This Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to Highland Park for a very special Valentine’s Day Mini-Market, located at 1810 E. Main Street in Chattanooga.
This market is the perfect opportunity to support local, community businesses while shopping for your Valentine. The goal is to stimulate interest in community businesses while strengthening neighbor to neighbor relationships. Come check out this event for some free hot chocolate and the opportunity to purchase local artisan goods. Show some local love!
Stephanie Anne Martin and Katherine Hanks McAlister established their ceramics business in October 2014 and moved to Highland Park in January 2016. Stephanie is from Asheville, NC but has lived in Chattanooga since 2010. Katherine is from San Antonio, Texas and has lived in the Chattanooga area since 2008. From start to finish, the pieces crafted by these two friends are fully collaborative. Their brand is inspired by this collaborative mindset, their feminine selves, and the landscapes that surround them. Katherine and Stephanie encourage others to shop locally because “supporting your local, small businesses means supporting your local economy and most importantly, your neighbors!”
Twin sisters Jessica and Brittney Wooten started their boutique nearly one year ago. They come from Atlanta, GA and have been living in Chattanooga for two and a half years. Their boutique is a unique one because they sell ethically made designer clothing in addition to small batch apothecary goods. Currently, there are no other boutiques selling ‘slow fashion’ in the area. The Wooten sisters believe that supporting local businesses is important because they "value quality, ethical production, and unique product selection.”
Jacqueline Moon is a Chattanooga native whose cake business has been open for one year so far. When asked what makes her business special, she explained that all of her cakes are made from scratch. Some of her specialties include red velvet, chocolate-chocolate, lemon, and pound cakes. Jacqueline thinks that it is important to support local business because “it contributes to community cohesiveness.”
Sweetbriar Vegan Chocolates and Confections
Laura and Peter Stewart officially started their chocolate business just this week! Laura was born and raised in Chattanooga, and Peter grew up in Canada and Scotland, but moved to Chattanooga when he was 14 years old. The goal of their business is to cater to people who have dietary restrictions. They believe that everyone needs a little decadence now and again and having dietary restrictions makes it difficult to find sweet treats. When asked why local shopping is so important, the Stewarts responded, “It stimulates our small economy, supports artistic integrity, and creates a sense of community that can’t be achieved by shopping at Walmart.”
Previously known as Sewn to the Sky, Carrie Pendergrass started her new fine arts brand in 2015. Technically, she has been in the art business for about four years, however she has been making and selling art for over 20 years and she’s been teaching art classes at a variety of locations for 17 years. Carrie was born and raised in Chattanooga. Carrie uses a variety of mixed media to create her fine arts pieces, however her specialty at the moment is printmaking. All of her artworks are crafted by hand. Her work is often featured in arts and crafts festivals and many of her crafts can be purchased on her website. On the importance of local shopping, Carrie said “supporting local businesses is a boost to our local economy and livelihood. Supporting local artists, in particular, breeds a more positive, diverse, and aesthetically exciting cultural atmosphere.”
Chattanooga Florist was established in 1933. They design fresh floral arrangements, balloon bouquets, gourmet snack baskets, and more. A favorite quote of theirs is “let flowers whisper what you’d love to say.”
Friends Jay Martin and Sarah Kinnamon started their construction business in 2013. Jay is from Alabama, Sarah is from Georgia, but both of them have lived in Chattanooga for more than 5 years. They believe that their team and quality of service make them unique. They offer a wide range of design and build services. Their main focus is historic restoration and beautification of Chattanooga’s building heritage. Jay and Sarah encourage local shopping because “Economically, it’s way more beneficial, responsible, and sustainable.”