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Clinton Glass Company

The Beautiful Shower People
By Greg Stowell, Co-Owner of Clinton Glass

Clinton Glass first opened their doors in 1957 as a local family-owned business. We are still family owned and operated, but we have evolved into the top choice in frameless showers for customers in all of East Tennessee. In fact, our frameless shower business has grown so quickly that we recently relocated into a brand new, 18,000 square foot location featuring a new Inspiration & Information Showroom with 27 full-size showers!

During the last 10 years, Clinton Glass has installed more than 8,000 custom showers, making us number one in East Tennessee. Clinton Glass is also the only retail glass company in East Tennessee with its very own in-house fabrication and tempering facility, offering area homeowners a true turn-key experience.

Our new showroom and fabricating facility is located at 9007 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, just one mile east of the Kroger located at Middlebrook Pike and Cedar Bluff. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

If you would like to discover the dream shower that exists within your home, we invite you to explore all of the possibilities that exist at our all-new designer showroom and inspiration center.

Clinton Glass
9007 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-247-0404
www.clintonglasscompany.com

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Shelf Genie

Create the Ultimate Baking Station with These Organization Tips

Whether you bake on certain holidays or every weekend, it’s helpful to have the supplies and ingredients at your fingertips when the mood strikes you. Before you get started, survey your kitchen for everything you might need for baking so you can determine how much space to carve out. By creating a special section in your kitchen for baking, you can easily access everything you need whenever you want.  Here are some tips for setting up a baking/prep station in your kitchen.

Location in the kitchen
Most kitchens are set up around a functional triangle, incorporating the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Try to use an area within the triangle that has usable counter space for your baking station. Clear a section of your cabinets to store cookbooks, ingredients, and small bowls. Glass jars are a functional and decorative way to store sugar, flour, and other frequently used ingredients in your cabinet. When you can see your ingredients, it’s easier to keep track of inventory.  A stand-alone cart or rack can also be utilized as a baking station when cabinet space is limited. The key is to keep everything together in one section of your kitchen.

Baking utensils and measuring cups
Keep measuring spoons and cups at eye level by hanging them on a peg board on the inside of a cabinet door. Mixing utensils can be displayed on the counter in a decorative jar or in easy to access drawers. Measure your drawer space to configure different size organizers. The wider ones are perfect for spatulas and whisks, while the smaller ones can house food coloring, sprinkles, and more.

Baking sheets and muffin tins
Vertical dividers can help you to see and access baking sheets and tins in the lower cabinets. This customizable solution is also great for cutting boards, baking dishes, and serving platters. If you’re tight on cabinet space, consider using a large basket to store these items.

Mixers and bowls
Store small appliances and bowls on glide-out shelving beneath your workable counter space to keep your counters clear when not in use. Mixers tend to be heavy and bulky and often difficult to store.  Glide-out shelving allows you to look at everything in the cabinet without having to move around all the items every time you need something.

A dedicated space can make baking easy and more enjoyable. Set aside some time to create a baking station in your kitchen. When it comes time to make your next batch of cookies, you’ll be glad you did!

ShelfGenie®
865.409.1197
www.shelfgenie.com/east-tennessee

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Create a Lifetime of Memories in Your Home’s Kitchen

By Patti Baker, Co-Owner of Granite Transformations

As a young girl growing up in Pennsylvania, my mother’s kitchen became a very special place to me. It was the family gathering place when aunts, uncles, and cousins came to visit. I have fond memories of newborn infants and fiancés being introduced to family members for the first time, fresh baked cookies, and roasted Thanksgiving Day turkey. My own kitchen has similar memories that I hope my children and grandchildren will cherish as well.

America’s kitchens remain our home’s source for a lifetime of memories. Unlike any other room in our home, our kitchen exudes a sense of warmth and comfort that welcomes guests.

I’ve especially enjoyed the last 13 years of my life as my husband, Buddy, and I have helped thousands of area families create their own special gathering place in their home’s kitchen. As owners of Granite Transformations, we have helped countless homeowners transform their kitchens into that unique place we remember as children – a room where they can create all-new memories of their own that will last a lifetime.

The centerpiece of the Granite Transformations’ story is their patented premium engineered granite countertops. They are made from the finest granite, quartz, and post-consumer recycled glass – the highest quality materials combined with state-of-the-art technology – to produce the finest granite countertop surfaces on the market. All the beauty nature has to offer, only better. You deserve the best, and you can get it without the demolition and installation headaches associated with ordinary slab granite.

Granite Transformations’ surfaces outperform ordinary granite, because they are non-porous, stain resistant, and maintenance-free.  There is no sealing necessary to be safe for food preparation. We believe in it so much that we warranty the materials for life.

Granite Transformations’ countertops are ideal for homeowners who demand durability and value. Because Granite Transformations’ granite countertops install over your existing counters without messy, time consuming demolition, you can enjoy your new kitchen in as little as one day. We also do backsplashes, bathrooms, bars, and floors.

Granite Transformations also offers homeowners other products to help transform their kitchens, including cabinet refacing. You can get a whole new look in days, not weeks.

Whether you’re building a new home or updating your existing home, create that perfect family gathering place in your kitchen and create a lifetime of fond memories. Call Granite Transformations today at 865-622-2381 to set up your free, in-home consultation.

Granite Transformations
10539 Lexington Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932
865-622-2381
www.granitetransformations.com

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The Best Oriental Rug Washing System Just Got Better

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Since first launching Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning in 1985, much has changed in our industry.  Technology has made it possible to clean carpeting more effectively and efficiently, and new and improved synthetic fibers have improved both the appearance and longevity of our home’s and office’s wall-to-wall carpeting.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the all-natural materials used in our favorite and treasured Oriental rugs.  Their wool and cotton construction and all-natural dyes, while durable, also make them susceptible to permanent damage if washed improperly.

That’s why I created our proprietary 11-step Oriental rug washing process.  Based on my more than 30 years of carpet and rug washing experience, this system not only washes your Oriental rugs, but it protects them from the damage that can result from improper handling and cleaning.

Today I am proud to announce that our proprietary Oriental rug washing system has become even better thanks to new, state-of-the-art technology. We have just installed the new Marinator Decon System from Rug Reviver in our West Knoxville Oriental rug washing boutique.  This new system allows us to circulate up to 80 gallons of solution per minute throughout your entire rug, leaving your rug cleaner than ever before.  Adding to our already successful 11-step rug washing process, Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning can safely and efficiently wash your favorite Oriental rugs, protecting them as potential family heirlooms.

Discover for yourself just how East Tennessee’s proprietary, 11-step Oriental rug washing system just got better. Also, you will be pleased to know that our Oriental rug washing turnaround is three weeks or less.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning
865.691.5686
www.superiorofknoxville.com
info@superiorofknoxville.com

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It’s Great to be 10 Years Strong!

By Christina Fitzwilliam

I cannot believe our summer has almost come to an end. All the scheduling that seemed overwhelming at the beginning of summer has come and gone, and I am both relieved as well as a bit remorseful. As I glance through my own home, it’s obvious it is going to need some TLC before I gear up for fall barbeques and weekend get-togethers. Enter the “honey-do list.” Luckily there is one chore my husband, John, doesn’t mind tackling in our home. But it wasn’t always so.

Ten years ago, before we began the deep cleaning business, John was a restaurant manager. One of his most frustrating challenges was getting the commercial kitchen and dining areas clean. I think he tried most every cleaning technique, product, and tool in the market, but those restaurant floors never succumbed to his efforts. I had the same issue cleaning my own tile and grout kitchen floor, and there was little he could do to help me.

So, in 2008, when John and I flew to Arizona to check out some innovative cleaning equipment, my husband was skeptical. His skepticism gave way to sheer excitement as he saw what these magical tools could do. He still gets giddy from time to time when he encounters a floor that looks beyond help that he can transform into something beautiful.

That first week we practiced in our own home, and I was astonished at how different my tile and grout floors looked. My carpet lightened several shades, and my driveway literally glowed in the dark. Many of our friends got free cleanings those first few weeks as well, and they were equally thrilled.

Here’s what I’ve learned during the last 10 years. Every now and then, even the most well-cared for and well-maintained house needs an occasional deep cleaning – cleaning places that are not in a regular cleaning schedule or places that are hard to clean. Dirt contaminants build up over time and cause beautiful tile and grout to discolor. Dirt becomes trapped within the pores of your floor and cannot be removed without some powerful measures.

Surface Doc has some really cool equipment that simply does what we can’t possibly do on our own. With a combination of high heat, high pressure, and a powerful spinning brush, all contained under a pressure hood, your floors will have no choice but to release the soil and contaminants buried deep within them. This process allows for the complete removal of years of build-up within your floor.

If it’s time for your floors to look new again, give Surface Doc and John a call.

Surface Doc
865.567.1986
www.surfacedoc.com

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Considerations When Buying Vinyl Replacement Windows

By Chris Moon, Co-Owner of Window Works

There are great many considerations confronting homeowners who are considering the purchase of new replacement windows for their home. Vinyl replacement windows today account for 60% of all window sales nationally. Technological advances in manufacturing, along with the attractiveness of today’s vinyl windows and the fact that they will never need painting, make them popular with an ever growing number of homeowners. They can also make your home’s interior quieter, less drafty, and are easier to clean and maintain.

So how important is the selection of a vinyl window brand? Your selection is important but perhaps not nearly as important as the company you purchase your replacement windows from. Think of your new windows and the company you purchase them from as a system. The best windows improperly installed will result in poor window performance.

At Window Works, we strive to provide all of our customers with an experience that exceeds their expectations. A family owned, second generation company, we are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and have been recognized by numerous organizations for our expertise and professionalism, including Angie’s List’s Super Service Award.

We offer the highest quality vinyl replacement windows from the top manufacturers in the nation, including OKNA, a premier vinyl and composite window manufacturer known for their superior design and engineering advances. But, more importantly, we offer professional installation, with each team supervised by a craftsman with 20+ years of experience – and all backed up by a manufacturer’s lifetime limited warranty, a written pledge of lifelong quality and performance.

Whether your home needs replacement windows, siding, patio doors, or gutters, I invite you to discover the Window Works difference. From our family to yours, we promise you an experience that will exceed your expectations without the high pressure sales tactics you might have come to expect.

Window Works
151 Sherway Road, Suite 6
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.560.3044
www.windowworksus.com

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Rediscover a Level of Clean That is Nothing to Sneeze At

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Winter is a distant memory, and we’ll need to wait an entire year to enjoy next spring’s dogwood blossoms. Remember those precious few weeks during April and May when we opened up our windows to allow those mild spring breezes to freshen up our homes? Well, all too quickly the temperatures have risen, our windows are once again closed, and the air conditioners are turned back on.

One challenge many of us experience during these periods of time when our homes are “buttoned up” is that dust and allergens are trapped inside. Every time your home’s HVAC system cycles these trapped contaminants are redistributed throughout your entire home, as is evident by the dust on your furniture. And no amount of dusting seems to alleviate the sneezing and coughing experienced by many of our two- or four-legged family members resulting from these trapped contaminants.

While there is no way to totally eliminate dust and allergens in your home, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce these airborne contaminants. One sure fire way is to remove dust and allergens from your home’s carpeting and Oriental rugs. While vacuuming helps, your vacuum only removes a small portion of the accumulated contaminants that are trapped deep in the fibers of your carpets and rugs.

At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, a West Knoxville based company with 33 years of experience, we offer homeowners two proven solutions to dust and allergens. For your home’s wall-to-wall carpeting and upholstery, we offer a deep cleaning and extraction process that thoroughly cleans your carpets and furniture using only specially treated water from our truck-mounted cleaning plant that assures a level of clean that leaves our competition in the dust. And for your home’s Oriental rugs, we offer our proprietary 11-step rug washing process at our state-of-the-art rug washing boutique that achieves a level of cleaning that is simply not achievable using any other system.

Call us today, and discover for yourself a Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning level of clean – a level of clean that is nothing to sneeze at. You are also invited to view our proprietary Oriental rug washing system online at www.superiorofknoxville.com.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning
865.691.5686
www.superiorofknoxville.com
info@superiorofknoxville.com

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Introducing OKNA Windows & Patio Doors by Window Works

Established in 2005 by local entrepreneurs and husband and wife team, Tom and Kay Moon, Window Works has been committed to providing homeowners with the highest quality replacement windows and siding products at an affordable price. Now a second generation has joined the Window Works family. Tom and Kay’s son and daughter, Chris and Wendy, are as committed to Window Works’ founding principles as their parents, in addition to introducing the latest and most innovative products available in the marketplace.
Window Works is proud to introduce their newest line in energy efficient window and patio doors from OKNA. Manufactured in the U.S. at their 220,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, OKNA windows and patio doors are meticulously crafted using the latest advanced technology to produce windows and patio doors of unmatched quality, efficiency, clarity, and durability. And windows from OKNA have the lowest air infiltration available anywhere, making them one of the top performing windows in the nation.
If you are considering installing new windows, siding, patio doors, gutters, or shutters on your home or office, you are invited to discover the Window Works difference for yourself. Select from either composite or vinyl windows and let Window Works color match your new windows to match any color you select. Family owned and operated, A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, lifetime limited transferable warranty, award-winning service, and fully insured protection are your assurance that all work performed is designed to meet and exceed your expectations.

Also, be sure to ask about their newest windows and patio doors by OKNA.

Window Works
151 Sherway Road, Suite 6
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.560.3044
www.windowworksus.com

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Diamond in the Rough?

Transform Your Diamonds and Fine Jewelry into Cash

Vincent’s Jewelry, with offices in Knoxville and St. Louis, has been offering individuals who wish to sell their diamonds, quality gemstones, gold, and fine jewelry a totally new and innovative selling experience. Vincent’s owner and founder, Vince Riggio, has totally transformed the selling experience that was once typical for persons wishing to sell unwanted gemstones and fine jewelry.

“We offer sellers an upscale, safe, private, and secure environment in which to conduct a confidential, no-cost, no-obligation consultation,” said Vince. “We also offer them the peace of mind that comes from dealing with an experienced professional who began his career in the quality diamond and fine jewelry business back in 1961. I’ve been fortunate in my career to have met many of the leaders in the world diamond marketplace and to have been privileged to work with many of the nation’s premier jewelers. I’ve loved every minute of this fascinating and fast-paced industry, and the thought of retiring has never occurred to me.”

Vincent’s purchases diamonds of all shapes and sizes, as well as fine jewelry, sapphires, and rubies, from both individuals and estates based on today’s market prices.

If you’re considering selling your precious gemstones, diamonds, or other fine jewelry, why not trust the name that has earned a half century reputation for integrity, experience, confidentiality, and courteous service: Vincent’s.

Vincent’s
123 Center Park Drive, Suite 214
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.392.5358

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Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting

We Light Up Your Nights

By Heath Myrick, Owner of Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting – Knoxville

Whether you have recently built your dream home or if you are busy updating your newly acquired existing home, each of us has a goal of accentuating the many positive features of our home’s exterior architecture and landscaping plan. But at night, most people passing by will only see a few of these otherwise unique characteristics of your home dimly illuminated by the entrance and garage door lighting. Sadly, your home’s unique character, which likely is even more dramatic at night, is hidden under the cover of darkness.

At Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting, we can help you light up your nights. We’ll help you transform your dimly lighted home into a spectacular panorama that accentuates all of the qualities that truly makes your home and its surrounding landscape unique.

Rated number one in the nation, our architectural and landscaping lighting designers represent a team of trained, certified, and award-winning consultants recognized among their peers as leaders within the lighting industry. We offer homeowners a complete turnkey experience, including design, sales, installation, service, and maintenance. Also, each of our exterior fixtures is designed and manufactured by us from solid cast brass.

From project conception all the way through finished installation, you will discover a level of personal service that is uncommon in today’s hurried world. And the only thing our expert installation team leaves behind is your new work of art – your lighting masterpiece – all backed up by one of the best warranties in the marketplace.

You’ve seen how dramatic other homes look at night. Isn’t it time you discover just how Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting can light up your nights? Why not let our designers demonstrate how you can capture your home’s dramatic visual appeal? You’ll see your home in an entirely new way as brilliant sunlight transitions into your nightscaping® landscape and architectural lighting design. Call me today to discover for yourself just how a landscape and architectural lighting plan from Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting can transform your home’s nighttime appearance from dull and dreary to a dramatic showcase look.

Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting of Knoxville
11519 Kingston Pike, Suite 156
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.484.4011
www.lighthouse-lights.com/knoxville

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