Valdosta Daily Times

November 3, 2013

One more hour of sleep today

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Hopefully everyone remembered to turn their clocks back this morning at 2 a.m. “Spring ahead, fall behind,” is how I always remember which time of the year you lose an hour and which one you gain an hour.

While I’m delighted with some extra time today, I will also sorely miss the daylight, as this also marks the time between now and Dec. 21 where the days grow shorter and shorter. Coming to work in the dark and leaving in the dark is hard to adjust to, but as with all things, it’s temporary and we’ll be back to long days of sunshine before you know it.

And don’t forget that this is also the time that you are urged to check all the smoke detectors in your house. Don’t wait for the battery to start dying and giving off that highly annoying beep before you change out your old batteries for new ones.

I’m still running behind this week as I was out last week. I apologize for the lack of a column but enjoying mine and my daughter’s birthdays took precedence this year. It’s only the second time I’ve missed in about 12 years, and I had some sweetly concerned regular readers who thought something had happened to me. Please rest assured that I am just fine, and see no reason to miss another week anytime soon, so please keep your business tips coming in!

Belk Charity Sale

Don’t forget about the fall Belk Charity Sale next weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 9. Charities sell tickets for $5 and get to keep all the proceeds, and if you buy a ticket, you get great deals, 20 to 70 percent off, and special hours to shop from 6 to 10 a.m.

There are about a dozen organizations selling tickets, and you can always purchase one at the store this week. Each year, Belk gives thousands of dollars back to communities through these special events.

Business Roundup

The long anticipated wait is over and Coyoacan is now open in Valdosta on St. Augustine Road. The Mexican restaurant still also has its location in Quitman, and is open for lunch in the afternoon and then in the evening for dinner.

I received a notice a couple of weeks ago that Two Friends in Summit Pointe would be closed for major renovations but the reopening date was supposed to be this week. When I checked on it this week, I found construction crews still there so it looks like they’re running a little behind. When they reopen the restaurant, it will be the Friends Grille and Bar, with the same great chef and staff but a whole new look.

The rebuild of the Wendy’s is moving along on St. Augustine, but it looks like they’re not going to meet the initial reopening date in two weeks. Look for the reopening later in November.

I’ve had a number of calls about Hungry Howie’s, and no, I haven’t been able to find anyone who knows why they suddenly closed a week or so ago. I know the popular pizza place was under new ownership, but not sure if and when they will reopen.

For those concerned about Val Optics recent closing, I understand if customers will email, someone will assist you.

ChiroCare Chiropractic and Massage Therapy just opened in town, with a ribbon cutting set for Tuesday at 11 a.m.. They are located 2922-B N. Oak St.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday this week, Southwest Georgia Bank will hold a groundbreaking for their new commercial banking center, next to their main branch on N. Valdosta Road.

Hopefully an opening date will be set soon for the new steak house going in where the Tavern used to be on Highway 41 S. in Lake Park. I’ll keep you updated.

And I cannot believe another year has passed already, but the annual Holiday Open House held each year by more than a half dozen florists is this afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. The shops go all out to decorate for the event, which features specials on holiday decorating, refreshments, music and more. Go by your favorite local florist this afternoon or try to get to all eight, but it’s always a good time.

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