A Market Square Business and a Union Avenue Business Close

It’s a truth that may be hard to keep in focus in these heady times in downtown Knoxville, but businesses don’t always make it and the ones that are successful for a period of time don’t stay forever. There may be direct and obvious causes or there may be nothing discernible beyond the simple numbers. […]

Cruze Farm Milk Bar Pops Up Today

Sometimes the universe atones for itself. After a relatively mild run, summer began both technically this week and with a harsh reality that has Knoxville baking. What could balance out this unfortunate development? Cruze Farm ice-cream might do the trick, right? Well, just in time for the worst of the heat, Colleen Cruze and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]