The Chamber Ambassadors honored Your CBD Store, Valdosta with a ribbon cutting on October 30, 2019 to celebrate their grand opening and provided education in the Valdosta-Lowndes community about CBD products.
Established by Dr. Shane and Kristen Sikes, Your CBD Store is devoted to helping their customers find the product to help their needs in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
“We are the only dedicated CBD retail store in Valdosta,” said Dr. Kristen Sikes. “We are committed to helping each customer find what fits their needs, and CBD products come in various forms and dosages to help meet those needs. We have created a warm, friendly environment where one can sit down and feel comfortable asking questions.”
Dr. Shane and Kristen Sikes are passionate about educating the community on the benefits of CBD while offering a natural option to help the needs of people.
Dr. Sikes stated, “We love this business because we are different. Our products are high quality, our products and our brand are transparent. We have created a space where people can come in and speak with us one on one and leave knowing they can contact us any time with any additional questions or concerns. We get to share and educate our community on the therapeutic benefits of CBD and offer a natural option to help meet their needs.”
Your CBD Store are proud and excited new members of the Chamber.
“We have made connections with businesses who have been able to be an excellent referral source for us and us for them,” said Dr. Sikes. “We have gotten out of our comfort zone and been able to network and build relationships. We have used the SEEDS Center to provide information to help us market as well. We are excited about the possibilities!”
According to Dr. Sikes, Your CBD Store recently won awards for the best CBD tincture and best CBD pain cream.
For more information about Your CBD Store visit 1810 Plum Street, Suite G or call 229-333-8262.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Smalltown Broadcasting with a ribbon cutting on October 24, 2019 to celebrate their relocation and brand new facility.
Smalltown Broadcasting currently consists of four radio stations, three in South Georgia and one in Florida. The Valdosta station Talk 92.1 hosts Scott James Matheson, owner of Small Town Broadcasting’s show, The Scott James Show.
Office manager Jessica Knight states that acquiring the new studio has given the company the equipment that’s need to take them to new heights.
“We plan to utilize our new video production room, which will allow our customers to provide a fresh take on advertising.” Knight said.
Knight adds that in addition to advertising, the new station will be able to better serve the Valdosta community.
“We strive to be the voice of the community and to help them be heard. We have local guests on the show daily. We discuss local news, and we value the community’s feedback.” She said.
This is the latest in a string of success for Matheson, as he is the new President of Leadership Lowndes.
Smalltown Broadcasting is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. The Scott James Show even features a thirty minute session specifically dedicated to the Chamber twice a month.
“The Chamber has helped to increase our profile, introduce us to businesses and business owners, and offered us many referrals throughout the years. We’re so glad to have the opportunity to share this celebration of our new location with our community and friends.” Knight said.
For more information about Smalltown Broadcasting, please call 229-259-9301 or visit them at 2325 US HWY 84 East.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Greater Valdosta United Way, Inc. with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to celebrate their new facility.
Greater Valdosta United Way seeks to create positive change by bringing resources together to help people in the community.
“I love what I do because I enjoy helping other people and constantly making connections,” shared Melissa Register, Development Coordinator.
Register and her counterparts are happy to connect other nonprofits with leaders in the community to raise funds and awareness so they can focus on the work they need and love to do.
This organization of good will now has a permanent home for the first time in its 65 years of operation, which was more than worthy of a celebration.
The new home to Greater Valdosta United Way is none other than a 110 year old historic house located on Patterson Street in the heart of Valdosta. The staff has worked hard to maintain the house’s charm while making it a professional environment with a warm, empathetic vibe to all who enter.
The organization is constantly looking to aid and support others. They are currently the voice for 19 local nonprofits throughout five counties in South Georgia.
The new location brings the capability to serve not just the Greater Valdosta United Way employees and their company, but the entire community.
“We renovated a building behind our new location to utilize as a classroom for financial literacy classes and to also use as a meeting place for small nonprofit agencies and their board meetings,” said Register.
Greater Valdosta United Way has been a member of the Chamber since 1977. Many of the connections they make for fellow nonprofits start with help from the Chamber.
“The Chamber helps us connect with all the right businesses and donors in the community,” Register adds.
For more information on Greater Valdosta United Way, call them at 229-242-2208 or visit them at their new location, 1609 N. Patterson Street.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Socialyze Gaming Lounge with a ribbon cutting on October 4, 2019 to celebrate their grand opening in the community.
Providing a friendly and competitive place for passionate gamers, Socialyze Gaming Lounge offers an array games for people of all ages to enjoy.
“My business is a combination of what I love to do, and what I learned over the years I worked at Publix,” said Kevin Jenkins, owner and founder. “Socialyze Gaming Lounge provides a comfortable atmosphere for all gamers to come together and enjoy their favorite games, win prizes, meet new gamers and bring together the gaming community in Valdosta.”
After exploring gaming tournament across the United States, Jenkins decided the Valdosta-Lowndes community needed a place for gamers to interact while engaging in a hobby they share and love.
“Lowndes County did not have a dedicated major location for gamers to compete and socialize with each other, “said Jenkins. “Seeing this need inspired me to establish Socialyze Gaming Lounge.
There is a strong community of gamers all over the world, and Lowndes County deserves to have a location where our local gamers can engage with the greater gaming community across the world.”
According to Jenkins, the college-age population is known for having a strong connection to technology and video gaming.
“With three local colleges full of gamers, Lowndes County is the perfect location for Socialyze Gaming Lounge,” said Jenkins. “This business will give our local college students the gaming lounge and experience they have been asking for without having to leave our community.”
For the future, Jenkins plans to host gaming competitions for competitors and spectators.
“I plan to expand the availability of gaming options as well as seek to become a major stop in world-wide gaming competitions,” said Jenkins. “Socialzye Gaming Lounge would be hosting highly publicized gaming competitions, drawing both competitors and spectators from all over the region to experience this unique opportunity right here in Lowndes County.”
Socialyze Gaming Lounge is a new and excited member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
Jenkins stated, “Ms. Betty Morgan at the Chamber provided some valuable information on how to start a business as well as continued motivation to follow my passion and my dream.”
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Just Love Coffee with a ribbon cutting on September 23, 2019 to celebrate becoming members of the Valdosta Chamber and their grand opening in Valdosta.
Just Love Coffee was founded as a fundraising effort to help families in the process of adoption and to bring happiness to others.
“We love being an extension of the vision Just Love was founded on. We love being able to be the bright spot in someone’s day; to be their happy place,” said Emily Harp, co-owner.
Just Love Coffee is passionate about products they offer while providing a comfortable place for their customers to enjoy their hot or cold drinks and food.
“We brew hand-roasted coffee and serve hand-crafted espresso drinks, loose leaf teas and even have fountain drinks if coffee isn’t your thing,” said Harp. Our full breakfast and lunch menu is offered all day and made to order. We have plenty of seating to meet up with friends and family and spaces to plug in and work when you need to focus,” Harp added.
Just Love Coffee is a new, proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber has been wonderful in welcoming our new business,” said Harp. We are so honored and proud to be a part of such a respected and nationally known Chamber.”
This is the first Just Love Coffee store in the state of Georgia, and the 11th store in the system.
Just Love Coffee is excited about offering live music and hosting singers and song writers nights in the future.
For more information about Just Love Coffee, visit 1733 Gornto Road, Suite 101-C or call (229) 474-4541
The Chamber Ambassadors honored The Pour House with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 20, 2019 to celebrate their new Chamber membership and to let the citizens of Valdosta know about their catering services.
Described as a “mobile vintage bar”, The Pour House started as a small wine bar in the back of their retail store. The company acquired a 1966 bumper pull horse trailer and decided to convert it into a minibar.
Nicknaming it ‘Minnie’, The Pour House decided to test it out at their first mobile catering job at a wedding in April 2019, which yielded great results.
Robbie Pittman, owner of The Pour House, wanted to give the Lowndes County area an inimitable new service while contributing to the resident’s happiest memories.
“I am a lifetime resident of Lowndes County and wanted to bring a unique service to our community. I love what I do because I love making someone’s special day “special” and seeing people happy.” Pittman said.
The Pour House is a member of Georgia Grown, a program that recognizes business whose products are directly from Georgia agriculture. Pittman said this is what truly sets them apart.
“We serve fresh from the farm local ingredients in all of our signature cocktails.” She said.
The party doesn’t stop there; Pittman plans on introducing several more mobile units to rent for any event through The Pour House. This way more customers can be served.
“We aren’t only fabulous fresh cocktails and wine serving bartenders; we are the bar! We are going to bring a truly unique way to entertain your guests.” She said.
The Pour House is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
“The Valdosta-Lowndes County helped get the word out about us in every way. We decided to hold the ribbon cutting to introduce ourselves to the community.” Pittman said.
For more information about The Pour House, visit them at 2182 N Ashley St, www.thepourhouse2.com or call 229-469-4585.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio with a ribbon cutting on August 30, 2019 to celebrate becoming members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, and providing an opportunity for the community to celebrate with them.
Having the chance to see your baby for the first is a memorable moment. Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio is devoted to providing this special moment to expecting mothers and families by using the finest in baby ultrasound imaging.
Owner, Priscilla Evans said, “We love showing families their babies for the first time. During an ultrasound, the baby may suck their thumb, smile or yawn. They may even open their eyes and look around. Seeing the baby in real-time is a truly amazing experience for the entire family.”
According to Evans, Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio’s technicians specialize in accurate early gender determination. They offer a new high-definition live imaging known as 5D ultrasound. Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio partnered with Gateway Genomics to offer families gender testing as early as eight weeks by using DNA testing.
“We are very excited to be able to provide this along with elective ultrasounds to pregnant moms,” said Evans. "It is our priority to help our moms feel as comfortable as possible so they can take in every moment of seeing their precious baby."
According to Evans, Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio has maintained a 100 percent accuracy rate for 14 week gender determination ultrasounds for two years.
Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio is an excited new member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
Evans stated, “Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio has had the privilege of partnering with some other wonderful local businesses for our events. Most recently Rowan's Consignment Store, The Spa Aesthetics, and Stripped Waxing Salon provided some wonderful giveaways for our moms.”
For more information about Baby Bloom 4D Ultrasound Studio, visit them at 1803 Canterbury Drive Unit D, www.babybloomhd.com or call (229) 415-4707.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored EnSpire Counseling & Wellness with a ribbon cutting on August 23, 2019 to celebrate becoming members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, their grand opening and to share with the community that EnSpire Counseling & Wellness is available for a variety of mental health and counseling needs.
Committed to caring for people, EnSpire Counseling & Wellness was conceived out of the desire to merge mental health-counseling and preventive and wellness services under one umbrella. EnSpire Counseling & Wellness offers an array of services while providing the utmost possible level of care and treatment to their clients.
Founder and owner Leah McMillan stated, “It is the first collaborative counseling and wellness center serving Valdosta, Lowndes County, and our surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide the highest possible level of care and treatment for our clients. The relationship between providers here at EnSpire is special and provides continuity of care that you will only find here with us.”
EnSpire Counseling & Wellness is passionate about serving everyone no matter their age, race, or socioeconomic status and believe everyone is entitles to the best possible counseling and wellness treatment.
“Lowndes County, a metropolitan area, offers diversity with a small town feel,” said McMillan. “Major industries such as Moody Air Force Base, South Georgia Medical Center, and Valdosta State University bring a diverse population of active military, veterans, families, professionals, and students. EnSpire Counseling & Wellness strives to offer multiple services to a diverse population while providing a culturally sensitive environment.”
EnSpire Counseling & Wellness is proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
“The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber has assisted our business in planning our grand opening celebration, ribbon cutting event and facilitated contact with various business owners and local citizens,” said McMillan.
For more information about EnSpire Counseling & Wellness, visit them at 3790 Old US HWY 41 N. Suite A, www.enspirecounselingandwellness.com or call 229-262-1000.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Bodyworks Family Fitness 24/7 with a ribbon cutting on August 22, 2019 to celebrate becoming members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, in addition to their renovated facility.
Bodyworks Family Fitness 24/7 is passionate about encouraging people to live a healthy life. It is their mission to help their members achieve personal fitness goals in a friendly setting.
“Our members feel welcomed the second they walk in and we offer a wide variety of services that no other gym offers,” said Rebecca Lassitter, personal assistant. “We are striving to offer as many services in house so our members feel that we are the complete package when it comes to fitness.”
In the coming months, Bodyworks is planning to expand their business by offering even more unique services.
Lassitter stated, “We are opening our Iron Eaterz side, which is an old school lifting kind of gym. We are also planning on expanding and having an onsite chiropractor and massage therapist as well as expanding our growing Lil Ironz child care service.”
According to Lassitter, Bodyworks began with an estimated enrollment of 60 members and now the gym has 900 members and is growing.
Bodyworks is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
“The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber has helped us reach people and businesses that can help us grow and keep everything local,” said Lassitter. “We love the community and support that Lowndes county people offer.
For more information, visit Bodyworks Family Fitness 24/7 at 4510 North Valdosta Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602 or call (229) 229-253-9977.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Riviera Maya Bar & Grill, LLC Mexican Restaurant with a ribbon cutting on August 14, 2019 to celebrate their grand opening and becoming members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
Serving customers with authentic, made from scratch Mexican food while providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere is the model for Riviera Maya Bar and Grill.
“We always put our customers first and go above and beyond to make sure they are happy and encounter an experience they will remember,” said Jaime Fitzpatrick, Sandra Garcia and Carlos Vega. “Not only do we serve amazing, made from scratch Mexican cuisine, we also offer fun for the entire family with trivia nights, live music, salsa dancing and much more.”
Riviera Maya was established on Bemiss Road to provide a family oriented sit-down restaurant and to provide support to the families of Moody Air Force Base, according to Fitzpatrick, Garcia and Vega.
Riviera Maya is a new, excited member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and they look forward to utilizing the many resources the Chamber has to offer.
For more information, visit Riviera Maya at 4333 Bemiss Rd, Valdosta, GA 31605 or call, (229) 474-4435.