For all of the wonderful things that I love about our Gatlinburg area, there are still some things that our community doesnâ€™t have, at least not yet. Our mild climate (yet with distinct seasons), the low crime rate, our wonderful scenery, and our exceptionally low property taxes are great but I do have a few wishes. Here is my top ten list of things that I wish our Gatlinburg area community had:
Number 10: A Chiliâ€™s Restaurant – We enjoy many excellent restaurants but for some reason we donâ€™t yet have a local location of this chain.
Number 9: A Stein-Mart Store â€“ If you havenâ€™t ever experienced this discount department store youâ€™ve missed something special.
Number 8: Crate and Barrel Store â€“ Lots of outlets but we donâ€™t seem to get the specialty stores.
Number 7: Fresh Market Grocery â€“ This gourmet grocery store features very fresh food, lots of unique items, and I believe the chain may have started in Knoxville.
Number 6: A Toyota/Lexus dealership â€“ Our community has a Chevy, Chrysler, GM, and a Ford dealership but we donâ€™t have any other automobile dealers. We do however have an excellent automotive repair shop that is honest, skilled, and also reasonably priced in Rickâ€™s Service Center in Sevierville. If you are looking for a great mechanic in our Gatlinburg area please see Rick and tell him that Jeff Schoenfield sent you.
Number 5: Panera Bread Store â€“ I love this store but unfortunately it didnâ€™t make it in Gatlinburg due to problems with management and labor. All Sevier County businesses suffer to some degree finding reliable help but some seem to struggle more than others.
Number 4: Williams â€“ Sonoma â€“ There really isnâ€™t anything quite like this sort of store in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville.
Number 3: Best Buy Store â€“ We donâ€™t yet have any type of big box electronics store. The closest substitute would be one of the local small Radio-Shack stores.
Number 2: An Old Fashioned Bakery â€“ Although the Donut Friar in Gatlinburg has lots of sweet items (and is wonderful) we donâ€™t have a full service bakery anywhere in Sevier County to my knowledge.
Number 1: Samâ€™s Club/Costco – While we do have a Wal-Mart in Sevierville, we havenâ€™t yet gotten any sort of discount warehouse business.
A list like this would have been much longer 10 years ago but we have filled in some of the missing links. Hopefully, when we look back on this list a couple of years from now at least a couple of these â€œWish Listâ€� items will have been added.