Like a mini “dirtiest city,” East Ridge is on the come up and is no longer just strip malls + used car lots. Flashback to 2006 when this song was making its rounds.
Dos Bros is one of the restaurants opening in Jordan Crossing. | NOOGAtoday
Flash forward 15 years, and the small city is doing some cool things, particularly on + around Camp Jordan Parkway, also known as Jordan Crossing. Of course, there’s the park, but there are also new eateries, new attractions, and a lot of room for more growth. If you haven’t been to Camp Jordan in a while, keep reading to see what’s new.
⚽ Camp Jordan • Soccer expansion — There is currently ongoing construction for four new soccer fields at the park. This area regularly holds soccer camps for students.
The park also has baseball fields, a walking/running track, outdoor + indoor venues, canoeing + kayaking inputs, bike trails, picnic areas, a fishing lake, a playground, and team building courses + it’s dog-friendly.
🍴 Food + drink • Buddy’s Bar-B-Q — A Knoxville barbecue restaurant with 25 locations throughout the East Tennessee area + three in the Chattanooga area. You can get pulled pork, wings, and ribs with southern-style sides. • Dairy Queen — The fast food chain opened on Dec. 15, 2020. • Dos Bros — Coming soon. This Cleveland-based fast casual Mexican restaurant with five other area locations is slated to open in late January. • Jonathan’s Grille — A Tennessee sports bar + restaurant with eight locations throughout the state. The menu offers pub food and a popular two-for-one beer special on the beer of the month. It opened late last year. • Starbucks — This popular coffee chain opened in September of 2019.
Bonus:Chick-fil-a has been open at Jordan Crossing since spring 2018.
💅 Personal care • Lexor Nail Spa — A nail salon offering manicures + pedicures with various options such as dip powder, gel, a honey and cinnamon pedicure, etc.
⛳ Recreation • Craft Axe Throwing — An axe-throwing venue with 10 throwing lanes and a bar. It opened in November 2020. You can join a league or just enjoy one-hour sessions with your friends. • Top Golf — An entertainment venue featuring a golf-like game where participants score points by hitting microchipped golf balls at giant field targets. There is also food + drink available. • Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club — An American professional soccer club + founding member of USL League One, the third division of American soccer. The stadium is half-finished and expected to be closer to completion this year.
Development ○ The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency is recommending the approval of a planned 225-unit residential developmenton the Quarry Property off of Reads Lake Rd. The local developer of the project is submitting a revised plan after an earlier one received criticism, which would result in a mixed-use development on a 50.2-acre tract at the former golf course. 🏢 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
DYK ○ The Tivoli Theatre is featuring two new movie releases for its virtual cinema program that is presented by West Village. You can watch the new films – ”Shadow in the Cloud” and “Nasrin” – virtually by purchasing a $12 ticket, which will give you access to the films for 48 hours and allow you to continue supporting the Tivoli at this time. 🎥
Edu ○ Southern Spear Ironworks recently started an apprenticeship program with Howard High School to provide technical training to students + a trained workforce for the company. The first student taking part in the program, Breanna Scoggins, will transition directly into the apprenticeship program at Chattanooga State after she graduates high school. The new program is now one of eight apprenticeship programs that the school offers. ⚙️ (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Arts ○ Have you checked out the local nonprofit art complex Stove Works’ first exhibition yet? The exhibition, called Teachable Moment, is currently on view until the end of March + features artists creating and navigating spaces of rethinking, cross-examination, and abstract concepts. Due to COVID-19, gallery attendance is capped at five people at this time.
Asked ○ It’s that time again… we’re looking for suggestions from you guys on what topic we should cover in our next installment of BiblioChatt. Always been curious about a certain Chattanooga-related history topic? Let us know here and we may research + write all about it. You can check out our most recent Bibliochatt article about prohibition in Chattanoogahere.
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The workshops will be held bi-weekly beginning on Jan. 12, and you can sign up for them here. Some of the workshops being offered include hiking 101, wilderness survival skill: shelter building 101, and intro to backpacking. (Bonus: for each class that you participate in, you’ll be entered to win a cool class-related prize, like a gift card to Lodge Cast Iron or a map and compass navigation course).
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TryThis ○ Writing Prisoner’s Through Stephen’s Table | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Learn more about Stephen’s Table, a program that works to help Tennessee prisoners remain in contact with their hometown. ✍️
Arts ○ Artist Talk with Ashley V. Blalock | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Talk with San Diego-based multimedia artist Ashley Blalock, whose work will be installed in the local Hunter Museum. 🎨
PlanAhead ○ Dry January: Mocktails 101 | Fri., Jan. 8 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Alcohol isn’t essential to make a delicious cocktail – learn how to make some fruity cocktails so good you won’t miss the alcohol at all. ○ Masked Social + Group Dance Class | Fri., Jan. 8 | 6:45-9:30 p.m. | Dance Tonight Chattanooga, 46 E Main St. | $15 | Enjoy this social event and group dance class at Dance Tonight Chattanooga (but make sure you’re wearing your mask!). 💃 ○ Home Organizing 101 | Sat., Jan. 9 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | $20 | Learn the basics of home organizing to create a clean, stress-free living space to enjoy in the new year.
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.
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