By Chloe Morrison
The owner of Locals Only has advice for anyone shopping in Chattanooga this holiday season.
“Shop early,” said Danielle Landrum, owner of the Frazier Avenue shop. “The retail industry is experiencing extremely high demand for goods at the same time that there are unprecedented supply chain disruptions.”
Although her store is shielded in many ways because she sources from local makers, some local businesses are facing challenges around other supply-chain issues like packaging.
“It will be important this holiday season for local makers to order their supplies early, for shoppers to give retailers a little grace and for retailers to be ready to guide customers with suggestions and substitutions,” Landrum said.
To get a jump on shopping, check out these items from five Chattanooga-area stores.
Bees on a bicycle at 1909 Market St.
Shop via Zoom, online or in-person and find gifts like organic herbs or self-watering ceramic planters for the one in the family with the green thumb.
Dirty Jane Antiques at 1910 Dayton Blvd.
If you’re looking for something quirky and special, visit Dirty Jane’s Antiques in Red Bank. From vintage furniture and retro decorations to art and throw-back outfits, everything in this store feels one-of-a-kind.
Merchants on Main at 607 E. Main St.
This Southside shop is locally owned by a mother-daughter duo, and it offers a cute curation of items from 30+ vendors. If you’re traveling through the area, you may want to pick up a fun puzzle for the family or a painting of a local landmark done by a Chattanooga artist.
POMKT at 1428 Williams St.
Check out POMKT for the effortlessly hip people in your life. Dream Weaver Mist that helps with sleep makes a perfect stocking stuffer. Or pick up an organic cotton, gold-colored bandana.
Locals Only Gifts at 10 Frazier Ave.
Landrum suggested the Good Fortune Mini Body Lotion, which can be used anywhere from your head to toes. “Their thick, non-greasy lotion is extremely moisturizing and scented with essential oils,” she said. “They make it right here in Chattanooga.”
You really can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box. It includes The Hot Chocolatier’s Sipping Chocolate, Willa’s Shortbread, Southern Spooning Chocolate Sauce, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Bar, and a Moon Pie.
Sample a little bit of everything
Locals only Gifts
The shop features goods from over 100 local Tennessee artists and artisans, such as candles, art, food, skin care, baby and children’s items, apparel, stationery, novelty, souvenirs and jewelry.
Taste of Chattanooga Boxes
Bring the taste of Chattanooga home with you! Brian Garza, founder of Chatt Taste Food Tours, hopes to inspire people to shop Chattanooga brands with her sampler box.