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Salon leaves downtown Augusta after 20 years

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Not strangers to giving a makeover, the owners of La Dolce Vita have renovated a former Augusta dental office into a new home for their spa and salon.

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After two decades downtown, Kyle and Meredith Tomp­kins moved the business to 1208 George C. Wilson Drive, off Wheeler Road, on Aug. 6 after a three-week overhaul.

La Dolce Vita had been at 1141 Broad St. for 20 years before closing July 30. When the building’s plumbing quit for the third time this year, just before a busy Memorial Day weekend, the couple made a last-minute decision to vacate the building for good.

“You’ll actually go out of business if you don’t have proper plumbing in this spa/salon environment,” Mere­dith Tompkins said. “We put so much of our own money into that place fixing it up.”

She also said clients and the salon’s 14 staffers were finding it increasingly difficult to find street parking.

The new spot, near Doc­tors Hos­pital, already had plumbing set up in each room, and the space has been opened up for a modern, urban feel, Tompkins said.

Though some clients felt the salon moved too far away, Tompkins said many have been receptive to the change.

“It’s convenient and there’s parking,” she said. “It’s totally a makeover for everyone, for our employees, for our clients.”

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WTFH
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WTFH 08/16/13 - 06:56 pm
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why is this news? Is it a

why is this news? Is it a slow news day? If my plumbing sucks, can someone write about it too so I can get some free advertising? I bet the reporter knows this owner.

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avidreader 08/17/13 - 09:08 am
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Agree with W!

The reporter knowing the owner may be a bit out of line, but I agree with the free-advertising slant.

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WTFH 08/17/13 - 11:24 am
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It's just the Chronicle

It's just the Chronicle trying to make Downtown Augusta look bad again. I am surprised no statistics were placed in the article on the number of businesses leaving downtown because of the "crime".

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WTFH 08/17/13 - 11:28 am
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WagerLine 08/17/13 - 02:20 pm
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Business

Why would they post this in the 'Business' section? It's as if this is a city paper that discusses different businesses on a weekly basis. I bet the reporter even lives in Augusta and sometimes purchases items at the businesses she interviews. My point is that I post on articles that have no direct effect to me because I have a fulfilled life.

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