As one friend said Friday, “Next week is going to be a ghost town in Valdosta.” Both Lowndes and Valdosta school systems have (finally) scheduled their spring breaks at the same time and students will be out of school all week. The trickle down effect means that many parents will take time off to spend with their children, whether to stay home with them or go out of town.
For those of us working this week, the advantages include no buses and parents taking kids to and from school, so less traffic. It also means a lot of children with time on their hands as well.
There are a number of activities to keep the young ones busy, from visiting the local library to taking in a movie this week. Thankfully for many parents, Wild Adventures will also be open all week. This time of year, they aren’t open except on weekends until the end of May, but they make an exception for spring break and are open all this week.
And yeah! next weekend is the Phillip Phillips concert on Saturday. He’s a Georgia boy, very talented and a great singer, so reserve your tickets now.
With Splash Island opening yesterday, and all the great animal attractions, rides and entertainment at the park, Wild Adventures is a wonderful way to spend a day for families.
I think we sometimes forget what a treasure we have in this community, as not everyone is fortunate enough to have a theme park in their back yard, but Wild Adventures is a great asset, employer and company to have here. Not to mention the park is a lot of fun, too!
In case you missed my last column or two, we’ve had several restaurants open recently, including a Little Caesar’s beside The Egg and I in the Ashley Street Professional Plaza; the Brother’s Grill House in Budd Plaza; and It’s All Good on Martin Luther King Drive and South Toombs St.
The Olde Towne at Westover retail center on Jerry Jones is progressing, but I haven’t seen any indication yet about how the city plans to handle the traffic flow.
Manny’s Sub Shop closed last week on Baytree and a new restaurant is supposed to be taking its place in another month or so.
Baytree Pizza has moved to the Valdosta Mall and should be opening there in the former Ruby Tuesday’s area very soon.
Daylight Donuts hasn’t opened its second location yet on Baytree, but there is a lot of work going on in their new location in Remerton.
There is a new store in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center in Lake Park that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, and in the Winn Dixie plaza at Five Points, a new Planet Fitness is opening soon.
No word on the opening date yet for the new Hofbrauhaus where Willie’s used to be on North Ashley Street, and no word surprisingly yet on the opening of the new Gondolier’s Italian restaurant on Norman Drive.
A new law firm just opened called Ryan & Golden LLC. They’re located on Bemiss Road and will focus on worker’s compensation and civil law.
You’ll see Ulta and Sephora opening at the Valdosta Mall soon, both centered on makeup and personal care products.
The new Dollar General super store is nearly finished in Hahira and should be opening on Main Street in the next week or two.
That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!