As a volleyball player at Red Bank High School, Lindsey Frost sported No. 22 on her jersey, and her two younger sisters, who were later on high school teams, also wore 22 before the number was ultimately retired after 11 years.
"I've just always thought it was my lucky number, and one I was proud to wear," Frost said.
As her passions turned from sports to family to interior design, Frost has kept her belief in the number 22, especially since she decided to fulfill a lifetime dream of opening her own store in the year 2022. So Frost is using Twenty Two as the name of her new boutique home furnishings and gift shop, which opens Friday on the Southside.
The 1,000-square-foot storefront at 1413 Chestnut St. will feature a range of furniture, home decorations and accessories, jewelry and clothing items, and is an outgrowth of her 5-year-old Frost Design interior decorating business, which is just behind the retail shop.
"The store is Palm Beach meets mid-century vibe, full of colors and eclectic pieces," Frost said during an interview this week as she prepared to open the first-floor retail shop. "It's a place where you are going to see natural materials, grasscloths or line-wrapped furniture pieces. along with a variety of home decorations, furnishings and gifts. Starting in the spring, we want to be a curated-by-Frost design with our upholstery and other vendors to offer our own unique design."
Twenty Two home furnishings store opens on Southside
Most of all, Frost said she wants her storefront to be a place of joy and for fun for shoppers looking for home furnishings, decorations, gifts or furniture items. Twenty Two is even offering some unique women's apparel and jewelry items.
"Twenty Two will feature a fun, funky, colorful collection inspired 'jewel-box' of all things furnishings, home, design, gift, pop and abstract art and more," she said.
The retail shop is an outgrowth of Frost's interior design business, which she has worked in for the past decade with a variety of homeowners, builders and designers. Frost grew up in the business as the daughter of Eddie Lawson, the owner of Interior Trim & Supply in Chattanooga.
"As a young girl, I was playing around the warehouse and going to the job sites with him, and I knew I wanted to be an interior designer ever since I was in middle school," she said.
Frost has a bachelor's degree in interior design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and said she has worked throughout her career to create unique, vibrant, functional spaces in the a variety of luxury homes in the Chattanooga area.
"I love working with people to create a space that is functional, affordable and visually pleasing," she said.
Frost helped with the interior design of the rest of the three-story building where her new store is located, which she said is in a growing area for both housing and retail development on the Southside.
The new store will initially be open through the holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kristen Donnell, a recent UTC interior design graduate who lives near the new store, will be the store manager for Twenty Two.