Pioneer House Prospering on Gay Street, Hosts Major Art Show

Julie Belcher moved to Knoxville in 1982 with the intention of becoming an architect. While at UT she switched directions to study graphic design. She interned at and worked for five years at Whittle Communications, a place she describes as, “the most wonderful, creative environment I ever worked.” I’m talking in the upstairs art studio […]

Culture Hair Studio Opens on Gay Street

Liv Halcomb, owner of Culture Hair Studio has deep downtown roots for a person so young. Born in Knoxville and raised in Karns, she spent a large part of her childhood in the Old City because of her father’s business, Moss Creek, still located on Jackson. Childhood memories include running to the corner to get […]

A New Business Announces Plans to Come to Gay Street

It didn’t take long after the departure of the Cruze Farm Milk Bar from 408 Gay Street, for word to start circulating of a pending shop to take its place. Through a summer that often saw lines out their doors, there was hope among some ice cream lovers that they might announce permanent plans for […]

Three Downtown Businesses Will Soon Be Forced to Relocate

It’s a price of progress. While needed infrastructure tasks are completed which allow us to continue to grow, a price is sometimes paid. Jackson Avenue has been under re-construction and renovation for months and it’s been hard for the businesses and residents there. That looks nearly complete and it brings up the next infrastructure challenge: […]

Yes, Downtown Knoxville Has a Pharmacy, And Now We Have a New Pharmacist

It’s a question they say they’ve gotten repeatedly in the few days they’ve been in the downtown pharmacy: “Is this a real pharmacy?” Brad and Hannah Blackwell recently purchased Charlie Southerland’s ownership percentage in the Phoenix Pharmacy and settled in last Friday. They agreed to chat for a few minutes about the business, themselves and […]