Bliss businesses moving to Gay St

Knoxville, Tn. — Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes have announced the businesses will move from 24 and 29 Market Square to a new location on Gay Street. Bliss opened at its current location in 2003, making it one of the oldest retail businesses currently operating on Market Square.

Tori Mason Shoes opened just under a year ago due to an expanding shoe department within Bliss. Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen’s Bliss Home brand currently has locations in west Knoxville, Nashville and a location in Louisville, KY scheduled to open July 2017.

The new location will be in the Miller’s Building at 445 Gay Street and will combine both Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes. The move will increase the total square footage of retail to 6,500 square feet from the existing 4,600 square feet.

“While we will miss Market Square, we are looking forward to this new opportunity. Gay Street has continued to change over the years and we are excited to be part of the continuing growth of retail there,” says Scott Sc​himmel.

​Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes will continue to be open in their current Market Square locations until the new location is complete. Anticipated occupancy is Fall 2017.

Tori Mason Shoes hosts exhibit

Knoxville, TN. — Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present artist Gwyn Pevonka and her “babes and blooms” series for April’s First Friday. Tori Mason Shoes, located at 29 Market Square in downtown Knoxville, will host an opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Gwyn’s art will be featured for the month of April.

About the artist:

Experimenting with paint as an object, she is interested in the Heroic Gesture of a woman as she creates large-scale paintings that are just as much about line and color as they are about texture. Applying hundreds of layers of color, these completely abstract pieces are vibrant with movement. Through gouging and carving, the paint is physically removed from the surface. Digging deeper in some areas, while more shallow in others, psychedelic colors are revealed, evoking emotion and excited contemplation. Her Artist Statement simply reads, “I have emptied myself, and made myself nothing, chasing the sweet satisfaction of an identity I created through a single gouge.”

Gwyn Pevonka is originally from Indiana. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Appalachian State University in 2011. Moving to Columbia quickly after graduating, she began renting a studio space at Tapp’s Art Center in downtown and became apart of the vibrant art scene. She has moved on from Columbia after being there for 5 years to Knoxville, TN and is excited to see where she’ll make her mark.

Tori Mason Shoes hosts art show

Knoxville, TN. — Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present The Alley Cat Series, by Knoxville photographer, Marianne “Ziggie” Ziegler, for January’s First Friday. Tori Mason Shoes, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, January 8th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Ziggie’s art will be featured for the month of January.


Growing up on the south fork of Long Island, NY, Ziegler spent a lot of her time star gazing on beaches before she discovered her love for backstage theater. She majored in Stage Management and Technical Direction at North Carolina School of the Arts before making the journey over the mountains to wind up in Knoxville, TN. She has been a Knoxville resident now for 14 years. Image by Ziggie Ziegler.

Photography has always been a passion in her life, but never considered utilizing it as an artistic release till she drifted away from the stage. She has shown works at 8 Shooters Studio before finding her current themed outlet. The Alley Cat series started over three years ago and has since been shown at Wells Fargo formerly on Gay St, Urban Bar, Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen, The Bearden Beer Market, The Red Piano Lounge, Sugar Mamas, Preservation Pub, Crafty Bastard, Ijams Nature Center, Central Flats and Taps, and Broadway Studios and Gallery.

She is an avid wanderer and promoter of downtown Knoxville, and promoter of local businesses; always seeking ‘the next shot’. Within the last couple years, she has been given the wonderful opportunity of now having both her loves of artistic output in her life; in photography, and finding a home again in the theater. She currently keeps very busy shooting, framing, and loading in touring performances for the Knoxville Stagehands Local Union 197.

Bliss to open shoe store

Tori Mason Shoes, the latest in the Bliss family of retail stores, will open this summer in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

“We are very excited about our newest concept. Bliss has carried shoes for several years, but embarking on this new adventure will give us the space to focus on offering a thoughtfully curated collection of shoes”, owner Lisa Sorensen notes.


Tori Mason Shoes in downtown Market Square will carry brands not readily available to the Knoxville client base: Bed Stu, Freebird, Jack Rogers, Miz Mooz and Dolce Vita. Photo submitted.

“Reinventing the 29 Market Square location gives us the space to offer more, all while providing fun experiences for customers like a selfie area”, owner Scott Schimmel adds.

Bliss History

In 2003, Bliss opened its doors in the Market Square location. In 2005 and 2008, two separate Bliss Home stores were opened, one downtown Knoxville and one in The Gallery in West Knoxville on Kingston Pike. In 2014, Bliss Home opened their first furniture store in Nashville, TN. All three Bliss Home stores offer casual contemporary furnishings, rugs and inspiring art and accessories.