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Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas & A Prosperous New Year

By Jack Wilson, Owner of Sweetwater Flower Shop

Everyone here at Sweetwater Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant would like to wish each of you a merry and blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this time to express our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the years.

The Christmas season is a very special time of the year when we transform our entire two floors into a winter wonderland showcase that we look forward to sharing with you and your family. We would like to personally invite each of you to share our special holiday wonderland all throughout the month of December. You’ll find it truly magical and inspiring, and it’s also our way of saying thank you to all of our faithful customers and friends. Please come and share this most special time of the year with us.

Our shop has a spectacular selection of Christmas wreaths and table arrangements, as well as holiday home décor, Christmas ornaments, and gifts. You’ll also discover hundreds of floral arrangements and wreaths, all designed and handmade by me personally, along with a large selection of beautiful gifts, including ladies’ apparel, scarves, designer handbags, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor items, and much more that will make perfect holiday gifts even for that person on your holiday shopping list that seems to have everything. Also, Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant is the perfect venue for sharing the holiday spirit with friends and family. With limited holiday seating, please call 423-371-4100 to make reservations and for special holiday hours.

We have finished stocking our University of Tennessee room with all new merchandise for the Big Orange fans on your Christmas list, so be sure to visit our “Big Orange” display area.

Not sure what to buy that special person on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate to Sweetwater Flower Shop? Gift certificates make great holiday gifts.

During December, please be sure to stop by. We look forward to your visit and for the opportunity to share our holiday greetings and a bit of cheer with each and every one of you.

Sweetwater Flower Shop
118 W. North Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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Rediscover the Magic of Christmas’s Past

By Vickie Saladin, Owner of Gallery on Main

As the holidays quickly approach, it becomes increasingly obvious to each of us that time is passing faster than we could ever had imagined. Thanksgiving has already passed, and Christmas will arrive in three weeks. There is so much to get accomplished, not to mention shopping for all of those loved ones on our holiday shopping list.

I would personally like to invite each of you to join us in Sweetwater for two very special days of holiday shopping for friends and family as we host our First Annual Cookie Crawl in historic downtown Sweetwater. The “Cookie Crawl” offers you a unique opportunity to join us for a two exciting days of holiday shopping in our historic downtown shopping district on Friday, December 8th, from 5 to 8 pm and all day on Saturday, December 9th, for this all-new event. You are invited to browse in each of our shops and boutiques in Sweetwater, where each will present you with several tasty holiday cookies. At the end of the evening on Friday or Saturday, you will find yourself returning home with at least a dozen holiday Christmas cookies, just for shopping with us, in addition to some great holiday gifts that you won’t find at the mall or “big box” stores. It promises to be lots of family friendly fun, so please plan on joining us when we transform Christmas shopping to a time of excitement and holiday wonder.

Merry Christmas and seasons greetings on behalf of all of us at Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater.

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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Consider a Legacy Gift This Holiday Season

By Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Excellence

As 2017 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to share how grateful we are to the many customers, craftsmen, and staff who have helped make this year a huge success.    We’ve been blessed beyond measure. During the past year, we expanded the showroom and added talented designers and an experienced delivery team.  Our desire is to continuously improve and enhance the customer experience with Amish Excellence.

With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to welcome you to visit Amish Excellence to enjoy all of the newest furniture pieces we recently brought into our newly expanded showroom. And here’s a novel idea for you to consider this Christmas season: How about giving furniture from Amish Excellence as a holiday gift this year?  If you’re shopping for that hard-to-please person, we have gift certificates available as well.

Throughout the month of December, there will be unannounced specials and sales on numerous showroom pieces as well.  In addition to beautiful furniture, Amish Excellence stocks home décor pieces such as candles, galvanized metal trays and planters, cutting boards, and hand-crafted Nativity sets.

Crafted to last for generations, Amish Excellence furniture is individually designed and hand-crafted to last many lifetimes. Both beautiful and functional, Amish Excellence furniture will create a living legacy not only for the giver, but also those loved ones that will continue to share your thoughtful gift with future generations as well.

How about an exclusive hand-crafted, wooden rocker for that new mom to cradle your granddaughter or grandson? Or how about a beautiful new bedroom suite for that newlywed couple? If you have a son or daughter who are just beginning to raise children of their own, then a new dining table and chairs or even a bench might be the perfect gift for a growing family. Or perhaps you have a special family member that is moving into their very first home? Consider a hand-crafted dining table and chairs, sideboard, buffet, or entertainment center.

Amish Excellence furniture is individually hand-crafted by craftsmen who have dedicated their lives to their art. Each piece we sell tells a story of the craftsmen who created it and of the legacy that will be created by those who gift it and those who lovingly share it with generations to come.

Why not let us help you make this special holiday season one that will be remembered for many years and generations to come with your very own legacy gift?  Stop by the showroom during the holidays and enjoy refreshments and hot apple cider with us.

Amish Excellence
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934


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Spa 9700

Think Spa 9700 This Holiday Season

Here we go again… that time of year when there are not enough hours in the day and not enough of you to go around. Your list of “to dos” is long, and the last thing you have time for is to relax.

We can help at Spa 9700! We have assembled a fantastic selection of gifts for men, women, and children sure to shorten your list. Spa 9700 will make your shopping a pleasure, plus schedule your much-needed relaxation time! The extensive gift boutique has carefully selected unique gift items such as Sonoma Lavender neck wraps, P J Harlow and Cats Pajamas, and affordable, on-trend jewelry. There are also many options for candles from the Murano glass of Lafco to the holiday versions of Capri Blue’s Volcano and the timeless Frasier Fir by The Thymes. Of course you’ll also find Christmas ornaments and other decorations from Glory Haus, Patience Brewster, and Demdaco. The selection right now is incredible! That’s just a start. You’ll want to investigate for yourself.

Best of all is the fact that you can do all this shopping and then enjoy one of Spa 9700’s seasonal massages or facials. Maybe what you need is a manicure or pedicure for those holiday get-togethers. While you are relaxing, the elves at Spa 9700 will put your carefully chosen gifts in one of our beautiful gift bags sure to earn you the adoration you deserve. Also, let’s not forget the one-size-fits-all Spa 9700 gift certificate, a Christmas tradition for many years. They make great stocking stuffers, too!

Go ahead pack your schedule full of family and friends and all the festivities, then we’ll see you at Spa 9700!

Spa 9700
9700 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37932

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Bobby Todd Antiques

“Making Spirits Bright”

The Bobby Todd Christmas Open House

Bobby Todd Antiques is hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, October 19, from 10 to 6 at their new location in Knoxville at 4514 Old Kingston Pike in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station Building in the Bearden district. The Open House continues on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 22, from 1 to 5.

Each year Bobby Todd is transformed into a Christmas wonderland that captivates children of all ages. From the magical holiday displays to the whimsical and nostalgic holiday décor inside, Bobby Todd evokes a vintage spirit that will take you back to cherished childhood memories. Featured Christmas lines and artists include Byers’ Choice, Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer.

Bobby Todd’s sales associates have been as busy as Santa’s elves displaying these unique holiday décor items. During the Christmas Open House, Bobby Todd will also unveil their newest gift selections, quality antique furniture, and colorful accessories for your home.

As always, Bobby Todd offers complimentary holiday gift bag packaging, which makes it the perfect place to “wrap up” your Christmas shopping. Watch eyes light up every time someone receives a gift in a Bobby Todd gift bag.

During the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, be sure to register to win fabulous door prizes, enjoy scrumptious holiday treats, and visit with old friends and make new ones.

The Knoxville store has officially transformed into Bobby Todd, with new signage and all the wonderful merchandise that you have come to expect at Bobby Todd. Parking is available on the upper level where the retail shop is located and also on the lower level in front of the Bearden Beer Market.

For more information regarding the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House, visit and click on the events tab or like us on Facebook. Make the Bobby Todd Christmas Open House a part of your holiday tradition!

Bobby Todd Antiques
4514 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Amish Excellence

Discover What Sets Us Apart: Endless Possibilities

By Angie Carroll, Owner of Amish Excellence

One of the most rewarding aspects of owning Amish Excellence, in addition to routinely meeting with all of our Amish craftsmen, is the opportunity to push beyond the conventional view on just what comprises Amish furnishings. There has been the perception that Amish furniture is mostly comprised of shaker and mission style furniture, but nothing could be further from the truth. Customers are pleasantly surprised that we offer so many styles, which include mid-century modern, Asian-inspired, as well as contemporary designs.

I am in regular contact with the craftsmen who actually build the furniture for our customers. They are very receptive to learning about new trends and customer preferences in furniture design. A phrase we often say is, “If you can imagine it, we can build it.” In addition to tables, chairs, and beds, you’ll also find upholstered furnishings such as chairs, sofas, and loveseats in both fabric and leather.

One thing that has not changed is the Amish commitment to quality craftsmanship that simply doesn’t exist elsewhere. In addition, Amish Excellence is committed to a superior customer service experience. It is our mission to provide an exemplary product at a reasonable price. We sell only Amish-made furniture and do not offer imports, veneers, laminates, previously-owned, or pressboard furniture. Amish Excellence in the only store in the region with that exclusivity. Also, another point to consider is that each piece of furniture we sell is custom made to meet your specific needs.

Holiday entertaining and hosting is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to buy dining and bedroom furniture to have it arrive prior to December when your guests arrive. Please visit our newly expanded furniture showroom. We regularly add new inventory to the showroom and have new areas devoted exclusively to bedrooms, dining, and living areas. We are also featuring some new office and home office items that I think you will enjoy.

I look forward to meeting you and helping with your next home design and furniture project. Our showroom is located at the corner of N. Campbell Station and Grisby Chapel Road just behind Walgreens. We’re open Monday through Friday 10-6 and on Saturday from 10-4.

Amish Excellence
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934

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Update Your Home Without Upending Your Budget

Update Your Home Without Upending Your Budget

By Becky Hunt, Co-Owner of Premiere Consignment

Americans have discovered a variety of innovative ways to update their homes without the cost, inconvenience, or mess of a major renovation. By updating lighting, cabinet drawer pulls and door handles, new window treatments, and a thorough cleaning and painting, you can create that showcase look you’ve been dreaming of.

Another way to achieve that updated look is to add a new accent chair, sofa or loveseat, dining table, art, décor, or perhaps an Oriental rug. And thanks to Premiere Consignment in nearby and convenient Tellico Village, you’ll discover many of the items you’re looking for at incredible savings.

One of the most important features of being located within the heart of the Tellico Lake area is the opportunity to secure furniture, art, home décor items, and Oriental rugs from many of the area’s most luxurious homes. Also, because most of our consignors have relocated to communities such as Tellico Village and Rarity Bay from all across the country, we are able to offer you a large selection of items purchased by these same homeowners from all across the nation. Perhaps that’s why we are frequented by many of the area’s interior designers and decorators.

Currently we have an excellent collection of dining room furniture, sofas, loveseats, and recliners. And if you have a golf enthusiast in your home, you’ll love the several hand-signed golf prints from legendary sports artist, LeRoy Neiman, including an Augusta National serigraph also signed by Arnold Palmer.

Another feature that’s popular with both our consignors and retail customers is how quickly we’re able to turn our inventory. Customers appreciate it because the selection is greater, and consignors appreciate it because we don’t accept items for resale that are placed in storage indefinitely, awaiting placement in our retail showroom.

So whether you’re contemplating a home update or if you have some gently used furniture, art, décor, or Oriental rugs you no longer use, you’ll find Premiere Consignment the perfect solution. Also, don’t forget our online store powered by eBay, where we have successfully sold many thousands of items for our customers.

Premiere Consignment
320 Lakeside Plaza
Loudon, TN 37774

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Heat Up All Your Summertime Events

By Jesse Boling, Owner of CH Interiors & Gifts

If you’re planning to move even more of your family events out-of-doors this summer to take full advantage of everything Mother Nature has to offer, we can help. CH Interiors & Gifts has everything you’ll need to transform an ordinary outdoor event into an extraordinary event.

You’ve just got to try our newest line of gourmet products from J&J Gourmet Foods made right here in Tennessee. Simply divine and 100% gluten-free, you have 17 mouth watering selections to savor, including Dilly Beans, Pickled Okra, Pickled Beets, Bread N Butter Pickles, Chow Chow, Mustard Moonshine BBQ, Moonshine Pickles, Blackberry Moonshine Salsa, Cranberry Orange Salsa, Garden Salsa, Cherry Salsa, Blazing Hot Sauce, and more. Every gourmet item from J&J Gourmet Foods is carefully hand-crafted on our Tennessee farm in small batches using only the finest ingredients to ensure the finest flavor and taste.

In addition to these items from J&J, we also have a wide assortment of other gourmet products that will make you the talk of the town this summer, including appetizers, toppings, sauces, and seasonings. Be sure to try our sweet and spicy jerk chicken or chipotle lime shrimp backyard BBQ rubs from Halladay’s Harvest Barn of Vermont. You’ll also want to check out our Soberdough bread mixes and our Raven’s Original salsas and jams. Also, don’t forget our award-winning Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, with more than 11,000 jars sold and counting.

Mark your calendars for our Summertime Open House July 14th and 15th. Register for door prizes and take advantage of super savings on unadvertised specials throughout the store. We’ll also have our grill fired up to let you sample many of the gourmet food items that we feature, along with our very special watermelon punch. So plan on join us for two fun-filled days.

Whether you need help with your next out-of-doors soiree or help selecting that perfect gift item for every occasion, you can trust CH Interiors & Gifts, where we are expanding our gift offerings and with new items arriving daily. For our latest rewards, coupons, and sales, text Cranberry to 56274. CH Interiors & Gifts: Interiors and gifts to warm the heart and home.

CH Interiors & Gifts
12556 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934

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The Town Framery & Gifts Spotlight on Fine Art Crafts

AnnBay Designs

In our continuing effort to support local artisans, now featured at The Town Framery & Gifts are wood crafted works by AnnBay Designs. Annie Abraham and Bailey Cate, best friends from Knoxville, formed AnnBay in 2015. Annie got her start in wood crafting when she began using her grandfather’s power tools from his shop to build kitchen tables, benches, and more. Bailey then used the extra wood to craft hand-painted wood signs. Combining their talents, AnnBay Designs was launched.

The comfort of southern living influences AnnBay’s timeless, hand-crafted furniture to help bring warmth to your home. Whether you are looking to replicate, transform, or create your own custom piece, AnnBay Designs takes great pride in their craftsmanship. They aim to accommodate the needs of their clients and furnish homes at an affordable price. AnnBay Designs will work with you to create a personal design that incorporates the aspects you love for that must-have furniture piece or home décor item. The staff at the shop will be happy to assist with in-store items or set up an appointment for you to discuss your custom furniture vision with Annie or Bailey.

When the holidays roll around throughout the year, look for AnnBay whimsical signs and accents just right for the season.

You can find that one-of-a-kind AnnBay Designs furniture piece, sign, or home décor accent perfect for you at The Town Framery & Gifts. Shop small, shop local!

The Town Framery & Gifts

12814 Kingston Pike

Farragut, TN 37934


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Huge Moving Sale at Bobby Todd in Historic Downtown Sweetwater

Well-known Sweetwater gift and antique shop, Bobby Todd Antiques, is relocating to its sister store, UPSTAIRS, located at 4514 Old Kingston Pike in Knoxville.

As a result of the upcoming move, all merchandise at Bobby Todd Antiques is 50% to 70% off original prices.  These will be unprecedented and significant markdowns.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy antiques, furniture, art, lamps, pillows, gifts, and accessories at a greatly reduced price.

Inventory will constantly be added to the sales floor as we clearance store fixtures, displays, holiday décor, and much, much more.  The sale will continue through July.

At the conclusion of the sale, Bobby Todd will open as a “Pop-Up” shop at the Knoxville location and fully transform to Bobby Todd for the opening of the much anticipated Bobby Todd Christmas Open House in October.

Bobby and Todd are excited about this new chapter, as it will allow them to focus on their original mission statement of making their store an extension of their own home, where customers can find inspiration for their homes. Bringing Bobby Todd to Knoxville in one of the most prominent and convenient locations is a great way to reach more people and make a bigger impact on the lives of their customers.

The location at 4514 Old Kingston Pike is the former home of the iconic “Up and Down Service Station” in the heart of the Bearden district at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Lyons View Pike.  The lower level will continue to serve as the full service interior design center of the award-winning interior design firm, Todd Richesin Interiors.

Bobby Todd Antiques

305 North Main Street

Sweetwater, TN 37874


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