Holly’s Corner Closes After Five Years

The first thing Holly told me was that she wants people to know it’s OK. She’ll close Holly’s Corner (which I profiled here in 2014) at 842 North Central on December 29 and she’s excited about the opportunity to focus completely on one business: Holly’s Gourmet’s Market in Bearden. It’s been an institution since 1978 […]

Sapphire Lays Claim to Its Story at 428 South Gay Street

Located at historic 428 South Gay Street, Sapphire has been a downtown cocktail destination since 2005. A dozen years in is long enough for a business to reevaluate itself, take stock of strengths and look toward its future with fresh eyes. That’s what owner Aaron Thompson – who started there as a bartender, becoming the […]

Building Purchased on Market Square: New Business Announced

When Rita’s Ice closed after nine years at 26 Market Square, the location seemed unlikely to remain empty for long. But there were questions: Given the increasing price of rent on Market Square would a chain take the space? Would the vacant second floor find a use? A chain of some sort seemed likely. A […]

Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (12/10 – 12/19/2017)

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 one place I’ll go […]

2017 Stars of Knoxville Preservation Announced

A mixture of buildings and the people who brought them back to life were honored last night by Knox Heritage. Kim Trent, Executive Director, presided over what will be her last awards ceremony, as she has announced her intentions to leave the organization after the first of the year. Ken Stein, President and CEO of […]