Do you usually opt for patio seating when eating out? Us too (especially in the middle of a pandemic). Something about sitting outside while stuffing our faces with good food just feels right.
So, in an effort to not let the cold weather hold you back from supporting local restaurants, we’ve rounded up a list of outdoor spots that will keep you warm. 🔥
Be Caffeinated’s fire pit patio (the other side of the coffee shop features a heated + plastic insulated patio) | 📸: NOOGAToday team
☕ Coffee Shops Be Caffeinated | (Northshore location) 14 W. Kent St. | Be Caffeinated has two large patios, one that is heated and plastic insulated + one with a fire pit.
Rembrandt’s | 204 High St. | Enjoy sitting outside in Chattanooga’s arts district with a cup of hot coffee + heaters to warm you up on Rembrandt’s patio.
🍺 Bars + Breweries Exile Off Main Street | 1634 Rossville Ave. | This funky dive bar has fire pits, heaters, and music.
Hotel Indigo | 300 W 6th St. | West Village’s fairly new and stylish Hotel Indigo features two outdoor seating sections with heaters + a large fire pit for its bar.
Pickle Barrel | 1012 Market St. | Grab a drink and, of course, some fried pickles while at the Pickle Barrel’s uniquely-situated building downtown. The patio features great views, heaters, and plastic insulation.
State of Confusion’s outdoor seating area has fire pits, heaters, and private ‘igloos’ that seat up to 8 people | 📸: Contributed
State of Confusion | 301 E Main St. | At State of Confusion, you’ll have a number of ways to stay warm outdoors with a large fire pit, several outdoor heaters, and their winter igloos that can seat up to eight people.
Terminal BrewHouse | 1464 Market St. | Enjoy Terminal BrewHouse’s cute upper patio that now features several warm heaters.
Civic ○ Over the weekend, work began to demolish + remove the old Lupton Mill site after Chattanooga City Council approved a $1.4 million proposal to clean up the site in October. You can watch a video of what appears to be the beginning of demolition here. 🏗️ (NewsChannel 9) ○ Check out this article featuring interviews with local government, healthcare, business, and educational institution leaders on the challenges of 2020 and what to stay positive about in 2021. UTC Chancellor Steve Angle, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Hamilton County Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson, and many other local leaders shared thoughts. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Coronavirus ○ The Hamilton County Health Department is working to open a second vaccine site at Enterprise South Nature Park (190 Still Hollow Loop) toward the end of January. The second vaccine location aims to alleviate the longer lines and hour-long waits. The health department also said that they are working on setting up an online reservation system for the vaccines. (NewsChannel 9)
Edu ○ Chattanooga State Community College will start offering two seven-week terms during the spring 2021 semester. The program will begin on Jan. 19 and will allow students to take the same number of credit hours that they would in a 15-week semester while taking fewer classes at a time. The new format splits the semester into two seven-week terms, during which students can take two to three classes in the first term and two to three other classes in the second term. 📚
State ○ Yesterday, Tennesseans for Student Success announced a new campaign called #TNLitNow to promote childhood literacy improvements. The campaign will work with the Tennessee General Assembly to advocate for the passage of strategies to improve the state’s literacy rates + will direct citizens to advocacy tools. Learn more about the campaign here. ○ Tennessee’s 2021 state transportation map is now available for travelers in a digital format only this year. The map also includes several changes — an enhancement of county borders, and of several lakes and rivers, along with an update of highways, and the creation of a one-sided map. You can access + print the PDF maphere. 🗺️
DYK ○ Crabtree Farms is currently accepting applications for its 2021 workshare program, in which volunteers commit to sessions that are three months long with three to five hour work days each week in exchange for market credits to buy produce. There are two programs available – Urban Farm + GreenHouse – that you can apply tohere. 🍎
Arts ○ The Photographic Society of Chattanooga is opening its winter show on Jan. 25 at the Gallery at Blackwell (71 Eastgate Loop)that will end on April 9. The gallery’s hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Asked ○ In case you’ve missed it, editor Chloé does a weekly good news segment with NewsChannel 9’s Greg Funderburg. It’s called GoodChatt, and this is a reminder that we want to hear your positive news. It doesn’t have to be traditionally newsworthy. It could be your grandmother’s surprise birthday party or a story about a person who always goes above and beyond. You can upload your photos, videos and ideas here or email [email protected].
Drink ○ The holidays may be over,but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your favorite holiday cocktails. Here’s a pomegranate martini recipe that has us feeling merry all over again. 🍸Ⓟ
You might hear “human trafficking” and assume that’s something that happens in other places, not in Tennessee — surely not in Chattanooga. But, you’d be wrong. January 11 was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Here’s what you need to know:
🔹 In the United States, on average, every two minutes a child is bought or sold for sex. 🔹 As of 2019, there had been more than 1,000 victims in Tennessee. 🔹 Chattanooga’s location midway between Nashville and Atlanta — both of which are human trafficking hotbeds — may contribute to activity in this area, according to the TBI. 🔹 You can help by knowing the warning signs. Children involved in trafficking may be: unusually fearful, anxious or submissive or showing signs of physical abuse; monitored, controlled or guarded at all times; unaware of what city they are in or unable to explain the purpose of the stay; not in control of their own money or documents; in a suspicious situation, like alone in a hotel.
Arts ○ Mini Project Workshop | Tues, Jan. 12 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Board & Brush, 6011 Chesterton Way, Ooltewah | $35 | You can choose from a gallery of over 100 mini project designs to stain, paint, stencil + assemble your own personal piece. (Bonus: Use code BOGO50 when registering for a discount).
PlanAhead ○ New Moon Crystal Grid Workshop | Wed., Jan. 13 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Create a beautiful, unique Crystal Grid to set your intentions + manifest goals for the coming moon cycle with local artist Mari Wright. ○ Charity Skate Night for Bethel Bible Village | Wed., Jan. 13 | 5-9 p.m. | Ice on the Landing, 1400 Market St. | $8-$10 | During this skate night, a portion of proceeds will go to Bethel Bible Village. ⛸️ ○ Beginner Hand Lettering | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 6-8:15 p.m. | Virtual | $45 | Learn how to fancify your lettering in this class, where you’ll learn the basics of “modern calligraphy.” ✒️ ○ Personal Finances for Small Business Owners | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Learn about the five financial challenges of an entrepreneur + how to optimize your personal finances in this class.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Chloé’ here + I’m aiming to finish “Come As You Are” by next week, if only to avoid the shame of not having a new book to share with you all. In the meantime, you should know I’ve been compulsively doomscrolling, using Snopes to fact check online claims that seem outrageous + losing myself in fun, humor articles, like this one, from McSweeny’s.
It’s Trista, and I finished “The Vanishing Half” over the weekend. I highly recommend it — it was a delicious simmer of a read with timely themes throughout. My plan was to pick up a book of nonfiction, but I’m digging escapism right now, so I’m diving into a book I’ve been wanting to read for years now — “The Goldfinch.” It’s by Donna Tartt, who wrote one of my favorite books, “The Secret History.” If anyone wants to read along, let me know! I’m only a few pages in.
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