A block party was in full swing Sept. 8th in downtown North Knoxville. Baking shop, Magpies Bakery, and yoga haven, Glowing Body Yoga & Healing Arts, commemorated 10 years of successful operation in the COLOR-AMA building. To share this recent milestone the shops invited Knoxville locals to come and make a toast with them.
Magpies Bakery celebrated by sharing what they do best, baking. The shop had a table laid out with free samples of their delicious treats. A popular selection of the evening was their slices of pumpkin spice cake. The tasty fall treat was a perfect complement to the delicious assortments of Highline Coffee offered at the adjacent table.
Celebrating 10 years of service was not the only milestone the shop had on its list. Magpies Bakery was recognizing a recent change in ownership. Peg Hambright, the former owner, sold the shop to her niece, Elizabeth Smith, earlier in the year. Sudden changes to a beloved business can be worrying to locals, but the new management and its customers are doing just fine with the change. In an interview with Knox News, Smith assured she was “not making any major changes… there is a reason people love Magpies.”
The party showed no signs of slowing down at Glowing Body Yoga & Healing Arts. Packed with people and the sounds of excited chatter, tranquil rooms did not exist in the studio that night. Flyers of their various healing and yoga sessions were all along the walls for the potentially interested yogis. If the print advertisement was not your cup of tea, the studio also cleverly set up a photo booth. It invited visitors to take photos of themselves. The pictures could later be retrieved on the Glowing Body’s Facebook page.
Apart from the images of peace and relaxation, another notable sight was a food stand. Cook to be Well, a health-conscious café located inside the studio, was celebrating their grand opening. They are a plant-based café focused on colorful presentation with a promise to pay attention to your well-being. The eatery seemed to win over the night as the place remained packed with hungry patrons for hours.
The businesses of COLOR-AMA showed that day the power of what local support and hard work can do. Hopefully, these shops can continue to celebrate these milestones with their supporters for years to come.