Bobby Todd: For All Your Holiday Needs

Bobby Todd, located at 4514 Old Kingston Pike in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station in Knoxville, is your one-stop shopping center for all your holiday needs. Bobby Todd offers a wide variety of holiday décor, gifts for everyone on your shopping list, and everything you need to host your holiday parties. Whether you need a beautiful wreath for your front door, unique ornaments for your Christmas tree, or a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table, Bobby Todd has you covered.

Bobby Todd continues to have the most unique selection of whimsical and vintage-inspired Christmas decorations featuring Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Byer’s Choice Carolers, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer. Each of these artists has introduced new collections this year so you can add to your current collection. Bobby Todd also offers holiday scented candles from NEST, Aunt Sadies, and Votivo.

Save the date for our Julie Vos Jewelry Trunk Show on Thursday, December 5, through Sunday, December 8, with an extensive showing of the entire collection… Julie Vos is the perfect Christmas gift for that special woman.

Unique jewelry from GYPSY, Julie Vos, and Susan Shaw make wonderful gifts, as well as a wide selection of scarves, fragrant candles, books, puzzles, soaps, lotions, pillows, lamps, and accessories for every room in your home.

Our complimentary festive holiday packaging is perfect for gift giving… watch eyes light up in delight when they receive a gift in a Bobby Todd bag!

Visit Bobby Todd in December for extended hours for your shopping convenience. During December, Bobby Todd will be open seven days per week until Christmas, opening on Sundays 1-5 and staying open until 7 on Thursday and Friday. Please note that Bobby Todd will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25, and re-opening on Thursday, December 26, at 10 am for our annual After Christmas Sale with 50% off all Christmas merchandise.

Bobby Todd… “Making Spirits Bright” this holiday season!

Bobby Todd
4514 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Fitness Together

Taking Care of Our Bodies

“All It Takes Is Commitment”

“I have always been a vital, energetic person who has spent quite a bit of time in the gym throughout the years,” said Vickie Lane. “Yet as I grew older, I realized I had different needs in a workout and no idea how to address them. The gyms I had belonged to didn’t either. I gave in to my frustration and completely stopped taking care of my body. The result was lethargy, weight gain, loss of confidence, and low self worth.”

For years, Vickie had passed by the Northshore Fitness Together center and in desperation, gave them a call.

“I joined Fitness Together because I believed they could guide me in returning to the healthy, happy person I used to be,” she said. “And truthfully, I needed to be held accountable.”

Vickie was paired with her personal trainer, Elise.

“She was a blessing!” said Vickie. “She questioned me about my goals and consistently created custom programs to help me reach them. She challenged me, encouraged me, and celebrated with me as I attained one goal after another. And she made it fun! Honestly, I felt the entire Fitness Together team was behind me as they counseled me about nutrition, how the body works, and why I was doing specific exercises. For me, it’s important to know the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.”

Vickie far exceeded her goals.

“I feel energetic, I’ve lost weight, gained confidence, and feel SO much better about myself!” she said. “And I recently competed in the Tennessee District Senior Olympic Games and won in my event!”

Vickie is constantly recommending Fitness Together to others because they deliver on their promise.

“All it takes is commitment,” said Vickie. “It’s imperative we take care of our bodies, especially as we get older. Fitness Together is a clean facility, always welcoming and never intimidating. If you find yourself where I was, please give yourself the gift of experiencing the free first visit.”

Fitness Together

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Realty Executives

Jump Into 2020 with Good Home Strategies!

For those interested in buying investment property before year-end, Aleex Conner, Realtor with Realty Executives Associates, and Lorie Jaynes, Senior Loan Officer with Mortgage Investors Group, will work closely with you to get the closing done before December 31st if at all possible. Be sure to consult your accountant for more details on potential year-end tax breaks.

Jumping into 2020, Aleex and Lorie can help you plan effective strategies for the purchase of a home. With the tax season hopefully comes a tax refund that you could use for a home purchase. Lorie will help analyze your debt-to-income ratio and determine ways to strategically reduce your debt as you save for a down payment. She will pre-approve you so you are confident you’ll know how much home you can afford, how much you’ll need for a down payment, and whether a 15-year or 30-year mortgage is best.

For those who need to sell their existing home first, Aleex will do a comparable market study to determine an optimum, realistic sales price. She will also do a thorough analysis to advise what needs to be done to increase your home’s marketability. Sometimes it’s the small touches that count, and even if you need to paint several rooms, this extra work could influence a buyer to choose your home instead of another.

List your home with Aleex Conner during December 2019 or January 2020 and receive a COMPLIMENTARY PRE-SALE HOME INSPECTION VALUED AT $350. You’ll know if something expensive needs to be repaired BEFORE setting your sales price, plus your home will be more attractive to buyers with repairs already done.

Realty Executives Associates
Aleex Conner

Mortgage Investors Group
Lorie Jaynes

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The Wellness Room

You Deserve to Look and Feel Your Very Best

By Stephanie Snowden

The recent advancements in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and hormone replacement therapy are truly amazing. They offer each of us the opportunity to maintain not only a more youthful and vibrant appearance, but also help to enhance our own well-being and self-confidence.

For more than 10 years, I have been a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with certifications in hormone replacement therapy and a variety of cosmetic procedures. In addition to having worked as a critical care nurse, I have been privileged to work alongside some of the most prestigious plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills and Dr. Prudence Hall, renowned hormone replacement expert.

Although I’m a Tennessee girl, my career, and the promise of warmer winters, took me to Southern California. Aside from the weather, Southern California offered another huge advantage to anyone wishing to pursue a career in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and hormone replacement therapy. Most of the newest advancements in cosmetic procedures and HRT treatments are first introduced in communities like Beverly Hills years before becoming available elsewhere. In fact, I performed a variety of cosmetic procedures for several years that are just now being introduced here locally.

A Tennessean at heart, I returned home with the goal of sharing the vast experience I accumulated in my work in Beverly Hills. My goal in launching The Wellness Room was to help our clients look and feel their absolute best by offering this expertise and select services that I have successfully performed during the last 10 years. Clients deserve the peace of mind that comes from trusting an experienced provider.

Services we offer include:

» Botox Injections
» Dermal Filler Injections
» PDO Threading
» Micro-needling
» PRP Hair Restoration
» 24K Gold Botox Facial
» Chemical Peels
» Dermaplaning
» Hormone Replacement Therapy

One procedure that we are especially excited about is PDO Threading. Just recently introduced in the Knoxville area, I have successfully performed this procedure for several years now. PDO Threading is a non-surgical face, neck, and body lift. This revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting helps to restore that much desired V-shape to your face. Threads similar to surgical stitches are inserted beneath the skin to lift and hold the skin against the effect of gravity. The threads are absorbed in four to six months time, leaving nothing behind but the desired skin structure.

If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to look and feel your personal best and to enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence, then I invite you to contact The Wellness Room and discover the difference we can make in your life.

The Wellness Room
151 Sherway Road, Suite 1
Knoxville, TN 37922

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Enjoy a Blessed Christmas and a Hopeful New Year

By Valera Tomescu, Founder & President of European Fine Hardwood Floors

On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for your support and encouragement that has helped to make our American dream a reality. We are truly grateful – not only for the freedoms we enjoy, but also for the opportunity we have to make our own contributions to our community and our great nation.

I have many fond memories of my childhood in Europe. My grandfather, a master woodworker, shared with me the same skills that had been passed on to him – old-world skills that have been practiced in Europe for centuries and the same skills that I rely on today at European Fine Hardwood Floors. I am grateful to my grandfather for instilling in me a strong work ethic, a love for family, honesty, and integrity. At European Fine Hardwood Floors, we have combined these same old-world skills I learned as a child with today’s latest, state-of-the-art technologies. Whether you are installing new hardwood flooring or refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors, we offer you a hardwood flooring experience that is totally unique in today’s hardwood flooring marketplace.

European Fine Hardwood Floors is also unique, because we are one of the very few hardwood flooring contractors recognized by Bona, the world’s most recognized and respected name in the hardwood finishing industry, as Certified Bona Craftsmen. The Certified Bona Craftsmen designation is much coveted and earned by very few individuals in our industry. Using the patented Bona dustless system, we are able to safely and efficiently remove more than 99% of all dust commonly associated with hardwood flooring refinishing with our high-volume vacuums, which are placed outside your home and connected to our refinishing equipment to remove the dust that homeowners associate with the refinishing process. All we leave behind are beautiful hardwood floors.

Whether you are considering refinishing your home’s existing hardwood floors or installing new hardwood floors, I would like to personally invite you to discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference. Why not make a New Year’s resolution today to rediscover your home’s showcase quality hardwood floors? We can help you make this a totally dustless reality.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you from European Fine Hardwood Floors and the Tomescu family.

European Fine Hardwood Floors

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A Prescription for Transparency

By Ellen Phillips, PharmMD & Founder of believeRX

So many times in my career I have had patients asking me why their copay was what it was. I wanted to share a few things that I know about behind-the-scenes of retail pharmacy, as well as what you can do about it when you are charged an unexpected price.

First, I recommend that a patient shop around until they find a pharmacist they can trust and stay there due to the dangers of duplicate therapies and drug interactions. If something costs a little more than you expected, talk with your pharmacist and make an appointment to sit down and talk about your situation. If you have government funded insurance, you are not eligible for most advertised drug discount cards that allow patients to pay a certain amount for their prescription if they use the drug card put out by the manufacturer.

Most discount cards put out by manufacturers always have a limit on what they will pay. A card may advertise that the copay will be a certain amount, but it depends on the commercial insurance plan’s copay. In other words, if a patient has not met their deductible, they may end up paying the difference between the maximum amount the discount card pays and what the insurance company pays. If a patient is a cash patient, they are sometimes not eligible for a drug discount card because eligibility criteria for the majority of manufacturer cards is that the patient must have commercial insurance.

As far as free discount cards that you can print off the Internet, sometimes the price listed under each pharmacy is not correct. Free discount card companies do not set pharmacy prices. The price you pay is based on how much the pharmacy paid for the drug, and it can vary from each distributor.

Most pharmacies do not match prices from wholesale businesses like Sam’s or Costco. Most of the time the price they advertise is part of being in a yearly subscription to their clubs.

As far as being an independent pharmacist, we actually look for the cheapest prices as long as we can receive quality medications. We are not big corporations, and we choose to be where we are so we can honor our patients the way they deserve.

Communication is key. You can call around and check prices all day long with the big chains, and you may even find a pharmacy that gives you the price that you are looking for. However, it is so important to sit down with the pharmacist you have and go over your medications and out-of-pocket cost. If not, you put yourself in possible danger by having your medications at more than one place. The software we have can only pick up what it knows. If you are a cash patient, it only picks up what we have filled.

We are your advocate! We can tell you if there is an equivalent that might save you money, and we can help point you in the right direction. We might even discover a medication that you do not even need anymore. We can find discount cards for you and can connect you with help if necessary. We are in this for you, and it is my pleasure to save you money and help you remain or get healthy. That is what I am here for. Call or come by for a consultation.

9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931

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Sweetwater Flower Shop

Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

By Jack Wilson

On behalf of everyone here at Sweetwater Flower Shop and Southern Cuisine Upstairs at The Mansion restaurant, we 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, Southern Cuisine Upstairs at The Mansion is the perfect venue for sharing the holiday spirit with friends and family. With limited holiday seating, please call Janice at 423-664-2002 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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Premier Consignment

The Smartest and Easiest Way to Buy and Sell

By Aaron Hunt, Co-owner of Premiere Consignment

Who wants to pay the full retail price when shopping, especially for furniture? Most items sold at retail stores today inherently include enormous markups, and furniture and room décor are no exceptions.  That’s why we launched Premiere Consignment. Premiere Consignment offers both buyers and sellers the perfect venue for conveniently buying and selling quality, name brand, gently used furniture, décor, Oriental and area rugs, and art at prices far below their original retail selling prices.

The sellers win because they can conveniently sell no longer used quality items resulting from a relocation, downsizing, or estate sale. Safety is another important consideration, because sellers don’t have to invite strangers into their home or sit and wait for buyers who never show up or who want to negotiate an already agreed upon price for an item. Buyers also have full access to our full-service eBay store as well.

Buyers especially appreciate our large selection, as well as our convenient showroom location and business hours. And because we accept most forms of payment, there is no need for sellers to be concerned about bad checks or handling large amounts of cash.

Homeowners, here’s a great suggestion for the upcoming holidays. Think back to how conveniently guests were able to enjoy your home last holiday season. Did a particular room appear cluttered, or was the traffic pattern or flow obstructed? Was there sufficient seating for all of your guests? Was your dining room table too large or too small? Would a buffet or sideboard have been helpful when serving meals? Reflecting on last year’s holiday events provides you with the perfect opportunity on just how to improve your home for the upcoming holiday season, allowing you to comfortably and efficiently entertain friends, family, and neighbors this Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Here’s how Premiere Consignment can help. From décor to furniture, we can help you enhance every room in your home or help you find a new home for those quality items that you may no longer need. Why not let Premiere Consignment take the inconvenience out of buying and selling quality, name brand furniture, décor, Oriental rugs, and art while saving you up to 90% off full retail pricing? Premiere Consignment is simply your smartest and easiest way to buy and sell!

Premiere Consignment

320 Lakeside Plaza

Loudon, TN 37774


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Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

Santa Chooses Safe Toys for Dogs

We’re often asked “What’s a good dog toy for Santa to bring Fido?” Wrong or poorly constructed toys are dangerous. Toys should be fun, safe, practical, and very durable. What is safe for one dog may not be safe for another. Every dog is different, and dog parents need to select wisely.

Kids’ toys are not dog toys! They may look similar, but your child won’t rip into the toy as the dog does. Dog toys must be made to withstand chewing, crushing, and tearing. The stuffing, exterior fabric, and possible batteries inside a child’s toy may pose a risk to your dog. Be cautious of bright colors (which may have toxic dyes) and hollow toys with non-edible fillings. Tug and twist the toy; if you can break it, your dog can break it.

Exercise caution with rawhide chews. Purchase “pressed” chews that soften and break into small pieces, which are easy and safe to swallow. Avoid large chews made from single sheets rolled and knotted at each end. Never leave your dog alone with a rawhide chew. Dental chews are a better option, as they dissolve and soften once in contact with saliva. Stick with name brand treats “made in the USA.”

Hard nylon or hard rubber toys may be the answer if no large chunks can be broken off, leaving sharp edges. Avoid soft rubber toys, as bits and pieces can come off and get ingested. Nylabone and Kong toys with hard ends and rope in the center are usually a good choice. Discard when the rope begins to unravel. Dispose of torn and broken toys!

Avoid toys with bells/whistles, which can be swallowed. Purchase the appropriate size toy for your dog’s mouth to avoid a choking hazard or intestinal tract blockage.

Dog toys do not have to meet the same stringent safety standards imposed on the manufacturers of children’s toys. Keep your dog safe this holiday season and all year-round!

Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits

2145 Beals Chapel Road

Lenoir City, TN 37772


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