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Supporting Small Businesses: Knoxville - Bearden, Hardin Valley and Fountain City

Small Business Saturday® | SouthEast Bank | November 27, 2020

Locally owned businesses are at the heart of everything our communities do, creating jobs and helping our economies to grow and thrive. Small Business Saturday® is dedicated to supporting these important organizations.

To celebrate this special day, we visited 14 local businesses in the Middle and East Tennessee communities. We look forward to sharing their stories with you, knowing that your support makes a big impact on small businesses.

Davis Studio

State of the Art: Davis Studio

315 S Mohican St, Knoxville, TN 37919

Shannon Davis Brock grew up with the dream of owning her own art gallery. Starting as an art major in college at Carson-Newman, then working with a framing and art supplier during her early career, she opened Davis Studio in 2005. Her studio, located at 315 Mohican Street in the Bearden community of Knoxville, proudly features prints, paintings and crafts for every artistic taste.

The studio is packed with Brock's own creations, as well and pieces from local artists. When you see the brushstrokes of surrealism, landscape and abstract work, one fully begins to appreciate Knoxville’s budding artist community. It’s clear this space is a celebration of each artist's unique expression.

Brock shared that the Knoxville art community is filled with businesses that truly want to see each other grow and thrive. “All the galleries are rooting for each other and support each other. It's good camaraderie," Brock said.

Brock's passion for art and design extends to framing, as well. Having worked in framing for several years, she explained that she now understands how the right presentation can help the artwork truly stand out. “I try to pick out a frame that feels like the artwork,” Brock said. “Something that really shows it off.” She said one of her favorite feelings is knowing she’s chosen a frame that her customer loves.

She also invests in young artists, teaching art workshops designed for children. Brock's love for design and local art makes her studio a unique, standout location that both artists and visitors can enjoy.

 

Matlock Tire & Service

On the Road Again: Matlock Tire Service

10838 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932

Joe Matlock’s grandfather opened Matlock Tire Service in 1953, and the company has remained in the family ever since. The business is heavily focused on providing the highest quality customer service, and Matlock said that’s what he believes keeps their long-time customers coming back. “My grandfather laid the foundation of valuing people and treating people right,” Matlock said.

When you arrive at Matlock Tire Service, you'll also notice a few amenities that make it stand out from other auto service providers. Many of the company's locations feature children's play areas, stucco columns and rocking chairs where customers can relax. "We've tried to stand out in our industry and give {our buildings} a nicer feel," Matlock said, explaining that the business's locations are designed with customers' comfort in mind.

Today, more than 60 years after the business was established, the Matlock team continues to offer an exceptional customer experience. With five locations spanning Knoxville and surrounding areas, when you visit Matlock Tire Service, you can expect the same, high-quality care they have offered for generations.

 

Birdie's Boutique

A Passion for Fashion: Birdie’s Boutique

3000 Tazewell Park, Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37918

Stephanie and Kim, best friends of 20 years, recently opened Birdie’s Boutique in Fountain City, Tennessee. As lifelong entrepreneurs, both women have owned businesses independently and decided it was time to become business partners and realize a new vision.

“We have something for everybody,” Kim said. “And we hope that our boutique takes off!” They regularly update their offerings and styles, maintaining the latest trends. Kim and Stephanie have even incorporated a “Boy-tique,” with stylish clothing designed for young boys, including babies and toddlers. We’re excited to see this unstoppable team continue to thrive in the Fountain City area.

 

If you've enjoyed Small Business Saturday so far, then be sure to visit our Small Business Saturday page for details on even more fantastic local organizations!

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