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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice Boro updates: Painted Chef, Cheeky Bliss and more
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DeWayne Grice

Every few weeks, I work to update you on business activity around the community. I base these updates on questions asked to the Statesboro Herald team. Here is a look at what is going on around the community:

Dr. Michelle Zeanah

A holding company has purchased the old Statesboro Pediatrics office building at 406 Savannah Ave. Dr. Michelle Zeanah, a pediatrician focusing on behavioral and developmental pediatrics, will open her office at the location.

Formerly a partner at Bulloch Pediatrics Group, Zeanah is known for her ability to understand how children think and see the world.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kennedy Realty Realtor Sam Dipiloto was the listing and selling agent.

Zeanah plans to open her new office on Nov. 17. You can follow her progress at

Scott Brannen

Local attorney and Statesboro native Scott Brannen has opened a full service law firm - the Brannen Law Office, at 209 Savannah Ave.

He restored the building faithful to its 1930 beginning by choosing period paint colors and lighting, restoring its high ceilings and putting an original wall back in place. Brannen specializes in criminal defense, DUI law, family law, wills and probate, commercial real estate closings and municipal law. Visit his website at

His new office is located in the former Krisha Craven Photography studio. Craven relocated her studio to 116 Savannah Ave. in the original location of Colonial House of Flowers.


Wal-Mart Supercenter at 147 Northside Drive E. is undergoing a $705,000 interior and exterior renovation.

Grinnell plant

D.H. Griffin Companies, based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, has been contracted by the owner of the former Grinnell plant, located at 11021 Clito Road, to demolish the building. There is no news on any other development activity at this time for that location.

Cheeky Bliss

Cheeky Bliss, a locally owned women's retail store in the Statesboro Mall, has moved across the hall to a larger location beside Bealls Outlet that gives the store parking lot access. Cheeky started as a ladies' intimate apparel store and has expanded to carry a full line of ladies clothing, shoes and accessories. Learn more about Cheeky Bliss at

Rue 21

Rue 21 plans to expand its store in the Statesboro Mall into the former Cheeky Bliss location. The $95,000 expansion and renovation will nearly double the size of the current store.

The Painted Chef

Local acclaimed chef Travis Phillips, known to his friends by his nickname "Shug the Painted Chef," has opened The Painted Chef restaurant in a former convenience store in downtown Register.

The address is 9020 Kennedy Bridge Road in Register, which is at the corner of Kennedy Bridge Road and Highway 46, about 15 minutes from downtown Statesboro.

In typical Shug style, the restaurant is only open Saturdays from 11 a.m. until the barbeque runs out. Phillips has a goal of expanding to Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours in the near future.

Phillips is known for putting his unique twist on traditional Southern dishes. His specialties are ribs and brisket, but he also offers pulled pork, potato salad, cole slaw and Brunswick stew. His signature banana bread pudding with a whiskey caramel topping is a must-try.

Phillips has been featured in South Magazine and Connect Statesboro, and he competed on Spike TV's "Frankenfood" reality show. Phillips, who works full time at Briggs and Stratton, turned his passion for cooking into a small business five years ago. He is a favorite at weddings and corporate events throughout the Southeast.

The restaurant has limited seating, so he encourages you to call ahead to (912) 531-0782 for pick-up. Check out Phillips' website at to learn more.

Meraki Artistik Hair

Local stylist Elizabeth Farrell has purchased Be Jai's Esthetic Solutions located at 721 S. Main St. in the Woodland Shopping Center between Talbots and Jersey Mikes. Be Jai's owner, Beverly Conner, has retired.

Farrell has worked at Be Jai's for seven years and has renamed the business Meraki Artistik Hair. "Meraki" (MA-'Rah-kee) in Greek means the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.

Stylist Courtney Jones and Jaeda Bragg, also formally with Be Jai's, will continue as part of the Meraki team. Catherine Lawrence is the business manager. Contact Meraki at

Please email DeWayne at or call at (912) 489-9499.



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