North Knoxville bakery loses appeal for rooftop sign

(source: Magpie's Bakery)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The owners of a North Knoxville bakery have lost their appeal against a new city sign ordinance that prohibits signs on business roofs.

Magpies owners had argued their proposed signs should be considered art, which would make them exempt from the ordinance.

Read more: Knoxville Sign Ordinance

The proposed signs would have been of an egg and a stick of butter holding hands and were to be placed on the bakery’s roof at 846 N. Central Street.

Previous story: Art or advertising? North Knoxville bakery challenges sign ordinance

“All butter, all the time is our slogan,” said owner of Magpies Bakery Peggy Hambright in September.

Knoxville Plans Review and Inspections Division said the signs were advertising, not art, and were not exempt from the city’s sign ordinance.

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals agreed with that assessment Thursday and voted unanimously to deny the appeal for Magpies.

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