Tue, February 20, 2024

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New eatery provides a business bite to go

Two years ago, Eric Emedoh moved to North Augusta from the Bronx, where bodegas line every street corner. If everything goes as planned, there will be many of the small restaurants across the CSRA as well. Bodega means a storehouse for wine. In New York, bodegas are like small convenience stores selling products including milk, eggs, and meats. Le Bodega at 1696 Knox Avenue in North Augusta doesn’t have wine and the ingredients they offer are cooked up in some delicious handheld sandwiches. Perfect for a busy businessperson to stop

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Challenges get the best of local restaurant and take-out business

Editor’s note: The best part of my job is writing about new businesses. During the interview process, the excitement is palpable. The hardest part is telling the story of the ones that close. Telling those stories brings a different set of emotions to the table. Like most entrepreneurs, Jennifer Steller, owner of A Steller Kitchen, followed her dream which was to open a restaurant. Along the way, she endured some big challenges, including opening her doors in the midst of Covid and later her husband was diagnosed with two brain

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Enoch Tarver Business Law Firm Mourns Loss of Partner

The following was a late Friday afternoon statement Augusta Business Daily received from Ed Enoch. For many years, Partner Ed Tarver collaborated with Enoch on various legal matters, including complex business contracts and discrimination lawsuits from their law offices on Wheeler Road. “Honorable Edward Jerome Tarver, former United States Attorney, and State Senator, died this morning from complications following surgery in December. Ed’s wife, Carol and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have already received from the community. Ed was a significant and important figure in our

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Sweet smell of baking success

With her husband’s encouragement, Angela Dragano started her own business three years ago, La Vita Bella, which means ‘It’s a beautiful life.’ Indeed, it’s been beautiful for this entrepreneur who has mastered custom cakes, catering, and event coordination from setup, to decorating and food. Last week, she moved her commercial kitchen from her home to a new location, 908 Dougherty Road in Aiken. La Vita Bella’s hours will vary depending on their custom catering and cake orders. The days and times the new shop will open to the public will

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Behind the Red Door lies a new Asian restaurant

Less than a month ago, Red Door Sake Bar & Kitchen opened with the tagline, “Little Restaurant, Big Asian flavor.” The partners behind the business are familiar restaurateurs in the CSRA, including Alexandrea Kneece, Dumpster Depot founder, Norman Dunagan, and Chef Chad Jajczyk. Their other establishments include Whiskey Alley and The Tap Room in Aiken, and the Draft Society in Augusta. The partners talked about growing together, thus, the new Asian restaurant opened on January 12. “Our Executive Chef, Chad is the reason we settled on the Asian flavored food.

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Sharing Augusta’s expertise with other cities

A local group with the mission to help people with an entrepreneurial spirit develop a start-up business is hitting the road this week. The leaders of Make Startups are launching an ambitious plan to travel to 24 cities to share what they know, teach what they have learned, is necessary to create a business. Eric Parker, CEO of Make Startups, told ABD the goal of the trip is twofold. In addition to sharing what they have learned as they help entrepreneurs in metro Augusta, they also want to learn what

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Saucy entrepreneurs featured on Hulu today

It’s National Hot Sauce Day and there is no better time to spotlight Adventure Sauces and husband and wife team, Ryan and Lee Baumgartner, who started the business in Aiken. Their newest creation called Today’s Adventure will be included in a Hulu/Disney series that launches today called Superhot. The name of their spicy concoction which is a pineapple habanero sauce pays homage to the YouTube show they started in 2020. During the pandemic, the platform along with Zoom and Facetime calls became a favorite way to stay connected. Click here

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Businessperson of the Month: Dynamic Duo

Best Office Solutions owners, Robin Baxley and Sandi Shields embody the saying, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” “We can’t do it without teamwork,” Baxley said. “We can’t do it without each and every person who works here. That’s why, when we succeed, we reward everyone from the people making the sales to the delivery drivers and the ladies answering the phones.” Shields added that no one at Best Office Solutions will ever say “That’s not my job.” “Robin and I will jump in and clean the bathrooms. I’m cleaning the

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CSRA entrepreneur pops up a snack success

Hot or room temperature, popcorn is a favorite snack, both at the movies and at home. More than 17 billion quarts are consumed by Americans every year and the global market is expected to reach almost $4 Billion this year. Dionte Wilder has your cravings covered with WePop Popcorn. His North Augusta business ships his snack throughout the CSRA, across the country, and to military bases around the world. As a retired veteran, Wilder has a special place in his heart for making sure soldiers can taste his treat. “I was

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Familiar face opens new place downtown

In 2015, Marty Koger was looking for something to do with a former gas station he owned in Evans. “The store had been closed for two years, and my daughter suggested I check out growler stores in Atlanta,” he recalled. “I saw that they are interesting places selling interesting beer. You could go in and chat and learn about new and interesting beers. That was attractive to me.” He really loved that there was no template for stores and he could design it any way he wanted. “I came up

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