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Happy New Year and Happy Savings!

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 20th, 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 2018!

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

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elle BOUTIQUE

Ready or Not… Here They Come… You Can’t Hide!

That’s right… the holidays are quickly approaching, and we’re here to help you make this your year of being ahead. To kick off the holiday season, we are celebrating BIG by bringing you a double designer trunk show on Thursday, November 2nd, and Friday, November 3rd! Our trunk show will feature Melody Vintage Jewelry and Michele Ma Belle Designs.

Our local jewelry celeb, Melody Stallings of Melody Vintage Jewelry, will be bringing you her latest pieces she’s been working on especially for the holiday season full of unique vintage pendants, pave diamonds, hand cut deer hide, chandelier chain, and much more. This is a great time for you women to treat yourselves, create your Christmas wish lists, or stock up on some great gifts for others!

The two ladies behind the designs of Michele Ma Belle will be with us as well with their newest re-done vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, belts, key chains, and more. These are a sight to see and would make someone super happy this holiday season. We will be shopping, sipping champagne, and celebrating the new season from 10-6 both days, so come join us for all of the festivities!

On top of these special holiday items that will be shown at the trunk show, we are also excited to offer you a wide range of other gifts this season in a variety of price points for those perfect teacher, aunt, sister, best friend, and stocking stuffer type gifts. Some of our favorites include pre-boxed pajama gift sets from Eberjey, all natural, non-toxic, organic skin care products from Babescrub and Herbivore, Capri Blue candles, Sara Happ lip gloss, Ceri Hoover handbags, Mantraband bracelets, and more.

Keep up with all of our upcoming holiday festivities, including Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Christmas parties, and more, by signing up for our email list on our website at www.shopelleboutique.com.

elle BOUTIQUE
5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.851.7555
www.shopelleboutique.com

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The Lily Pad

Fashion Fights Back

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 first annual Fashion Fights Back fashion show last October. On a beautiful sunny October afternoon, 10 of our customers who were either fighting their battle with breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors modeled 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. Last year we raised more than $1,000 to help fund innovative research and provide free information and support programs to patients and caregivers.

On October 19, 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. There is no charge to attend the show, refreshments will be served, and a spring trunk show from Joseph Ribkoff will also be a special part of this incredible day.

We encourage you to RSVP at either 423-337-5537 or lilypadboutique@bellsouth.net since we will have treats for everyone attending! Join us at The Lily Pad as FASHION FIGHTS BACK!

Second Annual Fashion Fights Back Fashion Show
October 19 at 2:30

Honoring our ladies who have fought back! Join us as we celebrate the women in our lives who’ve been affected by cancer and to learn how we can make a difference in the lives of ALL women. Hosted by Brenda Bryan of The Lily Pad Boutique, Joseph Ribkoff Designs, and Renee Fisher of arT by fisher & kathryn bartow cosmetics. Angela Mathis, American Cancer Society Regional Senior Community Manager, will be our guest and will be available to answer any questions.  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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elle Boutique

Fun Fall Fashion

The summer has blown by once again, and we are almost back in the full swing of school, football, kids’ sports, and fall festivals. While this may be a bit of a hectic time, it is always such a fun time, and we are ready here at elle Boutique! Bring on the denim, cozy sweaters and sweatshirts, fun jackets, football outfits, and more!

What to Expect from Us This Fall

As always… we will be stocked with your best selection of denim in Knoxville. Expect perfect fits, fun new trends, and the coolest styles, with a few quality basics mixed in. Get ready for the high-waisted straight leg… every designer’s doin’ it, everybody’s wearin’ it, and so should you! The high waist is so slimming, sucking in those tummies and elongating those legs, so if you’re not into it yet, just buckle up and get on board. Also, remember that cropped lengths aren’t just a summer thing. Wear your high-waisted crop jeans with cute sweaters and booties/heels all fall long!

Three hot new brands coming your way… Brochu Walker – known for their beautiful luxury sweaters that are effortless, feminine, and intriguing. Zadig & Voltaire – known for their rock and Bohemian influenced styles with fresh blouses and edgy blazers. KULE – a preppy luxe line that produces classic yet bold sweaters and tops that will soon be major staples in your closet!

Parties, events, and sales! We have a bunch of fun events coming up each month from now through the holidays! First up, our Trina Turk Trunk show on Thursday, August 24, and Friday, August 25, from 10-6 both days. Keep an eye out for all our special events on our social media pages @elleknoxville and on our mailing list, which you can sign up for on our website at www.shopelleboutique.com.

Shop for fall in store Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and online 24/7!

elle Boutique
5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.851.7555
www.shopelleboutique.com

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Summer Sale-A-Bration

25% Off Now in Progress… 50% Off Begins July 15

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 15, 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 16th 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 10:00 am on Saturday, July 15th!

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

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Lily Pad Boutique

Don’t Stress the Number!


The average female shopper has several sizes hanging in her closet… so why are you a size 6 in some brands and a size 10 in others??

Alfredo Cabrera, author of 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School, explains. “Most companies start with a size 8 production pattern which sometimes gets shifted larger or smaller. A high-fashion 8 isn’t typically as large as a mass-market brand’s size 8.”

Even in Europe, where measurements are standardized by law, there can be some variation because a designer may decide to slide a garment’s waistline above or below a woman’s natural waistline.

Our experience has been that European lines, as a rule, are approximately 1-2 sizes smaller than your average fit. This is where an experienced sales clerk can be very beneficial as you shop, many times suggesting that you begin trying on certain lines a size or even two above what you normally wear.

Don’t limit yourself to a certain size… be open to some variation… basing your decisions on style, designer and your individual sales associate’s advice. Remember… we have seen the styles tried on, trying many on ourselves to better advise our customers of the fit.

The very best way to ensure a good fit is to try on several sizes. Remember to trust your personal sales associate and the mirror instead of the digit on the label!

We are here to advise you on the size and fit of your selections; however, for men who are purchasing a gift for Mother’s Day, may we suggest a beautifully designed, boxed and gift wrapped gift certificate! Always a perfect gift!

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Shopping!

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

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Veronica G Boutique

One More Dream

By Gail Edwards, Owner of Veronica G Boutique

After retiring from my career in commercial real estate administration, I did what so many young retirees do, which was pursue my life’s passion of owning my very own women’s clothing boutique. First launched six years ago, my dream evolved from launching a boutique in historic downtown Loudon to Veronica G Boutique in Turkey Creek.

I’ve loved every minute of the experience keeping up with the latest fashion trends, going to market in Atlanta, merchandising, marketing, and a whole host of other responsibilities that require an entrepreneur to wear a great many hats. Until Veronica G Boutique, I never fully appreciated just how exhilarating and challenging owning a small business could be.

While I am grateful for the experience and the success I’ve enjoyed, I think I am most grateful for all of the friends I have met that have supported me and encouraged me as I pursued my dream. But now it’s time for me to pursue one more dream: Retirement. After experiencing a series of health related challenges, I have decided to pursue my new dream of traveling with my husband, Bob, and to take advantage of what we hope will be years of happy retirement memories after many decades of pursuing our respective careers.

As my way of thanking each and every one of you for your past support, we will be offering a storewide sale on almost everything in the boutique. Our last day will be Saturday, March 25th. I hope each of you will plan a visit to Veronica G Boutique, which will provide me with the opportunity to thank each of you personally, as well as to extend to you some great savings on some of the latest in women’s fashions from many of the nation’s top designers.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my husband, Bob, for supporting me. You often hear that a family business can sew disharmony in a relationship. Ours was the opposite experience.


I hope to see you all soon, and thanks for the memories.

Veronica G Boutique
11655 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.0222
www.vgboutique.com

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Discover Upscale Consignment and Amazing Values at Next To New

With the renewed economic optimism we are all experiencing today, consumer shopping trends are quickly being redefined. Today’s trendy consumers are discovering the growing popularity of upscale women’s consignment boutiques when shopping for the latest fashions. Not to be confused with clothing thrift stores, upscale women’s clothing shops serve two purposes: They represent a source of revenue for women wishing to recycle their gently used, quality clothing and accessories they may no longer wear, and for other women, they are a source of fashionable, high-quality women’s skirts, blouses, dresses, gowns, handbags, and jewelry at just a fraction of their original cost.

A perfect example of one such upscale consignment boutique is Next To New, located at 7212 Kingston Pike, next to Olive Garden and adjacent to The Bed Store. Next To New founder and owner, Jackie Bivens, always delights in the response that first-time visitors have to her shop.

“If your passion for fashion outweighs your budget, we can help you rebalance your budget with Next To New’s higher-end labels, in near new condition, for 50-85% off their original retail prices,” said Jackie. “It’s really the smartest way to shop and a smart way to make money on those unused designer-inspired fashions, jewelry, handbags, scarves, and shoes in your closet. With consignors such as Knoxville’s socialites literally emptying their closets, our merchandise is better than ever, including a fantastic selection of plus sizes. You’re certain to find many undiscovered treasures at Next To New.”

Whether you have some fashionable, gently used, or never worn items just hanging around the closet that are looking for a new owner, or if you’re searching for that “just perfect” apparel item, jewelry piece, handbag, purse, or much more while keeping your budget intact, plan a visit to Next To New, the perfect location to find amazing items at even more amazing prices. Also, for a limited time, take advantage of additional savings with our “Hello Tuesday” special offer and save an extra 10% on all cash sales every Tuesday.

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

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Elle Boutique

Bubbles, Bras, Bags, and Bling

Get Ready for the event of the month taking place on Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10. Bubbles, Bras, Bags, and Bling is all happening in one spot from 10 am to 6 pm at elle Boutique!

What exactly is that? We’re so glad you asked! To put it simply, it’s a two-day event featuring some super fun shopping and super awesome people that you won’t want to miss!

To give you some details…

Bubbles: We provide yummy champagne, and you drink it while you shop. Say no more, right?!

Bras: Is referring to… well… bras that we carry! But more so the brand of unbelievable intimates, robes, and pajamas we carry from Eberjey. Eberjey is a beloved worldwide lifestyle brand that creates pieces that women feel their absolute best in and is exclusively sold at elle Boutique. Come shop the collection that just arrived for Valentine’s Day!

Bags: A part of the event you will not want to miss! Join us as we welcome the talented designers, Jill and Tracey, from Michele Ma Belle to elle! These amazing girls re-vamp genuine Louis Vuitton bags with the most amazing accessories consisting of patches, fringe, fur, brooches, key chains, and more, creating fabulous, one-of-a-kind bags you have got to get your hands on!

Bling: Last but certainly not least, come check out the bling from the most talented jewelry designer we know… Melody Vintage Jewelry. She has been working around the clock creating a special collection just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping!

So mark your calendars for February 9th and 10th, and get ready to enjoy the first elle shopping extravaganza of the new year.

elle Boutique
5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37919
865.851.7555
www.shopelleboutique.com

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Veronica G Boutique

Veronica G Boutique: Your Holiday Boutique

As you have come to expect from Veronica G Boutique, this season we have thoroughly searched numerous apparel and gift marketplaces for those more than special gifts for this holiday gift giving season. This year we are very proud to introduce you to our discovery of three exciting new women owned business featuring quality, USA made products that will make great new additions to our current lines of ladies’ apparel, accessories, and gifts. These retail lines include:

» 1818 Farms
Located in the historic village of Mooresville, Alabama, 1818 Farms is named for the year the town was incorporated. Founded by local entrepreneur, Natasha McCrary, 1818 Farms features a unique line of all-natural, handmade, and hand-packaged bath and beauty products containing lavender and herbs grown on her farm, preserving and honoring life as it used to be.

» Creative Energy 2-in-1 Candles
Fascinated with candles from an early age, Creative Energy Candles president and founder, Kara Sherrit’s, fascination has today resulted in her organic, hand-poured soy candles being sold to nearly 200 spas and specialty gift stores nationally. They are all-natural, containing only the finest quality soybean wax and natural essential oil blends featuring anti-aging properties and the healthy moisturizing effects of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

» Dona Bela SHREDS
Creating one-of-a-kind, handmade fashion accessories using upcycled materials, Iowa-based entrepreneur, Allison Davidson Motoyama, transforms textile remnants into totally unique scarves, combining thousands of colors and a variety of designs to complement all body types. Designed for comfort, style, and individuality, Dona Bela SHREDS make the perfect gift for any occasion.

For the holidays, Veronica G Boutique will also be featuring select groups of designer-inspired jewelry at savings of up to 50% off.

So whether you shop from our already wide selection of ladies’ apparel, accessories, gifts, or from one of our newest retail discoveries, Veronica G Boutique is the perfect place to shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list this season.

Veronica G Boutique
11655 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.675.0222

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