Fans of Ham’N Goodys famous lemon cookies can soon pick some up in downtown Knoxville.
The local brand will open Ham’N Goodys Downtown Confectionery this fall in the Embassy Suites at 507 S. Gay St.
The location, targeted to open Oct. 1, will sell only Ham’N Goodys signature sweets: cookies, cakes by the slice, brownies, pound cake slices and tea cakes.
Bakery items will be made fresh daily and brought from the Northshore location.
“Knoxville over the past couple of decades has really done such a wonderful job revitalizing downtown, and also creating this culture that’s a wonderful blend of historic Knoxville tradition of the past 100 years, but you also feel the future when you’re down there,” Ham’N Goodys owner Dale Harold said.
The store, which will focus on takeaway orders, has a separate entrance on Gay Street and is adjacent to K Brew coffee shop.
Harold inquired about the space and realized he and hotel owner Alpesh Patel went to high school together. The hotel is also home to Knox Mason, CJ’s Tacos and Radius Rooftop Lounge.
“Things went as easy as you can imagine,” he said.
Once the shop opens, Harold recommends fans of the lemon cookie try the brand’s second-best seller: the tea cake with almond icing.
“We’re going to have a great product and great people,” Harold said. “I’m very, very proud of what we have to offer and who is going to offer it.”
Leroy and Emily Shoemaker opened Ham’N Goodys in 1978 in Bearden and moved to the Northshore location in the 1980s. Harold bought the business in 2016.
The downtown location is a continuation of recent growth for the brand, which opened its second location in Cedar Bluff in 2019 and has added two cookie trucks that deliver across East Tennessee.
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