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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Clinton Glass Company


The Beautiful Shower People
By Greg Stowell, Co-Owner of Clinton Glass

Clinton Glass first opened their doors in 1957 as a local family-owned business. We are still family owned and operated, but we have evolved into the top choice in frameless showers for customers in all of East Tennessee. In fact, our frameless shower business has grown so quickly that we recently relocated into a brand new, 18,000 square foot location featuring a new Inspiration & Information Showroom with 27 full-size showers!

During the last 10 years, Clinton Glass has installed more than 8,000 custom showers, making us number one in East Tennessee. Clinton Glass is also the only retail glass company in East Tennessee with its very own in-house fabrication and tempering facility, offering area homeowners a true turn-key experience.

Our new showroom and fabricating facility is located at 9007 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, just one mile east of the Kroger located at Middlebrook Pike and Cedar Bluff. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

If you would like to discover the dream shower that exists within your home, we invite you to explore all of the possibilities that exist at our all-new designer showroom and inspiration center.

Clinton Glass
9007 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-247-0404
www.clintonglasscompany.com

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Shelf Genie


Create the Ultimate Baking Station with These Organization Tips

Whether you bake on certain holidays or every weekend, it’s helpful to have the supplies and ingredients at your fingertips when the mood strikes you. Before you get started, survey your kitchen for everything you might need for baking so you can determine how much space to carve out. By creating a special section in your kitchen for baking, you can easily access everything you need whenever you want.  Here are some tips for setting up a baking/prep station in your kitchen.

Location in the kitchen
Most kitchens are set up around a functional triangle, incorporating the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Try to use an area within the triangle that has usable counter space for your baking station. Clear a section of your cabinets to store cookbooks, ingredients, and small bowls. Glass jars are a functional and decorative way to store sugar, flour, and other frequently used ingredients in your cabinet. When you can see your ingredients, it’s easier to keep track of inventory.  A stand-alone cart or rack can also be utilized as a baking station when cabinet space is limited. The key is to keep everything together in one section of your kitchen.

Baking utensils and measuring cups
Keep measuring spoons and cups at eye level by hanging them on a peg board on the inside of a cabinet door. Mixing utensils can be displayed on the counter in a decorative jar or in easy to access drawers. Measure your drawer space to configure different size organizers. The wider ones are perfect for spatulas and whisks, while the smaller ones can house food coloring, sprinkles, and more.

Baking sheets and muffin tins
Vertical dividers can help you to see and access baking sheets and tins in the lower cabinets. This customizable solution is also great for cutting boards, baking dishes, and serving platters. If you’re tight on cabinet space, consider using a large basket to store these items.

Mixers and bowls
Store small appliances and bowls on glide-out shelving beneath your workable counter space to keep your counters clear when not in use. Mixers tend to be heavy and bulky and often difficult to store.  Glide-out shelving allows you to look at everything in the cabinet without having to move around all the items every time you need something.

A dedicated space can make baking easy and more enjoyable. Set aside some time to create a baking station in your kitchen. When it comes time to make your next batch of cookies, you’ll be glad you did!

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

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Farragut Dental Studio


Introducing Farragut Dental Studio
By Kairav K. Vyas, DDS

When my father, who is also a dentist, visited Farragut Dental Studio for the first time, his smile said it all. He said, “Son, this is exactly what you told me that you had been dreaming of.” Of course he took countless photos and videos to share with his professional friends, neighbors, and family members.

My father was correct. Ever since my earliest days in dental school and dental practice, I have designed and then redesigned what I hoped would become the perfect dental care studio and team that would meet the ever-changing needs of our patients.

The first thing you will observe at Farragut Dental Studio is that our modern office is both warm and inviting, and it also employs today’s latest technology. You will be greeted by our team of caring and compassionate dental health care professionals and have a preliminary consultation examination that can last up to two hours. This is where we listen while you share your dental care concerns and goals, in an unrushed environment. This is also where we begin to develop a custom dental care plan designed to help you achieve the smile that you have always dreamed of, along with routine regular dental care to assure the health of your teeth and gums.


At our convenient location, we offer:

» General dentistry
» Cosmetic dentistry
» Pediatric dentistry
» Laser dentistry
» Implants
» Crowns and bridges
» Root canal treatment

In the field of implants, we are excited to do All-On-4 implants solution for patients requiring a full-arch prosthesis (full uppers and/or lowers) in as little as one day. And, not surprisingly, almost all of All-On-4 patients would recommend the procedure to a friend or family member.

We also offer smile makeovers designed to transform the appearance of your smile using whitening, veneers, implants, and crowns.

For patients wishing to straighten their teeth, we offer Invisalign, the world’s most advanced clear aligner designed to help straighten crowded teeth without conventional metal braces. Invisalign’s clear aligners are almost undetectable – clear innovation designed for any age group.

Would you like to learn more? Call us today at 865-765-7725 or visit www.FarragutDentalStudio.com and discover an entirely new level of individual dental care for the whole family.


Farragut Dental Studio
11201 W. Point Drive, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.765.7725
www.FarragutDentalStudio.com

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Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits


The Real Benefits of Doggy Daycare

Dogs are special species living in our strange human world with different needs than ours. Dogs believe humans have strange customs and weird rules. Humans don’t enjoy being jumped on or nipped in the butt when playing. That’s just plain weird to your dog. Our dogs have adapted to living in our households, but they still yearn for the same species sounds, smells, and interactions. It’s nice for your dog to forget about our human nonsense and “just be dogs.” You can make this happen at doggy daycare.

Not all dogs are the same, and there are some who are not well suited for a group daycare setting. An honest evaluation of your dog’s behavior and personality can determine who he or she will play with well. Most dogs benefit from having regular interactions with other dogs, even if it’s just sight and smell. At Ms. C’s, we pair your dog with other like-size dogs with similar personality and play behaviors.

Daycare is beneficial to dogs whether they attend once a week or every day. Benefits include:

» Socialization – Dogs need to be around other dogs to learn the dos and don’ts of how to play nicely with others. If your dog is not exposed to other dogs regularly, they can become anti-social, which can result in reactivity, anxiety, and aggression towards other dogs. For a dog to be social, they need consistent positive social interaction with other dogs.

» Exercise – Walks are mandatory for a healthy dog, but unless you’re speed walking or running, you’re barely scratching the surface of a dog’s exercise needs. Nothing can replicate the energy expenditure of dogs playing together.

» You get a break – We lead hectic lives – long hours at work, running errands, shopping, taking kids to special events, everyday chores – with no hours left in the day to relax. You can’t rush home to let the dog out, but he’s been home all day and needs to go potty. Responsible dog care requires a considerable investment of time.

Doggy daycare gives you a much needed break without feeling guilty. Dogs come home happily tired, ready to rest. A win-win for all! Call to discover how your dog can benefit from doggy daycare. Ms. C’s offers daycare from 7:30 am to 6 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits
2145 Beals Chapel Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865.986.6325
www.MsCsBedandBiscuits.com

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Entrepreneur


Who Are You Going to Turn the Keys Over to?

By Tom Irmen

More than half of America’s nearly 30 million small business owners are within a decade or so of retirement. So who’s going to succeed you when you retire? Or maybe it’s your plan to work right up to the end? Regardless of your plans, you might discover that future events could interfere with even your best intentions.


What if you were to die unexpectedly? What if you are incapacitated and unable to make those same decisions in the future that you make today? What if your children pursue their own dreams that don’t include operating the family business?

Less than one-quarter of today’s small businesses have succession plans. If tragedy were to strike, it would be like dying without a will. In other words, someone else will be making decisions in the future on your behalf… decisions that you might not agree with.


It can get even more complicated than that. What if your son or daughter that takes over your business decides to divorce their spouse? You know, the one you were never quite fond of. Will the divorce settlement include surrendering half of your business to their ex?


Life doesn’t always go exactly as we might have hoped. If you and your spouse are counting on retirement income from your business when you’ve turned over the keys to your small business to your successor(s), your only assurance of continuity will be a well-thought out and carefully implemented succession plan. Probably the best place to start in succession planning is to meet with your family to discuss your future plans and expectations. Next, schedule a meeting with an attorney experienced in small business succession planning. Finally, incorporate your intentions into a final document that describes your future plans in detail.

It’s also a good idea to meet with those family members involved and key employees to review your succession plans in order to eliminate any surprises that might be potentially disruptive in the future. Your objective should be to map out as smooth a transition as possible in order to protect not only the business that you’ve invested your life in, but also to protect the livelihoods and futures of all of your associates who have contributed to your small business success.

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Urban Home & Gifts


Join Us for Holiday Cheer Sip & Shop
By Jesse Boling, Owner of Urban Home & Gifts

Not sure what gifts to purchase for those very special people on your shopping list this holiday season? Here’s a suggestion. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 4th, from 4 to 6 pm for Urban Home & Gifts’ first annual Holiday Cheer Sip & Shop event. Discover a wide selection of personally selected gifts that you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

Take advantage of unadvertised specials throughout the store while savoring some festive holiday cheer. Also, be sure to register to win one of our holiday door prizes.

From now until the day of our event, you will discover a treasure trove of unique gifts, with new gift selections arriving daily. Choose from our wide selection of holiday gifts, including our designer-inspired jewelry, hand-crafted Voluspa candles, and scrumptious gourmet food items that will transform any holiday gathering from an ordinary event into an extraordinary event. And yes, you will find the award-winning, all-natural, and gluten-free Raven’s Original Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, which has become the favorite of so many. You will also find Afghans, decorative pillows, personal stationary, accent lanterns, and serving trays, in addition to a large selection of seasonal items like belsnickles, snowmen, holiday wreaths, florals and sprays, Christmas trees and trimmings, and much more.

Say goodbye to the “big box” holiday shopping forever, and say hello to an entirely new shopping venue that will satisfy everyone on your holiday shopping list – even those that seem to have everything. Also, be sure to join Urban Home & Gifts’ “UHG Rewards Program,” where you can earn 10% cash back on every purchase you make. There are absolutely no rewards cards to keep track of.

Urban Home & Gifts is located at 10965 Kingston Pike in Farragut, where it shares space with Knox Graphics & Designs. We’re located near Costco and Lovell Road beside Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center in the StoneCrest Shopping Center.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 4th, from 4 to 6 pm and prepare yourself for our first ever Holiday Cheer Sip & Shop event and shop where Mrs. Claus does all of her holiday shopping.

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

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Introducing Knox Cabinet Co.


Discover Your Home’s Showcase Kitchen

Most homeowners would agree that their home’s kitchen is the most important room in their home. Our kitchen is the center of our family’s day-to-day living. Our day begins in our kitchen with our first cup of coffee and continues on throughout the day as we cook, dine, and socialize in the kitchen with family and friends.

The kitchen is where we bond, and as Americans, the trend is for families to become even more kitchen-centric in the future as kitchens grow in size with the addition of gourmet appliances, expanded seating areas, flat screen TVs, and even fireplaces. Whether you’re designing a kitchen for your new dream home or redesigning a new kitchen for an existing home, success in creating your home’s showcase kitchen starts with a well-thought out and implemented design.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to introduce you to Knox Cabinet Co. co-owner, Megan Thomas. Megan and her fellow co-owners, Brian Davis and her brother, Lane Thomas, share decades of combined entrepreneurial experience, including residential development and construction, residential remodeling, property management, commercial redevelopment, and kitchen and bath cabinetry design and sales. If you are truly searching for the highest quality kitchen and bathroom cabinetry at near wholesale pricing and a turn-key experience, we think you will enjoy this month’s interview with Megan.

EK: What first inspired you to open Knox Cabinet Co.?

Megan: Launching Knox Cabinet Co. seemed liked a natural extension of our combined experiences and talents. Brian and I have been buying and remodeling existing homes for resale for many years. During this process, we learned the importance of creating dynamic kitchens and baths in the homes we sold. They became the centerpiece of each successful sale. Although we had a wonderful relationship with our cabinet vendor, we began to search for a new cabinet line that offered more options yet was still affordable. After discovering an exciting new cabinet manufacturer, we completed our new showroom on Hardin Valley Road. We like to refer to our new showroom as a Discovery Center, where you can discover all of the possibilities that exist for creating showcase quality kitchens and baths in your homes.

Another thing we think you will enjoy about doing business with Knox Cabinet Co. is the “family feel.” That’s because you will find both Brian’s mom and my mom, in addition to my not-so-little brother, Lane, at our showroom happy to assist you. A former Bearden High School baseball standout, Lane now plays with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. But I have drafted him during the off-season to put his real estate and teamwork expertise to work at Knox Cabinet Co.

EK: Both you and Brian have decades of combined residential development, construction, remodeling, and property management experience. How has this helped you at Knox Cabinet Co.?

Megan: Because we were the customers for so many years, we gained an appreciation for what homeowners shopping for kitchen and bath cabinetry wanted from their cabinet supplier. Our goal is to make your experience of shopping for quality and affordable cabinetry as easy and as seamless as possible, creating for our customers the showcase quality look they are searching for while remaining within their budget.

EK: Tell our readers about the many features and benefits of Knox Cabinet Co.’s kitchen and bath cabinetry.

Megan: All of our cabinets are built from solid wood construction without the particle board and MDF so often found today even in some brand name cabinets, and all drawers are dovetailed. Just a few of the available options include pull-out trash receptacles, microwave cabinets, spice rack pull-outs, and file drawers for starters. But I’m confident that your favorite option will be the multiple stain and paint options and door styles available for you to select from. These are truly high-end cabinets at a very affordable price.

EK: It would appear that many of the standard features of your cabinets are optional with other cabinet manufactures.

Megan: At our price point, you would be correct. Homeowners will find that other comparably priced cabinets do not include the soft-close doors and soft-close dovetailed drawers that we offer as standard features. They will also find that they have far fewer options to select from. All of these added features can transform an ordinary kitchen and bath into an extraordinary kitchen and bath.

EK: Many homeowners will be surprised by both the quality of your cabinets and their competitive pricing. How is that possible?

Megan: Our highest priority from the beginning was to offer a top quality, affordable solid wood cabinet that offered the options that we knew our customers would want in order to create that quality, custom kitchen and bath look. We then developed a proprietary business model with low overhead, custom design capabilities, and intelligent logistics in order to offer this unique value to all our customers.

EK: Share with our readers your turn-key approach, including sales, design, and preferred vendor installation.

Megan: I believe this is truly another area that distinguishes Knox Cabinet Co. from its competitors. We already understood the retail cabinetry marketplace from the perspective of the customer. We simply set out to redesign the experience to make it easier and more enjoyable for our customers to achieve their dream of creating the look that they envisioned. Next we designed a showroom featuring multiple designer created vignettes to help inspire you to discover that showcase quality kitchen and bathroom that are waiting to be discovered in your home. With the assistance of one of our designers, we will guide you through every step of the design process, answer all of your questions, offer recommendations, and even offer CAD drawings using our 2020 design software, which can display your proposed layout design on our 65” flat screen monitor in our dedicated conference room. We have even compiled a preferred vendor list of state certified contractors for your convenience who can assist you in installation of your home’s new cabinets.

As I mentioned before, our goal has been to make things as easy and seamless as possible for our customers. We are in the showroom Monday through Saturday and can help with really anything the customer needs – whether it’s providing an opinion on selections, laying out the customer’s kitchen on 2020 design software, or aligning them with our preferred installers.

EK: Do you also offer a preferred vendor for cabinet countertops?  

Megan: Because new cabinets typically require new countertops, each of our vignettes feature a variety of solid surface countertops on all our cabinets designed to inspire you. We also have samples displayed throughout our design showroom for your convenience. Should you discover a surface that you love, we can provide pricing and arrange to have our preferred fabricator/installer come to your home to measure, fabricate, and install your countertops once your new cabinets are installed.

EK: You offer showroom design services. Do you offer in-home design services as well?

Megan: In the home construction and remodeling marketplace, I learned that it is often difficult to accurately describe the kitchen or bath design that the homeowner is attempting to achieve. In those instances, we offer an in-home design service to enable our experienced design staff member to see your project firsthand. Sometimes it’s not just about the measurements of the kitchen, but it’s the layout of the rooms adjoining the kitchen, doorways leading to the kitchen, and the style of the house that gives our staff a better perspective when recommending a particular layout, as well as cabinetry options.

EK: What is your typical turnaround time for cabinet installation?

Megan: While we are primarily focused on quality and service, we understand that time can be of the essence, particularly when your home is under construction. In these instances, we have developed a system that, with the help of our preferred contractors, allows us to have cabinets installed in our customer’s home within two to three weeks from the time of purchase.

EK: How can our readers learn more about Knox Cabinet Co.?

Megan: We’d love for readers to visit our showroom, located at 10238 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 865-674-5669. Readers can also visit our website at www.knoxcabinetcompany.com or check us out on Facebook at Knoxville Cabinet Co. or Instagram at @knoxcabinetcompany.

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

Megan: We understand that you have many cabinet options to select from, but I would like to encourage your readers to visit our new showroom to discover for themselves not only the quality of our cabinetry, but the selection and competitive pricing as well. Even if you are close to making a final decision, I challenge you to compare our quality and price. Why not let our family help your family to create that showcase kitchen and bathroom that is waiting to be discovered in your home?

Knox Cabinet Co.
10238 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
865.674.5669
www.knoxcabinetcompany.com

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Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center


This holiday season the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is proud to announce the opening of their newest experience, Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit. Running through the season, the exhibit is sure to be a delightful experience, because nothing says holiday enchantment quite like seeing little faces look on in wonderment as model trains zip by. With three different displays and a bit of history from the Townsend/Walland area, this exhibit will showcase different styles and scales of model trains and is sure to be a joy to the whole family, as well as train enthusiasts.

Opening November 9th, this exhibit, which will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the Heritage Center, will bring back the fond memories of the holiday trains of our childhoods.

“The Maryville Model Railroad Club has been instrumental in helping us design and creating these displays,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Heritage Center. “We hope that this experience becomes an annual holiday tradition for the families in our community and for folks of all ages. We hope that we can create memories that will last a lifetime for families and promote this unique hobby, all while sharing the great history of this region. This is the perfect way for the Heritage Center to promote the history of our region in a fun and engaging way while giving our guests an experience like none other!”

The three differently scaled displays have all been created by the members of the Maryville Model Railroad Club. From the winter wonderland/holiday layout to a large “G” scaled display, the members of this club have created intricate details, and their passion for their hobby comes through in their work.

“I was wiring trains before I could do multiplications!” said Allan Gartner, a member of the club.

There seems to be a special joy in taking things apart to figure out how they work and then putting them back together. The operation of these trains is not as easy as it may appear. Many hours go into programming each one of the locomotives, and each one is different.

In one of the detailed displays, the unique history of the region plays the starring role. A replica of the communities of Townsend and Walland have been modeled and even include the famous covered bridge and the tannery in Walland. Without the railroad’s influence, these communities would be completely different. The city of Townsend got its start from The Little River Lumber Company, which started hauling lumber out of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 1900s. This lumber and the various products related to logging were vital to the community and surrounding area and were shipped across the country to places like Chicago and many other major cities. After the founding of the National Park, it was the Citizen Conservation Corps (CCC) who was able to utilize these now unused railroad beds and turn them into the hiking trails we know and love throughout the Smokies.

Dennis Cherry, one of the members of the MMRC, has been working and playing with model trains for 65 years. The display he has been working on will be the largest by far, with the trains measuring in feet rather than inches.

“We all have the scales that we like to work on,” said Dennis. “Garden scale, the big ones, are my specialty and all the wiring that goes with it.”

A different scale known as “O” will capture the holiday spirit with its snowcapped hills and scenery. A special holiday train will disappear through tunnels and race across trestles in a North Pole themed display. Having an eye for detail, Don Clark, another member of the MMRC, has diligently worked to create this display and hopes to share his love of model trains with all ages.

A special “Boarding Pass” will be included in the admission price to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center ($8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 9th through January 6th. It can also be purchased separately for only $4 for ages 6 and up. This experience is free to the members of the Heritage Center. The exhibit will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Each day the trains are running a knowledgeable member of the MMRC will be on-site to answer any questions and to show how they run the trains.

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit has been made possible by funding from Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation, and donations from Richardson Construction. For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-776-4388 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
865.776.4388
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

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