Over the past decade, Chattanooga has benefited by more than $5 billion of new investments from Volkswagen, Amazon, Wacker Chemical, Nokian Tyres and others moving into the region and spurring related investments. But in 2018, much of the new capital coming to town was put into existing businesses to help them grow or to buy or build major apartment complexes in Hamilton County. Chattanooga continues to attract outside interest from business prospects. "This is the busiest December we've had in several years," said Charles Wood, the vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "But while project activity is really high, decision making is really slow. There's a lot of business activity and a lot of companies are eager to grow their capacity and they are looking for new locations to add to their manufacturing or other operations. But there is a lot of anxiety with the fact that we've seen 10 years of growth and they are somewhat worried about how … [Read more...] about Here are Chattanooga’s biggest business deals of 2018
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Christmas is one day of the year when most businesses and commerce comes to a stop. For some, including the world's biggest retailer — Walmart — today is the only day of the year they are closed for the entire day. Shopping malls, factories, grocery stores, banks, government offices, the stock market and most other workplaces are all shut down today as most families gather to celebrate Christmas. But not all businesses are closed. Last minute holiday shoppers needing batteries for that special Santa toy or wrapping paper for that last gift will find some local Walgreens and CVS stores open limited hours today and some convenience stores and gas station such as Circle K and Mapco still staying open. With most people off work and some eager to get out the house, many local restaurants and most movie theaters also are open today, at least with limited hours. Those traveling on Christmas will find area Waffle Houses, Huddle Houses and City Cafe Diners open 24 hours, while the … [Read more...] about Which Chattanooga area businesses will be open Christmas Day?
Gallery: Local shop owners hope for big business on 'Small Business Saturday' +3 more photos Susan and Andy Harper strolled down Frazier Avenue in the North Shore Friday morning while searching for the 25 items on the North Shore Merchants Collective's annual treasure hunt list. By 11:30 a.m., they had only found a few items hidden at one of the 25 participating merchants, but they had already stopped to buy a puzzle at Blue Skies — the place to find the "perfect little gifts." A day before "Small Business Saturday," Susan said she loves window shopping and supports small businesses, like those along Frazier Avenue, all the time. Her daughter works at Cashew, a local vegan restaurant in the downtown neighborhood, and the retired couple took their children and grandchildren to the Beast and Barrel for a Thanksgiving meal the day before. "I'm not a mall person at all and never really shop online," she said. "We get exercise and window shop at the same time here." She then … [Read more...] about Chattanooga shop owners hope for big business on ‘Small Business Saturday’
Q. What advice does BBB offer this year for a safe holiday shopping season? A. There is already a high level of excitement and activity for the holiday season. Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season. BBB's 2018 Holiday Guide, www.bbb.org/holidayhelper, is here to help you make the most of it. Do your research. Find businesses you can trust on BBB.org. We have BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses, from the most popular chains to local shops. Read past customers' experiences and see how the business responds to complaints. Look for the seal to find BBB Accredited Businesses. Read the ads carefully. Black Friday is known for "door busting" sales, but sometimes quantities are limited or there are other restrictions. Last year, 99 million people shopped on Black Friday! Before you wait in line for hours or brave the boisterous crowds, be sure you know what's really being offered. For more tips: go.bbb.org/blackfriday Shop around. … [Read more...] about Business Bulletin: Holiday shopping guide to getting the best deals
At 61, Denise Austin still has the same effervescence that propelled her to fitness stardom in the 1980s. Now she's bringing some of her star power to Chattanooga for the grand opening of Echelon Studio. Austin is the brand ambassador for the cycling studio, which will access the technology of its signature stationary bikes to stream live classes to fitness enthusiasts around the world. Denise Austin poses in the Echelon Cycling Studio at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Denise Austin poses in the Echelon Cycling Studio... Photo by C.B. Schmelter "I love cycling, and I love bikes, and I love that everyone can experience this in the privacy of their own homes," Austin said in a break between classes on Friday, the first day of a two-day stay to officially launch the new studio inside the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex. Her visit continues today with two classes this morning. The first, at 8 a.m., will be a throwback to her 1980s heyday. "I … [Read more...] about Denise Austin launches new Echelon Studio in Chattanooga