Monday, April 27, 2015

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Beat the Street for Little Feet 5k - May 2

Kelly Miller reminds us about Beat the Street for Little Feet.

Run, stroll or trot your way through Oakhurst as a participant in the 8th Annual Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K!

This year’s race will take place on Saturday, May 2nd and features, as always, a 5K with a jogging stroller division, a 1-mile Fun Run, and a tot trot for the littlest ones. “Pete the Cat” t-shirts designed exclusively for the race by nationally known Decatur artist James Dean will be provided with registration to all racers, and are available for purchase as well. The race will be followed by a celebration and awards ceremony, with awards presented to winners of each age division and a “Pete the Cat” medal to all tot trot participants. There will also be a children’s party with activities and music. Please register for the race (or for your t-shirt!) at!! See you at the finish line!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Root City Market in Decatur Saturday May 2

Root City Market is holding a small pop-up market during the danceDanceDANCE! event happening in downtown Decatur on Saturday, May 2.

danceDanceDANCE! is a free, all-ages participatory dance experience that will include performances by Zoetic Dance Ensemble and others, art installations on neighborhood streetlight poles, and dancing in the streets. It’s happening along four blocks of E. Howard Avenue between Trinity Avenue and the Ice House Lofts. Root City will be at Color Wheel on 508 E. Howard, with goods from local makers including Little Barn Apothecary, The Factory Press, Flordeliza Leather Brand, So Worth Loving, In the Quiet Hours Hand Embroidery, and more.

danceDanceDANCE! is also designed to spark a larger conversation around creating the “Decatur EcoArts District,” a project to promote sustainable development that fosters creative expression (it’s supported by the City of Decatur and the Decatur Arts Alliance).

The market will run from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., while danceDanceDANCE! will last until 10.

You can learn more here:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Stone Mountain’s historic Train Depot Renovations

 The City of Stone Mountain’s historic Train Depot has undergone a $352,150 facelift. City officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 23 to celebrate the completion of exterior renovations on the project.

“It has been exciting to watch the transformation of the outside of the building. A year ago, there were holes in the mortar and the roof was leaking,” says Mayor Pat Wheeler.

The city received a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation to cover the cost of the project. The project took about four months to complete, according to city officials.

“Without the help of GDOT, this project could not have happened. They have been a great partner to work with on the Depot. We know now that the building will be standing and dry for many years to come,” Wheeler said.

The south side of the depot was built in 1857 shortly after the Georgia Railroad Company completed the line from Madison to Atlanta.

The north side was built in 1914 as a passenger office and waiting room. Beginning in the 1960s the building served as City Hall and the City Jail. It remained in use until 2012 when the new Municipal Building was completed.

Photo credits: Next Stop...Decatur

Eye on Decatur

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Smoke & Glory Showdown This Sunday April 26

From The Decatur Minute
Pine Street Market & Steinbeck’s are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Smoke & Glory Showdown held here at Steinbeck’s on Sunday, April 26th at high noon running until about 4pm. Proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen.
 Admission is $40.00 for adults and gets you two grown-folk beverages and tastes of all 14 entries, along with live music. A website devoted to the event is here:
The competition works thusly: we provide every restaurant raw pork butt. They prepare it in any way they like. The only rule is that the pork must be smoked.
 Where, when, how, additional cooking techniques… all up to the chef’s discretion. The winner is chosen by a combined tally from the People’s Choice & from our local BBQ celebrity judges. See you there! Cheers!

Woodlands Garden's Second Annual Youth Artist Market, Sat., April 25 from 11am-3pm

Woodlands Garden located at 932 Scott Blvd., Decatur, GA 30030 is having its Second Annual Youth Artist Market this Saturday April 25 from 11am-3pm.
 Artists in grades 2-12 will be showcasing the following: jewelry ,dream boxes, embroidered pillows, whimsical sculpture, flower crowns drawing, photography of Decatur, chalk painted wood pieces, and much more.
This event offers a great opportunity for Mother’s Day shopping and will include free gift wrap for Mother’s day purchases. For more information contact Nancy Martin at 404-373-8l65.
 Woodlands Garden
932 Scott Blvd.
Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kudzu's Earth Day Sale Runs through April 29

Kudzu Antiques - Decatur 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-373-6498 Kudzu & Company - Sandy Springs 6450 Roswell Rd. 404-255-2548

Decatur Estate's outdoor sale this Saturday

decatur estate's outdoor sale this saturday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Decatur Town Hall Meetings - Learn about Underage Drinking April 23


Learn more about and how to combat this problem of underage drinking Thursday April 23

Trinity Triangle is set to Open in Jan. 2016

By Bill Banks for the ajc

Decatur’s Trinity Triangle, bordered by Howard Avenue, Trinity Place and Church Street, will have its first apartment units ready for occupancy in late January.
 Kent Collins, principal owner for developer Centro Development, said the project will total 210 apartments — six live/work, 37 efficiency, 125 one-bedroom and 48 two-bedroom — ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 a month.

There will also be 6,500 square feet of first-floor retail/restaurant space, where currently the only announced tenant is Dairy Queen, which previously operated on the site for about 30 years.
Dairy Queen can begin its build-out in December but Colin said he anticipates it won’t open until after the apartments are ready. He added there’s space for at least one and maybe two more restaurants.

photo credit: Next Stop...Decatur

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Photos From the 2015 Atlanta Motorama

 Rain did not stop fans from the 2015 Atlanta Motorama Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama
Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19, 2015 9:00am-4:00pm
For more photos visit:


Spectators can enjoy two full days of family friendly motoring fun at the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama. Tickets are affordably priced and include access to all areas of the show including the vendor midway, show car garage, extreme motorsports and so much more.

Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Adults: $12 per day

Kids (6-11): $5

Ages 5 & under: FREE

Adult Weekend Pass $20

Spectator entrance is located at Gate 13.

TRES JOLIE BOUTIQUE Coming Soon to 427 Church St.

TRES JOLIE BOUTIQUE Coming Soon to 427 Church St. in the old Terrapin Station location.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Parent's Day Out for Blues for an Alabama Sky

Sent in by 
Kathleen Covington
Parent’s Day Out
April 25 at 2:30

Calling all parents! Please join us on Saturday, April 25 for Parent’s Day Out, featuring fun filled theatre workshops for kids*, all for $10.00 per child! While parents catch a 2:30 matinee performance of Blues for an Alabama Sky, the 20th anniversary production written by Atlanta’s own Pearl Cleage, kids will hang out with our Alliance Theatre Teaching Artists for fun, educational acting workshops. For more information or to register your child, visit or call 404.733.5000.

*Open to kids in grades K-5. Participants are invited to bring their own picnic snack. Kids may be dropped off no earlier than 2:00pm, and pick up will end at 5:30pm. Maximum of 9 children per registration. Advanced registrations only, day of walk up registrations will not be accepted.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Earth Day Festival this Saturday

From: the decatur minute
Location: Oakhurst Garden
435 Oakview Rd
Decatur, GA

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Goodwill Store and Donation Center Coming Soon to North Dekalb Square



Nonprofit Expanding Shopping and Employment Services to Decatur

Decatur – Goodwill of North Georgia will soon expand its footprint. The organization is building a store and career center in Decatur. Goodwill will break ground on the site Wednesday, November 19 at 10:00 am. Located at 2201 Lawrenceville Highway, the facility will be built in phases with the store opening first followed by the career center. Its support teams – finance, human resources, information technology and marketing – will also have offices on the property.

“We believe our presence will breathe new life into the community. Not only will our store draw shoppers and donors, but our two-story career center will allow us to serve a large number of job seekers,” says Director of Public Relations Elaine Armstrong.

The existing businesses in the North DeKalb Square shopping center will remain open during the construction of Goodwill’s 103,000 square foot facility. The adjacent space where Goodwill will build has been vacant for some time.

Opening a new location also means creating new jobs where they previously did not exist. “With each store we open, we create about 40 jobs,” says Armstrong. The career center will be Goodwill’s third in the county. “Our existing career centers on Columbia Drive and Buford Highway will continue to be a valuable resource to those looking for work, and the new center will allow us to be more convenient to people in another part of the county.”

Goodwill provides a variety of job training programs and employment services. It uses the sale of donated goods to fund those activities. This year, the nonprofit plans to help 16,500 North Georgians find work.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hogs and Hops 2015 - Sat April 11 @ Masquerade Music Park

From: Atlanta Beer Festivals presents Hogs and Hops 2015 Masquerade Music Park Saturday, April 11, 2015 1pm-5pm, VIP entry at 12pm Hogs and Hops will be hosted at the Masquerade Music Park for the second year.
 We plan on having more BBQ, more other food options, and more Beer! This year will be the best Hogs and Hops ever! Hogs and Hops is part beer festival and part food festival, which equals a carnival for your taste buds.
 Tickets: General Admission (Includes all beer samples and 4 Food tickets) $45 advance, $55 Day of Event Additional Food tickets can be purchased (1 for $3, 2 for $5) VIP (includes all beer samples and unlimited food tasting, 1 hours early entry) $75 advance, $85 day of event .

Notes: This is a 21 and up event, no babies, no kids or pets please. There will not be any designated driver tickets. Rain or shine. We will have big tents if we need them. Food will cut off at 4pm, and Beer/Wine will cut off at 4:45pm.

Eye on Decatur - Twain's
Twain's Pub
 211 E Trinity Pl.
 Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 373-0063

Monday, April 6, 2015

Plant Sale Extravaganza! @ The Wylde Center April 10-12

Three day plant sale extravaganza!
Friday, April 10: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 11: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, April 12: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Wylde Center has been busy this spring growing beautiful vegetable transplants for your garden.

Available for purchase:
Tomatoes - over 50 different varieties, incl. heirloom
Peppers - over 25 different varieties, incl. sweet, hot, and heirloom
Eggplant - over 10 different varieties
Okra, beans, soybeans, cucumbers, squash, and whatever else we grew in the greenhouse!
Culinary and Medicinal Herbs - over 50 varieties
Flowering annuals

Also on hand, will be
Succulents from Southeast Succulents
Native trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials from Beech Hollow Nursery.
Fruit trees from Ison's Nursery.

The Plant Sale Festival is a one-stop shop for your garden.

Info from:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 @ Edgewood

 Sent in by April Austin
Brain Juice Bounce is an active, creative and holistic camp that accomplishes the objective of educating the mind, the body and the heart of its students. STEM courses include Minecraft, App design, 3D Game Design with Unity and Robotics!
1223 Hardee Street
 Atlanta, GA 30307
Learn more at

About Us

These days it seems like children are born technology-savvy. From smartphones to video games, to touchscreen computers, they are surrounded by technology that is usurping the world around them. The evidence is clear. Children brighten when they interact with technology. Let us take that fascination to the next level! At Digitech U, we teach children how to adapt to the fast-paced world around them by equipping them with the technological tools they need to succeed in a global economy. From video game design to coding, our students develop new and exciting computer skills that are not only fun but advantageous in preparing children for the jobs of tomorrow. Join us in our vision to inspire children to reach their full potential.
To sign up and learn more go to

Friday, April 3, 2015

Doraville GM Plant to become Film and Television Production Studio


“Third Rail Studios” will be Georgia’s newest film and television production studio, located at the site of the former GM plant in Doraville, Georgia.

The first phase of construction will be an adaptive reuse of an existing 130,000 SF building to accommodate 60,000 SF of sound stages, 20,000 SF of production support plus mill shops, related vendor spaces and administrative offices.   At full buildout the media complex will be a 270,000-square-foot-facility becoming the first film studio of its magnitude north of Atlanta and inside the I-285 Perimeter.

The name “Third Rail Studios,” was chosen as a reference to the three rail lines that previously served the General Motors Doraville Assembly Plant as well as the creative energy the media production community will bring to the development. The now defunct rail lines will be preserved and integrated within the landscape, akin to New York City’s Highline.  The studios will anchor the “Yards District,” portion of the GM site, a one of a kind destination for dining, housing, entertainment, parks, art, retail, manufacturing and business.  Third Rail’s location will provide direct access to multiple forms of public transportation and major interstates as well as amenities such as food and entertainment.

PHase one TO BE complete end of year 2015

FURIOUS 7 - Need I Say More ?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sneak Peak of Ponce City Markets Central Food Hall

Get A Sneak Peak At Ponce City Market At 4th & Swift
by Krista Miller

Ponce City Market is only months away from opening, and people are already getting so excited about the new restaurants coming. If you want to get a taste of some of the amazing food that will soon be available, you’re in luck. A preview series is coming your way via Ponce City Market neighbor 4th & Swift.

The preview series will celebrate the opening of Ponce City Market’s highly anticipated Central Food Hall by giving Atlantans an exclusive first taste of the up-and-coming Old Fourth Ward restaurants. Guest chefs will take over 4th & Swift’s kitchen from 7 to 9 p.m., to prepare a sampling of dishes highlighting each concept’s signature cuisine while Swift and his team provide hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails.

Japanese Ramen and Yakitori with Guy Wong

The latest concept from Atlanta restaurateur Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya and newly opened Le Fat on the Westside, Ton Ton will feature a menu of Japanese ramen, yakitori, sushi and noodles and a Japanese market. The preview dinner on Tuesday, April 21, Wong will provide guests a taste from Ton Ton’s debut menu. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased here.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mark your Calendar for The 2015 Decatur Lantern Parade May 15

Everyone is invited to walk in the Decatur Lantern Parade!  Your participation is what makes a lantern parade magical.  Let your light shine!

Make your masterpiece lantern at home or come to a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided.

Line-up at Color Wheel Studio at 508 E. Howard Avenue after 8pm.  The parade steps off at 9pm led by The Black Sheep Marching Ensemble and parade guru Chantelle Rytter and marches to the Decatur Square.

NEW THIS YEAR! Workshops include Lantern Hats and Master Classes in addition to Bamboo Forms and Globe Lantern Workshops.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the 2014 event.

This event is sponsored by Color Wheel Studio, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur Education Foundation and Indie-Catur
Decatur Lantern Parade!  Your participation is what makes a lantern parade magical.  Let your light shine! Make your masterpiece lantern at home or come to a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided.

For more photos from Next Stop...Decatur click here


Eye on Suburban Plaza

- Click to enlarge. You can see some old Food Store lettering  from long ago.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Leon’s Full Service 6th Anniversary Party Today March 30

From the
The Decatur Minute has posted news about a 6 year Anniversary Party at Leon's today.
"Leon’s will have special food and drink features all day to celebrate its sixth anniversary. Sazerac, featuring members of Yacht Rock, will perform at 8 p.m."

The tiki menu will include Polynesian favorites like house spam and coconut prawns.

Leon’s Full Service
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

The Fernbank Spring Plant Sale (New Date) April 18

Due to overly cold conditions and a late start to spring, our suppliers were unable to provide plants for the earlier date! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Spring Plant Sale
***New Date***
April 18, 2015
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Fernbank Science Center horticulture staff will be on hand to provide planting advice
and suggestions for gardening problems.

All money generated at the plant sale supports programming at Fernbank Science Center.

Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307
Click here for driving directions

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Trinity Triangle Construction Update Photos



 Trinity Triangle, a 5-story mixed-use project located in the downtown district of Decatur, Georgia.  The development will have 210 residential units including 6 Live/Work units, as well as 6,000+ SF of street-level retail.  Construction completion is scheduled for June 2016 adding to an active and vibrant urban atmosphere.  ColeJenest & Stone is providing civil engineering and landscape architecture; the developer is Centro Development.

Rendering credit:
Also the Dairy Queen will be signing a lease this week according to different news services. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Grind House Killer Burgers to Open in Decatur Fall 2015


---Grind House Killer Burgers broke ground this week on the future Decatur location on N. McDonough St. across the street from Decatur High School in the old school bus parking lot.. They are planning a Fall of 2015 opening.
-- From: 
  Live Fast. Eat Well! 

 Grindhouse Killer Burgers served its first customer in 2009, inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in downtown Atlanta. The concept was created by by Alex Brounstein, an Emory graduate and former real estate attorney, who had been working to jump start the revitalization of Atlanta's historic indoor public market.

 Situated among seafood, meat and produce vendors, Grindhouse quickly became known as the place to get some of Atlanta’s best burgers in one of the most unique and fun atmospheres in the city. In its first year in business, Grindhouse was named Best Veggie Burger in Atlanta by Creative Loafing, and won the highly coveted Chomp & Stomp Chili Competition. 
Customers lined up for their fresh ground burgers, house made onion rings, shakes and fries, and stuck around for the campy B-movies and Kung Fu flicks projecting on the subway tile walls.

 In 2011, Grindhouse expanded with the opening of its second, "flagship" 100+ seat location on Piedmont Avenue, a converted fueling station featuring a killer covered patio, giant Killer Burgers neon signage, and a full bar featuring its now infamous Boozy Shakes. In 2013, Grindhouse is set to open two more locations - one in the Five Points area of Athens, and another outpost in the D terminal of Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport.

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMC Sets May 31 Premiere for ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Season 2

AMC is crossing its fingers for the reboot of of drama “Halt and Catch Fire” on May 31, two weeks after the finale of “Mad Men.”

The show, set in the mid-1980s amid the rise of the PC business in Texas, struggled to find an audience last year in its 10-episode run. But AMC brass had faith in the premise, series creators Chris Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers and showrunner Jonathan Lisco, who acknowledge that changes are in store for season two.

“We’re going to drill down even deeper into these characters we’ve created, to give you all the emotional and psychological depth you’ve come to expect from ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ while at the same time evolving the show to be brasher and even more addictive,” said Lisco.

Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe topline “Halt.” James Cromwell has a recurring role in the upcoming season. --

Celebrate Easter with Brunch at Wahoo! Grill

Celebrate Easter with Brunch
at Wahoo! Grill 
Sunday,  April 5, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wahoo! Grill has been busy planning a delicious Easter brunch buffet just for you! 
Feature entrees on the buffet include the Charleston shrimp and grits, fresh herb egg scramble, smoked salmon and French toast  in addition to f resh baked breads, granola, yogurt, seasonal vegetables and chilled salads. The brunch buffet is only  $25 for adults and $10 for children.
What is brunch without classic cockatils such as the bloody Mary or a mimosa? As an Easter brunch special, Wahoo! Grill is offering these traditional brunch cockatils for only $6! 
To make your reservation for Easter Sunday, please call 404.373.3331 or visit the website