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Sunday, Sep 26, 2021

Honey Boo Boo struts her stuff at local restaurants and boutiques

Alana Thompson, a 6-year-old who is more famously recognized as Honey Boo Boo, became a stand out toddler when she was featured on the popular show “Toddlers and Tiaras” on TLC.
The curiosity generated by her bizarre yet entertaining behavior was enough to spark the creation of her own show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
Honey Boo Boo’s lifestyle is definitely unconventional for a typical beauty queen.
She comes from a family of six, each as eccentric as the next.
She also has a pet pig named Glitzy, participates annually in the Red Neck Games, and drinks a concoction of Mountain Dew and Red Bull, known as her ‘go-go juice’ before every pageant.
Her new show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” follows her life, covering everything from everyday events to her dedication to pageantry.
Honey Boo Boo and her family live in McIntyre, Georgia about 30 minutes from Macon.
In an early episode, Honey Boo Boo traveled to Macon to compete in a pageant located in the Wingate by Wynham hotel in Macon off Riverside Drive.
Not only did Honey Boo Boo visit Macon, she also spent time in Warner Robins trying on tiaras and eating cake.
Honey Boo Boo and her mother, June, met with former Miss Georgia, Michaela Lackey, and made several stops in Warner Robins as Lackey gave Honey Boo Boo pointers about the pageant world.
One stop on their tour of Warner Robins was McCall’s restaurant, located on Commercial Circle.
At this sandwich shoppe and catering location, the group sampled piña colada cake, chocolate caramel cake, and banana pudding cake.
Owner Ken McCall and employee Zachary Russell were there for the taping of the episode.
According to McCall, “The mother was very cordial and very complimentary about the food. She even bought some cake to take home to the rest of the family.”
Russell said that “[Lackey] was mentoring [Honey Boo Boo] on how to behave in public and how to sit still at the table, eating properly, and how to talk to people.” Russell also “got the impression that the camera crew and the director didn’t care for her and were tired of being around Honey Boo Boo.”
Another stop on their tour took place across the street at Gena Jayne -- The Chic Boutique.
Ali Atkinson, an employee at the boutique, said the child didn’t act as extreme as she does on television. “She and her mother mainly looked at the jewelry. [The Chic Boutique] doesn’t sell children’s items, but we have great pageant jewelry. She tried on some shoes, playing around.”
Many people may not hold the show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in the highest regard, but Atkinson mentioned that the shopping trip provided great exposure for Commercial Circle, an often forgotten part of Warner Robins.
In the words of the ever wise Honey Boo Boo child, Commercial Circle is “all that and a pack of crackers.”
For more information about select locations: McCall’s Restaurant located at 1001 Watson Boulevard, call 478-328-7604
For more information about The Chic Boutique, located at 145 S. Commercial Circle, call Gena Jayne at 478-225-9856.


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