New Chattanooga roaster set to make big waves in coffee community with bicycle delivery

Jack Howland

Mail to: wjn612@mocs.utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)–The city of Chattanooga is not without its fair share of well-established coffee roasters, many of whom have their own coffee shops with which to promote their brand.

However, there’s a new kid on the block, one who’s been around the Chattanooga coffee scene for quite some time, but who recently decided to branch out and form his own roasting company, simply called Velo Coffee Roasters, located at 509 East Main St.

Velo Coffee Roasters, owned and operated by Andrew Gage since April 2010, is unique in that Gage delivers all of his coffee by bicycle.

Gage likes to offer at least three caffeinated roasts of coffee and one decaffeinated roast.

Currently, Velo Coffee Roasters’ beans can be found at Greenlife, Niedlov’s Breadworks, and the various farmers’ markets at Finley Stadium, Main Street, and in Brainerd. Gage also hopes to be able to offer space in his shop to accommodate guests for tours, tastings, and also to sell his product

Gage stresses the importance of being able to offer his customers the freshest coffee possible, from regions such as:

  • Sumatra
  • Mexico
  • Ethiopia
  • El Salvador
  • Burundi
  • Uganda

While he tries to change his selections every couple of months, according to the seasonality and availability of the selections from his distributor, he admits that his Ugandan bean has been the most popular. “People dig it, I’ve carried it the longest,” Gage added. He describes it as a medium roast having a heavy body but with a lower acidity level, which, he feels, caters to a broader population.

Gage began his career in the coffee business when he took on the position as one of the baristas for Rembrandt’s Coffee House. While at Rembrandt’s, he assisted in roasting the shop’s various beans, knowing that roasting was in his future.

Gage later left Rembrandt’s to be one of the baristas at both Greyfriar’s Coffee House, on Broad Street, and Pasha Coffee and Tea, in St. Elmo.

The label not only informs the buyer of the region from which the beans come, but also includes the roasting date.

After working as a barista for nearly two more years, Gage was given the opportunity to roast full-time for Greyfriar’s, and it was at Greyfriar’s that Gage was able to hone his roasting skills.

By establishing a strong local following, Gage hopes to create a buzz within the downtown neighboring areas. “One of my goals is to get people to start talking about the coffee, to try and create a coffee community,” Gage said.

If you liked this article, you might also like this article on another local Chattanooga coffee roaster.

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Young Monster Fuses Local Art and Music Scenes

By Xan Gwaltney

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — If you have seen event posters around town in the last year, chances are you’ve seen the work of the local art collective known as Young Monster.

Young Monster design

Young Monster design

The group started operating over a year ago thanks to a grant from Chattanooga non-profit organization CreateHere, which identifies itself as “an experiment in harnessing the economic potential of creative individuals” to “build Chattanooga’s cultural economy through arts, economic, and cultural development initiatives.”

UTC graduate Nick Dupey founded Young Monster after writing the grant with Heather Lacey, who now works primarily with Do Ya Hear We records.

Currently, the core group consists of Dupey, Zach Hobbs, Alison Burke, and Scott Campbell, and specializes in screen printing, graphic design, and most recently fashion design.

Dupey says, “There’s a rich history of music-based design” and the goal of Young Monster is to “try to develop a design culture around the music scene” in Chattanooga.

Young Monster pieces can regularly be found touting upcoming events at local venues JJ’s Bohemia and Discoteca, and often add a distinct art aspect to events such as the Bangers Ball and The Chattanooga Roller Girls bouts and shows by the likes of:

Discoteca poster designed by Young Monster

Discoteca poster designed by Young Monster

  • The Distribution
  • King Khan & the Shrines
  • Andrew Bird
  • Those Darlins
  • Lambchop
  • Forest Magic

Dupey says, “The regionality of what we do is really important.  We want to create a voice for our city and the music that comes out of our city.”

A veteran himself of the music scene as a member of Giant Tigers, Dupey has become prolific as a visual artist.

He says, “I personally did about 40 posters last year.”  Add in the output of the other Young Monster contributors and he says the group produced “upwards of 100 posters last year.”

As a group, Young Monster has created a distinctive style, influenced heavily by Polish poster design and film.  Dupey says that film especially is an inspiration because it is a “culmination of film, visuals, music, and graphic design.”

In particular the artists are inspired by horror films, such as the work of Roger Corman, in which they are drawn to the beauty of at times ugly or horrific imagery.

Young Monster has recently branched out further with merchandising, offering posters, prints, cards, and clothing on their website.  Dupey says the worldwide decline in record sales has led the music industry to push gig posters and other merchandise as more products to sell.

As a result, he says the art form of gig posters, while it had never gone away, has found increased public awareness.

Young Monster also recently partnered with Leo Handmade Gallery which officially reopened April 2 and currently features the photography of Robert Parker.

The new store is located at 22 Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga.

Here Nick Dupey demonstrates printing a poster in the Young Monster studio beneath the Leo gallery.

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6 Reasons To Attend a Trade Show, Expo, or Convention

By: Kyra Inglis

CHATTANOOGA – (UTC/THELOOP) Many people do not realize how attending a convention, trade show, or exposition can be to their benefit. What they don’t know is about the wealth of information, not to mention freebies, that are made available .

There is also a chance to meet people who are either semi-famous or  knowledgeable in a particular area. Most events are held by theme, so there’s always something of interest for anyone.

Here are six reasons that you should attend one of these events in your area:

Free Stuff: The swag opportunities are incredible. I attended two trade shows in less than a week, and in that time, I racked up four tote bags, a water bottle, a t-shirt, a tire pressure gauge, coupons for products at a local grocer, sunflower seed packets and samples of three different ice creams.

According to Ardyce Mercier, Co-Founder of Cleaning Green, not only do they want your business, but they also want to show you how to clean green. “We come in and clean every surface of your house.” At the Cleaning Green booth, she gave out cleaning recipe cards that showed you how to clean your home in an eco-friendly way.

What is important to remember is that many businesses are going to be present at these events, and they have promotional materials so that you remember their name, and what service they offer. To them, business cards are not enough, and while you can lose or throw away a business card, a free tote bag is always going to be used. And that is free advertisement for them.

Give-Aways : There are countless give aways involved at these events. Each booth usually has an offer for you to sign up with. At the Eco Expo in Chattanooga on April 13th, the main give away was a scooter, that to register for, you had to take your program for the event and have each booth sign that you had visited that booth. Then when you were leaving, you took your program back to the entrance and entered yourself in the giveaway.

This was the prize available to all at the Chattanooga Eco Expo, Tuesday April 13.

This was the prize available to all at the Chattanooga Eco Expo, Tuesday April 13.

Most of these give-aways are not that complicated. Usually, it involves filling out a form with your contact information, your interests in that booth’s products.

Beware though, if it is not something you want to win, don’t enter. Those businesses use that information to do cold calls to sell you their product. They also use any e-mail information to send you information on upcoming product changes. So if you’re not interested in junk e-mail offers, don’t add your e-mail address.

Information: Depending on the theme of the event, there is a wealth of knowledge that is available to the attendants of these events.  At the Southern Women’s Expo in Nashville, travel deals and new cooking products were featured.  The Eco Expo in Chattanooga had eco-friendly products and services that are available in the Chattanooga area.

One of the most interesting exhibitors at the Eco Expo was EVS, or Engineered Verdant Solutions, that offered Green Roofs, Eco-Paving and LIving Wall Systems. The Living Wall System is something that Chad Norman of EVS, said that local restaurants are really getting into. “With a living wall, people are less likely to spray paint or put their cigarette out on your property.”

Knowing what kind of event you are going to, will give you a sense of what do look for and what kind of questions to ask. It will also give you a chance to find the best possible answer from someone who knows about what you are looking for and has probably worked in that field.

Opportunities: There are several types of opportunities available. The opportunity to support local businesses in your area is one.  The opportunity to what services are available to you through companies, such as Earth Fare. Earth Fare offers a pantry makeover program, where you can “trade in your conventional peanut butter, soda, cereal, salad dressing, or jelly and get a free Earth Fare Brand replacement.”

Meeting People: While you can meet people anywhere, it’s a little different at a trade show, expo, and very different at a convention. Depending on what the theme of the event is, there are usually guests that the event holder have arranged to bring in. At the Southern Women’s Expo in Nashville, one of the guests for the weekend was Johnathan Kayne aka Kayne from Project Runway Season Three.

 

People at the Southern Women's Expo in Nashville, on April 9th.

People at the Southern Women's Expo in Nashville, on April 9th.

At conventions meet and greets are extremely different. Attendants of Dragon Con in Atlanta and the most recent ConNooga can tell you, the emphasis is on Special Guests. It works a little different at these type of events, however. Generally, you have to pay for an autograph, or a photo opportunity. This can get pricey if there are several people you want to meet.

However, if your fandom has no boundaries, it’s a no brainer. According to Rachel Stewart, she met Terry Gilliam at the 2009 Dragon Con, and got to see a special screening of clips from “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.”

“It was really amazing,” said Stewart, “and because I am a Monty Python fan, I got Gilliam to sign some coconuts from ‘Spam-a-lot’ for me.”  Overall Stewart said it was a really great experience, adding that  “it was really epic, because he took five to ten minutes with each person.”

Fun! : So this is an obvious one, but it had to be said. The fun factor is the whole reason that you would go to events like these in the first place. Whether it’s the thrill of getting free stuff, actually winning one of those prizes, or just the road trip involved, for some, it’s a mini adventure. Make sure you do your research before you go, however. You don’t want to spend all your time filling out forms for giveaways, when there’s free ice cream to be had. Here are some tips to make your experiences the best :

Have labels printed out with your contact information. Stick them on the entry forms, for quicker results.

Hit the booths with the bags first. You will be handed a lot of samples and literature, so it’s best to have a bag to put it in.

Remember that if you don’t want your contact information used for junk mail, don’t enter the give-aways.

Do your research in advance. Find out if there is an admission fee at the door. Find out what kind of show it is.

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New Year’s Resolutions: How to Lose Weight without Joining a Gym

By Kyra Inglis

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/TheLoop) – Here we are, two weeks into the new year, and most of us have either gave up on our New Year’s Resolution, or we have settled comfortably into our new lifestyle that will help us succeed. The most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. But with a recession going on, and the average gym price running in the upper 40’s and 50’s, who can afford to stick to that resolution? Or is there another way, people can get fit for free? The answer is yes, and here are five ways to do that.

  1. First, there is the work out. Most people either go to the gym or buy work out videos. But why buy work out videos when you can get wonderful workouts for free on YouTube? There are tons of workouts, from yoga and pilates, to boxing and basic toning. One to check out is the Urban Workout on  Underground Wellness, with Sean Croxton. Also remember that walking and running are free and all it takes is the first step.
  2. Second, there is a support level. Fiftymillionpounds.com is just one of many sites that can help you track your fitness level, what you eat, and show your progress. They offer an online journal that tracks your food and exercise, and a team builder so that if you and friends want to get into better shape, you can form a team.
  3. Third, is the nutrition portion. So many people have to start watching what they eat. Fast Food is convenient and easy, but it adds the pounds like crazy. So what’s the solution? Make better choices about what you put in your body. One good way of doing that is by eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out the sodas.  Another way is preparing food yourself.  There are numerous sites that have excellent healthy recipes to get you started on the road to being healthier.  Or take a walk to your local library and check out some recipe books.
  4. Fourth, is the equipment necessary to workout with. This is one of the reasons that people go to a gym in the first place; so they can save money without dropping a bundle on a home gym equipment. Solution? Find a workout routine that is interesting to you and requires equipment that is not so fancy. Jumping rope is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to workout, because for around $5, there is a wide variety of exercises available. If you must have a treadmill or a stationary bike, check out your local Goodwill, where used equipment can be found for up to $50.  If you own a Nintendo Wii, there are a variety of workout games that will keep you dry and warm on those days that it’s too bad to be out.  Check out a used game store to get the bargains.
  5. Fifth, is discipline. This is the one that everyone has trouble with. There’s always a reason why a workout is not in your future. Either it’s too hot, to cold, or too rainy, or you’re just too tired. Whatever the excuse, it’s just that; an excuses. For UTC student Aaron Sutherland, he says that sticking with it is easy. “I just set goals for myself, whether it be strength gains or weight loss and I don’t stop until I meet those goals.  It helps to keep going over in your head the end result of all the hard work you have to do and how much it’ll be worth it”
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Workout machines ready and waiting

    Are you wanting to lose that weight for an upcoming vacation, or is it just about eating better and avoiding problems in the future? Either way it’s a win, and it’s a decision that you have to make for yourself.  Remember also to set realistic goals. Losing 10 pounds in two weeks is not realistic and not healthy, so why try it?

    Finally, reward yourself for your milestones. If there is an outfit you’ve had in mind at a local boutique or if it’s just treating yourself to a new CD, there should be an incentive (besides getting healthy) to keep yourself going. Little rewards also keep you from getting off track and quitting.

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    Local Accessories to Give a “Hoot” About

    By: Laura Kelton

    Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Loop) – One UTC student is watching her dreams come true before her eyes as her eco-friendly accessory line OwlEyes’ Accessories takes flight.

    UTC junior Rebekah McCallie is the creator of OwlEyes’ Accessories, designing felt and feather pieces to compliment any outfit. McCallie says her inspiration comes from “watching countless hours of Project Runway, movies and books about renowned fashion designers, and old Audrey Hepburn movies.” But she comments that anything and everything fabulous, pretty and unique inspires her designs. “I just enjoy creating adorable accessories and hopefully adding to someone’s already fabulous outfit.”

    Rebekah in the "Brown and Red Indian" headband. $10

    Rebekah in the "Brown and Red Indian" headband. $10

    As McCallie runs her own business, it has allowed her a lot of leeway in design of both products and the brand itself. She derived the brand name from her own love of owls. She says, “Well, it’s no surprise to people who know me, but for those who don’t: I have a serious obsession with owls. There are probably 20 owls decorating my room, and you will rarely catch me without an owl necklace on.” As far as the product, she takes custom orders at no extra charge. Up and coming Chattanooga fashion blog, Jank is Swank, says that this is their favorite part of OwlEyes, “You can special order any design you desire, from hair pins, to clips and of course headbands.”

    Her product line began with felt and feather headbands and earrings, and has expanded to hair clips, pins, brooches, and even a few miniature hats. McCallie says she was motivated to start her own line after shopping one day, as she does frequently, and finding a headband for $30. She says, “I knew I could make them for myself and my friends much cheaper.” UTC junior Brooke Dobson says that McCallie’s creations “cost so little but look so expensive. They go with everything…I own five headbands and a pair of earrings.”

    Brooke Dobson in a felt brooch. $8

    Brooke Dobson in a felt brooch. $8

    McCallie has already seen a large growth in her entrepreneurial business. Dobson says, “I’ve known Bekah for a long time. She is a very driven person and great business woman. OwlEyes will be a huge success.” The accessory line is already available at numerous nearby businesses, including Leo’s Handmade Gallery and Sugar Plums Antiques.

    Rebekah in a "Shades of Brown" felt headband. $8

    Rebekah in a "Shades of Brown" felt headband. $8

    What does the future hold for OwlEyes? “I want it to be selling in many more stores, and eventually grow to a point where I can start my own store,” says McCallie. “I just want to make as many people as fabulous as possible. I hope to see OwlEyes really grow.”

    OwlEyes’ Accessories can currently be purchased online from ShopHandmade.com and Etsy.com, as well as through the Facebook page.

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    The Night Life of Chattanooga

     

     

    The Choo Choo city.

    The Choo Choo city.

    (CHATTANOOGA)– Although Chattanooga may not be the largest city, there are certainly a variety of options for people to choose from when it comes to Chattanooga’s Night Life.

     

     

    Mark Langston, Tennessee Tech junior, Patrick Siler, UTC senior, Reneese Pope, UTC senior, and Mallory Slaughter, UTC alumni, are the people in the video telling you of what they enjoy doing in the night life of Chattanooga.

    There are many different genres of night time activities people of Chattanooga can enjoy. Here are several places people enjoy going in the downtown area:

    Take a ride to fun town on the Fat Cat.The Fat Cat Ferry is a delight in the day with children and family to enjoy a nice ride along the Tennessee River. Once the sun begins to set, people come aboard the Fat Cat Ferry to socialize amongst friends and enjoy nice cold beverages. It is $6 for an all-day pass to ride the Fat Cat. It allows you to stay on the boat as long as you like or get off the boat and come back on as you please. Beer is $2-$3 and this year the ferry is offering liquor drinks as well.

      

    www.chattanoogawatertaxi.com

     

    The Lookouts minor league baseball started their season up on April 7, 2009 and ends in September. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family. They offer hot dogs, nachos, slushies, cold drinks and the beer garden, which you have to be 21 and up to enter. Beers range anywhere from $2-$4. Ticket prices vary upon where you want to sit, but most college-aged people buy general admission tickets for $4 and go hang out in the beer garden.

    A Lookouts game is a great inexpensive way to have fun.

    A Lookouts game is a great inexpensive way to have fun.

    www.lookouts.com


     Hair of the Dog is a locally run bar with an old English pub unique style. If you are looking for a place with great drink specials from open to close, this is your place to go with $2.50 well drinks and $2 beer. Beer prices are anywhere from $2-$10 a piece, with over 50 beers to choose from. H.O.D. has trivia night every Wednesday night from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. It is open Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. You can order any food from their menu up until 2:30 a.m. H.O.D. is always 21 and up.  

    One of Chatt-town's hottest spots.

    One of Chatt-town's hottest bars

     

    www.hairofthedogpub.net

     Chili’s is a great place to go if you are on a budget and enjoy congregating amongst friends and new faces in the bar. Chili’s offers two for one drink specials everyday from open till 10 p.m. If you get hungry while you are there, Chili’s is currently offering ten meals for under $7.

    A popular college hot spot, Chili's is right on the strip.

    A popular college hot spot, Chili's.

     

    www.chilis.com 

    Raw Sushi Bar turns from only a restaurant to a dance club upstairs every Friday and Saturday night. It also features live bands and artists downstairs near the entrance. Raw is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

    Raw has two sides to it.

    Raw has two sides to it.

     

    http://www.myspace.com/jimstriker

    The Big Chill offers some of the best and strongest drinks in Chattanooga. The monster of them all is a St. Croix Joy, with the main ingredient being PGA so you need to be careful with this one. Big Chill’s weekly specials are:

    A long time hot spot.

    A long time hot spot.

     

    • Tuesday- $2 Corona’s and karaoke
    • Wednesday- $1 beer with a $5 cover fee
    • Thursday- $2 Corona’s and trivia

    It is happy hour daily from open till 8 p.m. with half off most drinks. You must be at least 21-years-old to enter.

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    "Fridays" is a popular place for college students to eat and work.

    A popular place for college students to eat and work.

    T.G.I.Friday’s offers a specialty drink menu in the bar area that offers half priced drinks with less expensive appetizers. The happy hour is from open till 10 p.m. in the bar.

    www.fridays.com

    Rio Picante Rooftop is located at the former Tortilla Factory. It was remodeled before opening. Rio has a great view of the Tennessee River. They offer some drink specialties depending upon the weekday. You must be 21 and up to enter.

    More than the roof top hops at this bar.

    More than the roof top hops at this bar.

     

    http://www.riopicante.com

     

     

    Over 350 beers to choose from, and the menu's not bad either.

    Over 350 beers to choose from, and the menu's not bad either.

    Every Thursday Taco Mac has pint night. Try the beer of the month and get a free pint glass. They offer a variety of over 350 beers to choose from. Taco Mac is open Monday from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m., Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 a.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

     

    www.taco-mac.com

    Rhythm and Brews features live bands with local and big name artists. You must be 21-years-old to enter a show. Price and timing vary on the band or artist that will be playing. It is connected to Big River so you can take your drinks in and out of both places. This is a great place to go if you love live music.

    http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rhythm-brews/EventSpotlight.aspx

    If you enjoy playing pool Big River is the place for you. It offers several pools tables for people to play pool but there are several sections for seating at the bar, tables and booths. The only beer offered is Big River brewed beer with seven varieties to choose from.

    One of Chatt's most famous brewery's and bars.

    One of Chatt's most famous bars and brewery's.

     

    www.bigrivergrille.com

    T-Bone’sis a laid back bar filled with familiar Chattanooga faces. It offers a variety of things to do. It features over 10 televisions, so it is a great place to go watch sports games. If you’re not that into sports there are darts to play or video game machines. If not games either, T-Bone’s has live music almost every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. You must be 21 to enter.

    A staple of the 'Nooga's restaurant scene.

    A staple of the 'Nooga's bar scene.

     

    http://www.tboneschattanooga.com

     

    One of the more innovative bars in the 'Nooga.

    One of the more innovative bars in the 'Nooga.

    The owners of Hair of the Dog opened Terminal, which is a new establishment in the historic hotel that is located right next to the Choo Choo. They feature six of their freshly batched beer, which is brewed right in the basement of Terminal. It is open Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

     

    www.terminalbrewhouse.com

     

    A popular college dive.

    A popular college dive.

    Midtown Music Hall is a restaurant by day with food catered by The Yellow Submarine and by night is a club. Every Wednesday night is $5 to enter and it is dollar beer. Every Thursday night you pay $7 to get in and it is all you can drink beer with a live d.j. On Friday’s and Saturday’s Midtown features local and big name artists. Times and prices vary upon the band or artist.

     

    http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/midtownmusichall/eventspotlight.aspx

    Tremont Tavern is a locally run neighborhood bar that features an impressive amount of specialty beers and a diverse menu. Every Monday night at 8 p.m. is trivia night. Every Tuesday it is open mic night at 8 p.m. Every Wednesday a featured artist or band plays at 5 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday night there are live bands or artists that begin at 10 p.m.

    A popular North Chatt hangout.

    A popular North Chatt hangout.

     

    www.tremonttavern.com


    Market Street Tavern  opened almost a year after the owner of Tremont Tavern wanted to expand, hence now Chattanooga has Market Street Tavern. Happy hour is every Wednesday, which is half priced drinks beginning at 5 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday nights there is live music beginning at 9 p.m.

    A more upscale option.

    A more upscale option.

     

    www.marketstreettavern.com

     

    A free music experience.

    A free music experience.

    Nightfall is a free musical event featuring live performances by world-class musicians. The musical genre is filled with a variety of eclectic mix of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, zydeco, funk, bluegrass or folk music. It is open to the public ever Friday night at 7 p.m. They offer cold drinks and delicious food for purchase. Bring your friends, family and dog down to this event. It begins May 22 and ends on September 25. It is located in Miller Plaza near Market Street Tavern.

     

    http://downtownchattanooga.org/nightfall/

     

    A new free music option.

    A new free music option.

    Riverfront Nights is very similar with Nightfall. It is a free musical concert on the riverfront every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. It offers a broad genre of music, anywhere from blues, funk, rock, country and Latin infusion. There is an opening act and the headliner will be on the Fat Cat Ferry Stage. Riverfront Nights begins on August 2 and ends on September 27, except for August 23 for the Southern Brewer’s Festival and August 30 for Labor Day weekend. This event is located by the city pier.

     

    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jul/09/chattanooga-riverfront-nights-concert-schedule-set/

    Las Margaritas  is a family friendly neighborhood restaurant that features live music every Wednesday night. They offer delicious Mexican food with some of the best margaritas in town. If you’re not a margarita person, Las Margaritas features a 32 oz. beer for only $3. It is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

    One of the most inexpensive beers in town.

    One of the most inexpensive beers in town.

     

     http://www.lasmargaritaschattanooga.com/

     

    The best fried pickles in town.

    The best fried pickles in town.

    The Pickle Barrel is a Chattanooga original that you will not find anywhere else by it’s rustic decor infused with hippie Chattanooga culture. It has a one of a kind spiral staircase in the middle of the bar that leads you to upstairs seating. Dining on the outdoor roof is the best place to sit for a great atmosphere of the downtown area. Pickle Barrel has a great menu with Reubens being a number one seller along with a vast selection of beer and tasty mixed drinks. The weekly drink specials are:

     

    • Monday- $1 domestics
    • Tuesday- $4 Ice Picks flavored with orange, raspberry or cherry
    • Wednesday- $4 two for one well drinks
    • Thursday- $1 drafts
    • Sunday- Bloody Mary’s

    You must be 21 and up to enter.

    http://picklebarreltn.com/

     

    A nice alternative to the typical college dive.

    A nice alternative to the typical college dive.

    Meeting Place is a unique upscale restaurant and bar that reminds you of a place that would be in New York City by its decor and it is right here in Chattanooga. The downstairs is the dining area. The upstairs overlooks the dining area with couches, high-top tables and bar seating to enjoy drinks with your friends in an intimate setting. Meeting Place offers a unique menu from raw Hawaiian tuna snacks to meat cheese plates or a full course meal like the duck confit. It is open Monday-Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

     

    http://www.stjohnsrestaurant.com/meeting-place.php

     

    Some of the best billiards around.

    Some of the best billiards around.

    The Chattanooga Billiard’s Club is a great place to frequent if you love to play pool or smoke cigars. It has its own Avo Cigar Lounge where you can pick out your own hand-rolled cigar to enjoy. CBC has thirteen pool tables and four dart boards. Every Tuesday night is dart night where people compete in dart games. Every Thursday is pool league night. CBC is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-3 a.m.

     

    http://www.cbcburns.com/billiards/downtown.php

     

    The place to be if you like jazz.

    The place to be if you like jazz.

    Lamar’s has some of the strongest drinks in town, so unless you have a sober driver, don’t have too many of these. You can enjoy a softly lit room with light jazz playing in the background in the Chrystal Lounge. You must be at least 21 to enter.

     

    www.lamarsrestaurant.com

    Parkway Billiards is a uniquely decorated bar with doors on the ceiling and a huge chandelier in the middle of the bar. Its happy hour is everyday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on drink and pool specialties. If you ever go, you must try the Parkway Punch at least once although most think it to be lethal from the amount of alcohol in it, it is certainly delicious. Parkway has 12 pool tables downstairs and 5 dart boards upstairs. Every Tuesday night is the ladies APA Road League. Every Wednesday night is mixed APA Road League. Every Thursday night is APA in House 8 Ball League. Parkway is open seven days a week from 4 p.m.-3 a.m.

    Several floors of bar room fun.

    Several floors of bar room fun.

     

      http://www.parkwaybilliards.com/

     

    A great place for seafood.

    A great place for seafood.

    Easy Bistro and Bar is newly decorated restaurant and bar with a modern New York style. It has a wide variety on the menu catering to seafood lovers. The menu varies with the season. It changes as the seafood season changes for the freshest catch along the Gulf Coast to be offered in downtown Chattanooga. Drink prices vary depending upon the type of beverage you would like. Easy Bistro’s specialty drinks range anywhere from $7.00-$10.00, beer varies from $3.50-$4.50 and wines are between $5.00-$12.00 by the glass. It is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. The bar stay open until whenever the crowd clears out.

     

    http://www.easyseafood.com/ie/

     

    Get a killer pizza with your beer.

    Get a killer pizza with your beer.

    Mellow Mushroom is a pizza bakery. They offer weekly drink specials, like every Sunday there are deals on Bloody Mary’s or Mimosa’s and every Monday there are deals on Margarita’s. You should go check out the specials for the other days. Mellow is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

     

    www.mellowmushroom.com

     

    Build a bloody mary or a fancy evening.

    Build a bloody mary or a fancy evening.

    Bluewater Grille has unique dining decor with an open, inviting space for casually sophisticated people to relax over some of the freshest foods accompanied by one of Bluewater’s beers. It has five original freshly batched beers. Some of its drink specialties are: Thursdays are $5.00 Margarita’s or Mojito’s and Sunday’s a build your own Bloody Mary bar. You should go down and visit the restaurant to check out the other daily drink specials.

     

    • Specialty cocktails and Martini’s-$8.50
    • All of the wines vary from $5.75-$12.00 per glass
    • Bluewater’s original beers-$4.50
    • All domestics-$3.75-$4.75

    www.bluewaterchattanooga.com

     

    A new addition to the North Shore.

    A new addition to the North Shore.

    Jet Stream Grill is a locally run restaurant by one of our local weatherman. The bar’s back wall is completely made of glass allowing people to see along Frazier Avenue and the outdoor patio. Every Tuesday it offers half off wines all day. Jet Stream is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

     

    www.jetstreamgrill.com

    These are several of the best places to go to in Chattanooga at night if you are looking to meet new people or be around familiar faces. Feel free to leave a comment to let others know of other places to frequent or what you think about some of the places that are listed above.

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    Brazilian Model Dies

    By Levi Braswell

    Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (UTC/AP) – A Brazilian model dies after a seemingly ordinary infection becomes very serious. Mariana Bridi was a 20-year-old Brazilian beauty queen. She recently contracted what doctors thought was an urinary tract infection. Doctors amputated her hands and feet in an attempt to save her life but the bacteria remained persistent. By Saturday she was dead.

    “God is comforting our hearts because he wanted her to be with him now,” her father Agnaldo Costa told reporters outside the hospital where his daughter die. “I can’t accept that my daughter left us so soon.”

    It all started in December when Bridi became ill and went to doctors in her native state of Espirito Santo. They diagnosed her as having kidney stones. On Jan. 3, she went back to the hospital with life-threatening low blood pressure. Doctors determined that they would need to amputate first her feet and then her hands. All they could do after that was administer drugs and hope for the best.

    The latest and most potent drugs failed. The infection spread to her body and she couldn’t fight the disease any longer.

    Bridi’s website says she began modeling at the age of 14 and quickly rose to fame. She had hopes of giving “a dignified life to her parents”.

    In 2007 and 2008 she was a finalist in the Brazilian stage of the Miss World Pageant. She competed in many competitions around the world, taking fourth place in the Face of the Universe competition in South Africa.

    The bacteria that caused Bridi’s infection was Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is known to be drug resistant.

    People rarely die from an infection from it but there are some cases. In late 2006 the bacteria infected five infants at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, two of them died.

    Bridi’s funeral was planned for to be in the town of Marachal Floriano, Saturday afternoon.

    Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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    Michelle Obama makes Inaugural Fashion Statement

    By Ashley King

    WASHINGTON (UTC/AP)–Michelle Obama proved to America that she was ready to dress like the 44th First Lady during the Inauguration Tuesday as she showed support for new designers apparel. 

    Obama wore an ensemble to the inaugural ceremony that exceeded expectations from the public compared to previous clothing she has worn in the past. Her attire during the ceremony was made of a lemongrass-yellow and the public was very pleased by her appearance.

    Michelle Obama wore accessories to emphasize her day look by dressing up her ensemble with J.Crew green gloves and Jimmy Choo green patent leather pumps.

    “Her support means so much to designers who can’t afford to advertise,” said Nicole Phelp, executive editor at Style.com.

    Obama’s attire at the rounds of balls Tuesday night was designed by upcoming designer Jason Wu, 26. She wore a stunning white gown dotted with beads and covered with fabric petals. 

    “I wanted it to look like a sign of hope,” Wu said. 

    Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan also wore white inaugural gowns. The gown will be donated to the Smithsonian, according to tradition. 

    “She’s a modern woman who is fashionable and even flamboyant in her style and she is still taken seriously,” said red-carpet and magazine stylist Mary Alice Stephenson.

    AP Copyright 2009

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