The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Downtown Sevierville

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Whether you are a tourist wanting a picture with the Dolly statue or a local who is spending some time downtown, there are some ‘Instagram worthy’ places to find in in the center of Sevierville. This blogger teamed up with DB Photography, a Sevier Commons board member and an Instagram savvy downtown worker to find the best places to go. Here is our list of the most Instagram-worthy spots downtown.

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THE DOLLY PARTON STATUE

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Without a doubt, the statue of Dolly Parton is the most photographed spot in downtown Sevierville. You can drive by almost any time of day to find people taking pictures with the statue of our favorite native, Dolly Parton. She is loved by audiences all over the world so there are sure to be some fans at the statue, especially on weekends. In fact, I saw five cars stop during our photoshoot that Sunday with visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. Find this special place on Court Avenue in front of the Sevier County Courthouse. The statue always seems to say “Welcome to downtown Sevierville!”

THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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While at the Dolly Parton statue, you should consider a photo of the Sevier County Courthouse due the bell tower, curved windows, brick, and other attributes. I have taken pictures of it during different times of day and various seasons. Clouds and the sky contrast well with the dark brick and bell tower. I always find it interesting.

THE CROSSWALK IN FRONT OF THE COURTHOUSE

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This photo taken on the crosswalk in front of the Sevier County courthouse is a fun replica of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover. If you want this shot then you better visit on Sunday when there are few cars parked downtown to ‘clutter’ your shot. The courthouse gets busy during the week, especially on Fridays.

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Or you can take a photo from this view of the crosswalk. The lines make an interesting frame for the model. In addition, the pretty flowers, plants and doorway in the background lend interest. Yes, crosswalks are good for Instagram photos!

DOORWAYS ON COURT AVENUE

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Across the street from the Sevier County courthouse, you will find a block of buildings with interesting characteristics. For example, several offices have interesting doorways and windows. Fashion bloggers often use doorways to frame their shots so anything curved or out of the ordinary is a good bet for an interesting photograph for an Instagram shot.

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This doorway is simple yet interesting with the three steps and contrasting color on the doors.  Find this doorway across the street from the Sevier County Courthouse.

COURTHOUSE DONUTS

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A favorite downtown gathering place is Courthouse Donuts at 160 Court Avenue. The bench is not just for resting, but for for posing for social media pictures. You get a bench, pretty windows, flags, flowers, and buildings all in one shot. The windows of Courthouse Donuts always display work from local artists; therefore, it is one of the best places downtown to take a picture. Just across the street from the courthouse, Courthouse Donuts also offers refreshment and a nice morning vibe. You can relax with a coffee and have one of the best donuts in Tennessee. Or stay for lunch. The building is lovely inside. Go take a look!

D GARDEN

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D Garden is just a few doors away Courthouse Donuts and offers the most lovely view on Court Avenue. This wonderful ‘floratique’ has several windows and a doorway that are more than Instagram-worthy. In addition, one can hear music playing softly in the background of the entrance, making you want to linger. Take a closer look because this space has a bit of history inside.

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The front door of D Garden is just as lovely. Look at the small chandelier overhead. You are ready for a great photo at D Garden on Court Avenue because it is dressed up and ready to go! Find the website at  www.dgardenfloratique.com

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With the picture above, you can see that D Garden has the most beautiful door and exterior in downtown Sevierville.

THE VICTORIA MALL ARCADE PASSAGEWAY ON COURT AVENUE

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This is what the British call an arcade, or a passageway, from Court Avenue to the back parking lot of Sevier County Bank and the gazebo area. You can take some interesting pictures here due to shadows and lighting. Give it a try! The Southern Fried Hair salon is on the left and the Cause and Effect store is on the right.

THE ALLEY ON COURT AVENUE

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This alley is near D Garden and north of the courthouse. It is rather long and interesting. The wood side contrasts with the brick. Your imagination is the limit for this Instagram worthy shot.

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The wood side of the alley makes a nice neutral background for portraits. Beautiful!

THE WALL BEHIND THE FORMER SEVIER COUNTY BANK LOCATION

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Continue walking toward Main Street then take a right to find this wall behind the old Sevier County Bank building. Why is this shot Instagram-worthy? Any color will stand out from the neutral background color of the wall. Observe how the blue denim color in the dress ‘pops’ in the foreground of this shot. See an upcoming blog on my website for the ideas we had for this wall.

THE OLD EMERY 5 & 10 SIGN

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For a nostalgic photo, take one with this Emery 5 & 10 sign. To find it, continue past the wall behind the former Sevier County Bank building. You will find it to the right, on the back of the building. DB Photography can do special effects to intensify elements in a photo. Can you see them here?

THE OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE OFFICE

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This business is decorated and ready for your photo shoot downtown. In fact, it was one of the most festive places that we found downtown last week. Ole Smoky is ready for fall!

BISTRO 109

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Go back to Courthouse Donuts then turn left on Bruce Street. Across the street you will see one of our favorite lunch and dinner spots, Bistro 109. The exterior affords a nice picture with nice windows, lights, and plants. Go inside and take a picture of the beautiful copper bar and piano. The interior of the restaurant has many Instagram-worthy spots so take a look. After all that, I recommend the cranberry chicken salad and a beverage of your choice. It is one of my favorite places to eat in town.

THE CHERRY PIT

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The Cherry Pit is close to Bistro 109. The exterior is interesting so we stopped for a look. The window contains some pretty things as well. Wear blue to stand out amidst the red and white at this location.

THE BRICK ALLEY ON BRUCE STREET

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This was next to the old bus depot and buses actually used to drive through this alley. It is hard to believe because it looks so narrow. There are unlimited ideas for this photo spot.

THE OLD JAILHOUSE CELL BARS

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I once heard a story during a history walking tour downtown about the old jail burning down. In an effort to re-use materials, they made a sewer grate from the old jail house cell bars. You often find interesting shots on Instagram using flooring or the ground. There are also shots called ‘flatlays’ where one takes a photo looking down at objects. This one would be a conversation piece. Go to the back of the Bruce Street brick alley to find this interesting piece of Sevierville history.

CHAROTTE’S BRUCE STREET CREATIVE

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Continue up the street to Charlotte’s Bruce Street Creative for an attractive window scene. This one is dressed in our favorite colors: orange and white. Go Vols!

Enter Charlotte’s Creative to see beautiful jewelry and art. You may sign up for a class sometime. The interior is an artist’s dream.

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If you are impressed with these photos, the business card for DB Photography is pictured above. Danyelle Bledsoe is my official photographer for special events.

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VFL!

THE SEVIER COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM

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I remember when this building used to be the post office. It was hard to find a parking space during certain times of the day when one needed to buy stamps. Now, the building serves as the Sevier County Heritage Museum. The brick and white treatments combine to make a nice picture. Thus, it makes our list of the most Instagram-worthy places in downtown Sevierville.

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This is the grassy area beside the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

CASH HARDWARE

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Yes, you read that correctly. Cash Hardware! I would not have thought of using that spot but Sara, our Instagram savvy friend, pointed out that the panels almost matched the color in my shirt. Color co-ordination is important for social media fashion bloggers so we tried the shot to see what it would look like. Not bad!

THE GAZEBO ON BRUCE STREET

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Danyelle caught the gazebo from a beautiful angle here. There are many more in the gazebo area. Visit the farmer’s market here during the summer or ‘Music in Common’ performances on Friday nights this month, October 2017.

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Here is a trick—try to match the courthouse bell tower with the one on the sign. There are some beautiful plants and baskets downtown this year and they have not gone unnoticed. The city landscaping department has really done an excellent job this year.

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In case you missed it, here is the info for our photographer, who owns DB Photography. This blog story would not have existed without her skillful photography and posing suggestions.

Here is a link to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/dbphotographysevier/

Many thanks to our models who helped to give this story  life. They were willing to try anything to make the story work and are devoted to the revitalization of downtown Sevierville. You can too—come downtown and visit!

This blogger, DB Photography, a Sevierville Commons member and an Instagram savvy downtown worker enjoyed this photoshoot and we have ideas for more in the future. These photos present just a few ideas for Instagram-worthy spots in downtown Sevierville; however, there are probably many more. What are your favorite picture spots downtown? Let me know. There could be a Part II !

In the meantime, we’ll see you out and about in Sevierville. 

Formal Treasures, From the Heart

Proms, weddings, cruises, Derby parties, debutante events, and more…Treasures From the Heart has a dress for you. Located at 230 Court Avenue, Treasures From the Heart is only a block or so from the Sevier County courthouse and very walkable from downtown. In fact, it was quite busy on Saturday. Here is the story about our photo shoot to highlight the beautiful dresses at this special store.

I made my first visit to Treasures From the Heart last August at the behest of my friend Elaine, a volunteer on Fridays. She told me that it is the only thrift store in town from which all funds benefit citizens in Sevier County. The store was extremely nice and I was impressed with it all. One thing caught my attention though—the collection of beautiful special occasion dresses! I had seen an article in the Mountain Press last year about these special dresses and remembered it immediately. Elaine said that some ladies in town would come to buy a dress for a cruise there because the prices were so good and they may only wear it one time. Most prices that I saw were under $30.

Now that spring approaches, there will be all kinds of special occasions to attend so you need to know about the ‘formal treasures, from the heart’ at this store. I asked a  friend, Danyelle Bledsoe, who is also a local photographer, if she could help me. Owner of DB Photography, Danyelle donated her time and expertise to benefit Treasures From the Heart, capturing the beauty of the special occasion dresses on Saturday. Many thanks to her for donating her time and expertise.

Here is a link to her Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dbphotographysevier/

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We had a great time. Here is what we found last Saturday.

First, it became quickly obvious that there were a lot more nice dresses than I was expecting so we improvised with three models from three age ranges: teenager, young adult, mature lady with style. The two dressing rooms are very good so we were able to set up quickly. Danyelle styled and posed all the shots and it was so much fun. She is truly talented!

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You need to try things on that are not your size because there were a lot of surprises. Most ladies know that sizes are ‘relative.’ Different sizes depending on the maker and designer. For example, the dress above is actually a 14 and several sizes above what I wear now, but the jacket tied and made it fit almost perfectly. I didn’t want to take it off! Shoes by Capezio. So experiment with sizes. You will be surprised.

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Loved this one! We called it the ‘show stopper!’ It won’t be there long so act quickly!

img_3572This dress was so comfortable. Some lady will feel like a queen in this one.

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A dropped waist, elegant black gown. Looks like an Instagram fashion blogger shot.

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We fell in love with this gown. Danyelle said that it looks vintage. Divine!

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And there are more! There were too many to try on in one day. Go try them yourself. You will have a great time looking at everything. I advise bringing friends to help.

Before we left, we looked at the wedding dresses and were amazed. They are in pristine condition. One was only $98 compared to thousands that some people will pay.

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This one is so regal!

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The train on this dress is several feet long. We discussed how it could be a dress on “The Bold and the Beautiful” or “Young and the Restless” on daytime TV.

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Jewelry! This was lovely.

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And shoes.

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You can find formal and special attire all here at Treasures From the Heart.

Great things happen when you collaborate. Danyelle took wonderful photos, styled them, and came up with the name for this blog story as well. The photoshoot was great fun so I can only imagine the excitement when DB Photography does a photo shoot at an outdoor setting, such as the covered bridge or the Smoky Mountains. She is very relaxed and comfortable to work with. I will hire her some day for real. Here is her contact info again.

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Check my Facebook picture page for more photos of special occasion dresses waiting for you at Treasures of the Heart. Here is the link to the picture page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/

When shopping out and about in Sevierville, don’t forget Treasures From the Heart at 230 Court Avenue,  the former location of Carl Hatcher’s store. It is full of surprises and well worth the trip! Treasures from the heart.