A Favorite Downtown Business Returns to the City

I’ve never seen anything like it in the years I’ve been writing about downtown businesses. Some businesses seem to hold a lot of promise, sometimes I’m not so sure. Sometimes I am pretty accurate in my assessment of their prospects and sometimes I’m surprised at their success  – or the lack of it. Last summer […]

A Market Square Business Leaves, Another Downtown Business Takes Its Place

A number of you have noticed that Local Motors has left downtown and its 11 Market Square Address. Both when I first wrote about their opening and when I wrote about their retail re-boot, a number of you questioned the long-term viability of the retail store-front viability. When the re-boot happened, I was hopeful. The […]

A Downtown Business is Sold and Changes Its Name

I recently was asked if I was aware of The Red Brick Market, located oat 1401 McCalla. I wasn’t, so I made it a point to drop in. What I found was a business which I knew by another name. It’s also a business that is undergoing additional changes. Formerly Nostalgia on McCalla, owner Jeff […]

Rala is Open for Business at the New Location: 112 W. Jackson

Last December, Nanci Solomon, owner of Rala, announced that the business would leave its home of seven years on Union Avenue for a new location in the Old City. The decision came on the heels of the owner of the building deciding to convert the retail space to residential. It marked not only the end […]

Draft Agency Turns Passion into a High Tech Company in Downtown Knoxville

You may be like me when I first heard mention of “Draft,” or the Draft Agency. I thought, “is that downtown?” It turns out the company has been downtown for nearly five years, but they’ve undergone quite a bit of change, including a name change. Like me, you may know them by their former name, […]