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Weekend edition January 06, 2023 | Shannon Smith

Here are all the businesses that opened in Downtown Knoxville in 2022

New restaurants, gift shops, and bookstores, oh my!

The landscape of Downtown Knoxville and the list of tenant businesses that call it home are always evolving.

In 2022, 17 new businesses opened in the Downtown area with a wide variety of services and products for people who live in or visit the area.

If you haven’t checked them out, take a trip Downtown and experience the fun!

Food and drinks

  • The Brass Pearl is a raw oyster bar in Market Square serving up fresh seafood and creative cocktails. It’s a sister restaurant to both Stock & Barrel and Chivo.
  • Frothy Monkey is a Nashville-based coffee shop that’s come to Gay Street.
  • Vid’l is a plant-forward vegetarian restaurant in the Old City.
  • Alice in Appalachia is an Alice in Wonderland-themed cocktail and shopping experience in Market Square.
  • Harvest boasts a fresh seasonal menu and a diverse wine selection on the 100 block of Gay Street. Their original location is in Bearden.
  • Hong’s Kitchen features an Asian-fusion menu by the owners of Seoul Brothers and can be found at Pretentious Beer Co. in the Old City.
  • Red Panda Grocery is a market in the Old City offering a grocery and candy section, as well as a hot menu with baked wings, sandwiches, hotdogs, and more.

Retail shops

  • Addison’s is a bookstore on the 100 block of Gay Street specializing in rare and old books. They offer thousands of unique finds, plus The Tea Bar inside brews exquisite Chinese teas.
  • Bethie Lou’s is a gift shop in the Old City that boasts unique jewelry, humorous décor, bar accessories, and more.
  • The Holistic Connection is a cannabis dispensary and dab bar on Gay Street.
  • Paris Woodhull Illustrations is a retail storefront, artist studio, and print shop for local muralist Paris Woodhull on the 100 block of Gay Street.
  • Smiley Aesthetics on Union Ave. offers injectibles like Botox, and helps people with weight loss, general health, and wellness.
  • The Spice & Tea Exchange is a national franchise offering a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, salts, sugars, and more on Gay Street.

Live, stay, work, and browse

  • Arrowmont Gallery is an exhibition space on the 100 block of Gay Street for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
  • Marriott Downtown replaces the former Holiday Inn near World’s Fair Park and includes stylish guest rooms, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a fitness facility, and more.
  • Maker Exchange is a multi-use space inside the Marriott, designed to showcase and celebrate the city’s artistic community. It includes a maker shop called The Curio.
  • The Tribute opened on the corner of Locust St. and Cumberland Ave. in the former State Supreme Court building. The multi-use apartment space offers a private rooftop lounge, as well as options for guests seeking a one-night stay or month- or year-long leases.