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Demolition, New Renderings Reveal Fresh Looks For Downtown Leesburg

Demolition has begun on a new project for the City of Leesburg that will reshape how the heart of the city looks. It’s the latest of a number of projects across Lee County and the second recently inside Leesburg city limits.

New renderings released by the Lee County Chamber of Commerce show a new view of what the new project could look like once complete. The rendered images show the addition of at least two new storefronts and what we are told will be a breezeway along the historic downtown storefronts along Walnut Ave. in Leesburg.

Much of the original building in between the red Lawyer building and where the new Bloom store is located is being gutted for the project. The result, according to the renderings provided by the city will be two new places for businesses to set up shop.

A view of the row of businesses in Downtown Leesburg, GA along Walnut Ave. where demolition and construction can be seen.
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A view of the Downtown Leesburg rendering of new completed storefronts and an open-air breezeway.

What makes this construction project interesting is the breezeway just to the left of the two new storefronts. The rendered images show an open-air, paved pass-through area, which could indicate a side entrance for one of the storefronts. What 229 Life has been told so far is the breezeway will be a path to additional parking planned for behind the buildings.

The names or types of businesses which will inhabit the new space have not been named, but sources tell 229 Life the owners are committed to bringing a quality business to Leesburg.

A close up view of the demolition and construction of buildings in Downtown Leesburg, GA.
Another view of demolition and construction of buildings in Downtown Leesburg, GA.

Whatever the new building turns out to be and whoever takes up residence in the new storefronts, this addition is anticipated to bring a new level of energy and traffic into Downtown Leesburg.

What do you think about the new developments in Downtown Leesburg? What businesses do you think should move into these storefronts? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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16 Places You Can Find Fresh Picked Blueberries In South Georgia


License plates in the Peach State may have peaches on them, but blueberries are the No. 1 fruit produced in Georgia today. According to the Department of Agriculture, blueberries in Georgia account for more than 18,000 acres of farmland and yield 39 million pounds each year. Below is a list of places you can find fresh picked blueberries in South Georgia.

Georgia Grown notes that Georgia soil is sandy and acidic – ideal for blueberries, while the state’s shorter winters and longer spring and summer months provide an ideal climate for growing.

Here’s the list

  • Anna’s Garden
  • Annie Farm’s Market
  • Burton Brambles
  • Burton Brooks Orchard
  • Dodge County Farmers Market
  • Hat Creek Plantation
  • Hidden Oaks Farm & Produce
  • Mark’s Melon Patch
  • Mike’s Country Store
  • SL Sausage Company
  • Southern Grace Farms
  • The Fruit Factory
  • The Market At Rutland Farms
  • The Peach Depot
  • Three Ponds Farm
  • Wilkes Family Farm
blueberries in South Georgia
Blueberries are the No. 1 fruit produced in Georgia today.

Blueberries are a small but powerful fruit. They are packed with antioxidants, and their deep blue color comes from a natural pigment called anthocyanin. This pigment has been studied and known for reducing inflammation.

With a sweet and tangy taste, blueberries can complement nearly any meal and are delicious to eat anytime. Many people opt for blueberries in muffins, pancakes, or yogurt at breakfast, but dessert is where blueberries can really stand out. In South Georgia, blueberry cake is a popular dish. One of my favorites is still blueberry cobbler.

Do you have a go-do blueberry dish or dessert? Where is your favorite place to get fresh picked blueberries in South Georiga? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Stop ‘Supporting’ Small Business.. And Do This Instead

If the act of “supporting” small business sounds like a chore, it’s because many of us have turned it into one. Small businesses are one of the few types of places people are often guilted into “supporting.”

And when we use rhetoric like that, it’s not only demeaning to the power of small business, but it spreads the notion that our “support” is the only thing keeping them going. And it’s not. That’s why I made the list down below.

The conversation

Imagine overhearing two people having this dialogue:

It sounds ridiculous, because nobody actually talks like that. And if nobody talks like that, why do we mention it when referring to small businesses in general?

The reality

Remember, these are businesses, which means they have goods and services that people actually want and need in their lives. And on top of that, they are local to you – which means they are in closest proximity to you and your family, automatically.

With that in mind, what if we stopped “supporting” small businesses, and instead, did something far greater for them and ourselves?

The list

Here’s a list from A to Z with real ways you can engage with your local small businesses that isn’t just “supporting” them.

  • Ask for a quote from your local auto shop
  • Bring friends to a local theatre
  • Crave a local pizza place
  • Dive into a small bookstore
  • Enjoy a local coffee shop
  • Fall in love with a new sushi spot
  • Get lost in a local art gallery
  • Have fun at a local arcade
  • Indulge in your favorite sweets shop
  • Jam out in a karaoke bar
  • Keep coming back to your favorite steakhouse
  • Laugh at a comedy club
  • Make something at a local pottery spot
  • Negotiate a used car price at your local dealer
  • One-up your personal record at a local gym
  • Pour a new glass at your favorite wine spot
  • Quench your thirst at a local juice bar
  • Reunite with friends at a local sandwich shop
  • Savor a new dish at a local seafood restaurant
  • Test your trivia skills at a local brewery
  • Unleash your creativity with friends at a local painting studio
  • Vanquish alien enemies at a local VR gaming spot
  • Wander through a local thrift shop for new finds
  • Xerox photos and documents at a local print shop
  • Yell and cheer at a local music concert
  • Zip into a local salon for a new haircut and style

The results

Do you see how easy and inviting this way is?

I’m inviting everyone to try this alternative – and when implemented, small businesses will benefit more and you’ll enjoy yourself more.

MORE: Give your business the love it deserves on 229 Life Places

What do you think about this way of thinking (and speaking)? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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New Construction Underway in Lee County Along Hwy 82 W


Excavators, bulldozers, and construction workers are busy along Hwy 82 W in Lee County, Georgia on a new piece of land acquired for commercial use.

The land sits next to the Raceway gas station on the corner of Hwy 82 and Fussell Road. It’s one of many pieces of land that developers have been eyeing for growth along the edge of Lee County close to Northwest Albany.

A view of the lot under construction next to the Raceway gas station on US 82 W.

Plans for the lot

229 Life is told plans are in place to build a new coffee shop, which has not yet been publicly named. A new liquor store will be built there as well. Finally, a third commercial unit is set to be built, but the details of what it will become have not been finalized.

A view of the Lee County land along US 82 W primed for construction, with initial leveling complete and concrete culverts visible.

Initial thoughts on the Lee County development

The coffee shop news is a somewhat expected development for this part of Lee County, alongside residential growth in the immediate area.

A new liquor store on the west side of Lee County also makes sense as county residents voted to allow package stores inside the county limits in 2022.

Lee County’s first liquor store has already been built along US 19 N. It is expected to open its doors for the first time in May 2024.

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A view from the construction site of the intersectin of US 82 and Fussell Rd in Lee County, GA.

More construction projects are moving forward or underway in the county, which means many primary thoroughfares will look quite different in just a number of months.

What do you make of the new developments along US 82 W in Lee County? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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April Events You Should Know About In South Georgia


Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and the pollen is pollen-ing. There are lots of South Georgia events happening in April that you need to know about.

This list is not all-inclusive, but covers notable events across different cities.

Don’t see your event? You can add it to the 229 Life Community Calendar HERE. Let’s take a look at what’s in store.

Upcoming April Events

Thanks for checking out this list of monthly events. It will be updated as more are added to the list. Don’t forget, you can add your event to the Community Calendar page. We welcome all event submissions.

There are lots of events happening across South Georgia, and 229 Life wants to make sure you’re aware of them.

When it comes to things to do in Albany, GA, things to do in Leesburg, GA, things to do in Thomasville, GA, and every South Georgia city we cover – we want your experience to be the best it can be.

P.S. Our newsletter subscribers received this list first 🙂

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