Happy Holler neighborhood continues to attract new businesses

Happy Holler neighborhood continues to attract new businesses

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Owner Todd Wakefield is putting the finishing touches on renovations, and he hopes to open in two weeks. Owner Todd Wakefield is putting the finishing touches on renovations, and he hopes to open in two weeks.
"We came up with the name, and then we started looking for areas, hey what's growing, what can support a craft beer store," Wakefield said. "We came up with the name, and then we started looking for areas, hey what's growing, what can support a craft beer store," Wakefield said.
"It's a welcoming neighborhood. We have parking. It's a great community. There's no reason to be scared of coming down to this area in Knoxville anymore," Wakefield said. "It's a welcoming neighborhood. We have parking. It's a great community. There's no reason to be scared of coming down to this area in Knoxville anymore," Wakefield said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - New businesses continue to set up shop in the Happy Holler neighborhood in North Knoxville.

The newest is a craft beer store on North Central Street. Owner Todd Wakefield is putting the finishing touches on renovations, and he hopes to open in two weeks. 

"All this area you see here will be a tasting room. You can enjoy a pint, hang out on our patio, listen to music, have a good time," Wakefield said.

It's called Hops and Hollers.

"We came up with the name, and then we started looking for areas, hey what's growing, what can support a craft beer store," Wakefield said.

After looking at other sites in West Knoxville, he says he fell in love with the Happy Holler neighborhood.

"It's a welcoming neighborhood. We have parking. It's a great community. There's no reason to be scared of coming down to this area in Knoxville anymore," Wakefield said.

Bob Whetsel, Knoxville's director of redevelopment, says six years ago the city set up a task force to help rejuvenate North Knoxville. Since then, he says the city has invested more than $3 million into the area, and it's now paying off.

"It's kind of built momentum on its own, so we haven't had to do a whole lot lately. There's just been a lot of private investment there because people are seeing the value and the character in that part of town," Whetsel said.

People like Stephen Dupree, who works at the Knoxville Bicycle Hospital on Broadway. The shop opened about five months ago.

"I pretty much love this location. It's convenient to downtown. It's convenient to Fourth and Gill. It's convenient to Old North. Those are all pockets where there's a lot of bicycle commuters," Dupree said.

 

 

 

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