely calling for a dressy look that cannot be found by combining a beautiful, flowy palazzo pant with a gorgeous blouse.  Even weddings, which at one time called for “a dress,” are attended now more in dressy pants or skirts, many times combined with a jacket to give a completed and quite formal look.

Our models pictured are all wearing separates, enabling them to separate these pieces and combine them with other items in their wardrobe as well; thus, wardrobe building at its best!  Most any top can be mixed with denim, so use your jackets, blouses, and tunics to extend your casual wardrobe.

Not the least important reason to choose separates instead of a dress is the fit.  Larger top?  Larger bottom?  Separates will work perfectly for you!  Most women are not perfectly shaped, so it becomes almost impossible to find a dress style that fits her entire body.

Look closely at our models, who are all wearing this season’s separates.  Think of the many ways you can incorporate these pieces into your existing wardrobe… and remember, we’re always happy to have you bring pieces you already own into the store to freshen your look for a new season!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-337-5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

Thanks for the Memories Sale Finale

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By Peggy Cones, Owner of Cones Cupboard Antiques

For more than 25 years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my passion for antiques. I first acquired my interest for antiques from my mother before venturing into the retail antique marketplace. I have been fortunate to have traveled all throughout the country in pursuit of the most unique antique items for the customers of Cones Cupboard Antiques located in historic downtown Sweetwater. And I consider myself indeed fortunate to have met so many wonderful people during the last quarter of a century.

But as I enter a new season of my life, I have come to realize that it’s time to begin enjoying my remaining retirement years with my husband, our children, and our grandchildren. My goal is to fully retire on or before June 30, 2019. It’s time to travel, garden, and thoroughly enjoy the fruits of our efforts. I’ll miss interacting with all of you who have so faithfully supported and encouraged us for so many years, but I know that you share my dreams for a fulfilling retirement surrounded by friends and family. 

As my way of expressing my appreciation to all of you for 25 marvelous years, and in celebration of my coming retirement, I am offering all of my customers a 50% discount on nearly everything the store. Take advantage of our largest sale ever on gifts of all types to celebrate a variety of occasions or perhaps just a special gift for yourself. Discover a virtual treasure trove of gift ideas that are far more unique and more likely to be remembered than the items that you’re apt to find in the “big box” department stores and at a savings of 50% on nearly every item. At Cones Cupboard Antiques, you’ll find antique furniture, collectibles, china, silverware, and more, in addition to vintage items and a large selection of gift ideas, including seasonal items such as hand-crafted scented candles, garden flags, and indoor and outdoor décor items. 

So head on over to Cones Cupboard Antiques, and save 50% on nearly every item in the store during our Thanks for the Memories Sale Finale. I look forward to thanking each of you personally for these 25 wonderful years.

Cones Cupboard Antiques
307 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-351-7408
www.ConesCupboardAntiques.com

Who Do You Rely on for Your 401(k) Investment Strategy?

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By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

Did you know that 6 in 10 people think their 401(k) will be their biggest source of income in retirement?  Which makes sense when we consider that more than 73% of the employer pension plans that existed 20 years ago are now closed, frozen, or terminated.  We’re on our own when it comes to creating retirement income using our employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Your employer chooses which investment funds to offer within the plan, but they are prohibited by law from giving you investment advice.  It can feel overwhelming when it comes to knowing which funds to pick and how often to rebalance.  And who has the time or energy to research investment options after a long day at work?  That’s where our new service, Plan Confidence, can help.

A recent Schwab 401(k) participant survey found that more than 77% of people said they would be “extremely confident” or “very confident” in their investment choices if they had the help of a professional.  And in fact, a study published by the Vanguard Group in 2014 finds that using a professional investment advisor boosts your average return by 3% over time.  The increase comes from improved portfolio diversification, regular rebalancing, and behavioral coaching. 

Using specialized software tools, we can provide customized 401(k) investment advice.  And it’s easy!  There is no need to roll your account over to an IRA.  Your money stays right where it is – in your 401(k) plan, and we help you choose from within the options offered.   

Step 1: We assess your risk tolerance with an easy-to-use questionnaire.

Step 2: Within your password-protected Plan Confidence account, we create personalized investment recommendations using your existing 401(k) options. 

Step 3: We give you step-by-step instructions on how to implement our suggestions.

Step 4: We send you friendly quarterly reminders with rebalancing instructions and any updates.

With 24/7 access to your Plan Confidence account, you can review your recommendations and change your risk tolerance at any time. It’s easy to try because there is no long-term contract. And it’s economical: Monthly fees range from $35 to $95, depending on account size.

If you’re one of the 6 in 10 people who think your 401(k) will be the biggest source of income in retirement, don’t guess at your investment choices.  Get started building your Plan Confidence today.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
504 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-622-2162
www.marshwealth.com

Sources: Charles Schwab 2016 401k Participant Survey.  Retirement Offerings in the Fortune 500: A Retropective, WillisTowersWatson, Feb 2018.

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC, is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Sweetwater Flower Shop

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, look no further than Sweetwater Flower Shop and Kelly D’s at the Mansion Restaurant, located in historic downtown Sweetwater. Treat Mom with a special day on the town at Sweetwater Flower Shop, featuring two floors of gifts, ladies’ apparel and accessories, jewelry, florals, and some Southern-inspired cuisine at Kelly D’s at the Mansion, which offers a graceful and charming southern ambiance.

Let Mom try on one of Sweetwater Flower Shop’s latest fashions, which she can further enhance with a stylish new scarf or perhaps a handbag from their extensive accessories selection. And while you’re browsing all of their recently arrived fashions, have Mom select a stunning jewelry accent piece from Sweetwater Flower Shop’s array of designer-inspired jewelry.  

Another way to please Mom is to surprise her with a gift certificate from either the flower shop or Kelly D’s. Also, don’t forget that a silk or a cut flower arrangement is another way to remember Mom on her special day. Call 423-337-6623 to place your special order.  Deliveries are available in the Sweetwater area, or you can call ahead and pick up your order for a more personal delivery.

Sweetwater Flower Shop also has a wide assortment of memorials that can help celebrate the memories of a mother or grandmother who may no longer be with us but whom you wish to remember this Mother’s Day.

However you plan on celebrating Mom this Mother’s Day, every celebration can be made even more special with a visit to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Kelly D’s at the Mansion. 

“Creating Memories That Last a Lifetime”

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-337-6623

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