It seems as though every weekend in August is full of events, and next week is no exception. The annual South Georgia Senior Living Showcase will be held next Saturday, August 12 at the conference center.

Sponsored by the Times, the event was organized four years ago in celebration of the active senior citizen lifestyle. Booths featuring a variety of products and services will be available, and numerous seminars will be held to provide information on a variety of topics, with entertainment too. Also, two active seniors will be awarded the Edith D. Smith Super Citizen Award. Edith was a Times employee for more than 40 years until her passing last year, and the award was renamed in her honor.

Admission to the event is free, and it will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the conference center. Even if you’re not a senior, one of these days you hopefully will be, so take the time to drop by and learn more about what’s available in our community for you.



Business Roundup

If store shelves are any indication, shoppers certainly took advantage this weekend of the sales tax holiday. There’s still time today to finish your shopping for school supplies and clothes, by the way, as the holiday doesn’t end until midnight tonight.

I forgot to include this last week, but the China Doll lounge on North Ashley Street has reopened under new ownership, with karaoke, etc.

Also, what was formerly the Cosmetic Laser and Anti-Aging Center is now Reflections Medical and Day Spa, and they’ve moved to 814 Northwood Park Drive The spa offers an array of procedures, including chemical and laser peels, nail services, botox, massage, etc.

The McDonalds on North Ashley is coming along well and the Arby’s renovation looks nearly complete and should be opening again in the next week or so.

There’s a new stop in Hahira called the Courtyard Cafe on Main Street that I’ve had a few calls about, which compliments the other shops and eateries in town.

The clearing on North Valdosta Road next to the car dealerships is apparently just that — land being cleared. Not necessarily for development yet, from what I understand. It’s interesting that as soon as bulldozers park on a piece of property, my email lights up, but in this case, it’s apparently premature.

Speaking of car dealerships, Five Points new place near the interstate on James Road is moving along and so is the new Pipkin Kia dealership on North Valdosta Road.

We also will soon see a new Video Warehouse next to the Sonic on West Hill Avenue, and with the new Miles Plaza near there starting to fill up, that area is one of the newest hot zones for development in town. Other hot zones are obviously Baytree, North Valdosta Road, and all points around the mall. And that doesn’t even cover what’s going on with all the hotels. If you are a developer, please let me know when your project will be complete because I’d really like to start giving readers an idea of when you’ll be open.

Don’t forget that school starts tomorrow, be careful driving this week, and watch the cross walks carefully, especially in front of VSU. Speaking of VSU, in just two weeks they’ll be hosting their big Centennial Celebration which you won’t want to miss.

And if I missed anything this week, please call or email me and let me know.

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