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Features Franklin business wins national award

Debra Green and Karen Kneeland are co-owners of Luxury Therapeutics in Franklin, who recently won the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award.With just a little more than a year's operating experience under their belt, Luxury Therapeutics of Franklin was named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner last week by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The company was recognized for its “dedication to the principles of free enterprise and its contribution to restoring jobs and prosperity.”

“The Blue Ribbon Award winners show that, even facing uncertainty and economic challenges, small businesses can grow and succeed,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO.“They are America’s economic engine, driving growth and job creation all across this country.”

“Luxury Therapeutics co-owner Debra Green is a good example of entrepreneurial talent adjusting to a changing economy,” said Macon County's Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins. “When her previous business experienced a downturn, she diversified. Green saw a need for a product, did a thorough job of research and development using the resources available to local entrepreneurs, and made her new product line a reality. As a part of the Macon County Business Development Center, she found a home for her business and the tools to facilitate building Luxury Therapeutics into a success. “

Located in the Macon County Business Development Center, Luxury Therapeutics is owned and operated by Debra Green and Karen Kneeland. “After 15 years of business, the recession forced me to close my store in Cashiers,” explained Green. “My mother has fibromyalgia and always used hot and cold packs to self soothe, that paired with my background in interior design, about a year ago Luxury Therapeutics was born,” said Green.

Producing quality made, stylish hot and cold packs, Luxury Therapeutics combines an abundance of fabric and years of contacts in the textile community to produce high end designer boutique products.

Since they first launched in June, the two women have continued to be hands-on owners who personally oversee the sales, manufacture and quality of all the products. As second and third generation seamstresses, they take great care to select quality fabrics and designs and construct a product that is not only attractive, but well made and durable.

The boutique line uses a quality muslin liner bag, offered in several sizes, filled with an organic rice, flax and lavender mixture, along with removable decorative covers that are washable.

Through her research discussions with spa directors, Green recognized the importance and need for operational products that can be sanitized to protect against the spread of infection, coupled with a desire for products that are organic and earth friendly. Not only are the operational inner packs constructed from a soft coated fabric that can be wiped with an approved disinfectant, this line also features removable spa bag covers that are constructed from a high quality, French organic terry that can be sanitized and laundered.

Luxury Therapeutics products are now available at many fine four and five star spas and retailers across the country.

According to Green, being located in the Macon County Economic Development Center has really helped her business to grow in the past year. “We were just thrilled to find out about the award,” said Green. “We had no idea we were selected as one of the top 100 in the country. Being in the development center has been so helpful. There are so many resources and great benefits to being here. We always have resources available to turn to such as Tommy Jenkins and the economic development commission, AdvantageWest, and Bizworks.”

Green said she plans to continue to expand the business and work on building the brand the the product's presence in local boutiques and specialty stores.





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