The Baggery, a store for handbags and accessories has relocated inside its sister store, Chattanooga Shoe Company. For three years, The Baggery has operated as a separate entity from the shoe store; however, owners Charlie and Courtnay McGinness have decided to merge the two stores citing “a more convenient shopping experience” as the reason. Over the past two months, Chattanooga Shoe Company has been renovating to make room for The Baggery.
The original idea for The Baggery was to be a companion store for Chattanooga Shoe Company, offering handcrafted, artisan leather goods such as well-known handbag line HOBO. While Chattanooga Shoe Company will not move forward with all the lines carried at The Baggery, the best brands such as HOBO, Will Leather and Fjall Raven will likely be included in the product mix at the shoe store, said Mr. McGinness.
Ms. McGinnis designed The Baggery from the ground up. She included unique elements such as vintage wallpaper, antique hanging glass lighting and custom-handmade woodwork throughout the store. Though she is looking forward to the changes at the shoe store, she said, “I’m sad we can’t somehow incorporate these beautiful design elements inside Chattanooga Shoe Company.”