Thursday, October 30, 2008

Decatur Bulldogs vs Blessed Trinity Friday Night

This will be the Bulldogs last home game this season in their new Stadium and it's Halloween night,
so it won't be that many people there.
Game time: 7:30

Halloween Friday at Brick Store Pub starts at 1:00 PM

Friday, October 31st 2008
One of Atlanta's best Halloween parties - Great parade of costumed contestants looking to bag big $$. Plenty of scares and laughs...and let's be honest, who knows what you'll see! No one under 18 please.

Crescent Moon to reopen as Thumbs Up Diner

Here is the news about Crescent Moon and Thumbs Up Diner

Crescent Moon to reopen as Thumbs Up Diner
Popular Decatur eatery to open doors in two or three weeks


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, October 30, 2008

When Amber Wiley met a friend for lunch last week at Crescent Moon in Decatur, she was surprised to find the doors locked. A note on the door said the popular diner would reopen soon.

Founder and former owner Rob Atherholt “will be taking it back ASAP,” the note reads. “We will remain closed for some repairs and maintenance and reopen shortly.”
But there’s a little more to the story. While the restaurant on West Ponce de Leon Avenue is tentatively set to reopen late next month, it will not be Crescent Moon. It will be Thumbs Up Diner, which currently has locations in downtown Atlanta, Edgewood Avenue and East Point. Thumbs Up founder Lou Locricchio confirmed the plans this week.

Locricchio and Atherholt recently bought the restaurant’s assets from Crescent Moon’s parent company, which filed for bankruptcy last summer. The Crescent Moon name remains tangled in a legal battle related to the bankruptcy filing, Atherholt said.

“It could be six months before that’s settled,” he said Thursday. “I just don’t have that kind of time.”

Thumbs Up features a menu similar to Crescent Moon’s — from omelets with quirky ingredients like squash and black olives to more traditional fare like biscuits and fried chicken — but there will be some changes. The restaurant will no longer serve alcohol, and it will no longer be open for dinner.

“We’re going to be more like the original Thumbs Up,” Locricchio said.

The restaurant will employ most of Crescent Moon’s servers and cooks from before Atherholt sold the businesses a year ago. Atherholt said he hopes to reopen in two to three weeks.

“Well, I’m sorry to see Crescent Moon gone,” said Wiley, 31, a mother of two from Lilburn. “But I’m glad it’s coming back in some form.”

A brief history lesson: In 1984, Locricchio opened the first Thumbs Up Diner on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. In 1995, he sold the concept to Atherholt, who changed the name to Crescent Moon and moved it a block up the street. For more than a decade, the restaurant attracted families, professionals, judges and others from around metro Atlanta.

“It was always a great place to meet friends and have a good meal,” said Julie Duggins, 32, who has lived just off the square for eight years. “I hope Lou and the old gang are able to get the place back up and running very soon.”

In October 2007, Atherholt sold Crescent Moon to Global Restaurant Group LLC. In recent months, the menu was altered, mirrors were installed and the general feel of the place changed. Global Restaurant Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July and closed the doors of Crescent Moon on Oct. 19.

The futures of Crescent Moon’s satellite locations at Northlake Mall and the Mall of Georgia are uncertain, Atherholt and Locricchio said. The Northlake restaurant remained open Thursday, but Mall of Georgia was not. Phones at both locations were disconnected, and the Crescent Moon Web site (, which was functional Wednesday, was down Thursday afternoon. A message on the home page read: “We’re out to lunch! Check back often to see what we’re doing next.”

The attorney representing Global Restaurant Group, Paul Reece Marr, did not respond to phone calls and e-mails seeking comment.

Locricchio insists the restaurant — despite a new name and slightly different menu — will restore the funky, friendly atmosphere that made Crescent Moon Decatur a favorite for years.

“Crescent Moon just wasn’t Crescent Moon anymore,” he said. “People wanted a good, well-run breakfast and lunch place in that area, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vintage Halloween Costumes and Trick or Treat Bags. These images are copyrighted and appear and belong to. :

Park Now Pay By Cell

New for Downtown Decatur / Pay-By-Cell Phone Parking Option.
It's quick , easy and your first session is free.
Read all about this cool feature over at The Decatur Minute.


Buy Tickets Now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Downtown Avondale makeover

Vote likely on downtown Avondale makeover


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates commissioners could decide on the plan that will remake a large chunk of downtown Avondale Estates.

A developer wants to bring in condos, shops and a Publix grocery store to a four-block area just west of the central DeKalb County city’s Tudor-esque downtown.
The project has been in negotiations since March. City officials and Century Retail said a development agreement that will move the plan forward is finally ready.

“It has been give and take, but it’s done,” said City Manager Clai Brown.

Century, which plans to demolish buildings between Franklin Street and North Avondale Road, has agreed to additional landscaping and even a trellis to keep the leafy feel of the small town.

For its part, the city won’t charge the developer for Lake Street, which must be abandoned and turned into a private roadway, according to designs of the project.

City officials hope the project will inject cash into city coffers. Fees from building permits on the 28,800-square-foot Publix, which is to be built above first-floor shops, could bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Because of the downturn in the economy and the delays in getting the development agreement, though, the Publix will not open in summer 2009, as had been planned.

Instead, Century officials said they expect the store to open in the last quarter of 2009.

The agreement has performance bonds to make sure the project continues, or else Century must pay the city.

Century plans to begin interior demolition as soon as the city commission approves the deal. It could take another 90 days for DeKalb County to issue demolition permits to level the buildings.

Crescent Moon will now be Thumbs Up Diner

Everyone has been waiting to see what happens with Crescent Moon, and now we know Thumbs Up Diner is moving in. Read all about it over at Decatur Metro.

h/t to Decatur Metro

Monday, October 27, 2008


This is a cool Halloween decorated front yard. Haunted Pirate Ship and all.
Located on Adair St. in Decatur
Check out
she has a short video.

Who remembers Plaza Drugs?

Great drawing of Plaza Drugs on Ponce.
visit : Linn Print Works

Plaza Drugs was located in the same shopping strip where the Plaza Theatre is.

Another Great Halloween House

Kings Hwy
Decatur, GA.

This week at TWAIN'S

Tuesday, October 28
Joe Gransden Jazz Night
Thursday, October 30
Christabel and the Jons

Fright Night @ Fernbank's Martinis & IMAX

Sunday, October 26, 2008

2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off -- Sunday, November 16th @ Steinbeck’s

* 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off -- Sunday, November 16th in the Steinbeck’s Back Parking Lot. Setup at 9:30AM. Cooking from 10:30AM till 12:30PM. Judging from 12:30PM till4:00 PM. 25 entries with a $10 entry fee. 5 restaurant contestants with a $50 entry fee, see Marc.
Rules... Must sign up at Steinbeck’s prior to event; Must cook MEAT on Site; All other prep may be done ahead of time; NO ROADKILL; Must be willing to eat your own chili upon demand; Supply all of your own cooking equipment (Burner, Propane, Utensils, Rags, Cooler with ice for your food ingredients to maintain food safety, etc.). We supply cooking tables, serving cups, napkins, spoons (for customers), crackers and napkins. Must prepare 3 to 5 gallons of Chili for patrons and judging (remember, there is a people’s choice cash prize so you don’t want to run out). City ordinance (and our entrepreneur spirit) forbid you from brining your own beer, wine or alcohol). However, you may purchase alcohol from Steinbecks (we have a license, you don’t, ha!).
Three Chef Judges: Kevin Rathbun- Chef owner of Rathbun’s, Rathbun Steak, and Krog Bar; Michael Deihl- Chef of the East Lake Country Club, President of the American Culinary Federation, Certified Executive Chef; Kit Kiefer- Corporate Chef for SWAN foods, Certified Executive Chef. 1-10 scoring scale based on: Aroma, Appearance, Texture, Taste and Creativity. Total Score=Total points from above.
Winners... First place: $300 cash and your name on the eternal chili trophy to be housed at Steinbeck’s for all eternity. Second Place: TBD. Third Place: TBD. People’s Choice: Each patron of the event will receive ONE voter ballot to pick their favorite and their least favorite chili. The contestant with the most votes will win the people’s choice award, prize, and spot on the eternal trophy.
For more information or to enter call 404-373-1116.

Steinbeck's Restaurant Hours:
Dinner served 7 Days a Week (5PM - 11PM)
Lunch served 7 Days a Week (11:30AM - 2PM)
Brunch served on Sunday (11:00AM - 3PM)
Bar open late. Call for details.

659 East Lake Drive, Suite B
Decatur, GA 30030

Are you having computer problems... you need The Kim Komando Show

America's Digital Goddess
The Kim Komando Show

''She's that big!'' -- CBS News

Kim's weekly three-hour call-in talk radio show is heard (via her own national radio network called WestStar) on over 450 Atlanta Sunday night @ 9:00pm (WSB-AM 750 ) In addition, she does a Digital Minute radio feature five days a week; has written nine books about life in the digital age; sends out 5 million e-mail newsletters weekly; and authors a widely syndicated newspaper column, which also runs in USA She does all of this, while raising a son and operating a growing media empire, with her husband and associate, Barry Young.

“I am relentless in my pursuits,” says Kim. “It’s a lot of hard work, but when you dig what you do, it makes it a lot more fun.”

A pioneer in marketing and training for home computers, recently won the 2007 Gracie Award, voted by Talker's Magazine "Woman of the Year" and the answer to a question in the game Trivial Pursuit, Kim has evolved into a national digital guru. “It’s not about techies and computer-troubleshooting anymore,” she says. “It’s now about a lifestyle – the lifestyle of a digital age.”

Kim's columns appear in over 100 newspapers, including USA Today and Microsoft's Small Business Web site.

Anything computer, camera's,printers,laptops...any problems she can help.
She can also tell you what's best for you.

WHIT'S END... We will be offering discounts, snacks, and free wine this Friday for the WePo (West Ponce) Fab Fridays.

Happy Halloween To All,

We will be closing early on the 31st at 6p.

We will be offering discounts, snacks, and free wine this Friday for the WePo (West Ponce) Fab Fridays. Then in November and December join us each Thursday evening for Terrific Thursdays when we will offer the same.

Patagonia shoes have gotten a great response! New in are Woolrich Slippers, belts and wallets from Columbia and Levi's/Dockers. Flyshacker is enroute and is very cool! Lots of comfortable flannel, and new this year....robes!

I've been reading some of the blog comments recently, and really want to urge everyone to please think of the local shops of Decatur first when shopping this holiday season. We really need and rely on your support, and for those of us that give to the community, it is the perfect time to show us how much you appreciate it. One of the main issues I read about is the perception that the shops are too expensive, and for those of you who have been in, please pass the word that Whit's End is a place for Decaturites to shop with merchandise and prices that cater to the local economy.

So, Greg and I will look forward to hopefully seeing you all in the next few weeks.

Best, Jeff

Go check out this store, it's cool. Tell them Next Stop...Decatur sent you.
"Shop Y'all...Y'all Shop" at Whit's End...

Upcoming events at Wordsmith's

Click here to see the upcoming events at Wordsmith's.

November 1 - New South Reading Series
November 3 - Raghaven Iyer
November 8 - Poetry Atlanta
November 9 - Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights
November 21 - Sheila Lukins
November 22 - Amanda Petrusich
December 14 - Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights

Check out the new 2009 calendar's at HELIOTROPE

248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

Mon-Thu: 10am - 10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am - 11pm
Sun: 11am - 8pm


Victory Vintage Home is moving to Kudzu Antique Market

We're moving! Please visit us at Kudzu Antique Market after 11/1/08 for all your lamp repair and lamp shade needs. Kudzu is less than one mile from our present location, close to the Dekalb Farmer's Market on E. Ponce de Leon: 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030; (404) 373-6498. Open 7 days 11-7.
For special orders or consultation, I'll be there on Saturdays to help, or set up an appointment by calling
(404) 373-5511.

Decatur Bulldogs over Avondale 47-21

Decatur 47, Avondale 21: Decatur (3-5, 2-3 Region 6-AA) got the best of Avondale despite Matthew Hardeman’s big night. Hardeman rushed for 175 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns. Avondale falls to 0-8, 0-5.
AJC Link here.

The Magic of MACY'S

I saw this commercial on TV and loved it, I hope you do.

They should have made the sign out front the same,
also notice the logo on the sign, it reads "FAST GOOD FOOD" on the new sign it reads "GOOD FOOD FAST" I wonder why they changed it.

This photo is the way it looked before Waffle house decided they wanted to buy the building back and restore it.