The end and the beginning

After many a years and many a changes, Addiah is officially coming to a close.  If you live in Chattanooga, and have driven by 1307, the shop I have shared with two other businesses for the past three years, you will have seen the “For Lease” sign outside.  There is no hiding it now!  We meant to send out a letter to our loyal supports before it was made public, but with our sidewalk sale and annual summer vacation, it got put aside and we missed announcing it to you first.  Of which, I am truly sorry.  To those to whom it is coming as a complete surprise, know that it isn’t a final goodbye.

I am moving out west for a bit.  To see a new area of the country.  To meet new people.  To walk new roads.  To explore and see and learn and grow and mostly to serve.  I won’t go into all those details, but if you know me personally, you will know what I am talking about.  You can still follow along with my adventures and life over on (under the journal section there, where you can sign up for the journal newsletter), my other business venture.  I will be putting all my focus and attention there and will continue to post travel bits and recipes and business updates.  For those of you who are loyal customers of 1307, you can still find Spaces over at Merchants on Main in Chattanooga and Lola’s at Vinterest.

I don’t feel like this is goodbye, so it is hard to find the words to say goodbye.  I cannot thank you enough for the support you have given over the years.  It has been seriously a joy and a blessing.  But I am excited to move on to new things and to see what the future holds for myself and LVR Naturals.

Much love,


PS You can still shop 1307 through August and we have an awesome sale room in the back!  Stay tuned for more updates.





Taking a Step Back

I alluded to changes in a previous post.  It is amazing how a month has passed since then. A month.  Enough time to be comfortable with the decision I had made.  Enough time to move on.  Not that I don’t wonder if I have made the right decision or feel a bit sad or longing.

Taking two weeks off to go to Thailand enabled me to distance myself.  To see what I loved and what I was passionate about.  What I was looking forward to returning to.  It enabled me to let go and move on.  I realized that I love connecting with people.  Sharing excitement and passion and joy.  Building community.  So…I decided to close the online component of Addiah.  It is not necessarily a forever thing.  But the online shop was getting my least attention, and it was always an afterthought at that.  I was not devoting time or energy to it.  It was not what it should have been.  What it could have been.  It was not what I wanted for it.

I will continue to post here on Addiah Inspired with all things concerning the shop, travel, food, recipes, inspirations for life.  But, if you want a taste of Addiah, you will just have to come visit in person for now.  If you have not already been, we are located at 1307, a collaboration of three businesses at 1307 Hanover Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

I look forward to meeting and connecting with you in person!

D.C. in the Summer…Top 10 Things to Do

I love Washington D.C.  Partly because it is one of those cities that feels like home, partly because my sisters and grandmother still live in the surrounding area, partly because it is a gorgeous city.  So many summers have been made memorable because of D.C.  I always end up spending some time there, even if just a weekend.  This year was almost the exception.  With all the busyness of life and work, I honestly did not have any intention of heading up that way.  Yet the draw of the city and the gentle pleading of my sisters won out and to D.C. I went.  Just for a week, but a wonderful week it was.  So, here is my top 10 things to do in the D.C. area in the summer (no certain order).

1.  Screen on the Green for a picnic and an outdoor movie – everything I have read online says to get there early to claim a spot.  With my sisters and me, there really is no getting any where early.  We arrived right when we thought it would be starting and there was plenty of grassy space still unclaimed.  The movie did not actually start until it began to get dark.

2.  Citi Open  – Citi Open was the whole reason I picked this week to visit DC.  I am not really into watching sports on TV, but there is something so fun about watching a match in person.

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3.  Hiking the Billy Goat trail – any trail that has rock scrambling is my kind of trail

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4.  Biking the Capital Crescent trail from Bethesda to Georgetown always with a latte stop in Georgetown at Baked & Wired

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5.  Wolf Trap for an outdoor concert with a picnic – but the VA, MD, and DC area has a ton of free outdoor concerts throughout the summer

6.  D.C. United game

7.  Dumbarton Oaks for an afternoon stroll through the gardens and relaxing with a book.  Make sure to check their schedule to see if they have any upcoming art installments in the gardens.

8.  Polo match in Upperville or Middleburg with a picnic.  And while you are there, wander along the streets of Middleburg.  Seriously one of my favorite small towns ever.  And if you want to linger, there is the cutest little bed and breakfast, The Ashby Inn, in Paris, Virginia with Sky Meadows State Park close by for hiking. Definite recommendation:  staying in the school house

9.  the Mall at night for a walk among the Memorials (and visiting during the day)

10.  the National Portrait Gallery and if you visit on a Thursday afternoon, there are a slew of food trucks lined up – I love their collection, especially the pieces by Abbott Handerson Thayer.

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But how can you just stop at ten.  There is so much to do in the D.C. area that I absolutely love.  Roosevelt Island for a run or walk.  Biking all the way out to Mt. Vernon and then touring the grounds.  The Air + Space museum is another favorite if you want to tour museums.  The grounds of the National Cathedral and the cathedral itself are gorgeous and worth a visit.

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Walking the streets of Georgetown; exploring the gardens of Georgetown.  The grounds and museum of the Old Stone House  are worth a stop, as it is the oldest standing building in DC and the only pre-revolutionary colonial home in Georgetown.

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The waterfront in Georgetown for a run through the fountains.

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Book Hill Park in Georgetown for a race up the steps and then reading at the top.

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The shops along Wisconsin Avenue are some of the best in Georgetown in my opinion. Plus, Patisserie Poupon is one of our favorites for getting a drink and an almond croissant or crudité salad.  But make sure to stop by Stachowski’s Market and Deli on 28th St NW too.  And Cornucopia Specialty Food in Bethesda, MD.

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Even though Le Pain Quotidien is a chain, it is a definite recommendation, and they have numerous locations in the area.

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Shopping and eating along 14th Street & T Street NW in DC.  Stopping by BakeHouse for a latte and a scone and tacos next door from Taqueria Nacional.

A drive out into the Maryland countryside, definite recommendation.  Especially to Rocklands Farm.

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We didn’t do all of these things during the week I was there.  D.C. United was sold out. Manchester United was in town for a game but we didn’t end up going to that either.  Wolf Trap did not have anything that made us want to go.  The Polo matches were under way, but the bigger matches are more fun to go to later in the year.  We talked about Dumbarton but there wasn’t time.  Cornucopia was closed as the proprietor was on a trip to Italy…. But we fit in a surprising amount of things for a relaxing week.  Now that I am home, all I can think is I am ready for my next trip up.

It’s Been a Year

I cannot believe that it has been one year since I first got the notion stuck in my head that maybe I should open a storefront.  Maybe it was my gut, maybe my heart, wanting more, wanting different.  Somehow the idea of opening a store seemed a grand idea.  And when that idea gets going, it just keeps going until it is satisfied.  Here I am sitting in the shop, looking around me, and you know, it feels like home.  It feels natural.  It feels like it is just another part of life.

I always said I never wanted my own shop.  I was adamant (kind of like I am with a lot of things).  Lesson learned.  The thing I am adamantly opposed to just might be the thing that happens.  With time, comes change.  Circumstances change.  I change.  And what seemed like an absolute unimaginable thing, becomes imaginable.  I realized that what I loved and what I wanted had changed.  When I first started Addiah, I wanted a business that would enable me to travel, spend time with my family, and have a flexible schedule.  I still want to travel and spend time with my family.  But I also want to connect with people.  Really connect.

So, thanks to all of you who have supported me in this new venture.  Here’s to dreaming and doing.


Heading Out…to Texas and Thailand

Remember that old memory game, “to grandmother’s house we go”?  Well, I am going to Texas and Thailand for the next two and a half weeks.  So what is in my bag? Here is a little glimpse…

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I am packing light – just a carry on and a purse.   I’ll let you know how prepared I really was when I get back.

In my purse – the essentials:

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  •  travel book (need to do some planning, even if just on the plane – Lonely Planet always does a really good job)
  • passport
  • sunglasses
  • chap stick (with SPF for the hot Thailand sun), toothpaste, and perfume (to freshen up during all the legs of the trip)
  • socks and a scarf to stay warm and cozy on the plane (and an eye mask to help sleep)
  • leather pouch (leaving my wallet at home and keeping things light)
  • snacks – chocolate, raw bar, gum, honey for tea, emergenC – you never know
  • camera and film old school style
  • journal, bible and study book, Sudoku, and a novel (entertainment for the two day trip to Thailand)