Downtown TVA Credit Union Develops Plan to Move

Rumors have circulated for some months that the downtown TVA Credit Union, currently located at the corner of Gay Street and Wall Avenue, has plans to move. While contracts have yet to be finalized for a purchase of the building, steps have been taken for the credit union to purchase and occupy 31 Market Square, […]

Knoxville Chamber Under New Leadership for First Time in Seventeen Years

What does a Chamber of Commerce do? The answer apparently varies from one city or town to another. The needs vary between areas as do the approaches taken by the organization. The stated mission of our local Chamber of Commerce is, “to drive regional economic prosperity by providing progressive programs and sustainable partnerships. We aim […]

French Fried Vintage Adds to the Retro in the Holler

Co-Owners Jenny Salata (the French) and April Burger (the fried), along with their stuffed-chicken mascot (the vintage) have opened a new shop at 1520 North Central. The two have been doing pop-ups for a while and have acquired a following for their vintage, or maybe more correctly, “retro,” clothing and other sundry items. Fun fact: […]

Second Bell Rings in Its Second Year at Suttree Landing Park

  Last August something happened that had never happened before: South Knoxville, on the southern bank of the Tennessee River, with the backdrop of the city skyline, played host to its first ever music festival. Second Bell, the brainchild of Rusty Odom of Blank Newspaper, brought two stages and ten hours of music in a […]

A Look (Way) Back at Downtown Businesses: Do They Last? (Part Two)

Last Friday I looked at downtown businesses, from 2010 through 2013. I found that survival rates were about average for downtown Knoxville as compared to national business survival rates. In 2010, seven businesses opened and two remain open. In 2011, nineteen opened and eight remain open. In 2012, twenty-five opened and thirteen remain.   Of those […]