Market Square Retailers see an increase in holiday shoppers

Market Square Retailers see an increase in holiday shoppers

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By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE)-- There is just one more week until Christmas and last-minute shopping is kicking into high-gear.  

Among the busiest areas around town, Market Square is an area where several new retailers have opened up shop in the past few months.  

Many say Market Square is becoming a bigger destination for holiday shoppers.

Debbie Pickett has lived in Knoxville for 32 years, and she says that during that span, she never thought she'd be Christmas shopping in Market Square.

"Several years ago, I would never came down here and shopped," said Pickett.

Pickett said she's visited several stores to shop for her son and husband.

"The uniqueness of the different shops, Urban Outfitters, there's a couple on down you can find unique stuff not found anywhere else," said Pickett.  

Many say there are a number of unique options, ranging from jewelry, clothing and furniture stores.

Recent additions, like the small chain Earthbound Trading, opened their doors in September.  Around that same - a new women's boutique store--- Boutique opened its doors. 

"Over the past few years, the square has just become the go-to place for holiday shoppers," said Chyna Brackeen, president of the Market Square District Association.  

 Brackeen says every storefront is now filled and space is at a premium.   Second-floor retail stores are rare in Knoxville, let alone Market Square.

Brackeen says it's been many years since a store has occupied 2nd floor space in Market Square.  

Coldstream Market, another store which sells home decor and furniture, opened in September on the second floor of  34 Market Square, directly above Earthbound.  

"Where we were located originally, there wasn't as much foot traffic for us, so it's been very appealing for us, because of all the downtown lofts, they love our furniture and what we have in the store," said Rachel Kasperzak, co-owner of Coldstream Market.  

Kasperzak says it was their dream to move to Market Square because of the shoppers--- which she says have been coming to her store in droves.  

"Black Friday I came in and was not expecting to be busy because of the mall, but we were packed out on Black Friday," said Kasperak.    

Retailers say those crowds are expected to be just as large this coming weekend.  

It was recently announced that the ice-skating rink will be staying open longer this year, instead of closing before the New Year.  

It's now open until January 5th; the Market Square District Association says that was done to coincide with the schools being closed.

Many parents told them they wanted to take their children to the ice rink past the Christmas holiday.

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