Two New Businesses Planned for the Holston Building on Gay Street: Vida and The Vault

Jim and Lori Klonaris have announced the addition of two new businesses to their growing portfolio. The owners of Kefi, Cafe Four, The Square Room, The Press Room, and City Catering have purchased the bottom floor and basement of the Holston Building. The Holston, located at 531 South Gay, first opened in 1913 as the […]

Three Questions Answered and a Couple of Other Random Pieces of Information

One of the fun things about doing what I do is that people are always running into me and saying, “Hey, quick question . . .” It leads to some of my favorite conversations. Often the person asking the question about a random downtown topic knows more than I know, but they assume I have […]

What’s Being Built? How’s It Coming?

Given the intense interest in new construction and some conversations I’ve heard recently indicating people have missed a few construction announcements along the way, it seems helpful to sometimes review some of the projects and report on their progress. So, here, in no particular order are some of the projects which are currently underway along […]

ETCDC Home Tour 2016 Highlights Outdoor Spaces

As I noted last week, the East Tennessee Community Design Center hosted a home tour which included a wide range of home styles, sizes and floor plans. The unifying theme of this year’s tour was outdoor space. It’s something I’ve talked about on this site before and it’s potentially an important feature in an urban […]

Tour Downtown Homes at the Urban Home and Garden Tour

I can’t remember the year my wife and I first attended a tour of downtown homes. It must have been sometime in the early 2000’s. We were struck with the range of residences, from traditional to modern, from large buildings to small and from main corridors to hidden side streets and alleyways. Some of them, […]