Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa Opens Inside the Embassy Suites

Ami Patel, owner of Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa inside the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street (enter through Union Avenue entrance), searched with her husband, Alpesh Patel, owner of the new downtown Embassy Suites, for businesses that were local or very different from currently available downtown options. On a trip to Asheville, the […]

K Brew Downtown Opens on Gay Street

In addition to the opening of the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street last Thursday, a number of ancillary businesses opened at the same address. Alpesh Patel, Embassy Suites owner and developer, was very deliberate in bringing local or unique businesses to the hotel, making the prime downtown corner an attraction for locals as […]

Knox Mason Re-Opens Thursday in New Home

It’s the best of Knoxville stories. The kind of arc that can’t really happen, but does happen because, well, Knoxville. About twenty years ago in a high school typing class, freshman Alpesh Patel and junior Matt Gallaher could never have imagined that their futures would merge in such a major way. To thicken the plot, […]

An Update and Look Inside the Downtown Embassy Suites

It was October 2017 when Alpesh Patel announced plans for his Kana Hotel Group to transform the office building at 505 South Gay Street to an Embassy Suites Hotel. At the time, the estimated completion date was spring of this year and work began in early 2018. Progress has been steady and continues, but the […]

Plans Announced for a Major Building on Gay Street

Three weeks ago I wrote about the Conley Building at 505 – 507 South Gay Street. After a range of uses over the years, serving mostly as banks and office space, the building had become entangled in legal wrangling between two owners, resulting in a long-term under-utilization, including a prime corner at Union and Gay […]