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 […]

Sapphire Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Last Friday night Aaron Thompson, owner of Sapphire threw a party to celebrate the establishment’s tenth anniversary and to thank the people who have made it possible along the way. Aaron acknowledges the list is long,¬†and he and I met recently to talk about the journey. Born in Carbondale, Illinois, Aaron had a complicated early […]

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville Party 2013

I’ll keep my comments brief today, and give you some photographs of last night’s Metro Pulse event. It turns out the winners in the various categories were invited to a VIP version of the party starting at 5:00 and lasting until the beginning of the advertised party at 7:00. For this first portion, food from […]