Valdosta Daily Times


November 17, 2013

November Scene a feast for the eyes

VALDOSTA — I have been remiss not mentioning the Scene magazine yet this month, but even with the month half gone, it’s definitely worth picking up at the Times office or Books-A-Million.

Once again, models found through the Scene Model Search grace our cover and inside pages, showcasing fashions from downtown boutiques; fun, festive and colorful outfits to carry you through some of your holiday parties this year.

The photos alone from the new restaurant in town, Empanadas and More on Northside, should be enough to set your mouth watering.

And I can attest that the food tastes as good as it looks. If you like international cuisine with a Colombian influence, you’ll enjoy it.

One of our reporters takes readers on an entertaining guided shopping tour through Remerton, from a guy’s perspective, on how to finish all your gift buying in one area in one day and actually enjoy it.

David and Kay Scott and our regular columnists all contributed wonderful stories again, and there are photos from recent area events so you can see who was “scene” around town.

Business Roundup

I’ve been told to let readers know that the Sears store in the Valdosta Mall is not closing or on the current closing list from their corporate office. The location is for sale, along with all other Sears properties, but has no plans to close anytime soon.

The new Sam’s Club addition isn’t quite finished yet but should be before too long. And the new Italian restaurant near it on Norman Drive, Gondoliers, is really moving along. It may not make an opening date before the holiday season, and it’s larger than I initially thought it would be, but will be a welcome addition to that area when it’s done.

Wendy’s on St. Augustine has a totally new look. The newly rebuilt and redesigned restaurant isn’t ready to reopen yet, and I’ll let you know when they announce a date.

The Southwest Georgia Bank held a groundbreaking last week next to their main branch on North Valdosta Road for a new commercial lending center.

The new Oasis carwash has opened/ reopened on North Ashley Street near the hospital.

The sign is still up on the former Taco Bell announcing Hip Hop Chicken is going there on North Ashley, but I haven’t seen any movement in a few weeks.

And taking kind of a different viewpoint for a change, I’m curious about why we suddenly have so many of one type of store. I’m not against development, obviously, or I wouldn’t promote it every single week for all these years in this column. However, why are we suddenly getting all these new dollar stores? There is a new Dollar General being built in Hahira next to the current one where the old red tobacco barn is being torn down; there is a new dollar store being built on North Valdosta Road and one almost finished on Inner Perimeter. And those are just the most recent. Now, the county commission has approved rezoning for a residential parcel on Highway 41 surrounded by houses mostly, although there are a couple of commercial establishments in the same area, for another dollar store.

I’m curious — does anyone else find this unusual, or is it just me?

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

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