Barrier Properties, the developer behind Ooltewah’s Cambridge Square Community, Thursday announced the addition of two new tenants to its commercial and retail family. Heaven and Ale, a craft beer destination with an existing location on Chattanooga’s North Shore, and Wine Down Ooltewah, a new wine bar and tasting room concept, will open adjacent to one another on Cambridge’s central public square.
Cambridge Square is a mixed-use community located at the corner of Ooltewah-Georgetown Road and Lee Highway. Heaven and Ale and Wine Down Ooltewah will be Cambridge Square’s tenth and eleventh tenant since leasing began in 2012. Their entrance into the community will require the construction of a new 8,000 square foot building. The building completion and the establishments’ opening are slated for late spring 2015.
“Our goal from early on was to attract in tenants who have, or want to establish, roots in Chattanooga and are looking for opportunities to grow,” said Jim Cheney, marketing director for Barrier. “Both of these concepts are driven by fantastic owners, with carefully defined business models designed to bring a more personal experience to their patrons. Tenant relationships such as these are what will ultimately make Cambridge Square the go-to destination on this side of Hamilton County. We are thrilled to welcome them both.”
Heaven and Ale is a retail shop and tasting room featuring flights, pints, and growlers to-go. Heaven and Ale's flagship location opened on the Northshore about a year ago and made a name for itself for "excellent selection, high standards of quality and friendly, knowledgeable staff."
Like the Northshore location, Heaven and Ale at Cambridge Square will give customers the opportunity to talk beer with a knowledgeable staff, provide samples to help people make their choices, and offer tasting flights. They also anticipate special events like discounted pint nights, brewery tap takeovers and more.
“We want a trip to Heaven and Ale to be like an outing — something our customers look forward to doing, because every trip is a brand new tasting experience," said Ryan Hargrove, who is the proprietor of the Cambridge Square location, in a joint venture with founders Joe and Kathryn Winland.
Heaven and Ale will initially offer 24 taps of craft beer, which will rotate regularly to focus on freshness, seasonality, and variety.
Heaven and Ale will occupy approximately 1,000 square feet of indoor space featuring garage-door style windows that open onto patio seating. With the popularity of the tasting room aspect on the North Shore, they want to offer space for customers to sit and stay a while.
Wine Down Ooltewah is a wine bar and tasting room with its primary focus being wines from around the world with a strong domestic presence. It will also offer high-end spirits, high gravity beers, and hand crafted cocktails. In addition, Wine Down will offer a selection of charcuterie (local and foreign), cheeses, small nibbles, and sandwiches with a focus on local ingredients.
Wine Down is seeking a warm, rustic atmosphere that attracts wine drinkers from novice to well-versed. Its proprietor, Marcus Garner (who struck out on his own after working for 15 years in numerous top-tier restaurants in the D.C. area and most recently, Hennen’s in Chattanooga) prioritizes educating people about wine in a non-intimidating fashion.
“Obviously the wine industry has grown and changed significantly in the last decade, and that has driven a lot of interest in understanding the origins and craftsmanship of wines, both foreign and domestic,” said Mr. Garner. “Our goal is to provide excellent product in an environment where people can simply relax after work, or can plan an evening to taste and learn more about wine. We also think our menu will be very distinct in this market, and hope it will open people’s eyes to new culinary flavors.”
Wine Down will occupy approximately 1,800 feet adjacent to Heaven and Ale and will also have outdoor seating. The space will also contain a private tasting room for events and Mr. Garner anticipates building a full schedule of guests who will conduct classes on wine and wine making.
Cambridge Square has approximately 230,000 total square feet of commercial and retail space situated on a 25-acre parcel that fronts Lee Highway, just off Exit 11 on I-75. Space is available for lease and for purchase. The development is also zoned for residential housing, with single family homes ranging from 1,500 to 3,500 square feet in size. Infrastructure for the community’s residential section has been installed and sales are anticipated to begin in 2015.
Current tenants in Cambridge Square include: beyoga Ooltewah, Ceniza, IHP/Morning Pointe, Legacy Real Estate and Development, Lupi’s Pizza Pies, Mixed-Up-Cup frozen yogurt, Southern Burger Co., Tedford Family Dentistry and Wired Coffee. For more information on the community, visit www.cambridgesquaretn.com