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 […]

Scott West’s, The Crook Books: Volume One, “Good Intentioned Bad Guys” to be Released Friday

You’ve likely never read a book quite like this one (pre-order here). If you know Scott West, co-owner and operator of Preservation Pub, Scruffy City Hall and Market House Cafe, that doesn’t surprise you. Written during his time in the Blount County jail starting in 2006 and, predominantly, during his time in Federal Prison CampĀ in […]

Uncorked Enjoys a New Incarnation with Vinyl, Books and Chef T.J. Smith

Uncorked has enjoyed a long run on Market Square, seeing numerous changes both internally and on the square around it. Some of us have a hard time not referring to it as “Oodles,” which was part of its original name. Restaurants evolve and the “Oodles” portion of the name was dropped last year in favor […]

New Business Coming to 36 Market Square!

It didn’t take long, which is in itself an indication that there is no need to despair about downtown when a few businesses close. Orange Leaf Yogurt closed at the end of 2014 due to problems which had nothing to do with Market Square, downtown or even Knoxville. Still, coming with all the other closures, […]

Jingle Bell Run Highlights a Christmas-Filled Weekend

I hope each of you had a great weekend. Christmas activities continue to dominate the downtown landscape and, incredibly, it’s all over next week and we’ll be on to New Year and beyond. We took a little pause from Christmas for a quiet evening Friday at the Bistro at the Bijou with its excellent food, […]