I have a bit more free time than I would like here in Chattanooga. I don’t have to be at rehearsal until 3:00 today. Usually when I am on the road and this happens, I hop in my rental car to explore some interesting place I have heard about or a neat vintage shop or a bookstore. I don’t have a rental car this time. We are on the edge of downtown Chattanooga. There really aren’t any shops at all around here and it being a Saturday, downtown essentially becomes a ghost town. Last night, I read about two places I thought might be interesting: a converted factory called The Shoppes at Warehouse Row and an antique shop – both of which were in walking distance. When I called the number for the antique shop, it was no longer in service. That idea was quickly tossed.
So this morning I walked all around the area – something I like to do when I am visiting a new place – I found the Shoppes at Warehouse Row. Call it the Shop at Warehouse Row. Only one shop – an exclusive bedding store – is open. I went inside and walked around. Nothing is open or even close to open yet. The security guard I chatted with told me that everyone was hoping the place would take off. Several stores are slated to open in the next several months. I have to say that the renovations are lovely and I’m crossing my fingers for downtown Chattanooga.
I am off to rehearsal. Tomorrow I return home to husband and dogs. I miss my pillows and my bed and, of course, my husband and dogs. I like these little short trips but I am so happy to return home. By the way, my husband said it was very cold there last night. Wait a minute, its only the beginning of October!
One more thought: I don’t want anyone to think I don’t like Chattanooga! I’m sure it is charming and that there is much to see. But remember the title of this post was “…a little corner of Chattanooga.” Unfortunately, that is all I am able to see on this trip. I must say that everyone I have met and talked to is so nice, polite and friendly. I am definitely impressed by the people of Chattanooga. Maybe I can get back some day and see more!