2011 Business Review: What We Lost Downtown

In this, the second year I’ve written Stuck Inside of Knoxville, the pace of change continues to be breath-taking. It’s sometimes hard to see as events happen, alterations are made, new faces emerge and old ones fade. In retrospect, however, a simple listing of business losses, changes and additions highlights the intense comings and goings […]

100 Block, Unarmed Merchants and What’s What, Part Two

Gorgeous, hand-crafted mirror from Unarmed Merchants: $18 Yesterday’s post regarding the closing of Unarmed Merchants on the 100 block elicited several comments which then led to a post on Spiniffy by Andrea, who often comments on Stuck Inside of Knoxville. Her post, in turn, generated an agreeing comment from yet another blogger. Several things about this provocative elaboration prompt me […]

Breaking (and heartbreaking) Business News

After First Friday in August, one of the stalwarts of the 100 Block of Gay Street will close its doors downtown for good and, likely, make a move to the new Public Market at Turkey Creek in a much smaller version of itself. Unarmed Merchants, owned and operated by Aaron Shugart-Brown who has been an […]

100 Block Officially Reopens with a giant Block Party

´╗┐ Balloons Mark the Entrance to the 100 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville, October 2010 ´╗┐First Friday featured celebrations all over downtown. One of the biggest was on the 100 block of Gay Street which has finally reopened after a lengthy and painful reconstruction. The wait has been worth it. Crowds Fill the Street at […]