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Cumberland Ave. businesses gear up for football season

Cumberland Ave. businesses gear up for football season

As the clocked ticked ever closer to kickoff Friday night, businesses along the Cumberland Avenue strip were buzzing.

"Pretty much anything can happen," said Travis Robertson, general manager of Tin Roof. "It's going to be busy no matter what you do, and there's ways to kind of subtly prepare, get everybody ready, but, I mean, you just have to come to work and kinda be ready for whatever."

Robertson said, on gamedays, around 350 customers flood his restaurant, all hoping to fill up on food and alcohol.

Tupelo Honey Cafe holding job fair

Tupelo Honey Cafe holding job fair

An Asheville based restaurant set to open this fall in downtown Knoxville is looking to hire its newest employees. 

Tupelo Honey Cafe is holding a job fair Tuesday and Wednesday.

The restaurant is looking to fill both front and back of house positions and they need to hire about 80 new employees.

Anyone interested should apply in person between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Sysco Knoxville.

You can print off an application at tupelohoneycafe.com/careers .

The job fair runs Tuesday and Wednesday.

Urban Outfitters coming to Market Square in spring 2013

Urban Outfitters coming to Market Square in spring 2013

The trendy retailer Urban Outfitters is coming to Downtown Knoxville.

The store will be going into the Arnstein Building off Market Square and plans to open in spring 2013.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, there was a vote to offer a $250,000 incentive to help bring the retailer to the city. The money will help the developer offset expenses related to getting the store open.

Chamber holds brainstorm session on Downtown improvement

Chamber holds brainstorm session on Downtown improvement

A handful of representatives from Downtown gathered to cast a vision for the future of the area.

Both residents and business owners alike attended a meeting at the Knoxville Chamber Thursday evening. They brainstormed ways to work together to improve the Downtown area.

With many businesses moving Downtown like Tupelo Honey Cafe, leaders say it's time to come together to help Market Square and the Old City move forward.

Gay Street improvements expand beyond 100 block

Gay Street improvements expand beyond 100 block

With many ongoing improvements to Downtown Knoxville, Market Square and the 100 block of Gay Street have been a primary focus.

Now, plans are in place to attract more people to a lesser known section of the downtown area.

Mer Mer's Bakery sits just beyond the I-40 overpass, on the 600 block of North Gay Street. City officials have now extended beautification efforts to that end of the street.

"Hopefully it will draw more customers and interest on our side!" said Caroline Lawson, who works in the bakery.

She says improvement is already visible.

Turkey Creek Public Market closes

Turkey Creek Public Market closes

Just 11 months into its opening, the Turkey Creek Public Market closed its doors to the public Sunday.

"It's been very profitable for us. We've also learned (a lot)," said Retta Gregg, who owns and works for local dried foods company Tennessee Tastes. It is just one of the hundreds of vendors at the West Knox County venue.

More than 450 vendors took advantage of the marketplace, following a two-year, $8 million renovation. The site was the former Outlet Mall.