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Retail

B2B Stories

South Carolina farm “grows” into the CSRA

What started as a produce stand 10 years ago in North, South Carolina, grew into one of the largest farms in the state. With 70 acres of produce including corn, okra, green beans, peas, squash, cucumbers, peppers, and watermelons, McCurley Farms is a hot commodity, especially at this time of year when families crave fresh fruits and veggies. Customers were already coming from across the CSRA and from as far away as Atlanta. When ABD talked to owner, Paul McCurley back in April, he had just partnered with Southern Carolina

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B2B Stories

Art shop move makes way for intimate apparel boutique

When Art on Broad moved a few doors down, Ashley Gardner opened shop in their former location at 1028 Broad Street in Augusta on May 25th. Her new venture, Serpent & Sage features lingerie, underwear, and other items. In the 18th century, women’s undergarments were referred to as “unmentionables.” A partially clothed woman was seen as more erotic than a nude woman. Between the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Victoria’s Secret fashion show, not to mention successful movie franchises like Fifty Shades of Grey, the description now seems de

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B2B Stories

Downtown businesses kick off weeklong event today

Who is your buddy business? Local merchant association Downtown Soul City is hosting Buddy Week – a weeklong celebration of community and friendship between downtown businesses. During the week, the public can get a glimpse of behind-the-scenes footage of their favorite spots downtown to show everyone just how much fun they have working together. The week will end on National Best Friends Day, June 8, where participating businesses will offer incentives to customers who visit the “buddy” locations. The public can engage with the businesses on social media through posts

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Consumer Stories

Retail boom at Village at Riverwatch

After more than 10 years of planning, land clearing, groundbreakings, and construction, there is no more room at the Inn over at the Village at Riverwatch in Augusta. The leasing agents and property managers at Jordan Trotter Commercial shared the celebratory news on Wednesday morning. JT tells ABD that the last two tenants to open were Starbucks and Smoothie King and that there are more than 20 different entities open for business. The last parcel of land developed was at the entrance of the center when the Olive Garden moved

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Consumer Stories

Thrift store opens its 5th Georgia location in Augusta

America’s Thrift Stores opened its newest store yesterday at 270 Bobby Jones Expressway, next to Walmart. When ABD arrived around 11 yesterday morning, more than 100 shoppers were perusing the aisles. The Augusta store will accept donations of gently used clothing, electronics, and household goods, restocking more than 10,000 new items every day – playing off its tagline, “Where it’s a new store everyday!” “We are so excited to be extending our partnership with The Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to the Augusta area,”

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Consumer Stories

CSRA retailer rises from the smoke to a sweet new location

It’s been a wild ride for True Aiken shop owner, Sarah Dodge since the first of the year. That might seem appropriate for a retailer smack in the middle of Aiken’s horse country and whose first sales came from last year’s Steeplechase event in November. Response was great for her line of merchandise, much of which is Aiken-branded. In January, Dodge opened at 311 Hayne Avenue SW. Less than two months later, the office next door caught fire and the smoke damage was too much, resulting in the closing of

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Closings

DIY franchise closing in CSRA; other location remains

An Evans franchisee decided to close up shop after three years in business. April Barbin and Lindsay Gay posted on Facebook that they were closing their AR Workshop. According to their website, they are cousins by marriage and best friends. AR Workshop opened originally in the shopping center outside the Riverwood Subdivision late in the last decade and the owners sold in April and June of 2021. https://augustabusinessdaily.com/evans-diy-business-sold-to-new-owners/ They are located next door to Rooted Coffeehouse at 3116 William Few Parkway and offer hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home

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B2B Stories

Berry good season for ca$h crops

Manufacturing and construction may come to mind for big business, but in Georgia and South Carolina, agriculture is top dog, bringing in more than $126 billion according to the two states Departments of Agriculture. What is the number one fruit in America? In Georgia and South Carolina, you might think of a peach. However, it’s a plump, juicy, sweet strawberry. Right now is prime time for buying baskets of berries or visiting farms where you pick’em. McCurley Farms in North, S.C. is one of the largest family farms in the

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B2B Stories

Company dances its way into new shopping center

A dance studio is taking up three of the five open spots at a new shopping center getting ready to open this summer, according to its developer/agent, Billy Franke. It’s located on the new section of the Riverwatch Parkway in Evans and across from the new Junior Achievement Discovery Center near Columbia Industrial Boulevard. Franke says the yet-to-be-named dance studio will occupy the three middle bays for a total of 5,400 square feet. Both end caps units are available and he’s flexible on his choice of tenants. “I got very

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B2B Stories

Major regional convenience store ready to take on local competitor

Crews are pumping out the work sunup to sundown to try and get Parker’s Kitchen open as soon as possible in 2024. Parker’s new neighbor directly across the street on William Few Parkway and Washington Road is The Pumping Station (TPS). The locally owned service station and convenience store have made significant changes in the last few months to prepare for Parker’s. They’ve installed new digital pumps to be more efficient and more attractive on in-store promotions. TPS has upped its game on food which has a much higher profit.

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