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.) […]

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. […]