A Downtown Business Expands, Opens at a New Address

Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, September 2017

As the “maker” scene spreads and expands around the city, one business that’s been around quite a while recently moved in order to expand – and they could already use more space. It seems Knoxville wants to make things in a big way. Mighty Mud recently moved from its four-year home on McCalla Avenue to its new digs at 127 Jennings Avenue in the building best known as the Lusk Body Company building.

The area, as I’ve discussed before, is sort of eaten up by “makers” of one sort or another. Just next door is Ironwood Studios where John McGilvray does his woodwork and Preston Farabow does his metalwork. Just around the corner in one direction is Maker’s Donuts. In the opposite direction a block away is Magpies and Holly’s Corner. Tomato Head’s bakery will soon be on a nearby corner. High tech printing and design is two blocks away at High Resolutions and beside that is old school printing at Striped Light. That’s not to mention the Hive.

Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, September 2017

Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, September 2017

Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, September 2017

I talked to Barron Hall, owner of Mighty Mud to see what prompted the move and what’s up with the business. He bought Mighty Mud from Jessica Kortz, who he thinks was about the fourth owner. Once he purchased it, he moved it to McCalla from its previous home on Sutherland. An artist himself, he was operated Gallery 1010 for UT at the time, he wanted it to be nearer an art scene.

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Hola Festival 2017

Jimmy Bonilla and his Orchestra, Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

It’s always a fun event. I’ve loved it for years and Urban Girl, and now, Urban Boy have grown up with it. The Hola Festival, in its eighteenth year, has become not only an opportunity for our neighbors to display their Latin traditions, it has become a tradition in many of our families.

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Jimmy Bonilla and his Orchestra, Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

In its current incarnation, it started on Saturday night at 7:00 PM, with music and dance (lots of Salsa dancing)  at the Market Square Stage. While last Saturday night will not be fondly remembered in our local sports community, the only emotion on display on Market Square was joy as Jimmy Bonilla and his Orchestra cooked on a Latin beat and the crowds danced and laughed into the night.

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Smells of tacos, empanadas, picadillos, pupusas and more filtered through the downtown morning just before the 11:00 opening. People in colorful costumes emerged from every direction as the excitement built. Latin music played over large sound systems blared from each end of the large footprint of the festival.

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Hola Festival, Knoxville, September 2017

Vendor booths dotted Market Square, food tents lined Market Street, a children’s area was placed inside the parking lot adjacent to Krutch Park Extension, which was, itself, filled with country exhibits. By 11:30 crowds were building and people began finding a spot to view the Parade of Nations.

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Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (9/17 – 9/26/2017)

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the … [Continue reading]

New Restaurant Opens on Gay Street

It's an interesting spot for a restaurant. It has the Gay Street address, but you have to look closely. Tucked back into a beautiful alleyway that runs along the southern side of the East Tennessee History Center, it's a quaint, charming spot, but it … [Continue reading]

Downtown Art Wraps by the Knoxville History Project Appear Around the City

This past summer as the Urban Clan drove around the wild west, we stopped over in Missoula, Montana. I snapped a photo though the car window as I drove (don't do this at home, children) of a buffalo "painted" on an electrical box. We'd noticed them … [Continue reading]