Looking for a place to unwind, relax and refresh? Like to take in unique shops, thrift and antique stores? How about visiting a turn of the century neighborhood filled with old Victorian homes. If you find yourself in the Knoxville area, roll on over to Roane County, Tn, specifically, Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood. Right off I40 located 20 miles west of Knoxville.
Seriously, it is great to live so close to Knoxville, but each time I return to Harriman, I literally exhale and relax. The beauty of the landscape and less congestion is worth the trip alone. And if that’s not enough, in this multi part series we will give you a sneak peak of what is waiting for you. Oh, and did I mention all the amazing people you’ll meet?
Our first stop is the cloth and chair, a home decor and gift shop, that just opened it’s friendly doors in the Ladds Landing shopping center in Kingston, TN. Exit 352 off I41. If you love nature, calm and inspiring surroundings, you are going to love, love this beautiful shop. Plan on spending a while in this one, because the more you admire Kari Openshaw’s hand picked treasures, the more you realize they are an amazing blend of old charm and modern freshness. Kari’s passion for supporting women in business and “things with a soul” is evident. What is even greater? Kari is one of Knoxville’s most talented and sought after designers! Kari has been described to me as an absolutely sweetheart, down-to-earth and fun to be around. She is exactly that and more. If you are in the market for design services, Kari comes highly recommended and her design clients get a great value on accessories and furnishings. In fact, I have a “feeling” that BIG opportunities are coming her way, so stay tuned. Below are some of my favorite things at the cloth and chair.
Graphic art from Sugarboo an Alabama graphic artist line the walls.
Coming soon to the cloth and chair…
Europe2You Olive and Cheese Boards made of old reclaimed wood.
as well as Dash and Albert area rugs, tote bags and throws.
Join Kari at the cloth and chair on August 2nd at 6:30 for hors d’oeuvres and a truck show featuring Knoxville jewelry artist Diane Wallace. Diane creates amazing pieces from vintage jewelry, a must see, must have!
The cloth and chair hours are Monday thru Friday from 10-6, Saturday 10-4 and closed on Sunday. You can also visit Kari on Facebook.
After working up an appetite at the cloth and chair, Kari recommends the homemade potato chips at Copelands, located next to the Piggly Wiggly at 104 Martin St.
Stay tuned for more great places to visit, eat and shop in Roane County, TN!