Ham’n Goodys Opens at 505 S. Gay Street

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

Knoxville has another great local business tucked around the perimeter of the Embassy Suites. With the addition of Ham’n Goodys, which opened last week, the hotel now is host to Knox Mason, K Brew, Top Golf, CJ’s Tacos, Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa, as well as the new confection store. It’s an impressive lineup in spaces which could have simply been a part of the hotel, and now it’s even better.

The space is in a bright corner of the building adjacent to Krutch Park. It sparkles like the rest of the hotel lobby, with marble floors, large windows and modern, unique lighting. It’s a small space with a couple of tables and a display case showing the confections.

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

They do not sell coffee, as that is on the other side of the wall at KBrew. You can buy your confection and go next door to the coffee shop. Seating there is available in the lobby, as well as in KBrew. There is an entry and exit directly into the hotel, as well as off Gay Street.

The downtown location is a confectionery at this time, but there are hopes to expand into the “ham” part of the name in coming months (as well as their chicken salad and more). For now you’ll find their famous lemon glaze cookies and a list of other cookies. They have tea cakes, brownies and slices of several kinds of cake on any given day. Also available are whole cakes.

Dale Harold is the current owner of the Knoxville restaurant group. Founded in 1978 by Leroy and Emily Shoemaker, the business was subsequently purchased by Dale Harold in 2016. The original location in Bearden moved to Northshore, where it remains. A Cedar Bluff location was opened next and the downtown location is the newest. The business also operates two food trucks.

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

Ham’n Goodys, 505 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, September 2020

When you stop by, you’ll likely see Lisa Lawson, manager of the downtown location or Varnell Been, Jr. who was a warm host when I stopped by. He’s previously worked at the Tennessean, where he supervised the Drawing Room, and the Holiday Inn before that. Furloughed from the Tennessean, due tot he pandemic, he’s excited to bring his brand of personal hospitality to the business.

The new location is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Comments

  1. Varnell! He alone is a treasure. If no other reason, go in to see him. He is a true picture of hospitality.

    • Yes! You just don’t meet people like Varnell often. Not only is he a perfectionist, not only does he have the highest of moral codes, but he is the kindest of souls, as well. Love him! PS- I’ve had the tea cakes and they’re fantastic as well.

  2. YUM!!!

  3. Stewart Smith says

    We were peeking in the window on the opening weekend. Some young man came out to give us a couple of their glazed cookies. Very nice gesture. I did not mention the reason we did not go in was to avoid the temptation of so many sugered treats. Best of luck

  4. Glad to see them downtown, BUT they need to add the HAM AND POTATO SALAD too!

    • I want to wish Lisa Lawson the best in her latest endeavor, and I promise to visit you soon. I am sure your management skills and outgoing personality will make Ham’n Goodys a success at this location.

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