Business is Bustling:
1: Back to Wellness
Pictured at the ribbon cutting for Back to Wellness's new showroom are (left to right) Gail Williamson, Chamber Ambassador; Carrie Hughes, Dr. Hughes' wife, holding Allie Jane, Zoie, Zachary; Dr. Michael Hughes; Sandra Saunders; Chris Cook; Bobby Brown, from Georgia Sleep Shop; and Shey Daniels. Photo by B. Crowley.
2: The Brady Inn
Karen and Peter Wibell reopened the Brady Inn in downtown Madison after an extensvie renovation to the grounds. Today the Brady Inn has is a perfect setting for outdoor weddings and celebrations. Photo by D. Yost.
3: Belles Beaux and Gifts
Downtown Madison's Belles Beaux and Gifts owner Theresa Bishop hosted last Thursday evening's Chamber After Hours, a monthly Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce event designed to promote networking and relationship building among its members. About 25 people attended the event. Theresa recently transformed her former business, Antiques on the Square, to Belles Beaux and Gifts, a new shop selling crystal, china, flatware, linens, upscale cookware, gifts and antiques. It also offers a bridal registry. Pictured (left to right) are Sunflower Festival Founder Wes Holt of Rutledge, Madisonian Rennie Nestor of Edward Jones and Belles Beaux and Gifts owner Theresa Bishop. Photo by D. Yost.
Last Wednesday morning, more than 100 people, including management, showed up to celebrate the opening of Goody’s, located in the former Peebles location. Photo by P. Yost.
5: Town & Country
Madisonian Larry Massey, Madisonian and Town & Country owner Ginger Gardner, Rutledge resident Tom Strott and Madisonian Jerry Caldwell (in back) celebrated Town & Country's second anniversary last Tuesday evening. Town & Country offers apparel and accessories for men and women and is located at 204 West Washington St. in Madison. Photo by D. Yost.
6 and 7: The Spa at the James
About 75 local women celebrated at The Spa at the James Madison Thursday evening for Breast Cancer Awareness Girl's Night Out. Women were treated to mini-spa treatments, refreshments and a raffle with proceeds going to Morgan Memorial Hospital for women unable to afford a yearly mammogram. The event also featured free bone scans administered by Morgan Memorial Hospital and presentations on self breast exams from Able Prosthetics. In addition, Dr. Erin Mayfield, who will be providing gynecological services beginning in December in an office located in The Spa at the James Madison, was there to meet and greet local women and discuss her new Madison practice. Photo 6: Dr. Erin Mayfield (right to left) who will begin a Madison practice in December enjoys Girl's Night Out with Madisonian Jennifer Pennington. Photo 7: Madisonian and Spa hair stylist Argelia DeLetorre treats Madisonian Jennifer Palmer to a neck massage during Girl's Night Out last week. Photos by D. Yost.
8: Twice as Nice Boutique
Twice As Nice Boutique, a high-end consignment shop in downtown Madison, held its ribbon cutting ceremony recently, along with a reception. Pictured from left to right are: Madison Main Street Director Ann Huff, Twice As Nice Owner Betsy Hill and partner Alana Bradley, Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert and Judy Gilbert. Photo by D. Yost.
9: The Red Doors Studio
Rutledge mainstay The Red Doors Studio, owned by Molly Lesnikowski, held a special exhibit in conjunction with Joan and Pete Ekstrom's grand opening celebration for the Rutledge Frame Shop last Friday evening. The exhibit featured a collection of monoprints by artist Harry Knickerbocker who resides on his sailboat docked in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Harry and Pete are longtime friends who have shared sailing adventures together. Photo by D. Yost.
10 and 11: Barkin Dog Shoe Co.
Photo 10: Barkin Dog Shoe Co. owner Vickie Hunt carries shoes to a waiting customer during Barkin Dog Shoe's recent Second Birthday celebration, an after-hours bash that kept the shop packed with loyal customers all night! Sales were brisk, refreshments were served and everyone had a great time trying on shoes and checking out the shop's new selections. Barkin Dog Shoe Co. is located at 172 South Main St. in downtown Madison and specializes in the world's finest comfort shoes and boots for men and women. Photo 11: Barkin Dog Shoe Co. owner and Madisonian Vickie Hunt, Madisonian Mary Ann Prior and Madisonian Terry Smith celebrate the shop's second birthday! Photos by D. Yost.
12 and 13: Rutledge Frame Shop
Joan and Pete Ekstrom, new owners of the Rutledge Frame Shop, hosted the community last Friday to a grand opening reception. The crowd, that spilled out onto the sidewalk, enjoyed a beautiful fall evening with refreshments and friends. Photos by D. Yost.
14: Bostwick Cotton Gin
This season, the Bostwick Gin is ginning more than double the cotton processed over last year. John Ruark, who runs the operation, says favorable weather in the Southern United States, world markets and soaring demand is translating into a bumper crop with record prices not seen in decades. Photos by D. Yost.