Marble Alley Lofts

The Next Step in Historic Downtown Knoxville’s Revitalization

Marble Alley Lofts
Marble Alley Lofts is a new, exciting, and upscale mid-rise apartment community coming to life in the very heart of historic downtown Knoxville at 300 State Street. This new venture is the creation of developer Buzz Goss, who has described Marble Alley Lofts as a “transformative piece” in Knoxville’s evolving downtown landscape. Several developmental phases are planned, including residential apartments and retail and commercial spaces. Constructed by TDK Construction, Marble Alley Lofts has selected RAM Partners, LLC as its property management agency, which is directed by Ram Partners, LLC Area Vice President Gabriele Preston.

EK: Tell us a little bit about this exciting new community.

Gabriele: Marble Alley Lofts will feature 248 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes of which a portion will be completed and ready for occupancy in the September to October 2015 timeframe. Our company, RAM Partners, LLC, will be responsible for leasing and managing the community. We have worked with and managed a number of other developments built by TDK Construction, who is one of our best clients. They have a strong commitment to unsurpassed quality and are very responsive to the evolution in architecture and the needs of the community’s residents. Every community they build seems to surpass their last. Their homes are functional and professionally designed with the latest multifamily living amenities.

Like some of their other communities, Marble Alley Lofts will also feature granite kitchen and bath countertops, stainless steel appliances, and hard surface plank flooring in the living and dining areas. A majority of our apartment homes will include additional special features such as built-in bookcases, kitchen islands, double sinks, and garden tubs in the master baths. Amenities include a saltwater swimming pool and generous indoor and outdoor gathering spots, including a game room with billiard and card tables. Flat screen televisions, computers, and a printer will be integrated throughout these spaces.

EK: Who will Marble Alley Lofts appeal to?

Gabriele: Well, I think everyone, but especially those who work downtown or come here to be a part of the area’s unique ambiance. We’ve received numerous inquiries from people that want to live downtown but not in a student housing setting, and Marble Alley Lofts fits this demographic. It is a traditional mid-rise community that makes no special provisions for students. So, in other words, potential residents will have to meet the income and credit criteria to qualify for an apartment home here.

EK: Adequate parking can be challenging downtown, especially on game days. What are your plans to meet your residents’ parking needs?

Gabriele: There will be a five level private parking garage for our residents and their guests. Residents will never have to worry about where to park. In fact, they don’t have to own a car at all.

EK: What do you mean they don’t have to own a car?

Gabriele: Residents can walk to get to nearly everything they need or desire, whether it’s to eat, buy groceries, go to the movies, or take care of their dry cleaning or banking. All of these conveniences are walkable. In fact, ranks Marble Alley Lofts a 92 out of 100, calling it a “Walker’s Paradise.” Plus there’s public transportation – the KAT bus or the free trolley – serving the major tourist attractions, and there’s a car rental business that will actually pick you up.

EK: These apartment homes are still a year away from completion. Can someone reserve an apartment now?

Gabriele: Absolutely! In fact, we expect to pre-lease most if not all the homes before the building even opens its doors. Those that are interested can get on board by visiting our website at and completing a Guest Card. A representative will be in touch with them to answer their questions and help them reserve a home. Also, if one is already renting an apartment at a RAM managed community, they can be given priority status at a discounted rate.

EK: Will people really lease an apartment before they can see a completed unit?

Gabriele: That’s a good question, and the answer is yes. The technology we utilize today is incredible. We hired a designer with an architectural background, and he has taken the construction plans and developed real life animated images and a video of what the apartment homes and building will actually look like. It’s amazing the level of detail, right down to the subway tiled backsplash in the kitchens. These images provide you with the actual look and feel of what the Marble Alley Lofts will become. You can view these images along with the floor plans on our website. We also have actual samples of the finishes, so if someone is interested, a representative can meet with them and show them the sample cabinetry, granite countertops, etc.

EK: What everybody wants to know is how much the apartments will rent for?

Gabriele: Prospective residents are going to qualify for the best rental rates now. The earlier you rent an apartment home, the lower the price is, because as demand increases, so does the rent. Right now our smallest one-bedroom homes rent for $979. The larger one-bedroom homes, which are 742 square feet, are renting for $1,269, and the two-bedroom apartment homes start at $1,729. A parking space is also included with the rent.

EK: If someone would like to speak with you or a representative, what is the best way to do that?

Gabriele: I would encourage those that are interested to go and look through our website first at One of our Leasing Consultants, Candace or Tracy, will follow up on all Guest Cards. If someone would like to speak to me, they can either send me an email at or reach me at 865-288-0141.

EK: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Gabriele: I really would like to invite all of your readers to discover for themselves all of the wonderful opportunities that Marble Valley Lofts can offer them. I am confident they will be just as impressed as I was when I was first introduced to this truly one-of-kind experience.

Marble Alley Lofts

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“Making Spirits Bright”

The Bobby Todd Christmas Open House

Bobby Todd Antiques in historic downtown Sweetwater is hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, October 9, from 5 to 8 pm. The Bobby Todd Christmas Open House continues on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 12, from 1 to 5.

Each year Bobby Todd is transformed into a Christmas wonderland that captivates children of all ages. From the magical holiday window display to the whimsical and nostalgic holiday décor inside, Bobby Todd evokes a vintage spirit that will take you back to cherished childhood memories. Featured Christmas lines and artists include Byers’ Choice, Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, Joe Spencer, and the Round Top Collection.

Bobby Todd’s sales associates have been as busy as Santa’s elves displaying these unique holiday décor items. During the Christmas Open House, Bobby Todd will also unveil their newest gift selections, quality antique furniture, and colorful accessories for your home.

As always, Bobby Todd offers complimentary holiday gift bag packaging, which makes it the perfect place to “wrap up” your Christmas shopping. Watch eyes light up every time someone receives a gift in a Bobby Todd gift bag.

During the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, be sure to register to win fabulous door prizes, enjoy scrumptious holiday treats, and visit with old friends and make new ones.

Bobby Todd is located in historic downtown Sweetwater, approximately 35 minutes from West Knoxville. Downtown Sweetwater is a shopper’s paradise with antique shops, ladies boutiques, gift stores, and cafés.

Hunter’s Bakery and Café and The Mansion will be open late for dinner on Thursday evening, October 9. Reservations are recommended.

For more information regarding the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, visit and click on the events tab or like us on Facebook.

Please note: Bobby Todd Antiques will be closed Monday, October 6, through Wednesday, October 8, to prepare for the Christmas Open House.

Bobby Todd Antiques
305 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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The Robin’s Nest

Unique gifts for the garden and soul

The Robins Nest
By Catherine Rector, Owner

I think what makes The Robin’s Nest so unique is the time and careful consideration that goes into the gifts we select. More than just merchandise on a shelf, we only select items that I believe will amaze you. Gifts that the big box stores don’t carry. Gifts that the receiver will remember and cherish for many years to come. Or, as I like to say, “unique gifts for the garden and soul.”

When we shop for our gifts, we don’t limit ourselves to the traditional gift marketplaces. We visit alternative sources often located in obscure places, many miles away. For instance, I recently completed a shopping trip to Amish country in remote Pennsylvania, where I discovered a variety of items that our customers are already raving about.

The Robin’s Nest features a wide assortment of gifts that we take great care in displaying. From gourmet foods and kitchen gadgets, to gardening tools, bird feeders and food, to fragrant candles and interior, exterior, and garden décor, fine art, chalk and clay paints, and antiques, you’ll discover a virtual treasure trove of gifts that will be sure to please even the most hard to buy for person on your gift list.

I especially enjoy showing our customers our very unique line of Trapp Fragrance Candles that are much sought after and difficult to find. Our CeCe Caldwell’s brand of chalk and clay paints and finishes, which are available in a variety of money-saving sizes, will help you transform your furniture and home décor pieces.

Need a gift? Don’t settle for ordinary.

The Robin’s Nest
103 E. Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Monday-Saturday 10-5:30

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The Town Framery & Gifts

Celebrating 10 Years in Farragut

The Town Framery
Fall Open House
Saturday, October 18th
10 am to 4 pm

Could it really be 10 years since The Town Framery & Gifts opened in Farragut? My how time flies when you are having fun!

“It would not be possible without the outstanding support of our wonderful friends and family, volunteers, and our fabulous clients!” said owner Debi Tuttle. “Many of our clients followed us from our Lenoir City location when we moved in 2004; many others have joined us here in Farragut. We are so blessed.”

The Town Framery & Gifts will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with its annual Fall Open House. Sales tax-free merchandise shopping, great food, and artists and crafters meet & greet are on slate for the day.

The shop is already dressed for the fall and Thanksgiving season, with the Open House being the unveiling of new items for Christmas decorating and gift giving. The Town Framery & Gifts now carries the gift lines of Arthur Court, Charles Viancin, and TAG. They are also proud to present locally crafted pottery, jewelry, floral designs, and artwork from many Tennessee artists. For your other appetites, Mark’s fabulous munchies will be set up throughout the shop.

Artists on hand to meet and greet will be Kathy Bradley, copper and wire jewelry; Jane McGinnis Glenn, ceramic weaving; Paul Tinnel, segmented bowl turning; Dick Parr, wood-turner; watercolorist and mixed media artists Joe Trout and Linda Wheeler, and resident artist Mary Wilbourn. New for this year is guest artist Linda Stutzenberger, a native Kentuckian transplanted to Knoxville in 1982. A trained professional musician, Linda’s current expression in art is alcohol inks on ceramic tiles to function as coasters, trivets, or objects of art for display. All artists will have new inventory on display prepared specifically for the Open House! Also available are new original oils from Ron Williams, ranging in size from 9” x 12” to 36’ x 48”.

Every customer will receive a discount coupon for their next framing order. However, because the framing counter is covered with delicious edibles, we do not take framing orders on the day of the Open House. As a reminder, the shop is closed on Friday, October 17, to prepare.

Don’t miss this fun day of sales tax-free shopping, eating, and visiting with artists on Saturday, October 18, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Town Framery & Gifts
12814 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934

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Posh Petal Designs

Trendy, fresh floral designs for your every need

By Brittany Tate, Owner of Posh Petal Designs
Posh Petal Designs
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in horticulture, which led to my completing a degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University. It was during this same time, in addition to attending school and also working in the wholesale and retail floral industry, that I developed my entrepreneurial passion. It was this same passion that inspired me to launch Posh Petal Designs in Farragut.

The area of expertise in which I excel is floral design, which can help transform any event from ordinary into extraordinary. It means working closely with our clients and, above all, listening. It means the creative use of every design element, including a large variety of botanical materials and not just flowers, to create the perfect design for your event that exhibits just the right balance of proportion, color, and texture. Special events, weddings, newborns, corporate, birthdays, and graduations are special times in our lives that will be remembered for many years to come, and their planning deserves the attention to detail that will ensure your event is as perfect as you deserve it to be.

Posh Petal Designs, in addition to specializing in floral design, also features unique gifts for our clients, including scented candles, wreaths, women’s jewelry, and scarves. We will be expanding our gift lines in time as we discover unique and exciting new gifts that appeal to the tastes of our customers. One gift line that we are particularly proud of is our hand-crafted, scented Capri Blue candles from Aspen Bay, which are actually manufactured here in the U.S. near my former hometown.

Whether you have an upcoming event and are in need of our trendy floral design services, require flowers for a special occasion, or are just looking for that special gift for a close friend or loved one, I invite you to visit us at Posh Petal Designs for designs that will amaze and inspire.

Posh Petal Designs 

11414-C Kingston Pike 

Knoxville, TN 37934


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Fleetwood Photo & Digital

Helping You Share Your Memories for 30 Years

By Frank Distefano, Co-Owner of Fleetwood Photo & Digital

A great many things come to mind when I reflect back on our three decades in business. When my wife and business partner, Doris, and I first launched Fleetwood Photo & Digital in 1985, we couldn’t have imagined the changes and technological advances that would occur during the next 30 years.

Opened originally as a one-hour photo shop, we’ve experienced many advances that required a great deal of change as we navigated through the new technologies that ushered in today’s new digital world. These new technologies, often referred to as “disruptive advancements” by the marketplace experts, were just as their name implies. But rather than ignore these advancements, we embraced them. The result was a host of new services we offered our customers that we couldn’t have even imagined a few years earlier.

Despite all these changes, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the opportunity to interact and build lasting relationships with the most important component of our business, our customers. The same infants whose photos we developed 30 years ago are now bringing in their wedding photos and photos of their own newborns for further processing, framing, or any other specialty services we offer that were unavailable three decades ago.

Perhaps the greatest enjoyment we’ve experienced from our long tenure in business has been the opportunity to capture your family’s special moments and help you share them with future generations. But if you’d like to take full advantage of all the technological advances Fleetwood Photo & Digital can offer you and your family, I invite you to visit us and discover the many ways we can help you preserve your memories or capture new memories as they’re being created.

Here are a few of the many services we offer:

» Transfer old 8mm, super 8mm, or 16mm home movies to DVD
» Transfer VHS, compact VHS, mini-DVD, 8mm videotape, HI8, or digital 8 to DVD or other format
» Video editing

» Organize and archive your old photos, prints, negatives, or slides to DVD or CD

Custom Framing
» Transform your photographs, prints, or art into masterpieces with our in-house custom frame shop
» We offer quality metal and wood mouldings and designer matting, as well as mounting services

» We can help you personalize a large selection of gifts for almost any occasion to share with friends and family. Our Metal Collection, Gallery Wrap Canvas, personalized gift tags, notepads, and koozies are extremely popular. Visit us online for other unique gift ideas.

» We offer a variety of printing services, including invitations (with a variety of papers), announcements, greeting and holiday cards, brochures, and business cards. Design services are available by appointment to ensure complete satisfaction with your projects.

The above represents only a small sample of all the services we provide. We invite you to discover all the possibilities that exist by visiting us online or at our discovery center. Thank you for allowing our family to serve your family.

Fleetwood Photo & Digital
6504 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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More Consigning & Designing

By Kristi Hickey, Co-Owner of Consign To Design
Consign To Design
While we think about it frequently and discuss it often, David and I would like to thank each of you personally for your support and encouragement since we first launched Consign To Design. Your response has been overwhelming, and our growth has exceeded our wildest expectations.

Our original expectations for Consign To Design was that it be a venue for neighbors to market their quality, gently used home furnishings to others looking for a single item or an entire room full of furniture at up to 80% off full retail pricing. Today Consign To Design occupies nearly three times the retail space it originally occupied, and shoppers travel hours to take advantage of the incredible savings from top furniture manufacturers, including Henredon, Lane, Ethan Allen, Hickory Chair, and more. We also delight in seeing interior designers, often with their clients, shopping here.

Arranged in colorful and well-thought out vignettes, our goal is to display our furniture, home décor items, and art to assist shoppers in visualizing just how these different items can be used in their homes.

We are also very proud of our two DIY paint lines that we offer for those of you who enjoy repurposing used furniture and refinishing your home’s cabinetry and vanities. Our newest line, Blackberry House Paints, is a water-based paint offering maximum coverage, true depth of color, and superior self-leveling and layering features, yet contains no chalk, requires no pre-sanding, and contains no harmful VOC’s.

We would also like to thank the hundreds of visitors that helped make our special sneak preview event of all of our new furnishings that we featured in our annex showroom gallery such a success. But we know in our hearts that we owe our success to you and that we will continue to honor our commitment to offer you the finest in gently used furniture, home décor items, and art at the largest possible savings.

Consign To Design
10420-D Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Cones Cupboard Antiques

An eclectic mix of antique and vintage furniture, glassware, and collectibles

Cones Cupboard Antiques
By Peggy Cones, Owner

I owe my deep interest for antiques to my mother, whose memory lives on through my passion for everything antique. Although I’ve been in the antique business for more years than I care to admit, I just savor those moments when I discover a new item that I just know is steeped in history, and then watch the expressions on the faces of shoppers as they discover that same piece on display in my store.

Located in the thriving business square of historic downtown Sweetwater, Cones Cupboard Antiques features an eclectic mixture of both vintage and antique quilts, furniture, glassware, china, children’s books, cookbooks, and collectibles. All of our items are beautifully showcased in a remarkable century-old building that, like my antiques, has a story all its own. Our building originally was home to a silent picture movie theater and later a restaurant. Retaining most of its historic charm, our building perfectly complements all the vintage and antique items you’ll discover inside, all personally selected by me.

By the way, don’t forget to ask about our unique line of Howard Products to help you restore, enrich, clean, and protect all of your antiques and fine furniture.

Cones Cupboard Antiques
105 E. Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5

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Has She or Hasn’t She?

Gallaher Plastic  Reconstructive Surgery
You have researched.  You have read and reread.  And you are still not sure which injectable dermal filler is right for you.  Don’t worry.  That’s where the outstanding professional care with Gallaher Plastic Surgery and GallaherSpa MD’s own Donna Cress, APRN, CPSN, comes in to help you find the best course of skin care treatment for your specific needs. Donna has been helping people just like you look and feel beautiful for more than 17 years.

Our team, along with Donna, knows that determining what type of dermal filler you need depends on a lot of factors, including, but not limited to, your specific skin condition and concerns, your short- and long-term goals of filler therapy, how many sessions you are willing to commit to, length of results you would like to see, recovery time you prefer, and your budget for the treatment cost.

Generally speaking, each type of filler has distinct advantages and works well for specific concerns, and sometimes, the best course of treatment is actually a combination of fillers.  You’ve probably guessed that injectable dermal fillers, by definition, are indeed injected.  While the notion of having a needle used in and around the face can be disconcerting, it does not have to be an unpleasant experience.  Donna takes several steps to make the experience as comfortable as possible, and you really should not feel more than a slight pinch or a small amount of pressure.  While there is a chance that the treatment area will swell or bruise afterwards, it usually resolves in a few days. 

Our goal is to help you look refreshed and natural.  Your friends will be wondering “has she or hasn’t she?”  And we will never tell. For more information, call 865-671-3888 or visit

Gallaher Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
9700 Westland Drive, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Only The Best Boutique & Consignment

By Teresa McAllister, Owner
Only the Best
Now celebrating our first anniversary, I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for both your support and encouragement during the last year. 2014 has certainly been a year of transition as we began updating our boutique’s interior and exterior. We added many new displays, changed our floor layout, and vastly improved the quality of our consigned apparel. We also adjusted our merchandise to reflect seasonal changes and have brought in some exciting new gift and apparel lines, including jewelry and scarves.

What I’m most excited about are the new clothing lines that we added to complement our gently used, upscale women’s apparel that we feature throughout the boutique. We are also expanding our selection of plus sizes for women as well.

From fine and designer-inspired jewelry to new and gently used women’s apparel, purses, handbags, shoes, and gifts, Only The Best Boutique & Consignment is your top shopping destination for today’s trendy look for value and style conscious women.

Only The Best Boutique & Consignment
107 E. Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Monday-Saturday 9-5

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