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Patti wild about her Charter public program


In an age where commercial video and newspaper advertising are the norm, Ethan Allen owner Patti Wilde has taken it one step further by hosting her own design program on Charter Communic-ations public television.

“I’ve been doing this for about two years now,” Wilde said while on location taping her latest program at the Colonial Hills home of David and Karen Foy. “It has gotten a great response from the community. My main goal with it is to get people excited about Ethan Allen furniture.”

Wilde said she has been the owner of Ethan Allen for more than 20 years and her current store at Turkey Creek is offering a lot of opportunities, such as her television design program.

“This is only the third time I’ve done an on-site program,” she said. “It’s such a personal matter. A lot of times I’ll do the show from the store. We pride ourselves on being able to go in any design direction, from classic to European.”

The program Wilde is taping focuses on an exterior, screened-in, covered patio that offers a clear view over the trees of the distant Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This is the final segment for this design process, showing the “after” portion of the changes to the room.

“We ordered everything back in February,” said Heather Carter, the interior designer who helped the Foys design the right look for their patio.

“We have staff members who have been with us a very long time,” Wilde said. “They are part of the reason people enjoy coming to us. They make it fun for our customers. We want to make our customers feel like family.”

David Foy said he and his wife have been Ethan Allen customers for almost 20 years.

“I think you really build a rapport with a designer, so it’s important that it all clicks,” he said. “We like Ethan Allen furniture. We have pieces we bought more than twenty years ago and they still look like new.”

Wilde declined to say how much the programs cost, but said they are shown about 28 times a month on Charter channel 16.

“People really do notice the program,” she said.

Wilde said the wide selection for a variety of styles is one of the reasons her business has a lot to offer its customers.

She welcomed the addition of two competing furniture stores near her location at Turkey Creek.

“I believe the customers will see and value what we have to offer,” she said.

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