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A Taste of Downtown Macon

Eating your way through Macon, GA one local eatery at a time

Downtown Macon definitely has a unique vibe. Whether you are there for a business lunch, cocktails with your best gals, or are just looking for an incredible meal – there is something that everyone will be sure to love.  Here is a list of the top 5 local eateries that we insist you try!

1.     The Rookery - The Rookery originally opened its doors in 1976. Best known as a part of Macon history, The Rookery is famous for their amazing burgers and mouth-watering milkshakes. My personal favorite is the Jimmy Carter milk shake, which consists of banana ice cream, peanut butter, and a slice of bacon. If you want something a little stronger, upgrade it to the Billy Carter with a of shot Jack Daniels!

2.    El Camino - Craving Mexican food on a Friday night? El Camino is the perfect taqueria for you. Try a fresh margarita with their Al Pastor tacos and you are sure in for a treat! For a twist on the traditional margarita, try it Texas style for an added citrus punch!

3.    Ocmulgee Brew Pub - Ocmulgee was named after the historic national monument, The Ocmulgee Indian Mounds. This brewpub offers a large variety of local, craft beers such as an American Amber, Belgian Witbier, American Stout, Vanilla Porter, and more. Their brew list includes best food pairings off of their delectable menu. The truffle fries are a personal favorite of mine and you might as well go ahead and get the large because these are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Still have an appetite? Order the River Monster for a satisfying seafood burger.

4.    Tic Toc Room - Is it girls night out??? Tic Toc Room is THE spot for you. They are known for their sensational martinis, especially the ‘Georgia on my Mind’ if you’re searching for the perfect peach cocktail. Ask your bartender for fun martini art – initials, designs and more!  

5.    Dovetail  - Are you searching for the best Sunday brunch spot in Macon? Does a basket of made from scratch biscuits and homemade jelly sound like the ideal start to your day? Start your meal off with a basket of biscuits and one of their famous Bloody Marys. If you are still hungry, be sure to order their Shrimp & Grits entrée made with local greens, chopped bacon and  poached egg. 

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Alex Putnam

Source:https://www.maconga.org/about/downtown/
Pictures are from:
https://www.gatewaymacon.org/restaurants-and-bars-macon-ga/top-5-alcoholic-summer-dr.cms
http://www.macon.com/entertainment/restaurants/article78722622.html
http://www.rookerymacon.com/

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon, Part Two - Parking

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Cherry Street

Moving forward with our theme of Downtown growth and progress, a question on everyone’s mind is parking. With new businesses, restaurants and residential developments moving into the downtown core, the need for on-street parking is only going to grow. 

In November 2016, Macon-Bibb County Commissioners approved a new downtown parking plan that allows Macon’s Urban Development Authority to fund the addition of parking meters, pay stations and other parking management systems to Macon’s downtown core – the area between Walnut and Poplar and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and First Street. The downtown core contains 1260 parking spaces, and according to Alex Morrison, the Executive Director for the Urban Development Authority, around 850 meters should be installed by the end of this month. 

According to a March 2018 article by Linda Morris of the Macon Telegraph, paid parking will be enforced Monday – Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will cost $1.25 an hour. These parking meters are anticipated to generate $1 million annually, which will support the parking system itself, and then any extra revenue will be put back into downtown through accessibility and parking improvements. Bibb Urban Development has contracted with Lanier Parking Meter Services to install and manage parking meters and the authority’s parking decks downtown. The bright side to this new parking system downtown is that there will be a higher turnover of available spaces because of the two-hour parking limit, meaning more opportunities for people to park downtown and enjoy all Macon has to offer. 

The great thing about living at a Lofts property is the gated, access-controlled entry parking! At Lofts at Capricorn and Lofts at Navicent, residents have guaranteed parking spaces. Both properties are located downtown, meaning an evening stroll down a block or two leads you directly to a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and theaters! You could even grab your morning coffee just one block from Lofts at Capricorn at Taste and See! 

Living downtown definitely has its perks, but with downtown growth booming and new parking regulations starting, the idea of guaranteed parking presents an easy choice -

Live it, Love it, Loft it! Life just got better at the Lofts!

http://www.macon.com/news/business/article206026124.html

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

Additional photos provided by: Gateway Macon, WGXA, and Macon.com

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon

 View from Lofts at Capricorn

View from Lofts at Capricorn

Spring has finally sprung in Macon, GA! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and there is a nice warm breeze in the air. I don’t know if it is just me, but something about this time of year makes me want to be outside and enjoy this weather as much as possible. While taking a stroll downtown, I began to think about how the flowers weren't the only thing growing in Macon this year. The downtown area is certainly changing! Many new attractions have started to pop up and there are many more to come; including restaurants, hotels, retail space, office space, apartments, and more parking.  

One of the restaurants that is set to open later this year is Your Pie, a brick oven pizza restaurant that allows customers to create and customize their own personal pizza. It will be located on Poplar Street beside Taste and See Coffee Shop. According to the Newtown Macon website, several other eateries will be coming to Poplar Street as well including Decadent Desert Bar and Famous Mike's. To help with the influx of people these tasty attractions are sure to bring, more parking is also being added throughout the downtown area. 

If anyone has ventured down Poplar Street lately, it is easy to see the construction that is going on in the median. This area is being turned into an attraction itself. The City of Macon is transforming the Poplar Street Commons into an area that will contain new concrete, trees, and landscaping. Not only will it be beneficial for downtown events and festivals in the future, but all the new green space is also sure to be easy on the eyes.  

There are also many new apartments and lofts coming to the downtown area. The Lofts at Capricorn just opened up on MLK Jr Blvd. It is built at the site of Capricorn Records. When walking through the doors, the old town music feel is immediately mixed with a modern touch. The walls are covered with records of the artists that once made music in that very location. It'll make someone want to pull a guitar right off the wall and begin strumming a tune! All of this along with beautiful state of the art lofts makes this one of the hottest new places to see and live in the downtown area.  

It is interesting to take a walk through the streets of downtown Macon and make a mental note of what is seen now, while also thinking back on how the area has already changed. It is a privilege and a pleasure to watch this town grow. And just like this spring season, Macon, GA is really starting to bloom! 

Citations Link:  http://www.newtownmacon.com/new-kids-on-the-block/ 

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Laura Beth Shealy

Additional photos provided by: Anna Daniels

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INTRODUCING MERCER VII

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OUR NEWEST STUDENT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED TO OPEN FALL 2019

WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS POST WITH DETAILS REGARDING THE AMENITIES, FLOOR PLANS, FINISHES, BUILDING LAYOUT AND MUCH MORE. STAY TUNED!

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LOFTS FAMILY RECOGNIZES SHONDA RAY

 

 Rusty Wynn and Shonda Ray

Rusty Wynn and Shonda Ray

LOFTS FAMILY LUNCHEON

Yesterday, March 29th, was our quarterly employee luncheon. The Lofts family came together to eat and catch up on work and life. The weather so graciously cooperated so we were able to lounge by the gorgeous infinity pool at the Lofts at Capricorn. One of our favorite local eateries, Growler USA, provided a fantastic lunch for our employees to enjoy. Be sure to check them out! They are located at 1530 Mercer University Dr, across from Five Star Stadium.

This quarter, we recognized one of the BEST of the best. Shonda Ray has been with the Live at Lofts family since Summer 2016. She has set herself apart by displaying her many strengths and job role flexibility. Shonda comes to work each day with her beautiful smile across her face! She works with great attention to detail to make the Lofts properties sparkle. In her role at a housekeeper she works tirelessly to maintain the image that the Lofts brand has come to be known for. Customer service is a key priority for her and she strives to meet all of her residents’ needs. Shonda can also be found in the leasing office from time to time. When staff is short, she fills in as an administrative assistant with ease and grace. Our hats off to you, Shonda! Keep up the good work!

Thank you to all our staff! No matter the task, the role, or the title, we are all crucial to the success of this amazing company. 

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BEYOND THE DESK: MEET ALEX PUTNAM

 Alex Putnam

Alex Putnam

MEET ALEX PUTNAM:

COMMUNITY MANAGER AT LOFTS AT NAVICENT

Where were you born? Douglasville, GA

What city do you currently live in? Macon, GA

What is your favorite lunch spot? Chick-fil-A (she admits with a laugh!)

What do you like most about the Lofts?

The exceptional level of customer service we provide. I love when my residents come to me with a problem and end up leaving with the issue resolved and a smile on their face! These are my people!

What do you like most about Macon?

I love the city vibe and the warm sense of community Macon offers.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am recently engaged!! We are in the process of planning our wedding as well as closing on our 1st home! I cannot wait to start decorating, settling in, and start making memories together!

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BEYOND THE DESK: MEET LAURA BETH SHEALY

 Laura Beth Shealy

Laura Beth Shealy

MEET LAURA BETH SHEALY:

ASSISTANT MANAGER AT LOFTS AT MERCER VILLAGE AND LOFTS AT TATTNALL

Born: Newberry, SC

Currently Living: Macon, GA

Favorite Lunch Spot: El Camino or Fountain of Juice

Favorite part about the Lofts: There are so many things that I love about working for Sierra Development; it is hard to pick a favorite! But if I had to choose it would be the people. I truly enjoy my coworkers! We are all passionate about our jobs and excited about the products we produce. As a company, I feel that we are always trying to do things to make Macon an even better place to work and live than it already is.

What I am looking forward to: There is always a new project on the horizon for Sierra Development, so there is always something exciting to look forward to! It really is a privilege to watch our projects grow and turn into something that is beneficial to so many people.

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STUDENT HOUSING AT IT’S BEST

In the past, college students have had to live in cramped single-room dorms with limited storage space, barely any study space, a community bathroom and NO privacy. Thankfully, that college experience has changed with developments like Live at Lofts – Student Housing. Students now enjoy the privacy of their own room and bathroom. The common areas in the loft and throughout the property offer ample space to study, socialize and relax. No more mini-microwave meals for every meal! Lofts residents now have lots of counter space, full sized appliances and granite counter tops.

The Lofts at Mercer Village are situated above retail spaces lining the corridor of Mercer Village. Our residents enjoy the walkability to campus life and the convenience of restaurants such as Sauced, Margarita’s, Subway and Nu-Way. Not only does the property offer a new experience in regards to the student’s physical surroundings but also in the personal one on one treatment they receive.

Kaeleigh and Laura Beth make up our management team onsite. They work day in and day out to maintain the best in quality and customer service. Whether it’s setting up for fun resident events, helping families with the housing process or following up on maintenance requests, these two make every effort to get things done and done right! Come see us for more about the Lofts experience!

NEXT UP:

Employee Spotlight: Laura Beth Shealy

 

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Newest Project: Lofts at Zebulon

The clearing between Northway Church and Stone Edge subdivision will soon be the home of a 241 loft community. These lofts will showcase the absolute best finishes with top of the line flooring, granite countertops, spacious walk-in closets, balconies, and plenty of natural lighting. Various conveniences surround the 4 buildings which will house the lofts. A salt water infinity pool will offer fun and relaxation, while a community park and private trails give residents a chance to enjoy the outdoors with their pet. Optional garages will provide additional parking and storage. The site will be landscaped with lush trees and shrubbery.

Stay tuned for more updates!! 

 

 

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Modern Gets a New Meaning

When visiting the Lofts at Capricorn, one can’t help but feel the rich music history that we’ve built our newest property around! From the moment you step in the leasing office, you’re greeted by original artwork from Capricorn studios, mixed with all of the modern amenities that today’s resident needs. Modern definitely gets a new meaning when coupled with the great pieces we have from Capricorn.

Spend a little time with Alex and Reed, and you’ll already feel at home. These two are a match made in loft heaven! Alex joined the Lofts family this past summer, bringing with her years of experience in leasing, and Reed has been a part of Live at Lofts for three years. Everyday, their focus is to make sure that each day at the Lofts at Capricorn is the best one yet! 

The Lofts at Capricorn offer a luxury loft experience nestled in the heart of downtown Macon! Spend your days here lounging by the infinity pool, relaxing on your balcony, or taking a short walk down the street where you can be surrounded by downtown staples like The Rookery, Hargray Capitol Theater, and so much more! Everyday is a new adventure at the Lofts at Capricorn! Visit us at 520 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard to experience it for yourself! 

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Beautiful Balance at Bass

The beautiful balance at the Lofts at Bass is a combination of modern luxury with an extraordinary customer service team. When you enter the Lofts at Bass, you enter a different and exciting side of Macon. Upon seeing the development for the first time, many people are surprised to learn that such style and top of the line finishes are available right here in Middle Georgia.

After spending just a few minutes with Stephanie and Chantel, you will see why people not only want to live here but choose to stay here for years! Stephanie has been with Live At Lofts for a number of years and has an extensive background in property management. She will be the first to tell you that she “absolutely loves” her job. She shows her enthusiasm for the property and her residents with everything she does. She wants the best for her residents, so she gives her best each and every day. Chantel is one of our newest employees but has already gained a wealth of knowledge. Chantel is a bright, spirited young woman who, like Stephanie, values dedication, service, and integrity.

The Lofts at Bass offer comforts and quality. Entertain friends and family in the stylish clubroom and bar. Enjoy a book while lounging next to the gorgeous resort-style saltwater pool. The beautifully designed cabana and lake area are perfect for entertaining or relaxation. Each loft has been designed down to the last detail. The lofts offer the finest in cabinetry, flooring, fixtures, hardware, and appliances.

Come by 5437 Bowman Road to see what you’re missing! Stephanie and Chantel would love to give you a tour of these beautiful lofts.  

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BEYOND THE DESK: MEET ANNA DANIELS

 Anna Daniels

Anna Daniels

MEET ANNA DANIELS:

PROJECT SPECIALIST FOR SIERRA DEVELOPMENT

Born: Macon, Georgia

Raised: Greenville, South Carolina and Macon, Georgia

What does your job title mean?

“It’s a little bit of everything! Since starting with the company over a year ago I have focused on marketing, branding, graphic design, administrative work, property support, employee support, events, communications and pretty much anything else I can help with. Bring it!”

What’s your favorite lunch spot?

“If the weather permits, I grab a Reuben at Sid’s and either eat at Washington Park or Rose Hill. I prefer whichever offers the most solitude. I do enjoy our office lunches. It’s always good to walk down the street to either Barefoot or The Rookery and grab a bite with some of the greatest people to work with.”  

What is your favorite thing about working downtown?

“I love seeing the old being made new again. I pass buildings every day that are taking on a new shape and function. Downtown’s growth is palpable and on a course towards the success we Maconites have always desired. With unique restaurants and pubs, beautiful lofts, a strong artistic and musical culture and the progression of co-working spaces, downtown Macon is getting the attention she deserves. I’m all about reinventing myself and my surroundings. Macon is following the same path.”

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Employee Spotlight: Robby Seabolt

Robby Seabolt

Position: Maintenance Supervisor

Born and Raised: Macon, Georgia

Favorite Lunch Spot: The Bear’s Den

Robby joined the Lofts in March of 2015. Since then he has become part of the backbone of the operation. As Maintenance Supervisor, Robby is always on the go and ready to tackle any project. Whether it’s a repair, replacement or responding to a resident emergency, he doesn’t hesitate.  The Lofts would not be the same without his positive attitude, exceptional work ethic and infectious laugh.

Robby married his beautiful wife, Heather, in 2013 and they share 2 daughters and a dog named Baylee. He loves being at the ocean, going to country music concerts, watching NASCAR, camping, remodeling his house and spending time with his family. According to his wife, he is as kind and easy going at home as he is at work each day. Heather says she is lucky to have him. We here at the Lofts feel the same way!

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BEYOND THE DESK: MEET STEPHANIE DELAY

MEET STEPHANIE DELAY:

PROPERTY MANAGER AT THE LOFTS @ BASS

Born: Atlanta, GA

Currently living: Jackson, GA

Favorite lunch spot: The Rookery or Ingleside Pizzeria

What is your favorite part about The Lofts? First and foremost, I love Sierra Development for a million reasons!  I have worked in this industry for 14 years, so I know what the BEST looks like, and this is it!  I love the well-built product that we offer our residents and the standard of excellence that we provide in everything we do, especially customer service!

What are you looking forward to? So many things!  In my work, I am looking forward to Phase II/Lofts At Bass opening, and growing in my career to advance to the next level.

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Beyond The Desk: David Higdon

MEET DAVID HIGDON:

PROPERTY MANAGER @ THE LOFTS AT MERCER LANDING

Born and Raised: Macon, Georgia

Favorite things to do in Macon: Bike riding at the Amerson Waterworks Park and dinner at Pietro's.

Recommendations for those out and about: Definitely catch the Bragg Jam Music & Arts Festival or a movie in the park.

Favorite Thing about The Lofts: It is a new adventure for Macon and Mercer to have these state-of-the-art lofts in such close proximity to downtown, the stadium, and campus. Seeing each person's expression when they first walk in has been wonderful. 

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BEYOND THE DESK: MEET REED JONES

Live at Lofts Macon

MEET REED JONES:

INTERN @ LOFTS AT MERCER LANDING

Born & Raised: Metter, Georgia! Everything's better in Metter!

Favorite Food: Dovetail - hands down! It's truly one of Macon's best kept secrets. If you're looking for me on a Saturday morning, I'll be at Dovetail waiting on my Fried Chicken Benedict!

Favorite Thing About Mercer: Is "everything!" an acceptable answer? From the Admin Building Tower to Plunkett Basement, I love every single thing. Where else can you get a beautiful campus, a top notch education, and be able to know just about everyone on campus. I hate that I only have two years left!

Favorite Thing about The Lofts: Location! Whether you live at Village, Tattnall or Landing you are never more than ten minutes away from the other side of campus. Living at the Lofts at Mercer is convenient and you really get the whole package when you choose the Lofts as your home!

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BEYOND THE DESK: MEET KAELEIGH COLLINS

MEET KAELEIGH COLLINS:

LOFTS AT COLLEGE HILL ASSISTANT MANAGER


Born: Macon, Ga.

Currently Living: Macon, Ga.

Favorite lunch spot: The Rookery, “They have the best milkshakes!”

What is your favorite part about The Lofts?

“I feel like The Lofts are all one big family. All of the employees get along great and we all help each other out when any of the other properties are in need.”

What are you most looking forward to?

“I am really looking forward to all the upcoming projects Sierra ( Live at Lofts ) is doing. Especially the opening of Capricorn. I think it is going to be a really neat and unique property to Macon. There is really nothing else like it.”

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Beyond the Desk: Meet Nikki Rogers

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Nikki Rogers

MEET NIKKI ROGERS:

LOFTS AT COLLEGE HILL PROPERTY MANAGER

 

Born: Clayton County

Currently Living: Henry County

Favorite place to go for lunch:

“The Rookery…yummy!!”

What do you love about The Lofts at College Hill?

“I absolutely love everything about the Lofts. I feel that College Hill has so many unique things to offer both Mercer Students as well as young professionals. The amenities we offer are untouchable.  The gym and yoga room alone are awesome! You add that with the coffee bar, billiards room, patio with fire pit and the amazing rooftop terrace and prospects are ready to lease before even viewing the loft itself.  Sierra Development spared no expense with the amount of upgrades that were put into each Loft. And the simplicity of having one bill, the all-inclusive lifestyle is perfect for busy students and young professionals.”

What do you do when you’re away from College Hill?

“My greatest passion in life is raising my three wild and crazy boys!!  They keep me on my toes and young!! If I had to say where my happy place is … it would be at whatever baseball park they are playing at!!  Next to my boys, the thing I am proudest of is my non-profit, Caring for a Cause. I started it back in 2010, we help local families and mostly those with sick children.  We do fundraisers to help with expenses and to raise awareness for the different diseases. Not only does it feel AMAZING to help others but it allows my boys to see why we are here; to help and love people.”

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New Development Announcement: Lofts at Capricorn

Live at Lofts is excited to announce our brand new development project in Downtown Macon! Lofts at Capricorn, located adjacent to the old Capricorn Records recording studio on Martin Luther King Boulevard, will be home to our newest loft development project.

Lofts at Capricorn will consist of 137 one -and two-bedroom apartments with 10 different floor plans, a club house with a cyber cafe, a fitness center and a gated parking lot with 200 spaces. Some units will have direct access to a private garage and top floor units will have balconies.

Read more about this exiting project here: http://www.macon.com/news/business/article48246685.html

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Beyond the Desk: Meet Colleen Closson

Colleen Closson

Meet Colleen Closson

Property Manager @ the Lofts at Mercer Village + Lofts at Tattnall

 

Born: Belleville, Illinois

Raised: Charleston, South Carolina

Favorite thing about Fall?

“When a few of the trees start to lose their leaves, the air gets kind of crisp, and the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to be outside.”

Dinner plans?

“I’m always at Margarita’s. Every day, another one of my friends wants to go there, and I just can’t let them go alone.”

Favorite thing about the Lofts?

“Location, location, location. The whole campus is accessible, as is Mercer Village, and it’s so easy to meet up with friends. I can leave at the last possible minute for class and still be on time.” 

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