Buff City Soap

Beautiful Plant-based Products That Make Your Skin Happy

In September of this year, Knoxville got its own Soap Makery – Buff City Soap. Known for it’s fresh, handcrafted soaps made daily in-store by local Makers, Buff City Soap has more than 25 unique and customizable scents across dozens of handcrafted soap products, including its famous soap bars, bath bombs, foaming hand soap, and even laundry soap.

Located in the Turkey Creek Pinnacle at 11277 Parkside Drive in Suite 516, Buff City Soap has created a higher quality alternative to commercial soap that is free from harsh chemicals, detergents, animal fats, and sulfates and full of nourishing plant-based goodies to make your skin happy! With every product being made in a bakery-like setting called a Soap Makery, customers are able to watch their products being handcrafted right in front of their eyes – giving them the opportunity to customize any product while seeing the whole making process live.

“After watching Buff City grow from the ground up and becoming faithful customers ourselves, we knew it was time to get involved with the brand,” states Brittany Vick, co-owner, “We cannot wait to help grow Buff City Soap’s presence in Tennessee, and we are confident that the Turkey Creek Pinnacle community will absolutely love our array of delightfully scented, handcrafted products.” Jessica Pace, also co-owner, echoes that sentiment by saying “Buff City Soap offers quality, handmade soap products that I believe in and stand by 100%!”

Owned and operated here in Knoxville by partners Jamie Mason, Jessica Pace, Vince Sartori, Michelle Stokes, and Brittany Vick, they plan to greatly expand their Buff City Soap locations during the next few years. A location just opened in Kingsport, Tennessee, on November 13th, and they plan to open another location in Powell, Tennessee, in early December.

Everything Knoxville was able to talk to Brittany Vick and Jessica Pace about Buff City Soap’s Knoxville presence and why they feel this unique store is so important to this area and others.

EK: Why did you decide to start this particular business in the Knoxville area?

JP: Brittany and I are both East Tennessee natives with a passion for success and a heart for our community! With more than 20 years combined professional experience in the health and wellness industries, we quickly recognized a unique opportunity with Buff City Soap. Founded in 2013, Buff City Soap is on a mission to create handmade personal care and home products free of harsh ingredients and full of plant-based nutrients.

BV: Can I get on a soapbox for a minute? Most of the “trusted brands” we’re all used to washing with are made with detergents, chemicals, and tallow, which is just another name for cow fat (umm… gross). Sulfates, artificial detergents, and parabens can cause irritation, trigger allergies, and have other unpleasant side effects. That doesn’t exactly say “refreshing shower” to us. So our aim was to find an alternative. The answer – Buff City Soap!
EK: What makes Buff City Soap different from other soap shops?

BV: Each bar of Buff City soap is handcrafted in what we call our Soap Makeries. Every soap item sold here is made here, where you can see exactly what goes into the products you put on your body. We love that we can provide our customers with an experiential shopping experience.

JP: Our mission is to create handmade products that are full of skin nourishing, plant-based ingredients – no harsh chemicals. Buff City products are fresh and made in our Soap Makery daily with ingredients you can pronounce. Get any product with any of our signature scents. Once you go Buff, you’ll never go back!

EK: What exactly is a Soap Makery?

BV: Our store allows shoppers to experience the soap making process and have input in the type of skin care products they want to use. With as much fun as it is to make soap, we couldn’t keep it all to ourselves! Our Soap Makery offers co-creation opportunities for all ages and all occasions. Any day that you pop into the Buff City Soap Makery, we’ll be right here creating or customizing a soap, body butter, laundry soap, and so much more.

JP: Just pick out your favorite scent, and we’ll show you how we make the magic happen! We might need your help drizzling the final touch on some bath bombs or tossing fragrance into a batch of laundry soap. Be sure to bring the kiddos along – we always put on a good show to entertain them while you shop!
EK: Will you tell our readers more about your signature scents and ingredients?

BV: We have a bit of a “mad lab” stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Even our body scrubs are squeaky clean with natural exfoliants like chopped loofah bits, crushed walnut shells, and poppy seeds.

JP: As far as our signature scents go, our Narcissist soap is one of our most beloved fragrances – it smells like Peachwood & Me Time! With notes of peaches, raspberries, and patchouli sandalwood, Narcissist scents combine to create the most wonderful aroma!

BV: What you will never see in our products are artificial detergents, surfactants, dyes, or other harsh chemicals. We have our fragrances specifically manufactured for us to ensure they are free of phthalates, parabens, and formaldehyde containing/forming ingredients. You can customize your products with the scent (or non-scent!) of your choice and the ingredients that you prefer. The possibilities are endless!
EK: Describe some of your unique products and their benefits.

JP: In addition to our natural, plant-based bars of soap, we carry a wide selection of other personal care products – from bath bombs to shower fizzies, body butters to face creams, shave soaps to beard oils. Our products let you put the best ingredients on your skin every day.

BV: We also carry scent customizable laundry soap that is free of harsh chemicals – only the good stuff! – and proudly handcrafted here in the U.S. It keeps clothes soft and smelling fresh while preventing that starchy feeling that some detergents can cause. Once you use Buff City Laundry Soap, you will never want to go back to anything else!

EK: Are you offering any special seasonal products for the holidays?

BV: Mr. and Mrs. Claus aren’t the only ones preparing for the holidays ahead. We’ve been busy dreaming up new festive scents to share with our favorite Buff City elves, too. Good, clean holiday fun awaits you this year, friends! Try our Candy Cane Forest soap with the scent combination of peppermint leaves, sugar, and eucalyptus. We added a sprinkle of glitter on top to bring you into the season with a bit of shine!

JP: Our Cinnamon Spice scented soap may inspire you to break out the cookie cutters, while our The Perfect Gift scented soap reminds us of holiday gatherings with notes of patchouli, musk, citrus, and vanilla!

BV: Feeling festive yet? Break out the tinsel and head on over to our seasonal soaps section to browse these goodies yourself! Pair them with a bath bomb or soap scrubby for a complete Buff City gift set, and you’ll check everyone off your list in no time.

JP: And, as always, feel free to order online and take advantage of our safe curbside pickup.

EK: How can interested customers learn more about your business?

BV: Your can find Buff City Soap at www.buffcitysoap.com or stop in and visit our Turkey Creek store – just follow your nose!

Buff City Soap has recently created a new soap called “Birthday Song,” which gets its name from the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation of singing the “Happy Birthday Song” to yourself twice while washing your hands with warm water to safely clean your hands. For each bar of Birthday Song Soap that is sold, Buff City Soap is donating $1 to local and national Covid-19 relief efforts.

Buff City Soap
11277 Parkside Drive, Suite 516
Knoxville, TN 37934

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Amish Elegance

Carefully Handcrafted. Beautifully American.

Amish Elegance Fine Custom Furniture

By Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Elegance

At Amish Elegance, we exclusively offer Amish handcrafted custom furniture imported from absolutely nowhere! That’s correct, our Amish families use only American solid hardwoods (no laminates, veneers, or imports) to build every furniture piece specifically to our customers’ preferences. Nothing is factory made or mass produced, making every beautiful piece uniquely yours. We can help you select from a wide variety of high-quality solid wood furniture choices or have our talented artisans create your furniture to your exact specifications.

Whether your style is Traditional, Modern Farmhouse, Mid-century Modern, Rustic, or Mission, we have furniture options for you. Amish furniture is not a style, it is the standard for exceptional craftsmanship. Our Amish craftsmen use tried-and-true techniques like mortise and tenon joinery and precision dovetails to create amazing furniture that will last a lifetime. Representing generations of the deeply held belief in integrity of workmanship, the Amish tradition of responsibility for lasting beauty, along with usefulness, come together in exquisite furniture at an exceptional value. This is truly craftsmanship you need to see to believe!

In our showroom, we have an amazing selection in stock, and our furniture design consultants will also help you design completely customized furniture to fit your individual needs. No matter your style preferences, we can help you find the furniture of your dreams. You’re invited to choose from various styles, wood species, stain and paint colors, including numerous hardware selections, to create your perfect masterpiece. The Amish Elegance design team is always here to help you transform your home into a warm, inviting, and comfortable space that you will enjoy for many years.

At Amish Elegance, we strive to provide the highest quality furniture and the best possible service to our customers. Let our talented design team help create the perfect furniture for your family, your home, and your style.

We would appreciate the opportunity to show you our beautiful furniture and look forward to meeting you. The Amish Elegance showroom is located at 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville. We are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Amish Elegance Fine Custom Furniture
613 N Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934

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Parkview Senior Living

Active Senior Living vs Assisted Living

As you or your loved one ages, the question of care begins to come to the forefront. How much daily care does the elder adult in your life require? And how do you find the appropriate senior housing to fit their needs in a respectful, dignified setting? Determining whether an assisted living facility is the correct path, or if an independent senior living facility is the suitable choice, is a good place to start.

Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities focus on helping residents with the activities of daily life. Some residents may require assistance with personal hygiene, mobility, medication, and even eating. Staff members are trained to offer this level of supervision and support, and some facilities have skilled nursing and medical services on-site.

Active Senior Living Community
In most cases, an active adult community provides minimal hands-on care by facility staff. If you or your seniors are in good health and are excited about a burden-free lifestyle, then an independent living facility would be your choice. This type of facility offers freedom from the responsibilities that come with home ownership along with the benefit of socialization with other seniors.

As an independent senior community, Parkview Senior Living provides private apartments with access to multiple common areas, on-site dining, housekeeping/laundry services, weekly events and activities, building security, and with staff on premises 24/7 – peace-of-mind. While they don’t have on-site medical care, pill maintenance and other services are available. With the goal of making their residents’ lives easier with fewer responsibilities, Parkview also provides opportunities for socialization, exercise, and a sense of community.

Which Community is Right for You?
If you or your seniors are struggling to manage day-to-day needs, then assisted living is likely the right choice. If you’re an active senior, still able to care for your daily needs, and you’d like to connect with other active seniors, then an independent senior living community is your best bet.

Parkview West Knoxville – Broome Road

Parkview North Knoxville – Emory Road

Parkview Maryville – West Broadway

Coming Soon: Tullahoma, TN


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Aqua Clear Water Systems

Give the Gift of Prevention This Season

Reap the Benefits of Healthier Water While Evading Costly Plumbing Issues

By David Brewster, Owner of Aqua Clear Water Systems, LLC

While our holiday gatherings may look different this year, it doesn’t change how much we care about the comfort of our family and friends. If you’re hosting, there are those stressors like deep cleaning and buying enough Christmas chocolates for the kids’ stockings. (And who are we kidding, adults’ stockings, too!) And if you’re traveling, logistics can be a real headache. But there’s one potentially hidden Grinch-like stressor I’d like to identify and solve before it becomes a major issue: That problem is pinhole leaks in your pipes. 

There are a few root causes of pinhole leaks. Chlorine in water is corrosive, and reacts with copper to create a chemical compound: Copper Chloride. This compound can slowly attack pipes from the inside, resulting in those tiny, but destructive, pinhole leaks. Also, hard water – an abundance of calcium or magnesium like we have here in East Tennessee – can erode copper if a hot water recirculation pump is installed.

I’ve heard pinhole leaks can become a huge pain – thankfully, not from personal experience, but from our clients. We’ve encountered countless stories of massive flooding, ripping out ruined drywall, hidden mold lurching behind walls, and $10K-20K re-plumbing jobs due to these leaks. The sad part is most people think there is no repair alternative for old pipes except to completely gut the plumbing system. Fortunately, we have been able to save many clients from needing to turn their home into a job site by simply fixing the water that travels through those old pipes. The last thing any of us wants is to have holiday gatherings ruined by unexpectedly flooding or to return from travel to a horrible surprise.

Aqua Clear’s Kinetico Water Systems remove the chlorine, chloramines, and the hardness that can harm copper pipes. We then add a special filter that re-coats and restores copper plumbing from the years of damage. After installing hundreds of Kinetico Systems to fix our clients’ pinhole leak issues, we can say with 100% certainty that it works.

We’ve been saving our valued clients from costly repairs by investigating their pipes before there is a problem. Not only does this save their indoor plumbing, they also reap the benefits of installing a Kinetico whole house water filtration system – healthier drinking water, smoother hair, softer skin, as well as extending the life of their appliances. At Aqua Clear Water Systems, we are so confident in our turn-key pinhole leak prevention system that we will refund your investment if it doesn’t stop your pinhole leak problem.

Give us a call or text 865-986-4234 to schedule your FREE pinhole leak assessment, and get a jump start on ensuring the best experience for your holiday guests this season and for all the seasons to come!

Aqua Clear Water Systems
1767 Kevin Lane
Lenoir City, TN 37772

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Enjoy a Blessed Christmas and a Hopeful New Year

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

On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for your support and encouragement that has helped to make our American dream a reality. We are truly grateful – not only for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the opportunities we have had to make our own contributions to our beloved community and our great 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 old-world skills I learned as a child with today’s state-of-the-art technologies.

European Fine Hardwood Floors can offer a dustless refinishing experience by using the latest in industry advances. Our high-volume vacuums are placed outside your home, directly connected to our refinishing equipment, and remove more than 99% of the dust commonly created with hardwood flooring refinishing. Our company has been recognized by Bona, the world’s most respected name in the hardwood finishing industry, as Certified Bona Craftsmen. European Fine Hardwood Floors is honored by this distinction, as very few hardwood flooring contractors have earned this much coveted designation. With our skills and the patented Bona dustless system, all we leave behind are beautiful hardwood floors!

So 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? We can help you make this a totally dustless reality.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you from European Fine Hardwood Floors and the Tomescu family!

European Fine Hardwood Floors

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Personal Space Construction

Let There Be Light!

The Many Benefits of Natural Light

By Susan Davis, Owner of Personal Space Construction
Did you know many of us spend more than 90% of our lives indoors? As winter approaches and the days get shorter, Personal Space Construction is frequently asked about the different ways to bring additional sunlight in to make our clients’ homes lighter and brighter.
In addition to acting as a natural disinfectant by reducing harmful bacteria, sunlight is essential to our well-being, and the health benefits are many, including boosting vitamin D, warding off seasonal depression, and improving productivity.

The “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D – an important nutrient that prevents bone loss, reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and various cancers – can only be absorbed through our skin with the help of sunlight. Thankfully, it doesn’t discriminate based on whether you get your sunlight indoors or outdoors. Those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a very real mood disorder, can be very strongly affected by the lack of sufficient periods of natural light. And regulation of our circadian rhythms of wake and sleep intervals can also be altered by our exposure to natural sunlight.

Fortunately, there are quite a few options for ways in which natural light can be let in to our homes. If budgeting allows, you could install additional windows or replace solid exterior doors with windowed ones. Adding ceiling skylights or solar tubes is a budget-friendly way to increase your interior sun exposure. Even the selection of your interior finishes and paint colors, along with well-placed mirrors, can bring more healthful sunlight in to a space. With so many choices, it is often beneficial to have a professional help you decide which solutions are best for your home. 

As an experienced architect and licensed general contractor, we are well qualified to help you evaluate the best solutions for bringing more light in to your house to create a healthier, happier, more comfortable, and more sustainable home. From an interior design standpoint, the lighter and brighter the room, the more comfortable and inviting it is. So if you are wanting to increase your home’s value while increasing you and your family’s health benefits, contact us for sustainable home design ideas that focus on maximizing natural light.

Personal Space Construction

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Marsh Wealth Management

The Retirement Income Teeter Totter

By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

The continued uncertainty of the economy and stock market has millions of Americans worried that their retirement could be rocky and unstable. When the stock market is roaring, it’s easy enough to believe that potential gains will continue to fund a stable retirement. But when the stock market becomes wobbly and unpredictable, current and future retirees start to ask themselves: Will my income in retirement be reliable?

If you’re in the critical period of five years before through ten years after retirement, you might be worried about maintaining your income during times like these. The market and economy teeter back and forth, and you’re concerned about being caught on the downside – right when you need the money.

You might be asking yourself:

» Is there anything I can do to help stabilize my cash flow, even if my investments are fluctuating?
» How do I handle the uncertain future without giving up too much?
» Will my spouse be able to enjoy a steady stream of cash flow when I’m gone?

Here are 3 reliable ways to steady your income:

1. Social Security is the biggest source of government-guaranteed, inflation-adjusted, lifetime income you’ll have in retirement, but much of the available information is contradictory, confusing, and downright incorrect. Fortunately, there are still decisions you can make to boost your Social Security payout as much as you possibly can.

2. Though many Americans no longer have access to pension plans, some do. Pensions can be a critical component to help provide steady retirement income if you have access to one. Understanding how to potentially maximize your benefits is key to optimizing this key source of income.

3. Transitioning your portfolio from the “building phase” to the “retirement phase” is critical to creating your stable income stream. Fortunately, there are many strategies that don’t fluctuate just because the stock market does. Including these assets for a portion of your portfolio can help steady it, even when markets or the economy are teetering on the edge.

Don’t allow stock market uncertainty to destabilize your retirement income. We can help you discover ways to balance chaotic market conditions with a more reliable stream of income through the turbulent times ahead. Visit our website and download your free guide on this topic or give us a call to learn more.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
Fiduciary RIA
504 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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The Holistic Approach to Living Your Best Life

Local pharmacist and entrepreneur, Ellen Phillips, operates a unique, client-centered concept in pharmaceutical care: believeRX, located at 9627 Countryside Center Lane near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville. Ellen and her compassionate, caring team of highly-trained pharmaceutical associates have embarked on a mission to provide traditional pharmacy services combined with a holistic approach to health and well-being.

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

Ellen and her colleague, pharmacist Monty Roark, shared with Everything Knoxville the positive health and well-being benefits that believeRX provides their clients along with several exciting services they offer.

EK: Tell our readers about your professional background.

Ellen: I have both retail and clinical hospital pharmacy experience and have been in management for most of my career. I have served as a pharmacy preceptor for several pharmacy schools and won the Pharmacists Excellence Award while working for a big chain pharmacy. For years, I have seen that there is more than one way to fight or prevent disease. We are lucky to have pharmaceuticals, but we are just as lucky to have alternative options as well.

Monty: After graduating from UT College of Pharmacy, I began working in a standard retail pharmacy. I felt it was lacking the one-on-one involvement with patients that I knew was important in determining their overall health needs, so I came to work at believeRX with Ellen. I am passionate about caring for patients holistically – not just their traditional medication needs, but beyond that into daily diet and nutrition, vitamins and supplements, skin care and anti-aging therapies, as well as other complementary alternative medicines.

EK: Describe the believeRX business philosophy, and tell our readers about your new in-store clinic.

Ellen: believeRX is part traditional pharmacy that offers home delivery (even after hours for our established patients), part specialty pharmacy that offers counseling in the home by a licensed pharmacist, and also specializes in the best holistic over-the-counter health products. In fact, we are very different than the “national chain” pharmacy you are used to. Our staff members receive additional training to become Certified Health Coaches, believing it’s time to focus on our patients as a whole, not only their prescribed medications.

Monty: We have recently partnered with Primary Care of Tennessee and now offer a full-service medical clinic with Nurse Practitioners Diane Knight and Dana Webber. We offer weight loss tailored to the individual patient, Covid-19 testing, flu testing and treatment, immunizations, sick visits, and regular check-ups. Our current clinic hours are in the evenings from 5 to 7 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 12 noon.  You can call 865-200-4101 to schedule an appointment. 

Ellen: Our store carries a variety of quality holistic products and supplements. We carry products that are backed up by the manufacturer and have been proven effective.

EK: Considering our current health environment, do you have recommendations to improve the immune system and suggestions for countering the overall stress that comes with these trying times?

Ellen: Elderberry has more antioxidants than most fruits and empowers the immune system by fighting free radicals that can cause damage to it. The elderberry we carry is locally made and one of our best sellers. Customers use it for cold and flu prevention and treatment and they swear by its effectiveness.

Local honey is not pasteurized and because it is not exposed to heat, it is loaded with natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Why buy store brand when you can get local honey as the healthier alternative?

Monty: Terry Naturally is one of our most requested natural supplement lines. Along with supplements to treat virtually any ailment, there are specific ones that help with anxiety and pain and are also super immune boosters. We also have essential oils, CBD products, and some very useful new treatments.

EK: What are some of your most unique services and products?

Ellen: We offer infrared sauna sessions. Unlike traditional saunas, which heat the air and then the body, infrared heat saunas promote heat generation in the body with only a small amount of heat in the air. Infrared saunas result in a deeper sweat at a lower surrounding temperature, producing benefits such as detox, weight loss, and treatment of muscle pain.

Monty: BEMER, which stands for Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation, uses a pulsed electromagnetic field to improve the body’s microcirculation. Improvement in the circulation of the small vessels of our body may help improve blood flow, nutrient and oxygen supply, and waste removal. Sessions of just eight minutes twice a day have been known to increase blood flow by 30%.

Healy Resonance is a wearable device that is used to balance the body’s energetic field and activate self-healing. The device can analyze human tissues and the human information field for frequency resonance and can deliver optimal frequencies to improve function and health. Call the pharmacy for an appointment to be analyzed and scanned.

Ellen: believeRX has a convenient “pay as you use” or an unlimited monthly subscription plan for these services.

EK: Is there anything else you would like to tell Everything Knoxville readers about believeRX?

Monty: We are excited to offer healthy smoothies and fresh juices without any added sugar. They are either naturally sweetened or sweetened with honey or other low glycemic index sweeteners – and they taste fantastic! We offer medical grade protein, Blender Bombs, YourSuper, CBD Oil, MCT oil, collagen, and many other options to help promote weight loss, maintain good health, and break sugar addiction!

Ellen: believeRX strives to provide a custom-tailored experience for each customer/patient by treating them as a whole individual and not just their specific ailments or prescription medications. Our name says it all. “We Believe in You” and your goal for better health, well-being, and longevity.

Believe RX – Helping You Live Your Best Life!

A locally owned, full-service pharmacy with a holistic approach to your health and well-being

  • Specialty medications with available delivery and in-home counseling
  • Wide selection of natural supplements with expert recommendations
  • CBD products
  • Immunizations and travel vaccinations
  • Medical screenings
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Primary Care of Tennessee walk-in clinic for sick visits, flu testing, and regular check-ups
  • Infrared Sauna, Healy, and BEMER therapies

Primary Care of Tennessee full service clinic open evening hours of 5 to 7 pm by appointment. Call 865-200-4101 to schedule sick or well visits. Conveniently located near the intersection of Middlebrook Pike and Bob Kirby Road in Knoxville.

9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931

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Maple Court Senior Living

Compassionate, Supportive Memory Care at Maple Court

Nestled in beautiful Powell just outside of Knoxville, Maple Court Senior Living offers warm, private, country-setting accommodations with exceptional and innovative memory care. You’ll find our memory care community surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. In addition to intimate, comfortable rooms, there are secured outdoor areas and a specially trained team on-site 24/7.

Maple Court’s memory care program is designed to meet the unique needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Our highly trained staff works with our residents on a daily basis to support them through their memory loss. We strive to offer great care at a great value.

We all have basic needs for love, accomplishment, and belonging. While dementia may alter the way we experience and express these needs, Maple Court understands that the essential human quality of these needs does not change. We want to celebrate each resident as a whole person – not only for who they were when they were younger, but for who they are today.

Everyone has a story to tell, and we love hearing them all. Our team focuses on honoring each resident from day one. We seek to learn the meaningful details of your loved one’s life – where they’ve been, what they’ve done – and what activities might be especially fun or meaningful to them now. Those are the kind of details that make a difference. Families are also encouraged to participate in daily activities – we aim for a family feel and positive social engagement for all of our residents.

The caring team at Maple Court provides an atmosphere where each resident can continue to enjoy life one moment at a time. We create fulfilling opportunities for our residents to experience life in ways that give them joy and satisfaction every day. ​

To learn more about our memory care program, contact us today! Call 865-291-1390 or visit www.maplectseniorliving.com.

Maple Court Senior Living
7545 Thunder Lane
Powell, TN 37849

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Meadow View

November in the Garden

Fall has finally arrived, and it has been lovely! Temperatures are nice, trees and shrubs are donning their fall colors, and gardeners can work in their yards without having a heat stroke.

There is a lot to be done, so let’s get started.

» Stop pruning unless we have had a hard freeze. I have probably told 50 people during the past couple of weeks that they shouldn’t prune yet, and it breaks their hearts every time. I know that when leaves start dropping it triggers this urge to start chopping, but please resist. A hard freeze will tell the plant it is time to go dormant, and wouldn’t you prefer to be asleep if someone is cutting on you?

Once we have had a hard frost, please call us or research before you start whacking. Don’t prune spring flowering plants or they won’t flower. Don’t prune Hydrangea macrophylla. Don’t commit Crepe Murder! We have handouts on pruning, or you can go to utextension.tennessee.edu and print off an info sheet. An informed pruner means happier, healthier, and prettier plants.

» Many of you are still planting, and you can keep that up. Trees and shrubs can be planted if the ground isn’t frozen. You have probably heard to “dig a $20 hole for a $5 plant,” so let’s talk about correct planting.

1. Dig your hole twice as wide as your root ball but no deeper. Put the soil on a tarp or wheelbarrow.

2. Mix the soil that comes out of the hole 50/50 with a good planting mix or soil conditioner. Why the mix? If you dig a hole in the clay and just fill with the planting mix, you have made a big clay bowl. It will hold water and the roots will hit that clay wall and turn around. A mix prevents that.

3. Use your fingers or a claw to loosen up the roots on your plant, and I do mean loosen them up! Once a root is the size of a pencil, the direction of growth has been set. If the plant is horribly rootbound, use a saw to remove the outer 1/2″ or so. For ball and burlap plants, we now suggest you remove the burlap, because some growers are using synthetics that do not decompose. You can leave the wire cage, but keep in mind that if you ever have that stump ground, the cage will destroy the grinder.

4. Place your plant into its hole and backfill with the soil mixture. Press the soil firmly around the root ball. Don’t plant too deep! It is best for the root ball to be at or slightly above the level of the surrounding soil.

5. Water your plant well and use a root stimulator to help feeder roots establish. Mycorrhizae can also help with root growth.

6. Continue watering any week that we do not get 1″ of rainfall. Rain has been abundant this year, but you cannot depend on that continuing. We have no idea what Mother Nature will send next!

7. Apply mulch no more than 3″ deep. Donuts, not volcanoes! Don’t pile mulch around the trunk or you will encourage disease, critters, and air roots.

» If you didn’t do a good cleanup of your beds last month, do that now. Clear out debris and cut back dead or dying foliage on perennials. Remove annuals that are still in place and replace them with pansies or violas. Pull up weeds and apply Preen or another pre-emergent. Make sure you are getting up any leaves that had disease or insect problems so they don’t overwinter in the soil.

» Replace annuals in containers with pansies or evergreen foliage to get ready for the holidays. There are countless good ideas in magazines, on TV, and on Pinterest for you to follow, or let us help you make good choices.

» Some of you are dealing with lots of leaves. If possible, chop them up with your mower and put the chopped leaves around your plants. It is a wonderful natural fertilizer. If it isn’t possible, get the leaves off your grass. If you can’t see the blades, your lawn is suffocating.

» Fall is a good time to gently fertilize trees and shrubs. It is best to use an organic product so you don’t shock them or simply add root stimulator. Most root growth (up to 85%) occurs during fall and winter, so a little boost is helpful.

I will finish with a reminder that we are a great source for Christmas décor. Our cut trees and greenery come from a family-owned farm in North Carolina, and our poinsettias are grown on my family’s farm in Pall Mall, TN. We have a wonderful selection of ornaments and gifts as well, so stop in and do some Christmas shopping with less traffic and fewer crowds!

Meadow View Greenhouses & Garden Center
9885 Highway 11E
Lenoir City, TN 37772

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