Business owners in Chattanooga's Patten Square celebrate the end of construction disruption

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / People gather for the opening of Patten Square, as the sculpture, "Radiance" dominates the scene. Patten Parkway, now known as Patten Square, has received a dramatic makeover including a new street layout and art installation. A ribbon-cutting officially opened the renovation on July 23, 2021.

Beth Adkins opened the French Quarters salon on Patten Parkway in the 1980s, and she has seen a lot change from her downtown spot between Lindsay Street and Georgia Avenue. But nothing could have prepared her for the combination of two years of construction at her doorstep and a pandemic, she said.

"The challenges we faced were off the charts, but we faced them and we grew from them," Adkins said. "There were times I considered leaving. I even bought property on the other side of town."

Adkins stayed put, though, and on Friday morning she watched the grand opening of the completely overhauled - and renamed - Patten Square from the doorway of her salon.

"It is wonderful to be here now," she said. "The parking is much more accessible. The meters are more up to date - they take credit cards.