You can find great produce and dried beans pretty much anywhere, but Vegenaise and chipotle seitan? Not so much. Here are a few places where those vegan specialty products are available:
- Three Rivers Market
- Earth Fare—Bearden and Turkey Creek
- The Fresh Market—Farragut and Rocky Hill
- Benefit Your Life Gluten Free Market and Bakery
- Sunrise Supermarket
- Trader Joe's
- Hillside Bakery
- Everything Mushrooms (It's exactly what it sounds like)
- Whole Foods
Bath & Beauty
Naked & Co. is a great Knoxville-based skincare brand with mostly vegan bath and body products, and they plan to expand into cosmetics in 2017.
All Trader Joe's brand shampoos, conditioners, and skincare products are not tested on animals.
Ulta brand products, including shampoos, conditioners, and body washes, are cruelty free. They also carry a number of vegan & cruelty-free beauty brands—this excellent list from Logical Harmony outlines which are 100% vegan, and which cruelty-free brands are owned by parent companies that aren't.
Paul Mitchell is resolutely cruelty-free, so much so that they stopped selling their products in China, where animal testing is required by law. Luckily, we have two Paul Mitchell schools here in Knoxville, so you can go get a cruelty free (and reduced cost) blowout or style from a student when you pick up your products!
I personally use Aveda skincare products, which you can find at at least 4 locations around town. Aveda also offers cruelty-free shampoos, conditioners, hairstyling products, perfumes, makeup, and spa products
Everything at The Body Shop is 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free, and as long as you check for non-vegan ingredients, you're all good!
You can also find a number of vegan & cruelty-free brands at Sephora—here's a good list of brands. In my experience, the staff members are knowledgeable and helpful when you need something specific.
Trader Joe's, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, and Three Rivers also have at least some (and often a wide range of) vegan-friendly toiletries and cosmetics.
Lox Salon carries a range of vegan cosmetics and beauty products.
Unfortunately, I'm not currently aware of any vegan-friendly doctors in our area, but you can also check http://www.plantbaseddoctors.org/ to see if it has been updated. Also, if you know of anyone, please let me know!
Salon & Spa
Whenever I need to splurge on a massage, I head to the Bearden Natural Alternatives, an Aveda "SalonSpa Store." They can call it whatever they want to, because they always do a spectacular job and the staff is without exception warm and genuine. All Aveda products are cruelty free, so sit back and relax.
Though I haven't been yet, I'm excited to try Wild Lavender Spa & Wellness on Union Avenue. They offer a variety of vegan beauty products and makeup, and all of the spa services use plant pigments and are all-natural.
Knoxville is lucky to have two Paul Mitchell schools where you can get a cruelty-free (and reduced cost) blowout or style from a student! They do manicures and offer other services as well, but I can only confirm the cruelty-free status of the hair care line.
Salon Yeager also carries vegan, cruelty-free products like the Ouidad line (a personal favorite of mine). Lox Salon is also vegan-friendly; with the exception of a few products containing beeswax, all of their products are vegan.
Tattoos & Piercings
Born This Way Body Arts prides themselves on being a cruelty-free piercing and tattoo studio. Fully vegan tattoo setups are available upon request, with plant-based pigments and ointments that haven't been tested on animals. They also offer a full line of vegan piercing and tattoo aftercare supplies. To top it off, several of the employees are vegan!