Sapphire Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Last Friday night Aaron Thompson, owner of Sapphire threw a party to celebrate the establishment’s tenth anniversary and to thank the people who have made it possible along the way. Aaron acknowledges the list is long, and he and I met recently to talk about the journey. Born in Carbondale, Illinois, Aaron had a complicated early […]

Art That Captures the Senses

I enjoyed the art last Friday and the small crowds I mentioned earlier made it possible to actually enjoy it up close. I’m afraid First Fridays aren’t usually the best viewing times for the various exhibitions, but that’s usually when I see them. With the largest part of the downtown crowd settled in on the […]

More First Friday with a Little Bit of Saturday

  After leaving Preservation Pub last Friday night I walked to Sapphire. Sapphire almost always has an interesting artist of one variety or another just inside the window to the left. It’s sort of like an artist-in-a-fish-bowl, making it a cool of its own. This particular First Friday David Teeters brought his glasswork and, as […]

Seeing Knoxville Through Different Eyes

Have you ever noticed how different something looks when you see it through someone else’s eyes. Maybe you’ve assured your friend that a movie is fine for their child, but as you sit with them you realize it had a whole lot more of something in it than you remembered. Or you’ve dragged a friend […]

Top Six Things I Learned About Knoxville This Weekend

# 6.     The Sapphire bartender has a sense of humor. This chocolate martini arrived at our table around 11:00 PM Friday night, delighting one of my out of town guests. Nice drinks at a nice place are one thing, but it’s that little extra that makes a memory and brings someone back to […]