Willow Creek Gallery is an architectural salvage warehouse specializing in European antiques from the 18th century to modern design. Everything is housed in a big ol’, rundown, rail warehouse in the Old City. It is a very unassuming place from the outside, but once you cross the threshold, you enter a gloriously large room with exposed ceilings, dramatic skylights and rows of centuries old furniture. It was absolutely fascinating. I cannot express how perfect the ambiance was. We were Bill and Ted stepping into a bygone era of excellent antiques.
Among my favorite things were the large-scale glass jugs, cabinets with more drawers than a Calvin Klein ad, a beautiful wooden row boat that hung from ceiling rafters, the aisles of occasional chairs and two taxidermy squirrels playing poker.
Definitely worth a look-see if you’re ever in the East Tennessee neck of the woods.