Stephanie Stuckey has turned the road trip into a uniquely American adventure.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a law degree, Stuckey served in the state House of Representatives from 1999 to 2013. She then took over as executive director of GreenLaw, an environmentally focused law resource center in Atlanta, and then was appointed director of sustainability, and then chief resilience office, for the city of Atlanta.
In late 2019, Stuckey purchased Stuckey's Corporation, the iconic roadside stop famous for its pecan candies and souvenirs, for $500,000 and became the third-generation CEO of the family business.
At the time she purchased Stuckey's, the company was operating at a deficit and had only 13 original free-standing stores in 10 states that still sported the signature sloped original teal roofs in addition to around 65 licensed Stuckey's Express locations.
Within six months, Stuckey restored Stuckey's to profitability, thanks in part to a shift in focus from licensed Stuckey's store locations to the company's classic line of candies. She also expanded the brand back into candy manufacturing with the purchase of a pecan shelling and candy plant in Wrens, Georgia in January 2021.
On her social media feeds, Stuckey shared how promoting pecans and supporting the vision of the "great American road trip" that are a vital part of Stuckey's Corporation growth.
She talks to Discover Georgia about the fascinating and out-of-the-way places she’s discovered in Georgia throughout her travels.
Karon Warren is the author of the new book, "100 Things to Do in the North Georgia Mountains Before You Die."
We have arrived at week three of the Discover Georgia podcast, and we now head to the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Often referred to as the hostess city of the south. We’re talking about Savannah. So, without further ado – let’s Discover Georgia.
We kicked things off last week in Augusta, and wow, did we learn a lot. Folks, Augusta is way more than just the host city of a golf tournament. But that’s the point of this podcast, right? So, we’re on to week two, and we’re gonna hop in the car and travel about 160 miles northwest from Augusta. That puts us right in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains. We have arrived in Dahlonega.
With 537 cities to choose from, how do you pick who goes first? Well, in this case, I sent out a bunch of emails to prospective cities. I got outstanding response, but we’re going to start with the city that got back to me first. And that distinction goes to the home of the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. That’s right, we’re talking about Augusta, Georgia, the host of the Masters.