Spotlight on businesses with new Town display

  • - photo courtesy of Grayson Martin/Town of Farragut

  • Trevor Hobbs, Farragut business liaison and assistant to the Town administrator, shows how the display cases on the second floor of Farragut Town Hall have been repurposed in a collaborative project with Shop Farragut to promote local businesses. - photo courtesy of Grayson Martin/Town of Farragut

Virtually empty since Town Parks and Rec department offices moved to Farragut Community Center in 2020, the three second-floor lighted display cases in Town Hall have been repurposed to promote local businesses.

“They have been there a long time and were used by Parks and Rec for their exhibits,” said Trevor Hobbs, assistant to the Town administrator and Town business liaison.

“(Town receptionist) Gwyneth Carrell noticed they were empty, and we talked about what we could do with them.”

The second level of Town Hall is a very high-traffic area, as not only Farragut but any Knox County resident can visit the Knox County Clerk’s satellite office located there, which issues marriage licenses, vehicle tags and renewals, among its many services.

“We had the idea to offer the space to Farragut business and asked (Farragut Business Alliance/Shop Farragut executive director) Steve Krempasky if he thought they might be interested ... as a free marketing opportunity,” Hobbs said.

The suggestion was embraced by Krempasky, and the promotions gained momentum over the last nine months.

“It has been a good hometown effort to support our businesses,” Krempasky said. “Everyone who needs any kind of license (through the County Clerk’s office) is able to see what just a few businesses have to offer.”

So far, Euphoric Cheese Shop, TVA Employees Credit Union, home-based Root Journey, Be Well and Ricki’s Pet Depot are among those that have been showcased, with each sharing products and services they provide.

“We are very excited about how this has grown,” Hobbs said.