Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz Columnist

Was last weekend’s BRAG event was just fantastic or what? The Brady Inn was flat booked for the full three days and The James Madison Inn sold out too! Our restaurants were slammed and our retailers had great business sales! A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers and to our very own Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Ellen Ianelli who coordinated the event and the volunteer efforts!

Hey and y’all! All these bikes mean big business! I cannot tell you how many retailers and hospitality businesses told me that BRAG creates REPEAT tourism business! In fact, James Madison Inn General Manager Jake Grant just told me that the Georgia Department of Economic Development was here with a film crew during BRAG to document first-hand the economic power bicycling events create in our state! Wow! They interviewed our very own handsome Jake for it too! Love it!

MAG QUEST is Saturday afternoon April 12! This is a really cool and fun fundraiser for the Madison Artists Guild! Ok so it’s a photographic scavenger hunt through Madison’s history and culture! All you’ve gotta do is get a team together of between four or six people; register at th­­e Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce at 2 p.m. and pay $75 fee for each team. The big hunt begins at 3 p.m.! Afterwards honey there is a little cocktail party and y’all know how much Momma loves those! What? Yes! Y’all check out the Madison Artists Guild’s ad in this week’s paper! Now y’all listen up! The fancy, beautiful ladies at Le Petit Jardin have flat got it goin’ on . . . and on and on! I’m talkin’ they have flat expanded into the space the next door! That’s right! That little Spring Chicken Brett Glenn said the newly renovated space will be The Potting Shed, where workshops and serious plantin’ is going to go on! The best part is that all this extra room gives the shop more space for garden gifts! I love it! Anyhow, they’ll have samples of their beautiful compositions placed around the shop! Ok so the new Potting Shed area of Le Petit Jardin will be open within the next couple of weeks. Check out their ad in this week’s paper!

Ricardo’s Kouzzina located at 271 West Washington St. in Madison next to Town Park is flat gonna be the place to eat Easter Sunday on April 20! That’s cause Ricardo is flat gonna go all out with an Easter Sunday Buffet! I’m talkin’ roast beef, made to order omelets, savory chicken, seafood and fabulous desserts! Yummy! Honey if momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy and this is gonna make Momma smack happy! Especially when she gets her fabulishous mimosa! Y’all make your reservations today for this great family event! Just call Ricardo at 706-342-0729! For more info, y’all just check out Ricardo’s fab ad in this weeks Citizen! Joellen Artz of LilyBeth’s in downtown Rutledge wanted me to remind all y’all to head over the Rutledge this Saturday, April 12 for the Rutledge Yard Sale! It starts at 8 a.m. and lasts til 4 p.m.! Oh and honey it’s rain or shine and it’s gonna be shinin’ cause Momma ain’t happy in the rain! Be there! Whoa! I’m covered up in paper! But, it’s all my Biz Buzz confidential notes! Ding dang! I can take it to the Community Shred Event this Saturday April 12 from 9 a.m. til noon at Town Park! Yes! Madison Main Street has partnered with Cintas Document Management and The Madison Morgan Conservancy to make this event happen! Only paper please! Plus you can drop off up to five boxes of personal papers for shreddin’! Love it!

This Friday , April 11 is gonna be fantastic! Sun, Town Park and Gazebo Grooves! Yes! Y’all bring your lunch to Town Park for this week’s concert with Appalachian Rhythm! Honey Momma is bringin’ her clankin’ clogs! And, don’t forget the Morgan County High School is holdin’ its One Morgan Concert at Town Park Friday night beginnin’ at 7:30 p.m.! It’s only $5 to get in! No coolers allowed! Y’all are gonna flip when you hear this fab concert! Go One Morgan!

Ding dang! Outta space. Outta time! I’ll see all y’all next week!