Tall Tines Taxidermy, located at 138 Atlantic Ave., is owned and operated by Lamont and Robin Register. The company recently held their grand opening.
Lamont Register said he and his wife, Robin, tried to get a business license to operate out of their home but were unable to do so.
“So we prayed about it and the Lord seemed to be telling us to go to Waco,” Lamont Register said.
Register said he and his wife went to Waco to check things out. When they got to the fire station, they found a man looking to sell his building. Luckily, they were looking to buy.
“We just knew that the Lord wanted us to be there.”
Register, formerly employed with Atlanta Pepsi, says this is his first full-time business venture, but he’s very excited about the future.
“I think [the business] is going to do well,” he said. “We just need to get the word out.”
Register said he is also anxious to get involved in the community and start a special tradition during Waco Fest for hunters and other taxidermy enthusiasts.
Tall Tines Taxidermy will provide taxidermy services for deer, foxes, bob cats, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels and turkeys.
Tall Tines Taxidermy is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Just a hop, skip and a jump down the road at 201 Atlantic Ave., Rodney and Adrienne Smith have opened West Georgia Gun and Pawn.
Though the business is already open, Adrienne Smith says they plan to hold a grand opening soon.
The Smiths are entrepreneurs who have owned a pawn shop in Bremen in the past. They say they decided to locate their business in Waco because it is centrally located in the county.
So far, they say they are very impressed with Waco.
“The community is very, very nice and welcoming to new businesses,” Adrienne Smith said. “We’ve been very impressed with everyone who has stopped by and said hello. We’ve had a very warm welcome.”
The Smiths will offer pawn services, buy and trade guns, buy gold and silver, and can order new guns and gun parts from suppliers. Anyone wishing to buy a gun will be subject to a background check.
“We may see about hunting and fishing licenses as well,” Smith said.
West Georgia Gun and Pawn is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Of course, by now local residents have begun to smell the enticing aromas coming from Aunt Jenny’s Down Home Cooking on 103 Atlantic Ave.
The restaurant, formerly known as Big Mama’s, has just come under new management and opened as Aunt Jenny’s on Oct. 31.
The new owners are Jenny Hess and Frances Frey, who say they are fulfilling a long-held dream to cook for others.
“It has been a dream of mine for many years [to open a restaurant],” said Hess. “We have passed by this restaurant for years on our way to church. We knew the previous owners, and then the opportunity arose to get this building.”
Hess says she and Frey help out with the cooking and day-to-day management of the restaurant, but they also have 16 employees.
“But we’re looking to hire more in the future as the business grows,” she said.
Hess says she and Frey are definitely glad they chose to open a restaurant in Waco.
“We definitely enjoy Waco, and we’ve met many friendly people,” Hess said. “They’ve made us feel very welcome.”
Aunt Jenny’s is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday. Friday is Fish Fry night, and the business stays open until 8 p.m. The same late hours are kept for Saturday: Steak Night.
To find out more about Aunt Jenny’s call 770- 537-1414; contact West Georgia Gun and Pawn at 770-537-1171; and Tall Tines Taxidermy at 770-500-9695.