An Event Calendar

Hey guys! Go check out the Event Calendar I am working on. If you have an event on the 100 Block that you want to share with people, please email me and I’ll put it on the calendar. There are a few events on there already. Go check them out and see what excitement we have coming up in the near future.

Mardi Growl

Mardi Growl is on its way! Here is the information you need:


WATE on the 100 Block

Dusting off the blog

Hey there!  Just getting the blog caught up with all the exciting goings on concerning the block.

October was the big annual meeting and three new board members were elected – Angela Howard of Urbhana, Paula Clancy of Nouveau Classics, and Andrea Monk a resident in Sterchi Lofts.  It was a great meeting with business owners, property owners, and residents getting the opportunity to voice their opinions about the future direction of the block. And if you were unable to attend the meeting, but you would like to get involved in the block, please contact the board and we’ll let you know about upcoming board meetings you can attend and other ways you can get involved on the block.

I want to take this opportunity to say a fond farewell to retailer Eleven, who closed shop at the end of October. I know that I for one will definitely miss their beautiful displays in the shop window. But as life in a city is never in stasis for very long, we can look forward to a new business moving in there in the very near future, 11 Cafe. I spoke with Mr. Moussa the owner and he told me his cafe will carry pastries, coffees, beer, wine, and cheeses. So that is a very exciting development and I can’t wait to see the cafe up and running. Be sure to stop in and welcome Mr. Moussa to the block.

Also, I never got a chance to welcome lululemon to the block. They have taken the storefront formerly occupied by Unarmed Merchants. They sell a variety of yoga and athletic wear. They also have different events in their showroom. Stop in and find out more information about their running club or the occasional complimentary class they offer on Saturday mornings.

And, it looks like we will be welcoming a couple more new restaurants to the block in the near future. But I’ll save that news for a future blog entry.

Now, to address the panhandling issue we all have on the block, please check out this brochure put out by the 100 Block Association (click on the images for a larger version):



100 Block Meeting

The next 100 Block meeting is scheduled for 11/9/2011 at 1:00pm, hosted at FMB.

100 Block Association: Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors of your 100 Block Association

Invite you to Attend the

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:00 at the Emporium.

Get Involved!  This meeting is open to all residents, property owners and residents of the 100 Block of Gay Street as well as other interested individuals.

Come hear about parking and crosswalks, special events, crime prevention and reporting, response to homeless population, trash service, transportation, pets and other 100 block issues.

You will meet the current Board and there will be time to share your ideas for our block. We need your input to set our agenda for the upcoming year.

At this meeting we will vote to fill open spots on the board (click here to download and print ballot) and the current board will share what we have accomplished this past year. If you are interested in serving and are not on the ballot, it is not too late to add your name!  Please contact our Secretary Ann-Marie Tugwell if interested by emailing to

All are welcome and we sincerely hope you mark your calendars and attend!

July Minutes Posted & Save the Date

The July Minutes have  been posted, to view them and others, please click here.

Please save the date as we are having our Annual Meeting, October 11th at 6:00pm at the Emporium. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please submit your name and general information to P. Smith or Ann-Marie Tugwell. Currently we are in need for a business or residential representative.

Stop Panhandling

Click here to download a pdf version on the brochure.

Support agencies exist to help people meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

By dialing 3-1-1, people in need can gain access to support services here in Knoxville. You do not need to feel guilty when saying no to panhandlers.

If you are the target of illegal soliciting or panhandling you are encouraged to call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-4010 and report the violators description and the location where it occurred.

The City of Knoxville is working to make the Central Business District a better place to live, work and visit. But giving money to panhandlers slows down the effort. A few cents may seem very little to you. However, it does more harm than good especially to the panhandlers themselves because:

• Panhandlers usually use the money to buy alcohol and drugs

• Giving panhandlers your spare change does not help them address the circumstances that put them on the street, and it may discourage them from seeking assistance from social service agencies;

• Local social service agencies can help people change their circumstances by providing full meals, shelter, clothing, health care and employment services.

When confronted by a panhandler, the most compassionate thing you can do is politely decline and keep walking.

This is a summary of Knoxville’s Panhandling Ordinance:

After sunset and before sunrise.

By repeatedly asking a person.

Using abusive language or profanity.

In an aggressive manner in a public area.

In parking lots or garages owned by the City of Knoxville.

On private property if the owner or has a sign posted or has asked the person to stop.

From motorists in traffic

From persons waiting in line to be admitted to a commercial establishment

By falsely representing why they are seeking money

Or within 20 feet of:

A crosswalk

An entrance or exit of any bank or check cashing


Public restrooms

Pay phones

Sidewalk café or outdoors dining area

A bus stop or bus station

If you want to give money to help the homeless, or those in the downtown who are in need, support programs like the ones listed below.

Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry (865) 673-6540

Salvation Army (865) 525-9401

Volunteer Ministries (865) 524-3926