Wed, February 21, 2024

Expansions/Moves

B2B Stories

New auto business to open in crowded field

The Driven brands of automotive companies is getting ready to add its first car wash facility in the CSRA, after building six oil change shops in a short period of time. Jordan Trotter represented the landowner in a transaction that will allow Driven to build a Take Five Car Wash on a large tract of land on the Gordon Highway. “We operate the world’s largest local car wash conglomerate, washing more than 35 million cars a year through a network of more than 900 locations in 14 countries across Europe,

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Awards/Celebrations

7 Brew Coffee celebrates 7 years with special offers

The drive-thru coffee concept with two Augusta locations started their birthday celebration on Valentine’s Day, because who doesn’t love coffee? Yet another reason to celebrate, 7 Brew is quickly approaching its 200th location, doubling its presence nationwide since June 2023. “The explosive growth we’ve seen since our founding shows that cultivating kindness and offering a stellar product can bring a brand to the next level,” said CeCe LaBorde, president of 7 Brew corporate locations. “We wanted to take this birthday to celebrate our customers who have embraced 7 Brew wholeheartedly.” You can

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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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CSRA Realtors expand during unknown time

The Realtors of Greater Augusta now includes North Augusta in its physical location. The group opened a satellite location at 510 W. Martintown Road. The NA Chamber cut the ribbon at the office last Thursday. “We are delighted to open our doors in North Augusta, furthering our mission to empower and support realtors in South Carolina,” said Regina Wadsworth, RGA President. “This expansion represents a significant step forward in our commitment to providing unparalleled resources and services to our real estate professionals. “ The new North Augusta office will provide

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EXCLUSIVE: Hockey insider talks chances for return to Augusta

Is another hockey team lacing up the skates in Augusta? A man who dreamed about sports as a young boy will share his opinion and the importance of entrepreneurship to Columbia County later this week. Andy Kaufmann, CEO of Zawyer Sports, is the guest speaker at the Feb. 8 Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s 19th Annual Banquet. Among his holdings are East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) teams, the Jacksonville Icemen, and the Savannah Ghost Pirates. Kaufmann spoke with ABD about his path that started with a childhood dream and now

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Multi-million dollar contract for a company with an Augusta office

A Virginia-based company with more than 100 offices nationwide has been awarded an $889 million contract with local impact. The contract will support the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) and its mission partners. “The ARCYBER contract showcases the multi-faceted ability of Peraton to support the integration of cyberspace-related operations with EW, IO, and other IAE activities to provide information advantage,” said Tom Afferton, President, Cyber Mission sector, in a news release announcing the contract. The company opened an office in Augusta in 2020, located in the Georgia Cyber Innovation and

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CSRA dental practice moving into larger, standalone facility

Southern Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is in the final phases of a build-out in time, just in time for a Spring opening in Evans. Duckworth Development is taking care of the construction and the team at Southern Smiles will only have to move equipment and furniture a half mile or so away. They are relocating to a new building behind the North Belair Road office and center, from which they currently operate. At this time, their neighbors are Cudos and Merit Flooring amongst others and they’ll soon be alongside dozens of

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Former bank building again generating “interest”

Recently, Goodwill said welcome to the community. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 19 for its new welcome center on the campus in West Augusta. The center is in the former Georgia Federal Bank building at Washington and Furys Ferry Road. The building is part of the former Village West Shopping Center that is now home to the Goodwill campus, including Helms College, the Job Connection, and Edgar’s Grille and Bakehouse. Jim Stiff, President of the 31 county local region, said the

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Service company expands CSRA footprint

After entering the Augusta market last March, Massey Services is growing again. The company announced the acquisition of Insight Pest Solutions of Augusta. That expands their market presence in Georgia and South Carolina with the company offering residential and commercial pest and termite services in Augusta, Aiken, Gloverville, Graniteville, and Clearwater. “We are pleased to welcome the dedicated team members and valued customers to the Massey Services organization,” said Tony Massey, President and CEO of Massey Services. “We have had the opportunity to partner with Insight Pest Solutions in the

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