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Who better to shine a spotlight on then our loyal guests who keep us all on our toes? Are you a customer or do you know one with an interesting experience to tell, business to promote, or inspiring story to share? Inform your manager today!

Look no further for this perfectly brave example than Economy Hotel Macon, where our customer spotlight of the month, Kevin Taylor, resides.

It was only six months ago when Taylor, now 64 years old, decided to pack up his belongings in a single suitcase and make a move from Clinch County to Macon. Taylor had recently divorced and decided he needed new surroundings to help him move forward. Bare in mind he was moving away from a 12-year long secure job and close family that included four stepsons whom he helped raise, two nephews and one biological son - all amidst a global pandemic. Can you hear that roar?

"Change doesn't scare me. There's always a fear of losing what you have, but change can also be for the better," said Taylor. "It's an opportunity to meet new friends; make new habits."

Fortunately for Economy Hotel Macon, he decided to ground his paws at our hotel where he makes every single day count by helping his neighbors. In his off time, he provides transport and companionship for the elderly who need a helping hand with the basics, like going to church and picking up medicine/groceries.

Although he encountered a few issues when he first arrived due to repairs being required for his room, overall, Taylor has been a happy and loyal guest. "The girls at Macon are doing a fantastic job getting everything fixed, monitoring our guests, avoiding break-ins. They take care of everybody," said Taylor. "I love it here. The prices are good and people are good."

Exciting times lie ahead for our lion, waiting in the weeds. Taylor is making good use of his time at the hotel to get back on his feet and adjust. Like many of our guests, his goal is to take advantage of depleting property prices while he can, and buy his own house in Georgia.

Customer Spotlight

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Who better to shine a spotlight on then our loyal guests who keep us all on our toes? Are you a customer or do you know one with an interesting experience to tell, business to promote, or inspiring story to share? Inform your manager today!

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Today's customer spotlight is on one of Economy Hotel Airport's valued guest, Kelly Hampton!

Ms Hampton has seen her share of hard times, sleeping in a car after her previous residence was ruined by floods, resulting in mould and mildew that caused her and her 12-year-old son a host of health issues.

Since that time they've checked in at Economy Hotel Airport, which is allowing her to save some money to transition into a new home. "I want the kids to have their own space again," explains Hampton, who is on her toes 7 days a week driving her kids and grandkids to school and then attending her day job as Security Officer at WSB-TV 2 News in Atlanta. In addition, Hampton owns a cleaning business as a side hustle.

"She has been working to support all of her family, including taking care of her siblings, mother and children," said General Manager Taiwan Miller.

In December, Stablegold Hospitality presented Hampton with a free week of rent to help her towards her goals.

Upon moving, one thing Ms Hampton will miss about her current home is the friendly staff. "Every staff member has been very nice, honestly. I say that from the heart," said Hampton. "There are days when I'm not feeling good, and by the end of the day I feel better with their company."

For those who need a hand tidying up their homes, Kelly's cleaning service can be reached at 770-744-6013.

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Customer Spotlight

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Who better to shine a spotlight on then our loyal patrons who keep us all on our toes? Are you a customer or do you know one with an interesting experience to tell, business to promote, or inspiring story to share? Inform your manager today!

Customer Spotlight!

Our next customer spotlight is on Economy Hotel Candler's long time resident Phyllis Jordan.

This born and bred Atlantan is the mother of four children who, unfortunately, are in the foster care system. In addition, there's a fifth newborn on the way, due in January.

She has been staying at the Candler with her knight in shining armour, Cosmos Thomas, since 2015. Together, they want to save up enough to buy a home that can bring the children out of foster care and provide shelter for everyone under one roof.

"On the inside it hurts, especially when I can't tuck my kids into bed at night and kiss them goodnight," explained Jordan. "That's the only time I'm sad."

Yet this church going lady, along with Thomas, is determined to keep smiling and lighting up each day at Economy Hotel, Candler.

"They're always appreciative of what we have to offer," said General Manager Queen Booth.

Thanks to Booth's consistent patrolling of the property and no nonsense approach to any disorder at the Candler, Jordan feels safe in her current home.

"I like how they always get out of their office, walk around, make sure everyone is ok and check on us" said Jordan.

"And the housekeepers are awesome around here," added Jordan. "Whenever I ask for something they always do it!"

Jordan and Thomas hope to find a new home for themselves in Decatur soon after Number Five arrives.

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Customer Spotlight

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Customer Spotlight!

Today’s spotlight is shining bright on Andrew Pless III, one of our favorite customers who has stayed at the Economy Hotel, Marietta for the past five years! One thing he admires about front desk is their quick response time to his calls. “Once I call the front desk with a problem, they get on it immediately,” said Pless. “The maintenance team is great. I appreciate that service.”

Pless also believes the location he is staying at has worked out nicely for his cab business, which requires him to hussle back and forth from Atlanta Hartfield Jackson Airport every day.

On any evening, Locals can spot him in the neighborhood playing chess with the Marietta Chess Club; wacking a tennis ball at Terrell Mill Tennis Centre, or bowling rock steady at Bowlero.  “Everything is within a mile,” said Pless.

Andrew's cab service can be reached at 770-912-7545

 

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Customer Spotlight

Call for story ideas:

Who better to shine a spotlight on then our loyal guests who keep us all on our toes? Are you a customer or do you know one with an interesting experience to tell, business to promote, or inspiring story to share? Inform your manager today!


Our next customer spotlight is on Donita Rae Billingsley, who came to Atlanta 17 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, with her two children and former husband.

Billingsley and her husband had a passion for the hospitality industry and wanted to open up a new restaurant in the city. With a sad turn of events, her husband passed away from lung cancer. Soon after, Billingsley was going through the struggles of being a single mom while working long hours as a teacher in Virginia Highlands. In need of more income, she also started up a successful side business to outsource nannies.

"I didn't think about it. I just thought about my children, and they needed me." said Billingsley. "I wanted things to be better for them financially and mentally."

Last year, however, she had to take a leave of absence after she got hurt on the job with a torn meniscus. At the time, she was renting out a house in Eastland which had major electrical problems that caused the power to overheat. "It was too dangerous to live there and the owner wouldn't fix the issues," said Billingsley.

While looking for a new home, she heard about Economy Hotel from her niece who was living at the hotel. "It's much more preferable to signing a fixed lease term," explains Billingsley, who enjoys the flexibility of "pay as you go." With all utilities included, it became a deal that she "couldn't pass up."

She hopes to see more affordable housing deals, such as Economy Hotel, in Atlanta. "Ten years ago, I could find a place to rent for $800-$900. Now it costs up to $3,000 to live in a nice, affordable area" said Billingsley.

She went on to describe the vicious cycle of poverty so many Atlantans find themselves trapped in before coming to the hotel. "I've talked to people here. It just takes one disagreement with their landlord to be evicted, and one eviction could mess you up for years because you can't get into another lease agreement. There's no 'second chance' rental agreement program," said Billingsley. "We have a lot of people who were in that situation before coming to Economy Hotel."

Billingsley moved to the hotel in 2019, and brought her daughter and mother to live with her. Her mom was previously living in a care home. "She wasn't getting adequate care and it was way too expensive," said Billingsley.

Nowadays while healing from her injury and spending quality time with her mom, Billingsley is saving up enough to own her own home, and exploring her passion for painting.



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