Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts Opens Monday at 714 South Gay Street

When I interviewed Jodi Bowlin in August, she seemed to set an ambitious target for her opening date. She’s nailed it through long days (and nights) of work, and will open Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts this Monday, October 1, just as planned. You may have noticed what must be the first downtown Christmas decorations […]

You Might Be Surprised To Find What’s Happening Above the Phoenix Pharmacy

And you are invited to check it out first-hand tomorrow (Thursday) from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PMĀ at 418 South Gay Street, Suite 204. Ron Sherrill, owner of Phoenix Pharmacy, has a lot more going on than a drug store and soda fountain. He purchased the basement, first and second floors and one condo on the […]

Union Avenue Books Announces Expansion

  Nobody reads anymore, right? The independent bookstore is dead and digital reading devices have replaced traditional books. If anyone wants a book, they order it online. Right? Apparently, the simplistic narrative doesn’t tell the complete story. Union Avenue Books, founded by Flossie McNabb and currently co-owned by Flossie and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, Knoxville’s […]

Blackhorse Brewery and Downtown Pub to Open on Gay Street

Word has been circulating for a while that Blackhorse Pub and Brewery was coming to 430 South Gay Street. It’s the former location of Five Bar and, before that, Arby’s at the corner of Union and Gay, arguably the intersection at the heart of downtown. While many may miss the previous restaurant, in Blackhorse, downtown […]

Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness: Pole Dancing in the Old City

When my friend Eva (Ginger by Choice) recently told me her pole dancing class had moved to the Old City, I was surprised. When she said it had been downtown on Main Street for years prior to that, I was even more surprised. I’m not sure the last time there were active poles downtown, but […]