It’s been a little over a year since business started booming at the new Tucker Meridian Shopping Center. But as customers flocked to anchor stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sprouts Farmers Market, there remained curiosity about the other businesses that would be moving in.
“Customers who are shopping in the center often visit the Massage Envy and share they were driving by each week and seeing the construction development and wondering when we would open,” Jackie Jenkins says. “We are now fully open!”
Jenkins and her Massage Envy team welcomed the community officially at their grand opening on April 7. She says she’s excited to be opening a business she knows will thrive in her hometown.
“I first moved to Tucker in 1995,” she recalls. “I feel like I know my neighbors well on my street, we do things together as a collective street and there is an active City Council that believes in the growth and sustainability of Tucker.”
While Massage Envy promises to make Tucker more relaxed, it’s also making Tucker more prosperous. The location opens with a staff of 18 employees, with the expectation of expanding the staff by 12. That’s 30 jobs being created right here in Tucker.
Jenkins plans to have a booth at Tucker Day on May 12 to greet neighbors she may not have met and to spread the word about her new mission to help Tucker feel its best.
Harry & Kathy Powell
“It’s been said that through small and simple things, great things come to pass. Harry and Kathy Powell exemplify that expression. Shortly after moving to Tucker in 1998, they began to connect with other service-minded individuals. The Powells learned quickly that descriptions of various local organizations (business, civic, etc.) eventually fade and the common word that unites us all is ‘Tucker’ It’s our synonym for community.
Harry is a past president of the Tucker Business Association and Kathy was instrumental in starting the Tucker Historical Society. Both have served as president of the Historical Society. Yet they’ve done more than simply march along with a title. As a result of their inner commitment to do good through community service and volunteerism for nearly 20 years they’ve helped shape Tucker with tangible results and led the way for others to follow.
The preservation of Browning Courthouse (an image that is on the City Seal), the annual Garden Tour, the Tucker Plant Swap & Share, recognizing the value of Johns Homestead and many other events would not have come about without their personal commitment to serve. As a couple, they’ve been side-by-side every step of the way; not always in the limelight, not always getting credit, but doing what needed to be done in a way that quietly benefits others today and tomorrow. That’s the Tucker Way. The Powells are examples worth emulating.”
Nomination by Matthew Lee