The Best of South Georgia contest for 2014 launched today. The ballot is online now for you to nominate your favorite businesses in one of nearly 100 categories — everything from Best Sweet Tea to Best New Business.
You have until Jan. 16 to make a nomination.
The top three businesses nominated in each category will be included in the final ballot which will be posted on Jan. 26.
The ballot and information is on the VDT website, www.valdostadailytimes.com
It’s interesting to watch this contest each year, as some businesses get downright competitive when it comes to being named the best. Several businesses have winning streaks dating back years that others are determined to break, and newer businesses are trying to win for the first time.
Several new categories were added this year and the categories are divided into subcategories to make it easier for you to vote and keep track of your nominations.
This is the only local contest for businesses that is voted on by the public, not just by a handful of individuals, and with it all computerized and automated, there are no worries any longer about anyone trying to stuff the ballot box, so to speak. You can only vote once, so make your nominations carefully and don’t forget to come back and vote after the 26th.
Creekside Tavern closed Jan. 1 and will reopen in about two weeks after remodeling with a fresh look and a fresh concept. Creekside will offer more food selections, shorter hours, and different kinds of music, from dueling pianos to individual guitarists. I’ll keep you posted.
And yes, O’Neals, the Big O’s buffet on North Ashley Street, has been sold. The O’Neal family sold the restaurant but it’s my understanding that the new owners are pretty much keeping things the same.
Another new business is coming to town. Smoothie King should be opening around the beginning of February beside Chicken Salad Chick in the North Oak center.
I was contacted this week by the Aspen Dental folks, touting a new location in Tallahassee. One will be opening here in Valdosta late spring/early summer. It is under construction on Norman Drive next to Goodwill. The concept is longer hours, flexible payments, and an onsite denture lab.
Also under construction is the new location for the Medicine Shoppe, which is moving to the North Ashley business plaza.
There should be an announcement at any time about the Dunkin Donuts coming to town. It will go where the doctor’s office used to be on North Patterson Street and Northside.
Publix wants to make sure that all of our readers and their loyal customers know that they will be putting their ad inserts in the paper on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays, beginning this week.
There’s a sign next to the Egg and I restaurant on North Ashley saying Little Caesar’s is coming soon, and right across the street, the former Taco Bell location is being actively remodeled to accommodate Hip Hop Chicken.
Still waiting to hear about an opening date for the new Plato’s Closet shop going into Sugar Creek Plaza, but it should be within the next couple of weeks.
Jerry Mercer, a local physical therapist practice, has closed after a number of years in business. Their last day was Tuesday.
The owner of Simply Otra Vez on North Ashley Street is holding a community appreciation event on Jan. 8 for the store’s first anniversary.
That’s it for this week, but if I missed something, please let me know!