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Gay St. boutique Julie Apple closing
Gay St. boutique Julie Apple closing

One of the first businesses to return to the 100 block of Gay Street is now closing its doors.

Friday marked the final night for Julianne Applegate's store Julie Apple.

The store sold custom, eco-friendly handbags featuring prints from plaids to petals.

Applegate is letting the store go because her husband is taking a job out of state.

Regardless, she says she'll always be proud of her time and work here in Knoxville.

"You know, Knoxville is always evolving, and people think a little differently here and it's been great to be a part of that for a few years of thinking a little bit differently. And it's catching on, and I think you're going to see more and more independent designers," she said.

We first met Applegate on Channel 10 during a "Your Stories."

She got her big design break right here at home when she was hired to work for Le Sport Sak in Dandridge. During her nine years there, she went from design associate to VP of design and development.

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