CIM Supporters

What is CIM?

This summer, CNE has been conducting research through the Community Impact Measurement (CIM) project, funded by NeighborWorks America. We are gauging how successful we are in fulfilling our mission to create economically diverse neighborhoods filled with financially empowered citizens and housing for all. After we collect and analyze the data, we will be able to adjust our programs, implement needed projects, and assist in developing the kinds of neighborhoods every Chattanoogan deserves.

An integral part of CIM is a community survey administered in the Highland Park and Ridgedale neighborhoods in Chattanooga. CNE staff members and volunteers have been going door-to-door collecting responses to a survey exploring community perceptions—what community members’ dreams are for their neighborhoods and what is helping or hurting those dreams. Although the surveys only take about 15 minutes to complete, we understand that residents are busy and might be pressed for time. So in order to express our appreciation for the residents who do fill out the survey, we have set up a raffle of gift cards and products from local businesses. Anyone who completes the survey could win a coffee from their favorite local coffee shop, a meal from their favorite community restaurant, or handmade ceramics from their neighbor. The following businesses have generously donated to the raffle, signaling their commitment to give back to the community and reinvest in Highland Park and Ridgedale. We greatly appreciate their partnership in the movement to create a Chattanooga that works all.

The raffle will be held on August 7th.


Plus Coffee


Since beginning to lease its first space in St. Elmo less than a year ago, Plus Coffee has grown to include two other spaces, one in the innovation district and one on East Main near Highland Park. Owner Matt Park started the venture simply as a coffee cart that individuals or organizations could rent as additions to their events—hence, the name—but Plus now has two full bars and is building out its third. Plus sells organic, fair trade coffees from various regional roasters and pastries from local bakers. Besides offering the staple items like espressos and drip, Plus’ drink menu is constantly rotating and changing as the baristas experiment with things like coffee sodas and lattes shaken over ice.

Visit their website here.

East Main Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-3:00pm



Amani Chattanooga opened in 2012, an effect of Amani’s growing presence in the US. A fair and direct trade boutique, Amani sells items made by women in Uganda and Kenya. The Chattanooga location is the social enterprises’ US distribution site and has a shop attached to it. The beautiful Kenyan and Ugandan prints dazzle in the natural light that floods into the shop through floor-to-ceiling windows. Customers can buy anything from patchwork quilts to jewelry to special holiday items. The primary social mission of Amani is to support women in Africa, but it also seeks to invest in the local Chattanooga community through skills development and employment opportunities.

Visit their website here.

Amani Hours:

Tues-Fri: 10am-4pm


Annie Hanks Ceramics


Annie Hanks opened in October 2014 but moved into their current Highland Park location in 2016. Co-owners Stephanie and Katherine have both lived in Chattanooga for over seven years but are from Asheville and San Antonio, respectively. All their pieces are fully collaborative from start to finish, from design to glaze formation, and the women draw inspiration from the landscapes around them and their feminine selves. Their shop on E. Main is inundated in light pouring through large windows, and their finished pieces displayed up front are beautiful whether it’s grey or bright outside.

Visit their website here.


Uncommon Deux


Twin sisters Jessica and Brittney Wooten opened their shop in Highland Park on E. Main about nine months ago, but have sold online for over a year. Originally from Atlanta, Jessica and Brittney have been residents of the Southside for three years. Uncommon Deux operates under a “slow fashion” ethic, meaning all their items are directly sourced and are sustainable. Currently, it is the only boutique in the area selling exclusively slow fashion, a gap in the market they identified after moving to Chattanooga. Similar to many other local businesses, Uncommon’s space is welcoming and primarily lit by bold windows and sunshine.

Visit their website here.

Uncommon Hours:

Tues-Thurs: 11:00am-5:00pm

Fri-Sat: 12:00pm-5:30pm


Sacra Coffee

Sacra Coffee Shop opened in January 2015 in their S Orchard Knob Ave space. Since the beginning, Sacra has been on a mission to serve quality coffee and cultivate a community space that gives individuals and families the opportunity to advance humanitarian work around the world. A primary way the shop does this is by pouring all their profits into the work of missionaries the world over. Sacra also partners locally, serving Mad Priest Coffee, a roaster located on Broad Street. With an expansive menu, Sacra offers more than just coffee. Some of its most popular items are its organic Acai Bowls that are served with fresh fruit toppings, granola, and sweetened condensed milk.

Visit their Facebook page here.

Sacra Hours:

Mon-Sat: 7:00am-8:00pm


The Spot Coffee Shop

The Spot has just been open for a little over a month in Highland Park, but with its airy space on East Main, the shop is already making waves in the neighborhood. The shop has a full menu and serves breakfast, lunch, and dessert items like paninis, soups, and ice cream. The Spot’s Chattanooga shop is actually the business’ second location. Owner Justin Sweeney has run a successful shop in Fort Payne, AL for the past four years.

Visit their Facebook page here.

The Spot Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm

Sat: 11:00am-10:00pm


The Refindery

The Refindery is an urban market on McCallie Ave located in what was formerly the Architectural Exchange building. With nearly two years under its belt, the Refindery offers an ever changing inventory of vintage, antique, industrial, mid-century modern, and architectural ware. With products from over fifty vendors, the shop is sprawling. Exciting items are around every corner, and it’s easy to get lost in the impressive inventory, such as its vintage vinyl and stereo components—one of the largest collections in the region.

Visit their website here.

The Refindery Hours:

Mon-Sat: 11:00am-6:00pm

Sun: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Chattanooga Wing Factory

The Chattanooga Wing Factory may look unassuming in its small McCallie Avenue commercial space, but it offers big tastes when it comes to wings, burgers, empanadas, and more. Its menu’s highlight, of course, are the wings, which come in a variety of flavors:  Bourbon Bliss, Italian, Golden Sun, Honey Hickory, Hawaiian Luau, Hot or Mild Wing Sauce, Garlic Parmesan, and Sweet Chipotle. The business even offers vegan wings made with a soybean base, and you know it’s serious about its food when you spot the smoker out back.

Chattanooga Wing Factory Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 11:00am-7:00pm

Fri: 11:00am-10:00pm

Sat: 12:00pm-10:00pm

Bean and Bailey Ceramics


Bean and Bailey Ceramics is a small batch slip ceramic studio “on the edge of Highland Park,” as co-owner Jessie Bean describes. From their geo hanging planters to their tilt mugs, Jessie and her husband Anderson Bean offer a variety of products for any occasion: birthday gifts, house decorations, a gloomy day pick-me-up. Their aesthetic approachable and appealing, geometric and pastel—something anybody from a novice to critic can appreciate. Bean and Bailey Ceramics is located in Artifact, and old industrial building on Duncan Avenue that Jessie and Anderson helped transform into an artist co-work space back in 2012. Most of the business’ retail is sold on its website, not in house.

San Marcos Restaurante

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San Marcos Restaurante is located on Main Street in Highland Park and has been in business for more than 7 years. The owners, Elida and August, are Highland Park residents. The menu is based on Guatemalan cuisine. With a very affordable menu, you can have a unique experience in your own backyard. We highly recommend the pupusas, as they are perfect for any meal. And for a hot summer day, horchata is the perfect beverage. The location is accessible by crossing Main St. from Highland Park, on S. Orchard Knob Ave.

San Marcos Hours:

Every day: 10:30am-10pm