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 […]

Boldure Gifts Quietly Does Business as the Old City Changes Around It

It’s one of those open secrets we all overlook somehow. New openings make for big splashes – especially now that so many people are attuned to downtown Knoxville. A new bar, restaurant or development announcement is often met with great interest. But who are the people who’ve been doing the work of retail quietly and […]

Patricia Nash Designs Holds Grand Opening, Shows New Headquarters

Last week I showed you a photo or two taken from outside the new Patricia Nash corporate headquarters and showroom. The grand opening late last week offered the opportunity for a look around inside the space. It’s one of the best looking interior spaces I’ve seen any of our many building rehabs. Jeffrey Nash (developer […]

Flow: A Brew Parlor Closes on Main Street

When it opened in December of 2014, I joined Brad Peer, owner, in having high hopes for the shop. Situated on Main Street, Flow: A Brew Parlor sits far from other retail and culinary options. I reasoned that to be an advantage – less competition. Further, I felt Brad had several natural sources of support. […]

Demolition and Construction Set for Central Street in the Old City

Last May a group made an initial presentation to the Downtown Design Review Board detailing their plans to demolish the buildings at 120 – 122 Central Street and replace them with an attractive three-story building. The plans have changed since that first reportĀ and now include a larger, four story, brick building. The project is in […]