Tue, May 28, 2024

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New business serves up tasty way to beat the heat

The first day of summer is still about three weeks away, but with temperatures starting to hit 90 degrees in the CSRA, the opening of The Classic Cone ice cream shop is perfect timing. When Carrie Srnka moved from New York to Aiken in 2016, she knew she would eventually open a soft-serve ice cream business. It took a while because she also owns Wellness Deserved, which offers PEMF, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Humans, Horses, and Pets. For more information, click here. Another delay came when Srnka was looking

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Beyond Casual’s Upcoming Thriller Is Creative Collaboration

At the foot of the Thurmond Dam last week, movie magic was once again being made in Augusta. The film is called The Observance, a psychological thriller brought to you by Beyond Casual Media, a local media company that has produced several films over the past half-decade. Their presence is a jolt of life into Georgia’s recovering filmmaking scene following the creative industry strikes of 2023. The Observance is the fourth in a string of indie features made by collaborators, Robert Hollocks and Amy Rhinehart Bailey, preceded by Encounter (2021),

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Business Lunch Review: Beamie’s At The River

Food Quality: 4 Service: 5 Business Meeting: 4 Value: 4 Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5 I feel it’s important to start this review with a confession: I don’t eat seafood, but I enjoy eating at seafood restaurants. That probably doesn’t make sense, but I’ll explain. Those eateries typically serve good burgers, steaks, chicken tenders, and other menu items offered specifically for land lovers like me. Many of my family members, including my wife, love seafood, such as fish, shrimp, oysters, and scallops. I’m happy to join them for dinner

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A familiar building in the CSRA re-opens

The sign welcoming visitors to the Piedmont Augusta Summerville Hospital says it all. The hospital has re-opened for in-patient care and emergency services. It had been providing only outpatient care. It also serves as the health science campus of Augusta Technical College. Nic Wood, Administrator of the hospital, told ABD many in the Augusta community kept telling them that they missed the hospital. Wood understood the connection people felt for the hospital. The Thomson native was born there when it was still known as St. Joseph Hospital. “So, we said,

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Air show returns to Augusta airport this weekend

The skies over Augusta will soon be filled with military teams and civilian aviators demonstrating their abilities. The second Annual Augusta Air Show will be held at Augusta Regional Airport on May 25 and 26. “It’s great that we’re coming back for a second year. We look forward to putting on another great show for the Augusta area folk,” Chris Dirato, Director of Public Relations for Augusta Air Show told ABD. “We’ll have a combination of military, as well as civilian performers. So, as I like to say, we have

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Groundbreaking partnership pairs student career goals with workforce needs

Seated together at the intersection of education, technology, and workforce development, representatives from Strom Thurmond High School (STHS) and Self Regional Healthcare signed an innovative, long-term partnership recently that promises to join student career aspirations and community workforce needs hand in hand. The new agreement announces Self Regional Healthcare’s commitment to take the lead as the title sponsor and community partner of Strom Thurmond High School’s Human Services and Business Academy. The new academy will now be recognized as the Self Regional Healthcare Human Services and Business Academy. The heart

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John Deere honored with Good Neighbor Award

The company slogan is “Nothing runs like a Deere” and the Red Cross couldn’t run their humanitarian response without the support of businesses and individuals. As the volunteer partner for the Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” campaign, more than 30 John Deere employees volunteered their time to go door to door recently with Red Crossers and the Augusta Fire Department installing free smoke alarms and providing fire safety education to families in the Harrisburg Community. “It was truly inspiring working with such dedicated John Deere employees visiting homes, installing smoke

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Kemp signs legislation targeting workforce and education

Ga. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has signed more than half a dozen bills dealing with workforce development that were passed during the 2024 session of the Georgia Legislature. One of the bills, House Bill 982, requires the State Workforce Development Board to create a high-demand career list. The goal is to make sure the state is creating programs and educational opportunities to fill the most critically needed jobs. “Every job creator who calls Georgia home and every prospective company looking to expand tells me that, along with our business-friendly environment

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A taste of Miami opens in the CSRA

Aiken is now home to an establishment that offers Latin jazz, flamenco performances, tasty dishes, cocktails, and premium cigars. Rhumba Rum and Cigar Lounge opened at 321 Richland West in Aiken, the former location of Antique Emporium which closed last year. Rhumba held a soft opening in April and a grand opening on May 9. Born in Cuba, Rhumba owner, Elier Alberto lived in Miami for 22 years working in nightclubs that served up Latin cuisine, Latin jazz, and fine cigars. Miami is known for its thriving nightlife and sandy

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Brews, bites, and barks

Sometimes, business dreams are worth waiting for. When Andrew Phifer, an engineer, and his wife, Rachel, an accountant, found themselves more apart than together because of their jobs, they started thinking of what they could do together that both would enjoy. With inspiration from their own “good girl” Kate the rescue dog, the idea for Good Girl Brewing Company was born. In 2021, they found the perfect spot at 880 Banks Mill Road in Aiken, next door to Citizens Park and the former location of Found Treasures, an antique and

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