Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Pita Pit Opens Thursday Dec 2

The Pita Pit Decatur GA

One West Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

Flooding near Decatur High

Flooding on E. Maple St. in front of Decatur High School
Photo from Fox 5

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Bike Lanes are Needed for Decatur

Above are the bike lanes on West Ponce de Leon Ave, the bike lane construction started back in Oct. for West Ponce and W Trinity and the project was to last 3 months.

--- Below is S. McDonough St. which as you can see are in need of these bike lanes also. I would think that when they do the streetscape on N. McDonough St that it will
also include S. McDonough St.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Gike said...
I'm not sure if they are going to reconstruct S McDonough. As a member of the Bike Decatur google group, I will ask around. But yes, that would be ideal. Especially for ASC students who want to go south. S Candler is very hostile at times

Charlie's Greater Decatur Get Together

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SQUASH BLOSSOM - Donate a New and Unwrapped Toy for 20% discount

Bring in a new,unwrapped toy and they will give you 20% off one full priced item.
Sale runs thru Dec 12

113 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030-2521
(404) 373-1864

Trackside Construction Update


Follow the rebuilding of Trackside Tavern on Facebook

Happy Holidays from Worthmore Jewelers Inc.

117 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 370-3979

Friday, November 26, 2010

Santa Claus is Coming to Downtown Decatur

The above image is based on an old ad for Santa coming to Downtown Decatur by helicopter
to light Decatur's Christmas Tree.( circa 1960's) back then Santa would land over at The old Decatur Federal building parking lot which is now Wells Fargo. The tree that year was located out in front of Decatur Federal bank building.
Christmas comes early in Decatur, how great is that.
Read below

By Megan Matteucci

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Santa will make an early stop in Decatur on Dec. 2 to light the city’s Christmas tree.
Decatur’s tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. in East Court Square. It will feature Christmas carols and treats.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Agnes Scott Receives $1M Pledge for Faculty Support

Agnes Scott Receives $1M Pledge for Faculty Support
From http://www.agnesscott.edu/

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Agnes Scott College has received a $1 million pledge from an anonymous alumna and her husband to support faculty, the largest single gift for faculty development in the college’s history. The funds will be used by faculty to pursue significant opportunities for professional renewal that will enhance their teaching and ultimately benefit Agnes Scott students.

"Our faculty are superb teacher-scholars who seek creative ways to integrate their research and teaching and make learning come alive," said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott. "This generous gift will enrich faculty scholarship and teaching and bring wonderful benefits to them, to their students and to our shared intellectual life on campus."

Faculty may use the funds to do everything from visiting scholarly archives to developing a new course to collaborative research projects involving students.

full story

David Gray - Babylon

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dine out for Bert's Big Adventure @ WAHOO Grill

1042 West College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030-3507

(404) 373-3331

Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me - Elvis Presley


Spot Light on Jason Spooner

Jason Spooner Contemporary singer songwriter

Jason Spooner is a very independent singer/songwriter who is currently having some wonderful success at AAA radio with his third album “Sea Monster.”
Here’s a link to a free song – “Seed In The Ground” – from Jason’s new album. It's easy to pass around because it downloads easily, and no email or any kind of registration is required:


If you like “Seed In The Ground”, by all means, please share it with your readers/followers. Its blogs like yours that help expose great artists like Jason. We appreciate your time!

Mingei World Arts Flying into the Holidays

Click photo for full ad from Mingei World Arts.

Mingei World Arts
427 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-0101

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Shell Girls of the 1950's

This was for the opening of the Shell Service Station located at N. McDonough & E. Trinity
Decatur, GA This is where the Chick-fil A is located now.

105 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bark If You Love Storytime!! Sunday Nov. 21 3:00 pm

From Little Shop of Stories site.

Does your dog like stories? Or maybe just to chew on a good novel? Join us this Sunday afternoon, Nov. 21 at 3 pm for our canine-themed storytime. Bring your dog if you like, or just come if you love to hear a good dog tale, Treats for our dog attendees will be provided by Taj Ma Hound in Oakhurst.

Big John Christmas Trees Since 1949

Park Tavern and the Rink - A New Ice Skating Rink at Piedmont Park.

Atlantans dreaming of a white winter may be delighted to find that some beloved aspects of New York City’s holiday offerings have been duplicated in the South this year. A focal point of these offerings is a brand-new ice skating rink at Piedmont Park.

Called the Rink at Park Tavern, this 3,200-foot ice rink is located in the restaurant’s Garden Tent at 500 10th St. N.E. in Midtown. Open Nov. 22 through Valentine’s Day, the rink will be open seven days a week with special 21-and-up sessions each night at 9. To add to the festive feel, Park Tavern will serve specialty drinks and desserts both rinkside and in the lodgelike restaurant.

“I took my kids ice skating at the St. Regis last year, and we had a great time. It made me think that a bigger, parkside rink in Midtown would really work,” said Paul Smith, owner of Park Tavern and the rink.

ajc full story

Photo from Flickr member:---kenan research center

Ice Skating in Piedmont Park

Ice skating on the swimming pool in Piedmont Park, 1940.
Catalog No. Vis.82.128.12

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fay Gold is launching a new Venture in Travel

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Her art gallery was a destination in Atlanta for nearly three decades, and now Fay Gold is planning on taking tour groups to arty destinations.

Having closed her self-named Buckhead gallery last year, Gold is launching a new venture with Atlanta travel business executive Bram Majtlis -- high-end European art tours. Their endeavor, Fay Gold Treasures, takes wing in May 2011 with a weeklong tour of Vienna. Visits to Amsterdam and Berlin also are being planned for 2011.

The groups will be small (20 to 25), the better to savor behind-the-scenes tours of museums, art fairs, private collections and artist studios. The price tag will be ... well, not so small. The Vienna tour is $6,750 per person based on double occupancy.

But the freight is virtually all-inclusive, covering everything from five nights of luxury accommodations at the new Ring Hotel to multiple fine-dining meals and a packed art itinerary that includes stops at the Leopold and Albertina museums, Belvedere Palace (home to the famed Gustav Klimt painting "The Kiss") and the Viennafair international contemporary art fair.

ajc story

Boy finds 16th Century Gold Pendant in Essex

Boy, four, unearths 16th Century gold pendant in Essex

James Hyatt James Hyatt was with his father when he made the discovery

A four-year-old boy from Essex using a metal detector with his father unearthed a gold pendant believed to date from the 16th Century.

James Hyatt, of Billericay, found the reliquary while searching in a field in Hockley in May last year, a treasure trove inquest in Essex heard.

It is believed to be worth up to £2.5m, a sum the Hyatt family would share with the landowner if the pendant is sold.

His father, Jason, said: "We dug down... and got a flash of gold."

Virgin Mary

He added: "All of a sudden we got a buzz from the metal detector, quite a strong buzz.

Pendant believed to be worth up to £2.5m

"We dug six to eight inches down and lo and behold, we got a flash of gold.

"I moved the earth around and brought it to the surface and there it was."

The locket was declared treasure trove at the inquest.

The British Museum examined the locket, which it said weighs a third of an ounce (8.68g) and has a gold content of up to 73%.

It said the image engraved upon it is probably that of the Virgin Mary, and the speckles on the cross she is supporting could signify blood.

The back panel no longer slides out but would have revealed a cavity, probably designed to contain a relic, the museum said.

It is decorated with the five wounds of Christ.

"Devotion to the blood and wounds of Christ was one of the hallmarks of late medieval piety," a letter from the museum to the coroner stated.

As in all treasure trove cases, any proceeds from a sale is split between the landowner and the person or people who discovered it.

see video @ link below


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Decatur Estate's Antique Thanksgiving Sale

From: Maggie Monastesse of Decatur Estate Antique
Hello Everybody:
Remember 5 years ago when you gave us your email address? Well, we have finally
moved into the 21st Century and actually figured out how to use email (HOLY
TURKEY GIBLETS, BATMAN)!! Keep your eye out and pretty soon we'll even be on
Facebook (hopefully during our lifetime).
Come on down to Decatur Estate, we're having our big Thanksgiving sale! All
items that are $20 or more and are not marked firm are 20% off. Some dealers are
having sales of between 30% - 50% off! Be sure to look for other items that are
marked down as much as 50%!! Ooooh! Ahhhhh!
If you're in the area, come on down and say hello.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Everyone at Decatur Estate & Way Back Antiques
*Sale ends Sunday, November 21 at 6:00 pm


Decatur Estate is located in the Suburban Plaza on North Decatur Road between Church Street and Scott Boulevard, nestled between Big Lots and Piccadilly.

Decatur Estate and Way Back Antiques
2595 N. Decatur Road
Suite E
Decatur, Georgia 30033
(404) 378-4889

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Breakfast with Santa Dec 18 @ Decatur Holiday Inn

Breakfast With Santa
Event Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00 am
Facility: Holiday Inn Downtown Decatur, Decatur, GA

Find tickets here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fernbank Museum Transforms into a Winter Wonderland

From Deanna Smith of Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum Transforms into a Winter Wonderland during

Cultural Exhibition, Celebration and Programming Series

Fernbank Museum of Natural History will celebrate holidays, traditions and cultures this holiday season with Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World, a new exhibition and programming series offered from November 17, 2010 through January 5, 2011. Featuring trees and other displays decorated by local community partners and Consulate offices, the exhibition will twinkle with lights, glimmer with color, and shine with a variety of cultural ornaments and emblems that recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events around the world. Festive programming will accompany Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland on select days as cultural groups entertain visitors with performances, dancing, music, craft demonstrations, storytelling and more.

Winter Wonderland trees, displays and performances will showcase the cultures, celebrations and traditions from the Arab world, Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Germany, Greece, Honduras, India, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Ukraine, Peru, Philippines, Switzerland and Turkey. Fernbank and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will also decorate trees and will offer a joint ticket package that includes a ticket to Winter Wonderland and Christmas at Callanwolde.

Fernbank will feature a variety of other opportunities to celebrate Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World, including:

· Evening Hours*
Saturday, November 27 and Sundays on November 21, December 12, 19 and 26
Fridays during Martinis & IMAX® on November 19 and 26 and December 17
See Winter Wonderland after dark during special extended hours. On weekends, the Museum and exhibitions will be open until 7 p.m., and hot chocolate and cookies will be available for purchase. During Martinis & IMAX® only Winter Wonderland will be open until 11 p.m.

Cost: Weekend tickets: Included with Museum admission and free for members. Friday tickets: Included with Martinis & IMAX® admission (free for members or $7-$12 for non-members).

· Winter Wonderland Celebration Weekends
November 20-21 and December 11-12
Join Fernbank for special activities, performances, crafts, games and more inspired by the cultural celebrations and traditions of Winter Wonderland.

Cost: Included with Museum admission and free for members.

· Martinis & IMAX® Holiday Fest
Friday, November 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Work off those extra Thanksgiving Day calories with live music by Kingsized, evening viewing hours of Winter Wonderland and more during a special holiday-themed edition of Martinis & IMAX®.

Cost: Included with Martinis & IMAX® admission.

· Caroling and Cupcakes: A Winter Wonderland Celebration
Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the season and holiday delights including performances by the Georgia Boy Choir, ornament-making crafts and a special appearance by “Santa-saurus!”

Cost: Included with Museum admission and free for members.

· Winter Wonderland Cocktail Party
Wednesday, December 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Warm up to the holiday season with a special evening presented in partnership with B98.5 FM’s Vicki Lock and the Morning Show team. Try a special Peppermintini cocktail, enjoy free hors d’oeuvres from Serpas Restaurant, and experience Winter Wonderland after dark.
Cost: $15 (includes one drink ticket). More details to be announced soon.

*Events, dates and times are subject to change.

Admission to Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World is included with Museum admission at $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, $14 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Museum members and children ages two and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at fernbankmuseum.org or by phone at 404.929.6400.

A special joint ticket package is available from December 1-12, which includes admission to Fernbank Museum, including the Winter Wonderland exhibition, and to Christmas at Callanwolde, a historic mansion decorated by Atlanta's top interior and floral designers to reflect a Roaring ‘20s Christmas theme reminiscent of the era when the Candler family lived in the Gothic-Tudor mansion. The joint ticket package is offered at $30 for adults, $25 for students and seniors, and $22 for children and can be purchased by calling 404.929.6400


Brandi Berry

Director of Public Relations

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

Direct: 404.929.6339


Black Friday Comes Earlier for Walmart

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart plans to open most of its stores at midnight the night of Thanksgiving, the company announced Monday, becoming the latest in a series of retailers to expand hours to lure shoppers who want to get a head-start hunting for holiday bargains.

American retailers have increasingly expanded their hours on Black Friday to get ahead of the competition, but now the kickoff is creeping into Thanksgiving Day.

Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Kmart and Sears stores, is opening Sears on Thanksgiving Day for the first time this year. Toys R Us plans to open its stores at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and stay open through Friday. And Gap Inc.'s Old Navy stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day as they were last year.

On Monday, the world's largest retailer also offered shoppers a preview of the discounts it plans. Starting at midnight the night of Thanksgiving, all Walmarts will offer $9 Wrangler jeans and $15 tubs of Legos. Starting at 5 a.m. Friday, they'll sell Hewlett-Packard Co. laptops with 15.6-inch screens for $298, Emerson 32-inch LCD HDTV TVs for $198 and Kodak digital cameras for $59.

Full story @ accessatlanta.com

Delta Community Bank branch Opens this week in Decatur

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta Community Credit Union opened its first DeKalb County branch this week in Decatur.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 246 West Ponce de Leon Ave.

On Saturday, the bank will also host a community event to teach children ages 12 and under about savings accounts. The first 50 children who open an account will receive a $50 deposit. Children will also receive coloring books and piggy banks.

Monday, November 15, 2010

How many attractions for downtown Atlanta

Photo of London Eye from janosburg.net

By Rachel Tobin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With developers proposing a $200 million replica of the London Eye ferris wheel attraction for downtown Atlanta, the natural question is: What's next?
Atlanta has become a beacon for inventive -- and sometimes screwy -- ideas.

Downtown already has horse-drawn carriages. How about pedicabs?

How about flooding the railroad tracks in the area called “The Gulch” to create a water feature? Or a casino at Underground Atlanta? And isn't downtown Atlanta missing a pirate museum?

Some of the ideas that have been floated for downtown have often seemed starry-eyed.
Perhaps the biggest and wackiest idea of all also proved the most visionary. When Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympic Games, it showed that dreaming big can pay off.

One of downtown’s most popular attractions, the Georgia Aquarium, was certainly an “if they build it, will they come” exercise. For Georgia Aquarium benefactor Bernie Marcus, a founder of Home Depot, his vision has been remarkable. He’s adding a $110 million dolphin museum to his $290 million aquarium that has been attracting over 2 million people a year.

ajc story

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Department Store Coming to Atlanta

By Arielle Kass

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The city of Alpharetta has cleared the way for the Von Maur department store to enter North Point Mall next year.
A spokeswoman for the Iowa department store chain said in an e-mail that that city's design review board on Friday morning approved Von Maur's plans to gut the former Belk space. Von Maur will expand the two-story store to 140,000 square feet, from 115,000.

The 25-store chain plans to make the North Point location a flagship space for further expansion in Atlanta and the rest of the south. That store will bring an estimated 230 jobs and is expected to open in November 2011.

ajc full story

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Von Maur
Founded 1872
Headquarters Davenport, Iowa

Website Von Maur website

Von Maur is an upscale specialty department store chain with virtually all stores located in the Midwestern United States, except one in Louisville, Kentucky. The chain, based in Davenport, Iowa, sells upscale brand-name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, gifts, jewelry and shoes. As of November 3, 2008, the chain has 24 stores in nine states. (A store opening in September of 2010 in Missouri will mark the chain's entry into a tenth state.) All of its stores are anchors of shopping malls or lifestyle centers. A hallmark of some of the Von Maur services are a no-interest bearing credit card account, free shipping and free gift wrapping. Another signature element of Von Maur stores is a live pianist who performs for customers during normal business hours. It competes on the same level as Nordstrom, and Lord and Taylor.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Join Renewal in Donating Canned Goods to a Good Cause

From Kelly Cheek of Renewal Design-Build
Join Renewal in Donating Canned Goods to a Good Cause. Plus, We'll Pick Up Your Cans!

Join us in celebrating the Thanksgiving season by donating canned food the week of November 15th, and help us meet our goal of 300lbs! The generous contributions will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

We will pick up your cans! We will actually pick up your cans on Thursday, November 18th beginning at 9am. Or, you can drop them off at our office during normal business hours from Nov 15-18.

If you choose to have your cans picked up, please email kelly@renewaldesignbuild.com so that we may verify your home address. Please have your cans in a bag - clearly labeled "Canned Food Drive"- and placed by your front door at 9am on November 18th.

Most Needed Items: ** No glass containers, please!**
peanut butter, canned tuna, canned beans, canned soups, stews, and pastas, 100% fruit juice, canned fruits and veggies, macaroni and cheese dinners, whole grain, low sugar cereals

Renewal Design-Build
124 S. Columbia Dr.
Decatur, GA

What are the best places to work in Decatur Ga.

The ajc did a survey of the Best places to work.

Well Next Stop Decatur wants to know: What companies are the best places to work in Decatur ?

Read ajc story below:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You say you work for a great company with an encouraging and inclusive atmosphere. You say you have good benefits. You say your bosses are fair, sympathetic, understanding. Then why not share the good news?

In April, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will publish a special section on the Top Workplaces of Metro Atlanta, detailing the area’s best places to work, according to the people who know best — the employees.

We need your input. Anyone can nominate a potential winner, including employees, executives and customers. Nominations are open to all businesses, including nonprofits, with at least 50 employees in a 15-county metro region.

ajc full story

Warhol painting goes for $ 35 Million

Shop Terrific Thursdays Tonight

Click on above image for list of all stores

From Linda Harris @ decaturga.com

Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand Coming Soon to East Atlanta

Outside Decatur news: The founder of the Flying Biscuit Delia Champion and Molly Gunn, owner of the Porter Beer Bar team up to serve the best chicken sausage on the planet!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Banks do battle with stagecoaches and airships

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wells Fargo is breaking out stagecoaches. SunTrust Banks is floating blimps.

As competition for customers gets more cutthroat, some of metro Atlanta’s biggest financial players are waging an old-school marketing war. It's all about grabbing attention, preserving market share and growing client bases.

In a bank branding battle metro Atlanta hasn’t seen in some time, Wells Fargo and SunTrust are lobbing the most visible salvos.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo entered metro Atlanta when it bought the city’s No. 2 bank, Wachovia, in 2008.

Since then, Wells Fargo has launched a barrage of ads touting its community commitment and last month changed the signs on about 200 metro area branches and its signature Atlantic Station tower overlooking the Downtown Connector.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Conan Tonight on TBS Please Stand By

From : http://newsroom.mtv.com

OK, OK, congrats and everything to Conan O'Brien, who returns to late-night TV in just a few hours. But we greet TBS' "Conan" with more than a twinge of sadness, because it means saying goodbye to Unemployed Conan.

This is the bearded fellow who transformed a humiliating "Tonight Show" ouster into a creative rebirth. He embraced the glories and terrors of Twitter, making us giggle all the way. He crisscrossed America during his sold-out "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour." He popped off a killer promo effort for his new show — filled with wacky YouTube videos, a 24-hour live "CoCo Cam" and a big, shameless orange blimp — refashioning himself as a kind of renegade presence within the entertainment mainstream.

Full story : http://newsroom.mtv.com/2010/11/08/conan-obrien-conan-premiere/

WHAT'LL YA HAVE ?.... A Can of Varsity Chili...to go.

The Varsity Drive-In now has their famous chili in a can, available at the counter.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

As Seen in Decatur

Not sure if this was for Halloween or not, located on Midway Rd.

What is that thing ?
Anybody know....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Decatur High football reunion recalls different time

Photo shows Decatur High School Football field( circa 1940's or 50's) from Ga State Library collection.

by Bill Banks

For the AJC

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, a dozen or so members of Decatur High’s remarkable 1949 and 1950 football teams, along with a team manager and a couple of cheerleaders, will gather at their old stomping grounds, possibly for the last time.

Now in their late 70s, once again they will shake loose the cobwebs of distant, and for some, rapidly dimming memories of those back-to-back state championships. More than that however, as they line the field before Decatur’s game against Lovett, they will offer a tangible link to an era that has almost vanished.

“We played in leather helmets, no face mask,” said Bob Reed, a starting guard on the 1950 team. “My senior year we got black plastic helmets, and we were uptown. But they still slid all over your head. After a game, you knew you didn’t do a good job without having scrapes all over your cheekbones.”

It was a time of obsessive segregation, where not only Decatur and all opponents were white, but Decatur High itself had separate buildings for boys and girls. Back then the city closed shop on Friday nights, except for a clothier named Ted Levy, who gave the star of the game a free sweater.

“I had mine for years,” Reed said. “Made of wool, but it wore like iron.”

Decatur went 25-0 in 1949-50, but that was merely the golden harvest of an extremely fertile period. From 1943-53 the Bulldogs went 103-11-6 and never lost more than three games in a season. No one can explain what was in the city’s water back then to reap such a luxurious crop.

ajc full story

Indigo Girls @ Tabernacle Tickets on Sale Nov. 5

Indigo Girls

Friday, Dec 10 8:00p
at Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
Price: $35.00
Tickets on Sale: Nov 5, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Great Train Expo - North Atlanta Trade Show Nov. 6 & 7

If you like electric trains, American Flyer and Lionel and many more, this is the place for you to be.
Click below for directions to The North Atlanta Trade Show.



"Great DeKalb Clean-Up" Removed 2,660 Pounds of Litter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Megan Matteucci

More than 2,660 pounds of litter was removed from DeKalb County streets last month.
The trash was collected during the county’s “Great DeKalb Clean-Up,” which was held during weekends in October.

The clean-up was designed to address litter-covered areas, including Buford Highway, Flat Shoals Parkway, Memorial Drive and Covington Highway, public safety director William “Wiz” Miller announced Tuesday.

The clean-up, which included county workers and volunteers, targeted “unsightly debris and illegal road signs,” Miller said. Code enforcement officers also issued more than 120 citations for illegal signs.

ajc story

Monday, November 1, 2010

The New Trackside Tavern Coming Soon



The new construction has started on the new Trackside Tavern.