Tori Mason Shoes, 29 Market Square, Knoxville, July 2016
Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen’s latest business venture, Tori Mason Shoes located at 29 Market Square opened for business Monday. The location had been Bliss Home, operated by the couple since 2005. The new venture marks a shift of sorts, though they’ve had shoes at Bliss (their original store across Market Square) and the shoe store will continue to carry some of the gift items previously found at Bliss Home. You will find the complete background on the business in my initial article on the topic.
I’ve always found the space to be attractive and after its transformation to a shoe store it is no less so. The smell of leather fills the air and a friendly staff greets customers. The friendliness of the staff has always been a strength for their businesses and it continues to be true in the new shoe store.
While the store focuses on footwear, you’ll also find wallets, purses, travel bags and more. The purses vary from fun and funky to elegant. The store is well stocked with a range of boots and booties, dress shoes and casual styles, with an emphasis on stylish comfort. Brands you might recognize include Bed Stü, Freebird by Steve Madden, Jack Rogers, Miz Mooz,Rocket Dog and Dolce Vita. Prices range upward from $40.
While the store has already opened its doors, it officially holds its Grand Opening Party on First Friday. Artist Kate Moore’s work will be featured, and you’ll find prizes, giveaways, treats from Wild Love Bakehouse and drinks. They hope you’ll come join the party.
In the meantime, the store is open for business from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day except Sunday when hours are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Check them out on Facebook and definitely follow them on Instagram where you’ll find photos of new products as they arrive.