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South Georgia Chiropractic cuts ribbon

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored South Georgia Chiropractic and Wellness with a ribbon cutting.

Using chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in her clients, Dr. Lashasta Robinson uses the “whole person” approach to detect the underlying cause of the disease, discomfort and pain, chamber officials said.


The organization provides a quick and friendly environment for its clients, chamber officials said.

South Georgia Chiropractic and Wellness is a member of the Valdosta-Lowndes chamber.

“The chamber has increased my network of professional and social contacts to help promote and grow my brand,” Robinson said.

Robinson chose to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to educate the community about the benefits of chiropractic care.


Martin’s named Leading Business

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe as the Leading Business of the Week.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, a family-owned and operated business, is known for its “famous Dutch taste” potato rolls and bread, chamber officials said.

“Martin’s Potato Sandwich Rolls are the number one branded hamburger bun in America,” said Scott Munger, director of production operations. “Freshness and quality are important to Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread.”

Martin’s family history and values contribute to the company’s success.

“Martin’s story starts in the 1950s, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, in the kitchen of Lois and Lloyd Martin,” Munger said. “It was there that they perfected their potato roll.”

Munger said expanding the Valdosta bakery will give Martin’s the ability to reach more customers.

Recognized for its dedication and commitment, Martin’s received The Valdosta Daily Times Best of South Georgia – Best Industrial Employer award.

Martin’s is a member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County chamber.

“The chamber has always been supportive of Martin’s, even from the earliest days of our decision to build the bakery in Valdosta,” Munger said. “We are proud to be a member of this organization.”

Munger said he appreciates the support provided by the chamber.

“The chamber actively supports and promotes local businesses community,” Munger said. “They are an advocate for issues that are important to all of us.”

The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the chamber for at least five years. Marcotek Digital Office Solutions sponsors the 2019 Leading Business of the Week program. For more information, visit


Children’s salon opens

VALDOSTA- For Johneine Grate, beauty and confidence were always something she prided herself in doing for others. 

Grate worked at a hair salon franchise for a few years and realized many of her clients were children but the salon was not necessarily tailored to children clients needs, she said. 

“Everything was geared towards adults. I feel as though children aren’t comfortable in an adult salon and tend to act out; for example, cry or become agitated,” Grate said.

Grate had a vision for a children’s salon for years but never knew just how to approach it initially. 

“I created Belles and Beaus with children in mind,” she said. “I wanted to use colors and kid-friendly décor with a fun and upbeat atmosphere to make children more comfortable and the focus of the services we provided.”

Belles & Beaus caters to children ages 1-14 years old.  

According to Grate, the mission of Belles and Beaus is to provide simplicity for the working family. 

“We offer hair services as well as manicures and pedicures and is located at 404 Northside Drive, Suite H, in Valdosta,” she said. “The salon is centrally located and its grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 1-4 p.m.” 

Grate has the support of her family — John Grate, her father; Courtney Grate, her brother; and her sister, Johnique Grate, a certified lash technician who will provides lash services for adults as well as “Mommy Mondays,” when services that take an hour or less, will be offered.

Grate said her long-term vision for Belles & Beaus is to expand into a fun-filled venue to host everything for kids. 

“Our vision is to have programs for kids with low self-esteem, bullying issues and help parents upkeep their child’s hair between appointments,” Grate said. 

For more information, prospective clients can follow the Facebook Business page or contact (229) 506-4585.