Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (12/17 – 12/26/2017)

Knoxville TubaChristmas, Market Square, Knoxville, December 2017

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the one place I’ll go to every time – if you invite me before I write the post.

If you see an event I’ve missed and you’d like to plug, please comment below. I am no longer able to add to the list events about which I was not informed in advance – it’s just gotten too big, and that’s a good thing. Staying true to the scope of the blog, I’ll only list downtown or near-downtown events. Any number of venues outside of downtown have some great events, but I have to draw a line somewhere. If you want to add those in a comment, that’s fine. Please “Friend” me (Alan Sims) on Facebook and invite me to your events. Look over to the right of this post and not only “friend” me, but “like” Inside of Knoxville. Subscribe (also to the right) to make sure you catch all the posts.

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Knoxville TubaChristmas, Market Square, Knoxville, December 2017


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Thursday, December 21

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Mid Mod Collective, The Book Eddy and Wild Love Bakehouse Celebrate, Expand

Mid Mod Collective, 1617 N. Central, Knoxville, December 2017

Well, two of them celebrated and two of them expanded, but the point is when locally owned businesses thrive, celebrate anniversaries and expand, it is a very good thing for us all. These are three businesses that have been well supported over the years, represent a work of passion for their owners and deserve many more years. A December 10 event celebrated their success and their plans for the future.

Of these businesses, The Book Eddy is the oldest. Started in 1991 by book lover John Coleman, he’s seen the business through many incarnations and locations – including a stint at the Holly’s Corner location discussed here a couple of days ago. While he maintains a warehouse on Jennings (soon to be moved), he’s found a home at 1621 North Central, just behind Wild Love Bakehouse and he’s consolidated his stock at that location.

John Coleman, Owner, The Book Eddy, 1621 N. Central, Knoxville, December 2017

Previously a part of Mid Mod Collective, as of December 1, The Book Eddy, once again, operates as a separate business at the new location, which is situated between Wild Love and Mid Mod. While he and partner Eleanor Scott are on premise Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the store is accessible during Mid Mod hours through their space.

The business actually started life as the Old City Book Shop where it was located for a dozen or so years (exact dates for the business’ changes have faded a bit). Online sales started in 1995, but John says he always backed off online sales when they threatened to surpass sales at the store. He finally acknowledged the modern force that online sales have become and now a majority of sales happen that way for the business. You can check out his online collection here.

The Book Eddy, 1621 N. Central, Knoxville, December 2017

Still, he describes the business as, “old school analog,” insisting that some books need to be looked at before being purchased. He points out that book sales are only one part of the business, with ephemera being a large component via such formats as old magazines, advertising and sheet music. He’s not so much for anything with a barcode involved.

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Checking Out the Window Wonderland: Christmas Windows in the City

I found a perfect night, recently, to take a walk through the city with my camera. What's a perfect night in December, you ask? Well, it's a misty, rainy night with glistening streets and mild temperatures. Sure, I was cozy inside my home, but I … [Continue reading]

Holly’s Corner Closes After Five Years

The first thing Holly told me was that she wants people to know it's OK. She'll close Holly's Corner (which I profiled here in 2014) at 842 North Central on December 29 and she's excited about the opportunity to focus completely on one business: … [Continue reading]

Sapphire Lays Claim to Its Story at 428 South Gay Street

Located at historic 428 South Gay Street, Sapphire has been a downtown cocktail destination since 2005. A dozen years in is long enough for a business to reevaluate itself, take stock of strengths and look toward its future with fresh eyes. That's … [Continue reading]