Another business surprise due this week? That’s the tip we received on Saturday. We’ve seen some surprising headlines in Northwest Georgia in recent weeks — the Floyd Medical Center/Atrium deal, the sale of Chicken Salad Chick’s owners, the three local Goo-Goo Express stops under new ownership and Bob Blumberg’s decision to drop the Johnny’s New York Style Pizza franchise in favor a local music-themed themed Lyrikz. Now comes word to watch for a little real estate action later this week. All we know is that “it is a spot you’ve been watching.” We’ve got two in mind but this might be a wild card.
Ho, ho, wow: In past seasons, Santa Claus has made some early rounds at Mount Berry Mall. This year, it appears he’s waiting until Black Friday. The mall’s website lists Santa’s Workshop hours as:
- Nov. 29-Dec. 13: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sundays.
- Dec. 14-23: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sundays.
- Christmas Eve: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
A toast with a side of toast (wheat or white?): As those 11 a.m. drinks begin to pour this Sunday in Rome, we’re seeing a movement to get folks out for brunch by 11:30 or so that day. Downtown Rome has a broad selection of brunch spots so we’re anxious to see who shows up for first call (we’ll be in church until after noon but will be on the prowl after that. And we’re good with water). Better Brunch Rome, which was behind the push for earlier Sunday restaurant sales, is behind “Let’s Do Brunch” this coming Sunday. Says the Facebook post: “Let’s celebrate better brunch at 11:30 a.m. Victory is so sweet (or savory if you prefer a Bloody Mary). We’re finalizing the details but go ahead and put the date in your calendar–Nov. 17 in downtown Rome.”
All safe and sound: No one’s keep score but we note that three area missing persons posts — two in Floyd County and one in Bartow County — all had happy endings with the missing person found safe and returned home. Another case in extreme Northwest Georgia also had a good conclusion. Two were area teens, another a woman in her early 30s and one older gentleman with memory issues. As much as we pound on the inanity of Facebook and such, this is an area social media serves best: Lots of eyes helping law enforcement find those in need.