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Vol. 12 2018

Featuring

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Discover

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Here we are 2018! I am looking forward to see what is in store for us here at Market Innovations, home of Tri Cities Best Home Magazine! We have four amazing years here in the Tri Cities and we are looking forward to many more. Over the past four years we have met some amazing business owners and enjoyed sharing their business. I have seen many of our clients grow their business through advertising in this magazine. We also thrive to showcase the best of the best in their fields. This year we have added so many new ways of advertising your business other than advertising in our amazing magazines. As you know we are a full service Marketing and Advertising Agency now. We can deliver a wonderful website as well as help you with your social media. We all know to well how busy life is when you are a business owner, and who has time to be on social media to promote their business? Let us do it for you!! Our goal is to deliver the best customer service in the Tri Cities. All of our clients are family to us and you will always find a smiling face when you walk in our office. Make sure to keep a eye on us this year - big changes and new adventures are coming your way to help promote you business in a very affordable way. We have recently gone Facebook Live, which we are so excited about. Also as many of you know we are always helping our community. Giving back is so important in the community where you live. We are the future, we are the ones that can make our community a wonderful place to live. When you turn on the news you hear all the bad going on around us. Here at Market Innovations we want to focus on all the good in our community. So, make sure you watch for our community events we will be promoting in 2018. As many of you know, we started a Adopt a Veteran for the Holiday season in 2017. We are proud to announce that this is something we will be doing every year to help our veterans out . They served our country and we need to make sure we take care of them as they took care of us. Most of the veterans we are helping are down on their luck. Many are homeless or barely getting by. I want to say a huge thank you for all our clients that helped us make their Christmas better. We will be making the event even bigger this year. I know no one wants to talk about Christmas right now, but it will be here sooner than you realize, so we are starting now. If you would like to help with our program, please contact our office. Thank you to all of our clients and our readers for believing in us and being able to give our community a wonderful magazine to read. Make sure to also check out our Tri Cities Eats Magazine as well for amazing restaurants in our area.

Kimberly Dugger Owner/Publisher

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Contents

TABLE OF 11

It’s a Brand New Year! - Decorating Tips

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Granite Depot

13

Carefree Boat Club

48

Bulletin Board

15

Let There Be Green

51

Tri-Cities Senior Living

16

William Bell - Faux Artist

53

Appalachian Funeral Home

18

Miller Crest Apartments

54 Durham-Hensley

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Local Products

55

Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters”

23

Southern Garage

57

Tri-Cities Weddings

24

LiveWire Radio 103.9

59

Allandale Mansion

25

In The Community: YWCA

60

Thank You: Adopt a Veteran Sponsors

27

Simple Blessings

62

Sugar Hill Brewing Company

30

Universal Development Company

66

Marty’s Electric

31

Fringe Furnishings & Décor

32

Kil’n Time

33

Appalachian Cabinets

34

Treasure House Gifts & Collectibles

35

What Should You Do With Your Tax Refund?

37

Design Profile: Stephenson’s Woodworking

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STAFF

Kim Dugger Owner / Publisher

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Jaclyn Law Office Manager Karen Fox Editor Kaitlin Buchanan Writer/Office Staff Jessica Carlisle Sales Representative Haley Hopkins Distribution Bill Stansberry Distribution Abigail Beth Graphic Designer

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CONTRIBUTORS Thomas Davis Kris Stephenson Lindy Walker Pam Walker

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ON THE COVER Vol. 12 2018

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Featuring

GRANITE DEPOT

Discover

BUSINESSES WE

-Also Featuring-

STEPHENSON WOODWORKING

SENIOR LIVING - TRI-CITIES WEDDINGS

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Granite countertops by Granite Depot

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It’s a Brand New Year! N

o matter how long you’ve lived in your home, it’s always fun to shake things up a little bit. And what better time to think about giving one, two or even three rooms in your home a brand new makeover! A fresh new look will definitely have a positive impact on every single person who lives in your home. Here are just a few ideas to help you get started! COLOR YOUR WORLD! Try a new color scheme to freshen up a room and give it a whole new look. If you like to keep up with trends, gray continues to be the new neutral for home decorating. Gray with vibrant pops of pink, red, purple or almost any shade of blue work very well together to give a clean and fresh look to any room. And don’t forget the classic black and white. Designs using black and white are timeless and can be updated easily with accessories and colors. Paint, custom window treatments, a coordinating rug and accessories may be all you need to transform your room into an oasis. REARRANGE! Although new furniture definitely gives any home an instant face lift, it’s not always necessary. Consider transferring pieces from one room to another or adding an accent table or two. Have you tried angling

your larger furniture pieces? Maybe reupholstering that chair or sofa will do the trick. Often time, small changes can make the biggest impact. LIGHTING! Few things can rekindle our spirits on a gray, rainy or snowy day like a home’s interior bathed in warm light. When developing a lighting plan, you need to determine the type of activities you enjoy in each room. Then call a professional decorator to help determine the best lighting to accommodate your needs. As professional decorators, we not only help you with your choices and create a design that is aesthetically beautiful, but we also work within your budget. Regardless of what changes you make, your home should always be a reflection of you—your style, your tastes, your preferences! By Pam and Lindy Walker

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The Carefree Boat Club, established in 2002 in Woodbridge, Va., was one of the first in the Tri-Cities. Later, Rockingham Marina on Boone Lake came onboard in 201, leading the way for South Holston Lake and Watauga Lake locations. Carefree Boat Club is a members-only boat club where members buy a membership for unlimited, reserved access to a quality fleet of boats. The mission of the Carefree Boat Club is to create lifelong memories by providing members with an affordable, quality boating experience that is fun, easy, and safe.

ing them to pick the day, time, boat, and Carefree location, up to six months in advance. Their model gives members the opportunity to get onto the water, spend time with friends and family, and experience the freedom and thrill that comes with boating without the hassle of owning and maintaining a boat!

The Carefree Boat Club Tennessee has been recognized every single year with Service Award, Performance Award, and/ or Achievement Award from the corporate level. They were honored with the The cost of membership is about 1/3 the cost of very prestigious 2017 President’s Club Award at the owning a boat. They offer an exceptional alternative national conference in Orlando. to boat ownership including access to all club locations, most at prime destination spots, Boat sizes If you’re looking for an escape to the water and you range from 18 - 27 feet and include deck, bowrider, don’t have a boat, no worries! Join the Carefree Boat fishing, pontoon, cruiser, sail, and water sport boats, Club and choose from a variety of different boats inSelect locations may offer other sizes to best fit their cluding a plethora of prime destination spots with body of water, Instructors provide boat safety train- unlimited access. Learn how to become a member ing and handling skills at each location. Members by calling 877-651-3625 are provided with four reservations at a time allowby Kaitlin Buchanan

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The purpose of Let There Be Green is to provide the best in quality, to find and provide the best price. Honesty and hard work creates the best landscape and hardscape work for their customers ‘money. Josh aspires to make your dreams his own and to provide you with quality, exceptional work. Let There Be Green provides Senior Citizen discounts once a year, as well as, holding a drawing for free landscapes or hardscapes installments to a church, senior citizen, or a resident in need. If you’re looking for quality and affordable landscape Let There Be Green was started by Josh White in or hardscape work, call: 423-579-2638 or check out the spring of 2012. However, Josh has been working Josh White’s Facebook page for more information. with home improvement specialists since the age of by Kaitlin Buchanan 16. Josh came from a fatherless home and overcame many hardships, driving him to be the person he is today. He loves building and doing things for other people. His business, Let There Be Green, is a very Christian oriented business that provides a variety of services including fencing, tile work, grade work, retaining walls, decorative block, concrete drives, slate, rock, veneer, patios and walkways. They strive to maintain a good standing with their customers by insuring complete satisfaction with their work.

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William Bell Faux Artist

hough William Bell was raised with an exposure to art, he was primarily expected to follow his father’s footsteps and take over the family business. Bell initially agreed to pursue banking but eventually transferred to Parson School of Design in New York City to achieve his dream of becoming an artist. Today, he has excelled in the field of faux painting for over thirty years and continues to transform countless homes into unique masterpieces. During his first year at Parson’s, Bell traveled to Versailles, France as an exchange student--an experience that changed his life. It was here that he was introduced to faux painting, an art form used to replicate the appearance of a variety of textures and surfaces, such as wood, marble, and stone. Though perhaps the most impactful, this type of learning experience in Europe was far from his last. Bell periodically returns to Europe to study, gather materials, and bring new techniques back to the States. William has participated in twenty parade shows and earned twenty first place awards in his field. Bell maintains a standard of confidentiality about his prices and the identity of his clients. Regardless of who they are, William states that many of his client relationships grow into friendships. In spite of

his accolades and prestigious resume, Bell accepts projects within a range of budgets if the work excites him and feeds his passion for creating beautiful, unique artwork. Previously from New York City, Bell met his wife at Barnes and Noble in Johnson City and decided to relocate to the area, where he has settled with his wife Shonda and their kids. William Bell’s clients are consistently impressed with the quality of his art and the efficiency of his work ethic. Bell offers customized options to exceed your home’s potential. Contact Bell Design Unlimited to arrange your consultation at 423-871-2299 or williamonmars@mac.com. by Brittany Collins

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Situated on over 25 acres of picturesque landscaping, you will enjoy more than just a scenic view. The ease of living will astound you. Expect to be impressed by the immaculate community, updated interiors, and exceptional service. Well-designed floor plans feature a wealth of storage, private patios, and spacious rooms. You will love the convenience of our desirable location, yet you will feel as though you are set apart in a country retreat. From the moment you see it, you’ll feel like you are where you belong... Welcome home to Miller Crest.

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Keep track of time in rustic style with this tractor wall clock.

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Remind your loved ones how you feel with the gift of this hand-painted sign.

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Shabby Allie’s BOUTIQUE

A classy dresser from Shabby Allie’s dresses up any room. This beautiful cabinet is hand-painted and renovated with your space in mind.

Keep your clothing organized with this antique lingerie chest.

Shabby and chic, this repainted vanity adds a pop of color to liven your space.

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Southern Garage Doors & Loading Dock Systems is a family owned and operated business since 2004. They specialize in quick, professional, expert and friendly garage door repair for your home or business. Broken springs, broken panels, and reprogramming is not a problem for them. They welcome small jobs and believe that no job is too big. The owner Jeff McKinney has over 25 years of experience in the overhead garage door and loading dock equipment business including material handling. They have been a fully licensed and insured business for over 10 years, they service and repair all brands of garage doors and have a large selection of products to offer at a fair price.

shields, PVC strip doors, concrete cutting/dock repair, and bug shields. They also specialize in custom fit applications. For many years they have provided Garage Door Installation, Garage Door Repair and much more. They strive to provide excellent customer service while keeping prices affordable and Southern Garage Doors & Loading Dock Systems the products safe for customers to use. For the past offer 24-7 Emergency Repairs for the tri-cities area four consecutive years they have received the best and warranties on their work. They provide service of home advisor award, So If you are looking for a for residential, commercial, and industrial busi- garage door or repairs in TN, VA, WV or NC then nesses. Through the years Southern Garage Doors look no further than Southern Garage Doors. For a & Loading Dock Systems has continued to diver- great service you can call 423-676-7738 or 423 502sify in an attempt to offer their customers a wide 3031 or email jeffmckinney3@aol.com. range of door products and services that include rolling steel doors, rolling shutters, fire doors and Southern Garage Doors & Loading Dock Systems shutters, rolling grilles, side folding/sliding grilles, is located at 2501 Devault Bridge Rd. Piney Flats, security gates, sectional overhead doors, motor Tennessee 37686. operators, residential garage doors, gate operators, by Katlin Buchanan loading dock equipment, industrial ceiling fans, bug

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WEMB and WXIS Jet Broadcasting has been in the family since 1958. Formerly owned by Jim True, it’s always been innovative and progressive. Maria True became the general manager in 2014 and the station NBC Sports Tri-Cities 1420 and Livewire 103.9 were born. NBC Tri-Cities Sports programs the #1 and #2 sport shows in the country. They feature Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd, as well as an early morning program dedicated to the local Tri-Cities community. Livewire 103.9 is an all in one news, sports, entertainment, weather, and audio magazine featuring segments of Paula Dean, Bloomberg market minutes, Rachel Ray, Bob Villa, as well as local non-profit and business spotlights, giving you the word every 21 minutes.

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Keeping with Jim True (Maria Trues’ father) examples are always mandatory for originating progressive programming. JET Broadcasting supports many local non-profits. CASA Steppenshine, Honor Flight of North East Tennessee, Kiwanis, Johnson City Symphony, and many others. Maria believes the giving to the community is a very large part of the operation. Listen in for local High School play-by-play on WEMB and famous Tradio on NBC Sports Tri-Cities in the mornings and stay connected with the world on 103.9 WXIS. Check them out on the air at 103.9 FM and 1420 AM. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/lwnews1039 as well as Twitter @lwnews1039


In the Community:

YWCA

YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia started in 1943 as YWCA Bristol, when it served as a home for women who came to the city to work in factories during the war. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. In 2018, the YWCA Bristol changed its name to YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to more accurately reflect the organizations service area. YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is the only YWCA between Lynchburg, VA and Knoxville, TN. The YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia offers sliding scale childcare, TechGYRLS, a free after-school STEM education program for atrisk middle school girls, Moms R Us teen pregnancy support program, Emerge Women’s professional development series, Tribute to Women awards, the Prom Dress Project, Women’s Health & Safety Cen-

ter, Racial Justice programming and women’s leadership opportunities through their Board of Directors, Junior Board of Directors and Bristol Bridal Station. In 2006, YWCA NETN and SWVA received the Diversity Award at the YWCA USA Annual meeting. The McGlothlin-Street Child Development Center, located in Bristol, has received a 3-star certification, the state of Tennessee’s highest ranking for a childcare center, every year since the rating system began in 2000. The TechGYRLS program received an award at the 2017 First Lego League competition. The YWCA NETN and SWVA is a United Way organization and partners with other area agencies to provide services throughout the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia serves more than 9,000 families in the region every year and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Saving lives never looked so fabulous

Saturday, April 28 2–5 p.m.

The Virginian Golf Club Bristol, Virginia Proceeds will help Ballad Health Foundation improve access and affordability for breast cancer screenings. Through earlier detection, we can help women live out their dreams – by outliving cancer.

With sip-sational wines, delectable food, stunning fashion and charming Shoe Guys, Wine Women & Shoes is a can’t-miss event, featuring: • Golden Ticket: Enter for your chance to win a trip to Napa Valley. • Magazine cover photo shoot: Grab your sole sisters and strike a pose. • Wall of Wine: You can win a top-dollar bottle. • Buy a Spot: Enter our raffle for a high-end designer purse. • King of Sole competition: With an online donation, you can vote for your favorite Shoe Guy. • A high-energy fashion show. • Fashion marketplace: Shop the latest styles from Beauty in Stone, F&W Style, Lips that Last by Amy Herndon, Monkee’s, Tucker’s Twinkles, JK Kollections and more. • Silent and live auctions. Presenting sponsor: Gold sponsors:

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are featured at Simple Blessings! It is also home of The Lunch Bucket Deli where hotdogs, sandwiches, salads, and more are served. Opening Simple Blessings and creating a rustic country theme was interesting, however, they were fortunate enough to purchase old fixtures from Yates fabric shop as they were closing and repurposed them to fit their needs within the store. Also, it was a challenge to find the right product assortment that would appeal to shoppers, as well as, help grow the business. Rita states, “We love hearing the shoppers’ comments as products trigger a memory from their past.”

Simple Blessings General Store, owned and operated by Rita Russell and family, opened on February 22nd, 2017. Rita and her husband grew up in Carter County along with their families and frequently visited downtown Elizabethton. Rita states, “We remember days of being able to find all sorts of items in the stores, so we felt like this type of business was missing from our downtown. We love visiting other small towns and the general stores and small shops At Simple Blessings, employees and customers are treated like family where customers are always greetthere.” ed with a smile and the employees happily strive to The purpose of Simple Blessings is to support the ensure that each customer’s special requests are fuldowntown Elizabethton area and surrounding com- filled. munities by offering unique and a meaningful shopping experience. Rita says, “This, in turn, blesses us as a family and as business owners”. Our motto is: “Be a Blessing Today”, which is taken from scripture. Simple Blessings offers a wide selection of nostalgic items and unique gifts with everything in between, including Simply Southern and other brands of t-shirts, as well as, those with our own personal logo. You will find a wide variety of kitchen items including Lodge iron skillets and Rada cutlery, along with jams, honey, mixes, old fashion candies, glass bottled soft drinks and snack items. Locally made crafts, jewelry, Melissa & Doug toys, and much more

Simple Blessings is community minded and sponsor several charity events with door prizes and advertise in local school publications to assist with fundraising expenses. They participate in events sponsored by the Downtown Elizabethton Business Association, as well as, other community events, such as the Car Cruise In on Saturday evenings. Simple Blessings is located at 508 E. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643 by Brittany Collins

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Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine takes pride in supporting local businesses we admire.

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The principals of Universal Development & Construction (UDC) broke ground on their first multi-family development in 1988 and officially incorporated UDC in 2007. UDC is a real estate development, construction and property management company. They have developed and currently manage 1,500 apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and houses across the Tri-Cities region. Along with their multi- family housing, UDC has developed, re-purposed, and re-positioned some of the region’s premier retail, industrial, office and flexible-use space with over one million square feet of floor space in total.

The company’s Principal and Founder, Shane Abraham, has always had an interest in commercial real estate and enjoys the process of putting all the moving parts together in hopes of completing a successful project that the community can be proud of. At UDC, their mission is to create exceptional value, experiences, and opportunities for their clients, residents, and employees through a company-wide commitment to excellence. Despite all their success, there’s still challenges they face every day, as with all small businesses, but they take pride in the culture they’ve created with their valuable team members because, together, they can tackle most anything. Playing off each others strengths creates a strong sense of teamwork to work through any challenges they may face. UDC had been fortunate to be recognized for many achievements. Most recently, in the Boone Creek com-

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munity, The Villas at Boone Ridge, was voted the 2017 Johnson City Press Reader’s Choice Best Apartment Community and they are also recognized in 2017 as an ETSU President’s Trust member. UDC believes in giving back to the community as much as possible, and they’re proud to work with so many wonderful local charities and organizations that make positive differences in the Tri-Cities area. In the recent past, they have supported the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the Mountain States Foundation, ETSU Foundation, Children’s Advocacy Center, the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign from the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Tri-Cities, the American Heart Association Tri-Cities Heart Walk, and many more. This year, they have pledged to support the United Way and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Survivor Fashion Show. They’re also proud to support ETSU Bucs football and basketball programs, Science Hill’s Wrestling team, The Holston Valley Football Club, Johnson City Blue Plum, Johnson City Home Builders Association Bob Scott Classic Golf Tournament, and the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership. UDC believes that highly motivated people working together can accomplish anything. They strive to motivate people by fostering an open environment where all ideas and contributions are welcome, and to also show others that through their fundamental values of visionary leadership, teamwork, operational excellence, customer satisfaction, and community growth, anyone can inspire those around them to do better. Additionally, UDC motivated its employees by encouraging them to pursue continuing education and training to, not only help themselves succeed, but also to drive innovative new ideas. Universal Development & Construction is located at 2304 Silverdale Dr. Suite 300, Johnson City, TN 37601. by Brittany Collins


Fringe Furnishings and DÊcor is not your traditional furniture store, it’s a place where you can find that little something extra. Anne Middleton-Estep, the owner originally started an interior design business in Knoxville, TN in 1990. She opened Fringe this past year, in 2017. Fringe is a small design store that gives individual attention to each customer from start to finish. They have furniture and accessories of all types whether repurposed or reproduction. They feature Norwalk custom furniture with design services both in store and out. At Fringe, the staff works as a welcoming team to ensure their customers feel comfortable and valued within a family-based environment. Anne also offers extensive knowledge of interiors based on her experience from her previous business, as well as, her freelance design work. With over twenty years of real estate staging, customers of Fringe know they are in very capable hands. At Fringe, their goal is to assist every customer in making their purchase a tasteful reflection of their personality. They tailor their options toward their customers’ unique life style, budget, and design needs. Visit Fringe today at: 155 E Mountcastle Dr. in Johnson City, Tennessee and discover how they can uniquely and efficiently furnish the spaces your life. by Kaitlin Buchanan Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine | 31


BUSINESSES WE Kil’n Time, a contemporary ceramics and art studio in Bristol, Tennessee opened by Terri White-Gregory in 2009 has entertaining artistic activities geared toward everyone. Their helpful staff will assist customers at all skill levels with no experience necessary. The studio provides unfinished pottery to paint and glaze, and then, fires them in the kiln to create beautiful works of art. Customers will enjoy painting platters, mugs and serving pieces, as well as a plethora of other things. Kids will love painting sports figurines, animals and banks. Fused glass is also offered where customers can create jewelry, small dishes or other art décor. “My friend and I used to visit Paint-Your-Own-Pottery studios when we traveled. We often visited Hilton Head together with our children and frequented a small studio there. My friend was an artist and I’m a CPA, so we put our heads together and thought this kind of art studio would be a great addition to downtown Bristol. At the time, Bristol was only in the beginning stages of its revitalization efforts.” – Terri White-Gregory, Owner of Kil’n Time Kil’n Time employs skilled artists who teach weekly canvas painting classes on Thursdays. These classes are fun and relaxing where customers learn how to paint and leave with a canvas masterpiece! Groups of 8 or more can organize a custom party and bring their own wine and snacks. Kil’n Time is a unique, innovative place to celebrate your child’s birthday party, a girls’ night out, date night, corporate functions, and other gatherings. Because finished products are custom pieces, they often have customers who craft birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas gifts. Kil’n Time was the 1st Place Winner of the Best of Bristol – Family Entertainment in 2017. They also recently won the annual Downtown Christmas Open House

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2017 window contest. Folks come to Kil’n Time for an enjoyable, harmonious experience where on- staff artists are sincerely excited to assist and inspire customers to explore their own unique artistic talents. Kil’n Time supports our community as proud, annual sponsors of Healing Hands, the THS Viking Booster Club, and participates in many other fundraising community events. Additionally, they also host fundraising events at the studio such as the Bowls Make It Better fundraiser for Healing Hands. If you’re looking for a unique get-a- away where you can explore and fashion your own works of art, then visit Kil’n Time, located at 818 State Street in Bristol, Tennessee to discover your artistic personality. You can also visit Kil’n Time’s website at www.kilntimeceramics.com by Brittany Collins


Appalachian Cabinets created their business on August 1st, 2016. One of their family members who operated a cabinetry business for 40 years decided to retire. Appalachian Cabinets wanted to continue the family tradition so they relocated from Asheville, North Carolina to 1302 E. Main Street in Johnson City, Tennessee. Joe, with Appalachian Cabinets states, “I have been involved in the cabinet business since I was able to converse with customers around the age of 10 years old”. Their belief is based on providing top wood quality cabinetry at an affordable price, while as the same time, providing hometown customer service. Appalachian Cabinets offers many items other than

cabinetry, including: paneling, flooring, shiplap, tongue and groove planks, luxury vinyl tile, custom logs for cabins, and garage doors. Variety separates Appalachian Cabinets from other stores, as well as, implementing a hands-on approach where they install their own products with “old timey” customer service and top-notch communication until the project is completed. Community involvement is very important to Appalachian Cabinets. They are honored to support Adopt a Veteran (a program that “adopts” a family in need) at Christmas by providing food, clothes, and other necessities for children and the parents of veterans in need. Reach Appalachian Cabinets at 423-930-8900 or appalachiancabinets@gmail.com, or visit their showroom at 1302 E. Main St. Johnson City. by Brittany Collins

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BUSINESSES WE

TREASURE HOUSE Gifts & Collectibles

Treasure House Gifts & Collectables opened their doors at 627 Broad Street in Elizabethton, TN in December of 2017. Teresa, the innovative owner, decided to create a specialty shop in Elizabethton that would convey her fun-loving spirit. Treasure House Gifts & Collectables offers a variety of home decor items, including Candleberry Candles, LottiDotties Jewlery, antiques, furniture, barn wood signs, antique signs, handmade barn wood, tobacco stick items, and a plethora of seasonal items, and feature handcrafted floral trays and barn wood signs handmade by Teresa’s son, Dewayne. All wood signs can be created to fit each customer’s personality and taste.

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Treasure House Gifts & Collectables is the only store in the area to stock Candleberry Co Candles. Customers will enjoy browsing through the shop’s first level filled with candles, a distinctive clothing boutique, as well as, handmade items. The upstairs area showcases their antique department including items that are unique from past generations. As an added service for their customers, Treasure House provides free gift bagging for all purchased items. Treasure house strives to provide quality products within a welcoming environment to all their customers. Ladies, if you love boutique clothing at affordable prices, be sure to check out Treasure House. Looking for bath bombs? Treasure House offers a variety of affordable bath bombs, each with a special surprise designed within each one. For one-of-akind gifts for the whole family, stop by today or give Teresa a call at 423-791-5508. by Brittany Collins


What Should You Do With Your Tax You may not get much of a thrill

Look for other investment opportunities. If you have some gaps in your portfolio, or some opportunities to improve your overall diversification, you might want to use your tax refund to add some new investments. The more diversified your portfolio, the stronger your defense against market volatility that might primarily affect one particular asset class. (However, diversification, by itself, can’t protect against all losses or guarantee profits.)

large initial payment will enable you to put in smaller monthly amounts than you might need to contribute otherwise.

from filing your taxes, but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you’re expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should While using your refund to help you do with the money?

The answer depends somewhat on the size of the refund. For the 2017 tax year, the average refund was about $2,760 – not a fortune, but big enough to make an impact in your life. Suppose, for example, that you invested this amount in a tax-deferred vehicle, such as a traditional IRA, and then did not add another penny to it for 30 years. At the end of that time, assuming a hypothetical 7 percent annual rate of return, you’d have slightly more than $21,000 – not enough, by itself, to allow you to move to a Caribbean island, but still a nice addition to your retirement income. (You will need to pay taxes on your withdrawals eventually, unless the money was invested in a Roth IRA, in which case withdrawals are tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions.) Of course, you don’t have to wait 30 years before you see any benefits from your tax refund. If you did decide to put a $2,760 tax refund toward your IRA for 2018, you’d already have reached just over half the allowable contribution limit of $5,500. (If you’re 50 or older, the limit is $6,500.) By getting such a strong head start on funding your IRA for the year, you’ll give your money more time to grow. Also, if you’re going to “max out” on your IRA, your

Refund?

fund your IRA is a good move, it’s not the only one you can make. Here are a few other possibilities: Pay down some debt. At some time or another, most of us probably feel we’re carrying too much debt. If you can use your tax refund to help reduce your monthly debt payments, you’ll improve your cash flow and possibly have more money available to invest for the future.

Clearly, a tax refund gives you a chance to improve your overall financial picture. So take your time, evaluate your options and use the money wisely. Thomas A. Davis, AAMS® is Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments. He can be reached by telephone at 423-5432018 or at his office on Lawson Avenue in Elizabethton.

Build an emergency fund. If you needed a new furnace or major car repair, or faced any other large, unexpected expense, how would you pay for it? If you did not have the cash readily available, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments. To help avoid this problem, you could create an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account. Your tax refund could help build your emergency fund.

Thomas A. Davis

Financial Advisor, Elizabethton, TN

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Design Profile:

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A white finished maple kitchen with raised panel doors and an island with bar built in on back side

Stephenson Woodworking is a family owned and operated Most times when we go out to do a walkthrough for business. a quote the customer has already been looking at the other suppliers out there. Matter of fact, when We believe everyone should be able to have nice things. we end up giving a quote its surprising how many Sometimes we just have to wait a little longer than others. times we are giving the customer much more than We started this business with the hope that we could service is available from other suppliers (whether that be customers who would, otherwise, have to settle for box store the box stores or other custom cabinet makers) for items. We found ways to give customers items comparable comparable pricing. in cost to those same stores. The difference is we believe My wife and I believe we can provide something, we do it better. No cut rate materials are used. No contact not only that we can be proud of, but something that paper with wood grain printed on it. No chip board is used will outlast other products on the market. whatsoever. We only use quality products made by quality craftsmen, whether those products are made in our shop I know there are numerous talented cabinet makers or if they are panels outsourced from other shops. We keep out there and I’m not trying to say we’re better than everything in America that is possible to keep here. Our they are. I do feel like we go above and beyond to neighbors are important to us. Our belief is that if we keep achieve a common goal. They want a kitchen they our outside purchases local , either in our area or local as in can be proud of, and so do we. The last thing we US made, we are doing something important. I know we want, as a company, is for our work to be average. don’t see the results of that in our day to day lives and I don’t Average products are what most builders make. You have any numbers on how much it helps but I feel it does. end up with lukewarm comments like “yeah they did a good job” or “I got what I paid for.” Those are not I mean if we weren’t doing it I’m sure someone somewhere the comments we want from our customers. We want in the US would either be getting less hours per week or be to hear “Amazing Job” and “Wow, I wasn’t expecting looking for another job. that”. That’s our goal, not just happy customers, but customers who end up being our best sales people. We would like everyone to know how committed we are to providing the best possible product that we can manu- Word of mouth is a fantastic way of advertisement, facture for our customers. if you do a great job, that is. 38 | Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine


We are regular people who happen to do custom woodworking. We are the same as everyone else out there. No matter what you do for a living you deserve to be able to get the best products you can afford. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, or a fireplace mantle. Every single person out there is a customer, maybe not our customer, but a customer just the same. We go through every day purchasing things just like everyone else. So I know what it’s like to be a customer. I know how I expect to be treated as a customer. So I take that same feeling and do everything I can to make a great experience for our customers. - Kris Stephenson

Custom barn-style bathroom door

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For more information on this amazing work, call Kris Stephenson at (423) 220-7823, see more on Facebook or visit the shop at 110 Stephenson Rd. Unicoi, TN! Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine | 39


Design Profile:

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This farm table is made from reclaimed lumber. The chairs were also finished in an antique paint scheme.

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Design Profile

A custom designed and installed mantle Nickel board was used to hide brick work on the fireplace.

For more information on this amazing work, call Kris Stephenson at (423) 220-7823, see more on Facebook or visit the shop at 110 Stephenson Rd. Unicoi, TN! Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine | 41


Design Profile:

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An entertainment center with an electronic TV lift that raises and lowers the TV with a remote

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Design Profile Bathroom vanity with an antique rubbed through finish

For more information on this amazing work, call Kris Stephenson at (423) 220-7823, see more on Facebook or visit the shop at 110 Stephenson Rd. Unicoi, TN! Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine | 43


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With over 30 years experience, Granite Depot opened their doors in April 2017 and is widely known throughout the Tri-Cities for their expert craftsmanship. Within 7 months of their first opening, Granite Depot has expanded to 3 locations. The owner, Roman Koshin, an expert, experienced craftsman, provides his customers with superior service by delivering top-quality craftsmanship and premium service when fabricating and installing your dream countertops. They take pride in prioritizing the quality of their work while keeping their turn around time at only 5 to 7 business days.

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Customers are always their first priority, so they have the best rates around and a price match guarantee. Granite depot offers a wide variety of products including: granite, quartz quartzite, marble, soapstone, cambria, cosmos granite & marble, triton stone group, silestone, sinks, faucets and composite sinks. Every product also comes with a 25 year protection guarantee . Exceptional customer service is their upmost goal, as well as, treating employees like family within a respectful, professional environment. Granite De-


pot has been involved within the community in various ways by sponsoring Daniel Boone High School baseball and golf. They are also a member of the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association and Home Builders Association of Better Kingsport. For your home needs and excellent customer care, choose Granite Depot - your one-stop-shop for all your granite needs, located at 3 locations near you!

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Senior Living

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Well-planned Preparations in Time of Need Comfortable, Soothing Surroundings Longstanding Traditions and Customs Innovative, Personalized Services and Products Pre-arrangement Plans We provide our families with an open door policy. Please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Appalachian Funeral Home

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Offering Families Comfort and Peace-of-Mind

Enriching the lives of our residents by serving their needs in a caring, compassionate atmosphere is our daily goal.

A facility committed to caring and serving the community of Chuckey, Limestone, Jonesborough, Greeneville, Johnson City, Kingsport, Mosheim, Rogersville, Newport, Erwin and all of Northeast Tennessee. SERVICES

Skilled and Intermediate Nursing Care On-Call Physician Services Licensed Nursing Staff Social Services Staff Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy Services Restorative Program Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Pharmacy Services On-Call Mental Health Services Registered Dietician Services Hospice Services Respite Services

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Well-planned Preparations in Time of Need Comfortable, Soothing Surroundings Longstanding Traditions and Customs Innovative, Personalized Services and Products Pre-arrangement Plans We provide our families with an open door policy. Please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Appalachian Funeral Home

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Offering Families Comfort and Peace-of-Mind

Maynard S. Cannon, founder of Appalachian Funeral Preparations in Time of Need Home, Well-planned began his career in funeral services at a young Comfortable, Soothing Surroundings age with Pounder Brothers Funeral Service in Johnson Longstanding Traditions and Customs City. He received his Tennessee State license in 1915 at Innovative, Personalized Services and Products age 21 and was employed by McAmmon Pre-arrangement Plans Funeral Home in Maryville, TN. While living in Maryville, We provide our families with an open door policy.Maynard PleaseLeah feel freeKey to contact us 24 and hours worked a day, seven married in 1917 indays thea week. location until 1921. In 1921,423-928-6111 he, along with Sam Pangle, estab800 E.Funeral Watauga Ave. lished Cannon-Pangle Home in Johnson City at Johnson 37601Ave. He estabthe corner of N. Roan St.City, andTN Fairview lished the Appalachian Funeral Home at 305 N. Roan St. in 1926 and operated at that location until 1937. Thanks to a thriving funeral and ambulance service, expansion was necessary, therefore, the property at N. Roan St. and 101 E. Unaka Ave. was purchased which served as the location for 50 years. Charles T. (Charlie) Bowman began working with Appalachian Funeral Home in 1939 and married Maynard and Leah’s daughter, Marie, in 1942. He served as president of the firm from 1952 until semi-retirement in 1982. He presided over a major expansion in 1956 when a modern chapel was built joining the two properties to become one of the largest and most versatile facilities in East Tennessee. Charlie has remained active in the business, on a part-time basis, as well as, serving as Chairman of the Board for a number of years. Mr. Bowman’s son, Charles Maynard (Chuck) Bowman began part-time employment in 1966 and joined the firm fulltime in 1970 after graduation from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He became vice-president of operations in 1976 and was named president in 1982 where he continues to serve within that position today. He is married to the former Nancy Webb, who has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the corporation. They have two sons, Charles M. Bowman, Jr. and Kevin Andrew Bowman. In 1986, the firm purchased Hartman Funeral Home at 800 E. Watauga Ave. and operated as Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home at this present location before changing the name, once again, to Appalachian Funeral Home in 1999. The fourth generation of family ownership is active today with Kevin Andrew Bowman currently serving as vice-president. He graduated from ETSU in 1992 and

Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in 1994. All the staff at the funeral home became intere sted in the business with one thought in mind, and that is taking care of families with dignity, compassion, and integrity. Their mission is to serve the families in the community while providing affordable prices for families to ease the burden of loss, if only in some small way. Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services offer full tradition funerals along with all cremation services. They can serve your family by providing a wide range of services from burial to cremation. They offer guidance, personalized and specialized attention before, during, and after the loss of a loved one. Their reputation for honesty and integrity is very well-known, and their most valued asset. They do traditional funerals, personalized funerals, memorial and graveside services, various cremation options, and military honors for veterans. Appalachian Funeral Home encourages you to contact them to discuss your family’s unique needs with assured confidence that they can, and will, do their utmost to meet - and exceed - your expectations. Staff Members are: Travis Dugger, Funeral Director, Embalmer Kevin Bowman, Funeral Director, Embalmer David Mathes, Funeral Director, Embalmer Larry Reaves, Funeral Director Jeff Taylor, Funeral Assistant Gene Deaton, Funeral Assistant Spencer Blevins, Office Manager Scott Johnston, Funeral Assistant Earl Gouge, Funeral Assistant Dustin Dugger, Funeral Assistant Contact Appalachian Funeral Home at 423-928-6111

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Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation, located at 55 Nursing Home Road, was established in Chuckey, TN in 1951 beginning with the care of “Granny” Durham’s father. Louie “Granny” Durham opened the doors to Durham-Hensley over 63 years ago. Andy Hensley, “Granny” Durham’s son and his wife decided to pursue full-time employment at the home when Mrs. Durham’s health deteriorated, and thus, renaming it Durham-Hensley. Durham-Hensley is one of the only family owned and operated facilities around the Tri-Cities. “FAMILIES CARING FOR FAMILIES” is more than a motto for them; it is a way of life.

ans Affairs, all major insurances, and respite care. Durham-Hensley is proud to be Joint Commission Accredited. Only 6% of nursing facilities nationwide earn the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval.

Durham-Hensley is strongly family oriented where the staff is part of one big happy family. They are proudly involved with the Roby Center, YMCA, Plaza Towers, Morning Pointe, and Chuckey Doak. When you walk into Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and a staff that is eager to meet your needs. Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation provides individualized care in a comfortable and For them, providing a warm-hearted atmosphere friendly environment. Residents receive care that and caring people makes the crucial difference maintains human dignity and preserves a sense of when offering quality, nurturing care. Although freedom, identity, and independence. Dedicated technology has been important in the advancement and caring clinical staff working as an inter-disciof the health care industry, people still make the plinary team of professionals furnish residents with difference; therefore, their mission is to obtain that an atmosphere that promotes physical, emotional, intricate balance between technology and their resi- and spiritual health and well-being. dents’ physical and emotional well-being. Make sure to Like us on Facebook to keep up with Today, Durham-Hensley offers physical therapy, all the Durham-Hensley events that are coming up. occupational therapy, speech therapy and respiratory therapy. They are contracted by the Veterby Brittany Collins

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Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters” When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider: Insurance – If your kids are through school, your mortgage is nearly paid off and your spouse has accumulated a reasonable amount of money in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may not need life insurance to replace income or pay off debts. However, you might start thinking about other goals, such as ensuring your savings will last your lifetime or leaving a legacy to your loved ones or a charity. Life insurance may be able to help in these areas. Downsizing – Deciding whether to downsize your living space isn’t just a financial decision – it’s also a highly personal one. Still, downsizing can offer you some potential economic benefits. For one thing, if you still are paying off your mortgage, a move to a smaller place could free up some of your monthly cash flow, which, again, you could use to boost your retirement accounts. Furthermore, if your home has greatly appreciated in value, you might make a sizable profit by selling. (If you are single, you may be able to exclude $250,000 of the gain on the sale of your home; married couples may have a $500,000 exemption. Some restrictions exist on this exemption, though, so you’ll need to consult with your tax advisor before selling.)

Keep in mind, though, that “empty nester” status is not always permanent. You’ve no doubt heard about “boomerang” kids who return home after college and stay until they can afford a place of their own. If your children become “boomerangers,” even for a short while, will it greatly affect your financial situation? Probably not. However, if your children are going to drive your car, you may want to be sure that they are listed on your car insurance. Also, if they are going to bring guests to your home, you might want to consider an “umbrella” insurance policy, which typically provides you with significantly greater liability protection than your regular homeowners policy. (In fact, it may be a good idea to purchase an umbrella policy even if you don’t have grown kids at home, as this coverage offers you wide-ranging protection from potentially devastating lawsuits that could arise from injuries on your property or through an auto accident in which you are involved.) You may have mixed feelings about becoming an empty nester, but, like most people, you will adjust. And by making the right financial moves, you can get off to a good start on this new phase of your life.

Edward Jones is a licensed insurance producer in all states and Washington, D.C., through Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., and in California, New Mexico and Massachusetts through Edward Jones Insurance Agency of California, L.L.C.; Edward Jones Insurance Agency of New Mexico, L.L.C.; and Edward Jones Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, L.L.C. This article Estate Plans – Years ago, you might have made was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edvarious arrangements in a will or a living trust that ward Jones Financial Advisor. dealt with taking care of your children if something should happen to you and your spouse. For example, you might have established a trust and directed it to make payments to your children at certain times and for certain purposes, such as education. But once your children are grown and have left your home, you may need to review and update your estate plans. Tri-Cities Best Home Magazine | 55


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ANNIVERSARIES • SHOWERS • SEMINARS REHEARSAL DINNERS • MEETINGS • SOCIALS DINNER PARTIES • COCKTAIL PARTIES

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Walk Ins Welcome: Wed.- Fri. 11-5, Saturday 10-3

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Make an Impression Weddings Bridal Prom

Families

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In 1970, Businessman Harvey Brooks generously gifted the city of Kingsport Allandale Estate, a sweeping twenty-five acre property that he tasked the city to use in order to enhance the lives of Kingsport residents and the surrounding community. The City of Kingsport’s Parks and Recreation Department has successfully preserved the architectural and structural integrity of of the facilities ever since. Almost fifty years later, the Allandale estate remains a cornerstone of Kingsport’s social and civic culture, where business, social, and educational services of the community intersect in brilliant fashion. Allandale’s entire twenty-five acres present elegant backdrops to frame your next special occasion. The campus has two tranquil ponds, a versatile outdoor amphitheater, two vintage barns, and the beautiful Allandale Mansion. Any of these locations are available to rent for your next hosted event: weddings, receptions, dinners, business meetings, performances, or any types of celebration! Because you deserve elegance, Allandale will provide you the most memorable, stress-free event venue experience - allowing you to enjoy your special day to its fullest.

The Mansion

The Dance Barn

The Picnic Pavilion For rental inquiries, contact us at 423.229.9422, or visit our website at www.allandalemansion.com. We’re ready to help make your next celebration spectacular here at Allandale!

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Inspired by their son, Alex, who believed opening a brewery in a small town was a necessity, Sugar Hill Brewing Company’s owners, Greg and Jennifer Bailey put everything on the line, and got to work. Taking on the task of renovating an old hardware store in the downtown area of St. Paul, Virginia, the Baileys brought a long-time dream to life. After untold hours of research and work, Sugar Hill Brewing Company opened in 2016 and now offers their community great food, in an impressive environment, along with the special taste of remarkably crafted beers. A full-service restaurant and working brewery, Sugar Hill Brewing Company has twelve of their own house brewed beers on tap at all times!

Porters, stouts, IPA’s, and Scotch Ale, are only a fraction of the variety you will find when you visit Sugar Hill Brewing Company. Professional, courteous, and hard-working, the staff at the Sugar Hill Brewing Company cannot wait to serve you fresh food and delicious beers in a dynamic atmosphere where you are certain to have a great time. Hosting fundraisers for town projects, a Murder Mystery Theatre, Valentine’s Day plays, Bible Brews, literary events, and Live Local Musicians, the Sugar Hill Brewing Company is not planning on slowing down anytime soon.

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Earning the “2017 Award for Business of the Year” from the Wise County Chamber of Commerce and the “2017 Virginia Main Street Award for Outstanding Business,” Sugar Hill Brewing Company has rightfully earned a reputation for providing patrons with delicious beers, quality service, and a place where everyone can feel at home. For more information on how you can experience the Sugar Hill Brewing Company, check out their website at www.sugarhillbrewing.com, or better yet, stop by and see for yourself what makes this brewery such a treat at 16622 Broad Street, downtown St. Paul, Virginia.

By Adam Welch EVENTS: Saturday StreetFests The streets of historic downtown Saint Paul are blocked off and our dining room is extended to beautiful outdoor seating. Each Streetfest features talented local artists. May 26, Street Festival 4PM-10PM August 11, Street Festival 4PM-10PM September 29, Oktoberfest 2PM-10PM Open Mic Night: Showcasing local talent Second Wednesday of every month @ 7 PM Comedy Improv Wendy Piper, Thursday, March 29, 6 PM NYC Comedy, Saturday, April 21, 9- 11 PM NYC Comedy, Friday, May 25, 9-11 PM NYC Comedy, Friday, June 22, 9-11 PM Literary Events: Reading by the region’s favorite authors

Sunday, June 17 @ 4PM Robert Gipe Bible Brews: Non-denominational discussions of Religion and Theology First Thursday of every month, 6PM

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Marty Northup began Marty’s Electric in October 2001 with his son Matthew. Marty’s Electric is a Christian, service oriented electrical company who respond to both large and small electrical repairs in both residential and commercial environments. They do rewire or electrical upgrades, new construction, panel changes, service repairs and service changes, as well as simple and complex service calls.

best to be prompt, professional, and efficient in every task they perform, because they know that money doesn’t grow on trees! All their electricians possess years of on-the-job experience. They’re also industry certified and committed to keeping up with the latest advances in the field.

If you’re looking for professional, quality, electrical work then call Marty’s Electric for a free estimate today at (423) 833Their mission statement is to provide the 5662. Tri-Cities with friendly, honest, and affordable electrical services. They do their by Kaitlin Buchanan

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