Grocery Store

“Huff and McMurray” Grocery Store in Maryville, Tennessee

802 Montvale Station Road (corner of Indiana Ave.)

  Allow me to introduce myself; I am Virginia, niece of Lena and Lyle Huff.  My parent’s home was 304 Wilson Avenue, Maryville, Tennessee.

 My Grandparents Huff lived in the house, land at the end of Indiana, before the Store.  The original Huff House, large two-story home burned in the 1940’s.  My Grandfather did not replace the original structure.

My grandparents had three acres with the house.

This brings me to the store land.  I am clueless who owned that property where the store was.  I smile as the store was in the residential corner of Indiana and Montvale.  Today that would be a zoning battle.

My memories are of a little girl who would go down from Grandmothers for fun and candy, etc.  My Aunt Lena saw I had what I wanted.  I spent hours with her going to Knoxville … getting supplies for the store.  I was her companion and my Aunt did have a way of spoiling me.

The Store meat was good, food was good, and prices were honest.  It was the corner store where it was safe for the children in our neighborhood to frequent.  Indeed it was a most special corner store. The owners, most special in my life.

My Aunt was a businesswoman ahead of her times… My Uncle, as I remember, had a passion for the Corner Grocery.

Written by Virginia Marshall Ramsey – Marietta, Georgia

The Shoppes at College Hill are located in this building.

The Shoppes at College Hill

Visit them in person and also on Face Book!

Historic District newsletter article:

P1010768Each day I turn by The Shoppes at College Hill on my way home and enjoy seeing the items set out to lure customers inside.  From the creative sign dis- plays and potted flowers to furniture and vintage suitcases, it’s like a step back in time.
Laura Faust, owner of the Shoppes at College Hill,  opened  her store this past July.  It is located in the former Huff and McMurray grocery store on the corner of Indiana Ave. and Montvale Road.  This place is just what the district needs.  After taking over from the former owner of SkyPad Vintage, she wanted to change the name to one that reflects the area.  She, along with Diane, owner of Addie Bair Home, formed the name together.
Three years ago Laura owned a shop in Louisville called LaNink Boutique.   She realized after three years it became too much for one person and needed another plan.     After having a booth in SkyPad Vintage she decided to take over and keep the vendors in the store.
Currently nine vendors are located inside The Shoppes and there is a waiting list.  Her store features a variety of items from vintage and shabby chic to romantic gifts, classy, and  country.   “The difference in this shop and other shops with vendors is that most are antique shops.  We have a mix of vintage and antiques, new items,  furnish- ings,  handmade jewelry and more. Each vendor has their own special style,” shared Diane of
Addie Bair Home.
This is perfect place to find special, unique items, that are not found in most Maryville stores.  In addition, you are supporting locally owned, independent shops which Laura says is the “Bread and Butter of America.”   Put some thought into your next gift.  Not only will they help you find it, they will gift wrap it for you!
Look for The Shoppes at College Hill on the Holiday Home Tour.  This will be the perfect time to purchase Christmas gifts and decorations.



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