As always, Santa Claus will arrive in style at the end of the annual Greater Valdosta Community Christmas Parade this Saturday, Dec. 1.
Always the first Saturday of December, this is as early as it can be, obviously, and I hope that people don’t miss it by looking for it later in the month!
Although there have been changes to the downtown festival that day, with no vendor booths or children’s activities, there will still be a Breakfast with Santa, an all-day photo opportunity with Santa, and the downtown merchants are all holding various activities and specials for the day.
The parade starts promptly at 5 p.m. and the route winds from Woodrow Wilson, down Patterson Street, to Downtown Valdosta. The participants are not allowed to throw candy, but some may be handing treats out to the crowd along the way. The participation from organizations in the parade is at an all-time high, and it will be a fun and festive time for the family, as always.
The Ossipe Temple, the City of Valdosta, and The Valdosta Daily Times collaborate each year on the event to make it better and better, and to provide a wonderful parade for area children.
We hope to see you Saturday along the parade route. Bring the kids, bring your chairs, bring blankets, and enjoy!
The Valdosta Vault jewelry store officially opened this week in the Valdosta Mall. It’s in the center area with the other jewelry stores and had quite a crowd on Friday.
The Korean Garden restaurant should be open this week. It’s located on St. Augustine Road where the Huddle House used to be.
The framework for the new Egg and I restaurant on North Ashley Street is nearly finished, and it looks interesting. It’s going to be larger than I realized, and as hard as they’re working on it, will be open in just another month or so.
The HeritageBank of the South’s new main branch on Inner Perimeter looks finished, but I’m still waiting to get the official word on its grand opening date.
The Publix across from there is also going pretty strong lately, and will hopefully meet its projected February/March opening date.
The second story steel work went up this week on the new VSU Health Sciences and Business Administration building on Patterson. That area is really the booming part of Valdosta right now, with all of the construction continuing at SGMC as well. Great to see.
The framework for the Taco Bell in Lake Park is also going up next to the interstate and I haven’t heard anything more about what’s going on with the Y side of the outlet area, but will let you know when I do.
It looks like Rum Runners North on Bemiss Road is no longer open.
There is a sign up on the former Maryland Fried Chicken location on North Ashley Street for the Cornbread Skillet. Considering how busy the stores were Thursday night and pretty much all through the weekend, hopefully this will be a better Christmas season for retailers than the last few have been.
That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!