published Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Cutting in: Frost Cutlery debuts retail knife shop

Thousands of knives fill cases Friday at Frost Cutlery.
Thousands of knives fill cases Friday at Frost Cutlery.
Photo by Angela Lewis.
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    Frost Cutlery carries several zombie-themed knives.
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THE KNIFE SHOPPE

Where: 6859 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah

Hours: Monday to Thursday — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sunday

Contact: 423-305-6911

Source: Frost Cutlery

IF YOU GO

What: Meet and greet with the ‘Mountain Man,’ known from hit TV show Duck Dynasty

When: Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Knife Shoppe at Frost Cutlery, 6859 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah

Cost: Free

Source: Frost Cutlery

Lionel Adams moseyed through a maze of shiny glass display cases at Frost Cutlery's brand-new retail knife shop in Ooltewah on Friday morning and shook his head.

"There's always something new," he said, browsing through thousands of knives, hatchets, swords and gizmos. "You have to make four or five laps before you can even see everything."

The Knife Shoppe at Frost Cutlery features 9,000 square feet of all things sharp -- plus a few extras like gladiator helmets and zombie targets. The long-standing Ooltewah knife distributor built the shop to ramp up retail sales and capitalize on traffic from Interstate 75.

Frost Cutlery already generates $30 million in annual revenue, with about $18 million coming from Cutlery Corner, a four-hour live knife show that the company films and broadcasts four nights a week. The show reaches as many as 90 million viewers as it's replayed each week.

For years, fans of the show would stop by Frost Cutlery's Ooltewah headquarters hoping to shop for knives. But there was no real shop, just a few tables stacked with merchandise.

After a grand opening on Black Friday, business at the new shop has been steady, said manager Jay Haggard.

"It's become more of a destination than just a store," he said.

To that end, the company is bringing in guests, like Tim Guraedy, who's better known as 'Mountain Man' from A&E's hit TV show Duck Dynasty, to draw a crowd and put the new store on the map. Guraedy will be visiting on Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's a free event that's open to the public.

Eventually, director of strategic projects Cameron Thomsen hopes to cover the now-bare shop walls with deer heads, fish and hunting trophies.

"I want to make this the ultimate destination for men," he said, although he's quick to add that shoppers seem to be evenly split between men and women. The store includes about 45 brands, with everything from kitchen to hunting knives.

Shopper Jack Womac made the trip to the shop from Cleveland on Friday to pick up an order and look for a set of kitchen knives for his sister, who just survived cancer. He used to shop at the old tables set up in the warehouse before The Knife Shoppe opened.

"This is a whole lot better," he said. "They've got 10 times as many knives."

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or sbradbury@timesfreepress.com.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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