It's Mother's Day, the one day officially set aside each year to honor those who gave you life, raised you and helped to mold you into the person you are today.

Do something nice for your own mother, your wife who brought your children into the world, and for those who may be forgotten on this day. Take them somewhere special or plan something special for them and stay home. Let her put her feet up and relax today, because one day isn't nearly enough and it won't last long.

I guess that means I need to get busy shopping for my own mother!

Business Roundup

I have it on about the best authority I can get that the mall groundbreaking will take place by the end of the month. I also understand they are on a pretty tight construction schedule to have everything open by early next spring, so they've got to get started on this very, very soon. Again, all I know so far are the big retailers -- Old Navy, Petsmart, Office Depot and Ross. I know there are at least eight to 10 more coming, but no announcements yet and nobody's lips are loose either, unfortunately.

The Starbucks is coming along nicely on St. Augustine Road and down the street, the Tractor Supply folks are really working hard to get their building ready. In that same plaza, the Crystal River Seafood restaurant should be opening this week, and from what I hear, it sounds like it's going to be a nice addition to the town's restaurant offerings.

The Econo Lodge recently opened by Sleep Inn, and at a grand opening event this week, they announced a new restaurant that will be breaking ground by them soon, which will also be a seafood restaurant (see the story in this section today for more information).

There's rumor of a large, new shopping complex on North Valdosta Road that will be announced this summer, but I can't pry out any more information than that at this point.

According to the owners, the new Generations Furniture store which opened last week next to Girardin's Jewelers carries Amish furniture, which sounds pretty unique for this area.

A sharp eyed reader noticed the sign on South Patterson for a new branch location of Farmers and Merchants Bank, which is being built on the former location of a First State Bank branch.

Speaking of banks, it looks like Colony Bank will be opening in Camelot Crossing very soon, as the building looks done.

And our hats are off this week to the railroad, who dealt with the derailment near North U.S. 41 quickly, getting the property cleaned up and reopened, and also to the workers from BellSouth who were a little too close for comfort when it happened. I hope they at least gave you a day or two off for that one.

Like my dad used to say, always expect the unexpected and you'll never be disappointed.

Let me know if I've missed anything this week, and Happy Mother's Day!

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