Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes Opens at 445 South Gay Street

I was prepared for the new store on Gay Street to be appealing and an improvement over the offices previously at that address. Familiar with what has been offered at Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes, I knew the merchandise would be attractive and appealing. I was in no way prepared for my first impression when […]

Two Established Businesses Leave Market Square – And It’s Good News for Gay Street

As downtown grows, finds its groove and generally learns how to be a modern city, it’s fun to focus on the big things: New construction, major buildings brought back to life and a booming downtown population. But there are smaller moves that signal changes reflecting our move in a healthy direction. Scott Schimmel and Lisa […]

One Business Closes, Another Moves Farther Out

The 100 block of South Gay Street is one of the few places downtown that people refer to by its number, often leaving off the name as unnecessary. It’s really the only block I’ve heard people reference this way until recently when the “700 Block” gained some currency due to the protracted construction there. I […]

Coldstream Market Consolidates to 521 Union Ave., Closes Market Square Store

It was an experiment for downtown Knoxville and, in the end, a successful one. When Coldstream Market announced its opening in September 2013¬†at 34 Market Square, the event was notable not only because it brought a new business to downtown and Market Square, but because it was a first for second story, walk-up retail in […]

Coldstream Market Expands to a Second Downtown Location

  When Coldstream Market opened in September of 2013 at 34 Market Square, it stirred quite a bit of conversation around town. Could a second floor store survive in downtown Knoxville? Would people overlook it? Early comments about the store were positive, but long-time reader and commenter, Greg, wins the pool for best prediction. In […]