Thursday, January 31, 2013

Decatur Old House Fair this Saturday Feb 2

Now is a great time to start planning any remodeling or home improvements you may want to tackle this spring. Come to the Decatur Old House Fair this Saturday to learn about and celebrate old houses!
The fair will include seminars, exhibits and hands-on workshops for owners of old houses.

Stop by our booth to say hello! The Renewal Design-Build team will be ready to answer all of your questions regarding home renovations and additions.  And, don't forget to attend one of Renewal's seminars! 

Decatur Old House Fair
This Saturday, 2/2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Courtyard by Marriott-Downtown Decatur
130 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mingei World Arts Closing Store but will be Around

 Photo credit: Next Stop...Decatur
Decatur GA
Sent in by Mingei World Arts
 Dear Mingei Friends--
It is with great excitement and a bit of nostalgia that we announce that Mingei is changing.  We are not going away but will be morphing into a  different kind of business, one with a greater online presence, occasional and pop-up sales, and who knows what else?  Our new Mingei will allow us to travel more, stay longer, and spend more time developing special products with our artisans.  We will have the flexibility to head over to that faraway market, to return to that village and pick up an order, or to set down for a month someplace if we like to get a better feel for the work being done there. 
Decatur has been wonderful to us, and we have loved being a part of the day-to-day business community there.  We have made so many friends at the store and have loved sharing your stories and your lives as you have shopped with us for just the right gift, rewarded yourself with a special treat, or just come in for a visit and a browse.  While we will not be physically behind the red lacquer door in that saffron- colored storefront, we will be around!  Watch for more specifics in the months to come.  We don't want to lose you!
Our store on Church Street will be open for some more months. However, there are some exciting possibilities in the offing for that space.  Watch for news!  In the meantime, we will be open and doing business as usual. Come by and share a hug and a laugh.  We'll let you shop, too!
Ann and Ellen  
Mingei World Arts

Best Wishes Ann and Ellen on your New Adventures.
We will stay tuned to see the next chapter of :THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ANN and ELLEN"

Celebrate Romance at Wahoo! Grill

 Decatur, GA
Celebrate Romance at Wahoo! Grill

Toast to romance this Valentine's Day and join us at Wahoo! Grill for a selection of menu items prepared exclusively for the holiday. In addition to our acclaimed dinner menu, you can enjoy the following featured appetizers, entrees and desserts for a limited time:
Seared Duck Foie Gras
Balsamic figs, toasted pretzel bread

Seared Sea Scallops
truffle flan, blood orange coulis

Filet Mignon and Lump Crab
tarragon-mustard butter, grilled asparagus,
potato gratinée

Heart-Shaped Seafood Ravioli
salmon and shrimp ravioli, saffron-lobster cream

Heart-Shaped Flourless
Chocolate Ganache Cake
macerated berries, hazlenut whipped cream

Pink Peppercorn Panna Cotta
Italian panna cotta, peppered cherries

These delicious Valentine's Day indulgences will be available from Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17 so click here to make your reservation before time runs out!

Renewal Design-Build of Atlanta Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best of Houzz’ Award

 ATLANTA, GA, January 30, 2013
 – Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, GA has been awarded “Best of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The 12-year-old design-build firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Houzz “Best of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. "I am very impressed with Houzz’s business model and the quality of their website," said Peter Michelson, CEO of Renewal. "We use it all the time as an idea-sharing tool with our clients as they design and plan home renovations. We are honored to be selected two years in a row as a “Best of Houzz” winner.”

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SKYFALL Starts Friday at The Plaza Theatre

Check times at

The Plaza Theatre  1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.   Atlanta, GA 30306    404.873.1939

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tour deCatur 2013 is March 23

This was sent in by:
Be a part of this 11th Annual  Community Event!
Online Registration Now Open!

One registration allows you to participate in any or all of  the events (depending on age and skill) so you can run the 5k after running the 1-mile with your child and you only need to complete one registration – just check the boxes on the registration form for the events you will participate in.  You do not need to register very young children who will be pushed in a stroller but any children who are walking or running must be registered.  We ask that  participants with strollers line up at the back of the pack for safety reasons.

REGISTER to run/walk the 5k, 1-mile or Tot Trot

BUILD support for Decatur schools and sports teams (and children across Decatur) by encouraging family and friends to support your participation in the Tour (optional).  For more information click here

SPONSOR the Tour deCatur at one of four business levels or with the NEW individual sponsors levels

VOLUNTEER for the race by emailing

The Tour deCatur is a qualifying run/walk event in the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge

Note: the event size, location and number of young children participating means that dogs will NOT be allowed to participate.  Please leave your canine pals at home.

See you March 23 in front of Decatur High School!

Decatur Rec Grand Opening Feb 5

Sent in by Linda Harris

Bluegrass Event to help DeKalb Libraries

 From: AJC
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The DeKalb Library Foundation will host an evening of bluegrass music and books later this year as a fundraiser for the county’s 22 branches.
The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. March 9 at the Decatur library and features mystery authors Joshilyn Jackson and Karen White in a reception, book signing and silent auction. The bluegrass band Dappled Grays will headline the event.
Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. All proceeds benefit the county’s libraries.
More information: 404-370-8450 x. 2238 or

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Flight of the Butterflies at Fernbank

 From :
Now showing through
May 9, 2013 Mon-Sat 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
 Sun 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
 Friday during Martinis & IMAX® 8pm, 10pm
 Run time: 44 Minutes.
 A breathtaking new giant screen adventure! Flight of the Butterflies immerse audiences in the enchanting world of monarch butterflies, interweaving the story of their annual migration with the moving human story of the decades-long search for their winter home. Witness this amazing spectacle of nature, as half a billion Monarch butterflies head south on a remarkable three-thousand-mile journey that spans Canada, the United States and Mexico. Watch as countries and cultures are united by these incredible critters that fill the skies with wonder.
see youtube video below

Friday, January 25, 2013

Matt Damon gets even and takes over Jimmy Kimmel's Show.

Actor Matt Damon who's been the butt of a long-running joke on Jimmy Kimmel's ABC talk show, took over the program Thursday night and left a bound and gagged Kimmel to watch a succession of stars stop by. Read more:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snoop Dogg wants to Educate kids on smoking weed.

Rapper Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) says he wants to help educate children on smoking weed. Snoop, who coaches eight and nine year olds at the Orange County Junior All America Football League, says he wants to teach kids how to avoid irresponsible drug use. He told GQ magazine that he’s not trying to push marijuana on kids.

See Snoop in clip from you tube

First Beer School at The Beer Growler JAN 27

 From The Decatur Patch
The Beer Growler in Avondale Estates is excited to bring you our First Beer School hosted by Red Brick Brewing! Beer School will take place at the Avondale Store at 7pm. Red Brick's new Head Brewer is going to talk to us about Winter Ales and introduce their Anniversary Ale, "The Lost Years." Join us for a sampling of The Lost Years as well as samples from 4 other Winter Ales from Breweries across the United States. We will also be enjoying a meat and cheese pairing from Pine Street Market to accompany our brews. Tickets are $30 to attend the Red Brick Beer School and $40 to attend and receive a 32oz growler filled with your favorite Winter Ale from the evening. Tickets may be purchased through our website and then by clicking the Events tab.

Where The Beer Growler 38a N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Next on
Time 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Who to bring College Students, Moms, Dads, Singles, Everyone
Website http://­www.­thebee­rgrowler.­net
Phone 678-595-3243
Price 30.00
Tickets Buy Tickets

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eye on Decatur - Be Responsible!

Sugarloaf Mills Looking for New Food Court Tenants


 Sugarloaf Mills aka  Discover Mills will reportedly lose many of their current food court tenants January

Burger King, Chili's Too, Great Steak & Potato and Popeye's are all slated for closure at month's end.  Originally, the restaurants were to close January 3rd but will remain open til the 31st.

 Photo credit: Next Stop..Decatur
Bethesda, Maryland-based HMSHost is the franchisee of all the involved restaurants, although usually they stick to restaurant operations within transportation hubs, like airport terminals.  HMSHost is owned by Italy based Autogrill, a large multinational corporation with significant retail, restaurant and catering holdings across Europe and North America.

Other dining options are available within the food court like Subway and Great Wraps, but to lose so many restaurants at the same time would be a big blow to the outlet center.  Johnny Rockets closed a number of their Atlanta area locations, their restaurant within the Mills food court being one of them.

Sugarloaf Mills is one of the only, if not the only high profile mall without a Chick-fil-A.  Might the end of month closures pave the way for the Atlanta-based chicken chain to open?
read comments over at

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Reelz Channel to Show 007 Movies in Feb.

James Bond has thrilled movie audiences for more than 50 years, and this February the suave British super spy is coming to Reelz. Throughout the month, Reelz is airing 16 classic 007 flicks spanning from 1964 to 1997, including The Spy Who Loved Me, Thunderball, Moonraker and GoldenEye. The 16 movies feature James Bond as played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, George Lanzenby and Pierce Brosnan. Bond has defined the spy thriller through countless improbable escapes, wild chase scenes, battles with dubious villains and adventures with iconic Bond girls. Don't miss a minute of the iconic action as Bond takes over Reelz this February
Below are the Reelz premiere dates and times for all 16 Bond movies, but no worries if you miss the premiere. There will be additional chances to watch each Bond flick throughout February.
Goldfinger - Sunday, February 3 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. From its shocking prologue to an exhilarating mid-air climax, this lightning-paced 007 thriller features Sean Connery battling cunning international smugglers intent on infiltrating Fort Knox.
You Only Live Twice - Sunday, February 3 at 10:30pm ET/ 7:30pm PT. ­Sean Connery stars as James Bond in this special-effects spectacular that takes him to Japan to foil an evil plot involving the onset of a nuclear war between the Russians and Americans.
Diamonds Are Forever – Monday, February 4 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Sean Connery stars as the dynamic 007, on the trail of a diamond smuggler who leads him on a nerve-shattering chase through Amsterdam, Los Angeles and eventually, glittery Las Vegas.
see complete list at Reelz

"Food That Pleases" Since 1929

The Majestic on Ponce

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dearborn Animal Hospital Moving from their Landmark Building

Since 1948 Dearborn Animal Hospital has been at 715 E. College Ave in Decatur.
They have announced that they plan to leave this landmark building and will move (not very far) to 235 Dekalb Industrial Way. --
235 Dekalb Industrial Way.
Photo from Google maps.

Remember Candlelight Cafeteria on Clairmont Rd.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

CHARLOTTE'S WEB at The Alliance Theatre FEB 23-M

The Alliance is pleased to present the beloved classic Charlotte’s Web. While remaining true to the story and familiar characters, the Alliance’s version of Charlotte’s Web will uniquely incorporate circus stunts and acrobatics in the production. Charlotte will be performed by a trained aerialist who will glide above the stage on fabric curtains. Other skilled performance elements included are juggling, unicycle riding, tumbling, contortion, clowning – and more! Charlotte’s Web will delight old and new audiences with vivid characters and enduring themes of friendship that inspire in a way that only live theatre can.
The Alliance will also host our annual fundraising event FAMILIES Centerstage on March 2. For one day only, the Woodruff Arts Center Galleria transforms into a family fun fair with live performances, arts, crafts and music for the whole family to enjoy! Confirmed participants for this year’s event include the Center for Puppetry Arts, Zoo Atlanta, and Milton High School’s Cirque Program. Tickets for FAMILIES Centerstage include admission to either the 1:00pm or 4:00pm performance of Charlotte’s Web, with the festival happening from 2:00 – 4:00pm.
Learn more here

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peachtree Corners Dreamland BBQ Damaged by Fire

A fire at a popular Gwinnett County restaurant sent flames through the roof Wednesday afternoon.
Pictures from witnesses showed flames and smoke filling the sky above Dreamland Bar-B-Que on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known. No injuries were reported.
The Norcross restaurant is one of two in metro Atlanta for the chain, which started in Alabama.
Click photo to see it on fire.

Other GA. location:
 Dreamland Bar-B-Que Roswell Dreamland Barbeque Restaurant
10730 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, Georgia 30076

--Dreamland BBQ Fire drive-by

Monday, January 14, 2013

Decatur High School's Original Design from 1964


- After reading reports of a new front design plan for Decatur High School over at decatur metro.
I found the original design of  Decatur High School from  circa 1964. top photo(click to enlarge).
The round library looks a little different in the original design it looks lower to the ground.
Maybe they could still design some sort of around building like in this original design.
Bottom photo is a favorite of mine,
showing the design of today.

Friday, January 11, 2013

License To Thrill! Retro Plates May Be Returning To California

LOS ANGELES ( — It’s true that everything old is new again.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced today that those legacy license plates are coming back!

The plates will feature the looks made popular in the 1950′s (black letters, yellow background), 1960′s (yellow letters, black background) and 1970′s (yellow letters, blue background).

What a great idea, now why can't Georgia do something like this. check out these old tags

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Run With the Dogs 2013 is Saturday Morning

Saturday, Jan 12  9:00 AM
A chilly run through the City of Decatur with Decatur Bulldog supporters and their four-legged friends. This race is a qualifying run/walk event in the City of Decatur's Grand Slam Fitness Challenge.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Clermont Hotel has been Sold

From ajc
 By J. Scott Trubey
 The Clermont Motor Hotel, home to the seedy namesake lounge that attracts celebs and locals alike to gawk at its gallery of aging strippers, has been sold. A team of Nashville and New York developers bought the vacant hotel, which houses the unique strip joint in its basement, “to redevelop as a boutique hotel,” according to a news release issued Wednesday. Ethan Orley, who along with Philip Welker controls Clermont Hotel Partners LLC, said the partners would further detail their plans in coming weeks. A sale price was not disclosed. The hotel, built in the 1920s, fell on hard times despite the Clermont Lounge’s singular appeal. The lodger was foreclosed upon and later ordered closed by health inspectors in late 2009, according to reports in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s archives. Fulton County health officials complained of dirty linen, old bedding and stains from bedbugs, as well as mold and unsanitary plumbing issues. There have been plans over the years to renovate the aging building. A prior owner, Inman Park Properties, tried to sell the Ponce De Leon Avenue hotel a few years ago for $6.5 million but lost control of the property. The hotel is not far from Jamestown Properties’ Ponce City Market, the $200 million redevelopment of the hulking former City Hall East and Sears warehouse into a massive mix of apartments, retail and offices. “We are thrilled to have the chance to reimagine the Clermont as a great hotel,” Welker, the principal of real estate firm BNA Associates and Clermont Hotel Partners, said in the release. The building, he said, “has all the right ingredients to become not only a destination boutique hotel for Atlanta, but for the Southeast.”

Read more about it here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Arnold's Back in The Last Stand JAN 18


Peach State Opera's Friday, Jan. 11 at 8pm production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly

Peach State Opera, an artist affiliate of Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston,GA is presenting in English Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Jan. 11 at 8pm in the Cole Auditorium . The heart-wrenching story of Puccini’s beautiful geisha girl and her American naval lieutenant never grows old. The unwavering love of the young Japanese bride as she waits for the return of her husband, the clash of cultures and faiths, and the ultimate betrayal and tragic ending inspires some of opera’s most powerful and beautiful music. Meet the Cast

Ticket prices are:

General Admission Jan 11, 2013 $22.00
Senior Admission Jan 11, 2013 $20.00
Students Jan 11, 2013 $10.00
GPC Students/Faculty Staff, Alumni Jan 11, 2013 $5.00
Groups of 10 or more Jan 11, 2013 $10.00

Buy Tickets here.

You can go to Peach State Opera's website to purchase
tickets and learn more about the company.

This traveling opera company with local roots is dedicated to bringing opera to communities that might not have the opportunity to see a fully staged opera at reasonable rates. Don't miss the opprotunity to see what should be a memorable production.

Submitted by: Nancy Martin

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Decatur REC Opening Soon


Pine Lake Fans - This sites for You.

From the Dallas Denny blog. --
Are you a fan of Pine Lake ?
Pine Lake is too precious and quirky a place to remain unblogged. And so here I go, attempting to give vent to my feelings of the moment about living in this tiny (Population under 800) incorporated feels-like-a-summer-camp city in the middle of a megalopolis (Metropolitan Atlanta, population 5,000,000+).

All content © 2012 by Dallas Denny

Sycamore Street as it looked in the 1940's

This was Sycamore Street as it looked in the 1940's between Church St. and East Court Square. These buildings were all removed and replaced by MARTA Plaza in the late 1970's. Bailey's Shoe Shop, established in 1904 (center) was the oldest Decatur business in continuous operation when it closed its doors. (Circa 1940's) Photo from Mrs. J.O. Bowen, Jr's. collection. (1985~77~2)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hormel to Buy Skippy Peanut Butter


NEW YORK (AP) - Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for Spam and other cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it's buying Skippy, the country's No. 2 peanut butter brand, in its biggest-ever acquisition.

Skippy, which was introduced in 1932 and is a staple in American pantries, is intended to increase Hormel's presence in the center of the supermarket where nonperishable foods are sold. It also gives the Austin, Minn.-based company a stronger footing in international markets. Skippy is sold in about 30 countries and is the leading peanut butter brand in China, where Hormel has been trying to build up its Spam business for the past several years.

Hormel, which also makes canned chili, sausages and pepperoni, currently gets the vast majority of its sales in the U.S., with only about 4 percent of revenue coming from abroad. Now the company is hoping that Skippy, which it's buying from Unilever for $700 million, will help it expand at home and overseas.

In a conference call with analysts, CEO Jeffrey Ettinger noted that peanuts and peanut oil are popular in China. And although peanut butter is not yet a household staple there, he said it is growing rapidly.

Back at home, Ettinger said peanut butter is already regarded as a convenient and affordable source of protein and that Hormel would apply its innovation skills and "take Skippy out of the jar" for use in other products such as packaged snack foods.
 For example, he noted that the company recently introduced pepperoni sticks as part of a push to grow its snacks business. With Spam, the company is testing shelf-stable, microwavable meals, such as jambalaya made with Spam. It's also considering a variety of macaroni and cheese made with Spam.

"That concept of taking (Skippy) out of the jar echoes a similar concept we're trying with taking Spam out of the can," Ettinger said in an interview.

For now, there are 11 varieties of Skippy in the U.S., including low-fat and natural varieties. Hormel noted that Skippy is the leading brand in the faster-growing subcategory of natural peanut butter. Overall, Skippy has about 17 percent of the U.S. peanut butter market, according to Euromonitor International. Jif, owned by J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM), is the largest brand with about 37 percent of the market.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Permits in Place for Suburban Plaza Walmart

Permits in place for North Decatur Walmart
By April Hunt

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The owner of an aging shopping plaza near Decatur has secured all of the necessary permits to build a Walmart supercenter.

Selig Enterprises needed demolition, land disturbance and building permits to tear down part of Suburban Plaza and anchor it with the retail giant.

A group of residents in the North Decatur neighborhoods banded together, trying to keep Walmart out. However, work is set to begin on the project in early 2013.