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A Store Full of Gift Ideas for Spring

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

East TN Mountain ViewsBy Peggy Cones, Owner of Cones Cupboard Antiques

Springtime is not only a time for transitioning from indoor to out-of-doors activities, but it is also a time for weddings, graduations, and vacations… a time for celebration with newlyweds, graduates, and friends and family from across the nation that you may not have seen for years. It’s also a time for shopping for gifts to celebrate all of these occasions. And let’s not forget Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Shopping can be stressful, particularly if you’re trying to find that just-so-perfect gift that is both appropriate for the event but that will also be remembered for many years to come. Cones Cupboard Antiques offers you a treasure trove of gift items that are far more unique and more likely to be remembered than the items you’re apt to find in the “big box” stores. We feature antique furniture, collectibles, china, silverware, and more, in addition to vintage items and a large selection of gift ideas, including seasonal items, hand-crafted, scented candles, garden flags, and indoor and outdoor décor items.

We personally select each and every item that you will see in our shop. Many of the pieces you will find at Cones Cupboard Antiques have a rich history that can become a legacy for the gift’s recipient. And these same gifts are legacy items that can become family heirlooms that will be shared with future generations.

Regardless of the occasion, or whether you’re a new or seasoned collector of antiques and vintage items, Cones Cupboard Antiques is sure to have the perfect gift that will be cherished and remembered for many years and generations to come. Discover your perfect gift at Cones Cupboard Antiques – “where the past comes alive.”

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

The Top Four Areas to Focus On to Increase Your Home’s Curbside Appeal & Value

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According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 % of homebuyers will tour a home they’ve viewed online. They cite “curbside appeal,” which refers to the first impression buyers have of a property. Regardless of the home’s inside, it’s the outside that matters most.

What will buyers see when they view your home? First impressions matter. Look at your home from a buyer’s perspective. The four main areas they focus on include your front entry, yard and landscaping, driveway, and roof. Here are some suggestions.

Front Entry
» How well is your entryway illuminated? Consider using affordable LED and solar lighting.
» Repaint your front door, trim, and shutters with a bright color contrasting the house.
» Make sure the doorbell operates and that metalwork, including your street numbers, is clean and polished.
» Replace burned-out exterior bulbs, and clean all lighting fixtures.
» Seasonal wreaths or a decorative door knocker can make your home more welcoming.
» Add large potted plants to your deck or porch.
» Consider upgrading your walkway to an alternative surface or applying stain or paint to your concrete. Add plants and a rock shoulder on each side of the path.
» Do a “mailbox makeover.”
» Replace your welcome mat with a large, bright, and cheery mat.
» Add a rocking chair or even a bench.
» Consider adding an arbor near the front door.
» Add outdoor curtains to set off a seating area or porch to add a touch of color.

Yard and Landscaping
» Create a pop of color with flowers on your porch, along the drive, or around your trees.
» Select a variety of plants and flowers to create year-round color.
» Weed, remove dead blooms, and mulch regularly.
» Mow and trim your entire yard regularly. Reseed bare areas, and eliminate yard clutter. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed.
» Repair or remove old or outdated fencing.

Driveway and Walkway
» Remove clutter and anything else that will detract from the home’s appearance.
» Repair cracked and damaged walkways.
» Make sure your driveway is well lighted and easy for guests to navigate.
» Add plants or decorative rock along your drive.

The Roof
» Clean and repair gutters.
» Remove holiday lighting and hooks.
» Remove accumulated leaves and pine needles.
» Does your roof need replacing or just a good cleaning?

The time and money you invest in improving your curbside appeal will more than pay for itself. A few hundred dollars and a weekend or two spent improving your home’s first impression can result in thousands of dollars in the purchase price, so take the time to do it right.

Jesse C. Boling, REALTOR®
Exit Real Estate Professionals Network
865-383-3948 office
865-335-7270 cell

Her Majesty Boutique

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East TN Mountain ViewsOne of the latest and most exciting new business launches to take place in the historic shopping district in Sweetwater, Tennessee, is Her Majesty Boutique, the creation of Ashley Ingram, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and Sweetwater native. If Ashley’s name sounds familiar to you, that’s because she was our former Miss Tennessee United States in 2012 and is the current reigning Ms. Tennessee United States.

Ashley’s dreams of owning her own boutique go back to her high school years and her time at Tennessee Wesleyan University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business in 2014. Her natural disposition for competition found in the pageants she has competed in, and continues to compete in today, has helped Ashley prepare for the rigors of entrepreneurship and the competition found in the retail business world.

Her dream of small business ownership came to life in 2016 when Her Majesty Boutique was launched as an online boutique and less than a year later as both an online and brick and mortar retail boutique, which is located in one of downtown Sweetwater’s most historic buildings, the Carter Brick Mason Building, at 111 N. Main Street. Her Majesty Boutique can be found on the building’s second floor, Suite D.

Ashley’s goal is to bring affordable mainstream fashion to Main Street in the town she grew up in. Customers genuinely appreciate Ashley’s natural flair for fashion that she has learned firsthand from her years of pageant experience and that allows her to help each of her customers to both look and feel like a queen when they leave her boutique.

Inside the boutique, you will discover a selection of stylish and trendy, yet affordable, apparel lines from designers that Ashley has discovered personally. You will also find ladies’ accessories, including designer-inspired jewelry and handbags, as well as a large selection of gifts for all occasions. Also, be sure to check out the boutique’s newest addition – the cutest and most affordable baby clothing you’re likely to find anywhere.

Her Majesty Boutique
111 N. Main Street, Suite D
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Forty and Fabulous

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East TN Mountain ViewsBy Brenda Bryan

What a milestone to celebrate our 40th anniversary at The Lily Boutique! Since that humble beginning in 1978, the shop has evolved into East Tennessee’s premier destination for women in search of the latest and best in designer fashions.

It has been most exciting and rewarding to dress you for not only your day-to-day lives, but for those special moments as well… weddings, vacations, holidays… the special times when you need THE perfect outfit, and you come to us knowing you’ll leave with EXACTLY what you had in mind.

Our goal has always been to make your time with us a “shopping experience.” The Lily Pad team is always eager to point out the appropriate look for your body type, your hair and eye color, and help you every step of the way… accessories, shoes, and makeup are all a part of what The Lily Pad offers.

We will celebrate our 40th anniversary on April 26th and 27th with unique shopping opportunities, lots of fun, and lots of giveaways each day to celebrate and thank you for giving us the opportunity to do what we love every day!

Thursday’s trunk shows:
» Sharon Young, Ala Cart and Tru Lux: Doug Lord will be showing transitional pieces from each one of lines. You’ll enjoy meeting Doug and learning about his very wearable collections.
» Essential Body Wear: Amy Bray will provide professional bra fittings and give you an “uplifting experience”
» arT by fisher: Renèe Fisher will show her collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade beaded necklaces and bracelets and very wearable chains with pendants. Choose from our collection or help design your own piece.

Friday’s trunk shows:
» Joseph Ribkoff: Doyle Baker will be showing spring and transitional. As you know, Joseph Ribkoff is a Canadian line that we all love, and you’ll enjoy “catching up” with Doyle.
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» kathryn bartow skincare and makeup: If you haven’t sat with Renèe to learn how to apply your makeup, it’s time. I promise you’ll learn lots, have fun, and find that your application time is more fun and effective every day.

You’ll see all of the lines, just as I see them at market, and you can order any piece for yourself. This is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss!

Refreshments will be served, so please plan to join us as we say thank you for helping us be 40 and fabulous! Remember, it is our anniversary, but YOU get the gifts!

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

RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc.

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East TN Mountain ViewsBarbie Hintz

Barbie Hintz is a REALTOR with RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc. She is a full-time REALTOR with 24 years experience, and she takes her job seriously.

“For my entire extensive career, I have always given each and every one of my clients the highest priority and the utmost professional representation,” said Hintz, who has written and published a real estate workbook. “I have always had a passion for helping people, for helping my clients. I always strive to exceed my clients’ expectations.”

With RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Hintz deals primarily in residential real estate but does some commercial as well. She loves helping people who are making one of the most important purchases of their lives. She is passionate about assisting her clients in all areas of real estate, whether they want to sell a home, buy a home, or relocate. She also does referrals. Her goal is to educate and empower her clients. Her priorities are those of her clients and prospects, and her mission is to help them succeed.

Hintz lives and works in Tellico Village, and her service areas also include Loudon, Lenoir City, Farragut, Friendsville, Maryville, Greenback, Vonore, and areas requested by her clients.

Hintz understands the importance of providing her clients with the latest in market information and industry expertise. To accomplish this, she has earned many designations and has earned her REALTOR designation. This means that she has taken coursework and demonstrated specific skills, performance, and knowledge in a particular area of the real estate industry. A REALTOR is a member of the National Association of REALTORS and subscribes strict code of ethics. This translates to loyalty to clients, fiduciary (legal) duty to clients, cooperation with competitors, and truthfulness.

You can reach Barbie Hintz by calling or texting 865-224-1867, email barbiehintz@gmail.com, or visit her website at www.barbiehintz.com. She believes in giving back to her community and is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network.

RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Inc.
10820 Kingston Pike, Suite 14
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-694-8100 office
865-224-1867 cell

Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen

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Shelf GenieWe all want a beautiful kitchen, but a kitchen also needs to be a functional room where we cook, bake, and store essentials like food, supplies, and pots and pans. A functional kitchen has plenty of storage and is designed so you can quickly and easily find what you need and reach it.

ShelfGenie® is a leader in making kitchens more useful
ShelfGenie® designs, builds, and installs custom, glide-out shelves that pull out the full depth of your existing cabinets and pantries to maximize usable storage and increase organization and accessibility.

Our process begins and ends with the homeowner
Our design consultant will get to know your needs during our free, in-home consultation. Together we will design a plan with your goals and needs in mind. The glide-out shelves are manufactured in our nearby facility to your exact specs. Our licensed, professional installer will then install your order in one day. Finally, your designer will follow up to ensure you’re completely 100% satisfied.

Enjoy a more useful kitchen
Turn frustration with your kitchen into a joy. You can expect to increase your storage area by up to 50%, reduce wasted time looking for items, and avoid having to bend, twist, or reach into the backs of cabinets.

What our clients say
“The whole concept of the shelves has totally revolutionized my kitchen, making it easier to organize and get to those hard-to-reach items in the back of my cabinets.” – Debrah B. of Cleveland, TN
“Great experience from start to finish. Impressed with the entire team and the quality of the finished product for our pantry.” – Nancy C. of Knoxville

To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call 865-409-1197 or visit www.ShelfGenie.com.


Crafters Fundraiser at the Tellico Village Community Church

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The Crafters at the Tellico Village Community Church are busily preparing for their first fundraising event of 2018. On Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to noon, the crafters will be selling a wide variety of homemade crafts and baked goods. The sale is held in the Christian Life Center of the church, which is located at 130 Chota Center in Tellico Village.

As in the past, items for sale include many types of seasonal floral arrangements, original paper goods such as greeting cards and bridge tallies, all sorts of potential hostess gifts, and a wide variety of sewn crafts. Every person who ever washes dishes makes a dash to the table where “scrubbies” are on sale. Be sure to get a supply of these handy gadgets before they run out.

Your mailbox may need a spring or summer cover, so come and see what is available for the spring and summer months. If you don’t see what you want on display, pick one from the catalog that the Crafters will have available.

Ladies, bring your husbands along and direct them to the baked goods table. While you are shopping, they can select from a variety of baked goods, including cookies, brownies, breads, cakes, etc.

Although the Community Church sponsors the Crafters, church membership is not required; they welcome anyone who has an interest in meeting other people with similar interests. If you are new to the village, it is a great way to make new friends. If you are interested, drop by the Christian Life Center on Monday mornings and check them out.

The proceeds from the sale benefit charities and organizations in Loudon and Monroe counties. Be sure to come to the sale and find some treasures while supporting your community.

Community Church at Tellico Village Events in March
» Worship Services: Every Sunday at 8 and 10:15 am
» First Wednesday Worship: March 7 at 6:00 pm
» Palm Sunday Service: March 25 at 10:15 am
» Small Group Studies: Wednesdays, March 14 & 21, at 6 pm
» Spaghetti Supper: March 15 from 4:30 – 7 pm
» Women’s Ministry Luncheon: March 20 at noon
» Craft Sale: March 24 from 9 am to noon
» Maundy Thursday Service: March 29 at 7 pm
» Good Friday Meditation: March 30 from noon to 3 pm

Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact the church office at 865-458-1516.

Community Church at Tellico Village
130 Chota Center
Loudon, TN 37774

March in the Garden

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Spring is in the air! Temperatures are warmer than average, daffodils are blooming, and the peepers (frogs) are singing in the ponds.

Don’t get carried away. This won’t last. I don’t know exactly what the weather will do, but I do know that our average last frost is early to mid-April. I have seen people plant too early way too many times, and it never works out well.

There are, however, many things that you can do on those lovely days when Mother Nature teases us with warm temperatures:

» The first and most important spring chore is a good cleanup. Get fallen leaves and plant debris out of the beds, and see how badly the weeds have taken over. Cut perennials back to where new growth is emerging.

» Pull those weeds out and treat the beds with Preen or another pre-emergent to keep them from coming back.

» Work some good compost into the soil to add nutrients.

» Mulch if you haven’t already to protect the plants from the freeze/thaw cycles and keep moisture stable. Do NOT use too much. Three inches is optimal. NEVER pile the mulch around the base of plants or create volcanoes around trees. Your mulch should look like a flattened donut around trees and shrub.

» If you mulched last fall, take a rake and fluff the mulch up. It can become very hard and compacted during the winter.

» You can plant cool season annuals, perennials, and vegetables. No, you should not plant begonias or impatiens or tomatoes! I will certainly be happy to sell customers the same plant twice, but it tends to make them grumpy.

» Before you go out and start butchering your plants, please come to our pruning workshop on March 3rd at 10 am. You can seriously damage your plants by incorrectly pruning them. It is also important to have sharp tools. Would you want a surgeon to operate on you with a dull knife?

If you don’t have much outside area to work on, this is a good time to get your containers ready for the spring. You can dump the soil from small pots into your garden beds and work it in. Some pots may just need a quick rinse, and some may need a thorough scrubbing. If you had a fungal problem with the plants that were in the pot, rinse it with a mild bleach solution. If there are white lines on your pot, it is an indicator that you have been a bit overzealous with your fertilizing and salts are building up, so you need to scrub those off.

If you are up-potting a plant, be careful not to go too big! One pot size is usually enough.

If your containers are large, you don’t need to dump the entire thing out every year. If there are trees, shrubs, or perennials planted in them, you can top dress with compost. If you do seasonal planting, replace the top 6”-12” with fresh soil. If you have had problems with fungus or insects, however, you may want to start all over. Both can hide out in your soil and re-infect new plants.

When you get ready to plant your containers, I suggest you think about using the “Rule of 3s.” What this means is 3 colors, 3 textures, and 3 heights. No, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Think of it more as a guideline if you don’t know where to start. We will be having container classes if you would really like to have some help, or we can plant your containers for you.

What if you need new containers? I have a couple of suggestions for you. If you are going to leave your container outside, you must buy one that is frost/freeze proof. Most cheap pots will shatter. Your options are high-fired ceramics, double wall plastic, and foam. If you do not leave your planters outside, you can use whatever kind suits your fancy. I will add that plastic is good for those who tend to under-water, and clay is good for those who water too much.

I’ll finish up this month with a reminder to take care of our feathered friends. Keep your feeders clean and full, keep birdbaths clean and full, and protect the birdhouses.

We are getting shipments in on a daily basis right now, so stop in and see what’s new!

Meadow View
9885 Highway 11E
Lenoir City, TN 37772

Kitchen Renovation vs. Kitchen Upgrades

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You probably spend a lot of your time in your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking, eating, or gathering with loved ones, it truly is the center of your home.  As such, you want your space to be inviting, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. If you’ve been thinking about updating your kitchen, you have two options: Renovate or upgrade. Understanding what’s involved with both options can help you make a better decision. 

A complete renovation involves planning, resources, a large budget, and time. If you’d like to gut out the space, take down walls, move plumbing, and add windows, you’ll need to hire a professional contractor and kitchen designer. You’ll need to take the time to pick out the cabinets, fixtures, lighting, flooring, and more. You’ll also need to make arrangements for functioning without a kitchen for awhile, as you won’t be able to continue to use it during the renovation. Depending on your needs, a renovation may be a worthwhile investment, especially if you’re planning to be in your home for the next 10 years or more. If you have the financial resources and the time to renovate, it will certainly add value to your home.

If you don’t have the budget or the need for a complete overhaul, consider doing some upgrades instead. By upgrading your kitchen, you can enjoy the benefits of a new kitchen without the headache and hefty price tag. First, take stock of what is currently working for you and what is not. Are your cabinets outdated? Do your appliances need to be replaced? Will a new coat of paint give it a facelift?

Refinished cabinets and new countertops can make a drab kitchen come to life. Simple solutions like pull-out shelving for your pots and pans or under the sink for your cleaning supplies can make a big impact on the functionality of your space. New lighting can brighten up your kitchen and update the overall look.  Determine what small changes will make your space better. The benefit to upgrading is you can do a little at a time, as your budget allows. You can also continue to use your space as you upgrade.

Whether you choose to renovate or upgrade, a refreshed space is sure to bring joy to your home. Take some time to review the pros and cons to both so you can make an informed decision. Happy planning!

Also, don’t forget to visit us at the 2018 Home & Garden Show March 10-11 at the Knoxville Expo Center!


God’s Work, Our Hands

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East TN Mountain VIewsChristmas may be over, but Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Tellico Village continues filling its manger with gold, frankincense, and myrrh – blankets, coats, can openers, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, towels, and more. All of it is donated to the Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville, helping those who need it most during this very cold winter.

“Serving is part of giving,” said Reverend Ingrid Schalk, Pastor of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. “God calls us to love and serve our neighbors. That’s what we’re about at Shepherd of the Lake – it’s who we are.”

Giving isn’t new for this congregation. With a history of service, they are involved in local, national, and international outreach. From funding wells in Ethiopia, to purchasing water purification filters for school children in Nepal, providing flood relief in Peru, building their first Habitat for Humanity house, and donating and volunteering at donation centers, they are actively giving and serving.

“We say God’s work, our hands,” said Pastor Schalk. “Whether it’s donating our time painting a house, working a cash register at the Habitat store, serving food at a shelter, or financially supporting a need, it’s about listening to where God is calling us to serve. Giving is a part of our service to God and our neighbors. A church is not the building. It is the people. At Shepherd of the Lake, we live that philosophy. Our focus is on caring for our congregation and serving the needs of the community.”

Whether you’re looking for a new church home or just want to get involved in giving to the community, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Tellico Village opens its door to all. Be part of an active congregation, where everyone is welcome. The church is located at 143 Chota Center, across from the POA offices. Services are held at 9 am Sunday with Holy Communion and Wednesdays at 5 pm during Lent. Please join us. To learn more, visit www.shepherdofthelaketn.org.

Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
143 Chota Center in Loudon

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