On Tuesday night, December 3rd, the Kyzers officially had their grand opening of their retail store at 1118 Jones Street. Some may think they are “nuts”! About 150 folks showed up and the Kyzers rang up more than $2,000 of product and merchandise.
Brian Kyzer was trying to find a healthy snack while training for upcoming competitions, working, and being a husband and father, and the one thought that kept coming to mind was, “There’s got to be a better way.” Constantly hungry, yet just not satisfied with the snacking landscape, Brian and his wife Kam created WataNut – a healthy, easy and fun snacking alternative to the mainstream, not only for athletes, but for every busy person looking for a delicious and inspiring snack.
The couple launched their mail-order nut delivery business just under a year ago and this November opened a retail store at 1118 Jones Street in downtown Augusta in the old Simkins Seed Company building. WataNut‘s delivery business offers the convenience of subscriptions enabling their custom mixes to arrive at your door. WataNut creates their fun, tasty mixes by hand and will begin roasting many of their nuts on site early next year. Some of their popular mixes include: “Nut Nog,” “Honey Badger BBQ“ and “Nut Your Average Cup of Joe.” Visitors to the retail store can hand-select the mixes they want to make up their box – or individual mixes can be purchased. Each box contains over 1.5 pounds of delicious, healthy snacks.
The store also features a “nut shot” bar where customers can try a small shot-sized sample of mixes. Brian and Kam pride themselves on the quality and variety of their mixes and take great care to use the best nuts on the market. As Brian noted, “Our customers and friends are those that push the boundaries and their enthusiasm for life is reflected in the eccentricity of our mixes. We want to make it easier for people to reach their goals, be healthy and live long, fun, creative and productive lives. We’re in the backpacks that climb the summit and in the center console of the minivan.”
Reginald Crews of North Augusta recently formed Pocket Crewsers like so many other small businesses. The dapper man could not find a pocket square to match each of his neckties. He searched from store to store and discovered that either their pocket squares were low in quality, high in price, or a combination of the two. It was at that point that he decided to start making his own. Crews took a sewing class, bought two sewing machines, and started sewing. Throughout this process he began to realize thathe was not the only one having problems finding quality pocket squares. That’s when he decided to launch Pocket Crewsers Pocket Squares.
New products will be added almost weekly. For the rest of 2013 new products will be added almost daily! His pocket squares are of different fabric and range from 5 to 15 dollars a piece.
Reginald will be a guest on our radio program tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1215pm.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (November 26, 2013) – Today the City of Augusta and Hull Storey Gibson Companies kicked off the redevelopment of Windsor Square shopping center by announcing the additions of Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme as part of a revitalization plan to create a new first class retail and restaurant destination for South Augusta.
“I believe that today’s announcement of a new Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme to serve this area of our community is a leading indicator of the great things about to happen in South Augusta,” said Mayor Deke Copenhaver. “With the ongoing growth at Fort Gordon and the new Starbucks manufacturing facility coming online next year with the Rockwood facility to follow shortly, the southern area of our city is poised for quality growth in the coming years. I would like to personally thank Hull Storey Gibson and our team from local government for their diligent work to bring this deal to fruition as well as Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme for their ongoing investments in our community.”
Redevelopment plans will include improved landscaping, increased pedestrian level lighting and the demolition of vacant shop space to the left of the Post Office and Dollar General. The Post Office, Dollar General and Goodwill will remain on the property and SRP Credit Union will relocate to the Lowe’s anchored center across Windsor Spring Road also owned by Hull Storey Gibson Companies.
Efforts to attract new tenants are underway with Chick-fil-A contracted to open a new facility next to McDonald’s in the summer of 2014 and Krispy Kreme joining the property next to Taco Bell. Hull Storey Gibson Companies anticipates an additional announcement about another popular national food chain in the near future.
“City leaders Commissioner Joe Jackson and Administrator Fred Russell have taken a keen interest in revitalizing this property and their enthusiasm and continued support have allowed us to get to where we are today and will help make this great transformation possible,” said Jim Hull, Managing Principal of Hull Storey Gibson Companies. “With combined efforts, national retailers and restaurants are recognizing that South Augusta is one of the prime spots to locate in the Aiken, Columbia County and Augusta area. We couldn’t be more optimistic and excited about the future development potential of this key area of South Augusta.”
Hull Storey Gibson Companies purchased Windsor Square in 1987 and owns and manages several retail and restaurant properties throughout Augusta and the Southeast.
We would like to invite you to the grand reopening celebration for Summerville Art & Custom Framing and Tim Conway Photography. We have moved and expanded to a new location and are excited to announce that we now feature a gallery containing the artwork of over twenty local artists. Our gallery features not only original paintings, but also pottery, jewelry, and limited edition prints as well. Stop in and browse the art while also enjoying food provided by Sixth at Watkins. We hope to see you this Thursday!
The Gun Rack Of Aiken is moving. Local residents and business owners, Chuck and Stephanie Scott, have been involved with Aiken Downtown since they acquired the business 5 years ago. The business has been located in downtown since 1971 on 213 Richland Avenue West and now the family has more exciting news to share.
In early 2014, The Gun Rack of Aiken is moving to an indoor range and store at 1563 Edgefield Highway. They are purchasing a warehouse that will include a 10 lane 25 yard distance range in clean air, safe environment.
There is also a classroom in the building for those studying to get a concealed weapon permit.
“We are expanding the retail area by double and will have a larger workshop for our gunsmith,” said Chuck Scott.
Scott said the back stop is made of granulated rubber(tires without steel), and cuts down on noise…no metal. He says there is very little disruption to the body of the bullet. This design will have also reduce noise and create less lead dust.
The new facility is under construction now. Their existing store will be open through Christmas season as they clear out many years of old inventory.
For more information visit www.tgrofaiken.com
Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum is a name that has been serving the C.S.R.A. for over 30 years and is now celebrating the new ownership of Nick Meabon providing the Same Great Products and Same Great Service you have come to know Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum for!
Nick Meabon began his career with The Hoover Vacuum Company at the age of 15 in Charleston, West Virginia as a Sales Associate in a Hoover Factory Owned and Operated Service Center. Mr. Meabon celebrated a 12 year career with The Hoover Company that led him to Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum, in 2011, where he entered the business as Minority Owner and Managing Partner.
Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum offers great products by BERNINA, DYSON, Electrolux, Hoover, Horn of America & Melco International Embroidery as well as over 3000 bolts of 100 % Cotton Fabrics and thousands of sewing supplies and notions.
Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum offers state of the art Service on any brand Sewing Machine or Vacuum Cleaner. Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum provides an educational staff to support our customers after the sale with training and education to bring out the full potential of your product with the ease of professional support interested in you and providing the Service You Deserve! Mr. Meabon believes in making sewing FUN and has this focus on everything Branum’s Sewing and Vacuum provides to their customers!
Augusta, Ga.–Walton Community Services recently celebrated the opening of its 15th accessible/affordable housing community for persons with disabilities in the CSRA, featuring 11 fully accessible units and one manager unit, including wider doorways, roll-in showers, an accessible kitchen and more.
Located in a growing area of South Augusta, the new residential community is part of a neighborhood revitalization effort led by Augusta-Richmond County and others, who invited Walton Community Services as a community partner. (Other organizations include: South Augusta Redevelopment, Habitat for Humanity and the Community Development Collaborative, made up of East Augusta Community Development Corporation, Antioch Ministries, Promise Land Community Development Corporation, Sand Hills Community Development and the 30901 Development Corporation.) Walton Legacy was funded through an 811 Capital Advance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and through HOME funding from the Augusta-Richmond County Housing & Community Development Department.
1Hour Optical is pleased to announce Dr. Robert Morgan as the newest member of their professional staff.
Dr. Robert Morgan grew up locally in Martinez, GA and graduated from Lakeside High School in 1997. He received a B.S. in Biology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and an O.D. Degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Morgan is nationally certified for the treatment and management of ocular disease and focuses on patient care and education. He earned clinical honors in primary care at the renowned Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA and completed low vision rehabilitation training at the VA Blind Rehab Center in Augusta, GA.
Dr. Morgan has special interest in pediatric eye care, treating ocular disease, and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Morgan and his wife, who graduated from the Wolfpack of Greenbrier, have two young boys, Tyler and Lukas. His hobbies are playing golf and teaching small groups at a local church. He and Mrs. Morgan are also involved with local and international mission work.
1Hour Optical is locally owned and operated and offers comprehensive vision care at competitive pricing, as well as the latest and largest selection of frames, eyeglasses, and contact lenses in the CSRA. 1Hour Optical’s highly skilled doctors ensure the eye examination is tailored to meet the personal needs of each patient. A well trained staff is on hand to assist you with all your vision care needs.
For more information on Dr. Morgan and other staff members at 1Hour Optical, please visit www.1houroptical.com. You can also find 1Hour Optical on Facebook and Twitter.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow Aiken Technical College to purchase advanced welding equipment for use in both advanced manufacturing and nuclear training.
ATC will use the $95,000 grant to purchase an Orbital Welder that is appropriate for nuclear power industry training needs and a Bevelmaster beveling machine that will produce the high quality weld preparations and joints required for use with the Orbital Welder.
“The College has taken major steps to update its welding program and has increased the scope to include all of the American Welding Society’s SENSE levels,” said Dave Deal, ATC Department Chair for Industry and Skilled Trades. “This adds to our students’ employability, because with the nuclear construction that we have going on in this area, students will be prepared to move into this advanced welding area.”
The cost of the Orbital Welder is $85,000, and the cost of the Bevelmaster is $10,000.
The College has already added pipe welding to its offerings, and the new equipment will allow computer-controlled welding, which is used extensively in the nuclear industry, to be incorporated into the curriculum.
ATC offers degrees and certificates in welding, as well as a variety of other manufacturing-related credentials, many of which specifically address the workforce needs for the surrounding area’s nuclear power industry. ATC offers degrees and certificates in Nuclear Quality Systems with emphases in Nuclear Quality Control and Nuclear Quality Assurance, as well as a degree in Radiation Protection Technology.
On Friday, November 1st, Pita Pit opened it’s first store in the CSRA on Washington Road across from Fairway Ford. Chris O’Kelley from 93.9 BOB FM is doing live remotes. He’ll be there until 2pm. There will be samples of some of the 20 varieties of Pita sandwiches available. They include meat, veggie, and breakfast sandwiches served all day long.
Buzz on Biz founder Neil Gordon was at yesterday’s Columbia County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and said about 50 business leaders were there and learned all about why Pita Pit is different. Fresh toppings include artichoke hearts and other delicacies like Hummus. A corporate trainer is in town and mentioned that 2 of the Kids’ Pita sandwiches are on Michelle Obama’s list of healthy approved sandwiches for our nations’ kids.
There are 300 franchise locations across the country including ones in Athens, Statesboro, and Columbia.
Once again, Pita Pit is now open on Washington Road in Evans across from the Fairway Ford and next to the entrance to the Home Depot.