Chattanooga entrepreneur Kristiana Mallo helped boost the local vegan scene when she and her partner opened Cashew, but now Kristiana is focusing most of her time + energy on a newer venture.
She runs Cha Cha Vintage, an online shop with vintage items from jewelry to jumpsuits.
Kristiana also hosts 2-part pop-up events under the Cyndi-Lauper inspired name She-Bop. The events are growing in popularity, and the next one will be on April 18.
Each event has a clothes swap and vintage market. 👇
○ She-Bop clothing swap + vintage market | Hair A Go-Go, 1000 Dallas Road | Sunday, April 18 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | For the swap, bring at least three items to trade, then hit up the vintage market with local + regional vendors.There will be food by Cashew.
Beyond work, Kristiana, who comes from a proud Cuban heritage, said the greatest joy of her life is being a mother.
On the last day of Women’s History Month, check out 10 insights into Kristiana as she continues making her mark on Chattanooga.
Kristiana, who comes from a proud Cuban heritage, said the greatest joy of her life is being a mother. | Photo by Bailey Cole
• Convince a friend to move to Chattanooga in 15 words or less. Go. Kristiana – Outdoor activities like crazy. Tech capital. Start-up hub. Growth potential. Centrally localized. Good place to raise your kids.
• How did your parents or parental figures influence you? Kristiana –They influenced me greatly. They were both Cuban immigrants who fled Castro’s regime, worked very hard to build the life they had in Miami and were eccentric, artistic, funny, philanthropic people who were beloved by many in their community. I miss them both dearly as they both passed in 2006.
Kristiana shares her favorite local dishes, what Chattanooga influencers she’s following + lessons learned. 👇
Civic ○ After last weekend’s fire at Patten Towers, city officials condemned the building — aka, the apartment complex is currently unlivable. Repairs are currently underway to make the building liveable again, and the building’s owner will be announcing a timeframe later. (NewsChannel 9) ○ On April 5, the City of East Ridge will begin demolition on the current Pioneer Frontier Playground to prepare for the new playground + splashpad equipment installation. Demolition work is expected to be completed by May 1, with installation set to begin the first week of May. (Chattanoogan.com)
WaterCooler ○ Chattanooga FC’s spring 2021 schedule is now up, including the NISA Legends Cup kicking off right here in Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium on April 25. Annual passes, flex tickets, NISALegends Cup passes, and individual tickets are also on sale now. ⚽
Edu ○ In preparation for Hamilton County Schools’ spring break next week, school superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson released a brief update video discussing budget, summer programs, employee vaccinations, and plans for the 2021-22 school year. 🗣️
ICYMI ○ The Humane Educational Society’s Foy Animal Center Pet Portrait Murals Auction ends on March 31 (today) at 8 p.m. If you think your pet deserves some fame — in the form of a mural painted in the new HES building — you can make a bid to possibly make it a reality. 🐶
Noogan(s) ○ Local students Amaya Landess-Feldmann and Cruz Johnson recently became the first“green-certified” students in the county after completing the Green Awareness training program. 💚 (Chattanoogan.com)
Job ○ Unique job alert — NewTerra Compost (which you can read more about here) is seeking a new part-time team member. The job description includes rolling, dumping, and hosing out 65-gallon containers of food residuals + operating a tractor for compost operations.
Cause ○ Registration is now open for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s first annual Bubbles of Fun run. The Bubbles of Fun run will offer 5k, 10k, and “fun run” courses on June 12 to raise funds for the foundation. 🏃
FactOrFiction ○ There is benefit to receiving the COVID vaccine even if you were previously infected. Fact or fiction? Answer here. 💉 Ⓟ
Finance ○ This no annual fee, cash back credit card has a $200 bonus offer + 3% cash back on the category of your choice (think: online shopping, dining, travel, or home improvement).More perks? 0% interest for 15 months plus a 75% bonus reward for qualified customers. Ⓟ
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Yes, you read that right — The Digital Library of Georgia + 6th Cavalry Museum recently partnered to digitize 6th Cavalry’s collection of historic holiday menus created in Fort Oglethorpe (which is about 10 miles outside Chattanooga) from 1925-1940, and this particular menu features a few interesting items, from cigarettes and cigars to sweet mixed pickles.
The full collection of historic holiday menus show popular holiday dishes from the time period, rosters of US military personnel, and some even have a “year in review” section.
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Arts ○ Wednesday Night Paint | Wed., March 31 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 1309 Panorama Dr. | $39-$48 | This family-friendly paint night will teach you how to paint an elephant. 🎨
Learn ○ Introduction to Social Media | Wed., March 31 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | Free | Learn how to better understand social media platforms + how to use them to suit your needs in this JumpstART Series class.
Drink ○ Fleet Feet x Oddstory Pub Run | Wed., March 31 | 6-9 p.m. | OddStory Brewing Co. | Free | This weekly Wednesday night run comes with discounted prices at OddStory Brewing Co. 🍺
Network ○Chattanooga State Career Fair | Mon., March 29-Fri., April 2 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-6 p.m. | Chattanooga State, virtual | Free | If you’re on the search for a job, check out this virtual career fair at Chatt State. March 31 is focused on civil engineering, computer science, information systems, and mechanical + electrical engineering.
PlanAhead ○ Creative Discovery Sensory Night | Thurs., April 1 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Creative Discovery Museum | Free | Sensory night is a low-stimulus evening at the museum for children with sensory sensitivity + their families. ○ Hug a Bunny Event | Fri., April 2-Sat., April 3 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Chattanooga Zoo | $12-$15 | Enjoy a golden egg hunt, animal enrichment activities, a scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, and more. Note: This year, guests will not be able to touch the rabbits. 🐰 ○ Plant Swap | Sat., April 3 | 1-4 p.m. | Urban Horticulture Supply, 3009 Wood Ave. | Free | If you possibly got a bit too excited about planting when the weather turned warmer, trade some of those extra plants with fellow local gardeners. 🌱