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Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit

A Round Up of Readers' Favorite Locally-Owned Small Businesses

Article by Ryleigh Roberts & Belinda Martin

Photography by The SimonWest Agency & Kristina Armstrong

Originally published in Chattanooga City Lifestyle

A testament to entrepreneurial spirit of our community, Chattanooga is ripe with thriving small businesses. We asked locals to share their favorite small businesses and these five were at the top of the list. From a couture cotton candy and sustainably grown flowers to locally roasted coffee and a quaint bookstore, we hope you enjoy this round up of some of our reader's favorite local establishments.

Bonjour Sucre: Cotton candy isn't just for the kids anymore! Owned by Kim Thompson (pictured) & Kim Mardis, Bonjour Sucre is Chattanooga's first and only couture cotton candy cart. Offering a couture spin on a childhood classic, Bonjour Sucre creates organic, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind cotton candy flavors. With addictive, unexpected flavors like Strawberry Bellini, Honey Lavender, Spicy Pineapple, Bourbon Vanilla Rose and Pina Colada, you are sure to experience cotton candy like never before. Bonjour Sucre also offers Sucre Glitter Bombs to elevate your basic glass of champagne. If you are ready to take your wedding, birthday, shower, graduation, Rush, Bid Day, or corporate event to the next level and give your guests something to talk about for years to come, book Bonjour Sucre to spin a little sugar. 

Instagram: @ilovesucre

Joli Jardin Flower Shop Located on Market Street, Joli Jardin Flower Shop is designed with a timeless European feel. Here, gift givers can curate their own bouquet or have one hand-crafted. With blooms available by the stem, pre-wrapped, or personally stylized, these flowers are locally grown on sustainable farms including Jodi Jarden’s own biodiverse flower farm on Signal Mountain. In addition to the brick & mortar storefront and farm, Jodi Jardin also sells beautiful flowers from two of Chattanooga’s first flower trucks, pop-up events, and local markets. Jodi Jardin allows gift givers to pair their bouquets with cards, unique floral items, gardening tools and decor, terrariums, live plants, succulents, perfumes, lotions, and more.

(be)Caffeinated Coffee A local drive-thru and dine-in coffee shop, (be)Caffeinated Coffee aims to foster community, cultivate kindness, spread happiness, and keep customers caffeinated. The shop offers locally roasted coffee, pastries, caffeine alternatives, and merchandise. (be)Caffeinated Coffee is committed to creating spaces that support our local community in Chattanooga, allowing customers to meet new people and connect with loved ones from monthly trivia nights to espresso cart pop-ups downtown. (be)Caffeinated has three locations in Chattanooga including Northshore, Red Bank, and Highland Park.

The Book & Cover Located on Hanover Street, The Book & Cover is an independent bookstore dreamt up by three friends and fellow readers in November of 2020. After garnering key financial backers and a successful crowdfund campaign of community backers, the bookstore opened a year later. The Book & Cover’s unique environment combined with a diverse inventory of books and products provides a space where readers can embrace their curiosity, formulate an intimate sense of community, and read. The bookstore encourages people to “come browse the shelves; enjoy a cup of Goodman Coffee; nibble a Bread & Butter croissant; and be in a curious and enthusiastic community with other readers.”

Lambie Cakes Clay Kristen Von Glahn is a fourth-grade teacher by day and jeweler by night. What began as quarantine crafting with her home oven quickly became a jewelry business coined Lambie Cakes Clay. Von Glahn handcrafts lightweight, high-quality, one-of-a-kind earrings. Customers describe Von Glahn’s pieces as “understated and elegant.” Customized with a variety of shapes and colors, shop Lambie Cakes Clay for intricately designed jewelry fit for any occasion from weddings to seasonal wear. Find her booth at the Refindery and local markets such as the Chattanooga Market or visit her website for her event calendar or to shop online.

  • photo: The SimonWestAgency
  • photo: The SimonWestAgency
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  • photo: Kristina Armstrong
  • photo: The SimonWestAgency