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Knoxville Weekend Feature: Dogwood Arts

Knoxville Weekend Feature: Dogwood Arts

Sherry Jenkins on Dogwood Arts: where it is, where it’s heading

Sherry Jenkins laughed when asked what her first thought was when she woke up on the morning of April 1. As executive director of Dogwood Arts, she knows the month is about more than blossoms and balmy temps. 

The Maker City 101 with Flour Head Bakery

The Maker City 101 with Flour Head Bakery

Mahasti Vafaie started her small business as most people do – with a big learning curve in front of her. 

An engineer who wasn’t particularly happy with her career choice, she returned to school with the vision of becoming a doctor.

Then a 1990 trip to New Orleans with her mom led her in a new direction.

“I had been working as a waitress and managing some catering, and while I was in New Orleans I thought I’d come back (to Knoxville) and open a restaurant,” she said. 

“I didn’t really have a vision when I opened it. I didn’t want ferns and brass, which is what we had in Knoxville at the time. Originally I wanted a French bistro, but the space that I found on Market Square had a pizza oven, and the landlord didn’t want to move it. I didn’t want to open a pizza place, but I thought about it over the weekend and leased the space from him.”

And with that, The Tomato Head was born, serving pizza only at lunchtime. 

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.