16 Market Square (Former Latitude 35 Site) and What Could Happen There

After the major upheaval on Market Square last December which saw the closings or announcements of closing of Shonos in City, Latitude 35, Steamboat and Orange Leaf, interest has been intense as to what would happen in each space. The former Steamboat is now Agora, two other spaces are rapidly moving toward opening dates, but […]

One More Final (?) Closure on Market Square – and a Rumor Addressed

The closure of the Peanut Shop on Market Square has been reported elsewhere, but not mentioned here, as it happened over the holidays. Hopefully it will be the final closure on Market Square for the foreseeable future and we’ll have good news to report soon. There are many reasons businesses fail and they certainly fail […]

Three More Businesses Set to Close on Market Square

It’s the kind of headline I would not have imagined at this point in downtown’s redevelopment. Even yesterday when I wrote about business changes, they all seemed more or less for the better and simply a common pattern of re-alignment. Then comments started mounting about one restaurant and another, so I followed up. And the […]

Scruffy City Comedy Festival Highlights a Busy Downtown Weekend

If you like comedy, the only place to be this weekend is downtown. The festival started last night with the finals for the Rocky Top Comedy Contest in Scruffy City Hall. Eleven contestants squared off – some from Knoxville and some from as far away as Nashville – to see who might be the funniest […]

Blankfest, Biscuit Fest, Book Fest, Bob Fest: They Just Keep Coming

Residents of downtown Knoxville might be forgiven if they suffer from a little festival fatigue this time of year. We’ve had Earthfest, Outdoorfest, the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Rhythm and Blooms Festival and the Rossini Festival. That’s a festival each for environmentalism, outdoor recreation, the arts, the specific art of music and the specific music […]