Business: AR Workshop closing as changes continue along Broad Street. Redevelopment Committee meets at 2 p.m. to talk annexations. GNTC, Floyd Career Academy hosting state business summit.

Business: AR Workshop closing as changes continue along Broad Street. Redevelopment Committee meets at 2 p.m. to talk annexations. GNTC, Floyd Career Academy hosting state business summit.

 

File photo: AR Workshop’s LuAnn Harris talks about their new business.

 

One of downtown Rome’s most enterprising businesses will close soon, AR Workshop at 411 Broad St. Already a creative habitat, the owners had to get even more creative to combat challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. But …  “the impact of a difficult year is just too much for us to recover from.” The full statement follows.

This Facebook note from LuAnn and Rich Harris:
“After 1,036 days, 650 scheduled workshops, over 2,500 projects made and countless memories, we are sorry to say AR Workshop Rome held its last workshop Sunday night. The decision to close the business was not an easy one for us. For the past three years, we poured our hearts into our wonderful little business but in the end, the impact of a difficult year is just too much for us to recover from. Rick and I would like to thank all of our VIPs, customers and employees for supporting us over the past three years. It has been a blessing to meet each and every one of you. Love, Rick and LuAnn (We will be having a going away sale over the next two weeks before closing the doors permanently … Gift cards can be used to purchase sample signs; retail and take/make items).”
It is the latest in a series of changes up and down Broad Street. Brewhouse Music & Grill is changing hands and changing names … Rome City Brewing has sold its brewing operation and is converting to a traditional restaurant and gathering spot … With The Spires at Berry College now open, the downtown storefront in the Cotton Block is closed and up for lease … Changes are coming to the former Partridge Restaurant now that it has been sold to Rome businessman Harry PierceHarper Home Design closed over the summer …

 

Rome City Commission’s Redevelopment Committee meets today at 2 p.m. in the Sam King Room: It has been busy few weeks with redevelopment including the TAD agreement with the city for the Fairfield Inn at the Rome Tennis Center and proposals to annex several county “islands” into city limits. Here’s today’s meeting agenda:
  • Charles Love – Community Development
  • Discussion: Annexation of County Islands
  • New Business

 

Georgia Northwestern, Floyd County College and Career Academy to present the 13th Annual Business and Education Summit on Dec. 1: “What Now? Healthcare in the New Normal” is the subject of the virtual event featuring Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as well as Georgia business and education leaders “in a virtual discussion on technology and how it continues to change every aspect of our lives. Those changes are underscored by especially in the healthcare sector during and post-pandemic.” That’s a huge honor for both GNTC and the career academy. The event is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Registration gets under way Thursday. For more: tyrel.dale@ltgov.ga.gov. or call 404-656-5030.


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