The Chamber and First Commerce Credit Union presented T3 Outdoors with the January Small Business of The Month Award.
Opening in Valdosta 10 years ago, the business originally started out as a small gun shop.
It has now grown exponentially in both physical size and merchandise.
T3 Outdoors is now a gun and accessories mall that sells not only guns, but holsters, knives, hunting products, safes, fishing gear, animal feed and everyday wear.
“We outgrew our old location in 2019 and have much more space now in our new, permanent home,” said Jud Tanner, owner.
The new location features a barn-like display and weathered wood that was once a part of local, historic structures.
Though they continue to grow and stay on trend with the changing times, the business still maintains that old, friendly and familiar feel you get from a general store.
Along with that family feel, T3 Outdoors prides themselves on excellent customer service.
They make it a goal to build a good rapport with any and all that they meet and provide services to.
“We never let a customer leave without offering to load up their car for them and make sure they are sent off with a smile,” said Tanner. “We may be a business, but we are also here to build relationships with our customers.”
T3 Outdoors also does its best to be a large part of the local community.
“Whether it be to donate our products for a raffle or auction or donate money to someone with healthcare needs, we just like to keep our help local to give back to the community,” Tanner shared.
To find out more information on T3 Outdoors contact them at (229) 247-4343, visit them at 1737 Gornto Road or visit their retail website at T3Outdoors.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Chamber and First Commerce Credit Union Named T3 Outdoors January’s Small Business of the Month.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented The Bleu Cafe with the December Small Business of the Month Award.
The Bleu Café opened their doors in Downtown Valdosta in 2006 and has been serving the community ever since.
The Bleu café is a laidback, friendly dining establishment in the heart of Valdosta that specializes in Mediterranean dishes, New American bites and other tasty selections alongside their affordable and vast bar selection.
“We specialize in professional yet personal service for all customers,” explained Deidra White, owner. This allows them to create an atmosphere that feels lie home but with high-quality, delicious food.
The service is not the only factor contributing to The Bleu Café’s atmosphere.
“You can usually find a local band playing inside serenading the café’s guests with smooth, live music,” White added.
For guests who prefer an outdoor, quieter setting, quaint tables await on the sidewalk of historic Patterson Street.
The Bleu Café thrives off of staying involved and connected with their community. “Providing a "taste of Valdosta” lets our residents not only see but taste what Valdosta is made of,” says White.
The Bleu Café is always active in First Friday each month. They also participate in Restaurant Week which allows all of Valdosta to stop by the multiple restaurants downtown and sample food and drinks as they walk the streets listening to outstanding music.
Visit The Bleu Café at 125 N Patterson Street or give them a call at 229-244-2248.
Photo Caption: The Chamber and Renasant Bank honored The Bleu Café as December’s Small Business of the Month.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Plants, Plants, Plants with the November Small Business of The Month Award.
Plants, Plants, Plants was started by owner Laurelee Wilkerson in 1992 with the aim of providing interior decorating to the Valdosta community. Instead of arranging furniture and picking color schemes, Wilkerson decided to specialize in using plants.
“Designing and supplying plantscapes enhances any environment, thereby improving its air quality and beauty. It is proven to increase health, productivity and morale, and it enriches a comfortable environment for employees, clients, and customers.” Wilkerson said.
The company provides plants to many of the residential and commercial areas of Valdosta, as well as making the floral arrangements for events such as weddings. The selection of plants can be bought or leased, and Wilkerson works to maintain her patrons’ plants on a weekly basis.
“You must have an extensive knowledge of plants’ varieties. Its survivability includes feeding, nutrients and maintenance, and I have do this for a diverse assortment of clients.” She said.
Wilkerson said the best part of her job is being involved with the community and making a difference.
“I help maintain the local schools’ gardens through the Master Gardening Program. I have taught the art of growing plants to many clubs, organization and school children of all ages. In my spare time, I’m active with the Cancer Society and help organize survivor events. I am also active with the Southeastern Citrus Growers.” She said.
Plant, Plants, Plants is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, citing their efforts to spread awareness of her services as key to keeping the company running.
“I am honored to be a member of this Chamber. I have been running for 27 years now, and they have been nothing but helpful.” Wilkerson said.
For more information on Plant, Plants, Plants, visit 4094 Hayes Road or call 229-560-3646.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Renasant Bank presented IDP Properties with the October Small Business of the Month Award.
Owned and founded by current president Rhett J. Holmes, IDP is a full-service real estate development firm that invests in and redevelops communities. They specialize in development, acquisitions, property management, construction management, and consulting.
“IDP is a business founded on three principles: integrity, diversity, and purpose. It’s the reason we all come to work every day and why our business continues to grow.” Holmes, said. “We believe our purpose is to strengthen communities and leave a lasting positive impact.”
While planning many types of developments, IDP’s primary aim is to provide affordable housing to many families, seniors, and singles so that they may have an opportunity to live in a modern, clean, and quality built apartment.
IDP operates mainly in the southeast, developing in states such as Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana, but they have made a substantial commitment to their home base of Valdosta.
IDP believes in community involvement and aims to gives back both monetarily and with their time to the community. Quarterly, the IDP team participates in some form of community service.
“Most recently, we have opened Freedom Heights Apartments in Valdosta, located off Bemis Road. This apartment community offers affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units along with many amenities. Also, we have developed The Ashley House, an affordable senior community in downtown Valdosta.” Holmes said.
IDP is mainly dedicated to The Ashley House. They hosted on a cookie decorating party for the seniors at The Ashley House. They had musical entertainment, snacks, and all the supplies the seniors needed to decorate sugar cookies.
“The residents had a wonderful time and were so proud of their creations. Many of these residents don’t have families, and this was a wonderful way we were able to give back and provide them with holiday cheer.” Holmes added.
They also provide financial support for several Valdosta charities, including Habitat for Humanity, the FCA Spring Banquet, the Boys and Girls Club, the Coleman Talley Food Drive, and the VSU Foundation.
As for plans for their developments in Valdosta, IDP has recently purchased the former Bank of America building on S. Patterson Street in downtown Valdosta. They plan to repurpose the building to create something the entire community can utilize.
They are also building another senior community complex to be named “The Ashbury.” Like the rest of their Valdosta properties, it will be a certified green building to align with their mission of being an environmentally conscious company.
For more information, visit IDP Properties at 123 N Patterson St or give them a call at (229) 219-6760.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Renasant Bank presented Limbcare Prosthetics and Orthotics of Georgia, Inc. with the September Small Business of the Month Award.
Limbcare is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) clinic that specializes in prosthetic and orthotic devices to provide the most advanced orthotic and prosthetic care, diabetic shoes, and inserts throughout South Georgia.
Limbcare was started by John Rodman, a veteran who served for 15 years in the business of prosthetics. Initially starting as one location with a staff of 10 people, Limbcare now caters to multiple locations across Tifton, Americus, Valdosta, Cordele, LaGrange, and Albany. All locations still utilize a smaller staff to contribute to a feeling of family.
"Limbcare Prosthetics & Orthotics of Georgia is more than just a medicinal practice, it is a family unit dedicated to helping others of all ages who may have musculoskeletal disabilities or other injuries take control of their lives and gain the self-confidence they need to go flourish." Faye Rodman, office manager, said.
Limbcare prides themselves in going beyond the clinic to provide for the residents of Valdosta. They take part in a multitude of community events such as the March of Dimes, which supports mother's and children's mental and physical health so that all children may have an opportune life. They also contribute to local VA clinics.
For more information please visit Limbcare Prosthetics & Orthotics of Georgia Inc. at 2910 North Ashley Suite K, Valdosta, GA 31602 or call 229-247-7561.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Southern Shipping Solutions, LLC with the August Small Business of the Month Award.
Since 2009, Southern Shipping Solutions has been serving customers all over the world, right from the city of Valdosta.
“Southern Shipping Solutions, LLC is the base of a dedicated service team ready to work for you,” Said Connie Ledbetter, owner. “Our leading–edge technology and robust procurement power enables our clients to see significant transportation savings while enjoying the best-in-class-service.”
Customers around the globe can take advantage of the services of Southern Shipping Solutions with friendly service desk support, shipment execution, customized reporting proprietary web-based technology. The diversity of service and the rapport they build with customers helps to set the company apart.
“Our customers are family to us, we work to understand their businesses so we can best design a model to fit their specific business needs,” said Ledbetter.
The company offers customers a variety of services including but not limited to: parcel shipping, logistics management, domestic and international air-freight and local and regional courier service.
Southern Shipping Solutions prides themselves in customizing their service to meet the needs of customers and being a locally owned business.
“Because we are locally owned and managed, we map our own course,” said Ledbetter. “Local service providers always gets-first consideration in moving out hot shots and full truck load shipments because we believe it is important to keep out work local whenever possible.”
Southern Shipping Solutions has been active in the local city of Valdosta for a decade and looks forward to continuing to serve the community.
For more information please visit Southern Shipping Solutions LLC at 3460 N Valdosta Rd or call 229-249-0997.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Jac’s Bowling Lanes Inc. with the July Small Business of The Month Award.
Since 1985, Jac’s Bowling Lanes has delivered classic family-fun to the community of Valdosta.
“We pride ourselves in offering the community an affordable and enjoyable place to bring their family,” said Brett Daughtery.
“In our industry, it’s all about giving our guests the best experience possible. When you bowl, you don’t leave with anything in your hands, so we have to make sure they leave with good memories and an incredible experience,” he added.
Jac’s Bowling Lanes is a place for bowlers of all ages and levels. The family owned business is committed to providing an outlet of fun for all families and citizens of Valdosta.
They also are happy to cater to individuals with special needs. The bowling alley is dedicated to working with local organizations to ensure their business properly accommodates this group of individuals.
“Since bowling is a unique sport which accommodates any person’s challenges, we believe it is our duty to the community to provide a free outlet for those individuals to join together and participate in a sport that can be catered to specifically to them.”
Birthday parties are very popular amongst the younger crowd at Jac’s Bowling Lanes. Bumpers can easily be pulled up to assist. A fully equipped party room is also readily available for these guests.
For the more serious bowlers in Valdosta, Jac’s Bowling Lanes loves presenting a challenge. The bowling alley hosts several leagues a year, including a junior league for children. This is not only a great aspect of the sport, but a fun way to bring the Valdosta bowling community together.
For more information, please visit Jac’s Bowling Lanes at 406 Connell Road or call 229- 242- 2695.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical with the June Small Business of the Month award.
A locally owned Optometry practice in Valdosta, North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical strives to offer outstanding services to individual’s ages four and up.
Led by Dr. Deborah McDonald, North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical opened when Dr. McDonald saw a need for the continuity of care for her patients.
Through the years, Dr. McDonald has built relationships over multiple generations within families.
“We want to be known as your hometown eye care and optical provider in a welcoming, professional environment,” said McDonald.
NOFEO provides its patients with annual eye wellness evaluations and contact lens fitting. They offer treatments and evaluations for eye infections, injuries, allergies, dryness, diabetes, hypertension, and glaucoma.
Dr. McDonald is planning to expand into sports vision and low vision therapy in the coming years to broaden the services available the patients of NOFEO.
Dr. McDonald and NOFEO is passionate about community involvement.
Dr. McDonald opened NOFEO to Lions Lighthouse of Atlanta to help people that did not qualify for vision benefits.
Recently, NOFEO sponsored a paint party with a twist to help raise money for the local Lion’s Club.
“The twist was a short talk on visually impaired artist and then painting without your habitual glasses or contact lenses,” said McDonald.
NOFEO makes a great effort to be environmentally conscious by saving cardboard boxes received daily and giving them to LAMP for recycling.
“We also offer them to the patients at the holiday times for gift boxes,” said McDonald.
McDonald stated, “There is a box in the foyer for eyeglass donations, and we also take used contact lenses and blister packs to be recycled (but not re-used) through terracycle.”
NOFEO recognizes the greatness of all programs, and do their best to support each one.
“We proudly put up a sign encouraging the Blazers on the road to the national championship,” said McDonald.
For more information, please visit North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical at 2724 N. Oak Street or call 229-469-7660.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Kathy’s Vineyard and Florist with the May Small Business of the Month award.
For 26 years, Kathy’s Vineyard and Florist has provided beautiful floral arrangements and greenery to the citizens and visitors of Valdosta-Lowndes County. The floral arrangements and greenery supplied by Kathy’s Vineyard are seen throughout the community.
Formerly known as Weddings to Remember, Kathy’s Vineyard began as a florist shop dedicated to weddings.
“It was a very small scale then, but has grown to three locations and expanded to provide flowers and greenery for any occasion which lead to its name change,” said Kathy Harrington.
Kathy’s Vineyard is passionate about community involvement and is a proud and active member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber.
“To help brighten people’s lives, we donate arrangements to churches and others to help with floral needs,” said Harrington. “As well as donating our arrangements, Kathy’s Vineyard makes monetary donates to serves and benefit the community.”
Kathy’s Vineyard is an honored sponsor of Lowndes High School and Valdosta High School’s cheerleading and football programs through donations. In addition to sponsoring athletics, Kathy’s Vineyard attends careers fairs for local schools.
According to Harrington, Kathy’s Vineyard proudly support other local businesses by providing radio advisement and help serve by feeding those in need.
Harrington stated, “We are always willing to help those who come through ours doors in any way we can.”
For more information, please visit Kathy’s Vineyard at 704 Lake Park Road or call 229-245-7788.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Motion Wave Productions, LLC with the April Small Business of the Month award.
Co-owners Glenn Boswell and TJ Taylor joined forces in 2016 to start an all-inclusive company offering high quality video production, photography, marketing solutions and more to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community.
“Motion Wave Productions provides companies of any size the opportunity to have professional quality videos created for their business and used to promote themselves online through their website, social media, and ad campaigns,” said Boswell. “Motion Wave has the knowledge and creativity to set a company apart from the competition.”
Boswell and Taylor have more than 16 years of combined experience in producing television shows and working live events. Motion Waves Productions’ goal is to highlight and showcase businesses and companies in the community.
“We wanted to open our company in Valdosta and help show business owners the benefit of online video marketing,” said Boswell.
Motion Wave Productions is passionate about community involvement. Motion Wave is a proud and active member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber. Boswell and Taylor have worked with the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
“The most significant way Motion Wave has shown community involvement merely is by providing our services to clients and being able to create videos that highlight what they are doing for our great community,” said Boswell.
Motion Wave Productions is located at 509 N. Patterson St, Valdosta. For more information, call 229-329-2767.