Valentine’s Day is upon us, as florists, jewelry stores and the like prepare for the annual stampede that will last until they close their doors Thursday evening. Men and women alike buy special gifts for their loved ones on this day, and romantic evenings or weekends with that special someone will follow.
If you find yourself out and about on Thursday this week, and you need to pick up a little something sweet to treat yourself or someone special, inexpensive treats can be found at The Valdosta Daily Times front office. Each year, Times’ staffers coordinate a special bake sale to benefit our Newspapers in Education program. With sponsoring businesses at a low point this year, the program, which provides newspapers free of charge to classrooms as a teaching tool, needs to raise a substantial amount of money in order to continue.
Times’ staff make all of the homemade treats, and we have some excellent bakers here, so it will be well worth your time to come. Small bags of cookies, cupcakes, etc. are usually less than a dollar, and there will be a delightful array to choose from. It’s our opportunity to help raise money for one of our favorite programs, and it also gives us a chance to show off our culinary skills at the same time.
Come down to the VDT on the corner of Troup and Hill on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., buy some sweets, contribute to a worthy cause, and indulge yourselve for the day!
The new traffic signal on St. Augustine beside Starbucks on the north side and Denny’s on the south side will go “live” on Tuesday this week, so if you are coming through that area, remember that you will need to watch for the light. Hopefully, not only will it relieve congestion out of the Drury Inn and the Olive Garden, it will also be able to give those coming in and out of Clubhouse Drive a few extra seconds to get in and out of that road as well.
Please read the Focus On feature today on Small Cakes. The new cupcakery bakery is located next to Sureste on N. Oak St. and has been doing great business since they opened. Great cupcakes and other small cakes that you have to try!
Envy in the Valdosta Mall has moved to its new location near the center court next to GNC, and I understand they’ve really expanded in their new space.
Elkins Construction Inc. is preparing to open a new office in Valdosta on Canterbury Dr. off Baytree Road in March.
Valdosta Family Medicine is advertising that their popular walk-in clinic that has been open on Saturdays for several years is now also open on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.
I still haven’t heard a final opening date yet for Publix, but employees are being trained and the interior work is being done now so it shouldn’t be too much longer.
The Chick fil A in the Valdosta Mall is celebrating its 30th anniversary next Saturday, Feb. 16, with a variety of games and prizes throughout the day and even an appearance from the Eat Mor Chikin cow. I didn’t realize that they were one of the original tenants at the mall, which opened in 1983.
That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!