Choosing a Gift

25 Sep

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The Secret to Buying Art?

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Well, you’ve got your own place now and you’re ready to take down that warn concert poster  and looking forward to making home your own space. Maybe the kids are grown and you can explore your own personality a bit.

But buying art can be intimidating, right? After all, without an art degree, how can you tell what is good slide_349133_3739944_freequality or what will go up in value? And of course, there’s the coordinating colors for your home. You’re not an interior designer. Whew. So what’s the easy way? Buy what you like. Seriously, let me repeat, Buy What You Like. No, it can’t be that easy. There’s a method, right? Yes. The method: Buy what you like.

Ok, I may have over-stated. Let me explain. Of all the advice from artists, gallery owners and collectors, this particular nugget—buy what you love—is near universal. “Don’t buy what other people tell you to,” says Peter Simpson, arts editor with the Ottawa Citizen, and an avid collector with more than 70 pieces of original art. “Buy what you like, because you’re going to be looking at it every day of your life.”

But what about art being an investment? In a word (or three): don’t do it. “It’s really hard art2to predict which artists are going to take off, which works will appreciate significantly over time. Occasionally, the dollar value of certain works of art will even crash, as tastes and perceptions shift over time…“I’ve never bought a painting for investment purposes, and I wouldn’t recommend it,” says Simpson. “I certainly have pieces that are appreciating in value, but it’s never been a consideration in the original decision to buy. If the value of one of your paintings goes up, it’s a bonus.”

We explain to people all the time that when you buy what you love, everything will reflect 8265a31985c3bb37793c0d8365e1f355your taste, and it will work. If you are really self-conscious, Good World Goods has access to a great interior designer that charges as little as $60 to come to your home and assist you. Gone are the days where only the wealthy had access to original art or custom works or interior designers. “Your home should speak to who you are; it should be like a personal memoir of your trips, your loves, your life. There is nothing worse than walking into someone’s home to be greeted by … one mass-produced print on the wall, pretending to be art.”

Art that you like doesn’t have to be expensive. Start with a few small pieces and place them where you will see them and enjoy them. Too often people feel their home needs to be impressive to guests though it’s blatantly absent of their own personality. Remember it’s your home. Your place to wake up every morning and rest every evening. You pay the bills for the home. Like what you see.

Good World Goods sells art to both the avid collector and the new art buyer. We are a no pressure atmosphere. We love those that are curious about art. Come explore your own tastes while supporting serious local artists.

Research: Money Sense, Fresh Home, Three Gates Gallery, Charlotte Southern/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rich Almond Flour & Quinoa Cake

28 Aug

20160828_104516This sweet, gluten free cake is so delicious I had to share. Outside of my family I’m not really known for my cooking. I don’t do food blogs, I read them! Sure I share a particularly successful bread on social media sometimes, but actually posting a recipe and it’s process is new to me. Please be kind if I make some mistakes. That being said, I really think you will enjoy this cake! There are so many variations you could do to make it your own.

My choices for flavorings are cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. We were gifted some Alchemy Spice cinnamon ( a local Chattanooga company) by Katie, a great woman we met through Good World Goods, so I really wanted to use it. Just a pinch of each for a “warm” backnote, but you can do anything you want with this. Adding more almond flavor is a great way to go, or ginger would be nice. You get the point. Have fun.

There is no one in our family who is gluten intolerant. I am just tired of gummy, bleached flour and have been practicing with other options. Now that I have grandchildren who enjoy cooking I feel I need to develop some healthier options to inspire them. Since Quinoa is an amino acid superfood, I thought it was a great choice to work with. Almond flour, in addition to its nutrition, is high in protein.

I also used 2 kinds of sugar. Honey has it’s unique taste, but the addition of the coconut sugar helped give this cake a deep, rich, caramel taste – the way brown sugar tastes.

Here’s everything I used. Ha, yes, you can tell by the photo that this is not my day job, but I think it covers everything.


  • Ingredients list:
  • 1 cup of quinoa flower
  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature) Plus a bit for greasing the pan.
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350

Mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt) in a bowl and whisk. Set aside.


Great Hint: I rubbed the measuring cup with some oil before measuring the honey and it easily poured right out

In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients (sugar, honey, coconut oil, eggs and mix thoroughly. I used a stand mixer, but by hand is just fine.

After all the wet ingredients are combined, add the dry ingredients to this bowl. Mix until a nice batter forms.

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This pan is about 30 years old and belonged to my Mom. Just feels nice to use it.

Place in a greased pan and bake for approx 40 minutes or until a
butter knife or toothpick comes out clean. This cake needs to rest for a good half hour before removing from pan. Then rest about 15 minutes.







Last minute I decided to drizzle with more honey and top with a little toasted coconut I had left because my grandboys love it.


We Didn’t Write This About Shopping Local

26 Aug

With all of the talk going around about shopping local, we thought we would do some web Searching. If we wrote our own article, in our own words, about the importance of local shops, it would seem self serving, wouldn’t it?  So, we scoured the web for information. Actually, it was no work at all as everything came up on the first pages from pretty reputable sources. Let’s get started.

USA Today says: Shopping at small businesses keeps money in your community to help finance schools and other institutions.  You support schools, police and fire departments. When you shop small, the bulk of the money you spend and most of your taxes stay local — helping schools, paving streets, keeping you safe. According to the research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 you spend  In a local small business, $68 stays in your community. Continue reading

This had to be said

28 Apr Humanities

I rarely post anything personal. I sincerely want everyone I know to feel comfortable being themselves. But with so much anxiety and strife going on today, I just couldn’t keep quiet anymore. (Safety net: This post will likely be long, so few will read to the end!)

I am hearing mostly hatred when it comes to politics, religion, who’s allowed to a public restroom and so much more. Please, please can we all show a little more respect. Not restraint, as I think passion is what makes change. I would much rather have a passionate discussion with someone then a pleasant passing with someone who doesn’t care about their world. Continue reading

Update on Open House

19 Apr

Well we have some exciting news!

Our upcoming Event is Wednesday, April 20th from 4 – 7 pm at Good World Goods. 6333 E. Brainerd Rd. Chattanooga.

About us: We are a small family owned shop looking to support artists and our community.  Our event will be indoors and out with refreshments. Greg’s Sandwich Works, next door to us, will remain open for the event, so go ahead, bring your family, have dinner and enjoy some beautiful art! We hope you will find a piece that speaks to you – for yourself or as a gift to a very lucky someone. Continue reading

13 Apr




Painter Cindy McCashin’s work, such as this piece of the view before Lookout Mountain, are available at Good World Goods. Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Good World Goods may be in a new location, but business owner Victoria York is still planning to do what she’s always done: combine her love of local art with her passion for helping nonprofit causes. Continue reading

Save the Date!

25 Mar cindy north shore

front of store  You’re Invited!  Good World Goods, Wednesday, April 20th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Open House Event. Artist show and sale Featuring artists Cindy McCashin and Bonnie Scoggins. Enjoy plenty of snacks and refreshments while you shop and meet several of our artists.

In conjunction with this event, a variety of items will be raffled to support The Human Initiative – A local nonprofit helping the homeless in our community.

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North Shore; Daybreak by Cindy McCashin

Cindy McCashin is a painter creating works from both familiar places in our area and imaginative land and seascapes.

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Pottery by Bonnie Scoggins


Bonnie Scoggins is a local potter creating unique hand sculpted functional art bowls, cups and wall hangings.


More information to come. Fun for the whole family, ample free parking. Save the date, bring a friend and spread the word!

Good World Goods is now located in the Brainerd Hills Center near Wright Jewelers and Greg’s Sandwich Works (formerly Golly Whoppers)

Call for Artists

4 Mar

Call for Artists: Hotrod and Automotive Exhibit, all mediums

Good World Goods seeks local artists specializing in visual art attractive to hot rod and automotive enthusiasts for an upcoming show that will be open to the public. All mediums accepted.

You may enter as many pieces as you like. Please send clear images of work in JPEG  format to Include detailed description of each piece submitted and artists background. If you are unable to email your work, please contact us (423-468-4278) for an appointment to drop off works for review.

Exhibit will run beginning April through May. There is no fee to apply.  We will contact you regarding your submission with drop off information and details. There is a $20 fee expected on your drop off day. Commission is 40%.


Apply now. We realize this is of short notice and hope that you may be able to submit your works!

Good World Goods


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