Shoppers looking for a good deal in the Grovetown area can check out two new businesses next to each other.
Kari Bertrand opened Butternut Books, at 623 E. Robinson Ave., shortly after moving to the area from Colorado.
The book store has long been a dream for Bertrand, whose husband recently retired from the Air Force.
Bertrand said her husband promised that once the couple got settled, she'd be free to pursue the venture.
"I've been an avid reader since I was small," said Bertrand, originally from northern California. "It just felt like a good fit."
The store will specialize in paperback books that incorporate all forms of literature.
People will be able to both sell and buy literary works, including comic books and magazines, Bertrand said.
"I also run a program of in-store credit, so you can trade in your old books and get new ones," she said.
Bertrand said she is in need of Western novels, but has plenty of science-fiction, fantasy and romance compositions. Books are also available for children and teens, she added.
Bertrand shares a space with Paw Perfect Grooming, which sells pet accessories and grooming supplies in addition to offering pet grooming services.
Butternut Books is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Opening right next door at 625 E. Robinson Ave. is Hidden Treasures, which started out as a Facebook yard sale group.
As the group grew, co-owner Misty Jackson said she found an 1,800-square-foot building to house items.
"Our motto is retail pieces at yard-sale prices," she said. "We do everything from A to Z.
"You name it, we'll do it."
The consignment store is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
Since opening two weeks ago, Jackson said business is booming.
"We know that the economy is not the best that it could be, and we don't believe in trying to break somebody's pocketbook," she said. "We just try to help everybody out."
A plethora of other businesses and restaurants throughout Columbia County have recently opened for business or will do so shortly.
Catch Phrase Cafe started serving diners on Sept. 19 inside the Columbia County Library on Evans Town Center Boulevard.
Owner Gabrielle Corbin said business is often boosted by events at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, which is inside the same facility as the cafe.
Corbin said her cafe stayed open all night Sept. 30 when people camped out next to the library for Lady Antebellum tickets.
Construction on a 8,000-square-foot retail building in Evans that will house a Five Guys Burgers and Fries and other businesses is nearing completion. The restaurant, at the entrance of Home Depot on Washington Road, is expected to open by November.
Laziza Mediterranean Grill and Sabi Japanese, both within the Publix shopping center off Washington Road at Towne Centre Drive, opened in September.
Jersey Mike's Subs, at the Gateway shopping center on Horizon South Parkway near Interstate 20, is expected to open today and will offer free subs for a $1 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project through Saturday.
Marco's Pizza is also adding a Grovetown location at 5159 Columbia Road in November.
Also opening in October is Cudos2U, a second location of Augusta's Cudos gift and home decor store, at 400 Town Park Boulevard in Evans.