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Amish Excellence

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

“We Enjoy Not Having to Say No”
By Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Excellence

On behalf of all of us here at Amish Excellence, we are delighted to welcome the newest member of our sales and design team, Chad Rial. Chad will be well known to many of your readers, having worked in the Knoxville area furniture marketplace for four years. A graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Landscape Design, Chad’s formal education in design has helped him earn a reputation for design excellence and integrity among his thousands of satisfied customers he has served since 2001.

“I guess most East Tennesseans will best remember me from Haverty’s Furniture,” said Chad. “My recent transition to Amish Excellence made great sense from a customer service perspective. At Amish Excellence, 100% of the furniture we sell is custom made. What I enjoy most about custom made furniture, however, is rarely ever having to say no. Because all of our furniture is designed and crafted one piece at a time, we can offer different solid hardwood species, fabric choices, wood species, paint, stains, finishes, and, more importantly, furniture made to your precise size specifications. That means not having to settle for anything less than exactly what you want.

“I also enjoy offering all of our customers a level of quality craftsmanship that is becoming more and more difficult to find today – and at a price competitive with similar quality furniture you might find elsewhere.  Also, there are no veneers masquerading as solid hardwoods.”

Some other recent additions you’ll discover at Amish Excellence is our new 2D furniture design software service that we make available to our clients for either in-showroom or in-home consultations. We are also pleased to offer a full line of performance fabrics from Revolution and Crypton that provide unprecedented levels of environmentally friendly moisture, stain, bacteria, and odor protection for all of your home’s furnishings.

We are also your source for everything décor for your home, including lighting fixtures, lamps, wall décor, mirrors, wall art, home accessories, and more. At Amish Excellence, we invite you to experience our uncompromised quality in furnishings, craftsmanship, a full line of fashion-forward home décor, combined with our signature design and sales expertise. 

Amish Excellence
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934

You Can Take It with You…Your Organized Closet

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Your closet affects you more than you realize; after all, it is where the day begins.  For most, the feeling of relaxation when entering a favorite resort is the goal for home décor.  Your closet is no exception.  It is such an important part of your day.  If it is a welcoming, organized place, it is easy to get dressed and be out the door for what lies ahead.  

If clutter is the theme of your closet – along with inadequate storage – then time is wasted looking for the day’s outfit.  It takes more time to coordinate the image that will impress everyone you will encounter in the coming hours when there is no order to your closet.  Stress builds as the hunt is on for shoes buried under a pile of clothes, and once stress starts, you know it will only continue.  

The first tip of an organized closet is to have a hamper so dirty laundry is not lying on the floor.  Organize your closet so you can go shopping every day in your very own store.  Have shirts, pants, skirts, suits, and shoes all in their own department and neatly arranged.  Grouping is the key to organization.  If your favorite ensembles are grouped together, you are limited in choices.  Once you create your “store” by organizing “like with like,” it is easier to see new combinations and your wardrobe choices will increase.

When traveling, packing is easy when your closet is serene and orderly.  Having luggage handy, kept in the closet, makes packing quick as you go through your own personal “store” assembling everything needed for your trip.  

You will have more time on your trip by recreating your organized storage at your destination. Digging through the suitcase can be unnerving; take your closet with you and spend a few minutes unpacking upon arriving at your destination.  Sort “like with like” at the hotel just as in your closet.  Then you know exactly where your garments are for the day, whether you’re going to a meeting or sightseeing.  

When choosing a design style, think of your favorite place, retail store, or destination when starting a remodel of your closet.  Inspiration may come from a trip to the beach, the mountains, or travel overseas.  You can take it with you and replicate your favorite experience. The modern style of Giorgio Armani in Beverly Hills or the classic mahogany look of Ralph Lauren at the Greenbrier are just two of countless possibilities.  Wouldn’t it be pleasant to start each day in one of these locations… in your closet?

Closets by McKenry

Fall in Love with Upstairs at the Mansion All Over Again

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Sweetwater Flower Shop owner and master floral designer, Jack Wilson, has two great ways for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day all during the month of February. First, visit the shop and discover fresh cut flowers, florals, women’s apparel, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor, and gifts galore that are perfect for just about every occasion. Secondly, visit the all-new Upstairs at the Mansion restaurant, now called Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion after Kelly Raper Dalton, our new Executive Chef.

Kelly, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, discovered her love for the culinary arts at an early age, spending many hours in the family kitchen with her mom, Pat, who was an excellent cook. Kelly’s actual career as a chef started soon after she catered a large wedding for a family member. Self-taught, Kelly’s experiences have consisted mainly of catering weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and special events, in addition to restaurant management. Kelly’s other hobbies include singing, horseback riding, and bowling.  

Kelly’s dream, which has been to own a tea room style restaurant with a southern flare, will be realized in February when Jack leases Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion, (formerly Upstairs at the Mansion). Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion will open for business on Monday, February 4, after her Grand Opening on Saturday, February 2.

Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion Grand Opening on Saturday, February 2, from 2 to 5 pm will feature samples of many of the featured menu entrees Kelly will offer, including homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, and teas – all served with a southern flair. Her other specialties include chicken salad, pimento cheese, and homemade dumplings. Kelly also promises you that you will fall in love with each one of her homemade pies and desserts.  

Kelly D’s will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11-3 beginning Monday, February 4. Kelly D’s will be closed Tuesdays and Saturdays initially, with the possibility of being open on Saturdays in the future.  Kelly looks forward to meeting each of you, as well as exceeding your culinary expectations.

Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Still Love These Leggings!

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February is always a perfect month to tell you about something you’ll love… Lyssé Leggings!  When doing a fashion show or speaking with customers in the store, we love to introduce you to Lyssé… the legging that’s a little bit about wanting to be dressy but comfortable as well.

If you’ve done any shopping in the past three years, then you already know that leggings and tunic tops are here to stay.  Even though during the winter you’ve paired them with boots, we’re now thinking of transitioning to the next season.  Ballet flats or heels are flattering with leggings also.

Lyssé Leggings are a revolutionary combination of clothing and control for women of all shapes, sizes, and ages.  Designed with a built-in tummy panel and a wide waistband, you’re left with a super smooth, slim silhouette, and it might be interesting to note they’re available in plus sizes as well!  

Endorsed by Kathie Lee on The Today Show, Lyssé Leggings are a perfect companion to all of the fabulous tunic tops available at The Lily Pad… still the number one look for spring 2019!  It’s very rare a customer tries this legging on and doesn’t LOVE it – even those who think they can’t wear leggings for any reason… large calves, “muffin top,” large tummy, etc.

We’re almost through the tough part of East Tennessee’s winter and ready to kick it up a notch as we head into springtime.  Enjoy the interesting mix of color available at The Lily Pad – lots of coral and turquoise, as well as the new emerald green and surprising new orchid!

Remember the special women in your life – wife, mom, sister, daughter – with a Valentine’s Day gift certificate from The Lily Pad!  We are happy to ship to your home or office.

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

A Tax Saving Opportunity – Qualified Charitable Contribution

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As a consequence of the new tax law, fewer taxpayers will be itemizing expenses because of the doubling of the standard deduction and reduction of deductions allowed. This means fewer charitable contributions will be deductible and the tax benefits from making charitable gifts will be lower.  However, a substantial tax saving opportunity is available to taxpayers who are over 70.5 years old.  It is known as a qualified charitable deduction (QCD).  

Charitable contributions are included on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions.  A taxpayer deducts the greater of their total itemized deductions or the standard deduction.  For tax year 2017, the standard deduction for a married couple both over age 65 and filing a joint tax return was $15,200.  This amount has been increased to $ 26,600 for tax year 2018.  Therefore, a qualifying taxpayer can get the benefit of the higher standard deduction in addition to a Qualified Charitable Contribution

Taxpayers who have reached age 70.5 are generally required to take the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) annually.  If they wish to make a charitable contribution, they should consider making a charitable donation directly to the charity from their traditional individual retirement account.  The charitable transfer can satisfy their required minimum distribution and lower their taxes if properly structured. Taxpayers may transfer up to $100,000 per year to a qualified charitable organization. The contribution is not included in adjusted gross income and can provide additional tax benefits.

To qualify for the tax-free treatment, it must be a direct transfer from the IRA custodian to the charity.  It does not qualify as a tax-free transfer if you withdraw the money first and then make a contribution to a charity.

The IRA owner cannot receive any benefit from the charitable contribution and any small gift or reward from the charity can make the entire contribution ineligible for QCD treatment. A QCD, however, can be used to satisfy a pledge the IRA owner made to the charity. All the regular rules for substantiating charitable contributions must be followed. This means the IRA owner should have documentation in writing from the charity acknowledging the amount and date of the contribution.

QCDs can be made only to public charities that are eligible for charitable contribution deductions under the regular IRS rules. Not eligible for QCD treatment are gifts made to private foundations, donor-advised funds, and charitable gift annuities.

The tax professionals at WarrenJackson can assist you in analyzing the tax benefits of a Qualified Charitable Deduction and make sure the transaction complies with IRS rules and regulations.  Give us a call today.

WarrenJackson CPAs

606 South Main Street in Sweetwater

409 College Street in Madisonville

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Make 2019 a Year of Connection & Giving

Monday, January 14th, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Happy New Year from CH Interiors & Gifts!  After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s time to focus on new beginnings.  Are there themes of health, friendship, and generosity on your list of resolutions?  Start off 2019 with these ideas and events – all great ways to indulge, connect, and give!

New Year, New Items!

We’ll never say “out with the old” to customer favorites, but we do love bringing in new items that we believe customers will love to purchase for themselves and give as gifts.  Each product line is thoughtfully selected based on quality and the story behind the vendor – we value local production and other small businesses who give back to their communities and causes.  A visit to the store this month is sure to delight, as we have new arrivals scheduled every week in January: Charming greeting cards and gift books, elegant and fun jewelry, adorable books and toys for kids and baby, giftable home décor, an expanded offering of gourmet foods, and many other surprises!  

Sip & Sample: January 17th from 5 to 7 pm

Every third Thursday of the month CH will host a “Sip & Sample” event!  Grab a friend, head over to CH, and thaw out from the chilly winter weather with warm treats and atmosphere!  Sip on a cup of Harney & Sons fine tea or a hot drink made with our Mulling Spices, and sample our delicious Chili Fixin’s with a side of Soberdough Cornbread.  All food items are locally sourced in Tennessee and will be available for purchase.  Be sure to RSVP for this event on facebook (@chinteriorsandgifts) or in the store to enter our raffle: We will draw one lucky name at the beginning of each Sip & Sample for a free item and gift card! 

Wishing you a blessed New Year and look forward to seeing you in the shop this month!

Darlene, Kristen & ShopDog Sadie

CH Interiors & Gifts
12556 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934

Cones Cupboard Antiques

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Our Special Gift to You to Start the New Year 

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 and 25% off all furniture through January 31, 2019. You will also discover other unadvertised specials throughout the store.

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 New Year’s sales through January 31, 2019. Happy New Year everyone

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

Knox Cabinet Co.

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Superior Design • Exceptional Quality • Affordable

By Megan Thomas, Co-Owner of Knox Cabinet Co.

Let me begin by thanking all of you for your overwhelming support and encouragement to the launch of Knox Cabinet Co. Your response has far exceeded our expectations. We remain committed to becoming East Tennessee’s premier kitchen, bath, and cabinet design center featuring quality design and cabinetry at price points that meet each of our client’s needs.

We are pleased as well to announce the addition of our newest line of cabinetry to our already full line of quality cabinets. Manufactured right here in our own state of Tennessee, we are proud to introduce cabinets from Kabinart Kitchens. For more than 60 years, Kabinart has earned a reputation for expertly crafted, all-wood cabinetry and design excellence.

Like all the cabinets we offer, we only use solid woods and not the particle board and MDF found in many of the cabinets manufactured by even brand name manufacturers. In addition to featuring all solid wood construction, all of our cabinetry includes dovetail drawers, soft-close doors and drawers, and premium quality hardware. Also, Kabinart offers a 10-year limited warranty, easily adjustable shelving, and a multi-step finish system designed to achieve a high-quality and long lasting finish.

But what really differentiates Knox Cabinet Co. in today’s cabinetry marketplace goes far beyond quality and affordability. It is our commitment to design – a commitment to create that showcase quality look in your home’s kitchen, bath, den, office, or family area.

I would like to personally invite you to discover the Knox Cabinet Co. difference by visiting us at our design center and showroom in nearby Hardin Valley. Discover the truly affordable showcase kitchen and bath that you can create in your own home at Knox Cabinet Co., where you won’t have to sacrifice design excellence or quality.

Knox Cabinet Co.
10238 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37932

Happy New Year and Happy Savings!

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January 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 19th, 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 2019!

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

How Organization Brings You More Joy

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Everyone loves organization.  An organized space looks great, but it’s also incredibly useful because it can help free up your time so you can get more joy in your life.

Whether it’s a daily morning walk or quality time with family, everyone could use more time in their day – and getting organized can help.  When all your pantry items, countertop appliances, and dishware are easy to spot and easy to reach, you can save tons of time in your day.  A few minutes saved when emptying your dishwasher or making a sandwich might not feel like much, but that time really adds up.  What would you do with an extra 20-30 minutes each day.

ShelfGenie Solutions can help you get organized.  Glide-Out™ shelves can increase your storage space by 50% and pull out the full depth of your cabinets and pantry.  That means you can reduce the clutter in your home and make locating and retrieving items much easier.  This will also make your space feel more open, so you’ll feel as if you’re cooking in a whole new kitchen.  Plus, having more space just might encourage you to be more adventurous with your meals, throw dinner parties with friends, and dine out less often.

Along with getting more space and time, being organized can help you feel happier each day.  In fact, the Huffington Post has reported that clutter can increase stress levels and can even lead to lower productivity.  That means that being organized and decluttering your space can help you work better, enjoy your space more, and feel more relaxed at home.

To see how ShelfGenie Solutions can give you more time, space, and joy, give us a call at 865-270-5465 or learn more at www.ShelfGenie.com/East-Tennessee.

ShelfGenie Solutions

East Tennessee's Mountain Views

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Vonore, TN 37885

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