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.”
The Garzas are in the midst of expanding the club to the 2,700 square-foot space on the top floor of the building.
“This past Friday night we had 102 people here and Saturday night we had 119. We’ve had kids here from Macon, Warner Robins, Eatonton, Sparta and Sandersville,” Randy said. “The top floor will just be a huge dance area with a few big screen TVs and we’re trying to figure out how to bring in Xboxes. The bottom level will be a full arcade room with drinks and food and we’ll put in more games. Level two should be complete in the next 60 days.”
Located at 3010 Heritage Road, Teen Scene is open each week from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday with a $7 admission fee, and from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday for free. With Baldwin County public school system off for spring break next week, Teen Scene will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with no admission fee and extend hours Friday for an all-night event from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for $15 for teens staying past midnight.
“This is a wonderful place for teens to go. We’re getting them off the streets and we want to keep them entertained. During the summer we will be open from [noon] to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday,” Randy said. “Our goal is that once we expand upstairs, the bottom level will be open everyday of the week and the upstairs dance floor will open for Friday and Saturday nights. We’re very quickly progressing to exactly where we want to be.”
For more information call (478) 804-0000, or visit the Teen Scene Facebook page.
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