Surface Doc

Last Call for Outdoor Surface Cleaning in 2020

By Christina Fitzwilliam, Co-Owner of Surface Doc

Homeowners that really want to stomp out dirt, grime, mildew, and traffic patterns often understand that the cleaning must start outside and must be done before it gets too cold this winter. Those that neglect the outside cleaning may not truly break the cycle of soil INSIDE the home. This is because when we walk from our car or street into our home, we track soil from the outside right through the indoor areas that have just been cleaned. When ALL soil, dirt, and debris from walkable routes is removed from surfaces outside the home, noticeable traffic patterns take much longer to appear INSIDE the home, keeping it cleaner for much longer.

Almost everyone around Knoxville knows that Surface Doc is the best at cleaning tile and grout, but surprisingly, we still have clients that do not know that one of our most in-demand services is exterior surfaces. We are also experts at cleaning walkways, docks, pool decks, and composite decking. We specialize in soft wash for your home’s exterior, including cedar shakes, stucco, vinyl, brick, and roofs made of asphalt, shingles, slate, clay, and metal. Once your outdoor surfaces are clean, many areas can be sealed and protected from the abuse of Mother Nature.

A word of caution: Stay away from traditional pressure washing! Traditional pressure washing actually causes harm, and a proper mixture of the correct cleaning chemicals, appropriate heat, and adequate pressure are the only way to get real, lasting results. Each walkable surface has its own set of challenges. Sidewalks are often damaged by algae, foot traffic, or vegetation. Driveways tend to accumulate ugly oil stains and lose their luster over time. Wood and composite decking become dangerous as algae embeds deep within the pores of the wood, inviting a slip – especially when surfaces are wet. Or it can become dry and brittle if it has not been cleaned and sealed properly. But what ALL these surfaces have in common is that they can each be easily damaged by traditional pressure washing. We can’t begin to tell you how many well-meaning homeowners have inadvertently pock-marked their own sidewalks or splintered their decks trying to pressure wash them.

Each problem area requires a unique solution… inside AND outside the home. At Surface Doc, we are specifically qualified to tackle each element and the challenges they present. Please give John and his team a call today, and see the difference they will make INSIDE and OUTSIDE your home tomorrow.

Surface Doc

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Add Real Value to Your Home and to Your Life

The kitchen is probably the hardest working room in your home. We all want it to be beautiful, but it’s where we cook, bake, gather, and store essentials like food, supplies, and pots and pans, so it has to be functional. A well-thought out kitchen has plenty of storage to keep countertops clear and is designed so you can quickly and easily find what you need and conveniently reach it.

ShelfGenie is the true turn-key leader in kitchen innovation

At ShelfGenie, we design, build, and install custom Glide-Out™ shelves for your existing cabinets and pantries. They increase storage by up to 50% and pull out their full depth so you can access the entire shelf front to back. Each shelf can hold up to 100 lbs and is made in America using high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship. We do not use one-size-fits-all, big box store substitutes.

Our process begins and ends with the homeowner

1. Our design consultant will get to know your exact needs during our free, in-home consultation and will provide you with a free 3-D design of your kitchen so you’ll see exactly what your new kitchen space will look like.

2. Your Glide-Out™ shelves will be manufactured in our very own manufacturing facility to your exact specifications.

3. Our licensed, professional installer will then install your order in one day. Finally, your designer will reach out to ensure you’re completely 100% satisfied.    

Enjoy your innovative new kitchen

Turn frustration with your kitchen into joy. You can expect to increase storage, reduce clutter and wasted time looking for items, and avoid having to bend, twist, or reach into the backs of cabinets.

What our awesome clients have to say

“Awesome folks to deal with. Great workmanship.” – D.A., Knoxville

“We love the new shelves. They are truly life changing in the kitchen.” – R.K., Knoxville

“Great improvement to what I had and very happy with the people I worked with.” – S.O., Vonore

“I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new kitchen pull-out shelves. Very professional.” – K.B., Powell

“Love my new pantry shelves! They are sturdy and beautifully installed. Great customer service and friendly folks.” – M.M, Loudon

To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call 865-409-1197 or visit

ShelfGenie ®

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Gear Up Your Garage for Winter

Winter is just weeks away, and it’s time to get prepared for colder, wet weather. PremierGarage of Knoxville offers custom solutions to make your garage more functional this winter, as well as the rest of the year. An organized garage will help your family be more comfortable and safe, protect your vehicles and belongings, and enhance your home with a combination of garage storage cabinets, wall-hanging systems, and a durable PremierOne® floor.

Garage Storage Cabinets Eliminate Clutter with Custom Organization

Garages are famous for clutter, the catchall for anything that doesn’t have a “place” or fit in the house. Stacks of random stuff take up valuable floor space – meaning parking your car outside and then scraping frost and ice off your car windows – ugh!

Custom garage storage cabinets capture unused vertical space, providing maximize safe storage for all your needs…

  • Enclosed cabinets with adjustable shelves allow you to configure your storage for exactly what you have – seasonal decorations, warehouse club bulk items, sports memorabilia, etc.
  • Optional locking doors and drawers keep toxic chemicals and dangerous tools secure from children and pets.
  • Create a mudroom at the connecting house door so wet coats and boots don’t make it inside.

Wall-Hanging and Overhead Systems Provide Even More Storage Space

Along with garage cabinets, wall-hanging systems and overhead racks make your space more efficient by getting everything off the floor so you can actually park cars in the garage – yay! Overhead storage racks are the ideal solution for seldom-used and large items like camping gear, off-season sports equipment, and holiday decorations.

Slatwall panels create wall-hanging storage that can be customized with specialty hooks, baskets, and shelves to organize large and small items

  • Panels fit perfectly over a workbench to keep tools handy or around windows and corners, providing usable storage.
  • Related items, like soccer gear or gardening tools, can be grouped in one accessible spot.
  • Specialty hooks safely and conveniently accommodate large items like bikes, golf bags, and wheelbarrows.

Garage Flooring is Functional and Beautiful

PremierOne® industry-tough garage floor coating makes your garage a more beautiful space and is extremely low maintenance. PremierOne® floor coating has a 10-year warranty and…

  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Stands up to the heat and friction of hot tires
  • Is stain and slip resistant
  • Helps reduce allergens

PremierGarage of Knoxville is committed to helping people live better lives through better and safer organization in every area of your home.

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Introducing a Proven Solution for Disinfection

One of the fastest growing disinfection companies in the nation, bioPURE, is now here to offer products and services for residents and businesses in the Knoxville area. Our advanced disinfection technology helps eliminate many dangerous germs, viruses, and bacteria.

“At bioPURE, we are committed to improving the health of all individuals by thoroughly disinfecting the spaces where you work, visit, and live,” said Jennifer Wilson, owner of bioPURE Hardin Valley.

By using an electostatic delivery system and our cutting-edge bioPURE™ CLEAN and Shield technology, with a 30-day residual, we can effectively treat homes and commercial spaces with our no wipe, no rinse, and no residue formula. Our EPA registered and approved, hospital grade disinfectant is a superior solution to traditional spray and wipe methods and provides complete, effective coverage against common allergens, Coronavirus, MRSA, E. Coli, salmonella, swine flu, C. Diff, H1N1, RSV, and various other bacteria and viruses. There is little to no downtime – treated areas can resume normal operations in as soon as 10 minutes or less after treatment so you’re back to work or play in no time.

In addition to our treatment services, bioPURE Hardin Valley now offers individual disinfectant spray bottles of its bioPURE™ CLEAN for day-to-day home or business use and their new water-based hand sanitizer that provides hours of protection without drying out your hands.

So if you are ready to ensure that your spaces are disinfected – with the same proven, eco-friendly products and services that are widely used by schools, retailers, property managers, and healthcare facilities – contact bioPURE Hardin Valley to request more information on their treatment options and to request your free consultation. We are changing the standard of clean.

bioPURE Hardin Valley

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Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical

A Family Affair: Couple’s Business Has a Clear Vision for the Health of Knoxville

It’s all in the family. Dr. Travis Thompson stepped in as the owner of Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical in 2014 and is now eagerly looking forward to expanding his practice with the addition of his wife, Catherine, also an optometrist.

A native of East Tennessee, his goal has always been to move home after graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. It brings him joy to serve the members of his hometown community.

Travis’ wife, Dr. Catherine Abbott, previously served the Sweetwater community at a private family practice. She is thrilled to join Travis full-time at Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical this year. They’re both passionate about overall vision health and improving the quality of life of their patients. The expansion to Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical means that they can now serve more new patients and even extend their hours of operation. For the first time, Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical is open on Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm, allowing them to serve more patients in the West Knoxville and Oak Ridge area specifically.

Travis and Catherine are excited to establish their optometry practice as a family-owned business in the Hardin Valley community. Together they specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and problems for patients of all ages, including correcting vision for children. They only use the most advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products and are committed to improving the quality of life in the Knoxville community through enhanced vision.

We had the chance to sit down with Catherine for an interview to find out more about her goals at Hardin Valley Eyecare.

EK: We know Travis has called East Tennessee home for the majority of his life. How long have you been in East Tennessee?

Catherine: I’m originally from Virginia! After my undergraduate degree, I went to the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where I met my husband, Travis. After I finished my Primary Eyecare Residency at the Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, VA, in 2014, we moved to Knoxville, where we’ve both enjoyed practicing private optometry.

EK: What drew you to become an optometrist?

Catherine: The level of patient care is what initially drew me to optometry. I loved that optometrists have personal time with their patients and develop a relationship that can span years. If someone brings their child to you to correct their vision when they are small, it’s common to continue to see that child as they grow older. I loved the idea of having that type of long-lasting relationship with my patients.

EK: What is your favorite part about practicing optometry?

Catherine: My desire to help people see clearly is my favorite part of practicing optometry. I think eyes and how they work are so interesting, and I love interacting with my patients and finding the best ways to help their overall health through their vision. You can tell so much about a person’s overall health by looking into someone’s eyes.

EK: What has it been like to run a family practice side by side with your husband?

Catherine: It’s been a great experience so far and very rewarding to see the goals that we set when we moved to Knoxville become a reality! I worked at a family practice run by a husband and wife duo in Sweetwater for six years, so I had the chance to see what it would be like to work side by side with Travis. Ultimately, we’re a team that knows we can always depend on each other. This isn’t just great for the business itself, but also for our patients! We’ve called Hardin Valley home since we moved to Knoxville, so we enjoy being able to serve our neighbors by practicing in our own community.

EK: What can patients expect when they visit Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical for an appointment?

Catherine: We’re both very compassionate doctors. We love our patients, and their vision and comfort is our top priority in everything we do. We were both trained to conduct comprehensive eye exams to ensure we consider your overall health in any recommendations we make. I personally have had a lot of experience with eye diseases and more complicated cases in some of my past experiences in my career, which has made my career and approach to optometry more well-rounded. I’m so excited to bring my experience to Hardin Valley and the Greater Knoxville area.

In their free time, Travis and Catherine enjoy spending time with friends and family, including their sweet dog, Barley. They both love outdoor activities like hiking, which makes East Tennessee the perfect place to call home. Travis is also a huge fan of the Tennessee Volunteers. You can always find him cheering on the Vols on football Saturdays in the fall.

Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical offers convenient 24/7 appointment requests through their website. They are currently open Mondays through Saturdays with flexible appointments no matter what your schedule looks like. Dr. Travis and Dr. Catherine look forward to serving patients of all ages. Whether your child needs their first eye exam or you need an updated prescription for your contacts or glasses, they are ready to find the right solution for you and your family. For more information on Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical and the services they provide, call 865-888-0892 or visit

Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical
10904 Spring Bluff Way
Knoxville, TN 37932

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Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

Halloween: Fun for Families… Scary for Pets?

This Halloween put yourself in your pet’s “shoes” and think like your pet thinks!  People in costumes are scary, and because they don’t fit into the routine home environment, Halloween guests may be perceived as intruders. The chaos of trick-or-treaters, costumes, and such may be troubling even to the best natured dog, making him nervous, irritable, and possibly snapping. Your dog may mistake jovial, good fun for genuine threats.

During Halloween, do not leave your dog in the backyard. There have been reports of taunting, feeding, agitating, and even poisoning dogs on Halloween.  A nervous dog will bark and howl at the constant foot traffic.  Do not put your dog in the car or the garage.  A half hour prior to Halloween festivities, put your dog in a secure, quiet place in your home as far away from the greeting door as possible.  Depending on the dog, you may crate him.  If you insist your dog greet guests, keep him on a leash, as pets can become stressed, feel threatened, and may growl, lunge, or run out the door.

Candy is NOT intended for pets! Chocolate is especially dangerous, and candy wrappers are dangerous, too. If your pet consumes wrappers, it can cause intestinal blockage that can lead to surgery to save his life.  Keep all candy OUT of reach of your pets!

Your dog deserves a Halloween party of their very own!  Make boarding reservations for your dog to attend Ms. C’s exclusive “Doggy Halloween Party.”  We have special nutritious treats planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night during Halloween weekend. Call today to reserve your dog’s suite.

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits
2145 Beals Chapel Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772

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Fitness Together

Knoxville’s Only “Fit Over 45” Private Training Studios

“Five years ago, I was preparing for a high altitude 5-day backpacking trip,” said Karen Peck. “Knowing that I wanted to experience and enjoy the long days of backcountry meant being strong, lean, and fit. I wasn’t sure how to achieve this on my own. Thankfully, a friend recommended Fitness Together.

“From my very first meeting and assessment, I knew it would be a great partnership. They have a method of laying out attainable goals, creating dynamic training sessions, and balancing challenge. The trainers are skilled and caring, making the sessions fresh and fun. The result is a path to ultimate success.

“Setting a physical goal in the form of a challenging adventure, and maintaining training year-round, is a successful formula for me. Other aspects of good health naturally fall into place. When COVID-19 hit, so much of every day life changed. My travel plans were canceled. I stayed home. It became apparent after a few weeks that I needed to build a new structure for my overall well-being – an important part was returning to the Fitness Together gym. So, for the last six months, I have met with my trainer virtually and worked out at home. The decision to focus on my health and maintain my fitness routine strengthened me mentally and physically. COVID-19 will pass. I want to be healthy, happy, and ready for adventure when it does. Next spring – it’s trekking in Nepal to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest!

“I believe that taking care of yourself is an investment for the present and future. The Fitness Together trainers haven’t just prepared me well for physically challenging trips, they aided in my recovery from shoulder surgery and occasional aches and pains. I know that the increased strength, balance, and flexibility that we have built are protecting me as I age. I recommend them to everyone I know!”

Karen recently turned 66 and has been blessed with good health. She enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, including shooting sporting clays, golf, and trekking. Each year she plans one or two adventures that challenge her strength, endurance, and conditioning, knowing that will drive her to focus year-round on her health and fitness.

If you’re ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle, contact Fitness Together today.

Fitness Together

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Tailored Living

Plan the Perfect Pantry
An Essential in Any Kitchen

As we spend less time eating out and more time at home due to the pandemic, the coronavirus has reintroduced many of us to our kitchen. As many local homeowners have discovered, their pantry wasn’t designed to maximize the storage they need.

“While newer houses often have a larger pantry space, the size of your pantry doesn’t matter as much as organization,” said Kathryn Norton, co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville. “A well-designed small pantry often provides better, more convenient, and functional storage than a poorly designed larger pantry.”

No matter its size, today’s pantry should be:
» Convenient – Located at or near the area where food is prepared.
» Visible – Everything in the pantry can be seen at a glance.
» Accessible – Every item can be easily reached and removed without having to move anything else out of the way. Heaviest items, like a mixer, should be close to the floor and least-used items at the highest point.

When designing the layout of your pantry, Tailored Living believes what works best for the homeowner is a design that fits their lifestyle. Tailored Living design consultants will discuss with you how you want to utilize your pantry. Some of the questions a designer may ask are:
» What will be in the pantry besides food? Do you want to store dishes, serve ware, table linens, grilling items, or cleaning supplies in the space?
» Do you entertain a lot and need to store party supplies?
» Do you have a specific design style in mind?
» If you have the space, do you want a countertop – often called a landing area – to put bags of groceries on or, if there’s an outlet in the pantry, everyday items like a coffee maker?

Other pantry elements to consider are drawers or pull-out baskets. Incorporating baskets makes it easy for kids to see and get the food they like to eat or to store large-bulk items like onions or potatoes. Drawers are perfect for linens, grilling utensils, napkins, or any smaller items. Slide-out spice and wine racks add convenience. How much you’re able to customize depends on the size of your pantry.

Whether your pantry provides a walk-in space or is a reach-in, Tailored Living of Knoxville listens to your individual or family’s needs to design a space that works well for your lifestyle. Their job is to design and install a well-organized pantry that brings order to chaos.

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The Town Framery & Gifts

Fall Open House Celebration at The Town Framery & Gifts… But a Little Differently

Get ready for Christmas by joining us throughout the month of October and enjoy a fabulous sales tax-free shopping experience at your convenience! Throughout the month, you will also receive a discount off of framing, or pick up a coupon for future use. By extending the Open House dates, we will be able to observe proper social distancing for your shopping comfort.

We know this year has been a whirlwind of uncertainty and trying times, but let’s celebrate this joyous season! We’ll have snowmen, ornaments, new artwork, and so much more. And don’t worry, we’ll still have some fall-tastic home décor, featuring arrangements, wreaths, pumpkins, and linens.

Our delicious Rabbit Creek dips, Copper Leaf jams & jellies, and Mississippi Cheese Straws are fully stocked and would be perfect to add a little something to all your home-cooked meals and appetizing snacks! We’ll also be introducing new sauces, pepper jelly, and rubs by Captian Rodney’s, which are made in Tennessee, so don’t miss out!

Be sure to register for door prizes, which will be drawn on October 31st. The staff of The Town Framery & Gifts look forward to serving you! Think big… shop small!

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

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Amish Elegance

Open House Spectacular Fall Event at Amish Elegance

Amish Elegance is excited to announce that our Open House Spectacular Fall Event will be held on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, from 8:30 am to 7 pm.

News Talk Radio 98.7 will broadcast live from our showroom on Friday, October 9th. Stop by to meet radio personalities Bob Yarbrough from 10 am to noon and Hallerin Hilton Hill from 3 to 6:30 pm.

Enjoy delicious food and drinks, along with special sale prices on custom orders and showroom inventory.

Three of our artisan families will be in our showroom to visit with customers, discuss their time-honored craft, answer your questions, and assist with custom orders. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet our special guests and learn how they can build beautiful, legacy-quality furniture for your home – everything from a variety of furniture styles, wood species, stain and finish options, and so much more! If you can imagine it, our highly-skilled craftsmen can create it, tailored just for you.

Having developed relationships with more than 50 Amish families, Amish Elegance works directly with these craftsmen who expertly build and finish our clients’ furniture. When you buy furniture made by Amish builders, you not only receive beautiful heirloom-quality pieces for your home, but you also support real families and contribute to a wholesome way of life. The Amish structure their lives around a set of core values: Faith, family, community, hard work, peace, simplicity, and stewardship of the land. Amish Elegance is proud to support these faithful people and invites you to join us in that support.

Please join us for our Open House Spectacular Fall Event October 9th and 10th to discover the exciting world of hand-crafted Amish furniture and our extensive collection of unique home décor and art. We welcome you to visit our showroom and experience quality craftsmanship unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We look forward to meeting you!

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

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