North Knoxville's Happy Holler community continues to grow

North Knoxville's Happy Holler community continues to grow

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Happy Holler on North Central Avenue has added several new shops and restaurants over the past few years. Happy Holler on North Central Avenue has added several new shops and restaurants over the past few years.
"We have had January, February, and also March is looking just as good. We have had three of the most, absolutely the best, I don't know how to put it in to words. We have done really well," said business owner Rick Evans. "We have had January, February, and also March is looking just as good. We have had three of the most, absolutely the best, I don't know how to put it in to words. We have done really well," said business owner Rick Evans.
"So far, it's worked out. We've seen a lot of new faces. We have the ability to have a lot of walk-in traffic, which we didn't have at our older location, and it's turning out to be a little better. We're very happy," said Raven co-owner Jack Stiles. "So far, it's worked out. We've seen a lot of new faces. We have the ability to have a lot of walk-in traffic, which we didn't have at our older location, and it's turning out to be a little better. We're very happy," said Raven co-owner Jack Stiles.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

NORTH KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A North Knoxville community is seeing growth when it comes to new business.

Happy Holler on North Central Avenue has added several new shops and restaurants over the past few years.

Friends Antique and Collectibles has been open nearly eight years, but employee Rick Evans says this has been its best one so far.

"We have had January, February, and also March is looking just as good. We have had three of the most, absolutely the best, I don't know how to put it in to words. We have done really well. We've had double business-wise this year compared to any of the past seven years," Evans said.

Evans says that's in part due to the new businesses in Happy Holler.

Raven Records and Rarities is just across the street and has only been open about a year.

"So far, it's worked out. We've seen a lot of new faces. We have the ability to have a lot of walk-in traffic, which we didn't have at our older location, and it's turning out to be a little better. We're very happy," said Raven co-owner Jack Stiles.

The City of Knoxville is helping with improvements in the area.

"We're seeing lots of incremental change. We've also had the community development department here at the City of Knoxville use some empowerment zone funds to do some façade improvements and that's really helped to change the character and the look and feel of the intersection of Broadway and Central, and also Happy Holler," said City of Knoxville Project Manager Anne Wallace.

Businesses feel fortunate to be in an area where customers in one shop can mean traffic for others.

"With the change and the new businesses coming in, we're all just tickled to death with what the holler is turning into. It's alive, it's vibrant. We've got people from all over the county that's coming to the holler now," Evans explained.

The city has planned more improvements in Happy Holler, including a new streetscape and street resurfacing.

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