Valdosta Daily Times


May 26, 2013

The hills are alive beginning next weekend

VALDOSTA — “The Sound of Music” will begin its run in the Peach State Summer Theatre repertoire of performances on June 1. The PSST! summer series of plays are always fabulous, with terrific acting and singing by a variety of student and professional performers. And the backstage folks are incredibly talented in their costume and set designs as well.

The season kicks off this year with “The Sound of Music,” and continues with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” followed by “A Little Night Music,” which is more adult oriented than the other two.

Performances begin June 1 and by June 22, all three plays will be going on simultaneously. It is a wondrous feat to behold, especially when they have two performances of two different productions on the same day — one a matinee and the other an evening performance.

Valdosta State University may be out for the summer for most students but that certainly doesn’t mean that the school is closed or that many of the faculty aren’t still hard at work. Peach State is just one of many events that VSU hosts in its “off” season.

There is a fee for the plays but there are several performance times through mid-July that are pay what you can, meaning that the public is welcome to attend and is asked to pay only what they can afford for entry.

For anyone lamenting Valdosta’s distance from Broadway, while New York has more to offer in many ways, great local productions are a wonderful way to indulge in your passion for musical theatre between visits to the Big Apple.

You can find more information on PSST!, tickets and performances by visiting


Business Roundup

This is a good news/bad news kind of week.

First, the good news. Jim’s Auto Glass is not closed. I repeat, Jim’s Auto Glass is not closed. He may have closed his physical location, but he is very much still in business, running a mobile service and using the same phone number he’s had. You can still reach him and he will be happy to come to you. Given the number of calls I had the week before with panicked customers thinking he had closed, this should come as welcome news to all.

Sam’s Club is preparing to embark on its massive expansion. The $6 million building permit is in today’s Homefront section, and the expansion should double or more the space of the store. Wow.

Also in this week’s building transactions, you’ll find a company called Cole WM LLC has purchased both the Walmart property on Inner Perimeter, for $15 million, and the Academy Sports property on Norman Drive, for $9.8 million. I was concerned at first, as there are supposed to be more phases coming soon around the Academy store, but apparently this is an investment move and will not hinder the property’s development at all, thank goodness.

And Alliance Coach has announced that the company is officially coming to Lake Park this summer. They will be located on the west side of the interstate and should be open as a full-service RV dealership this summer.

More good news for Lake Park — the new YMCA has reopened on the interstate’s east side in the retail center. The fitness center held its official grand opening on Thursday this week.

Now for the bad news.

It looks like the list of closures is getting larger. Quizno’s on Baytree is lights out, sign gone, space up for lease. Also, the CJ’s on Baytree, which was supposed to only close for a few weeks, has remained closed with no opening in sight. The Oreck Vacuum next to it also closed a few weeks ago. And I didn’t realize, since the signage is still up, that the Submarina off St. Augustine closed a while back, too.

Turnover is good to a point in business, but we don’t need too much, and not all at once in the same general area. Let’s hope these are just temporary, and new businesses will take their places soon.

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

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