By Mike Steely

You can’t help but notice the Expressions shop on Chapman Highway. No other business along the busy route is painted green and blue. And the window displays are always impressive and unusual.

That’s the way that owner Melissa Rose wants it and prides herself with her selection of merchandise. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you enter Expressions and you’ll find all kinds of home décor, gift items, painted furniture, and much more.

Located at 6013 Chapman Highway in Colonial Village the store is quickly becoming a favorite of eclectic shoppers.

“I offer unique things, homemade things, a lot of things you won’t find anywhere else,” Melissa said, adding, “And at a lot better price.”

“I’m known to have an eye for picking things,” she says. After operating a gift booth in West Knoxville she decided to open her own store.

“People love our windows, I change the windows out twice a month or when the items sell,” she said. Melissa grew up in South Knoxville and loves the Colonial Village area.

“The store expresses my style,” she said, explaining that Expressions is not a consignment store and that the items are high quality and hand-picked.

“People who have an eye for different things tend to stop by once a week,” she said.

Customers browse through the friendly and colorful items that include Melissa’s painted furniture, papier-mâché eggs, chains, mosaics, home décor, jewelry, and a fashion boutique room with fashion, dresses, shoes, jewelry, cosmetic bags, and much more.

“I suppose the wide variety of home décor items is the most popular,” she said.

Expressions is open 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can call Melissa Rose at (865) 240-3715.