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Tutoring center, doughnut shop among new businesses opening

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 1:03am  |  Updated: December 21, 2011 - 11:22am
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Sok Proeun is opening Kim's Donut in the Shoppes at Blue Ridge with the help of his family, including his mother, Kim Proeun.   Photo by Jenna Martin
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Sok Proeun is opening Kim's Donut in the Shoppes at Blue Ridge with the help of his family, including his mother, Kim Proeun.

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Evans is gaining two new businesses, a math-tutoring center and an Asian-inspired doughnut shop.

Former WAGT-TV meteorologist Jeff Rucker and his wife, Christine, opened Mathnasium Learning Center Dec. 1 in Mullins Crossing.

The after-school learning center is open to second-grade pupils through high school seniors who are either struggling with math or want to get ahead in school, Rucker said.

Students are assigned a curriculum based on an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses in math to help them succeed.

“We really try to emphasize the analogy between the gym, where you go to work out your body, to Mathnasium, where you go to work out your mind,” Rucker said.

After covering weather for more than 12 years for Channel 26, Rucker said he feels that God led him to make the switch.

“I just really, really enjoyed teaching,” Rucker said. “I feel like that’s probably one of my gifts.”

Rucker, who teaches Sunday school at Stevens Creek Church, taught a weather course at Augusta State University.

For now, Rucker is concentrating his efforts on getting the business up and running before he gets involved in teaching there. A team of eight instructors will be in charge of assisting students.

Costs vary with the enrollment plan, Rucker said.

“All of our enrollments, just like a gym, are unlimited,” he said. “Once you sign up, you can come as many times as you want.”

To find out more about Mathnasium, call (706) 868-9393 or visit www.mathnasium.com/evans.

Coming to The Shoppes at Blue Ridge is Kim’s Donut, a bakery specializing in Asian-style doughnuts.

Owner Sok Proeun said the shop will sell doughnuts of all different shapes, flavors and toppings.

“We make our cremes,” he said. “That’s our own recipe.”

The bakery, opening in the former Lily’s Bakery & Cafe, offers something different from any other restaurant or shop in the area, Proeun said.

The doughnut shop should open by Jan. 1.

Proeun, whose family is from Cambodia, said he’s getting help from his parents and uncle, who has 30 years experience in the restaurant business.

Being at the corner of Evans-to-Locks and Blue Ridge roads, Proeun believes he’ll benefit from close proximity to nearby schools.

“I figured maybe kids would like it,” he said. “There’s nobody that doesn’t like doughnuts.”

Kim’s Donuts will also serve breakfast and take orders from a drive-thru window.

Also in Evans, Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened Monday at 4324 Washington Road. The 2,800-square-foot restaurant will employ 45 people.

In Martinez, Heartsong Spay Neuter Clinic recently relocated to 421 S. Belair Road. The low-cost spay and neuter clinic also offers vaccinations; blood testing; and flea, tick and heartworm prevention products on a walk-in basis.

In its new location, The Lodge at Heartsong will provide grooming and boarding services. Heartsong was formerly located at 104 S. Belair Road.

Other retail ventures in the works include an Advance Auto Parts store near the corner of Washington and Gibbs roads.

Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial representatives also confirmed the company is grading property near the Food Lion shopping center at Lewiston and Hereford Farm roads to create three outparcels.

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