Valdosta Daily Times

May 5, 2013

Reasons to visit Downtown Valdosta this week

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Every May, the Main Street office of the City of Valdosta hosts the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series on the Lowndes County Courthouse lawn. Each day this week, a different band will entertain the crowd for free. You can buy lunch from one of several vendors or bring your own, and sit, relax and enjoy a picnic with wonderful entertainment provided. It’s a great way to spend your lunch hour if you work downtown, or anywhere in town for that matter, and it’s a fun time to hang out with old friends and possibly make new ones.

And since next Sunday is Mother’s Day, there are some great places to shop and visit downtown in preparation. You can buy a gift card for Sunday brunch at one of the fine restaurants. You can find creative, unique, fun and fashionable items for sale that your mother will love. You can buy her plants or flowers. You can buy her a painting or lessons to learn how to paint. You can visit one of the vintage shops and find something that will remind her of her youth.

Or you can simply visit Downtown Valdosta because it is a vibrant place, full of fun shops and eateries, and it’s a great place to walk around especially on a warm, not hot and humid, sunny spring day.

Business Roundup

The new Bad Habitz Saloon and Grub is officially open on Gornto Road now.

Near there, on St. Augustine, the Waffle House closed this week. Not sure if it’s for repairs or something else, but lots of movement all around the building this week. The new Waffle House on Baytree Road is supposed to open by mid-week this week, and another Waffle House is supposed to be locating on Bemiss Road soon too. An aside for the owners —  folks in Hahira keep asking when one is going to come there, just in case you are looking for another location.

There is a new Titletown Title Pawn business at the corner of Patterson and Ashley by Five Points. Until the entire Five Points auditorium and library complex at Five Points was abandoned, that corner was going to house a new Starbucks.

The Peachtree Plaza on Gornto Road has seen some new tenants lately, with Azalea City Florist moving there recently from its former home on Park Avenue.

Rumor has it that a new furniture store is getting ready to locate in the empty building near Badcock, so hopefully I can find out more about it this week.

And just because the Smok’n Pig had a small fire, confined to the exterior of the building, doesn’t mean the entire restaurant burned to the ground. No, it didn’t. Yes, it is open. It reopened the next morning. And yet calls keep coming in daily about it.

The renovations on Red Lobster are still ongoing, but should be finished soon.

And there is a good chance Valdosta will see Hooters reopen this year. It’s located between Outback and Texas Roadhouse and has been closed for a couple of years now.

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