Patrons gather at the back of the building to show off their creations. (Photo: Contributed)

Inspired by their love of crafting as bonding time, a mother-daughter duo recently opened a McCallie Avenue business where customers can create customized wall hangings and other works.

“It’s something we did together and really enjoy it, and we thought it’d be a great thing to bring to Chattanooga,” co-owner Tricia Henderson said. 

Henderson and her mother, Robin Burton, had long discussed the possibility of opening a business together. At the beginning of October, they had the idea for The Crafty Social and decided to make the first move toward their dream.

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Both individuals and groups can come to the 1412 McCallie Ave. business, bring food and drinks—including alcohol—and customize a piece they can take home to display or give as a gift.

The startup, which is about 1,000 square feet, has an open room that can be filled with a varying number of tables and has room to paint, create and socialize.

Henderson and Burton are there to guide anyone who needs help, but if patrons prefer to do it all themselves, that’s fine. The experience is not like going to a class, where everyone is quiet and listening to a teacher the entire time.

Customers can book an appointment online. During that process, they choose the type of hanging they want, as well as any words that will go on it. Henderson and Burton get all the supplies ready ahead of time for the projects, which take about two hours to complete.

The cost for a large wall hanging and all the supplies needed to customize it is $35, but items for children are less and prices for parties vary, so Henderson encouraged anyone with questions to call.

The duo said their plan is to grow to meet customers’ needs. They are open and flexible to what the business could become.

Customers have already helped them see potential they hadn’t thought of. For example, a real estate agent could make one of the items to put in a package they give to a client upon closing a deal. Businesses may want their logos on a hanging, and small offices could create together as a bonding experience.

“I keep thinking it might morph into something we never thought of,” Henderson said.

They are also open to letting local crafters rent the space to house equipment, she said.

There’s a similar business in Soddy-Daisy, but Henderson and Burton wanted to bring their business to a more central area to fill a downtown niche.

Burton said the parking behind the building is a great perk.

“We felt like downtown could use something where you could come out, enjoy time with people and do something a little bit different than just go out to eat,” Henderson said.

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