Monthly Archives: April 2021

On the Move

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Augusta Jewish Community Center is looking to the future, and its upcoming plans include reducing its footprint to increase its impact. The facility has been tucked away on Weinberger Road in Evans for two decades, but the board has decided to sell this property to move to a smaller setting.

“This is the best way to fulfill our mission to provide social opportunities in the community,” says Daniel Chejfec, executive director. “This is going to be a long process. We would like to stay in Columbia County because we believe that is where we belong.”

Proceeds of the sale will be used to endow AJCC operations and programming. By selling the property, the center expects to be able to reduce or even eliminate membership fees while serving the entire Jewish community regardless of affiliation. The sale also is expected to shift focus from fundraising to support the building and property to communitywide programs and services.

Discussions to relocate predated covid, Chejfec says, but the pandemic accelerated the conversations.

He says AJCC likely will rent a new facility until a permanent home is found. The center is looking for a property that has room for programs and meetings, a small kitchen, office space and a central location for the Jewish community.

“We’re looking forward to the possibility of serving people where they are rather than expecting them to come to us,” says Chejfec. “We want to offer more programs, particularly for young families, and we want to offer more access to year-round programming. We are really excited about the opportunity to meet community needs and expectations that are more aligned with the younger generation.”

Founded in 1857, the center is the second oldest Jewish community center in the United States.

ROSILIE’S RENTALS

Women In Business

Rosilie’s Rentals is Augusta’s and the CSRA’s original vintage and event rental company. Offering a unique collection ranging from antique vintage furniture to modern-day candle votives, the company is sure to have just the right piece of decor for your next event. In addition to rental inventory, Rosilie’s Rentals offers services such as onsite decorating, design consultations and full-scale event planning and management. The Rosilie’s Rentals team takes care of every detail – big, small and in-between.

Rosilie’s Rentals is owned and operated by Abigail Johnson, a native of Waynesboro, Georgia who relocated to Augusta with her husband in 2019.

“Opening a business in the middle of 2020 amid the pandemic had its challenges, but the entrepreneur community in the CSRA has been welcoming, encouraging and a true joy to work with,” says Abigail. “We are excited to continue watching Rosilie’s Rentals grow, and we hope to provide a touch of vintage flair soon to an event near you.”

706-871-3343
rosilie.events@gmail.com
www.abigailrosilie.com

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Satcher Insurance Services, Inc. – WILLENE J. SATCHER

Women In Business

Willene Satcher, owner of Satcher Insurance Services,  Inc. along with her daughter, Alicia Bible, serve customers in Georgia and South Carolina. They are dedicated to protecting their clients’ families, properties and businesses.

They carefully select nationally recognized insurance providers, which must have A-plus or better ratings, to offer clients the best possible protection. The providers include:
• Travelers
• CNA
• Progressive
• Foremost Insurance Group
• Zurich
• Auto-Owners
• American Strategic Insurance
• RLI

“The advantage of working with independent agents is that they obtain several quotes from multiple insurance companies to secure the best rates,” Willene says.

Building 1 A | 4210 Columbia Rd | Martinez
(706) 863-0002

Visit our website at : www.satcherinsurance.com

Therapy Trails – ELIZABETH PEAVY

Women In Business

Therapy Trails owner Elizabeth Peavy takes advantage of every opportunity, and her willingness to change course and follow her career path where it takes her has served her well.

As a young girl, she thought she would become a classroom teacher. However, Elizabeth, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia, instead discovered that she prefers interacting with children one-on-one.

While working at an out-patient pediatric clinic in Evans, she got the chance to open her own clinic in Grovetown in 2018. A year later, Elizabeth, a speech and language therapy specialist, purchased the Evans clinic where she previously worked after the owner approached her about buying it.

Therapy Trails offers speech, occupational, physical and feeding therapies to pediatric patients ages 0 – 18.

Evans Office: 536 Grand Slam Drive
Evans, GA 30809
(706) 854-8434

Grovetown Office: 5176 Wrightsboro Road
Grovetown, GA 30813
(706) 842-3330

www.therapytrailsga.com

Farm Bureau Insurance Services – JULIE CALHOUN

Women In Business

As a Farm Bureau Insurance agent in Richmond County, Julie Calhoun loves making connections with people.

“My passion is helping people protect their families and homes,” says Julie, who has over 20 years of experience in the business and specializes in life insurance. Farm Bureau supports farm families, locally grown food and faithful stewardship in the land.

3640 Wheeler Rd
Augusta, GA
(762) 222-8010
jkcalhoun@gfbinsurance.com

Casual Furniture of Augusta DONNA GIBBS

Women In Business

Casual Furniture of Augusta is known for quality outdoor furnishings at affordable prices and impeccable customer service.

“All of our furniture can stay outside year-round, and it is made to last,” says owner Donna Gibbs, who has more than 37 years in the business.

Most of the furniture and accessories she carries — including chaises, sofa groups, dining groups, fire pits, outdoor bars, umbrellas — are made in the USA for sunrooms, porches, patios, decks and pool areas.

CasualFurnitureAugusta.com
3725 Washington Rd
Augusta, GA 30907
706-504-4547

Paradise Kennels ASHTON THOMPSON

Women In Business

Paradise Kennels was opened in 1977 by Richard Lord  and family, who was passionate about caring for animals. Today, his daughter, Ashton Thompson, along with her long-term staff, carries on that same passion. Whether it’s bathing, grooming, or keeping your babies while you’re on vacation, you can rest assured that your pet will be loved and cared for as one of our own.

• Short & Long Term Boarding
• Bathing
• Full Haircuts
• Nail Trim
• Trained to Administer All Types of Medications (Including Insulin Injections)
• Grooming for Cats & Dogs

Call us to make a spa day appointment or reservations for an overnight stay!

3996 Belair Road
Augusta, GA   30909  
(706) 860-1977
www.paradisekennelsga.com

Universal Plumbing

Women In Business

Founded in 1985 by Larry Jones, Universal Plumbing is the largest plumbing company in the Augusta, GA area. We have over 100 years of plumbing experience on our staff and a focus on fast service, quality, and fair pricing. Our employees have been with us for years and are highly skilled professionals.

We service the CSRA, including North Augusta. We charge a small service fee to come out and assess, if the work is performed on the same day the service fee is waived. We offer after-hours emergency service at an overtime rate. Call us today for more information!

2415 Milledgeville Rd, Augusta, GA 30904
 706-686-3092

universalplumbinginc.com

Martinez Animal Hospital

Women In Business

Dr. James Wilkes + Dr. Beverly Slonina + Dr. Allie Robillard Dr. Summer Covar + Dr. Hailie Huggins

The practice, which was founded in 1970 by the late Dr. Grayson Brown and Dr. Wilkes and merged with National Hills Animal Hospital in 2020, specializes in small animal and exotic animal medicine.

3942 WASHINGTON ROAD | MARTINEZ
(706) 863-1223

www.martinezanimalhospital.vet

Herbert homes, Inc JOANN HERBERT

Women In Business

Construction Company + Real Estate Investment Firm

JoAnn Herbert has spent her entire career in business, both as a banking executive and now working in the family business: Herbert Homes Inc. and with the property development division of Herbert Homes.

She began in banking as a teller, and through hard work and determination, retired from Bank of America as a Vice President. Throughout her career she has been involved in growing leadership opportunities for women in business. She currently serves as a mentor for Young Women on the Way with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and in 2020, was named Business Woman of the Year by the Chamber.

For the last 20 years, JoAnn has served on numerous charitable boards, including local, state and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves as the chairwoman of Women in Philanthropy of the CSRA, an organization dedicated to awarding grants and making positive changes in the lives of women and children in the area.

“Our hope is that through our grant awards we can give hope for the future to many women and children in our area,” says JoAnn. “To date, our organization has funded grant requests for over 1.5 million dollars.” 

5104 Pierce Court | Evans, GEORGIA
706-210-7114

www.herberthomesinc.com

Augusta Plastic Surgery – Natalie Daniel and Lauren Moxley

Women In Business

THE BOTOX GIRLS

As a registered nurse at Augusta Plastic Surgery, Natalie Daniel became interested in injectables under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher Ewart. She obtained certifications in neurotoxins and dermal fillers and earned a certification in Master Course. With extensive study of the anatomy of the face, Natalie has continued to educate herself and the staff about advanced techniques and the ever-evolving art of injecting. She enjoys teaching patients about the aging process and how to choose the right products for their needs.

569 Furys Ferry Road | Martinez, GA
706-724-5611
www.augplastic.com

SUMMER YOUNG Mortgage Loan Officer

Women In Business

As a little girl, my Mom and I would drive around and look at homes in the Hill area of Augusta. We would pick out our favorite homes and just take in the beauty of that area. When I became a mother, I would drive my babies through new neighborhoods to get them to take a nap and I would look at the beautiful homes that had just been built. I never pursued my love of real estate until a close friend, Ashlee Medlin, asked me to join her as a Mortgage Loan Originator.

2909 Professional Parkway
Suite B
Augusta, GA  30907
706-414-9477

www.fairwayindependentmc.com/Summer-Young