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Chattanooga Whiskey to Open “Tennessee Stillhouse” Distillery in Downtown Chattanooga: After waging a fierce legal battle to allow the production of whiskey in Chattanooga, co-owners of Chattanooga Whiskey, Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant, plan to renovate a 60,000-square-foot building in downtown Chattanooga and turn it into a distillery. The distillery will include offices, tasting room, barreling operation, bottle shop and a 2,000-gallon whiskey still. The block walls and tiny windows of the current structure will be replaced with antique factory-style windows to mimic the old-fashioned design of distilleries before Prohibition. They will be located at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets. Visitors will be able to take a guided tour, see all the operations and exit through a gift shop. Opens Fall 2014.
The Block to Opens With a 25,000 Sq Ft Climbing/Fitness Gym and Outdoor Outfitter: The Block will include the High Point Climbing and Fitness consisting of 25,000 square feet with an auto belay area, multiple bouldering rooms, sport climbing, top roping and a speed-climbing wall and it will be one of the nation’s largest climbing venues; an exterior public art piece that will also be a climbing wall; the 38,000-square foot Rock/Creek, a Chattanooga-based specialty outdoor retailer (fourth location) that sells outdoor apparel and equipment from top brands for sports like kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and more; and a fitness facility that will include equipment rental, lessons and coaching, youth programs, competitions, weight training, yoga, massage therapy, pro shop for gear purchase and more. Opens November 2013.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Chattanooga was recently featured in a piece from CNBC. The article comments on the transformation of Chattanooga from a dirty town of crime and industrial decline to a vibrant, growing city full of life and business opportunity.
Highlighting the city's internet speeds, recently built manufacturing plants, and revitalization of downtown and the riverfront, the article has many positive things to say about the direction Chattanooga has taken over the last few decades.
Though not everything is peachy, and more than a few residents and small business owners worry about getting steamrolled as the city makes way for development and big business, on the whole the picture looks good, and the city is optimistic.
Not bad for a city that once had the distinction of being called "the dirtiest city in America" by Mr. Cronkite himself.
You can read the full article here.