Athens native Emily Ullrich began cultivating a fervor for food at an early age, spending her youth cooking southern-style dishes under the guidance of her grandmother. At age 16, Emily took a job at the local Hawthorne Drugs’s soda fountain, working there intermittently before taking charge and transforming it into a full-service restaurant 12 years later. Visitors to the drugstore can meander into the restaurant’s intimate dining room, where apple-green and azure walls and antiques create a welcoming household kitchen atmosphere. The eatery’s menu of classic and specialty sandwiches placed it among the top local restaurants at Taste of Athens 2012, and its signature Brunswick stew landed it in the list of finalists for the Flavor of Georgia 2012. If the scent of baking cheesy biscuits and roasting authentic Cuban sandwiches don’t inspire nostrils to belt out the chorus of Yankee Doodle, the dexterous chef welcomes guests to suggest their own creations from kitchen ingredients.
As a former college athlete, Doctor of Chiropractic Joel Groft knows first-hand how sports can put a tremendous strain on the body. His chiropractic adjustments?along with HydroMassages and physical-therapy exercises?can help patients afflicted with sports-related injuries, as well as those suffering from herniated discs, headaches, and posture disorders. His chiropractic treatments can also help prevent future injuries, such as golfer?s elbow or foosball player?s wrist.
The experts at Athens Center for Holistic Healthcare alleviate patients? pain with treatments dating back thousands of years. Their staff boasts a Licensed Acupuncturist, Holistic Nutritionist, and Nationally Licensed Massage Therapists who provide patients with individually tailored treatments for each specific need. Appointments are held in a comfortable and professional setting.
Artistic opportunities abound at Mudpatch Creations. The locally owned pottery studio hosts classes and birthday parties that focus on painting techniques and of course, pottery. The staff helps visitors decorate bisque and greenware items, such as animal figurines or plates for those same animal figurines to use when eating. Mudpatch also sells pottery supplies including glazes, acrylic paints, and a selection of brushes.
With a focus on small, fresh batches made frequently, Antique Sweets stocks its old-fashioned-style candy store with a bevy of confections, hand-dipped chocolates and barks, truffles, homemade ice cream, and more. The confectionary's signature Bulldog Bites ($2.25/square, $17.25/lb.) feature fresh pecans drizzled with homemade caramel and covered in a thin layer of chocolate. Peering out from the store's glass display cases are peanut or pecan brittle ($4.75/half-pound bag), flavored truffles ($0.95/piece), and chocolate-dipped dried cranberry cups ($0.85/piece). The kid's corner corrals nostalgic and modern candy alike, ranging from Necco wafers to gummy bears and Pixy Stix, and an impressive gift selection allows generous treat-hounds to gift tasty goodies for birthdays or reward themselves for remembering to send their wife a card for Millard Fillmore’s birthday.
Soak in the autumnal landscape at Jaemor Farms, boasting a horn o’ plenty’s worth of farm-themed attractions for all ages to enjoy. The eight-acre corn maze, mowed into the shape of the continental United States and the Statue of Liberty’s disembodied head, offers fun facts about our great nation and starchy twists and turns around every corner. Jump on the bandwagon and enjoy a hayride, offering pastoral views of Jaemor Farms’ verdant and sprawling spread, and then choose three more activities to round out your day. Pedal-cars and a giant farm slide foster fun-minded ambitions, while the adult-supervised kiddie maze lets children escape corn clutches on their own. Exercise your inner William Tell at the apple slingshot, or line up and launch off at the hand-pump duck races.