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A New Bloom

By Griffin Nelson   The secret is not so secret anymore: R&R Secret Farm opened a storefront at 919 N Chase St. at the end of 2023! Open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, R&R Secret Flowers has allowed owner Rita O’Brien to further serve the Athens community, and to hire…

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Classic Style, A Stitch in Time

By Jennifer McKee   In Renee Scalzini’s case, form does follow function in crafting artisanal handbags. But so much more comes into play. Hers is a vision that pays homage to her immigrant roots.  “This isn’t just about selling handbags, it’s about solving a problem, making a difference and inspiring women of all ages to…

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Classic Style with Lindsay Short

By Jennifer McKee  |  Photos by Max Eremine   A passion for vintage goods is in Lindsay Short’s blood. Short is the force behind Mother Lode Athens, an 8,000-square-foot space with more than 40 vendors specializing in all things vintage, from clothing and accessories to furniture and toys.  Short’s parents were avid thrifters, and when…

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