When Knoxville native Douglas Parker informed me the Station Comedy Showcase “is one of the best in the city,” I couldn’t wait to take a seat and watch the festivities.
I was surprised to see a railroad station when I arrived at this secluded location, the Historic Southern Railway Station. I stepped into a low lit, small bar/gift shop crowded with eager people; the small talk featured discussion about the signature Blue Slip Wine provided by the company and excitement for events to come.
We had such a great night last night with the grand opening and ribbon cutting. Upwards of 100 people showed up to see the newly renovated event space, as well as taste and buy our local Tennessee made wine. Thank you to everyone involved who worked so hard to make it a success.
Check out some of the media coverage below.
Inside of Knoxville – Blue Slip Winery Holds its Grand Opening at Southern Railway Station
WBIR – Blue Slip Winery celebrates grand opening in downtown Knox
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Railway Station is now home to Blue Slip Winery.
The winery relocated production and the tasting room to the station, located on Depot Avenue, a few weeks ago.
“The response has been overwhelming. I have people who want to come see the building, or interested in railroad history,” said Linn Slocum, President of Blue Slip Winery. “This is a tourist attraction for not only the winery but history of the train station.”
Slocum said they are also excited to be part of a movement to revitalize the area around Depot Avenue.
Another old railway building is being converted to a new use, as one of Knoxville’s in-between neighborhoods continues to be reshaped.
The owners of Blue Slip Winery, currently located on Jackson Avenue in the Old City, are planning to buy the former Southern Railway Station, at 300 W. Depot Ave.
Linn Slocum, the winery’s co-owner, said they have the building under contract and will be moving over the next several months.
“We make wine for a number of farm wineries now,” she said. “And where we’re located, it’s hard for us to get deliveries. At the new station we have more space. We have parking on-site, and we have the opportunity to have events.”