Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Decatur's Haints and Saints Halloween Parade - Sunday Oct 29

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Cult Classic CHRISTINE Playing at The Plaza Theatre 10-20 thru 10-26


Christine – 10/20-10/26

Unpopular nerd Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which he names Christine. Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with the car, to the alarm of his jock friend, Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell). After bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) defaces Christine, the auto restores itself to perfect condition and begins killing off Buddy and his friends. Determined to stop the deaths, Dennis and Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh Cabot (Alexandra Paul), decide to destroy Christine.


Next Stop Decatur Time Machine circa 1942 & Today

 Decatur GA
In 1942 Wheat Williams Realty Co. purchased this location which was formerly Home Folks Grill.
Today this building is occupied by Salonred Kids .
123 E. Ponce De Leon Ave. Decatur GA

Small Scale Development Workshop Nov. 15 , 2017


On November 15, the City of Decatur and Decatur Development Authority will host a Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop.  Get a big picture view of small scale real estate development.  The Workshop offers specialized training about how to create small projects, like 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, which are residential, commercial or mixed use. The Workshop is a day-long session designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood based development projects.  The course assumes you know a lot about where you live, but not necessarily much about the real estate process or building development. Discover where you need help and meet the people who can help you. Through presentations on finance, design and site selection, a hands-on practice exercise, and networking with local like-minded people, this workshop is the first step to becoming a small developer yourself or creating a supportive ecosystem for small development in your city.
WHAT: Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairemont AvenueDecatur, GA, 30030
COST: Early Bird Registration Rate ($185) Concludes Friday, October 20, 2017
Regular Registration Rate ($215) Concludes Friday, November 10, 2017
Last Minute Registration Rate is ($245)
Register today at

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Puppy Love at The Marlay this Saturday

We'll have adoptable pups onsite along with the Laguanitas team to promote their special brews.


Saturday at 2 PM - 5 PM

The Marlay House
426 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, Georgia 30030


Please join us for a leisurely Saturday afternoon of delicious brews, music and doggie love!

We'll have adoptable pups onsite along with the Laguanitas team to promote their special brews.

We'll also be raffling off some fun gift baskets and certificates to support Doggie Harmony's ongoing dog rescue efforts!

So, mark you calendar and bring your friends. Dog friends welcome on the patio, but please only if they're dog/kid friendly.

See you soon.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2017 Madison Ave Soapbox Derby ( PHOTOS )


Adding More photos here check back later for more

Friday, October 6, 2017

Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct 7-8

B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST Preparing for takeoff at P'TREE DeKalb Airport Friday Oct 6, 2017

EVENT HOURS, SAT & SUN 9:00am-4:00pm

This year, the theme of the 4th Annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend, Oct. 7-8, 2017,
will honor and salute the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen, the first cadet graduates to earn their wings 75 years ago at Tuskegee-- becoming the first black U. S. Army Air Corps pilots, have a rich history that begins in WWII but reaches far beyond those confines. In conjunction with the celebration of the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, the weekend will also place a focus on the accomplishments of all African-American pilots from WWII to the present.

The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing will assemble at Dekalb-Peachtree Airportall the type of airplanes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. Along with other famous aircraft such as a FG-1D Corsair, SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber, T-6 Texan, C-46, Stearman bi-planes, Douglas DC-3 and after four years a B-17 Flying Fortress will offer rides and cockpit tours.

Meet WWII Veterans and noted authors, attend a WWII 8th Air Force Fighter Mission Briefing, enjoy 1940’s Hollywood entertainers, visit with WWII reenactors, participate in a photography workshop and attend a dinner symposium with the original Tuskegee Airmen at the 57th Fighter Group restaurant on Saturday evening.

  2000 Airport Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

For more info visit

Video Friday - David Gray - Babylon

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Start Your Engines- Madison Ave Soapbox Derby is Sat. Oct 7 , 2017

 SEE 2017 Race Day Schedule Below
 Be sure to visit :

 From  Raul Trujillo
Thanks for the info.

2017 Race Day Schedule

What you need to know…
10:30 Registration OPENS: Teams arrive, sign in, wait for car inspection & park
Enter Madison Ave thru Johnston Place beginning at 10:30. Look for the registration tent. An adult must check in for their child regardless of team grouping. Waivers must be signed before you proceed. DON’T FORGET YOUR HELMETS! NO HELMET, NO RIDE!
-Please note, at this time, we cannot make any changes to the team, team names or drivers. If you have not paid your registration fee you have been withdrawn from the race and we hope you can join us to watch the event.
11:00 Food area is open: Grab a bite to eat and prepare for racing!
Food options will remain open until 5:00 pm.
U Joint & Steinbeck’s tent
Grilled Cheese, Burgers (including Steinbeck’s Tower of Power), Hot Dogs, Pulled Pork,
Wraps, Jettie, Tots, Chips & Fruits
Matador tent
Pork Tacos & Grilled Street Corn
Bake Sale Tent – also selling race t-shirts
Beer Tent powered by The Faction
Steel City Pops: Great local popsicles
12:00 pm – Judging begins (cars all at the top of the street)
12:45 pm – Race introduction
1:00 pm – Race – ages 6 & under
1:45 pm – Race – ages 7 to 11
2:30 pm – Race – ages 12 to 17
3:30 pm – Race – ages 18 and up
4:00 pm – Race over – Old Matt Donald’s Farm takes the stage
4:30 pm – Awards Ceremony and Check Presentation
5:00 pm – Band back on stage for a second set
5:30 pm – that’s a wrap!
– This is a rough schedule. We cannot predict how the race will flow with over 80 drivers!
Please keep in mind that this is a grassroots event and we will do the best we can to stay on schedule.
Fun, fun, fun… The vision of this event is picnic/parade style where families, friends and neighbors will be walking to the event with their chairs & blankets while snacking with their families and watching the Derby. For those of you who live on Madison Ave we hope you invite your friends, set up a tailgate style picnic and enjoy the day! All others are welcome to set up their picnic goods on the sidewalks up & down the street.
We will have a “donation station” with baked goods for (cash or check) donation, t-shirts for sale ($20 for Youth & Adult) We encourage you to spread the word to bring cash & checks ONLY.

Music for Racing this should get you in the mood. From the Paul Newman movie "WINNING" (1969) soundtrack music by Dave Grusin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Taco Cantina Coming to the Old Fourth Ward

A new location of Taco Cantina is coming soon to the Old Fourth Ward.  The Mexican eatery from "acclaimed chef" Adolfo Gonzales will open in place of Baked Comfort Foods, which closed this past January at the Tribute Lofts near the intersection of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Boulevard.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Decatur Craft Beer Festival Tickets Still Available

Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting on the square in downtown Decatur, Georgia. Each general admission ticket ($45) includes a special tasting glass and unlimited sips from more than 80 breweries. Get the ultimat beer festival experience with a VIP ticket ($90).
Tickets on sale now!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A New re-creation of TOCO HILL Sign is Standing Tall at Shopping Center

 Toco Hill Shopping Center

 From :
Q: The shopping center on the corner of North Druid Hills and LaVista roads in Atlanta recently put up a huge, new sign that says “Toco Hill.” Where does the name Toco Hill come from?
—Joni Pelta, Atlanta
A: “Toco” is believed to be a phrase that the original developer, Clyde Shepherd, learned from a Brazilian Indian when he built airbases in that country during World War II, according to past AJC stories and the current owners of the shopping center, Edens. It is reported to mean to “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” Shepherd reportedly then paired the word with a hill that once was on the DeKalb County property.
The original Toco Hill sign was put up along the road in the middle of the 20th century, and it was torn down in the late 1980s or early 90s, according to Edens, which is redeveloping Toco Hill shopping center. Local Pizzaiolo, Hudson Grille, the vintage furniture and home d├ęcor shop Westside Market and Spiller Park Coffee are among new and planned eateries and shops.
The re-creation of the sign is based on the original — before it was painted. The new sign is in the center’s new plaza area, according to Edens, and integrated into the gathering space, which will also have a fountain.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Steel City Pops Update

 From :
 Steel City Pops opened their Austin, Texas location this past Wednesday and plans to open their new Atlanta area brick & mortar location, in downtown Decatur, by the end of the month.  The new shop is in addition to the Birmingham-based company's pop cart locations at Atlantic Station and at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.  Sources say that the company has plans for as many as two additional Atlanta area locations in the coming years.

Location 312 Church St. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

City Offices Closed Monday, September 11

 This is from the decatur minute

Due to the threat of severe weather for our area, all city offices are closed tomorrow, Monday September 11. Public safety, public works and emergency staff should report as normal.
Other cancellations:
-Monday garbage and recycling services. A notice for Tuesday’s services will be posted by Monday afternoon.
-Monday court sessions are all cancelled. Individuals will receive a notice of rescheduled dates and times.
-After School Programs
-Active Living activities
-Oakhurst Pool ribbon cutting.
Emergency updates and closures will be posted here, the city’s website, and all official City of Decatur social media platforms.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Timberland Plans a Lenox Square Store

Timberland plans to open a new store at Lenox Square in Buckhead next month.  Known for their durable boots and outdoor apparel, Timberland will open on the mall's second level, between LOFT and Gap Kids, in the approximately 3,000 square foot former Crocs space.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The AJC Decatur Book Festival September 1–3, 2017


The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.
The DBF is a community based non-profit that counts on your donations to operate each year. We are a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax deductible.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Henry Winkler ( The Fonz) at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center Sept 1

Decatur High School Performing Arts Center

Friday, Sept 1 .  5:00-6:00

This year's DBF Kidnote features Henry Winkler, affectionately known at The Fonz. Together with his writing partner, Lin Oliver, he writes the “Hank Zipzer” and “Here’s Hank” book series for young readers. The New York Times best-selling “Hank Zipzer” series chronicles the “high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences", and in 2014, the writers introduced “Here’s Hank,” a series targeting even younger children with reading difficulties. As a youngster, Henry suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia and has become an inspiring champion of children facing similar obstacles. 
read more 

  Photo credit: Apega / WENN

Monday, August 21, 2017

Special Video - Jerry Lewis as Typewriter

Joe's Crab Shack Shutters Over 40 Locations, Including Duluth Restaurant

 In recent weeks, Ignite Restaurant Group has shuttered more than 40 locations across the country in wake of its June Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
 The company, owner of the Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tap + Tavern
 concepts, was won August 7th by Landry’s Inc., (which like Ignite, is based in Houston, Texas) in a bankruptcy auction.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

If you like Mystery Science Theater 3000 you’ll love Cineprov! at The Plaza Theatre

Have you ever sat through a bad movie with your friends, making up dialogue and cracking jokes that are more entertaining than what’s taking place on screen? If the answer is YES then Cineprov is just the experience for you.
If you like Mystery Science Theater 3000 you’ll love Cineprov! Cineprov features a writer from Season 11 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, performing monthly.
Once a month, we gather to celebrate the art of the B-movie. We affectionately add our snarky commentary and pop culture references to forgotten camp classics, paying tribute to everything you love about bad movies, including:
– Preposterous plots
– Corny dialogue
– Wooden acting
– Technical gaffes
– Bargain basement special effects
Grab your popcorn, take your seat and prepare to see the movies Hollywood wishes were forgotten with a hilarious new soundtrack. Experience live comedy and gloriously terrible cinema with Cineprov!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Late-night Tacos and Booze at Deep End

Deep End in the Old Fourth Ward building at 621 North Avenue NE.

The team behind The Pinewood Tippling Room in Decatur and Ponce City Market’s The Mercury is taking over the former 4th & Swift space, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mike Blydenstein, Brooks Cloud, and Julian Goglia will reportedly open a late-night destination called Deep End in the Old Fourth Ward building at 621 North Avenue NE.
Deep End will focus on a beverage program — not a surprise, considering the owners — and the kitchen will turn out tacos. Service will run until 3 a.m. Cloud tells the AJC the idea is to give Ponce City Market patrons a place to hang out after the Central Food Hall shuts down for the night. Considering Jay Swift cited competition from new restaurants at PCM as a direct reason for 4th & Swift’s shutter last summer, cornering the late-night market may be a good bet for the Pinewood gang.
Deep End is one of three new projects Blydenstein, Cloud, and Goglia are planning. They’re also working on two Italian spots in Buckhead’s former Prohibition space: Bar Americano and Bar Crema. The former will serve lunch and dinner, and the adjoining Bar Crema will offer take-away items, desserts, gelato, and coffees. Beverages will be inspired by classic cocktails and Italian aperitivos, and they will feature premium spirits and housemade ingredients. Chef Adam Waller is leaving Bocado in Westside to run the kitchen at Bar Americano, reports the AJC.
Owners hope to have Deep End, Bar Americano, and Bar Crema open later this year.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Crosswalk at South Candler St and East Davis St

  UPDATE: The crosswalk at South Candler St and East Davis St is an active construction zone until installation of the HAWK signal is complete. Beginning Thursday, August 3rd, the crosswalk will be staffed with a crossing guard during the morning and afternoon school zone hours. Please proceed with caution when crossing at this location.
From time to time during construction of the HAWK, the crosswalk may be closed without notice. Please make sure you have an alternate route.

 The city is striving to make your travel to school safe and pleasant. Thank you again for your patience.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eye on N. McDonough St.

Eye on 1940's Decatur

Lane Drug Store at Clairmont & Ponce de Leon Ave was a gathering spot in Decatur. Husbands and children rode the trolley out from Atlanta and then phoned from the drug store to get someone to pick them up in the days before the second family car.
Photo from Mrs. J.O. Bowen Jr.
Courtesy of Vanishing Dekalb
Dekalb Historical Society

Thursday, July 27, 2017

8th Annual Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl Sat. July 29




Atlanta's largest, bloodiest and longest-running ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL returns to North Highlands Avenue at 4pm on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 for it's 8th year. Hosted by Diesel Filling Station, known for hosting Atlanta's largest weekly "The Walking Dead" TV viewing parties, this unique event will feature five pubs on the North Highlands stretch (all within easy walking distance), on-site zombie make-up artists, special guests, food & drink specials... in addition to a Zombie Costume Contest, voting for the annual Atlanta Zombie Pin-Up Contest, an After-Party and more! Complete info. at

  • Professional Zombie Make-Up (at Diesel Filling Station, 4-7 p.m.)
  • Complimentary zombie drink/shot tickets for each of the 5 official Zombie Pub Stops (5-10 p.m.)
  • Exclusive Food/appetizers specials (for ticket-holders)
  • Admission to the 8th Annual ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL
  • Admission to the ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL After-Party (8pm-2am)
VIP 'GORE' PACKAGE: $70 (only 50 TOTAL!!!)
  • Professional Zombie Make-Up with prosthetic make-up (at Diesel Filling Station, 4-7 p.m.)
  • Limited edition laminated VIP Party Pass with lanyard.
  • Commemorative Event T-shirt (Sized to order). T-shirt available for pick-up at Diesel Filling Station (4-7 p.m.) See the 2017 design HERE (created by JERT)
  • Bottomless sponsor beer (at Diesel Filling Station, 4-7 p.m., while it lasts)
  • Complimentary zombie drink/shot at each of the 5 official Zombie Pub Stops (5-10 p.m.)
  • Exclusive Food/appetizers specials (for ticket-holders)
  • Admission to the 8th Annual ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL
  • Admission to the ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL After-Party (8pm-2am)
  • The first 15 VIP purchasers get a BONUS GIFT valued at $15 – see it HERE.
DRINK TICKETS (only): $20
  • Complimentary zombie drink/shot at each of the 5 official Zombie Pub Stops (5-10 p.m.)
  • Exclusive Food/appetizers specials (for ticket-holders)
  • Admission to the 8th Annual ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL
  • Admission to the ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL After-Parties (2) 9pm-2am
2017 T-SHIRT DESIGN: See it HERE (designed by artist JERT)




Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby Beneficiary Will Be Decatur Robotics. - Derby Day is Oct. 7, 2017

 This Year Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby will be Oct 7, 2017

We are proud to announce that the beneficiary for the 2017 Madison Ave. Soapbox Derby will be Decatur Robotics.
Decatur Robotics is a STEAM organization (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based in Decatur, GA devoted to inspiring youth to be science and technology leaders and innovators. Decatur Robotics engages elementary, middle and high school students in exciting programs and competitions that build 21st century skills and foster life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership. They provide access to life-changing STEAM programs to as many students as possible and aim to help close the gap that exists between our community’s lower- and higher-income students. Scholarships are available to students who would otherwise be unable to participate.
Decatur Robotics students call it the “hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
OUR MISSION: Decatur Robotics seeks to inspire youth to be science and technology leaders and innovators. We engage them in challenging programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that foster life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
FIRST’s VISION: “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” – Dean Kamen, Founder

Monday, July 24, 2017

Big Tex is Now Back Open

 308 W Ponce De Leon Ave Ste H
Decatur, Georgia, GA 30030
 (404) 377-3939
 Hours 5:00PM - 11:00PM 


Repaving of Downtown Streets this Week



Update:  Downtown paving has been postponed until Tuesday, July 25.

The impact

Weather permitting, several downtown Decatur streets will be repaved beginning Monday, July 24, following completion of the present milling work concluding — ideally — on Friday, July 21.
This is an ambitious effort and is being done to complete as much work as possible before the City Schools reconvene on August 1. It’s expected the work will take 2-3 days.

How to manage

North McDonough and the two intersections will remain open to two-way vehicle traffic. However, there will be temporary lane closures and traffic delays during the work. East Howard will be closed to through traffic for a short period when it is being resurfaced.
Vehicular access on North Candler Street, East Howard Avenue and Barry Street will be limited and on-street parking will not be available on the affected streets during the work. Pedestrian access will remain open throughout the project area.
more at The Decatur Minute

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ponce City Market Planning a Second Phase

Ponce City Market, a mixed-use project that has been a boon to the Beltline, is planning its second phase, but not everyone is happy about it.
Cashelle Rose, President of the Fourth Ward Alliance, said PCM’s developer, Jamestown, is proposing three new buildings. The buildings would include a hotel, and commercial and residential spaces.
Renderings for the project were not provided to Atlanta Loop, but Curbed Atlanta was able to obtain one rendering which you can see by clicking here. According to Curbed, the hotel would be constructed on Glen Iris Drive and the other two buildings would be constructed on PCM’s southeastern corner. WSB-TV reports that one of the towers would be built on top of a parking deck.

more at

Friday, July 14, 2017

N. McDonough Street, Candler and McDonough Intersections Milling Begins Monday, July 17

 Photo credit Next Stop...Decatur


Weather permitting, North McDonough Street and the Candler and McDonough intersections at East Howard Avenue and College Avenue will be milled in preparation for final resurfacing starting on Monday, July 17. The work should take 2-3 days. This work is part of the North McDonough Streetscape Improvements and the Railroad Crossing Improvements at Candler and McDonough Streets.

Project details
The North McDonough Streetscape Improvements include reducing North McDonough to two vehicle lanes, providing for wider sidewalks, and installing a 2-way “cycle track” on the west side of the street, along with traditional streetscape improvements and on-street parking. The project also features significant “green infrastructure” improvements to improve storm water quality.
The Railroad Crossing Improvements will significantly improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, further encouraging those who live in Winnona Park, the McDonough-Adams-Kings Highway community, and other neighborhoods south of the CSX rail corridor to walk and bike into downtown Decatur.

 The improvements will provide gentler slopes on the north side of both crossings resulting in an accessible path for persons in wheelchairs or those using strollers, and a much safer route for all located outside the railroad crossing gates. Presently, pedestrians and bicyclists have to share the roadway with vehicles at these crossings.
In addition to improvements at the crossings, there will now be new pedestrian crosswalks where none presently exist — on the east side of both intersections and just north of the Candler crossing connecting to the sidewalk along the old Depot property.
Finally, improved vehicular mobility is also a project priority. Both crossings will include new traffic signals on both sides which will allow protected left turns on all legs of the two crossings.

see maps at :