Maggie moves on while Macs move in

After six years of serving ice cream to residents of Southwest Georgia, Maggie Moo's is closing up shop October 20th. / Colby Gallagher

One day after Maggie Moo's announced it was closing, Mac Business Systems, an authorized Apple Service Provider, celebrated its grand opening just down the street. So what makes one business thrive while another has to cut its losses?

Lew Culpepper, owner of Maggie Moo's says after six years of business, the downturn in the economy took its toll. What once was a post-dinner staple is now a luxury and Culpepper says many people have had to cut back on splurging on desserts like ice cream.

Culpepper says for the past two years he has absorbed the spike in product costs by not increasing his prices. To increase his profitability, Culpepper looked around town for a year for better locations that could include a drive-thru. In the end, he decided it wasn't worth the cost of moving and the most cost-effective decision was to close.

Culpepper says he and his 6 employees are all saddened by the news but he hopes everyone can find new jobs.

Maggie Moo's will use the last of their inventory without ordering more until October 20th, their last day of business. Culpepper says if anyone is interested in buying equipment from the store, they can contact him.

While Maggie Moo's scoops the last of their products, just down the street a business celebrated their grand opening.

Mac Business Systems specializes in the retail and repair of Apple products, becoming the first authorized retailer of the highly reputable line in Albany.

Owner Greg Colovos operates another branch of the business in Tallahassee and says he saw a need for the products in Southwest Georgia.

Colovos says he has seen customers travel far and wide for Apple products and Albany is a great spot to open up his business. Colovos says the economy doesn't worry him because their will always be a demand for technology, specifically Apple products because of their reputation and longevity.

Although the initial cost is much more than other brands, Colovos says Apple has proven that its worth it when customers get their money's worth in life-span and dependability. It is this reason that Colovos believes his business will thrive despite seeing others struggle.