After college, I gained a lot of experience in museum retail at various types of museums: a historic house museum, a natural history museum and the children’s museum here in Chattanooga. These experiences, combined with my personal background in art and my lifelong love of collecting beautiful, handcrafted, funky stuff led me to want to have my own store.
After all, you can only fit so much into your own home before the neighbors begin to talk, so opening my own store seemed like the natural thing to do!
I opened blue skies in January of 2000 on Chattanooga’s Southside. In 2003, we moved across the Tennessee River to our current home and favorite city neighborhood, the hip and historical NorthShore. From curating the merchandise to brainstorming creative displays, having my own store is like working with an ever-changing canvas. And I don’t work on that canvas alone–it’s been gratifying to see blue skies grow in all ways, including the staffing department.
We have a great ‘blue crew’ that includes managers I couldn’t live without: Ginger Carden, Kaitlin Cottle and Denise Shropshire.