Meet the Chefs: Cynthia Wood, Antonia Poland combine skills at Davis Wayne's

Cynthia Wood, left, and Antonia Poland are co-owners of Davis Wayne's in Ooltewah's Cambridge Square development.

Cynthia Wood and Antonia Poland are an unlikely pair. Wood is from Charleston, Tennessee, a small town about 40 miles north of Chattanooga. Poland is a big-city girl from Chicago. Wood worked in the nonprofit world, as well as in education, for 30 years; Poland was a real estate broker and agent before moving to Chattanooga.

But they had something in common, they discovered, when they met on Facebook. They both loved to cook and soon became business partners, opening Dipped Fresh, a deli-and-dessert shop in Coolidge Park. That led to the start of a catering company and online store for specialty desserts and, this past fall, the opening of Davis Wayne's, a restaurant that focuses on comfort foods in Ooltewah's Cambridge Square development.