Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival

From Little Shop of Stories

October 15, 2011
2 to 3 p.m.
3 to 4 p.m.


Little Shop of Stories
133 East Court Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030


If you didn't get tickets to the Decatur Craft Beer Festival, there's still an opportunity to enjoy frothy suds on October 15th. Come to Little Shop and purchase a ticket for the

First Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival

Tickets go on sale October 1st at 10 a.m. at
Little Shop of Stories.

In order to avoid total chaos, there are a limited
number of tickets available for two separate times.

Tickets will be valid from 2 to 3 p.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Decatur Churches Go Green

From: Decatur Patch
Decatur Churches Go Green

"Power Wise" grants from Georgia Interfaith Power & Light have benefited eight Decatur churches - more than any neighborhood in the state.

Let there be light. And lower energy bills.

Church leaders in Decatur have embraced money-saving technology and energy-saving improvements to houses of worship courtesy of an ambitious statewide initiative and "green" grants from a locally based non-profit, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light.

The Power Wise grant-making program has allotted $600,000 to run and fund the initiative. Eight Decatur churches have benefited or soon will, recieving grants totalling approximately $53,000.

Geogia Interfaith Power & Light's offices are located in downtown Decatur at the First Christian Church. The organization makes energy- saving grants available to faith communities across the religious spectrum.
full story

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cakes & Ale in Garden & Gun

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From Decatur Patch

Somebody from Garden & Gun, the Charleston-based glossy magazine that claims to cover "the Soul of the South," must have enjoyed their meal at Cakes & Ale.

The magazine's October/November issue puts the restaurant's Border Springs Farm lamb saddle on its list of the 50 Best Southern Foods, saying it's "a veritable monolith of meat that sure to elicit gapes as it crosses the dining room."

No other Decatur restaurants made the list. However, other Atlanta-area restaurants were included: the crispy pork belly at Peter Chang's Tasty 2, the seasonal vegetable plate at Restaurant Eugene, the baked egg in celery cream at Miller Union and the boiled peanut humus at Empire State South.

full story

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Walmart planned for Memorial Drive

From: Champion News
A defunct Subaru car dealership near the corner of Memorial Drive and Hairston Road is the proposed site of a new Walmart in DeKalb County.

With a 2013 projected opening, plans call for the 148,000-square-foot store to have a grocery department, pharmacy and garden center. The store will not contain a gas station or tire/lube center.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to service the customer,” said Glenn Wilkins, a senior manager of public affairs and governmental relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The store, which would be the second Walmart on Memorial Drive, would create approximately 300 jobs, mostly fulltime, and “help revitalize the community by bringing additional retail back into the community,” Wilkins said.

The Decatur Walmart, which is approximately 29,000 square feet larger than the proposed store, opened in March 2008 at the site of the old Avondale Mall.

“I believe we’re serving a different market,” Wilkins said of the 5-mile distance between the two stores. “It’s an opportunity to serve that customer in that market.

full story at

h/t Decatur Metro

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Learn About the Latest in Kitchen + Bath Remodeling, Universal Design. Register Today!

Save These Dates!

This October, learn about kitchen and bath design, including the latest trends and products. Or, discover how to make your home user-friendly for everyone, regardless of age and ability.

"Kitchen and Bath Design Trends"

DATE: Thursday, October 6th

TIME: 6:30pm
LOCATION: Buckhead Library

269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta

"Renovation Solutions for a Lifetime"

DATE: Monday, October 17th

TIME: 6:30pm
LOCATION:Buckhead Library
269 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta


RSVP right now or call 404.378.6962 to reserve your space today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Music Midtown 2011 is This Saturday

The 2011 Music Midtown in Piedmont Park is this Saturday Sept 24.
Tickets are general admission and are still available, and for $55.00 you get a full day of music in the park. (Coldplay is the headliner), also Cage The Elephant,The Black Keys, and many many more see line-up. Call 1-800-745-3000 for tickets
Visit the web site for F.A.Q. to see what you can and cannot bring.

Gates open at noon: The Postelles will be the first band and they start at 1:00 pm
Coldplay will be last to hit the stage and they start at 9:15 -11:00 pm

Monday, September 19, 2011

Crate & Barrel leaving Lenox Square for nearby Shops Around Lenox


From ajc
by Rachel Tobin

After 18 years at Lenox Square Mall, Crate & Barrel will pack its crates to move -- across the parking lot.
The flagship Atlanta store – with house wares and furnishings -- is moving to an open air shopping center adjacent to Lenox Square called the Shops Around Lenox.

Healey Weatherholtz Properties and Alex Brown Realty acquired the Shops Around Lenox in 2009, when it was 40 percent occupied. They invested $35 million to reposition the center that used to include CompUSA and Tower Records.

Now tenants include local and national boutiques, such as Tootsie's, lululemon athletica, Paper Source, and Cosabella, DEKA Atlanta, Swank, and Bill Hallman.

Full story at ajc

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Walk of HEROes Sept 24

From :
Fitness fans and mental health advocates can participate in the Sept. 24 Walk of HEROes in Decatur.

The 5K walk/run, in its fifth year, benefits clients of the DeKalb Community Service Board, which serves residents with developmental disabilities, substance addictions and mental illnesses.

Walk of HEROes is presented by the Brighter Tomorrows Foundation. It also includes a tot trot and Community Hero Fun Day with vendors, snacks and prize drawings.

Warm-up starts at 8:40 a.m., and the 5K begins at 9 at the Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way. The tot trot starts at 10.

Medals will include an overall and masters’ male and female as well as first place in age groups.

Registration ranges from $7 to $20. Fees increase on race day. Register online at or visit

Volunteers and sponsors also are needed. To sign up as a team, vendor or sponsor, visit or contact Michelle Potter at or 404-508-7875.

Friday, September 16, 2011

One-Tank Trip: Johnston County, N.C. "Where a Star was Born"

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From ajc Evening Edge
Hollywood legend Ava Gardner sprang from tobacco region.

By Blake Guthrie

For the AJC

Johnston County in eastern North Carolina is historically an agricultural area, known for its tobacco farms. There’s a museum depicting life on a turn-of-the-century tobacco farm. There’s yet another museum dedicated to film star Ava Gardner, likewise a coveted export from the county.
Born in a crossroads farming community near the county seat of Smithfield in 1922, Gardner, with her exotic good looks and natural acting ability, escaped her hardscrabble Carolina farm girl roots and achieved worldwide fame in the mid-20th century. She returned to her birthplace for extended visits, and her final resting place is beside her parents and siblings in Sunset Memorial Park in Smithfield.

The community is so proud of its deep connection to Gardner that it hosts a festival each year to honor her. The Ava Gardner Museum in downtown Smithfield will be the focal point in early October of the Ava Gardner Festival, which coincides with the unveiling of the museum’s latest exhibit -- “Frank & Ava: Their Lives, Love and Friendship.”

Mention the names Frank and Ava together in any conversation about celebrity romances and most people of a certain age will know who that is. The passionate and rocky 1950s relationship between Frank Sinatra and Gardner has been pop culture fodder for decades. This year marks the first time the Ava Gardner Festival will pay tribute to Sinatra, whom Gardner once described as the love of her life.

Even after their 1957 divorce, the two remained friends until Gardner’s death in 1990. The new exhibit will feature plenty of artifacts from Sinatra’s and Gardner’s life together. Movie buffs will want to explore the entire museum with its extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia related to Gardner’s film career. It covers the time she was an unknown B-movie vixen to leading lady, one said to be “the most photographed woman in the world” at the peak of her success.

The festival kicks off on Oct. 7 with a cake and champagne reception in the new exhibit gallery at the museum. The cake will be provided by Carlo’s Bakery from Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, N.J.; reception tickets are $25. The Smithfield Cinema 10 multiplex will screen Gardner and Sinatra movies all weekend, giving festival goers the rare opportunity to see classic films on the big screen. Another festival highlight will be the Heritage Tour that inspects notable sites in the area, including Gardner’s birthplace and burial site. Heritage Tour tickets are $12.

2011 Ava Gardner Festival, October 7-9. Ava Gardner Museum. 325 E. Market St., Smithfield. 919-934-5830,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Virgina Willis Cookbook Release Event @ Ansley Mall

SAVE THE DATE – Virginia Willis Cookbook Release Event

WHO: Virginia Willis, celebrity chef

WHAT: Kick-off “Hootenanny” to Willis’ national 10-city cookbook release tour, starting at her home teaching kitchen at The Cook’s Warehouse.

The event is a fundraiser for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

A very large public crowd has already pre-registered for this event.


WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2011, 7 to 9 p.m.

The Cook’s Warehouse

1544 Piedmont Avenue NE – Ansley Mall

Atlanta, Georgia 30324 / 404-815-4993, store phone

Save the Date – Virginia Willis will be In The House on September 30!

Virginia Willis is an Atlanta-based celebrity chef whose first cookbook, Bon App├ętit, Y’all; Recipes and Stores from Three Generations of Southern Cooking, went through five reprints and has been a smash success.

Willis is starting her national book tour with a Hootenanny party at The Cook’s Warehouse for her second cookbook, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all; 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company. She can be photographed and/or interviewed prior to the event.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bluegrass Jam will be SEPTEMBER 16TH @ The Oakhurst Garden

Musicians and music-enthusiasts are invited to gather at the Oakhurst Community Garden on the third Friday of the month to play and celebrate bluegrass and folk music.

The first Bluegrass Jam will be SEPTEMBER 16TH from 7-9 PM. Bring your banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, or love of music, as well as a vegetarian dish to share! The following dates are Oct. 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. & Nov. 18, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Music will end at 9:30 p.m. The chickens will dance to the music and eat your leftovers. See you in the Garden Soon.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Atlanta British Car & Motorcycle Show in Historic Norcross




Aston Martin DB 7. I wonder if his James Bond license plate is the revolving type.



I want one.



Photos from the Sept 10th event.
The Atlanta British Car Show is a warm and friendly gathering of British car and motorcycle enthusiasts in
the delightful setting of Historic Norcross.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Children Flood Into Decatur, Avondale Estates

From Decatur Patch
By Timothy Darnell

The two communities are seeing huge growth in the number of pre-schoolers and school-aged kids

The number of children 18 and under in Decatur and Avondale Estates has surged over the past decade, according to a Patch analysis of U.S. Census Bureau figures.

In both towns, the pre-school and school-aged populations grew dramatically faster than overall population growth from 2000 to 2010.

In Decatur, the number of children 4 and under jumped by 35 percent, while Avondale Estates saw the same aged group grow by 26 percent.

Decatur’s school aged population -- kids age 5-18 -- increased by 13 percent over the decade. Avondale Estates’ school-aged population grew 38 percent.

The Decatur school system has already felt the effects of growth. Enrollment was up 11 percent in August compared to the end of the last school year. Controversy erupted earlier this year when Oakhurst Elementary parents were told there wasn’t enough room at the school for their kindergarteners.

Full story

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Plowing New Ground

From Decatur Patch

Decatur City Commission favors urban market garden on two-acre tract at United Methodist Children's Home.
If an $80,000 grant comes through, refugees and low-income residents in the Decatur area will have a chance to grow and sell fresh produce from a garden that would be created on 2 acres of pastureland just outside the city limits.

Decatur City Commission members Tuesday night enthusiastically approved an application for the grant. The project seemed made in heaven for the green-thinking Decatur officials.

“It must be right because too many things have happened in a very short time frame,” City Manager Peggy Merriss said. “It must be some kind of karma.”

full story

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival 2011

A handlebar mustache, it's not right for every occasion... unless that is, you find yourself at The Decatur Beer Festival.
I don't know about you but it makes me think of a old timey bareknuckle boxing match.

Below is the new logo for The 2011 Decatur Beer Festival, tickets for this Oct 15th event go on sale Sept 19 th. And you can only buy tickets online, that means no tickets will be sold at the event.



click on image for more info.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting on the Decatur square. More than 100 of the finest local, American and international beers are showcased at this annual event sponsored by area distributors and Decatur's restaurants and pubs. Enjoy live music on the Community Bandstand and food from local restaurants available for sale.

Admission is $40 per person and includes a commemorative tasting glass. The festival is limited to the first 4,000 ticket holders. All tickets are sold online. No tickets are available for purchase at the gate. You must be 21 or older to attend. No children or animals allowed in the festival area. No exceptions!

Oct 15 12-5 pm
Tickets avaible Sept 19, 2011
click on logo for more info.

I thought this might be a good place for a beer ad

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Inside Decatur's Rocket 88



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Look for new art work for Rocket 88 very soon on side of building, replacing the Johnny's Pizza art work.
This is a neat place for sandwiches. wings, salads.

Rocket 88
340 Church St.
Decatur, Ga

Tues-Sun. 11am - 9pm
Closed Monday


Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Decatur Book Festival 2011



King of Pops was King at The 2011 Decatur Book Festival with several locations set up.

Face painting and balloon animals were very popular for the kids

Just dog tired for both at The Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.

Hula Hooping was very popular, this was a great fun idea for the kids.

Stop by Sammiches N Stuff (515 N. McDonough St) to check out the Clothesline Art and Fine Arts Invitational Exhibition. Pictured here is art work by painter designer Victoria Webb. her web site is



Kudza Antiques came up with a brilliant idea, they provided some seating with vintage outdoor furniture that's for sale. Great way to get new customers to visit their store.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Getting to The Decatur Book Festival and Where to Park

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First Take: Sapori di Napoli in Decatur

Decatur GA. click photo to enlarge

I stopped in Wednesday night to try the pizza at the much anticipated Sapori di Napoli in Decatur. The restaurant was rumored to be opening in early summer, but after several push-backs, they finally opened their doors on Tuesday night. As of now, the restaurant is still getting organized and it's a very casual space inside; it's really one smallish square room with no-frills wooden tables and chairs. It rather reminds me of old neighborhood pizza joints I'd frequent as a kid.
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