First Mural in Downtown Sevierville: Wings of Wander

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Many have noticed beautiful public art and wondered when we could have the same in downtown Sevierville. Today is the day! The first mural in downtown Sevierville has been created by local artist, Pinkie Mistry.

Pinkie was chosen by the Sevierville Commons Association to create the first mural downtown at 111 E. Main Street on the back of a building owned by Sevier County Bank. I watched the process over several days and am happy to share pictures depicting the evolution of our new mural downtown. It is amazing! 

Day 1

I pulled out a lawn chair and joined Sofia to watch the beginning of the process as the sun set over the courthouse. 

The mural shows a large set of butterfly wings with smaller butterflies floating away  to the left. That makes this butterfly mural extra special, in my opinion. The artist chose the monarch butterfly in particular because they are found in Tennessee during the yearly migration to Mexico. 
Next, Pinkie and her husband fixed scaffolding to allow her to reach the higher areas of the mural. I left before they added the second level of scaffolding. That would have made me nervous to be so high in the air!

Day 2

I dropped by on my way to work and found the wings taking shape with beautiful color. Pinkie sat high above the ground to reach the top of the butterfly.

Two sections of scaffolding reached the higher parts of the mural.
I saw this posted on a Facebook Live feed so I took a quick screenshot to capture this work in progress. Consequently, that is why you see the emojis in the bottom left corner.  
On my way home after work, I returned in time to see a WBIR reporter recording the story. I didn’t disturb them—just took a snap. 

Here is a link to the news story on WBIRTV. https://www.wbir.com/article/life/sevierville-artist-brightening-up-her-hometown-with-beautiful-butterfly-mural/51-69dcbbb4-8127-4d53-84d0-548a24d2417e

Many of us are nervous on ladders and dealing with heights so this moment was interesting. It shows how the artist captured the finer touches of the work. I saw her balancing the paint bucket on the ladder in front of her and admired both her composure and balance. 

The Finished Product!

The next morning, I stopped by on the way to work and found the finished mural ready to enjoy! This is how it will look as you drive into the parking lot from Bruce Street. 

Here is the hashtag to find photos of the Wings of Wander mural on social media—and where to post your photos as well. #wingsofwander  In addition, it shows how to find info on this artist. Here is a link to Pinkie Mistry’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/DesignsByPinkieMistry/ 
and find her on Instagram at @pinkiemistryart. 
                                                            Beautiful!
                            Now, there is nothing left to do but enjoy it!
Wear black clothing and you almost seem to become the monarch butterfly!
This may be the best thing downtown and it is free! Come and enjoy Wings of Wander, the first mural in downtown Sevierville. Many thanks to Pinkie Mistry for her talent! It was worth the wait! 

 

Wanderlust Salon Open in Downtown Sevierville

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With one look at the online invitation, I knew that it would be a great idea to see the new location of Wanderlust Salon in downtown Sevierville. I had visited the salon at the previous location so it was very exciting to learn that Wanderlust had opened in downtown Sevierville— so much more convenient now! I was able to attend the Open House a few weeks ago and signed up for some great specials. If you have not yet visited the salon, here is a look around.

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The new location of the salon is downtown Sevierville on Bruce Street, just a few doors away from Graze Burgers. Although the sun was going down in the late afternoon, it was bright and cheery inside.

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The salon is festive and ready for the holidays, with lots of gift ideas too.

 

This is my favorite gift idea!

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Wanderlust is an Aveda Salon so there are many products for those who appreciate the brand. I have used them for years and like them a lot.

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Any traveler will appreciate the sentiment above.

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The salon is using the natural brick and wood found in the older building and it is quite warm and charming.

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There are comfortable places to linger and wait for your appointment.

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Of the most interest for some of us—massage rooms! There are several and each has a nice ambiance. I have already had one treatment and enjoyed the whole experience.

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Many will appreciate the bohemian decor as it lends to a relaxing state of mind.

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Treats were catered by Courthouse Donuts. The table was so nice!

Delightful!

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A special visitor was also ‘out and about’ downtown.

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The salon is spacious and the wood floors add a neutral background that loves the light. You will enjoy your time there.

I am including this photo for now to show that the Bruce Street road/utilities work is going on downtown, but you can easily walk from the parking lot at the gazebo directly into the salon. For parking, turn down Court Avenue and take a left on Bruce Street to access the gazebo parking lot. You can easily cross the street to the salon.

There are two barbershops downtown so it is going to be so nice to have a salon as well! The Wanderlust Salon Open House had some well priced specials: consequently, I have already had one massage and will have another in the next couple of weeks. You can find  future specials by following them on Facebook. Here is a link. https://www.facebook.com/Wanderlustsalonspa/

There are some exciting things in store for downtown Sevierville and Wanderlust Salon and Spa is a key component to that growth. It is also exciting for clients who appreciate Aveda salon and spa services. Wander over to the area and see this exciting new business when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

The Past Came to Life During History and Haunts 2019

Despite a threat of rain, I went downtown to see the last weekend of History and Haunts in downtown Sevierville. What a nice event! This was a special event that took place every Saturday in October. Each Saturday offered unique activities and fun. I was particularly looking forward to the last Saturday in October due to the Haunted History walking tour, led by Sevier County Historian Carroll McMahan—and it was amazing.

There were a couple of food vendors parked in front of the courthouse. This one is becoming quite popular.

The Sevierville Commons Arts Council never disappoints with their ‘make-it-and-take-it’ art. I got a little souvenir of the season. How cute!

The Sevierville Commons Art Council had an amazing assortment of fall crafts for all ages. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin painting and the homemade masks. In the photo above, Crystal is helping me cut a mask to resemble a cat for my work outfit tomorrow. Thank you!

Fall was in full force downtown.

Music on the courthouse steps created a festive atmosphere. You could actually get a seat because a huge crowd was on the first Haunted History walking tour at 6:00. I was hoping to do the 7:30 tour to enjoy it after dark.

Downtown is lovely right now so go see it if you get a chance.

It was dark and approaching the time for the 7:30 Haunted History walking tour. It was full of tales about past Sevier County citizens, many who met a tragic end. The actors above were members of the Seymour High School Drama and Forensics group. They were excellent!

I checked the radar on my iPhone (as my friends and colleagues know that I do) and saw that showers and thunderstorms were nearby. Because the threat of bad weather, the 7:30 walking history tour took place in front of the courthouse. It was a good call.

Dolly seemed to be listening to the tales along with us.

The students were assigned a person in Sevier County history and given a brief background about the person, but it was the students’ responsibility to create lines and to retell the story in the ‘first person.’ They did a great job! Caroll McMahan, Sevier County Historian, led the tours and introduced the former Sevier County residents.

“Former residents’ summarized their lives…and their untimely ends. I really enjoyed the improvisation and the interaction between the actors and Carroll McMahan, our county historian.

This unfortunate character ended up with an axe in the head.  (The actor said that you can find and axe like this one on Amazon!)

Each character told their story quite cheerfully. The students skillfully performed their lines and roles. Bravo!

At the end, choir members from Northview Academy sang a somber song to close the event. I wish that I could remember the name of the song because it was so pretty.

Because storms were headed our way, I decided to skip the storytellers and to save that for next time. In conclusion, it was such a nice event! I had heard of it before and had always wanted to do it, particularly the Haunted History walking tour with actors. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to experience History and Haunts during October and recommend it for you next year. It was such a nice evening.

See you out and about in Sevierville…

Howl-O-Ween Fun at History and Haunts October 10, 2019

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The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest was gearing up when I arrived for the second weekend of History and Haunts in downtown Sevierville. Music and lawn games were already taking place too.

Contestants were preparing for the dog costume contest.

The Sevierville Commons Arts Council had a wonderful craft for young and old—masks!

These masks were made by artists and attendees at the event. Free fun for everyone. Don’t ever miss a ‘make-it-and-take it’ event by the Arts Council. So fun! 

Waiting excitedly for the contest.

Several businesses were on hand to share information and prizes. I am pretty sure that I used this one a long time ago when I had a water leak in my apartment across town. I would definitely call them again.

There is a saying: No matter where you go, you can always find a sombrero. I loved this little dog. He is a rescue animal. His owner said that he is so good with people and other animals. My kind of pet!

When you have three dogs, a carriage seems to be a good idea. These pet owners were ready for the event with the cutest little costumes on their fur babies.

I asked this young man about the costume. He said that he found this lobster costume at a TJ Maxx. I need to go shopping there again for my pup next year.

The trophies were serious.

Minions!

I loved Beagle Juice! I think that this pup may have won two awards. The first time that I have seen a dog wig. So funny.

All the winners lined up for the ‘Best of Show’ category.

I believe that one of the contest judges is quite a canine expert.

This vendor was certainly in the right place.

Dressed for the season and the contest. This pup was the best behaved, of course!

This vendor had info and it reminded me that it is time to make an appointment for a facial. The MediSpa has aesthetic and cosmetic treatments. The Sevierville location is 740 Middle Creek Rd, Suite 111.   www.medispaknoxderm.com

It was fun to take home a little MediSpa goodie bag!

The gazebo area downtown is really special when the sun sets and I enjoy being there.  The courthouse is illuminated in the distance. 

I walked to my car to take one last picture of Dolly and the October night sky when …

I noticed a Smoky Mountain storyteller sitting nearby telling tales. I joined them to hear a few stories. Some sounded like real mountain tragedies that happened long ago. The lady held us spellbound with her tales and presentation. It was a perfect end to the History and Haunts second weekend.

But get ready…there is more! 

This Saturday, October 19, will find zombies taking over the downtown area.

“Thriller” music video dance lesson at 5:00 p.m.

Zombie costume contest at 6:00 p.m..

A Zombie Walk downtown at 7:00 p.m. (so you won’t be surprised if you drive by or stop into Graze for dinner).

Zombie flash mob and Thriller dance at 8:00 p.m.

Starting at 5:00, the Sevierville Commons Arts Council will offer a ‘paint your own pumpkin’ activity that will decorate your home quite nicely for the rest of October. This craft will fun for everyone in the family.

A lot will be happening downtown on Saturday evening so come out to join the fun that only happens once a year.

See you out and about in Sevierville!

History and Haunts: October 5, 2019

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I arrived about 5:45 to see the first weekend of History and Haunts in downtown Sevierville. Although it took place at the same time as a Vols home game and the Tino Homecoming, there were quite a few people enjoying the event. And what a nice evening it was!  Here are some pictures from my visit and the Walking History tour that highlighted famous African American brick masons in Sevierville.

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I parked behind Sevier County Bank (my bank) and walked to the back of the gazebo area for the History and Haunts event. Henderson’s Produce was at their usual spot and had some beautiful pumpkins for sale. (I ended up buying several bags of produce on my way out so the bank was a good parking choice.)

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Always glad to see Courthouse Donuts and all their treats. There is no better downtown supporter than this business!

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Next, I found the Sevierville Commons Arts Council table with the ‘make-it-and-take-it’ craft. So fun! Kids of all ages will enjoy the Arts Council crafts.

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The only limit is your imagination!

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I made it in time for the 6:00 Historic Walking Tour of downtown Sevierville, led by Carroll McMahan. The tour would focus on Sevierville citizens who were African American brick masons. Their bricks built most of downtown!

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It was easy to find the tour. Just walk up and enjoy!

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We walked up Court Avenue to hear Carroll McMahan tell us about buildings formed by local brick masons and to hear about some local history. We heard names like Isaac Dockery, Tom McMahan, and Stuart Burden. One of the people taking in the tour was also a descendant of Isaac Dockery. It was fascinating.

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You can see so many brick buildings downtown and most were built by local African American brick masons. They had their own kilns so they could make the bricks on their properties off Allensville Road and Middle Creek Road.

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We wandered by more houses with historic significance. This building was originally a hotel that served early visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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We walked by this building. It has changed ownership since I was here a while ago.

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The old Sevierville Post Office was a stop on the tour. When I moved to Sevierville, it was still open!

At the end of the tour, I wandered around the gazebo area before the sunset. However, I imagine it will be nice after that because the event was open until 9:00.

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This business will be relocating soon downtown. I cannot wait!

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Next, I wandered over to see some of my favorite vendors. This is my favorite soap artist. She has some lovely things for the fall season. I hope she is back next week!

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There were some other new vendors at the event downtown.

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Several games were located by the gazebo. Come and play Jenga or Cornhole!

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It is a great family event. Four legged family members on a leash are welcome too.

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The sun sets on the courthouse with pumpkins ready to be taken home.

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Signs of fall.

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History and Haunts will take place every Saturday in October. Go to www.downtownhistoryandhaunts.com to see more.

Next week, there will be music, games, fall crafts, storytellers, a downtown walking tour, and a Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest. Registration at 6:45 and the contest will take place at 7:00. Bring your fur baby!

A Zombie takeover will take place on October 17, with a costume contest at 6:00 p.m. A Zombie walk follows at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., a flash mob will perform the dance from the famous video “Thriller.” Lessons will take place at 5:00 p.m. for those who want to perfect their dance moves for the flash mob at 8:00.

October 26 will be amazing! Live music, games, fall crafts, and food will accompany the main event: Haunted History walking tours. Sevierville Historian, Carroll McMahan, will lead a Sevierville Walking History tour that will feature actors from Seymour High School’s Drama Club that will bring the past back to life. Tours will take place at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30p.m. I’ll be there for the later one to enjoy the tour after sunset. There is sure to be some seasonal ambiance.

Lots of fun activities will be happening downtown Sevierville on Saturdays in October. Scare up a friend or two and come on down. See you out and about in Sevierville.

 

Perfect Weather for a Farmers Market : June 14, 2019

It was only 70° as I parked at the lot on Main Street and Court Avenue to go to the downtown Sevierville farmers market. With those temps, I knew that it would be a special day to enjoy the market without all the usual heat. What a nice day it turned out to be!

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The entrance to Court Avenue is lovely. The Department of Parks and Recreation deserves compliments for their hard work. This spot is lovely.

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Did you realize there are brochures for a downtown self-guided walking tour?

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The flags were out for Flag Day.

First, I stopped for a coffee at the Crust and Crumb on Bruce Street. Next, a friend met me for lunch. After that, we strolled to the farmers market around 12:30 to catch the last 30 minutes.

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My first stop was the table by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council. Pictured left to right are Marilyn Davenport, Crystal Lynn, and Elizabeth Cole.

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So many beautiful things at the Sevierville Commons Arts Council table.

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Art is alive and well downtown. We can look forward to some upcoming ‘make-it-and-take-it’ classes soon.

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Ham and Goodys is famous for their cookies and many customers have made a drive to Knoxville to get these treats.

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Rather than individual cookies, Ham and Goodys sells them by the dozen. I chose an assortment to take to my father for Fathers Day. The Ham and Goodys people said that customers were waiting when they arrived at the Sevierville farmers market in the morning! Yes, I can believe that.

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I sometimes buy soap from this vendor, but suddenly developed a thirst and had a refreshment instead. What wonderful lemonade! Make sure that you look for this young entrepreneur next week! Great lemonade!

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The Sevierville Fire Department brought a beautiful old fire engine and we wanted to go for a spin.

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Sevierville’s finest are at the farmers market to answer questions and offer help to the community.

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The downtown Sevierville farmers market is a good opportunity for families to shop or work together. The food sold here is the best of the summer!

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This is one of my favorite vendors: Sevier Blumen. I bought some Zinnias for my dining room table and they are beautiful.

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The bouquets are a delight for the senses.

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Who can resist beautiful flowers?

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Don’t forget to bring a shopping bag to the farmers market!

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Soon, it was closing time for the market so I wandered down Bruce Street toward my car. A wonderful smell was coming from Graze Burgers and I could hear music coming from their outdoor patio. The sounds and smells always entice me to come over for  a while.

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Every time that I go downtown, Graze Burgers beckons with sounds and the aroma from the grill. So nice.

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I hope to visit the Graze Burger outdoor patio soon. They are ready to serve you.

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Currently, the construction was happening at the upper end of Bruce Street. This is needed to install underground utilities and new water lines.

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As I walked to my car, I could see work going on for the new lofts going in downtown on Main Street. Perhaps that will be a future post when we are out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

 

 

Two Coyotes Studio in Downtown Sevierville

 

One of my favorite places in downtown Sevierville is the Two Coyotes Studio. I like to drop by and browse the art and jewelry. In fact, I have bought several gifts and earrings for myself at this business. Also, it is just fun to chat with the owner/artist, Bev Gwinn Jones. Come along with me to visit this little treasure tucked away upstairs on Court Avenue.

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If you are looking in this direction then you are very close to the studio entrance. Check the Facebook page (included further in the article) to be aware of current hours. She is busy teaching classes in the summer!

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The door is to the right of D Garden Florique.

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The door is to the left of Southern Fried Hair. Now, you have found it on Court Avenue.

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Walk in the door and you will be directed up the stairs.

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It looks like a lot, but it you will be at the top in seconds.

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When you are close to the top of the stairs, you will see some pretty things!

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Everything will catch your eye!

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If you like jewelry, especially earrings, then you are in the right place.

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I love the visual presentation.

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So many pretty things!

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Bev Gwinn Jones is the artist/owner of the studio. She has had an interesting career trajectory that has led her to downtown Sevierville. Originally from Knoxville, Bev lived in Gatlinburg during her college years, working at a plant store called “Plants and Other Healthy Things.” Later, she worked with the Record Bar, a chain of record stores in the southeast. You may remember the Record Bar in West Town Mall? She traveled a lot through Nashville, East Tennessee, and more during those years.

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I always must admire this photo in the Two Coyotes Studio. OK, I admit that I always go over to this photo to pay homage to one of my favorite music artists.

Here is a short version of the story behind the photo above. Bev moved to Texas and was working as  regional manager for a record store chain when a friend invited her to go to a Sting concert. Not only did she get to see a concert of a lifetime, but they also had backstage passes. There was a long ‘meet and greet’ line to see Sting, but it was all completely worth it! Bev will tell you the story. Apparently Sting was very pleasant and personable as they got to enjoy that moment. Bev says that she had two highlights of her music store career: meeting Sting and David Crosby. What luck!

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At the height of her music store career, Bev had 24 stores under her supervision. Eventually, she was able to move back with the company to Nashville and ended up in Sevierville to start her family.

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When I asked Bev why she named her studio “Two Coyotes,” she told me that it came from a time when she and her husband lived in Colorado. Coyotes are iconic animal figures in Colorado, much as bears are in our area. Bev said, “Coyotes mate for life and their nest is usually high on a mountaintop.” One can see the parallel and it is perfect.

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Bev created and sold her art in Sevierville as she raised her family. I borrowed this photo  from the Two Coyotes Studio Facebook page that shows her selling her creations on Bruce Street in 1992. Bruce Street was her first venue; later, she began doing arts and crafts shows.  Eventually, she settled into her Court Avenue location. Catch her studio link here https://www.facebook.com/BevGwinnJones/ .

IMG_6853Bev sells her creations at my favorite boutique in town: Loraleis. She also once sold them in a store that you may remember called the Common Good. Now, her creations are primarily sold in her own studio.

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I always find 10 things that I like on this display. Love the birdcage to display jewelry!

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I admired these necklaces. Beautiful color!

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Bev Gwinn Jones is busy creating art and teaching classes. Go to her Facebook page and click on ‘events’ in the left menu. She offers small group art camps for children in her studio. Also, she helps lead a drama camp at her church so check the Two Coyotes Studio Facebook page for times and dates. Here is the link

https://www.facebook.com/BevGwinnJones/

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A generous spirit, I personally know that Bev supports charities and fundraisers. The work pictured above has been commissioned for an upcoming charity event.

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One thing that is unique to this studio— you can design your own jewelry. There are no limits to what you can create at Two Coyotes Studio.

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I felt very attracted to this design when I realized that it reminded me of something…

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The flowers remind me of the cabi Primrose Dress. Love it!

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It is a visual pleasure to gaze at the creations in the Two Coyotes Studio.

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I learned about Bev and the studio from my good friend, Sheley. We have visited the studio together a couple of times, especially for Christmas shopping.

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And even ornaments! The store is so pretty that I used the photo above for an Instagram post last year.

 

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Bev Gwinn Jones is a talented artist with an interesting life and personal story. Her studio is so fun to visit and anyone can afford something there— some things just cost a few dollars. This artist supports downtown Sevierville and small businesses. In truth, Two Coyotes Studio is a downtown Sevierville treasure.

Check out some pretty things at Two Coyotes Studio when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

New Vendor Treasures at the Sevierville Farmers Market: May 31, 2019.

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For the first time in a while, I was able to arrive early to the downtown Sevierville Farmers Market and linger. It was not very hot and turned out to be such nice weather. We were all ready for a stroll through the market.

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I drove down Bruce Street, but usually park in the public lot on Main Street and Court Avenue.

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I like this large sign on Main Street. You will pass it as you go on to Dolly Parton Parkway.

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Next, I like to turn left on Court Avenue and cut through the arcade. This is a good shortcut to the market from Court Avenue and the courthouse area.

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By 10:15, the market was bustling with activity.

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I started on the east (right side) of the market and ran into a new vendor who creates her own skin products. The table had such a pretty presentation.

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IMG_6334I always need lip balm so it was nice to be able to test the product right there. The vendor will give you a popsicle stick to make it easier. She uses essential oils in the beeswax so the balm is nicely smooth and soothing.

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When you can’t decide, just buy both choices!

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My sister Suzanne would like these T-shirts.

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A nice, clear sound invigorated the market from this Dandridge based D.J.

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Next, I found a new vendor who was raising money for a Gatlinburg non-profit.

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They have been gifted a super nice roaster, pictured in the upper left of the collage. The rescue group will give away roasted nuts for a donation—and $5 a bag is a bargain. I bought a bag and intend to use them on salads this summer.

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Samples are always a good idea at a farmers market so I was hooked after that. Very good!

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We talked about the animals currently in their care and the work done by the rescue group. Many are seniors and hard to adopt pets. I will try to donate to Hidden Hills Animal Rescue each week that I see them at the market. They hope to be there more this summer.

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Hidden Hills Animal Rescue features a ‘pet of the week’ in this local publication. You can see the web address above.

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It is always interesting to see what products are available from the Crust and Crumb.

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It was hard to walk by these pastries because they looked divine!

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Such nice temperatures in the low 80s.

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If there an anchor to the downtown Sevierville farmers market, then it would have to be the stand from Henderson’s Produce. I often shop at their store at 705 Eastgate Road in Sevierville, but the downtown market is even more convenient.

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By 11:00 a.m., it was time for me to meet a colleague for lunch at Courthouse Donuts. There was not a parking space to be found on Bruce Street— a good economic sign.

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Next time, I must schedule extra time for a coffee at Crust and Crumb on Bruce Street.

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Courthouse Donuts has the best windows downtown. Have a coffee and watch the traffic around the courthouse as you wait for your order.

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We had the blue plate special, a tuna melt, and enjoyed the view.

I welcome the Friday farmers market in downtown Sevierville and look forward to finding more treasures from the vendors. For summer, it must be one of the best ways to get out and about in Sevierville. 

See you next Friday!

First Downtown Sevierville Farmer’s Market 2019

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It was a quick break downtown to see the first Farmer’s Market of 2019.

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I parked on Main and Court Avenue, making my way through the arcade to the back of the market.

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Downtown is ready for Memorial Day this weekend. It gives one pause to see the flags on display and think about the significance.

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Henderson’s produce is at their usual corner. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these tomatoes now! At long last!

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Crust and Crumb is located by 20/20 Optical. They also have baked goods available at the Farmer’s Market on Fridays. The photo above shows cinnamon and raisin bagels. Divine!

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One of my new favorite places downtown: Crust and Crumb. Go there for breakfast, lunch, and coffee. Coffee!

 

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This is one of my favorite vendors. I love her soaps and other products. She is so friendly!

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A vintage fire truck was at the market with some firefighters. You don’t see that every day.

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This is an interesting couple. Talk to them some time and hear their story.

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The Sevierville Farmer’s Market is great for families to explore.

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This may be a new vendor. Will check it more closely next week.

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This is another favorite vendor for their beautiful flowers and blooms. They will soon have sunflowers!

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Kyle Grainger from WVLT TV was ready to film for the first day of the market.

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This was the prize of the day! I took a box back to work and brightened 11 colleague’s day with a Ham and Goody’s lemon cookie.

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Music in the background adds a lot to the the shopping experience. Everyone enjoyed it.

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As the church bells began ringing at noon,  crowds began to pour into the market.

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It was time for me to go so I took a look a last look back and then headed for lunch at Courthouse Donuts.

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This is my favorite place to hang out. I got a seat by the big window and waited for the special of the day: a tuna melt with a pasta side and a donut. The rocking chair is beautiful and I’ll bet that I know where that came from. Jennifer, owner of Courthouse Donuts, said that she was feeling the impact of the farmer’s market because it was extremely busy all morning. Good news!

Summer is just a few days away. The downtown Sevierville Farmer’s Market is just getting started and I can just imagine the produce that is heading our way from local farmers and growers. The Sevierville Farmer’s Market may be my favorite way to get out and about in Sevierville during the summer.

See you next Friday!

Mountain Zen Yoga in Downtown Sevierville

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I attended an Open House for Mountain Zen Yoga on Sunday afternoon and found a new favorite place downtown. This place is an unexpected addition to the downtown Sevierville landscape, but it fits in perfectly. Come along and stretch with me.

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I parked across the street from Graze Burgers and near the Crust and Crumb bakery, two of my other new favorite businesses downtown. Now, add this one to the list.

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Mountain Zen Yoga is located in the former bail bondsman office. I think that I will use this business more. 🙂

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The fruit infused water is worth the price of a class! Try this strawberry and citrus water.  Wonderful!

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Get the app or book online. Here is the contact info.

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I was greeted at the door by the studio owner, Heather Jagels. I have actually known her for years and just reconnected with her at the Night at the Derby party in April. During college, Heather used yoga to relieve stress. Later, she worked as the VP of Marketing for 3 national television networks: HGTV, DIY Network, and Great American Country. She would travel 14 days out of the month so finding yoga studios kept her healthy on the road. In doing this, she began to dream about having her own studio. She began her dream in downtown Sevierville with the December 1st opening of Mountain Zen Yoga.

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The studio is very attractive and comfortable. I loved the floor, ceiling, and big front windows.

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Heather says that you can do yoga at any age throughout life. It makes the muscles and core stronger too. I want to be able to hold this pose for 5 seconds by the end of the summer? Stay tuned.

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You are on Bruce Street, but you feel like you have entered a peaceful realm.

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The bolster pillows are so pretty, but are very sturdy and offer good support.

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Remove your shoes at the door and put them in this cubby at the back of the room. You can store your other things in this area as well.

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I stayed for the free class. Curtains were drawn to begin the stretching session. I love the beautiful lighting in the room in this shot. Also, it captures the beautiful floor and ceiling.

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It is so easy to just relax and restore in this room.

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After the relaxing stretch session, we listened to a massage therapist speak about wellness, muscles, and the body.

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Here is the contact info for the massage therapist.

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This is my goal for 5 years from now. I love the beautiful dancer pose. Heather does it beautifully.

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As you can tell, this is a busy place with classes scheduled all day. This is posted in the front window.

Tips

  • It is easier to come dressed for class. If you need to change, there is a restroom down the hall or a little office upstairs above the yoga room.
  • You can rent a mat for $2 if you need one.
  • If the front door is open then that indicates no class is going on at that moment. If the front door is shut, wait until the class is over to enter the studio.  Go have a coffee at Courthouse Donuts or  Crust and Crumb. Or, run across the street and visit the Arts in Common Gallery or Two Coyotes Studio on Court Avenue. They are all my favorite places downtown and just steps away.
  • Yoga makes your life better and your body stronger. It relieves stress, makes the body stronger, relaxes muscles, and clears the mind. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need that.
  • I have two friends who love ‘hot’ yoga. It gets up to 95 degrees for that class.
  • Sevier County citizens get a 5% discount. Sevier County teachers get a 10% discount. We could use a lot of yoga benefits right now!
  • There are  5 instructors who teach classes for Mountain Zen Yoga. They are all Yoga Alliance certified teachers. These instructors have different backgrounds and styles so they bring a lot of variety to the studio.
  • Book classes through the app or online.
  • The room holds 14 people and some classes book up so planning is key to reserving a spot.
  • There are at least 3 beginner classes. Rest and Restore is for beginners and takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Conclusion

I am so glad that I was able to attend the Open House and take a quick class with Mountain Zen Yoga in downtown Sevierville. This will be a place that is convenient and on the way to other things that I like to do downtown, especially during the summer. I hope to take classes on a weekly basis this summer. Truly, Mountain Zen Yoga will help to maintain a healthy life and body and that is one of the best reasons to get out and about in Sevierville. 

Save a spot for me!