It takes a lot of guts to move a successful business just off the Oostanaula River and West Third Street to a new location. Especially when that address, 174 Chatillon Road, most recently was used as one of the haunted houses during Halloween. Especially in the middle of a pandemic that slow most business dealings in greater Rome. Especially in a competitive market that gets more competitive each day.
Jason Lansdell of High Voltage Prints made the move, bringing new life to Celanese Village just across from the Floyd County Board of Education offices and around the corner from the successful Riverside Professional Park and across the Bypass from all the new growth surrounding State Mutual Stadium (RiverPoint apartments, Lumina Coffee, a just-updated baseball park and more on the way).
Here’s what Lansdell and company had to say about the recent move, courtesy of the High Voltage Facebook Page:
“After nine years here on the river, the day has finally come for us to move to our forever home. As the city prepares to make way for new development along the river off of West Third Street, it brings new opportunities for growth in local economy but forces us to uproot and settle just down the road. With that said, we are super excited about the new location and happy to bring some life back into a historic building that many Romans in the Celanese community have visited for nearly a century! 174 Chatillon Road…lets get ready to grow and help our community! Big things!”
This was a consider move for High Voltage: Build-out alone was valued at more than $360,000.
Another big move: Also bringing a shot in the arm (OK, maybe foot in this case) to a redeveloping area is Podiatrist Stephan J. LaPointe, DPM, PhD, FACFAS of Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists. He’s moving his Rome office from 409 W. 10th St. off Fifth Avenue a few blocks over to a new site 1100 Martha Berry Blvd. just north Go Go at The Shoe Box. Work is well under way on the office campus in an area that has taken a few lumps in recent years.
At the same time, you’ve seen others move in with success such as The Shoe Box and all the growth closing to Floyd Medical Center and Walgreens including restaurants and retail.
Consider it a big investment. The building permit value alone was $815,000.
Or how about one move example of something old, something new.
Lobrillo`s Vienna now open in West Rome: Among the businesses opening in the strip center that once was home to World Hi-Fi is Lobrillo’s Vienna, open weekdays and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. (until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday). You’ve got to like their pitch:
“Being family owned and operated since day one, love is the number one ingredient that goes into all of our dishes. As Chicago natives ourselves, we know first-hand authentic tastes of Chicago are few and far between south of the Mason Dixon, so it was our mission to be able to bring quality, fresh and true homages from our home to yours. Don`t worry though, we made sure to include a little bit for everyone.”
The menu is impressive, starting with Chicago Dog and a Slaw Dog, working down to beer brats, meatballs, Philly, burgers and The Ditka Special: “one-third pound spicy Polish sausage, pepper, onion, pepperonchini.” Also included: Salads, sides, soft drinks — and Italian Ice. Menu
The restaurant is at 1600 Shorter Ave.