CH Interiors & Gifts


Names Change, Family Remains at the Heart of CH

Many customers fondly remember the original Cranberry Hollow in Lenoir City, a tea room and country store opened in 2003 by Sue Boling and her late husband, John. The award-winning retail business re-opened in 2013 at 12556 Kingston Pike in Farragut, where CH Interiors & Gifts continued to offer “Interiors & Gifts to Warm the Heart & Home.” Their entrepreneurial son, Jesse Boling, concurrently operated KNOX Graphics, and the rising demand for printing services and his desire to transition to a real estate career led to a search for new ownership.

The Bolings sold the business in January 2018, assisting as consultants for six months to ensure a smooth transition to the mother-daughter team of Darlene and Kristen Reinke. Along with shopdog Sadie, they are grateful for how warmly long-time customers have embraced them as the next CH shopkeepers and are determined to be the community’s destination of choice for high-quality, hand-selected décor and gifts.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to share our recent interview with this amazing mother and daughter team.

EK: Your family team appears to have a third member. Tell us about shopdog Sadie.

Darlene: Sadie, my four-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is the shop’s official greeter. She has earned a special place in the hearts of our customers, who enjoy her friendly welcome and happily oblige when she asks for a belly rub. Many say they would love to take her home, but we remind them that everything is for sale except the dog –she’s priceless!

EK: Kristen, you formerly worked as an organizational psychologist. What inspired you to join your mom at CH Interiors & Gifts?

Kristen: Running a small community-focused retail business is certainly a much different experience than consulting in corporate settings. When I was diagnosed with a rare health condition that required major surgeries and regular visits to Vanderbilt University Hospital, I had to make lifestyle adjustments, which included moving to Tennessee and scaling back my busy travel schedule. My mom and I first worked together when I assisted with HR at her Marco’s Pizza franchises, and we both became frequent shoppers at CH since the businesses are neighbors. When Sue and Jesse expressed interest in retirement and a new career, my mom convinced me it would be fun to work together running a store we already loved as customers.

EK: For our readers who may be unfamiliar with CH Interiors & Gifts, what makes your shop so unique?

Darlene: When you walk through our doors, you are treated like family. You are greeted by shopdog Sadie and welcomed with a friendly hello. We respect that some people enjoy stopping in just to browse our ever-changing inventory and displays, some want to chat while sampling our fresh SoberDough Artisan Bread, and others appreciate hands-on assistance in selecting the perfect gift. All types of daily interactions with our customers provide us with invaluable insights which inform our buying decisions when we visit markets and meet with vendors. We look for items that we know our customers will love and love to give: Unique, high-quality gifts and décor that we can offer at fair price points.

Kristen: Let me add that we not only consider the product, but the producer. As a local family business, we try to support other small companies and prioritize those who are local and share our beliefs on giving back to their community. For example, the supplier of our popular Keepers of the Light Jar Candles partners with special needs centers, enabling mentally challenged adults to have meaningful work. We source local, organic honey from Lenoir City; each purchase of a beautiful greeting card feeds a child; we seek out products made in the USA; we gave Jesse’s new print shop our business for advertising; we donate gift baskets to local fundraising causes. Purpose, loyalty, and community are just as important to us as quality and customer service.

EK: Your shop certainly does look beautiful for the holiday season! It is evident that a lot of time and care go into your merchandising.

Darlene: That is thanks to Earnie, who had been with CH since the Lenoir City days and who remains the talent behind why customers delight in how the store feels. She is incredibly talented and experienced. All of our items are beautifully and creatively displayed, often in vignettes, designed to help shoppers visualize how the items might look in their home or be presented as a gift to a deserving recipient.

EK: Highlight a few of your more unique gift items for our readers.

Darlene: We recently brought in a new line from stone sculptor, George Carruth. His original sculptures will add charm and character to your home or garden. With their quirky personalities and names (like Razz-berries and Grandma Nature), as well as beautiful Nativity scenes for Christmas, they quickly become a talking point with guests.

Kristen: A product line that I love – with a story I personally relate to – is BEEKMAN 1802. It was started by two guys, the Beekman Boys, who like me traded their hectic NYC lives for a community-centered entrepreneurial venture. Staying true to country living, they focus on the elimination of chemicals and use goat milk and botanical-based ingredients, so products from BEEKMAN 1802 leave your skin feeling naturally clean and moisturized. Their beautiful packaging – especially the new holiday gift sets – and wide range of clean, appealing fragrances make BEEKMAN 1802 the perfect gift for anyone and any occasion!

EK: What other goodies will shoppers discover in your treasure trove of gifts and décor items?

Kristen: Visitors love our gourmet food items, including the all-time favorite Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, Savory Cracker Seasonings, Cape Cod candies and truffles, and Rabbit Creek soup, brownie, muffin, and scone mixes. These are just a few of our extensive selection of easy-to-make, tasty products that will make every meal and occasion feel extra special and also are great for hostess gift-giving.

Darlene: We are also expanding our gifts for new moms and baby. I became a grandma this year and wanted to bring in a line of ultra-soft blankets, toys, and crinkle books featuring traditional and whimsical animals, as well as everyday and holiday night lights.

Kristen: Lastly, we hope customers will join our new Loyalty Program (text CH to 55678 or enroll in-store) for special discounts, personalized event invitations, and a birthday gift. We also offer a gift registry, complimentary gift wrapping and custom bows, and gift certificates.

EK: How can our readers learn more about CH Interiors & Gifts?

Kristen: We would like to personally invite all of your readers to visit our boutique, conveniently located at 12556 Kingston Pike in Farragut. To those of you that have never visited us, we invite you to discover the CH Interiors & Gifts experience – from the moment you walk through our door, you’re family. We share our new arrivals and events on Instagram and Facebook @chinteriorsandgifts, which is also a great way to engage with us until you can make it into the shop.

Darlene: On behalf of the team here at CH Interiors & Gifts, we would like to thank all of you for both your encouragement and support and extend to each of you our best wishes for a blessed Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Our hope is that we can help you make this holiday and any event truly special.

CH Interiors & Gifts
12556 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.288.7887
www.chinteriorsandgifts.com

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Bitsy Advisor


Live More with All the Money You Won’t Be Paying an Investment Advisor
By Forrest Tuten, Founder of Bitsy Advisor

During the course of the last 10 years, we have watched the Dow Jones Industrial Average increase nearly 300%. Translation: $100,000 10 years ago would be worth $400,000 today. Many of us affected by the recent Great Recession chose not to reinvest, fearing the other shoe would drop. All of us, however, with what we know now, wish we had participated in the historic boom. Just imagine how our futures might have changed if we didn’t lose much in 2008 and had reinvested in March of 2009 at the turn? It’s not always easy to know the right thing to do.

That’s why I originally chose a career as an investment advisor. But despite my enthusiasm for my career and my dedication to my clients, I soon discovered a significant level of skepticism on the part of potential clients. When asked what I did for a living, responding with: “I manage money,” I immediately saw that predictable “Oh, you and everyone else” look.

Would-be investors are torn between self-directing their own investments and hiring an investment advisor. They ask themselves: Do I possess the necessary skills and time needed to self-direct? Does an investment advisor really have my best interests in mind? And what about all those fees?

How about some transparency? The more an advisor manages, the more they make, often without having to deliver more in service. A $1 million client might pay $10,000/year in management fees, or 1 %, yet a $2 million client pays $20,000/year simply because they have more, often without receiving double the service. It becomes easy to understand the level of skepticism that exists among the investment public. Would you pay two, three or even four times as much for a similar burger at a restaurant than your friend would simply because you have more money than they do? No, I wouldn’t either… that would be ludicrous! Most people don’t realize or, even worse, don’t want to come to terms with the fact that their advisor is drastically overcharging them, without the requirement to deliver significantly more in investment returns.

The keys to successful investing are pertinent information to make sound investment decisions and, even more importantly, knowing when to act upon such information. Most people don’t have access to such information or how to make sense of it, except through their advisor, until now.

What if you had access to such information, knew when to act on it, and it cost a fraction of what you pay now? Wouldn’t that allow you to keep more of what’s already yours? It is your money, right? What if the advice also had a 15+ year history of excellent investment returns?

Meet Bitsy Advisor, a flat-fee, subscription-based investment advisory service that simplifies time-tested investment advice while significantly reducing cost to the consumer. Save money and get great advice!

My partners and I created Bitsy Advisor to change the world that you’ve been investing in, to help you achieve the financial security that you dream of for you and your family, and to empower you in your continued financial success. We wanted to level the playing field so that you could achieve more.

Bitsy Advisor can’t guarantee investment results, but we can guarantee putting more of your assets to work for you – money that you’re currently paying in hefty annual investment fees. And the best thing is that you’ll get simplified advice from some of the best investment analytics firms in the business, all in our user-friendly web platform.

Bitsy Advisor puts you in control by giving you full, on-demand access to advice, results, and even an advisor. Bitsy Advisor is fully compliant, responsive, and effective at simplifying large amounts of information into very short “bits” so that you can be in the know without much effort. A user can create an account and be ready to go in just minutes, unlike most investment advisory firms.

We’re excited about the positive change Bitsy Advisor will make to your investment strategy and to other investors across the nation. Bitsy Advisor represents a far superior alternative to what exists today, with more fairness, transparency, and savings without sacrifice in quality. We are passionate about our clients and our product.

Welcome to a better financial well-being. To learn more, visit www.bitsyadvisor.com.

Bitsy Advisor
www.bitsyadvisor.com

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Shelf Genie


How Organization Can Ease Stress & Anxiety

When you’re surrounded by clutter, it’s hard not to feel anxious or stressed. In a recent survey, it was reported that clutter leads to lowered productivity and increases stress levels. This stress can weigh greatly on your health, though there are ways to ease it. An organized space is beautiful, and it’s also incredibly useful. Along with helping you to feel happier and more relaxed each day, being organized and decluttering your space can help you save time, work better, and enjoy your home more.

ShelfGenie Solutions can help you get organized by increasing storage space, improving access to items, and by allowing you to group like items together – where you need them most. When all your pantry items, countertop appliances, and dishware are easy to spot and easy to reach, the time savings can really add up – time that can be put to other uses. Getting organized with ShelfGenie can also help increase your storage space by up to 50%. That means you can make the most out of your space and get more from your home.

Here are some tips on how you can achieve the organized home that you’re looking for:

1. Declutter
To help declutter and de-stress, try separating your items into four piles: Keep, sell, donate, and toss. If you’re not sure about an item, put it aside and see whether or not you miss it. If you don’t, you and your space will be better off without it. Once you sell, donate, and toss your unneeded items, you’ll feel more relaxed in your space.

2. Look for repeat items
When you have a bunch of “stuff” in your kitchen, it’s hard to find what you’re really looking for. Go through your cabinets, drawers, and pantry to see if you have any repeat items. If you have two blenders, pick the one with more functions and give the other to a friend. If you have eight cans of pasta sauce, keep what you can use before it expires and bring the rest to a food bank. Repeat items can take up a lot of space and often go to waste in your cabinets.

3. Group like items
When your belongings are unorganized, it’s easy to forget what you have. As you go through items to declutter, sort everything into specific groups. That way you can see if you have multiple phone chargers or staplers after all. This makes it easier to decide what to toss and helps you find things right when you need them once they’re sorted.

4. Create kitchen zones
The first step to kitchen efficiency is creating zones for everything you own. Claim separate cabinets for bakeware, kitchenware, countertop appliances, dishes – you name it. You should also have designated drawers for utensils, knives, utility items, and so on. By creating zones in your kitchen, it’ll be easy to remember exactly where your juicer or bottle opener are, which means cooking, cleaning, and unloading the dishwasher will be quick and simple. Plus, keeping things organized and accessible is simple with ShelfGenie Glide-Out shelves, dividers, and other solutions.

5. Strategically store your items
Think about how often you use your items before you store them. If you use your peanut butter every day, you should keep it front and center in your pantry. If you only use your electric mixer to bake birthday cakes, you should keep it in the back of your cabinet. With ShelfGenie Glide-Out shelves, reaching the back of your pantry or cabinet will be just as simple as reaching the front, so you don’t have to worry about moving around items to grab what you need.

To help you get organized, schedule a complimentary design consultation today. Our team would love to create solutions to meet your unique wants and needs.

ShelfGenie®
865.409.1197
www.shelfgenie.com/east-tennessee

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Gent Heating & Cooling


Putting Your Home’s Ducts in a Row

While homeowners and heating contractors understandably focus on your home’s HVAC efficiency, one area that is often overlooked is your home’s ducts. Your HVAC ducts provide the conduit connecting your furnace and air conditioner to every room in your home. And the internal condition of your home’s hundreds of feet of ducting impact the air quality within your home – the air that you and your family breathe.

Galvanized HVAC ducts and their metallic appearing, flexible duct cousins may appear rather benign, but these same ducts can be home to not only dust, pollen, and debris, but to mold, fungi, and bacteria as well. During construction and renovation, dust and debris are pulled into your home’s HVAC system. Some of the dust, pollen, and debris are trapped by furnace filters, but no furnace filter can trap 100% of dust and debris. Over time, this same dust and debris begins to accumulate in your ductwork, becoming the perfect breeding ground for mold, fungi, and bacteria. And if you have pets at home, the addition of pet hair and dander can make life difficult for family members with allergies and breathing disorders. If you’ve noticed family members sneezing when your home’s HVAC operates, it’s likely that all of this accumulated “stuff” in your ducts is the source of their discomfort.

Well, Gent Heating & Cooling, your trusted name in professional heating and cooling service for more than 20 years, has the solution. Using their truck mounted, high-capacity, high-volume vacuums and powered rotor brushes, their trained service technicians will thoroughly clean your home’s ductwork, safely removing years of accumulated dust, debris, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold, fungi, and bacteria – all the things that can contaminate the air within your home.

To learn more about how to improve the air quality inside your home, or for all of your HVAC sales and service needs at home or at your office, call the clean air professionals today at 865-247-5092.

Gent Heating & Cooling
865-247-5092
www.gentheatandcool.com

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European Fine Hardwood Floors


Best Wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Hopeful New Year

By Valera Tomescu, Founder & President of European Fine Hardwood Floors

My family would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for both your support and encouragement during the last year. You have helped us make our American dream a reality, for which we are truly grateful – not only for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the opportunity we have to make our own contributions to our nation.


I have many fond memories of my childhood in Europe. My grandfather, a master woodworker, shared with me the same skills that had been passed on to him – old world skills that have been practiced in Europe for centuries and the same skills that I rely on today at European Fine Hardwood Floors. I am grateful to my grandfather for instilling in me a strong work ethic, a love for family, honesty, and integrity. At European Fine Hardwood Floors, we have combined these same old world skills I learned as a child with today’s latest, state-of-the-art technologies. Whether you are installing new hardwood flooring or refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors, we offer you a hardwood flooring experience that is totally unique in today’s hardwood flooring marketplace and totally dust-free.

European Fine Hardwood Floors is also unique, because we are one of the very few hardwood flooring contractors recognized by Bona, the world’s most recognized and respected name in the hardwood finishing industry, as Certified Bona Craftsmen. The Certified Bona Craftsmen designation is much coveted and earned by very few individuals in our industry. Using the patented Bona dust-free system, we are able to safely and efficiently remove all dust commonly associated with hardwood flooring refinishing with our high-volume vacuums, which are placed outside your home and connected to our refinishing equipment to remove all the dust that homeowners associate with the refinishing process. All we leave behind are beautiful hardwood floors.

Whether you are considering refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors or installing new hardwood floors, I would like to personally invite you to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution today to rediscover your home’s showcase quality hardwood floors? European Fine Hardwood Floors can help you make this a totally dust-free reality.

Merry Christmas to each of you from European Fine Hardwood Floors and the Tomescu family.

European Fine Hardwood Floors
865.640.3680
www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

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Workout Anytime


Drop 10 Plan at Workout Anytime

Drop 10 pounds during the holidays? Are we crazy? Christmas will be here soon, then it’s the New Year! We’re going to help you get a jump start with our Drop 10 Plan! Here are some tips to get started: Sugar leads to weight gain, but did you know that artificial sweeteners can stall your weight loss? As little as one packet of Splenda (sucralose) can kill half of the good bacteria in your gut. Your gut controls everything, including brain function and weight loss (or gain!). Read labels before you buy items that have artificial sweeteners. Bump up the water, too, and have protein with each meal. Follow these tips to help start your fitness journey on the right foot.

Don’t wait until January to join Workout Anytime; the best deals happen in December! Buy one year for yourself, then gift a bonus year to a friend or family member for free! As a bonus, you’ll get the full Drop 10 Plan when you join in December. Whether you have a major health goal in mind or just want to get into those skinny jeans, we’ll give you the knowledge and support to help you change your life forever. Everything we do is designed to guide you on a results-based journey to get you into the best shape of your life.

Workout Anytime brings you the best pound-for-pound workout in the industry. We provide top-quality fitness equipment and services, including a cardio theater, weight-training machines, free weights, HydroMassage, tanning, personal training, and nutritional support. We’re a convenient, community-based health club offering a clean, safe facility and friendly staff, with programs as low as $10 per month! We also offer month-to-month memberships with no long-term commitments, 24/7 access to 170+ locations, and great amenities. We’re affordable for families through our Friends and Family program. Your family, or you and a friend, will get two memberships for one monthly price of $39, and both memberships include full access to the tanning and HydroMassage beds. Have kids or more friends/family you’d like to share with? Add them for only $10 each!

In celebration of the holidays, local owners April and Kurt Nitzsche invite you in for a free seven-day trial of their clubs in Maryville and Bearden. Get a head start on your goals before the New Year comes knocking. We’re here for you and your family 24/7!

Workout Anytime – Bearden
6739A Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.558.3588

Workout Anytime – Maryville
141 Foothills Mall Drive
Maryville, TN 37801
865.233.5963

www.workoutanytime.com

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Urban Home & Gifts


Make the Holidays Truly Memorable

By Jesse C. Boling, Owner of Urban Home & Gifts

Be sure to shop Urban Home & Gifts this holiday season and discover why it is Knoxville’s leading headquarters for all of your holiday home décor and gift shopping items. You’ll also discover why it is Mrs. Claus’ favorite place to shop for the holidays as well.

It’s all about what you’ll find in-store at Urban Home & Gifts. Expect to find a treasure trove of truly creative and totally unique items that you just won’t find anywhere else during your multiple trips to malls fighting all the holiday traffic. Personally hand-selected by me, you’ll discover hand-crafted, artisan coconut wax candles from Voluspa Candles, award-winning, all-natural Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, mulling spices that will remind you of Christmases past, and raw honey. Other gift items include local produced jams, jellies, and preserves, personalized Knoxville mugs, truffles, and a wide assortment of gourmet delights that will make any holiday occasion a truly memorable event. Select from custom stationary, hand-crafted jewelry, and holiday décor from Santas to snowmen and from florals to garlands. We also have beautiful lanterns, lamps, and other home décor items, including wall art, signs, baskets, and so much more. Marvel at our gorgeous hand-crafted reclaimed furniture, Vols and LOL socks, hand and accessory bags, linens, throws, table runners, hand towels, and a variety of other items from local vendors.

Those are the reasons why I invite you to visit us here at Urban Home & Gifts. Also, don’t forget to check out our UHG loyalty rewards program, where you earn 10% UHG cash back on every purchase (no restrictions).

Family owned and operated, with more than 15 years of retail experience, we invite you to shop locally and thank you for the opportunity to make your upcoming holiday season truly a memorable one. I encourage you to follow us on Instagram or Facebook to take advantage of our many unadvertised specials we offer throughout the year.

Urban Home & Gifts
10965 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.777.5669
www.urbanhomegifts.com

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Entrepreneur


Staying on Target in 2019

By Tom Irmen

Most self-employed individuals look forward to the day that they can retire. They look forward to waking daily by the sound of their home’s irrigation system rather than the alarm clock next to their bed.


But like managing your small business, retirement doesn’t just happen. A secure retirement is the result of careful planning, savings, and well-thought out investment strategy for the future. Done properly, it becomes a well-directed symphony. Done poorly, it may require a significant downsizing of your future retirement dreams.

One area of retirement planning that proves to be troublesome for many would-be retirees is just where to invest their retirement savings. Should you seek the advice of a trusted financial advisor, or should you go it alone? Do you have the time or expertise necessary to make your own investment decisions? What should your investment allocations be? How aggressive or conservative should you be? What is your risk tolerance? How much money will you require in retirement? Will you possibly outlive your retirement savings?

If you haven’t already begun saving for retirement, the time to start is today, regardless of your age. Later on you will likely regret each year that you postponed planning for your retirement.

Here’s an easy way to begin. Determine how much money you wish to allocate monthly to your retirement savings and then open up a brokerage account with a reputable investment company like Vanguard or Charles Schwab. Both companies offer Target Retirement Accounts. These are convenient, low-cost investment accounts that are professionally managed by experienced advisors that will allocate your retirement savings into a variety of investment options based on your personal target retirement date. Your investments are periodically rebalanced to reflect existing and anticipated market conditions, as well as your risk tolerance, which typically becomes more conservative as you near retirement. What could be easier?


These target retirement accounts are a great place to start, but keep in mind that there are many more moving parts to a comprehensive retirement plan that only a trusted Certified Financial Planner™ can help you plan for. You’ve worked hard for your retirement dreams. Make your retirement dollars work hard for you.

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Southern Market


Your Window Into the World of Retail Shopping Bliss

An iconic retail destination since 1996 for shopping aficionados from East Tennessee and far beyond, Southern Market has become the favorite shopping venue for two generations of shoppers who appreciate their totally unique boutique style retail venue that is so difficult to duplicate in today’s “big box” style retail environment. What is even more unique about Southern Market is how two women entrepreneurs, a mother and daughter team, not only created this extraordinary business success, but also how they created a retail platform for other aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to follow their business dreams as well.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to share with our readers our recent interview with Southern Market owner, Susan Worthington.

EK: Tell our readers how Southern Market first began.

Susan: More than two decades ago my mother, Frances Sexton, and I envisioned the concept of an interiors marketplace by combining more than 40 boutiques under a single roof. Southern Market was designed to provide a truly unique shopping experience inspired by the vision of intimate boutiques lining the streets of a charming village. During our travels of more than 20,000 miles throughout the Southeast, we discovered an attractive array of small business merchants and were inspired to open a boutique in Knoxville. Throughout the years, local merchants have replaced regional merchants, creating a decidedly “shop local” feel to our marketplace.

EK: Describe the types of merchandise our readers will discover at Southern Market.

Susan: Southern Market offers an interiors marketplace of more than 40 boutiques, including a gallery of 50 local Etsy artists. We have evolved into a must-visit destination for discerning shoppers seeking an ever-changing and eclectic selection of stylish decorative accessories, distinctive gifts, home décor, boutique fashions, and original art. Whether you are seeking the expert advice of one of our talented in-store interior decorators or are confident in your own artistic abilities, you will discover an abundance of inspirational decorating ideas that make shopping an enjoyable and invigorating breeze at Southern Market.

With that first step through our front entrance, you will be transformed by soft scents and alluring sights. Your pulse quickens as you try to take it all in – there is so much to see! To touch! To experience! Creative energies start flowing – inspired by innovative uses of color, texture and pattern, the sheen of soft metals, the glow of beautiful lamps, inviting artwork, and gift possibilities. Whether you’re searching for a gift of more charm than cost or something quite extravagant for the home, it’s fun to browse! Variety abounds!

EK: In addition to its charming Southern atmosphere, Southern Market really is a one-stop shopping destination.

Susan: Each inviting boutique is conceived and designed by our very creative merchants who offer a medley of decorative furniture, discerning accessories, hand-crafted art, garden décor, boutique fashions and jewelry, or stylish gift items. Additionally, each shop is a showcase of intriguing interior design featuring the most charming and current design trends. This delightful mixture of merchants makes Southern Market truly a one-stop shopping destination for all your decorative gift needs – including free gift wrapping.

My mom and I wanted to provide a shopping experience like no other, and in each of our 20 plus years in business, we have developed and provided exciting and creative retail experiences for our savvy customers. Our focus is on creating a truly warm, friendly ambiance where it’s decidedly fun to shop. Southern Market is at its core a place to uplift the soul and regenerate the mind… a place that stimulates the senses and invigorates one’s inner creative being. Offering so much more than merely stuff, we are confident that you will leave Southern Market fully inspired.

EK: It would appear that Southern Market represents a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs hoping to launch a business of their own.

Susan: Absolutely. Traditional start-up businesses face numerous and often costly barriers to enter into the retail market, especially those seeking a brick and mortar presence. However, at the Southern Market, the high overhead costs attributed to operating a business are shared among our merchants, thereby lowering their costs of doing business. Our sales staff handles all daily processing of sales and marketing, so there are no work requirements. Our merchants are free to concentrate on new products, merchandising, spend more time with family and friends, or to pursue hobbies such as travel or professional careers.

Having a physical presence often provides our retailers a competitive advantage when acquiring product lines versus online only stores. Our merchants can explore and test their product lines, business models, and target markets while gauging consumer response and adapting to insights and trends. Friendly competition and mentoring internally among our merchants and staff help build stronger and more successful retailers. We offer a variety of affordable space options, from a single shelf to an entire shop, to fit the needs of each entrepreneur looking to succeed in today’s competitive retail environment. Our focus is to help incubate merchants into viable, small businesses. Some of our merchants have even launched stand alone brick and mortar stores of their own. At Southern Market, you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.

EK: It would also appear that Southern Market offers more established entrepreneurs with an existing brick and mortar location a tremendous opportunity to explore new growth opportunities.

Susan: Absolutely. Existing brick and mortar retail stores desiring a centralized, upscale Knoxville location in which to expand their businesses find Southern Market an attractive alternative to launching a new and separate retail store. It allows existing businesses the opportunity to expand but at just a fraction of the cost.

EK: How would you summarize the Southern Market experience?

Susan: We encourage our new merchants to try to imagine all of the possibilities that exist for their existing or start-up businesses: Growth, exposure, physical location, expansion, branding, mentoring, new product lines… whatever your vision is. The Southern Market represents the perfect venue for upscale, small business, local shops. Merchants can enjoy the luxury of having their own shop or second location without the daily hassles of managing their own stores. We are also exploring a variety of new ideas to further expand our merchants’ sales opportunities in the future as we enter our third decade of supporting our area’s small local business community.

One other important feature that Southern Market offers both shoppers and merchants alike is the synergy that is created by combining more than 40 unique shopping venues in a single location. Through creative, collaborative, retail merchandising, Southern Market has been Knoxville’s premier design marketplace since 1996. To discover what all the excitement is about, contact us at 865-588-2260 and come grow with us.

EK: Please highlight some of the retail vendors our readers will find at Southern Market.

Susan: The store provides an ever-changing variety of stylish home décor, gifts, fashion, and art from more than 40 local merchants and 50 Etsy artists, including:

Home décor:
» Victoria’s – If you want it, you can find it here
» Southern Accents TN – A sign for everything you want to say
» My Little Room – Uniqueness is her middle name
» Sweetwater Flower Shop – An abundance of elegant florals
» Blue Heron Studio – Farmhouse interiors and architectural accents

Stylish gifts:
» Schoolhouse Alley – Classic children’s gifts
» Manchester Estate – Men’s personal care gifts
» Jordan’s Gems – A hat for all reasons and seasons
» Embellish Gifts – Seasonal and local gifts

Boutique fashion:
» Euphoria Boutique – Boho chic fashions
» Schriver’s Boutique – Trendy bohemian apparel
» 3130 Boutique – Clothing for women and children
» Melanie B Stylist – Glitter and glam for the holidays

Hand-crafted art:
» Sarah B Weber Art – Farmhouse animals & more
» Originals by Viola – Extraordinary broken glass collages
» Boxwood Brake – Artisan inspired wares

EK: Will Southern Market be hosting any special events this holiday season?

Susan: Kicking off the season this November 1st through 4th is one of our biggest events, Southern Market’s annual Holiday Open House. You are encouraged to take advantage of the Thanksgiving weekend discounts offered during Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the Cyber Monday/social media specials. Also, early in December will be the District in Bearden Holiday Open House and the Southern Market’s Ladies’ Night Out each Thursday in December until 8 pm. Take advantage of additional holiday shopping hours on Sundays in November and December from 1 to 5 pm. Thinking further ahead, Spring Fling, a festive outdoor market, will be the big kick-off for events in 2019 with various smaller events offered monthly, and our popular Tailgate Party in August, where our merchants sell from displays within the tailgates of their vehicles, celebrating the beginning of the Big Orange season.

EK: How can our readers learn more about Southern Market?

Susan: Get social with the Southern Market on social media. Follow us on Facebook and @southernmarketshops on Instagram. We post daily and often with new product announcements, restock alerts, new merchant spotlights, new employee announcements, upcoming event information, class offerings, staff highlights, shop local promotions and discounts, and the customers’ favorites: Product giveaways! We offer drawings for gift certificates and well-stocked gift baskets. We encourage readers to like, comment, and share to enter our football game day drawings. You will also find us on Pinterest with a board for each merchant – a fantastic way to window shop through the gallery of merchant shops. The Southern Market is also on Twitter, Yelp, and YouTube. You can join our email list at www.southernmarketshops.com to be certain you stay informed.

EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to add?

Susan: Yes! The treasure chest! For those of you who love to shop with us, we are now offering a new Magnolia Elite Rewards Club Program. Get a magnolia stamp for every $10 spent (before tax) with the merchants located within Southern Market. Collect 10 stamps and then get a choice of a FREE GIFT from the designated treasure chest. The best thing about the free gifts is that they are giftable! If you need a last-minute gift or one more gift to make your gifting complete, the treasure(s) you choose can meet those needs or, even better, an earned gift for yourself. You deserve to be rewarded for shopping LOCAL! To go along with the program is the new VIP Magnolia Elite Rewards Club, a Facebook group. Join for giveaways, discounts, and surprises exclusively for VIP members.

The Southern Market has enthusiastically supported trade professionals in Knoxville for 22 years. We offer a trade discount to interior designers, interior decorators, home stagers, architects, home developers, hospitality professionals, and others purchasing for resale with a valid sales tax ID. A copy of your current sales tax ID and a business card are required to be on file. Some restrictions apply. For more information, inquire at the front desk of the store. Sign up today if you haven’t already!

Not only do we support the local merchants, but we also support our local community and charitable organizations. We offer a discount in the Knox County School Coupon book. We wear purple and display purple in the store to show our “Paint the Town Purple” and “Purple Out Day” support in Alzheimer’s research. We are currently supporting the “All In Against Alzheimer’s” fundraiser by selling orange and white shakers. The proceeds will go to benefit the Pat Summitt Clinic at UTMC. Our Mother’s Day gift basket promotion with memorial/honor donations supports Thompson Cancer Survival Center. We raise money for childhood cancer research with Alex’s Lemonade Stand each July with our back-to-school promotion. During the last 22 years, we have participated in and supported many local organizations, including Knoxville Junior League, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Symphony League, Parade of Homes, Dogwood Arts Festival, Kidney Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Florence Crittenden Agency, Joy of Music School, and Knoxville Executive Women, just to name a few.

Finally, all of us at Southern Market would like to thank you for voting Southern Market as Knoxville’s Best Gift Shop in the Knoxville News-Sentinel! We are more than delighted to offer a unique shopping experience for Knoxville and to support local small business merchants and Etsy artists.

Southern Market
5400 Homberg Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.588.0274
www.southernmarketshops.com
Facebook: The Southern Market
Instagram: @southernmarketshops
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Gallian Medical Group


Medicare Open Enrollment is Here
By Scott Gallian, M.D., Co-Owner of Gallian Medical Group

Are you on Medicare or are you Medicare eligible? Your neighbors at Gallian Medical Group would like to remind you that Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018 is now through December 7.

We strongly encourage all Medicare beneficiaries to consider enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage Plans offer several benefits beyond what traditional Medicare offers.

Medicare Advantage Plans are offered by private insurance companies such as Humana or Blue Cross. They would replace Medicare Part B if you elected a Medicare Advantage Plan. Most plans work like typical HMO or PPO plans that most patients are familiar with. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average monthly premium for most plans averages $64.48 per month. Some plans even offer free monthly premiums. Medicare Part B monthly premiums, on the other hand, range from $134 to $268, depending on your income.

Medicare Advantage Plans also offer prescription drug coverage known as Medicare Part D. These plans can help you save money on your prescription medications. For 2019, the coverage limit will be $3,820. However, once you pass that limit, you will be responsible for a large portion of the next $5,100 in medication costs. This is known as the dreaded “doughnut hole.” The good news is that Medicare will still cover anywhere from 63% to 75% of your medication costs while in the doughnut hole. We strongly encourage you to consider generic medications whenever possible to avoid this tremendous cost.

Every Medicare Advantage Plan is also bound by federal law to set maximum limits on patients’ out-of-pocket costs. Most Medicare Advantage Plans also offer vision and dental benefits.

We highly recommend that all Medicare eligible patients visit www.medicare.gov to compare plans or contact their insurance company to find the right plan. Not all doctors accept all plans. Gallian Medical Group accepts nearly all Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans (not Cigna HealthSpring).

We also encourage all patients to have their annual flu shot and their one-time pneumonia vaccine. Did you know that influenza and pneumonia are each responsible for more than 50,000 deaths per year? That makes both of these conditions two of the leading causes of death in the United States, yet less than 70% of patients over age 65 are properly vaccinated.

Please call 865-383-7223 or visit us online at www.gallianmedical.com today to schedule your appointment to ensure that you are protected from these potentially deadly diseases.


Gallian Medical Group
10744 Hardin Valley Road, Suite 106
Knoxville, TN 37932
865.383.7223
www.gallianmedical.com

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