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
865.671.6627
www.thetownframery.com

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Entrepreneur


Make Some Waves

By Tom Irmen

You’ll discover that the theme of this month’s entrepreneur article is very much the same as last month’s. It is because I feel so strongly about this subject that I felt it deserved repeating.


As a youth growing up in the ’50s, I was surrounded by a group of loving, encouraging, and supporting parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who all felt invested in the future success of not only their own children, but the success of their nieces and nephews as well. However, they all shared one common experience that shaped the advice they afforded to each of us, and that was that they had all lived through one of the most devastating economic catastrophes in U.S. history: The Great Depression.

The Great Depression saw my mother’s father, my grandfather, after the death of his wife, placing his five children with relatives on family farms while he traveled to Alaska to seek work as a tree cutter. My late father once shared with me that he and his brother used to go into the family basement to turn on the gas, which had been shut off for non-payment, so that their mother could warm a meal for her eight children. And my wife Judy’s grandmother, and my friend, once saved all of the aluminum foil that our restaurant served baked potatoes in, rather than see it disposed of – a lesson she had learned 50 years earlier. Waste not, want not.

Each of us is comprised of lifetime experiences – ours and those who were responsible for raising us. And despite the economic boom and the prosperity that occurred after World War II, a great many people avoided taking risks, fearing the future as seen through the prism of their past.

Almost to a person, the advice I received was to get a good education, go to work for a Fortune 500 company, and not to make waves. Basically, choose security over the uncertainty of making waves.

I won’t risk predicting what the future holds for you. And it’s ok to learn from the past unless it defines your future. Many people sense a resurgence of the American dream. I guess I share their optimism. Maybe it’s time for you to make some waves and to reignite your hope for the future.

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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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Resurfacing Solutions


Rediscover Affordable Bathroom Remodeling

What updating options are Knoxville area homeowners considering when contemplating affordable updates for their home’s bathrooms?

Let’s face it: A sharp, updated, modern bathroom that creates a showcase look can be the subject of much praise and enhance your home’s resale value. Outdated bathrooms, on the other hand, can be not only an embarrassment, but they can also have a negative impact on your home’s value. Traditionally, when people think of updating bathrooms, three prominent thoughts come to mind: TIME, MONEY, and MESS! Today’s bathroom updates often take a long TIME to complete, can cost a lot of MONEY, and create an incredible MESS. At Resurfacing Solutions, homeowners discover how to save both TIME and MONEY while significantly reducing the MESS resulting from updating your home’s bathrooms.

Recent Resurfacing Solutions customers could not stop talking about the time and money they saved by having their home’s bathtub refinished:

“It would have taken several days and cost four times as much if we would have torn out this tub and replaced it.” Resurfacing Solutions was in and out the same day. The customers saved 75%, and there was no mess from demolition.

Another recent customer added: “We had no idea what to do with the pink tile in our bathroom. Tearing it off the wall would have been a huge mess and cost more money than we wanted to spend. This was such a better alternative to that.” Resurfacing Solutions saved this customer more than $1,000 by re-glazing the tile and tub in just one day.

“We have always wanted granite tops in our bathroom but could not afford them,” said another satisfied Resurfacing Solutions customer. “We had the existing countertops refinished with a faux granite look. We also had our vanity base refinished. What it would have cost for one granite top, we had two tops and two vanity bases refinished for about the same price.” We can help you achieve a high-end look at a fraction of the cost and in less time!

Resurfacing Solutions can help you achieve that showcase quality look for far less TIME, MONEY, and MESS than you might have thought possible. Independently owned and operated, Resurfacing Solutions serves homeowners in Knox and surrounding counties. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority, and all of our finishes come with a five-year warranty. Let us help you achieve that showcase quality look in your home’s bathrooms and kitchen that you have always wanted but thought you couldn’t afford!

Call us today for a free consultation at 865-245-5699 or visit www.resurfacingsolutions.net.

Resurfacing Solutions
865.245.5699
www.resurfacingsolutions.net

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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
865.288.7887
www.chinteriorsandgifts.com

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Closets by McKenry


A Beautiful Room Is Always Enjoyed

By Chris McKenry

“Design” is a word that should be used by everyone for every space in the home. The correct color choices, style, cabinet finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings all come together to make an enjoyable room for the entire family. After a long day, there is nothing more pleasant than having the first room you enter be vibrant and alive with style. Of course, that room is the garage.

There are many functions for today’s garage such as storing home overflow, outdoor activities, lawn tools, holiday decorations, craft projects, tools, and the list continues. Some also need space to fit their vehicles. It is different for every family, but one thing remains constant: The garage is an extension of your home and the way you live.

When the living room gets a makeover, finishes, color choices, and design style are all important. Today’s garage should be no different. When warm weather approaches, the garage becomes an epicenter to the home that, with a well-planned approach, can be organized with all the outdoor items.

What are the activities that will happen or be housed in your garage? What is your most efficient use of space for storage?

Slat wall is a great option for garden tools and various sporting items. It allows vertical storage that stays close to the wall and can easily be changed with your needs. Open shelving provides easy access but is not so easily adjusted. Cabinets keep clutter hidden and can serve many uses to work/desk areas. Even if you do not tinker with tools, a work space is great for loading and unloading the car.

Now that East Tennessee is enjoying the start of spring, it is time to consider enlarging your usable space with a beautiful, well-planned, organized garage.

Chris McKenry provides custom closet design and professional organizing services to unpack your home.

Closets by McKenry
865.249.6382
www.ClosetsByMcKenry.com

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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
865.458.9721
www.premiereconsignment.com

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Granite Transformations for Kitchens & Baths


Everything Knoxville is excited to share our recent interview featuring husband and wife team and local area entrepreneurs, Buddy and Patti Baker. Since first launching Granite Transformations 13 years ago, Buddy and Patti have truly exemplified the principles of success, even in a challenging economic environment, having been recognized as one of the top performing Granite Transformations franchises in the world. Their commitment to success continues to serve as an inspiration to many other area small business owners.

From their very first sales center, to their new Design and Discovery Center and state-of-the-art fabrication facility in West Knoxville, Granite Transformations continues to earn a reputation for outstanding quality, craftsmanship, and integrity.

EK: First of all, congratulations on achieving your 13-year milestone in business. What do you feel has been the single most important factor in your success?

Buddy: Well, it’s hard to pinpoint just one factor. I believe we owe our success to our unique products and proprietary processes and our unwavering commitment to excellence.

EK: Buddy, you spent years in the retail buying industry. What inspired you and Patti to venture out on your own into the world of self-employment?

Buddy: When Belk acquired Proffitts, where I was employed, we considered other opportunities, but we decided to pursue our very own American dream. Owning our own business provided us with the opportunity to take the skills we had learned in corporate America and to combine them with our own unique talents to create a business model that exceeded our customers’ expectations and that we could personally be proud of.

EK: While you have meticulously implemented a well-thought out marketing strategy, share with our readers just how important the quality of Granite Transformations’ engineered granite product is when compared to conventional slab granite.

Buddy: Before launching Granite Transformations, we were committed to identifying a product that was far superior to anything our competition might offer. Simply put, conventional granite can’t match the superior performance characteristics of our proprietary engineered granite surfaces. In fact, we are the only granite surface that can be used in commercial kitchens, where food safety is paramount.

EK: Tell us what other ways your granite products can be used in our homes.

Patti: Our products are designed to be used on just about any flat surface. Its strong physical characteristics allow us to install our granite products just about anywhere, from floor to ceiling, despite its thinner profile. Conventional granite, on the other hand, requires a thicker profile to compensate for its inherent weakness.

EK: What other products and services does Granite Transformations offer homeowners?

Patti: We also offer homeowners premium grade cabinet refacing. We can transform your home’s cabinets in just a matter of days, providing a completely new look to your kitchen or bath. Our process eliminates both the demolition and cost associated with replacing existing cabinets with new cabinets.  Certified by the Green Builders Council, Granite Transformations is committed to eco-friendly building practices through reducing or eliminating unnecessary demolition.

EK: Two major advantages you offer that many homeowners may not be aware of are your quick turnarounds and significant reduction in costly demolition. How does the Granite Transformations experience make that possible?

Buddy: Because we install our proprietary granite surfaces on top of your home’s existing countertops, most countertops can be installed in a single day with no demolition required. We like to say “Done in a Day, Beautiful for Life.” We even provide our customers a limited lifetime warranty on our countertops.

EK: Cabinet refacing continues to become a growing business within Granite Transformations. Explain.

Buddy: It just makes sense. Cabinet refacing in just one day is not only smart, but it’s very smart. Weeks without your kitchen while installing new cabinets is a major disruption in your family’s life. With our resurfacing system, you can get your new kitchen in just a few days.

EK: In addition to your Design and Discovery Center, you also have design consultants that offer homeowners free, in-home consultations. How do your in-home consultations benefit your customers?

Buddy: This is just a common sense strategy we embrace at Granite Transformations that better serves you, our customer. Many of our competitors will quote your project based on the information you provide while never visiting your home unless you buy. To assist you in making this important buying decision, we believe that it is critical for you to view our products in your own home, in your lighting, next to your cabinets and flooring, before you make this very important decision. Granite Transformations will bring a mini design center right into your home. This process offers greater peace of mind to our customers.

EK: How can our readers learn more about Granite Transformations?

Patti: We invite you to visit our Design Center at 10539 Lexington Drive in West Knoxville or visit us online at www.granitetransformations.com/knoxville.

EK: Any last thoughts you would like to share with our readers?

Patti: We would both like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of Granite Transformations customers who have contributed to our success. We look forward to the next 13 years of making your dream for a showcase kitchen and bath come true.

What Our Customers Are Saying:

“Your sales representatives answered all my questions and promptly returned all my calls.  Your installers did an incredible job.  My kitchen looks gorgeous!” – Daniela S. (4/18/2017)

“Your salesperson was professional, courteous, and helpful.  We also appreciate your installers calling ahead, being on time, and leaving our home neat and clean.  We love the color of our granite.” – Wayne & Josephine B. (12/20/2017)

“All your installers worked straight through, keeping us up-to-date on their progress.  I appreciate them using protective floor coverings and their attention to the care of our home.  Beautiful!  Fabulous!” – Doug & Cathryne H. (12/14/2017)

“We are very pleased and appreciate all that Granite Transformations has done.  You’ve been great!” – Judy H. (10/16/2017)

“From our first contract with your business about a year ago, everyone we have dealt with was very helpful, knowledgeable, efficient, and professional.” – Marilyn G. (4/24/2017)

“Your sales rep was great – very courteous and helpful.  Installers were professional, courteous, and clean.  Great job.  We are very pleased.  Love it!” – Mary N. (3/16/2017)

Granite Transformations

10539 Lexington Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932
865.622.2381

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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
865.392.6000

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New Tax Law Strategies


By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

Updating financial and tax strategies are always important, but with the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2018, it is essential. The biggest change for all taxpayers is the increased standard deduction to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for joint filers. The additional $1,250 for ages over 65 remained.

Consider grouping your itemizable expenses into one year so that every other year there are enough expenses to itemize.  For example:

Medical Expenses Itemization

If possible, have medical procedures concentrated into one tax year.  For 2017 and 2018, the threshold for itemizing medical expenses was reduced to 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income.  In 2019, it returns to 10% of AGI.

Property Taxes

Pay two years of assessed property taxes in one calendar year.  The deduction for all taxes paid – state and local property and income taxes – is now limited to $10,000.

Charitable Giving

» Concentrate your charitable giving into alternating years.

» Establish a donor-advised fund. It is an easy process to set up your own charitable fund with as little as $5,000. Donate to it every other year to group your itemized deduction and have the fund disburse its charitable gifts evenly every year. You can make gifts of as little as $250.

» Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) become imperative for those over 70½ taking Required Distributions (RMDs).  Direct your IRA custodian to disburse some portion of your RMD directly to your charity/church to exclude that amount as taxable income.

The new law also changed the “kiddie tax” rates so that investment income earned by minors will be taxed at Trust tax rates – a whopping 37% tax once investment income reaches $12,500.  You may think this doesn’t matter to you, but think again. I often see IRA beneficiary forms set up incorrectly so that a minor could ultimately inherit an IRA.  And, you guessed it – it’s considered investment income that is subject to these new rates.  Now is the time to review all of your pre-tax account beneficiary forms.

If your current advisor isn’t talking with you about these important changes, talk with us instead.  Call, email, or visit our website to schedule a complimentary meeting today.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC 

1341 Branton Blvd, Suite 105
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.622.2162
admin@marshpros.com

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee.  Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee.  Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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