Ringgold Feed & Seed Antiques Grand Opening Is Thursday

Friday, January 03, 2014
Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will open on Thursday
Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will open on Thursday
- photo by City of Ringgold staff

Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will be hosting a grand opening on Thursday for their new antique mall in downtown Ringgold.  Located inside the former Callaway Brother's 'Feed and Seed' at 403 High St., the antique store will be bringing new life to an historic piece of property for the community.

"We have vendors that specialize in vintage radios, primitives, antiques, mid century, rusty wares, industrial and handmade items," said Feed & Seed Antiques co-owner Gay Crane.  Mrs. Crane and co-owner Joseph Oliver may be bringing a new business to Ringgold, but this isn't their first experience in the world of antiques.  "[We] have had many years working in retail, with several years working around antiques and learning the trade," said Mrs Crane,  "Our partnership was formed out of our mutual love for old things and our desire to have fun doing what we love the most." 

The new co-owners hope that re-capturing the historical character of the former Callaway store and cotton gin will make the outlet a unique destination. The Callaway family began operations of the Cotton Gin in 1929 and provided service for area farmers for 73 years. According to the co-owners, their renovations began in October of 2013.  "While working on the building, we have had numerous people stop by just to share a story about their wonderful memories of the Callaway family business." said Mrs. Crane.  "I have heard about children taking their first steps in our building, community problems being solved on the front porch of the Gin, and the great suckers they got as children when they came in with their dad," said Mrs. Crane.

Enclosing approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space in their first phase of construction will provide up to 20 vendors with booths to display their antique merchandise. Vendor booths are being divided up using antique architectural items, such as doors and fencing, to build out the store. The second phase of construction will add additional booths and by spring and summer, the Feed & Seed hopes to host 'outdoor market' type events.

"The Downtown Development Authority is always happy to see iconic buildings in Ringgold being brought back to life with innovative ideas," explained Joseph Brellenthin, the director for the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority.  "Ringgold has such a great collection of antique and boutique outlets that it's a great way for tourists passing on I-75 to experience a part of our history and community culture," said Mr. Brellenthin. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation website, traffic at the Ringgold exit on I-75 can averages about 81,000 vehicles per day. 

Regular business hours will be Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Additional information can be found online at "RinggoldFeedandSeed.com" or on Facebook by searching for "Ringgold Feed and Seed" as well as on Instagram at "instagram.com/RinggoldFeedandSeed."  For more information about the store, customers can call 706.935-SEED (7333).

Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will open on Thursday
Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will open on Thursday
- Photo2 by City of Ringgold staff

Supreme Court Orders Trial Court To Reconsider Subpoenas In Post-Conviction Case

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a post-conviction petitioner may be entitled to subpoena his co-defendants as witnesses, but only if he can first demonstrate that the co-defendants are competent witnesses whose testimony is relevant to his claims. In 2009, Quantel Taylor pled guilty to charges of attempted first degree murder, second degree murder, and especially aggravated ... (click for more)

Mark Making And Glass House Collective Host Ribbon Cutting

Mark Making and Glass House Collective, in partnership with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, will host a Glass Street ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate their expanded presence in East Chattanooga. The ribbon cutting will be held at the 2500 block of Glass Street. Mark Making has relocated to their new East Chattanooga home after operating out ... (click for more)

Jury Finds In Favor Of Texas Sheriff In Suit Brought By Chattanooga Photographer

A Federal Court jury on Friday found in favor of a Texas sheriff and his chief deputy who had been sued by a Chattanooga photographer. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Curtis Collier awarded no damages to Donna Johnson. In his closing argument after a two-week civil trial, attorney John Anderson said, "This is about the Fourth Amendment." Attorney Anderson represented Ms. ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)