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Serendipity Boutique

Re-Imagine Fashion

By Karen Lantry, Owner of Serendipity Boutique

Most everything evolves over time. In the course of just one generation, how we communicate has changed dramatically. We have experienced incredible advances in healthcare, and most of us rely on a single handheld device to make appointments, keep abreast of late breaking news and our personal finances, take photos and videos, stream movies and sporting events, and much more.

My goal in launching Serendipity Boutique in historic downtown Loudon was to help today’s woman evolve in the world of fashion, particularly breaking free from the unwritten fashion rules that suggest we have to dress like our moms. We are not our mothers! I, for one, don’t want to dress like my mother did. And guess what? We don’t have to anymore.

Women should dress according to our body style and NOT our age. You should have fun with fashion and look great at the same time. I have spent many years helping women look younger with the right fashions. Women come to me all the time and say I can’t wear this or that. Pause! You can oftentimes wear this or that if the item is the right cut for your body type.

At Serendipity Boutique, we specialize in carrying today’s latest fashion styles and trends that can defy ages. If you would like to make a splash in a fashionable on-trend leather jacket at 60, we can show you how. And you’ll look fabulous! Do you have an event coming up where you would like to make an entrance? Let us show help you to create that new image you have been searching for. We can even help you conceal those few extra pounds that you’re working on losing.

Are you looking to find that perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list? Serendipity Boutique has all kinds of wonderful things for your holiday needs that make great gifts.

I would like to personally invite you to experience an entire new world of women’s fashions that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. In our new upscale boutique, you will discover many exciting new lines from top designers from around the world that will help you to re-imagine fashion. Located in historic downtown Loudon, you are just a few short minutes from a fabulous new you.

Serendipity Boutique

322 Grove Street

Loudon, TN 37774

865.657.9991

ilovemyserendipity@yahoo.com

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Cedar & Twine

A new up-and-coming women’s curated collection of clothing and accessories launched by local entrepreneur, Caitlin Hawk, Cedar & Twine became a passion – a labor of love – for her.

“My vision for starting Cedar & Twine began after I decided to step away from law school and pursue a more creative career,” said Caitlin. “I have always loved colors, textures, and trying out new fashion trends. I’m drawn to a mixture of Anthropologie, Rag & Bone, Free People, and Madewell, which is similar to what our store will be offering.”

Cedar & Twine is passionate about bringing the Lenoir City and Knoxville areas these types of clothes at an affordable price.

“We have picked some incredible vendors to work with, and we pride ourselves on quality items and lines at great prices,” said Caitlin. “Just wait until you try on some of our incredibly stylish fedora hats, another Cedar & Twine exclusive.”

Not wishing to be known as just another boutique, Cedar & Twine selected a space in the historic area of downtown Lenoir City, a very special retail space that had both character and told a story.

“We searched high and low to find the perfect space for Cedar & Twine, and decided on a 110-year-old building on Broadway for our first brick and mortar location,” said Caitlin. “I am especially grateful for the support, encouragement, and the hard work of my husband, our family, and friends who have helped make this dream a reality. We love the character of the building and wanted to create a special experience for all of our customers, where a mom and daughter can both find something they love – unique pieces that are timeless.

“I would like to personally invite you to visit Cedar & Twine to enjoy all of our unique clothing pieces and accessories that would make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends, family, and yourself. We are scheduled to open by Black Friday. Also, you can follow us on Instagram @cedarandtwineknox to stay up to date on all we’re doing, and visit www.cedarandtwineknox.com to view some of the items already available!”

Cedar & Twine

100 E Broadway

Lenior City, TN 37771

865.816.6203

www.cedarandtwineknox.com

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Clinton Glass

Discover the Beauty of Custom Glass Shower Enclosures

First launched in 1957, Clinton Glass quickly earned a reputation throughout East Tennessee as a trusted glass supplier for residential and business customers. Today Clinton Glass has become the area’s number one supplier of frameless shower glass. Under the careful leadership of co-owners and husband and wife team, Greg and Kim Stowell, and their dedicated staff, Clinton Glass has installed more than 10,000 custom showers.

What is even more impressive is the fact that Clinton Glass has become the only frameless shower glass company in East Tennessee that has its own fabrication facility where shower glass is fabricated and tempered in-house. Further, because all work is performed by their employees and not subcontractors, Clinton Glass offers a truly turnkey customer experience you are not likely to find anywhere else.

Homeowners hoping to create that showroom quality look and feel in their home’s bathrooms need not look any further than Clinton Glass. Their all-new showroom located within their state-of-the-art, on-site fabrication facility on Middlebrook Pike features 27 full-sized shower displays designed to inspire you. Unlike many showrooms you might visit today, this one-of-a-kind showroom is more of a discovery center, where you will see all of the possibilities that exist when creating your home’s new designer-inspired, custom glass shower enclosure.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to bring you this interview with Greg and Kim Stowell.

EK: Tell our readers a little bit about Clinton Glass’ 63 year history.

Greg: There have been only three owners since 1957. The store has transformed over time from a paint and glass store, to a commercial glass company, and now a residential shower glass specialty store.

EK: Your transition from commercial glass installation to custom shower glass was a major step. What did you see in your marketplace that inspired such a bold move?

Kim: During the recession, commercial glass sales dropped off, and home remodeling picked up as people decided to stay in their homes. As the demand increased, we grew with it, and now we install about 200 custom showers per month in East Tennessee.

EK: More than 10,000 bathrooms later, what role has your in-house design services played in your overall success?

Greg: We hear frequently that we can design showers that other companies have difficulty with. That comes from measuring and installing thousands of showers. We’ve developed systems and capabilities to make the process go smoothly for our clients.

EK: After a homeowner first contacts you, describe the typical customer experience.

Kim: One of the best ways for customers to start the process is by visiting our showroom.  Here they get to see, touch, and even step into the many different shower displays. Customers usually have an idea how they want their shower to look and feel, but a visit can offer them a chance to confirm or improve their design.

EK: At what stage of new construction or remodeling is it best for a homeowner to first contact you?

Greg: We like to talk to clients in the planning stage. Some glass companies think that’s too early and that you should only call them after the tile is complete. Contacting us early helps avoid any possible design concerns before they are constructed in the field.

EK: While a growing number of companies are outsourcing their work, Clinton Glass continues to rely only on its own employees. Why should that be important to your customers?

Kim: Our customers appreciate that our estimators and installers are all experienced, well-trained, fully insured, trusted employees. We arrive in badged company vehicles with Clinton Glass shirts. We survey our customers, and their feedback most often includes comments on how professional and courteous we are!

EK: You’ve actually taken your commitment to providing a truly turnkey customer experience to an all-new level with your new, state-of-the-art facility where you now fabricate and temper all of your own custom shower glass. Tell us more.

Greg: We control the entire process in-house, from the showroom to installation. And, much to our customer’s frequent surprise, we fabricate and temper our own glass in-house. This means we are not relying on an out-of-state glass fabricator who doesn’t know the intricacies of each job. It is wonderful having our crew handle every step, and I know our customers appreciate it!

EK: Why should this be important to your customers?

Kim: The biggest benefit has been quality control; we have complete control over the quality of our product! Also, with control of the glass fabrication, we have greater flexibility on the installation schedule. This has kept our installation lead times consistent.

EK: Tell our readers about your new inspirational showroom.

Greg: We have 27 full size showers on display in nearly every configuration imaginable. If you’re in the planning stages, come by and look, and you will get some great ideas. We frequently hear, “I never thought of that” or “I’m a very visual person, and now I know what our shower is going to look like.”

EK: What is the best way for our readers to learn more about Clinton Glass?

Kim: The quickest way is our website, www.clintonglasscompany.com, or our Facebook page, which is updated a few times a week with pictures of great shower installations. Of course a showroom visit is a must. And if you ask, Greg is happy to give shop tours of our fabrication and tempering equipment!

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

Greg: We appreciate our wonderful customers and just want to thank them for allowing us into their homes to help create their dream baths.

Clinton Glass
9007 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.247.0404
www.clintonglasscompany.com

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Next To New

Consignment Success Tips

Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck at Next To New!

If you are new to consignment, here’s how to make the most money with your consignment goods. Consignment shopping has been growing in popularity for years, and there is money to be made with these tips on how to make the most of your consignment experience at Next To New.

First, check your closet for merchandise that you no longer wear. Ask yourself, “Would I buy this again now?” If you answer no, consider selling these items yourself or donating them to charity.

The condition of the item and the original purchase date are key points. You may have a terrific suit with the original tags, but if you bought it 10 years ago, today’s savvy consignment customer will likely pass it by.

Before visiting your consignment store, check your items closely for any defects. A “pull here” or a “snag there” reduces your chance for success.

Make sure your items are cleaned or dry cleaned as necessary. All clothing should be pressed and presented on hangars. Customers will reward you for your efforts.

If you love it, just keep it. This should be an emotion-free business opportunity.

Here are 10 important things to consider when consigning:

1. At Next To New, we carry all major mall brands and all boutique designers.
2. Familiarize yourself with the brands the consignment store carries.
3. Consign items in season.
4. Consign best-selling sizes: For women, it’s sizes 10-16.
5. Consign designer accessories in any size.
6. Consign popular brands or classic brands that stand the test of time.
7. Bring a minimum of 20 flawless items (no missing buttons, stains, cleaned, pressed, and ready to sell) for the store to consider.
8. Accept the truth about the market value of your merchandise.
9. Next To New markets online, on local and cable TV, in magazines, and by email.
10. Our goal is to help you make as much money as possible.

Visit Next To New to learn more and to give your closet some much deserved breathing room. Our success is your success!

Next To New
7212 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.584.2878
www.nexttonewknox.com

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Happy New Year and Happy Savings!

The Lily Pad Boutique

January is a great time to reassess your winter wardrobe. There is finally time to go through all of the pieces hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn yet this year and either donate them or take them to your nearest consignment shop. Whichever you choose, you’ve begun the process of updating your own winter wardrobe while selections are still great and on sale!

At The Lily Pad, our sales are huge semi-annual events which take place in January and July. Our winter merchandise is now 25% off, and on Saturday, January 19th, at 10:00 am, every piece that’s left goes to 50% off! We’ve found this method to be quite effective to not only clear out the store, but also to pass tremendous savings on to our customers.

As the winter merchandise goes on sale, our “La Sale Boutique” (the big room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off! Thus, the clearing out begins as we ready ourselves and the store for a brand new season! Spring fashions have been ordered, new, fresh looks are arriving and the holiday decorations have been put away for another year.

We’ll look forward to seeing so many of our customers and friends during our unbelievable sale days. If you’ve ever spent a day at Filene’s Basement in Boston, The Lily Pad is almost as wild on the first days of our sale! Plan to spend some time with us as you visit with friends and neighbors, every arm loaded with bargains and having the time of our lives! What a fun day during a not-so-fun month… it’s a social event you won’t want to miss!

At The Lily Pad, we reflect on how blessed we have been this year to again be a part of your lives. We truly appreciate the vote of confidence you place in us to be your fashion headquarters! Our most sincere wishes from the entire Lily Pad staff for a happy and healthy 2019!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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Art Market Gallery

“BeDazzled” Jewelry Show

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The Art Market Gallery, a 60+ member juried artist co-operative in downtown Knoxville, celebrates Tennessee Craft Week October 5-14 by showcasing the work of five jewelry artisans. This special show, called “BeDazzled,” will run at the gallery throughout the month of October. Tennessee Craft Week is a collection of craft events and happenings taking place across the state every October. Its purpose is to connect and celebrate the work of craft artists and the businesses that support them.

The Art Market Gallery is lucky to have five talented jewelry artists as members: Roger Kroll, Jennifer Lindsay, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Lynn Straka, and Kristine Taylor. Each will have their work on display during “BeDazzled,” bringing their own perspectives, inspirations, and skills to the craft of jewelry making: Roger Kroll’s aim is to create a functional art form with his jewelry and metal art by exploring form, shape, color, and texture; Jennifer Lindsay fashions one-of-a-kind, intricately beaded pieces inspired by architecture, gardens, and historical customs; Nancy Rowland-Engle creates contemporary metallic jewelry with an edgy, sculptural form; Lynn Straka is influenced by nature in making her mixed-media jewelry, incorporating sterling silver, copper, and bronze with semi-precious stones; and Kristine Taylor is inspired by good design and beautiful color in crafting her unique polymer clay designs, blending contemporary and ancient forms with abstract images.

Please join us in celebrating these talented artists and some of the finest jewelry craft that Tennessee has to offer. In addition, you will also enjoy the wide variety of fine craft and fine art on display every day at the Art Market Gallery – voted Knoxville’s best place to buy art in 2016 and 2017 in the Knoxville News Sentinel poll.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay Street next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm Friday, and 1 to 5 pm Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 865-525-5265 or visit www.artmarketgallery.net or www.facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery.

Art Market Gallery
422 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
865.525.5265
www.artmarketgallery.net

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Lily Pad Boutique

3rd Annual Fashion Fights Back Fashion Show

October 11 at 2:30
By Brenda Bryan, Owner of The Lily Pad

When recalling special moments and memories in the life of The Lily Pad, none is more memorable or meaningful than our annual Fashion Fights Back fashion show. On a beautiful sunny October afternoon, 10 of our customers who are either fighting their battle with breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors will model fall fashions at The Lily Pad. To support and honor our many customers and friends whose lives have been touched by this disease, we have pledged to support them in the way we do best… Fashion Fights Back!

As you know, nearly 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year… your mother, sister, daughter, wife, or even you! We have committed to give a portion of every item sold on this day to the American Cancer Society. There is no charge for admission.

On Thursday, October 11th, we will be honoring 10 more of our friends and family members who have witnessed firsthand the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer. Please plan to join us at The Lily Pad as we again present Fashion Fights Back, a show by women for these women who are such an inspiration to all of us.

Also on this special day, Mr. Doyle Baker, our Joseph Ribkoff representative, will be hosting a trunk show of his fabulous line, presenting both immediate and a peek of what’s new for spring… plus a drawing for a Joseph Ribkoff jacket to a lucky winner.

Make your plans now to join us for this very inspirational day for all of our Lily Pad customers who have fought or are fighting their battle with breast cancer. Your ticket to the fashion show will be a donation to the American Cancer Society. Call 423-337-5537 or email lilypadboutique@bellsouth.net to reserve your seat.

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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Fall Color Trends

The richness expected from fall fashions will definitely not disappoint you this season; however, there may be some unexpected shades that might change how you consider spicing up your seasonal wardrobe! Pops of metallic and blaring neon will add a blast of color as you transition into the most glorious of all seasons… autumn!

Selected as color of the year by Pantone, ultra violet is one of the most feminine and will take you beautifully from summer into early fall.

Winter blues are welcomed, especially the richer, darker versions of royal… always a perfect shade for every skin tone and a preference of many women.

One color that stands out as a favorite in every designer’s collection… dark, rich, earthy, olive green. When worn alone, it is striking, or when combined with other colors, it’s gorgeous!  Consider it your new khaki, it’s so versatile!

These three colors are worn throughout every season and can easily be paired with all of the outstanding neutrals for fall. Black, charcoal, and shimmery grey will be your key basics when building your wardrobe this season at The Lily Pad, where selections are always plentiful.  Whether you are a size XS or XXL, we’ve got you covered!

Follow us on Facebook at The Lily Pad Boutique and Instagram at @shopthelilypad for daily fashion updates!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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August is Your Month for Fashion Transition & UT Fashion Show

High temperatures may not give you pause to consider August as a fashion transition month, but in only four short weeks, the thermometer will begin to moderate, and September will begin to usher in what promises to be a spectacular season of incredible autumn colors.

Sweetwater Flower Shop is preparing to help you welcome fall’s cooler temperatures with a rainbow of seasonal colors. You’ll discover fresh, new designs and the latest trends not only in our autumn home décor items and florals, but also in our women’s fashions and accessories, including jewelry, scarves, handbags, purses, and much more.

You’ll also want to browse our incredible selection of designer scarves that can accentuate not only your wardrobe, but also serve as a shawl during cooler, late summer and early autumn evenings. Also, don’t forget about our extensive line of designer-inspired apparel and jewelry, with new pieces arriving daily. Be sure to take advantage of our Summer 25% Off Sale on all spring and summer women’s clothing during August (excludes UT fashions).

Another big event this month is our Annual UT Fashion Show and tailgate luncheon on Monday, August 27, at 11:30 am in Sweetwater Flower Shop’s very own in-boutique restaurant, Upstairs at The Mansion.  This event always kicks off our UT football season, which begins on September 1 when UT plays West Virginia. Our special football menu will include all your favorite tailgate cuisine items, including pulled pork, slaw, homemade barbeque sauce, potato salad, pasta salad, mini cupcakes, and drinks – all for just $15 per person. This is a really fun event that sells out quickly, so make your reservations by calling 423-371-4100 as soon as possible to be guaranteed a seat. Call all your girlfriends and make this a “girl’s day out” event.  You’ll be thrilled with all the fun food and latest styles in UT fashions that we have in store for you.  

Get ready for August’s transition into the long awaited autumn months at Sweetwater Flower Shop, and don’t forget to visit Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant for lunch and enjoy the sumptuous menu items, elegant atmosphere, and great service. Also, ask about hosting your own private parties and our special events.

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423-337-6623

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Summer Sale-A-Bration

25% Off Now in Progress… 50% Off Begins July 21

As the temperature goes up, The Lily Pad prices go down! All summer merchandise is now 25% off, leading up to our HUGE semi-annual 50% off sale beginning Saturday, July 21, at 10 am.

As most of you know, this day has become quite a great social event! You’ll see lots of your friends and neighbors, all having fun and assisting each other find bargains galore!

To prepare for this major event, beginning July 1st, the entire “LaSale Boutique” (the large room in the rear of the store) goes to 70% off, clearing the way for the next season!

Shop our great selections of cotton gauze, now the most popular items we carry during the sweltering summer heat. These lines never go on sale as they’ve become staples year-round per customer request! Many new styles and colors are arriving daily, so visit our website or the store to check these lines out… unbelievable comfort, quality and design! Funky and fun, these styles take you anywhere!

Remember to mark July 21st on your calendar… it’s a day we look forward to… seeing so many of our Lily Pad friends on one day, enjoying yourselves and looking for your Lily Pad finds! You may want to come in ahead of time, try on and make your list so you’ll know what to hurry in for on the morning of the sale! We look forward, as you do, to this fabulous event!

There’s no way to clear the store of summer stock in one day, so if you prefer to shop when it isn’t so crowded, plan to come to Sweetwater in the following days and make it a leisurely day to shop and dine. The merchandise remains at half price until it’s gone! We’ll look forward to seeing you when we open the doors promptly at 10 am on Saturday, July 21st!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.5537
www.sweetwaterlilypad.com

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