Corks Wine and Spirits Opens in the Old City

When Ryan McElveen announced that Corks Wine and Spirits would move from Turkey Creek to downtown Knoxville’s Old City, it signaled his feeling that Corks and the Old City shared a vibe that would serve them both well. The store joins the Old City at a time when it is once more resurgent, with numerous […]

What’s a Realistic Hope for Downtown Retail in 2018?

I’ve lived downtown for nearly nine years. Before that, I came downtown for various reasons from the time I moved to Knoxville in 1982. Retail has been a major part of conversations for all of those years. The decline was still in force in 1982 and hopes were the World’s Fair would help jump start […]

Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes Opens at 445 South Gay Street

I was prepared for the new store on Gay Street to be appealing and an improvement over the offices previously at that address. Familiar with what has been offered at Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes, I knew the merchandise would be attractive and appealing. I was in no way prepared for my first impression when […]

Two Established Businesses Leave Market Square – And It’s Good News for Gay Street

As downtown grows, finds its groove and generally learns how to be a modern city, it’s fun to focus on the big things: New construction, major buildings brought back to life and a booming downtown population. But there are smaller moves that signal changes reflecting our move in a healthy direction. Scott Schimmel and Lisa […]

One Business Closes, Another Moves Farther Out

The 100 block of South Gay Street is one of the few places downtown that people refer to by its number, often leaving off the name as unnecessary. It’s really the only block I’ve heard people reference this way until recently when the “700 Block” gained some currency due to the protracted construction there. I […]