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Sweetwater Main Street Opens New Doors!

The year 2018 is looking to be a banner year in historic downtown Sweetwater.  In the past few months, Sweetwater’s nationally accredited Main Street district has helped four new businesses open.  Building entrepreneurs is an important goal for the Sweetwater Main Street organization.  In partnership with the City of Sweetwater and funded in part with a grant through the State of TN Economic and Community Development, a formerly vacant building in downtown Sweetwater is being transformed into a business incubator.  The beautiful historic building, once known as the Carter Brick Mason Building, is owned by Sweetwater Architect Sam Moser.  His vision for the building has created space for a restaurant, coffee shop and bakery, a retail store, and several residential apartments in the future, as well as the relocation of his own architectural office.

Last fall the first business, Her Majesty Boutique, opened to much fanfare.  It hasn’t been unusual to see a line out the door of this trendy second floor boutique.  Clothing and apparel, jewelry, accessories, and more, as well as a new children’s line, Reign Couture, have drawn many new shoppers to downtown Sweetwater.  The shop is owned by Ashley Ingram, Miss Tennessee United States 2017.

“It’s a very good thing to have young, smart entrepreneurs in Sweetwater,” said Mayor Doyle Lowe. “We’re so glad to play a part in these businesses success.”

In January, Vittorino’s Italian Cucina Restaurant opened and has stayed busy even through the traditionally slow months of January and February.  The cuisine is fresh and made with love by owner Rosa.  The venue is beautiful and cozy.  Open Tuesday through Sunday, a meal in Vittorino’s Italian Cucina Restaurant is well worth the trip to Sweetwater.

March 1st welcomed the Cup Runneth Over Coffeehouse and Sweet Station Bake Shop.  The Coffehouse serves Crimson Cup coffee, as well as a variety of hot teas, espressos, cappuccinos, and more.  Paired with a treat or breakfast item from the Bake Shop, and this stop is a must when visiting Sweetwater.  The eclectic interior spotlights the original brick walls and locally made countertops, tables, and chairs.  A space was created for live entertainment, and the back section of the building has a meeting room available for parties and gatherings.

Several years ago the Sweetwater Main Street organization hired a consultant for a master plan as part of a grant through the East TN Foundation.  The process of creating the master plan identified several goals for downtown Sweetwater.  Some of those goals included a restaurant serving pizza that more locals would support, businesses that stayed open past 5 pm, and a coffee shop.

“These new ventures are a clear fulfillment of several long-term goals, and it’s exciting to watch,” said Jane McGuire, Sweetwater Main Street Director. “We are so proud to play a part of this process.”

Sweetwater is home to so many unique shopping experiences and dining options.  These new businesses will help continue to draw visitors and locals alike and enhance what is already a great day trip.  So make plans to visit Sweetwater soon! For more information, follow the Main Street Marketplace Facebook page at

Main Street Marketplace
105 S. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

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The Town Framery & Gifts

The Town Framery & Gifts Spring Open House

Special Guest Artist Robert A. Tino
March 24th from 10 am to 4 pm

The Town Framery & Gifts is pleased to welcome one of the Southeast’s premiere landscape artists, East Tennessee’s own Robert Tino, to the Spring Open House held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 am to 4 pm. Robert will be available to meet and greet, as well as sign prints from 10 am to 2 pm.

Although known most for his landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, Robert’s work is not limited to the mountains. Structures, birds, flowers, and contemporary paintings complete his portfolio. As a student at the University of Tennessee, he released his first limited edition print in 1980, and then his following began. Throughout the years, Robert has become one of the most collected artists of our region.

The shop will also welcome other fabulous local fine art crafters and artists at the Spring Open House. From watercolors, to pottery, to jewelry, these artists will set up special displays for the day. Sales tax-free shopping and incredible edibles will be served all day.

Inside the shop are bunnies and bunnies and more bunnies in creative new displays. Just in time for Easter, the shop is filled with delightful wreaths, florals, and accents to accessorize your home for the upcoming holiday. If you are looking for that perfect gift for a wedding, house warming, or birthday, the collection of unique items has never been better. From that special event to a simple hostess gift, the shop offers one-stop shopping!

In preparation for the Open House, the shop will be closed on Friday, March 23, to prepare. The staff and volunteers of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you at the Spring Open House on March 24th. Think big… shop small!

The Town Framery & Gifts
12814 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934

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CH Interiors & Gifts

Discover the Beauty of Spring at Our Easter Open House

Mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th, from 10 am to 6 pm, and help celebrate the arrival of spring! New merchandise awaits you at CH Interiors & Gifts, including great selections of everyday and spring décor, designer-inspired bunnies, stylish and fun napkin holders and table linens, Michel luxury soaps, Darzzi blankets for home and baby, and much more.

Discover their newly arrived Ginger Snaps, an interchangeable jewelry concept that allows you to mix and match a large variety of fashion snaps to create your very own look. You are also sure to enjoy their BEEKMAN 1802 Pure Goat Milk artisan crafted skincare products, which make the perfect gifts for friends, family, or even for yourself.

What you will likely enjoy most about CH Interiors & Gifts is that everything in their specialty boutique store, including their unique gifts, home décor pieces, and gourmet food items, has been personally selected by one of the shop’s owners. They pride themselves on knowing and meeting the unique needs of their customers, who are treated like family. CH Interiors & Gifts values shopping local, and many of their products have a story or good cause that supports other small businesses.

During your visit, sample their tasty gourmet treats and specialty beverages. Also, be sure to pick up a jar of CH Interiors & Gifts’ very own Raspberry Jalapeño Jam. With more than 17,000 jars sold, this jam is their most popular in-store item with many uses. Be sure to also check out their savory cracker seasoning, Belgian Chocolate Edible Candles, Oreo and S’mores Pops, specialty cheeses and crackers, and Mudpie ceramic tableware and accessories for all of your spring get-togethers with friends and family.

Be sure to save these “Celebrate Spring” dates and take advantage of unadvertised in-store specials and other fun-filled activities, including drawings and registration for door prizes with a purchase. Also, mark Thursday, April 12th, from 6 to 8 pm on your calendar for CH Interiors & Gifts’ annual “Spring After Hours Wine & Cheese” event.

CH Interiors & Gifts: “Interiors & Gifts to Warm the Heart & Home.”

CH Interiors & Gifts
12556 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934

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Premiere Consignment

Guy Coheleach Silent Auction

By Becky Hunt, Co-Owner of Premiere Consignment

There are very few days at Premiere Consignment in Tellico Village that I would describe as dull or boring. The vast variety of household items we accept for consignment, combined with the personalities and stories of both our consignors and customers, provide an endless source of fascinating stories. When you consider that the items we sell were acquired from throughout North America and occasionally from around the world as our consignors pursued their individual careers, and that many of the items we resell include antiques, as well as items that have been in some families for many generations, shopping at Premiere Consignment can be an adventure in itself. Retirees converge on the Tellico Lake area from all around the globe, bringing with them possessions they have acquired throughout their lifetimes, many of which find themselves at Premiere Consignment.

A perfect example is a Guy Coheleach print, “Western Puma Head,” which recently found its way to Premiere Consignment. Guy is an internationally renowned American wildlife artist. He was born in New York City in 1933, and his paintings have been exhibited in nearly two hundred shows and exhibitions worldwide, including the National Collection of Fine Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery, and the White House. Guy has also been featured on PBS, has been the subject of two films, and has been the focus of articles in Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife Magazine, and Audubon, as well as numerous other publications.

The first print that we are offering is a Guy Coheleach print titled “Western Puma Head.” This print is double signed by the artist. We will accept bids now through March 31st. Enter with your name, phone number, and bid. The winner will be announced on April 1st. If you have interest in the other works of Guy Coheleach, let us know, as we have access to many of his most popular prints.

I would also like to personally invite you to visit our family at Premiere Consignment to discover your treasure.

Premiere Consignment
320 Lakeside Plaza
Loudon, TN 37774

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Amish Excellence

Discover Our Softer Side

I think one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had since launching Amish Excellence in 2016 is the opportunity to see the expressions on the faces of our first-time visitors to our Farragut showroom.  I have come to understand that many new customers rely on a 1960s or 1970s perception of Amish furniture.  They expect to find high-quality Shaker or craftsman-style furniture hand-crafted from durable oak.  Instead, they discover a large selection of chairs, rockers, ottomans, and sofas beautifully upholstered in a variety of fine fabrics, leather, faux leather, and suede.  What hasn’t changed is the superb quality that is built into every piece of our all hand-crafted Amish furniture, made one piece at a time to your exact specifications.  While oak continues to be a popular choice, our selection of solid American hardwoods includes hickory, cherry, curly maple, elm, reclaimed barn wood, and quarter-sawn white oak.

Another experience I enjoy is the smile on our customers’ faces when they discover that their custom crafted furniture from Amish Excellence is reasonably priced and is of superior quality as compared to mass produced or imported furniture sold elsewhere.  Even though we are approaching our second anniversary in business, we meet new customers daily who are amazed at the limitless options available to them.  We especially enjoy having our regular customers stop in to discover what’s new, as our showroom inventory changes frequently.

Amish Excellence designs have continued to evolve to appeal to a wide variety of styles, design preferences, and the most sophisticated tastes.  Our rich leather upholstery and latest geometric design fabrics allow even the most discerning homeowner the opportunity to combine today’s current trends with the quality of Amish old-world craftsmanship that you might have thought no longer existed. Additionally, we are introducing a line of lighting, home décor, and artwork to complement the beautifully made furniture.  Come visit the showroom to see what new items we have to complement your home.

Amish Excellence

613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934

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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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