Art Market Gallery: Downtown Jewel Hiding in Plain Sight Celebrates 35 Years

The 400 block of Gay Street is probably the most active block in downtown Knoxville that isn’t called Market Square. If you asked downtown visitors to name the businesses they frequent off Market Square, many would name Mast General Store, Downtown Grill and Brewery, Babalu and Sutrees. Maple Hall and the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain […]

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 […]

Knoxville Christmas Parade 2016

For starters, the weather was just about perfect for the thousands gathered for the 2016 Knoxville Christmas parade. Temperatures were cool enough to feel seasonal, but not bone-shattering cold and there was no rain, though who could complain at this point if there was? We joined the smaller crowd on the 100 block again this […]

Veterans Day 2016 Falls During Interesting Times

I’m told that Knoxville doesn’t have the biggest Veterans Day Parade in the country. If true, that would come as quite a surprise to the people who gathered on Gay Street last Friday. The very large, festive crowd of thousands that gathered at 10:45 had begun to fray around the edges by 11:45. After noon […]

Photographs and Updates from Gay Street Projects (And New Businesses)

Construction at the Farragut Hotel/Hyatt Place is continuing at a rapid pace internally. The building has been virtually gutted, as is obvious in the photograph below. Also shown in the photograph is the appearance of the sign recently proposed to the Downtown Design Review Board. The covering over the sidewalk, which erupted into an online […]