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Gatekeepers Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a time when we take a moment to reflect on what we are grateful for.  Here are a few of the things that our gatekeepers are thankful for.

Constant Improvement

I am thankful to live in a community that is always trying to improve.  Though there may be hick-ups along the way, Macon continues to strive to improve itself.  I am thankful to all of our local entrepreneurs who are brave enough to open businesses that stimulate our local economy, as well as giving our community new things to do.  From our “Macon Cheerleaders” to lifelong residents, I am thankful for those who strive to make our city a great place to live.

Changing Seasons

We're thankful that we actually get to experience four seasons in Macon.  Occasionally we get all four seasons over the course of 3 days, but we at least get them.  It will likely be cold around Christmas time, and bundling up against the weather is just right for going about our holiday errands.  If last year is any indication, we may even get some snow later this winter, and we'll descend upon the grocery stores for all their bread, milk, eggs, and cereal.  That's a lot of French Toast.  But cold at Christmas?  It's all part of the experience.  Light up the fireplace, and bring it on.

Vibrant Downtown

Ever since I moved to Macon three years ago, I have been a downtown resident. But this part year, there’s been something different in the air. Lazydog has become a thing to behold, its patrons flowing out of its corner location as freely as the beer flows from the tap. There’s a comradery to Downtown Macon that hasn’t been there before, you might not know them by name but there’s a hoard of believers that grab dinner at Ninja on week nights, fight the crowds at Rookery on Saturday, catch a game of pool at BJs, and stand (or sway) in firm support for bands at the hummingbird, Cox Capitol theatre or fresh produce. They shop Robinson Home’s flash Friday sale and pick up a sandwich, some cheese or play a game of battleship at Ocmulgee traders. Here at Gateway Macon we cover Macon’s can’t miss events, but everyday magic isn’t as easy to convey. Downtown is breathing, slow and sometimes uneven breaths, but the pulse is there. It’s alive. I’m just thankful that I get to be a part of it.  

THE MACON MUSIC SCENE

When I decided to relocate to Macon the first thing I did was to do a little research on the music scene in this town. I was immediately excited about the rich musical history that Macon has and after looking a little deeper I was amazed at the diversity of music to be found here. I am so thankful to be living in a town where there is always live options just about any night of the week. Having the opportunity to interview nationally recognized bands and rock n roll legends like Styx and the Beach Boys is something I am also really thankful for. Being able to jam with any number of local musician is also another reason to be thankful to be living in Macon, Ga.

THE GREAT PLACES TO EAT

Being the Food editor here at Gateway Macon I am so thankful for all the great places we have to eat at here in Macon. For a city the size of Macon we have more good choices than cities twice our size. I have some many favorite places to eat that is hard to thank them all, but here are a few of my standouts that deserve recognition. Joe’Ds have the best soup I ever put in my mouth. I am so thankful for the day I discovered that place and I thank the owners for being supportive of the Gateway website. The Bears Den on Thursday’s- Thursday’s are LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN DAY!!!! Along with pineapple casserole, macaroni and cheese and the best butter beans on this earth. Seriously, that’s what I eat almost every Thursday. It’s the food of the Gods! I am almost convinced that this pineapple casserole could end wars. Popcorn Devine, thank you for making Popcorn a whole new experience for me, its like being a kid all over again every time I try a new flavor. Thank you IVP, Macon has so many good pizza places its insane. But it is hard to beat Ingleside Village pizza when it comes to my love for pizza. I could go on and on about all the great places to eat in Macon, but I will save the rest for more TOP 5 lists and restaurant reviews to come soon. 

THE GATEWAY MACON TEAM

I am thankful for being part of the Gatekeeper's team. It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented group of people to create the premiere online leisure magazine in Central Georgia. If you have visited the Gateway Macon website you can see all the work that went into making this site not only look great and work flawlessly on any mobile device, but the vast amount of interesting content is really impressive. Of course, our team had no idea how much work would be required to accomplish the goals we set out at the beginning of this project. We quickly learned that while Top Pick events were something our audience wanted, we were totally surprised at the popularity of the TOP 5 lists and the restaurant reviews. The Gatekeeper team has been extremely flexible in their ability to provide the content our visitor's wanted. We have been blown away by the amount of traffic on the website. All of our conservative goals for web traffic and social media engagement have been shattered in just two months post launch. We have set so many records that we had to double all of our future estimates. I am also thankful for the wonderfully positive feed back we have gotten from those in community. Sure we have run into some haters, but the positive feedback from every sector of the local community has drowned out the nay Sayers. 

This Thanksgiving I am glad to be a Gatekeeper working on one of the best local websites ever created to serve Central Georgia leisure seekers. Thanks to you for visiting the site and please come back often to see what is happening in and around Macon, Ga.   

 

posted 05/01/2017 in Community
Tags: Macon, Georgia, Things to be thankful for, Macon weather, Macon dining, Gateway Macon, Downtown Macon

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