Nest Closes: What Is Wrong With Retail on the 100 Block of Gay Street?

I started this website in June of 2010. In July I wrote my first article about the block. Then Mayor Haslam dedicated the re-opened, refurbished block which had undergone a dramatic re-working which had taken eighteen months, which was much longer than anticipated. I noted the special status of the block as the only spot […]

Jeffrey Nash Announces Plans for the Hubris Building on the 100 Block of Gay Street

Since the closure of Patricia Nash’s showroom and offices at 109┬áS. Gay Street, I’ve been asked repeatedly what would happen there. Additionally, Bula Boutique closed its doors recently at 115 S. Gay Street, just two doors down. While the two addresses might seem unrelated, they are not. The small building formerly housing Patricia Nash is […]

Nest Knoxville Opens Friday on the 100 Block

108 S. Gay Street springs back to life this Friday when Natalie and Marshall Stair open Nest Knoxville. In some respects it may feel familiar. You’ll find home decor and gift items customers knew to expect from James Freeman Interiors which closed its doors at the same location last November. But you’ll also find major […]

Sugar Mama’s is Open – Grand Opening Celebration Next Week

Sugar Mama’s – a bakery with beer and other foods – recently opened on the 100 block with the intention of trying a low key, soft kind of opening in order to get the kinks worked out. The plan went somewhat awry when word got out of the pending opening and a line formed down […]

A Downtown Business Offered at Auction

Dream of owning a downtown boutique? You might be about to read about the easiest opportunity you’ll likely ever have. It was just a few days shy of a year ago that I met Margaret Stanley, who had just opened Bootleg Betty the week before. She’d just arrived in Knoxville two months earlier, fallen in […]