Valdosta Daily Times

August 26, 2012

Labor Day weekend can’t come soon enough!

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Have you ever had one of those weeks or months where you are bone tired and ready for a short break? I think that pretty much sums up the last month or so for me and my staff, and we’re all ready for a brief respite.

The beginning of the school year, the onset of football season, the election season, the many government projects and issues going on, and a number of other annual events have all culminated in a very fast-paced, very busy month at The Times.

Labor Day was created  to honor workers and their contributions to society  and to businesses, and is generally celebrated with backyard barbecues and lots of relaxation. Can’t wait!

As a prelude to this national holiday, though, there are a number of lesser known holidays to celebrate this week, including National Cherry Popsicle Day, today; National Toasted Marshmallow Day on the 30th and National Trail Mix Day on the 31st. Monday is also the birthdate of Mother Teresa and Pres. Lyndon Johnson, Tuesday is the Feast of St. Augustine, Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated Wednesday and Thursday, and Thursday is also Huey P. Long day. Sunday is Victory over Japan Day and Sept. 8 is Nixon Pardon Day.

Interesting mix of things to celebrate and observe, but the most important aspect is whichever day you choose to observe, take the time to relax and enjoy it!

Business Roundup

Gander Mountain officially opened this week, on Friday, and from the looks of it, stayed pretty packed through the weekend.

Chancy Drugs new location on North Ashley Street celebrated its grand opening this week with a ribbon cutting. It’s the third location for the Hahira-based pharmacy.

The new offices of the Studstill Firm LLP also officially opened this week with a ribbon cutting. Their home base is in Nashville but they are expanding into Valdosta.

There is a new thrift store on Northside Drive called Nufound Treasures. They are a thrift store with antiques, new and used items, appliances, etc.

Received a notice this week from Simply Southern Restaurant Group that they have sold the Valdosta franchise rights to Chicken Salad Chick, an Alabama-based restaurant chain that is spreading through the region. Don’t know who bought it though or when/where they are planning to build, so if it’s you, please call me.

The new Blazin’ Wingz off North Ashley in the Budd Plaza should be opening this week. It is going in where the former wings restaurant was next to Passage to India.

The owners of the Holiday Market on North 41 contacted me this week and said they will reopen soon under new management with a new look and brand-new gas pumps, too.

On North Ashley Street, the former cartridge store is now Baker’s Office Equipment and Cartridge Supply. It’s by Betty’s Diner.

JC Penney in the mall is undergoing even more renovations now, with areas of the store closed off.

And CiCi’s Pizza across from the mall on Norman Drive in the Best Buy plaza just recently remodeled and reimaged the restaurant and they are participating in a national customer appreciation day next week on Sept. 6 that sounds like it will be well worth checking out!

The former Wingate Hotel recently reopened as the Fairfield Inn and Suites. It’s beside the conference center right off the interstate.

There is a sign on Baytree Road in front of a new business that says Colonics. Their slogan is a bit different, but I won’t include it here. You’ll have to see it for yourself.

A new store downtown caught my attention this week. It’s across from the courthouse, about two doors down from King’s Grill, and is called Trigger Finger Ops. Lots of camouflage in the window.

Driving down Bemiss Road, there are a couple of new restaurants that have opened recently. In the small strip center next to Harveys, there’s the new Taste of China restaurant and down the road on either side of Domino’s Pizza, there is a Wings Town and a new Mexican restaurant, La Cascada.

It looks like the new redlight at the base’s new entrance at Davidson Road will be up and functional very soon, so pay attention on Bemiss.

That’s about it for this week. Next week, I’ll update on the various businesses under construction around town, but until then, if there’s anything I missed, please let me know!

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