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Granite Transformations for Kitchens & Baths

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East TN Mountain ViewsEast Tennessee’s Mountain Views is excited to share our recent interview featuring husband and wife team and local area entrepreneurs, Buddy and Patti Baker. Since first launching Granite Transformations 13 years ago, Buddy and Patti have truly exemplified the principles of success, even in a challenging economic environment, having been recognized as one of the top performing Granite Transformations franchises in the world. Their commitment to success continues to serve as an inspiration to many other area small business owners.

From their very first sales center, to their new Design and Discovery Center and state-of-the-art fabrication facility in West Knoxville, Granite Transformations continues to earn a reputation for outstanding quality, craftsmanship, and integrity.

MV: First of all, congratulations on achieving your 13-year milestone in business. What do you feel has been the single most important factor in your success?

Buddy: Well, it’s hard to pinpoint just one factor. I believe we owe our success to our unique products and proprietary processes and our unwavering commitment to excellence.

MV: Buddy, you spent years in the retail buying industry. What inspired you and Patti to venture out on your own into the world of self-employment?

Buddy: When Belk acquired Proffitts, where I was employed, we considered other opportunities, but we decided to pursue our very own American dream. Owning our own business provided us with the opportunity to take the skills we had learned in corporate America and to combine them with our own unique talents to create a business model that exceeded our customers’ expectations and that we could personally be proud of.

MV: While you have meticulously implemented a well-thought out marketing strategy, share with our readers just how important the quality of Granite Transformations’ engineered granite product is when compared to conventional slab granite.

Buddy: Before launching Granite Transformations, we were committed to identifying a product that was far superior to anything our competition might offer. Simply put, conventional granite can’t match the superior performance characteristics of our proprietary engineered granite surfaces. In fact, we are the only granite surface that can be used in commercial kitchens, where food safety is paramount.

MV: Tell us what other ways your granite products can be used in our homes.

Patti: Our products are designed to be used on just about any flat surface. Its strong physical characteristics allow us to install our granite products just about anywhere, from floor to ceiling, despite its thinner profile. Conventional granite, on the other hand, requires a thicker profile to compensate for its inherent weakness.

MV: What other products and services does Granite Transformations offer homeowners?

Patti: We also offer homeowners premium grade cabinet refacing. We can transform your home’s cabinets in just a matter of days, providing a completely new look to your kitchen or bath. Our process eliminates both the demolition and cost associated with replacing existing cabinets with new cabinets.  Certified by the Green Builders Council, Granite Transformations is committed to eco-friendly building practices through reducing or eliminating unnecessary demolition.

MV: Two major advantages you offer that many homeowners may not be aware of are your quick turnarounds and significant reduction in costly demolition. How does the Granite Transformations experience make that possible?

Buddy: Because we install our proprietary granite surfaces on top of your home’s existing countertops, most countertops can be installed in a single day with no demolition required. We like to say “Done in a Day, Beautiful for Life.” We even provide our customers a limited lifetime warranty on our countertops.

MV: Cabinet refacing continues to become a growing business within Granite Transformations. Explain.

Buddy: It just makes sense. Cabinet refacing in just one day is not only smart, but it’s very smart. Weeks without your kitchen while installing new cabinets is a major disruption in your family’s life. With our resurfacing system, you can get your new kitchen in just a few days.

MV: In addition to your Design and Discovery Center, you also have design consultants that offer homeowners free, in-home consultations. How do your in-home consultations benefit your customers?

Buddy: This is just a common sense strategy we embrace at Granite Transformations that better serves you, our customer. Many of our competitors will quote your project based on the information you provide while never visiting your home unless you buy. To assist you in making this important buying decision, we believe that it is critical for you to view our products in your own home, in your lighting, next to your cabinets and flooring, before you make this very important decision. Granite Transformations will bring a mini design center right into your home. This process offers greater peace of mind to our customers.

MV: How can our readers learn more about Granite Transformations?

Patti: We invite you to visit our Design Center at 10539 Lexington Drive in West Knoxville or visit us online at www.granitetransformations.com/knoxville.

MV: Any last thoughts you would like to share with our readers?

Patti: We would both like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of Granite Transformations customers who have contributed to our success. We look forward to the next 13 years of making your dream for a showcase kitchen and bath come true.

Granite Transformations
10539 Lexington Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932

RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc. Continues to Grow with Experienced, Full-time, Client-focused Real Estate Professional

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RE/MAX At The Lakes owner, Elby Loyd, and his team have merged with RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc. in Knoxville. This union will expand the RE/MAX brand, technology, and superior service across county lines, allowing homebuyers and sellers more choices from Sevier County to Monroe County and everywhere between.

RE/MAX franchise owners and brokers, Rich and Ryan Levenson, expressed their desire to expand their breadth of service to not only the residential real estate market, but the commercial real estate market as well. RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc. serviced mainly Knox and Sevier counties with their offices, but this merger will allow for expansion into Loudon, Monroe, and other westward counties.

“We felt the time was right to join with Elby,” said Ryan. “He brings so much experience in the investor/developer market, as well as commercial real estate. We felt he would complement both his brokerage and ours.”

Rich, Ryan, and Elby have been working on this for months and feel this is a win/win opportunity for all.

“Rich was such a remarkable mentor to me when I started my real estate career in 2002 and has continued to assist me,” said Elby. “Since that time, my commercial business has continued to grow throughout the Knoxville metro area, all the way to Chattanooga, as has my special market residential focus in West Knox and Loudon County. I look forward to working with both of the Levensons and feel that my two specialized teams will benefit in their programs as well.”

RE/MAX continues to be the most recognized brand in real estate, and RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc. will always be the home of the professional, full-time, client-focused real estate professional!

RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc.
10820 Kingston Pike, Suite 14
Knoxville, TN 37934

Prepare Your Home for Universal Design

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An overwhelming majority of aging adults want to remain in their home for as long as possible. Many are unable to do so because their environment no longer works for them. Renovations are often required to incorporate a person’s abilities and how these might change over time. Universal Design emphasizes design that is attractive and functional for a broad range of individuals.

From minor, quick-fixes to full-scale renovations, Universal Design can be implemented in any home. With the help of local professionals, there are ways to transition a home for safety and comfort that will serve you well over time. Here are some ways to prepare your home for Universal Design.

1. Entrances: Think about the current ways you can enter your home. Is there a way to get in without steps? Aim to make one entry more convenient for yourself, your family, and guests. This may involve adding a ramp or making renovations to an existing access point.

2. Floor Plan: An open design allows for a better flow of movement with less obstacles. With fewer hallways and doors to navigate, the easier it will be to get around. This might translate into shifting around furniture or removing a wall to offer better movement.

3. Bathrooms: Consider making changes to at least one of your current bathrooms. A walk-in tub or curbless shower can be incorporated into your design, so there is no stepping up or over the side. The sink and toilet should also be accessible to people of all ages, heights, and mobility.

4. Kitchen: An open design with varied counter heights will make your kitchen usable for various ages and abilities. Pull-out shelves and open shelving will make storage more accessible. Something as simple as improved lighting can also prevent falls anywhere in the home. Strive for a balance between natural and artificial light.

5. Bedrooms: A bedroom on the first floor works for many life stages and is necessary for aging in place. If you don’t already have one in the main living area, consider adding one.

6. Windows: They not only provide natural light, which aids in reading and completing tasks, but windows also connect us to nature and our community. Adding or enlarging windows is an excellent way to open your space and enhance your mood.

7. Outdoors: If your entrances are exposed, consider covering one or all of them to provide you with protection from the elements. Adding a deck off one of the entrances offers a natural extension of the home but also allows you easy access to sitting outdoors. Container gardening on the deck can be therapeutic, too.

Think about your lifestyle and priorities and make adjustments to your space as needed. If possible, design your home to grow with you, so you are not faced with a full-blown renovation project later in life. With Universal Design, you can still have the look and feel you want in your space without sacrificing the functionality you need.


The Best Improvement We’ve Made to Our Kitchen

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Having trouble comfortably reaching your under cabinet items? Wishing you had under cabinet lighting to aid in kitchen tasks? Hoping there’s a way to utilize that wasted corner cabinet space?

We can help!  At Shelf Help, we design and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, which allows you easy access and maximum use of your available storage space. And at a 50% savings from national brands!

With custom built roll-out shelving and organizers, tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items and with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its place!

Now imagine how installation of under cabinet lighting would transform your kitchen workspace! Whether it’s a soft ambience you’re looking for or illumination of specific task areas, Shelf Help offers the installed LED lighting systems that add radiance your home.

Our clients are so pleased with the results that they say, “Why didn’t we do this years ago?”

As experienced Knoxville area kitchen and bath remodeling consultants, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and install solutions tailored to your needs.

What our customers are saying about Shelf Help:

“So excited! No more squatting or bending to reach lower cabinet items.” – Susan C., Farragut

“Best improvement we’ve made to our home – hands down.” – Judy F., Tellico Village

“What a huge help! We are much more organized and can now reach everything in our cabinets.” – Patty S., Tellico Village

“Great product – well designed, smooth installation, and a far more efficient kitchen.” – Mark & Susan D., Knoxville

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. And don’t forget to ask about our under cabinet lighting systems! Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry.

Shelf Help

Tellico Community Players First Performance of 2018

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Tickets on sale for Tellico Players comedy Play On!

Reserved seats at $21 for the comedy Play On! are on sale on the Tellico Community Players website at www.TellicoCommunityPlayhouse.org. (Click on tickets to purchase.) Dates for this first Players performance of 2018 are Thursday through Saturday, February 22-24, and Thursday through Sunday, March 1-4. All of the shows begin at 7:30 pm except for the matinee on Sunday, March 4, which begins at 1:30 pm. Play On! is sponsored by the Sweetwater investment services firm, Fairweather Financial.

In this hilarious story directed by Sue Aukerman, a community theatre is about to produce a show called Murder Most Foul: A new “murder mystery play” with the same title as an Agatha Christie novel but with no relation whatsoever. The director, Gerry, thought producing the play was a good idea since the inexperienced playwright has agreed to let their company perform the show for no charge.

Gerry, however, had no idea what disasters awaited her: The show is hilariously amateur, the “murder mystery” plot doesn’t really have a murder, and to top it off, the playwright keeps changing the story and script only two days from its premiere! It doesn’t help that the cast is disgruntled and the playwright accidentally deletes the entire sound effect board. All of the disasters come to fruition in Act III when the company performs the actual show with hilarious mishaps at every turn. Play On! is a hilarious love letter to community theatre.

The cast includes Jean Mallett (Aggie Manville), Ku Adams (Gerry Dunbar), Doug Banister (Henry Bendish), Marlyce-Jean Dezzutti (Polly Bendish), Doris Ryan (Smitty Smith), Joel Bonnan (Saul Watson), James Dotson (Billy Crewe), Sauni Rinehart (Violet Imbry), Sue Mertens (Louise Peary), and Joan Dorsey (Phyllis Montague).

The play was written by Rick Abbot, one of several pen names for the late prolific playwright Jack Sharkey. The show’s producer is Phil Geyer.

Tickets can also be purchased with cash, check, or credit card at the Tellico Community Playhouse box office, located at 304 Lakeside Plaza in Loudon, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm February 19 through March 2.

Cones Cupboard Antiques

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Our Way of Saying Thank You in 2018

By Peggy Cones, Owner of Cones Cupboard Antiques

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support of Cones Cupboard Antiques during this holiday season, as well as your participation in our annual Small Town Christmas and Cookie Crawl. As our way of thanking you, Cones Cupboard Antiques is offering up to 50% off all of our remaining holiday merchandise. Take advantage of these extraordinary values to do some early holiday shopping for next Christmas.

Also, while you’re visiting, I encourage you to look at our extensive collection of hand-selected antiques, vintage items, rare books, china, and silver, in addition to our wide selection of gifts for all occasions. Cones Cupboard Antiques offers hand-crafted candles, garden décor, retro items, and more.

Antiques, perhaps not often thought of as gifts, can actually make the ideal gift that can become a family legacy item that will be shared by the gift’s recipient and future generations as well. Unlike so many of today’s fad gifts, antiques, particularly furniture, tell the story of the item’s skilled artisan, the family that cherished the piece over several generations, and the family that will cherish its rich history for many generations to come.

Make plans to visit Cones Cupboard Antiques in historic downtown Sweetwater and let me share with you our treasures, all of which have been discovered by me during my many trips throughout the country in search of the very best value in antiques.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and encouragement for more than two decades. Be sure to take advantage of our 50% sale on all remaining holiday inventory. Happy New Year everyone!

Cones Cupboard Antiques
307 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Discover the Beauty of Tennessee & the Smokies Through Our Artists

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By Vickie Saladin, Owner of Gallery on Main

On behalf of all of us at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a safe and prosperous New Year. As our way of thanking you for your continued encouragement and support, we would like to extend to you a very special opportunity to enjoy a 20% savings on all artwork in the gallery through January 31, 2018.

It has been our greatest pleasure to share with all of you the creative works of so many talented local, area, and regional artists. East Tennessee has truly been blessed by not only her artists, but also the natural beauty of our state that has inspired so many of them.

Gallery on Main showcases artists and crafters presenting their craft using a variety of mediums, including ceramics, original paintings, woodworking, jewelry, mixed media, pebble art, photography, silk painting, and more. Collectors from throughout the region have added the works we feature to both their private collections and as important elements in their home and office décor.

Gallery on Main is also proud to host a variety of art classes, including watercolors, for both beginners and those wishing to enhance their existing skills.

I know that you share our enthusiasm for the many talented artists and crafters that call Tennessee and the Southeast home. If you would like to find that perfect art or craft piece for your home or office, or to give as a gift, I would like to personally invite you to visit us at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater. Rediscover the beauty of Tennessee and the Smokies through our artists.

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

A Very Special Thank You from the Good Neighbors Shoppe

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By Ann Autry

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their incredible generosity during 2017 to create our most successful year ever at the Good Neighbors Shoppe.  As a result of this success, the Good Neighbors Shoppe was able to contribute $480,000 in 2017 to area civic and charitable organizations that support the members of our community.

A great many people are responsible for this success.  It’s really about neighbors supporting other neighbors – from those of you who shop at the Good Neighbors Shoppe, to those who donate gently used clothing, furniture, books, art, collectibles, and other household items, to the dedicated efforts of our more than 200 volunteers.

The inspiration of husband and wife team, the late Gene Burwell and the late Roberta Burwell, the Good Neighbors Shoppe has evolved from its humble beginnings in 2002 in a small space in Lenoir City to its present state-of-the-art, 12,500 square foot retail showroom and warehouse located at 420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City.  To date, the Good Neighbors Shoppe has donated more than $2.5 million to worthy organizations and charities.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes giving back to your community, I would like to encourage you to consider supporting the Good Neighbors Shoppe.  Again, there are three ways in which you can participate: First, as a shopper; second, by donating gently used clothing or other household items; and third, as a member of our incredible team of volunteers that makes everything we do for our community possible.

Once again, thank you to all of you for your support, and best wishes for a wonderful New Year from all of us at the Good Neighbors Shoppe.

Good Neighbors Shoppe
420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City

New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized!

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New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized!

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get the home more organized.  Why?  Research reveals that on average, we waste 10 minutes a day – 2.5 days a year – looking for things we’ve misplaced.  It clearly pays to get organized, because time is one commodity we can’t recover.

However, getting organized can feel overwhelming.  So here are some tips on getting started.

» Schedule the Time to Organize

Plan this project like any other appointment.  Write it on your calendar!  If you don’t plan the time, it’s too easy to put it off until another time.

» Start Small 

Trying to organize your entire house in a week is very enthusiastic but unrealistic.  Start with a space that’s an organizational priority, or simply choose one closet or even a drawer.

» Clear the Clutter

In each room, remove items no longer needed. Place them in piles for donating, recycling, or tossing away. Then make a list of organizational items you need, such as additional shelving or cabinets in the laundry or children’s rooms.

» Straighten Up the Garage and Front Door Entry

One of the most important areas of the house to keep neat is the entrance to your home.  If you always enter and exit through disorder, you’ll carry that clutter – emotionally and physically – into the rest of your home and out into the world. Having a clean entryway and garage flows into the rest of your home and life.

» Organize Your Closet

Having an organized closet will save time getting dressed. On average, it will save 10 minutes each morning. To help you get organized, invite a friend over so it feels more celebratory as you decide which items to keep, donate, or toss. Then organize clothes by style, color, and season so everything can be seen at a glance.  Add shelving so shoes can be easily seen. Install belt or scarf racks to end the search for disappearing accessories. If your closet is a wire system, consider investing in an affordable, custom-designed closet to maximize available space.  A custom closet adds 30% more storage space than wire shelving or do-it-yourself kits.

» Stay Organized

Keep everything in order by spending just 15 minutes a day de-cluttering. An organized home reduces stress by also de-cluttering your mind so you can focus on the important things in life.

From the closet to the garage, Tailored Living can help organize every room in the house. Using 3D design software, Tailored Living’s organization specialists listen to your needs, create a computer model of your new organization system, and provide a quote – all in one visit.

With Tailored Living helping you get organized, this is one New Year’s resolution you can keep!

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Happy New Year and Happy Savings!

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East TN Mountain ViewsJanuary is a great time to reassess your winter wardrobe. There is finally time to go through all of the pieces hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn yet this year and either donate them or take them to your nearest consignment shop. Whichever you choose, you’ve begun the process of updating your own winter wardrobe while selections are still great and on sale!

At The Lily Pad, our sales are huge semi-annual events which take place in January and July. Our winter merchandise is now 25% off, and on Saturday, January 20th, at 10:00 am, every piece that’s left goes to 50% off! We’ve found this method to be quite effective to not only clear out the store, but also to pass tremendous savings on to our customers.

As the winter merchandise goes on sale, our “La Sale Boutique” (the big room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off! Thus, the clearing out begins as we ready ourselves and the store for a brand new season! Spring fashions have been ordered, new, fresh looks are arriving and the holiday decorations have been put away for another year.

We’ll look forward to seeing so many of our customers and friends during our unbelievable sale days. If you’ve ever spent a day at Filene’s Basement in Boston, The Lily Pad is almost as wild on the first days of our sale! Plan to spend some time with us as you visit with friends and neighbors, every arm loaded with bargains and having the time of our lives! What a fun day during a not-so-fun month… it’s a social event you won’t want to miss!

At The Lily Pad, we reflect on how blessed we have been this year to again be a part of your lives. We truly appreciate the vote of confidence you place in us to be your fashion headquarters! Our most sincere wishes from the entire Lily Pad staff for a happy and healthy 2018!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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