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Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Your Vital Link to Health and Well-being

Local pharmacist and entrepreneur, Ellen Phillips, recently realized her decades-long dream of launching a totally new concept in pharmaceutical care, believeRX. Located at 9627 Countryside Center Lane near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville, Ellen and her compassionate and caring team of highly trained pharmaceutical associates have embarked on a mission to help you to forget everything you thought you knew, and despised, about big box store pharmacies. Like much of today’s healthcare marketplace, pharmacies have also evolved into cold and impersonal assembly-line type experiences where customers are treated with indifference and a rare smile.

believeRX recognizes that your local pharmacy can and should play an important role in your family’s total healthcare and wellness alongside all of your other healthcare providers. Reminiscent of the local corner pharmacy you may remember as a child, believeRX combines the personal and caring touch of the almost non-existent neighborhood pharmacy with today’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry. With more than 20 years of first-hand experience as a pharmacist to draw upon, Ellen and her team have created a holistic and interactive approach to your pharmaceutical experience designed to help you “Live Your Best Life.” 

In this issue of Mountain Views, Ellen shares the positive health and well-being benefits that believeRX offers to each of their patients.

MV: Tell our readers about yourself.

Ellen: I have both retail and some clinical hospital pharmacy experience and have been a retail pharmacy manager for most of my career. I have been a pharmacy preceptor for several pharmacy schools and won the Pharmacists Excellence Award in 2016. I am also a Certified Health Coach with BrainMD and ACE Fitness.

MV: Why do you feel that most pharmacies today offer such a highly impersonal patient experience?

Ellen: I believe in large part it’s because large pharmaceutical providers view the people entering their stores as numbers and not individuals with needs. There is little or no incentive offered by employers to their associates to provide customers with a higher level of customer service.

Another important component is one of staff selection. Are you simply filling a slot or are you adding a valued member to your already winning team? At believeRX, we search for highly skilled team members with a passion to serve our patients rather than someone just looking for a position. It really comes down to “passion” versus a “paycheck.”

MV: When employed by a large retail chain, did you ever experience “what if” moments as a pharmacist where there were lost opportunities to better serve your customers?

Ellen: Unfortunately, there were. As an employee, you were required to follow the rules. You follow an established routine that doesn’t encourage creativity or thinking outside the box. I’m nonetheless grateful for these real experiences, as I began to imagine how the services we provided could be improved upon to better serve the needs of our customers.

One “what if” moment for me that I will never forget included a terminally ill patient who was experiencing difficulty getting his required medications from his doctor’s office. I told him that he was the most important thing to me. I helped him get the needed medications. Once placed in a hospice, when he could no longer visit our Knoxville location, his mother began to pick up his medication for him. After he passed, she came to me and said, “You know why we came here, don’t you? We live in Crossville, and my son refused to allow the hospice to send his prescription anywhere else.” 

That was a defining moment for me in my career and the foundation upon which we want to build believeRX. I’m truly grateful for our team, as well as the patients, most of whom I have been privileged to work with during the last 20 years. We have patients who have been with me since the beginning of my career, and they place their trust in our team to this day! 

MV: Describe the believeRX business model and tell our readers about the services you offer.

Ellen: believeRX is a three-in-one business model. We are a retail pharmacy that offers home delivery after hours for our established patients, a specialty pharmacy that offers delivery and counseling in the home by a licensed pharmacist, and we offer the best pro-active health products over the counter. In fact, we are exactly the opposite of the typical pharmacy you are used to. All of our staff members receive additional training to become Certified Health Coaches, because we believe it’s time to focus on becoming the best version of ourselves that we can be. 

Our services include:

» A full-service pharmacy that accepts all prescription insurance plans: If you discover that your medications are too expensive, we’ll work with you to find a lower cost alternative that puts your health first.

» After-hours delivery service: If it’s after hours and you need an urgent medication, we have you covered with our after-hours delivery service. Established patients can use our after-hours drop box for their prescription. Call the after-hours phone number and go home and relax while we take care of the rest. Once your prescription is ready, we’ll personally deliver it directly to your home. 

» Specialty medications that are high-cost oral or injectable medications used to treat complex chronic conditions: Our goals are to find a way to get the medication covered, to meet the patient where they are and counsel them to get the best results by helping them treat or avoid side effects and by personally delivering to their homes.

» Vaccinations (including travel vaccines): We will also notify you when you are due for vaccinations in order to avoid immunization gaps. 

» A series of medical screenings such as Hemoglobin A1c, Total cholesterol screenings, blood pressure, and blood glucose readings.

» We also offer genetic testing, which makes your medication selection more personal. There are two tests: PGx and CGx. These tests can help a patient avoid trial and error and also avoid major side effects. There is a test for regular medications and one for cancer patients to help select the correct therapy based on their genetics.

» We carry a large selection of CBD products in different formulations such as gummies, popcorn, creams, tinctures, flavored and unflavored, and much more!

» A large selection of Pro-Active Supplements: Not all vitamins are created equal, so innovation and experience matters. We will offer only the latest supplements with multiple health benefits, taking advantage of the newest technologies to deliver cutting-edge formulas. 

» We offer three free 8-minute Bemer sessions. Bemer is a completely painless way to improve microcirculatory blood flow by up to 30%. With Bemer, you can improve blood circulation and increase your endurance.

» You also have the option to try red and infrared light therapy. Red light therapy uses low-level wavelengths to treat skin issues such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds. Infrared light helps enhance circulation in the skin, modulate sleep, ease pain, reduce inflammation, and protect oxidative stress. 

MV: What are your hours of operation?

Ellen: We are open 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, and 12 to 5 pm Sunday.

MV: Tell us how your motto, “Live Your Best Life,” impacts the customer experience at believeRX.

Ellen: At believeRX, we invite you to discover a level of compassionate care focused on you and your family that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s assembly line healthcare experience. Our team will listen carefully to you and provide you with a level of care designed to meet and exceed your unique needs. Not just another big box store pharmacy, believeRX is a pharmacy with a heart for your family. Our name says it all. “We Believe in You” and your goal for better health, well-being, and longevity.

MV: How can our readers learn more about believeRX?

Ellen: Visit our website at www.mybelieveRX.com or call us at 865-214-6672.

9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931

Restyle Your Fur Event

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August 23rd & 24th from 10 am to 5:30 pm

Do you have a sentimental fur stole, jacket, or coat hanging in your closet not being worn? Let Restyle Your Fur perform an unforgettable “trans-fur-mation” by having expert furriers:

» Convert it into a fabulous vest or 2-in-1 jacket with removable sleeves
» Make a cuddly teddy bear, pillow, or throw
» Enlarge, downsize, or repair your garment
» Create a lightweight reversible fur/silk raincoat
» Shear it to update the look

Fur is one of the few materials that can be stripped apart and entirely restyled. Beyond alterations, it can be sheared to a short plush, updated to a different style, or, most commonly, added as fur collars, cuffs, or lining for raincoats and everyday coats to add luxury and style. At our Restyle Your Fur event, we will first assess the condition of the fur of your coat and then discuss updating and restyling options for you. Restyle Your Fur is proud to make perfect fur alterations, always with on-time delivery.

If you were lucky enough to receive a fur coat from past generations, it may require a restyle to keep up with today’s fashion trends. Updating your furs will give you a new piece you can comfortably wear and even pass down to younger generations. 

Restyle Your Furs is an independent business that continues to fuel the ever evolving restyling market. All furs are restyled in the United States by their highly qualified professionals. To learn more about Restyle Your Furs, visit www.restyleyourfur.com. The Lily Pad is thrilled to partner with them for this event!

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

Could You Accidentally Have All of Your Investment Eggs in One Basket?

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By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

A retired couple came to my office recently to talk about their investments. In the course of our conversation, the husband wondered aloud how he could have lost a third of his portfolio in 2008 when he had invested in mutual funds, rather than individual stocks.  Didn’t he have his money well diversified?  On the surface, it seemed so. But after we talked further, I found that he had inadvertently invested in mutual funds holding one kind of investment – large cap stocks – and that particular asset class had suffered a 37% decline that year.  He had mistakenly put all his investment eggs in one basket.

True investment diversification spreads your money across many asset classes – large cap stocks, small cap stocks, mid cap, growth, value, U.S., international, real estate, less-risky bonds and fixed income, cash… well, you get the idea.  Each asset class performs differently under changing market conditions. The trick is to find the right mix that suits you and your unique risk profile. 

Understanding how well you can financially and emotionally withstand a market downturn is critical to building a diversified investment portfolio that suits you.  Why is this so very important?  When you are invested in your right mix, you’ll stay in the market through its inevitable ups and downs.  If you inadvertently take too much risk, you’ll flee to safety as many investors did in 2008.  And if you get out, when do you get back in?  For those too terrified to get back in the market, they missed the significant upswing in 2009 and beyond.  

The ability to stay invested in the market over time is critical.  According to a Fidelity study, if you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 index in 1980, it would have grown to $659,591 by 2018.  If you missed just five of the best days in that time period, you would only have $427,041. Those five days cost more than $230,000! The statistics don’t lie – jumping in and out of the market does not work.

Diversification and disciplined rebalancing is THE key to building wealth over time.  It’s simple but not easy.  

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisors
504 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

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.

Tellico Players Comedy, The Glitter Girls, Opens August 8

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The Tellico Community Players presents The Glitter Girls at the Tellico Community Playhouse, located at 304 Lakeside Plaza in Loudon. Directed by Len Willis, this (mostly) female southern comedy will run Thursday through Saturday, August 8-10, and Thursday through Sunday, August 15-18.  All shows begin at 7:30 pm except for the matinee on Sunday, August 18, which begins at 1:30 pm.  

The play revolves around an ad hoc meeting of a North Georgia women’s social club called “The Glitter Girls,” convened by its richest member – one Trudy Tromaine – who is supposedly at death’s door and wishing to bequeath some of her millions to one lucky “Sister of the Gleam and Sparkle.”  The hitch is that it’s the members themselves who must decide to whom to award the small fortune (with hopes that the Glitter Girl they select, will see it in her heart to share the money with the rest of her “sisters”).  The play can be described as Steel Magnolias meets Survivor, with a big dose of quirky Mark Dunn humor thrown in for good measure.

The cast features seven women and three men: Hugh Aukerman as Arpege Lacroix, Freddie Jacob as Trudy Tromaine, Jodi Moody as Patty Wesley, Brad Williams as Charley Seaburn, Judie Douglas as Valerie Fairhope, Pat Ezell as Flossie Price, Mary Gene Brancik as Mayvonne Rausch, Ku Adams as Mamie Ewing, Donna Devenuti as Corinne Culvert, and Mark Brashares as Dowd Foster.

Reserved seats cost $21 and are on sale at www.TellicoCommunityPlayhouse.org

Rediscover Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion

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Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion will officially open for lunch beginning on Friday, August 9th. Local restaurateur, Janice Alley, will offer a variety of on-menu Southern specialties, including many of your Upstairs at the Mansion favorites such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Signature BLTs. Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion, located on the second floor of Sweetwater Flower Shop, will also offer a combination of full lunch buffet, hot bar only or salad bar only choices, and daily sandwich specials that are sure to become favorites with diners as well, particularly those who may be on a tight schedule. 

Janice’s culinary experience includes 20 years of restaurant ownership and management in Rhea County, TN, and Cleveland, OH, in addition to her passion for both cooking and baking. You’ll also have an opportunity to savor a wide selection of her popular homemade daily dessert and candy specials, and if you’re celebrating a special event, you can pre-order your dessert choice so it will be ready when you arrive to dine.

Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion will be open during lunch Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm and is also available to host your special events, including graduations, anniversaries, and birthdays. In-house catering is also available for a whole host of gatherings at a date and time convenient for you. Meat and cheese, cookie, and candy trays are also available. Southern Cuisine replaced Kelly D’s, who was forced to close for personal health reasons. We wish Kelly the very best and thank her for her fine efforts on behalf of all of our customers.

For a true culinary treat with a unique Southern flare, you are invited to visit Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion, located within Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater. Be sure to introduce yourself to Janice, who delights in greeting her guests.

Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

FarmHouse Fresh

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At FarmHouse Fresh, you’ll find skincare products crafted around delicious food and drinks, with a touch of country humor, using up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms, including their own. They are proudly made in the U.S.A. and put just as much love and care into their products as they do in cultivating what goes into them.

FarmHouse Fresh hand creams, bath and body, and all-natural skincare products are available exclusively at The M Salon in Vonore. Everything they make is paraben and sulfate free, and their fragrances are all phthalate free, regardless of whether they are all-natural, synthetic blends, or essential oils. Many of their products are also vegan and gluten free. They love crafting complex and scrumptious fragrances, but they also offer a range of products made with only essential oils if that is your preference.

The FHF Ranch is located on a hilly five-acre site that’s designed as a sanctuary for rescue animals. They LOVE animals and recently received a PETA Cruelty Free certificate. They never test on animals – they are rescuers of them. Dogs, bunnies, horses, turtles, and donkeys all reside at their FHF Ranch. In fact, their team dedicates time each month to animal rescue initiatives. That’s their passion and the heart of their charitable mission: Funding and supporting the rescue, safe relocation, and loving care of forgotten, neglected, and abused animals.

Why not mush-up vitamin rich, live strawberry fruit cells with whipped sweet cream shea butter? The result is Strawberry Smash – a two-part moisturizer sold with a mixing stick that makes lotioning up as enjoyable as morning coffee. It also leaves skin dewy-soft and can calm a mean sunburn in just a few seconds.

FarmHouse Fresh products make the perfect gifts for those special people in our lives. From charming jelly jar toppers to delicate glass pour-spout cruets, each product is lovingly crafted and packaged for that special someone who will enjoy it!

First launched in 2005, and shortly thereafter, Oprah selected their sea salt scrubs for her O-list, proclaiming “Here’s a trio of foot scrubs that smell so good, I want to serve them over berries!” Since then, their products continue to win consumer awards, including Redbook’s Most Valuable Beauty Product Award, Southern Living Magazine’s Beauty Awards, Elle Canada Hot List, and more – even being honored with Oprah’s O-List a second time!

To learn more or to purchase FarmHouse Fresh hand creams, bath and body, and all-natural skincare products, call or visit The M Salon today.

The M Salon
1255 Hwy 411 in Vonore

Summer Sale-A-Bration

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

25% Off Now in Progress… 50% Off Begins July 20

As the temperature goes up, The Lily Pad prices go down! All summer merchandise is now 25% off, leading up to our HUGE semi-annual 50% off sale beginning Saturday, July 20, at 10 am.

As most of you know, this day has become quite a great social event! You’ll see lots of your friends and neighbors, all having fun and assisting each other find bargains galore!

To prepare for this major event, beginning July 1st, the entire “LaSale Boutique” (the large room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off, clearing the way for the next season!

Shop our great selections of cotton gauze, now the most popular items we carry during the sweltering summer heat. These lines never go on sale as they’ve become staples year-round per customer request! Many new styles and colors are arriving daily, so visit our website or the store to check these lines out… unbelievable comfort, quality and design! Funky and fun, these styles take you anywhere!

Remember to mark July 20th on your calendar… it’s a day we look forward to… seeing so many of our Lily Pad friends on one day, enjoying yourselves and looking for your Lily Pad finds! You may want to come in ahead of time, try on and make your list so you’ll know what to hurry in for on the morning of the sale! We look forward, as you do, to this fabulous event!

There’s no way to clear the store of summer stock in one day, so if you prefer to shop when it isn’t so crowded, plan to come to Sweetwater in the following days and make it a leisurely day to shop and dine. The merchandise remains at half price until it’s gone! We’ll look forward to seeing you when we open the doors promptly at 10 am on Saturday, July 20th!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main StreetSweetwater, TN 37874

Step Out in Fashion This Summer

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Are you looking for some stylish ways to update your wardrobe this summer? Then look no further than Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater.  

Sweetwater Flower Shop receives shipments nearly every day of designer-inspired apparel, scarves, jewelry, handbags, and hats that can liven up and brighten up your entire summer wardrobe at savings you won’t believe. Discover beautiful lace-like patterned apparel and scarves that are perfect for both business and casual attire but are light enough to remain comfortable no matter how high the mercury rises. Also, if the temperature drops at night, as it often does, your fashionable scarf can function as a light wrap as well.

Also, don’t forget to accessorize your new wardrobe selections with Sweetwater Flower Shop’s extensive collection of fashionable designer-inspired jewelry, including their latest vintage pieces. They also offer a large selection of popular clutches, handbags, purses, and totes that can be used to enhance all of your summer fashions.

Sweetwater Flower Shop is your premier shopping venue for the latest in today’s fashions and accessories, home décor items, florals, gifts, and fresh flowers. Right now, many spring and summer clothing items are 25% off, and all fall and winter items are buy one, get one free… with some even 75% off.

So visit Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater and discover an affordable way to update your wardrobe this summer.

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Discover Vickie’s Secret Boutique

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While Salon Anew has earned a reputation for professional looking hair services, nails, and skin care, what you may not know is that Salon Anew is also your source for fashions in Vickie’s Secret Boutique, located right inside the salon.

At Vickie’s Secret Boutique, you’ll discover the latest fashions and trends from top California designer lines at savings you may find hard to believe. You’ll also find the latest in designer-inspired jewelry and accessories ranging in price from $10 to $25. Vickie’s Secret Boutique also features women’s shoes to complete your ensemble. In fact, most apparel and shoes at Vickie’s are priced from $20 to $40.

So if your wardrobe could use a bit of an update, do what other fashion conscientious women do and shop Vickie’s Secret Boutique. Also, make an appointment for hair, nails, and skin care at the same time.

Be sure to take advantage of the special summer sale going on now on select merchandise at Vickie’s Secret Boutique.

Vickie’s Secret Boutique
101 Cheeyo Way
Loudon, TN 37774

Rediscover a Summertime of Family Fun Out-of-Doors

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While many family events can be moved outside for the summer, the professionals at Undercover Systems can actually offer you unlimited out-of-door events, free from rain and the searing summertime sun, that the entire family can enjoy all year-round.

Now is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure that this year’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain and the sizzling summertime sun.  

“Now is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction. And because your project will be completed this summer, your family can begin enjoying your new outdoor living spaces while the barbeque season is in full swing.”

Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family from July and August’s relentless sun, autumn rains, winter snow and ice, and next year’s springtime showers. You’ll also appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces, with a fully customized underdecking system designed specifically for your home and not the one-size-fits-all, big box store components used by the competition.

A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor.

Why not surprise your family with a special out-of-doors gift they can enjoy all year long and rediscover a summertime of family fun at home? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091, and start celebrating the great out-of-doors.

Undercover Systems

East Tennessee's Mountain Views

P.O. Box 432

Vonore, TN 37885

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