Final Chapter: Just Ripe Closes (And One Additional Business)

The “final chapter” caption might seem a little melodramatic, but I really do feel I’ve documented this little storefront at 513 Union Avenue more intensely than anything else I’ve written about. In January of 2011 I told you about their pre-opening fundraiser, their opening in May 2011, their half-birthday in December 2011, their reorganization, their subsequent near closure and their purchase […]

Just Ripe Re-Opens Today with Renewed Focus

Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time know that I have been a fan of, and have closely followed, the little specialty grocery store, Just Ripe. In January of 2011 I told you about their pre-opening fundraiser, their opening in May 2011, their half-birthday in December 2011, their reorganization, their near […]

A New Option for Downtown Food: Better Bushel

  Food. It’s always an issue for those of us who live downtown. One of the great conversations when I moved downtown in 2009 was “what will you do about groceries?” The idea suggested was that downtown living wasn’t viable because of the lack of a downtown grocery store. Of course, downtown residents can do […]

Is Knoxville Cuisine Improving? Which are the Best Downtown Restaurants?

We’ve had numerous debates about food in Knoxville over the years I’ve written about downtown. I generally write about restaurants that open, and while I’m spreading the word more than I’m reviewing them, I generally find some good things to say. Are we world class? No. Do we have the variety of restaurants found in […]

Ice and Snow in the City, February 2015

It’s become a tradition for me to walk about in the snow each winter and take photographs of downtown Knoxville. The twist this year was that our initial snow wasn’t a snow at all, but was the most ice I believe I’ve ever seen at one time. I missed the last big ice storm locally. […]