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🎶 These are a few of my favorite things
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You’re looking at Editor Kristen’s perfect breakfast. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
City Editor Kristen here. Yesterday was my 28th birthday and to celebrate I thought it would be fun to share with y’all 28 of my favorite things in Chattanooga.

No. 1

A blackberry lavender lemon scone + almond milk cappuccino from Niedlov’s Bakery & Cafe. Everything from this Southside bakery is delicious, but this is my go-to order.

No. 2

An afternoon at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Whether it’s to see a traveling exhibit or attend one of the art-inspired events, time spent here is always special to me.

No. 3

Walks through Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center’s campus. I love that you can opt for a guided experience or a quiet walk on your own — especially when the lower meadows are in peak bloom.

No. 4

Picking out my next read at The Book & Cover and then sipping a cocktail on the patio at The Rosecomb. This is just the perfect combo, folks.

No. 5

The otters at the Tennessee Aquarium. Nothing makes me happier than seeing these cuties swim around and play.

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Build your own bouquet at Signal Mountain Nursery.


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No. 6

The U-Pick flower garden at Signal Mountain Nursery. Walking through the flowers and picking out which ones to take home always puts the biggest smile on my face.

No. 7

Cuddling with cats at Naughty Cat Cafe. Whether you’re looking to adopt or just need a mood boost, I can’t recommend stopping by this spot enough.

No. 8

Dinner at Boccaccia. IYKYK — this has been my go-to spot for my birthday dinner since 2019. I dream about the tagliolini bolognese and chocolate mousse torte.

No. 9

The St. Elmo Corgi Parade. I love attending this event almost as much as I love telling out-of-towners about it. Plus, cute corgis galore.

No. 10

Getting a tattoo at Studio 222. Shout out to my tattoo artist Robert Barker for making all my tattoo dreams a reality.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Open Mic Comedy | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga | Free | Listen to local comics perform or take the stage yourself — sign up is at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • “We ❤️ New Artists!” | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 5-8 p.m. | In-Town Gallery, 26 Frazier Ave., Chattanooga | Free | Meet emerging artists Anna Mansour, Erica Birch, and Sara Coolidge from Hart Gallery in this showcase.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Black Art Lounge | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Immerse yourself in a creative atmosphere + participate in activities inspired by renowned Black artists and icons.
  • Hands-On Baking 101: Chocolate Raspberry Tart | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Reignbow Baking Co., 5600 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga | $65 | Learn how to bake this classic dessert with the help of local pastry chef Sierra Stollenwerk.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Single Mingle Fridays | Friday, Feb. 9 | 5-8 p.m. | MetalMakers Welding School, 1007 Taft Ave., Chattanooga | $45 | Try this spin on speed dating where you weld six Valentine’s Day projects with six different people.
  • Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8:45-10:45 p.m. | First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Rd., Chattanooga | $41.50-$70 | Enjoy the music of Queen during a live, multi-sensory experience under the glow of candlelight.
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News Notes
  • The community is invited to join the East Brainerd Chamber Council on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for “A Chatt with the Mayors.” Hear from Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly + Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss their respective roles. Note: Your $20 ticket includes lunch.
  • In case you missed it, city property taxes for 2023 are due on Thursday, Feb. 29. Payments made on Friday, March 1 or after will be considered late + will have interest applied. Pay or request for your bill.
  • The family of Capt. Larry Taylor is extending an invitation to veterans and the community to honor the late hero during the procession to his resting place tomorrow, Feb. 7. Folks are encouraged to line the route, beginning at the Heritage Center at 2:45 p.m. (WDEF)
  • Walgreens has announced it will be closing its drug store location at 2104 McCallie Ave. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, after 15 years of operation. The store group will continue to run its nine other locations across Hamilton County. Find your closest store. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
  • Join the Chattanooga chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society on Thursday, Feb. 8 for a special discussion led by Laura Marsh on “Bird Banding: A Model for Research Tourism.” The meeting is free to attend + will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.
  • Hear the sounds of classical guitar music from members of Michael McCallie’s Studio on Sunday, Feb. 11. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can join the Chattanooga Music Club at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church for this free concert.
  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will conduct a “Braver Men Never Lived” educational discussion over African American stories on Saturday, Feb. 17. Starting at 2 p.m., attendees will go on a guided caravan tour to hear about the participants in the battle for civil rights.
  • If you’ve been dreaming of a “one-card wallet,” it’s time to wake up and get your hands on this credit card. Not only does it offer 0% APR into 2025, but cardholders can also earn up to 5% cash back — with no annual fee to boot.*
Let’s get to event planning
NOOGAtoday | Emerging Producers Programs
From clockwise, Cortina Jenelle Caldwell, Brianna Jones, Pedro Rivas Mella, Kevin Bate, Randi Franklin + Courtenay Gillean Cholovich. | Photo provided by River City Co.
Back in May, we shared news about River City Co. launching its Emerging Producers Program — an effort to provide resources to artists + organizations with less than two years of event management experience.

Now, the organization has announced the six cohort members who will learn how to create unique + diverse event experiences in Chattanooga. Meet the participants:
  • Cortina Jenelle Caldwell
  • Pedro Rivas Mella
  • Brianna Jones
  • Kevin Bate
  • Randi Franklin
  • Courtenay Gillean Cholovich
During the first phase of the program, the cohort will receive in-depth training + the final phase will empower the members to host their own events later this year.

“This program will provide the cohort members the technical expertise to host successful events in downtown this year and for many years to come,” said River City Co. President + CEO Emily Mack. “Not only will people come out to enjoy this series of events, but while in downtown, many will take the opportunity to patron our local businesses, furthering the impact of the program.”
The Buy
This set of six colored wine glasses, which remind us of Estelle stemware, only more affordable. The multicolor stemware set is perfect for parties, Galentine’s Day, or girls’ night in.
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The Wrap
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Thanks for letting me have a little birthday fun in today’s newsletter. I could list far more than 28 things I love about the Scenic City, but I guess you’ll have to wait for those next year.
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