10 Best Shops and Markets in the Knoxville Area

Shoppers will be delighted with the specialty shops and marketplaces scattered around Knoxville. Join in the "Keep Knoxville Scruffy" campaign by buying local. For souvenirs and gifts,  Nothing Too Fancy offers a variety of t-shirts with various Knoxville slogans on them, while Earth to Old City has a collection of soaps, stylish lamps, and trinkets. Bliss boutique has a large selection of locally-designed clothes and home decor items.

There are several stores that gather wares from numerous vendors, including Nostalgia, a vintage collection for authentic, used items, or the Southern Market combines more than 40 original stores for plenty of shopping opportunities.

Knoxville is also home to several outdoor markets, including the Market Square Farmers Market,  and the the Oak Ridge Farmers Market, two great places to pick up discounted fruits, vegetables, and artisan crafts, cheeses, and meats from local farmers and craftsman.

Mast General Store is an old-fashioned shopping hub selling everything from toys and candy to sports and camping equipment. This iconic store has become a "must see" and has established itself throughout Tennessee and North Carolina.

Book stores and music stores are becoming a rarity in the internet age, but Union Ave Books and Disk Exchange are two thriving stores worth a visit.

Here are some top picks for shopping in Knoxville.



Forget Amazon.com for a minute and shop local! Bookstores are few and far between these days, but there is something about Union Ave Books that keeps bringing people in. Start a conversation with someone about a favorite book, meet an author in...  Read More



This award-winning store is the self-proclaimed "vintique market." Specializing in vintage and retro items, they aren't the typical antique store with products from more than 30 dealers. From vinyl records, shabby - but chic - furniture and home...  Read More



For more than 30 years, The East Tennessee Farmers Association for Retail Marketing (FARM) has operated two farmers markets in the Knoxville area: the Knoxville Farmers Market and the Oak Ridge Farmers Market (these are different than the Market...  Read More



Each historic store in this southern chain is unique. In Knoxville, the building was erected in 1898 after a fire, and first opened as a grocery store. Since then, it has changed hands and become several types of shops before emerging as the...  Read More

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This Knoxville-based specialty store has been growing since opening their first designer outlet in 2003. Earning rave reviews from locals as well as numerous awards, Bliss is a "must see" for shoppers to the Knoxville area. Their Market Square...  Read More

Airport - Tys


This zen-like store makes gift buying easy. It has a free year-round gift-wrapping service, and the selection is broad and well chosen, with gorgeous photographic art that can be custom-framed on-site. Online browsing is also available. You'll...  Read More



In addition to the clever name, Nothing Too Fancy gets a nod for working with local artists in a number of their products. They specialize in super-soft, vintage-inspired t-shirts – many with slogans showcasing Tennessee pride. Set in Market...  Read More

Disk Exchange
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In a world of iTunes and mp3s, this record store is a true gem that is still going strong! Offering more than 100,000 new and used titles, as well as an extensive online store, an impressive vinyl collection (in a separate room) turntables and...  Read More

Market Square Farmers Market
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On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Market Square hums even more than usual with the farmers market. Everything at the market is produced by vendors in the East Tennessee region, including salsas, chocolates, coffee, artisan crafts, fruits, and...  Read More

Southern Market
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More than 15 years ago, Southern Market was inspired by the idea of specialty shops lining the streets of Knoxville, and has blossomed into a unique destination for shoppers. Visitors can add that perfect touch to the home, and with 40 shops to...  Read More


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Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber