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Author: Ashlee Duren

Urban Oasis

When Christy Beckham first saw the turn of the century Colonial Revival style house on Greene Street, she knew she was home. But it would be eight months before it would officially be her home. At the time, Christy and Michael Beckham were looking for another investment property, not a forever home for their growing family. The house at 838 Greene Street had been vacant for several years and was in foreclosure. Pregnant with the couple’s second child, she immediately fell in love with the house. “I just knew this was the house for our family,” Christy said. “But...

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Publisher Notes: January 2019

  I grew up in Columbia County, Evans to be specific. When my parents moved our family to Augusta in 1980, they chose to buy a home in Columbia County. My mother had done her research and felt like Columbia County was a better fit for our young family. My dad worked for Columbia Nitrogen at the time, located off Sand Bar Ferry Road in downtown Augusta. Needless to say, unless we went to a function at my Dad’s office, we did not venture downtown much at all. My mother thought it was not safe for her young family. Most of the buildings were abandoned, but we did come downtown for the theater. From a very young age I took ballet with the Ron Jones School of Ballet, known now as the Columbia County Ballet. Every Spring, we would have our production, the Roar of Love, downtown. In the early years, it was at the Imperial Theatre before moving to the Bell Auditorium. I always loved coming downtown…to the “big” city. As an adult, I am excited to see a renewed investment in downtown Augusta. Our city has so much to offer from new restaurants, retail shops, theaters, nightlife and much more. In this issue, we celebrate downtown Augusta and the revitalization that is happening. There is a distinct movement to make our city a destination for visitors and...

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Publisher Notes: November/December 2018

  I love the holidays! Every single second of this time of year. For me, that includes frantic deadlines at the magazine, last minute shopping and baking. (Honestly, I do my best work at the ninth hour.) I love shopping for the perfect tree, decorating, holiday parties and traditions – every detail of the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas! As I get older though, I find that those things aren’t as important as they once were. The holidays are truly a time of giving and reflection. It’s an opportunity to teach my daughter what the holidays are all about for me – the birth of Jesus and giving to those less fortunate. So this year, your holiday issue looks a little different. We chose not to feature a holiday home. Instead, Brian Panowich has written a piece on family holiday traditions. As always, we have our annual Gift Guide, should you need help finding that perfect gift and if you would like to make a donation to an organization this season, our annual Giving Guide features some local charities that need support. In this issue, we have a piece on the homeless in the area. It seemed fitting to shine a light on those that don’t have a home. Regardless of the reason, these people are members of our community. In the spirit of the holidays, please remember those...

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A Place to Call Home

Most builders have a particular style, an identifying design element that is unique to them. If Patrick Huguenin had to choose one it might be a brick accent wall. “I guess we started incorporating brick accent walls in most of the homes we build several years ago,” Patrick said. “I just really like them. They add a rustic, yet elegant feel to any room. But, people have really fallen in love with the laundry room located right off the master closet.” Patrick and his mother, Debbie are the owners of PDH Builders, Inc. The mother-son duo, both natives of...

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Publisher Notes: October 2018

  Did you know that we live in one of the best cities in the South? Don’t believe me? Read for yourself.  It’s our annual Best of Augusta issue! A favorite of our team here at the magazine, and yes, it’s mainly because of the food. Of course, we do love shopping local, area entertainment and recreation, as well as festivals and events. By the amount of votes we receive from our readers, I think it’s safe to say that it is one of your favorites as well. Each year, we are anxious to see what area businesses will...

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