Geezers Brewery Prepares to Open Tasting Room on 5th Avenue

Geezers Brewery has been a growing presence on the Knoxville Craft Beer scene for years in one form or another as they’ve grown and evolved organically. Their passion for home brewing and mountain bikes, developed into a blog in 2010. That eventually gave way to a focus on the brewing and on developing a long-term […]

First Century Bank Brings Community (and Maybe 21st Century) Banking to Downtown Knoxville

First Century Bank is relatively new to downtown Knoxville, but it’s been around (officially) since 1899. President and CEO Rob Barger says they have records that indicate it was doing transactions even earlier. I’d noticed they moved into one of my favorite downtown buildings at 625 Market Street and when branch manager, Jeremy Loftis, contacted […]

Event Shop Offers Event Planning from Downtown

When Event Shop opened on Jackson Avenue last year, it seemed an unlikely spot for the new business. The Jackson Avenue viaduct outside the address is set to be demolished, rendering the address less than ideal without a very long ladder. It might seem just as unlikely that Holly Holloway and Brooke Carper, two young […]

Coolato Gelato Closes (Will It Return?)

The rumors have been swirling for several weeks. There was an Instagram post saying Coolato Gelato was closing. Then it was gone. There was a Facebook post saying Coolato Gelato was closing. Then there wasn’t. The lights are turned off and they are not currently open. I met with co-owner Julianna Texada to get the […]

Sugar Mama’s Closes on the 100 Block, Owners Announce New Plans

In March of 2016, Sugar Mama’s opened at 135 South Gay Street. Hannah and Mike McConnell brought a love of craft beer and Hannah’s baking skills to a brick and mortar address after early success working out of their home. A number of businesses carried their goods and the couple had a cooking segment on […]