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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lakeside Marina Expands Again


Small Business Spotlight
Story by Kelly Caldwell



When the Tinney Family re-opened Lakeside Marina in July of 2008, they envisioned a one-of-a-kind business on Lake Wedowee.

Four years later, Lakeside has become a special stop for most lake residents and a regular meeting for place for the majority of the county.

"We wanted to fill a need that we saw not being met," John Tinney said. "We felt the community was ready for a place that was super clean, well maintained and a super friendly family atmosphere.  We feel like we have met that need, but had no idea that the overwhelming support would be here. We aren't just a seasonal stop for people, we are a year-round establishment."

Lakeside Marina originally opened in the early 1980s, but under the guidance of the Tinney family the business has thrived in an economic climate  where many small businesses are struggling  to survive.

In the four years since the family has owned Lakeside, there have been several renovations including the latest...Adding additional seating for up to 64 on a covered deck adjacent to the main building.

"Here we GROW again," Tinney said with a chuckle. "It will be really festive at night because we are using special lighting and then during the day we will have misting fans going that are really cool."

The kitchen area was also recently renovated to accommodate the ever-growing demands of their customers.

"We are looking forward to a very exciting summer at Lakeside on Lake Wedowee, " Tinney said. "We have bingo on the lawn on Friday Nights, Worship on the Water on Sundays then the Fourth of July Boat Parade and we are even looking at partnering with someone to sponsor a bass tournament."

Tinney also praises the Lakeside team in the success of the business.

"We couldn't do this without Marie Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helen Hopkins,” Tinney said. "They are the friendly faces that people associate with Lakeside.

"We are a happy place," he said. "(Lakeside) is a place where you never question what kind of experience you have had. We pride ourselves on doing things the right way and of course having five-star bathrooms."


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