Valdosta Daily Times

November 24, 2013

Give thanks and shop wisely this week

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Wednesday night at my house, it’s time to cook all the dishes that need to go into the oven so that the next day, the turkey has plenty of time to cook. Other than the year I dropped the pumpkin pie on the way to the oven and splashed pumpkin all over everything, mostly myself, I have been fortunate not to have had any holiday cooking disasters.

I enjoy cooking and baking when I can, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I know there are many who don’t want to deal with the time involved, the clean up, etc. For those of you looking for a place to go for Thanksgiving, it used to be that hardly anything other than Waffle House was open, but now, there are so many restaurants open that day that we’ve given up on trying to run a full list because we don’t want to miss anyone.

If you want to eat out on Thursday, you should find out if your favorite restaurant is going to be open and then go and enjoy a great meal without all the mess and fuss. And then once you’re full of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, you can visit your favorite stores, because again, there are so many opening on Thanksgiving day this year, it’s going to be tough to list them all. Most are opening late in the evening, so you’ve got plenty of time to map out your shopping plan.

I’ve seen people wipe out their entire Christmas list on Black Friday by planning ahead, making a strategy and sticking to their budget. Sounds very practical.

Personally, the other tradition I have is to wait until a week or so before Christmas to start thinking about the holiday and then do most of my shopping last minute. It’s a habit born of necessity due to my crazy work schedule, but it suits me.

No matter whether you are an early-bird shopper or a procrastinator, shop wisely, check the sales flyers in The Times, clip your coupons and take them with you, and manage your budget wisely. But first, take the time to pause and be thankful for the blessings you already have on Thanksgiving Day.

Business Roundup

The newly rebuilt Wendy’s reopened this week on St. Augustine. It’s a completely new design and one of only 100 in the country to have been chosen to do the rebuild. They’ve added a fireplace, a flat-panel TV and free wi-fi, along with other features. It’s pretty unique, so you might want to check it out.

There is a new Caribbean restaurant downtown across from the courthouse on Ashley Street that just opened.

There is a large building permit for Valdosta Corners by the mall but no idea what it’s going to be or exactly where it is, so if someone knows, please pass the information on.

Construction is continuing around town on the Sam’s Club, the new Italian restaurant, Gondoliers, and the new commercial lending center for Southwest Georgia Bank.

The new Health Sciences and Business Administration building at VSU is nearly finished and it’s such an impressive sight. Between it and all the new construction just finished at SGMC, that whole area looks entirely different than it did just a year or two ago. It’s exciting to see all those years of planning finally come to fruition!

I was taken to task this week for questioning the number of new dollar stores in the area. In addition to the four I mentioned, there are five more that have been built in the last year. Again, I’m pro-growth, but that many of any one type of business raises questions. However, if the powers that be are happy, who am I to question the logic?

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!