Downtown In December 2019

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For more information on the Sesquicentennial Grand Finale Celebration: 


Following the dedication, a a Downtown Tour of Churches will begin at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Other churches included in the tour are Central Baptist Church, Munsey United Methodist Church, Downtown Christian Church, First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church. Participants will spend approximately 20 minutes at each location.


For more information on the Johnson City Christmas Tree Lighting:



For more information on the Johnson City Christmas Parade:



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Grown & Gathered – a farm to table experience

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. Grown & Gathered was a sellout event last year and features an intimate dining setting. Proceeds from the event will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Thursday, October 10. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed appetizers. The family style served dinner will be in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Catering. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. Each year this team provides an exceptional menu of delicious items, and this year will be no different.

Music for the event will be provided by Cory Jeter. This year’s menu will celebrate the legacy of farming in our community as part of Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. An added component will be recipe cards featuring handed down recipes from the community. To submit your family’s favorite, go to Downtown Johnson City’s Facebook page.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $75 per person. Since last year was a sellout, we recommend getting tickets early. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite,  or in person at the JCDA office, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406 (4th floor of the King Building) Monday through Friday from 9am – 4:30 am.

The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is a 501(c) (3) responsible for raising funds for downtown projects and improvements. For more information,

The event is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial Services – The Torbett Group

Johnson City Development Authority Request for Statement of Qualifications

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The Johnson City Development Authority (JCDA) is soliciting proposals from qualified developers to provide services in connection with the potential transfer of the budget authority of a Project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Contract for 63 residential efficiency units and 87 residential one-bedroom units from the John Sevier Center to an alternative housing development. All bids should be received by 5:00 pm Friday, July 12, 2019.

CO.STARTERS to begin June 3

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Johnson City Development Authority Offers CO.STARTERS – Beginning June 3 (9 Consecutive Mondays)

The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow, to offer CO.STARTERS, a nine-week cohort based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action, and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor. The program is for aspiring entrepreneurs or seasoned entrepreneurs looking to launch a new product or service. The only prerequisites are:

  1. having an idea you’re ready, willing, and excited to share and pursue and
  2. a willingness to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment
  3. commit to regular attendance and the work needed to complete the nine week program

Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed, and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a successful business.

The next session begins Monday, June 3.

Dates: June 3 – July 29 (9 consecutive Mondays)

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: NETREP office in downtown Johnson City – at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor

Cost: Registration is $125/person and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 30

Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.

For more information,  email

Space is limited. To register, fill out this form: CO.STARTERS REGISTRATION 2019

CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Downtown Merchant Monday Spotlight- Cross Stitch & Crafts

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Cross Stitch & Crafts

Meet Sandra and Fred! They are downtown business owners and residents. Sandra has a passion for cross stitch and for Downtown Johnson City. If you are new to cross stitch, or need some more supplies, Cross Stitch & Crafts has it all! The art of cross stitch has changed so much because of all the new colors and fibers that are now available. Sandra and Fred stay busy year-round and have over a million items in the shop.

How did you develop a passion for cross stitch?

“I was born with it”. Sandra has been stitching since she was 6.

How long have you been in Downtown Johnson City?

The business has been downtown for 21 years.

Do you see cross stitching becoming less or more popular or staying the same?

Unfortunately, less popular because Sandra’s clients/customers are aging out.

What was your career prior to Cross Stitch and Crafts?

Nursing. Sandra graduated from ETSU.

What is it like to be a downtown business owner and resident?

Sandra and Fred love living downtown. One of Sandra’s favorite parts of being downtown is being able to walk almost everywhere. Prior to being downtown residents, they lived in North Johnson City but the building they were living in was having to be torn down. The real estate was reasonable at the time they were looking to relocate so they made the choice to be downtown and fell in love with Johnson City all over again.

What is the “and Crafts” part to your business?

Originally, it was going to be “finished crafts” such as crafts done with punch needle, needlepoint canvas that have the same fibers but different bases for them. When it comes to ordering kits, they can pretty much order anything you need. During the interview, Sandra added, “Couples will come in and look around the store and say, “okay we can move here”.

Where is your business located?

240 E W Main Street #200, Johnson City, TN 37604


Downtown Merchant Monday Spotlight- Crystal Massage

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Crystal Massage

Say hello to Crystal! She is the owner of Crystal Massage located in the King’s Centre Building on Main Street. She has a huge passion for massage therapy and loves being a downtown business owner.

What made you want to open a business downtown?

Crystal’s grandparents owned a few Dairy Queen restaurants back in the day in Downtown Johnson City and she has so many memories of them showing her what used to be downtown. She has always wanted to be in the downtown area.

How do you like working next to your husband?

Crystal says it’s very fun and convenient. It is a really good way to be together during the day while also having their own space.

What is a common misconception of massage therapy?

A common misconception is that people tend to think getting a massage is only for special occasions or a super expensive luxury when really it is something that is affordable and has numerous health benefits.

What is the best thing about being a small business owner?

Having control of her time and flexibility.

What is the worst part about being a small business owner?

Finding the perfect balance between work and family life while also balancing time for Crystal’s employee as well.

Where is your business located?

300 E Main Street #154, Johnson City, TN 37601

Merchant Monday Spotlight-Downtown Yoga

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Downtown Yoga

Meet Kim! She’s the owner of Downtown Yoga right here in the heart of Downtown Johnson City. She offers a variety of different types of yoga classes in the most amazing studio. If you are new to yoga and want to try out a class or two, go checkout Downtown Yoga.

How long have you been involved in yoga?

Kim started doing yoga in 1999 and started teaching in 2004.

What made you interested in yoga?

She started taking classes at her local gym and ended up falling in love with it and developed a passion for yoga.

What are some common misconceptions about yoga?

What you see on social media and magazine covers misconstrues how yoga “is supposed to look”.

What is your favorite part about Downtown Johnson City?

Kim enjoys being able to walk everywhere and all the different downtown activities and events. One of her favorite parts of being downtown is keeping things local, supporting other businesses and being able to collaborate with other business owners.

Favorite restaurant downtown?


What do you love most about your business?

When asked this question, Kim responded with “The people”. She said that it starts with the students and goes all the way to the staff. “We attract people who are warm and welcoming. Ethic and integrity are super important here”.

What’s the hardest part about owning a business?

Kim said that getting people to try yoga for the first time was the hardest part.

How long have you been downtown?

3 ½ years

Where is your business located?

122 Spring St, Johnson City, TN 37604


Downtown Merchant Monday Spotlight- Olson’s Martial Arts

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Meet Amanda, Glenn, Keith and Katie Olson! They are owners of Olson’s Martial Arts in Downtown Johnson City. They all have a huge passion for martial arts and believe it is an activity for everyone of all ages.

What is your favorite thing about martial arts?

Amanda said, “My favorite thing as an instructor of martial arts is seeing people accomplish things they never thought were possible”.

What made you want to be in Downtown Johnson City?

The Olson’s needed more space and thought it was fun to be part of the re-birth of the downtown area. “Seeing the area grow and come to life was awesome to see”.

Favorite downtown restaurant?

Southern Craft or Korean Taco

How long has the business been in Downtown Johnson City?

Originally, the business was on N. Roan Street for 22 years, but they have been downtown for 2.5 years.

How did you get involved in martial arts?

Amanda was ten years old when she started. Her little brother started taking classes and she thought it looked like fun. “I never looked back and continue to train, learn and teach”.

What is a fun fact about martial arts?

Their youngest student is 4 years old and the oldest is around 80.

Where is your business located?

113 Cherry St. #10, Johnson City, TN 37604

Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration – January 5

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Join us this Saturday, January 5 for Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration. The event will be held at the former Penney’s building at 309 E. Main Street in Downtown Johnson City from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festivities will begin promptly at 11 a.m. with the unveiling of the time capsule from 1969. More than 50 items buried for the City’s centennial celebration will be placed on display for public viewing following the big reveal. Additional activities include an update on the Sesquicentennial Commission’s Legacy Project, a children’s time capsule project, complimentary birthday cake by Cakebuds Bakery, and an opportunity for community members to record a video message for inclusion in the 2019 time capsule.

For more information about this event and other upcoming Sesquicentennial events for 2019, visit

*Free parking for the event will be available at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and the Northeast State University parking garage.