Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Winter Hours at Decatur Estate


Decatur's Masonic Temple later became Scott's Pharmacy

This was one of the popular downtown drugstores, Scott's Pharmacy at Sycamore and N. McDonough, was a inviting place for an ice cream soda on a hot afternoon downtown or after an evening movie at The Decatur Theatre.
Photo is from the collection of Mrs J. O. Bowen Jr.

circa 1940's

But before it was Scott's Pharmacy it was Decatur's Masonic Temple Building.This postcard is cira 1914.

-- Reposted from earlier post.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Investing in Decatur Youth Pays Off!

What if you could help a Decatur student have a life-changing experience? That is just what happened when Sarah Stubbs, DHS senior received a DEF Student EdVenture Grant for a service project in the Dominican Republic. After spending three weeks working with Haitian refugees, Sarah returned to Decatur determined to make a difference. Sarah then crafted her senior project to expand on the work she did during the summer. I am leading a group of five students and two teachers back to the Dominican Republic for a week in February. We will deliver water filters to families in the city of Ascension, where thousands of Haitian refugees live who cannot return to Haiti, but who are not allowed to go further in the Dominican Republic. Clean water is a critical problem there. The water filters can provide clean water for a family of 8. This group will assist in delivering the filters and become spokespeople for this cause upon their return. When you make a tax-deductible year-end gift to the Decatur Education Foundation, you make it possible for students like Sarah to pursue their passions and put their skills to use in the world outside of Decatur. Click here to make your year-end tax-deductible gift to the Annual Campaign for Youth of the Decatur Education Foundation so that more students can have experiences that enhance their education and DEF can continue to ensure that every child in our community has opportunities to reach his/her full potential. DEF board member Michael Baxter shares why he gives to DEF: The Decatur Education Foundation is the one organization vested in every child in our community. It supports novel approaches to teaching. It gives our kids new ways of seeing and experiencing the world. And for so many of our community's children, it helps ensure that nothing stands in the way of their education. That's why I'm involved. You can make your gift online or send a check to us at: 200 Nelson Ferry Road, Suite B, Decatur, GA 30030. Thanks and happy holidays! Gail

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Decatur Ga 1940's Home Movies.

  Decatur Metro posted a great home movie of Decatur in the 1940's, you can see street cars on N. McDonough St and even The Decatur Theatre.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Time in Decatur

This very cool decorated home is located on E. Davis St.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Emory Village's First Annual Christmas Tree

This is Emory Village's first annual Christmas Tree located in front of Slice & Pint.
click photo to enlarge.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"True Detective." Series Premiere Jan 12

-- From : huffingtonpost.com Get ready to go dark with "True Detective." HBO has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama starring some of Hollywood's biggest players. The eight-episode series, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, features the two actors putting on their detective caps and hunting after a serial killer in Louisiana. Sounds fun, right? Entitled "Slow Boil," the trailer shows the dark side of the detectives, and how the case of the serial killer has affected their lives over the years. The series is set to premiere Jan. 12, and for more information you can head on over to the series' website. "True Detective" premieres Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Emory Village Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 14

 From: emoryvillage.org
Emory Village Christmas Tree Lighting
The first annual Christmas tree lighting will take place in the Village in front of Slice and Pint at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, with an expected visit from Santa. Join holiday shoppers as they light the Village tree.
Decorate the Holiday Nature Tree on Sunday
In the spirit of the holiday season, neighbors of all ages are invited to decorate a holiday nature tree from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, December 15, in the Emory Village Plaza. AIEV is partnering with Get Grounded Teen Center to give back to Mother Nature as part of this end-of-the-year service project, Please consider joining us and donating fresh cranberries, peanut butter, birdseed, peanut butter, and pine cones. Contact Angie Waddell at awaddell@groundme.org awaddell@groundme.org for more information. or RSVP here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chicken Salad Chick Coming to Atlanta

 From: Tomorrows News Today

Auburn, Alabama-based Chicken Salad Chick is entering metro Atlanta with a location in East Cobb.  The new 2800 square foot location will open in Providence Square shopping center on Roswell Road in suite 811, close to T.J. Maxx.

The restaurant does offer a whopping 15 variations of chicken salad, so perhaps there will be something for everyone. 

Chicken Salad Chick has existing Georgia locations in Columbus and Valdosta and is coming soon to Midland. 
Read more

Scott Antique Market This Weekend

From : scottantiquemarket.com
For over 25 years,
Scott Antique Markets has been "America's Favorite Treasure Hunt" for incredible antiques and collectibles! We host the World's Largest Indoor Antique Shows the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Exposition Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 I-285 East to Exit 55, Jonesboro Rd.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More holiday cheer at Mingei!

Old favorites
and new finds

Carpe shopportunam!
Saturday, December 14
10:00 am- 6:00pm
Sunday, December 15

Tin ornaments from Oaxaca (including great new designs of lottery cards!), ceramic bells from Transylvania, large and small blown glass Buddha ornaments, Thai silk scarves, bronze earrings from Mexico, alpaca treasures from Peru and Ecuador, stunning runner from Guatemala, bags from Ecuador, hand-made Thai silver, Thailand and Guatemala, ceramic salt pots from Ecuador, chapati rolling pins from India, paper mache masks,
alebrijes from Oaxaca, Day of the Dead figures,
antique sweets serving set from China,
felted mistletoe from India, antique Romanian coffee grinders,
horsehair hatbands from Ecuador, Luchador masks,
Aguilar ceramics from Oaxaca, Thai mobiles,
Mexican church candles, recycled glass necklaces from Ghana,
wool rebozos from Mexico, hand-made brroms from Thailand, books and cards, Christmas stockings, furniture,
rosewood utensils from Thailand, bright Mexican aprons,
raw silk scarves and shawls from Madagascar,
Thai spirit house, hand-made journals, tagua nut necklaces,
amulets galore, and holiday ornaments from Turkey, Romania, Mexico, India, Israel, Nepal, and Thailand...
and more, more, more!

More room to browse,  more spaces to park!
This is how you find us:
From downtown Decatur, come east,toward Avondale on College Avenue.  Just after passing East Decatur Station (see signs for Figo and Corner Pub), turn right on New Street, and then a right into the parking lot just behind the building.  Park!  Come up the steps by Duck's Kitchen.  We are at the back of the courtyard, next to Duck's behind the fountain, in the space marked Home Forge Remodeling.
  Look for our signs!


Visit our new website !
Send the link to your friends
who are unable to visit us this season.

See you this weekend!  

South American Getaway - Cello ensemble

Eye on Decatur - HAVE A RAGING HOLIDAY !


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bonfire and Breakfast with Santa this week

from thedecaturminute
Bonfire and Breakfast with Santa this week December 10, 2013 by Katie at The Decatur Minute.

 Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast and Breakfast with Santa The Decatur Business Association’s annual Holiday events are back again! Please join us for the Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast on the Marta Plaza Thursday, Dec. 12th 7:00-8:00pm. This wonderful event is free and open to the public thanks to the DBA! Santa will be in downtown Decatur for Terrific Thursday but he will not be at the Bonfire this year. You will get your chance to see the big man when he joins us on Saturday, December 14th for the Breakfast with Santa held at the downtown Decatur Courtyard by Marriott. Doors open at 7:30 am and the jolly man himself arrives at 8:00am. Breakfast, entertainment, and pictures with Santa are all included in the ticket. Tickets available on the DBA website, www.decaturdba.com Children $7, adults $12

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wahoo! Grill's Brunch with Santa

Wahoo! Santa Claus is on His Way Back to Decatur!

Saturday, December 14
10 a.m. to Noon
Wahoo! Grill's Brunch with Santa
• Photo opportunities with Santa Claus
• Enjoy selections from Wahoo! Grill’s signature brunch menu 
• Seasonal cocktails available for guests 21 and older
• $14 for children under 12
• $19 for adults and children 12 and older 
Space is limited, so make your reservations today – and get your wish list ready! 

Jamie Lynn Spears at Eddie's Attic

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Man who got parents' postcard (which was sent to Decatur) 55 years later.

Found this interesting story looking for Decatur news, it's over a year old story but worth sharing.

By Jana Winter, Perry Chiaramonte
Published April 26, 2012

 Includes the loving message: "We'll probably be home before this gets there."

The Virginia man who received a postcard from his parents nearly 60 years after it was sent is headed to the Chicago aquarium shown on the long-lost piece of mail.

After FoxNews.com reported that the postcard, featuring a 2-cent stamp and a loving message from the parents of Scott McMurry, had turned up in the mail of a Florida woman, officials at Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium stepped in to tie a bow around the bizarre affair. McMurry told FoxNews.com he's accepted an expenses-paid offer to come visit the Windy City aquarium depicted on the long-lost postcard.

"It will be the first time actually seeing Chicago. The only time I've been there is at the airport," said McMurry, who hasn't yet worked out the details of his trip. "It should be interesting."

    "We invited Mr. McMurry and his family so they can enjoy a place that his parents enjoyed 60 years ago."

- Andrea Smalec, spokeswoman for Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

The postcard, which was sent to McMurry in 1957, when he was a junior in high school and his parents had taken a trip from their Decatur, Ga., home, includes the loving message: "We'll probably be home before this gets there."

Officials at the Windy City aquarium said they are thrilled to show McMurry the attraction his parents once visited.

“You don’t see something like this everyday,” Andrea Smalec, a spokeswoman for Shedd Aquarium told FoxNews.com. “We invited Mr. McMurry and his family so they can enjoy a place that his parents enjoyed 60 years ago, with some added attractions of course.”

It's been an amusing whirlwind week for McMurry, who was tracked down by South Daytona schoolteacher Elizabeth Fulcher after she found the old postcard in her mail. Days later, an official from McMurry's local post office in Falls Church, Va., personally delivered the postcard to his home.

"I guess they wanted to make sure it got to me this time," McMurry quipped. "How it got to South Daytona is beyond me."

Postal service officials believe the postcard languished in someone's home for decades before going back into circulation..

"This often occurs when someone purchases an older home, or moves from a residence, and finds mail," United States Postal Service spokeswoman Enola Rice told FoxNews.com. "They do not want to hold on to someone else's mail, so they place it in a mailbox.”

McMurry plans to frame the postcard, and noted he has kept several letters from his mother over the years. But he is still puzzled about the strange odyssey of the card.

"It's hard to explain," he said. "I'll probably never know."

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Eye on Decatur - Christmas Tree Lot at Suburban Plaza

--Druid Hills High School Christmas Tree Lot.  Location in shopping center is Church St. side.

Holiday Shopping Parties Are Back at KUDZU Every Sunday Until Xmas


- 2928 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 373-6498

Friday, November 29, 2013


In 1940 Santa Claus arrives in Decatur on the Square in a remarkable Ford automobile and with him was Aunt Santa.
Not sure what's so remarkable about this Ford. looks like something you would find in a junk yard.
But this is 1940...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

T'Was The Night Before Thanksgiving When DB Cooper Jumped ...

T'Was The Night Before Thanksgiving When DB Cooper Jumped ...
From: kuow.org

If you don’t know the story of D.B. Cooper, the short version goes like this:

On Nov. 24, 1971, a man referred to as D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 on a flight between Portland, Ore., and Seattle. He extorted $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. No one has ever seen him since.

The long version extends to present day and involves what D.B. Cooper left behind: a few crumbling $20 bills, an airline boarding pass, a pink parachute, a black clip-on a necktie from J.C. Penney – which all fit neatly into a cardboard box at the FBI office in Seattle.

It was early afternoon on Thanksgiving eve, 1971. A man paid $18.52 in cash for an airline ticket to Seattle.

Walter Cronkite described him as “just another passenger who gave his name as D.A. Cooper."

The passenger had actually given his first name as "Dan," but Cronkite called him "D.A." In the beginning, nobody got the name right. The legend hadn't quite stuck. The man, whoever he really was, is best remembered now as the hijacker D.B. Cooper.

As the Boeing 727 headed north toward Seattle, Cooper passed a note to a stewardess. In this clip from the CBS Evening News, Bill Kurtis describes what happened next:

Kurtis: "Thirty-six passengers got off the jetliner in Seattle last night. Left aboard: Four crew members and the hijacker, dressed in a business suit, demanding $200,000 and carrying a plain brief case which he told the crew held explosives."

On the ground at Sea-Tac Airport, Cooper was given the money, along with four parachutes, in exchange for releasing the passengers. The jet was refueled, and around 7:30 p.m., the Sea-Tac tower cleared if for takeoff. It climbed into the November darkness, and headed south toward Mexico.

Kurtis: "The crew, here being debriefed by the FBI, was told to fly low over Oregon's flatlands with the flaps down. The speed dropped to 200 miles per hour."

As they flew south, Cooper ordered the crew to stay in the cockpit. The jet began to run low on fuel and then landed in Reno, Nev. Back in the main cabin, Cooper, the $200,000 and one of the parachutes were nowhere to be found. All that was left was Cooper's clip-on necktie.

Kurtis: "Snow covers the mountains in Northern California and Nevada; a hostile terrain for any parachute drop, especially at night. Police believe he left the 727 in the flatlands of Oregon or Washington, but they are still looking in four states."

Law enforcement ultimately focused the search on southwest Washington, but they failed to turn up any clues. Meanwhile, Cooper has become a folk hero, like a modern-day Robin Hood to some people. A tavern in the search area began throwing an anniversary party each year.

The FBI believes Cooper died while making the jump. It was a cold night, and Cooper was underdressed. None of the bills he was given have made it into circulation.

In 1980, kids playing along the Columbia River found $6,000 of the money buried in a sandbar. Chances are it washed downstream from where Cooper – or his body – hit the ground back in 1971.

Four decades later, the FBI still gets calls from people who claim to be Cooper or claim to know the hijacker's true identity. The bureau has investigated nearly a thousand of these possible D.B. Coopers over the years, but none has quite fit the profile.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gear up for Christmas Shopping with these tips

 From : punchbowl.com

 Photo credit: Next Stop...Decatur
Get ready to shop this holiday season and be sure to bring along your Christmas gift shopping list. Follow these important holiday shopping tips to prepare before venturing out to your local stores or diving into your online shopping.

Gear up for the holiday season with these Christmas shopping tips:

    Decide who to include on your Christmas shopping list. Consider family, friends, co-workers, bosses, hairdressers, postal workers, newspaper deliverers, babysitters, teachers, and host or hostess gifts.
    Set a budget for each person on your list, and write down some gifts that fall into that price category.
    Shop online for Christmas gift deals. Looking for some helpful online Christmas shopping advice? Make sure you take the cost of shipping into account when you’re doing your research. This can add up, especially if you’re ordering from several different websites.
    Make a special folder in your email to keep all the receipts and shipping confirmations so you don’t lose track of anything.
    Leave your bulky winter jackets in the car when shopping in the mall.
    Plan your Christmas shopping trips for early morning hours to avoid large crowds.
    Wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet happy during a fun-filled day of Christmas shopping.
    Bring your coupons!
    Bring non-perishable snacks such as trail mix or pretzels on your shopping trip.
    Bring a bottle of water and juice boxes for the kids to stay hydrated.

Take advantage of these Christmas shopping ideas to avoid holiday stress. Start your shopping early in the season and stick to your list (check it twice!).

Monday, November 25, 2013

5th annual Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 5th 7 PM

 From little shop of stories
It’s time for the 5th annual Decatur Christmas Tree! Thanks to all the local businesses who help make this possible each year! The tree will be up all holiday season, but the lighting is a fun event for the whole community. We block off East Court Square and have hot chocolate, treats, carols, snow, and a visit from Santa! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sometimes New Decorations Just Don’t Work!

From The Decatur Minute
Sometimes New Things Just Don’t Work!

OK, we agree, the new holiday decorations don’t measure up to our standards.  Rather than looking like swags, they look like upside down trees and they just don’t work on the street lamps.  Many of our holiday wreaths date back to 1996 and were starting to look shabby.  We thought it would be a good idea to trade them out for something different and replace the oldest wreaths with an updated design.  Boy were we wrong!  So, when you mess up, admit it,  take responsibility and fix it.  The good news is that our old wreaths are still in storage.  Our decorating company will begin switching them out but it may take a week as they fit us into their installation schedule.  The “experiments”  will be traded in for new wreaths next season and we will put this down as a lesson learned.  In the meantime, just tell your friends that they are festive arrows pointing you in the direction of great shopping and wonderful food and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Steinbeck’s Chili Cook Off Sat Nov 23

From: http://www.steinbecksbar.com/events.html
Steinbeck’s Chili Cook Off 

When: Saturday, November 23 rd
Setup: 9:00 AM  Cooking: 9:00 till you're done 
Peoples Choice Judging: 12:00 PM till 4:00 PM    
Professional Judging 3 pm
Where: Steinbeck’s Back Parking Lot in Oakhurst, Decatur
Who: 25 entries max  $10 entry fee (Will be used for prize money)
What: Try chili from local residents and restaurants $5 to enter (kids are free) and LIVE music

- Must sign up at Steinbeck’s prior to event
- All other prep may be done ahead of time NO ROADKILL
- Supply all of your own cooking equipment: Burner, Propane, Utensils, Rags, Cooler with ice for your food, ingredients to maintain food safety
- We supply cooking tables, serving cups, spoons (for customers), crackers and napkins
- Must prepare 4 to 5 gallons of Chili for patrons and judging  (remember, there is a people’s choice cash prize so don’t run out)
- Must be willing to eat your own chili upon demand “Burnt”  Chili will be automatically disqualified
- City ordinance (and our entrepreneur spirit) forbid you from bringing your own beer, wine, or alcohol); however, you may purchase from Steinbecks (we have a license, you don’t, ha!)
- Judges: Jay Swift - Chef owner of 4th & Swift;  Kevin Rathbun- Chef owner of the Rathbun’s, Rathbun steak, and Krog Bar; Michael Deil- Chef, East Lake Country Club; Mayor Bill Floyd; Rusty Bowers- Owner of Pine Street Market
- Scoring will be on a 1-10 scale based on: Aroma, Appearance, Texture, Taste & Creativity
- The chili with the highest score wins

- First place: $200 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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eye on Decatur

Looks like some sort of filming for a commercial / photo shoot today in Decatur on E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Color Vibe, a fun run 5k @ Stone Mountain Village Nov 23rd

 From visitatlantasdekalbc.reachlocal.net
Stone Mountain Village, GA — The Color Vibe, a fun run 5k company, is hosting one of their “colorful” runs for people of all ages on November 23, 2013 in Downtown Stone Mountain.

According to their website, “You are the canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece.” Before, throughout, and after the 5k run, participants are blitzed with the companies unique color powder made of a dyed cornstarch. When it’s over, runners are invited to participate in a large colorful dance party hosted by a professional sound crew.

A portion of the proceeds will support a local non-profit organization. According to a company representative, “We receive so much support and enjoyment from the communities we travel to that it’s a real joy for us to be able to give back to those that need the help.” This year the charity who will receive the donation is the Stone Mountain Village Visitors Center. More information about the Stone Mountain Village Visitors Center can be found at www.Stonemountainvillage.com.

The Colored Powder is manufactured and produced in the United States. It’s made from food grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process that’s been custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series. It’s non-toxic, 100% safe and biodegradable.

For more information on the company, the race or registration go to the company’s website: www.thecolorvibe.com or send and email to support@thecolorvibe.com.

Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes Dec. 6 and 7.

 From http://decaturtourofhomes.com/

Take “A Walk Down Main Street” during the 31st annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes Dec. 6 and 7. The tour showcases the neighborhoods along Decatur’s original main thoroughfare and attracts visitors from around the area to experience the history and tradition of our community during the holiday season.
The Tour features seven homes and two points of interest – Decatur Recreation Center and new downtown Decatur boutique Sq./Ft. – all decorated for the holidays.
This year’s tour is designed to be pedestrian friendly. We encourage you to park your car and stroll through downtown Decatur, visiting each of these remarkable homes. We are also excited to partner with ATL-Cruzers to provide complimentary Gem car shuttles for the event.

Friday, Dec. 6
Saturday, Dec. 7

5:30-9:30 pm
each day of the tour

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mingei World Arts - This weekend: tabletop treasures and new finds!

Tabletop treasures and other new finds
Saturday, November 16, 10:00am- 9:00pm
Sunday, Novem
ber 17, 12:00-6:00pm 
orange otomi flower
Please join us this weekend as we feature items to dress your holiday table! Start your gift shopping, too!  We have so many new things to share with you.
We will be featuring work by these artists, among others.

See you this weekend!
Raluca and Mark Tudose
The Spoonman of Transylvania and his wife. There is a spoon with a story for everyone on your list. These also make perfect hostess gifts!
Andrei Pandea We noticed these dear little heads in an upstairs window from the street in Sibiu. Once upstairs, we discovered this young artist and his remarkable story of The Innocents' Choir, his project to help raise funds to aid Romanian children with special needs by crafting and exhibiting 5000 miniature ceramic busts . We are fortunate to have 12 similar pieces for sale this weekend.  
Pall Ida 
was a weaver from the village of Mureni, near Sighisoara, Transylvania. She passed away 2 years ago at the age of 90. We met her daughter (pictured here) , who presented us with stacks of crisply pressed cloth scented with lavender.  We bought them all.
Nistor Ioan 
Climbing the steps into the ancient Leather Workers' Guild Tower in Sighisoara, we were transported back in time... Here we met Nistor at his workbench fashioning a horse's harness, perhaps to grace one of the many horses we saw pulling wagons and plows. We don't have harnesses for you (but ask about our hand-woven horsehair hatbands from Peru!), but did get an assortment of handsome leather bracelets.
Rose Ann Hall Designs 
We are pleased to introduce hand-etched glassware and hand-dipped and carved cathedral candles from
this artisan group based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  One fourth of the work force is physically disabled.  Learn more about them by watching this video. 
Two Worlds, One goal
Two Worlds, One goal

We look forward to seeing you this weekend in our new location in East Decatur Station!
111 New Street, Suite A 
(Signage says "Home Forge Remodeling", our suitemates!) 
on the courtyard next to Duck's Kitchen! 


Now you can shop our new website, too!
Our next openings? 
December 7 & 8
December 12 in the evening- Guadalupe Day!
December 14 & 15
December 21