High hopes for 2014
Lakelands residents contemplate the new year
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 12:24 AM
Afeeling of optimism filled the crisp winter air Tuesday night as hordes of Emerald City residents sat on the cusp of a new calendar year throughout Greenwood.
At Sports Break, partygoers prepare to ring in the new year with family and friends. Sports Break was one of several places having special gatherings to celebrate 2014.
(Photos by Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
"There's always the possibility for new starts," said Courtney Lyles, who kicked off her celebration New Year's Eve festivities with friends at T.W. Boon's in Uptown. "It's about knowing that no matter who you are or what your situation is, you can always use a new beginning. You could be the happiest person in the world, but a new year just represents that fresh start."
Throngs of partygoers filtered into bars and lounges throughout town, looking forward to the hope of 2014. Chris Chrisley, who has resided in Greenwood for more than 20 years, sat in SportsBreak across the table from his wife of eight years, who he plans to open a business with this year. The couple's hair spa, dubbed Dana Macs Salon, is on tap to open its doors Jan. 14. Chrisley noted Tuesday was the first time the couple's children were old enough for them to go out on the town and celebrate New Year's Eve in 12 years. He said he'd remember 2013 as the year he and his wife worked hard to get one of their kids into college and got their own business going, a venture that took them about four months.
"Just striving forward and always trying to better ourselves," he said. "We're going to keep working and try to be healthy, keep living and just enjoy life to its fullest. You're not guaranteed the next day."
Sophia Bonadies, 25, relocated to Greenwood from Virginia in August 2012 to become an athletic trainer at Lander University. She dubbed 2013 a stepping stone for herself, and looked forward to blossoming in the new year. She said she began her resolutions early, trying to eat healthier and live a more balanced lifestyle.
"2013 was just kind of like a year for me to get settled in here," Bonadies said. "I'm finally settled in and I'm ready for 2014 to be my year to try to really get involved in the community and kind of find my niche down here in Greenwood. It's a year to finally do what I want to do and get to try a bunch of new things. I just want to go after things I've wanted to do — just like skydiving and all kinds of crazy, thrilling things."
The turn to new calendars also represented a buoy of hope for some Greenwood young businesses. Linda Robinson, owner of Buffalo Grill in Uptown, sat in the bar's upper deck Tuesday, and reflected on the year-old business. She indicated this new year was the first time the Buffalo-based bar had it's second floor open for the festivities.
"It's a great area with great people, and I just think it keeps on getting better," she said. "It seems to be building up in this Uptown area, and I just hope that every year gets better and better."
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