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Knoxville Creatives

Knoxville Creatives - Work, Play, Live - Volume 7

Ashton Streifert

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

Age: 27

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.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

The Hive - 854 N Central St.

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.

Artwork by Joe Hedges

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 events@thehiveknox.com and tell them Ashton sent you ;)

Knoxville Creatives - Work, Play, Live - Volume 6

Ashton Streifert

Meet Matthew Cummings; brewer, glass maker, entrepreneur, husband and father. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Matthew while being able to experience glass making first hand. We met at his taproom, Pretentious Beer Co, and had a few beers while he showed me the process of brewing his own kombucha and soda (next is is beer and I can't wait to see what they've got in store for Knoxville in the coming year!) He took me next door to Pretentious Glass Co. where he showed me his favorite pieces that he's made over the years. Matthew probably won't tell you this because of how humble he is with his glass making but this guy is no rookie. He's been blowing and creating glass pieces for years, having graduated from a college program and been showcased in many prestigious galleries, many pieces of which have been purchased and commissioned by large companies. We then went to his house in West Knoxville where I got to meet his little family and pups. This guy is bringing amazing things to Knoxville and I am so excited to introduce my audience to him and what he does! Enjoy!

 

Name: Matthew Cummings

Age: 34

 

How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?: 2 years

Were you born/raised in Knoxville?: I grew up in Albany, KY, a small rural town on the Tennessee border located smack dab between Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake.

What is your occupation and where do you work?: I am a designer, glassblower, entrepreneur, brewer, and beer nerd. Luckily, I get to express all those interests at my two businesses. Pretentious Glass Co, a handmade glassblowing studio/gallery, and Pretentious Beer Co, a craft beer bar that is transitioning into a brewery as we speak.

Artwork by Curtis Glover

Artwork by Curtis Glover

Matthew's Favorite Piece 

Matthew's Favorite Piece 

What is your favorite thing about your job?: My favorite thing about running Pretentious Beer and Glass Co is that no two days are the same. Last week, I was blowing glass all day when Chef Jeffrey from Oli Bea brought over seared Lamb racks for us to try. The next day I met with Will Brady (the co-brewer at Pretentious Beer) and we visited Alliance Brewing Company to check out their water filtration system. The day after that was the Dogwood Arts Market Square Festival and when that closed at 9, I got back to Pretentious Beer Co just in time to see a great band from New York play on our stage. On the glass side, we are always working on crazy custom projects, making our standard beer glasses, prototyping out new designs, or getting ready for events. On the beer side, we are constantly trying new beers to the market, honing how the bar is run, developing and testing new beer recipes, and working on getting the brew system in....and I get to bridge the gap between the two endeavors. It is a ton of fun, and challenging. There are new problems and obstacles to deal with everyday, but I have a great group of people here that make all this madness....well....wonderful madness.

What do you do for fun?: Hands down my favorite thing to do for fun is to hang out with Stephanie, aka Wifey and my 15 month old son, Logan. I have always been a workaholic, and the birth of Logan immediately defined a limited work schedule. He has literally made me stop and smell the roses (which we do everyday at home). I love to hang out at my friends breweries. Especially before they open to the public, so I can sit around while they brew, talk about beer and try their new offerings. I also have a blast when Jeffrey Dealejandro and I geek out about food/beer pairings and plan outrageous beer dinners. We just crushed the first Makers Dinner at the Mill and Mine. We have a ridiculously good time executing those events and I think it really comes through in the food and beer.

Do you have a unique/fun hobby?: Haha, yes! I blow glass and make beer. My career/life is my hobby. I took the things that I loved doing and made them into businesses. I am addicted to gardening right now, that might be the closest I come to a "hobby", but even that, I am growing herbs for my beers, sodas and kombuchas. Pineapple Sage is really inspiring some cool recipes. I am thinking about revamping my White ThiaPA recipe with Sorachi Ace Hops, Lemongrass, and Pineapple Sage. See!! Everything comes full circle back to the glass and beer sides. I get to do what I love and there is enough complexity to glass and beer that I could spend a lifetime, just exploring the possibilities in either studio.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: Gardening! Growing herbs to use in my beer, soda and kombucha recipes. I am also really into succulents right now...thanks Samwich!

If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: Man, that is a tough one! I am a huge foodie, and the Knoxville food scene has exploded in the last couple of years. Oli Bea would be my first choice, but I am such good friends with Jeffrey, that wouldn't be fair. So it would probably be Kaizen. Jesse's steamed buns are freaking addictive! Give me a Nashville Bun, a Thai Sausage Bun, an order of Dan Dan noodles and some Old Style, I am set! Plus he does great specials and is always changing the menu. Very close spots would have to be Lonesome Dove, Wright's Cafeteria, Emilias, Knox Mason, Stock and Barrel, Jackies, A Dobo.

What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?: This house was built by my wife's grandparents. My mother-in-law grew up in this house, it has a lot of character and history for the family. It is in a great neighborhood with huge old trees, more moss on the ground than grass because of the shade from the trees. Stephanie's whole family is really into gardening, and they have an awesome style about it.

Do you have any pets?: I have a crazy cat that we adopted in Memphis, TN when Stephanie was in med school there. He is kinda a psychopath, but we love him! Stella is a 5 year old Golden Retriever/setter mix. We adopted her from Adopt A Golden Knoxville. Janet (my mother in law) was her foster mom, and we were visiting her several years ago and met Stella. As soon as she ran over to Stephanie, put her paw gently on her lap and set politely listening to what Steph was saying, we fell in love! She is our little princess. Riley is a 5 year old cuddle puppy that we adopted from the Humane Society in Louisville. He was our first dog that we adopted. We went to the Humane Society just to "look" at dogs...haha, that is impossible! Riley picked us out and we brought him home with us that day. We were told that he was a 40lb lab mix, which pretty much any black dog at an adoption facility is called a lab mix, right? When we took him to the Vet the next day, our vet tech came in and screamed that he was such a cute DANE puppy and that she had three. He is a 110 lb Great Dane/Hound Dog mix and is the biggest cuddler of the house.

Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?: The people! We have great beer, food and music in this town, but it is all because of the wonderful people that make it happen. Behind every brewery is an interesting and friendly brewer. Same thing with the food.

Knoxville Creatives - Work, Play, Live - Volume 5

Ashton Streifert

Meet Katie and Mason Gonzalez. You may recognize them if you've ever been into VG's Bakery in Farragut. That's where they spend most of their time with their mother, VG, watching her create scrumptious baked goods daily! I'm so glad I got to meet Katie and Mason through this project and learn about these two creative souls. 

 

Names: Katie and Mason Gonzalez

Age: Katie-30 Mason-32

Katie and Mason at Casual Pint Farragut, where Katie also works part time as a bartender. 

Katie and Mason at Casual Pint Farragut, where Katie also works part time as a bartender. 

How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?: [Katie] - forever [Mason] - 11 years

Were you born/raised in Knoxville?: [Katie] was born and raised in Knoxville. [Mason] was born in San Diego, California, spent a few years in Japan, a few years in Chicago, middle and high school in New Tazewell, TN before moving to Knoxville at age 21.

What is your occupation and where do you work?: We both work at VG's Bakery in Farragut, TN. Katie's parents are the owners. [Katie] works as the General Manager, and [Mason] works as the front-of-house manager.

What is your favorite thing about your job?: We love building a relationship with our 'regulars' and feeling a strong sense of community within Farragut and Knoxville. Not to mention, we love brightening peoples' special occasions with delicious baked goodies!

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What do you do for fun?: We love love love spending time at local breweries and exploring Knoxville's culinary scene, especially the food trucks that are popping up around town.

Do you have a unique/fun hobby? Eating our way around Knoxville and enjoying the occasional game of live team trivia under the moniker "The Farragut Meowfia" !

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: We participate in several of Knoxville's various farmers' markets, which we enjoy through the year, rain or shine!

If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: This is a tough one! We love such a wide range of restaurants in and around Knoxville, but if we have to narrow it down....Katie would choose Holly's Gourmets Market, and Mason would choose Surin of Thailand!

What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?: We love that we got to watch our home in Fountain City being remodeled and rejuvenated to be new and nice but with the 1920s craftsman style staying intact.

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Do you have any pets?: Yes! We have an 8 year old cat named Fraggle who is definitely the Queen of the household, and we have an older rescue pup named Radar who is grumpy and adorable.

Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?: We love that Knoxville seems to be coming into itself at the same time as we are. We moved closer to the city-center so we could experience Knoxville's young, entrepreneurial community bloom and flourish.

Knoxville Creative - Work, Play, Live - Volume 4

Ashton Streifert

Meet Lila Honaker. Lila is a longtime Knoxville resident and resides in the lovely Old North Knox. She's a marketing guru, a hustler, a master puppeteer, and just an overall joy to be around. I am so excited to feature my new friend Lila in my Knoxville Creatives - Work, Play, Live Series. Enjoy!

 

Name: Lila Honaker

Age: 34

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How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?: 15 years

Were you born/raised in Knoxville? If not, where did you grow up?: I was born and raised in southwest Virginia, just a couple of hours from Knoxville. When I go "home", it's to Abingdon, VA. It's a small town in a rural area. It was quiet and slow growing up there, but I managed to spend my time wisely.

What is your occupation and where do you work?: I am the Communications and Development manager for the Tennessee Theatre, the Official State Theatre of Tennessee.

View from the stage of the Tennessee Theatre

View from the stage of the Tennessee Theatre

What is your favorite thing about your job?: Everything! This theatre is such an amazing asset to this community and we have so many fantastic shows and events. Music and arts are my loves, and it's so rewarding to combine work and passion. Being an advocate for the theatre, sharing this place with as many people as possible, and hearing the stories of folks who love the Tennessee and have fond memories of it are some of the best parts of my job. And there is nothing like watching a child visit the theatre for the first time!

What do you do for fun?: I love music - seeing live shows, hosting house concerts in my home, or singing and dancing along to my faves. I have a "Soul Sunday" tradition where I play old soul and R&B vinyl and clean the house. (It's fun, really!) I also love to get outside as much as I can. We're surrounded with so much natural beauty that it is a shame to not soak up as much of it as possible. And I love to travel. I don't get to as often as I would like, but I do it as much as I can. There is so much to learn, about the world and yourself, when you travel.

Do you have a unique/fun hobby?: I'm in a puppet troupe, part of Theatre Obsolete. We make most all of our puppets ourselves and take a "DIY" approach to puppet theatre. It's gritty, dark, funny, and not what most folks expect when they think of puppetry. We write and perform a "Spookshow" inspired by the days of vaudeville each year around Halloween.

Lila standing in front of the home where her puppet troupe performs

Lila standing in front of the home where her puppet troupe performs

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: Hiking! I try to get out on a hike every week. Sometimes I stay local and sometimes I make a "drive and hike" day trip. We have so many great trails and parks within a 2 hour radius. I didn't hike very often until a few years ago and I don't know why. There's something very soothing and grounding about being away from the hustle and bustle and surrounded by natural beauty.

If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: That would be Tomato Head. It's my tried and true and never disappoints. It's the one restaurant that I never go weary of or think "I just ate there" when someone suggests it. And the food is like nothing anywhere else. The Keptner Melt and Southwest Salad are my staples.

What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?: It's been lovingly preserved. It was built in 1930 and I'm only the 3rd owner. So many homes of that era have been renovated, modernized, flipped, or even botched. I love all the original qualities and character that have stood the test of time.

Do you have any pets?: I have a miniature schnauzer name Zoe - my best mate and hiking partner. She has a ton of personality and keeps life exciting. There's nothing like coming home to her enthusiastic greeting! Golly, how I love that girl!

Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?: I love how unexpected Knoxville is. It's always fun to have folks visit who are surprised at how much Knoxville has going on. It makes it feel like a special little secret that's getting better and better all the time. From the music scene to the outdoors to the number of creative folks who do their thing here, it's a hidden gem in many ways.

Knoxville Creative - Work, Play, Live - Volume 3

Ashton Streifert

Meet Dale Mackey. Dale is a wife, entrepreneur, and distinguished pie maker along with many other things. I first had one of Dale's fried pies while at Rhythm and Blooms fest. They were delicious, needless to say. If you ever see the truck, make sure to grab every single thing on the menu. You will thank me later. Besides owning and running the food truck, she and her husband recently opened The Central Collective, mixed use creative space that encompasses a commissary kitchen, photo studio, and event space. I had so much fun interviewing her and learning about her life!

 

Name: Dale Mackey

Age: 31

Dale's Fried Pies Mobile Trailer

Dale's Fried Pies Mobile Trailer

How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?:  8 years

Were you born/raised in Knoxville?: [No] Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

What is your occupation and where do you work?: Owner at Dale's Fried Pies and Co-Owner of The Central Collective

The Central Collective (923 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917)

The Central Collective (923 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917)

What is your favorite thing about your job?: I never get bored. Between making and selling pies, talking with clients and collaborators, planning events, marketing and promoting both businesses and keeping up with administrative duties like budgeting and website updates, I get to exercise all the different parts of my brain. My favorite event to plan is the Central Collective's monthly Good Sport Night, where attendees buy a ticket to an event without knowing what it is. They show up at the designated time, and we surprise them with something fun. So far we've done everything from a historic walking tour with Jack Neely to a live swing band with dance lessons.

Part of Shawn Poynter's Photographer Studio. Shawn is Dale's husband. 

Part of Shawn Poynter's Photographer Studio. Shawn is Dale's husband. 

Dale's KItchen in the CC

Dale's KItchen in the CC

What do you do for fun?: Since opening the Central Collective, my work life and social life have become pretty inextricably linked. Between our art exhibitions, yoga classes, pop-up dinners, workshops and other events, I spend a lot of my "free" time attending events here. But when I'm not at the Central Collective, I love simple things like cooking dinner with my husband Shawn and reading.

Do you have a unique/fun hobby?: After a recent Good Sport Night, where we had a live swing band and took swing dance lessons, I've started going to swing nights at the Laurel Theatre. For $3, you get swing lessons and then have the chance to practice them during an open dance. I'm still a newbie, but seeing all the fantastic dancers that attend is good motivation to keep coming.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: Walking. Last year I set out to walk every greenway in Knoxville. There are still a few I haven't gotten to, but I've walked most of them.

If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: The Bistro at the Bijou. It's simple, delicious and fresh, and I like that the menu rotates to reflect food that's in season. Martha Boggs, the owner, was a huge help to me when I first started Dale's Fried Pies, so I have a lot of love for the place.

What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?: Our house is fairly small (around 1200 square feet), but it's got high ceilings, so it feels much roomier than that. I don't know if I can move into a house with lower ceilings ever again, because I've gotten so attached to how airy it feels. I also love our porch. My husband Shawn and I spend a good bit of our free time out there, reading, or cooking up new ideas, or hanging out with our friends.

Do you have any pets?: We have three cats: Olive, who's white and gray and super sweet, Duck, who's small and gray and doesn't have a tail (she was like that when we adopted her-- not sure if she was born that way or had an accident), and Roger, who is huge and acts like a dog and has an extra claw on each paw that look like thumbs.

Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?: SO MUCH! I first moved here to be with my then-boyfriend, now-husband after we were long distance for a bit. I told him that I would move here for one year and then we'd have to move back to Chicago, where I grew up. After about six months, I realized I really wanted to stay. That was eight years ago. I love the size- it's small enough that it's easy to get to know people and you can make your mark in a given field, but it's not so big that it's overwhelming. I think it's a really supportive place to be a small business owner. The cost of living is lower than many cities that don't have as much to offer. The urban wilderness is incredible. The local food scene is great, in no small part to The Market Square Farmers' Market and Nourish Knoxville. Mostly, though, there are just really incredible people here.

Knoxville Creative - Work, Play, Live - Volume 2

Ashton Streifert

Meet Zachary Roskop. Zack is the owner of Knox Brew Tours, LLC and all he wants to do is share his love and passion of craft brewing with the world. I spent the day on one of his exciting brew tours and got to try some interesting and delicious beers at 4 local breweries, as well as learn a lot about craft brewing. Zack is one interesting individual and I'm very excited to share with you how this Knoxville entrepreneur is shaking things up in The Marble City.

 

Name: Zachary Roskop

Age: 27

How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?: 25 years

Were you born/raised in Knoxville? If not, where did you grow up?: Raised yes, born no. Born in upstate New York.

What is your occupation and where do you work?: Owner/Operator of Knox Brew Tours, LLC

Knox Brew Tours is located behind Hops and Hollers off of N. Central Street in Knoxville.

Zack standing in front of his VW Bus, nicknamed "Scruffy".

What is your favorite thing about your job?: Sharing with people my passion for the city of Knoxville and craft beer (and meeting strangers)

Zack giving a tour at Balter Beer Works.

Last Days of Autumn Brewery

Crafty Bastards Menu

What do you do for fun?: Hike, bike, drink beer, play music, write.

Do you have a unique/fun hobby?: Currently working on a podcast with the goal in mind of learning more about other people and general aspects of life I don't already know about.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: Biking or swimming.

Zack's unique sticker-filled bike

If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: Sunspot. Excellent beer selection (high and low gravity), excellent salads, and generally healthy food options.

What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?: I love my bed frame. I custom built it to fit in a bay window for maximum efficiency of space.

*Editors note: Zack is working towards owning a tiny home. He has converted his bedroom into his sole living space by turning his closet into his kitchen. He has a large home in North Knoxville but uses a small portion of it in order to prepare him for tiny living.

Do you have any pets? If so, tell me about them!: One cat, Luther. He is amazing. I am truly a dog person that has a cat and he is the closest cat to a dog I have ever seen. He truly chose me but that's a bit of a story.

Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?: So many things. I love its location geographically. It's close to several big cities and it's near the mountains. It's only really hot one week of the year and really cold one week of the year. You can be a shaker and a mover very quickly and with little capital. The people are friendly and traffic is manageable. All things considered, it's pretty cheap to live here, too. It also has a sense of community I've never felt anywhere else. I've been all over the US and parts of Europe and every time I leave I miss it dearly and can't wait to come back.

Knoxville Creative - Work, Play, Live - Volume 1

Ashton Streifert

 

Welcome to the first feature from my photo series, Knoxville Creatives: Work + Play + Live! I love Knoxville, TN and I wanted to be able to showcase those unique and creative people who make Knoxville such an awesome city to work, play and live in.

 

 

Meet Garrett Thomson. If you're in the Knox music scene, then chances are you have heard of Garrett. I met Garrett back in Nashville where we went to college together at MTSU and participated in the same organizations within the music business program there. Garrett is the epitome of what makes Knoxville so unique. He works hard to bring awareness to the music scene here in scruffy city and you will find him working around the clock to bring you the cities newest and best music festival, Rhythm N Blooms. 


Name: Garrett Thomson

Age: 26

How long have you lived in the Knoxville area?: I lived in Knoxville for 15 years before moving to Nashville. I returned to Knoxville 2 years ago.

What is your occupation and where do you work?: Project Manager at Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts recently moved to a new location in Old City

What is your favorite thing about your job?: Helping musicians share their work and build a careers around their creativity.

What do you do for fun?: I go to concerts, drink beer, watch tv, go to the pool.

Favorite place to drink beer?: Hops and Hollers

Do you have a unique/fun hobby? Explain: I have a weird work/life blend. Most of my personal time is consumed by doing more music stuff. I plan lots of music events and work with musicians on my free time.

Garrett helps out with the local music festival, Rhythm and Blooms

What is your favorite outdoor activity?: Anything involving floating on a body of water with a beer. Pools, lakes, oceans, rivers, etc. I also like hiking and exploring random places in Knoxville.

If you had to pick one restaurant in Knoxville to eat at for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?: 
I wouldn't live very long, but Stock & Barrel makes a great burger. If my heart could hack it, I would eat there every day.

What is one thing you like about your home that you think is unique?:
There is just a lot of history with the house and the neighborhood that I appreciate. The house was built in the 1930s and The Adair Gardens neighborhood is one of Knoxville's historic districts.

Garrett's beautiful home in North Knoxville

Do you have any pets?: We have a 4-year-old rescue named June. My wife got a kit for her birthday to find out what breed she is. She's a bulldog/terrier/pug/Pomeranian mix. She also smiles which is pretty funny to see.

Christiana, Garrett's wife, with their dog, June

Garret, Christiana and June

Last but not least, what do you love about Knoxville?:
Knoxville is a great place to live and to participate. It is big enough that you can achieve something significant, but small enough that you don't need to be a millionaire to do it. This community believes in one another and loves to support each other.