The Chamber Ambassadors recently honored Cottonwood Market Boutique with a ribbon cutting in recognition of its one year anniversary.
Cottonwood Market Boutique features a unique blend of local artisan market vendors and boutique home décor, gifts, clothing, and accessories. The mission for Cottonwood Market Boutique is to provide the community with an authentic shopping experience while supporting local artists along with adding fun and flair to downtown Valdosta.
In addition to the shopping experience that Cottonwood Market Boutique provides. Cottonwood houses an arts and crafts studio where they host painting and craft parties and the studio is available to rent for private events.
“I love what we do because we help make peoples’ homes, events and occasions very special since we offer one of a kind finds,” said Samantha Schreiber, owner of Cottonwood Market Boutique.
Schreiber is a native of Valdosta and wanted to start a business in downtown Valdosta to be part of the revitalization efforts.
Many of Cottonwoods items are exclusive and are made by locals in the Valdosta area. In upcoming months, Cottonwood is planning to continue growing its arts and craft studio and provide more opportunities for the community to interact.
Schreiber said the Chamber has “provided us with an affordable and efficient media and networking outlet.”
Four Star Freightliner is the Southeast region’s leading heavy and medium duty truck dealer that offers a complimentary line of Freightliner, FUSO, and Western Star brand trucks for both highway and vocational use.
Four Star Freightliner takes prides in offering customers “world class” truck products along with a full spectrum of services.
“Our highly trained technicians on staff are able to take care of any problems that might arise with the truck,” said Jerry Kocan, dealer principal of Four Star Freightliner.
Four Star Freightliner views their business as one of the most comprehensive dealerships and service centers in the Southeast region. They offer customers a guaranteed review within a time window.
“We provide a guarantee that a customer’s truck will be reviewed and diagnosed, and will be provided a completion time and cost estimate within 120 minutes,” said Kocan. “We also provide pick-up and delivery for service customers for their commercial trucks.”
Four Star Freightliner has grown substantially in the past 20 years. The company began with less than 50 employees and two dealerships and has expanded to six dealerships and three state operations with more than 180 employees.
“We feel people make the biggest impact and so we invest in our people development and retention,” said Kocan, “and we run well above the industry standard when it comes to employee retention after one plus years of service.”
As a proud member of the Chamber, Kocan states, “The Chamber has given us introduction, exposure and access to all the outstanding businesses and people that are located in our area.”
On Sept 6, Four Star Freightliner held a ribbon cutting celebration to officially open its new facility and honor all the hard work of all of the people who have helped the company reach this point.
For more information, call Four Star Freightliner at 1-800-239-8785.
The Chamber Ambassadors recently honored Winnersville Fitness with a ribbon cutting on August 10, 2018.
“Lowndes County is our home and helping the people of our community is a top priority,” said Melissa Eikenberry, owner of Winnersville Fitness. “Being prior military it is nice to give back where my roots are located.”
A proud member of the Chamber, Eikenberry said, “The Chamber has helped me market my business and get known in Valdosta.”
Located at 1711 Norman Drive, Valdosta, Winnersville Fitness held its ribbon cutting in celebration of its new ownership. For more information, call 229-469-4292.
The Chamber Ambassadors recently honored Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance with a ribbon cutting.
Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance offers a wide variety of classes for all levels of tumbling, styles of dance, and several other classes for aspiring cheerleaders and dancers.
The Little Explorers Program, which is for ages 2 to 5 years old, was recently started to focus specifically on developing gross motor skills, while incorporating the fun of other classes, according to Susan Colson, owner of Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance.
“If we are able to make a difference in the life of one child, we have done our jobs,” Colson said.
Within its 10 years of business, Winnersville Elite has collected several national titles in cheer and dance.
Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance cheerleaders have won several titles including Cheersport Nationals, All-Star Challenge, and most recently a championship title at the Athletic Grand Championship, as well as becoming division champs. The competition dance team won the championship title at Fusion Nationals, making it the fifth title for the dance program in the past few years.
A proud member of the Chamber, Colson states, “Partnering with the Chamber has allowed us to receive many resources that are otherwise more difficult for a small business, and we have also made so many great connections through the Chamber.”
Winnersville Elite is the only facility in Valdosta that offers a full tumbling and cheerleading program, as well as a full dance program.
“Our facility is unique in that no other business in the area offers both programs under one roof with a fully air-conditioned cheerleading facility and a full dance studio in our second building,” said Colson. “Offering both recreational and competition programs allow us to train cheerleaders and dancers at all levels. In addition, Winnersville Elite is the only studio in Valdosta to offer a competitive dance program.”
Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance held its ribbon cutting in celebration of its 10th anniversary in business. An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1874 Commerce Place, Valdosta. For more information, email Winnersville Elite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored SGMC Urology with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
SGMC Urology is a full service medical practice dedicated to urological and men’s reproductive health. The practice was originally founded by Dr. Jacek “Jack” Sosnowski, and was purchased earlier this year by South Georgia Medical Center. SGMC is bringing on Dr. Louis Remynse, III to join Dr. Sosnowski in practice.
Although they have been a part of the Valdosta-Lowndes community for over 10 years, SGMC Urology is bringing new and improved practices with this partnership, as Dr. Remynse is able to perform robotic assisted urological procedures with SGMC’s da Vinci Robot.
SGMC Urology is pleased to announce that they accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans.
When asked about SGMC’s relationship with the Chamber, Laura Love, Community Relations Director for SGMC states “The Chamber helps us build awareness and promote our services. SGMC is proud to be a Chamber supporter.”
SGMC Urology is located 2922 North Oak Street in Valdosta, and can be contacted by calling 229-316-2990. You can also visit them online at www.sgmc.org/services/urology
The Chamber Ambassadors honored the partnership of Miss Kate’s Deep South Tours and Tipsy Transit with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Miss Kate’s Deep South Tours is a culinary tour and event company. They offer food tours, culinary events such as cooking classes, and wine tours. Miss Kate’s loves sharing the history and amazing food of South Georgia with their guests.
To date, Miss Kate’s has successfully hosted two walking tours of Downtown Valdosta. These tours showcase the talented chefs and owners that are helping to build Valdosta into a major “foodie destination” in South Georgia. Our events and tours give” foodies” another reason to flock to Valdosta and Lowndes County.
When asked about their relationship with the Chamber, Kathryn Valler, Owner of Miss Kate’s Deep South Tours states “Our Chamber membership affords us an opportunity to build relationships with our fellow business owners. We try to take advantage of the many opportunities our membership affords us. The local events and many networking opportunities allow us to meet and form relationships with fellow business owners. We have attended training workshops to gain new skills and we have extended our wen presence by taking advantage of the website they offer us.”
Tipsy Transit is a transportation company that services Valdosta and surrounding cities. They have been providing a quality alternative to assist in keeping people safe from drinking and driving since 2010. Tipsy Transit also travels outside of the city for concerts, events, and retreats.
In addition to celebrating 8 years in business this year, Tipsy Transit is proud of what they are able to bring to the Valdosta-Lowndes community.
Felix Vayner, President of Tipsy Transit states “We provide affordable rides. And unlike any competition we may have, no one else in or around town can transport groups of 10- 15 people to and from a location. But the safe ride is just one factor of our business; we provide an atmosphere of lights, music, and good energy. The party starts when you step onto the bus, not when you arrive at your destination. We are also lucky enough to service Moody Air Force Base, and provide safe transportation for our armed service men and women. We are also revealing a new bus to our fleet, which will be leaps and bounds beyond anything Valdosta has ever seen. It’s on schedule to make its unveiling on July 4.”
A member of the Chamber for over 5 years, Tipsy Transit is very proud of their relationship. “We have been a member of the Chamber for over 5 years, and through this Chamber, we have made many networking connections. The wonderful events and gatherings they host allow local business owners to come together,” says Vayner.
Miss Kate’s Deep South Tours and Tipsy Transit recently partnered together to bring a new and exciting service to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community. Miss Kate’s will now be able to offer mobile tours with the help of Tipsy Transit.
These two businesses chose to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce their exciting new partnership to the community.
Miss Kate’s Deep South Tours is located at 4265 Knight Academy Road in Valdosta, and can be contacted by calling 229-415-8962. You can also visit them online at www.misskatestours.com. Tipsy Transit can be contacted by calling 229-234-1448, and can be found online at www.tipsytransit.com
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Nail Creations by Missy in a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8, 2018.
Missy Kieu has been a resident of Valdosta for the past eight years. She loves the community and its citizens, and felt that she could bring something more to the nail service industry of Valdosta and Lowndes County.
When asked why she loves what she does, Missy stated “I love making people feel good about their nails and toes. And when you're having a stressful day a pedicure is something that can make u feel good and relaxed and your nails are nicely manicured give you a happy feeling.”
Nail Creations by Missy offers a variety of services including customized pedicures. Customers can choose between different scrubs, masks, and lotions and will also be treated with new sets of tools each time to ensure proper sanitation.
Opening this nail salon means a lot to Missy as she is able to provide both a relaxing environment and services. She wished to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate becoming a member of the Chamber, as well as to let the community know that Nail Creations by Missy is the place to come for nail services.
Nail Creations by Missy is located at 1601 Baytree Road in Valdosta, and can be contacted by calling (229) 262-4133.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Whitehead Industrial Hardware in a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 17, 2018.
Whitehead Industrial Hardware, a division of Miller Hardware Company, has always been a family business. When the Miller family purchased Whitehead back in 1972, it served as a wholesale hardware store at the time. Today, Whitehead is the complete industrial supply source for all of South Georgia and North Florida.
When asked why they love what they do, Jonathan Miller, owner, stated “As an independent, family business, we take great pride in our relationships. That’s why we want to make something very clear. We may have expanded our showroom, but make no mistake — our commitment to product knowledge and customer service will never be compromised.”
Over the past several decades, the Miller family has overcome many challenges in their industry - from new technology and equipment to the ebb and flow of a changing economy. Through this, they realized that their customers have also changed. They were able to successfully overcome significant industry challenges along the way, and their needs have evolved. Valdosta’s needs have changed as well, and they know it’s important to grow and adapt in order to meet those needs.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to grow our business in a way that allows us to better serve our community,” says Miller.
One of the things that sets them apart from their competition is the experience of their sales representatives. With over 400 combined years of experience, they truly care about providing you with the right tools for the job. You’ll still have access to the same expert advice, support and expansive inventory from over 1200 manufacturers that you’ve come to expect from us — now in an even better location.
They also take pride in their ecommerce channel. The website allows their customers to have access to the products, resources and advice that Whitehead Industrial provides, even when they are off site as well as after hours.
As always, they will deliver to your jobsite, business or municipality in over 37 counties. Or, you can take advantage of their counter pickup services if that’s more convenient. Their goal at Whitehead Industrial Hardware is to provide their customers with the tools and equipment they need in the timeliest and most helpful way possible.
Whitehead Industrial Hardware prides themselves on longevity. They measure their success through customer experiences with Whitehead Industrial Hardware. Their mission has always been to provide the best service possible and to do that they have had to adapt along the way. They may update some of their ways, but they are still your locally owned and independent hardware source that’s dedicated to serving its customers.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber has worked closely with Whitehead Industrial Hardware helping them form many valuable relationships amongst the community.” Many of our close customers and business partners are Chamber members. I believe the Chamber is the conduit for local businesses to form and grow relationships with one another, “states Miller.
When asked about the ceremony, Jonathan Miller says “We view this event as a celebration of our hometown Valdosta, our friends and neighbors. We consider ourselves a well-established business, yet humbly marketed. We want to publicize what we offer to the community, while recognizing the individuals who have gotten us to where we are today. Part of this ribbon cutting includes an award presentation to Wiregrass graduates. These individuals will be impacting our community through a skilled trade. We want to honor their hard work and recognize the great career opportunities they’ve created themselves.”
Whitehead Industrial Hardware is located at 104 South Lee Street in Valdosta, GA. They can be contacted at 229-242-3910. You can also visit their website www.whiteheadindustrial.com
The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting in honor of new ownership, rebranding, and continued growth at Ella’s Top Corral.
Ella McGhee gained ownership of Ella’s Top Corral in 2006—not long ago, relative to the restaurant’s opening in 1976. For 42 years, Ella’s has been providing the Valdosta community with a taste of Southern cooking. Their beef is always fresh, never frozen, and cooked to order for each individual customer.
“Fresh ingredients, friendly service and a family atmosphere are what keep our customers coming back again and again,” said Nick Perry, general manager. “We love what we do because our customers love us.” This relationship is evident on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which is buzzing with five-star ratings and positive comments.
Ella’s Top Corral is always looking for new ways to serve the Valdosta community. In May, the restaurant will be partnering with the Feed the Cats program at Valdosta High School to serve 150 burgers to the Valdosta Wildcats Football Team at their Spring Football Camp. Among the restaurant’s other future plans are hosting the Chamber’s monthly networking event, Business After Hours, in August and sponsoring youth sports programs in the fall.
This year, Ella’s Top Corral was awarded Best Hamburger by the Valdosta Daily Times in their Best of South Georgia 2018 contest.
Perry says that Chamber has “provided opportunities for networking, promotions and business development” in ways that helped business. “We are very excited to host our first Business After Hours event with the Chamber this fall,” Perry said.
Visit Ella’s Top Corral at 1007 S Patterson St. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call them at 229-241-0322.
The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Valdosta location of the Urology Institute.
The Urology Institute specializes in the treatment of kidney stones, bladder problems, impotency, and disorders of the prostate and bladder. They offer services that do not otherwise exist in Valdosta, such as treatment for erectile dysfunction. After twenty years, the Institute has a 98% satisfaction rate and their safety record ranks among the highest nationally.
Dr. Frank Glover received his MD from Johns Hopkins and is also an ordained Baptist preacher with a Masters in Biblical Studies. The National Medical Association honored him with the “Physician of the Year” award in 2012, and he also had the distinction of testifying before Congress regarding the Ebola response. A philanthropist, he has also participated in Christian Medical Missions work in Africa for the past 30 years.
Dr. Glover has offices in Thomasville, Moultrie, Albany, and Valdosta. He opened the Valdosta location because of how many patients were travelling from Valdosta to Thomasville to see him.
“I love what I do because God has gifted me to show compassion and excellence in the treatment of patients,” said Dr. Glover. “Every person is special and has unique needs and concerns. I listen to the patient and customize treatment for the individual. Bringing the 12 years of training that I received at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to southwest Georgia has been a dream come true.”
According to Howes, the Chamber “has served as a resource in introducing me to the community,” allowing him to “inform the community of the services of the Urology Institute.”
Visit the Urology Institute’s new location at 2601 Bemiss Rd, or contact them by calling 229-474-4383.