A Gay Street Business Closes, So Does Part of the Street (and an Art Exhibition Opens Briefly)

It was just a year-and-a-half ago that I announced the opening of Potbelly Sandwiches at 522 South Gay Street. It was the second Knoxville franchise location operated by the same investment group and operated by local musician and businessman Mark Ray. It took the place of the recently closed Lenny’s Sub Shop at the same […]

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 […]

Reruns Boutique Announces Its Closure

When I first wrote about Reruns Boutique nearly two years ago, I said it was one of the oldest businesses still operating in downtown Knoxville. As owner Nanci Solomon made the announcement yesterday that the business will cease operation later this summer, and she and I sat down to talk about the business once again, […]

Top Ten Articles of 2014

So, here we are with the top ten. Before we get into it, I’d like to thank some people who have been important to the success of the blog this year. Just John added tremendous value by writing about his innovative ideas for the city and spurring great conversations. Guest bloggers Greg Manter, Adam Henig, […]