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Best Chattanooga Shopping

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Shopping can be found all over the city in the form of strip malls and department stores, but for truly unique gifts and souvenirs stick to the Downtown, Bluff View and North Shore neighborhoods. Bluff View has a tight focus on art, sculpture and paintings. Take home a beautiful sculpture or ornamental art piece from the top of the bluffs. For something a bit more funky and eclectic try the North Shore. Shops on the north side of the river tend to have a more bohemian appeal. Retro art, a mixture of jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts can be gleaned from this treasure trove. Downtown can satisfy the need for more mainstream tourist shopping like T-shirts and key chains, but the occasional fun and fashionable boutique dot the attraction-laden landscape there, as well. Any shopping desire can be fulfilled in Chattanooga, whether it is a flirty summer dress or a piece of reclaimed hubcap art. It’s all here.

Go Fish

Neighborhood: North Shore
Go Fish is a chain store, but each location holds its own unique collection. The clothing, jewelry and gifts found at Go Fish have a higher purpose. About 70% of the items in the Chattanooga store were handcrafted in developing countries by artisans. Go Fish gives these artists a distribution channel to sell their goods at a fair price and provides the shopper an opportunity to buy fabulous art from all corners of the globe. Jewelry is a big focus at Go Fish, with a colorful mix of bead bracelets and unique handmade necklaces.

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Blue Skies

Neighborhood: North Shore
If you only stop in one store in the North Shore shopping area, make it Blue Skies. Looking for an off-the-wall gift for the person who is impossible to shop for? You just may be in luck. Blue Skies shopping experience includes an eclectic mix of items such as children's books repurposed to be diaries and quirky art-driven prizes, like a colorful parasol to decorate the home. Much of the art has been created by local artisans, and many of the pieces are made from recycled items like aluminum cans and bottle caps.

River Gallery

Neighborhood: Bluff View
Featuring fine arts and crafts, including paintings, sculptures and studio art glass, this old home turned art shop may hold your next treasure. With regular "meet the artist" events on Fridays, you will not only have the opportunity to buy good art, but also to meet the artist who created it. Next to the River Gallery is an outdoor sculpture garden containing over 30 art pieces, some permanent and some for sale. Regular receptions and demonstrations on technique are held at the River Gallery, as well for those wanting to get more familiar with the process of creating great art.

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All Books

Neighborhood: Downtown (Southside)
You might call All Books a frazzled mess of random items and clumps of books. If you did, you'd be right. After strolling off Broad Street and into this used book paradise, you might feel more like you've entered a giant rummage sale than a home to hidden literary gems. Don't let the disorganization deter you from the prizes waiting to be found. Wandering the store and discovering random objects is possibly more the goal than buying anything. The store is close to Downtown attractions and certainly worth a look if only to see the odd mix of items for sale in addition to the used books. The owner also sells hand-dyed yarn items to add yet one more non-book item to the store's eclectic shelves.

Backstreet Betty

Neighborhood: Downtown (Southside)
Backstreet Betty is a small clothing boutique in Jack's Alley, which connects Market and Broad to create a shopping shortcut between the two main thoroughfares. The clothing at Backstreet Betty is cute, trendy and has a relaxed feel. Jeans, dresses and a fun stock of accessories and jewelry can be found inside this tiny store. The clothing here is moderately priced and fashion-forward. If shopping on the weekend, make sure to hit this one on Saturday, as the doors are closed all day on Sunday.
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