By Angie Stryker /
“Wedowee just has so much potential!”
“It’s such a sweet little town, I’d love to see some new things to do.”
“What about the kids and teens, what are they supposed to do around here after time on the lake?”
“We need this place to be a working town, not just for visitors.”
Stick around long enough and you will hear one of these quotes from those passing through, or those who have lake property, or long term residents. More and more, people come for the lake, but end up staying for the way of life here - long winding country roads, slower pace of life, long conversations in the driveway or on the porch, delicious southern food, and well, the skies are just bluer here.
In the last summer, we have seen people - new and old - put their dreams for Wedowee into action in the way of new businesses. If you have only been on the lake - then you are missing out on some of the fun and wonderful spaces that have come to Wedowee. This is great news for when the sun sets early and the water level goes down. We are so thankful for all the business women and men who are working hard to make Wedowee a wonderful place to live, work and visit, year round.
The Range, https://thecreekatwedowee.com/the-range, 1310 County Road 269, Wedowee
Did you know that Wedowee now has a golf range, in the technological style of Top Golf? Hit balls and let the computer tell you how great (or terrible) your swing, your arc, your ball speed, your aim are! All while enjoying pizza, burgers, beer and drinks from the cooler. The Range is exactly what we have been missing in the “things for the teens to do” category.
Wake and Shake, https:/ wakeandshakedonutshop.square.site/ home, 108 Main Street South, Wedowee
We hope you haven’t missed the “best donuts I have ever had” as one patron declared out loud recently, at Wake and Shake. Espresso milkshakes (topped with a donut), to cake donuts with any possible topping that you can imagine, to lattes (and a breakfast donut) are all available at the cutest little donut shop in town (with a fantastic mural for photo opps outside).
Wedowee Animal Hospital, https://wedoweeah. vetsfirstchoice.com/, 794 West Broad Street, Wedowee
Wedowee finally has its own animal hospital. Now, your fur babies can enjoy the lake AND a place to go if something happens to them while they are on vacation. Our local friends are happy that residents have a friendly place to go for pup and kitten checkups. In the words of Bob Barker, “Help control the pet population. Spay and neuter your pets!
Boondocks on the Lake, https://www.facebook.com/ BoondocksOTL, 9681 Hwy 48, Lineville
One thing that has been absolutely missing from Wedowee is yoga. That’s right. Saturday mornings this past summer at Boondocks at the Marina you got your stretch on with some amazing instructors who challenged you and helped you love yourself well, all while overlooking the lake. You left sweaty and feeling incredible. But only after grabbing a mimosa and brunch! Does it get any better?"
Decor and More, Dixie Doodle Dog Treats, Find Dixie Doodle Dog Treats on Facebook, 117 Main Street, Wedowee
Need a place to consign some of those home decor items to pay for the redecorating? How about shopping for what others are selling? And what if we told you that you could pick up some homemade treats for those fur babies while you were shopping (or selling)? Shari’s place does both.
48 West Music, https://48west.live/, 216 West Broad Street, Wedowee
Wedowee has always been the proud location of some wonderful bands and live music. Now, there is an official venue full of life and live music, right in downtown. 48 West Music hosts bands from near and far on a regular schedule in different genres. It’s a really cool vibe inside an old church. Did we mention you can bring alcohol?
Fun fAxe Ax Throwing, Find Bobbers Bar and Grill on Facebook, 22295 Hwy 431, Wedowee
One thing we did not see coming — axes. Being thrown. For fun. If you haven’t done it yet, then you need to just go. Take the teens and the kids! There is something truly adrenaline grabbing about picking up an ax and throwing it at a wall. Trust us, it’s FUN.
Anchor on Main, Find Anchor on Main on Facebook, 106 Main Street South, Wedowee
Take your time as you stroll through the new gift store in town to take it all in. Local vendors have some really beautiful gift items for men and women. And if you are wondering where all the fun earrings are that you see on women around town, Joy makes them and has them for sale inside.
Twin Rivers Business Center, 12 West Broad Street, Wedowee
Let’s say that you are in town for a special occasion and you want to commemorate it with ink? Now you can. Wedowee has a new tattoo artist in town, people. So get your ideas ready for that next piece of body art. Or let’s say instead of a tattoo type of vibe, you need to host an important meeting in town. Now you have a space outfitted just for that, at the business center at Twin Rivers Business Center (Old Bill’s Dollar Store). Now both are available in the same place, thanks to the rentable spaces inside. You could even have meetings about tattoos. Or get tattoos of meetings. Find more information with a visit to 12 West Broad Street, Wedowee.
We celebrate all the exciting progress in Wedowee and welcome new business owners and families who are making Wedowee an even better place to live. And speaking of development, if you haven’t met Chris Dunlap yet, he’s our new Economic Development Authority Director. Find him out and about in town to hear how he wants to help your idea or your business plan come to fruition.
WEDO love Wedowee and Cheers to an exciting summer’s worth of new. Starting a new business or service in the Wedowee area, be sure to let us know so we can introduce you to the community.
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