That’s what Don Short, the star of the Scripps Networks TV show, West End Salvage, had to say when he made an appearance here recently at a Knox Heritage Summer Supper fundraiser.
Short, whose show runs on Scripps’ DIY Network, spent time on Market Square and in the Old City, he had dinner at Knox Mason on Gay Street and lunch at Tupelo Honey. “Knoxville rocks,” he said. “It’s really a special place.”
Appropriately, Short’s appearance was at the Summer Supper held at Knox Heritage’s Salvage Shop at 619 Broadway. The Salvage Shop is a program that accepts donated historic building materials (50+ years old) to prevent these valuable items from going to the landfill. These items are resold to benefit Knox Heritage. The donations include historic materials such as sinks, stoves, doors, windows, wood, flooring, hardware, lighting, furniture and more. All donations are tax deductible.
Short was the perfect guest for this event. He owns West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a five-story, 50,000-square-foot warehouse that includes not only thousands of salvaged historical items, but also a coffee shop, wine bar and workshop where Don and his team build and restore furniture. The facility also doubles as an event space where last year 40 special events, including many weddings, were scheduled.
Short got into the business by accident really. In 2004, as a result of restoring several historic homes, a passion of his, he decided to have a weekend tag sale to get rid of some of the salvage he had collected and free up some space in his storage unit. The sale was so successful that he did it again the following weekend. And the enterprise grew and grew from there. West End Salvage, the TV show, is in its second season on DIY.
Dinner included Waldorf salad, chicken Kiev in white wine sauce, beef Stroganoff, roasted potatoes with creme fraiche, haricot verts with pine nuts and glazed carrots.
Other hosts not mentioned in this post included Louise Ball, Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington, Martha Buchanan, Austin Ferber, Mark Grayson, Laurie Macnair, Danielle and Mike Stokes, Kent Takano and Joey Creswell. Great job, folks.
Short is right. We do have a kick-ass town!
From Scruffy to Kick Ass — now that’s PROGRESS…
Haha, Sherri. You are so right! I’ll take it!
Your blog has, yet again, let me know about a place in Knoxville that I didn’t even know existed! The Salvage Shop looks amazing! (And I want Susana’s hat AND cabinet! Oh, and the chips and dip.)
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