Lake City businesses welcomed with ribbons cuttings

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lake City Mayor Billy Anderson and City Clerk Linda Simpson welcomed five businesses to Lake City with ribbon cuttings on Monday afternoon.

LaCascada Mexican Restaurant in Lake City was welcomed with a ribbon cutting. Pictured from left are: Mayor Billy Anderson, Emilee Patino, Ignacio Patino, Amy Torres, Santos Hernandez, Marcos Hernandez, and Lake City Clerk Linda Simpson. (Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)

"We are very proud to have all of our businesses and this is a good way to welcome them," Mayor Anderson said.

The businesses included LaCascada Mexican Restaurant; Lil'Buckaroo Daycare and Learning Center; Rejuvenation Massage Therapy and Tanning; OverTime Family Center, Inc.; and Cherry's Blossoms.

Mayor Anderson said each business plays an important role in the community and we appreciate each and every one of them.

LaCascada Mexican Restaurant, a family owned business, is located in the former Chatter Box Restaurant located on Highway 18. The family opened LaCascada in Manila in December of 2007. They are pleased to have their second business in the area.

LaCascada is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lil' Buckaroo Daycare and Learning Center staff and children joined Michelle Emery, owner, as she cut the ribbon as they were welcomed to town by Mayor Billy Anderson and City Clerk Linda Simpson.

"We have received a great reception in Lake City," Ignacio Patino, owner, said. "We are glad to be here."

Lil' Buckaroo Daycare and Learning Center opened the first of April and is located in Lake City on Highway 18. The center is owned and operated by Michelle Emery of Caraway.

"We can house 79 children in our center," she said. "We do have slots available in each age group. We have rooms for infants six weeks to 18 months. We have a classroom for toddlers 18 months to three years old and a preschool classroom for three to five year olds."

Emery said she has a great staff including Beth Smith of Bay, Heaven Cherry of Monette, Kelly Melloy of Lake City, Beth Adams of Lake City, Regina Hulen of Caraway, Freddie Murphy of Caraway, Renee Chamness of Lake City, Kasey Davis of Lake City.

They can accept vouchers. For more information, call 237-8100. The center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mayor Billy Anderson (left) and Clerk Linda Simpson (right), held a ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming Cherry Carpenter, owner of Cherry's Blossoms, to Lake City.

Cherry Carpenter opened her floral and gift shop, Cherry's Blossoms, in Lake City at 119 Cobean Boulevard. She has always enjoyed working with flowers and said she learned a lot by helping her aunt, Sheila Hawkins of Manila, in her business. She opened in May and has a good selection of gift items and offers live and silk flowers.

She said she takes phone orders and offers delivery. The telephone number is 237-1303.

Carpenter designs her own arrangements and will take special orders. She also will be available to help set up for parties including baby showers or wedding showers.

Carpenter is looking forward to being part of the community and invites everyone to stop by.

Jennifer Douglas, owner of OverTime Family Center, was joined by staff and children, along with Lake City Mayor and Clerk, Billy Anderson and Linda Simpson.

OverTime Family Center, owned by Mark and Jennifer Douglas, is something new in Lake City offering summer camps, after school care, and a variety of activities for children.

"We wanted to provide activities for children," Jennifer Douglas said. "Sometimes it is difficult for parents to have to drive to different towns for activities.

OverTime Family center is licensed for child care for pre-kindergarten to age 12. They will provide transportation from school in the afternoons.

During the summer camp inside and outside activities are offered. They have exercise, martial arts, tumbling, cheerleading and more. They are forming dance classed to start in August.

"We will be offering everything from ballet to clogging," Jennifer said. "Our Martial Arts is presented by Joey Perry's Martial Arts Academy outreach program."

OverTime is located at 117 Cobean Boulevard, Suite B, in Lake City. Director is Lisa Black.

OverTime has a fully trained staff. For more information on activities, after school programs or summer camp call 237-4900

Carrie Walling (center), owner of Rejuvenation Massage Therapy and tanning, cuts the ribbon as Mayor Billy Anderson and Clerk Linda Simpson welcome her to Lake City.

Carrie Walling, a licensed massage therapist, is owner of Rejuvenation Massage and Tanning. The business is located in Lake City at 117 Cobean Boulevard, Suite A. She is open from 12-7 p.m. Monday through Friday with two tanning beds. She offers massages anytime by appointment. She has been a massage therapist for two years.

Walling is a native of Caraway and has been a resident of Lake City for six years.

She offers Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, reflexology, and facials.

Her husband Brad Walling, has a catering business, Brad's Hog Heaven Barbecue and caters parties or takes individual orders. He shares her office space. For an appointment or information call 237-1220 or 243-5790.

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