There are handmade, heirloom advent calendars and store-bought, paper calendars, red and green calendars and striped calendars and polka dotted calendars.

Regardless of the form, the excitement of opening a package every day to count down the days until Christmas never fails to delight both the young and the old.

The Chattanooga gift advent calendar offers a daily suggestion for a local purchase to bring a little piece of the Scenic City to the holiday hoard under the tree.


Day 6
What do Chattanooga, the Italian city of Florence and Donna Karan have in common? They are all connected to Bianca Pettinari, the creative force behind the BD503 brand.

Based in Portland, Ore., the handbag label specializes in a twist on the concept of recycling: Pettinari sources vintage leather jackets from Italy and the U.S., reconditions the material and stitches the pieces together to create one-of-a-kind clutches, demi, sling, colletto and satchel bags.

The supple leather is accented with edgy, trendy, sweet and classic touches, including beaded straps, swatches of animal print, gold chains, tassels and fringe. Having discovered BD503 through one of the store’s shoe reps this fall, Warehouse Row retailer Embellish became the only boutique in Tennessee to carry Pettinari’s work.

In fact, two of the fashion gems available at the shop were made exclusively for Embellish.

Where: 1110 Market St.
How much: Bags range from roughly $200 to $400