Randy and Shannon Garza and their two teenagers wanted a place filled with music, games and entertainment strictly catering to teens. The duo decided to open Milledgeville’s only teen club called Teen Scene in early March.
“Teen Scene is a club for teenagers ages 12 to 17. There’s nothing for teenagers to do in this area. There’s no other place like this in Milledgeville for teenagers to come and hang out with their friends,” Randy said. “I’ve had nothing but great feedback from all of the teenagers and every parent is just wild about the idea. I did not expect the kids to flock toward us as quick as they did.”
Housed in the former Pryme Steakhouse building across from IHOP, Teen Scene offers 2,200 square-feet of space for youth to enjoy free Wi-Fi, chalkboard walls, food and alcohol-free drinks, play air hockey, arcade games and pool, and dance to laser lights and music provided by an in-house DJ. Teens can also compete in pool tournaments and various contests for a chance to win prizes, including cash and free food, drinks, admission and T-shirts.
“You can get a sour green martini or a Shirley Temple, but the whole place is alcohol-free. We also rent the club for parties as well, but it’s not available Friday or Saturday nights. We provide the music, games, drinks and food, or they can bring their own foods,” Randy said. “About 15 to 16 years ago, this place was a teen club, but it only lasted a few years. The building belongs to Doyle Beckham and we’re leasing from him. Doyle has gone above and beyond in helping us to get this up and going.”
Randy reassures parents the safety of the venue.
“We have five security guards that work here, and kids get scanned by metal detectors to get in. Once kids are inside, security will not let them back outside until we call them out when their parents come to pick them up. The Milledgeville Police Department also stops by to make sure everything is going OK,” he said. “We welcome the parents to come in and check out the atmosphere, but encourage them not to stay because then their kids won’t let loose and have fun.”