Fisher Tire
The father of the current owner of this auto repair service center, Ray Fisher, opened Fisher Tire Company Inc. in 1948. Nearly 70 years later, Fisher Tire continues to provide top-notch service—repairing brakes, aligning wheels, replacing tires, and much more—and has expanded to three locations in Bearden and North and West Knoxville. (Hayley Brundige)
Popular Picks: Auto Technicians, RT Clapp

TVA Employees Credit Union
Structured on a not-for-profit, cooperative model, the TVA Employees Credit Union has 19 locations throughout East Tennessee and about 158,000 members. In 2015, its assets rose by $107 million, a nearly 8 percent increase from 2014. And no, you don’t have to be employed by TVA to join. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: First Tennessee, ORNL Credit Union

Holly’s Eventful Dining
There’s no question that Holly Hambright is a Knoxville favorite. Anyone who’s dined at Holly’s Corner or Holly’s Gourmet Market knows that Hambright brings personality and a distinct vision to her work—and anyone who’s had her food will rave about it. With Holly’s Eventful Dining, she offers that same keen attention to detail and a delicious array of appetizers, main dishes, platters, and more to events large and small. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: All Occasions Catering, Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen

Prestige Cleaners
Last year, Prestige Cleaners celebrated 30 years of cleaning up the Scruffy City. The company has 10 locations throughout Knoxville and offers a free pickup and delivery valet service. Prestige Cleaners lives up to its name, providing customers with efficient and high quality shirt services, alterations, shoe repair, laundry, dry cleaning, and more. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Crown, Farragut Cleaners

The Flower Pot
The Flower Pot offers vibrant, fairly priced arrangements for every imaginable occasion, like weddings, anniversaries, Halloween, and even National Boss’s Day. Whatever you need to say, the Flower Pot has a way to elegantly punctuate your message, from a “Yellow Fellow” flower bunch to say “thank you” to “A Little Pink Me Up” bouquet “just because.” Opened in 1972, the Flower Pot is Knoxville’s oldest local florist and serves both the downtown area and North Knoxville. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Crouch Florist, Petree’s Flowers

The next time you’re looking for a place to get a diploma, photo, poster, or piece of art framed, Frameworks should be at the top of your list. They’ve been in the custom framing business in Knoxville for over 25 years, and their beautiful work, quick turnaround time, and attention to detail definitely make them stand out. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Bennett Galleries, Jerry’s Artarama

Gary Farmer at Farmers Insurance
Could it be fate that Gary Farmer became a local agent for Farmers Insurance? Beyond coincidentally making it easier for customers to remember their insurer’s name, Farmer works with customers to answer their questions, review their policy, and help them save money on insurance for auto, home, life, motorcycle, and more. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Phil Nichols, Cindy Doyle

Stephen A. Burroughs
Stephen A. Burroughs, a personal injury attorney, gained the sacred status of meme-dom back in 2011 when advertisements featuring his full beard and Blue Steel stare went semi-viral. After he proved he has a sense of humor by throwing a party called “Swagfest,” Burroughs continued to be a Knoxville favorite for personal injury law. He fights for clients who have experienced motorcycle, boating, and construction accidents as well as medical malpractice, social security disability, and more. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Don Bosch, G. Turner III

Meadowbrooke Kennel
Meadowbrooke Kennel calls itself “Knoxville’s Happy Dog Place,” and Knoxville is happy to agree. The kennel, which provides grooming, boarding, and training services for all your furry friends, has been around since 1997 and has taken care of thousands of dogs. Their friendly staff members are self-proclaimed dog lovers and make sure every dog is treated with a little TLC. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Happy Yap’s, Hush Puppy’s

Colby McLemore
If you’re looking for some new, crisp headshots or stunning drone photography of your property, Colby McLemore’s got you covered. McLemore has won several awards for his photography—most recently, a gold medal at the 2016 International Photographic Competition—and has worked with a variety of clients, like USA Today and ABC’s Extreme Makeover. Reviewers say working with McLemore is comfortable and professional—necessary traits for anyone working with children or the camera shy. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: John Black, Bill Foster

Jessica Rodocker at First Neighborhoods Realty
Jessica Rodocker is the principal broker for First Neighborhoods Realty, a boutique real estate firm that focuses on the historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Knoxville. Rodocker, who graduated from UT in 2003, works with a small team to sell properties in areas like Fourth and Gill, Island Home, and Old North Knoxville. In a prime example of practicing what you preach, Rodocker and her family live in historic Island Home, a Knoxville neighborhood that formed in the early 1900s along the Tennessee River, where they are renovating a 1915 Craftsman home. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Melinda Grimac; Rob Howard, Suzy Trotta, & Kimberly Dixon Hamilton [three-way tie]

Vivid Tattoo
Top-notch tattoos designed and drawn by the only all-female staffed shop in Knoxville—need we say more? Sarah and Rosie, whose shop is located in a little white house on Sutherland Avenue, are dedicated and friendly, creating beautiful designs for their clients. Honestly, their work speaks for itself. And if you’re a budding tattoo artist yourself, they’re offering an apprenticeship for a fellow talented female. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Purple Heart Tattoo, Saint Tattoo

The Standard
It’s hard not to fall in love with the vibe at the Standard. The venue’s exposed brick, wide open skylights, arched doorways, and expansive space make it the perfect location for weddings, concerts, fundraising events, and more. Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville on West Jackson Avenue, the Standard is named after what came before it: the Standard Wilson Glass Company. It’s a prime example of imaginative reuse, saving a worthy building and creating new memories. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: The Mill & Mine, Relix

Butler Animal Clinic
Butler Animal Clinic, located on Oak Ridge Highway, is a full-service veterinary medical center. They take care of everything from bathing and blood transfusions to surgery and senior care for your canine and feline friends. Their staff is professional and attentive, and many of them graduated from the University of Tennessee. They know your pets are cherished, and they take pains to ensure that they get well-rounded care. (H.B.)
Popular Picks: Central Vet Clinic, Fountain City Animal Hospital