Everything Knoxville June 2021 Edition

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Publisher + Editor


The Lunchbox is your one-stop shop for delicious homestyle, quality lunches and catering options. Gather for breakfast, lunch, or snacks in their comfortable markets, then take home dinner ready to heat and serve.

Photo by Mirtography

10 Fleenor Security Systems

Random Acts of Flowers................................8

12 Ms. C's Bed & Biscuits

Insights & Highlights...................................... 26

Discover the five most common home security mistakes.

Summer safety reminders for your pets.

16 Tailored Living

Five questions to ask yourself when designing a custom closet.

Food and Recipes...........................................34 Knox Heritage...................................................40

36 Surface Doc

Calendar of Events.........................................46

51 Southeastern Dermatology

Travel and Recreation...................................48

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Sales + Operations

Kendra Menendez Editor + Administration

Meredith Hancock Design + Production

Contact Information Post Office Box 24532 Knoxville, TN 37933 865-640-3015 Reach us Online info@everythingknoxville.com www.everythingknoxville.com Hours of Business Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Everything Knoxville is distributed in Downtown Knoxville and select residential communities including Sequoyah Hills, Bearden, West Knoxville, Farragut, Concord and Hardin Valley

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From the Publisher


I T H J U N E co m e s w a r m e r w e a t h e r, longer days, no school, vacations (hopefully!), and Father’s Day. As we continue to get back to “normal,” friends and family are excited about spending more time together or may be excited about spending less time together if everyone has been working and schooling from home! My own father just announced that he would like our family to begin making a concerted effort to visit with each other more often - by phone, Zoom, or in person. A valid request after more than a year of little to no face-to-face contact! I am thankful that 1) He feels that way and 2) He is willing to voice it and ask for our cooperation. Over the years, my dad has grown into someone who is much more tuned in to his emotions - a big softy, if you will - and we couldn’t be more delighted with the transition. We all need to grow and evolve (hopefully!) as the years go by and



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we are faced with unforeseen circumstances. I know that during the pandemic, instead of heading to the office each day, many dads ended up working from home. That was a major adjustment within itself; add in kids being around all the time and those dads had the “opportunity” to become more involved in their family’s daily activities. The realization of the family bond was put to the test and relationships were strengthened (hopefully!). Our feature story this month, The Lunchbox - a business that began as, and continues to be, a “family business” - is a testament to both transitioning dads and keeping up with family ties. Much better to be on this journey with family or with those in our lives who seem like they should be! So to all the dads out there, striving to be the best parents they can be, Bravo! Keep transitioning, and Happy Father’s Day. Thanks, Pop!

Susan Cafferty Publisher + Editor

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Creating and Continuing the Legacy of Knoxville’s Favorite Lunch Spot


Foodservice was a natural - but how? I had no formal training, just instincts. There were very few restaurants in downtown Knoxville in 1980 and a large workforce of daytime-only professionals and office staff. Committed to being available for my children, I thought if I opened a small, lunch-only restaurant, I could be home on weekends and when they got home from school. I stumbled across a little building (across from the City County building) where the owners were very receptive to the idea of a restaurant. After readying the space, we printed 1,000 flyers to announce our concept and opening date and then delivered them to the offices within walking distance. Bringing pots and pans from home, having seating for only 24, no dishwasher or prep space, and three employees, we launched on June 7, 1981. We set a goal for sales on day one and exceeded it running out of everything!

In 1985, we expanded the building to 45 seats and later moved to our dream space (in one weekend and didn’t miss a day!) in the First Tennessee Plaza. With more than half of our business as take-out, we then established a central kitchen and Market/Café on Center Park Drive in the mid-1990s. This allowed us to prepare and deliver fresh food every day to our locations around town while enabling our customers to serve themselves - to eat in, to take back to their offices, to take home, or all three in one efficient stop!

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VE RYON E LOVE S The Lunchbox! Everything Knoxville is honored to share the history, guiding principles and the exciting future of this beloved lunch spot that celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2021. We were delighted to meet founder Karen Sproles recently and asked her to tell us how it all began. Here is Karen’s story:

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In 1979, I found myself a single mom with two young daughters and had to come to grips with how I was going to support us. I have a degree in math education, but after a year of teaching, realized that it was not my joy or calling. Growing up in Wisconsin, surrounded by the influence of my grandmother and mother - the best natural cooks ever - caring for people with food had become a part of me.

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Karen, Randy

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Two weeks after opening, I met my future husband, Don Sproles. He endeared himself to my daughters and often showed up at The Lunchbox on Sunday afternoons when we were trying to get a jump on food for the week. Before long he was rolling up his sleeves and taking over at the cash register. We were married July 3, 1982, choosing that day so we’d have a three-day weekend for a “honeymoon.”

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My business philosophy is summed up in four words: Honesty, Service, Respect, and Accountability. We aimed to be much more than a sandwich; the goal was feel good food. My mantra to my new employees was always “Our customers have probably had a stressful morning. It’s our job to send them back to work feeling better than when they came in!” The Lunchbox is why I encourage others to “listen to your heart!” I was tracked to be a teacher - who knew cooking for people you care about could be a career? Everything Knoxville then had the opportunity to talk to current owners, Randy and Trish Holmes, who are committed to maintaining Karen’s business philosophy. The staff at all three locations sung their praises for continuing the tradition of The Lunchbox. The entire Holmes family have

Food photos by KnoxFoodie

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EK: There are many options for food in Knoxville. Why do you think The Lunchbox has such staying power? Randy: The difference is “the formula hasn’t changed.” We have made sure to stay as true to Karen’s recipes as we can, which continue to be the heartbeat and foundation of The Lunchbox. The signature chicken salad, soups, fresh sandwiches, and ready-to-go desserts have always been a major draw. Tr i s h : O u r d o w n town Market Manager, Josephine, has been with The Lunchbox for too many years to count! She has been making these “tried and true” recipes from Lots of choices to grab & go! scratch for more than 20 years. With her customer service and know-how, we knew to stick with what worked. Rhonda, our Market Manager at The Atrium, has taken customer service to the next level, greeting customers daily with smiles and gratitude. EK: The Lunchbox definitely falls in to the “beloved Knoxville institution” cateGeneral Manager gory. What are your business goals as The Ean Hurst Lunchbox moves forward? Randy: We continue to offer homestyle, ’80s. It began as a “family business,” and we quality foods that people keep coming back wanted to keep it that way. to, and our mission is to stay consistent in Trish: Our oldest daughter, Hollie, and honoring The Lunchbox legacy. We would son-in-law, Ean Hurst (General Manager), love to reach more of Knoxville so everyone along with my brother, Matthew Wise can enjoy the same sandwiches and soups (Operations Manager), were employees of that we have always loved! Dine-in or carThe Lunchbox, so we knew it was already ry-out for lunch and beyond. Convenience managed very well. Today, our youngest is the name of the game! daughter, Allie, handles Trish: We also have boxed lunches the social media/marketfor delivery. It is nice ing, our middle daughter, for everyone to have Lacie, occasionally helps their own portion with baking, while her without needing to husband, Eric Childers share off a common (son-in-law #2), helps tray. The majority of me with the accounting our deliveries are to side of the business. It businesses, but we can truly still be labeled cater to any size group. a “family business.” Order from The Lunchbox to be the Fresh baked lunchtime hero! goods to go EK: What are your plans for The Lunchbox in the future? Trish: New menu items are being tested monthly. Our Kitchen Manager, Rebecca Combs, has been very creative in adding more items to our Take and Bake and catering menus. Our catering options are perfect for lunch meetings and large or small groups. The boxed lunches continue to be a big hit! We have several concepts and ideas that All of your we plan to launch soon, as we anticipate homestyle fa the economy opening back up in the comvorites ing months.

been long-time “regulars” - both as customers and employees - and were eager to keep the restaurant going. EK: Why did you decide to invest in The Lunchbox? Randy: The Atrium location of The Lunchbox on Weisgarber was our go-to lunch spot almost daily when we had our medical device business. I was (and still am!) a huge fan of the chicken salad and chili! When we were approached about buying the business in 2018, it was a no-brainer. The Lunchbox has been a Knoxville icon since the

KNOXVILLE’S ORIGINAL LUNCH MENU Homestyle lunches, fresh salads, soup bar, and our delicious baked goods. Our daily menu specials still include things like chicken enchiladas, pumpkin muffins, chicken gumbo, Italian cream cake and, of course, “The Lunchbox chicken salad.” Check our daily menu to see what strikes your fancy.

Expect friendly, efficient service and the food you want without sacrificing time and nutrition. Now offering Take & Bake meals family meals made from scratch, fresh from your oven. And if you’re really pinched for time, our catering services will deliver right to your office! Dine-in Grab & Go Take & Bake Delivery to your office

Randy: As Knoxville continues to open up, all three locations - downtown near Krutch Park at The US Bank building, Bearden near Homberg, and The Atrium on Weisgarber - are excited to welcome regulars and “newbies” again! We look forward to continuing the great tradition of The Lunchbox and serving the Knoxville community for years to come. Come see us!

Bearden/Homberg 5005 Kingston Pike 865.249.6010 The Atrium 1225 E Weisgarber Road 865.602.2232 Downtown at The US Bank Building 607 Market Street 865.409.4211 www.lunchboxknoxville.com June 202 1



You Have Our Attention


E WANT to be the best at what we do. Our main goal is to meet the needs of our customers with topquality cabinetry and functional, innovative designs. By striving to be on the cutting edge of the custom cabinetry industry, Cabry Design & Cabinetry is known for our high level of attention to detail in our designs while providing a quality product and exceptional service. Cabry Design & Cabinetry has been designing and remodeling kitchens in the Knoxville area for more than 15 years. Think of us as your personal cabinet company - we approach each project with the emphasis on developing a long lasting relationship with our clients. We are passionate about providing a smooth, personal approach to each project by offering one of the most experienced staff in custom cabinetry design. With every project beginning with our Client Focused Design Process, we ensure the end result will be the vision you have for your space. The experience and knowledge of our custom cabinetry designers can help ease any stress and anxiety you might be feeling about one of your most important purchases. Our firm is not about developing a signature style. We take our cues from you, ask questions to help guide the process, and take the lead with suggestions and direction when appropriate. We know it sounds simple, but there is a difference. Many designers underestimate the value of listening, hearing, and then acting on behalf of a client’s needs. Some of our projects are driven by a collection of images, some by a single “big-picture” idea. Some clients know exactly what they want, while others need help bringing their goals into focus. Since the process yields the result, we remain flexible, and we tailor our creative tools and leadership methods to the unique

“It sounds simple, but many designers underestimate the value of listening, hearing, and then acting on behalf of a client’s needs.” conditions of each project. What sets Cabry Design & Cabinetry apart is not only the level of design, but the attention to ALL of the details necessary to ensure your dream kitchen comes true. In collaboration with our interior design partners, we provide comprehensive plans to ensure there are no unknowns or surprises, providing our contractors and installers with the “roadmap” they need to ensure the outcome as you intended. We are here to make your dream kitchen a reality.

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A Moment of Kindness and a Recurring Smile


N E O F the most impor t ant aspec t s of volunteering at Random Acts of Flowers is that the volunteers get to spend their time doing something that can give a complete stranger a smile and an emotional boost. This not only occurs when a Random Acts of Flowers’ created bouquet is delivered to an individual in a healthcare facility, but, in addition, every time the recipient looks at the flowers during the next several days, they happily recall the personal moment of kindness that the flowers represent and have another emotional boost knowing someone cares for them. This recalled and recurring happiness not only positively impacts the recipient, but their family and friends, too! One of our recipient’s family members said: “I’ve known about Random Acts of Flowers for several years. Recently, my aunt, who is in an assisted living facility, received an arrangement from you - and it was the highlight of her week! Having this service affect one of my family members emphasized the importance of your work to me. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who share a little love and kindness to so many people that really benefit from a simple gesture.” It is these moments of kindness,



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encouragement, and emotional support that propels and sustains our volunteers to work so hard and so happily collecting and preparing donated flowers, creating the individual bouquets, and delivering the re-purposed, upcycled bouquets to healthcare facilities. It is an effort that makes all of those involved in the process smile. Whether they are a Random Acts of Flowers volunteer, a recipient, or the recipient’s family and friends - everyone gets an emotional boost from the simple act of providing someone in a local

healthcare facility with recycled flowers and a moment of kindness! If you would like to support Random Acts of Flowers by becoming a volunteer, visit www.RAFKnoxville.org, click on the Volunteer tab, and complete the sign-up form. You will then attend a volunteer orientation to further inform you about our mission, teach you about donated flower prep, and how to create the individual bouquets. If you want to support our volunteers’ efforts to deliver re-purposed flowers and moments of kindness - and have your own recurring smile - please consider being a donor. You can make a donation on our website at ww.RAFKnoxville.org, call us at 865-633-9082, or send us an email at info@RAFKnoxville.org.

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Knoxville Homeowners: The Five Most Common Home Security Mistakes


ITH SUMMER approaching, it is the perfect time to reevaluate the security of your property. If you are not properly securing your home, you could be increasing the chance of a home burglary. By acting now, you can easily avoid common home security mistakes to ensure your property is as safe as possible. 1. Leaving doors and windows unlocked Doors and windows serve as an easy entry point into your home when left unlocked. Whether you forgot to lock the backdoor or left a window open, you are making your home an easy target for a skilled burglar! 2. Hiding a spare key outside Still hide a key under the doormat to provide easy access for additional members of the household? Whether the key is under the doormat, hidden in a fake rock, or somewhere you think a burglar would never look, you are mistaken. Instead of hiding the spare key, leave it with a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member. Better yet, Smart Locks eliminate the need for keys, allowing you to take your home security above and beyond.



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3. Providing cover for a burglar Burglars are sneaky; don’t make it easier for them by providing the perfect hiding spot. Take a walk around your property and look for areas that provide places to hide. Clear overgrown areas and keep trees and bushes near your home trimmed. 4. Leaving the garage door open Are you working in your yard all day? Did you forget to close the garage door after returning home? Not only does an open garage door provide easy access into your home, it also lets a burglar see what’s inside, potentially making your home the desired target. Most burglars pick a house after surveilling the neighborhood. Additionally, tools are most likely to be kept in the garage. Allowing easy access to these items can make a burglar’s job effortless! Keep tools and ladders locked away to prevent a burglar from using them to gain entry into your home. 5. Making it apparent that no one is home If you have to be away from your home for an extended period, follow the home security tips below: • Stop mail and newspaper delivery

• Have a neighbor park an extra vehicle in your driveway • Arrange for someone to cut the grass • Place interior and exterior lighting on a timer • Refrain from posting vacation pictures while you’re away These common home security mistakes are easy to fix and will help reduce the odds of a break-in. The best way to ensure the security of your home and family is with a reliable home security system. A home security system, installed and monitored by Fleenor Security, can easily be customized to fit your needs, providing you with the best security possible.

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“There Was Absolutely No Dust!”



resident Robert Ericson was asked about his experience using European Fine Hardwood Floors, he responded that he was totally satisfied with the refinishing work that they had performed in his home. His house was built in 2000 and originally had laminate flooring installed. Years later, Robert had the laminate replaced with pre-finished oak hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, the new flooring developed “cupping,” which was not covered by the flooring manufacture’s warranty. Robert was left with the choice of replacing the existing oak flooring or refinishing the flooring. In 2016, Robert decided to refinish, and he selected European Fine Hardwood Floors to perform the work. European Fine Hardwood Floors offers area homeowners a totally unique experience in hardwood floor refinishing. By combining the skills learned from European craftsmen with the latest technological advances available in the refinishing marketplace, they can easily restore your home’s hardwood floors to their original showroom quality look. If your home’s hardwood floors are faded, cupped, scratched, dented, and gouged, then European Fine Hardwood Floors can help. The first step for Robert was to contact


European Fine Hardwood Floors to request his no-cost, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Robert also decided to change the stain color of his flooring, and the work was performed to his complete satisfaction. European Fine Hardwood Floors’ fully insured and bonded craftsmen also efficiently removed the dust resulting from the refinishing process outof-doors using high-volume hoses attached to high-capacity vacuums with HEPA filters, which remained outside Robert’s home. When asked if he was happy with the minimal amount of dust resulting from the refinishing project, Robert was quick to point out that the floor refinishing project




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Summer Safety Reminders for Pets W ITH SUMMER UPON


resulted in zero dust. “I wiped my hand across our dining room table adjacent to where the floors had been refinished,” said Robert. “There was absolutely no dust!” Recipient of the much-coveted Bona Certified Craftsman designation, this is your assurance that all work performed by European Fine Hardwood Floors is compliant with the standards set by the number one name and leader in the world’s refinishing marketplace: Bona. “I’m often hesitant to recommend contractors to friends and neighbors, but I’m not the least bit reluctant to recommend European Fine Hardwood Floors,” said Robert. “In fact, we just recommended them to friends who recently had worked performed by them and that are just as pleased as we were with their finished work.” Although the floors were refinished five years ago, they look as if they were refinished only yesterday.

us, vacations and holidays, including the 4th of July and Labor Day, are a time of celebrations. Your pets’ safety and happiness should be a continued priority while planning these events. Because ever yone is tempted to include their four-legged kids in their outings and vacations, Ms. C’s would like to offer some hazardous facts to take into consideration before you take your fur baby with you. Leaving your pets in the car alone, even if you park in a shaded area and are away for only a short time, spells danger. Car interiors can reach 120º even in the shade, so never leave your pet in the car. Even with the windows cracked, the heat index rises extremely quickly, potentially causing suffocation. Be a good pet parent by not risking your dog’s safety this summer. Loud noises and crowds at outdoor picnics make most pets nervous. Scared dogs can quickly develop into anxious, easily overheated dogs, especially in warmer weather. Dogs don’t perspire; they dispel body heat

by panting and through the pads of their feet. For overheated pets, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can result in brain damage and possibly death. Consider the comfort both emotional and temperature - of your dog before including them in your outings. To assure their safety, security, and happiness, give your pet his own “doggy vacation” at Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits. Day camp is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Outside play time, plus an air-conditioned private suite with fresh water available continuously, allows him time to relax and rejuvenate throughout the day. Summer overnight “camp” is filling up quickly! Ms. C’s takes reservations up to six months in advance, so call 865-986-6325 today or click the “book a reservation” tab on the website.

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Need a Custom Closet? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself


R E YOU ALWAYS sor ting through the never-ending amount of garments you have hanging in your closet just to put together the single outfit you had in mind? Can’t find the pants to match the shirt? Or the shoes to match the pants? While life can be messy and disorganized, a closet should not be. Closets should make life easier. A custom closet that’s designed and organized based on your needs provides much more organization and maximizes storage space, which means less frustration. Tailored Living of Knoxville professionals will meet with you in your home, listen to your specific needs, and work with you to design a space that fits your everyday lifestyle. Here are some preliminary questions to ask yourself before calling for your in-home consultation: 1. How much space do I have to work with? This is the primary aspect to factor into your closet planning. Knowing how much space you have will help the professional Tailored Living designer determine the best organizational system for your closet.

Also consider ceiling height when you take inventory of the closet space. Making use of every inch can be important if you’re working with a small space. 2. What is my budget? While the cost really depends on the size of your closet, a basic system with hanging rod and shelves will cost less than including cabinets and drawers. Additionally, the finish color you choose will impact your budget. A white finish will always be less expensive than wood grains and darker finishes. 3. What types of clothing am I storing? Some people only want to hang shirts, blouses, and pants in their closet and leave other items such as undergarments stored in a bedroom dresser. Think about what types of clothing and accessories you want to store inside your closet and it will help you put together a picture of your organizational needs. 4. Which accessories and organizers do I need? Convenient accessories like jewelry drawers, fold-out ironing boards, tilt-out hampers, drawer organizers, and pullout belt racks are

among the many options that bring more order to the closet and help you easily find items. 5. What do you want to display for convenience? From ladies’ scarves to men’s ties, for multiple items of the same type of clothing there are closet organizers and designs that provide convenience and style. These are just a few ideas to keep in mind when thinking about your custom closet design. Once you have considered your budget, what you need to store, and the space you have, Tailored Living of Knoxville will design a custom closet system with features built around you and your lifestyle!

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has something for EVERYONE - the outdoor adventurer, the dog lover, the craft beer enthusiast, the local, and the tourist seeking Knoxville’s urban wilderness. It’s a place where you can ride your bike, bring your dog, and explore Knoxville on this special day! Then live it, experience it, and continue to explore it all year long! Pet Photo Contest by Young-Williams Animal Center Young-Williams Animal Center will be at Knoxville Outdoor Adventure Collective with props, snapping contest pictures and keeping all furry friends safe, hydrated, and cool. Tag your photos with #knoxfido at the event - the two photos with the most “likes” win CitiFid-o treat pooch prize packs from Visit Knoxville. Riverwalk with Historian Jack Neely Ever notice those historical markers along Volunteer Landing? They tell a non-chronological story of Knoxville’s waterfront since 1791, connecting Cherokee chiefs to the Civil War to the Tennessee Vols. Jack Neely of the Knoxville History Project, who did the research for those markers in the 1990s, tells



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the stories, including that of Vagabondia, the long-vanished riverfront home of author Frances Hodgson Burnett that inspired the title of one of her early novels. Guided Urban Bike Ride Discover a new round-trip route on this urban bike ride starting at UT Gardens. The ride by Bike Walk Knoxville will travel the greenway to Knoxville Outdoor Adventure Collective for a short stop, then continue on to Suttree’s Landing. Guided Brewery Slow Rides Interested in Knoxville’s brewery scene? Join some of the Knoxville Area Brewers Association’s member brewers as they showcase Knoxville’s great breweries. Brewery representatives will partner up and lead round-trip rides from the breweries to Knoxville Outdoor Adventure Collective in a relaxed, slow bike ride. Riders will be able to see how easy it is to ride and enjoy some of the best local craft beer in Knoxville! Guided Urban Hike Urban Hike to Suttree’s Landing Park guided by Alan Sims of Inside Knoxville. Learn how easy it is to travel from downtown Knoxville into our lush wilderness. Beginning at TVA

Towers by Market Square and continuing to Knoxville Outdoor Adventure Collective for a brief stop. From Volunteer Landing, travel across the Tennessee River using the Gay Street Bridge. You will see the beautiful sights our city has to offer! Knoxville Adventure Collective City Lights Night Paddle Join us at the Knoxville Adventure Collective headquarters for a night paddle on the Tennessee River as the sun sets behind the downtown Knoxville skyline. The city’s night lights create unique paddling experience only offered at the Adventure Collective. Each renter is provided with a LED light for water safety. For more information or to register for an event, visit www.visitknoxville.com/ bike-boat-brew-bark.

Truewood by Merrill Senior Living

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Truewood by Merrill, Knoxville (formerly Raintree Terrace) 865.291.1385 555 Rain Forest Rd, Knoxville, TN 37923 truewoodknoxville.com | Lic #ACL0000000361



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blankets. Doors open at 7 pm, and movies begin at dark. If rain, movies will be shown under the Ijams Homesite tent, a short walk from the Visitor Center. Tasty meals, snacks, and beverages will be available from food trucks and the Ijams beer garden. Advanced tickets encouraged and available online at www.ijams.org.



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June 4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - PG June 18: Jurassic Park - PG-13 July 2: Predator, Action - R August 13: Beetlejuice - PG August 27: Mad Max Fury Road - R September 17: Wizard of Oz - G October 1: The Shining - R


E A R E proud to of fer t wo great senior living options in the K nox ville area! Truewood by Merrill, Knoxville is located in the mountains of Knoxville. We are an assisted living and memory care community where our residents enjoy the comforts of home with the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. Striving to offer services that address the mind, body, and spirit of our residents, we offer the utmost care in vibrant and comfortable living. We provide our residents with peace of mind knowing that we are available to help with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and transportation. We strive to give our residents the best care possible in an enjoyable, welcoming atmosphere. Truewood by Merrill, Powell is a beautiful memory care community that offers a warm and inviting country setting with exceptional and innovative care. Our memory care community offers a unique lifestyle that provides families with the comfort of knowing that someone will always be there for your loved one. We offer an atmosphere where each resident can continue to enjoy life one moment at a time. We create fulfilling opportunities for residents to experience life in ways that give them joy and satisfaction every day. We want to celebrate each resident as a whole person - not only for who they were when they were younger, but for who they are today.​ Truewood by Merrill, Knoxville and Truewood by Merrill, Powell provide options for families who have always chosen a practical lifestyle they can control. We are the attainable, resident, and family-centered communities that believe seniors shouldn’t have to compromise comfort and security for affordability. Both of these wonderful locations are part of the Merrill family of senior living communities, a fifth-generation family-owned company with 70 locations across 20 states. Visit us at www.merrillgardens.com. Truewood by Merrill, Knoxville 555 Rain Forest Road Knoxville, TN 37923 865.291.1385 www.truewoodknoxville.com Truewood by Merrill, Powell 7545 Thunder Lane Powell, TN 37849 865.291.1390 www.truewoodpowell.com

Did You Notice This Proposed Tax Increase?


BY Y VO N N E M A R S H , C F P ® , C PA

HERE’S A LOT of press surrounding President Biden’s proposed personal tax increases to help pay for the American Families Plan, and it’s important to know which ones Yvonne Marsh, apply to you and your family. At CFP®, CPA the moment, these proposals are just that - and not final. Here are two potential tax increases that get a lot of press but probably won’t affect you: • Individuals with taxable income over $523,600 and couples over $628,300 would revert to a 39.6% top tax bracket from the current 37%. • Households with over $1 million in income would see the base tax rate on capital gains and qualified dividends increase from 20% to 39.6%. This type of income would continue to be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax. But there is a third proposed change based on assets rather than income that I find the most compelling to watch and which will, arguably, affect more people: • The elimination of the step-up in basis for inherited non-retirement assets. Currently, if you buy a share of stock and sell it for a profit, you pay capital gains tax on the profit. Or if you never sold it and passed the stock to your heirs, the entire embedded gain goes away - your heir escapes taxation. But under this new proposal, death is treated like a sale, and your heirs would have to recognize the capital gain you never did. This would apply to non-retirement investment accounts, vacation homes, rental property, family businesses, farms, etc. This rule has a $1 million exemption, so that helps lessen the impact for many households. Keep your eye on the expiration of the current personal tax rates, which are already legislated to expire in 2025. Taxes will never be cheaper than they are right now, and multi-year systematic Roth conversion strategies should be an integral part of your tax planning between now and then. Needless to say, proactive tax planning will continue to be imperative under these constantly shifting sands of the tax code! Join me June 15th on Zoom to learn more. Marsh Wealth Management, LLC Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisor 504 Ebenezer Road Knoxville, TN 37923 865.622.2162 www.marshwealth.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.

A visit to Westwood is a connection to the rich, artistic history of Knoxville

Westwood was enjoy tours of the built for John Lutz main rooms led by and his wife, Ann trained volunteer Adelia Armstrong docents. Lutz, a prominent Experience the Tennessee artist grand Gilded Age from one of the architecture and founding families interiors, a large Historic Westwood has reopened! of Knoxville. Built collection of art by in 1890 and listed on the National Adelia Lutz, several works by other Register of Historic Places, the reslocal female artists (including Cynthia idence is a rare example of Queen Markert and Eugenia Dulin), a stunAnne and Richardsonian Romanesque ning collection of antique slag glass architectural styles. The home was lamps from the Coates collection, and designed with a beautiful, grand stubeautiful gardens. dio space in which Adelia could pursue For tour info: www.knoxheritage.org/ and display her art. Today, visitors can homepage/tour-historic-westwood/

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Reflections on a Covid Year

Lanterns aren’t just for light

BY D E B I T U T T L E , O W N E R O F T H E TO W N F R A M E RY & G I F T S


12814 Kingston Pike ~ Farragut ~ 671-6627 M-F: 10-6 ~ Sat: 10-4 www.thetownframery.com Located one block west of Renaissance Center/Farragut

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emotions have ruled us during the last 15 months. From having to close the store and not knowing if we would have a business in the aftermath, to having the busiest year we’ve ever recorded. Sorrow, loss, frustration, exhaustion, and isolation have given way to hope and gratitude. When our doors reopened, you came back! And many visited us for the first time! An earnest and heartfelt thanks to those who have supported small businesses in our community. Whether shopping in a small boutique like ours or eating at a local restaurant like our neighbor Big Kahuna Wings, your support of local businesses has made a difference for so many. Owners, staff, and suppliers alike appreciate your patronage more than can be said. Your generous patience, as we continue to suffer through supply chain issues, is another thing for which we are grateful. You’ve come back time and again to see what’s new. You’ve waited for framing supplies, sometimes weeks long, without complaint! You’ve been there with us every step of the way. We’ve laughed, commiserated, and persevered - masks and all.

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NOXVILLE MOMS is a locally-focused parenting resource for moms and families. Passionate about parenting and our community, Knoxville Moms strives to connect area moms to relevant resources, local businesses, can’t-miss happenings, and most of all - each other! They even have neighborhood groups! The #1 parenting resource for Knoxville and East Tennessee since 2013! Knoxville’s go-to online platform and offline community for Knoxville and East Tennessee parents. And you don’t even need to be actively parenting to benefit from the Knoxville Moms website! Look for more relevant topics from current events to health & wellness to child development - there is something for everyone! So check out the website at www.KnoxvilleMoms.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter for more great content!

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My list would not be complete without a big THANK YOU to my staff, without whom I would not have survived. They took a six-week vacation they had not planned and came back to work the minute the doors reopened. They are the best! We look forward to a maskless conclusion to 2021 as we begin our new normal. Think big... shop small!

The Town Framery & Gifts 12814 Kingston Pike Farragut, TN 37934 865.671.6627 www.thetownframery.com

9700 KINGSTON PIKE SUITE 11 KNOXVILLE, TN 37922 (865) 313-2656


Summer special!!!

40% off one full price accessory item in our furniture showroom valid thru 7/30/2021 coupon must be present. One per customer valid on full price/in stock items only includes home decor, lamps, & pillows

Interior Design Services ~ Furniture Showroom ~ Renovation Design & Cabinetry Instagram: @shae.design.studio Facebook: @TheShaeDesignStudio www.shaedesigns.com

So Good, You Won’t Miss the Gluten Gluten-Free Bakery, Café and Market Sweet & Savory Scones

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Smoothies - 9 recipes to choose from or build your own

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- Charlie R, diagnosed with celiac as a toddler


ENEFIT YOUR LIFE is a dedicated gluten-free market and bakery - as in, EVERYTHING that they make is gluten free. By offering baked goods, lunch specials, smoothies, holiday treats, and more, Benefit Your Life has become the go-to place for all things yummy! Inside the bright, inviting store, you’ll find friendly faces and plenty of room to enjoy your purchases. Their Mission Statement - striving to improve lives by greeting everyone with a smile, offering help and encouragement, and creating a community while ser ving delicious, high-quality, gluten-free foods in an environment dedicated to good health. While in Maryland, owner Pam Hill ran her own bakery that offered some gluten-free treats - mainly for her four daughters! In 2019, after relocating here to Knoxville, she had the opportunity to continue providing delicious gluten-free items when she bought BYL. Today, Pam and her daughters are in the bakery working hard and taste-testing everything to make sure it’s wonderful! They have also added a variety of vegan, dairy-free, paleo, and Keto items. Their bakery case is filled daily with a variety of scones, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and other delicious desserts. Be sure to try a BYL smoothie! For lunch, choose from quiche, sandwiches, scoops, wraps, and paninis. Follow Benefit Your Life on Facebook and Instagram for updates and daily specials (like fritters, biscuits & gravy, and focaccia!) or call to confirm availability of specific products. For store hours, see their adjacent ad. BYL goods are also available at several area coffee shops and markets. Benefit Your Life Bakery & Café 10420 Kingston Pike, Suite G Knoxville, TN 37922 865.288.3193 www.benefityourlife.com

Knox Yoga + Barre Studio is a faith-inspired fitness community in West Knoxville, offering all-levels yoga, barre, pilates, HIIT, RevWell, meditation & massage therapy.

“The studio is beautiful, the classes are wonderful, and the staff is so supportive. You can leave your make-up and fancy gym clothes at home and just go to class and take care of yourself. To me that is priceless!” - Debra S.

Mention “Everything Knoxville” to receive your FREE SESSION

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Visit KnoxYogaBarre.com for our current schedule and download our easy to use app!

Our spacious and welcoming studio is conveniently located inside Willow Mae clothing boutique

10420 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922

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Beat the Heat This Summer with a Home Water Filtration System! BY D AV I D B R E W S T E R , O W N E R O F A Q U A C L E A R WAT E R S YS T E M S , L LC


UMMER HAS arrived! Most of America is cleaning out their closets, welcoming the pool and lake days, and spending more time in their backyard relaxing with friends and family. On hot, humid summer days, the most satisfying thing I can think of is an ice-cold glass of water! But often in our homes, the water can taste or smell, especially in East Tennessee. Some common complaints I often hear are a metallic taste or a rotten egg smell. No one wants to be drinking bad water on a hot, summer day! We at Aqua Clear Water Systems can provide you with that pure, tasty water you crave after mowing the lawn or being outside with your kids. What’s the solution, you ask? A Whole-Home Water Filtration System! Not only will it increase your home’s value, but it will also give you the water you’ve been dreaming of. In the last year, we’ve spent more time at home than ever before, which means you’ve been drinking your home’s water in copious amounts. So, we’d like to give you 5 reasons why a Kinetico Water System is the key to your summer water woes. 1. Improved Water Quality, Taste & Odor. East Tennessee’s water is known for its hardness, as well as chlorine, iron, sediment, and

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other harmful contaminants polluting the water. A whole house Kinetico water filtration system can remove all of these contaminants to give you tasteless, odorless, and silky feeling soft water throughout your home. 2. Improved Life of Appliances & Fixtures. A system will protect your home from damages caused by a variety of water contaminants! You could be extending the life of your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, pipes, refrigerator, and more by installing a Kinetico water system, because reducing the build-up in these appliances allows them to work efficiently. 3. Increased Value of Your Home. With the housing market booming, we’d love to help you get a bigger bang for your buck when selling. An article titled 10 Upgrades That Increase Home Values by Forbes stated “this amenity will pay off now and in the future when it’s time to sell.” 4. Improved Health. Chlorine is a harmful chemical used to treat bacteria in water. While it’s necessary to kill bacteria, chlorine can’t differentiate between good and bad bacteria. When you shower in chlorinated tap water, your skin absorbs the chlorine like a sponge, leaving your health at risk. To name

a few, high amounts of chlorine can cause breathing and lung problems, as well as cancer from THMs agents. Filtering your water could save you from unnecessary illnesses. 5. Improved Skin & Hair. A whole house filtration system reduces the amount of build-up on your appliances, as well as your skin and hair. Who wouldn’t want that? Softened water results in brighter skin, shinier hair, and longer-lasting clothes. Now that you know the benefits of installing a whole-home filtration system, we’d love the opportunity to help you improve your home in 2021 by doing an in-person or virtual free water health check-up. We’ll come to your house for FREE or connect via Zoom. It’s your choice! For Everything Knoxville readers only, we’re offering an exclusive designer faucet in the color of your choice ($195 value) and $200 off when you purchase a system before June 30, 2021. Give us a call or text today, and become a part of the ACWS family!

Aqua Clear Water Systems 1767 Kevin Lane Lenoir City, TN 37772 865.234.1970 www.aquaclearws.com

Beat the Heat This Summer with Ice-Cold, Pure Water! Your Best Investment for 2021

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Oh My Gauze!

Brenda & Ivy


D O you wear when the sweltering heat of June and July can be some of the most uncomfortable days we’ve experienced? Breathable, natural fibers of course! A perfect way of transitioning into the beautiful (but warm!) East Tennessee season of summer is to savor the moment… be comfortable and enjoy the touch and feel of cool, natural fibers against your skin. At The Lily Pad, you’ll find the largest selection of 100% cotton gauze in the entire Southeast. Many of you had previously been traveling to South Florida to purchase the Oh My Gauze! line from their parent store. Then, miraculously, we were able to introduce the line to East Tennessee… and, as they say, the rest is history! We now are proud to be the number one distributor in the Southeast of this fabulous clothing line! The response from you has been tremendous! Oh My Gauze! is now a line that has earned a year-round representation in our store. It’s even perfect for cooler nights by layering the pieces, ideal for travel since wrinkling is not a problem, and flattering to every body type. Machine wash and hang to dry, year-round wearability, endless possibilities of combining looks and layers, never goes out of style, great styling for petites through plus sizes, 18 colors to choose from - the list goes on and on why Oh My Gauze! has become such a popular line. If you have not yet experienced The Lily Pad or Oh My Gauze!, consider this your personal invitation to enjoy both - together! The Lily Pad Boutique 209 N. Main Street Sweetwater, TN 37874 423.337.5537 www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com




July 3 at 9:30 am


HE TOWN of Farragut’s annual Independence Day Parade is back this year, but with a twist - it begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 3rd! The parade starts at Kingston Pike at Stadium Drive and continues to Boring Road, just east of Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center (former Ingles store site). This year, the grand marshals will be the principals of Farragut’s four public schools. Come out to the parade to salute our country and our wonderful public servants! Fo r m o re i nfo r m at i o n , v i s i t Farragut Parks & Rec on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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This European iron chandelier is a wonderful addition to update your space in a foyer, dining, master, or living room. The chandelier measures 29.9" wide, 29.9" deep, and 24" high. Available at Shae Design Studio, 9700 Kingston Pike, Suite 11 in Knoxville, 865.313.2656, www.shaedesigns.com.


Standing at approximately 24 inches tall, this detailed Benin Bronze Warrior sculpture is an excellent example of African art from what is now Nigeria. A dramatic asset to any collection! Available at Premiere Consignment, 320 Lakeside Plaza in Tellico Village, 865.458.9721, www.premiereconsignment.com.


Hand-crafted in North America and available in more than 20 finishes and hundreds of fabrics, these comfortable swivel barstools are the perfect cozy addition to your home. Available at Decorating Den Interiors | Kozar Design Team, 521 Lovell Rd., Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar.DecoratingDen.com.



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BDI USA’s standing, sitting, and everything-in-between height adjustable desk, along with more sizes and finishes, is available at Nouveau Classics Contemporary Furniture & Interior Design, 101 S Gay Street in Knoxville, 865.525.4755, www.nouveauclassics.com.



Accessorize your summer wardrobe with unique, handmade pieces by Julio Designs. Available at The Lily Pad Boutique, 209 N. Main Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.5537, www.lilypadboutiqueonline.com.

With the arrival of warm weather, store your quilts and throws beautifully on this hand-crafted blanket ladder. Available at The Town Framery & Gifts, 12814 Kingston Pike in Farragut, 865.671.6627, www.thetownframery.com.

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Meet the Storage Design Pros BY C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y, W W W.C A R R I E M C C O N K E Y.C O M


L I K E - M I N D E D philosophy among employees is key within any business - even more so when the mission involves design. The expanding team at Closets by McKenry/Designer Garages not only shares a compatible vision of the importance of home organization, but they also enjoy growing and learning from one another’s wealth of experience. Learn more about the designers who work alongside Chris McKenry in the first of this special series on the Closets by McKenry/ Designer Garages staff. After expanding Closets by McKenry in Knoxville to include a showroom and second business, Designer Garages, Chris McKenry knew it was time to add to his team. “Not that long ago I did all the designs and loved it,” said Chris. “But as the business grew, I needed help. I knew I wanted unique individuals to be on our design team.” He found them in Cesar Rivera and Robin Carbaugh. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida, Cesar Rivera’s background involves a fascinating mix of design… and dance! Along with being an acclaimed dance performer and instructor, Cesar has also earned his Associate degree in Drafting and a certification in Interior Design. Before coming to East Tennessee, he worked with contractors and interior designers as a manager of a title company. Chris related, “I loved the fact that Cesar has a musical theater/dance background. Talk about creativity!”



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Cesar designs everything from individual closets to storage for the entire house including garages and epoxy floor finishes. “Organization does not mean perfection, but I design for looks and function. Clutter is like visual noise, often crowding out the space that we need to move ourselves forward.” Robin Carbaugh, an accomplished photographer who minored in art at MTSU, has called Knoxville home for the past 26 years. Robin and her husband, Travis, owned a custom organization business for 15 years, and one of their industry peers and biggest supporters was Chris McKenry. “I have always been impressed with Robin’s professionalism and her design work,” said Chris. “When I returned to Knoxville and started this business we reconnected, and during the height of the pandemic, she reached out and quickly took to our design program.” Customer service is Robin’s specialty,

and she enjoys giving “300%” to her clients. “An organized home can lead to an organized life,” she said. “An organized life saves time and gives you some peace of mind. The investment pays you back in dividends… time is precious and our most valuable commodity.” Said Chris of his talented design team, “We all enjoy the connection we have with our clients, as it helps to understand their goals as we design their spaces. To have a beautifully organized home is a luxury that is possible for everyone - and brings quality of life.” Chris looks forward to introducing the rest of his experienced staff in future articles. Come meet them in person at the Closets by McKenry/Designer Garages showroom, and let them work their magic for you!

Closets by McKenry 201 Center Park Drive, #1070 Knoxville, TN 37922 865.249.6382 www.ClosetsbyMcKenry.com www.DesignerGarages.com Photo by Ben Finch

Market Square is Calling!

Photo courtesy DowntownKnoxville.org



Photo courtesy VisitKnoxville.com & Bruce McCamish


Square invites you to t ake advantage of the longer days to enjoy the many experiences the Square has to offer. Daytime or nighttime, there is always something to do! With more outdoor patios, shopping spots, and tasty treats available than ever, Market Square is a great place for a date, a long-awaited girls night, or a stop for the entire family. We have gathered a current list of all that Market Square has to offer - with help from our friends at VisitKnoxville.com (a special thank you to Kristen Combs!), DowntownKnoxville.org, and Historic Market Square’s Facebook page. As the weather warms, take an evening stroll through Market Square’s newest attraction - Firefly Nights! This enchanting light installation adds sparkle to the trees of Market Square with more than 12,000 lights that “flash” from sunset to sunrise. You can thank Downtown Knoxville Alliance, Christmas Décor of Knoxville, Dogwood Arts, and the City of Knoxville for this inventive light display. Be sure to see it before the end of June! Nourish Knoxville will again be operating the very popular Market Square Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays this summer from 9 am to 1 pm. Expect an incredible variety of regional produce, including plants, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cheeses, eggs, meat, baked goods, and bath and body products, along with artisan crafts. Don’t miss a visit to Strong Alley (also known as Graffiti Alley) - a collaboration between agreeing business owners and willing artists who paint their visions along the alley walls between Union Avenue and Wall Avenue. The other alley between Market Square and the Market Square Garage also has an expansive mural to enjoy. The Water Play Fountain on Market Square will be there to add some cooling off and family-friendly outdoor play for kids young and old. Another kid-friendly activity is the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt in July. Explore downtown Knoxville during the Waldo scavenger hunt and you’ll spot



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the beloved, bespectacled character hiding in boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, museums… even at the Farmers’ Market and on the FREE downtown trolley. So pick up your Waldo Passport to collect a store stamp at each Waldo sighting! Share photos of your journey #foundwaldoknox. Treat yourself to the full-service salon at Tree of Life, specializing in all things “pampering” for hair, nails, skin, and body. In the mood for some shopping? Stop in at Earth to Old City to seek the unique! Locallyowned and operated downtown for more than 20 years, they carry many local and global vendors. Check out Fizz, a small boutique offering local designer items, as well as custom-made pieces. Feel like exploring the world with a “nomadic spirit and a curious heart?” Earthbound Trading Co. carries home décor, jewelry, apparel, and more! Market Square also sports a wedding dress shop called Vow’d. They believe that every bride deserves a beautiful dress at an honest price - nice! Or step across the street to Urban Outfitters, purveyors of clothing, accessories, beauty products, vinyl records, apartment décor, and loads of other stuff in their huge store. And now for the most important part FOOD! Market Square has a wide selection of choices for food and drinks. Here is a list of restaurant highlights: • The Brass Pearl Seafood & Oyster Bar Opening on Market Square this summer. • Café 4 - Comfort food, in-house bakery, and coffee bar. • Emilia - Serving simple, seasonal, inspired Italian cuisine. • Kabuki - Japanese Fusion Cuisine, hibachi food, dine in or takeout sushi. • Myrtle’s Chicken + Beer - Delicious fried chicken dishes and Southern favorites. • Not Watson’s - Sandwiches, burgers, salads, and “knife and fork” hot dogs. • Oliver Royale - Part of The Oliver Hotel offering imaginative seasonal cooking. • Petro’s Chili & Chips - The Fritos pie that made its debut at the 1982 World’s Fair! • Soccer Taco - Sports and authentic Mexican cuisine.

Photo courtesy VisitKnoxville.com & Shelia Chesanow

• Stock & Barrel - Stylish whiskey restaurant featuring thoughtfully sourced burgers. • Subway - Freshly made customizable sub sandwiches. • Ruby Sunshine - Offers a Big Easy twist on Southern brunch classics. • The Tomato Head - Inventive, eclectic menu of pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian options. • Tupelo Honey - Iconic scratch-made Southern dishes. Most of the eateries have extended restaurant-front outdoor seating (petfriendly, too), plus Market Square has added table seating within a special dining area to accommodate more people. Or get it to go and cross the street to Krutch Park with its tranquil water features and Dogwood Arts sculpture garden complete with benches for contemplation (and eating!). There is a second Water Play Fountain at the Gay Street entrance. And let’s not forget treats! Opening soon is the second location of Proper Popcorn. This Knoxville-founded craft brand will be bringing all of its specialty popcorn flavors, from s’mores to strawberry cheesecake to dill pickle, so go find your favorite! You can also slip around the corner to Coffee & Chocolate on Union Avenue, a cozy coffee shop offering a wide variety of artisan chocolates and coffees from all across the world - yum! For nightlife, there are too many options to mention - from staples like the Preservation Pub to Tommy Trents on the corner to the Peter Kern Library tucked away in The Oliver Hotel. There are many roof-top seating options, so go explore to find the right night spot for you and your friends! Convenient, affordable parking garages are coupled with street parking. Both are free on weekends and after 6 pm on weeknights - bonus! If it has been a while since you have ventured downtown, we invite you to explore “your own backyard.” The buskers, the people, the sights, the sounds, and the variety of food make Market Square a must visit!

Three Great Stores in One



is a great place to save up to 90% off the original prices of top brand-name furniture, home décor items, art, and Oriental rugs, but did you know that it is also a great way to repurpose household items that you may no longer need? Whether the result of a recent move, downsizing, remodeling, redecorating, updating, or new empty nesters, many of us have accumulated items that we may no longer need that can easily be turned into cash by consigning them for resale at Premiere Consignment. Conveniently located in Tellico Village, Premiere Consignment is your premier choice for reselling furnishings, home décor and art items, and Oriental rugs that you may no longer use. “Tellico Village is an ideal location for Premiere Consignment,” said Aaron Hunt, owner. “We receive most of our consigned merchandise from Tellico Village and the surrounding upscale lake and golf front communities, including Rarity Bay; therefore, we are able to offer our customers a great selection of quality, brandname items at incredible savings.” What is equally as important is the opportunity that Premiere Consignment offers its consignors. “ We o f fe r c o n s i g n o r s t h re e u n i q u e opportunities to resell their consigned items,” said Aaron. “By combining our in-store showroom, high-profile eBay presence, and on-site estate sales, our clients have the best of all worlds representing the greatest opportunity to resell their consigned items. Our retail store offers customers the same opportunity to browse through our current selection of furniture, home décor items, art, and rugs that conventional furniture showrooms display but at a significant savings. Also, our eBay store opens up additional opportunities for success. Our on-site estate sales are growing in popularity as well, designed especially for homeowners who might find it inconvenient to transport their numerous sale items to our retail showroom.” Three stores in one, Premiere Consignment offers both buyers and sellers a totally unique opportunity to sell pre-owned items and for buyers to purchase these same items at a considerable savings. To learn more, call them at 865-458-9721, drop by their showroom, or visit them online at www.premiereconsignment.com.

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Billy Gibbons Talks About Hardware BY R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y.C O M



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HE BLUES . Rock. Mystique. Intrigue. Other worldliness. Ubercoolness. All these words come to mind when one hears the name Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. He founded and has been in ZZ Top for more than 50 years. I first had the privilege of interviewing Billy Gibbons a little over four years ago (November 2016). He has a new solo project out, Hardware, and I recently interviewed him about it. As to how he had been handling the pandemic, Gibbons said: “Well, it’s been a very unusual succession of ‘Taco Tuesdays.’ The ‘BFG Three’ (Billy F. Gibbons) trio followed Matt “Big Beat” Sorum - who led us 20 miles overland into within shifting sands through California’s high desert, near the famed outpost in Joshua Tree, which found us making a discovery of a recording studio. We got there just to check things out and ended up staying for three months!” Hardware is Gibbons’ third solo album. I asked how this one was different for him to put together than the other two and the ZZ Top albums. “This new outing can be thought of as a continuing excursion into the unknown,” he said. “Lending ourselves to the creative energies of the desert found days turning into nights and back into day. It was the elegance of losing track of time to some extent. And, as the sessions in the studio began to unfold, the approach turned quite ecumenical. The first BFG solo album was aimed toward the sounds of Havana. The second release was all about the blues, and this most recent, Hardware, is anybody’s guess. I mean, we have surf guitar blending into western film themes. Talk about something of a departure! Surf music in the middle of a bone-dry desert!?!? Go figure!” When asked which song he would point to as a calling card on Hardware, Gibbons answered: “That might be somewhat difficult to answer right off the bat. However, I suspect we should start at the beginning. Side one, track one is ‘West Coast Junkie’, and no, it’s not about hard drugs but rather our ‘jones’ for the California experience. We dig the surf and the sand and whatever’s in between. The lyric is somewhat autobiographical: ‘I’m a West Coast junkie from a Texas town, and when I get to Cali it’s gonna go down,’ and ‘gettin’ down’ became

the order of the hour!” “Desert High,” another song on Hardware, has a very Jim Morrison-esque vibe to it. I asked Gibbons about the story behind it. “It’s the album closer and something of a collection of verse with a prose-like tone with, of course, references to ‘the Lizard King.’ The song paints a mind picture deeply inspired by the desolation of the desert. The Mojave really holds a place of mystery and intrigue, and it inspired us to sum things up in a way not dissimilar to maybe a theme for some western film. “Our pre-ZZ band, The Moving Sidewalks, actually shared performance bills with the Doors, so there’s a personal connection in it as well. Similarly with Gram Parsons, also referenced in the delivery. We met Gram while admiring a vintage touring bus parked in front of a theater when he came over to chat about it. We thought he might have been the driver, but he introduced himself as ‘Gram’ and being in the band. We knew we had met the man himself.” One of the songs on the album is “Stackin’ Bones” - a duet with multi-instrumentalist sister group, Larkin Poe. Why them and why that song? “Well, they’re just so talented and different, aren’t they?!? We met them through Tyler Bryant, with whom we toured. Rebecca and Megan found their way to quite a few backstage sections at ZZ shows, so we asked Tyler who they were. Turns out Tyler’s married to Rebecca. We then heard them play at a sound check, and

we were immediately taken aback. If there was going to be any guest musician on this album, it just had to be Larkin Poe, and the collaboration with us is sturdy propulsive, isn’t it?” And what are the good reverend’s post pandemic plans? “Gonna get out there with both ZZ Top and our BFG outfit as soon as the coast is clear,” said Gibbons. “It’s way time to turn it up and play some loud sounds. As the scheduling returns, live entertainment dates with Matt Sorum, Austin Hanks, and yours truly from the Hardware sessions will be hitting the deck!” What does Gibbons hope his legacy is? “‘He came in, he strapped up, he plugged in, he turned it up, he rocked out.’ Seems like a legacy of substance, no?” Yes, it most certainly does. The slightly longer version of this interview along with video and website links can be found at www.boomerocity.com.

Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

Take Salad Season to the Next Level C O U RT E S Y O F F F E

Kickin’ Chicken Tostadas Prep time: 30 minutes Total time: 35 minutes Servings: 6


ARMER MONTHS typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad. While a salad is a quick and easy way to up your veggie intake and get food on the table in next to no time, the same formula over and over again can make mealtimes feel a little mundane. To take your salads to the next level, think of those greens as a blank slate for creativity and look beyond the bowl for elements that can help create new, satisfying meals. For example, Fresh Express Chopped Salad Kits are tasty and versatile salad mixtures with premium ingredients that can also be eaten as sides with your favorite protein or used as toppers for favorites like pizza and tostadas to help kick mealtime up a notch. All their salads are thoroughly washed, rinsed, and gently dried then sealed in keep-crisp bags for long-lasting freshness. These easy Kickin’ Chicken Tostadas are made using the Kickin’ Bacon Ranch Chopped Kit, which includes garden fresh cabbage, green leaf lettuces, carrots, green onions, tortilla strips, uncured bacon bits, and some heat from jalapeno ranch dressing. Just add the salad mixture to tostada shells topped with salsa verde chicken and avocado for a super easy meal with a wonderful flavorful combination. Or for a tasty twist on traditional favorites like pizza and burgers, try this Thousand Island Burger Pizza using the Bacon Thousand Island Chopped Kit - a combination of iceberg and green leaf lettuces, uncured bacon bits, Parmesan cheese crisps, honey butter cornbread crisps, and creamy Thousand Island dressing - to bring sweet and savory flavors together with beef and cheese on top of a yummy pizza crust. Starting with the salad kits gives meals all the flavors without the additional chopping prep and the need to round up spices and seasonings because it’s all been done for you. So whether your meal will include animal proteins or whether you’re keeping the meal vegetarian, begin with a store-bought salad kit and think outside the “bag!” Find more ideas to elevate salad season at www.freshexpress.com.

Ingredients: • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa verde, any heat level • 2 packages (10.2 ounces each) Fresh Express Kickin’ Bacon Ranch Chopped Kit • 12 tostada shells • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces Directions: In large, covered skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in salsa verde 20 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 165º F. Remove chicken, reserving 1/2 cup salsa verde; shred with two forks. Toss with reserved salsa verde. Place salad from kit in large bowl; toss with half the salad dressing from kit. Add toppings from kit; toss to combine. Divide salad evenly among tostada shells. Top each salad with chicken and avocado; drizzle with remaining dressing.

Thousand Island Burger Pizza Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients: • 1 can (11 ounces) refrigerated thin pizza crust • 12 ounces lean ground beef • 1 cup pizza sauce • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese • 1 package (9.4 ounces) Fresh Express Bacon Thousand Island Chopped Kit • 1/3 cup dill pickle slices Directions: Heat oven to 400ͦ F. Unroll dough and spread on 13x9 inch nonstick baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes; remove from oven. In small skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, stirring frequently, 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink; drain. Spread sauce evenly on baked dough to within 1/2 inch of edge. Top with beef and cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Top with lettuce, bacon, and salad toppings from kit and pickle slices. Drizzle with Thousand Island dressing from kit. Cut into 12 (3x3 inch) pieces.



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USA Cycling 2021 Pro Road National Championships Return to Knoxville


HE 2021 USA Pro Road National Championships will be held in Knoxville June 17-20. This is the fourth year for Knoxville to host the U.S. Pro Road and Individual Time Trial Championships and the third year to host the U.S. Pro Criterium Championships. The event is free to the public to attend. Individual Time Trial National Championships Thursday, June 17 The ITT will be held on a 6.9-mile section of roadways that traverse along the banks of Melton Lake and the internationally-acclaimed Oak Ridge Rowing venue in Oak Ridge. The women will complete two laps of the 6.9-mile ITT course for a total distance of 22.8 kilometers. The men will complete three laps for a total distance of 34.2 kilometers. The course is relatively flat with three technical u-turns, allowing spectators to see athletes pass multiple times from one location. Criterium National Championships Friday, June 18 The Criterium will be held under the lights

of downtown Knoxville, with the start and finish on Gay Street. The 1.1-mile circuit is fast, short, and technical. Athletes will race for a set amount of time and then a specific number of finishing laps. The women will race for a maximum of 75 minutes, and the men will race for a maximum of 90 minutes. Pro Road National Championships Sunday, June 20 The peloton returns to downtown Knoxville with some exciting new additions. As with the Crit, the Road Race course will start and finish on Gay Street, allowing for incredible viewing experiences. The 7.9-mile route will cover familiar territory, crossing the Tennessee River via the iconic Gay Street Bridge, traversing the signature climb up Sherrod Street, and using the James White Parkway to return downtown through Knoxville’s historic Old City.

A new challenge for the athletes will be a punchy climb at the end of each circuit on Clinch Avenue to reach the start/finish. The women will race 9 laps for a total distance of 71 miles, and the men will complete 15 laps for a total distance 118.5 miles. VIP Hospitality Passes Come experience the races as a VIP in the deluxe hospitality area located near the start/finish line, where you will experience exceptional views, soft seating, food, and beverages, as well as private climate controlled restrooms. So close you will feel like you’re part of the action! Want to be a volunteer? Register to be a Course Marshal and help with crowd monitoring along race routes to reduce risk to the cyclists, provide rapid communication regarding hazards or incidents, manage and protect spectators by acting as a crossing guard, act as an ambassador to spectators regarding event details, or cheer on cyclists as they compete for the gold medal! For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.usacycleknox.com.

Walker Evans Photography at UT Downtown Gallery


OR THE months of June and July, the UT Downtown Gallery will be exhibiting photography from the Ewing Gallery permanent collection by Walker Evans. 80 years ago, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was published. To commemorate the anniversary of this text by author and Knoxville native, James Agee, the gallery is exhibiting photographs by Walker Evans that accompany that text. Walker Evans’ photographs paired with James Agee’s classic work, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, served as the culmination of Evans’ talents, as well as the realistic portrayal of the impoverished conditions of the American tenant farmer during the 1930s during the Great Depression. Walker Evans’ images revolutionized the standards of documentary photography. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men grew out of an assignment that Agee and Evans accepted to produce a Fortune magazine article on the conditions among sharecropper families in the American South during the “Dust Bowl.” It was the time of U.S.

President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs designed to help the poorest segments of the society. Agee and Evans spent eight weeks that summer researching their assignment, mainly among three white sharecropping families mired in desperate poverty. They returned with Evans’ portfolio of stark images— of families with gaunt faces, adults and children huddled in bare shacks with dusty yards in the Depressionera deep south. This exhibition includes 50 framed photographs printed by the Library of Congress from Evans’ original negatives.

Opening Reception Friday, June 4, from 5 - 8 pm during First Friday UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902 Regular gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 3 pm June 202 1



Reclaim Your Tile & Grout Floors



F YOUR FLOORS are dingy no matter how much you clean them, we can help! Did you know that the more often you clean your tile and grout floors, the dingier and dirtier they appear? Over time, dirt and contaminants are absorbed into the porous surfaces of your floor. Cleaning chemicals often have the same effect. Your floor acts as a sponge and absorbs all sorts of foreign matter and locks it deep within where no amount of scrubbing will help its appearance. The unsuspecting homeowner will often try all sorts of cleaning chemicals in hopes of success, all the while making it worse. Sadly, traditional cleaning methods simply are not able to extract the grime that is embedded in your surfaces. If you are wondering how dirty your floors really are, simply compare the grout in an unused corner to the rest of the floor. You may be shocked. It takes a three-step process to extract the grime embedded below the surface. High heat opens the pores in your floor. Powerful suction draws the dirt out to be whisked away. High pressure and a quality emulsifier are also needed to complete the process of removing all the junk below the surface. ONLY the perfect combination of heat, extraction, and pressure will be effective. Many homeowners opt to have their newly cleaned floors sealed. Surface Doc’s sealer provides the ultimate protection for most hard surfaces, including natural stone floors, tile and grout, and concrete. The sealer’s molecules penetrate deep within and bond permanently together, creating a deep barrier of protection. John and his crew are experts at cleaning inside and out. They can tackle the biggest jobs, from kitchens and bathrooms to the driveway, pool, and deck. Surface Doc has become the leader in this area for hard surface restoration, as well as carpet restoration. The estimate is free, and the service is affordable and effective. Visit www.surfacedoc.com to see before and after photos, as well as streaming videos of John’s cleaning tools in action. Give Surface Doc a call today to request a free, no hassle home demonstration.

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Garage Renovation: Starting from the Floor Up


OST OF us grew up with a totally utilitarian garage with a coated floor - coated with oil and dirt! But today’s garages have become an extension of a home’s living space, and that means creating a clean space with flooring that’s extremely durable and easy to clean. For a striking and long-lasting garage floor coating that is easy to maintain, Knoxville’s PremierGarage can transform an oil-stained, pitted, or peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage of Knoxville, locally owned and operated, combines its proprietary hybrid polymer flooring system technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant. The two-day process starts with experienced technicians who diamond grind each floor to the ideal surface condition to achieve a permanent chemical bond that substantially outlives traditional epoxies. Curing two times harder than epoxy, the flooring provides a continuous, non-porous coating surface that naturally resists various liquids that may leak from your automobile’s engine. It’s like armor for your concrete floor. Any cleanup requires only a hose or mop. Available in hundreds of various chip and color combinations, you can customize your garage flooring to fit your home and style. The garage will be as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of the home. PremierGarage’s flooring solutions are also suitable for commercial and light industrial applications. Having a PremierGarage floor installed will also: • Increase the resale value of your home. • Improve safety with a floor that is slip, impact, and heat resistant and brighten the area with increased light reflectivity. • Open up new activities in your garage. It could double as a children’s play area or hobby space. “With our high-performance flooring system and experienced technicians, we guarantee our flooring while also providing great customer service,” said Brian Falls, co-owner of PremierGarage of Knoxville. “We are a local company that’s been dedicated to serving the Knoxville area for almost 15 years, and we’ll be here for many years to come.” Call PremierGarage of Knoxville and discover the affordability of transforming your garage floor.

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month

Disease-Resistant Basil: New Varieties Bring Hope in the Fight Against Downy Mildew BY H O L LY J O N E S , H O RT I C U LT U R I S T, U T G A R D E N S , K N OX V I L L E


AVE YOU NOTICE D your sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) plants suffering from diseased leaves and stems in recent years? If so, the chances are good that basil downy mildew (Peronospora belbahrii) is the culprit. This fungus-like pathogen has been plaguing farmers and home gardeners since it was identified in the U.S. in 2007. Thankfully, scientists, farmers, and home gardeners now have science-based tools and advice we can put to use to save our basil. One of the most exciting developments has been the recent release of downy mildew resistant (DMR) varieties. At least six new varieties from multiple independent breeding programs have become commercially available in the past few years. So far, they are all pretty promising. From Rutgers University we have ‘Devotion,’ ‘Obsession,’ ‘Passion,’ and ‘Thunderstruck.’ Notice a theme here? They are all named in honor of the Italian tradition associating basil with love. Other varieties are also available. The retail supplier Johnny’s Selected Seeds is marketing Prospera® from an Israeli breeder, and the Proven Winners brand has trademarked Amazel Basil® from the University of Florida. While choosing a resistant cultivar is a key part of a pest management strategy, it is not a silver bullet. Resistance does not guarantee complete immunity, so it is best to cover all the angles when trying to prevent this disease. Start with disease-free seeds or plants from a reputable source, provide optimum growing conditions, and learn to recognize disease symptoms so you can remove infected plants as soon as possible. Cultural controls (i.e. providing an ideal environment) are important because they help keep the plants healthy, as well as discourage the establishment of pests and diseases. Basil is a warm-season annual that grows best in full sun with fertile soil that is moist but well drained. If possible, water at the soil level rather than overhead. Keeping the leaves as dry as possible and providing good air circulation will create a less hospitable place for downy mildew to flourish. Chemical controls such as organic and conventional fungicides can be effective if applied regularly. For up to date fungicide recommendations and more



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Amazel Basil® is a promising variety in the fight against basil downy mildew. detailed information on the disease, refer to the Cornell University publication Basil Downy Mildew at www.cornell.edu. The main symptoms to watch for are yellowing leaves beginning toward the bottom of the plant, fuzzy gray spores on the undersides of the leaves, angular black spots and disfiguration on the leaves, and leaf drop. If you see these characteristic signs developing, you should harvest the entire plant. The healthy leaves are still safe to eat, and removing the plant will prevent the disease from spreading to other basil plants. Though the DMR-resistant varieties may develop the disease eventually, they generally stay healthy longer than traditional varieties, which means the grower can harvest basil for a longer period of time. If you are open to a broader flavor palette, you can also opt to grow some of the less common basil varieties like ‘Sweet Dani Lemon,’ ‘African Blue Holy,’ ‘Spicy Globe,’ and ‘Purple Ruffle.’ These varieties, as well as a handful of other licorice- and

lemon-flavored types, showed good resistance to downy mildew during a 2018 basil trial at UT Gardens, Jackson. At the UT Gardens Kitchen Garden in Knoxville, we have grown Amazel Basil,® as well as ‘Devotion’ and ‘Obsession’ with decent results. Amazel Basil® showed no signs of downy mildew in 2019 but did develop symptoms towards the end of the season in 2020. All three of these varieties will be on display for the 2021 growing season. The UT Gardens sites in Jackson and Crossville have successfully grown Amazel Basil® with no signs of the disease.

 The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit utia.tennessee.edu/state-botanical-garden. Photo by H. Jones, courtesy UTIA

June in the Garden BY L I S A G R U G I N


is taking her own sweet time warming up this year and has slammed us with some chilly nights that have caused some problems in your yards. This is what you need to do: ✻ Do frequent walk-arounds. Plants are stressed and more vulnerable to disease and insects. If you catch problems in the beginning, you have a better chance of getting them under control. Keep in mind, however, that the best treatment for most cold issues is time. Yes, your leaves got frozen. Yes, things are taking longer to get going because the soil is still too cold. There is nothing you can do about those things, so avert your eyes and give the plants time to heal. ✻ I mentioned insects, but please remember that you do not need to spray every single thing that crawls on your plants! Be sure that the bug is doing damage before you spray it. One customer wanted to kill the ladybugs on her tomato until I explained that one ladybug can clean all the aphids off a tomato plant in a single day. There are some good bugs! ✻ The cool, wet weather is a good breeding ground for fungus, so watch for it and begin treating at the first sign. Neem is a good starting point chemical, but some plants may require something stronger. ✻ You can prune the winter damage from shrubs now if you haven’t already. You can also cut back spent bulbs, the stalks of spring bloomers (iris, peonies, etc.) and annuals that are getting leggy. If you want to reduce the size of your spring blooming trees and shrubs, prune soon after they stop blooming so they have not set bud yet. ✻ Maintain your container plants. Most will need to be deadheaded, cut back, cleaned up (don’t let the spent blooms settle down into the container), and fertilized weekly. ✻ How are your vegetables? Many are off to a slow start because the soil has not warmed up enough. Be vigilant in watching for trouble in the form of insects and disease and treat before it gets out of hand. Splashing water is a quick way to spread disease, so always use soaker hoses or water at the base of the plant. Mulch will help. Call us if you have problems. ✻ Finally, don’t panic if you haven’t planted yet. There is still time! Now let’s talk about perennials, because June is perennial month! There are some things that you need to know if you are not used to growing perennials. First of all, many perennials do not have a long bloom time. The average is 4-6 weeks. This means that if you want consistent blooms, you’ll need to plant sequential bloomers. Start out your spring with creeping phlox, candy tuft, irises,

peonies, brunnera, and baptisia. Add summer bloomers such as daisies, lilies, phlox, purple coneflower, yarrow, bee balm, rudbeckia, and salvia. If your yard is shady, hostas, coral bells, and ferns will give you blooms and wonderful foliage color combinations. As we move into the fall, asters, mums, sedums, and some of the sages will continue the bloom show. Winter has hellebores to bloom in the gloom. Additional information about perennials: ✻ It takes them a while to get going. The third year is when most really start performing. ✻ If you have worked good compost or soil conditioner into your soil, most do not need fertilizing. ✻ After 3-5 years, you can divide and share. Research timing or give us a call, because some prefer spring division and some prefer fall. ✻ Most can be moved if they (or you) are unhappy with their location. Butterfly weed has a taproot and cannot be moved. ✻ Perennial does not mean forever. Some, like peonies, can live for decades. Others tend to start fading after a few years. ✻ There are a few that are toxic. If you have pets that like to nibble on your plants, please do some research!

I’m going to end by letting you know what is going on in the plant world. In short, it is absolute chaos. Annual and perennial supplies are dwindling, as are veggies. Tropical plants are done for the year. Trees and shrubs will be low in stock for the next few years, as they are a 3-5 year growing investment, and growers simply cannot keep up with demand. In addition, there are not enough trucks and drivers to move the plants. There is also a shortage of many bagged goods and chemicals. There isn’t a darn thing we can do about it, so I would appreciate it if you didn’t come in fussing at us as we are having a hard time too - thank you! That’s all for this month. Let’s all hope for a peaceful summer!

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The Iconic Burwell Building and the Curious Case of

The Human Fly Maud the Mule


N APRIL 7, 1918, spectators lined Gay Street to catch a glimpse of George G. Polley, a.k.a. The Original “Human Fly,” attempt a most spectacular stunt - climbing all 10 stories of the 1907 Burwell Building on Gay Street. The climb was in conjunction with the Great Liberty Parade, which was to take place right after the stunt. Polley planned to scale the outside walls by hanging on to crevices in the bricks, window ledges, cornices, and any other projection he could find. George Polley, a native of Richmond, Virginia, was born in 1897 and grew up a star athlete. His career originated at the age of 12 when a local businessman promised him a new suit if he would climb to the top of his building. Polley was triumphant and never looked back, becoming best known for his “buildering,” work as a vaudeville magician, and raising charitable contributions during World War I. After arriving in Knoxville on April 5, Polley secured a permit from the City of Knoxville to climb the Burwell Building. Two days later at 1:30 pm, “The Human Fly” began his climb, and within 30 minutes he had reached the top and proceeded to stand on his head with his feet extended over the edge of the roof before scaling the flagpole too! Five thousand people looked on in amazement. Known throughout the country as “The Human Fly” who risked his life countless times in spectacular climbing stunts, Polley never fell but part of his act was to pretend to slip or lose control. During World War I, he served as



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an Army sergeant and became nationally known for raising funds for U.S. soldiers overseas, the Salvation Army, and many other charitable organizations here in the States. George Polley is said to have climbed more than 2,000 buildings throughout his short career. His greatest achievement might have been his daring attempt at climbing the Woolworth Building in New York City in 1920. At that time, it was the tallest building in the world at 792 feet. He made it to the 30th floor before being arrested for failing to secure a permit. Sadly, Polley died in 1927 during an operation to remove a brain tumor. The iconic Burwell Building was built in 1907 as the Knoxville Banking and Trust Building at the corner of Gay Street and Clinch Avenue. It was the tallest building in Knoxville at a height of 166 feet until 1913, when the Holston National Bank was built across the street. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Richards, McCarty, and Bulford of Columbus, Ohio, in the Second Renaissance Revival style. The Knoxville Banking and Trust Company ceased operations in 1912, and the Southern Railway Company established its main Knoxville ticket office in the building’s lobby. In 1917, the C.B. Atkin Realty Company purchased the building and renamed it “Burwell” in honor of Mrs. C.B. Atkin’s family name. Clay Brown Atkin (1864-1931), who at the time was one of Knoxville’s wealthiest citizens, also purchased land for the Tennessee Theatre and an expansion of the Burwell Building.

George G. Polley, a.k.a. “The Human Fly” Since the Burwell was not the tallest building in Knoxville at the time (Polley’s preferred climbing subject), he most likely was asked to scale the building at the request of C.B. Atkin to increase publicity and excitement for his new real estate ventures. “The Human Fly,” however, wasn’t the first to “scale” and stand atop the building. One of the essential members of the construction crew was a mule called Maud - named for a funny comic strip character that would kick someone high into the air at the end of each strip. After the iron work structure was completed on the building in 1907, Maud the Mule was hoisted to a platform at the top of the building to the cheers of thousands of onlookers! The next time you’re strolling down Gay Street, look up at the Burwell Building. Can you see George Polley swinging from a cornice or window sill? Can you see Maud the Mule being hoisted above the roof? We sure can!

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is surging thanks to our increased time at home - whether on a smallspace patio or in a larger backyard. In fact, people spent 42% more time gardening in 2020 than the year before, according to Axiom Marketing’s 2021 Gardening Insight Survey, and it is estimated the pandemic contributed to creating nearly 20 million new “gardeners.” Many experts agree the trend toward nurturing flowers, plants, and vegetables will continue into 2021 and beyond. If you’re looking to test your new green thumb or bring this year’s garden to the next level, consider these top trends and simple ideas from the experts at Ball Horticultural Company: The year-round fresh and healthy garden Gardening can provide fresh access to produce that can help encourage healthy eating. You can feel confident knowing exactly where your food comes from and enjoy the satisfaction of growing it yourself. Plus, it doesn’t get fresher than picking something from your own garden just minutes before preparing a dish. You don’t need an expansive garden to enjoy the many benefits of fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs. In fact, you don’t need a garden at all! Check out Kitchen Minis from PanAmerican Seed® and enjoy a variety of peppers and tomatoes that can be grown inside on a sunny windowsill, countertop, or outside as patio tabletop plants. You can grow and harvest your own Kitchen Minis flavors most of the year.



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The multi-purpose flower and herb garden Don’t be afraid to mix your flowers and herbs. Trending in 2021 is bundling your plants together to save space and make a multi-functional showcase. Start with a tiered fruit stand, line it with coco liner cut to fit inside each bowl space, and then add soil and plants of your choice. The handle and lightness of the stand make it easy to hang as a basket or decorate a patio or table for a beautiful and functional addition wherever you garden. Be sure to select plants that have a lot to offer in a compact space. For example, herbs from Burpee Plants are ideal for small gardens, so you can enjoy fresh flavors like mint, rosemary, and parsley at a moment’s notice. If you’d prefer a centerpiece or accent decor for entertaining, petunias from Wave® Petunias are low-maintenance and stunning, easily adding a punch of color to your container. The beautiful garden for a bold and colorful outdoor living space As people spend more time enjoying the outdoors from the safety and comforts of home, they are taking a new look at their exterior spaces. Colorful blooms brighten the outdoors and elevate the mood, which is why flower gardening is flourishing. However, people want this outdoor beauty without extensive maintenance, so ease is essential when planning your flower garden. When it comes to pairing beauty and simplicity, Beacon® Impatiens are a great choice, especially for those whose outdoor spaces don’t get a lot of sun. Available in bright, bold colors, you can fill baskets, window boxes, patio containers, and shade landscapes with

Beacon to add vivid, dramatic color to your spaces and have confidence in their performance. These impatiens are low-maintenance and have high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew, a disease that has caused plant loss in recent years. The fun family-friendly garden Having a family garden comes with many benefits. Whether it’s you and your partner at home or the entire family, gardening has proven to be a fun and safe hobby that people of all ages can do together. Enjoy spending quality time while breathing fresh air and learning important lessons from nature and the environment. Gather everyone’s input on a plan for your family garden and work together as a team to make it a success. One plant that’s particularly fun for families to include is Lavender Primavera from Darwin Perennials. The rich purple color is visually stunning, plus lavender attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so you’re enhancing the natural world around you. Additionally, you’re sure to enjoy the relaxing scent wafting in the breeze, and you can harvest your lavender to use in DIY craft projects around the house or as gifts to loved ones. Start growing today The ability to explore interests like gardening and plant care is a silver lining of spending more time at home. Gardening is a healthy activity for anyone, and there are many resources - from your local gardening store (see Meadow View article on page 39) to online blogs and videos - to help you be successful. 2021 is your chance to dig in and grow!

Summertime is the Time for Out-of-Door Fun!


HILE FAMILIES and friends are busy moving events outdoors for the summer, the professionals at Undercover Systems are ready to help you enjoy unlimited out-of-door events that everyone can take advantage of all year-round, regardless of the weather. Now is the perfect time to install the patented and totally unique underdeck ceiling system under your home’s existing raised decks from the nation’s premier manufacturer of underdecking systems: Undercover Systems. Their patented underdeck system will ensure that this year’s - and every year’s - events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain, the searing summertime sun, and even winter sleet and snow. “Now is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events, especially for you avid BBQ aficionados,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction. Because your project will be completed before the arrival of the dog days of summer, your family can begin enjoying your new outdoor living spaces just as the grilling season really heats up.” Undercover’s underdecking system helps to extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family and their friends from unexpected changes in weather. Their system is custom engineered by Undercover Systems to fit your home’s exact specifications, unlike many of their competitors that purchase components from local suppliers using a one-size-fits-all approach. Undercover’s underdecking system is also self-supported and does not attach to your deck joists. This promotes greater air circulation, which protects the structural integrity of your home’s existing deck. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems provides homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor by offering a completely turn-key experience. Why not surprise your family today with a special out-of-doors gift that the entire family can enjoy all year long and start creating a lifetime of memories with family and friends? Call Jim Conn at 423267-0091, and start enjoying your great American backyard today. Undercover Systems 423.267.0091 www.UndercoverSystems.com June 202 1



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HE ARTS & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 4-25. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, June 4, from 5 to 8 pm. All visitors are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store. On the Road in Tennessee by Jacques Gautreau in the Lower Gallery In this new exhibition of color photographs, Jacques Gautreau displays his ongoing project exploring the cultural landscape of Tennessee: “A recurrent road trip radiating from the place I live, taking me to uncertain destinations within the state lines.” Gautreau began his career in photography as a teenager growing up near Angers, France. He has made photographs in locations on six continents, from Mexico to Mauritius to Tasmania. His career in medical imaging technology brought him from Paris to Knoxville in 2004. He has published his work in several anthologies and has shown his work in exhibitions since his 2006 Knoxville premiere at the Emporium. Gautreau became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and lives in Knoxville with his wife, Julie. Dogwood Arts: Regional Art Exhibition in the Upper Gallery Dogwood Arts is thrilled to announce the return of their Regional Art Exhibition, the first in-person art exhibition the organization has hosted since March 2020. The Regional Art Exhibition showcases fine art of all styles and genres from progressive and emerging artists within a seven-state radius. Althea Murphy-Price, Associate Professor of Printmaking with the University of Tennessee Many-Worlds by Kelly Hider School of Art, will jury the exhi(2019 Regional Art Exhibition) bition and award cash prizes totaling $2,000 at the opening reception on June 4. The 2021 exhibition features artworks completed in the last two years by artists 18 years of age and older. Dogwood Arts has a 65-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, they produce 20 yearround events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work, and play. Kara Lockmiller: Pop Music in the Atrium Artist statement: I am a chromesthete, which means I see a vast array of real colors in my mind when I listen to music. I think of it as my own personal light show. My goal for each portrait is to let you glimpse music and musicians the way I do. There is a kinship between color and music - both can say what words cannot. A Knoxville resident since birth, Lockmiller paints in shadowed hues using the grisaille technique. After



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sketching out a musician in a grayscale underpainting, she adds colors according to what she sees when listening to their music. A journalist and graphic artist for more than a decade, she retains a great understanding of design principles as they relate to color. S.K. Simmerman: Mug Shots: A Motley Crew of Miscreants in the Display Case Excepts from his artist statement: Last summer I became fascinated with a treasure trove of images I discovered on a public domain site. Most of the photographs were from England, around the turn of the 20th century. Not only were the rough portraits intriguing - ranging from young and old, male and female - their descriptions of crimes committed were equally compelling. I could not help but ponder on whatever became of these wayward souls. Later, I expanded my research to other digital troves, unearthing several mug shots from Leavenworth, Kansas, and a few other federal prisons. The stories these individuals could tell - some tortured in mind, others genuinely penitent - captured my thoughts and reminded me that we all have redemption stories and human failings. His work is primarily mixed media: An alchemy of acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, and ink often layered with “found” or hand-rendered type. Exploring the pairings of hand-drawn faces and intertextuality, he enjoys discovering many routes towards visual storytelling. Lynne Marinelli Ghenov: Evocation of Collections of Recollections on the North Wall Excerpts from her artist statement: I am interested in the infinite possibilities of elements, signs, and forms aligned within an existing structure’s finiteness. The gridded ledger and lined paper and the grounded presence of a permanent image from the pages of a book are akin to that of an actual interior space. For years, I worked three-dimensionally, almost as if I were drawing in the area, designating forms and material throughout. However, through graphite, colored pencil, marker, and pen, I have recreated the framework and the allocation of objects and patterns two-dimensionally. Works on paper have evolved to incorporate collage, rubbings, tracings, stencils, and more. There may be vintage paper or not, but always contained in them are pattern, images or signs of memory, and a logic of a child’s make-believe game. Ghenov was born in Philadelphia and currently lives and works in Knoxville. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Sculpture. Presently she primarily makes drawings on paper. Ghenov has nationally shown in various group and solo shows and is currently the associate at Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville. The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

Sunday, June 27 10 am - 4 pm Knoxville Expo Center


OU AR E cordially invited to at te n d T he H e alt hy Tas te of Knoxville “Health, One Bite at a Time Veganfest” held at the Knoxville Expo Center on Sunday, June 27, from 10 am to 4 pm. Our primary focus will be on plant-based nutrition here in East Tennessee and the surrounding states of North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia. We will feature local restaurants, and wellness centers, complete with plantbased education, whole foods and vegan food samples. The event will include cooking demonstrations and access to healthcare professionals who are experts in plant-based nutrition. ​One of the highlights of this event will be the variety of flavorful plant-based food samples that each of our many vendors will be providing along with free educational

materials and recipes. After enjoying your complimentary samples, feel free to purchase your favorites as a complete mealto-go, or stay and enjoy your delicious food while watching one of the various cooking demonstrations or informative talks. Take advantage of the many local and national resources that we have been able to bring together into one location! While we are passionate about what we do, we want to make sure that our message is simple and clear: It’s about health and creating a better sustainable environment for everyone. This is a family friendly event, especially for those interested or curious about a plant-based diet or how to improve their health. This will be a wonderful opportunity to taste different healthy foods and to discover plant-based food resources in our

area. So if you’re looking for a fun family activity, health resources, and if you’re committed to environmental and animal health, then this is the place to be! Tickets are 50% off when you buy online (for a limited time only!) on our website at www.healthytasteofknoxville.com. Parking is free! For more information, visit the website, call 865-250-4214, or email info@healthytasteofknoxville.com. Healthy Taste of Knoxville, inc. is a 501(c) (3) organization who’s mission is to promote, educate, and organize events that encourage a plant-based diet to improve personal health. To obtain optimal health, we believe everyone should adopt a holistic and balanced lifestyle - one that includes plenty of exercise, water, rest, and a plant-based diet. This unique event is designed to inspire, promote, and educate everyone on those benefits.


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JUNE THINGS TO DO • PL ACES TO GO • PEOPLE TO SEE June 1-30: Muse Pop at Muse Knoxville, a pop-up outdoor museum experience with weekly themes. Check www.themuseknoxville.org for details.

June 5: Old Fashioned Car Show at Lakeshore Park from 9 am to 3 pm. Food, vendors, silent auction, music, and family fun. Free admission.

June 3: Knoxville: The Crossroads of America presentation by University of Tennessee history professor Dr. Magra at Blount Mansion (also livestreamed) from 6 to 7:30 pm.

June 5: Tour the Tennessee Theatre at 11 am.

June 18: Kick-Off to Summer The Atlanta Showstoppers at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 7 to 11 pm.

June 5: Knoxville Opera presents Disney for Kids at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center from 1 to 2 pm.

June 18: Movies Under the Stars Jurassic Park at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark.

June 3-5: Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca by Marble City Opera at St. John’s C a t h e d r a l a n d l i ve s t re a m e d . V i s i t www.marplecityopera.com for tickets.

June 5: Zoofari Havana Nights at Zoo Knoxville at 5:30 pm.

June 19: Juneteenth Memorial March and Parade at Beck Cultural Exchange Center at 10 am.

June 4: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm. June 4: Movies Under the Stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Ijams Nature Center. Doors open at 7 pm, movie begins at dark. June 4: Ijams Night Hike at Ijams Nature Center from 8 to 9 pm. June 4-6: The Old City Dolly Fest in Historic Old City. A weekend of art, music, history, food, and fun celebrating Dolly Parton. June 4-6: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Knoxville Children’s Theatre. Visit www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com for details. Also on June 10-13 & 17-20. June 4-6: Classic Cinema Movie Meet Me in St. Louis at the Tennessee Theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. June 5: Bike Boat Brew & Bark at Volunteer Landing.



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June 5-6: Knoxville Women’s Expo at the Knoxville Expo Center. June 5 from 10 am to 5 pm and June 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. June 8-13: Tennessee Smokies vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas at Smokies Stadium Tuesday - Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm.

June 18: Baby Shark Live! at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 6 pm.

June 19: Knoxville Brewfest at World’s Fair Park and the Tennessee Amphitheatre from 12 to 3 pm and 5 to 8 pm. June 20: Father’s Day.

June 13: Old City Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm.

June 20: East Tennessee Bluegrass Association Monthly Jam at Ijams Nature Center from 3 to 6 pm.

June 14: The WordPlayers: Till Death Do Us Part a staged reading at The Square Room at 7 pm.

June 26: Vintage Baseball Game at Historic Ramsey House. Knoxville Holstons vs. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga at 2 pm.

June 15: Synchronous Fireflies: A Virtual Naturalist Chat from 5 to 6 pm. An Ijams Nature Center virtual event.

June 26: Jamfest at Ijams Nature Center from 5 to 11 pm. Visit www.ijams.org for tickets.

June 15-20: Tennessee Smokies vs. Chattanooga Lookouts at Smokies Stadium Tuesday - Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm. June 17-20: USA Cycling National Championships in downtown Knoxville. Free to watch races and attend fan zone.

June 27: Healthy Taste of Knoxville at the Knoxville Expo Center from 10 am to 4 pm. June 27: Old City Market at Jackson Terminal from 11 am to 4 pm. June 29-30: Tennessee Smokies vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas at Smokies Stadium Tuesday - Wednesday 7 pm.

All event dates and times subject to change.

Smart Ways to Keep Travel Spending in Check C O U RT E S Y O F F F E


ITH MORE people getting vaccinated, many are looking forward to reuniting with loved ones and making up for lost vacation time. However, budget is often a primary concern when planning a trip. To help make your money go further, consider these tips from the travel experts at Vrbo. Explore a new destination: With pent up travel demand, many popular travel destinations have already been booked months in advance. Instead of visiting traditionally popular locales, consider an under-the-radar destination like Cherry Log, Georgia; Bella Vista, Arkansas; or Slade, Kentucky, which all offer scenic views and outdoor adventures. Before booking, check for any travel advisories or restrictions for your destination. Be flexible with dates: Rather than selecting your dates first and finding a destination that works for your selected date range, choose a destination then see what accommodations are available. For example, doing an undated search through a vacation rental company like Vrbo can yield a wider selection for a particular destination, including some budget-friendly options. After selecting your lodging, check the dates to determine when it’s available or most affordable and plan your trip accordingly. Fly on off-peak days or times: If flying to your destination is necessary and you’re not on a tight schedule, being flexible with the time of day you fly, the number of stops, or having a longer layover can translate to a more affordable price. Generally, flying earlier in the week or later in the day is less expensive than flying closer to the weekend or taking the first flight out.



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Book now, pay later: When securing lodging and other amenities like rental cars, you can often book your reservations without paying the full amount up front. Whether you simply place a deposit at the time of booking and pay the rest upon arrival or split the total cost into monthly payments, this type of option can provide an added level of flexibility when budgeting for and planning your trip. Book accommodations that offer length-of-stay discounts: These days, remote work and school allows for flexibility while traveling, and there are discounts to be found if you choose to stay for longer than just a few nights. In fact, some vacation rental hosts offer discounts for new listings or week- or month-long stays. Vacation rental companies like Vrbo allows travelers to use filters to find discounted properties when searching for a place to stay. Look for free activities: If you research your destination before departing, you’ll likely be able to find free or low-cost activities that interest you. Check community calendars to find events while you’ll be in town and consider options like museums, art galleries, or national parks, which are often free to the public or offer discounted admission on certain days or at specific times each day. Take advantage of public transportation: One of the best ways to get to know a city is to walk everywhere, but that isn’t feasible in all cities and locations. Rather than renting a car or using ride-sharing services, look for public transportation options such as buses or subways that are more cost-effective when possible. Also consider a frequent-travel card if you’ll be traversing your destination more than once or twice. Visit www.Vrbo.com for more resources and information to save money on your next adventure.

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An Unlikely Training Ground interactions with people of all types, learning to understand, get along with, and communicate with others. I had no idea that would be of any value, it was just the job I did. I started my first outside sales role in my early 20s, and although it was not apparent to me at the time, all of that “training on the corner” had allowed me to be far more comfortable in dealing with people. In the sales and management roles that followed, I continued to realize how much of the “business basics” learned at that corner service station were applicable to my then current business role and still apply today. At a wedding in 2010, I ran into that service station owner from 25+ years ago. The first thing that came to mind was to let him know that the time I worked for them was a tremendous training ground that C A F F E RT Y prepared me for the “adult” business world. I owed him a big “thank you!” Accounting, management, and professional development courses certainly added to this, but looking back, the real-world experience and coaching I received was instrumental in allowing me to develop and be equipped for later professional roles. My reason for sharing this is to encourage those who may think that a first job, or a short-term job that may not seem relevant, could end up being a very important chapter in your life’s story. It was in mine. And to all of the small business owners who invest the time and effort to “train up” the next generation - thank you! Photo by Mirtography


AS T WE EK I was speaking with the general manager of a local restaurant group. He’s in his 20s, and I asked about his background in preparation for his current job. In addition to his business degree, he spent several years working with Chick-fil-A, learning a great deal about customer service, being coached and coaching others, and the basics of business - all equipping him for the role he is in now. This conversation reminded me of all the lessons I learned at one my first jobs, where I had no idea of the importance and application of what I was learning until years later. The summer after high school, I started work at a family-owned, full-service Exxon station in Charlotte, NC. We pumped gas, cleaned windshields, checked the oil, and made service calls BY B R E T T to fix flat tires and start cars with dead batteries. After catching on to the basics, responsibilities were added, leading to oil changes and minor repairs, ordering parts, maintaining inventories, and handling money. At the time I thought nothing of it. But outside of the actual tasks of the job, it was an excellent education in learning about people. The business was located at the corner of a busy intersection, allowing contact with every type of person imaginable - business professionals, travelers asking for directions (long before GPS), young and old, wealthy and not. In a short amount of time, I had been involved in thousands of

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