Sunday, April 28, 2013

I SPY.....Something from the 50's

-- "I Spy" is a family friendly game that is mostly played by children and can be enjoyed by anyone. It's a great car game while traveling long distances.

Seen here is a 1954 Chevy Belair

Friday, April 26, 2013


Fun Saturday Event This sent in by Ellie Hey there! Super last minute but I wanted to reach out and say hello!
 I'm actually holding a fantastic event this Saturday where a bunch of Decatur lovers :) are going to 8 restaurants around downtown.
 The event actually is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Break Thru House. You can check it out here  . We just held another event with the Iberian Pig and others which was uber amazing!! Well, Hello! And, I wanted to share with you a promo code for families and friends alike as it'll be such an amazing and food focused event. If you'd like to use or share the code: decaturkids I would love to see you there! :) Ellie

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Decatur Tennis Tournament May 13 - 19 at Glenlake Tennis Center

From Be Active Decatur The annual Decatur Tennis Tournament will be held May 13 - 19 at Glenlake Tennis Center. Tournament play begins on Monday, May 13 at 5pm. USTA rules and "the code" will govern play. Interested? For more information and to enter, click here.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Neil Diamond Leads Fenway Park Crowd in Singing "Sweet Caroline"

From CBS: BOSTON (CBS) – Neil Diamond made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon. Diamond flew into town on his own and asked the Red Sox if he could sing “Sweet Caroline” as a live performance. The song is an eighth inning tradition at Fenway Park that’s been adopted by teams around the Major Leagues this past week to show their support for Boston. As Diamond left the field, the crowd chanted “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

MAR Now Hiring Kitchen and Bar Staff -- Opening Soon

UPDATE FROM: See inside photos --MAR sent me a Facebook note :

so close! opening in next few weeks! now hiring for kitchen and wait staff

MAR is located at 314 E Howard Ave. Decatur. GA Read more of this article at

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Buffalo Exchange Now Open

From :
  Buffalo Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers. Bring in your former favorites for trade or cash on the spot! Our ever-changing inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-a-kind items. You'll also find brand new merchandise and accessories.

Our clothing is by the community, for the community. Buffalo Exchange stores are located in the heart of progressive, urban neighborhoods, minimizing pollution, congestion, habitat loss and urban sprawl. 80% of our clothing and accessories are bought directly from local customers. Buffalo Exchange offers clothing for both men and women and is more fashionable than your regular thrift store. At the buy counter, we hand pick the most desirable items from the public that can be resold. Our prices range widely depending on the label, style, condition and other factors. Many items average around $15. Designer jeans are higher in price, but our prices are far lower than retail.

"See Rock City" Sign Saved

 From :
CUMMING, Ga. - A Forsyth County man who's been battling with the government over a large sign on his property is claiming victory on Thursday.

Ben Morris was facing possible jail time after restoring his 90-year-old barn and the "See Rock City" sign on its roof. Forsyth County code enforcement called it a violation of the county's law regulating large signs.

"It's a victory for the citizens of our county, that we the people will not tolerate unnecessary interference in our lives and the erasing of our history from unelected bureaucrats," said Morris.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Decatur Green Fest Saturday May 11, 2013

 From Headlining this year will be Ed Roland, Atlanta native and former heart of the band Collective Soul, featuring his new band currently recording its debut album for release in 2013. Decatur Green Fest welcomes to the Tree Sound Solar Stage ... Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project !!! 7-9:30pm

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"SEE ROCK CITY" Sign Sparks modern debate over Law


Ol' time sign sparks modern debate over law
Photo credit: D.G. Whitefield for Next Stop...Decatur

“Sign, sign,everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery,
breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t
you read the sign?”

The Five Man Electrical Band, whose anti-establishment hit “Signs” rocked the music charts in the early 1970s, was a Canadian group, so odds are its members didn’t grow up with “See Rock City” signs dotting the roadways on barns scattered across the rural countryside.

But a lot of us here in Georgia did, which is why the current brouhaha over such a barn sign, and the citation of the barn’s owner for violating county laws, strikes such an emotional chord.

Beginning in the mid-1930s, a creative marketing genius decided the best way to draw attention to the Rock City tourist attraction in north Georgia near Chattanooga was to make it famous by roadside signage. Over the next 25 years or so, some 900 barns in 19 states across the nation, primarily in the South, were used to invite folks to “See Rock City.”

The advertising campaign became famous in its own right, eventually becoming as much a part of the rural Southern way of life as red tractors and spotted hens. But times change, and “See Rock City” went from being an advertising slogan to a nostalgic reminder of a simpler time, when Sunday drives on lightly traveled rural roads bereft of billboards were common. 

As the saying goes, that was then and this is now.

In the process of renovating an old farm site into a car lot, Ben Morris decided to return an old barn to the traditional red and black colors of an early generation, and to once again invite the world to “See Rock City” via bold white letters against a black roof.

Morris says he was simply repainting a sign that had been there in the past but had faded to the point of being virtually impossible to see. If that’s the case, county officials say, then the sign can be grandfathered in under the county’s sign ordinance and allowed to remain. But if not, it’s a violation of the ordinance as an unpermitted roof sign.

Morris has beaten an Americana drum and rallied support to his cause. The county finds itself trying to defend a portion of its sign law that it likely never expected to be a problem. County officials say they can’t ignore the law just because they like what a sign says, and they have to enforce it the same way for everyone.

Here’s hoping that someone can step forward with solid proof that the barn in question was, indeed, once painted as an advertisement for a most unique tourist attraction, and that this particular piece of historic Southern culture can remain as a reminder of simpler days.

Lacking that, surely those entrusted to write and enforce county ordinances can find a way to allow the preservation of a bit of history that doesn’t open the door to a future of neon lights and day-glow paints atop the roofs throughout the county.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Decatur High School circa 1942

In 1942 this was the Decatur Girls High School. The Boys High School was two doors down to the right on other side of the old Auditorium.
Photo from 1942 Decatur Girls High School Yearbook.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Decatur Bowling Alley on West Court Sq. circa 1942

--This is a very rare photo of Decatur's West Court Square in Decatur GA. showing a Bowling Alley. (Not many photos of this street.)
Pictures from Decatur Girls High Year Book. 1942

Monday, April 8, 2013

MAR Looks Almost Ready to Open


MAR'S facebook page hints at a Spring Opening. Perfect timing to enjoy the back patio! MAR is located at 314 E Howard Ave. Decatur. GA

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tree Walk in Historic Avondale Estates April 27

Tree Walk in Historic Avondale Estates
From Nancy Martin

Gardeners and anyone interested in knowing more about the trees that add so much to Atlanta’s quality of life are invited to come out for the Avondale Estates First Annual Tree Walk on April 27. The walk is being co-sponsored by the Avondale Estates and Avon Garden Clubs. Local arborists including Dale Higdon, (ret.) Georgia Forestry Commission, Mark Livingston, Arborguard, DeKalb County Extension Agent Gary Peiffer, and Steve Sanchez will lead the walk and point out the defining and unusual characteristics of the city’s trees.

Avondale Estates is noted for its scores of magnificent old oak trees, including the Atlanta Champion Willow Oak that rises more than 110 feet tall and more than 120 feet wide. Numerous red, sugar and silver maples line residential streets. Avondale also is home to a number of noteworthy specimen trees like deodar cedars, ginkgos and unusually large hollies.

The Walk will highlight these and other trees that are outstanding specimens by virtue of their size, aesthetic appeal, or unusual appearance in the Georgia landscape. To take part, meet in the Avondale Community Club parking lot, at 59 Lakeshore Drive, at 10:00 am. The Tree Walk is scheduled from 10:00 am – Noon. Tree experts will lead the tours and answer your tree questions. This will be a fun event and a great way to learn more about trees.

Avondale Estates was the second city in Georgia to be named a “Tree City” and has been actively working to preserve and expand its tree population. For more information about the Walk, email:

Thanks for sending this in, sounds like a cool event.

LuciBell - Welcome to Decatur

From LuciBell website

I guess you are did we come up with the name LuciBell??? Well LuciBell was inspired by two sisters who loved to shop. They arose eary in the morning to hit the departments stores for the latest in fashion and home decor...then ended their day at vintage stores and flea markets looking for just the right accents. When you visited their was an eclectic mix of old and new things. The two sisters were named Lucille and Eddibell...hence the name LuciBell. So the next time you visit us at LuciBell and see the mix of old and new products remember it was inspired by my grandmother Lucille and my great aunt Eddibell. See you soon!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite

 From :
Hundreds of jazz lovers will be headed to Oakhurst and picnicking at sunset again in April to enjoy some of the best jazz artists in the southeast. The Oakhurst Neighborhood Association announces another great season of free outdoor jazz concerts this spring, beginning Thursday, April 4..
All concerts begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm and are free and open to the public. The location is the lawn in front of The Solarium at 321 W. Hill St. 30030 in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur. Concerts take place rain or shine. The
rain location is The Solarium.

321 West Hill St..
Decatur, GA  30030

'Just The Way You Are' by Bruno Mars

Just The Way You Are by yardie4lifever2
Do you recognize the girl ? , that's  Nathalie Kelley from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Decatur EARTH DAY Festival is Sunday April 21

 From decatur earth day facebook.
Yarr! Join us and the Funk Pirates for a mighty fine Parade. Please dress up as a pirate or sea creature. Parade begins in Harmony Park at 12:30pm
Our Festival will be Mighty Fun, Maties!
to learn more visit

Monday, April 1, 2013

Volkswagen likes site near Airport

By Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey

From :The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

German automaker Volkswagen is in talks to open an operations center with about 100 employees at the site of the former Ford plant in Hapeville, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations.

A deal would boost redevelopment of the so-called “Aerotropolis” site just east of the Atlanta airport’s runways, where Volkswagen’s sports car unit, Porsche, already plans a new North American headquarters.

Porsche’s plans call for a stylish office building that incorporates a test track on the lower level. The specific functions of a potential new Volkswagen office are not yet known.
read more at ajc