Learn More And Attend The Ribbon Cutting Of Round House Startup Space In Opelika


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The Auburn / Opelika Metro area has been on a winning streak!  Many websites including Forbes have ranked the metro area as one of the top 10 metro areas in America for business.  And the metro is one of the top 10 smartest metro areas in America, and one of the best performing metro areas in America.  It’s not all because of Auburn University, the metro area has attracted many good paying jobs, and it’s near the Columbus Georgia Metro area, and Fort Benning.  It’s a far cry from the Anniston/Oxford Metro area, where Geek Alabama is based.

Now, another small business is opening up in downtown Opelika.  And this business promises to help startups thrive.  The Round House Startup Space is opening on Friday December 5th in downtown Opelika, ready to serve the needs of the creatives, the developers, the designers, the founders, the entrepreneurs, the startups, and the doers from Auburn, Opelika, Phenix City, Smith Station and surrounding areas, backed by Opelika’s super fast fiber internet connection that is city owned.  Round House promises to be a co-working space, an incubator, an accelerator, and a meetup space for user groups and creatives. Plus an event space for entrepreneurs, doers, and thinkers.

On Friday December 5th, Round House will hold a ribbon cutting at their brand new location in downtown Opelika on 1016 S. Railroad Street.  They will cut the ribbon at 4 pm and hold an open house from 5-7 pm.  They will have food from the Irish Bred Pub and coke products.  Anyone who is a startup founder, creative, entrepreneur, developer, designer, or just want to learn more about Round House is welcome to attend!  Let’s hope Round House makes the Auburn / Opelika Metro area even better!

Learn more about Round House at: http://www.roundhouseoa.com/.  Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/roundhouseoa and on Twitter @RoundHouseOA.

Business Review: Publix Supermarkets


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Today was a great day in Anniston/Oxford!  The brand new Publix Supermarket opened at the Oxford Commons.  This supermarket is 49,000 square-feet and features a expanded selection of natural and organic foods.  This is the only Publix in Alabama that features this!  When I got to the Publix, it took me around 30 minutes to find a parking spot.  Yes, this place was packed!

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When I walked in I was greeted by an employee and received a flyer.  Right there they were giving away free samples of their cinnamon raisin bread.  The store has a huge bakery and deli area, I mean huge!  They have a salad bar, olive bar, pacific wok station, huge wine selection, and my favorite, a cheese station that has more than 200 different types of artisan cheeses from all around the world!

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The store design was great!  I was able to find all the things I needed quickly, even though the crowds were huge!  The meat selections in the back were plentiful!  And comparing prices to Winn-Dixie, I thought the prices were about the same.  I did enjoy all the samples throughout the store.  It even got me to buy one of those samples!

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The customer service was awesome!  Several employees were greeting me and asking if I needed help finding anything.  Employees were helping to check-out people quickly and a manager even got my shopping basket while I was standing in line, I have never had that done before!  ACSI ranked Publix as the highest-ranking supermarket for customer satisfaction for 19 years in a row.  I can see why!  Each guest got this free Publix insulated bag.  I will be using it in the future!

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The Oxford Publix combines gourmet, natural and organic foods along with traditional groceries.  And this is a good thing since I run a food blog on Geek Alabama!  I will be going back to the Oxford Publix often for my needs!  I thought the prices were comparable to Winn-Dixie.  But the big difference is the customer service, that is what brings in the business!  I got some Publix Premium items that some people swears by.  I got some Moose Tracks Cookies, the samples convinced me!  I also got some Cool Mint Cookie Frozen Yogurt.  Wow is this stuff good!

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I will be getting some supplies for A Guy’s Cuisine from Publix!  You could say that Publix is a favorite for many food bloggers.  It’s because Publix has a huge selection you can choose from!  As soon as someone would hire me again, I will be attempting to get fancy with the food blog!  So stay tuned!

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To see the recipes go to: http://geekalabama.com/category/a-guys-cuisine-cooking/

For more info. on Publix go to: http://www.publix.com

Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails


On Friday I went to the press conference for the opening of the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails.  This area is part of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Holdings.  Which was passed by the legislature to set aside lands across Alabama for public use.  And the people from Forever Wild urged voters in Alabama to pass an amendment for the program to continue this November.  So please vote YES on the Forever Wild amendment this November.

The Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails opened to around 11 miles of bike trails on Friday.  But there are many more trails and miles planned very soon.  All of the bike trails are built by volunteers and the trails are well constructed.  Anniston has been put on the map because of these new trails.  During the press conference; someone mentioned anyone from New York City could board the Amtrak train in the afternoon and be in Anniston the next morning and be 10 blocks from what will be 80 miles of bike trails.

The economic impact of the bike trails is going to be huge!  The bike trails are only a few miles from Interstate 20 and that will attract many people.  Plus with 80 miles of bike trails planned.  People will have to eat, shop, and maybe even stay in a hotel.  That will mean lots of tax revenue for Anniston and Oxford.  And with eventual completion of the Chief Ladiga trail to downtown Anniston.  The Anniston/Oxford area can become one of the biggest eco-tourism areas in the entire country!  Enjoy the pictures of the road up to the trail-head and pictures of the press conference.