Holiday Loft Tour returns to downtown Kingsport

Matthew Lane • Nov 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Ever thought about living downtown and being able to walk to your favorite places to eat and shop, while living vertically rather than horizontally?

If so, you might want to consider taking a trip next weekend to get a closer look at the folks who have chosen the loft lifestyle.

The Downtown Kingsport Association is once again hosting its popular Holiday Loft Tour fundraiser on Dec. 8 from 2-5 p.m. All proceeds go to support the DKA.


During the three-hour event, you’ll have an intimate look into six beautiful, hand-selected lofts, which vary in style, size and location, with each one designed and decorated with diverse tastes and budgets, including one that is in the initial construction phase.

Here’s a list of the six lofts on the tour:

— The Perdue loft on Main Street: a returning tour favorite!

— The Millican loft on Commerce Street: See this loft take shape.

— The Duncan loft on Center Street: a hidden jewel.

— The Scissom loft on Shelby Street: a delightful hideaway.

— Two lofts in the Town Park Lofts Community (the Jones loft and a model loft home).


New to this year’s tour is a loft that’s under construction. It’s located in the old phone company building at 116 Commerce St. Chip Millican and his wife purchased the building last year with plans to renovate it to accommodate eight second-floor lofts with retail/restaurant space on the first floor.

They first noticed the building for sale as they were walking through the nearby alley on the way to Stir Fry.

“I thought someone should do something with it. It’s such a cool building,” Millican said.

The structure is roughly 22,000 square feet — 10,000 square feet each on the first and second floor and about 2,000 square feet in the basement. The plan is for the couple to live in one of the second-floor lofts and finish a second one for their kids early next year.

On the first floor, the Millicans envision commercial development with at least three businesses — maybe a restaurant, bakery or medical offices.


Tickets for the Holiday Loft Tour are $25 (plus processing fee) online at www.freshtix.com/events/downtown-kingsport-holiday-loft-tours and will be available for purchase via cash or card at Blue Ridge Properties (321 Broad St.) the day of the tour.

Ticket holders should stop by Blue Ridge Properties the day of the event to pick up a tour map. Tickets will be required to obtain a map. Blue Ridge Properties will be open for map pick-ups and ticket sales beginning at 1:30 pm on Dec. 8.

The tour will be held rain or shine and the tickets are nonrefundable. No children 12 and under will be admitted, no pets are allowed and smoking, vaping and the use of tobacco products of any kind is prohibited. No food or drink is allowed on tour. Shoe covers will be provided at each loft. All areas may not be easily accessible or ADA-compliant. Tour at your own risk.