By Lauren Justice, Staff Writer—

On Sunday, February 10, the Collegedale Market celebrated their grand opening.

This market is a branch of the popular Chattanooga Market that takes place during warmer months every weekend downtown at the Tennessee Pavilion.

The Collegedale Market takes place in a similar setting to that of the Chattanooga Market. Located at Founder’s Hall at the Commons, the event lies in the heart of Collegedale.

Vendors of all kinds set up at the market with one-of-a-kind products for sale to promote their small businesses and to allow people to shop locally. Local artists and entrepreneurs present their work for locals to see as well.

One of these vendors, Stephanie Steiman, sells a family recipe for chai tea  called Chaiman. “It’s a family recipe; my daughter and I make it together. We’ve made it for years and years,” says Steiman. This family company also supports UTC by providing the tea for International Tea Time on campus.

The products available at the market vary; things like food, clothing, artwork, jewelry, and even gemstones are available for purchase.

Luther Cutchins, entrepreneur of Noke’s Granola, uses this platform to promote his business to locals, though his product is sold in some restaurants as well. He says his favorite part of being at the Collegedale Market is “getting to meet and talk with the different people here in our area. We have such an amazing and diverse… community of people.”

The Collegedale Market is a perfect place for spending time with friends, family, and even pets on Sunday afternoons. It is a wonderful opportunity to shop locally and get to know your neighbors.

The markey will be open every Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm year round at 4950 Swinyar Drive, Collegedale, TN.

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