Biz Buzz: I. Bowman Art Gallery a welcome addition to West Jefferson St.

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Dianne Lively Yost

Dianne Lively Yost

By Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz

Good ding dang bye 2013! It’s 2014! Blue skies from here on out! Don’t you feel it? Yes! Positivity is swirlin’ all around! Although it might be just a tiny bit . . . just a smidgen … COLD! Honey 9 degrees does it every time! Anyhow we all know the good sun will warm us up soon enough! In the meantime we just need to head over to one of our fine restaurants and pick up a hot mug of hot chocolate, coffee or tea! Oh me! Let’s get his 2014 party started shall we? Yes!

Newest business in town is I. Bowman Gallery in Madison, Ga., at Jefferson Square Parkside right smack across from Town Park and right down from Artisan Alley and Teal Couture! It’s so cool you’ll feel like you’re in a big arty city! Madisonian Mael Bowman recently opened it and wants all y’all to check it out! You can call 706-342-8007 or email for more intel. Right now, you will see the works of regional artist Jacob Wenzka. Mael says he wants his gallery to create greater exposure for unique regional artists! Mael is one cool cat! Thanks Mael!

Mark your Calendars. The next Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours is slated for Thursday, Jan. 16 at UpTown Athletics located at 202 South Main Street in Madison above the Madison ChopHouse Grille. Come tour the gym, learn about fitness and yoga classes and personal training options! Enjoy refreshments and win door prizes! Honey our Chamber loves to showcase our local businesses! We will see you there at 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. And, speakin’ of UpTown, they are offerin’ free meditation classes on Thursdays at 7 p.m. following their hot yoga session led by yogi extraordinaire Allie Bourgeois a.k.a Kamala-Anandi Allie Bourgeois, who just returned from a fantastic yoga trip in Peru! See y’all there!

Madison’s Brady Inn is getting a seasoned traveler this month: The Red Chair! What? That’s what I said! Anyhow, this Red Chair has flat turned into a national travelin’ phenomenon makin’ stops from coast to coast at small inns and B&B’s all smack over the country from New England to California! And this famous Red Chair will be in Madison, Ga., at The Brady Inn from Jan. 9 through Jan. 11! Yes! This Red Chair, which started with a simple picture from an innkeeper in Cape Cod, has morphed into a huge followin’ on the World Wide Web and on Facebook delivering crazy, fantastic exposure for inn keepers and their communities! You can check it all out at and you can like it on Facebook! I can’t wait to get my picture with this famous Red Chair! Love it!

Town & Country’s winner of it holiday drawing for North Face Jacket was none other than Madisonian Ansley Baldwin! Congrats and keep warm Ansley!

My favorite Event is BACK! Taste of Madison is slated for March 13 at The Hall at the Madison-Morgan Culture Center! This fantastic family event, sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, will showcase local and regional eateries! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door! Tickets for kids 4 to 12 are only $10 and it’s free for kids 3 and under! Tickets are limited tso call the Chamber TODAY to reserve your tickets at 706-342-4454! Don’t wait ‘cause you do not want to miss this!

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