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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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Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

“A Recipe for Success”

Buttermilk Sky Pie ShopTake a southern gal from Memphis who spent summer evenings on nanny’s back porch making homemade ice cream and enjoying her homemade pies and biscuits at meal times and a Missouri farm boy who lived in his granny’s kitchen canning vegetables and fruits and helping bake fresh peach and apple pies and you’ll discover local entrepreneurs and husband and wife team, Scott and Meredith Layton. Founders of the popular Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Bearden, Scott and Meredith have combined their culinary passions with their three generations of fond memories from their farm kitchen and back porch experiences as youngsters. Add to this their grandmothers’ recipes, and you’ll rediscover your own fond memories, which will take you back to your very own childhood.

“We bake on-site, using our grandmothers’ recipes, creating the very same pies and biscuits we loved as children,” said Meredith. “It’s an experience that will take you back in time, allowing you to enjoy the same tasty treats you may have thought no longer existed.”

So where does the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop name originate from?

“Well, it’s an old Southern expression to describe a cloudy sky with the clabbered appearance of buttermilk,” said Scott. “It’s even more appropriate when you consider that buttermilk is a key ingredient in so many of the items we feature.”

Now with two locations in Bearden and Turkey Creek, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop serves up 4” and 9” homemade pies that include Granny’s Apple, Southern Buttermilk, Chocolate Meringue, Nanny’s Pecan, and others, in addition to their seasonal pies, including summertime specials Summer Peach and Edisto Key Lime. There’s also their to-die-for, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, whipped butter, chocolate gravy, and biscuit toppings that will take you back to your childhood.

“Beginning this month, we will introduce seasonal, artisan crafted ice cream from local entrepreneur, Elaine Evans, founder of Elaine’s Ice Cream,” said Meredith. “Available by the scoop, you’ll be able to savor Peanuts & Coke, Strawberry Meringue, and others, all designed with Southern palates in mind.”

“We’re also excited for our ‘Pie It Forward’ initiative, which features a special pie flavor each month,” added Scott. “This program allows Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop to give back to our community that has given us so much.”

June’s “Pie It Forward” flavor is Blueberry Cobbler, and it benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“We are so blessed to be able to share our generations-old family traditions with your family,” said Meredith. “We’d like to thank all of you for your support and encouragement, which has helped Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop experience its overwhelming success.”

To learn more or to inquire about franchising opportunities, visit www.buttermilkskypie.com.

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

5400 Kingston Pike in Bearden
865.330.3694

11525 Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek
865.966.5900

www.buttermilkskypie.com

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Sweetwater Flower Shop

The Mansion Restaurant’s First Anniversary

By Lea Watson, Owner & Chef of The Mansion Restaurant

Sweetwater Flower ShopIt’s hard to believe that a year has already come and gone, as December 1, 2013, marked the first anniversary of The Mansion Restaurant at Sweetwater Flower Shop in historic downtown Sweetwater. It’s been a year of success resulting from the overwhelming responses from all of our patrons, and 2013 has also marked a year where, 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 five-course dinner on February 14th and 15th featuring our live pianist.

The Mansion Restaurant has also distinguished itself in its first year of business with its eclectic menu featuring many traditional southern favorites as well as a selection of Mansion originals, which includes the blue ribbon winning fried green tomato sandwich and our large selection of homemade desserts. Also, be sure to check out our 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.

In 2014, The Mansion Restaurant will also be 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 at Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.6623

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Sweetwater Flower Shop

The Mansion Restaurant at Sweetwater Flower Shop


The much anticipated opening of The Mansion Restaurant located on the second level of the all-new Sweetwater Flower Shop took place in early December.

“Not unlike any major undertaking of this nature, there has been a variety of unexpected delays and a few surprises,” said Jack Wilson, owner of Sweetwater Flower Shop. “But I think you will agree that it will have been worth the wait.”

“Our goal of our December soft opening was to train staff, acclimate ourselves to our new kitchen, and refine our new menu,” stated Chef Lea Watson. “So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The Mansion menu items include:
• Blackened Chicken Salad
• Apple, Walnut, Cranberry Salad
• Roasted Pear Salad
• Fried Green Tomato BLT
• Waldorf Sandwich
• Veggie Wrap
• Turkey Panini with Blue Cheese & Cranberry Chutney

“The Mansion’s menu will vary most months and, of course, will feature seasonal favorites,” offered Chef Lea. “Our goal is to offer patrons a fresh, exciting, and varied menu that features both a southern theme and healthy options.”

The Mansion Restaurant will also be available to host special events, including weddings in a chapel-like setting incorporated within the restaurant itself. The restaurant also offers a small and intimate dining room that can seat up to eight guests. It’s perfect for an intimate engagement or anniversary celebration or even an informal business meeting.

The Mansion will also be hosting special evening events such as Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, The Mansion invites you and your sweetheart to enjoy a romantic dinner away from home in its elegant dining room. Dining will be by reservation only. You can select your preferences from their special Valentine’s-inspired menu, and you can also request fresh flowers for your valentine. You can choose from two seatings and are encouraged to call for reservations and details.

Everybody at the Sweetwater Flower Shop and The Mansion Restaurant wish you a prosperous New Year and invite you to come and visit historic downtown Sweetwater and all it has to offer.

Sweetwater Flower Shop

118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37385
423.337.6623

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