Every year, beginning in late spring, if you aren’t taking advantage of the great summer fruits and vegetables available in the region, you are missing out. And you are missing out even more if you don’t frequent one of the great roadside markets in Morven and Barney to buy your fresh produce and sample some incredible, home-made ice cream. It’s well worth the short drive from Valdosta.
But those new to the area or who don’t venture out far may be unfamiliar with the peach sheds, but they’re great. They generally open in May and stay open until around the Fourth of July or mid-July. And you can find out all about the delicious peaches and other produce available in the June issue of the Valdosta Scene magazine.
You can also find a great section on Bad Habitz Saloon and Grub, the new restaurant that recently opened in town.
Also, local architect Anthony Payton contributed a feature on historic black churches in Valdosta, highlighting their histories and their unique architectural features.
And don’t forget, on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, all aspiring models are welcome to come to The Times for our Scene Model Search. For the last year, we’ve been using area models from our last search for the magazine fashion layouts, and we are opening it up for those who want to try again or who missed their chance the first time. If you’re interested in modeling for the Scene, go online to www.valdostadailytimes.com and fill out the form and make sure you come see us at the VDT offices on June 15. See you then!
Belk celebrated its 125th anniversary last week, and this week, on Thursday, Langdale Ford will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special ceremony and a presentation from the Ford folks.
There are a few new openings to announce this week, always a good thing. First, the Olde Mill Town Auction & Consignment Gallery opened yesterday in Remerton. It sounds like a really neat place to find some unique items for sale, so you might want to check it out.
Also, the new Mandarin Express is officially opening today at the Valdosta Mall.
The new restaurant is located in the food court area of the mall and opens today at noon.
Two nail salons opened in the last week or so in town.
Nails by Chris opened its second location by the new Publix on Inner Perimeter Road and Lucky Nails just opened on East Park Avenue.
And Crystal City Jewelry also recently opened on North Ashley Street across from Michael’s Deli. The store specializes in ladies jewelry and accessories for $10 or less.
I also found out this week that the new Buckle store in Valdosta Mall will open in mid-to-late June. And it is the national franchise you can find at the larger malls in the region.
The Red Door from downtown has relocated and moved into their new space yesterday. They moved from their spot next to the Bistro and are now on Mary Street.
Interesting note from Habitat for Humanity this week. Remember how I reported that the Red Lobster was remodeling recently? Well, the local Habitat has the old furniture and other items from the restaurant for sale in their ReStore, which I thought was nice. Rather than junking the tables and chairs, they donated it and any money made from the sale helps to promote Habitat’s housing programs. Nice way to give back to the community.
That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!