Valdosta Daily Times

August 4, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday is next weekend

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Area public schools start back this week, VSU starts back the following week, and every parent of a school-age child can use a helping hand when it comes to school supplies and school clothes.

This weekend, Georgia is once again holding the Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 9 and 10, and all clothing, shoes, athletic gear, etc., less than $100 a piece or computers and accessories less than $1,000 are exempt from state sales tax. Most all of the stores I’ve been in lately are gearing up and replenishing stock to make sure they have enough on hand to run through the weekend, and parents should be able to get some great bargains and sales on top of the lower sales tax. A few cents adds up quickly, especially if you have more than one child to buy for.

Several stores also have programs too that allow customers, who may not have any kids left at home or who just want to help others, purchase supplies to be distributed to schools.

You can go online at to find a full list of all of the items that are exempt from state sales tax Friday and Saturday.

This is a great time to shop local, this is a great opportunity to stock up on things your child will need through the school year, and it’s an appreciated boost from the state to parents and students. Thank your legislators for voting to continue the holiday and take advantage of the sales this weekend.

Home Builders holding Casino Night

Don’t forget to mark Friday, Aug. 9, on your calendar to attend the Home Builders Casino Night at the Turner Center for the Arts. A portion of the proceeds will go to several local charities and it should be a fun event. No “real” gambling will take place, of course, but your ticket includes “money” to play with as entertainment only, with prizes available along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple and can be purchased at the Home Builders Association office or by calling (229) 247-8422.

I understand tickets

are selling fast!

Business Roundup

From all of the tips I’ve received this week, it seems that the Golden Corral is going into the area by the Drury Inn and Olive Garden off St. Augustine. They are supposed to start construction in the fall.

On Bemiss Road, the new Waffle House going in by the Dollar General looks very close to opening. Workers were in there Friday afternoon so hopefully another week maybe.

I’m still fielding questions about the work on Inner Perimeter where the site is being cleared, and it is going to be a new Family Dollar.

Work continued this week, although the sign isn’t up yet, on the future location of the Coyoacan restaurant on St. Augustine. The Mexican restaurant is very popular in Quitman and it’s good to see a restaurant back in that location where the Wooden Nickel and the Green Iguana were.

The new shop called Birdville in the Walmart plaza on Inner Perimeter really sounds like a cool place and I plan on stopping in this week as I understand it’s “unusual and interesting.”

Unfortunately, don’t forget that the Potter’s House is closing its doors soon, but will at least be open through Aug. 10. Very sad to see them go as they’ve been around for a number of years, and if you’ve been a customer, you should stop in and wish them well this week.

Big Al’s down in Lake Park is open now near Rascal’s, and work is starting on the new RV place off Exit 5 there as well.

I also understand Hooter’s is gearing up for their grand re-opening soon, with a sign up telling customers that they’ll be open in early September.

They are going in the same location it used to be in between Texas Roadhouse and Outback.

Has anybody heard about a Walmart Express in Adel or who might be going into the old IGA on Hill Avenue?

If you know or if I’ve missed something, please let me know this week!