Your Interior Design Partners


Decorating Den Interiors

Sandy Kozar and Taryn Stait
Your Interior Design Partners

This month Everything Knoxville magazine is proud to feature Knoxville Interior Designer and Owner of Decorating Den Interiors, Sandy Kozar, and her associate and fellow Interior Designer, Taryn Stait. Many of our readers will be familiar with Sandy’s award-winning designs as seen on HGTV, Knoxville’s Parade of Homes, Knoxville Symphony House and also being featured in a variety of national and international publications. Her most recently featured design is in a new book, “The Kitchen Bible” by Barbara Ballinger. Additionally, it is her unique approach that delivers professional design assistance in an approachable, cost-effective, and ultimately a successful way.

Often misunderstood by prospective clients, many people mistakenly view the hiring of an interior designer as a daunting, even intimidating task that must be far too expensive for the average homeowner. In this issue, Sandy and Taryn explain their uncommon and refreshing perspectives that will definitely help you enhance your understanding of interior design and how they strive to work within your design budget.

EK: Sandy, although many prospective clients might be too embarrassed to ask you this, can everyone afford an interior designer?

Sandy: Selecting the right design professional and getting them involved early in your decorating process is crucial to the success of your project. In reality, an interior designer can save you money because homeowners often make costly mistakes before contacting us. They also can pay more for furnishings, window treatments, art, rugs, accessories that end up not working well or do not fit properly. We work within your design budget and our design work is completely scalable. The design project can be implemented room by room as your time and design budget allow. Best of all, we do not charge by the hour for our design services when product is purchased! We can do this due to our long-standing agreement with hand-selected, top-quality manufacturers and suppliers.

EK: How can I be assured that your designs will be a reflection of my unique lifestyle and taste and not those of the designer?

Sandy: The end result of what we deliver is consistently a reflection of your own individual taste and style. We ensure that the look of your home is as unique as you are. All designs are artfully and carefully created to your needs. It is never an ‘off the shelf’ solution presented to everyone. We consider the function of a room before beginning the design process and bring you designs in a 3-D format.
The style always shines through with your lifestyle. It allows your home to sparkle and express to family and friends that you made the effort to make it beautiful and comfortable. We simply help you to differentiate yourselves from the everyday home designs.

EK: What should I expect during my complimentary consultation?

Taryn: We spend time getting to know you and your project—and you getting to know us. We offer a complimentary consultation as an exclusive, “Refresh and Renew Review” of your home to show you how best to showcase your home within a variety of design budgets.

EK: What happens after the initial consultation?

Taryn: If you decide after the complimentary consultation that you would like to work with us, our design appointment will be scheduled. At the design appointment, we bring back designs that highlight everything that we discussed on the first appointment. Orders are placed, followed and gathered so that installation can be done in one day! That is our favorite day! We send you to another part of the house, or you can go run errands or whatever, and then you are brought back in for “the big reveal!”

EK: What can you offer to your existing clients?

Sandy: After the work is completed we follow up to ensure your satisfaction. We hope to have you as a “client for life” by offering our new Free Annual Style Review to ensure that you are happy and satisfied with your new look or want to add to the project or start a new one.

EK: You are also a Decorating Den Interiors franchise owner. Why should that be important to me?

Sandy: Decorating Den Interiors has been in business for 45 years as a well-known and respected international company that adheres to the highest standards of quality, design, and integrity. We can provide the resources, industry best pricing and exclusive designer lines that you can’t get anywhere else. Locally owned and delivered, yet we have access to the very national and international products you require to give your home an individual look!

EK: Do you find that most clients have a vision of what they would like but just don’t know how or where to start?

Sandy: In most cases, this is absolutely true. 50% of the potential clients that contact us have never worked with a designer before. That’s why our individual approach to interior design is so important. We invest a great deal of time in learning about each and every client. We’re the facilitators. It is only after we discover each client’s unique tastes, lifestyle, color preferences, textures, design budget, and much more, that we present them with several design options that feature 3-D space plans, lighting, fabrics, colors, finishes, art, and rugs that are on budget. We transform the apprehension that many clients have to interior design into an adventure where we’ve developed many ongoing friendships with our clients.

EK: How can a prospective client who may be considering using the services of an interior designer learn more about you?


Taryn: It is very simple, just contact us in our Studio at 865-982-6368 or visit our website at www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com. We make the whole process easy for you. The hardest part is overcoming any fears you may have of working with a designer. You will be glad you did and thrilled with the results!

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

Sandy: I encourage anyone wanting a more beautiful home with a warm, comfortable living environment to take advantage of the complimentary “Refresh Review and Renew” consultation. It is the easiest first step you can take to make your home more enjoyable for you and your entire family. We’d love to help you make your house a beautiful place to come home to!

Sandy Kozar, Owner/Interior Designer
Taryn Stait, Interior Designer
Decorating Den Interiors
865.982.6368
www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com

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The Way Medicine Used to Be


Essential Health Access

The Way Medicine Used to Be

Many of us remember a time when we had a relationship with our healthcare provider, before all of the changes in the healthcare marketplace, leaving most of the decisions impacting our healthcare to insurance companies or bureaucrats. Today a growing number of physicians are actually incentivized to see more patients, resulting in doctor/patient appointments of only 10 to 15 minutes.

Fortunately, there are healthcare providers who, recognizing the growing dissatisfaction by many patients with the inadequacies of today’s healthcare environment, are offering patients options – options that allow them to experience medicine the way it used to be. Dr. Timothy E. Bell, D.O., is one such area physician that offers his patients compassionate, caring, and personal preventive medicine.

EK: First of all, congratulations on being voted “Best Physician in Roane County” by the readers of Roane County News where, in addition to Knoxville, you also practice medicine.

Dr. Bell: Thank you! I was certainly honored by the news. It means a lot to receive this kind of recognition for something that is an everyday part of how I practice medicine.

EK: I know that providing personal preventive healthcare is the cornerstone of your practice. Is that why you have elected to remain in private practice, and how do your patients benefit?



Dr. Bell: As you stated earlier, the healthcare marketplace is quickly changing. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult for a physician to survive in this environment. To put it simply, as insurance providers continue to cut reimbursements to physicians, it creates the need to see more and more patients on a daily basis just to be able to operate their practice. Thus, patients are moved in and out of the office quickly, and the patient care suffers greatly with little or no time to really address important patient issues. By remaining a solo practice, I’m able to maintain a certain quality of care that I wouldn’t be permitted to if we were a part of a large group or major healthcare company. In our practice at Essential Health Access, we focus mainly on preventive health, which allows the patient to potentially avoid many health issues and live healthier, happier, productive lives as they age and at the same time only paying for their specific healthcare needs. In other words, healthcare today is set up in such a way that you pay a premium for a service whether you use it or not. Our practice benefits the patient by avoiding possible health issues, as well as saving them money.


EK: Tell our readers how your practice is unique, and describe the advantages of having access to a private practice physician.

Dr. Bell: Well, as an Osteopathic Physician, I believe that if you treat all aspects of a person’s health – that is mind, body and spirit – the body will inherently heal itself. Our new practice is centered on access to your personal physician. By this I mean that our patients would be able to pick up the phone and call for help at any time. You would have the option of having a scheduled appointment via a HIPPA compliant, high-definition video conference, or perhaps it would simply be a visit on the phone. You may prefer to stop by our Farragut office or have us come to your home or place of business. In any event, we want to be accessible and convenient for our members.

EK: Even though you charge for your services, patients may actually pay less for their total healthcare. Give us an example.

Dr. Bell: Because everything we do is menu based, you pay only for what you ask for. We offer a monthly access fee, which is NOT an insurance policy. In fact, we don’t except any insurances, which allows us to keep our cost down and deal directly with our patients. Your access fee or membership fee simply gives you, the patient, access to schedule a visit by whichever means suits you best. For example, a regular visit in the office or by phone is a small fee. Our nighttime and weekend calls have an additional fee. Even after adding up these costs, one would still pay less than if you had to visit a walk-in clinic or emergency room for a person who doesn’t have any insurance. If you do carry a health insurance policy, the amount of money you may be paying in monthly premiums, especially those with lower deductibles, could far exceed what you have need of. But perhaps we can look at it in a different way… how much more would we save if we would only be more proactive in our efforts in learning how to eat right, exercise effectively, breathe clean air, and get a better restorative night’s sleep?

EK: How can our readers learn more about Essential Health Access?

Dr. Bell: First of all, they can keep reading your magazine! We would be happy to send an informational packet to anyone who emails us at essentialhealthaccess@gmail.com. You can also visit us online at www.e-healthaccess.com. 



EK: Anything else you would like to add?


Dr. Bell: I’m committed to practicing high-quality, evidence-based medicine that is personal, preventive, and accessible. I don’t think having insurance should be required to access this kind of healthcare. I don’t believe we have to settle for the diminishing quality of our healthcare system at the hands of our bureaucrats and insurance companies. I think a personal relationship with our doctors is what promotes good health practices.

Essential Health Access
11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Farragut, TN 37934
865.441.4883

www.e-healthaccess.com
essentialhealthaccess@gmail.com

Timothy E. Bell, D.O.
Certified Osteopathic Family Physician
Member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, board member of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association, member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

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Getting Your Home’s Roof Ready for Santa’s Sleigh


All Dry Roofing
By Brian C. Smith, Owner of All Dry Roofing

Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against the searing sun, rain, wind, hail, ice, and snow. It’s exposed to more potentially damaging elements than nearly any other area of your home’s exterior. For this reason, the best way to protect your home is to keep your roof in good, sound condition at all times.

Make a point of visually inspecting your home’s roof periodically. If you observe something that’s questionable, it’s best to contact a licensed roofing contractor who can make a thorough evaluation of your roof.

A trained professional will evaluate the following areas:
» Roof structure
» Existing roof materials
» Roof flashings
» Gutters
» Vent pipes
» Loose or rusting fasteners

They will also check for leaks that may be occurring inside your attic to see if it is insulation related. This will save you money on your monthly utility bill.

The best time to take corrective action is at the first sign of a problem, before it becomes an even bigger problem that’s more expensive to repair and might damage your home’s interior. The best way to avoid future problems is to have your home roofed or re-roofed correctly the first time. Unfortunately, many problems homeowners experience are a direct result of poor materials and workmanship. Sadly, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between a roof that’s been installed properly and one that’s been installed poorly.

The best way to avoid problems is to select an experienced and qualified, licensed, and insured roofing contractor. Request references and check them. Contact the Better Business Bureau as well.

As owner of All Dry Roofing, I personally meet with every homeowner. I conduct a thorough evaluation of your home’s roof and make recommendations and discuss possible alternatives.

At All Dry Roofing, every roof we install is not only backed up by a guarantee, but all work is performed in a manner to ensure the roofing manufacturer’s warranty isn’t voided by failure to adhere to required specifications. We also protect your home by using roofing materials such as ice and water barriers and lifetime warrantied roof vent boots at no additional charge. These added safeguards are standard features we provide at no added cost. You may also want to ask about our convenient financing program

So whether you need a minor roof repair or a new roof to protect your home or just to get ready for Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, I invite you to discover the All Dry Roofing difference.

All Dry Roofing
2544 E. Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37804
865.233.5888

www.alldryroofinginc.com

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N-Hance Your Home’s Wood Cabinets and Floors


N-Hance Wood RenewalBy Carleen Head, Owner of N-Hance Wood Renewal of Knoxville

Up until just recently, homeowners wishing to upgrade their home’s existing wood cabinets and flooring had few options, and all of them expensive. Cabinets could be replaced or resurfaced with the addition of new cabinet doors. Wood floors, again, could be replaced or refinished. But now, thanks to a revolutionary and proprietary system introduced by N-Hance Wood Renewal, homeowners now have a third and much more cost-effective alternative that restores your existing wood surfaces.

N-Hance Wood Renewal is an innovative, affordable wood cabinet and floor renewal service that renews wood surfaces without the dust, inconvenience, and noxious fumes associated with traditional methods. N-Hance uses gentle products and services to clean, repair, and renew wood floors, cabinets, trims, and furniture to a beautiful, near-new glow, saving customers time and money over the traditional refinishing, re-facing, or replacing alternatives. Cabinet refinishing is typically one-third to one-fifth of the cost of re-facing or replacing cabinets.

Additionally, N-Hance uses a proprietary technology called Lightspeed® Instant-Cure Wood Refinishing, which instantly dries and cures refinished wood surfaces. Not only is it great for commercial settings where businesses can’t afford to close, but it also assists homeowners who are seeking a quick return on investment when preparing their home for sale.

One advantage that really sets us apart from our competitors is that we can, in some cases, begin a wood renewal process when the customer goes to work in the morning and have it completed by the time they get home. Homeowners are always amazed at the quality of the results accomplished in such a short amount of time. In addition to the cost, time, and convenience perks of N-Hance’s services, there is also a “green” aspect.

To learn more, and to discover just how cost-effective it is to N-Hance your home’s wood cabinets and floors without the dust, mess, or odor, I invite you to call me today.

N-Hance Wood Renewal of Knoxville
865.806.7766

www.nhance.com/knoxville

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Jennifer McMillen, M.D., Joins Summit Medical Associates


Summit Medical Associates

Summit Medical Associates is proud to announce that Jennifer McMillen, M.D., has joined the staff of one of East Tennessee’s largest primary care providers and home to the hundreds of other caring and compassionate healthcare professionals who are all committed to providing the highest and most professional level of healthcare available. Raised in the Dickson, Tennessee area, Jennifer made the decision early in her life to follow in the footsteps of her father, a practicing family physician, for more than 30 years.

“I remember as a little girl going to work with my father,” said Dr. McMillen. “I loved every moment. I remember how much I admired him for his compassion and caring nature and the positive impact on the people in our community. It was also gratifying to observe how grateful his patients were for all his efforts on their behalf. This life-changing experience led to my decision to become a physician, like my father, and to serve my community.”

Dr. McMillen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After earning her Doctor of Medicine credentials, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

“With all my experiences and the many lifelong relationships I’ve developed, I decided to make Knoxville my home, along with my husband of six years, a clinical pharmacist, and my two boys, ages one and three,” said Dr. McMillen. “Summit Medical Group offered a diversity of experience for me as an internist, as well as an unparalleled commitment to providing the highest level of patient care available. Most importantly, I’m blessed with the opportunity to provide optimal care to the individuals of my community. With Summit’s mission of providing quality care, value, and service to its community, it reminds me of how my journey began as a little girl longing to follow in my father’s footsteps. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the many other caring healthcare professionals here.”

In addition to Dr. McMillen, there are 10 physicians and three Nurse Practitioners on staff, including Jerome McKenzie, M.D., Robert N. Montgomery, M.D., William B. Robinson III, M.D., Edward F.M. Good, M.D., Ted R. Stallings, M.D., Louis A. Smith, M.D., Udit Chaudhuri, M.D., J. Thomas Kirby, M.D., Hollis J. Cotton, M.D., Ketan S. Hira, D.O., Angela Brewer, N.P., Debra S. Rose, N.P., and Emily A. Montgomery, N.P. Medical Associates also has Clinical Health Psychologists and a pharmacist on-site to discuss medication questions. Patient classes are also available, including a diabetes education class at this location.

Summit Medical Associates is part of one of the largest primary care groups in East Tennessee (Summit Medical Group), which encompasses much more than primary care, including urgent care clinics, diagnostics, physical therapy, sleep center, and a central lab. They are conveniently located at 9333 Park West Boulevard. Hours of operation are 7 am to 4:30 pm, with an early morning walk-in clinic for existing patients from 7 to 9 am, where no appointment is needed.

Summit Medical Associates
9333 Park West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.531.4600
www.summitmedicalassociates.net

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Become an AAA Solo Traveler


AAA Travel

Become an AAA Solo Traveler
By Karen Casey, AAA Field Manager

Like so many of you, I love the adventures that travel offers. Traveling to explore Alaska’s majestic glaciers, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower in Paris all leave us with an impression – a sensation – that captures a moment in time that each of us will remember for a lifetime.

Even before I was married, I traveled as a single like so many of you. But I must admit that traveling alone, particularly when most of your fellow travelers are couples, can seem a bit awkward at times, especially during free time when others in your group shop, dine, or explore as couples. Sure, they may extend an invitation to you to join them, but that can leave you feeling a bit out of place.

Knowing first-hand exactly how you feel, I launched a new travel experience called AAA Solo Traveler. Perfect for singles, wives whose husbands hate to travel, moms and daughters, those that have lost a spouse, you name it, Solo Traveler provides you with a sense of inclusion or belonging and safety that couples experience when they travel.

You don’t need to dread those periods of free time that made you feel like a fifth wheel. If you choose to venture out on your own, fantastic. But I also offer exciting alternatives for you to join in on, including shopping, museum tours, or restaurant adventures.

We have two great Solo Traveler tours to announce in 2015 that I just know you’re going to enjoy.

In May, discover the beauty of the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship for a seven-day adventure from Rome to Barcelona. With no packing and unpacking, you’ll also enjoy Cinque Terre, Tuscany, the ruins of Carthage, Provence, and the iconic cities of Florence and Milan.

In August, we travel to historic Scotland to experience the Edinburgh Tattoo, a festival held in centuries-old Edinburgh Castle featuring the pomp and ceremony of Scottish military bagpipe bands that have thrilled more than 13 million visitors. Your trip also includes visits to the Scottish Highlands, Sterling Castle, and so much more. I promise you’ll fall in love with the Scottish people.

Sound intriguing? If you’re looking for fun-filled travel adventures that are safe, where you travel with people from your own community and where lasting friendships are forged, then you’re going to love Solo Traveler from AAA. You’ll also love our special pricing that eliminates many of the upcharges that often result from traveling as a single.

Need to know more? Please give me a call at 865-862-9157 today or attend our next meeting on January 20 at 6:30 pm at 110 Capital Drive in Knoxville.

AAA Travel
865.862.9157

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Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year


Consign To Design
By Kristi Hickey, Co-Owner of Consign To Design

At this time of the year, we would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. From all of us here at Consign To Design, thank you for allowing our family to be part of your family during this past year.

One of our greatest joys at Consign To Design is the opportunity to meet so many of you and to share with you our nearly 10,000 square feet of gently used furniture, home décor items, art, and rugs from some of America’s top manufacturers at prices up to 80% off their original retail price. We receive much personal satisfaction that comes from knowing that we’ve helped you discover that perfect accent chair or lamp that you’ve been looking for, or perhaps an entire room full of furniture. It’s great to not only repurpose our furniture, but to know that we were able to help you save money at the same time. With the economic uncertainty that continues to exist today, we all can benefit from the tremendous savings that we offer at our furniture gallery.

If you haven’t already visited us recently to see our special holiday tablescape displays, I would like to personally invite each of you to enjoy our seasonal decorations and to take full advantage of all of the savings that await you throughout our showrooms. If you’ve never visited us before, prepare yourself to be amazed.

At Consign To Design, we carefully pre-screen all furniture as it arrives at our intake center, and only the very best items are displayed in vignettes throughout our two showrooms. We’ve carefully arranged all of our items to assist you in making your selections, as well as to help you visualize how the items might appear in your home.

Due to the unique nature of Consign To Design, where we add new furniture to our displays every day and all throughout the day, we encourage you to visit often to take full advantage of our newest items, all at savings of up to 80% off full retail.

Once again, thank you for both your support and encouragement during the past two years, and best wishes for a joyous Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your family from our Consign To Design family.

Consign To Design
10420-D Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.249.7428
www.consigntodesignstore.com

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When Enthusiasm Trumps Common Sense


When Enthusiasm Trumps Common Sense
By Tom Irmen

Although it’s a common misconception that 80% of all new business start-ups fail in their first year, a failure rate of 35% in the first two years, according to the SBA, is nonetheless a daunting statistic. So why do 35% of all new businesses fail in only the first two years and 55% in five years? Enthusiasm. That’s right, enthusiasm. The same essential characteristic that can be the catalyst to success in small business can also result in its failure.

Explain?

If unbridled enthusiasm leads you to ignore answering key questions relating to your start-up, your potential for success will be greatly diminished. Too often, new entrepreneurs, who dislike the answers to these questions, often ignore them, convincing themselves instead that they be the exception. They rarely are.

Before you leap in to the world of entrepreneurship, ask yourself the following questions:

» How much capital will I need to get started?
You’ll need at least six months of capital until you become profitable, probably more. Don’t rely on sales as a substitute for working capital. Also, don’t expect a paycheck, and don’t exclude any expense items. Remember utilities, insurance, advertising, employees, etc.

» Who’s the competition?
Will you be able to successfully compete against a well-positioned competitor? Can you successfully differentiate your products and services, or will you be viewed as just one more competitor in a sea of generics?

» Location, location, location.
If you’ll be launching a brick and motor store, location is imperative. If you select an obscure location in order to save rent, you’re flirting with disaster. Don’t roll the dice on location. The money you save on rent will likely be more than offset by lost revenues.

Owning a small business can be a very rewarding experience when you follow a well-thought out and carefully implemented plan developed with your eyes wide open. Don’t substitute enthusiasm for logic and common sense. Reserve your problem solving skills for the unexpected and not the self-inflicted obstacles you may elect to ignore.

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Synergy Auto Wash


Hands On… Dirt Off!

Synergy Auto WashNow celebrating its third anniversary, Synergy Auto Wash’s commitment to ensuring that every vehicle they hand wash is 100% safely cleaned has propelled them to the top spot in Knoxville’s full-service marketplace. At Synergy, no automated equipment, such as soft cloths, ever comes in contact with your vehicle’s exterior surfaces, ensuring that the dirt and grime from cars washed prior to yours, some of which adheres to the soft cloths used by the competition, never comes into contact with your automobile. Dirt and grime embedded in soft cloths can become abrasives, which damage your vehicle’s protective clear coat, paint, and other exterior surfaces, including mirrors and wheels.

Customers also aren’t forced to clean the dirt and grime left behind by fully automated car washes. While competitive washes may promise you a 100% clean car, they often fall short of that, hoping that you won’t notice the difference. Because Synergy hand washes every vehicle, their trained staff also inspects every vehicle they wash, ensuring that any areas needing additional attention don’t go missed.

In this issue, we interview Synergy Auto Wash founder and owner, Brian Davis, to discover the success behind his true passion to deliver 100% clean vehicles to his clients, 100% of the time.

EK: Nearly three years after opening, how would you describe your experience thus far?



Brian: It’s been an incredible journey. The overwhelming, positive response from our customers has exceeded even my most optimistic expectations. As with any new business, the inevitable learning curve pointed out a few areas where we needed to improve, but through the patience and understanding of our clients, we addressed and overcame those few challenges. We also continue to evaluate ways we can get even better in order to remain the best.

EK: What would you say has been the biggest challenge you’ve encountered?

Brian: I’d have to say perception. Every express and full-service car wash that has ever been in this area has been automated. Most car owners don’t know there is an alternative, because that’s all they’ve ever known. I’m always afraid when I explain to someone that we hand wash, they think of us as a few guys hand washing their car and cleaning the interior all in one place, which is a slow process. We have a conveyor, arches to apply chemicals, and blowers to dry the vehicle just like all the other car washes in town. The difference is that we have employees in our tunnel that hand wash a customer’s vehicle while it is going down the conveyor opposed to automated machines like all the other car washes in town.

EK: What has been your greatest disappointment?



Brian: I’d say the frustration that comes from trying to understand why car owners are willing to pay the same price, and often more, for an inferior wash.


EK: So you’re really convinced that a hand car wash is superior?



Brian: There’s no doubt about it. All automated car washes have soft cloths that are going back and forth and spinning along your vehicle. When these cloths are wet, the dirt and grime from the dirty vehicles in front of yours sticks to this material. Just imagine the soft cloth reaching into a dirty truck bed, picking up dirt and debris, then running across the hood of your vehicle. At Synergy, we hand wash each vehicle just like some people wash their own vehicle in their driveway. Every few seconds we clean the mitts to remove any dirt or grime from not only your vehicle, but the vehicles in front of yours. 

EK: How is Synergy different from other area hand washes?



Brian: Assuming they take the same care in selecting and training their car care team and use the finest car care products, I’d say we both deliver a 100% clean car. The major difference is how we at Synergy have combined technology and superior customer care to create a level of efficiency and quality that sets us apart from the competition. At Synergy, we will deliver a 100% clean vehicle at the same price, and perhaps lower, than you’ll pay at other full-service car washes, and usually in the same time or even less.


EK: In closing, do you have anything else you would like to say to our readers?

Brian: Just that we would like to thank all of you for your support and encouragement, and if you have never visited us, I would like to invite you to discover the Synergy difference. Once you’ve tried us, we know you’ll be back. I also invite you to visit us online to see our complete menu of services and our money saving packages.

Synergy Auto Wash
10500 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.297.3403
www.synergyautowash.com

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ShredPro Secure


Searching for Security in an Unsecure World

By Cathy Stooksbury, Owner of ShredPro Secure

I must see a dozen or more messages, advertisements, and news stories a day about individuals and families who have had their financial information and even their identities stolen. As recent headlines indicate, even major corporations, including Target, JP Morgan, and Home Depot, are vulnerable. Corporations worldwide are now taking unprecedented steps to protect our confidential personal, medical, and financial information. However, you are not defenseless; you can take steps to protect your financial information and identity. Protecting businesses, individuals, and their families is the mission of ShredPro Secure.

Founded in 2011 by my late husband, Steve, ShredPro Secure’s mission is to partner with area businesses and individuals by destroying unneeded documents in the most efficient, secure, and cost-effective manner. Improper document disposal can result in not only financial hardship and litigation, but it can also jeopardize one’s personal identity. ShredPro Secure offers the critical shredding services needed to prohibit unscrupulous people from gaining access to your sensitive information.

As a female-owned business serving thousands of East Tennesseans, ShredPro Secure safely destroys sensitive material that could spell disaster in the wrong hands. True to my husband’s legacy, our business continues to thrive because of Steve’s example of honesty, integrity, and work ethic. At ShredPro Secure, clients are people, relationships matter, and our customers speak directly to an owner instead of the voicemail at some corporate office in another state and sometimes even another country.


ShredPro Secure offers its customers service, value and peace of mind:

  • A local female-owned business that reinvests back into our community
  • NAID certified firm with an AAA rating with bonded and background checked employees
  • “On-site” document shredding using the most advanced technology available in the industry
  • An environmentally responsible business that recycles 100% of all waste
  • Customer service and communication with “real” people, not an impersonal, frustrating, automated system
  • One-time “purge” services offered or ongoing, scheduled “auto” service
  • IT destruction plans that include hard drives, phones, thumb drives, x-rays, and other items
  • Community shred days available for promotions and fundraisers
  • Free orientation, employee training, and document disposal programs for healthcare providers to comply with HIPAA mandated guidelines
  • Straight forward, upfront pricing with no hidden surcharge fees

Whether you are a business dealing with the regulatory burdens of HIPPA or FACTA Disposal Rules, a business facing potential liability or damaged reputation from compromised confidential information, or simply a private party seeking to avoid the financial risk or identity theft associated with mishandled documents, our compassionate, caring team of ShredPro Secure professionals can provide the comprehensive approach and effective tools needed to reduce your chance of becoming a victim. Secure your business and identity today by calling the professionals at ShredPro Secure. Tomorrow could be too late!

ShredPro Secure
448 N. Cedar Bluff, Suite 336
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.938.6750
www.shredprosecure.com

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