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The Paper   | Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Artistic Expressions in new space In Braselton Brothers Store, salon creating warehouse chic atmosphere By LEANNE AKIN

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Tracy Brandenburg says relocating her full service hair salon, Artistic Expressions, from Hoschton Towne Center into the revitalized Braselton Brothers Store building was bittersweet but exciting. “I built my business here,” said Brandenburg of the Hoschton community , but going over the Braselton is a great move move. “The people of Braselton have been so welcoming.” Artistic Expressions closed on March 29 in the Land Holding LLC-owned retail development when lease negotiations were unavailable. The move to Braselton began. “My heart will still be in Hoschton, but I can share my heart and make new friends,” said Brandenburg, who remains committed to her leadership role with orchestration of the Hoschton Fall Festival parade. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of that communitywide celebration. “This is a nice change in location.” She said she and her talented staff will be bringing longtime and newfound customers with her. “Thank you to [Braselton Town Manager’ Jennifer Dees for being so helpful and [Braselton Downtown Director] Amy Pinnell is a gem,” said Brandenburg. “They are such good people and I

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Tracy Brandenburg and the staff of Artistic Expressions Hair Salon will be joined by the Braselton Downtown Development Authority for a ribbon cutting at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. A grand opening will be held at a later date.

am blessed to be welcomed with open arms. They care about their businesses and support them to make them successful.” The investments being made in downtown Braselton are already reaping dividends. A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) along with money budgeted from the Town of Braselton made revitalization of the Braselton Brothers Store possible. The town has additional retail and office space available in the building which will overlook the future Town Green park. A restaurant space is also carved out to address needs identified in a community assessment survey/ study. The town is primed and poised for complementary residential development in keeping with the strategic master plan and

historic overlay district into which the community invested input. The Braselton Downtown Development Authority has formed an economic development committee to be an added resource for investors exploring opportunities to invest in the historic downtown. As the work by contactor BM&K was under way, Brandenburg said she was really excited to see her vision of her new space come together. “It is looking beautiful.” The building’s historic character provided the inspiration for the décor. Brick walls, industrial looking features, an old town look with vintage-looking chandeliers and other accents blend well with the warehouse chic look. “I am thankful for the years of friendship and sup-

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Chef Josh Aaron, below with a growler, talks with diners in the dining room of The Savory Spoon. See more on the Small Business of the Year on Page 5D of today’s Progress section.

The Savory Spoon has dining options, growlers By FARAH BOHANNON

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The Savory Spoon in Jefferson celebrated its second anniversary on Tuesday, April 1. It was also the first day that restaurant guests were able to order beer growlers to-go. There is now a wide variety of new beer options available since the beer and liquor license was officially approved. Owner and Executive Chef Josh Aaron says he believes last Tuesday night was a celebration for both the anniversary and the growlers and new beer selection. “I am thrilled that we’ve been successful for two years,” said Aaron. “We have come so far as a restaurant. We expanded our dining area, obtained our liquor license, and have a few big plans in the works. The Savory Spoon even has its own website which was launched on the second anniversary as well.” The newly launched website is ready for viewing. Visit www.savoryspoonga.com to see everything The Savory Spoon has to offer. Their Facebook page (https:// www.facebook.com/thesavoryspoon) is also updated regularly. The two-year anniversary celebration was an all-day event that ended with a successful night. Hostesses and servers said the restaurant stayed fairly full the entire day with a short break between lunch and dinner, so

it was nice for Aaron and his staff to see the community supporting this eclectic and unique dining establishment. The customers raved about the food throughout the day – especially the crab cakes. “The crab cakes are to die for,” said Stephanie Jones of Commerce. “They are pure crab meat and spices with no unnecessary fillers.” Other menu favorites include the wide variety of unique burgers, appetizers and entrees that include fresh, seasonal ingredients. The new beer list has a lot to choose

from including beers from Terrapin Brewery, Jekyll Brewing Company and The Burnt Hickory Brewery to name a few. Chef Josh Aaron is excited for his customers to have more options to choose from at the Savory Spoon. Aaron says he believes The Savory Spoon is an asset to Jackson County and is motivated to keep growing to offer customers new and exciting menu choices and experiences. “I think what makes The Savory Spoon special is how different it is. You can’t really find another restaurant like this in the area. This has been an amazing two-year anniversary and I cannot wait to see what future anniversaries hold,” said Aaron.

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port Hoschton has given me and I will continue to serve the Hoschton community and the Braselton community,” said Brandenburg. The grand reopening day for Artistic Expressions was April 1 but a noontime April 10 ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned and a community grand opening will be scheduled at a later date. “This is such a neat space,” said Brandenburg. And it’s a space she and her father-inlaw identified years ago as a space which would be ideal for a hair salon. “As I drove by every day, I said this is where I want to be,” she said.

“I want to be proud of work we did in the salon in capturing the looks of this special building,” said Brandenburg, who researched history of the area and the period of the building’s construction before investing in furniture. She is now looking for pictures of Braselton and other elements for salon as there remain some finishing touches to be done. Brandenburg said being in such a historic building is giving her unique into history and architecture so she is honored to have been invited by Robbie Bettis and Carol Holzhalb to assist with plans for the grand reopening of

the Jackson County Historic Courthouse later this year. Working with Brandenburg at Artistic Expressions is her daughter, Jordan Brandenburg, Jamie King, Amanda Davis, Madison Coffey and Katie Hill. With eight stations, the salon is gearing up to expand its service to the community. Additional personnel will be added. “It’s great to be here,” said Brandenburg. Artistic Expressions is now located at 9924 Davis St., Suite 6, in Braselton. Call 706824-0224. The salon is open 9 a.m to 7 p.m Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturday.

The Paper April 10, 2014 Edition  

The Paper April 10, 2014 Edition

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