It's the shops, but more accurately, it's the people
|Anne at Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, Knoxville|
I recently wrote a post about Morelock Music and I talked about how comfortable it feels as a place to just hang out. It's true, the shop is cool, and I do love music and musical instruments, but really, the places that I enjoy going most downtown are places, like Morelock's, where I will see familiar and friendly faces. In that post I mentioned Just Ripe and Union Avenue Books as two other examples.
There's another thought that occurred to me recently: I realized some of the places I really enjoy wouldn't necessarily be on my radar if Urban Woman didn't want to frequent them, but I've become fond of them, as well. I had this thought when I needed to pick up a couple of glasses to go with a set we bought at Bliss Home. It's a great store for home goods, but I'm not a big home goods kind of guy, necessarily.
|Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, Knoxville|
So, if I'm not so big on home furnishing shopping trips, what gave me a spring in my step as I headed that way to buy my glasses? The same reason I ever have a spring in my step: people I enjoy. In this case, it is the store manager, Anne. Urban Woman and I got to know her early in our time as downtown residents and we each enjoy talking to her. Urban Toddler even seemed to be receptive and she's a hard one to win over.
|Inside Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, Knoxville|
It was nearly two years before I put together that one of my other favorite people downtown, Matt at Downtown Wine, is her husband. By then I understood that it is the people inside the shops that make the shops worth going to. Knowing that you'll have a warm, friendly welcome and a smile when you enter is far more important than the items for sale. The merchandise is just a bonus. Go to Bliss Home and meet Anne and you will completely understand what I'm talking about.
|Anne at Bliss Home|