Meet Hannah Houser. I was introduced to Hannah while searching Knoxville for unique creatives who had something to offer to our beautiful amazing city. Hannah is the Community Manager for The Hive, a local creative space that hosts workshops, private events, and more! She also is the Project Manager for the band Son Lux (you can find their music here) Hannah was such a joy to get to know and I am just obsessed with her look, style, personality, interior decorating skills and overall joyfulness. Get to know more about Hannah below.
Name: Hannah Houser
How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?: I've lived in the Knoxville area since I graduated from Carson-Newman University in 2012.
Were you born/raised in Knoxville? If not, where did you grow up?: I grew up in Seymour, just outside of Knoxville. I love Knoxville but am also proud to share a home county with our girl Dolly!
What is your occupation and where do you work?: I split my time between working as the Community Manager for The Hive and the label manager / all-things-management aid for a band called Son Lux. I work mostly from home but sometimes from The Hive and a handful of coffee shops around town!
What is your favorite thing about your job?: In my work with The Hive, I’m first and foremost inspired by our founder and owner Rebecca Ridner. She truly brought to life her vision for this space as a beautiful, buzzing gathering place, and the fact that’s it’s run by women is an endless source of encouragement for me. I also get to engage a lot of local and regional small business owners as I plan out the workshops, classes, and panels for the year. Through the research I do in planning and executing these events, I’ve really come to appreciate the breadth of creative talent we have right here in our area. Not only that but I’m continually inspired by the folks that come through our door who are entrusting us with their time and resources in exchange for the events we put together. That makes me work extra-hard to ensure they enjoy their time with us and feel welcome and inspired by our space.
What do you do for fun?: My husband just graduated from law school, so we’re hoping to be able to travel more now that his schedule has lightened up. Our last big trip was to Iceland 3 years ago for our honeymoon, but for now, we often go to Nashville for a night out or a day around town, and enjoy traveling for concerts, too (last show I saw: Radiohead in Atlanta). My degree is in literature, so I love reading and all things having to do with books — I am avid anti-Kindle’r! (Not really, but there’s nothing like the feel of a good book in your hands...) Also, we live downtown, so we really love being able to traipse around the Farmers’ Market, Gay Street, and Happy Holler when we are looking for a change of scenery. But when I’m at home, I love to cook and drink with friends. And honestly, the work I get to do with The Hive and the band. It’s pretty cool when you consider your work to be fun!
Do you have a unique/fun hobby?: Almost everything in my loft is upcycled or a hand-me-down. This has not only been a good way for us to save money these past few years but has also posed a unique challenge for me in making these pieces “my own.” I enjoy “nesting” and through the challenge of bringing these pieces together, it’s become a way for me to love on my people, by creating an inviting space for them to feel warm and welcome.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?: I’m an admittedly indoor-only creature, but when I do venture outside I enjoy biking around town and spending time at my family’s home in the countryside of Seymour. It’s tucked away right under Bluff Mountain, and I instantly feel at peace when I’m there.
If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: Emilia! This is my go-to birthday restaurant and it’s always an incredible experience. I love the welcoming, warm atmosphere, and the Italian dishes are perfected with local ingredients and regional inspirations. Don’t forget to ask for their focaccia bread; it will change your life.
What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?: We live in JFG Flats, and every time it storms, old coffee beans fall loose from our ceiling.
Do you have any pets?: We have an almost 3-year-old black Maine Coon cat named Ranger, and he is the most perfect pet in all the land. He has a surplus of kisses and spends his days sleeping off his 3am apartment marathons and chasing shadows. He was also once featured on Rala’s Instagram.
Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?: Knoxville has really become home to me in the past few years, despite having lived just over the Henley Street Bridge my entire life. I’m inspired by the progressive nature of our little city and the way it’s become quite the inclusive community. I love my church family at All Souls. I love the breezy hospitality of Downtown and the familiar faces I’ve come to know, and I also love the growing number of businesses owned and operated by younger folks. It’s inspiring and a reminder that - Hey! I can do that, too! Most of all, I’m proud to be part of a community that’s showcasing the diversity of what the South truly has to offer.
If you are interested in booking space at The Hive - contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them Ashton sent you ;)