I write this blog post with a heavy heart. But also with a grateful heart.
On Monday, March 30, 2020 — my dad passed away from COVID-19.
It happened really fast.
He started having symptoms a week and a half prior to his passing … dry cough, high fever, extreme fatigue, nasal congestion, and sore throat … but on Monday, he started having a hard time breathing. And his breathing got shallower and shallower until he passed away in his bed.
My dad lived in New York. He was the deacon at his church for over 20 years and he had just retired from his job at General Motors in January.
He was a good man … he was hardworking and dedicated to his immediate and extended family. He and my stepmother were married for almost 30 years. I was his oldest son, and he had 3 more sons after me.
In June 2018, he came to visit me in Knoxville during the USA Cycling National Championships. He loved it here … especially the restaurants (Stock and Barrel was his favorite).
I have received an outpouring of support from people in Knoxville during this difficult time. And I am extremely grateful for each and every email, phone call, text message, like, and comment offering condolences. ❤
I hope you and yours are doing well, and you remain safe from this terrible virus. Please be safe, practice social distancing, stay at home, and wash your hands often. This too shall pass.
Pausing Billing & Waiving Fees
Alan Sims (co-founder) and I are pausing all billing on active KnoxvillePage local advertising accounts until further notice (likely for the next 90 days).
Also, if you’re a local business and you’d like to sell your gift cards or eGift cards on our marketplace, we will waive all fees.
For instance, if you sell a $100 gift card on our marketplace … you will get the full $100 and we will cover all the credit card transaction fees and manage the customer experience at no cost (we normally charge a 15% commission).
We will likely waive the fees until around Christmas time as a gesture of our support to the local business community.
If you are interested in selling gift cards on our marketplace, please email us at email@example.com.
And remember, if you have an option … please do your best to shop local and support our local economy.
Shop Gift Cards on KnoxvillePage
Old City MedSpa
Purchase an eGift Card to Old City MedSpa for a loved one. Old City MedSpa makes anti-aging skincare and spa services reasonable for any budget. Relax and enjoy a facial, infrared salt sauna, airbrush sunless tanning, and other spa services. Order an Old City MedSpa Gift Card
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria
Purchase a Gift Card to Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria for your loved ones. Barley’s has often been voted Knoxville’s best bar, with the best selection of beer and the best pizza in town. Barley’s has something for everyone. Order a Barley’s Gift Card
Captain Muchacho’s Food Truck
Purchase an eGift Card to Captain Muchacho’s Food Truck and experience some of the best tacos, burrito bowls, and nachos in Knoxville. They won the 2019 Best Food Truck award presented by Blank Newspaper. Order a Captain Muchacho’s Gift Card
Merchants of Beer
Purchase a Gift Card to Merchants of Beer. This trendy taproom and beer market features over 50 rotating taps of craft beer for every tastebud. You can use the gift card at the bar, the food truck, or in their Grab-N-Go market. Order Merchants of Beer Gift Card
Union Ave Books
Read local and purchase a gift card to Union Ave Books for a loved one. Union Ave Books is a joy for people of all ages and backgrounds. Support local and give the gift of reading a good book. Order a Union Ave Books Gift Card
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts
Purchase an eGift Card to Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts and experience the wonderful aromas of their all-natural soaps and scented candles. Visit their local gift shop at 714 S Gay Street. Order a Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts Gift Card
The Tree & Vine
Purchase an eGift Card to The Tree & Vine and experience the best olive oil and balsamic in Knoxville. The olives used in The Tree & Vine’s olive oil are hand-picked from trees on private estates in the Mediterranean. Order a Tree & Vine Gift Card
The Art Market Gallery
Purchase an eGift Card from The Art Market Gallery and purchase one-of-a-kind local art. The Art Market Gallery was voted the best place to buy art and the best gallery in Knoxville by the Knoxville News Sentinel. Order an Art Market Gallery Gift Card
Golden Roast Coffee Roasters
Order an eGift card to The Golden Roast Coffee and support locally-roasted coffee. Visit one of their comfortable coffee shops located at 825 Melrose Place or 2558 Sutherland Ave. Order a Golden Roast Coffee Gift Card
Purchase an eGift Card to afromermaid skincare for all your facial skincare, body treatments, and hair removal needs. They are located in the Bearden at 5816 Kingston Pike, #1. Order an afromermaid Skincare Gift Card