The English Rose is a one-of-a-kind shop that I had no idea existed until quite recently. So i decided to stop in one day, although it was 10 minutes before they closed so I only had a short while to look around quickly. Owned and operated by several English women, this store carries a large variety of tea and tea accessories. They also have lots of other British products, mostly types of food and drink. What makes this place very unique is that it also has a small restaurant open in the afternoons whose main feature is of course tea. They have a large selection and they also serve various snack foods with it. The tea is a little more expensive than you will find in normal restaurants, but not outrageous, and the food is fairly cheap. I have not eaten here yet, or even had a cup of tea, but I will be sure to update this tip as soon as I do. Lots of people come here dressed up to have their afternoon tea, especially families with young children. The kids sure enjoy getting a taste of what English tea-time is all about. Lastly, the English Rose is located in one of Chattanooga's many historic, beautifully restored downtown buildings. Most of the space of this particular building is used as loft-style apartments.
Frazier Avenue, located beside Coolidge Park on the north side of the river, is a newly revitalized area that is booming with activity. Ten years ago, Frazier was mostly empty warehouses and other industrial sites. Today, it is one of the best local places in Chattanooga to shop, dine, and hang out with friends. Along with restaurants, coffeehouses, and art galleries, Frazier is full of specialty stores that sell a mix of books, toys, clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, household items, and imported goods. You can easily spend a whole day looking through all the stores, eating meals, having coffee or alcoholic drinks, and walking through the park and on Walnut Street bridge.
My favorite, most recommended stores are Earth Elements, New Moon Gallery, the Grapevine, Blue Skies, and A Novel Idea. There is the Mudpie, a coffeehouse/soup and sandwich shop, Clumpies Ice Cream Co., the Northshore Grille, and North Chatt Cat. Rock Creek Outfitters and ChooChoo Bait and Tackle are located here, as well as a gourmet bakery for dogs, Bone Appetit. The Chattanooga Pepper Co. has one of the largest varieties of hotsauces outside New Orleans, as well as everything imaginable one would need to prepare hot and spicy foods with. There are counter-culture shops here, as well as the city's first cybercafe, called CyberLan, where one can play against friends and strangers in almost any videogame you want. Whether you want to shop, dine out, or have fun, Frazier is the hot place in Chattanooga.
Many of the stores and eateries on the park-side of Frazier Avenue have front entrances on the street and rear entrances by the park. However, a few only have one or the other, so beware. If you do not walk on the street in front and around the corner on market street as well as behind the street beside the park, you are likely to miss a few stores.
Rugina's has a large selection of African artwork all handmade by natives and imported into the U.S. They help support the livelihood of families and villages in some of the poorest countries on Earth. Here you can find jewelry, wooden masks and sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and much more. Some of the larger objects are quite expensive, but there are plenty of smaller pieces within most people's budgets. You can also try for free and buy Tanzanian coffee grown on a farm begun by Jackie Robinson's son, David. A 12 ounce bag is $9.50, which is well worth it not only for its great taste, but also because it helps Tanzanians make a decent living for themselves. There is a lot to see in this small store, especially for those who like knowing about and collecting from other cultures.
A Chattanooga treasure for quite some time, Southeastern Salvage is a must. Here you can find Vietnamese garden pots, Indian wood carvings, statues of Vishnu, Chinese porcelain, portuguese tiles, as well as lots of home decor. You could spend days in this place.
What to buy: They have an extensive selection of Indian sari fabrics, Chinese armoires, Pashmina shawls and bric a brac from all over.
What to pay: anything your heart desires
Warehouse Row is a block of old warehouses that have been converted to a shopping center. While there are many empty storefronts, there are still many outlet stores here, such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy, Bible Factory Outlet, and many more. And, there is a small food court on the very bottom level. Very interesting architecture!
Chattanooga converted authentic railroad warehouses into lovely boutiques. Brass railings, wood floors, some skylights, all create a pretty scene.
What to buy: They claim to be factory outlet stores.
*I* went to look around.
What to pay: *I* don't shop there, but prices are usually lower than regular mall store prices.
Chattanooga Market on Southside is an open air market, Sundays from around Easter til the last Sunday before Christmas. Another great browsing places looking for the fun of it or searching for special items. Noon til 5pm, this weekend of November is great weather so a lot of people were out looking, visitors, families, couples.
If you are looking for local made goods, like soap or artwork, wood carving, quilts, produce of the season, there are many vendors and artisans. You can even watch them work at their crafts! You have some items shipped in from around the US, foods and merchandise but most is from people around Tennesse, to help support local economy, get the freshest that you can to be more healthy, and to help the local farmers who is more difficulties competing against big change stores like Wal-mart. You won-t find me at Wal-Mart, sure it helps some things I guess, but I am not a Wal-mart kind of person. Always surprises to me to see so many cars and people at such stores, but the one Wal-mart in Berlin is almost always crowded also, must have a special attraction. Anyway----back to the Market on Southside :-)
Weekend of the 14th, there was a PIGSKIN PIGOUT!BBQ chefs having a cook-off to help the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. I don´t eat meats, but its a worthy case so I donated to help where I could. It smelled terrific though! I did buy some nice fresh breads.
Live music is also featured here, can get a bit to eat while walking or stop to sit outside a near cafés for a small meal and drink. This weekend Ducktown Station was playing, Blue Ridge Grass and Kym Tuvin, mostly bluegrass music. Not everyone likes it but when you are walking around the beautiful weather, blue skies over Tennessee, it fits just perfectly!
Celtic Harvest on 21 November,Ólta, a traditional Celtic band will be playing then.
The Winter Roast Coffee Festival on 12 December. That is the last big event before Christmas, Sweet Georgia Sound will be playing.
What to buy: Whatever you want :-)
36 Frazier AvenueThe New Moon Gallery is a unique shop on Frazier Avenue at 36. Its along a line of many other store fronts with unique items for sale, side by side with little cafés that remind me more of home. When you step inside it just takes your breath away. You don´t know what to look at first! The staff is very nice and understanding about that ;-)
All kinds of wind chimes, spritual and cultural, glass beads, stones, incense, new age music, clothing make from natural fibers and dyes, books, cards, jewelry and so much beautiful artwork! I could spend hours in it alone. Even if you say youu just look for a few minutes, you will find later you been inside a long time because its crammed full of interesting artifacts. Also in the back corner of the shop you will find the info board most places like these have. Announcing upcoming events that have to do with cultural, esoteric, self-improvement type events. Also I noticed, since Chattanooga is not so far from bigger Atlanta, that a lot of info was also for things happening in that city. As well on the board you can find cards of people who provide certain services, portrait artists, day spas, massage, tarot reading.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable depending on what you are buying. Local good are less expensive than imported art, clothing, and jewelry for example.
The Monkey Tree is downtown, and rather a speciality/antique shop. Lovely junk! This kind of places I love, just odds and ends all kinds of things, Indian trunks coming from Britain, Germany toys for children, you have to shift through a lot of it, but you find unique stuff. I would say its mostly home furnishings, which I have no space to transport back home, but I saw so much that would add a special touch of color or depth to your home. Top to bottom, its fascinating.
Open Hours: 9:30am-6pm Mon-Sat
What to pay: Depends on what you are buying, most is rather reasonable, but with unique stuff like this....well, you buy it is you like and can afford, yes? :-)
Warehouse Row is a mall of sorts, outlets stores in a remodel building that was abandoned warehouses. You have a food court, and its very busy during the week because a lot of business people come for lunch. I think it is a bit overrated. It has improved since I was here last, more stores like DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and the like, but you can get the same items cheaper someplace else. I really am a garage sale, secondhand shop shopper, so I only went to look around for something to do. I only ended up buying a greeting card to send to a friend.
Phone: +1 423 267 1111
Open Hours: 9am-9pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun
What to pay: More expensive than over places overall, you can go to Goody´s or out to Brainerd to one of the local malls and find the same stuff for less.
What to buy: Harley Davidson motorcycles and accessories, arts and crafts, designer clothing, sporting goods, gourmet sweets, cheeses, etc. .