Monday, August 31, 2009

Decatur Book Festival This Coming Weekend

Cakes & Ale Garden

photo: Jeremy Jones Photography
Billy and Kristin Allin, owners of Cakes & Ale, have a garden in their Decatur Back Yard to provide fruits and vegetables for their restaurant.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Billy and Kristin Allin’s home seems like any other on its Decatur street — quaint and well-tended, with a mini patch of green lawn and neighboring houses crowding either side.
Read full AJC story


Leon's Full Service
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA


This is the new location for Saba.
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Saba @ Oakhurst
Oakhurst Village
350 Mead Rd.
Decatur, GA.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


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Here is a short video of the museum side of Relics & Rarities in Decatur, GA.
the ice cream parlor is in the middle section of the building.


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Last night Warren Pickard of Relics & Rarities hosted a wine & wheels event to show off his new place and it is some place, guests were taken on a tour to see all the things he has collected and had a story for each item. A very cool place, kids and adults will love this place.
Here are a few pictures from last night. I will post more pictures on my flickr site soon.

I had the opportunity to meet Nick of Decatur Metro (another Decatur blog) and he took a few pictures also.

Relics & Rarities OPENS TODAY AT NOON, so get over there and check it out for yourself and enjoy the ice cream.

Relics & Rarities
409 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, Ga

Across from Decatur High School

Have you been yet ? How did you like it. ?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Bird Imitation Contest at a Book Festival..That's a First.

Photo: The Bird Sanctuary sign in Avondale.
Photo credit: D.G. Whitefield

On the Decatur Book Festival Blog they have a post about a bird imitation contest to held at the Decatur Book Festival when John Yow( The Armchair Birder) appears Sunday, Sept 6 at 2:30 pm at the Decatur Conference Center Stage.
If you think you have what it takes to be a bird, you should be a contestant and show Decatur your bird imitation. Here is my imitation....HOOTY HOOT.
Here is the link to the blog post at The Decatur Book Festival site.


This photo taken in March, it has changed a little bit, but this will give you an idea of how it looks.

104 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA

Decatur Bulldogs 46 - Druid Hills 0

Decatur High Bulldogs won their first game over Druid Hills 46-0 last night.
See some good photos at inDecatur site.

Remembering RICH'S at Belvedere Plaza

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Decatur High Pep Rally Friday Aug 28 @ 6:00 PM

Kickoff Time 7:30 Decatur Bulldogs vs Druid Hills

Looking Back at McDonough St .Market & Jakes Ice Cream

Well it's been about a year since The McDonough Street Market & Jakes Ice Cream moved out of the old Belk-Gallant building and still no new tenants on the street level, Eddie's Attic is doing very well upstairs. This building when full brings life to N.McDonough St.
Let's hope we will see some new tenants soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vintage Decatur Theatre movie ad.

circa 1955

Note: See updates on The Decatur Theatre web site.

1956 Decatur GA. Street Scene

1956 Decatur, GA street scene looking towards court house from N. McDonough St.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"Conversations with Shoes" running through Sept 17 @ Rose Squared

Rose Squared Event:

"Conversations with Shoes"


August 7, 2009

Running through Sept, 17, 2009

Rose Squared
111 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

ph: 404 377-1414

Creative Loafing sold for $ 5 million

Creative Loafing chain sold to biggest creditor for $5 million
New owner Atalaya says it will make papers profitable, no layoffs planned.
By Jeffry Scott

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Eason family’s 37-year-old Creative Loafing publishing empire came to an end Tuesday morning when a Tampa bankruptcy judge awarded the struggling chain of six alternative weekly newspapers to its biggest creditor, a New York-based private equity company, Atalaya Capital Management LP.
ajc story

Street Scene: Can-Am Spyder Roadster Three Wheeled Motorcycle

Street Scene in Decatur. This is a Can-Am Spyder Roadster Three Wheeled Motorcycle.

I Want One.

Greg T said...

You can have one, for a little over $16k.

Acaislim said...

I love it!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Captain Healthy and Safety Dog an Original Puppet Show @ Decatur Library

Captain Healthy and Safety Dog

Safety DogDeKalb County Public Library and the Center for Puppetry Arts, in conjunction with the DeKalb County Board of Health, are teaming up on a project aimed at teaching children about a very important topic—health and safety. This fall, the organizations are presenting a special free puppet show, called “Captain Healthy and Safety Dog,” that will entertain school-aged children while telling them about things they can do to live a safe and healthy life.
Read the full press release including the schedule for upcoming shows.

Saturday. Sept. 12, 2009
First Show 10:30 AM
Second Show 1:00 PM
Location: Decatur Library- 215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030

NOTE: Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis

Sunday, August 23, 2009


It's an old garage converted to a wonderful ice cream palor that desires to be a museum...simply put, it's Relics & Rarities
104 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA


Please join us on Aug. 29th @ 8:30PM for a wonderful evening of wine and classic cars, and more . The event will be fun for all with a Q&A with owner, door prizes, games, music and of course ice cream. Space is limited to so please RSVP @ Admission is just $10.00. No one under 21 allowed.

The 2009 DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL is SEPT. 4-6 2009

Original illustration by Rafael De Soto

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Old Smith's Shoe Sign Found

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This is the building where Sage was located and the new business moving in will be The Iberian Pig.
Sure would be nice if they kept the old Smith's Shoe sign. It looks so cool.
If it were up to me, I would leave the Smith's Shoe sign and put a neon light above it for "The Iberian Pig" that would make that building a Classic.

The Iberian Pig arrives in Decatur late summer 2009

The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Creative Loafing chain up for auction

By Jeffry Scott
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

His family’s empire of alternative weekly newspapers headed to the auction block next week in a Tampa bankruptcy court, Creative Loafing CEO Ben Eason said Wednesday he’s confident his bid will prevail.
“I think we are absolutely the best bid,” Eason said in a telephone interview from Tampa, the headquarters of the struggling six-newspaper chain that was founded in Atlanta 37 years ago by his mother, Deborah Eason, who sold her interest to her son and a group of investors in 2000.

“Any bid has got to have cash, management and know-how, and be in a position to run the business and pay off debt,” said Eason. “We have all of that.”

But a partner in the only other known bidder, New York-based Atalaya Capital Management LP, which Creative Loafing owes $30 million, said Wednesday he was confident Atalaya would get a judge’s nod and soon run the company.
ajc full story

Decatur’s Renewal Design-Build Recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle,

August 19, 2009 - For the second year in a row, Renewal has been named one of Atlanta’s Top 10 residential remodelers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Renewal ranks #7 for the entire metro area, and is #1 in all of Decatur and DeKalb County. The list, revised and published annually, surveys and ranks the top companies in a variety of industries across the 20-county metro area.

In addition, Renewal has earned the position of #2,022 in the 2009 Inc. 5000, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This list, compiled by Inc. Magazine, is the most comprehensive portrait of fast-growing private companies assembled anywhere.

Renewal, which works primarily in Decatur, Avondale and intown Atlanta neighborhoods, continues to see steady growth amidst the economic downturn. President and co-owner David Michelson credits the local community for their success. He says, “The community is tremendously supportive of Renewal. Homeowners in the area really embrace the energy-efficient and ‘green’ renovation principles we’ve promoted for so long, and they continue to recommend us to their neighbors, family, and friends.”

Renewal Design-Build, 124 S. Columbia Dr. in Decatur, provides complete solutions for renovations, additions, kitchens, baths, porches, decks, small projects and repairs.

For more information, call 404.378.6962, or visit

Kelly Cheek

Marketing Manager
Renewal Design-Build


124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Metro Atlanta speed crackdown coming Wednesday

By Mashaun D. Simon

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Patrols will be concentrated on the interstates
By Mashaun D. Simon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Motorists beware. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is launching another all-day speed enforcement crackdown.
On Wednesday, traffic enforcement units from DeKalb County PD, Cobb County PD, College Park PD, East Point PD, Union City PD, Atlanta Police Department are expected to run concentrated patrols on I-285, I-85, I-75 and I-20.

They will be on the lookout for motorists, who drive at illegal speeds, tailgate, drive aggressively, and ignore Georgia’s ‘Move Over Law.’ The Move-Over Law was designed to protect law enforcement officers conducting traffic stops and other first responders performing emergency tasks alongside highways with their emergency lights activated.

ajc story

Decatur GA. Postcard Photo

Wish You Were Here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Relics and Rarities Ice Cream Parlor and Car Gallery to Open Early September.


In early September 2009, Relics and Rarities Ice Cream Parlor and Car Gallery will open its doors. We are prepared to take the youth of Decatur, and the entire metropolitan area on a wonderful journey. The Gallery is full of American automobile history and the culture in which it is surrounded. Just about every item in the gallery has a Relics and Rarities information plaque associated with it. These plaques provide interesting and educational comments. Our motto is “learn something cool and have a cool scoop of ice cream while you’re at it.”

Warren K. Pickard


Please join us on Aug. 29th @ 8:30PM for a wonderful evening of wine and classic cars, and more . The event will be fun for all with a Q&A with owner, door prizes, games, music and of course ice cream. Space is limited to so please RSVP @ Admission is just $10.00. No one under 21 allowed.

Relics and Rarities Ice Cream Parlor
409 North McDonough Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Can You Guess Where This Is. ?

Can you guess where this trailer/ building is and what business it is. ? Hint: It's in the Decatur area.

Dave Kell said...

That's on the used car lot on E. College just west of Sam's Crossing, just outside the Decatur city limits.

Next Stop Decatur said: correct, It's called "Drive A.S.A.P."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Filming of "PAST LIFE" at Decatur City Hall

See the guy running toward me in the orange shirt, well he ran up to me and told me, no pictures, and I said to him... No Speak English.

In this scene the two guy's in masks come running out of City Hall which was converted to be Pelham Co-Op Savings & Loan Bank,
and run down the steps, and a women walking on the sidewalk with her grocery bag sees what has just happend and one of the mask guys shoots her 3 or for 4 times, and the other guy says "what did you do that for", and he says "she saw us rob the bank man"
and they run off down the sidewalk. and then someone says "Cut"

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Take MARTA to see Paul McCartney

On Friday, workers continued to put the final touches on the venue for Saturday night's Green Concert with Paul McCartney. This is the biggest outdoor production that music producer Peter Colon has ever done, with 70 semi-trucks of production material and a million and a half dollars of just stage and production costs alone. John Spink /
Downtown will be extra clogged this weekend with Braves game, hair show, lane closures
By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Baby, you can’t drive my car. Or yours.
That’s what the Georgia Department of Transportation is singing as a former Beatle prepares to headline an Atlanta concert on a Saturday brimming with several other big downtown events and, you got it, lane closures on the Downtown Connector.

Paul McCartney, who has been opening recent shows with “Drive My Car,” is expected to draw tens of thousands to Piedmont Park for his first outdoor Atlanta concert in 44 years. Also on Saturday, at the Georgia World Congress Center, some 50,000 hair stylists are expected to attend the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show.