Together We Win week 1 winners announced

PHOTO: (L-R) Chris Raley Owner of Serenity, Tim Collins Publisher of Chapel Hill News & Views, Mandie Newsom winner of week 1 contest, Vicki Harshbarger Department Manager Public Relations and Communications with GreyStone Power,  Amanda Busby Public Relations and Communications Specialist with GreyStone Power.

The first drawing of the year-long Together We Win contest were drawn at 7 AM this morning. Congratulations to Mandie Newsom and Serenity A Nail Bar and Day Spa, who each won $100.

Local residents can enter this week’s contest between now and 7 AM on Monday September 10th to have a shot at winning next Monday’s drawing (September 10th).

To enter, West Georgia residents filled out the entry form, including making a comment about one of the advertisers in Chapel Hill News & Views or Villa Rica News & Views. Mandie’s entry made  the following comment about Serenity:

A few weeks ago I visited Serenity a Nail Bar and Day Spa. The atmosphere was calm, the spa was clean, and the staff was super friendly. I had a fantastic and relaxing pedicure. I will definitely be using this spa again! – Mandie Newsom

This week there were 94 valid entries, so the chances for winning were better than one in one hundred. Area residents entered at one of five places – The News & Views website, GreyStone Power Website, the Chapel Hill News & Views Facebook page, The Villa Rica News  & Views Facebook page, or the GreyStone Power Facebook page. This week’s winning entry came from the GreyStone Power website. Residents can enter one time in all five places, giving them five chances to win.

The winning entry was selected at random by using a random number generator. Each of the 94 entries was assigned a number between 1 and 94. The number 26 corresponded to the winning entry. Both Mandie and Serenity received their checks for $100 on Tuesday, September 4th (See Photo).


I use Master Tech Auto Repair because of the great work that Michael does. He will always quote you a accurate price and the work will be done as if he were working on his own vehicle.- Rhonda Bishop

I like Gold’s Gym because over the past year, with the help and support of their friendly staff and Personal Trainer’s, I have lost over 70 pounds. I could NOT have done it without their support and dedication to their clients. Kudos to Gold’s Gym Hospital Drive.  – Linda Sewell

I LOVE Douglasville School of Dance. We have been with them for 4 years and love it! – Julie Quinn

Eva’s Bakeshop, one word…DELICIOUS! Wonderful cupcakes and friendly staff! If you have not tried them yet…GO NOW, you will love what they have to offer you! I usually get the cupcakes, but plan to try a sandwich, very soon. – Christine McCoy

We went to DSC Dental Services for Children, pediatric dentist, after seeing the advertisement in Villa Rica News & Views. The staff and dentist are very friendly. We have been twice so far and never have had to wait. The waiting room has children’s shows on the TV and books. It was very welcoming. My two year old loves going there! – Jennifer Grant

I found Affordable Contracting through the Chapel Hills News & Views. I was looking for a reputable, local company to put an addition on my house. I could not be happier with their services & plan to always use them down the road. – Lisa Schad

Dazzles Skating Rink provides great fun and exercise for all of my children each week! I have 6 children ranging in age from 9-17. – Tara Johnson

I liked the advertisement for the Pampered Paws Private Grooming – very well done ad. – Barbara Lane

Douglasville Dental Associates has been a godsend for my family. Myself and my children receive top notch dental care from some of the friendliest care providers. Dr. Vautin and his staff take their time and listen to my concerns as well as help me keep costs down. Thanks! – Tara Johnson

Love Cool Beads! – Melissa Brandenburg

I like Monterrey’s on Fairburn Road. They have great coupons that I use every month. It saves money and is always great food!! – Teresa Buckner

My 9 year old daughter has had some issues over the last 5 years with terrible spring allergies. I feel the care she receives from the staff and doctors at The Center for Allergy and Asthma in Villa Rica is fantastic and I am very happy with their services. – Natasha Stansel

Metro Garage Doors is a great company. They have always been great servicing and repairing my garage doors. Employees are always helpful and do a great job. I highly recommend them. – Kari White

I enjoy Sam & Rosco’s Restaurant. The atmosphere is always sophisticated and I think that adds a bit of class to the experience as well as Douglasville. And sometimes there is a coupon in CHN&V! – Cathy Clemensen

Bright Star Methodist Preschool ad. It is a great pre-school, low number of children per class and a wonderful staff. – Tony Waldrip

I love Dr. Kay’s Animal Hospital! They take great care of my furry family and are always available. The staff is kind, helpful and you can tell they really love their patients. – Jamie Blankenship

Monterrey’s on Highway Five in Douglasville has been a favorite of ours for more than 12 years. The staff is amazing, friendly and never met a food request they couldn’t handle. And of course the Margarita’s are the best! – Debbie Burris

I like that Golds Gym in Douglasville constantly has great deals. I also like the before and after photo, it encourages me to lose weight – Maria Ramos

Next time you need/want a massage you should visit Mary Lou Ross at Douglasville Theraputic Massage on Fairburn Road. The massage I had there was great. It is a very peaceful and relaxing place to get a massage! – Kari White

La Salsa Mexican Restaurant on Hwy 5 has the sweetest workers/owners we have gotten to know them and they are so nice the food is always fresh and delicious! – Ashley Roberts

I like the Bright Star UMC ad, our grandson went to pre-K there two years, it is a wonderful place. It has small classes and a great staff. – Sandra Waldrip

For my entry I want to everyone to know how AWESOME Kay Animal Hospital is! I have great confidence in the care that they give Jack – my fox terrier! AND the peace of mind they give me knowing he is healthy! Thanks! – Renee Kell

EVANS BBQ in VR by far has the BEST BBQ around. The staff, food and service is AMAZING!!! – Ashley Lowery

Golds Gym….especially how they post pictures of local people that have lost weight. Encouragement for others and GREAT way to make those feel great about what they have done! – Keri Pitts

I love cruising through this magazine every month! I make a special effort to pick because it is not delivered to our house. I love the restaurant review section and the coupon section. Just from reading the previous review on EL TEXANO, I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks! – Ann Anderson

The Big Chic has the best fried chicken! I recently ate it for the first time and it was juicy and delicious! – Tara Johnson

I like that CHILLERZ Yogurt came to Villa Rica. We needed a Yogurt shop here local. I was getting tired of driving to Douglasville. – Maria Ramos

I like the Bojangle’s ad because it has a buy one get one free sausage biscuit coupon. They have the best biscuits! – Kimyatta Walker

Although I have only been to Physicians Immediate Med once, it was a pleasant experience, even though I was sick! The nurses and doctors were very nice and very timely. – Kari White

The best place in Douglasville to eat a home cooked country meal is Dinner’s Ready!! They also have the best desserts in the world!! The servers are very friendly and the tea is sweet! If you haven’t ate there, you need to give them a try, you will love it!! – Kari White

Wing It – I love the food and the service is awesome! – John Salinas

Evan’s Barbecue is great. – Brenda McDuffie


I love that Johnny Pizza in Villa Rica offers coupons. I look for all the savings I can get. – Maria Ramos

I have been a member at Gold’s Gym for many years and I have loved every visit! The gym staff is always so friendly and helpful. The gym has great equipment that is always taken care of and working great! – Kari White

Cafe 4:13, I wouldn’t have known about its opening if it weren’t for VRN&V. Great place to eat – Nancy Coleman

I love Mill Town Music Hall. I think it brings a lot to our area – Amber Yarber

Merle Norman Cosmetics is a great company with friendly employees. – Lauren Bleakley

We like BIG CHIC because they have great fried chicken and very nice people. – Brenda McDuffie

KFC in Villa Rica is getting a remodel job and I hear good things are coming. WOW- Melba Parson

I enjoy eating my vegetables at Dinner’s Ready Restaurant in Douglasville. – Marie Hill

I absolutely LOVE, WGA Party Rental in Villa Rica, Great products at affordable prices and a friendly staff. what more can you ask for!! – Tiffany Parson

My favorite advertiser is Chastain and Company Salon. My hair dresser Jennifer Duke is the best and they just opened up their new location. It is the nicest salon in Douglasville!- Nicole Orozco

Subway near Bill Arp Park is one of my favorite eating places. It is walking distance from my home and the food is always fresh and tasty. Nice staff too. It’s a fun place to go and write poems. – Alice Shapiro

I love Monterrey’s! – Amber Yarber

I enjoy doing business with Douglasville School of Dance because they are a faith based dance company that has been in Douglasville for over 30 years! Their professional and compassionate staff make it an easy choice to keep coming back each year for more! – Sara Ray

Atlantic Buffet! It’s an awesome restaurant! They even have frog legs! We eat there a lot! – Kim Cornwell

We like Stevie Bs. My kids love the food and they always have a great time when we go there for a treat – Tami Primm

Bliss Hair Salon is one of the best hair salons in the Douglasville area. I have tried each stylist and always come out with a perfect style! You can’t go wrong with Bliss. – Cassandra Domachowski

I love reading the Villa Rica News to find out about new business openings, I looked up Local Color which is a new Art Studio in Villa Rica. I’m so excited to check it out and maybe be able to take some classes with my kids!! – Celene Rees

Chastain & Company illustrated their new facility with additional space. – Ron Wilson

A few weeks ago I visited Serenity a Nail Bar and Day Spa. The atmosphere was calm, the spa was clean, and the staff was super friendly. I had a fantastic and relaxing pedicure. I will definitely be using this spa again! – Mandie Newsom

Jamison Realty is very customer oriented, always putting the customer first. In this day and time Real estate is very difficult, but Cindy Jamison always is a professional. – Jane Whitaker

Serenity Nail Spa is awesome. The service can’t be beat. Everyone is friendly, makes you feel right at home and you leave feeling relaxed. – Jonnie Poer

Atlantic Buffet and their sushi! – Melanie Stir

Cafe 4:13 is a great new place to eat! I love the drive through for breakfast! – Amy Beasley

AutoBuff’s Express keeps our car looking like the day we bought it. Great service. – Ron Wilson

I like being able to see familiar faces in the ads. I always enjoy seeing what setting Smile Center has for their employee picture. – Linda Tyson

Dinners Ready is the best homestyle cooking around!!! – Linda Fitzgerald

NOTE: There were several other entries, but they did not appear for one of the following reasons. 1. On the entry form you must mention a specific advertiser not a comment about the magazine or GreyStone Power since they are the sponsors of the contest (although we do appreciate them). 2. The business mentioned is not an advertiser in Chapel Hill News & Views or Villa Rica News & Views.  3. You cannot make a comment about a business that you own or work for.  If you entered and do not see your entry here, it was for one of these reasons. Normally you can only enter one time on each of the five sites per week, so we deleted those entries so that they can submit a new entry. Also, keep in mind that you can enter the contest from five different places, and if you enter in all five places you will have five entries in this week’s drawing for $100 for you and $100 for the business you mention. We encourage you to tell others about good businesses in Douglas County, so if you can give a short description of why you like that business, this will be helpful to others who may be looking for that type of business.


  1. ajdiaz1972 on August 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Shanes Rib Shack has very good BBQ. We enjoy going there for lunch after church.

  2. Jodi Shadix on September 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    We always go to Wing It for the best wings in town hands down!

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