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Rediscover Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion

Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion will officially open for lunch beginning on Friday, August 9th. Local restaurateur, Janice Alley, will offer a variety of on-menu Southern specialties, including many of your Upstairs at the Mansion favorites such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Signature BLTs. Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion, located on the second floor of Sweetwater Flower Shop, will also offer a combination of full lunch buffet, hot bar only or salad bar only choices, and daily sandwich specials that are sure to become favorites with diners as well, particularly those who may be on a tight schedule.

Janice’s culinary experience includes 20 years of restaurant ownership and management in Rhea County, TN, and Cleveland, OH, in addition to her passion for both cooking and baking. You’ll also have an opportunity to savor a wide selection of her popular homemade daily dessert and candy specials, and if you’re celebrating a special event, you can pre-order your dessert choice so it will be ready when you arrive to dine.

Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion will be open during lunch Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm and is also available to host your special events, including graduations, anniversaries, and birthdays. In-house catering is also available for a whole host of gatherings at a date and time convenient for you. Meat and cheese, cookie, and candy trays are also available. Southern Cuisine replaced Kelly D’s, who was forced to close for personal health reasons. We wish Kelly the very best and thank her for her fine efforts on behalf of all of our customers.

For a true culinary treat with a unique Southern flare, you are invited to visit Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion, located within Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater. Be sure to introduce yourself to Janice, who delights in greeting her guests.

Southern Cuisine Upstairs at the Mansion
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-271-6300

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Emmy’s Frozen Yogurt

Who They Serve Will Truly Amaze You

What would possess a mother of three post-adolescent children, busy housewife, and former educator and athlete to launch a new business? Inspiration from others and a lot of it! Inspiration from her son with autism, inspiration from her two other children and her amazing husband, inspiration from another business who hired her son and others with differing needs, inspiration from other parents, teachers, and community.

Jodie discovered this inspiration through some life challenges that might have overwhelmed others, but she has chosen to look at those challenges as good things in her life – things that have allowed her to grow.

It was Michael Jr. (Emmy), Jodie’s second child, who opened her eyes to an entirely new world. Jodie wanted to create a place of acceptance, understanding, and a place for people with differing abilities to learn work, social, and life skills. She launched Emmy’s Frozen Yogurt in Knoxville. Emmy’s hopes to help those with differing abilities develop the skills needed for other work opportunities and grow in confidence. We also hope to help the community understand people’s differences and embrace everyone.

However, the quality of yogurt is also important and a passion. Most yogurt lovers might be surprised to learn that not all yogurt is created equal. At Emmy’s Frozen Yogurt, expect to find healthy yogurts made from all-natural ingredients, gluten-free, with no artificial flavors, vegan options, and stevia and fruit sugar sweetened.

Emmy’s is located at 124 N. Forest Park Boulevard in Bearden near Earth Fare. You are invited to discover some amazingly tasty and healthy yogurt. Even more amazingly, you are invited to support and encourage neighbors who truly appreciate the opportunity to serve all of you.

Emmy’s Frozen Yogurt
124 N. Forest Park Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.322.1336

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Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion

Fall in Love with Upstairs at the Mansion All Over Again

Sweetwater Flower Shop owner and master floral designer, Jack Wilson, has two great ways for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day all during the month of February. First, visit the shop and discover fresh cut flowers, florals, women’s apparel, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor, and gifts galore that are perfect for just about every occasion. Secondly, visit the all-new Upstairs at the Mansion restaurant, now called Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion after Kelly Raper Dalton, our new Executive Chef.

Kelly, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, discovered her love for the culinary arts at an early age, spending many hours in the family kitchen with her mom, Pat, who was an excellent cook. Kelly’s actual career as a chef started soon after she catered a large wedding for a family member. Self-taught, Kelly’s experiences have consisted mainly of catering weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and special events, in addition to restaurant management. Kelly’s other hobbies include singing, horseback riding, and bowling.

Kelly’s dream, which has been to own a tea room style restaurant with a southern flare, will be realized in February when Jack leases Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion, (formerly Upstairs at the Mansion). Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion will open for business on Monday, February 4, after her Grand Opening on Saturday, February 2.

Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion Grand Opening on Saturday, February 2, from 2 to 5 pm will feature samples of many of the featured menu entrees Kelly will offer, including homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, and teas – all served with a southern flair. Her other specialties include chicken salad, pimento cheese, and homemade dumplings. Kelly also promises you that you will fall in love with each one of her homemade pies and desserts.

Kelly D’s will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11-3 beginning Monday, February 4. Kelly D’s will be closed Tuesdays and Saturdays initially, with the possibility of being open on Saturdays in the future. Kelly looks forward to meeting each of you, as well as exceeding your culinary expectations.

Kelly D’s Upstairs at the Mansion
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.371.4100

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Double Dogs Chow House Opens Second Location in Knoxville

Double Dogs Chow House, a family-friendly restaurant with a sports atmosphere, recently celebrated its grand opening of its second location in Knoxville at 8910 Kingston Pike. Guests were entertained by the 36 television screens while enjoying signature menu items, including the Bo Burger, Dog Bowl Nachos, hand-breaded chicken fingers, traditional chicken wings with a wide variety of tossing sauces, pizza, and more.

“We are so excited to have opened our second location in Knoxville,” said Daniel Davis, founder of Double Dogs. “We are committed to creating a positive and unique dining experience for our customers, providing superior customer service, and a menu of mouth-watering food and drink options.”

Dogs have always held a special place in Davis’ heart. In fact, the restaurant’s name originated from his two dogs, Bo and Chancey, who inspired him to introduce Double Dogs Chow House.

Double Dogs partnered with both the Tennessee Valley Humane Society and the Knoxville Police Patrol Division K9 Unit to make a donation at the grand opening last month. During a pre-grand opening celebration, Davis presented a $2,000 check to the Humane Society and a $500 check to the K9 unit.

“We are proud to support both of these organizations,” said Davis. “It is important for us to support our local community, and we are thankful for this opportunity.”

Officer Jason Cunningham and his canine, Grek, were also recognized for their hard work and dedication. Grek joined the pack as an honorary member of the Double Dogs Chow House.

Hours of operation are 11 am to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 am to 1 am Thursday through Saturday. A full bar with a unique drink selection is available.

Double Dogs
8910 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.670.7555
www.doubledogs.biz

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Discover Upstairs at The Mansion

Since it first debuted one year ago, the all-new Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant, located within Sweetwater Flower Shop, has succeeded in delighting a great many restaurant goers who have enjoyed dining at the shop’s popular eating destination.  Located on the shop’s second level, Upstairs at The Mansion features an upscale antebellum décor complete with raised ceilings, crystal chandelier lighting, rich, decorative wood molding, and exquisite table linens and place settings. The perfect oasis from shopping, Upstairs at The Mansion offers busy shoppers to Sweetwater’s iconic historic downtown retail district the perfect venue to pause with friends and family.

Upstairs at The Mansion, under executive chef Josh Russell from North Carolina, offers patrons extended hours of operation.

“Our extended hours are from 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday,” said Josh.  “We will consider additional adjustments to our schedule in response to customer demand.”

As always, Upstairs at The Mansion will be available for special events, including corporate, small weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and more.

“While you no doubt have noticed a number of menu changes during the last year, we have continued to offer our traditional selection of popular sandwiches, soups, and salads,” said Josh. “Because we are here to serve you, we encourage your suggestions and comments on future menu additions as well. We are confident that you have been pleased with both the selection and quality of our menu items and our attentive wait staff.”

While you’re visiting, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy two floors of pure shopping delight at Sweetwater Flower Shop, which features a large selection of fresh flowers, florals, gift and home décor items, ladies’ apparel and accessories, designer-inspired jewelry, art, and more.

Why not plan a Valentine’s Day outing with your sweetheart to historic downtown Sweetwater and double your fun with a visit to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant? Join us for our Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, February 10, at 6:30 pm at Upstairs at The Mansion. The cost is $59.99 per couple and includes complimentary champagne.  Reservations can be made now with a credit card to hold your place.

Upstairs at The Mansion

118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.371.4100

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Discover Upstairs at The Mansion

Discover Upstairs at The Mansion

Since it first debuted on Tuesday, January 10th, the all-new Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant, located within Sweetwater Flower Shop, has opened to the delight of a great many restaurant goers who have enjoyed dining at the shop’s popular eating destination. Located on the shop’s second level, Upstairs at The Mansion features an upscale antebellum décor complete with raised ceilings, crystal chandelier lighting, rich, decorative wood molding, and exquisite table linens and place settings. The perfect oasis from shopping, Upstairs at The Mansion offers busy shoppers to Sweetwater’s iconic historic downtown retail district the perfect venue to pause with friends and family.


Upstairs at The Mansion, under new executive chef Josh Russell from North Carolina, will offer patrons extended hours of operation.

“Our new hours will be from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday,” said Josh. “We will consider additional adjustments to our schedule in response to customer demand.”

As always, Upstairs at The Mansion will be available for special events, including corporate, small weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and more. Please make a note of the Mansion’s new phone number, which is 423-371-4100.

“While you may notice some menu changes, we will continue with our tradition of offering sandwiches, soups, and salads,” said Josh. “Because we are here to serve you, we encourage your suggestions and comments on future menu additions as well. We thank you for your patience during our transition and are confident that you will remain pleased with both the selection and quality of our menu items and our attentive wait staff.”

While you’re visiting, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy two floors of pure shopping delight at Sweetwater Flower Shop, which features a large selection of fresh flowers, florals, gift and home décor items, ladies’ apparel and accessories, designer-inspired jewelry, art, and more.

Why not plan a Valentine’s Day outing to historic downtown Sweetwater and double your fun with a visit to Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant? Reservations are welcomed and encouraged for large parties.

Upstairs at The Mansion
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.371.4100

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Sweetwater Flower Shop

Introducing Upstairs at The Mansion

By Jack Wilson, Owner of Sweetwater Flower Shop

Greek philosopher Heraclitus was quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” In December 2012, after our recovery from an earlier devastating fire, The Mansion restaurant opened on our second floor retail space. Owned and operated by chef Lea Watson, The Mansion quickly became a favorite dining spot for so many area residents and visitors to historic downtown Sweetwater.

Lea, who has done an extraordinary job, has decided to pursue other interests. I know that you will all join me in wishing Lea the very best in her future endeavors.

You will be delighted to know, however, that the restaurant will remain open. And, as is only appropriate, we have renamed the restaurant Upstairs at The Mansion.

Upstairs at The Mansion will reopen in early to mid-January after we complete some needed modifications to our kitchen, food preparation, and service areas. It will be managed by chef Josh Russell, who has more than 17 years of experience in the restaurant and food service industry.

Our hours will remain the same during our transition, but Josh is receptive to your ideas to add additional menu items and extending his hours of operation. As we make this transition, we would indulge your patience during this time. Trust me, you’re going to enjoy the new experience.


Follow us on Facebook during the transition to learn about our opening date, hours of operation, and new menu. Be prepared to be amazed by this newest addition to the historic downtown Sweetwater dining experience, Upstairs at The Mansion.

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 N. West Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.6623
www.sweetwaterflowers.com

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The Mansion Restaurant

The Mansion Restaurant Celebrates It’s Third Anniversary

By Lea Watson, Owner & Chef of The Mansion
It’s hard to believe that three years have already come and gone, as December 1st marked the third anniversary of The Mansion Restaurant at Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater. It’s been three years of success resulting from the overwhelming responses from all of our patrons. Because of your special requests, The Mansion Restaurant has opened its door to a growing number of special events, including business, birthday parties, fashion shows, community events, reunions, little girls teas, and themed events like our upcoming Valentine’s dinner.

The Mansion Restaurant has also distinguished itself with its eclectic menu featuring many traditional southern favorites, as well as a selection of Mansion originals, which include the blue ribbon winning fried green tomato sandwich and a large selection of homemade desserts. Also, be sure to check out the chef’s daily specials posted each Monday on our Facebook page and website, where you can also learn about other special events, including scarf tying and tablescaping.

The Mansion Restaurant is also available to host smaller weddings, showers, and anniversaries. Our ability to seat up to 60 guests makes The Mansion Restaurant the perfect venue for just about any occasion.

The Mansion Restaurant’s exquisitely designed interior features southern mansion-inspired furniture and décor and beautiful French balcony doors surrounding a baby grand piano. The Mansion is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

So whether you’re looking forward to a leisurely lunch with close friends, a business meeting, a surprise party, or wedding, The Mansion Restaurant in historic downtown Sweetwater offers you the perfect venue for a truly unforgettable occasion. Gift certificates are available, and, as always, you’re free to bring your own wine. Also, don’t forget to make your reservations early for our upcoming Valentine’s celebration dinners.

The Mansion Restaurant
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.351.0080
www.themansionsweetwater.com

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Mother Earth Meats

From the Farm to Your Table

By Tracy Monday, Owner

Perhaps inspired by my grandparents, who were Tennessee farmers, I’ve had a lifelong interest not only in farming but in raising beef cattle as well. I love the farm, and I particularly enjoy the more natural approach to farming and ranching. I believe that crops and beef raised for human consumption should be raised as nature intended. This all-natural approach not only enhances the taste of food, but it’s also healthier and safer.

That’s why I launched a new retail shop in Farragut called Mother Earth Meats. Mother Earth Meats features premium quality, all-natural, and grass-fed meats. Our Tennessee farmers only use production methods based on natural sciences. There are no shortcuts taken. Our beef is grass-fed, and our chicken is free-range. Our animals are not given antibiotics, arsenic, or hormones. Simply put, you’ll enjoy the superior tastes as nature intended.

In addition to featuring quality meats and chicken, we also offer our customers a wide variety of grocery items, including local grits, cornmeal, pasture raised eggs, and produce, designed to enhance fresh meat and chicken and which are guaranteed to please even the most discriminating gourmet at your dining table. We also carry a variety of Amish and Native American dry goods.

But Mother Earth Meats is even more than a meat and chicken counter and grocery. It’s also a restaurant featuring appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, and burgers. But not just any burger. Try our grass-fed beef burger, bison burger, fresh turkey burger, or one of our elk, venison, or lamb burgers. We also offer free-range pork sausage and our very own Chef Joe’s infamous wings.

How about topping that off with our extensive collection of draft beers offered at our Beer Barn? Our restaurant also offers catering services.

From all-natural meats, chickens, and produce, to exotic meats, including alligator sausage, kangaroo, antelope, caribou, venison, elk, and bison, to our dry goods, to our restaurant, Mother Earth Meats offers you a healthier and faster alternative to the big box food stores or neighborhood restaurant while supporting Tennessee’s small agricultural business community. Store hours are 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 7 pm Sunday. Restaurant hours are 11 am to 6:40 pm every day.

Mother Earth Meats
11151A Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934
865.671.0126
www.motherearthmeats.com

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The Mansion

Your Number One Dining Destination

By Lea Watson, Owner and Chef of The Mansion

It’s hard to imagine that The Mansion will be celebrating its second anniversary in December, which is just five short months away. So much has happened during this time, but one thing we’re particularly grateful for is being recently selected as the number one restaurant in Sweetwater by TripAdvisor. However, none of this would have been possible without your incredible support and encouragement. We’re also grateful to The Mansion’s number one fan, Jack Wilson, owner of Sweetwater Flower Shop.

The Mansion has been a lifelong dream of mine, and its location in the heart of historical downtown Sweetwater has made my dream only more special. Located on the upper level of the iconic Sweetwater Flower Shop, The Mansion captures the ambiance and hospitality of the old south. From our beautifully appointed tables and baby grand piano to the French doors and balconies, The Mansion transports you back to a time when friends and family gathered for a time of leisurely dining.

But that’s just the beginning. Wait until you taste our food, such as our Roast Pear Salad, Fried Green Tomato BLT, Turkey Panini with Blue Cheese & Cranberry Chutney, The Mansion Club, or the Waldorf Sandwich. Also, wait until you taste our homemade desserts.

Only 45 minutes from downtown Knoxville, The Mansion and its very attentive wait staff awaits you, as does a delightful day of shopping at Sweetwater Flower Shop and the surrounding boutiques, antique, and gift shops. Open from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, as well as for your special events, The Mansion is sure to become one of your favorite dining destinations.

The Mansion
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.351.0080
www.themansionsweetwater.com

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