Knoxville lives up to the 'maker city' name

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- "We call ourselves the front door for entrepreneurship in East Tennessee," said Maranda Vandergriff, the Creative Director of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and Support Staff.

Crafters, makers and creators of all kinds are in Knoxville, celebrating its maker city reputation.

Vandergriff says her organization helps out Knoxville's makers. "We kind of help you find your footing pretty much at whatever stage you're at - we'll help you get mentoring and classes and kind of a community that can surround you."

And that helpful attitude is catching around town. Logan Higgins recently opened Jacks of Knoxville on Friday with his wife.

"The mission of the store is to help celebrate and grow small scale makers, everything we have here is hand made by someone," Higgins said.

The couple partners with almost two dozen local makers and provides a space for them to do their work.

"It really came from markets and seeing the booths next to us and seeing how awesome they are."