New kids on the block
Downtown Milledgeville has been busy welcoming some newcomers in recent months, as three new businesses now line the downtown streets students know and love.
Cravings, a new addition to Hancock Street, is a family-owned sandwich shop offering a variety of salads, sandwiches, and soups. The Pez family opened their shop last June, striving to bring something different to Milledgeville locals and students, and they are the only restaurant in the city to offer bubble tea.
“We have student-friendly prices,” said owner Jhing Pez. “We also don’t have anything fried, so it’s a great option downtown.”
Georgia College students have already begun to frequent Cravings, like seniors James Ja and Shannon Stephenson.
“My favorite is the Thai Spice bubble tea,” said Ja, a chemistry major. “It’s the actual proper bubble tea.”
“And the breakfast sandwiches,” adds Stephenson, also a chemistry major. “They have really good breakfast sandwiches.”
With healthier options and bubble tea punch cards, Cravings is a new place for Bobcats to eat, study, and hang out.
Across the street, near the campus bookstore, is Firefly, a new boutique featuring upscale clothing and accessory brands such as Free People. Owner Amber Patitucci opened the boutique at the beginning of September.
“I love the downtown environment,” Patitucci said. “We’ve had a very positive response from our customers.”
Georgia College students can be found exploring the store among the racks of rompers and tree-shaped jewelry displays.
Freshman Cate Crowe, an English major, was impressed upon first visiting Firefly.
“It seems like Milledgeville doesn’t have a lot places like this,” Crowe said. “It’s really cute.”
Freshman Abbey Reber, a biology major, agreed.
“It’s very organized and seems more high-end than other stores,” Reber said when asked about her first impression.
As students become familiar with downtown’s new addition, Amber Patitucci hopes Firefly will have a positive influence on the community by creating a new shopping opportunity for Milledgeville to enjoy.
Around the corner on N. Wayne Street, Georgia College’s own Susan Bergeron has opened up Milledgeville’s newest art studio. Not only is she a permanent fixture at the Innovation Station, but this past June she turned her passion into a business by opening Mod Podge Mama.
The studio offers something for everyone, regardless of age or skill level, such as pottery painting sessions, children’s art workshops, and Nerdy Night Paint Parties, which include Game of Thrones and Harry Potter themes.
Bergeron has enjoyed seeing how Mod Podge Mama has take off these past few months.
“The classes give regular people a chance to create art,” Bergeron said. “And not only do people create something, they’re creating memories, which is just as important.”
Bergeron said she hopes that Mod Podge Mama will provide a creative outlet for the Milledgeville community.
Georgia College students can attend a class or event as an out-of-the-ordinary weekend activity or to simply to flex those creative muscles.
With the new semester in full swing, Bobcats can support these new local businesses to update their wardrobes, try out some bubble tea and get creative with art classes.