Business Community Organizations 

Lil’ Ice Cream Dude Sweetens Athens

Beau Shell, 13, owner and CEO of Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, from Athens, Georgia, poses in front of his popsicle truck in, Athens, Georgia, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Beau serves ice cream in his truck to the sweet-toothed community of Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Elizabeth Milano, eam60605@uga.edu) ATHENS, Ga. – Beau Shell, 13, better known as Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, has made a name for himself in the sweet and creamy business world as the youngest entrepreneur in Athens, Georgia. On his eighth birthday, Beau received a small makeshift ice cream…

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Business Education Health 

Athens Students Succumb to Social Anxiety Through Technology

ATHENS, Ga. — According to a short survey carried out by the authors of this article, students in Athens have fallen victim to the effects of social media, which have manifested through the emerging prevalence of technological dependency within the millennial generation. Out of 73 surveyed students at the University of Georgia, 90.41 percent of participants admitted to sleeping with their phone next to their bed. A staggering 76.71 percent felt that technology had taken hold of their lives. The above image depicts two pieces of data collected from 73…

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Business 

Two Athens Businesses Outlast The Competition

  ATHENS, Ga. – The Mayflower Restaurant and The Morton Theater are among rare businesses in Athens that have survived major recessions. The Mayflower Restaurant, which has been in continuous operation since 1948, has stayed open longer than all of its competition. Ricky Vaughn, the owner for the last 45 years, said he has done so by building up a committed core group of customers. “We got people in here that have been eating here for 40 years,” Vaughn said. “That’s the tradition for them. Coming to the games. Coming…

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Business 

Downtown Hotel in LaGrange, GA Sets the Stage for Sweetland Success

LAGRANGE, GEORGIA – Construction is nearing the end on the $2.7 million Courtyard Marriott Hotel in downtown LaGrange, GA and is expected to open late fall of 2017. The addition of this hotel will boost Hotel/Motel tax revenues to an estimated $175,000 each year, according to city officials. These tax dollars, which is a five percent charge on hotel stays, go towards several city projects but were especially instrumental in the startup of Sweetland Ampitheatre, a project of the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority (DLDA). “The Courtyard Marriott will generate about…

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