The aluminum siding flanking the walls of The Purple Daisy Picnic Caf? invokes an image of the charcoal-lined smokers that beget the eatery's bounty of juicy barbecue. Hand-pulled pork and smoke-kissed chicken bundles itself in sandwiches or arrives solo with a procession of sides to adorn the space's window-lined booths and open-air patio tables, filling the space with a smokier aroma than that of the Human Torch blowing out his birthday candles. Inside, a single rustic woodstove warms shelves lined with antique lunch boxes and sporting equipment as diners savor their saucy harvest at an eclectic assortment of tables and chairs.
Grafe Studio's efflorescence features a variety of flowers for all occasions, radiating a kaleidoscope of color and sense-pleasing scents. With flowers flown in from Ecuador, Columbia, Australia, the Netherlands, and regional bloom-harvesters, a staff of well-trained floral designers works closely with each customer to create their ideal arrangement. Build a resplendent bouquet for a first date, birthday, anniversary, or to celebrate winning the championship in a head-banging tournament. Jazz up the event with a bunch of alstroemerias, carnations, daisies, or cushion mums ($0.75/stem), and mix in a mass of golden craspedias, eryngiums, limoniums, and statices ($1/stem). Grafe Studio houses a wide selection of flowers, including the green ringing Bells of Ireland ($1.25/stem), long-stemmed roses ($1.50), blue hydrangeas ($2.99), exotic Oriental lilies ($3.50), and hybrid lilies ($2.50)—a scientifically stunning cross between a lily and an electric car.
Collective Clothing's intrepid owners Travis and Sondra Aten travel the Midwest in search of vintage items to pair with resale pieces for a diverse collection of T-shirts, coats, and women's wear that echoes every modern era. The boutique's brood of sparkly logo T-shirts (about $8) complement shiny owl jewelry (about $7) or leopard-print scarves. Don well-worn pairs of used cowboy boots ($40+) or rotating looks by brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Free People, LaCoste, Penguin, and American Apparel. At the shop's $5-or-less show space, regal marblesque busts of famous composers, including Wagner and Liszt, await strong arms to cart them home to a mantel or the neighbor's bedroom closet.
For pizza that's a cut above the rest in Chattanooga, try Mr. T's Pizza and Ice Cream. You can order up a hot pizza to eat inside the restaurant, take home for supper, or have delivered to your doorstep. Mr. T's not only creates the best pizza in town, it's a place where you can get a great deal. The meal specials offered will fill every tummy in the family without forcing you to break the bank. Try a specialty pie like the Hawaiian, featuring ham, pineapple and extra cheese melted to gooey perfection, or build your own pie using a variety of toppings including meats, fresh veggies, and black or green olives. Come with an appetite and leave in a food coma—Mr. T's will hit your hunger right out of the park.
Gina Johnson at Mane Event Salon works her styling magic on all types of hair
and is well versed in the usage of extensions, relaxers, and smoothing treatments. In addition to performing precision cuts and color treatments, she also offers facial waxing, professional makeup applications, and complimentary spins in her stylist chair.
Brush Paint and Sip's instructors host relaxed painting sessions at homes, offices, and venues such as DeBarge Vineyards & Winery. With step-by-step instructions, they guide students—even absolute beginners—through the brushstrokes required to replicate famous paintings or create portraits of pets. Students can bring their own libations to classes held at Ovella's Mexican Café, buy wine by the bottle at Terra Nostra Tapas & Wine, or just paint a bottle of wine and whisper "wake up" to it until it comes to life.