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 […]

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 […]