BY SARAH GREGORY
Some downtown businesses and attractions will be opening with extended hours on Saturday, hoping to take advantage of increased foot-traffic in the area in connection with The Band Perry's concert and CD-release event on Saturday evening.
Many downtown businesses, however, are typically closed on Saturdays and do not plan to be open this Saturday.
Several more businesses have altered schedules this weekend because of the the Good Friday and Easter holidays.
OPEN SPECIAL HOURS
In anticipation of crowds in the downtown area, some businesses and attractions will open their doors on Saturday during times when they would typically be closed.
The City Garage Car Museum, at 210 S. Main St., will be open during its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, but will be open extended hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
"I'm very excited, and very proud of The Band Perry," said Kent Bewley, who owns the museum. "I believe Saturday will be a most memorable day for Greeneville and Greene County," he added.
Artspace 4 Gallery, in The General Morgan Inn, will be open extended hours of noon to 6 p.m. Friday. The gallery is typically closed on Saturdays, but will be open this Saturday at noon.
"We'll just see how the crowd does and play it by ear," said Mark Russell. He expects to be open until approximately 8 p.m. Saturday.
Inn Style Boutique, also in The General Morgan Inn, will be closed on Good Friday, but will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nicole Rigsby, who works in the store, said increased foot-traffic in the area for The Band Perry "is a plus for us."
The Tannery Downtown, a restaurant at 117 E. Depot St., will open at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Tipton's Cafe, at 127 W. Depot St., generally closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, but will remain open "as long as possible" to serve concert-goers, said Michelle Cutshaw, who operates the restaurant.
"We need the business. We'll take all we can get," she said. "We're very thankful."
ANDREW JOHNSON NATL. HISTORIC SITE
The Andrew Johnson Visitor's Center and the Andrew Johnson Homestead will be open regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Tours of the Homestead are available at the bottom of each hour. Anyone wishing to tour the site may sign up for a tour at the Visitor's Center, located at the corner of S. College Street and E. Depot Street.
"We are just as excited as can be. We think this is great for Greeneville," said Lizzie Watts, superintendent of the National Historic Site.
Watts said National Park Service staff will patrol the grounds Friday and Saturday as a precaution.
But she went on to say that everyone is excited about the opportunity to share history with visitors who have, perhaps, never visited the national historic site -- or Greeneville -- before.
GREENE MUSEUM OPEN
The Nathanael Greene Museum will be open normal hours on Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brumley's Restaurant and Bar, in The General Morgan Inn, will not see any changes to its schedule on Friday. The restaurant will be open as normal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for lunch.
However, however, after that time, special wristbands and reservations will be required for the 5 to 9 p.m. dinner service. Reservations may be made by calling 423-787-7500.
Ragan Furniture, at 146 W. Depot St., will be open normal hours both Friday and Saturday. Friday, the store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, doors will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kyker's Department Store, at 121 W. Depot St., will be open normal hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, but plans for Saturday will require assessment that day. "We'll see how it goes Saturday," said owner Charles Kyker.
Dixie Cleaners, at 120 E. Church St., will be open normal hours of 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The business will also be open normal hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Several banks and other businesses that are typically closed on Saturdays will remain so this weekend.
Greeneville Federal Bank locations on West Summer Street will be open regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Those two branches are closed on Saturday.
Capital Bank's main office on North Main St. will be open normal hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. The branch is closed on Saturday.
Andrew Johnson Bank's main office and drive-through, at the corners of North Main and Church streets, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
The drive-through normally closes at 6 p.m. on Friday, but because the Town's plans call for downtown streets to be blocked at 5 p.m. on Friday, the drive-through window will close at that time.
First Tennessee Bank, at 206 N. Main St., will be open normal hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. The branch is closed Saturday.
Heritage Community Bank, at 114 W. Church St., will be closed Friday for Good Friday. The bank is closed Saturday.
Greene County Farmers Mutual Insurance, on North Main St., beside the Capitol Theatre, will be closed Friday for Good Friday. The business is closed Saturday.
The Greene County Courthouse will be closed on Good Friday and on Saturday.
Takoma Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, at 108 W. Summer St., is typically open for patients' appointments on Friday morning only. The center is closed Saturday.
Greeneville Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, at 223 N. Main St., will be closed for Good Friday, and also on Saturday.
Greeneville Pediatric Clinic, at 221 N. Main St., will be open normal hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and closed Saturday
Smith & Smith Dentistry, at 217 N. Main St., will be closed for Good Friday, and also Saturday.
The Greeneville Sun will publish on its regular Saturday-Sunday schedule on Saturday, March 30. The main office will be closed on Saturday, but the Circulation Department will be open until 11 a.m.
The Sun's parking lot will be closed on Saturday except for local Greeneville Sun and Jones Media Inc. staff members.
The Greeneville-Greene County Public Library will be closed on Good Friday, and also Saturday.
The T. Elmer Cox Genealogical Library will be closed Friday and Saturday.
Greeneville Antique Market, at 117 W. Depot St., will be open normal hours of 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and closed Saturday.
Store owners Vickie Gregory and Rebecca Wolfe say the store will be closed Saturday to allow employees to spend the Easter weekend with their families.
"We're closing for the Easter holiday, but as a bonus, we get to see The Band Perry," Wolfe said.
"Kimberly, Reid, Neil, and their family have been so kind in their visits to our store. They're good for our town, and we're just excited to be able to see the concert ourselves," said Gregory.