Thursday, July 31, 2014

Elvis Presley's BMW Roadster to be Restored

Elvis Roadster: Restoring Project by BMW Will Resurrect King's 507
From: http://www.newsmax.com

By Stephanie Hinderer

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com
BMW has announced plans to restore Elvis Presley's 507 Roadster, which the rock star bought in 1958 while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.

According to MSN Autos, Presley fell in love with the Roadster after learning the Porsche 550 Spyder wasn't available. He leased the car for $3,750, which is about $450,000 today. It is one of only 254 507 Roadsters.
The Roadster had been part of BMW's test fleet and was outfitted with upgrades before it was shipped to Presley. Rumor has it that he had it painted red because he was tired of female fans writing on his white car with their lipstick.

When Presley returned to the U.S. in 1960, the Army shipped his car from Germany back to the States. He sold it two years later and the new owner modified the Roadster for drag racing.

It was sold again in 1968 and apparently spent decades sitting in a warehouse, World Car Fans said. Now that owner has sent the car back to BMW for restoring, a process that could take two years.

Presley's Roadster is currently on display at the BMW Museum until Aug. 10, MSN said.
see more here

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE - Tonight at 9:00 on Syfy

 From: http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/sharknado-2-the-second-one-teaser-starring-ian-ziering-and-tara-reid-168



SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE makes its premiere on Wednesday, July 30 at 9 p.m. PT/ET. Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote SHARKNADO. Here's what it's about:


Premieres Tonight At 9/8c on Syfy.
SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE was actually a thing, that was actually happening, in actual real life? You bet your sweet ass it is, and we've got its teaser right here to prove it! We saw in the first film that when these sea demons—known as sharks—get pulled out of their dark blue hell and into a deadly twister that only the likes of Tara Reid and Ian Ziering can possibly save the day. Well, good thing for us, they both make their return in the "highly anticipated" sequel that promises even more ridiculous shenanigans that only Syfy can come up with.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off at The Plaza Theatre this Weekend 8-2 and 8-3

The Plaza Theatre Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13) Sat: 8:00 PM Sun: 4:00 PM

poster credit :  http://cinema-punch.com/2011/09/11/mia-saras-top-5-sloane-peterson-moments/

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'Halt and Catch Fire' Season Finale Synopsis Released

From http://www.ibtimes.com
By Alex Garofalo

Joe, Gordon and company cannot catch a break on AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” unless you count the endless glitches and mishaps with their Cardiff Giant computer. The show’s season finale will air Sunday, Aug. 3, with episode 10, “1984,” where the team will have to recover from the setbacks of their ill-fated Vegas trip.

Episode 9, “Up Helly Aa,” introduced a batch of new adversaries to Joe and the Cardiff team. Donna’s old boss, Hunt Whitmarsh (who resigned from Texas Instruments in Episode 8 after halting Donna’s advances on their business trip), is back with a competitor to the Cardiff Giant. It turns out he had been leading Donna on to gain information on Gordon’s plans for the Giant.

The bigger problem, though, for Cardiff was revealed at the end of the episode with Joe’s teary discovery of a company called Apple and their new computer -- the Macintosh. Joe knows the Macintosh threatens to render everything Cardiff has worked for obsolete.

However, the team’s immediate problems might be each other.

According to the episode 10 synopsis, when Joe and Gordon prepare to move the Giant back to Texas, another suspicious glitch occurs leaving them blaming each other for the problem. Viewers might remember that Joe has a history of self-sabotage at Cardiff, staging Cameron’s memory backup crisis in episode 4.

Speaking of Cameron, the wildcard programmer was not present at Cardiff’s Vegas presentation, scorned by Joe and Gordon’s decision to spurn her innovative operating system in favor of speed and cost efficiency. With Joe gently suggesting she follow the young wave of talent to Silicon Valley, viewers are left in doubt as to her future with Cardiff going into the season finale.

Meanwhile, Donna might be the show’s most compelling character as the season winds down. After following Gordon to Vegas and rekindling their marriage, Donna is now reeling after the revelation that Hunt played her and she and Gordon are on the rocks once again. A video preview of the finale, “1984,” shows Donna back at Texas Instruments frustrated as she tries to explain her erratic behavior.

'Halt and Catch Fire' Season 1 Spoilers: Season Finale Synopsis Released; What Will Happen In Episode 10, '1984'?

Watch the season finale   (Episode 10, '1984') this Sunday Aug. 3 at 10:00pm on AMC

photo credit :  http://dyiddo.deviantart.com

Forecast for the Trinity Triangle: AWESOME

The Trinity Triangle

 

An artist's rendering of The Trinity Triangle Development.
 Source: Oakhurst Realty Partners



The Trinity Triangle development will offer 5,982 sq. ft. of prime retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. The new mid-rise 210  apartment development , will be located in the heart of downtown Decatur between Twain's and The Kimball House.
The development features three available restaurant/retail spaces ranging from 1,250 to 2,900 sq ft.  All three spaces to have excellent visibilty on E. Trinity Pl. and will have high ceiling heights and access to free parking spaces in the building parking deck.
Source of info from  Oakhurst Realty Partners



And yes Dairy Queen will be back.

The 2014 Madison Ave Soapbox Derby is September 27th

 From: http://madisonavesoapboxderby.org/
Hello Neighbors! We would like to formally introduce you to the Madison Ave Community Fund! The Madison Ave Community Fund (MACF) is a non-profit organization started by us, your neighbors, to help us direct the funds raised from the Madison Ave Soapbox Derby and other future events. For those new to the neighborhood or who haven’t experienced the Madison Ave Soapbox Derby for some crazy reason, it is an amazing event started by a group of neighbors in 2011. We got together and came up with the zany idea of bringing together our families to have fun while raising money for a local charity benefiting the children of our community. Thanks to all the support of our awesome neighbors and neighborhood businesses, the event has grown from about 20 drivers in 2011 to 100 drivers in last year’s rain soaked derby. We are proud to announce that we have now donated over $30,000 to local children’s charities!

All this amazing support has led us to get formalized and officially become a non-profit organization and soon an official 501c3 charitable organization (our application is pending with our friends at the IRS). We have some big ideas for the future including the 2014 Madison Ave Soapbox Derby on September 27th, forthcoming bock parties, and various other fun events. So stay tuned and start building your cars!


Our mission and focus is on the children of our neighborhood where we will look use our resources to further the goal of giving all Oakhurst kids a similar childhood experience and opportunity to succeed. This means supporting established organizations like we have in the past or doing things on our own to help neighbors in need or really anything that helps us achieve that goal.

We are an all-volunteer organization and welcome any support you have to offer. If you are interested, even if just to volunteer a few hours of your busy schedule, we would love to have you.

To see 3rd Annual photos from last years Madison Ave Soapbox Derby click here.

2nd Annual Madison Ave Soapbox Derby photos here.
1st  Annual Madison Ave Soapbox Derby photos here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Huge Kudzu Sale-Sandy Springs & Decatur! Rowe sofas too!

 All info sent in from Kudzu Antiques
 STOREWIDE SALE!
UP TO 40% OFF
1000'S OF ITEMS REDUCED!
Antiques - New Furniture - Industrial - Midcentury
Decatur & Sandy Springs - Ends Wed. Aug 6
Join us for: 
Kudzu Lover's Day!
Special Preview Sale Tuesday July 29
Get first choice! Enter drawings for $500 in Gift Certificates! And first 10 customers at each store receive a free Votiva candle ($25 value)!


plus!
Special Rowe Furniture Sale
Made in USA Sofas & Chairs
15% off Kudzu's low price
THAT'S 40% OFF MSRP!
Rowe Sale Ends Aug.11!


KUDZU & COMPANY
6450 Roswell Road *Sandy Springs 
404-255-2548  open Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6

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"Best of Atlanta" since 1979
KUDZU ANTIQUES
2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. * Decatur
404-373-6498 open 7 days 11a-7p


2nd Annual Decatur Dinner Party September 6th

From The Decatur Minute
Tickets are on sale now for the 2nd Annual Decatur Dinner Party!  Enjoy delicious dishes prepared by some of Decatur’s most talented chefs to raise money for Decatur’s Kitchen Garden – a Global Growers Project.  This limited attendance event will feature live music, beer, wine and a live auction.

Get your tickets today for what is sure to be the foodie event of the year on Saturday,

Former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd and Judy Turner are Host Committee Co-Chairs along with; Neil Dobbs, John Kelley, Alan & Jane McNabb, and Peggy Merriss.
Get tickets here http://www.globalgrowers.net/


September 6th, 6:30pm at the Decatur Cemetery. Tickets are $125 each, or reserve a full table for a party of 8 at $1200.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival is Oct 18th

The Decatur Minute Reminds us about the upcoming Decatur Craft
Beer Festival:

Monday is as good a day as any to chat about the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. The date is set (Saturday, Oct. 18th) and ticket go on sale through Ticket Alternative on Monday, Sept. 15th at noon.  Be sure to put that date on your Outlook calendar because you know they will sell out fast!  You can always plan to volunteer, which gets you in for free, but even those spots come with a price.  The more events you have volunteered for, the better your chances are of being invited to volunteer for this awesome event.  Need to get in your hours?  The Decatur Book Festival is looking for some help- click here for all the details.

Do you ever wonder what we do with all the money we make from the Decatur Beer Festival?  We give it away! (In the form of grants, to Decatur-based non-profit groups) You have exactly one week left to apply for a grant-just check out the website for all of that information.

And did you notice the sweet 2014 logo?  It was designed by the talented Mike Jones of Columbus, Georgia  and we think it will look really cool on a tasting glass!

Keep checking the Decatur Craft Beer Festival website and Facebook page for all kinds of info and updates…there is some super secret talk of adding a VIP section to the festival this year…

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thrillist Top 5 Taco Spots includes Decatur's MARBAR

From  http://www.thrillist.com/eat/atlanta/best-tacos-in-atlanta-things-to-do-in-atlanta

By Sebastian Davis

Bartaco
West Midtown

Barcelona’s Westside cousin isn’t subtle about wanting to absolutely own tacos. To make that happen they've got taco trays filled with tacos... um, filled with pork belly, duck, fried oysters, and whatever else they can come up with meat-wise.

  

La Urbana
Midtown

Their open-air atmosphere provides the perfect setting for you to get your mitts on their street food-style taco pescado, which, because this sucker's stuffed with fish, probably isn't a Spanish word for beef. But who knows?!

   

Elmyriachi
Kirkwood

Simple, savory turkey chorizo and creamy monterey jack cheese are topped with a touch of lettuce and tomato inside a crunchy deep-fried shell that goes pop in your mouth. Nothing too complicated or ridiculous, just a delicious fried crescent cradling all the meatiness you need.

  

MARBAR

Decatur

Decatur’s revamped hotspot has many highlights, but let’s do a little math from their menu: shrimp + bacon x (caramelized onions + avocado) = OMG I want to eat that! Oh, and don’t worry about showing your work.

   
Oh Boy! Rotisserie and Tacos
Johns Creek

A place that specializes in rotisserie chicken AND tacos? Take us there now! In fact, take a few of their slow-cooked, smoky BBQ chicken tacos and shove 'em right in our taco-hole... which is what we'll be calling our mouth after this weekend.

14th Annual Decatur BBQ, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival Aug 16, 2014





 From: decaturbbqfestival.com

Tickets on sale NOW!


An All New Festival in 2014!

Click here to purchase tickets.
Mark your calendar for August 16, 2014, and don’t miss the 14th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blue Moon Designs Closing July 27

Blue Moon Designs located on Church Street is closing July 27, sign out front says "Everything Must Go"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cyclorama Moving from Grant Park to Atlanta History Center

From: http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com
By Howard Pousner
In a move of literal and figurative historic proportions, plans call for the Cyclorama, one of the city’s most valuable cultural artifacts, to leave its Grant Park home of nearly a century and relocate to a new building at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

The announcement, which has an appraised value of $25 million, is being made by Mayor Kasim Reed at a City Hall press conference Wednesday morning.

A surprise part of the news is that the history center, having recently completed an unrelated $21.1 million capital improvement campaign, already has raised $32.2 million. That amount is sufficient to move the painting, construct a 23,000-square-foot building that will be accessible to visitors from its main entrance, conduct an extensive restoration and create an endowment to maintain it.

The Cyclorama painting would remain the property of the city. The history center and city still have to reach a long-term license agreement, and the deal will be contingent upon City Council approval.

A building in Grant Park has housed the massive, panoramic, city-owned painting, which depicts the Battle of Atlanta, since 1921. With the painting in need of a restoration estimated at more than $8 million, the city appointed an advisory group in 2012 to explore options.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Bike Rodeo Sat. Aug. 2, 2014

From: clairmontheights.org
Bike Rodeo Event Date and Time: 08/02/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm From DeKalb Police: DeKalb County Police Department 2014 BIKE RODEO. Saturday August 2, 2014, 8am – 12noon. Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road, Tucker Ga. 30084. Hosted by: North Central Precinct. Ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. ***SEE ATTACHED FLYER***

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tesla Motors Coming to Decatur on Church Street

Even before demolition has begun at the site of its planned Decatur store, Tesla Motors is gearing up to invade Buckhead.

From: http://www.bizjournals.com
Urvaksh Karkaria
    Staff Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle


The Palo Alto, Calif-based automaker plans to invest $330,000 in building out a 3,245 square foot store at Lenox Square, according to a building permit filed with the City of Atlanta.

Tesla, which makes the all-electric Model S, has a store in Marietta and last month confirmed plans for a store and service center at a former Isuzu dealership, 1580 Church St. The 18,000-square-foot dealership sits on 2.5 acres and is next to a BMW dealership.
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Great Balls of Fire: Jerry Lee Lewis himself and Dennis Quaid as the Pioneer Rock 'n' Roll Star

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Dennis Quaid as pioneer rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vanishing America - Arcade Cards

-- Most of these Arcade Movie Star and Recording Star vending machines were found at boardwalks. Do you remember these, and what or who was your first card ?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Learn how to Avoid "Too Good To Be True Fraud Scams" July 17



From: http://thedecaturminute.com/
 When : Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday series hosts a panel of experts on avoiding fraud and scams, especially those targeting older adults. Whether you are concerned for yourself or a loved one, learn steps to prevent being taken advantage of by investment scams, telemarketing schemes and other fraud, identity theft, and financial exploitation of older adults and other vulnerable individuals.

The panel includes Sgt. Jennifer Ross, Decatur Police Department Community Information and Education Officer; Jeanne Canavan, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office; and Elder and Family Law attorney Donald S. Horace, Esq.

Think you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam? Here are some resources for help:

    Decatur Police Department: 404-373-6551
    FBI Information on Common Fraud Schemes
    Georgia Senior Legal Hotline: 404-657-9915
    Adult Protective Services: To report suspected exploitation of an elder person who lives in a private residence call 404-657-5250


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Book as Art July 18-Sept. 19, 2014

From : decaturartsalliance.org
July 18-September 19, 2014

Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
One West Court Square, Suite 110

Artist books take many forms— from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative; abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. Artist books can be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the hand, and made tangible in forms that introduce us not only to new interpretations of an ancient concept but also to questions and ideas on 21st century form and format. Artists who observe this world and interpret the idea of the book are the exhibitors in this juried exhibition visually celebrating the book form.

The Decatur Arts Alliance and the gallery of The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur bring the latest edition of this exciting visual component of artists books to the largest independent book festival in the country. The selected works will be on display July 18 to September 19 and include work from US and international artists.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Georgia's Oldest Theatre Gets Oldest Star Wars for Anniversary Showing

 The Plaza Theatre Georgia's Oldest Theatre Gets Oldest Star Wars for Anniversary Showing 

 From : http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/georgias-oldest-theater-gets-oldest-star-wars-movie-anniversary-screening/
By ANITA BUSCH and DAVID BLOOM
Atlanta’s Plaza, the state’s oldest continuously operating film palace, will open celebrations of its 75th anniversary on July 18 with an extremely rare screening of  Star Wars: Episode IV, the first of the six films (for the moment) in the much beloved sci-fi movie cycle. That original Star Wars film came out in 1977, then underwent a substantial cleanup of its VFX and more during the Special Edition version that came out on the film’s 20th anniversary. Disney officials confirmed that the digital print being provided the Plaza will be based on the Special Edition version which got a wide release in 1997. The original 1977 was re-released in April of 1981.

But think of this, some of the tickets are going for $75 a pop.

A few years ago, during a special event spotlighting Star Wars’ visual effects at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, writer-director George Lucas said that he would never want to re-release the film’s original version featuring the old (though then ground-breaking) VFX, because the technological progress made in the ensuing decades allowed him to come closer to actually creating the movie that he saw in his own head. Whatever the version on screen, the original Star Wars hasn’t had a lot of runs in theaters in quite a while. But then again, when the movie came out, it stayed out, setting box office records and running in some theaters for more than a year (76 weeks(!) at one Beaverton, Ore., theater alone) as part of more than 6,000 engagements in the United States and hundreds more overseas.

File photo.

Willy's Mexicana Grill celebrates new Openings

From:tomorrows news today
 Atlanta-based Willy's Mexicana Grill has signed a lease on what will be its 25th location. The new Willy's will open in Peachtree City at 2775 Georgia 54.  The new Willy's joins existing eateries Zo√ęs Kitchen (to its left) and Schlotzsky's Deli / Cinnabon (to its right).  The roughly 2500 square foot space Willy's will occupy previously was My House Restaurant, a local eatery that closed a few months ago. 

The Peachtree City Willy's is slated to open in early December. 

Willy's recently opened its highly anticipated Brookhaven location at Cherokee Plaza that according to a company representative was performing especially well, even as they waited for their liquor license.

Another Willy's is slated to open tomorrow (7-15-14) at the Village at Druid Hills followed by another in Sandy Springs around Labor Day.
more http://www.tonetoatl.com/2014/07/willys-celebrates-lease-of-25th-location.html

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Who Remembers HULLABALOO - The 'IN' Place for Young Adults

Located in Decatur GA in the shopping center where The Belvedere Theatre was located.
this photo taken circa 1969

Friday, July 11, 2014

FAQ'S About Skyview Atlanta

 From: http://www.skyviewatlanta.com/

When are you open?

Please be sure to check our Facebook page at facebook.com/SkyViewAtlanta or call us directly at 678-949-9023 for updates or changes to regular hours.  However, barring inclement weather and scheduled maintenance, we are normally open Sunday: 12 PM – 11 PM, and Monday – Thursday: 10 AM – 11 PM. On Friday and Saturday, we're open from 10 AM – Midnight.



What methods of payment does SkyView Atlanta accept?

We accept cash on-site, as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit and debit cards. Credit or debit cards can also be used to purchase tickets online.



How long is the flight?

Flights vary but they are typically 9-15 minutes or 4 complete rotations.



Is there a security check at SkyView Atlanta?

Yes. Guns, knives or weapons of any kind are NOT allowed at any time on the property.



Do you allow food & drink?

Only food and drink purchased on the premises are permitted.



Do you allow pets?

Pets are not allowed.  Only guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for people with disabilities and working dogs in training are permitted.



Are infants welcome on flights?

Of course. All gondolas are fully enclosed. Plus, all children 2 and under fly free. As long as they’re human.



What is a VIP flight?

In a word, THEBESTTHINGEVER. First, you get to skip the line, then you take an extended flight in a special VIP gondola with a glass floor and leather seats. A VIP flight can fit up to 5 people on one flight and is the ultimate experience. VIP Flights cost $50 per person. And don’t worry – each flight is a private experience. If there are just a few of you, you won’t have to share it with strangers.



How many people can fit in a gondola at one time?

Anywhere from 2-6 people can fly at one time on a gondola.



Can I use SkyView Atlanta to host a party or event?

Absolutely! Our VIP area can be cordoned off for your private event or party. To reserve SkyView Atlanta and give your guests a truly unique experience at your next event, email events@skyviewatlanta.com or click here to learn more about our event spaces.



Do you offer group discounts?

We sure do! SkyView Atlanta is the most fun when a whole bunch of people get to experience it together and then talk about what they saw and enjoyed. We offer discounts for groups of 20 people and up. Click here to see our group discount pricing sheet and to make a group reservation.



Does it get too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter?

No way! SkyView Atlanta is a great way to beat the summer heat or warm up in winter. All our gondolas are climate controlled with A/C or heat, depending on the weather outside.



Where is the best place to park?

Our parking lot is located two blocks south on the corner of 100 Luckie St. and 101 Cone St. Parking is $5. When you park in our lot, be sure to show us your parking ticket to receive a discount on your parking. SkyView Atlanta is also very easy walking distance from the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and Philips Arena, so no matter where you park, you can easily get the thrill of a SkyView Atlanta flight!



Is SkyView Atlanta MARTA-accessible?

Of course. There are several bus stops nearby at Spring St. and Luckie St., Spring St. and Walton St. and at Marietta St. and Centennial Olympic Park Dr. SkyView Atlanta is also a short walk away from the Peachtree Center Station if you’re traveling by train. Be sure to visit ItsMARTA.com for schedules and more information.



Is SkyView Atlanta wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Our gondolas are wheelchair accessible for everyone to enjoy.



Is SkyView Atlanta funded by the city of Atlanta?

No. There are no tax dollars being spent on SkyView Atlanta and it is located on private property.



Does SkyView Atlanta take photos of guests?

Yes, SkyView Atlanta offers everyone the opportunity to take a photo before taking a flight. After your flight, your photo will be available for purchase at various size and pricing options. As well, you can order additional copies of your photo here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kings Hwy Chosen for Triple Nine Film



The City of Decatur has issued a film permit to 999 Productions, LLC for filming of a project titled TRIPLE NINE to take place in the 200 block of Kings Highway in the evening and overnight hours beginning today through Friday morning.
Stretches of Ansley Street and Kings Highway will also be used for filming some neighborhood driving shots. To safely accommodate filming, Decatur Police will be directing
traffic with stoppages lasting no longer than 3 minutes. Most of this work will be done in the evening and through the night until 8am on July 12.
The production company  realizes they are guests in the neighborhood and the cast and crew will treat it with the utmost respect. In general, there will be some noise due to special effects associated with filming such as bright lights and engine noises. Also, the city has given permission to have the street lights turned off during the filming. Additional officers will be present to keep the area safe and secure.
Photo credit google maps

Selling Underground Atlanta

 From: ajc.com
By Katie Leslie and J. Scott Trubey

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City leaders are moving closer to selling

CBRE Brokerage Services, acting on behalf of Atlanta’s Downtown Development Authority, recently placed a legal notice in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for redevelopment concepts and proposals for the property. The request comes with a laundry list of requirements, including a detailed redevelopment plan and financial statements of the interested parties. The legal ad states that proposals are due July 14.

The advertisement allows the city to test the waters for interest in the property, and comes within a few months of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to sell the nearly 12-acre struggling downtown mall. The Atlanta City Council approved legislation in March to buy out the rights of CV Underground, the real estate company that manages the shopping and entertainment facility, for $8.8 million.

Reed spokeswoman Melissa Mullinax noted the advertisements were placed in accordance with state law, but declined to elaborate on whether the city has a buyer in mind.
 Underground Atlanta and have quietly advertised a request for redevelopment proposals for the infamous downtown tourist attraction.
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Photo credit ebay

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival Sunday July 20

From:http://killertomatofest.tumblr.com/
  The Goat Farm Arts Center is proud to present chef Ford Fry’s sixth annual JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 20 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 50 of the South’s top chefs along with 19 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions to raise money for Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen.

Because of the astonishing growth and popularity of the event, the number of participants has outgrown the festival’s home of five years, JCT. Kitchen & Bar.

High-profile judges including Garden & Gun deputy editor Dave Mezz, Esquire food and travel correspondent John Mariani and Tasting Table creative director Todd Coleman and Food & Wine associate food editor Ben Mims are choosing the best tasting dish and best tasting cocktail during the event. The festivities will also include food writer, stylist and photographer Angie Mosier and registered dietician, author and food journalist Carolyn O’Neil as co-masters of ceremonies, as well as a live performance from The B-53s and DJ Brian Poust. Special guest David Miller, the actor who played Mason Dixon in the original “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” movie, is returning this year to present the awards to winners.
Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival celebrates its sixth year at a new location, The Goat Farm Arts Center and is the recipient of The Goat Farm’s Arts Investment Package. In collaboration with the festival, the Goat Farm experiential design team has created a dynamic visual and aural environment that will spark thought provoking dialogue for the audience.

tickets here 

Directions

Monday, July 7, 2014

Decatur's Smith Ace Hardware Closing

From Smith's Hardware facebook page.

    Decatur, GA
After 42 successful years, the Decatur store has closed it's doors to allow the property to be developed. We thank you for your loyalty and your business.
Photo credit google maps
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 Another location is planned.
According to Georgia Public Notice website, an affidavit of business was made back in April  with trade name Smith Ace Hardware to be located in Marietta on Delk Rd.

Smith Ace Hardware also has a Buckhead location.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Burger 21 Coming to North Druid Hills

From: http://www.ajc.com/news/business/burger-21-beefing-up-metro-atlanta-presence/ngYC2/
 By Christopher Seward
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
http://www.burger21.com/ Burger 21, a Tampa-based “fast casual” restaurant chain that moved into metro Atlanta last year, plans to add locations in Buckhead, the Cumberland Mall area of Smyrna and in North Druid Hills, the company said Wednesday. The plans increase the number of restaurants in development to eight for the metro area. The chain opened its first local restaurant in Buford near the Mall of Georgia in Gwinnett County last summer.
 “We are actively in the site selection process with [franchisees] for the Atlanta market,” Dan Stone, vice president of franchise development for Front Burner Brands, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Front Burner Brands is the management company for Burger 21. The three latest Burger 21s in development will be built by local franchisee Chris Bastecki, who is also a franchisee of Jimmy John’s locations. Bastecki’s first Burger 21 will be built next year in Buckhead, possibly by the second quarter. more
Photo credit: restaurantmagazine.com

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vacation Time


Get Ready for Decatur's July 4th Pied Piper Parade

Decatur GA   Decatur's July 4th Pied Piper Parade. File photo
From: http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/index.aspx?page=388
Join Decatur's July 4th Pied Piper Parade as it winds through downtown Decatur. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate, or walk in this event.

The City Commissioners will lead the parade in the mini-firetruck. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun.

Parade line-up is at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. It ends at the Community Bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner.

Anyone may participate in the parade but those with vehicles must register by completing the July 4th Pied Piper Parade Guidelines form.

The concert, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9 p.m.) and are shot from the top of the DeKalb County parking deck.

For information call 404-371-8386 or email Katie.Abel@decaturga.com. For 24-hour information call the Decatur Events Hotline, 404-371-8262.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Looking Back at WSB-TV's Salute 2 America Parade circa 1975

These are Never before Published photos.
 Actress Karen Valentine. I wonder if where she stayed while here was in ROOM 222.
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 -- Actress Lucie Arnaz her parents were "I LOVE LUCY" stars Lucillie Ball & Desi Arnaz
--  Singer and actor Frankie Avalon. GREASE is the word.
 -- Actor Gordon MaCrae
 -- Actor Leif Erickson
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 -- Actor Timothy Bottoms -  The Last Picture Show. He does look like President George W. Bush.

 --TIME magazine in 1972 featured Flip Wilson's image on their cover and named him "TV's first black superstar".
--This is JEOPARDY!   Alex Trebek host of many game shows. Colonial Penn  will call you.
 Chill Wills was a character actor of American Westerns. Two of my favorite movies he made are McLintock! and GIANT.
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 Oliver Gleichenhaus founder of "Ollieburgers" and "Ollie's Trolleys"... Coke, Cigars and Women.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Eye on Ponce City Market

--From: http://www.poncecitymarket.com/home
As the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta's history, Ponce City Market will restore 1.1 million square feet of the historic Sears, Roebuck & Company building, creating a vibrant urban centerpiece that combines 330,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 475,000 square feet of office space and 259 residential flats.

The redevelopment will focus on preserving the building's historic character and sustaining its connection with the community. Ponce City Market will reflect the authenticity of the historic structure and the surrounding neighborhoods, returning the building to its prominence as a thriving landmark in the Southeast.

The evolution of Ponce City Market will incorporate a pedestrian network, city parks and access to new BeltLine trails, linking dynamic intown neighborhoods with the convenience and comfort of highly desirable retail, dining, exceptional residences and Class-A loft office space.

As a development born of integrity, in 2014 Ponce City Market is destined to emerge as Atlanta's next great urban experience. Be sure to follow the blog, Facebook and Twitter pages for ongoing updates.
Looking for a new place to live, check out the FLATS at Ponce City Market.

Seeking a FLAT on the Beltline?

From: www.flatsatpcm.com
Wherever you go, the sky-kissing, tall brick tower at Ponce City Market is your beacon for finding your apartment at the FLATS at Ponce City Market. Following a years-in-the-making, dramatic revamp, the landmark Sears building is preserved, wholly-renovated, and full of life again.

Live upstairs in the Flats at Ponce City Market, and you’re connected to the best neighborhoods, offices, retail, and cultural scenery in the city. Hop a lift to your own lofty flat with tall, steel-frame windows, Euro-style fittings, and treetop views. Grab coffee in a refashioned rail shed. Pedal to cafes and shopping. Catch farmers’ markets, festivals, and art shows.
Flats apartments are now available for rent, right on the Atlanta BeltLine, across from the historic Fourth Ward Park.

Photo credits : D.G.Whitefield

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Paving on S. Candler begins June 30

From: http://thedecaturminute.com/
The Georgia Department of Transportation has contracted with E. R. Snell Contractor, Inc.  to mill and pave the South Candler Street section of Route 155 from College Ave. to Memorial Dr. beginning Monday, June 30. Work will take place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays only.

There will be no work during the Independence Day Holiday weekend. Work will resume Monday, July 7.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Clermont Hotel's Rebirth Is Under Way!



     Atlanta GA.     Photo credit: Next Stop...Decatur
  From: atlanta.curbed.com
Hey Blondie, put your hard hat on! Interior demolition work started on the Clermont Hotel, the famously shady Ponce de Leon Avenue inn that sits atop the Clermont Lounge, officials told Curbed Atlanta. Exact plans are still largely a mystery, but this week's progress marks the first step in converting the 90-year-old eyesore into a four-star boutique hotel. Developer Ethan Orley has also now provided just the slightest hint of a timeline for the project. The leader of Clermont Hotel Partners LLC — a team of New York- and Nashville-based investors — said construction will begin in earnest sometime this fall.

Orley's team purchased the 88,000 square-foot Clermont Hotel, which was closed due to health violations and foreclosed upon in 2009, for $2.5 million in late 2012. That said, and as Creative Loafing has previously pointed out, anywhere from $10 to $30 million in improvements may be needed. The plans of Atlanta-based G+G Architects will include a rooftop bar and "a restaurant with a notable chef to attract a local crowd," the paper reported. A two-story parking deck will be added and a nearby house on Bonaventure Avenue will be converted into more rooms. The Clermont Lounge — the longtime basement home of Blondie and her beer-crushing bosom — is expected to remain untouched. Smartphone photos, as always, will prompt expulsion.

— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep