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Best Hidden Gems in Chattanooga

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All Things Groovy

This love-in from the 60's is your source for laid-back, eco-friendly fashions. Hemp embroidery and clothing such as sandals, wallets, Rastafarian caps and necklaces are a trademark. Beautiful Chinese sandals, Paua-shell rings, and magnetic hematite bracelets add uniqueness. Tie-dye for all ages along with imported clothing from India to Guatemala round out the most complete wardrobe. Banners representing everyone from Bob Marley to Kurt Cobain to Kiss line the walls. Numerous dreamcatchers and items for the kids like toy VW vans fill out a fully stocked selection. Hemp backpacks, vintage rock and fantasy posters and plenty of Lennon glasses make for wonderfully strange days indeed.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Merchants on Main

Merchants on Main is a unique and delightful venue for shopping in Chattanooga's Southside Historic District. The shop is actually a market, a collection of over 20 different local retailer booths all under one roof. A perfect one-stop shopping destination. You can find all kinds of goods here, from furniture to specialty food items, gifts, antiques, home decor and everything in between. If you're looking for a truly Chattanoogan piece, Merchants on Market is a sure bet.

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White Oak Barber Shop

For those who prefer the traditional and old-fashioned to the new and trendy, there is White Oak Barber Shop. It's not just haircuts either, they also offer traditional hot lather shaves if you're looking to really indulge. Great haircuts and great service are what White Oak does best.

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International Towing and Recovery Museum

No, it's not a joke. This really is a museum of tow trucks and a whole lot more. In 1916, Chattanoogan Ernest Holmes sold the first tow truck for commercial use. In fact, the entire towing industry began in the Scenic City. A very interesting array of tow trucks from the 20th-century fill this museum. Exhibits that chronicle the history of the industry are part of the tour. See website for further information.

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Collective Clothing

One person's trash is another's treasures, and you can find those treasures at Collective Clothing. This boutique specializes in all things vintage and recycled clothing. You're likely to find anything from an authentic, vintage Slayer band tee to a prom dress from 1981. With shoes, accessories and all kinds of random gifts and items, a trip to Collective Clothing is truly a treasure hunt.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Ruby Falls

Take a half-mile walk into the center of Lookout Mountain to the largest underground waterfall in the United States. This 145-foot fall funnels 300 gallons of water per minute into a subterranean river. The gorgeous falls are highlighted with colored lights and a reflecting pool. There is a 10-story observation tower, Ruby Falls Fun Forest for kids, and walking tour through the caverns, which lasts one and one-half hours.

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