It’s National Women’s history month and in case you didn’t know, Chattanooga is full of female-owned businesses. If you’re looking to support female-owned Chattanooga businesses, check out a few below that are run by bad-to-the-bone boss-ladies.
One of the newest eateries to the scene, Lil Mama’s serves Chicago-style hoagies. Owner Tiffany Pauldon-Banks created the menu in the comfort of her own home with her husband and son. One bite and you’ll be transported right to Chicago. For another female-owned sandwich shop, check out Mindy B’s Deli right around the corner. Looking for views of the Tennessee River? Scottie’s on the River is your place. Opened in 2018 by Scottie Bowman, Scottie’s has become a local favorite hangout spot serving up some of the freshest seafood in town.
If you want to get a little taste of everything Chattanooga has to offer, book a Chatt Taste Food Tour with Briana Garza. Choose from three different tours: West Village, Taco Tuesday, or Art & Southern Cuisine. Not only will you get to explore Chattanooga’s unique food scene, but you’ll also learn more about the neighborhoods, art, and cultural scene in the Scenic City.
Who says holistic health can’t be fun? Wildflower Tea Shop & Apothecary is not only aesthetically pleasing in every way, but owner Hillary Libby created the shop to be a sanctuary in Chattanooga where connection and healing are infused in every detail. Just a few doors down, you’ll find the perfect post-dinner date-night spot, The Hot Chocolatier. Yes – you guessed it – they sell hot chocolate (and frozen hot chocolate!). But that’s not all. Owner Wendy Buckner studied at the French Pastry School in Chicago, IL, and specializes in hand-crafted chocolate truffles, bonbons, and pastries.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard the phrase “girls just want to have fun” - which just so happens to be a great song to roller skate to. Next time you’re planning a party or girls' night out, book the Pop-Up Roller Disco with Moonlight Roller. Owner Adrienne Cooper jumped on the business idea in 2019 when a recent resurgence of roller skating came back onto the scene. Don’t have skates? No problem. They bring the good times to you so all you have to do is roll right into the fun. They travel to pavilions, parks, venues, warehouses, you name it! You can even buy your very own Moon Boots if you want to keep the fun rolling on. How cool is that?
One of the best ways to see Chattanooga is from the Tennessee River, and Sunshine’s Adventures specializes in just that. Schandra “Sunshine” Loveless prides herself in helping first-timers explore the outdoors on stand-up paddleboards. From sunset and full moon tours to exploring a bat cave, we know you’ll find something you like. Another unique way to explore Chattanooga is on wheels. Chattanooga Segway and Bicycle Tours will show you the museums, green spaces, entertainment, and taste of the city all from two wheels! The tours book quickly so make sure to reserve your spot.
If you’re ever looking to get married in Chattanooga, the mother/daughter team at The Venue Chattanooga has you covered. With two unique locations on the property, The Venue and The Garden – you’ll find what you need just minutes from downtown Chattanooga.
How about another mother/daughter duo in the mix? Blooms and Blossoms specializes in floral decor for your wedding or special event and is the perfect addition to your party. We’ll let the arrangements speak for themselves!
What’s a wedding without a dress? The Unveiled Bridal Studio aims to showcase eclectic bridal designer gowns for women of all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and cultures. Founder and lead stylist, Veatrice Conley, prides herself on selecting gowns with exquisite artistry while keeping it affordable.
There’s nothing like Chattanooga’s down-home creativity in the arts. Area 61 is owned by Keelie Crewe and her partners David Crewe and Rudd Montgomery. The art gallery features the work of 20 professional local artists and craftsmen and includes hand-crafted furniture, woodwork, fine art, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and handcrafted audio speakers by SoundCrewe - just to name a few. Also make sure to stop by Keeody Art Gallery who is known for offering love and soul to the public in the form of inspired art and original mixed-media compositions.
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Everybody loves a good self-pampering day. Radiant Salon is dedicated to the art of beauty, hair care...and you guessed it – pampering. Salon owner Tera L. Johnson loves to bring a relaxing environment to every client that enters her salon. If you’re interested in a big-city, trendy salon environment that’s focused on education and customer service, head down Main Street to find VK Salon owned by Victoria Kenyon Patton.
Looking for the best in cosmetics? Named after owner Darin’s twin daughters, Elea Blake Cosmetic Studio was created to provide a makeup line that was representational of the diversity in humanity. Her line includes pure minerals and has a color that perfectly fits each personality. Now that you’re all dolled up, why not capture the moment with a photoshoot at PO.MKT (also known as Powell Market)? Owner Julie and her husband Bo have created a unique concept of a lifestyle shop, photo studio, and event space. While you’re there, check out the florals, artwork, and apothecary treasures.
*Not every female-owned business in Chattanooga was included in this blog.