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“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” – Harriet Ann Jacobs With the start of spring mere weeks away, we are reminded of the glorious revival this season often brings – both to nature and our own souls. In this spring issue of CityScope® magazine, we want to uplift the hardworking men and women who have not only made a lasting impact on our community, but also spread positivity and light during a time of uncertainty for many. For example, in “8 Companies to Watch,” we showcase local business disruptors who are using innovative designs and their own prowess to excel professionally, often to the betterment of our community. In our feature “Weathering the Storm,” we highlight local businesses big and small that have persevered in the face of an unprecedented pandemic. “High School Sweethearts” profiles Chattanooga couples who have achieved the ultimate feat of making their relationships last, while the feature “Appalachian Trailblazers” recognizes six intrepid hikers who have conquered the Appalachian Trail and now share their stories. Springtime is also a reminder of the wonderful bond of marriage, which we celebrate with our annual wedding section. This one-of-a-kind section provides a delightful inside look into all things wedding, with striking photography capturing wedding-day attire, venues, bridal parties, and spectacular bridal jewelry. We additionally showcase our area’s wedding-day specialists and offer ideas for wedding gifts and delicious options for spring dining and catering. When it comes to making a difference in the lives of others, perhaps none have greater impact than the men and women who educate and encourage our youth. In our annual Schools & Camps section, we honor the institutions they serve by featuring nearly 80 different independent schools and summer camps. And always a pleasure to include in our publications are beautiful and unique local homes. In this issue, you’ll find four distinct residences that exemplify Chattanooga’s rich architecture and design. It is our hope that on a quiet spring evening, you set aside a few minutes to enjoy this spring issue of CityScope® magazine. May the stunning photography and uplifting stories inspire you in the weeks and months to come. Blessings to you and your family,

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Features 22 8 Companies to Watch Area Businesses Primed to Thrive 40

Weathering the Storm How Chattanooga Businesses Adapted During a Pandemic

52 High School Sweethearts Local Couples Built to Last 62 Appalachian Trailblazers Hikers Remember Their Time on the Trail



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160 Wedding Day Fashions 2021 Attire from Chattanooga Retailers 172 Wedding Day Jewelry The Latest Designs from Area Shops 184 Real Weddings Local Couples Tie the Knot at Area Venues 200 Wedding Specialists Personalized Solutions for Every Bride and Groom 206 Wedding Gifts Ideas to Inspire 208 Real Wedding Photos Bridal Parties

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Contents Volume 28, Issue 4 • Spring 2021



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Sales & New Business Development

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Sales & Business Development

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Art, Creative, & Design

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Contributing Writers Camille Platt Photographers Emily Pérez Long Rich Smith Sarah Unger

Departments 18 City Lights Local Events & Announcements

222 Working in the City From Beads to Bracelets

20 Ask Hamilton Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Museum

224 Toast of the Town Spring Fever Finds 226 Last Look Spring

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Chattanooga CityLights March

10 Chattanooga Girls Leadership Odyssey Awards Luncheon

Academy (CGLA) will present its 12th annual Odyssey Awards Luncheon virtually on March 10 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. LaTrice Curry, news anchor at WRCB-TV3, and a team of enthusiastic CGLA students are lined up to host this online adventure. With your ticket or sponsorship, a lunch will be provided for pickup or delivery prior to the event.

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will see teams from throughout the Tennessee Valley assemble at the Lookout Mountain Club for the sixth year. All proceeds from this contest benefit the Morning Pointe Foundation’s work of providing nursing scholarships to area students. Registration is available online or by phone., 877.776.4683


Chattanooga Go Red for Women Luncheon

The Go Red for Women Luncheon is the cornerstone campaign of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, chaired locally by Garry and Rhonda Thurman. Taking place in mid-May, this event

will empower guests to take control of their health as they hear from others who have been affected firsthand.

21 With the theme “A Night in the Emerald City, PINK! Gala

There’s No Place Like Home,” the 2021 PINK! gala is set to take place as a virtual event featuring an exclusive virtual concert by Party on the Moon band and many surprises throughout the evening. Amy Arrowsmith, Julie Brandao, and Alisa Stipanov will cochair this signature event. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. All proceeds benefit the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial. For ticket information, visit the website.

Drives for Lives Golf Tournament

tional Society is partnering with The Black Creek Club for its annual Drives for Lives Golf Tournament. Registration, along with a complimentary lunch, will begin at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start will follow at 1 p.m. Tournament proceeds provide a safe haven for homeless, abused, and neglected animals in the community.


16 Join the Chattanooga Area Food HullaBOWLoo Auction

Bank for a first-time, all-virtual HullaBOWLoo online auction, beginning April 16. With bidding open for 10 days, you’ll find can’t-miss items, including a trip to Watercolor Beach, golf and spa packages, and original art and pottery, all while helping the Food Bank meet the needs of our community who seek nourishment – and hope.


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MARCH 13-14, 20-21 Shamrock City at Rock City Gardens

Come see the High Falls flow green! Rock City’s 13th annual Irish celebration and festival – Shamrock City – is fun for the whole family. The premier event features Irish food, specialty beer, bagpipers, pop-up Irish dancing performances, Suffolk sheep, and a miniature Scottish Highland cow. New this year, live concerts are available as an add-on ticket and include a meal and drink; seating is limited. APRIL 2-3 Hug-A-Bunny Days at the Chattanooga Zoo

Welcome spring and Easter at Hug-A-Bunny Days, a springtime favorite at the Chattanooga Zoo. This ticketed event will have two time slots daily to allow for cleaning and reset. Admission includes a scavenger hunt, games, crafts, and themed animal enrichment. Kids can also have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny! APRIL 17-18, 24-25 Earthdayz

Get outside at this naturally fun premier event at Rock City Gardens. Be mesmerized when

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Join the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for a train ride to remember – behind classic storybook engine Thomas the Tank Engine! Departure times begin at 9 a.m. daily. This annual event also has plenty of Thomas and Friends™ themed activities such as the party corner, bubble zone, visits with Sir Topham Hatt, and more. MAY 2021 Southern Blooms Festival at Rock City Gardens

Celebrate springtime at Rock City while honoring its original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter! The Enchanted Trail will be surrounded by a bounty of bright blooms, and live harp music, along with flower-inspired dishes at Café 7, can be enjoyed. Aunt Frieda’s Flower Stand will have a Rock City plant for your own garden, and kids of all ages can participate in educational make-andtake activities. THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE FOR THE CHATTANOOGA AREA I NC LUD IN G CU R R E N T E VE N TS !

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Medal of Honor recipients at the grand opening of the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Museum

Charles H. Coolidge, after whom the National Medal of Honor Heritage Museum was named, was presented with a Medal of Honor in 1945 for his role in World War II.

Dear Hamilton, With National Medal of Honor Day just around the corner, I was wondering, are there are any recipients from Chattanooga? Sincerely, Puzzled Patriot Dear Puzzled Patriot, When it comes to recognizing Medal of Honor recipients, the U.S. Department of Defense credits the recipient based on where they enlisted to serve, not where they were born. That being said, there are officially 38 recipients 20


who were born in the state of Tennessee, and Chattanooga is home to the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Museum. The 19,000-square-foot museum, located downtown in Aquarium Plaza, officially opened on February 22, 2020, but it has roots dating back to 1987. It was in this year that the Medal of Honor Hall of Valor Museum was officially incorporated, and before long, it was occupying office and exhibit space in the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium. In the past, the museum has also rented space from the City of Chattanooga and even had a home at Northgate

Mall for 16 years where it saw an annual attendance of roughly 6,000 visitors. And that’s not all! The very first recipient and several of his comrades, who later received the honor, performed their heroic service right outside of Chattanooga. The first to receive the Medal of Honor was Private Jacob Parrott, who was one of 24 men, nicknamed Andrews’ Raiders, that led The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Parrott and his team penetrated 200 miles into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia. The group attempted to destroy the

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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is the first and only woman to receive a Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the Civil War.

Jacob Parrott was the first-ever recipient of the Medal of Honor and received the recognition on March 25, 1863.

This exhibit from the Medal of Honor Heritage Museum depicts an event from the Battle of Okinawa in May of 1945.

track and burn bridges between Atlanta and Chattanooga, but the locomotive ran out of fuel just north of Ringgold, Georgia, leaving the men to flee. They were all captured within several weeks. Nineteen of the 24 were awarded the Medal of Honor, which continues to be our nation’s highest military award. Later joining this group of recipients was Dr. Mary Walker of the Chattanooga Hospital and Moses Veale of Brown’s Ferry. Four men were also recognized for their courageous actions in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, along with 18 men from the Battle

of Missionary Ridge and nine men from the Battle of Chickamauga. The Civil War is not the only conflict where you will find Medal of Honor recipients from the state of Tennessee. In total, there are 25 eras and conflicts where there has been a Medal of Honor recipient, and with the exception of the War on Terror, a Tennessean has received recognition in each of them. In addition to profiling the individuals who have received a Medal of Honor, the museum also aims to inform its visitors about the six character traits that each recipient embod-

ies – Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice, and Commitment. Today, more than 3,500 people have received a Medal of Honor – only 69 of whom are still alive – and every year on March 25, our nation comes together to honor these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have made a true sacrifice. Hope this helps! Hamilton Bush Resident History Hound Chattanooga, Tennessee




Business disruptors are problem solvers. They lean into creativity and techforward decisions to change the status quo. The last year posed a unique challenge to Chattanooga businesses poised for success, yet, bolstered by an innovative community and a strong sense of purpose, these 8 “disruptors” are primed to thrive. BY CAMILLE PLAT T



Campfire-Proof, Windproof, Waterproof Apparel TREKKA DESIGNS

Nick Rader and Chris Loizeaux’s first product in apparel was the Traveler Pants, a lightweight chino with 16 features in the fabric, including four-way stretch, bug repellant, quick-dry, UV protection, and odor resistance. In January 2020, the pants were distributed to crowdfunding backers and listed for sale on Trekka’s website. Now, the two-man team is working toward the release of their second product, the Trekka Element Jacket. “I think everybody that’s hung out in a puffy jacket around a campfire has eventually gotten a burn hole in it, or maybe snagged it on a briar and had to tape it back together,” Rader says. This jacket is abrasion-resistant and simply unbothered by embers and sparks.


The trend in outdoor apparel in recent years has been shifting away from bigname brands. “Consumers simply want something unique,” Loizeaux says. “It seems smaller brands are customer-focused and the ones pushing innovation.” When designing the Traveler Pants, Rader and Loizeaux acknowledged that the problem with typical outdoor pants was bulk. Pockets, seams, and zippers are often placed at angles and locations that give a false illusion of function. In addition to solving these issues, the Trekka Element Jacket also addresses problems with material. Manipulating fire-resistant materials made for industrial applications, Rader and Loizeaux have created something lightweight, breathable, and waterproof, as well as resistant to burns and tears. 2020 IN REVIEW:

Last year moved Trekka from proof of concept to product-in-hand. After distributing the Traveler Pants, currently available in men’s cuts, to backers early last year, Trekka made the product available on its website

Nick Rader and Chris Loizeaux

for other consumers. In November, Trekka launched a Kickstarter for the Trekka Element Jacket that closed on Christmas morning with $206,000, more than twice the investment it had on the Traveler Pants. OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

This year will mean moving forward with relationships with new investors and with manufacturers interested in partnering with young companies developing new products. Rader and Loizeaux plan to bring on staff in 2021 and work toward expanding their product line by six items.




Boosting Product Properties While Reversing Climate Change ECOPHENE Leandro Alvarez and Stephanie Soto say it’s long been thought that the only way to make a profit is to damage the environment, and that the only way to save the environment is to hurt business. However, this duo believes they have discovered a profitable solution. Founded on the principle that excess carbon dioxide should be a resource rather than only a greenhouse gas that damages the environment, their company — Ecophene — repurposes atmospheric carbon dioxide to make industrial-grade material called graphene for use in manufacturing. The result: a product that can be used to produce high-performing finished goods, often at lower prices than other raw materials. Among many of its notable features are its light weight, conduction of electricity, and strength far greater than steel. WHY IT’S A COMPANY TO WATCH:

Ecophene’s vision for the future of graphene includes applications in asphalt, batteries, clothing, and even military armor. Partnering with nanotech specialist Dr. Sung Hee Joo, Alvarez and Soto also plan to advance the use of graphene in water filtration. Alvarez says that while there’s plenty of competition in the field, Ecophene sets itself apart. “Other methods of production use very expensive, very dirty, very slow machinery to produce close to nothing in graphene,” he explains. “We can do it in bulk in a short amount of time at a significantly lower price.” Furthermore, Alvarez says his clients can apply for government grants and tax benefits because they are utilizing green technology. 24


Leandro Alvarez and Stephanie Soto


Alvarez and Soto relocated to Chattanooga from Miami on April 1, and Ecophene was accepted into the INCubator in June. Hoping to become the first company to bring graphene into the construction sector in the United States, they generated interest in using graphene to make cellular lightweight concrete and established a relationship with Romix North America, one of the country’s largest road-surfacing companies. OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

The future of Ecophene includes goals to establish a manufacturing facility in Chattanooga that has the capability to produce one ton of graphene each month. Alvarez and Soto will also submit their second application for a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program award (NSF SBIR) focusing on the use of graphene in asphalt, as well as an application for the Environmental Protection Agency SBIR grant.

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Business Gains in Grocery THE CHEF AND HIS WIFE

Formerly the executive chef at Volkswagen, Tim Mulderink says it was a friend from cooking school, Larry Raymond of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, who inspired him to seek out grocery stores to sell his famous pimento cheese. And Mulderink knows his product isn’t alone on the shelves. He explains, “The time is perfect to redefine the image of pimento cheese to the level it deserves. In the past, the industry has done little to change the outdated packaging and boring, pasty taste. Our colorful square tub is chic. The flavors and textures of our pimento cheese have a ‘wow’ factor that makes your taste buds dance to a gourmet tune!” WHY IT’S A COMPANY TO WATCH:

Four years ago, The Chef and His Wife pimento cheese was sold at six local Food City stores. In June of 2020, Food City moved his Original, Jalapeño, and Smoked Gouda products into all of its stores by the refrigerated pickles. Mulderink increased his pack-

Tim and Shelley Mulderink

aging size from 8 ounces to 12 ounces, and today, Food City sells about 500 tubs each week. Utilizing a commercial kitchen in Hixson, he’s also seen a decade’s worth of success in catering and carry-out meals. This year, however, he’ll focus solely on the cheese. 2020 IN REVIEW:

COVID-19 restrictions meant the elimination of sampling products to customers in stores, so Mulderink turned to social media and television. He hired a videographer and ran two 30-second television commercials in Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport



during the fall, and sales continued to increase. He plans to repeat the marketing in Knoxville in 2021. OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

This year, Mulderink will not renew his lease on his catering and meal production kitchen in Hixson, which garnered $230,000 in sales of comfort food like chicken pot pie last year. He plans to sell the equipment to someone interested in investing in a successful customer base. By shifting his complete focus to pimento cheese, his goal is to continue to increase brand awareness and to secure space in other grocery chains.

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Automated Data for Accurate Business Decisions DATA B LY WHY IT’S A COMPANY TO WATCH:

Datably’s competition in the market includes what Taylor calls one-size-fitsall automation software, which isn’t individualized and requires a techsavvy operator. And individualization can make all the difference when it comes to data related to estimating or inventory. One Datably success story includes replacing an inventory system that required a business’s staff to manually calculate multiple price points each time a vendor changed the price of an item. Replacing the 17 clicks and 2.5 minutes it took to update a single piece of inventory, which led to inaccuracies, Datably built a system that automated the process. 2020 IN REVIEW:

Taylor Hall likes to claim he’s been developing software since he had a V-Tech laptop in fourth grade; Emily Hall’s professional history is in retail leadership. Married in January, both realized administrative and operational tasks are simply more frustrating and time-consuming than necessary. Datably is a software development company that automates workflows by replacing or syncing data from the systems you already have in place, like email software, customer tracking, inventory tracking, and invoice management. “We can free you up to think about building the business rather than sitting there entering data all day,” Taylor says.

The Halls relocated to the Scenic City from Orlando in May because Bill Lupia, operations manager for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, gave them the confidence that Chattanooga simply breeds small businesses. Transitioning to town with what they learned as software developers in Florida, they acknowledge that doing the job well requires a deep understanding of the client’s evolving business model. Otherwise, Taylor admits, all that’s achieved is an impressive advancement in software that only solves half the problem at hand. OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

The Halls hope to grow their revenue to between half a million and threequarters of a million this year so they can hire eight full-time software developers in Chattanooga.

LEFT: Taylor Hall and Emily Hall Photo Courtesy of Film Production Central




Skill-Based Classes by Women, for Women WO M E N R E PA I R ZO N E


While president and CEO of nonprofit Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, Bea Lurie asked her team to create a camp called “Ms. Independent” for area youth to learn basic automobile maintenance and home repair skills. For years, she received a consistent question from the girls’ mothers and grandmothers: What about us? In 2017, at 57 years old, Lurie left her position at Girls Inc. to answer the call. The following year, she founded Women Repair Zone, which offers courses for women, led by women, in skills related to home repair, home improvement, and automotive maintenance and repair.

Early last year, Lurie was on track to be a year ahead of schedule for turning a profit, but COVID-19 restrictions meant the suspension of in-person classes. It took a masterclass with scaling coach Julia Pimsleur to inspire her to move her classes online. “Pimsleur said to all of us, ‘Whether you’ve had your business for eight years or you are newer like Bea, you’re all startups again. That’s the way you have to think about your business if you’re going to survive,’” Lurie recalls. “We could mourn what we had, but we have to move forward.” The beauty in the shift to Zoom is participants are working on their own homes while the instructor models. Not sure whether your hot water heater’s pressure relief valve is piped properly? Simply hold up your phone or computer and ask. 2020 IN REVIEW:

Since moving to Zoom, Lurie’s classes have included participants in 14 states and Israel. With courses including Plumbing Basics, How to Hang Anything, and Chair Upholstery for Beginners, participants receive a supply list and a summary of what’s to come before each class. For example, for Plumbing Basics, women who want to participate hands-on rather than simply watching and asking questions need channel locks for opening the p-trap under the sink and a water key for operating the water main shut-off. OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

“One of the things I’ve learned is that when the customer asks for something, you need to listen very closely,” Lurie says. Access to recorded video workshops has been a regular request, and this year, Women Repair Zone sessions will be available for download, with access for 10 days, for the same price as attending a workshop live. Lurie also added private group sessions, hosting her first with a group of women from Israel, New Jersey, and New York early this year. Bea Lurie




Small Batches, Big Flavors: When Science Meets Spirits G AT E 1 1 D I S T I L L E RY

An award-winning microdistillery with retail and cocktail hours located at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Gate 11 is the product of founder and Master Distiller Bill Lee. Joined by his wife Wanda and a small operations team, Lee opened Gate 11 in 2019 with three separate artisan still systems: a pot still for whiskey, column still for vodka and gin and rum base, and glass reflux for botanical extractions and spirits fractionation. “We’re combining the technical tools and stills of large distilleries with the passion and obsession for creating something new and flavorful in the small-craft industry,” says Lee. WHY IT’S A COMPANY TO WATCH:

Gate 11 utilizes advanced methods in distilling its whiskeys to increase the retention of rich and complex flavors. Lee has also created a program that offers participation in the distillation of custom whiskey. In exchange for committing to buy a 12-bottle case of bourbon, rye, or single malt whiskey, participants can help with the mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling, and bottling. “Some craft distilleries come off as being fairly opaque and even a bit intimidating,” Lee admits. “We try to be very accessible. Whether you’re an experienced connoisseur of spirits or really learning about it for the first time, you can gain a lot coming here and have a great experience.”

pany also won a silver medal for vodka and a bronze medal for gin and rum at the American Craft Spirits Awards (ACSA). OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

Lee aims to increase distribution of Gate 11’s craft spirits both locally and more broadly within Tennessee and is exploring e-commerce distribution in other states. Lee and his team are also developing an agave-based spirit (tequila) that he hopes to launch this summer.


With products available in several dozen bars and restaurants in Chattanooga, as well as 20 area package stores, Gate 11 was nominated by USA Today for Best New Craft Distillery 2020 and won gold medals for its gin, rum, and absinthe blanche at the John Barleycorn Spirits Competition in 2020. The com-



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Text-Based Healthcare Communications RHINOGRAM In 2013, Chattanooga orthodontist Dr. Keith Dressler realized patients who needed to change an appointment time, ask clinical questions, or get details about their account balance were texting healthcare staff on their personal cell phones rather than calling the office. The problem: Personal health information was being shared on a digital medium that wasn’t secure or protected. A veteran entrepreneur in healthcare IT, Dr. Dressler created Rhinogram, a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant platform for textbased communication. Today, Rhinogram has users in 47 states and 33 different healthcare specialties, including primary care, allergy, urgent care, pediatrics, dental, orthodontics, obstetrics, and behavioral health.


The problem with other attempts at hybrid care is that they require downloading an app or logging into portals. Rhinogram gives the practice a textable number that is identical to the phone number they already have. Any staff member logged in to the system can reply when they see a message come in from a patient, and the answers to common requests can be templated as text or video responses. Clinicians, nurses, and office administrators do not have to type an original response; they simply click the related customized reply. If a text conversation needs to be taken to video, Dr. Dressler says, the virtual visit results in the same reimbursement as a face-to-face visit. The internal side of communications in Rhinogram, Team Chat, allows staff to communicate within the practice about patient care so personal health information is never exchanged on personal cell phones. 2020 IN REVIEW:

Dr. Keith Dressler

Rhinogram completed integration with Athenahealth, Nextech, and Epic Systems, and within the first six months of 2020, added between 2.2 and 2.3 million new patients to the system. Sales grew 200% from 2019, and locally, the company was awarded Startup of the Year by CO.LAB. In the last quarter of 2020, Rhinogram filed for four new patents on its technology. OUTLOOK FOR 2021:

The federal government allowed for non-compliant digital communications with patients last year because it was imperative to keep as many people home as possible while still having access to healthcare. This year, Dr. Dressler explains, providers know HIPAA compliance will be reinforced, driving Rhinogram revenue to perhaps 400 or 500% over 2020. The future of hybrid healthcare, he suggests, may also include the ability to take vital signs using facial and body recognition technology.



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Derek Steele is a former contract manager for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Chris Wang got his start in logistics at Access America Transport. Joining forces with investor Jim Brunjak, the pair founded Taimen Transport on two plastic Rubbermaid tables in 2012. Taking their name from an aggressive fish Jim caught on a fly-fishing outing in Mongolia, the team says technology enables their logistics consultants to handle about four times more truckload freight volume per person than competitors. WHY IT’S A COMPANY TO WATCH:

Taimen Transport’s transportation management software, Turvo, uses Google Maps to turn real-time traffic data into live shipment tracking updates that run every 45 seconds. This software along with FreightWaves Sonar allows brokers to use real-time market pricing data to help customers make shipping decisions. “If the market looks like it’s moving in the wrong direction, we can tell our customer, ‘You may want to ship this a few days early or a week early if it’s ready.’ Or, ‘If you can hold it two days, we can get you a better price then,’” Wang says. 2020 IN REVIEW:

Included in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States, Taimen Transport added Amazon as a customer last year. Brian Whitley, who served as the director of operations at UPS Freight and the president of Load One, came on as president at Taimen. “Our service has really grown with his network,” Wang says. “We’re now able to get your product picked up anywhere in the country within 90 minutes and put it on an airplane.”




Hiring will be a focus for the coming year. The company prides itself on its intensive one-month training program to set up new employees for success. Aimed at keeping as much of their business in Chattanooga as possible, Taimen will look for local business partnerships in insurance, banking, employee benefits, and the nonprofit sector. CS

The law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys Andrew J. Godbold, Terri L. Daugherty, and W. David Darnell have been named as Members of the firm. Mr. Godbold is a native of Chattanooga, a Baylor School alumnus, and is based in the firm’s Chattanooga office. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Tennessee and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He maintains a diverse litigation practice and routinely litigates personal injury and property claims; product liability; professional liability; premises liability; construction; and estate claims. Mr. Godbold also maintains a commercial pilot’s license, is an active flight instructor, and enjoys applying this unique background to complex aviation disputes and aircraft transactions.

Ms. Daugherty is a native of Georgetown, Tennessee, and works out of the firm’s Chattanooga office where her practice focuses primarily on general civil litigation, including tort, personal injury, premises liability, and products liability defense. She also handles family law, divorce, child custody, and parental rights cases. She attended Berea College in Kentucky and received her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. She is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia.

Mr. Darnell works out of the firm’s Memphis office. He defends clients in General Liability including trucking litigation, Product Liability, Premises Liability including negligent security/shooting litigation, Workers' Compensation and Public Sector cases. He received his B.A. from the University of Memphis and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the Mississippi College School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi and is a Rule Listed General Civil Mediator. This is an advertisement.


PAT T E N & PAT T E N Customized Investment Strategies Tailored to the Client Bryan Patten, Founder & Chairman; Ray Ryan, President & CEO


came to Patten & Patten in 1999 from Nashville because of its great reputation,” recalls Ray Ryan, Patten & Patten’s newly appointed President and CEO. “I was attracted to its client-focused approach to investment management, and I thought there was an established platform upon which to grow the Firm.” BACKGROUND

Established in 1976, Patten & Patten (the “Firm”) is an independent investment adviser, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. As of December 31, 2019, Patten & Patten, Inc. had approximately $1.596 billion in Assets Under Management. One of the largest independent investment advisory firms



in the State, the Firm provides investment advisory and management services to individuals, families, individual retirement plans, trusts, family partnerships, endowments, foundations, pension and profit-sharing plans, qualified institutional retirement vehicles, and other institutional investment accounts. Its success over decades can be attributed to a consistent alignment of interests between the Firm and its clients. “This is our 45th anniversary,” notes Bryan Patten, Founder and Chairman of Patten & Patten. “As I think about that milestone, I am reminded of how we have always insisted on absolute integrity, combined with intensive, independent research and outstanding administrative support. As we have grown, we have placed great importance on staff cohesion, especially as it relates to investment philosophy. We have emphasized teamwork to serve our clients’ needs and fulfill their objectives. This has created a rock-solid platform for the future growth of Patten & Patten.”



Continuing the impressive legacy of the Firm, Ryan, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and Portfolio Manager, routinely studies economic factors and market conditions that impact client investments. “I have always been fascinated by the markets,” says Ryan. “As an economics major at Princeton, we were taught that markets were efficient and all market participants were rational. However, I was in college during the stock market crash of 1987. I’ve managed money through the dot-com boom and bust, the Great Financial Crisis, and now the recovery from a global pandemic. I began to question theory because actual experience was so contradictory. “Markets are complex, adaptive systems, like the human body. As soon as we think we have everything figured out, some event, like COVID-19, will come along and shatter our previous understanding of how markets are supposed to behave. I wake up each morning not sure what to expect, and on certain days, my entire plan could be upended. At times that is frustrating and frightening, but it is also exciting.” CUSTOMER-CENTRIC VS. PRODUC T-FOCUSED

In his first few years at Patten & Patten, Ryan identified opportunities to expand the Firm’s presence beyond Chattanooga. He traveled to Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta to meet prospective clients. Despite offering services, Ryan learned that the investment management industry categorized firms according to “products.” He also realized that Patten & Patten didn’t have a “product.” The Firm did not have a specific “style” or “strategy.” The Firm did not easily belong to a standard industry category. “Patten & Patten has always been willing to advise clients and manage portfolios on a customized basis,” says Ryan. “What the industry viewed as a short-

Ray Ryan, CFA President, CEO, Portfolio Manager A graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Ray Ryan joined Patten & Patten in 1999. With his vision for the Firm and commitment to personal relationships and customized strategies for clients, he became a Principal of the Firm in 2004. Today, in addition to his duties as President and CEO, Ryan is a full-time Portfolio Manager. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at UT Chattanooga, a member of the Advisory Board for the UTC College of Business, and Advisor to the UTC student-run investment club. A member of First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Ryan is a member and past president of the CFA Society of East Tennessee and participates on several other boards including The Bright School and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, serving as the Chair of its Investment Committee.

coming, I believed was a strength. In my view, a service industry that markets “products” does so principally to gather more assets. The challenge is to find clients who need that specific product. What happens when the client’s needs do not line up with the product? It just seemed to make more sense to customize services according to the needs of each client. That is what I would want from an investment adviser. In order to do so, I realized Patten & Patten needed to remain flexible.”



William Decosimo, CFA, Principal, Portfolio Manager, with Stephanie Graham, CPA, Principal, Chief Financial Officer




For Patten & Patten, the first step is to fully understand what each client needs. It is the Firm’s belief that, to remain competitive in a fast-changing industry in which outcomes are impossible to determine ex-ante, its process has been and will be the key to the company’s future success. “For a profession that involves giving advice and making decisions on behalf of others, it can be quite unsettling when we have such little control over outcomes,” notes Ryan. “Some clients want to ‘beat the market’ consistently. Other clients want reliable, steady income. Other clients have distributions that need to be covered. Other clients want to ensure a legacy. For our clients, who desire customized services, our approach fits well with their needs. We develop long-term personal relationships and customized strategies for our clients using a diversified mix of individual securities and other vehicles that we believe will deliver expected returns while remaining within appropriate risk parameters.”



Applying that approach to investment management, the Firm dedicates energy and thought to refine the process by which it makes decisions. In addition to reviewing successful outcomes, portfolio managers study disappointments to refine the Firm’s process and adjust investment strategies for each of its clients. Advisers expect to encounter unanticipated developments, and they are prepared to adapt and, if necessary, make tactical adjustments. “Consider competitive sports, specifically the NCAA basketball tournament,” adds Ryan. “The probability of somebody correctly predicting the outcomes of all games in each round is equivalent to winning the lottery. Each year, one or two tournament favorites gets upset by a much lower-seeded team. From one round to the next, there will be upsets nobody predicted, effectively confirming the random nature of outcomes.


“Successful coaches tend to be uniform in their emphasis on process. The process leads to development of a strategic game plan. During a game, however, there are injuries, mistakes, and bad calls. There will always be situations beyond the control of a coach, and they understand that is simply a fact. Their process must account for expected mishaps. During a game, coaches try to anticipate developments that could require tactical adjustments. “One of my favorite quotes is from Aristotle who said, ‘Probable impossibilities are preferable to improbable possibilities.’ Investing is ultimately a probabilistic exercise, and it is necessary to approach markets objectively and quantitatively. We want to be disciplined, but we don’t want to be robotic. Successful investing requires balancing analysis with judgment. Another favorite quote is from Confucius: ‘There is nothing in life without balance.’ “Since I earned the CFA designation in 2002, behavioral economics has grown in acceptance as a field of study. Daniel Kahneman, a pioneer in this area, is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Today, the investment management industry now accepts that investors are not always rational. Research needed to catch up to what had been clearly evident for decades. Awareness has improved the ability to recognize inherent biases that influence decision making. This is part of the process that Patten & Patten has refined over the years. “I rely on a love of reading history to provide context and perspective to periods of distress in the markets. A knowledge of past crises affords us the ability to focus on the long-term when the near-term seems so uncertain. More importantly, investors should maintain a healthy respect for the dynamic nature of markets. “Above all else, as a Firm, we understand that clients deserve a high level of service,” says Ryan. “If we constantly work to improve our process and deliver exceptional service, our client’s expectations should be satisfied. A satisfied client is the best referral source. That, in my view, is a more effective way to grow an investment management firm than trying to build ‘products.’”

Mark Fleck, CFA, Principal, Portfolio Manager; Janet Lawrence, Portfolio Administrator, IT Manager; and Bryan Patten, CFA, CIC, Founder, Chairman, Portfolio Manager


Looking to the future, Ryan adds, “Consultants in our industry believe computer programs, using artificial intelligence, will dominate investment management in the future. Clearly, algorithms already automate the transaction side of our business. For some people, a computer algorithm might work perfectly well. I think, however, there will always be a need for advisers because of two factors: first, the markets will remain inherently random, and second, clients will always want some degree of personalization. “We have and will remain focused on continuing to provide a great service, doing what we need to do to accommodate our clients’ needs and making sure we adapt. Our legacy will remain as a Firm that listens to what its clients need and from there develop well-researched customized strategies that meet their personal needs.”






Because of COVID-19, the past year has been incredibly challenging for everyone, and businesses are no exception. The pandemic has shaken nearly every industry in the country since it began, affecting companies big and small. In order to remain successful – sometimes, even to just survive – businesses have had to re-evaluate, adjust, and adapt to an economic climate over which COVID-19 still looms large. Fortunately, with the recent emergence of vaccines, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Here, six Chattanooga-area businesses reflect on how the pandemic has changed the way they operate, how they’ve persevered, and how they’re moving forward.




Morning Pointe Senior Living For Morning Pointe Senior Living, 2020 was what one might call a “double whammy.” Just as the entire nation was in the early throes of the pandemic and its initial lockdown, two of Morning Pointe’s facilities were hit by an EF3 tornado that devastated parts of the greater Chattanooga area. “We safely evacuated all residents to local hotels temporarily in the middle of the night, and ultimately to other Morning Pointe communities,” Greg Vital, Morning Pointe’s president, explains. “Times were extremely difficult, but we learned to lean on the strength of our people, and together we did what had to be done.” Morning Pointe, which operates assisted living, personal care, and Alzheimer’s memory care communities across the region, has had to take particular care with their operations throughout the pandemic, as it’s widely known that senior citizens are at elevated risk when it comes to the effects of COVID-19. According to CEO Franklin Farrow, “We had to pivot and adapt to new ways of providing care to our residents, including a new delivery system for food, how we conducted activities, and how we con-



nected with the public to make sure we were still meeting the needs of the seniors who still needed our help.” Though the pandemic has presented unexpected challenges at all of Morning Pointe’s facilities, the team has adjusted accordingly, finding ways to provide the best care for their residents. Activities now include Zoom nights where residents can visit virtually with their family members, as well as virtual cornhole competitions and a new program called “Morning Pointe in Motion,” which allows residents to virtually travel to historic sites across the United States. The communities have also hosted drive-by parades and designed visitation booths to allow residents to see their families in safe, socially distanced ways. The difficulties of the past year have called for everyone at Morning Pointe to think on their feet, but everyone has more than risen to the challenge. “Our associates are our greatest strength,” Vital says. “There was no instruction manual for this, but once again, we met the challenge, and our team made the difference. I am so proud of every single one of them.”

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Embellish For Terri Holley, owner of Embellish, the pandemic and its effect on her business was something she’d never expected to deal with. “I am not a very patient person, and I always want to set goals to increase business from month to month as well as year to year,” she explains. “When we were forced to close and business all but halted, I had to learn to be grateful for whatever business we got each day, even though it was well below what we would have expected or wanted.” The team at Embellish, a women’s boutique specializing in contemporary designer apparel, shoes, and accessories, had to think fast to make the right adjustments to their business in order to stay afloat. “We immediately sped up the schedule to launch our website, and we greatly increased our presence on social media,” Holley says. The cuts they made to their expenses meant pulling back on money spent for marketing, which they began to do in-house instead. “My daughter, who works for a fashion company in New York, was furloughed from her position, and she was a



huge help in this endeavor,” explains Holley. The challenges that the pandemic has presented to Holley and her business have made her realize the importance of nurturing her work connections. “If you have good relationships with your vendors and pay your bills on time when a disaster hits, they will work with you,” she says. “For the first time in my career, I had no choice but to cancel a significant number of orders. Luckily, almost all of my vendors worked with me and were very understanding.” Operating a business with integrity has always been crucial for Holley, and because of this, she’s been able to keep Embellish going when times are hard. Holley also has a deep appreciation for the support system she’s had during COVID-19. “Our Embellish team has been absolutely amazing, and my husband Craig has always been my biggest cheerleader,” she shares. She’s especially grateful for her customers and looks forward to seeing more of them once life returns to normal. “I have definitely missed them!” says Holley.

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Locals Only Gifts and Goods In recent years, you might have started hearing the phrase “shop local” – an increasingly popular sentiment that aims to support and boost small businesses. Locals Only, a gift shop on Frazier Avenue founded by Danielle Landrum, is the embodiment of this idea. “Everything in our shop comes to us from local Tennessee artists, artisans, or businesses,” Landrum shares, emphasizing that they specialize in Chattanooga-made products to stock their local gift boxes. It’s no secret that small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, and Landrum and her team at Locals Only knew they had to act fast. “Luckily, we were already operating an online business and had an e-commerce website in place,” she explains. “We took advantage of that and began operating online-only during the lockdown.” They also had employees delivering gifts right to people’s doors. After lockdown was lifted, they enforced social distancing guidelines to make sure that visitors could shop safely, as well as provided free masks to anyone who didn’t have one. Despite unforeseen difficulties that COVID-19 has brought on, Landrum knew that failure was not an option.



“Locals Only is not only our family business – it is also a place where so many local makers and businesses are able to sell their products and gain exposure,” she explains. Not to mention, the shop’s employees and their families were depending on the business to support them during uncertain times. One of their solutions to boost business was the creation of gift boxes called “Boredom Busters,” which were filled with local items designed to entertain anyone stuck at home. The sales for these helped keep business going in the spring. Thanks to the support of the community, Locals Only is not only staying afloat, but looking to the future. “It is difficult to not get emotional when thinking about what the support of our community kept us from losing,” Landrum shares. She and everyone else at the shop are looking forward to the time when they can resume their Maker School classes and open houses with live music, which they had started hosting prior to the pandemic. “There are so many things that we cannot wait to bring back,” she says.


Moonlight Roller After launching Moonlight Roller in 2019, Adrienne Cooper had laid out plans to open a roller lounge for adults, hoping to capitalize on the resurgence of roller skating. The Moonlight Roller brand is made up of Moonlight x Mobile, a mobile roller disco, as well as the Moon Boot, a line of roller skates designed by Cooper. She’d been looking forward to launching the roller lounge, but unfortunately, COVID-19 put all of that on hold. The advent of lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic felt daunting to Cooper, but her decision to pivot to online sales turned out to be an excellent one. “I was designing a rental skate for Moonlight x Mobile toward the end of 2019, and in March 2020, when we lost all our bookings due to COVID, I decided to sell a limited run of the skates,” explains Cooper. As fate would have it, the Moon Boot went viral, gaining popularity to the extent that Cooper and her team decided to roll out an entire line of skates. “It was a blessing in disguise,” she reveals.

Though the success of the skate line was a blessing, the ongoing pandemic made it difficult for the Moonlight Roller team to keep up. As people looked for outdoor activities to do close to home, more and more people placed orders for skates. “We had to shut down several times last fall to quarantine for possible exposures, which led us to get increasingly behind,” she shares. “Thankfully, our team is incredible, and they’ve all been really flexible.” The pandemic may have presented Cooper and her team with challenges and setbacks, but they’ve found ways to adapt and are on track for even more success in the foreseeable future. They’ve recently opened up a skate shop, and plans for the 21+ roller lounge are still in the cards. “Moonlight is a huge undertaking and has totally taken on a life of its own, but I’m lucky to have the best cheering section and support system in the world,” Cooper says. “I can’t wait to get a big crowd together to skate again.”




Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics

When the pandemic hit the United States in full force during March of 2020, it sent seismic shifts through every corner of the medical community, including Chattanooga’s Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. “The changes – such as immediate deployment of telemedicine, adhering to the ever-changing CDC guidelines and local and state mandates, and procurement of PPE when resources were painfully scarce – were unprecedented in my career,” Becky Farmer, the practice’s CEO, says. “We knew that our primary goal was to continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients while keeping them and our CSMO family safe.” The staff at CSMO, an orthopaedic practice and ambulatory surgery center, knew they would have to quickly adapt and make changes to their operations in order to continue meeting the needs of their patients. Employees who weren’t assigned to direct patient care were moved to work-fromhome in a matter of days, and leadership met every morning via Zoom to assess the state of operations and ensure needs



were safely being met. “We deployed screeners at the doors of every facility to make certain that temperatures were taken and COVID-19-related questions were cleared before anyone entered one of our facilities,” Farmer explains. They also performed a survey of their facilities to identify common touch points and worked to limit those accordingly. Everyone on the CSMO team did an excellent job adapting, and Farmer feels lucky to be working alongside them. “I knew that we had extraordinary leadership before the pandemic, but I remain astounded at what we accomplished in such a short period of time when the pandemic started,” she shares. “It’s energizing and so rewarding when everyone ‘loses their title’ and simply locks arms – virtually, of course – to do what is needed in crisis.” Though things are currently running smoothly at CSMO, Farmer still anticipates the day when she can meet with her team in person. “I am looking forward to the entire management team being in our conference room together, enjoying lunch and many laughs,” she says.


Chatta-Cakes Bakery The storefront of Chatta-Cakes Bakery, located on Hixson Pike, is bright and cheery, bedecked with pastel colors and imagery of bluebirds – a favorite of owner Shannon Anderson’s late mother. The front windows are often decorated on-theme for whichever holiday is approaching next, and the display cases inside reveal rows of beautifully decorated sweet treats. Truly a family business, the bakery is owned and operated by Anderson and her husband, Mike, with her niece, Kaitlyn Whalen, serving as chief cake and cookie decorator. When the pandemic sent the country into lockdown last March, the bakery was faced with challenges from several different directions. However, the rush on groceries for those preparing to stay at home presented Chatta-Cakes with an unexpected obstacle: a scarcity of flour. When their supplier couldn’t come through, they resorted to shopping at grocery stores, but even that was a struggle. “Each store would only allow the purchase of five pounds of flour per person, and we go through 100 pounds a week,” Anderson explains. Thankfully, family and friends pitched in to help with the shopping, and they managed to secure what they needed. 50


Aside from the flour debacle, Anderson knew that the bakery needed to shift their business practices a bit to persevere through the pandemic. “We started offering curbside delivery, and we individually wrap items in the shop now,” she says. The bakery also started selling smaller cakes to coincide with smaller gatherings – elopement cakes instead of wedding cakes, for example – and regularly put together cookie decorating kits to keep children who are learning at home entertained. “Each month we do another theme, and we always sell out,” says Anderson. This quick thinking has kept the bakery afloat over the last year. “Really, it’s our community that keeps us going,” Anderson shares. “All of our customers swarmed in to buy treats for their loved ones, and many bought gift certificates to help us during the pandemic.” Though the team looks forward to the future when they can go back to spending their mask and hand sanitizer budget on food-related expenses again, they’re still appreciative of what they have. “People travel from all over to support our little bakery, and we are so grateful,” says Anderson. CS

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staple of the high school experience is the couples around you that always come and go – from picture-perfect prom dates to breakups in the hallway. While some high school relationships might burn out fast, others prove to be the real deal across the years. Here, we’re featuring six pairs of high school sweethearts who were built to last. BY ANNA HILL / PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICH SMITH

Trip & Chris Smith McCallie School & Girls Preparatory School Graduation Year: 1972 At Girls Preparatory School, if you aren’t dating anyone, it’s up to you to seek out a partner for a dance, and that’s exactly what Chris Smith – then Benz – decided to do. “One of my friends suggested I ask Trip – it was a ‘cold ask,’ because I wasn’t dating anyone at that time. I called him up, and he said he would go. Someone must have tipped him off that I was going to call, because he said yes without asking any questions!” she shares. Following that school dance, the rest is history. After attending college in different cities, Trip and Chris tied the knot, and after the birth of their third and youngest child, they circled back here to Chattanooga, where Trip owns The Lighting Gallery and Chris serves as the director of the School of Nursing at UTC and Chief Health Affairs Officer on campus. Throughout the years, the two of them have been each other’s rock. “Seriously,” Chris says. “Outside of my parents, brother, and sister, he is the one constant in my life that has not changed in 48 years.” A popular question that people ask married couples is, “When did you realize they were ‘the one’?” For Trip, that moment occurred sooner rather than later. “By the second date, it just felt right being with her,” he explains. As for Chris, she never had any doubts. “I never thought he wasn’t ‘the one,’” she says of her husband. “It all evolved very easily and naturally over time.” As time has gone by, the Smiths have learned a lot from each other and the bond that they’ve shared. Trip says that it’s really all about compromise. “We have never had a major disagreement. I think that is because we are willing to work through any issues before they became a problem,” he adds. Trip and Chris have not only learned a lot about each other, but about marriage in general. To younger couples, Chris advises, “If you are not committed to the work of a relationship, you won’t be successful.” According to her, a good relationship is more than just the honeymoon period; it’s compromise and working together, every day. Trip and Chris are a wonderful example of just that.




Mike & Becky Kirk Hixson High School Graduation Year: 1979 & 1980 For Mike Kirk, it was only natural for Hixson High School to play a major role in his life. He was one of five generations to graduate from Hixson High, and it was there that he met Becky, who’d eventually become his wife. “Mike played basketball, and I thought he was cool,” Becky remembers of their younger years at HHS. The two of them bonded over working together at a local fast food restaurant, and Becky fell in love not only with Mike, but with his fun-loving extended family too. “We were always with one another, and my family loved her,” says Mike. “By late spring of ‘83, I knew.” After Mike’s time in the military, the pair returned home to Hixson and began to settle down. Mike has spent the last 13 years directing operations in the local private school sector, and Becky has worked with the Tennessee Department of Human Services for over three decades. The couple



has two children, and now three grandchildren. “Seeing him become a ‘poppy’ to our grandkids has been the best,” Becky says of her husband. The Hixson community itself has been a big part of their relationship, as well as their lives in general. “Hixson has been our home, and that was where we wanted to put down our roots and raise our family,” says Becky. Mike has coached for various school and community sports for most of his adult life, and the pair has always been dedicated to raising their children in the spirit of community involvement and connecting with the area around them. “It’s great to know we’ll likely run into somebody we know as we’re out and about,” adds Mike. Reflecting on their marriage, these two certainly enjoy the view from their current vantage point. “A marriage is like the most terrifying, thrilling, satisfying ride you’ll ever be on,” Mike shares. Through the ups and downs of school, careers, and raising a family, they’ve always had each other to lean on. “A marriage takes time, effort, forgiveness, and love,” Becky explains. Through the good days and bad, their commitment to one another has remained a constant for nearly four decades.

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Heath & Ellie Austin Chattanooga Christian School Graduation Year: 2014 & 2015 High school theater can be a lot of things – a community, a creative outlet, a path to stardom – but for Heath and Ellie Austin, it turned out to be a matchmaker. When Ellie’s mother persuaded her to sign up for Chattanooga Christian School’s fall musical, Peter Pan, it just so happened that Heath was working behind the scenes on the tech crew. “It’s interesting because we didn’t actually meet face-to-face, just heard each other’s voices over the intercom,” Heath reveals about the beginning of their friendship-turned-relationship. As both of them stayed involved in the school theater program, their connection grew. Now that the Austins have tied the knot, they continue to stay involved with their alma mater. Heath and Ellie both work at CCS – Ellie as a theater teacher and director, and Heath as a photographer, videographer, and technical director for their theater productions. Heath says, “With our jobs, we can continue doing the thing that brought us



together in the first place. Even if that means painting a set at 10 o’clock at night, there’s no one I’d rather do it with.” When they’re not working, the duo has loved visiting new and old places together. “Some of my favorite memories include our first family vacations because we got to share memories and traditions,” Ellie explains. “I taught Heath how to ‘beach,’ and he showed me his favorite Disney World spots.” Even now, they look forward to going back to visit and create traditions of their own. Looking back, Heath and Ellie have found so much value in being together since their high school years. Having love and support during uncertain, transitional times in your life such as going to college, moving away from your parents’ house, and starting a career is something that Heath has deeply appreciated. “It’s so wonderful to have someone you love by your side through all of that,” he says. For Ellie, it’s the opportunity to watch each other grow and change that she cherishes. “We have been able to experience so much together, and we’ve watched each other go through challenges and triumphs that have shaped who we are,” she shares. “It makes me love and appreciate Heath even more, because I know what makes him who he is.”


E. Foster & Natalia Williams Brainerd High School Graduation Year: 1988 & 1989 According to Natalia Williams, when she first noticed E. Foster in the hallways between classes at Brainerd High School, she had to meet him. “On the way to my Spanish class, I’d seen E. Foster walking down the hall and said, ‘He walks with such distinctive confidence and swag.’ Not to mention, he was cute too,” Natalia remembers. “I knew he and a mutual friend, Dedric Bradley, were close, so I pestered Dedric until he finally introduced us.” Now, E. Foster and Natalia have been married for more than two decades. E. Foster has been a radio personality for over 25 years, and Natalia, who currently works for Cleveland State Community College, has a 25-year career in higher education. Prior to that, they both attended Middle Tennessee State University and were active in their Greek organizations, Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Kappa Alpha. According to E. Foster,

sharing their college experience is how he knew Natalia was always going to be his girl. “When she decided to come to MTSU instead of Memphis State, I knew she was the one,” he shares. The Williamses are both incredibly proud of their son, Errin, who’s currently a junior in college at his parents’ alma mater. For Natalia, one of the things she loves most about E. Foster is his bond with their son. “His awesome, loving relationship with our son is my favorite thing,” she says. “That, and his sense of humor. He constantly keeps me laughing!” Through the ups and downs, E. Foster and Natalia find joy in their relationship. They keep each other laughing, but they also love being with someone that understands them, through and through. “Something great about being with your high school sweetheart is that time works for you. She really knows who I am and what makes me tick,” E. Foster explains. Natalia also feels that deep appreciation for marrying her high school sweetheart. “I love understanding each other in ways that no one else can, and being able to recapture that feeling of youthful rebellion on a whim,” she says. “It keeps us young!”



Ben & Kaley Strawn Silverdale Baptist Academy Graduation Year: 2013 Sometimes, you have to break a few rules here and there for the greater good, and that’s exactly what Ben and Kaley Strawn did for their 10th grade Sadie Hawkins dance at Silverdale Baptist Academy. “Ben asked me to go to the dance with him because I was too shy and nervous to ask him, like all the girls were supposed to,” Kaley admits. “I’m really glad he broke the rules in this case.” Now that they’re adults, the Strawns treasure their bond and the fact that they’ve been together since they were teens. “We’ve basically grown up together, and that kind of relationship can’t be matched,” says Ben. Ben and Kaley both graduated from Lee University in 2017 and now enjoy life together in Cleveland along with their rescue dog, Harry. Outlets for creativity play a big part in their lives – outside of work, Ben loves to write and record music both under his own name and with



his band, naavi, and Kaley is a certified yoga instructor. They also love spending time together with their friends and their church community, The Mission Cleveland. Reflecting on their relationship, this couple emphasizes the importance of friendship as a bedrock. When it comes to finding a life partner, Kaley advises, “It’s really important to choose someone who is your friend. Romance comes and goes throughout a relationship, but having someone who is with you when things are hard and can make you laugh is so valuable.” Naturally, Ben is on the same page. “We truly are best friends,” he says. “As much as we both want alone time at points, our desire to be alone doesn’t last long because we just miss each other’s company.” Ultimately, Ben and Kaley know that being together over the years has shaped who they are as people, and for the better. About her husband, Kaley shares, “Ben is incredibly kind. He is so slow to anger and judge, and I’ve learned to be a much more understanding person from him.” As for Ben, he feels similarly. “I love pretty much everything about her, to be honest,” he says. “I wouldn’t be anywhere near the person I am today without her.”

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John & Amy Haddock Baylor School Graduation Year: 1997 John and Amy Haddock may have started dating after the prom in high school, but they’ve actually known each other since elementary school. “John and I met in the second grade,” Amy shares. “We were friends all the way through elementary school and built on that friendship through middle and high school at Baylor.” Though the two parted ways after high school, they always found themselves drawn back together, one way or another. It didn’t take long after college for both of them to realize they wanted to keep each other around for the long haul. Looking back, Amy remembers, “I had been in a few relationships through college and realized that John was a constant in my life.” The Haddocks started dating again in the summer of 2002 and were engaged at Thanksgiving a few months later. Now, the two of them are a true power couple. John is the CFO of Transcard and an organizing director for RockPoint Bank, while Amy recently resigned from Morgan Stanley to



focus exclusively on her thriving small business selling women’s fashion with Cabi. They also both give back to the school that brought them together by serving as the upper school chairs for the Baylor Annual Fund. John and Amy enjoy raising their three children on Signal Mountain, where both of them grew up. However, raising three children can get very busy, and they’ve realized the importance of dedicating time to each other as well. “We took a trip for our 10-year anniversary and decided then that we would make an effort to get away for at least a few days each year,” Amy explains. These getaways give them precious time to reconnect and refocus on each other. In recent years, John has realized that as they’ve grown, they’ve also grown more similar. “In many ways, we are opposites, but over time, I’ve picked up some of her traits and vice versa. In other areas, we balance each other out – a perfect match,” he says. Amy adds that she appreciates that they not only love each other, but share a great friendship as well. “I enjoy laughing with him. I love the fact that he knows the worst parts of me and the best parts of me and loves me just the same,” she says. CS


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he Appalachian Trail, often known simply as the A.T., is approximately 2,200 miles long – a distance that feels insurmountable to most. However, for these six intrepid hikers, it merely sounded like a challenge. Whether hiking the A.T. all at once or tackling it in sections, these local outdoor enthusiasts set out to conquer it. Read on for their recollections, stories, and advice from their time on the trail.




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CS: What got you into hiking? RP: It must be in the blood. I love trails. For the better part of seven decades, I have been walking them, running them, or backpacking on them. When you think about it, trails are also a metaphor for our life experiences: the paths we have chosen (or not chosen), the journeys we have walked, and the company we have kept along the way. CS: What was your favorite scenic spot or stretch of your hike? RP: My all-time favorite would have to be Max Patch summit, north of the Smokies. I love those forests in which I feel very much at home, but exiting the forest with a climb to one of the pristine “balds” on the trail is exhilarating. The 360-degree view of mountaintops in every direction is simply breathtaking. I remember well my first ascent to Max Patch on September 21, 1986, when we broke into singing “The Sound of Music.” I was captivated. CS: Biggest challenge you faced while on the A.T.? RP: Of all my enjoyable steps on the A.T., one of the very few that doesn’t fit that category was when I fell facefirst onto a rock and broke my nose. I was near a Pennsylvania state park, where a trail angel took me to the hospital to have it X-rayed. Fortunately, I was back on the trail the next day and backpacked 22 miles to catch up to my buddies. 64


CS: Where else in the world would you like to hike if you had the chance? RP: The A.T. was my springboard. I have been blessed to have experienced many trails in this country and beyond. I have hiked the John Muir Trail in California; segments of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Colorado Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail; most of the Long Trail in Vermont; much of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and the Via Francigena in

Italy. If I could have added to the list before old age announced its arrival, I would likely have chosen one of the classic treks in New Zealand. CS: What item in your pack could you not live without? RP: My cheese quesadillas. What a delicious dinner meal after a day on the trail! Cooking it in olive oil over my backpacking stove made me the envy of anyone around. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it.

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CS: What got you into hiking? AR: I fell into hiking through growing up in Knoxville and being so close to the Smokies. My earliest influencer is my grandfather – he built trails on his land for my brother and me in Ohio. When I was a little older, I had friends get me into backpacking when I was in college. I was specifically turned on to an A.T. thru-hike by having friends who did it years before I did. CS: What’s the longest stretch of the A.T. that you’ve done in one go? AR: I did the entirety of the A.T. in 2005, which in that year was 2,174 miles. I redid the first 550 miles of the trail a couple of years ago in 2019. I have also done numerous sections of the A.T. in between longer hikes elsewhere – and I’ve also thru-hiked the Art Loeb Trail, the John Muir Trail, and the Tahoe Rim Trail and backpacked in Alaska, Sweden, Germany, and Austria.



CS: What did you learn on your trip? What advice would you give to those who’d like to do it? AR: If you can get through the head game, you can accomplish anything. Accomplishing an A.T. thru-hike taught me I can get through anything if my head game is there. My advice would be not to overthink preparations. You figure out a lot as you go along. Something very useful about actually being on the trail is that the other hikers are always glad to give advice. Listen to your fellow hikers, digest what they tell you, and go from there. Also, “Hike your own hike.”

CS: Any interesting memories or stories from the trail? AR: Lots, but too many to name. My craziest day was summiting Mount Washington in a cloud with 120mph wind gusts. My hiking partner and I were crawling, and she was only two feet in front of me, but I still couldn’t see her. It was scary, but ultimately a thrilling experience. CS: What item in your pack could you not live without? AR: My stove. I have to have warm food at night. A lot of ultra-light backpackers have stopped bringing their stove for the sake of saving weight and lightening the load, but I just can’t do that.

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CS: What got you into hiking? AJ: When we were dating, we talked about how amazing it would be to thru-hike the A.T., but we never took the thought seriously. Three years later, Jennifer Pharr Davis came and spoke at our college chapel service. She used to hold the record for hiking the entire trail in 46 days. It was a few months later that I woke up in the middle of the night and had the clear thought: “We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail.” We wanted to go on this adventure to experience God, creation, and people in new and powerful ways. CS: Biggest challenge you faced while on the A.T.? BJ: The difficulty of the terrain. We knew the trail was no “footpath through the wilderness,” but it was definitely more challenging and technical than expected. The mountains are often tough to climb and the terrain can be treacherous, but we would take our time and push through these challenges. CS: What did you miss the most while hiking? BJ: “FOMO” was a reality. We often missed when celebrations or events were taking place back home, and we couldn’t be there. AJ: We also missed eating healthy foods! Since fruits and vegetables are heavy, we would not carry those. So, when we got to town and could eat a “real meal,” that was really nice. 68


CS: What did you learn on your trip? What advice would you give to those who’d like to do it? BJ: We learned that we could accomplish far more than we ever imagined, and that there is so much beauty in simplicity. AJ: Advice we would give – cherish every moment. We met some folks who were concerned about busting out big miles for no real reason except to say that they had. But

they were not enjoying themselves, at least not as much as they could have been. CS: What item in your pack could you not live without? BJ: Thank god for our tent – a lot of the shelters were full of mice. AJ: Trekking poles. So much of the terrain is extremely difficult, and the poles help balance and give stability in possibly dangerous situations.


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CS: What got you into hiking? EO: Back when I was an auditor and had to go out to California and Nevada for work trips, my manager insisted we stop on the way home and hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains. CS: Biggest challenge you faced while on the A.T.? EO: Five years ago, while doing the 100mile wilderness up in Maine – often considered the wildest and most challenging section of the trail to navigate – as well as Mount Katahdin, I piled up a litany of injuries. To be honest, I would still be out there if my friend Janet hadn’t shared her Aleve when I ran out of Advil.

CS: Any interesting memories or stories from the trail? EO: At the Hurd Brook lean-to in Maine, I was awakened at 3 a.m. by poles clicking on the rocks out on the trail. I got up to investigate and greeted Scott Jurek as he passed on his hike of the A.T., which ended up being recordsetting at that time. As for memorable scenery, I look fondly back on the White Mountains and Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire – the vistas from the rocky trail above the tree line were stunning.

CS: What item in your pack could you not live without? EO: Everything I brought with me was essential, but if I had to choose, I’d say The North Face Canyonlands tent I camped with. One of my favorite times of the day was to lie in my tent in the late afternoon, pleasantly exhausted, and look up at the sky and watch the moving clouds and leaves as my muscles tried to relax after a long day of trekking.

CS: What’s the longest stretch of the A.T. that you’ve done in one go? EO: I’m what people call a section hiker, as opposed to a thru-hiker. Right now, I’ve hiked about half of the trail, doing portions of it at a time. My longest section hike was two weeks. I went from Springer Mountain, the southern starting point of the trail in Georgia, to the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. Unfortunately, I had to leave the trail there due to a nasty bug I’d picked up.




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CS: What got you into hiking? JH: I was in Girl Scouts, and our troop was very active in hiking and camping, as we were close to the Smoky Mountains. My parents took our family every weekend in the summers to Norris Lake, and I was always outdoors swimming, skiing, or hiking. When I was older and after having raised a family, a friend of mine asked me to go hiking with him. He was interested in section hiking the A.T., so I tagged along with him and really fell in love with it. CS: What was your favorite scenic spot or stretch of your hike? JH: This is so hard to say, since so much of it is my favorite. Virginia was one of my favorite states – it has so many places that are just incredible, and the longest stretch of the A.T. runs through it. CS: What did you learn on your trip? What advice would you give to those who’d like to do it? JH: I am still hiking the trail with 242 miles to go, but I think that I learned that I am stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. At my tender age of 71, it is not very often that I run into women my age out hiking alone. I feel so confident and love the alone time in the woods to do as I please and to feel what I need. I would like to give other women my age the confidence to go out and do what you love and not



let others tell you that “you should not be doing this.” CS: Where else in the world would you love to hike if you had the chance? JH: In 2019, I, along with seven hiker friends, flew to Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago. We hiked all 500 miles of the trail in 29 days.

I will never forget it. Having said that, I dream of going back and walking the del Norte part of the Camino along the coastline. If this pandemic ever goes away, that is where I will be headed. CS: What item in your pack could you not live without? JH: My first aid kit and flashlight – and also wet wipes to clean up with. CS

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hen June and Jackson Wingfield found the perfect ranchstyle home on Lookout Mountain, it was almost too good to be true. The house had plenty of space, boasted views that were second to none, and was located close to their family. The home was even convenient to their church, and the Wingfields could walk with their family to services as one big group. After another individual swooped in and purchased the property, the Wingfields went back to the drawing board. But as fate would have it, after a year of the homeowner never moving in, the property was once again listed on the market – and this time it was the Wingfields who were the first to the table. “We had been in our old house for 40 years, and we really weren’t looking to leave. We felt we had genuinely found our forever home, but we were starting to run out of room,” explains June, who, with Jackson, has four children and 19 grandchildren. After a 15-month-long renovation led by Stuart Bickley of Rain Dance Property Solutions, the Wingfields had finally moved into their dream home – one that is special not because of the finishes or the views, but because it allows them to spend time with their family of 29 and foster those relationships.




After entering the Wingfield home, guests get an immediate sense of the deep-seated family history that runs throughout the house. The foyer quickly gives way to a formal sitting area that was intentionally designed to seat all of the adults while the kids play in other areas of the home. Two cream-colored sofas mirror one another, and an oval wooden coffee table rests in between. The seating arrangement is rounded out with a pair of blue barrel chairs to one end and two patterned armchairs on the other, which swivel around for prime mountaintop views. A gallery wall commands the room and pays homage to generations that have come and gone. Everything from portraits and baptism papers to wedding gowns and the Wingfield crest dot the wall and date back to the late 1800s. “My grandparents were immigrants from right outside of Istanbul, and I’ve got some of their Greek Bibles from the old country. Jackson’s grandparents were German, so we’ve got some German Bibles as well,” explains June. “We have a lot of old artifacts and pieces, and it’s important for our grandkids to see that. It’s important for them to know of the sacrifices that our families made decades ago.”



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Open to the family’s formal sitting room is the formal dining room. The goal here was to seat as many people as possible in one place, and while the table can’t quite seat 29, it still pulls its weight with 16 place settings. “Spending meals together is very important to us, and we try to eat together as often as time will allow,” says June. “Before the pandemic, we would get together at least once a week. We’re always doing a Sunday dinner or a brunch, or have a birthday or some milestone to celebrate.” History hasn’t been forgotten in this room, and two china hutches that have been passed down from Jackson’s grandparents sit in the back two corners of the room. June and Jackson Wingfield with their 19 grandchildren



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A large casing at one end of the dining room provides easy access to the kitchen and another dining space, which can seat eight. The table for eight, once belonging to Jackson’s parents, serves as home base when a smaller core group comes over for mealtime. The eat-in dining space is open to the kitchen, which seats another nine at its oversized island. This room trades the home’s traditional style for one much more contemporary with bright colors and clean lines. For June, the kitchen’s double ovens were a must, and the entire space prioritizes functionality over all else. Elements such as a galley sink workstation, stand mixer lift



shelf, and pop-up outlets allow her to have more time to focus on conversation, not cleanup. “Having a functional kitchen is important,” says June. “We have so many grandkids that we basically work in shifts. Occasionally, by the time the last group has had breakfast, the first group is ready for lunch, so we needed something that would work for us.” The white shaker-style cabinetry spills from one wall onto another. This design allows the children to get what they need from the refrigerator and use the adjacent drink station without getting in the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.


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Back on the other side of the main level near the home’s entry is the master suite. Pale blues, creams, and grays work together to create a soothing and tranquil atmosphere. This room is where June and Jackson set their intention for the day, often by delighting in conversation and early-morning reading as the sun rises over the valley. “It’s majestic in here in the mornings,” says June. “This view might be the best in the house, and we’ll have a cup of coffee and just visit.” Family heirlooms and childhood relics can be found throughout this room as well, which doubles down on its spa-like aesthetic with the en suite. Heated, marble hexagon tile provides subtle visual interest, while oversized cabinet towers run from the polished marble countertops to the ceiling and work to keep clutter out of sight.




Traveling back down the main thoroughfare, guests can access a staircase across from the kitchen that leads to the lower level of the split-level home. A stately stacked-stone fireplace runs from the floor to the ceiling and features a large painting of the Wingfields’ three boys.



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A blue quilted sectional seats eight, and other miscellaneous chairs dot the room. “The older kids mostly use this room,” explains June. “When we have everyone over, the adults will be visiting in the sitting room, while the teenagers are in this room playing video games and the younger kids are playing in another room. It’s almost like we have stations.”




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Walking even further into the house takes visitors past another play area – one outfitted with a pool table, arcade games, and even more entertainment – and into the wrapping room. “When you’ve got this big of a family, there’s always a birthday or a graduation or a holiday coming up. I like to have a good presentation when I give gifts, and I’m in the wrapping room at least once a week getting something ready,” says June. “It’s been very convenient to not have to drag all of my wrapping paper and ribbon out of a closet or the attic.” Adjacent to June’s wrapping room is a bunk room where the younger kids can spend the night in a space all their own. Polka-dotted pillows and sheets cover the room, which has enough sleeping space for at least six children. “The younger kids love this room,” says June. “It’s a fun place for them to be, and it’s like a little hideaway for them.” Regardless of where you are in the Wingfield home, one thing is for certain – family is not far away. “I wanted the kids to see that there are generations that had struggles and that it's not all easy and wonderful all the time,” says June. “Our grandparents came over from an old country. They got here, and it was tough, but you can persevere. If you work hard and be intentional, good things will come.” And indeed they have. The storied past of the Wingfield family has led to a life rich with family connection, and if these walls could talk, there’s no doubt they would have a lot to say. CS



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mber and Adam James loved their spacious home in McDonald, Tennessee, but with both of their jobs in the city, it wasn’t long before the drive started to take its toll. Add to the mix all the obligations of their two sons, and this family was always on the go. Once the Jameses decided to look for another place to put down roots, convenience was of the utmost importance. Working with the team at McCoy Homes, the Jameses were also in search of a home that would allow them to turn their hustle and bustle lifestyle into one rich with quality conversation and family time.

“We ended up picking this option based on location. It’s close to our kids’ school, and my mom is nearby, which is super convenient,” explains Amber. “We were having a hard time finding exactly what we wanted in the right place at the right price point, so we just decided to build it ourselves.” Approaching the James home, a modern farmhouse flair is immediately present. White board-and-batten siding pops against the dark matte gray hues of the roof and window frames. The front door, gable brackets, and columns provide a rustic touch and play off the tongue-and-groove ceiling of the porch, as well as the garage doors.




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Stepping inside, the farmhouse feel gives way to a style more transitional in nature. “I learned a lot through the building process. Before we started, I would have told you I loved the farmhouse aesthetic,” says Amber. “But as I started picking things out, some areas became more traditional. Some even swing a little more bohemian, and I ended up just filling my home with whatever I liked.” One such element can be found in the office – a space that has been a godsend with both Amber and Adam’s demanding jobs. In this room, the otherwise light and airy space is grounded with a statement wall complete with dark gray wainscoting. This matches a tufted office chair tucked under a desk in the middle of the room, while a leather armchair in the corner provides even more seating.

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Walking past the office carries visitors to the family’s more formal seating space. White wainscoting runs two-thirds of the way up the wall, and paired with two stately columns, it helps to define the space from the adjacent living room. A wooden table rests on a trellis rug and is surrounded by an array of seating options that range from a wooden bench to contemporary parsons chairs and traditional dining chairs. “We typically use this space at least once on the weekend. Even if it’s just the four of us, we’ll eat a meal over here, and for some reason, it feels a little more special,” says Amber. This space is also home to any Sunday suppers with extended family or special meals like those at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Open to the dining room is the living area, which is truly the heart of the home. “A lot of the time, we come in and we’re all doing dif-



ferent things,” says Amber. “When we’ve been away from each other all day, it’s nice for me to be able to be in the kitchen and still talk to the kids while they’re in here.” A sectional in the center of the room allows for plenty of seating for family and friends, while a brick wall at the front of the space houses a fireplace, streamlined wooden mantel, and flat-screen TV. “I don’t like a lot of bright colors and tend to prefer neutral tones,” explains Amber. “I want my home to feel cozy but clean.” The browns and grays that Amber is so fond of dot custom built-ins on either side of the fireplace, which draws the eye up toward a coffered ceiling that features rustic wooden beams and recessed lighting.

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The open floor plan that is such an integral part of this family-friendly home leads visitors into the kitchen and adjacent dining area. A walnutstained range hood mirrors the color found on the beams throughout the house, giving the room continuity. Four slat-back chairs are tucked under an island overhang and seat the Jameses for most of their weeknight meals. Marble countertops run throughout the space and tie the gray island cabinetry in with the simple white shaker cabinets found on the perimeter. Gray subway tiles and stainless-steel appliances match the room’s hardware and further contribute to the sleek and clean aesthetic of the space. An area to the left offers the perfect place to set up a buffet-style meal, making entertaining a breeze. “The kitchen and the size of the island really sold me on this house, and it’s been lovely to have,” says Amber. “I can be working on dinner, and Adam or the kids will sit right here and work on homework or just chat – there’s always more than enough room.”






Gray-stained oak floors carry guests from the kitchen down a hallway and to the master suite, which mimics the clean and cozy atmosphere of the rest of the home. A comfortable palette of neutrals washes over everything from the matching nightstands to the textiles to a chaise resting in the corner of the room. “We pretty much just use our bedroom to sleep in, but I do really enjoy our bathroom. There’s a lot of things I wanted, like a soaking tub and more space, that I have now with this room,” says Amber. Granite countertops run from one side of the room to the other and pull in the color of the cabinetry with their veining. Towers on each side provide plenty of storage and keep clutter out of sight, while his and hers vanities are bisected by a makeup area. “I didn’t think I would use the makeup vanity when I first saw it in the plans, but I decided to leave it, and I’m glad I did,” says Amber. “I sit and do my makeup every single day, and it’s one of those few times that I feel like I get a portion of my day to just sit and do something for me instead of for somebody else.”



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Perhaps the most engaging part of Amber and Adam’s master bathroom is the brick that cloaks the front of the room, mirroring the fireplace on the other side of the home. “At first, I was considering doing shiplap here, but that was one of the areas that Adam really put his foot down. He was pretty adamant about wanting the brick wall, and I’ve got to give it to him – I think it was the right call,” says Amber. On the opposite side of the room are the couple’s walk-in shower and footless soaking tub. Colors and patterns take a back seat in this part of the bathroom in order to let the accent wall shine and round out the spacious but inviting area.




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“We’ve honestly loved everything about this house, and I’m not sure I’d change a thing,” says Amber. “There’s plenty of room, it’s functional, and we love the open floor plan. Once the kids are out, we will likely downsize, but for now, we’re enjoying getting to spend more time as a family.” CS



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hen Jonathan Cutrell’s parents began thinking about where they wanted to put down roots when they retired, Chattanooga was an obvious choice. With family in the Scenic City, they enlisted the help of Jonathan and his wife Lauren to help find the perfect property, but that was easier said than done. “They were having trouble finding a house they liked in a good location, so I said to them, ‘What if we take one of those things out of the equation and find a place you like first?’” says Jonathan. After looking at lot after lot, the Cutrells stumbled across some property located right on the very same airport where they were renting a hangar for their Cessna 182. “We had already moved once to be closer to the airplane because we wanted to spend more time flying with family, so we began entertaining the idea of building a home on that lot,” says Jonathan. “My parents ended up deciding that building a house wasn’t what they wanted to do and told us to get the property.” After 10 months of constructing a home that suited the needs of their family of four, the Cutrells made the move one warm summer weekend.




For the Cutrells, a modern farmhouse aesthetic provides a light and airy feel that they love, but one they haven’t necessarily always had, so they made sure to incorporate those elements in the design of their new home. “We had been in our last house for about two years. Although we really liked it, something about it didn’t feel like our forever home,” says Lauren. “We didn’t have a lot of windows, and there were no vaulted ceilings. I think that lack of brightness contributed to that.” In contrast, their current home immediately conveys a warm and inviting atmosphere with white board-and-batten siding that is dotted with the black accents that are so characteristic of the farmhouse style.



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After stepping inside, guests can gain easy access to the family’s formal dining room to the right. White paint and a shiplap accent wall work with two large windows to keep the room bright, and a wooden dining table rests in the center. Each side features a bench, while tufted cream-colored parsons chairs sit at the heads. Hanging overhead is a piece that holds a special place in the Cutrells’ hearts. “My dad and I made that piece to go over the altar when Jonathan and I got married,” explains Lauren. “It sort of started a tradition, and we’ve carried it with us and installed it at every house we’ve lived in since then.” Moving further into the heart of the home takes guests into the kitchen. Quartz countertops cloak the entire space, and subtle gray



veining in the island makes a nice transition from the whites that dominate the room to the black accents found in the hardware, lighting, and backless barstools. “We had a big island in our last house, and we knew we wanted to keep that, but we wanted to make it even cooler and do the waterfall edge,” says Lauren. To the left of the kitchen, there’s a small eat-in area that can seat six, and a standing bar makes entertaining or watching the kids while working a breeze. Just behind the kitchen is a walk-through sunroom, which has been one of the family’s favorite spaces. What is now often home to an array of toys will be transformed into a luxurious seating area where Jonathan and Lauren can relax and watch planes come and go once the children are older.

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Just steps away from the kitchen is the home’s great room. Here a fireplace – which was one of Lauren’s must-haves – transitions from white brick to a shiplap accent that stretches to the ceiling and provides continuity with the dining room. Bisected with a thick birch mantel, the fireplace adds to the cozy feeling of this room, which features neutral colors and natural woods. A gray couch and matching rocking chair are combined with a chesterfield sofa, giving the Cutrells plenty of space to spread out. When the weather’s nice, however, you won’t find the Cutrells in here. Instead, you’ll likely find them in the adjacent space – a porch that features both open-air and screened-in components. A double-sided fireplace connects the two areas, one of which houses a small picnic table, while the other space features even more seating and a hanging daybed.



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Back inside, the light hickory hardwoods, which were chosen for their ability to further brighten the space, lead past the living room and down a hallway to the master suite. “Since we came from a house that had basically one ceiling height, we wanted to play with the dimensions in here and let it add some interest,” says Jonathan. “We designed this room with a shed ceiling and stepped away from the farmhouse style a little bit, especially by using the skylights.” At one end of the room, the Cutrells capitalized on the quietness of this wing of the home and created a workspace. With a large window in between the two desks, Lauren and Jonathan



are able to take a conference call while enjoying planes scurrying down the runway. The other side of the room grants access to the couple’s bathroom, which mimics many of the design elements used throughout the rest of the home. A shiplap accent wall once again provides a bit of visual interest, and the same quartz countertops used for the kitchen island can be found covering the vanities in this room. Large matte black hexagon tiles transition to smaller penny tiles in the shower, which is encapsulated with simple white subway tiles. A rain shower head hangs overhead, while a footless freestanding tub just to the right provides another optimum place to relax.

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On the back side of the house is another place where the Cutrells spend a lot of their time. Despite the house being on a runway, the lack of cars and access for outsiders makes the tarmac a great place for the kids to play and ride bikes if being supervised, and the Cutrells make a point to take a family walk down the taxiway when the weather is nice. The space also provides direct access to the family’s hangar, which is attached to the house for ease of use – something that was top-of-mind for Jonathan, since spending more time flying with his father was a main motivator for building the house. “We did a lot of research when we were evaluating this, and there’s only a handful of homes in the country where the hangar is actually part of the home,” says Lauren. “We were trying to be very intentional about designing spaces specifically for our hobbies and not just cramming them in another room somewhere.” Whether it’s taking to the skies, recording a podcast, or watching a movie, the Cutrells are all-in with everything they do, and being able to do it as a family makes the experience just a little bit sweeter. CS



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f you were to ask Lynda Watson’s family and friends if she is afraid of change, they would tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth. With an affinity for decorating and designing, Watson is always rearranging her home – or buying an entirely new one, for that matter. “I enjoy construction and have a tendency to want to remodel things. Every three or four years, I’d find a home I loved, and my husband and I would gut and remodel it. He let me do it because he knew it brought me joy,” says Watson. “After he passed away, I decided to look for another place that would be better for me as I got older. I have friends in this community, and it’s been really good for me.”




Watson’s home is a quaint one-story condo, but just because it is modest in size doesn’t mean it lacks style and personality. From the moment guests step inside, they are instantly greeted with the home’s vibrant character. Quatrefoil wallpaper wraps the foyer, and a sophisticated black and gold table matches the mirror that hangs just above. Stepping through the threshold takes guests into the main living space. A built-in bar area is immediately on the left and houses an array of crystal, which Watson adores for its simplicity. Two red velvet sofas, each able to seat two people, dominate the room and are paired with two cream-colored ottomans for an engaging arrangement. A set of antique armchairs rests in front of a small wooden table that features a bonsai tree illuminated by warm lamplight. “My style is very eclectic,” says Watson. “I like a little bit of everything. I enjoy traditional and oriental décor, but I also really like some contemporary and modern pieces.” In general, Watson’s collection of furniture and décor has been decades in the making, and often comes from antique stores, markets, auctions, and travels to places near and far. But one thing’s for sure – nearly every piece has a story to tell. One such piece is a one-of-a-kind monkey lamp nicknamed Bernie after the auction house it came from.



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“My girlfriends and I went to an auction one year, and my friend Wanda bought this lamp because no one was bidding on it. The auction house was glad to see it go, but when we arrived home, her husband was waiting for her in the driveway. She said to me, ‘Jim is going to kill me if I get that out of the car,’ so I agreed to buy it from her,” recalls Watson. “I put it on a stand and got him a new shade. Now all of my kids and grandkids want Bernie, and Wanda even tried to buy him back, but I’m not giving him up.” Next to the heart of the living room is Watson’s desk, which also unfolds and doubles as her dining room table when she has guests over. A unique printed bonnet chair is tucked underneath and exudes a powerful presence. A fireplace at one end of the room contributes to the cozy and comfortable atmosphere, and on the mantel sits another piece near and dear to Watson’s heart. “A really good friend of mine, Barbra Cain, painted this from a picture she had taken when she was a bride living in Germany during World War II,” says Watson.






Three square pass-throughs connect the home’s living room to its kitchen. Here, simple and elegant shaker-style cabinetry stretches to the room’s ceiling and is outfitted with champagne gold fixtures that Watson loves for their warmth. Further contributing to the homey atmosphere are quartz countertops that run the perimeter of the room and feature an array of creams and browns. A small round table sits in front of an elegant bay window and is bookended by two Queen Anne chairs. “I love the size of my kitchen. It’s perfect for me,” says Watson. “It’s small enough to get around in without feeling like I’m running all over the place, but I can still easily serve a meal buffet-style when I have company.”




Stepping further into the home, visitors gain access to the master suite. The neutral cream-colored walls seen throughout the rest of the house are traded here for a greenish-gray, a color Watson notes is one of her favorites. “There’s just something so soft and soothing about this color,” says Watson. “Also, I always paint my ceilings because it really makes the crown molding pop. When your ceilings are white, you can’t see the beauty and elegance of the craftsmanship as well.” In addition to sleeping in this room, Watson frequently comes in here to read, and a small sofa draped in lush blankets is tucked into a corner for her to sit on should she wish. “I layer furniture like most people layer clothes, and this room is no exception,” says Watson. “When you find yourself in a small place and you have so many pieces with amazing stories and memories tied to them, you have to get creative.”



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Stepping into the bathroom, guests will find the same warm quartz countertops that are seen in the kitchen, and marble-mimicking porcelain tile cloaks the floor and shower walls. This entire space is airy and bright and doubles down on the bedroom’s soothing nature.




Whether Watson is reading in her bedroom, having her morning coffee in the living room, or enjoying a glass of wine and a TV show in the den, every space in her home has been thoughtfully curated for the task at hand. “When you only have this much space, you really end up using every square foot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be intentional,” says Watson. Regardless if she is having family over for a meal or entertaining her friends, who have nicknamed themselves The Fab Five, good times are sure to be had by all, and at least one person will remark, “What have you moved this time?” CS



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Independent Schools Baylor School 171 Baylor School Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37405 p: 423.267.5902 f: 423.757.2525 Founded: 1893 Grades: 6th-12th

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to prepare students for admission to the college preparatory high school of their choice. Small class sizes allow for individual attention and the opportunity to excel. The school also offers year-round childcare for infants, ages six weeks through Pre-K4. BCA is fully accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation and AdvancED. Sports opportunities include volleyball, soccer, basketball, and cross-country. Students may also participate in extracurricular activities such as taekwondo, gymnastics, soccer/ sports instruction, piano, voice lessons, and after-school art classes.

Total students: 1,040 Avg. class size: 15 Religious affiliation: At Baylor, faith is central to every person’s life, and the study of religion is an essential part of a complete education. The school welcomes and respects all faiths. Tuition: $27,255 day tuition | $55,500 boarding domestic | $59,580 boarding international Uniforms: Yes

Baylor School is one of the country’s leading coeducational college prep schools, and its athletic program was recently ranked the third best overall in the nation by MaxPreps. Baylor is committed to providing students and faculty with the best instructional resources, including a $15 million academic center and the same cancer research equipment that is found in professional labs. A recent graduating class earned more than $15 million in college scholarships, and more than 100 alumni are currently playing their sport at the collegiate level.

Berean Academy 441 Berean Ln. Hixson, TN 37343 p: 423.877.1288 f: 423.875.5965 Founded: 1972 Grades: K3-12th Total students: 310 Avg. class size: 18 Religious affiliation: Baptist Tuition: Call for rates. Uniforms: Dress code

Berean Academy exists to glorify God by challenging students to follow Jesus Christ and educating them in the wisdom of God as it applies academically, spiritually, and socially.

Boyd Buchanan School offers a loving, Christ-centered environment, fully nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical potential of each student while preparing them to walk with the Master and embrace life’s challenges with joy, courage, and wisdom. The school is committed to offering young people a source of truth, strength, and vision for today’s changing world and strives to guide students toward possessing the heart and spirit of Jesus. Located on 58 beautiful acres, Boyd Buchanan provides a well-rounded college preparatory educational environment that promotes academic excellence, innovation, technology, fine arts, engineering, and a legacy of success in athletics.

Belvoir Christian Academy

Uniforms: Yes

Brainerd Baptist School is an independent Christian school that offers a challenging curriculum through which teachers instill a love of learning in their students. BBS offers a robust fine arts program, innovative technology, and a strong athletic program. Graduates routinely excel at the best middle and high schools in Chattanooga.

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800 Belvoir Ave.

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Chattanooga, TN 37412 p: 423.622.3755

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Chattanooga, TN 37411

300 Brookfield Ave.

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Chattanooga, TN 37411

Founded: 1887

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Founded: 1913

Grades: Infants-8th

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Grades: JPK (age 3)-5th

Total students: 200

Founded: 1952

Total students: 350

Avg. class size: 11

Grades: PK3-12th

Avg. class size: 12 (JPK) and 14 (PK-5th)

Religious affiliation: Christian (Lutheran)

Total students: 1,015

Founded: 1953

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Avg. class size: 14

Grades: PK3-5th

Religious affiliation: The Bright School is not religiously affiliated, and it welcomes all faiths and religions.

Religious affiliation: Christian

Total students: 300

Tuition: $9,500 K-5th | $10,900 6th-8th | $12,000 9th–11th | $12,200 12th

Avg. class size: 13

Tuition: $5,800 JPK, 3-day | $8,100 JPK, 5-day | $11,691 PK | $16,866 K-5th

Religious affiliation: Christian (nondenominational)

Uniforms: Yes, for PK-5th; JPK does not wear uniforms

Uniforms: Yes, for K-middle

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The Bright School is committed to providing a developmentally appropriate elementary experience for children in a safe and nurturing environment. The Bright School strives to develop young learners through discovery, exploration, and play. Children learn in a stimulating setting where they are encouraged to think, solve problems independently, and collaborate with peers to reach their greatest potential. The Bright School works to build a firm foundation in reading, writing, and math that will sustain students through their educational journeys.

Girls Preparatory School 205 Island Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37405 p: 423.634.7644 f: 423.634.7643 Founded: 1906 Grades: 6th-12th

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Total students: 540

4601 North Ter.

Avg. class size: 14

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Religious affiliation: Founded on Christian principles, GPS embraces individuals of all faiths and encourages spiritual awareness and growth as an integral part of the GPS experience.

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Tuition: $26,772 Middle School | $27,988 Upper School Founded: 1976

Uniforms: Yes

Grades: K3-12th

A day school for girls grades six through 12, Girls Preparatory School is where everything begins and ends with what is best for girls. With more than 114 years of experience, GPS is the only independent school in the area offering a curriculum and program intentionally and thoughtfully designed for girls. As students at GPS, girls grow in intellectual curiosity, honor individuality, learn to share their opinions with confidence, and discover the strength within them to change the world.

Total students: 35 Avg. class size: 9-15 Religious affiliation: Independent Baptist Tuition: $4,000 K3-K4 | $4,500 K5-12th Uniforms: Yes

For more than 40 years, Calvary Christian School (CCS) has educated children from a biblical point of view. Children are taught by highly qualified, spiritual teachers and enjoy a low student-teacher ratio. CCS places a strong emphasis on patriotism, discipline, and moral values. The school is affiliated with the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools, and it is an accreditation candidate with the National Association of Private Schools.

Chattanooga Christian School

Uniforms: Yes

Founded: 1892

Chattanooga Christian School (CCS) is a PreSchool-12th grade day school on 55 acres at the foot of Lookout Mountain. CCS has been serving Christian families in the Chattanooga area for over 50 years. The new, state-of-the-art high school science labs, new lower school building with a large STEM room, and new student spaces provide environments for building strong relationships between teachers and students. CCS is committed to meeting students at their point of need and helping them reach the peak of their God-given potential.

Grades: Early Childhood Education Center (3-5 years)-12th

3354 Charger Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37409 p: 423.265.6411 f: 423.756.4044

Collegedale Academy

Collegedale Academy

Founded: 1970

4855 College Dr. E. (high)

Grades: PK-12th

4856 College Dr. E. (middle)

Total students: 1,320

4820 University Dr. (elementary)

Avg. class size: 15-20

Collegedale, TN 37315

Religious affiliation: Christian (interdenominational)

p: 423.396.3020 (middle)

Tuition: $13,300 PreSchool 2-year-olds (fulltime, 5-day) | $6,850 PK 3-5-year-olds (3-day) | $9,750 PK 3-5-year-olds (5-day) | $11,250 elementary | $12,800 middle | $15,150 high



p: 423.396.2124 (high) p: 423.396.2122 (elementary)

Total students: 690 Avg. class size: 20 Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist Tuition: $6,200 ECEC SDA, $8,350 non-SDA (full-time, part-time rates also available) | $5,600 K-5th constituent, $8,350 nonconstituent | $6,600 6th-8th constituent, $9,350 non-constituent | $10,150 9th-12th constituent, $12,900 non-constituent Uniforms: Yes

Collegedale Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist school established to educate, equip, and inspire students to be critical thinkers who serve others and reflect Christ’s character. Through the blend of spiritual and academic growth activities and classes, along with a wide variety of learning experiences including classroom worship, mission trips, community service projects, fine arts (orchestra, band, choir, art), athletic activities, and dual enrollment classes, students are afforded many opportunities. CA’s pursuit of academic rigor includes fair and robust academic standards integrated with relevant technology. The students and families at CA have the opportunity to bond, both spiritually and personally, all while obtaining a strong academic foundation.

The Goddard School 17 W. Bell Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37405 p: 423.382.2525 f: 423.541.6471 Founded: 2020 Grades: 6 weeks-kindergarten Total students: 136 Avg. class size: 15 Religious affiliation: None Tuition: $1,050-$1,500 Uniforms: Yes, for PreK-kindergarten

The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers also collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident, and joyful learners. The school offers


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ship with Jesus Christ and provide a highquality, preparatory academic foundation through creative learning. HVCS is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.


Lester Coon Adventist School

Lester Coon Adventist School 11429 Bates Rd. Apison, TN 37302 p: 423.236.4926 f: 423.236.5677 Founded: 1977 Grades: K-8th Total students: 50 Avg. class size: 13 Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist Tuition: Approx. $500/month Uniforms: No

classes for infants through kindergarten, with programs and enrichments such as Kindermusic, Yogaroos Yoga, Time to Sign, Student Lead STEM, and Fitness Focus.

an excellent educational program. Creating high levels of student engagement is a priority, using appropriate curriculum and creative methods in a supportive, safe, and wholesome environment. The total educational experience at Grace enables students to recognize their learning styles, discover abilities and talents, and pursue God’s design for their lives with the gifts He has given them.

Colleges and Schools (Cognia/AdvancED) and the Association of Christian Schools International, as well as certified by the Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students. It does not discriminate on the basis of biological sex, age, race, national/ethnic origin, faith, or physical disability when determining the qualification of an applicant for enrollment.

Lester Coon Adventist School is a small school in a rural setting. At LCA, students grow “wholistically” by studying God’s Word and His works in a multi-age environment where outdoor learning experiences are prioritized. Involvement of families in the educational experience is encouraged.

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Grace Baptist Academy

500 Dodds Ave.

Mailing address: 7815 Shallowford Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37404

Chattanooga, TN 37421

p: 423.493.5631

Current location: Morris Hill Baptist Church p: 423.892.8224 f: 423.892.1194

Hickory Valley Christian School

f: 423.493.5426

5455 North Ter.

6605 Shallowford Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Founded: 1905

Founded: 1985

p: 423.894.0597

p: 423.894.3200

Grades: 6th-12th

Grades: PK4-12th; Grace Children’s Center: ages 2 months-4 years

f: 866.567.0892

f: 423.894.8665

Total students: 938

Total students: 575 Avg. class size: 15 Religious affiliation: Baptist Tuition: $9,150 PK4 | $9,550 K-5th | $11,150 6th-8th | $12,250 9th-12th Uniforms: Yes

A school where God changes hearts, minds, and futures, Grace has partnered with Christian parents since 1985. The academy’s goal is to see students trained to think and live biblically in order to transform their world. With over 1,200 graduates having attended more than 100 colleges and universities, Grace provides


Hamilton Heights Christian Academy


Avg. class size: 14

Religious affiliation: Christian (nondenominational)

Founded: 1998 Grades: 9th-12th Total students: 60 Avg. class size: 14 Religious affiliation: Nondenominational Tuition: $6,800 Uniforms: Dress code

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (HHCA) was founded to offer a unique educational opportunity for secondary high school students at an affordable tuition rate. HHCA is nationally and regionally accredited by the Southern Association of

Founded: 1980 Grades: PK3-5th Total students: 110 Avg. class size: 12 Religious affiliation: Nondenominational Christian; accepts students of other faiths Tuition: $5,400-$8,450 (varies by age and hours) Uniforms: Yes, for 1st-5th

Hickory Valley Christian School exists to help families develop strong foundations for their children. Its mission is to lead students toward a life-changing relation-

Tuition (as of 2020-21): $29,900 day (6th-12th) | $56,940 boarding (9th-12th) Uniforms: Dress code

McCallie School is dedicated to preparing young men to make a positive difference in their world. By fostering boys’ intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional development, the school seeks to inspire and motivate them to strive for excellence, seek truth, live honorably, act responsibly, and help others.

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Independent Schools Avg. class size: 14 Religious affiliation: Baptist Tuition: $2,450-$6,850 (varies by grade) Uniforms: Yes, for 1st-12th

Uniting a passion for Christ with excellence in academics, OCA is a standards-driven school, embracing a solid Christian curriculum to achieve its goal of a biblical worldview. Students participate in weekly chapel programs and have extensions opportunities, as well as fine arts and sports. Students in grades 10-12 have an opportunity for dual enrollment classes through Truett University at no additional cost to parents. OCA is fully accredited by American Association of Christian Schools, Georgia Association of Christian Schools, North American Christian School Accrediting Agency, National Council of Private School Accreditation, and Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

Chattanooga Christian School

Avg. class size: 16 Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic Tuition: $13,499 Catholic students (includes fees and books) | $17,729 non-Catholic students (includes fees and books)

The Montessori School

Uniforms: Yes

300 Montessori Way

Notre Dame High School remains the only Catholic, coed, college preparatory high school in Chattanooga open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With its diverse population and curriculum, Notre Dame graduates are prepared – academically, spiritually, and ethically – for the wealth of postsecondary opportunities that await them.

Chattanooga, TN 37404 p: 423.622.6366 f: 423.622.6027 Founded: 1973 Grades: 3 months-6th grade

Oakwood Christian Academy 113 Oakwood St. Chickamauga, GA 30707 p: 706.375.7247 f: 706.375.5216

Ooltewah Adventist School 9209 Amos Rd. Ooltewah, TN 37363 p: 423.238.4449 f: 423.238.4577

Founded: 1992

Founded: 1978

Grades: PK3-12th

Grades: K-8th

Total students: 300+

Total students: 120

Total students: 215 Avg. class size: 14-24 Religious affiliation: None Tuition: $7,200-$9,500 Uniforms: No

The Montessori School is dedicated to a model of learning that recognizes children as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of their best learning in a thoughtfully prepared environment. The school’s mission is to promote independent learning, support emotional growth, and embrace differences using the Montessori approach.

Notre Dame High School 2701 Vermont Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404 p: 423.624.4618 f: 423.624.4621 Founded: 1876 Grades: 9th-12th Total students: 400



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A NEW PLACE – A NEW GRACE! On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, Grace Academy was struck by a category 3 tornado, causing catastrophic damage - 15 structures and over 148,000 sq. ft. were lost. Since then, our campus has been through an exhaustive analysis and redesign process and will be rebuilt to provide improved and expanded educational programs. However, you do not have to wait for completed facilities to experience a transformative education. Take the opportunity now to get in on the ground floor of a changing school with time-tested values. Our vision is to see God transform hearts, minds and futures for many years to come… because your children were born to live somewhere forever!

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Independent Schools Avg. class size: 17 Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist Tuition: $4,550-$6,130 (varies by grade) Uniforms: Yes

Ooltewah Adventist School (OAKS) is a Christian organization that seeks to inspire its students to think deeply, live fully, serve unselfishly, and love God completely. OAKS is a great place to grow with God!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

through its faith-based education program. Beginning in PreK3 and going through 8th grade, students are active participants in a joyful learning environment. Through the support of a nurturing community, students engage in a comprehensive core curriculum designed to encourage critical thinking and creativity across concepts. OLPH educators believe that a classic curriculum of science, math, English, and the arts is enhanced through a thorough understanding of technology and how to use it as a tool to enhance multidimensional thinking and problem-solving skills.

p: 423.622.1481

Primrose School of East Brainerd & Hixson

f: 423.622.2016

East Brainerd

505 S. Moore Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37412

1619 Gunbarrel Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Founded: 1937

p: 423.499.5584

Grades: Infants-PK

Uniforms: Yes

Avg. class size: 8-20

Shenandoah Baptist Academy features incredible teachers, a challenging curriculum, outstanding athletics, and exciting mission opportunities. The rigorous academic curriculum is taught through a biblical worldview in a rich, nurturing community of teachers, coaches, mentors, and peers all passionate about serving Christ.

Religious affiliation: None Tuition: Varies by classroom and full- or part-time Uniforms: Yes, for PK only

Primrose Schools® is an educationally based preschool that blends accredited teacherdirected curriculum with a child-initiated approach called Balanced Learning®. The school combines the best of both philosophies. Primrose School lets the particular interests of each child serve as the springboard to healthy social, emotional, physical, and academic development, while teachers guide students to selfassurance and prepare them for lifelong academic and social success.

Chattanooga, TN 37411 p: 423.698.8528 f: 423.698.8520

Shenandoah Baptist Academy

Grades: PK3-8th

f: 423.499.9846

138 Osment Rd. SE

Cleveland, TN 37323

Avg. class size: 15

p: 423.339.0992

Religious affiliation: Catholic


f: 423.790.5451

Tuition: $3,500-$5,500 PK3-4 | $7,798 Catholic K-8th | $10,219 non-Catholic K-8th

5170 Preschool Ln.

Hixson, TN 37343

p: 423.870.4840

Founded: 1999

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) prepares its students to live in an ever-changing society. OLPH strives for its students to become thoughtful, productive, and compassionate future citizens

Signal Centers 109 N. Germantown Rd.

Total students: 265

Uniforms: Yes

Tuition: $4,380

Total students: 100+

f: 423.870.9447

Grades: K3-12th

Total students: 110

Avg. class size: 10

Founded: East Brainerd: 1993 | Hixson: 1994

Religious affiliation: Baptist Founded: 1957 Grades: 6 weeks-5 years Total students: 120 Avg. class size: 12 Religious affiliation: None Tuition: Call for rates. Uniforms: No

The Chattanooga Children’s Program serves both typically developing children and those with disabilities/special needs. Low student-to-teacher ratios are maintained, thus enabling individualized attention.

Silverdale Baptist Academy

Signal Mountain Christian School 808 Key-Hulse Rd. Signal Mountain, TN 37377 p: 423.886.1115 Founded: 1998 Grades: K-5th Total students: 100 Avg. class size: 10 Religious affiliation: Nondenominational Tuition: $6,400 K-2nd | $6,850 3rd-5th Uniforms: Yes

Signal Mountain Christian School (SMCS) partners with Christian families to shape the hearts and equip the minds of their children to be doers of God’s word. You will find an emphasis on challenging academics and hands-on learning in a natural setting that is inspired by Charlotte Mason.




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Skyuka Hall 5600 Brainerd Rd., Ste. A-24 Chattanooga, TN 37411 p: 423.877.9711 f: 423.876.0398 Founded: 1966 Grades: K-12th Total students: 120 Avg. class size: 10 Religious affiliation: None Tuition: $16,300 lower school | $17,990 upper school Uniforms: Yes

Skyuka Hall is an SAIS and AdvancED accredited independent school dedicated to providing a positive learning experience for students with learning differences. Skyuka graduated its first class in 2020. Skyuka Hall offers a small student-teacher ratio, and learning specialists design and personalize curriculum for each student. The mission of academic, physical, and spiritual growth allows each student to graduate with confidence and conviction. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

St. Jude School 930 Ashland Ter. Chattanooga, TN 37415 p: 423.877.6022 f: 423.875.8920 Founded: 1960 Grades: PK3-8th Total students: 296 Avg. class size: 14 Religious affiliation: Catholic Tuition: $5,300 in-parish Catholic | $7,298 out-ofparish Catholic | $10,219 non-Catholic students Uniforms: Yes

Guided by God, St. Jude School strives to provide academic excellence in an environment that embraces the Catholic values of spirituality and service. St. Jude School’s strong core curriculum, dedicated faculty, extracurricular activities, enthusiastic parental involvement, and most importantly, ability to serve and honor God, make it unique. At St. Jude School, students learn, pray, and play.

St. Nicholas School 7525 Min Tom Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37421

Silverdale Baptist Academy 7236 Bonny Oaks Dr.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School 290 Quintard Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37421

Siskin Early Learning Center

p: 423.892.2319

1101 Carter St.

f: 423.648.7600 Founded: 1999 Grades: PK-12th Total students: 1,100 Avg. class size: 17 Religious affiliation: Baptist

Sewanee, TN 37375 p: 931.598.5651

Chattanooga, TN 37402

p: 423.648.1760

Founded: 1868

f: 423.648.1780

Grades: 6th-12th

Total students: 240

Avg. class size: 15

Founded: 1950

Religious affiliation: Episcopal

Grades: 6 weeks-5 years

Tuition: $20,300 middle (day) | $20,900 upper (day) | $49,980 boarding

Total students: 170

Tuition: $9,784 elementary | $11,375 middle | $12,237 high

Avg. class size: 12

Uniforms: No

Religious affiliation: None

Uniforms: Yes

Tuition: Contact for rates.

Silverdale Baptist Academy is a Christcentered college preparatory academy. The school’s mission is to partner with families in providing an environment of academic excellence through a biblical worldview. Silverdale is a member of TSSAA and is an ASCI Exemplary Accredited institution. Silverdale Baptist Academy also provides students with learning challenges and opportunities to flourish with its Specialized Academics Department.

At Siskin Early Learning Center, children of all abilities grow and develop to their full potential by engaging in developmentally appropriate activities. Children are exposed to multiple instructional approaches while interacting with peers and building relationships with others in an inclusive environment. A comprehensive team of educators and therapists use an integrated routine-based teaching model.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, co-educational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school located on a beautiful and historic 550-acre campus, where students enjoy abundant opportunities for outdoor education and adventure. At SAS, students from across the country and around the world are challenged to fulfill their greatest potential while cultivating lives of balance and joy. Thanks to a close relationship with the neighboring University of the South, qualified students are able to take university courses for free and for credit.



Uniforms: No

p: 423.899.1999 f: 423.899.0109 Founded: 1958 Grades: PK–5th Total students: 170 Avg. class size: 10-16 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Tuition: Varies by grade; financial assistance available. Uniforms: No

Located on a wooded, 24-acre campus in the East Brainerd community, St. Nicholas has an outdoor swimming pool, sports fields, five playgrounds, and a nature trail. It is an independent Episcopal school for students in preschool through 5th grade. Founded in 1958 as a neighborhood kindergarten at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Nicholas has grown into a unique educational community of cottage-based classrooms that provides focused settings for integrated learning. The Early Learning Center offers a nature-based program that gives preschoolers and kindergartners a strong educational foundation. The curriculum focuses on hands-on learning and builds problem-solving, collaboration, and






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Independent Schools Religious affiliation: Christian (interdenominational) Tuition: $8,150 K | $8,960 1st-5th | $9,170 6th8th | $9,390 9th-12th Uniforms: Yes

Tennessee Christian Preparatory School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2015), AdvancED accredited, coeducational school offering a strong college preparatory academic program. Located in Cleveland, Tennessee, TCPS integrates a Christ-centered curriculum into the daily life of students of all denominations and beliefs.

United Christian Academy McCallie School

2200 Peerless Rd. NW Cleveland, TN 37311 p: 423.478.2500 f: 423.479.8847

creative thinking skills. St. Nicholas School offers after-school enrichments, a woodworking program, Spanish, and year-round gardening programs. St. Nicholas nurtures the whole child, integrating spiritual, artistic, and physical development.

music, foreign language, technology, outdoor experiences, and athletics into the learning experience. Located on 12 acres, the campus facilities include large classrooms, an art studio, a music conservatory, a science lab, playgrounds, a large sports field and track, a chapel, and an organic garden.

Founded: 2003 Grades: K3-12th Total students: 110 Avg. class size: 10 Religious affiliation: Nondenominational

Tennessee Christian Preparatory School 4100 Stephens Rd. NE Cleveland, TN 37312 p: 423.559.8939 f: 423.559.8944

St. Peter’s Episcopal School 848 Ashland Ter. Chattanooga, TN 37415 p: 423.870.1794 f: 423.877.2604 Founded: 1964 Grades: PK-5th Total students: 200 Avg. class size: 14 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Tuition: $6,345-$13,260 Uniforms: Yes

St. Peter’s Episcopal School is a childcentered community offering families a choice between a classic program (English) and a language immersion program (Spanish). Both tracks offer a sequence of studies through which students interact as scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars. Striving to elevate and expand elementary education, the school incorporates art,



Founded: 1997

Standifer Gap SDA School

Total students: 150

8255 Standifer Gap Rd.

Avg. class size: 12-15

Grades: PK3-12th

Tuition: $500/month PK | $475/month elementary | $500/month middle | $600/month high Uniforms: Yes

United Christian Academy is a Christ-centered, nondenominational school that pursues excellence. With compassionate staff, UCA offers various sports, art, computer, music/band, and Spanish classes. UCA high school students participate in college dual enrollment and TN Promise. United Christian Academy is TANAS accredited, and the preschool program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Chattanooga, TN 37421 p: 423.892.6013 f: 423.664.4891 Founded: 1948 Grades: K-8th Total students: 71 Avg. class size: 15 Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist Tuition: $4,700-$5,800 Uniforms: Yes

Standifer Gap SDA School is a K-8th school that operates in cooperation with the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Students enjoy the advantage of low student-teacher ratios, providing individualized instruction in an inviting environment.

Grace Baptist Academy

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Summer Camps Baylor Summers 171 Baylor School Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.757.2616

441 Berean Ln. Hixson, TN 37343


Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 5-18

Boys | Girls: Both

Programs: Both day and overnight programs place emphasis on skill development, mentoring, fun, friendship, and lifelong memories. Cost: Varies by program

Baylor’s beautiful campus on the Tennessee River features hiking trails and stateof-the-art facilities, making it the perfect setting for action-packed, skill-building, and fun-filled sports, arts, enrichment, and outdoor adventure. Baylor camps offer a huge array of programs to choose from, including day and overnight options for kids and teens all summer long. Campers will enjoy a brandnew outdoor pool located on the Tennessee River! The camp also offers convenient early drop-off and late pick-up for busy parents.

Belvoir Christian Academy Summer Camp

Ages: 3-12 Programs: STEM activities, weekly themes, games and competitions, field trips both on- and off-site, swimming, crafts, scavenger hunts, movies, themed parties Cost: Registration fee $40; call for pricing.

Berean Academy Day Camp offers weekly field trips for grades 1-5 to a variety of locations, such as the Creative Discovery Museum, IMAX Theater, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, and Bricks 4 Kidz. Campers in 1st through 5th grades are taken to the pool every week, while campers ages 3-5 have a weekly water day. The camp offers a daily craft time for all ages, free play time, and weekly activities such as theater-style movie screenings, games, and parties.

Chattanooga, TN 37412

Boyd Buchanan School Summer Programs


4650 Buccaneer Trl.

800 Belvoir Ave. Boys | Girls: Both Ages: PK3–rising 8th graders (Childcare for infants-PK4 is year-round.) Programs: Outdoor activities, sports, swimming, crafts, and field trips to local attractions Cost: Call for pricing.

BCA’s summer camp provides a variety of engaging activities such as gymnastics, ballet, sports, and biblical studies, as well as water play days, movie and pajama days, and other special theme days. Creative hands-on activities include cooking, STEM, and crafts. Pre-K has in-house activities that include visits from the Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, and Chattanooga Zoo, while older campers attend weekly field trips to local attractions. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with part-time options available.


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Bright Days at The Bright School 1950 McDade Ln.

Brainerd Baptist School Summer Camp 300 Brookfield Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37411 423.622.3873

Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 3 years-8th grade

Programs: Athletic, academic, artistic, and adventure camps in half- and full-day formats, with custom schedules available for 2 or 3 days per week camps.

Boys | Girls: Both

Cost: $110-$250, depending on session; early-bird pricing available through May 1.

Boyd Buchanan Summer Programs emphasize participation, cooperation, learning, and fun in a safe, loving Christian community. Campers may attend full- or halfday camps, take advantage of before- and after-care, and design a custom schedule for selected camps. Choose from athletic, academic, creative arts, or adventure camps that engage campers physically, cognitively, and spiritually.

Ages: Summer Care: 3 years-rising 1st graders; Summer Camp: rising 2nd graders-exiting 5th graders Programs: Summer Care children remain on campus and have special activities come to them. They also participate in water play, arts and crafts, games, outdoor play, books, and technology. Summer Camp children participate in weekly field trips, swimming, cooking, book club, technology, games, arts and crafts, and more. Cost: See website for pricing.

Every summer, Brainerd Baptist School offers a high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable program in a loving Christian environment.

Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.265.0024 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 3 (by Aug. 1) - 8 (or rising 3rd grader) Programs: A combination of enrichment activities with fun summertime experiences each day for eight weeks (first week of June through last week of July). Campers are grouped by age. Cost: Weekly rate for full day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $225; weekly rate for half day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $175; early care 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., no charge; late care 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., $35 per week.

Every day is going to be a BRIGHT day at Bright Days summer program for early learners! The program includes morning and closing ceremonies, on-site field trips, camp songs, nature exploration, outside play, water days, art projects, visits to the school library, and more. Children get to know their counselors and fellow campers as they experience the quality of a Bright education in the summer. A healthy lunch is included.

Summer Camps

Notre Dame High School “Camp Like a Champion”

Boys | Girls: Girls Ages: 8-17 Programs: Archery, canoeing, sailing, horseback riding, challenge course, climbing wall, swimming, diving, outdoor living skills, crafts, campouts, campfires, cookouts, pottery, hiking, and kayaking Cost: Mini-week $840; one week $980; two weeks $1,930

Camp Juliette Low is a residential summer camp where girls can be themselves, make lifelong friends, learn new skills, and explore the outdoors. CJL campers live in platform tents and enjoy fun, instructional programs that foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Located on Lookout Mountain, CJL was founded in 1922 by Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Today, CJL operates independently from the Girl Scouts and is open to all girls.

Camp Signal


Camp Grace at Grace Baptist Academy Mailing address: 7815 Shallowford Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421 Current location: Redemption Point Church 423.892.8222, ext. 3 Boys | Girls: Both

109 N. Germantown Rd.

Programs: High-energy, hands-on STEM activities promoting creativity, confidence, and problem solving

Chattanooga, TN 37411 423.698.8528

Cost: $235 and up

Spark your kid’s creativity and confidence with the new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! Campers in grades K-6 will team up to take on fun, handson STEM challenges. From taking apart their own microphone to exploring solarpowered crickets and creating ducklaunching devices, each activity is designed to give your young innovator an unforgettable summer experience.

Camp Juliette Low 321 Camp Juliette Low Rd. Cloudland, GA 30731 706.862.2169 Winter: P.O. Box 5113 Marietta, GA 30061 770.428.1062 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 3-11 Programs: Age-appropriate activities in art, movement, music, crafts, sports, water play, games, singing, dancing, cooking, drama, science, and technology

Ages: 5-12 Programs: Daily field trips, swimming, art, science, STEM, cooking, computers, sports, games, and hands-on activities are provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Registration fee $50 per camper; $150 per week (This price is all-inclusive.)

Camp Grace is a day camp designed for students to enjoy active fun, develop strong biblically based character, develop a love for the outdoors, and expand academic learning in a safe environment for a summer they will never forget! Campers may attend all or some of the 10 weeks scheduled between June 7 and August 6.

Camp Joe Joe’s at The Clay Pot 1311 Hanover St. Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.265.2007 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 4-12 Programs: Games, water day, photo shoots, gift-making for family and friends, and more Cost: $125 per child for a three half-day session

Camp Invention Enjoy the camp experience from the comfort of home! 800.968.4332 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: Rising K-6th graders



Camp Joe Joe’s is a fun, imaginative camp that creates an atmosphere for all campers to shine. From tie-dyeing to dancing, snacks to flowers, Camp Joe Joe’s strives to bring out the creativity in all kids. The Clay Pot owner Joe Jumper and Nikki Russell, an education specialist, help kids be original and have a blast with other campers.

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Summer Camps Cost: $250 per week, per camper; scholarships available

Camp Signal offers a quality camp experience while specializing in social and emotional development through fun projects and activities. Chatter Camp offers focused services for children who are nonverbal or have other communication challenges. Additionally, Vision Academy will be open to students ages 14-18 and 1922 with vision loss. Call for dates and enrollment information.

Camp Invention

Chattanooga Zoo Camp 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404 ​423.697.1322 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: PK-8th grade Programs: Animal encounters, ageappropriate crafts, learning about various species, and age-appropriate games

Camp Woodmont 381 Moonlight Dr.

Cost: Camp pricing varies by age group.

Cloudland, GA 30731

Chattanooga Zoo campers will “go wild” as they get the chance to interact and learn about the magnificent animals of the Chattanooga Zoo and the keepers that work with them.

423.472.6070 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 6-14 Programs: Horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, archery, climbing wall, high/low ropes, giant swing, dance, crafts, and more

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp

Cost: $995 for one week; $1,575 for two weeks

Camp Woodmont is a traditional overnight camp on Lookout Mountain just 30 minutes south of Chattanooga in Northwest Georgia. Founded on strong Christian morals and principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and lasting memories. The camp program is very wellsuited to first-time campers. All traditional camp activities start at an introductory level, and the camp layout is conveniently spaced out. Camp Woodmont is accredited by the ACA.

Chattanooga Christian School Summer Camps 3354 Charger Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37409 423.265.6411

P.O. Box 12000 Calhoun, GA 30703 706.602.7346 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 7-18

Sports. CCS is excited to partner with the Lady Red Wolves for Soccer Camp and with Bayview Riding Academy for Horseback Riding Camp.

Chattanooga State Summer Camps 4501 Amnicola Hwy.

to keep their minds busy this summer. Camps run either in the mornings or afternoons from Monday through Friday. Registration is now open!

Chattanooga Theatre Centre Summer Academy

Chattanooga, TN 37406

400 River St.

Programs: Archery, basketball, BMX biking, canoeing, cable park, crafts, drama, horseback riding, mountain biking, music, paintball, photography, rock climbing, rocketry, sports, swimming, videography, wakeboarding, water slide, zipline Cost: $450-$565 per week

Accredited by the American Camp Association, based on Christian values, and located against the Chattahoochee National Forest, Cohutta Springs is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, make lifelong friends, learn skills, and experience incredible plays that entertain and inspire positive living. Trained and caring collegiate staff makes the experience unforgettable.


Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.267.8538, ext. 313

Boys | Girls: Both

Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 8-14

Ages: 6-17

Creative Discovery Museum Friends Discovery Camp

Cost: $150-$475

Programs: Robotics and coding

Chargers Day Camp at Chattanooga Christian School incorporates art, games, water slides, sports activities, theme days, and more. Full- and half-day camps, along with before/after-care, are available. Sample camps for young children include Fairy Princess, American Girl, LEGO Adventures, Kids in the Kitchen, and Intro to

Cost: Call for pricing.

Programs: Acting, movement, dance, comedy, and more

Chattanooga, TN 37402 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: PK (3-year-olds)-12th grade Programs: Chargers Day Camp; musical theatre camps; art, dance, sports, cooking, and robotics camps



Back by popular demand are Chattanooga State Community College’s robotics and coding camps. Students will get to do hands-on building and battling their robots in the robotics camps. If your child is into gaming and programming, then the coding camps are just what they need

321 Chestnut St.

Cost: $135-$270; one- to two-week sessions


The Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Summer Academy includes half-day programs that explore acting, movement, dance, comedy, and more. The academy runs from June 7 through July 30. Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 6-14 Cost: $125 per camp








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Summer Camps

Lee University Summer Camps

Boys | Girls: Both (but more for girls) Ages: 4-17

The Goddard School Summer Camp 17 W. Bell Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.382.2525 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 6 weeks-8 years Programs: In My World (open to infants 6 weeks-18 months and toddlers 18 months-36 months); The World Out There (open to PreK and school-aged children ages 3-8)

Junior and Teen Rail Camp at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Programs: Full- and half-day camps featuring the arts, athletics, specialty, and signature camps Cost: $150 and up

At GPS Summer Camp, your daughter can spend her summer learning, playing, laughing, and meeting new friends. She can hone her skills in a favorite sport or uncover a love for acting, dancing, diving, or even yoga. Whether she wants to come for a week or two or spend the whole summer with us, GPS counselors are poised and ready to provide her with an unforgettable experience.

Cost: $240-$340 per week

At The Goddard School Summer Camp, campers will explore the world in new, exciting ways! For the youngest learners, “In My World” takes a look through the thematic lens of a young child’s immediate universe, consisting of family, friends, community, and experiences. For older campers, “The World Out There” is a global look through the eyes and interests of children and will include projects promoting STEAM and social-emotional learning. Campers can also look forward to an exciting array of enrichment programs ranging from Music Monday to Fitness Friday.

High Point Downtown’s Summer Rock Camp 219 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.602.7625 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 5-14 Programs: Half-day camps (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) weekly from May 31-July 30 Cost: First child $179 for members, $199 for non-members; $154 per additional child for members, $169 for non-members

Friends Discovery Camp is an inclusive camp for children with disabilities and their peers. Campers are paired with each other and have a Big Buddy from UTC to help guide their experiences. Back this year, a third Friends Discovery Camp will be offered to children ages 13 and up at Scenic City Equestrian!

for children ages 4 and up. Registration is online at

GPS Summer Camp 205 Island Ave.

First Cumberland Dayplayers Summer Camp

Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.634.7623

High Point summer camps teach kids ages 5-14 about rock climbing and team building. The staff is dedicated to teaching the basics of climbing, including equipment usage, climbing techniques, and the importance of trust and communication. These camps will encourage kids to find new ways of approaching climbing through ageappropriate group instruction. Everyone will finish climbing camp with a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.

1505 N. Moore Rd.

Creative Discovery Museum Summer Camps 321 Chestnut St. Chattanooga, TN 37402 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 4-14

Chattanooga, TN 37411 423.698.2556 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: K-9th grade Programs: Outdoor games, on-site swimming, daily chapel, summer musical, and crafts Cost: Full- and part-time rates available,

Cost: See website for rates.

with add-ons available for an additional

Summer is all about play, exploration, and camp! Creative Discovery Museum combines all three with immersive learningrich activities that bring science and art alive for all children. CDM’s enthusiastic, experienced staff provides a fun-filled, safe environment for children to embrace the camp experience. Camps are designed

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Dayplayers is an affordable Christian environment for school-aged children to spend the summer. With small group time, daily chapel, and weekly character traits, campers have the opportunity for spiritual development throughout the summer. Daily swimming and outdoor games are offered.

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Summer Camps All Genders

Cost: Pricing varies by camp.

Ages: Rising K-12th graders

Whether your child wants to design computer games, hone their theatre skills, explore art-making techniques, or learn a new sport, Lee University has a summer camp that is sure to pique their interest. Hosted by Lee personnel, these camps take place throughout the summer, with some offering an overnight stay in the dorms. Registration deadlines vary; find specific information for each camp on the Lee University website. COVID-19 protocols, for the health and safety of our campers and our campus community, will be in place in accordance with prevailing guidance at the time of the camp.

Programs: Environmental Steward Camp, Survival Skills Camp, Forest Play School, and more Cost: $175; scholarships and transportation available.

Silverdale Baptist Academy Summer Camps

Camp Ivy offers a variety of quality programming on Ivy Academy’s campus adjacent to the North Chickamauga Creek watershed. Each program is educationally geared to hit academic standards for appropriate grade levels and immerse campers in the outdoors. Programs will cover outdoor ethics, environmental education, low-impact hiking, observing nature, conservation, stream ecology, and celebrating Earth’s resources. Expect visits from Tennessee State Park Rangers, local experts, and a field study to Big Soddy Gulf. Applications will go live April 1 on Ivy’s website.


McCallie Summer Camps 500 Dodds Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404

Hunter Museum of American Art Summer Art Camps 10 Bluff View Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37403

kids to sample a wide range of hands-on art experiences, experimenting with a variety of materials and artistic styles. In addition, campers will have access to the Hunter collection, enjoy outdoor activities along the riverfront, and celebrate their own creativity at the end of each week with a family showcase of their creations. Volunteer opportunities are also available for teens as assistant camp counselors. Summer and School Break Programming for rising PreK-9th grades

Junior and Teen Rail Camp at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421 423.894.8028 Boys | Girls: Both, varies by camp Ages: 5-16 Programs: Day Camp, First Camp, Baseball, Basketball, Coding, Cross-Country, Film Production, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Adventure, Rocketry and Engineering, Minecraft, Soccer, Speed and Agility, Tennis, and Wrestling


Boys | Girls: Both

Cost: Varies by camp

Ages: 7-17

McCallie’s summer programs include a variety of camps emphasizing participation, cooperation, teamwork, and having fun. The camps’ goals are to provide a quality summer recreational experience in a safe and wholesome environment for all children through outstanding people, facilities, and programs.


Ages: Rising 1st-rising 6th graders with teen volunteer opportunities Programs: Weeklong day camps throughout June and July Cost: $250 per child; $200 per child for members at Household level and above; multiple-child family discounts available

Each weeklong camp features a low counselor-camper ratio and a chance for


Camp Ivy Summer & School Break Programming at Ivy Academy 8520 Dayton Pk. Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379 423.305.7494

YMCA Camp Ocoee

Programs: Steam locomotive cab rides, train rides, field trips, railroad history Cost: Junior ages 7-9, $400 for full day; junior ages 10-12, $400 for full day; teen ages 13-17, $400 for full day, $1,125 for overnight

These camps, which run from May 31 through July 3, teach all aspects of railroading, including railroad terms, signals, how steam and diesel engines work, and the history of trains. Campers will also participate in hands-on activities.

Notre Dame High School “Camp Like a Champion” Lee University Summer Camps 1120 N. Ocoee St.



Ages: Rising K- rising 8th graders

Boys | Girls: Both Ages: K-12th graders Programs: Summer Music Camp, English Language Camp, Art Camp, Computer Camp, Theatre Camp, Summer Honors, Lacrosse Camp, Baseball Camps, Soccer Camp, and Summer Golf Academy


2701 Vermont Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404

Cleveland, TN 37311



Boys | Girls: Both

Programs: Sports and fine arts camps, ACT and SAT also available for high school students Cost: $150

Notre Dame offers half-day (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) summer camp programs for baseball, basketball, cheer, dance, drama, soccer, and volleyball.

2021 STEAM Summer Academies June 7-July 23

1st-5th Grades Monday-Friday | $285 per week Discounts available through April 19, 2021



Simulation Technology Engineering Arts Makerspace

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Summer Camps Programs: Day and residential camps for children and adults in arts, climbing, culinary, dance, farming, music, technology, woodworking, and more; conference rentals

UTC Youth University Summer Academies

Riverview Camp for Girls P.O. Box 299 757 County Rd. 614 Mentone, AL 35984 800.882.0722

Cost: Varies by program; see website for more information.

SAS Summer offers children and teens day and overnight sports, arts, music, and adventure camps. Shakerag Workshops welcomes adults for oneweek, residential arts programs. The campus also welcomes other camps and conferences. Boys | Girls: Girls Ages: 6-16

Programs: Sailing, knot-tying, boating rules and safety; campers will also have the opportunity to swim, paddle, hike, and more.

Primrose Schools® Summer Camps East Brainerd 1619 Gunbarrel Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421 423.499.5584 Hixson 5170 Preschool Ln. Hixson, TN 37343 423.870.4840

Cost: $300 per week; scholarships available.

Privateer offers weekly camps during June and July where the skills of sailing are taught. The emphasis is fun and safety. Campers will learn to speak the language of sailing and how to rig their own boat, leave the dock and return, and use the wind to sail in any direction. Learning to sail their own boat and safely return to shore gives children increased selfesteem and confidence in their abilities. Many campers return year after year. The camp is hosted by the Privateer Sailing Education Foundation.

Programs: Riding (both English and Western), swimming (heated pool), tennis, ropes course, climbing tower, canoeing, archery, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, sports, nature exploration, chorus and drama, basketball, volleyball, soccer, arts and crafts, Riverview Refinement, knitting, Leadership Training for Teens, and more Cost: Short-term session $2,175; long-term session $3,990

On top of Lookout Mountain and on the banks of Little River, Camp Riverview is only 45 minutes south of Chattanooga. A favorite all-around summer camp for girls, Riverview’s Christian emphasis and exciting programs are appreciated by both parents and campers.

Silverdale Baptist Academy Summer Camps 7236 Bonny Oaks Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37421 423.892.2319 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: PK-12th grade Programs: Basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, softball, baseball, dance, STEAM, reading, math, Spanish, outdoor, art, rock climbing, archery, and music Cost: Varies by camp

Silverdale Summer Camps offer morning and afternoon camps for girls and boys that keep students engaged in the arts, athletics, and academics throughout the summer. Boys | Girls: Both

SAS Summer

Ages: 5-7

290 Quintard Rd.

Programs: Weekly, entire-summer, and part-time camps Cost: Varies by program; call for pricing.

The Summer Adventure Club will have students exploring art, including kinetic moving art, claymation, puppeteering, and more. They will engage in sports activities such as dribbling, throwing, and catching, as well as popular games like tunnel tag. These activities will strengthen hand and eye coordination, footwork, and the skills needed to play all types of sports.


Skyuka Hall “Bridging the Academic Gap”

Sewanee, TN 37375

Wet and Wild Summer Camps

5600 Brainerd Rd., Ste. A-24

Chattanooga, TN 37411

400 Garden Rd.

Boys | Girls: Both


Chattanooga, TN 37419

Ages: 6-adults

423.821.1160 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 5-14 Programs: Live animals, hiking, games, canoeing, wallowing in mud Cost: $250-$325 for members; $280-$375 for non-members

Privateer Sail Camp 4713 Privateer Rd. Hixson, TN 37343 423.718.3704 pyc-youth-sail-camp Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 8-17



Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and the Tennessee Aquarium are proud to present a “Wet and Wild Summer”! For the first time ever, these two environmental education leaders are combining forces to create an unmatched summer camp experience. Campers will dive into the native plants and animals of Southeast Tennessee using our exhibits, exclusive animal encounters and experiences, and lots of outdoor exploration.

St. Nicholas Summer Camp Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 1st-rising 12th graders Programs: Academic support and personal development Cost: Check camp listings, as prices vary between camps.

Skyuka Hall offers a four-week summer academic achievement program for students who need support and lack confidence in reading, writing, and math. Students receive researchbased skills and strategies necessary to improve and succeed in the classroom, as well as encouragement and motivation. Please check the website for program dates.

St. Nicholas Summer Camp 7525 Min Tom Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37421 423.894.6485 or 423.899.1999 Boys | Girls: Both Ages: 4-12 (Day and Enrichment Camp) Programs: Swimming in our outdoor pool; art and music activities; gardening program where children learn the basics of growing summer vegetables, herbs, and flowers; sports; nature trail exploration; playground time; and more Cost: See website; sibling discount available.

Summer at St. Nicholas Camp is an incredibly fun time for kids that challenges and nurtures imagination, encourages self-directed initiative, and develops leadership skills. Involvement in age-appropriate group activities and diverse athletic and educational experiences are the foundation of the program.

Designed to provide a fun and exciting environment, Camp Twister is a day camp that provides children the opportunity to participate in different weekly themes full of engaging activities, educational field trips, and creative projects. Camp Twister Jr. is a weekly themed day camp experience designed specifically for children ages 3-6; campers will play outdoors, cool off with water play, and enjoy crafts and games. Camp hours are 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. with extended care available until 5:30 p.m.

UTC Youth University Summer Academies Challenger STEM Learning Center 755 Mocs Alumni Dr. Chattanooga, TN 37403 423.425.4126 Boys | Girls: Both


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June 1-July 30 • 7:30am-6pm with no extra charges for before or after care!

Summer at St. Nicholas Camp is an incredibly fun time for kids ages 4-12. Our camp offers swimming, art and music activities. During our gardening program children learn the basics of growing summer veggies, herbs and flowers in the St. Nicholas School Garden. The 24-acre campus includes the outdoor swimming pool, sports fields and five playgrounds as well as lots of outdoor green space and wooded areas to explore.

Enrollment available for the 2021-2022 school year! Learn more and schedule a private tour at

Ages: 1st-5th grade Programs: Spark Academies for rising 1st-2nd graders; Explore Academies for rising 3rd-5th graders Cost: $285 per week; early registration discount until April 19.

All programs provide hands-on and project-based activities involving simulation space missions, coding, robotics, engineering, arts design labs, and other campus activities. All weekly academies are scheduled June 7 through July 23 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

weeks, the 600-acre camp offers English and Western riding, barrels, vaulting, and trails. CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Girls spend up to six hours a day riding and caring for their own camp horse.

is presented to kids through fun outdoor activities and adventures, sports, worship, and a loving relationship with Christ-centered counselors. The camp is owned and operated by First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.

YMCA Camp Ocoee

St. Peter’s Camp Twister

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Boys | Girls: Both

848 Ashland Ter.

Cloudland, GA 30731

Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 7-17

Chattanooga, TN 37415


Ages: Rising 3rd gradersrising 10th graders

Programs: Traditional resident camp featuring canoeing, archery, mountain biking, high ropes course, climbing tower, horseback riding, water skiing, swimming, and more


Boys | Girls: Girls

Boys | Girls: Both

Ages: 8-17

Ages: 3-12

Programs: Equestrian

Cost: $555 per week

Programs: Camp Twister for ages 7-12; Camp Twister Jr. for ages 3-6

Cost: $2,050-$3,600

Located on Chickamauga Lake, Camp Vesper Point (CVP) has provided over 65 years of Christian camping for children and families. At CVP, Jesus Christ

Cost: $299-$475; $50 after-care fee per camper per camp

Valley View Equestrian Camp has been a horse lover’s paradise since 1954. For 50 girls, during one to eight

Programs: Swimming, water skiing, crafts, blobbing, kayaking/paddleboarding, frisbee, volleyball, fishing, baseball, basketball, bouldering, and group games

Cost: $645; financial assistance available.

Located in the Cherokee National Forest on Lake Ocoee, Camp Ocoee is a weeklong camp offering life-changing experiences. The Christian values learned and the confidence gained by participants become a way of life.



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Wendy & Jared Johnson Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall High school is an important time for so many young adults, and it’s even more special when it’s where you meet the love of your life. This was the case for Wendy and Jared Johnson, who met almost 13 years ago. “If you ask Jared, he will tell you he had his eye on me before then,” explains Wendy. “But I think he just made that part up to con me into liking him.” When the time came to finally tie the knot, Wendy and Jared knew they wanted a venue that had a flair for fun and was convenient to all of downtown Chattanooga’s offerings. “We just loved the logistics and flow of the event hall at Chattanooga Whiskey,” says Wendy. “And one of the best parts about the venue is that with its rustic vibe and wooden accents, it’s basically already decorated for you.” While the Johnsons did add some terrariums and bouquets to fill the tables, they made a conscious effort to keep the décor minimal for their rustic-chic wedding. Timeless and classy hues of champagne, navy, and gold were found throughout the space, while pink, coral, and fuchsia were added for pops of color. 184



“We hiked to Edwards The flow of the venue allowed for Point on Signal Mountain an easy transition from ceremony to with a few of our close cocktail hour to reception. This was friends, and he popped the question there!” complemented by the couple’s grand reception entrance to the Star Wars theme song with lightsabers in tow. The day’s events went off without a hitch. Dinner consisted of grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, and Southern sides, and guests could take advantage of a photo booth while they waited in line for food. After a tasty slice of the Johnsons’ Bundt wedding cake and hours of dancing the night away, guests gathered outside for a traditional sparkler sendoff. “My favorite part of the entire day had to be seeing our puppies dressed up in their wedding attire, not to mention seeing my groom cry his eyes out as I walked down the aisle,” remembers Wendy. “It’s something I will never forget. The entire day was truly a dream.”

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Abigail & Gary Green The Commons When Abigail and Gary met at their church’s small group for college students, it didn’t take long for their love for God to blossom into a love for each other. Four years later, the duo married on a beautiful autumn day at The Commons. “This was our No. 1 choice and is one of Chattanooga’s best-kept secrets,” says Abigail. “It’s located right between downtown Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee, and it’s one of the most photogenic venues in the area.” With the weather in their favor, the Greens held their gorgeous ceremony on the property’s back lawn, while the mountains, which were sporting prime fall foliage, served as their backdrop. After a special, Christ-centered ceremony, it was an easy transition to the reception in the Founders’ Hall. “We liked the versatility of the space and how smooth the set-up process was,” adds Abigail. “The Commons already has beautiful twinkling lights in the venue, so we were able to then add draping




to the ceiling that really tied the “Gary proposed at his whole space together. We kept family reunion at Cades the table decorations simple Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains. It was great to using local greenery and candles be surrounded by family for to achieve the rustic yet timeless something so special.” look we were going for.” The simple yet elegant reception was a hit and provided guests with a delicious barbecue dinner, beer and wine bar, and plenty of dancing. An assortment of Bundt cakes big and small offered a little something sweet to those in attendance, and the couple made their getaway through a tunnel of sparklers before driving off in a shiny Bentley. “Our favorite part of the day was just being surrounded by most of our family and friends and getting to feel all that love,” says Abigail. “It was a truly magical and great way to start our life together.”

Photos by Alexis Dimmer Photography

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Julia & Christopher Goulart Dalton Convention Center Julia insists that she and Christopher didn’t meet on a blind of our little girl and the best man I have ever met, was surreal,” Julia date – she prefers to call it a “meet and greet.” “A mutual friend shares. “We were then able to transition so easily into the reception, was playing matchmaker, so he invited me to dinner with Chris which took place in the same room, thanks to the staff at the conand several other couples,” Julia says. “Chris and I hit vention center. They reset the stage for us and added a it off immediately!” Seven years after that initial meetsweetheart table for the wedding party.” ing, the two wed in a thoughtfully planned ceremony The Dalton Convention Center also catered the HOW HE at the Dalton Convention Center. event, serving crowd-pleasing dishes like balsamic PROPOSED Family and friends pitched in to make the wedding pork tenderloin, lemon pepper chicken, and rosemary “One night, I asked Christopher, ‘So when day a beautiful, memorable affair. The 6 p.m. nuptials roasted potatoes. Julia and Christopher chose a simple, are we going to get were officiated by Mr. Chester Edwards, a former yet stunning four-tier wedding cake to follow the married?’ And he Dalton pastor and close friend. The couple’s three-yearmain course. And after dinner, an Atlanta-based DJ replied, ‘You need to pick a date!’” old daughter, Amelia, charmed guests as the flower girl. set the tone for the party that ensued as guests quickly Still others helped to construct the eye-catching lighted made their way to the dance floor. backdrop for the ceremony and arranged vibrant floral “Our wonderful venue had the space for a longer centerpieces from freedom roses, calla lilies, and baby’s breath. guest list, and the room was a blank slate I could fill with my own The blushing bride stole the show in an ivory fit-and-flare gown decorations,” Julia says. “We waited quite a while for our wedding with intricate lace accents. “Finally saying ‘I do’ to Chris, the father day, but we got exactly what we wanted.” 188


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Allie & Garrison Bone The Hunter Museum of American Art When Allie went to visit her best friend who was off at college one weekend, she never imagined she would meet the love of her life. After a mutual friend introduced the duo, she and Garrison immediately hit it off. When it came time to plan their boho-inspired wedding, Allie and Garrison turned to a Chattanooga icon that has a special place in their hearts. “The first time I heard that you could do weddings at the Hunter, I was sold,” remembers Allie. “I love the beautiful art in the venue, and I really liked that it could be naturally incorporated into my wedding.” The Bones’ special ceremony, complete with a string quartet and personal vows from the couple, was officiated by one of Allie’s lifelong mentors. Afterward, guests transitioned from the museum’s grand foyer lobby outside for a cocktail hour. “It was an easy transition,” says Allie. “Everyone knew exactly what they were doing.” An hour of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation ensued, followed by an intimate pasta dinner back inside the museum’s 190



grand foyer. The room “Garrison is in the Army, and we were had been transformed both traveling home for the holidays. He told me he would be getting to with circular tables town two days after I arrived. When I topped with white linens got home, my two best friends took and floral arrangements me shopping and out to dinner at Tony’s. The Christmas tree was up, full of fresh lavender, and we went over to take pictures. blue thistle, dahlia, and Little did I know Garrison was behind eucalyptus. Later in the the tree ready to propose!” evening, after a night of dancing to a set of greatest hits from their DJ, the Bones’ guests lined up just outside of the museum’s entrance for a breathtaking sparkler sendoff. “Everything went perfectly, and there were absolutely no hiccups. All of the vendors did an awesome job with making my wedding a dream come true,” says Allie. “I think I will remember this entire day forever. It was amazing to have my family and friends around me and have the best crew to make our day so special.”

Photos by Taylor English Photography

A truly unique venue to celebrate your big day The Hunter Museum's breathtaking architecture and stunning views are the perfect backdrop for creating lifelong memories with loved ones. Our experienced events team will help make your wedding day seamless. Host your wedding at Chattanooga's premier venue.

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Cailey & Ben Easterly The Lookout Mountain Club For Cailey and Ben Easterly, their marriage is one that had been years in the making. The duo, who are rounding out their first year of wedded bliss, met in middle school and spent the following decade cultivating their friendship into a romance. “Looking back at it, we always kid that if we liked each other back in our awkward middle-school phase it could only go up from there,” says Cailey. The couple landed on a brisk February day to tie the knot, which was preceded by a beautiful rehearsal dinner at The Lookout Mountain Club. “The entire evening was planned by my mother-in-law, and she even did the flowers! Everything was perfect,” says Cailey. “We had several out-of-town guests in town for the weekend who were enchanted with the mountain views as we made our way to dinner. Not to mention, the timing was right around sunset, which made the view on top of the mountain at the club all the more breathtaking.” Drinks and conversation kicked off the evening, and guests were invited to indulge in appetizers and a cigar bar before 192



“Growing up, Ben and I spent a lot moving on to dinner. of time at his family farm, which Catered by the club, holds a very close space in his heart the evening’s meal conand mine, and is where he ended sisted of a pear salad up proposing. He had planted a dove field for dove season, which followed by beef tenderconveniently consists of my favorite loin and a tasty lineup flowers – sunflowers! While I was of savory sides. picking a few to take home, I turned around and Ben was on one knee.” “Shortly following dinner, our closest family and friends were able to give toasts and loving roasts, complete with videos and photos thanks to the venue’s amenities,” recalls Cailey. The room’s 360˚ views and stunning floral arrangements provided ample beauty and made for a memorable evening. “Our goal for our wedding weekend was to keep a timeless, effortless vibe,” adds Cailey. “The décor of the club is beautiful in and of itself. The stunning stone accents and the statement fireplace, which was filled with candles and greenery, created the coziest atmosphere.” Photos by Molly Smith Photography

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McLemore When it comes to planning a wedding, sacrificing beauty for convenience is a thing of the past. At McLemore, couples get the benefits of having entertainment, lodging, and catering capabilities at their fingertips while still exposing their guests to unrivaled views and scenery. Hosting a rehearsal dinner or shower is a breeze with the venue’s private dining room, which is complete with large windows, flat-screen TVs, and a private veranda. With space for up to 22 guests, this part of the property allows brides and grooms access to an intimate space to spend time with family and friends. On the big day, it’s an effortless transition from one of McLemore’s on-site houses to the ceremony space. These wellequipped homes can accommodate guests, and each contains its own living area, kitchen, and bathrooms to keep the bridal party comfortable.



For a ceremony – or a reception, for that matter – the expansive Skye Lawn is a great choice and overlooks McLemore Cove and Pigeon Mountain, while the bier garden can host smaller events. Nearby, McLemore’s event pavilion offers guests a covered space and an open-air terrace where guests are free to walk the grounds. A stacked-stone fireplace provides a warm and rustic atmosphere and is best enjoyed during the spring or fall. Back at the clubhouse, The Creag, a cliff-edge restaurant and bar, draws inspiration from Scotland and delivers even more old-world charm. This is an ideal spot to catch a glimpse of a sweeping sunset from the space’s outdoor terrace, which is dotted with several large fire pits for an inviting aesthetic. Couples will love that McLemore has numerous spots to socialize and keep the good times rolling, even after the event has drawn to a close. A short walk or drive back to one of McLemore’s luxurious homes is a cherry on top of what is sure to already be a great day.

Photos by Lanewood Studio


Mountain City Club When this bride and groom were ready to tie the knot, choosing Mountain City Club was an easy decision. They knew the venue would provide the precise historical ambiance they were looking for. With modern amenities and old-world charm seamlessly blended, Mountain City Club provided a magical backdrop and unmatched elegance and convenience for the couple’s special day. “Like many brides, I’ve imagined my perfect wedding day for many years,” says the bride. “The professional team at Mountain City Club was able to share in my vision and help me create the day I’ve always wanted.” The ceremony was adorned with lush greenery, white dahlias, candlelight, and gold accents perfectly capturing the essence of the season. “In addition to the flawless execution of my vision for this special day, the amenities and convenience of in-house vendors allowed me to focus on my husband and not the minor details,” remarks the bride. Located in the heart of West Village, the front door valet parking for nearly 250 guests was appealing because, with an extensive guest list, the


ability to accommodate a large crowd was key. They also took advantage of the full bar and in-house baker to keep their guests happy and their focus on each other. The club’s open floor plan facilitated a smooth transition from the ceremony through the grand exit. For cocktail hour, high-top tables placed throughout the ballroom encouraged guests to mingle and enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and specialty beverages. Attendees were escorted to linen-covered tables with gold chairs for dinner where they enjoyed a culinary experience under the glow of crystal chandeliers. A four-tiered cake artfully covered in pearlescent beading followed the main course. As the evening drew to a close, the newlyweds’ families and friends bid them a grand farewell from the historic venue. Reflecting on their special day, the couple notes the charm and convenience of Mountain City Club made a lasting impact. “We’ll never forget how Mountain City Club made the first day of our lives together so special,” says the bride. “We wouldn’t change a thing.”

| Photos Courtesy of Mountain City Club

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Old World Charm in the Heart of Chattanooga Curated & Elegant Events Conveniently Located in Chattanooga's West Village


The Signal First comes love, then comes marriage. And for many couples, being surround by family and friends in a fun environment is a priority. Starting on the morning of the big day, bridal parties have the opportunity to use any of the three backstage suites at The Signal to get ready. The wedding party will love being close to all of the photo opportunities downtown has to offer, and having a quick lunch delivered is a breeze. When it comes time for the I do’s, The Signal can easily accommodate a large crowd. The industrial chic venue can host a ceremony in the main room or on the stage. With an open floor plan, it’s easy for a bride and groom to make the space their own and create décor and arrangements to suit their needs. Transitioning to cocktail hour is effortless, and couples can use the lobby, outdoor patio, or a combination of the two. Perfect for watching the sun set over the city, the outdoor space is a great



place for guests to indulge in conversation and get a breath of fresh air. Back in the main event space, the main room and stage can be utilized in a variety of ways, and couples also have access to the upstairs VIP balcony, which is complete with a bar. These spaces give guests plenty of room to spread out and enjoy food and drinks or dance the night away. Live entertainment is where The Signal truly shines, and couples can take advantage of the location’s concert-style production team and ability to host all of their family and friends in one place for a fun night to remember. Built-in bars on the main floor and a loading dock provide a level of ease for guests and vendors alike, and the venue is located on the city’s Southside for even more convenience. With plenty of nightlife and overnight accommodations a short walk or drive away, the fun never has to end.

Photos by Ryan Green






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hristine Waldrop has thanked many women in her life – specifically her great-grandmother Dorothy, grandmother Lillian Marie, and mother Charlene – for instilling in her a passion for creating beautiful things. “These amazing women influenced me from an early age, showing me the value of gaining inspiration from the landscapes around me,” she explains. “I’ve now been in the florals and events industry for over 25 years, and opening Blluum was the culmination of all they taught me.” Waldrop’s masterpiece, Blluum floral studio and gift boutique, just celebrated its one-year anniversary. The business offers everything from floral design services, including delivery, pickup, and on-site installation of luxury floral, to event design services and a curated, one-of-a-kind collection of gifts. Brides choosing Blluum can expect an emphasis on sourcing from local flower farmers and only the highest-quality products. “Creating is in my DNA, and whether I’m creating floral designs, an event space, or a commissioned work of art, I’m passionate about the intentionality of the design,” Waldrop says. “I truly believe that the art of intentionality is what makes my business unique. Seeing the culmination of that intentionality in my happy clients really brings it all together for me.” While another highlight of the business is engaging with clients – “They allow me to be able to do what I love every day,” she shares – Waldrop also loves challenging herself by exploring new concepts and ideas, which allows her to offer the very best to her clients. “I have had the privilege of working alongside mentors and leaders in the floral design profession from across the country. Soaking up new knowledge nourishes my creative soul.”

Christine Waldrop Blluum @blluumfed

TOP TIPS 1. Know the style that you want your day to reflect. 2. Organization is key – for you and your vendors. 3. Take a deep breath and have fun!



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floral | event design | gifts 5243 Little Debbie Parkway Suite 109 mon-thu 10am-5pm fri 10am-4pm 423.541.6767 | @blluum



Sweet Angel Cakes, L L C


oni Repko, owner of Sweet Angel Cakes, LLC, has been in the cake business for two decades, but her baking career actually started when she was just 7 years old. “I was always making cakes as a kid,” Repko remembers. “In fact, I’m self-taught, other than a few cake decorating classes I took in 2003.” Winning first prize at the 2011 Chattanooga Cake Ace competition, which was judged by Food Network star Duff Goldman, was the spark that turned Repko’s business dreams – a storefront for Sweet Angel Cakes – into reality. Sweet Angel Cakes specializes in wedding, groom, and special occasion cakes that are personalized to the client’s liking. In addition to collaborating with Repko and her staff on a beautiful, one-of-a-kind cake for their big day, brides can take advantage of a complimentary cake tasting, cake-cutting services, and cake stand rentals. Sweet Angel Cakes also provides a separately boxed first-anniversary cake (with freezing instructions!) at no extra cost. “We work by appointment only so that we’re able to give our clients our undivided attention,” Repko says. “I love meeting with brides to hear about their vision for their weddings and their cakes. Truly anything goes – a white smooth cake might not be for everyone, and we can add color, unique items, and personal touches to make it something special.” Repko’s passion for all things cake is evident, and part of what sets her business apart. “I think my love of weddings and cakes comes across to our potential brides once they meet with me in person,” Repko says. “We take pride in providing excellent customer service and being known for our super moist cakes. I’ll never grow tired of hearing, ‘This is the best cake I have ever had!’”

Toni Doster Repko @sweetangelcakeschattanooga @sweet_angel_cakes

TOP TIPS 1. Get a wedding planner! If you don’t have a planner, someone will end up not enjoying the big day. 2. Gather some inspiration photos of cake styles you like to show your baker, and then let them come up with options for you. 3. Book early, or at least get your date saved with a deposit, as dates fill up quickly. We limit the total number of wedding cakes we do each weekend.



(Top) Photo by Imago Photography, (Bottom) Photo by Studio D Photography


Copycat Salon


hen Shaina Ramsey envisioned her dream job, it involved doing something she loved while also having a flexible schedule to be present with her family. As owner and founder of Copycat Salon, which officially opened in August 2020, Ramsey has just that. Aveda-trained and with four years in the hair and makeup industry behind her, Ramsey offers a skilled hand to local brides in search of a top-notch beauty team. At Copycat Salon, clients can choose from a number of hair services, including hair styling, cutting, and coloring, as well as makeup services for weddings and other special events. Never one to shy away from new opportunities, Ramsey has also discovered a market for beauty classes. “I offer classes on makeup application, skincare, and hair specifically for transracial adoptions,” she adds. Whether providing a simple haircut, a brand-new color, or the works, Ramsey strives to make all her clients feel like their most beautiful selves. “My favorite part about providing hair and makeup services is enhancing my clients’ natural beauty,” Ramsey says. “When I’m asked to describe my style, I always say ‘natural’ because my ultimate goal is for my clients to feel like themselves.” While brides make up a significant part of Ramsey’s clientele, she loves getting to work with clients from all walks of life and hearing their stories. In fact, one of the most unique aspects of Ramsey’s business is her “Look Good, Do Good” philosophy. “We actually match every service for someone in need,” she explains. “Giving back is very close to my heart, and it’s important to me that I help underserved members of our community.”

Shaina Ramsey Copycat Salon @copycatsalon

TOP TIPS 1. Schedule a trial for your hair and makeup. 2. If you don’t already have one, start a skincare routine a few months before the wedding. 3. Meet your vendors, and make sure they fit you!

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Chattanooga Tent & Event Solutions


ike Holland grew to love the event industry from an early age, when he spent his summers working for the family business – Chattanooga Tent. With 43 years of experience under his belt, Holland now manages the full-service tent and event rental company, which carries the distinction of CERP (Certified Event Rental Professional) from the American Rental Association. Tents are certainly a specialty of Holland’s company; from frame and high peak to pole and nautical-themed tents, Chattanooga Tent has a large inventory of contemporary styles and sizes so that couples can find the perfect fit for their wedding day. The company also provides tabletop rentals, including tables, chairs, glassware, flatware, china, and linens, as well as flooring, décor, and more, for events both large and small. Holland and his staff work with local and national vendors to help bring the most current trends to their clients, and all of the company’s structures are designed and constructed to the highest safety standards. With seemingly endless possibilities for styling an event, consultations are a crucial part of Holland’s process. “I enjoy talking with my clients and helping them find the best solution for their event,” Holland explains. “Our years of experience in the industry can help our clients with even the most challenging sites. It is a great feeling to see the smiles of a happy customer after they have had a successful event.” Chattanooga Tent & Event Solutions goes above and beyond supplying exceptional rentals. “Our staff’s attitude to go the extra mile to meet our clients’ needs is something that really sets us apart,” Holland shares.

Mike Holland Chattanooga Tent & Event Solutions @chattanoogatent

TOP TIPS 1. Start planning early. In doing so, you can secure the needed equipment and vendors. 2. Have vendor meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page. Communication among your vendors is helpful in creating a beautiful and successful wedding. 3. Hire a team of vendors that is responsive to your wants and needs. Then let them build your dream wedding!




Isbill Weddings & Events


very little girl dreams of her wedding day, and the team at Isbill Weddings & Events wants to make those dreams a reality. “We will leave no detail undone,” says Connie Isbill, owner of the Cleveland-based business. Isbill has been designing weddings and events for more than 25 years. Her business is now in full bloom due, in part, to her passion for creating stunning weddings and events. Using Isbill Weddings & Events, brides will receive a free consultation to discuss the details of their big day. Isbill explains, “We take this opportunity to hear your vision, budget, and overall design. I love sitting with my clients and understanding their vision and the details needed to make their wedding a one-of-a-kind event.” Isbill and her team use their artistry and expertise to piece together meaningful, breathtaking creations. “We do everything from the bouquets, arbors, centerpieces, hanging floral pieces, and floral columns to original pieces incorporating a bride’s design.” An expansion of Isbill Floral Gallery, Isbill Weddings & Events also offers design services, rentals, and planning and coordination services. “We have access to an extensive inventory for all your special touches,” Isbill shares. “Our designers bring all aspects of your event into complete harmony for a cohesive design.” Unmatched customer service is something Isbill takes pride in. “Our customer service is above and beyond,” Isbill says. “We also stay ahead of the trends and familiarize our designers with the venues for the inspiration and details.” According to Isbill, going that extra mile makes all the difference. “Seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when they see their vision brought to life is worth all the hours of work put into it,” she says.

Connie Isbill @isbillfloralgallery

TOP TIPS 1. Know your budget, and allow your designer to create within that budget. 2. Good communication with vendors about any concerns you have is important. 3. Have a rain contingency plan, and be okay with it if it has to be used.

Photos by Kecia Killian Photography



Wedding Gifts Take the stress out of gift-giving with these unique options from local shops. Perfect for the occasion, they boast practicality, affordability, and that special touch that makes a gift an extraordinary treasure for years to come. Whether intended for the bride and groom or the bridal party, the following gifts will strike just the right note with your loved ones.


Bud Floral + Home “Give the gift of florals to the happy couple from our streamlined À la Carte menu this season. We use fresh specialty flowers for all of our bridal bouquets and boutonnieres. Our gorgeous, hand-tied bridal bouquets are created in the colors and style specific to each bride’s taste. Some of our favorite specialty florals include peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, dahlias, scabiosa, and anemones, just to name a few.” Bouquets $160$200 / Boutonnieres $18

Jaime Rehm Bud Floral + Home 423.432.4756 @budfloralandhome

About Bud Floral + Home: Bud Floral and Home is a fullservice floral studio, home and gift shop, and art gallery specializing in weddings, registries, and all gifts for the home.


Genevieve Bond Gifts “Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day! This Cinderella robe from Barefoot Dreams’ Disney Collection is the perfect thing to wrap up in before or after your wedding. Prince Charming can have his own robe too! Both robes are unbelievably soft with roomy pockets, a tie waist, and shawl collar. It is irresistibly cozy and a great way to start and end your day.”

Kelly Jolley Genevieve Bond Gifts 423.510.0099 @genevievebondgifts



About Genevieve Bond Gifts: For the past 20 years, Genevieve Bond has made gift-giving an art form! Our emphasis has always been attention to detail and presenting your gift well. Gift-giving should be from the heart, and we make it easy!



Bud Floral + Home “This Nashi Home Resinware of Australia serving set is a beautiful, sophisticated, and practical gift for any couple. The company specializes in the design and manufacturing of quality handcrafted resin homewares and lifestyle products. All Nashi Home products are designed in unique shapes, colors, and sizes that are easy to mix and match for home décor and everyday entertaining.” Prices Vary

Susan Reynolds Bud Floral + Home 423.432.4756 @budfloralandhome

About Bud Floral + Home: Bud Floral and Home is a fullservice floral studio, home and gift shop, and art gallery specializing in weddings, registries, and all gifts for the home.


Plum Nelly “Handblown in Chattanooga by local artist Prentice Hicks of Wauhatchie Glassworks, these beautiful champagne glasses are a classic, yet unique gift for the happy couple. They’re perfect for toasting when cutting the cake and for celebrating all of life’s cheeriest occasions together afterward! When ordered in advance, the glasses can be inscribed with the bride and groom’s initials and/or wedding date as a sweet keepsake. They’re available in a variety of colors and sizes.” $67

Catharine Daniels

About Plum Nelly Shop: A Chattanooga

Plum Nelly Shop 423.266.0585 @plumnellyshop

tradition since 1972, we carry a unique array of locally and regionally made pottery, glass, jewelry, art, and giftware as well as stationery, invitations, and so much more.


The Clay Pot “Every new couple deserves new ideas for nourishment and creativity in the kitchen! With these charming cookbooks, newlyweds (or newly-engageds) can take inspiration from authors Erin Gleeson and Allison Kave for dishes from worldly vegetarian entrées to awardwinning baked goods for dessert. The Forrest Feast and First Prize Pies are a beautiful and useful set.” $35 and $29.95

Joe Jumper The Clay Pot 423.265.2007 @theclaypot

About The Clay Pot: Founded over 25 years ago by Joe Jumper, The Clay Pot is a local florist, gift, and event design shop known for its creativity and imagination. Joe and his staff of “Clay Potters” work to create inspiring floral designs and arrangements every day.




Bridal Parties

Dylan & Taylor Treloar October 24, 2020 | Greg and Angela Beasley Photography

Zach & Elizabeth Daoust November 21, 2020 | Bamber Photography

Matt & Monica Whitmire July 25, 2020 | Rich Smith Photography

Alex & Carmen Mosley October 10, 2020 | Bonnie McGhee Photography



Tyler & Kalani Gay July 26, 2020 | Emily Lester Photography

Joel & Rachel Stockburger August 8, 2020 | Greg and Angela Beasley Photography

Zak & Leah Stricklin July 3, 2020 | OkCrowe Photography

Buddy & Sydney Smith October 9, 2020 | Emily Lester Photography

Marc & Taylor Roberts August 8, 2020 | Rich Smith Photography

Brandon & Rebecca Russell September 26, 2020 | Greg and Angela Beasley Photography




Bridal Parties

Cory & Julia Goad October 17, 2020 | OkCrowe Photography

Will & Annadele Benson August 2, 2020 | Rich Smith Photography

Jonathon & Cara Woolsey August 15, 2020 | Bonnie McGhee Photography

Jeremy & Meredith Bradford August 1, 2020 | Emily Lester Photography



Jesse & Haley Flanagan June 27, 2020 | Greg and Angela Beasley Photography





Experience Grandview, where you and your guests will be treated to everything your wedding should be – a joyous and memorable day – while taking in the fresh air and mountaintop vistas high atop the rest. Plan a magical wedding that is unique to you and bring your dreams to life at Grandview.





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As a symbol of your everlasting love and lifelong commitment, unity glass serves to create a gorgeous way to remember your special day.

Similar to a sand ceremony, the bride and groom pour their colored glass into one clear, united vessel. This glass is then blown into any of these beautiful items or more for you to have and to hold forevermore!





Bridal Parties

Tyler & Hayley Clark October 10, 2020 | Rich Smith Photography

Matthew & Nikki Calbaugh October 24, 2020 | Emily Lester Photography

Coby & Sara Serkownek November 8, 2020 | OkCrowe Photography

Matt & Melissa Bodine January 4, 2020 | Greg and Angela Beasley Photography



Andrew & Hannah Hawkins August 7, 2020 | Bonnie McGhee Photography



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(left to right) Sautéed Sea Scallops With cauliflower purée and a golden raisin and bacon relish Public House Cobb Salad Mixed greens, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, fried chicken, avocado, and a deviled egg The Local Chattanooga whiskey, Goodman’s coffee liqueur, orange liqueur, fresh coffee beans, Luxardo maraschino cherries, and burnt orange zest 1110 M A R K E T S T R E E T | P U B L I C H O U S E C H AT TA N O O G A . C O M




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(left to right) Braised Duroc Pork With guajillo chiles, herb guacamole, local tortillas, shaved radish, and lime Grilled Gulf Mahi With saltroasted turnip, blood orange veal jus, and saffron black-eyed pea chow-chow House-Made Ice Cream Caramelized white chocolate ice cream and almost-vegan lavender honey coconut ice cream in a waffle cone topped with ginger marmalade, pistachios, and white chocolate curls 2 01 K E I T H S T R E E T S O U T H W E S T, C L E V E L A N D | T R U E AT B H B . C O M


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(left to right) Eggplant Stack Crispy eggplant with fresh mozzarella, garlic confit, spinach, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, herb pesto, and tomato sauce Vegetable Lemon Pasta Angel hair pasta tossed with olives, asparagus, fresh tomatoes, basil, roasted garlic, mushrooms, lemon juice, and olive oil, topped with grilled gulf shrimp and sea scallops Farmers Pie Roasted squash, mushrooms, red onions, spinach, feta, and Parmesan rolled in filo, served with pesto and balsamic reduction 2 213 H A M I L T O N P L A C E B O U L E VA R D | A C R O P O L I S G R I L L . C O M








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From Beads to Bracelets Local Shop Helps Cultivate Community Creativity BY CHRISTINA CANNON PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH UNGER




hen Susan Council’s employer transferred her to the Scenic City at the turn of the century, she never would have guessed that she would be running her very own bead shop decades later. “When I first moved to Chattanooga, my family was waiting until the end of the school year to follow, so I needed something to keep me busy without them around,” explains Council. While browsing magazines at a local bookstore, Council came across a bracelet that she wanted to try to make. “It listed all the materials, but I had no idea how to do it,” she says. After some preliminary research, Council found herself attending weekly bead nights at a small shop in Hixson, and the rest was history. As Council honed her jewelry-making skills, requests from friends and family rolled in, which eventually led her to start attending craft shows as a vendor. Council would sell jewelry on the side and began cultivating a network of friends who were also interested in beading. It wasn’t uncommon for Council to go on “bead retreats” with her newly found friends, and you better believe if they were ever looking for something in particular, Council was the first person they contacted.

“My friends started calling my stash the ‘bead shop of Susan,’ and it wasn’t long before they really encouraged me to open my own shop,” she explains. In 2015, she took the first step in making that dream a reality and began renting 500 square feet from another artisan, Carolyn Insler of Vision Stained Glass. “I was very excited about opening the shop and placing everything, decorating, and finding fixtures. Carolyn and I purchased banners to put outside for opening week, which was all very exciting, but opening week was a letdown,” says Council. “Despite all the banners, with essentially no advertising budget, our opening was rather lackluster.” With time, Council’s operation grew, and greater profits along with the need for a larger space led her to search for a new property. After operating out of a space on McCallie Avenue for three years, Council once again found herself needing more space. It wasn’t long before she found the perfect place along Lee Highway and transitioned Bead Therapy to a new home. While still working part-time to help pay the bills, Council now owns her own building and manages a small team that runs the shop.

“All my staff bead and are very knowledgeable about the different techniques in beading,” says Council. “Not only are we the only bead shop in Chattanooga, I think I have the largest assortment of seed beads within 400 miles, so we have a lot to offer.” In addition to carrying a large assortment of beads, Bead Therapy provides plenty of project kits, classes, and even does jewelry repairs. Council also hosts a weekly open bead night – just like the one where she got her start – when customers can come in, work on pieces, and get help from the shop’s experts. In the future, Council hopes to offer monthly BYOB classes in which patrons can come enjoy snacks and drinks all while making a piece of contemporary jewelry in a group setting. For now, Council says her main priority is simply weathering the storm. “I’m focusing on surviving COVID-19 and getting the shop to a point where it can totally support itself,” says Council. “But above all else, I really just enjoy helping people make something that they love and sparking that thing that makes them want to learn and do more.” CS




Spring Fever Finds Warmer weather is just weeks away, and you may be looking to trade your red wines and weighty whiskeys for something a little lighter. We’ve got your back with these spring picks that are airy and alluring without sacrificing flavor.

Old Dominick Gin Formula No. 10 This Southern-style gin is perfect for the season with its earthy yet sweet profile, which sees botanicals coming out in full force. Orris, ginger, and licorice root work to ground this spirit, while chamomile and grapefruit peel deliver a dose of brightness. Juniper dominates the nose and gives this gin the perfect complexity for a classic negroni or gin and tonic.

Plantation 3 Stars Artisanal Rum Hailing from Barbados, Trinidad, and Jamaica, this white rum has it all. Pleasant scents of brown sugar, honey, coffee, vanilla, and cloves make a grand first impression. The taste is light-bodied and bittersweet and runs parallel to flavors of dark chocolate, root beer, and cream. Slightly more herbal than other rums on the market, this libation is a tasty tribute to its Caribbean predecessors.

Domaines Ott BY.OTT Côtes de Provence Rosé 2019 As pretty as the day is long, this delicate and fruity rosé opens with notes of white peach, apricot, passion fruit, and mango. Hints of pomegranate, pear, and vanilla help to ground the wine, which is comprised of a grenache, cinsault, and syrah blend. These flavors are amplified with a hint of citrus and sweet spices and come to a close with a long but fresh finish.

Ca’ Vittoria Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Brut Dry and refreshing, this white sparkling wine has made its mark as one of Italy’s finest. Scents of cherries and clementines give way to flavors of pear, lemon, and brioche. With the perfect balance of structure and flavor, this wine pairs exceptionally well with fish or vegetable-based dishes. CS



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