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Restaurant closes its doors

Jonesborough will see one new business open in downtown while another, just a block away, has closed.
The Sparrow’s Nest, Gifts for Home & Garden, will open in Jonesborough at the corner of Fox and Main, at 101 Fox Street.
The Sparrow’s Nest already has a location in Johnson City.
It’s Jonesborough location will replace former tenant, Alpha Omega.
Owners Marileen Knisley and Doris Hayes plan to open their doors on Monday, Nov. 12.
“We’re going to push it as hard as we can,” Knisley said. “We’re just going to get in there and get it open.”
Knisley says she is excited about coming to Jonesborough, something she has hoped to do for some time.
“We have been working down there for a long time,” she said. “We’ve done the Lavender Festivals, the Garden Galas and even the Storytelling Festival. We’ve wanted to do this for a long time and we’ve just been waiting for God to open a door for us to be there. He has, so we’ll be there.”
The original Sparrow’s Nest opened in 2005 and is located in the Historic Reeves-Chinouth home on Knob Creek Road in Johnson City.
The store features an eclectic mix of baby gifts, candles, florals, furniture, garden art, gift foods, home décor, jewelry, stationery and seasonal items.
While that new shop is opening up, just down the street a local restaurant in the historic district has closed.
Mark and Carol Hicks, owners of The Creekside, served their last guests at brunch on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The Creekside opened in Jonesborough on Sept. 27, 2010.
“I’m really glad we did it,” Mark Hicks said. “Having a chance to open a restaurant is something a lot of people talk about wanting to do, but not too many people actually get to do.
“We can’t blame the closure on any one thing.”
He cited long hours and hard work as contributing factors to their decision to close.
“We’re not closing because we have to. We’re closing because we want to,” he said. “It’s fun and you get to make a lot of friends and have a lot of unique times, but the work is really hard work and seven days a week has really been difficult.”
The restaurant’s closure will displace the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, which has used the eatery as its meeting place on Tuesday evenings.
The Guild will be meeting at the International Storytelling Center, beginning Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.
The group presents weekly entertainment by performing members including professionals, semi-professionals and hobbyists.
More information about the Guild is available on their website at, or by calling 913-2166.