I go and check out the thrift store about once every three months or so. Being in a small town there is not a big turnover in items so it isn't worth it to go much more. It is voluntarily run by older men and women, many whom don't speak to you unless they know you (and I am one they don't speak to unless I initiate the conversation)Once in a while they have a dollar bag sale but only on clothes and their selection is not the greatest but will do in a pinch. I suppose it is worth checking out just to see what they've got but don't have very high expectations because you will probably be disappointed.
I've used this pharmacy many times. The Assistants are very friendly and caring but they've got a new Pharmacist and he spends more time reading the paper and magazines then he does helping customers. They've had a hard time keeping Pharmacists here for some reason and due to this under staffing they are closed very often, a note on the door tells the days they will be closed for the week and so you cannot count on them being there when you need them. So if you can stand a Pharmacist who doesn't help you even if there are quite a few people waiting while he reads the paper or talks on the phone but a back up staff who actually run the place then by all means go. It is kinda nice to be able to shop while you wait but when you are in a hurry you might as well come back another time while they fill it.
Moffet Drugs is an excellent pharmacy, they do mail order prescriptions, and they do personal delivery and of course pickup at the store. Their prices are reasonable, especially with insurance. Usually when you've called in for a refill or the doctors office calls one in it is ready when you get there. Steve is the Pharmacist and a very pleasant man. He's patient and takes the time to make sure you understand everything about your medication. The Pharmacy assistant is wonderful. She is very caring, has a good, kind heart and always greets you by name and asks how you are and actually cares how you are. I've never seen her have a bad day. The other staff are okay but no where near as friendly as the Pharmacists are. They sell greeting cards, all types of non prescription meds, gifts, household decorations and of course all sorts of KS Jayhawks memorabilia, they've even got a soda fountain inside while you wait. I'd recommend this pharmacy to anyone who needs one, or just stop in and check out their other items, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I have had my car repaired by Engel's Sales and Service twice now in two years. They do a good job and I don't feel that they are out to gouge anyone when it comes to repairs. If you can help it though, do not have them tow your car if you live more than 10 miles away because they have a towing fee and a per mileage fee.Wanting to give them my business since I've been there previously I called them to have them tow my vehicle 30 miles, their quoted price was $170.00. Needless to say I didn't have them come and get it, I got a AAA membership for $100.00 for my spouse and myself and instead of one tow for that price I now have 8 with a AAA membership. So if you are in Norton it is no big deal I guess but if you are out of town, get AAA its a whole lot cheaper.
I have been shopping at Jamboree foods for the past two years since I moved to the area.
They've got pretty good sales but some of their regular prices are quite high compared to other grocery stores but I guess that is expected in a small town.
The owner Rich is a very nice man and very willing to accomodate your needs. If there is a coupon out for something and they are out of the coupons (in their local ads) if you ask him he will usually allow you the price of the item that the coupon is for.
They've got a large selection of items and they are good quality items.
Just check the Dollar General first so you can compare prices on their grocery items and buy them there since we are all into saving money when we can.
Dollywood is a quaint amusement park. Be prepared for a lot of walking, both uphill and downhill. It is widely spread out but there are a lot of benches to rest on. There is a Country Fair section which includes rides. Be prepared because if you aren't "this tall" you cannot ride on them. There are carnival type games, most cost $1.00 to play to try and win a stuffed animal. The rides are well maintained and have a good record for safety. There is a train ride that leads you all around the park and into the hills which show you how life in Apalachia used to be. Christmas time at Dollywood is awesome, with over 10 million Christmas lights. They also serve things like hot apple cider for those cold winter days/nights. All employees are dressed for the era their shops are supposed to represent. They have people on site who make their wares, a glass blower, a leather shop, candle makers, lye soap demonstrators, and many others. There are also many shows to choose from and are shown in very comfortable theaters (the majority are included in your admission price, special performances require seperate ticket purchases). It is disapointing that Dolly isn't there very often, maybe 4 times a year. Kinda like Disneyland, you expect to see Mickey mouse. There are a lot of food kiosks which serve different varieties of southern cooking. The BBQ places serve sweet BBQ sauce on their food which I really didn't care for. Some of the shops let you make your own gifts like the candle shop where you can dip your candles in colored wax to make your own unique design. New in the last year or too is Doggywood where you can leave your pet for someone to care for, only seeing eye dogs are allowed in the park now. Parking is 6.00 and they have a trolly that will take you to your section when you are ready to leave. Traffic is a nightmare before and after opening and closing.
Prices are age 12-59 -$43.50 4-11 $32.35 and Seniors 60+ up is $40.15.
PROS: Hands on shops, variety of shows, true southern hospitality
CONS: PRICE: 43.50 per person
Dixie Stampede is VERY expensive, you are paying for the celebrity name. The show is good and the food is good. There is a preshow in the non alcoholic saloon, (drinks are big $$$ but they come in a souvineer boot to take home with you). They also take your picture as you come in, then later they come around to your section and try to sell it to you. You are given a cup of soup to start with (awesome soup) and a roll, next you receive 1/4 slab of ribs, a cornish game hen, a half ear of corn, steak fries and a cookie or turnover for dessert. You also get all the tea, pepsi or coffee you'd like. The crowd is divided into the North and the South (we sit on the South side of course). The employees ride ostriches, around the dirt arena (try not to sit on the 1st level as they unintentionally fling dirt at you and it gets in your food), then they have two groups of horse riders who compete in different events (the north and the south). The costumes are nice, they also have stampeding buffalo in the show, (new in the last year or so). There is big audience participation, and since you eat with your hands and you cannot clap your hands you are expected to stomp your feet for applause, The stands are wooden so it sounds like a stampede (hence the name). The servers serve each course individually, going down the row of customers serving each item. They are good and work hard. They also really try to get their section fired up and into the show. After your meal they run by and pick up your dirty dishes and right before the show ends they go up to each individual guest in their section and shake your hand and they expect you to give them a tip at this time. The food is very good and the show is good but the price is very high especially if you bring a large family with you. Adults are $35.99 EACH plus tax, Children 4-11 are $18.99 plus tax. I don't know about you but $71.98 plus 9.75% tax for two people for a meal and show is WAY too expensive.
PROS: Good Food, Good show, good service
CONS: PRICE $71.98 plus 9.75% Tax for 2 people... OUTRAGEOUS!
There are a few La Caretta's in this area so you'd think they'd be the same but they aren't. Small portions, food thrown together, high prices, very low quality. Given the choice I'd go to Taco Bell over this overpriced, over rated restaurant.
There is one in Newport, TN that is VERY GOOD and worth the money but avoid this one, its NOT worth it.
CONS: Small portions, bland taste , too expensive for such low quality
Mr. Gattis is like Chuck E. Cheese, they have a game room with arcade games, rides etc you turn in tickets for prizes. They have a party room for birthdays or meetings, two huge dining rooms besides the party room. Their buffet consists of a variety of pizzas (including desert pizza), pasta, sauces, soups, salads, puddings, cheese sticks and a drink station. Prices are very reasonable, lunch is cheaper than dinner. Kids prices are according to age. When I go I eat the salad bar and their cheese sticks (they are absolutely heaven). A variety of soups and pasta dishes are also available. The dining room is clean and the bussers are pretty good about picking up your empty plates. On Sundays they have a band which plays gospel music. Definitly worth going to and a whole lot cheaper and better than most other pizza places in Sevier County.
PROS: Generous choices, Cold salads, hot pizza/soups/pasta awesome cheese sticks
This place is HUGE. It is Always packed but they have loads of parking. Wear your comfortable shoes because they have so much stuff that it is indoors and out. Most of the vendors are out there every weekend trying to sell their wares. They are not big on haggling, many booths have signs that say it is an insult to ask for a lower price but that is half the fun of a flea market. Some booths are just junk, but some take great pride in their wares and it shows. Some look like they just gathered up whatever junk they had laying around and are trying to sell it. There are a few booths that actually show how the vendors make the items, little houses that hold incense and the smoke comes out of the chimney or a moonshine still where the smoke comes out of the still, Very cute and only $10.00. They also sell the incense for $1.00 a bag with many many varieties to choose from. There are dolls, tshirts, furniture (new and used), jewlery, Nascar, collectibles, embroidery, hair products, pork rinds, boxed and canned food, bears, clocks, woodworking items. They sell homemade fudge, candied peanuts, boiled peanuts, back scratchers, stereo and computer equipment, CD's, hats, just about anything you could want and a whole bunch of junk you dont want. It is a good way to spend a day. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
PROS: Junk, Junk and More Junk
CONS: A lot of walking, insulted if you try to haggle over price, a lot of junk