Of John Black Photography, Jackson Avenue and Smokey . . .

In the months since John Black Photography moved from their five-year Union Avenue location, I’ve missed seeing both John and Amanda Taylor – and Molly, their large tail-wagging family member. Last July at the end of a five-year lease and facing increased rent, they moved to the Jackson Avenue Workshops at 514 W. Jackson. It’s […]

Knox Whiskey Works Hosts Grand Opening Friday!

I’ve said it before, I sometimes feel like I write about some distant future that never seems to arrive. The first time I sat down with Stanton Webster to talk about the crazy idea of bringing a distillery to downtown Knoxville was over a year ago. The hope then was to open in the spring. […]

Arcade Games Coming to Gay Street: Harrogate’s Lounge at Suttree’s

I accused Matt Pacetti and wife Anne Ford of being a downtown power-couple and they laughed. It’s undeniable, however, that their reach has steadily grown over the time I’ve written about downtown. Urban Woman and I first met them separately: She was our favorite face at Bliss Home and he was my go-to guy at […]

Knox Whiskey Works Update – Distiller Announced

  When preparing for this article, I was surprised to realize it’s been just over nine months since I first announced Knox Whiskey Works, a small-batch craft distillery,¬†would be coming to 516 West Jackson Avenue. The projection was for a¬†spring opening and, given we’re close to entering autumn. It turns out they have some news: […]

One Business Isn’t Coming, Another Progresses, One Leaves

More business news continues to pop up here and there. Today’s news isn’t overwhelmingly positive. Business is a complicated matter and a wide range of variables can force a project to change directions entirely. We have a couple of instances of changing directions today, along with one that is steadily moving forward. Let’s start with […]