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Habersham Records
to Celebrate 40 Years

Middle Georgians are invited to attend a very special celebration next month as Habersham CD's, Records, Tapes turns 40.

Founded in 1971 by local media entrepreneur Alex Habersham, the store for the past few decades has been managed by his sister Phillis Habersham- Malone. During her time as the business' proprietor, Malone has turned Habersham CD's, Records and Tapes into a multi-faceted community icon and destination for Middle Georgians of all walks of life, as well as music legends.

Smokey Robinson, Baby Face, Toni Braxton and the Lionel Ritchie then led Commodores have all passed through the doors of the west Macon landmark and are just a few of many Celebs that have made Habersham's a priority stop while in Macon. While music is the primary choice for those looking to stock up on their tunes, other items like gift baskets and DVD's can also be found lined along the countertop of the store. In addition, Malone has evolved into a neighborhood mentor and community resource for Unionville residents. "The young people of this area patronize this store seeking more than music. They have come to depend on Habersham’s as a resource for improving their lives," Habersham -Malone said recently in between servicing several new and existing customers. "So that is why the upcoming fortieth Anniversary celebration will be used as a way of helping our youth improve upon their education."

Most of the proceeds from the November 26 extravaganza will be funneled to high school age youngsters seeking their GED and college students in need of financial assistance through the Al Lucas Education Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Helping Hands Ministry.

Those attending the 40th Anniversary get together are in for a treat. The dance will be held at the exquisite Le Piada Banquet Center located at 4295 Interstate Drive off Mercer University Drive. The wildly popular celebrity deejay A.J. will provide attendants with a variety of Rhythm & Blues, Old School and Blues tunes to dance the night away to from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. In between their "rug cutting" dancers can refresh themselves with the provided FREE food and refreshments on hand.

Tickets to the event are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased daily by visiting Habersham’s in person at 1477 Pio Nono Ave or by calling 743-2587.

Phillis Habersham- Malone  photo
Phillis Habersham- Malone