Posts by Chuck Palmer

Biscuit Quest: “best breakfast biscuit” around


“It’s just a biscuit.” That’s a phrase that only a naive child would utter (my Mama would have sent me to fetch a hickory switch) or an individual sadly denied of culinary bliss, due perhaps to their unfortunate geographic origin, physical challenges, or adherence to some geopolitical philosophy that denies followers the privilege of partaking…

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Starbucks brewing in Villa Rica’s Future

Starbucks brewing in Villa Rica’s Future

What do you get when a history teacher, an english teacher, and a writer get together for a cup of coffee? If it’s 1971 and you are in Seattle, you get the beginning of a multi-billion dollar business called Starbucks. After learning to dark roast whole coffee beans from a friend, the three opened a…

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The clock is ticking at The Hidden Escape

The Hidden Escape

“What have we gotten ourselves into?” “You said it would be easy.” “We’ve got to look at this another way.” “WHAT is THIS?” “The CLOCK IS TICKING.” “Hurry!” “Think!” “Just try it.” “YESSSS!” “Can we do this again?” Those are phrases you might hear from participants of either of the two scenarios at The Hidden…

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Madhouse Gym moves to new location

Madhouse Gym

It’s a Madhouse in Lithia Madhouse Gym is enjoying their new location at 3678 Veterans Memorial Highway (Highway 78) in Lithia Springs after moving from their previous location on Broad Street in Douglasville. Madhouse unapologetically bills itself as “The only Powerlifting, Strongman, Bodybuilding, Olympic Weightlifting, and Serious Fitness and results-based gym around available 24 hours…

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First Doctors Weight Loss relocates to Douglas Boulevard

First Doctors Weight Loss

First Doctors Weight Loss has relocated from Highway 5 in the old K-Mart shopping center to their new facility at 6842 Douglas Boulevard. They continue to offer clients personalized plans designed to optimize their opportunities to deal with their weight-related issues. This includes a Medical Director who is a board-certified M.D. Physician and member of…

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The Grind Skate Shop moves to Hwy. 5

The Grind Skate Shop

The Grind makes a Move The Grind Skateshop has been a popular venue for skateboarders since November, 2011. Brian Onofrey, a 1994 graduate of Alexander High School, bought the shop from the original owners in July of 2015. In December last year, the Cherokee Boulevard location closed, much to the dismay and worry of area…

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Pack & Ship Villa Rica opens in time for holidays

Pack & Ship Villa Rica

Pack & Ship Villa Rica has opened just in time for the holidays. Located at 125 Commons Way, Pack & Ship offers business and individual customers the convenience of being a one-stop shop for a variety of shipping needs. Pack & Ship is owned and managed by Temple residents, Kinue and Jemel Smith, who also…

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Hap and Leonard – Mystery series filming in Villa Rica

Hap and Leonard

Mystery series filming in Villa Rica Actor Louis Gossett Jr. takes a moment to pose with VRHS Graduate Patrol Officer Justin Jordan Villa Rica continued to draw interest from “Hollywood” on November 15th, as the acclaimed AMC/SundanceTV series Hap and Leonard was on hand filming a scene for their third season. Shooting took place at…

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Villa Rica says “Welcome to Moe’s!”

In the works since 2016, construction is increasing pace at 700 Highway 61 on the new retail space that will include Moe’s Southwest Grill. The development is also slated to include a Starbucks and a nail salon. Moe’s, created in Atlanta in December 2000, is one of the country’s fastest growing restaurant chains of its…

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Chuck Beck: Living Legend

Chuck Beck sitting in car

Dirt roads give a landscape character. Some are rutted and bone-jarring to the unsuspecting traveler. Some are convenient shortcuts, while others are country lanes leading to family farms that have been there for generations. One of west Georgia’s dirt roads leads to a character who also happens to be a genius, named Chuck Beck. Ask…

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