I grew up in the Augusta area, living in Waynesboro for as long as I can remember. I went to college in Indianapolis, interned at the Chronicle over summer and Christmas breaks, and landed a job as sports clerk the summer after I graduated. Eventually, the sports job turned into writing for the business section and now I report on local business happenings as well as writing for the Shopgirl column/blog.
Posted June 6, 2012 12:51 pm

Travel apps, a new store coming to the Augusta Mall and print-your-own fabrics.

What did we do before our iPhones? They entertain us in waiting rooms, allow us to get the perfect spontaneous photo and never truly escape the office. In addition to these great uses, the iPhone truly shines brightly during vacations.
There are a ton of great vacation apps, from better-than-Google GPS to old stanbys like Yelp. iExit is a great app that gives you a heads-up about upcoming restaurants, hotels and gas stations organized by exit. The app’s newest update lets you know in real-time as you drive down the highway, allowing you to plan for a stop and not miss your favorite restaurant. You can also designate your personal favorite stops, so that iExit knows to highlight them. The “deals” tab alerts you to any promotions running for specific brands, making your road trip affordable as well as organized. iExit is only $0.99 in the iTunes store, and free for Android users.
Rumor has it that Augusta will be getting a Francesca’s Collections at the mall, a really cool store that I’ve visited in other cities. On the Augusta Mall’s and Francesca’s websites, job postings are up for part time and full time positions for a new Augusta store.
Francesca’s sells clothing and accessories for women, geared toward a younger demographic. Prices are extremely reasonable, but the quality is nothing to sneeze at. My favorite thing about this store is that as a boutique, they buy in very small quanities so you and your friend showing up with the same dress from Francesca’s is unlikely. Their inventory is updated very frequently, and they run great sales and promotions. Check them out at www.francescascollections.com.
You know the frustration of knowing exactly what you want, but not being able to find it anywhere? As far as fabric is concerned, those days are over.
Spoonflower is an online company that will print your fabric designs on any of nine different fabrics. You can upload images, decide how to print it on the fabric, and then order as little as one yard of your created textile. You can upload JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF, SVG, AI, and EPS files, and the file must be less than 40 MB.
If you don’t have a specific image in mind, you can browse the huge selection of saved fabric designs from other customers.
Spoonflower was started in 2008 by two guys whose wives convinced them that being able to print fabric would be amazing. Their wives turned out to be correct, and Spoonflower now has more than 150,000 users and has received acclaim from Vogue, Apartment Therapy and other big names.
Prices start at $18 per yard or $5 for a test swatch.