Seven new businesses in Blount County



On Monday, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held its seventh ribbon cutting of October. Barbara Andersen, executive director of the chamber, said it has been “exciting to see so much activity as we enter this final quarter of the year.” Ribbon cuttings celebrated the grand openings of The Southern Bazaar, Hometown Bowls, 8A Discounts, Victory Health, La Hacienda, Lulu’s BBQ, and Dutton’s Seafood.

The Southern Bazaar is located at 933 Second Avenue East in Oneonta (next to Farmers Home Furniture). Sharing the ribbon cutting duties are owners Brittney Scott and Dylan Farley. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., their consignment booths feature “arts and crafts, home decor, seasonal items, clothing, antiques, plenty of gift ideas, and so much more,” Andersen said. They will also be offering art classes in the near future.

Next, the chamber welcomed Hometown Bowls, which is now serving delicious and nutritious bowls packed with strawberries, bananas, acai, granola, nutella, and other tasty fruits and toppings. “We congratulate Wil McKinney (holding scissors) on his new business venture,” Andersen said. Make sure to follow Hometown Bowls on Facebook or Instagram to keep track of where you can find them. They’ll move the food truck to locations throughout Blount County. “Come check us out, you won’t be disappointed,” McKinney said. “Acai (ah-sigh-ee) may be hard to say, but it is easy to eat!”



8A Discounts is located in historic downtown Oneonta. When you step inside their shop at 314 First Avenue East you will find overstock, liquidation, and seasonal household items as well as furniture at 40 percent to 70 percent off retail prices. Jeanette and Eric Aycock, shown here with five of their six sons, said they are “excited to offer great merchandise at discounted prices.” Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New stock arrives weekly including items from stores such as Target and Dollar General as well as furniture from Wayfair. “The Chamber was happy to help the Aycock family with their grand opening and wish them much success,” Andersen concluded.



The chamber then helped celebrate the grand opening of Victory Health located at 28252 State Highway 75 in Oneonta. Victory Health specializes in chiropractic services, acupuncture, sports rehab, and non-surgical medicine, as well as other forms of treatment focused on pain relief, better health, and injury prevention for both adults and children. The Victory Health team (from left) are Dr. Linsey Bechert, Dr. Matthew Jandrlich, chiropractic assistant Melanie Stewart, and Dr. Richard Bechert. Not shown are office manager Jennifer Sligh and Dr. A.J. Bechert. You can reach them Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 205-625-3621. Dr. Linsey Bechert said, “We want to make the best you possible and have victory in your health care.”



The Chamber also welcomed La Hacienda. Brothers Jose and Juan Cerrillo (left to right holding the scissors) have more than 20 years experience in the restaurant business and own a number of restaurants in north central Alabama. The brothers have long wanted to open a restaurant here and “jumped on the opportunity as soon as they heard a building was available,” Andersen said. They are located at 927 Second Avenue East in Oneonta. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Give them a call at 205- 274-0597.

Last week, the chamber helped Adam and Angela Smitherman celebrate the grand opening of their newest venture, Lulu’s BBQ, located at 29636 State Highway 79. The Smithermans have already been serving up tasty treats to Blount County residents since June of 2019 at their Alabama Arctic Blizzard location and are excited to add this new establishment. Lulu’s is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They have a walk-up service window as well as a drive-thru. Their menu features a wide variety of sides and BBQ options, sandwiches, and salads, as well as their special deal of a BBQ sandwich, chips, and a drink for $8. Adam said, “I have enjoyed serving the community of Locust Fork at Alabama Arctic Blizzard and look forward to continuing our great customer service at both locations. Thank you for your support.” Pictured from left are: Locust Fork Mayor Joe Hughes, owners Adam and Angela Smitherman, and Locust Fork Fire Chief Jeff Coleman.



On Monday, Andersen headed back to Locust Fork for the grand opening of Dutton’s Seafood. Owners Brittney and Casey Dutton are excited to offer the people of Blount County fresh seafood. Located at 30205 State Highway 79 (across from Locust Fork Town Hall), the market will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Duttons plan to accomplish their mission of “bringing fresh seafood and smiles to town” by making weekly runs between the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Blount County. They will offer a variety of regular items and will add seasonal specialties as they become available. Although they live in Houma, La., the Duttons consider Blount County to be their second home due to all the relatives they have living here. Brittney said, “We want to say thank you to this great community. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are!” Pictured from left are: Amanda Sanders, owners Brittney and Casey Dutton, and Locust Fork councilman Weslie Powell.



For more on new and familiar businesses as well as events happening throughout the county, visit the chamber’s website at www.blount