Category Archives: Business

Nest Knoxville nestles into downtown

It was a sweet gathering of family and friends last weekend as Nest Knoxville, the beautiful new furniture and gift store on the 100 block of Gay Street, officially opened its doors. Proprietor Natalie Stair and her husband, Marshall, an … Continue reading

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Stunning Lonesome Dove eatery opens Friday

The long awaited game restaurant, Lonesome Dove, located in the former Patrick Sullivan’s building in Knoxville’s Old City, will open to the public this Friday. A pre-opening cocktail party last night revealed the beautiful job Chef Tim Love and his … Continue reading

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Emilia exudes excellence

For the longest time, downtown dwellers and aficionados have bemoaned the fact that, of all the great and diverse number of eateries located there, there has not been in ages even one honest to goodness upscale Italian restaurant — only … Continue reading

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Tony Spezia: It’s not a risk if you know the outcome

Tony Spezia, who recently retired from his position as CEO of Covenant Health, gave a speech at a party in his honor April 1 that truly knocked it out of the ballpark. Spezia’s speech was so powerful that Alan and … Continue reading

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Whittle-ites reunite

The early 1990s were a challenging time for me. I had just left my job as a newspaper reporter and editor at the now defunct Knoxville Journal (sad story for another day), and I was casting about trying to figure … Continue reading

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Bruuuuuce! (He’s back. In a big way.)

(UPDATE: Primo closed in March 2017. The restaurant lost its chef. Service tanked. Closing was sad, but not surprising.) My husband, Alan, and I have followed the career of Chef Bruce Bogartz since he opened his restaurant called Southbound in … Continue reading

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Sam Beall’s important impact

There will be tons of media stories today and tomorrow about the passing of 39-year-old Sam Beall, father of five and proprietor of the world-renowned Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Media outlets reported that Beall died late yesterday as the result … Continue reading

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Cheers to the Coffee Club!

When members of the venerable Coffee Club, who have been meeting at least weekly in downtown Knoxville since the 1930s, looked at their bank account record the other day, they noticed they had a tidy little sum saved up.

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Drake’s draws customers in droves

Anyone who says you can’t be all things to all people clearly has not been to a Drake’s restaurant! Drake’s opened in Knoxville last week at 242 Morrell Road at the former location of Puleo’s and Charlie Peppers. It has … Continue reading

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Blue Streakers take a ‘dive’

Because the Blue Streak would not be possible without the cooperation of hundreds (at least) of Knoxvillians who patiently stop in the middle of partying to pose for photos and chat at events, we like to reward them from time … Continue reading

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