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Fitness Together

Your Partner in Achieving a Healthier Lifestyle

It’s that time of year once again to make resolutions for 2018. In fact, an estimated 58% of Americans routinely or occasionally make New Year’s resolutions.

So what are the top resolutions we make? Four out of 10 of the most common resolutions involve health and fitness. This is probably of little surprise to many of us who are becoming increasingly more aware of our nation’s growing health crisis. Sadly, more Americans die each year from the unhealthy impact of sedentary lifestyles than from many other higher profile health related problems, including smoking. While these annual New Year’s resolutions might signal our growing awareness of the need for a healthier lifestyle, sadly, only 8% of those who make resolutions actually achieve them.


Few of us have the self-discipline or the expertise needed to create the well-thought out strategies required to succeed in our goals for improved health, greater flexibility and mobility, and enhanced longevity. Success in attaining your optimum healthy lifestyle has a greater potential for success when you combine the talents of those dedicated professionals, including your family physician and personal trainer, to help you succeed where perhaps you have failed in the past.


Fitness Together is a proprietary system that combines “1 Client. 1 Trainer. 1 Goal.” Fitness Together offers a truly customized approach to fitness for each of their clients. They provide and combine the nutritional counseling, fitness routine, and motivation that are needed for your success and that are often missing from most other programs.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to share with you our recent interview with Fitness Together owners, Andrew Henderson and Shea Sims.

EK: Tell our readers how the concept of Fitness Together came about.

Andrew: Fitness Together was originally created to provide a place where people who were not into the “big gym” setting could go to exercise in private. While personal training as we know it has been around since the 1980s, Fitness Together’s unique and proprietary fitness model of fully equipped, private training suites adds the extra privacy and focus on the client that is difficult to find elsewhere.

EK: How does Fitness Together differ from the other weight loss or fitness programs that our readers may have tried in the past?

Shea: At Fitness Together, we take a very comprehensive approach to our clients’ health. We start each new client off with a full fitness, postural, and nutritional assessment in order to create a customized fitness program designed to help them to achieve their individual goals. We combine sound, scientifically based exercise, and nutrition principles to enhance our clients’ potential for success. Finally, we help guide each of our clients to establish ambitious but realistic expectations. We don’t push supplements or fad diets, and we know that most people don’t have (or want to spend) two hours a day and six days a week at the gym. We create fitness programs designed to blend into each client’s everyday lifestyle.

EK: Why is it so important that each client is partnered with his or her own personal trainer?

Andrew: Our clients’ success is based largely on accountability to their personal trainer and to themselves. Establishing that personal accountability and that relationship with the trainers is crucial! At Fitness Together, we go one step further by taking a “team” approach with our clients, providing them with the opportunity for them to work with a variety of trainers, each possessing unique skills designed to enhance your personal experience.

EK: Describe the level of training that your Fitness Together personal trainers possess.

Shea: Each of our personal trainers are certified through well-respected national organizations such as NASM, ACSM, and ACE, and all of our trainers are required to obtain advanced certifications as well. Almost all of our trainers hold bachelor level degrees in an exercise related field, and five trainers have earned master’s degrees. Because we understand that education is an ongoing process, our trainers meet every week to discuss new research findings and applied techniques for exercise designed to offer you the best possible outcome. In addition, we also invite a physical therapist to our staff training sessions monthly to help us better understand how to train clients with physical limitations and injuries.

EK: Do you offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations to potential new clients?

Andrew: Yes, we do! During your initial consultation, we will help to identify those main areas of concern you wish to address, make recommendations for what type of training is best for you to enhance your potential for success, and encourage you to participate in a light session before any decisions are made!

EK: Tell our readers what they should expect as a new Fitness Together client.

Shea: You should expect a great experience every time you enter the doors of one of our four conveniently located Fitness Together locations. You should expect to be greeted by a personal trainer who identifies you by name and with a smile, a fresh towel, and a chilled bottle of water. You should also expect an exciting, fun, scientifically-based training sessions that uses your time efficiently and effectively in a clean, motivating, and upbeat studio environment. Our expectation is to make the 45 minutes you invest at Fitness Together the BEST part of your day EVERY time!

EK: How affordable is Fitness Together?

Andrew: While personal training is certainly not your least expensive fitness option, at Fitness Together, we strive to deliver you the best possible value and fitness outcome for your investment. We also offer PACK Small Group Training and semi-private training (2-on-1) options at lower price points to help you manage your fitness dollar. Also, at Fitness Together, you will discover that there are no additional fees or hidden charges for anything. In fact, you can even come in and use our cardio equipment at your convenience at no additional charge.

EK: How can our readers learn more about the Fitness Together experience?

Shea: Simply contact one of the studios below or visit www.KnoxFT.com to learn more and request your free consultation!

EK: In closing, is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?

Andrew: I would like to express our appreciation to our many loyal clients we have had the privilege of working with for the past 10 years. Helping them to achieve their full potential, regardless of age or personal obstacles, has been a truly rewarding experience for our team. In 2018, we look forward to helping many others, perhaps someone like yourself that may have failed to succeed with your past fitness resolutions, to achieve a healthier, fuller, and longer life.

Fitness Together

Bearden
6513 Kingston Pike, Suite 112
865.212.2322

Farragut
11521 Kingston Pike
865.671.2022

Hardin Valley
10752 Hardin Valley Road
865.249.7630

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Heritage Family Dentistry

When Jonathan Bradshaw was growing up in Mississippi, little could he have imagined that so many of his childhood experiences would lead to the entrepreneurial lifestyle that he now pursues. His father’s hardware store was a second home to both Jonathan and his younger sister. They used to head directly to the store immediately after school to either complete their homework assignments or work alongside their father, which was often the case. Jonathan later discovered that working in the family’s second enterprise, a quick oil change business, further helped him to understand the need to work together as a team member and to provide the highest level of customer service possible in order to successfully differentiate their family owned company from the competition.

After completing his education in dentistry at Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry in 2007, Jonathan completed his General Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in 2009 and continued at UT as an instructor in the school’s hospital residency program. Applying many of the same success principles he learned early on from his father, Jonathan launched his successful medical practice, Heritage Family Dentistry, first in Lenoir City and then in Farragut in 2017. The Heritage Family Dentistry team of medical professionals has earned a reputation for excellence by offering their patients the highest level of experienced and compassionate care combined with today’s state-of-the-art technology, honesty, and integrity.

Everything Knoxville is excited to present this recent interview with Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw, DDS.

EK: I’m sure many of our readers are interested in just what led you to pursue a career in family dentistry.

Jonathan: Growing up I was always interested in the medical field but wasn’t sure which area of medicine I wanted to pursue. After shadowing many different types of physicians, dentists, and surgeons, it became apparent that dentistry provided all of the things I was interested in for my career. As a dentist, I am able to build and maintain patient relationships, I utilize daily my clinical and surgical skills as I care for my patients, and there are many opportunities for me to serve those in need within the community and in the mission field. Family dentistry was the perfect fit.

EK: How have your personal experiences in your father’s family businesses helped prepare you to launch and operate your medical practice?

Jonathan: In dental school, we are not prepared and taught how to be business owners. We are superbly trained to be clinicians, but there are no classes on how to manage associates or provide the highest levels of customer service. Having grown up watching my father run his own small businesses, I saw firsthand the sacrifices, hard work, and dedication it took to own and operate a customer service-oriented business. I witnessed the day-to-day demands and satisfactions of managing employees, caring for clients, and meeting the needs of the public, all of which helped to equip me to build a patient-focused, family dental practice, where the highest levels of service and quality care are our first priorities.

EK: How has being a husband and father of four youngsters better prepared you to succeed in the field of family dentistry?

Jonathan: My family is a priority to me. It is a value instilled in me by my parents and one that my wife, Casey, and I aspire to every day. We have four children ranging from 4 to 10 years old. Understanding the family dynamic helps me to better relate to the various people that come into our practice. Each person in a family is an individual. Just as each relationship within a family requires getting to know that person and his or her needs, we are committed to listening to and understanding each and every patient. There is no successful cookie-cutter system for caring for people. At Heritage Family Dentistry, our goal is to build genuine relationships with each patient, addressing their individual needs and desires.

EK: Describe briefly the services you offer at Heritage Family Dentistry in Farragut.

Jonathan: We offer all aspects of general dentistry, ranging from dental implants and cosmetic dentistry to fillings, crowns, dentures, routine cleanings, and treatment for gum disease. We also provide sedation dentistry for patients who have anxiety regarding dental treatment. As a family practice, we see patients of all ages.

EK: Patients that are new to Heritage Family Dentistry frequently offer positive comments on your friendly and attentive team of dental care providers. Just how important is your team to the patient’s experience?

Jonathan: I couldn’t do what I do without my team. Each team member exemplifies the values that are important to making this practice successful. Every one of them truly cares about our patients and seeks to make them feel at home while providing the highest quality of personalized care.

EK: One area of dentistry that you specialize in is the partial or full replacement of teeth resulting from injury, dental abnormalities, disease, or decay. What options do you offer patients that are experiencing one or more of these challenges?

Jonathan: I offer a multitude of services to provide restorations, including partial dentures, crowns, and bridges. However, dental implants are one of the most effective ways to restore a patient’s smile and quality of life. Implants are the closest thing that man has developed that is capable of replacing our God-given natural teeth.

EK: Can these alternatives that you’ve outlined be used for aesthetic purposes as well?

Jonathan: Absolutely! Dental implants and the other restoration techniques we offer can be used to restore and enhance a patient’s smile.

EK: Tell us a little more about dental implants. Why are they regarded as superior to dentures?

Jonathan: Dental implantation is a process where teeth are securely fastened in the mouth by anchoring them to the jawbone. Implants are superior because they provide greater stability and comfort in chewing, speaking, and smiling and offer a higher level of confidence that you most likely will not experience with traditional, removable dentures.

EK: How can our readers best determine if they are a candidate for dental implants or the other options you offer?

Jonathan: Patients can determine if they are a candidate by scheduling a consultation at our office.  During this process, we will evaluate their overall health, perform an exam of their mouth, and evaluate the quality of their jaw bones with our state-of-the-art 3D CT x-ray.

EK: Heritage Family Dentistry also offers patients several other exciting opportunities to take full advantage of the full range of services you offer. Tell our readers about your Dentistry Membership Club for those of us who might not have dental insurance and the special financing options available for more patient involved dental procedures.

Jonathan: Heritage Family Dentistry offers a loyalty membership program where patients pay for their routine, preventative care via low monthly payments. As a member, they receive a 15% loyalty discount on all procedures. We also offer low-interest and interest-free payment options via Care Credit and Lending Club.

EK: How can our readers learn more about Heritage Family Dentistry?

Jonathan: Readers can always visit our website at www.hfdsmiles.com. We would also love for them to come by for a tour of our practice and meet our team.

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

Jonathan: I am truly blessed to be able to care for many wonderful patients, and I look forward to many more years of building relationships within our community.

Heritage Family Dentistry
11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Farragut, TN 37934
865.816.9211
www.hfdsmiles.com

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Plantation Reclaimed

Incorporating the Beauty and Sustainability of Reclaimed Wood into Your Story

Dedicated to the preservation of our remaining old growth forests, Plantation Reclaimed reclaims the unique species of wood discovered in centuries-old tobacco barns, old abandoned barns, and warehouses that might otherwise deteriorate to an un-useful state. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to feature Plantation Reclaimed founders and owners, and daughter and father team, Jenny and Jim Blalock. You’ll learn how this antique wood can be incorporated into both new and existing homes in a variety of applications, including flooring, siding, mantels, and beams, just to name a few. The sheer beauty and rich patina from these reclaimed pieces of history simply cannot be replicated.

Jenny has also successfully combined the entrepreneurial skills she developed early in her life while working alongside her father in his plumbing supply business with both her skills as a general contractor and her talents as an interior designer. She is the founder and owner of the highly recognized and award-winning new home construction company, Luxe Homes & Design, which has earned a reputation for designing and creating homes that not only meet the existing needs of each and every member of your family member, but anticipates their future needs as well.

EK: Describe how you successfully create an authentic sense of style using reclaimed antique wood in homes and offices that is difficult to achieve using modern building materials.

Jenny: Reclaimed antique wood is unrivaled in terms of its ageless beauty and charm and is unparalleled in its architectural quality and character. Using authentic reclaimed wood in your home or office adds great character that you cannot duplicate using newly sawn wood alternatives.

EK: You describe reclaimed wood as pieces of living history. Explain that for our readers.

Jenny: The barns of yesterday are pieces of a living history. They have a story to tell. Some will tell of hard times during drought or floods, disease, and war. They may also tell a happier story of hardworking families brought together and succeeding. By incorporating reclaimed wood into your home or office, you are restoring a part of history. As we like to say, “Reclaiming history one floor at a time.”

EK: You also describe salvaging antique lumber as environmentally responsible. Why?

Jenny: We are dedicated to the preservation of our old growth forests, protecting them as a legacy to future generations.  Our unique, antique wood comes from tobacco and abandoned barns and warehouses and other structures as much as 200 years old! Not only is it environmentally responsible to recycle antique lumber, but the character and unique patina of each piece of reclaimed wood, which occurs naturally over decades and centuries, just can’t be replicated.

EK: Why is the use of reclaimed wood important for home and business owners wishing to create that one-of-a-kind appearance?

Jenny: Using reclaimed wood in your home or office offers you that one-of-a-kind look that cannot be duplicated. Therefore, each floor, accent wall, or beam will never appear alike. That is the natural beauty inherent in every reclaimed antique board that you just won’t find using today’s manufactured products – it’s the real antique deal.

EK: How affordable is the use of reclaimed lumber?

Jenny: There is a great deal of labor involved in reclaiming antique lumber. From disassembling old barns and warehouses to the finished products we sell, there are a great many steps. Reclaimed wood must first be removed, transported, sorted, de-nailed, and kiln dried before being milled into the finished product. During the process, each piece of wood must be handled dozens of times before it’s finally installed in your home or office. We strive, however, to ensure that our pricing is as affordable and competitive as possible.

EK: Describe some of the creative uses for reclaimed wood at home or at the office.

Jenny: With the wide variety of hardwoods we mill that are available to be used for flooring and siding, we have the perfect opportunity to really get creative. By combining our talents with our clients’ desires, we create our one-of-a-kind masterpieces. We can customize any flooring or siding to have rounded edge beveling to provide more of a plank look. We can even custom mill any species of un-reclaimed wood. We take pride in being a custom mill shop dedicated to creating the finished look you want. We are also very proud of our custom designed barn doors, shutters, tables, and countertops, which offer you that extraordinary, one-of-a-kind look you’ve been searching for.

EK: Tell our readers about the different types and species of reclaimed lumber available for them to select from.

Jenny: Some of the most popular items you will discover on our website include our Highlands Hit, Skip Oak, and Tennessee Tavern hardwoods. We also sell of large quantities of our Original Face Barn Siding for accent walls and ceilings and hand hewn or rough sawn beams for ceilings or mantels. Also, our black walnut flooring is one of our most popular items in our old growth series of flooring. From oak to pine, Plantation Reclaimed can custom mill just about any type of wood. If there is something else that you are interested in, contact us and we will try to make it a reality.

EK: Where is your antique wood sourced from, and where is it milled into the different types of products Plantation Reclaimed offers?

Jenny: We are committed to buying locally and supporting small area businesses. Although we ship our products nationwide, our products are all sourced locally and are milled right here in Knoxville.

EK: How do you feel that reclaimed wood enhances your home or office’s value?

Jenny: When purchasing any of our products, whether it’s flooring, siding, beams, or doors, we believe it adds a truly unique and intrinsic value to your home, and you’ve added something of historic significance to your home that cannot be duplicated. No antique wooden floor, accent wall, or barn door will ever be alike. Reclaimed wood adds that one-of-a-kind appearance, character, and warmth to your home or office that is unavailable with any other building material.

EK: Describe your customer care experience.

Jenny: Plantation Reclaimed is dedicated to providing you with the very best customer care experience possible. We want each of our clients to love their finished products as much as we do. You can depend on us to provide you with quality products that add value to your home or office. We stand behind it. That’s our commitment from my family to yours.

EK: You have a spectacular gallery that can be found at www.plantationreclaimed.com, which can serve as inspiration for home or business owners open to the idea of using reclaimed antique lumber in a future building or remodeling project. For our readers who might wish to learn more about either Plantation Reclaimed or Luxe Homes & Design, what is the best way to reach you?

Jenny: Thank you for recommending our website as a resource for our clients. We are very proud of the reclaimed wood products produced by Plantation Reclaimed and enjoy sharing our clients’ photos in our online gallery. They really have served as an inspiration for new clients. For your readers wishing to contact me, the best way to reach me is either by email at jenny@plantationreclaimed.com or by phone at 865-243-4604. I’ve discovered that most people prefer to email.

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

Jenny: First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many customers for both their support and encouragement since first launching Plantation Reclaimed and Luxe Homes & Design. I would also like to thank my dad, who works so hard alongside me every day. I’ve had the honor of working with him for 20 years now. Many people have told me throughout the years that they could never work with their parents, but despite the inevitable ups and downs of self-employment, these challenges have actually strengthened our relationship. Whether building homes for people like you or milling antique reclaimed flooring for your home, my dad shares my passion for quality craftsmanship and personal integrity. We absolutely love what we do and feel blessed to be able to serve our customers each and every day. 

Plantation Reclaimed
865.243.4604
www.plantationreclaimed.com
jenny@plantationreclaimed.com

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Knoxville Plastic & Craniofacial Surgery

For You, For All

By Jason J. Hall, MD, FACS

Every once in a while, usually in the quiet of the early morning hours when I’m the only person in the house that is awake, I get a chance to reflect on what it is that I do every day. Those moments, sitting in the stillness (in front of the fireplace… sometimes with the AC on), it dawns on me the magnitude of what I have the privilege to do as a career.

Sure… you probably watch “Botched’ (as I do occasionally – it’s hysterical) and think that my job as a plastic surgeon is nothing more than a never-ending parade of Michael Jackson wannabes, Human Ken dolls, and Kardashian acolytes. If you were a fly on the wall, though, you’d see the truth. You’d see the mother of three who wants her body back because she doesn’t feel like herself anymore after having children. You’d see the 20-something who feels insecure about a nose that is crooked or much too large for her face. You’d see the 50-something who feels like he’s 70 and wants his face and neck rejuvenated. And you’d see the scared parents of a child that was born with a birth defect, needing her skull completely reconstructed. And that is all on a random Tuesday in September.

The question that I asked myself when I began a career in plastic surgery is, “What is the common thread between each of these patients?” Not the procedures, certainly. Plastic surgery is the last true “general” surgery discipline left. We operate from the head to the feet and on most body parts in between. What these patients have in common is that I am able to help improve the quality of each one of their lives. The mother of three will now go out with her husband and friends feeling more confident in the way she looks. The rhinoplasty patient will no longer feel insecure about her nose. And the child will not grow up feeling as though she is different from her peers. Seeing a patient through a physical transformation that improves their psychological well-being, as well as their overall level of confidence, is truly powerful. In many ways, this mirrors what happens when we give back to others. The emotional and psychological boost we feel is worth much more than what we give away, whether it is our time, our money, or our service.

Plastic surgery, at its core, is about improving the quality of life for each and every patient we come in contact with. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the field of mission surgery.

In the developing world, being born with a cleft lip introduces a whole host of problems that don’t exist here in the US. The child and their family are socially ostracized. Also, children born with a cleft palate are at high risk to starve to death – without help feeding early on, many of these children are unable to get enough nutrition to grow.

Without intervention of a host of medical mission organizations, most of these children would never have the chance to live a full life, if they made it to adulthood at all.

From day one, my practice has been dedicated to helping fill the need for charity in our community and across the planet, both by example and by inspiring others to give back themselves. For our employees, we provide extra paid time off to participate in mission work of their choosing, as well as a small stipend to offset the cost of travel. For our patients, we created the “For You, For All” program. This program allows you to participate in global medical missions and help children who would otherwise go without the surgical treatment they need. Participation in the program is easy – by choosing to come to our practice, you automatically help without even knowing it. For every dollar you spend – on Botox, filler, skincare, lasers, and even surgery — a portion of that is donated to mission organizations that provide surgical treatment to children in developing countries.

Whether it is donating to your favorite local charity, volunteering your time at church, or traveling across the planet to help folks you’ve never met, please get involved. Let’s all strive to leave the world a little better than we found it. Together, we can truly make a difference.

Knoxville Plastic & Craniofacial Surgery
9239 Park West Boulevard, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.210.8929
www.jhallmd.com

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Northshore Urgent Care

Northshore Urgent Care

“Where the doctor is always in”

While most of us hope to avoid the hospital emergency room, life’s unexpected realities often necessitate emergency or urgent care visits. When the unexpected occurs, whether fever or flu symptoms, stroke, heart attack, allergic reactions, animal bites, severe burns, cuts/lacerations, or broken bones, you or your loved one will need immediate treatment.

Until now, patients typically sought medical care at their hospital’s emergency room. Today, however, as a result of the latest innovation in the healthcare industry, patients have an alternative that provides the same high level of care that they would receive in an emergency room but with shorter wait times and at a fraction of the cost.

Northshore Urgent Care, founded by Keri McFarlane, MD, is a family owned clinic offering urgent medical care without an appointment. Functioning much like a mini emergency room, Northshore Urgent Care can treat fevers, flu symptoms, allergic reactions, animal bites, broken bones, and an entire host of other urgent, non-emergency conditions.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to bring you this interview with doctor, entrepreneur, and mother, Dr. Keri McFarlane.

EK: Dr. McFarlane, tell our readers a little bit about your training and experience.

Dr. McFarlane: Since I was eight years old, I have known that all I wanted to be was a doctor. I went to medical school at East Carolina University and from there completed my residency in Family Practice at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was in private practice for a couple of years and then had the opportunity to do a trauma fellowship at Bayfront. I have been doing emergency medicine since 2004 in a multitude of ERs.

EK: How did your experience as an emergency room physician lead to the launching of Northshore Urgent Care?

Dr. McFarlane: It has always been a dream of mine to own my own clinic, and my experience in the ER, where I was exposed to a wider variety of medical emergencies than one might expect to experience in a typical private practice, has contributed greatly to my ability to treat my patients. I envisioned a treatment center where you could receive great care that was both fast and convenient – a place where you were treated as an individual and where you could get in and out without the long wait times often experienced at hospital ERs.

Throughout the years, as medicine has changed, I have felt that we have lost that personal touch that we called the art of medicine. Today a growing number of physicians have left private practice to join large healthcare corporations. While that has freed them up from the enormous administrative burdens associated with private practice, it has come at a cost. Physicians are told how many patients they must see in a day and how long they can spend with each individual. Because my team and I are committed to the goal of providing patient-centered and compassionate care at a level that you might have thought no longer existed, I created Northshore Urgent Care.

EK: How has being a mom helped you provide a higher level of compassionate care for your patients?

Dr. McFarlane: Being a mom has taught me to really listen – listen to every patient, and don’t always go by disease process or the book. Sometimes it is not as easy as black and white. My kids may look like each other, but they are very different. Each patient, while they may have the same symptoms, is very different, and your care has to be individualized. So I listen to all of their concerns and answer all of their questions. I take everything into consideration to provide the best quality of care. And, most importantly, being a mom has taught me a lot more about patience.

My kids have also played another important role in my practice, as they helped me design the children’s waiting room. I am sure that you will be able to discern their influence when you visit our clinic. They contributed some great ideas.

EK: How would you differentiate between a typical emergency room and your urgent care clinic?

Dr. McFarlane: We are able to provide much of the same care that you get in the emergency room but without the wait. We have x-ray on-site and can splint you and refer you if needed. We have the capability of giving IV fluids and IV antibiotics. We have on-site lab testing and can provide most labs/tests in as little as 10 minutes.

EK: At Northshore Urgent Care, all patients are seen by a board certified MD. How is that different from other urgent care clinics?

Dr. McFarlane: Some other clinics may have a MD on-site or available, but most times you are still seen by a FNP or PA. At Northshore Urgent Care, you will always be seen by a MD.

EK: You have been successful in significantly reducing patient wait times, but you have also helped your uninsured patients reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. Explain.

Dr. McFarlane: Because medical care has become so expensive throughout the years, our prices are significantly lower in general. For our uninsured patients, we offer a sliding care for visits, x-rays, and procedures. We are also able to provide most antibiotics and non-controlled medications at a fraction of the cost of most pharmacies.

EK: You refer to Northshore Urgent Care as a mini emergency room. What else would you like our readers to know?

Dr. McFarlane: We are your mini ER in your backyard. We also are able to be your local neighborhood doctor and would love to have the opportunity to do so.

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

Dr. McFarlane: Most patients come in needing urgent care but end up switching to us for primary care because they have such a great experience at our clinic. If you need urgent care or are in search of a primary care physician, we accept most insurances and would love for you to stop by, see our new clinic, and meet our extraordinary medical team that I am so very proud of.

Northshore Urgent Care
2046 Town Center Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.410.8700
www.northshore-urgentcare.com

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The Face Place™ & Gott Family Medical Clinic

Many success stories begin with the steadfast encouragement of a mentor that oftentimes sees something in us that we are unable to see and believes in us more than we believe in ourselves. Such was the case with James Gott – entrepreneur and, most importantly, devoted father. Early on James identified his daughter, Pamela’s, passion for medicine and encouraged her to pursue a medical career. Pamela soon discovered that she could achieve anything in her life by combining a strong work ethic, a dedication to her dreams, and, most importantly, a desire to serve others.

Sadly, James passed away far too early in life but nonetheless fulfilled his most important role in life as both a dad and personal mentor to his daughter. Fortunately, James lived to see Pamela become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a Master’s degree in nursing, in addition to becoming a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. It was in her father’s memory that she launched both Gott Family Medical Clinic and The Face Place™ in 2014. Gott Family Medical Clinic is dedicated to helping every member of your family achieve their optimal health potential, while The Face Place™ offers both non-surgical facial rejuvenation and fat elimination solutions.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are delighted to bring you this interview with Pamela Gott Gavin, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, and founder of Gott Family Medical Clinic and The Face Place™.

EK: Pamela, describe for our readers just how important it was for you to have a mentor – in this instance, your father – at such an early point in your life.

Pamela: My father was an entrepreneur and an inspirational business leader. His encouragement was paramount in launching two innovative medical practices: The Face Place™ and Gott Family Medical Clinic. I truly owe my strong work ethic and passion for excellence to his emphasis on quality and integrity.

EK: Tell us a little bit about your formal medical education and training.

Pamela: My formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s degree in Nursing – Advanced Practice Nursing with a concentration in Family Practice, and Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I also have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. Additional training and internships include facial aesthetics injector’s training, skincare training, and internships at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals. Most recently I participated in extensive training to study the latest and most advanced CoolSculpting® techniques. I’ve discovered that my diverse education, training, and experience, as well as a compassionate and caring approach to medicine, help me to offer all of my patients the high level of care that they deserve.

EK: The Face Place™ is unique in that it offers clients wishing to maintain a more youthful and vibrant appearance a full menu of non-surgical options. Tell our readers about some of the services you provide and why it is so important that they be performed by a skilled medical professional such as yourself.

Pamela: We offer a full array of non-surgical procedures that include dermal fillers, micro-needing, cryogenic therapy, dermaplaning, botulinum toxins, medical grade chemical peels, medical grade skin-care products, microdermabrasion, and customized facial volume replacement. To look younger, you should look like a younger version of yourself and NOT someone else. I have an artistic injecting approach to facial rejuvenation and consult with each patient in-depth to provide a highly personalize non-surgical facial rejuvenation solution.

We also help clients to correct the sometimes poor results that a growing number of them are experiencing from dermal filler injections performed by unskilled or unqualified individuals. This is most often the case when clients are tempted by the “special prices” offered by some injectors. Because this is a medical procedure, The Face Place™ only uses FDA-approved products, and all procedures are performed by a board-certified, trained, and experienced medical professional.

EK: You recently introduced an innovative and permanent, non-surgical fat reduction procedure called CoolSculpting®. Describe the procedure, and tell us why it is superior to other procedures marketed today.

Pamela: CoolSculpting® is a fat-freezing procedure that is the ONLY FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look great from every angle. At The Face Place™, our clients are treated to an elegant lunch in a comfortable environment as part of our full-day service.

EK: How does CoolSculpting® differ from other fat loss procedures offered today?

Pamela: Unlike other procedures that temporarily shrink fat cells, CoolSculpting® actually eliminates fat cells. And thanks to the latest CoolSculpting® innovations, we can now treat larger targeted areas in less time than before. We have the latest technology with CoolSculpting®, which offers more comfort and less treatment time. We are able to treat the chin, abdominals, sides, back, inner and outer thighs, arms, and posterior upper thigh areas, thus eliminating up to 25% of the fat cells permanently in each treated area.

EK: Let’s discuss the Gott Family Medical Clinic for a moment. What type of services do you provide?

Pamela: The Gott Family Medical Clinic offers a wide range of primary care services, including comprehensive preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, physical exams, ordering and interpretation of laboratory tests, referrals to specialists, and more.

EK: Talk about how you use products such as BOTOX® to treat migraine sufferers.

Pamela: Best known for smoothing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face, BOTOX® was approved by the FDA in 2010 to treat chronic migraine headaches in adults. BOTOX® has been shown to dramatically improve the quality of life for many chronic migraine sufferers.

EK: You offer a variety of opportunities for individuals to learn about both The Face Place™ and Gott Family Medical Clinic. Do you have any upcoming events that our readers can take advantage of?

Pamela: Periodically we hold a variety of events designed to feature the many products and services we offer. We will have a CoolSculpting® Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, August 22. Space is limited, and RSVP is required by August 15. Another CoolSculpting® event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5. RSVP is required by August 29. Please call 865-789-3162 to register for these events.

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

Pamela: I started The Face Place™ and Gott Family Medical Center because of my passion for serving people. My goal is to continue my journey by offering you the highest quality of health care available by providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the quality of life each of you deserve and by contributing to the well-being of our community. I would like to personally invite you to discover the many ways that The Face Place™ and Gott Family Medical Clinic can serve you and your family.

The Face Place™
865.789.3162
www.faceplaceknoxville.com

Gott Family Medical Clinic
865.312.9586

10404 Jackson Oaks Way
Knoxville, TN 37922

Supervising Physician – Dr. Vaughan Hall, FAAFP

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Introducing the Riverhouse Group of Keller Williams Realty

In the media today, existing and would-be homeowners are learning about a much improved real estate marketplace. Home values have increased in many areas, homes are often selling faster, and there are actually shortages of homes in many communities. With all of these existing variables in today’s real estate market, you may be asking yourself if this is the right time to jump into the market. How do I select a Realtor? How much home can I afford? What is the value of my home? These are just a few of the dozens of questions that you’ll need to address when buying or selling a home, but perhaps the most important decision you will make initially is selecting a Realtor.

Successful real estate transactions rely on much more than luck. An experienced Realtor can help you navigate the many challenges that can await the inexperienced buyer and seller working alone and can help transform an otherwise challenging real estate experience into one that is a positive experience for their clients.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to introduce you to the premier real estate sales team of David Box and Kara Blackstock of the Riverhouse Group of Keller Williams Realty in West Knoxville. A team dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of your residential real estate needs, we trust you will enjoy this interview with David and Kara.

EK: To start, bring our readers up to date on the current Knoxville area residential real estate market.

David: At the beginning of this year, home listing site, Zillow, listed Knoxville as the #7 hottest market for 2017. They couldn’t have been more right. The Knoxville market is booming. Our community has so much to offer. From an abundance of outdoor activities, natural beauty, low unemployment rates, high income growth, no state income tax, and affordable housing – Knoxville is a great place to live.

Kara: 2017 has certainly been a seller’s market, and buyers need to act fast. Home sales continue to rise, while we are also seeing an increase in the average sales price. The average days on market (ADOM) has decreased in 2017. Our firm is outpacing the market in days on market by selling homes 35% faster than the local real estate market average. The ADOM for our local real estate market is 92, and at Keller Williams, it is 60. It is not uncommon for sellers to receive multiple offers and even full price offers in today’s market.

EK: Tell us a little bit about each of you.

Kara: I was born and raised in Knoxville, and I am a mother of two daughters. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in education. I became a teacher, because I have a passion for helping people. I believe that’s why the transition to real estate was easy for me. I love helping clients through every stage of selling or buying a home. Developing relationships with my clients is of utmost importance to me. I want my clients to trust me and know I have their best interest at heart. The best compliment is when past clients refer their friends and family to me.

David: I am a native of Charleston, SC, and was first drawn to Knoxville about 20 years ago. I spent the majority of my professional career in leadership and sales training positions. This provides tremendous value in real estate when helping clients in the emotional process of buying and selling a home.

EK: Unlike other Realtors, you have chosen a team type approach. How does that benefit your clients?

David: Kara and I knew we would be stronger together and that our clients would benefit from our partnership. Internally, it allows us to share ideas and constantly learn from one another. For our clients, they get a number of benefits, including the opportunity to seek opinions from both of us, increased availability and contact, and varying negotiation tactics.

EK: What would you say is the single greatest challenge confronting buyers and sellers today?

Kara: I believe one of the greatest challenges for sellers this year is the lack of homes available to choose from when they sell their homes. Many sellers are hesitant to put their home on the market without knowing where they are moving next and are worried they won’t be able to find a home in a short amount of time. With buyers being more aggressive with their offers and sales prices increasing, we are also seeing issues with appraised values. It has not been uncommon to see homes not appraising for the contract price, which in turn often leaves the buyer scrambling to come up with more money for the purchase or risk losing the home.

EK: Describe for our readers your innovative approach to marketing.

David: We take a non-traditional approach and believe in going where the customers are. An astonishing 93% of all real estate searches begin online. We want to provide the best experience for these shoppers. Today’s clients are digital savvy and are seeking the most information possible when home shopping. Our marketing techniques empower consumers to fully immerse themselves into our client’s home listing.

EK: Tell us a little more about that.

Kara: We offer HD video tours that utilize a handheld gimbal device that gives a first-person walkthrough of every room in the home. This allows for a 24-hour virtual open house of the seller’s home. We provide an aerial drone flyover and yard view so a buyer can also see the surrounding areas. We use the latest 4K camera technology that creates 3D dollhouse views, 2D floor plans, and allows for appliances and other highlighted areas to have linkable content for buyers to learn more about the quality of the home. We package it all together onto a dedicated single page website specific to their home. An example of how we market a home can be found at www.12627earlyroad.com. We take all this information and then market it on 350 search engines and 76,000 separate websites.

David: We also want to ensure that our client’s home is staged and presented in the best manner possible. We offer complimentary staging and design services to all our clients.

EK: Talk about the importance of communication with your clients and your approach.

Kara: We believe good communication is key. Buying a home is usually the largest purchase and investment that a person will ever make. We understand that buying and selling a home can be an emotional and stressful process. David and I believe that communication is the center of a successful real estate transaction. We never want our clients to feel left out of the loop or confused because they were not receiving feedback and status updates.

EK: There are a great many Realtors for a client to select from. How would you differentiate yourselves?

Kara: We pride ourselves on a number of pillars: Communication, technology, and professionalism. We want our clients to know that we are available when they need us, but, more importantly, we always want to have a personal touch in our communication that shows transparency, honesty, and integrity. Our dedication to best-in-class technology and use of digital media ensures we market our client’s home to today’s consumer. The Riverhouse Group’s professionalism and experience will help all the way from the sales negotiation to a smooth closing.

EK: In closing, tell us something we don’t know about Riverhouse Group.

Kara: We are in the process of developing a TV show called Stage Right. Stage Right is a self-contained format where we help homeowners who have had difficulty selling their homes due to staging or appearance issues. Working with a very small budget, their current furniture, and some tough love, we transform their home and lawn into something a buyer can’t resist.

EK: How can our readers learn more about you? What is the best way for them to contact you?

David: Visit www.RiverhouseKnoxville.com to learn more or contact us below.

Riverhouse Group of Keller Williams Realty
5616 Kingston Pike, Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37919

David Box | Kara Blackstock
LIC # 340030 | 320832
865.694.5904 | 865.851.4210
www.RiverhouseKnoxville.com

Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Marsh Wealth Management

Is Your Financial Team Playing in Harmony?

At some point in our life, we all need the advice of a professional – whether it is seeing a doctor for a health problem or hiring a lawyer to write your will.  You know you need some specialized help.  The same can be said with needing financial advice – especially when you are faced with a transition in life such as an approaching retirement, a change in marital status, or a sudden inheritance.  But it can be challenging to know who to turn to for financial advice.

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to bring you this interview with Yvonne and Mike Marsh, co-owners of Marsh Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Tennessee.  Unique among their peers, Marsh Wealth Management has brought together a team of licensed professionals to address all areas of financial planning, including income planning, tax services, wealth management, insurance services, and estate planning. By working together under one roof, they create a holistic, complete service experience for their clients.

EK: Why is it important for people to understand that your firm is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)?

Yvonne: It all comes down to one word, and that is “fiduciary.”  As an RIA, we are held to a fiduciary standard of duty, which means we are required to act in our clients’ best interest.  In comparison, a firm registered as a broker/dealer is held to a suitability standard, which means they have to recommend a suitable investment, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be in their clients’ best interest.  There has been a lot of press about the DOL Fiduciary Rule that was set to take effect on April 10 but has been delayed.  This was an effort to bring all advisors providing investment advice for retirement accounts up to a fiduciary standard of duty.

EK: How can a person know if their current advisor is a fiduciary or not?

Mike: The easiest way is to simply ask them.  It’s a yes or no question.  The other way is to look at your statement and see how your advisor is being paid – if it is a flat-fee based on the size of the account, they are most likely a fiduciary. If you are invested in Class A or Class C mutual funds, for example, then the advisor is being paid by commissions and marketing fees, and that is not a fiduciary fee structure.

EK: So it sounds like it is important for consumers to understand how their advisor is getting paid.

Yvonne: It is very important.  We all need to make a living, and no one is begrudging anyone their due compensation.  But if I were a consumer, I would like to know that the investment advice I receive is free from conflicts of interest.  As an RIA, we don’t receive commissions or marketing fees from trades.  In our fiduciary, flat-fee based world, if the client’s account balances grow, we grow – it’s as simple as that.  I just read in the Wall St. Journal where Morgan Stanley is weighing whether to have its advisors stop using Vanguard funds because Vanguard will not agree to a revenue sharing arrangement with them. That’s actually one reason I love Vanguard funds – they keep their costs as low as possible and refuse to do any side deals with brokerage houses.

EK: While we are on the topic, how much does your firm charge for asset management fees?

Mike: Our fees range from 0.9% for households up to $500,000, 0.8% for households between $500,000 and $1 million, and 0.7% for households with more than $1 million in assets under management.  We use an independent custodian, TD Ameritrade, and create portfolios using diversified, low cost mutual funds tailored to fit with clients’ existing holdings.

EK: Yvonne, both you and Mike are CPAs.  How have you been able to combine your experience as a Certified Public Accountant with your skills as a Certified Financial Planner™?

Yvonne: The investment process begins with a plan – we can’t give advice on how to invest assets until we know “purpose” and “timeframe.” Being a CFP® gives me the expertise to create a solid plan, while being a CPA allows me to frame my investment advice with a tax-efficient overlay.  I like to say “It’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep.”  Tax efficiency is important in the investment world, and investment advisors who are not CPAs are prohibited from providing tax advice.   

EK: You spend a great deal of time asking questions of, and listening carefully to, your clients.  Why is this so important in creating a financial plan for your clients?

Mike: You have heard that saying about people having two ears and one mouth for a reason.  That is especially true in the financial world.  Understanding what is important to a client, both factually and emotionally, is paramount.  We also talk about their desires, their fears, and their personal risk tolerance for investing.  No two plans are alike, just as no two people are alike.

EK: I know that you are excited to introduce a new and totally innovative tool called Everplans™ that you provide to your wealth management clients.  Tell our readers about Everplans™.

Mike: Everplans™ are a secure, digital archive of everything your loved ones will need should something happen to you. It contains such things as legal documents, financial information, insurance policies, passwords, and information about your home (bills, vendors, etc.). It also includes health and medical information, advance directives, final wishes, and funeral preferences. We set it up, and then our clients grant access to whomever they choose – it breaks down the geographic boundaries if an executor lives in another state.

EK: For a person who loses a loved one, how can Everplans™ be of assistance to them?

Yvonne: Having an estate in good order is the last gift we give to our loved ones left behind. I have seen executors struggle through an estate closing process where no planning was done, and I have seen executors sail through the estate process when prior planning was done.  Our job is to make sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed for our wealth management clients.

EK: It would seem that your introduction of Everplans™ complements the planning, tax, money management, and estate planning services offered by Marsh Wealth Management perfectly.

Mike: We had previously been using a paper copy Family Estate Organizer binder, but stepping up to Everplans™ brings a higher level of service for our firm.  And we are hearing from adult children that Everplans™ is giving them a tool to start the dialogue with their parents and make sure everything is in order.

EK: For individuals or couples that would like to take that next step to learn more about Marsh Wealth Management’s planning process and fiduciary wealth management services, what is the best way to proceed?

Yvonne: We always offer a complimentary hour meeting for us to get to know each other and learn what is on your mind.  There are several ways to set up a meeting: Through our website at www.marshwealth.com, by phone at 865-622-2162, or by email to erin@marshpros.com.

EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to say to our readers?

Yvonne: We’ve built our firm by putting our clients first. We focus our efforts on serving, not selling. In fact, we begin our initial meetings by acknowledging that after the hour we spend together, one of three things will happen: You’ll be ready to move to the next step of working together, or (2) you’ll need some time to think about it, or (3) we’ll part as friends.  No pressure, no confusing talk.  Just solid financial advice.

Marsh Wealth Management

1341 Branton Blvd, Suite 105

Knoxville, TN 37922

865.622.2162

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee.  Yvonne Marsh and Mike Marsh are Investment Advisor Representatives of MWM.  Marsh Professional Group, LLC, is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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Sunbelt Business Brokers

Introducing Sunbelt Business Brokers of Knoxville

For many entrepreneurially minded individuals, owning and operating a small business is the centerpiece of their American dream. The economic powerhouse of the U.S. economy, small businesses today create two out of every three new employment opportunities in the United States and represent the bedrock of our nation’s economy.

Small business ownership is an exhilarating experience requiring entrepreneurs to react to a wide range of issues on almost a daily basis. Successful owners surround themselves with experienced and trustworthy associates, as well as a small group of mentors who help guide them.

Nowhere is the experience of seasoned advisers more crucial than when buying or selling a small business. Many investors consider the purchase of an ongoing business with an existing customer base and cash flow preferable to launching a new business. Conversely, existing small business owners, perhaps contemplating retirement, are overwhelmed with all of the many responsibilities involved in selling their business.

Sunbelt Business Brokers, helping business sellers and buyers for more than 30 years, sells more businesses than anyone else in the world. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to introduce to you Blake Henry and Tim Varney, owners of Sunbelt Business Brokers of Knoxville. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur considering a small business opportunity or an existing business owner with an eye on a new venture or possibly retirement, this interview with Blake and Tim might very well provide you with the successful outcome you hope to achieve.

EK: First of all, provide our readers with some insights into Sunbelt Business Brokers of Knoxville.


Blake: Sunbelt Business Brokers is a privately held business brokerage, merger, and acquisition firm. Its mission is to serve Knoxville area business owners to confidentially market their businesses for sale on a nationwide basis to ensure maximum exposure and to sell for the highest possible price. Sunbelt has more combined experience than any other firm in full-time business brokerage. We handle transactions of all sizes and types – from main street businesses to multi-million dollar, mid-sized corporations. No one in this marketplace is more committed and has more resources to attract buyers, both inside and outside the Knoxville area.

EK: Owning and operating a small business is a full-time endeavor. What mistakes do business owners frequently make when trying to sell their own businesses?

Tim: Two common mistakes come to mind:

  1. Small business owners typically wear many hats, including operations, sales, marketing, and administration, to name a few. Because day-to-day operational activities take precedent over strategic planning for selling a business, the sale process can suffer. Take too much time away from operations and the business suffers, which can impair its sale price. Sunbelt Knoxville eliminates this dilemma by offering strategic vision and insight to attract the ideal buyer for their business.
  2. Selling a business is extremely time consuming and complex, because most businesses are unique. Therefore, business owners don’t typically have the necessary skill sets or resources required to value, price, and aggressively market their business. We offer a proprietary combination of data points, national comparable research, and business financial restatement to realize the full value of the business.

EK: How does a business owner understand if their business has value on the open market?

Tim: Many business owners fail to recognize the intrinsic value they have created within their business and often elect to cease operations rather than marketing their business for sale. If the business has provided a living for the owner for a sustained period of time, it can likely do the same for someone else and thus has value. We will happily review your business and give an opinion as to the ongoing value of your business.

EK: Many would-be entrepreneurs mistakenly believe that launching a business is far less expensive than buying an existing business. How important is an existing cash flow and customer base to an investor?

Blake: Statistically, nearly 80-90% of all business start-ups fail. Stepping into an existing successful business provides the necessary reassurance that the business can succeed, as well as provide enough cash flow to earn a living, service financing costs, and continue to grow the business. Further, people forget to account for the “start-up” costs associated with a start-up. There are many one-time expenses incurred when launching a new business, including equipment, furniture and fixture purchase, lease space finish out, and office infrastructure, for starters. In an existing business purchase, most of these items have already been paid for. Everything considered, buying an existing business is usually the best solution offering the reassurance of an established cash flow and far fewer start-up headaches and expenses.

EK: How does Sunbelt achieve higher sales prices than the typical business owner selling on their own?

Tim: According to FitSmallBusiness.com, Sunbelt has the “highest volume of businesses for sale, highest closing ratio, and highest average sale price.” We achieve this by understanding how to value the business, market the business, and leverage our 38 years of relationships working with business buyers across the country. Also, the power of the Sunbelt Network should not be underestimated. Our Businesses For Sale listings can be viewed and accessed by qualified buyers and our national broker network, thus offering unparalleled exposure. We simply attract and have access to more buyers. All of these factors contribute to the reason that Sunbelt is able to sell for more. 

EK: Business owners attempting to sell their own businesses often fail to maintain the confidentiality of their sales efforts. How can that impact them?

Blake: Maintaining confidentiality is perhaps one of the most important aspects of successfully selling a business. Tim and I understand this and specialize in marketing and selling businesses while maintaining a high level of confidentiality for the business owner. In the absence of this confidentiality, competitors may attempt to capitalize on the instability that can occur during this period of transition, not to mention the uncertainty that can result among employees. In most instances, a buyer desires to maintain the current employee structure, and changes to that structure could ultimately impact the price a buyer was prepared to pay.


EK: Business owners often lack the ability to find qualified buyers. How can Sunbelt help?

Tim: As the recognized leader in business brokerage, Sunbelt is the go-to organization for new prospective business owners. While working with buyers, we review their financial capabilities, interests, and goals prior to any meeting with business sellers. This ensures that business sellers are not inundated with buyers that are not genuinely interested or who do not possess the financial resources required to purchase their business.

EK: How do you maintain buyer and seller confidentiality?

Blake: We develop 100% of our marketing material for each client with confidentiality in mind. Once created, the seller approves every detail, word, and avenue of distribution. With Sunbelt’s natural ability to attract buyers, we then ask each prospective buyer to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as well as disclose their financial data demonstrating their ability to purchase the business. By the time a buyer/seller introduction occurs, a buyer has been through a multiple step process to better determine suitability and maintain confidentiality.

EK: What is the current environment for buying and selling a business?

Tim: The Greater Knoxville area is a great place to buy, sell, or operate a business based on a variety of factors, including the region’s stable economy. The local economy is diversified into a variety of sectors with recent substantial growth in trade, utilities, transportation, and financial activities. The economy is also buoyed by an unusually high number of business incubator facilities and a labor force with one of the lowest turnover and absenteeism rates in the country. Additionally, Knoxville’s overall cost of living is among the most affordable in the country, combined with lower than average nationwide housing prices, low taxes, no state income tax, and low utility bills. Lastly, pent-up demand after the 2008-2009 economic crises and increased financing availability make the current environment excellent for buying and selling a business.

EK: How can people with an interest in buying or selling a business contact you?

Blake: Tim and I are always excited to speak with anyone who is considering buying or selling a business. To further assist business owners in this decision making process, we are happy to provide a FREE BROKERS OPINION OF VALUE to the readers of Everything Knoxville. We can be reached by phone at 865-964-7786 or 865-951-3651 or by email at bhenry@sunbeltnetwork.com or tvarney@sunbeltnetwork.com to discuss this or any other questions you may have.

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

Tim: Blake and I thoroughly enjoy working with business owners that in many cases have invested a large portion of their lives building a successful business. We look forward to guiding each of our clients through the process achieving the maximum value for their business, both for them and their families, and to help oversee a successful transition that allows their business legacy to continue in the future.

Sunbelt Business Brokers of Knoxville
www.sunbeltnetwork.com/knoxville-tn

Blake Henry
865.964.7786
bhenry@sunbeltnetwork.com

Tim Varney
865.951.3651
tvarney@sunbeltnetwork.com

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Decorating Den Interiors

Decorating Den Interiors

The Kozar Design Team

In this issue of Everything Knoxville, it is our distinct pleasure to feature award-winning residential and commercial interior designer, Sandy Kozar, owner of Decorating Den Interiors.  Sandy and her multi-talented design group have been featured on HGTV as a Pro Network Designer, Best of Houzz in 2016 and 2017 for customer service, and Dream Room Winner.  Well known and respected throughout the Greater Knoxville area for her creative planning and design of both residential and commercial spaces, Sandy’s designs are featured in the popular “The Kitchen Bible” book by Barbara Ballinger, now in its second printing, as well as in several Knoxville Parade of Homes entries.

Sandy’s commitment to each client is to transform the conventional design process into an enjoyable one, while at the same time offering outstanding quality and close attention to detail while remaining within each client’s budget.

EK: Sandy, what would you say sets you and your design team apart from your peers?

Sandy: We are a degreed professional design team with both the education and experience required to design beautiful and functional spaces for our clients.  We typically do not sell design hours, focusing instead on the products and services each client desires in order to provide them with the greatest impact for their individual budget.  This unique approach allows us to spend the time necessary to design a complete and beautiful design for our clients and not be focused on the clock.  Because we are part of an established and well respected international franchise, we can offer our clients the largest selection of case goods, upholstery, custom window treatments, accessories, art, and more in Knoxville, with access to more than 200 vendors nationally and internationally. We provide good, better, best, and even luxury lines for our clients alongside all of the latest trends for today’s lifestyles.  Clients also appreciate that we offer a complimentary consultation to all new clients, which is a great opportunity to discover a little bit more about how we work.

EK: What is included in your complimentary consultation?

Sandy: We tour the home with the homeowners and conduct a detailed question and answer period in order to understand what the client is looking for and considerations to include in the recommended design of their home.  We like to know their personality, their needs, their likes, and dislikes so we can custom create their design to be one-of-a-kind and unique for them.  We also help establish the homeowner’s budget to determine the project’s scope, after which we schedule the design appointment and start making the magic happen for the client.

EK: How long does it take for the magic, as you have described it, to happen?

Sandy: If you truly want a beautiful room, it takes time, but it’s always worth the wait.  After the initial consultation, it takes five to 10 business days to present a complete design to the homeowners. Our comprehensive design plans include three-dimensional space plans, renderings, and elevations, as well as finish and fabric samples, customized for each project.  Once the client makes a decision, we then order the selections.  The furniture, window treatments, and other custom products generally require a six to eight week lead time.  Then we install it all in one day, just like you see on HGTV.  We find that revealing the transformation this way really makes a statement.   

EK: You recently began a Discover Series feature in Everything Knoxville. Tell our readers what you hope to achieve with this new series.

Sandy: We are really excited about this new Discover Series that we feature each month in Everything Knoxville.  Each month we focus on a different interior design topic and then delve into a variety of recommendations related to the subject that we trust your readers will find both helpful and inspiring. Actually, we launch each monthly topic in Everything Knoxville and continue with helpful email tips throughout the month, as well as host an interactive workshop on the third Thursday of the month. This month our topic is “Outdoor Living,” with the interactive workshop scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, April 20th .  If you would like to attend, we ask you to RSVP today, as space is limited.  You can call our Design Studio at 865-982-6368 or email us at skozar@decoratingden.com. We always have a fun interactive quiz, light refreshments, and fun and easy tips you can try at home yourself.

EK: What topics do you plan on covering in your Discover Series in the future?

Sandy: Our topic for April is “Outdoor Living.”  We will also be exploring “Dining Rooms” and more in the coming months.

EK: Share with our readers how they can benefit from your Discover Series.

Sandy: Our Discover Series is actually reader directed. While we suggest monthly topics, our readers direct our monthly narrative by asking questions. Our responses to their questions will hopefully help all of your readers.

EK: If you don’t mind, give us an example.

Sandy: Gladly. Here are a few questions submitted and our responses to our “Outdoor Living” feature for April.

Reader: I like the look of upholstered outdoor furniture, but won’t the fabric mildew and fade?

Response: Not necessarily. There are a variety of specially designed furniture and fabrics just for outdoor applications.  Outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella®, which are perfect for both indoor and outdoor spaces, resist stains, sun fading, and rain. This means far less maintenance and more family fun in the sun this season.

Reader: I already have outdoor furniture, but my patio feels incomplete.  How can I create more of a balanced feel?

Response: Rugs are a wonderful way to ground and balance any space, whether indoors or out.  Many of our lines have beautiful heavy duty rugs that are made for outdoors that dry fast and resist fading.  Remember to get an outdoor rug pad so there is ventilation under the rug for maximum efficiency and longevity.

Reader: My family and I love our outdoor living spaces. How can I give our outdoor spaces more of a homelike feel?

Response: Adding accessories and accents like mirrors and lamps really help add that final touch to outdoor spaces.  Some of our favorite recommendations are to reflect the light in darker corners with a starburst mirror or showcase that perfect view with tall plants.  Many of our clients also have outdoor kitchens and TVs, allowing them to spend as much quality family time out-of-doors as possible.

Reader: Our family likes to eat outdoors, but the angle of the sun shines right into our eyes. Any suggestions?

Response: Blocking the intense rays of the sun at certain times of day can make a huge impact on the comfort of a space.  Outdoor window treatments add a great layer of coziness, as well as control over the sun during certain times of the day.  Whether full length Sunbrella® drapery panels or woven shades from Hunter Douglas®, window coverings are the perfect touch to add to outdoor living and the perfect solution to the glaring sun.

EK: I know our readers will continue to look forward to your continuing Discover Series feature in future issues. In closing, is there anything you would like to add?

Sandy: As the days are getting warmer, and with families anxious to begin enjoying their home’s outdoor living spaces more, we would like to offer your readers a 20% discount on select outdoor furniture and accessories, good through April 30th.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful clients for both their past encouragement and support.

Sandy Kozar & The Kozar Design Team
Interior Design Professionals
865-392-6222
www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com

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