36 Market Square Reacquired by the Wests Twelve Years After it was Seized

Dating to around the 1882, 36 Market Square has seen all the various phases of the square, from bustling to dead to bustling, again. Jack Neely in an article for Metropulse noted, “One building that catches the eye of architectural students is on the Square is northeast corner, with entrances on Market Square and Wall […]

“Lost Tales of Scruffy City” Series Published Today

Scott West has published a set of four books in the series, “Lost Tales of Scruffy City: Unauthorized Walking Tour.” Designed as a self-guided walking tour, the series takes a look at the darker side of Knoxville history, proclaiming on the cover, “Great cities are built on great crimes.” The first expectation of those who […]

Tommy Trent’s Old Tyme Sports Bar to Open Soon

It’s not as if Scott and Bernadette West need something more to do with their time. In addition to operating Preservation Pub and Scruffy City Hall and, along with family, Uncorked and Earth to Old City, they’ve got construction underway at 26 Market Square for Bernadette’s Crystal Barrooms set to open in September. They’ve also […]

Business Updates and Changes, Plus New Unofficial and Slightly Twisted Walking Tours

Downtown in this era is a constant re-working of a giant jigsaw puzzle of shifting shapes. At the vortex of much of that change has been the West family and their various enterprises. Their businesses on Market Square currently include Uncorked, Earth to Old City, Preservation Pub, Scruffy City Hall and Market House Cafe. Changes […]

Building Purchased on Market Square: New Business Announced

When Rita’s Ice closed after nine years at 26 Market Square, the location seemed unlikely to remain empty for long. But there were questions: Given the increasing price of rent on Market Square would a chain take the space? Would the vacant second floor find a use? A chain of some sort seemed likely. A […]