The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Ella’s Top Corral with the August Small Business of the Month award.
Established in 1976, Ella’s Top Corral is described as a “fast casual” restaurant specializing in fresh, never frozen 100 percent ground beef burgers. Ella’s Top Corral enjoys offering fresh ingredients, friendly service and a family atmosphere that keeps customers coming back again and again. Ella’s Top Corral takes pride in knowing their regular customers by name and can recite their orders from memory.
Ella McGhee, the owner of Ella’s Top Corral, began working for Top Corral, as it was formerly known, in 1977 and held many positions during her 36 years with the restaurant. McGhee’s dream of owning a restaurant became a reality in 2013 when she purchased the restaurant and changed the name to Ella’s Top Corral. Nicholas Perry, McGhee’s grandson and general manager of the restaurant, started working at Ella’s Top Corral in 2008. Perry’s goals include rebranding the restaurant and preparing for future expansion. This year, Ella’s Top Corral received recognition as having the “best hamburger” in the Valdosta Daily Times Best of South Georgia competition.
With a passion for giving back to the community, Ella’s Top Corral donated more than 150 meals to the Valdosta High School football team during this year’s spring training. The restaurant is also scheduled to provide meals to the Lowndes High School and Valdosta High School football teams during this year’s season.
For more information about Ella’s Top Corral, call 229-241-0322 or visit them at 1007 S. Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.
Proudly owned and operated by Alberto and Glenda Sanchez, Empanadas & More is a local restaurant striving to create food options that are both healthy and budget friendly. Empanadas & More provides services through several different channels and marketing niches such as, organized industries and commerce, religious organizations, educational entities, hospitals, medical offices, families and individuals.
Empanadas & More is not a commercial food chain or franchise business. They aim to add diversity to the local market with food that is prepared fresh each day. Empanadas & More takes great pride in providing their customers with meals that are prepared from locally harvested ingredients.
Empanadas & More believes the services they provide to the community places them in a great position in the local market.
For more information about Empanadas & More, call 229-245-5355 or visit them at 402 Northside Drive #C, Valdosta, GA 31602.
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented Northside Animal Hospital as Small Business of the Month for June.
“Treating every client as though they were family and every pet as if they were our own” is more than a motto; it is the passion that Northside Animal Hospital has shared with the Valdosta Community for the past 48 years.
Founded in 1970, Northside Animal Hospital has dedicated their lives to providing pets with compassionate, high quality veterinary care. Northside Animal Hospital’s clientele has doubled since 2013; however, they are still able to offer 20 minute appointments to ensure each patient is given the time needed to evaluate, diagnose and answer any questions the pet owner may have. The doctors, team of technicians and support staff are extremely knowledgeable and caring. Northside Animal Hospital is a full-service clinic providing numerous veterinary services, including general animal health care, vaccinations, micro-chipping, dental care, surgical care, diagnostic testing, emergency care, grooming and boarding services.
Northside Animal Hospital is well known throughout the Valdosta and Lowndes County community. They sponsor and participate for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Humane Society, BARC Humane Society and Pruitt Health “Senior Paws for Senior Cause”. The doctors generously donate their time doing low cost sprays and neuters. Northside Animal Hospital proudly sponsored “Bark at the Park” for Valdosta State University’s Baseball program. Fans had the opportunity to bring the pets to the game where they received souvenir items and educational information. Several lucky people won a free yearly for their pet!
During a time of need, Northside Animal Hospital welcomed and boarded many pets from Florida during Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma evacuations. Each animal was boarded at no cost to the owner. The staff made care packages for the pets and owners as they traveled back their destinations in Florida.
The compassion from Northside Animal Hospital does not stop with the pets they love and adore, but carries over to the staff that helps make their care for pets possible each day. The staff takes time away from the office to enjoy bowling, going to restaurants for lunch, fish fries, which are always a favorite and much more. Northside Animal Hospital hosts an annual Christmas Party to give thanks and show their appreciation to each employee.
Northside Animal Hospital is eager to welcome you and your pet into their family. For more information contact them at 229-244-2983 or visit www.northsideanimal.com .
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented Tickle Me Pink Daycare with the Small Business of the Month award in April.
Co-directors Pam and Brent Carter have found that the childcare business is not just work, it’s a true passion. Tickle Me Pink Daycare’s 20-year tenure in the community has withstood the test of time, when many in the industry weren’t so fortunate. “Not only [has it] maintained its existence, it has grown and expanded its Valdosta location to include GA-Pre-K and in the Fall of 2OI8, an accredited Kindergarten class,” said Pam. The facility began in a 1,200 square foot space and has since relocated to a 7,500 square foot location and serves more than 130 children and 70 families across Brooks and Lowndes counties.
Tickle Me Pink Daycare is a quality-rated learning facility and will be pursuing their third star in the coming months. The facility was awarded the Georgia Shape Award in 2017, when the center earned its second Quality Rated star which recognizes early learning centers and elementary schools that go the extra mile in educating ...that go the extra mile in educating and providing healthy meals and physical activity on a daily basis, according to Carter.
The owners and staff believe that the children’s success gives our community promise for long-term success. Evidence of that fact can be found in their teachers and employees. Made up of 14 certified, experienced childcare providers that are not only qualified, but have a true love for educating children. One teacher, in particular, is quite the special case. Kenya Durden started at Tickle Me Pink as a child and has since returned as a pre-school teacher with a degree from Valdosta State University.
Tickle Me Pink is open Monday through Friday from 5:30a.m. until 10:30p.m.Tickle Me Pink Daycare offers free GA. Pre-K, Summer Transition Program (for students who did not attend Pre-K), and in the Fall of 2018 will begin offering Kindergarten classes. The Carter’s are eager to welcome your family into theirs and invite you to contact them at 229-245-9881 for more information. You can also visit their website at http://ticklemedaycare.com/home.html, or visit them at 252 North St. Augustine Road in Valdosta. Don’t forget, Tickle Me Pink Daycare & Learning Center is the place “Where Children’s Success Matters.”
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented JL Concepts with the Small Business of the Month award for February.
JL Concepts has been helping businesses reach customers since 1976. The company offers over 500,000 products that can be imprinted with a company name to help attract the attention of prospects.
JL Concepts values forming strong relationships in the process of finding the right product to optimally shape the image of each business. This individualized, personal approach has contributed to the continuing success of JL Concepts. The company’s philosophy is never to separate the person from the business.
The owner of JL Concepts, Joyce Aigen, was the proud winner of an Addy Award of Distinction, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded in advertising. A member of the Valdosta Rotary Club since 1989, Aigen devotes herself to creating the perfect products for her clients and giving back to the community.
An expert in advertising, Aigen has collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce on multiple occasions, providing training for those who would like to promote their businesses and even proposing the idea for the Chamber’s first business expo more than 25 years ago.
Call JL Concepts at 229-292-2419 to find out more about their business promotion services.
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented Valdosta Chiropractic & Rehab with the Small Business of the Month award for January.
Doctor of Chiropractic Lacy Guy opened her practice 8 years ago. As a newcomer to Valdosta, she became involved in the community with the help of the Chamber, the Rotary Club of Valdosta, and Leadership Lowndes. Guy says, “It was through my community involvement that Valdosta became home for me and the place that I am so proud of.”
New growth is in store for Valdosta Chiropractic & Rehab: Guy looks forward to opening a new office on the corner of Gornto Road and North Oak Street. “This new, state of the art office will allow us to treat more people and offer more treatment opportunities for our community,” says Guy.
A source of pride for Guy are the many awards she and her company have received. Along with being named one of Valdosta’s “4 under 40,” Guy has also been selected as the Leadership Lowndes nominee for Woman of the year. Notably, the Leadership Lowndes Board of Trustees honored the company with the H. Arthur McLane Award.
These awards reflect the value Valdosta Chiropractic & Rehab places on quality of care for every individual patient. The company strives to provide a “faster, long-lasting correction to your health conditions… through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology.” Rather than having tunnel vision for a list of symptoms, Guy’s practice considers “a multitude of lifestyle factors such as their diets, workplace ergonomics and even how they sleep.” Guy says, “We take a ‘whole person’ approach with our care.”
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz with the Small Business of the Month award for November.
Since opening under new ownership in 2013, new owner, James Dominey, began Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz with only 8 employees in hopes of recreating a fun, safe environment for children to play.
Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz is constantly making valuable changes to their facility in order to ensure safety of their clients – children and parents. The facitlity has recently undergone changes to their security and policies including entry and exit point alterations and a change to the age range of those that may utilize the bounce houses.
Being named Valdosta Daily Times’ “Best of the Best” four years in a row as the “Best Birthday Party Place”, isn’t just a coincidence. With two party rooms open all weekend long, it isn’t uncommon for Jump’n Jacks to host more than 20 parties on a Saturday.
The facility also hosts a two-hour, after-hours day for children with autism in order to give them time to enjoy the facility in a safe, pressure free environment. Jump’n Jacks’ community involvement goes way beyond Valdosta’s borders, though. “Our facility is open for field trips all week long and has had groups travel from as far as Pearson, Georgia and Madison, Florida to visit us,” said Dominey.
Although Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz is a child’s paradise, Dominey says that “there is something within these 4 walls for every age.” Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz is the only facility of its kind that remains open 7 days a week so that parents and their children never miss out on a single day of fun with their bounce houses, arcades, and games.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber recognized Pinwheels Quilting as Small Business of the Month for August.
Pinwheels has been serving the Valdosta area for the past two years with their passion for sewing and quilting. Their goal is to provide a friendly gathering place where the local community can meet to inspire each other and share their craft. Since the sewing community varies in age and project interest, Pinwheels has catered their classes, clubs and events to meet everyone’s schedules and interests.
While they may have been open for only two years, they have seen phenomenal growth. After growing out of their first location, they have now doubled their fabric inventory and turned a one woman show into a full crew of seven employees.
Programs range from beginner sewing and quilting classes to their Saturday Sampler Event, a class that meets monthly and allows you to make enough quilt blocks after a year to construct your own quilt. They even will allow you to host birthday parties!
The Honor Quilt Program is a highlighted program that allows volunteers to make quilts that are then presented to a Service Member or First Responder at a special ceremony in their shop to honor and show appreciation for their service.
Pinwheels is located at 361 Northside Drive and can be reach by phone at 229-323-4531. Be sure to check out their social media accounts and their website at www.pinwheelsquilting.com for more details.
VALDOSTA, GA- The Valdosta Chamber Ambassadors recognized Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering as the inaugural Small Business of the Month.
Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering has been a staple to the Valdosta-Lowndes area since 1999. Jessie’s is proud to be a local restaurant that serves farm to table food by partnering with local vendors like Carter and Sons Produce, Sunset Farms, and South Georgia Pecan Company. Jessie’s has proudly been a member of the Chamber since 2009.
Onwner, Mikki Hudson, purchased the business in 2009 and shortly after moved locations to help alleviate issues that are accompanied by traffic in Downtown Valdosta, expanded the menu include brunch services, and gained a liquor license.
Hudson points out that the “ultimate goal [of Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering] is to provide the Valdosta area and downtown customers with quality food and service with an eclectic spin.”
For more information about Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering, call (229) 247-4670, or visit them at 205 North Ashley Street in beautiful Downtown Valdosta.
If you would like to know more about Small Business of the Month, or how to nominate a business for this award, please contact Leslie Harris (ext.231) or Kaitlyn Redish (ext.229) at the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.