Best of Knoxville 2009 » Best: Goods and Services

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  • Best of Knoxville 2012: Goods & Services Published 5/3/2012 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments

    The Goods & Services categories of the Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2012 readers poll.

  • Best Green Business: La Costa Published 4/30/2009 at 12:36 a.m. 0 comments

    La Costa proves that earth-friendly dining need not be Spartan—and can even, at times, take on the air of a bacchanalia. When new owners took over from greenie Gregg White about a year ago, like the good stewards they are, ...

  • Best In-Store Pet: Butch, at The Board Room Published 4/30/2009 at 12:32 a.m. 1 comment

    his dog’s on the fast track—only a year old in April, he’s in already in charge of public relations at The Board Room in Bearden. Not to say he hasn’t earned it. Since store owner Nathan Phillips hired Butch just ...

  • Best Pet Supply Store: Agri-Feed Pet Supply Published 4/30/2009 at 12:29 a.m. 0 comments

    What this suggests is that pets vote. Agri-Feed is enormous, and at a glance its interior might be mistaken for that of a loss-leader box store near the interstate. Then you realize that they don’t stock “everything for your pet.” ...

  • Best Bike Shop: Greenlee’s Bike Shop Published 4/30/2009 at 12:27 a.m. 0 comments

    Well, they’ve only had 108 years to work on it. Greenlee’s is pretty much a Norman Rockwell painting of a bike shop come to life. It’s extremely kid- and family-friendly. (On a recent afternoon, you could have taken advantage of ...

  • Best Auto Service: Fisher Tire Company Published 4/30/2009 at 12:25 a.m. 0 comments

    Fisher Tire is certainly the coolest garage in town, and we especially like the North Knoxville location with a member of local space/goth rockers Pegasi 51 and a former pro BMX freestyle rider on staff. Prices are good, service is ...

  • Best Tattoo Parlor: Saint Tattoo Published 4/30/2009 at 12:22 a.m. 0 comments

    The perfect combination of good humor and good hygiene—exactly what you want when you’re commissioning micro-surgery with the intention of ornamental scarring. From old school to photo-copy to body art, The Saint’s artists are great at taking good ideas and ...

  • Best Dry Cleaner: Prestige Cleaners, Inc. Published 4/30/2009 at 12:19 a.m. 0 comments

    How to judge a dry cleaner? There’s hanger recycling. There’s environmentally friendly chemicals and processes. There’s pricing and turnaround time. Prestige’s café in the lobby of the Gay Street location was genius. And the hand-signed Christmas cards are just really, ...

  • Best Furniture Store: Bliss Home Published 4/30/2009 at 12:17 a.m. 0 comments

    Okay, so the days of opulent mega-mansions, luxury decor, and 24/7 extreme makeovers might well be behind us. (Bye-bye, shelter porn.) Still, everyone wants to feel at home in their house—no matter how huge or how humble. Everyone wants to ...

  • Best Outdoor Sports Store: River Sports Outfitters Published 4/30/2009 at 12:13 a.m. 1 comment

    From cycling to climbing to paddling to camping, River Sports makes it easy. You can gear up for a summer above the treeline—or you can just dress like you might spend the summer above the treeline. They sell good stuff ...

  • Best Yoga Studio: The Glowing Body Published 4/30/2009 at 12:11 a.m. 1 comment

    Knoxville has long been wanting for a true destination yoga studio. Last year we got one, and what a dilly. The Glowing Body rivals the best studios in New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area in terms ...

  • Best Liquor Store: Toddy’s Package Store Published 4/30/2009 at 12:08 a.m. 0 comments

    Toddy’s is clean, well-lit (often by real sunlight), well-stocked, and has a friendly and approachable staff that knows its stuff. It’s a great party stop, but also has plenty for the discriminating bourbonizer or pinot snob. What is without question ...

  • Best CD/Record Store: The Disc Exchange Published 4/30/2009 at 12:06 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s not easy trying to sell CDs these days. In the face of rising digital downloading (both legal and illegal), the music industry has reacted by shooting itself in as many limbs as possible, leaving independent record stores in the ...

  • Best Jewelry Store: Markman’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry Published 4/29/2009 at 11:48 p.m. 0 comments

    Ease open the smooth, silent door and enter a peaceful sanctuary—hushed tones, mahogany and glass cases showcasing dazzling gems, cool green and blue walls, thick pile carpet. And then note the framed ads along the back wall, one featuring our ...

  • Best Antique Store: Nostalgia Published 4/29/2009 at 11:46 p.m. 0 comments

    A move from Carr Street to a much more spacious browsing ground on Homberg Drive hasn’t dampened the zaniness factor at Nostalgia The Vint-Ique Market. Some stuff you find here is genuine antique—a hutch, a candelabra, a Victorian hand mirror, ...