Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts to Move Downtown

Jodi Bowlin, long-time owner (and now co-owner with husband Joshua Eades) of Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts has announced her decision to move the business to downtown Knoxville. It’s another shot of the slowly building retail outlets in the center city and, at 714 South Gay, it will stretches the retail zone of Gay Street. […]

A Business Closes Its Downtown Location After Five Years

It’s been a five year journey which ended this past weekend. Starting as a business in Clinton, owner Sandy Havener made the decision to move Coldstream Market to Market Square in 2013. It brought a retail piece that wasn’t present in the downtown market, with a blend of antiques and market reproductions along with locally […]

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 […]