Shop Local!

Hey Girl Hey! Did you know just how much TALENT we have right here in LaGrange and surrounding communities?? If you didn’t know, you betta ask somebody!


Small town life is charming. Those of us who love small town life do so because it tends to be a slower pace, we get a chance to know our neighbors, fellowship in our faith communities, and my personal fave is getting  wherever I need to go in 15-20 min TOPS!


I’ve been working in small towns most of my career because I believe that women and birthing folks deserve high-quality care no matter where they live.


The one downside I’ve found over the years is that I had to travel 50 miles or more for glam/grooming appointments, shopping, nice restaurants, and other personal needs. Now for the first time, I have been able to do more locally than ever before! Troup County is chocked full of talented hairdressers, makeup artists, estheticians, massage therapists, lash technicians, event planners and decorators, bakers, restauranteurs, and fashion designers/retailers.


On April 27th, April & Corey Ross hosted the BeeTV33’s inaugural “Best of Troup County” Awards Gala, culminating an online nomination and voting process. It was an honor and so humbling to be nominated in the “Best Physician” category along with two well-respected local physicians who have been serving Troup County for many years. I had no idea I’d actually win!


I was amazed at the number of local businesses that were nominated and recognized for the services they provide in our community!I believe in shopping local to boost our local economy whenever possible. Many local startups may not have the advertising budget of more established businesses, so it’s important to look around and keep an ear out for local folks you can support.


I’m gonna shout out just a few local businesses right here at home that I’ve tried and loved:

For curated gifts, Emberglow nails it every time for me. If I need to get glammed, Sequoyah Henry from Slay Shack LLC can travel to me for hair and makeup. Of course, for everyday glam all you need is great skin (Britney Lewis @Lewminous Skin care, West Point) is lip gloss and lash extensions from Beauty N’ Mink Lash Boutique. If waxing is your thing, Just Peachy is just perfect. When I need a quick new ‘fit, I can run to Ellie Belle’s or I AM BeautyE for comfy cute couture. Sip Café and Wine Room in West Point is the spot for a Fri-Yay celebration with that amazing ribeye paired with live music and their excellent wine selection. They’ve also got you covered for event space with their new venue Reunion at Sip Café, complete with catering and bar service. It’s not a party without balloon arrangements and fabulous decorations from Intimate Events and Décor. Then of course you must capture the mood and memories with Tiffany Bray Photography, LLC.


These are only a FEW of my finds over the past few years. There are SO many talented folks right here at home whose businesses provide value to our community! So, before you hit the highway, consider looking right here at home and supporting your neighbor! Follow me on FB @JoyBaker & @DeliveringJoy MD to see more of my local finds.


Dr. Joy