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French Market Grille and Shopping in Augusta

Just wanted to write a quick note about a lovely lunch today in Augusta. I went to the French Market Grille in Surrey Center. This is a great place for a Cajun meal. I did not sit at the raw bar today. I ordered the She Crab Soup and the Jambalaya. Fantastic! Not too heavy but a three course meal – including salad. Very filling and relaxing – as you can guess no kids today although this is a kid-friendly restaurant. Of course, they offered the famous peanut butter pie for dessert but knew that would put me over the edge and a nap would be required. And there was no napping, since I was heading next door to do a little shopping next. Talbots, the Toy Box, and the Estate Jewelry Center were all on my list. Julie at the Toy Box always has the best gifts for my boys and Joel at the Estate Jewelry Center always has the best gifts for me!

Saturday Market on the River

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I have to admit, I had never been to Augusta’s Saturday Market before. I decided I was going to go on the first Saturday it was open. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people showed up to support our local growers and artists! There were lots of vendors selling all sorts of stuff; vegetables, fruits, bread, purses, handmade jewelry, art, and plants. There were lots of families there; it seemed to be a very kid friendly event. Even dogs got to join in the fun!

The Saturday Market is open Saturdays through October from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit www.theaugustamarket.com.

Family trip for Downtown Augusta Shopping

My family was in town from Florida and New Jersey for the weekend. So what do you do? Downtown Shopping!!! We enjoyed the afternoon on Broad Street in downtown Augusta shopping. Although none of us need furniture, we could not resist Merry’s Trash and Treasures. Almost a whole city block full of furniture – some antiques and some brand new. Plus one really big chair on the sidewalk – pictured with the kids.

 Next we made it down to Art on Broad after a block of window shopping. We checked out the artwork, pottery and sculpture. My sister bought a few small glass pieces to take back to Jersey. I need to go back and pick up a lovely ceramic olive oil container and drop off a picture to be framed. They do great framing. The owners, Kristen and Jim, also got an earful from my family. It’s always fun to shop and talk.

We ended the journey at New Moon Café for a coffee for the adults and grape juice for the kids. I also think I will make a return trip next week for the Basil Tomato soup – the board said it would be the soup of the day on Friday. Yum.

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