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Next Cash Mob to take place at Jonesborough Art Glass

Jonesborough is known for the variety of shops that showcase regional artisans featuring items that are unique and can only be found at one of the locally owned businesses in the heart of the Historic Downtown District.
Standing true to that tradition are Steve and Tava Cook, owners of the legendary Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery.
With bright colors and inviting music playing just outside the storefront, it isn’t hard to find yourself wandering inside the welcoming doors into a world of imagination, art and abundant colors.
The scenery inside evokes a sense of excitement as you browse through a variety of items ranging from stained glass, home décor, mosaics, pottery, garden art, jewelry and numerous custom items from across the United States.
“We represent crafts and artwork from over 150 different artists from across the country,” Steve said. “And nearly 20 percent of our items are from regional Appalachian artists.”
The Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery has become a downtown staple, being located in a former telephone company building and owned by the Cooks for more than 30 years.
Artisans themselves, both Steve and Tava have been able to share their passions in stained glass art as business owners as well as supporting other artists through showcasing artwork in their shop.
“You always think you’ve seen everything, but we are always amazed when people bring in new items for us to sell,” Steve said.
Inventory is updated constantly as folks from across the nation make a trip to the Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery at the top of their list of places to visit while in town.
Customers become more than a face and often stop in for a visit when passing by to check out the new items, rave about recent purchases from the Gallery and catch up with old friends.
The most popular items include jewelry, stained glass, Steve’s flashy neon sculptures, their son’s lamp art and the eye catching animal skull mosaics created by Tava.
Prices of items in the store range from $5 to $5,000 for customized pieces.
The Cooks travel each year to a different part of the country to find new artists to showcase in the shop and have been able to watch their business grow as Jonesborough progresses and looks toward the future.
“Having been here about the longest in the same location, I have seen a lot of progress,” Steve said. “When we first opened, there wasn’t much going on and we’d put a sign up on the door that said ‘Closed Due to Good Weather.’ Rent was cheap and this was a fun place to start a business.”
The Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery will be the location of a cash mob on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m.
The weekly cash mobs are a part of the town’s We Dig Jonesborough campaign to encourage people to shop in Tennessee’s oldest town.