Stunning number of vendors — 80 plus — due at Berry College’s spring market on Saturday: Rome’s about to get pretty familiar with Chicken Salad Chick — but what about That Foreign Chick’s Bakery?
We stumbled a bit Tuesday morning when Ben Lord and Marie Echols of Berry College Student Enterprises joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk about some of the community and student vendors due at the Clara Bowl this Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lord quickly corrected us when we mentioned a previous vendor estimate. “Might be more like 90,” was the approximate quote and he began to identify a few of them.
Among those mentioned — That Foreign Chick’s Bakery from nearby Taylorsville, owned by Jana Fitzgerald.
The overall number — and increasing diversity — of the vendors shows how many more people are either operating their own businesses full time or doing a little “side hustle” outside the normal work week.
Other selections due Saturday are Angus beef, homespun yarn, homemade dog treats — and European baked goods. Stations will include 10 student-operated enterprises and 20 student vendors. Students from Berry’s art department will also showcase their work by operating clay pottery demonstrations and painting a mural.
Attractions for children include a bouncy house, the Easter bunny, hands-on science experiments and face painting. The market will also feature live music and Angus beef hamburger plates.
Popeye’s in Rockmart gets 100 in initial inspection: Fans of the growing “Louisiana Kitchen” in Polk County, take heart. Popeye’s is very close to opening its doors. On Tuesday, the new restaurant received a 100 on its initial Public Health inspection tour. We earlier heard to expect an April 22 opening but this is a sign that the doors could crack even sooner. We’ll pursue later today. Popeye’s was built on the former site of Sonic off U.S. 278.
As baseball returns to State Mutual Stadium, so does lunch at Three Rivers Club: The restaurant behind home plate is open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. any day the Rome Braves have a night game, including Thursday’s home opener vs the Greenville Drive (first pitch 7 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m.). The restaurant’s doors are open during night or day games as well but only if you have a ticket. What’s on the updated menu? Click Threeriversclub
Who’s hiring? How about more than a dozen options posted within the past 24 hours: The Northwest Georgia Career Depot from the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is becoming a go-to Facebook page for those looking for jobs. Some are nearby (Rome, Cartersville), others are within an easy commute. Must critical, all are hiring and most of the postings are for multiple positions.
Vulcan Materials Co. plans portable concrete batch plant plant on seven acres for the Ga. 140 project: A development of regional impact has been filed with the state for the project valued at $750,000. Once built, around 50 trips per day at planned and it will contribute around $10,000 in tax revenue.
Bids are sought for replacing the roof on the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority’s train depot. The project’s value is placed at $299,000. Bids are due Thursday, according to Dodge.