Another Market Square Business Closes: A Closer Look

It’s the third business to close on Market Square in the past few weeks. First Blue Coast Burrito closed at 37 Market Square, followed by the Juice Bar on the opposite corner at 2 Market Square. Now Bluetique, located at 31 Market Square for the last 5 1/2 years is closing. (See original story here.) […]

Two Businesses Open and One Re-Opens

I often write about new businesses when they are announced. That gives us all a chance to anticipate what’s coming soon. One of the down sides is that the announcements typically don’t include photographs because the businesses aren’t yet ready for photos. For that reason, I try to loop back and catch them when they […]

How Do We Develop Great Places?

What is a great place? The answer is likely in the eye of the individual beholder to some degree, but there are places so loved by large groups of people that we might find some agreement. Of course there are grand natural spaces all around the country and the world – some of them, like […]

Dogwood Arts Festival 2018 Celebrated in Perfect Weather

Downtown Knoxville was caught up in Dogwood Arts Festival fever from Friday morning into the evening on Sunday. Crowds built slowly through the day on Friday and by Friday night thousands had joined the fun. Saturday and Sunday, with pitch perfect weather, drew massive crowds to the culminating spring Dogwood Arts event. Artists filled Market […]

A Market Square Business Closes to End the Year

For a spot that sits at the heart of who we are as a city, a place that we consider the center of whatever good has happened to Knoxville in recent years, Market Square showed a remarkable volatility in 2017. Do you realize that through the year two businesses closed (Cocoa Moon, Rita’s Ice) and […]