Shop Local Series: Blanket Fort Studios, Silver Dollar Candle, and Knox Whiskey Works

Shop Local Series: Blanket Fort Studios, Silver Dollar Candle, and Knox Whiskey Works

Knoxville Weekend nails it again, creating this stunning video on behalf of The Maker City. 

'Tis the season, y'all! We're all starting to think gifts and shopping local is so important for our community, economy, artists, and their families. Take a peek to learn a bit more about a few of Knoxville's makers and what makes shopping local so special! Buy Local - DO IT.

Desire Over Discipline: 5 Step Process to Set Goals that Actually Stick

Desire Over Discipline: 5 Step Process to Set Goals that Actually Stick

It seems like December 1 pops up on the calendar and the mad rush to reinvent our lives and improve all of our (perceived) shortcomings becomes our nagging focus. We look at our businesses, our fitness and health, our relationships - we reluctantly say "this year, I'm really going to do it!" and after a month or two, our goals peter out and we go back to the resignation that new year goals setting doesn't work. Read on for Steph Crowder's 5-Step goal setting activity that you can do at home! 

The Maker City Presents: Blank News Feature - Shop Local Knoxville

The Maker City Presents: Blank News Feature - Shop Local Knoxville

Being The Maker City, Knoxville has an abundance of talented craftspeople, makers, designers, and artists of all kinds creating one-of-a-kind pieces. We encourage you to shop local and give handmade items year round. Each piece comes with a story about who made it and how it was made. It also feels good to support Knoxville and its small-scale manufacturers. 

Read more here... or pick up the latest edition of Blank News - Knoxville's ONLY local + free publication!

Shop Local Series: Alyssa Maddox of Retropolitan Craft Fair

Shop Local Series: Alyssa Maddox of Retropolitan Craft Fair

An enormous thanks to Knoxville Weekend for their creation of this video. Our partnership with Knoxville Weekend continues to grow as we select and feature makers making an impact on the greater community. 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19 // 10AM-5PM

JACKSON TERMINAL,

213 W JACKSON AVE, KNOXVILLE, TN 37902

You can visit Alyssa and a crowd of local & regional makers at the upcoming event, free to the public and full of unique, handmade goods. 

Holiday Gift Guide Feature Challenge: Photo Inspiration + Tips Series

Holiday Gift Guide Feature Challenge: Photo Inspiration + Tips Series

The Maker City is launching its first-ever Holiday Gift Guide! We're selecting high-quality products made in Knoxville to inspire shopping locally this holiday season. We're choosing products and makers with exceptional photos, easy-to-navigate shops, and stellar selling reputations. 

To help you up your photo game this holiday season...

We want to help YOU take awesome photos. On October 25 - 27, we hosted a 3-day Instagram photo inspiration + tips series. This is the full series we posted to Instagram, featuring the photos that inspired the tips! 

Introducing: The Maker City Presents, Monthly in Blank News

Introducing: The Maker City Presents, Monthly in Blank News

The Mayor's Maker Council Presents, The Maker City. A monthly section in Blank Newspaper, written by The Maker City for the maker community of Knoxville. This month, we're proud to display our new mark, part of a generous brand package gifted by Designsensory to the City of Knoxville. We're sharing highlights from our 2017 Maker City Summit and giving you a preview of what we have in store for the future. 

Strategic & Sustainable Growth: Going From Side-Biz to Full-Scale Company and Beyond

Strategic & Sustainable Growth: Going From Side-Biz to Full-Scale Company and Beyond

In this panel preview special, Andrew Edens of Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber shares some of the driving points behind his moderated panel: Strategic & Sustainable Growth.

Visit this panel and more at The Maker City Summit, happening all-day at The Mill & Mine in Knoxville. Also joining Andrew on this panel are: 

  • Jesse Barlow, Blacksheep Printing Co.
  • Leanne McQueen, McQueen Pottery
  • Shaun Parrish, Old City Java, Wild Love Bakehouse, Pearl
  • Zack Roskop, Knox Brew Tours

Jesse Barlow of Blacksheep Printing - The Maker City Summit Panelist Feature

Jesse Barlow of Blacksheep Printing - The Maker City Summit Panelist Feature

We're proud to feature local maker and business owner Jesse Barlow, founder of Blacksheep printing.  

Before joining us for the Summit panel: Strategic and Sustainable Growth, moderated by Andrew Edens of Smokey Mountain Vintage Lumber, we caught up with Jesse to learn more about his personal journey with Blacksheep and how his business has grown successfully in spite of the challenges he faced.

If you haven't yet, grab your tickets for The Maker City Summit, happening at The Mill & Mine on September 19, 2017.