Q: How would you describe your business? A: We only sell items from local Tennessee businesses and artists. We specialize in artisan crafted goods that are made right here in Chattanooga.
Q: What was the Idea Leap Grant application process like? A:It involved submitting an application form + a video where we spoke about what we would do with the grant funds. We also featured a few of our favorite local Chattanooga makers.
Q: How has the grant helped your business? A: We used the grant money to hire a marketing specialist, which has increased our sales. More sales means that we can put more money back into the local economy.
Q: What advice do you have for 2021 applicants? A: Paint a picture so that the judges really understand what your business is about and how it affects the local community + economy.
Q: What do you want NOOGAtoday readers to know about Locals Only? A: Shopping locally with us means that you are supporting the real people + families that are creating these products on our shelves. Ⓟ
Announced ○ Chattanooga’s Friends of the Festival organization is returning for a 10-show Riverfront Nights series beginning June 5 at Ross’s Landing. The organization also plans to host a smaller, 3-day Riverbend Festival in the fall. 🎵 (Chattanooga Times Free Press) ○ Lookout Mountain’s McLemore Club announced a new monthly concert series taking place from May through October called the McLemore Songwriters Series. The series will feature six performances by acclaimed songwriters at McLemore.
Cause ○ Over the weekend, the deck at Zois Restaurant at Harbor Lights Marina in Soddy Daisy collapsed and 11 people were injured. Because of the accident, Blood Assurance is in critical need of donations. Schedule an appointment. (NewsChannel 9)
Civic ○ TVA plans to completely phase out coal power — which once made up for nearly two thirds of its power — by 2035. The federally-owned corporation expects to cut its carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels by 80% below the peak levels reached in 2005 by the year 2035. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Biz ○ Collective Clothing is starting Destination Pop-up this spring + summer. The pop-up will feature sellers of various items including vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, art, home goods + more. The first event will take place on May 8 from 4-8 p.m. at 3408 Elder Mountain Blvd. 🛍️
Coronavirus ○ The Hamilton County Health Department announced that beginning May 4, it is expanding its hours at the Tennessee Riverpark vaccination site (4301 Amnicola Hwy.) from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends. No appointment is necessary for anyone ages 16 and older.
Arts ○ The final round of artists work grant applications are due May 14. The grants provide funding to individual artists, artist studios, and nonprofit arts organizations to produce artwork for Chattanooga’s public spaces. 🎨
Closing ○ Hixson’s Books-A-Million store is expected to close yet again, after its anticipated closing and reopening announcement last summer. Everything at the store is currently 20% off, but there is no known closing date yet. 📚 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
ForKids ○ The Houston Museum is hosting several summer classes for children ages 8-12 beginning June 3. Classes include a world of glass class, inspired Asian art class, occupational shaving mugs class, and American textiles class.
TodayIs ○ Our first newsletter of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, celebrated annually since 1992. Throughout May, we want to highlight prominent AAPI Tennesseans, local AAPI creatives, and Chattanooga-based AAPI-owned businesses. Know of someone we should feature? Send us an email.
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Learn ○ Vegetable Gardening 101 | Mon., May 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | Learn how to care for all of the vegetable plants you’ve been planting, like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers. 🍅 ○ Tableau Beginner + Intermediate Online Bootcamp | Mon., May 3 | 6-9 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $45 | This bootcamp is designed for people with little experience with Tableau who want to learn how to visualize large amounts in data in interactive charts + graphs.
TryThis ○ Funkey Munkey Mother’s Day Market | Mon., May 3-Sun., May 9 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Northgate Mall | Free Entry | Shop unique gifts for mom made by handmade crafters at the Northgate Mall.
PlanAhead ○ Instagram for Artists | Tues., May 4 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Townsend Atelier, virtual | $30 | This webinar will teach artists how to create an effective Instagram bio, develop an Instagram marketing strategy, and more. ○ Defoor Hospitality Group Hiring Event| |Tues., May 4 | 2-5 p.m. | The Westin | Free | Join DeFoor Hospitality Group for on the spot interviews and job offers in every department. Ⓟ ○ Beginner Cocktails: Spritzes | Thurs., May 6 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | Learn all about spritzes + fun ways to incorporate them into at-home drinks. 🍹 ○ Derrick Tennant Comedy Show | Fri., May 7 | 7:30 + 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $18 | Derrick Tennant is known for his clean and oftentimes inspirational comedy.
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.
On Friday we wrote about where you can find fresh fish + meat in the area, and a reader emailed us a couple more spots we missed. 👇
“Has anyone mentioned to you Red Mountain Crawfish Tri-State? They deliver to Chattanooga on Fridays and Saturdays with stops at Bass Pro and Walmart in Ooltewah. Another place we frequent is Happy Gilmore’s Seafood. He sets up from 4-6 in front of the Dodge City Liquor store.” – Elizabeth C.
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