Today in your Sunday Times, you should find a copy of the Best Of South Georgia contest ballot section. The top three nominated businesses and / or individuals in each category are included on the ballot, which will be posted online. All you have to do is go to the Times homepage at www.valdostadailytimes.com, click on the Best of... Ballot and vote.
The votes are tallied electronically and the top business or person will be declared the Best Of South Georgia in their category.
There is always interesting and spirited competition in a number of the categories between friends, rivals and friendly rivalries. Since winners get bragging rights for the year, and since no other entity recognizes such a broad spectrum of businesses in the community each year, it is certainly worthy of great pride for both the winners and nominees. And with expanded categories this year, you have the opportunity to vote on pretty much all your favorite businesses and business professionals.
Show your pride in your community and take the time to fill out the online ballot for the Best of South Georgia. And when you see one of the annual certificates hanging in a local business or office, take the time to congratulate them on their achievement. Some even have a wall lined with the awards from consecutive years.
The Times is pleased to offer this opportunity to our business and professional community and to recognize all of the successful, talented and hard-working business men and women we are blessed to have. Congratulations to all the nominees!
The good news of the week is that at least two of the recently closed restaurants will be replaced or reopening. The former Taqueria del Sureste in the North Oak plaza will soon open as the Cactus Flower Cafe, a chain restaurant serving Mexican food. And the Gold Plate on South Patterson Street has a sign up saying that the restaurant has new owners and they will reopen soon.
There is a new restaurant on North Ashley Street in the plaza with Firehouse Subs. At the opposite end is now the Thai Cafe. Can’t wait to try it.
Also on North Ashley, the second location for Hip Hop Chicken will be opening soon in the former Taco Bell building, next to the new Taco Bell.
And the new location for the Medicine Shoppe is moving along on the corner of the North Ashley Street professional plaza.
Next to the Chicken Salad Chick on North Oak, interior work on the design and furnishings is continuing for the new Smoothie King.
I understand that Gondoliers is planning for a spring opening. The new Italian eatery is being built on Norman Drive beside Cheddars.
Work is continuing on the new Aspen Dental Clinic on Norman Drive next to the Goodwill store as well.
On Inner Perimeter, the new location for Coughlin Tire is under construction, and not far from there, at the intersection of North Valdosta Road and Country Club, the new addition to Southwest Georgia Bank is also well underway.
Right off Baytree in the Sugar Creek plaza, the new Plato’s Closet was supposed to open this weekend or next week sometime. It’s a consignment and thrift-type shop that specializes in chic items in the latest fashions.
And of course the Creekside Tavern steakhouse reopened this week to great fanfare after being closed for a couple of weeks for renovations and remodeling.
Still haven’t heard what is new at Exit 11, and if there’s anything I missed, please let me know!