While working abroad in the coffee industry, Michael Rice and his wife befriended several refugees who would come into the coffeeshop after a workday. From that experience, he became passionate about addressing the global refugee crisis in his own way. Fast-forward a few years later: Michael opened a coffee roasting company in Chattanooga that employs [...]
Professional designer and photographer Jennifer Jack took CO.LAB's business planning class after leaving the corporate world in favor of a more holistic and hands-on career path. Combining her marketing skills and craftsmanship, Jennifer launched Good Fortune, offering superior natural skin care products handcrafted locally with a positive spirit and belief in a better way of [...]
Kelsey went through Springboard (now CO.STARTERS) in 2013 to launch the city's first all-natural, cold-pressed organic juice bar, Southern Sqweeze. Since starting, the company has built a culture around health in Chattanooga and has expanded to two locations downtown. They believe that "nourishing the body is the first step in nourishing a community" and see [...]
Rangemark is a textile studio that was born out of Kathryn Allison's passion for pattern making and inspired by her great-grandfather's coastal Maine painting studio of the same name. Each Rangemark piece is crafted in America by hand from organic linen, with slight variations within each piece that make it one-of-a-kind. Rangemark's mission is to bring [...]
A classically trained pastry chef, Wendy Buckner came to Chattanooga from an acclaimed chocolate shop in Asheville, NC to develop her own signature recipes. With a combination of local ingredients and creative flavor combinations, Wendy and her husband Brandon have the city hooked on the delicacies of the Hot Chocolatier.