Chattanooga Market Is 1 Of Top 10 Public Markets In Country According To Executive Director Chris Thomas

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Chris Thomas, executive director of Chattanooga Public Market, Inc., told the Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club that the downtown market is ranked one of the top 10 public markets in the country.

He said, "We have a large selection of farmers, artists, and musicians. There's really something for everyone." 

Mr. Thomas and the rest of the staff work to make the market exciting. He said, "We have a different theme every weekend, so people come back Sunday after Sunday.

"

On an average weekend, he said customers come from up to 50 miles away. 

Another little known fact about the Chattanooga Market is that it has no government funding.

Mr. Thomas said, "We're proud of the fact that we're not dependent on the winds of political change." 

The market also continues to grow. Mr. Thomas said that hopefully, a location will open in the Collegedale area next year.

Another project launched by CPM is Chattanooga WorkSpace, which according to their website, is "a facility which offers creative professionals private studios and collaboration space at the most affordable rates possible." 

Mr. Thomas said, "We've had people move from Manhattan, from Houston, from all over the country simply because of the availability of these artist studios."

Created from a renovated senior home, the building has now become a thriving community for professional artists. 

He told the club that while taking over the market was one of the "most rash decisions" he had ever made, it was also one of the most rewarding.


2015 Freedom Celebration To Be Held Saturday

A 2015 Freedom Celebration will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, at  1275 Stuart Road, in Cleveland. Those in attendance will be Mayor Tom Rowland, Rev. Steve Morgan, Viet Nam veteran Steve Orders, Homeland Harmony Quartet, Ryan Wilson, Jack Clark, David Goodwill, Bill Curtiss, and Bethany McCoy, the McCoy First Baptist Choir/Orchestra, Tyler Brinson, ... (click for more)

Obedience Club Of Chattanooga Begins New 6-Week Session July 20

The Obedience Club of Chattanooga will begin its next 6-week session of obedience, rally, and agility classes for puppies and dogs on Monday, July 20, at its training facility 4 miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193 in Flintstone, Ga. Registration will be held on Sunday, July 19, from 1-3 p.m. at the training facility.  During registration, various OCC dog/handler ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Non-Custodial Father Who Picked Up Children At Chattanooga Daycare Is Caught In Ohio

A non-custodial father who picked up his children at a Chattanooga daycare and headed north has been caught in Ohio. T ony Thomas and the children have been located in Toledo. T homas is in custody in Lucas County and awaiting extradition. T he children were unharmed and will be in Child Protective Services custody until the mother is able to pick them up. ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)