Uncle Lem’s and South Landing CrossFit Coming Just Across the River from Downtown

Rendering of Uncle Lem's Mercantile and Outdoor and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Rendering of Uncle Lem’s Mercantile and Outdoor and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Two new businesses were announced yesterday, adding to the surge in development along Sevier Avenue just over the Gay Street Bridge from downtown. With the growth in popularity of the nearby Urban Wilderness and the looming opening of Suttree Landing Park, the area is attracting businesses at a rapid pace. Uncle Lem’s Mercantile and Outdoor and South Landing CrossFit, located at 1020 Sevier Avenue are located very close to Three Bears Coffee and Alliance Brewing, making the spot one of the most rapidly developing in the area.

The two businesses will share a 6,000 square foot building which, at the moment is an empty shell. Both represent an active lifestyle consistent with the concentration of canoeing, kayaking, hiking and biking in the area. Uncle Lem’s will stock all the equipment required for the lifestyle except the bikes.

Future Home of Uncle Lem's and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Future Home of Uncle Lem’s and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Future Home of Uncle Lem's and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Future Home of Uncle Lem’s and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

This will be the second location of the Uncle Lem’s brand, though this location will have an expanded  inventory which will include, “natural products that meet or exceed certified organic standards to assist our patrons with living a toxic free lifestyle, whether that be our organic camping food or essential oils and accessories.” Pharmacist Kendrick Smith will be a partner in the venture and he told me he intends to make sure the natural products are the best available.

Kevin Hill, owner of the Uncle Lem’s businesses has a personal stake in the all natural emphasis, his family has changed their dietary approach and he feels they are much healthier for having done so. He views the new product line as very consistent with the active lifestyle the rest of their products promote. “Uncle Lem’s has always been about promoting a healthy life via promoting an active outdoor lifestyle and now we have completed the package by promoting a cleaner way of living in a 21st century world full of man-made toxins.

Future Home of Uncle Lem's and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Future Home of Uncle Lem’s and South Landing CrossFit, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Future Home of Uncle Lem's and South Landing CrossFit with Three Bears Coffee and Alliance Brewing in the Background, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Future Home of Uncle Lem’s and South Landing CrossFit with Three Bears Coffee and Alliance Brewing in the Background, 1020 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, September 2016

Kevin and his family have lived in south Knoxville for the last six years and he’s excited to have one of his locations near his home. Kendrick, a twelve-year Knoxville resident, works at Long’s Drug Store and is vice-president of Smith-Turner Drug Store in Sneedville.

South Landing CrossFit is a first business for Crissy and Shane Glarrow. The couple make their home in south Knoxville and are excited to add to the health of the area. Crissy sums up their goals, “We want to get people healthy and strong in the gym, so they can take their health and wellness goals outside of the four walls of the gym, and do what they are passionate about. . . We want to help people achieve their life goals in the gym to provide them with functional fitness for the community and to live their life fully.” The center will offer a range of classes and will offer memberships.

Both businesses, which were represented by Conversion Properties, hope to be open in October or November.

Comments

  1. Diane McClain says:

    How about something on Chapman Highway besides title loans and “antique” mkts. It’d be nice to have some sidewalks and walk signals and turn lanes so some of us can from point A to point B safely. Have you ever tried to cross Chapman and Young High Pike without praying. it’s the same trying to cross Chapman and Moody. If Walgreens took up some of the their laws and made a wider path it might not be so bad.Seems like walk signals and turn lanes are the least he city can do to protect their citizens. This is why I don’t take my grandkids walking much because it isn’t safe.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says:

      I wrote about that at least once. I walked to Disc Exchange and detailed how perilous it is. But when a road diet is mentioned, it gets a lot of negative response on the southside.

  2. It Is about time the old South Knoxville gets a new look been years of South Knoxville just living the dead life. The Waterfront has brought the best out for us and will be used for sure by lots of people and appreciated by many!

  3. Stewart Smith says:

    South Water front growth is amazing and likely to only get better. Now if we could just get a place to have a healthy breakfast and lunch along Sevier that would be great.

  4. Uncle Lem’s is a perfect addition to South Knox! So glad to see my old neighborhood getting some fun new stuff.

  5. What a great fit!

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