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 July 11, 2012 11:39 am - Updated August 12, 2012 11:43 pm

Keep your smartphones dry, buy Neiman Marcus, and support local ballet

We all want vacation photos, but taking your smartphone or camera to the beach or poolside is a nerve-wracking experience if you dare. Water damage is rarely covered by warranties, and the choice between possibly having to buy a new phone and getting photos of your sand castle usually ends in no photos at all. To the rescue comes iPhone Scuba Suit from PhotoJojo.com.
The Scuba Suit is only $60 and 100 percent waterproof. Better yet, the screen is still totally usable just like you were caseless. You can take your iPhone up to 15 feet underwater in this case, and an optical-grade lens cover keeps your camera producing crisp, sharp photos.
Another great water case is the Lifeproof, with much of the same features as the Scuba Suit. The Lifeproof store (at Lifeproof.com) also carries waterproof headphones, so you can listen to music stress-free while floating in the pool or swimming in the ocean. This case is $79.99, a lot cheaper than the hundreds of dollars you would have to spend to replace a water-damaged iPhone.
What do Target and Neiman Marcus stores have in common? Maybe not too much on the surface, but the stores are leveraging each other’s strong suits in a limited-time collection Dec. 1.
This cooperative effort is reminiscent of Target’s designer collections like Missoni and Jason Wu, but this time it’s a two-way street. Not only will Target get to carry pieces with big names on the tags, but Neiman Marcus stores will carry pieces significantly more affordable than the rest of their store. They’re hoping to lure new shoppers in who ordinarily wouldn’t have considered them a shopping option at all.
A lot of the details are fuzzy, but it’s a little comforting to see that even Neiman’s isn’t immune to our challenging economy.
The Augusta Ballet is looking for young Augustans (ages 21-40) who want to support the ballet and enjoy it all season long.
The Young Friends of Augusta Ballet is a membership option that allows young professionals to support this art form for only $150 with a long list of perks. A Y-FAB membership gets your name listed in all playbills of the season, your name listed on website, two complimentary reservations for Bike for the Ballet and post-celebration, two complimentary tickets to a season performance and discounted tickets to all season events.
For more information, go to www.AugustaBallet.org.