Friday, August 29, 2014

Be Sure to Visit Mingei World Arts at The Decatur Book Festival in Booth #527

Labor Day means....
Come visit Mingei in Booth #527, 
near the corner of  
Ponce de Leon and Church 

Street Fair Hours?
Saturday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 31, noon to 6:00 p.m.
Look for the Spiral logo below to find our booth!
We will be featuring:
books, bargain books from Mingei Book Club selections, 
hand-made journals,
bags and baskets for toting your books,
miscellaneous small treasures, and 
hand-carved Mexican reading figures which help support a library in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico

Our next opening on New Street:
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 21, 12- 5:00 p.m.

Want to shop online?
Vintage items in our Etsy Shop.
Now featuring an assortment of Day of the Dead and Mexican craft on our website.

Hope to see you soon!

Babylon (Live) - David Gray

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Events this Weekend

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Opens 8 p.m. Aug. 29 with the keynote speech by novelist Joyce Carol Oates and ends 6 p.m. Aug. 31. It takes place at more than 20 locations throughout downtown Decatur, both indoors and outdoors. Free. For information: 404-471-5769, For more from the AJC about the festival, go here.
Dragon Con. The annual parade takes place at 10 a.m. Aug. 30. (For more about the parade and which stars will be at Dragon Con this year, see the AJC story.) During the convention, “memberships” can be purchased in the Georgia Ballroom at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (165 Courtland St.) in four-day ($130, Friday-Monday), three-day ($100, Saturday-Monday), two-day ($60, Sunday-Monday) and single-day increments.

Four-day passes are available for purchase on Aug. 28 and 29 only (starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 28); three-day passes on Aug. 30 only; and two-day passes on Aug. 31 only.

Single-day Friday ($40), single-day Saturday ($50) and single-day Sunday ($40) can be purchased in the Capital and Georgia ballrooms at the Sheraton beginning at 8 a.m. on the respective day only.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Opens 8 p.m. Aug. 29 with the keynote speech by novelist Joyce Carol Oates and ends 6 p.m. Aug. 31. It takes place at more than 20 locations throughout downtown Decatur, both indoors and outdoors. Free. For information: 404-471-5769, For more from the AJC about the festival, go here.
Dragon Con. The annual parade takes place at 10 a.m. Aug. 30. (For more about the parade and which stars will be at Dragon Con this year, see the AJC story.) During the convention, “memberships” can be purchased in the Georgia Ballroom at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (165 Courtland St.) in four-day ($130, Friday-Monday), three-day ($100, Saturday-Monday), two-day ($60, Sunday-Monday) and single-day increments.

Four-day passes are available for purchase on Aug. 28 and 29 only (starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 28); three-day passes on Aug. 30 only; and two-day passes on Aug. 31 only.

Single-day Friday ($40), single-day Saturday ($50) and single-day Sunday ($40) can be purchased in the Capital and Georgia ballrooms at the Sheraton beginning at 8 a.m. on the respective day only.

To see a full list go to:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Street Closings for The Decatur Book Festival

From: The Decatur Minute
In order to prepare for the country’s largest independent Book Festival this weekend, several streets will be closed from Friday morning through Sunday night.

The 9th annual AJC Decatur Book  Festival will be held on Saturday, August 30th from 10am until 6 pm and Sunday, August 31st from noon until 6:00 pm.  All events associated with this festival are FREE to the public. We encourage patrons to walk, bike, or ride Marta to the Square. If you drive, please consider parking at the DeKalb County parking deck, which is free on nights and weekends. Other parking deck information can be found here

Street Closings:

*N. McDonough Street will be closed at 3 am on Friday morning, August 29th until Sunday, August 30th at midnight.
*East Court Square will be closed on Friday, August 29 from 3am until Sunday, August 31st at midnight.
*Ponce de Leon will be closed from Church Street to Commerce on Friday, August 30 from 3pm until Sunday, August 31st at midnight.
*Clairemont Avenue will be closed from Commerce Drive to Ponce de Leon on Friday, August 30 from 3pm until Sunday, August 31st at midnight.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Decatur Arts Alliance Announces Four $500 Seed Grants for Artists

The Decatur Arts Alliance  Announces Four $500 Seed Grants for Artists
Decatur Artist Grants Available – Apply by Aug. 31

The Decatur Arts Alliance awards four seed grants – each worth $500 – to local artists. Submit your application by Aug. 31 for consideration. Only one submission per person.

Your one-page application must include:
Project description (150 words)
How will the project impact Decatur? (35 words)
How will the project be experienced? (35 words)

Submit grant application by Aug. 31 (Only the first 50 submissions will be considered)
All projects must be completed by Dec. 30, 2014
Summary report with images and written statement due Jan. 15, 2015

Submit applications to

The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Decatur. The DAA sponsors annual festivals as well as special art events for members only. It also provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups and performance venues within Decatur and to develop the city as a strong arts community. To learn more, visit the website or call 404-371-9583.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Burger King to Buy Doughnut Burger maker Tim Hortons

What does the news about Burger King’s potential acquisition of Tim Hortons really mean? Forget the dollars-and-cents aspects or the cross-cultural implications of an American fast-food giant moving into Canada. For some crazed gastronomes, it’s about something altogether different.

Namely, the potential for the doughnut burger to go mainstream. Never heard of the doughnut burger? Obviously, you’re not a fan of Luther Vandross. The late R&B singer loved the idea so much it’s often called a “Luther” in his honor. Nor have you spent any time on the state fair circuit, where the doughnut burger is becoming the new must-have outrageous treat — the 2014 answer to the fried Oreo. Who came up with the idea for stuffing a burger between two halves of a glazed doughnut in the first place? Well, Vandross is often credited with the concept. But Paula Deen, the controversial kitchen diva, has claimed ownership. Food fanatics also say Mulligan’s, a bar in Decatur, Ga., had a hand in the whole thing, too.

 Whatever the case, the doughnut burger is probably not as much of a stretch as it may seem. After all, Americans have increasingly embraced the idea of oddball food combos — so much so that there’s now a whole TV show, “Frankenfood”, devoted to them. And the doughnut burger is nothing more than an affirmation that sweet and salty go together like, well, bread and butter. Think kettle corn, another fair favorite, or sprinkling salt on a melon, a culinary trick that has been proven scientifically to make sense. (Suffice it to say, salt is an easy “get” — we perceive its taste quickly. And thus, it serves as something of a boost for sweet, which is a more complex taste.)

Cozy Burger Town to Close and Starbucks will Open at Suburban Plaza

Selig Enterprises is looking to add a Starbucks Coffee to Suburban Plaza.  Sadly though, for some Decatur residents, the Starbucks will open on land currently occupied by Cozy Burger Town, a restaurant with a seemingly cult-like following.  A second Cozy Burger Town opened last summer in Northlake Mall's food court, but clearly it would not be an alternative for most in Decatur. 

A 1750 square foot Starbucks with a drive-thru has been proposed for the site in Suburban Plaza, but has not yet been approved by all involved.  While it's doubtful the neighborhood will stand up and speak out so vocally about the demise of Cozy Burger Town as they did with Walmart, I have no doubt there will be at least some debate. 
 Signage posted on Cozy Burger Town indicates the restaurant will be closed today Monday August 25th through Monday September 1st, with plans to reopen for lunch on Tuesday the 2nd.  One would-be customer I spoke with at the restaurant today was sad to see her go-to burger joint closed.  I informed her it was to be replaced by a Starbucks and she was not thrilled.  I also informed her (somehow ,this was still news) that a Walmart Supercenter was coming and that news was met with great excitement. 

Cozy Burger Town opened in early 2010, replacing the short-lived One Love Diner, in a "hut" that originally housed Pizza Hut. 
 more here

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Fall Book Preview at The Decatur Library Wed. Aug 27

2014 Fall Book Preview
Date:     Wednesday, August 27 2014, 7:15 pm—9:00 pm
 Back by popular demand is one of our most exciting programs for the end of summer. Representatives from America’s biggest publishers will return to the library to talk about exciting new books that will be published this fall. It’s your unique opportunity to get an advance look at notable upcoming book titles in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fantasy and more! Meet and chat with the representatives, and find out what books you’ll need to watch for during the busiest time of the year for new book releases. Doors for the special program will open at 6:30, and of course, it’s free!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cabela’s Grand Opening in Acworth

     Acworth  GA
From ajc
By Nedra Rhone
Cabela’s Incorporated, the Nebraska-based outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is opening its second store in Georgia on Thursday, Aug. 21. The store is located at 152 Northpoint Parkway, Acworth in the Cherokee Village development at the northeast corner of I-75 and Highway 92. This will be the largest location in the state (the other store is in Augusta).

Cabela’s is hosting giveaways throughout the weekend as follows:

    Gift cards valued from $5 - $500 to the first 500 customers in line for the grand opening on Thursday. (note: Camping out today is encouraged.)
    The first 50 customers through the door Friday will receive a Cabela’s utility bag valued at $24.99.
    On Saturday, the first 50 customers will receive a Cabela’s commemorative grand opening cap valued at $14.99.
    On Sunday, the first 50 customers will receive a Cabela’s gift card valued between $5 and $100.
    Customers 18 years and older can enter to win a Coleman 700 UTV and trailer valued at more than $10,000.

Opening day will kick off at 8 a.m. with crowd entertainment, including a DJ, giveaways and trivia games. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m., and a grand-opening ribbon will be cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee.

There will also be special appearances all weekend including:

    Clark Wendlandt, Cabela’s Ambassador and three-time FLW Angler of the Year: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23
    Corey Cogdell, Cabela’s Ambassador and Olympic medalist: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24
    Joe Teti, co-star of “Dual Survival” television series : 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24
    Troy and Jacob Landry, stars of History Channel’s “Swamp People”: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24
    Steve Scruggs, “The Snake Master”: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24

Store hours during the grand opening weekend are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, visit

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Original Canvas Painting from Decatur's Mellow Mushroom up for Bid

Original painting from the Mellow Mushroom in Decatur, Ga up for bid on Ebay.


You can now own a piece of  Decatur's Mellow Mushroom which recently closed.

Up for bid is:

 Original painting by artists Josh Latta and Brad McGinty from the old Mellow Mushroom in Decatur , Ga. Painting is on stretched canvas and is approx 3ft x 4 ft.

Bid now here

From : Dave the owner of the paintings sent this in.

I’ve put 3 more paintings that we had hanging in the store if anyone in Decatur may be interested. Thanks! Dave

Also he said: If you win one of these you can pick it up in person and not pay the shipping cost.



 -- You can bid on any of these here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finding that Perfect pair of Jeans
For many, jeans are the most valuable player in your wardrobe. Usually, this isn't because they're the most expensive piece of clothing you own, or even the best-looking. Instead, it's their versatility that's important, as you can wear jeans around the house, in the workplace, on a date, or on casual outings. Despite this usefulness, however,

So what should you look for when searching for that perfect pair of jeans? Aside from price, here are some tips to keep in mind.
picking the right pair
Consider when you'll be wearing them
It goes without saying that being comfortable in your jeans is the most important thing; after all, even the best-looking pair of jeans will look odd if you're uncomfortable in them. Nevertheless, keeping in mind when and where you'll wear your jeans will make the process of choosing much easier.

If, for example, you only wear suits to work, your jeans might be reserved strictly for going out or for lounging around the house, which means you have few restrictions when selecting a wash and fit. If your work environment allows jeans, however, denim might be everyday wear. In that case, you might have to consider more conservative styles, as even in the most casual workplaces, subtlety goes a long way. Either way, always ensure your jeans look good with sneakers, boots or dress shoes.
Look for timeless washes
It's hard to say what will be in style a year from today at the retail level, but by sticking with tried-and-true denim styles, you can aim for and land a pair of jeans that will remain stylish for years. Here are three classic examples:

Original blue jeans: Evolving from rough-and-tumble work wear, these are now one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own.

Slightly faded blue jeans: More casual wear than anything else, these can nevertheless look good with a nice sports coat and shirt.

Dark denim: You really can't go wrong with a pair of straight-leg dark denim. Wear it to the office with a white oxford and navy blazer or throw on a leather jacket for a street-ready look on the weekends.

Flashier colors, funky washes and excessive distressing are always off-limits in terms of timelessness.
finding that perfect pair of men's jeans is never easy.

Comment :

From Don.
 Detailed Guide to wearing the right Shoes with jeans.

 I came upon your page when i was doing research on jeans.

I noticed that you linked to one of my favorite articles on find the right fit for jeans.

Anyway, i created something similar but its more detailed towards wearing the right shoes with the different style, colors and shades of jeans.
Might be worth a mention on your page.

Stay Awesome


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Decatur ArtHouse Opens Today

 by Catherine
Decatur ArtHouse Launches Exciting New BYOB Locale and Offers a Modern, Artistic, Friendly, and Laid Back Place to Create Opening August 13th 2014, Decatur ArtHouse brings new life to Decatur’s budding art scene! Located at East Decatur Station on College Avenue, Decatur ArtHouse offers an exciting new space to tap into your creative side and socialize with (BYO) beverages and snacks. Evening 2-3 hour adult beginner’s painting classes start Wednesday, August 13th, and are for ages 21 and up. Private parties for children and adults are also available. Easy beforehand online sign-up streamlines the check-in process, and is strongly recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Bring your friends and have a fun night out, bring a date, or come solo. This exciting new locale offers a modern, artistic, friendly, and laid back ambience and will give you the opportunity to you unleash your creativity and connect with others through art. Even better, you can take home your masterpiece at the end of the evening and show it off to your friends and family.
Regardless of experience level, the fun step-by-step instructions let you follow along easily and all materials are provided. And you get to feel really good about enjoying yourself! Local nonprofits receive 10% of every seat purchased and you help provide free art classes for children.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2,000 Silver Coins Found in 1915 bungalow Torn Down in Florida

  St. Cloud, Florida

By Morgan Chilson
City workers tearing down a Florida home in April found 2,000 silver coins stashed in the walls, apparently hidden there during the Great Depression.

The St. Cloud, Florida, city crew was demolishing the house, which had been abandoned after the owner failed to pay more than $511,000 in liens to the city, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Rumors of the find had been circulating, but police this week confirmed those rumors by showing the coins, which had been stored in evidence. City officials had waited to determine whether the owner might come forward to claim the coins.

The 2,000 silver coins weigh about 60 pounds in total and the current price of silver is about $20 an ounce. Based on that calculation alone, without considering any historical value that may be found in the coins themselves, the find is worth about $19,000.

Police said the coins would be appraised to determine whether their value would be as coins or as silver.

The Sentinel said the find included 861 half dollars, 1,016 quarters, 202 dimes, and three nickels. The money was apparently stored in glass pickle jars in the walls.

"It was kind of like a treasure hunt. Everybody that was there was digging in this filth picking up these coins," Melissa Howes, a city worker, told WFTV.

"We thought we might be able to keep it like finders keepers, but it was city property," Howes told the Sentinel.

Workers believe more coins may have been in a trash bin that was taken to the dump before the coins were found, the Sentinel said.

The house was a 1915 bungalow, and Pete Gauntlett, chief of police in St. Cloud, told the Sentinel it was likely they were hidden during the Depression when many people were scared of banks failing.

The house had previously been owned by Lamarr LoMax Lowe, a former Walt Disney World employee who abandoned it when code-enforcement liens went over $500,000, the Sentinel said.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Eye on Decatur - BBQ & Ice Cold Beer Aug 16

Mark your calendar for August 16, 2014, and don’t miss the 14th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur.
Please note that no outside coolers will be permitted on the site.
Decatur’s 14the Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival is brought to you by: the Community Center of the South Decatur and the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. All proceeds of the festival directly into the Decatur community.
When: Saturday, August 16
Time: 12-8pm
Location: 630 East Lake Drive & Harmony Park in Oakhurst, south of downtown Decatur
Scrumptious Food: BBQ by Fox Brothers, Black Tie BBQ, Williamson Bros. BBQ, and Sweet Auburn BBQ
Cold Beer: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial Ale, 1554, and much more from New Belgium Brewing

Entry Fee:

10 and under – FREE!
11 & up: $10 in advance ($15 at the gate day of festival)
Buy tickets here. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Arepa Mia - Happy Stomach Warm Coming Soon to Decatur

Arepa Mia - Happy Stomach Warm Coming Soon to  E. College Ave. See link below to learn more about this place.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eye on Decatur - New Townhomes Coming to East Howard

Creative Loafing's list of Best Popcorn

 Creative Loafing has a list of best popcorn in the Atlanta area, one on the list is Decatur's Brick Store Pub

Brick Store Pub's beer list is massive. Enhance the culling process while perusing the 200-menu beer menu with an order of bourbon caramel glazed popcorn with roasted peanuts and pecans. Like the classic baseball rendition, it's roasted and toasted, sweet and savory, and arrives in a festive brown paper bag. If you find half the bag is gone and you still haven't picked a beer, Brick Store's ├╝ber knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you pick the perfect brew to sip with the rest of your caramel, corn, and nuts. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990.

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Wahoo! Grill's Monthly Wine Club

Wahoo! Grill's Monthly Wine Club...

Changing Views on Austrian and German Wines

Wahoo! Grill
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
5 to 7 p.m.
$26++ per person, nonrefundable

This Wednesday, August 6, at Wahoo! Grill learn something new about the wines of Germany and Austria at the August wine dinner! We will be pouring wines that will surprise and delight your palate.  Guests will sample three unforgettable wines and  receive  complementary food pairings from chef Scot E. Davis.  Vegetarian and/or pescatarian pairings are available; please advise restaurant when you make your reservation.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Will Halt and Catch Fire be Renewed ?

By AJ Marechal

“So, what’s next?”

A clean-shaven Gordon sits at the head of a Cardiff Electric conference table, staring at a group of employees that he now presumably leads. The small team reads out loud reviews of the Cardiff Electric PC entrant, The Giant — reviews that dub the computer a “strong contender” in the “no frills” computer market.

The PC is sensible, practical, and, well, boring. Remarkable in the moment, but so clearly unremarkable in the grander scheme of technology, and the future of the industry. Cardiff has created a footnote, and the faces behind the PC know it ...

Especially Joe.

COMDEX drama, boiling over in the previous episode, has cooled to a simmer during the Season 1 finale of the still-not-yet-renewed Halt and Catch Fire, titled “1984.”

Donna and Gordon are somehow salvaging their marriage once again, despite the revelation that Donna had an almost-affair with a colleague from TI. Cameron has ditched Cardiff entirely after Joe and Gordon stripped The Giant of her OS at COMDEX, and is punching the clock at a phone company. Bosworth, under investigation by the feds for hacking bank accounts, is nowhere to be found. And Joe, the leader of the Cardiff PC venture, stares at his computer product with an anticlimactic gaze, even while the company pops champagne as shipments of The Giant arrive in shiny, impressive boxes.

The entire season of Halt and Catch Fire has built to this moment at Cardiff — the company has indeed built an IBM-compatible PC, and a portable one at that. It will turn profit. It will be on store shelves in mere weeks. But is this what success looks like?
Gordon has purchased a Porsche and cleaned up his look, but in a cruel turn of events, is carjacked following a Cardiff party celebrating The Giant — Donna, tossed out onto the street, breaks her arm as criminals make away with Gordon’s flashy trophy of job well done, as if the universe is reminding Gordon, “No, this is not you.”

And is this what success looks like for Joe? In a last ditch effort to infuse his PC with something unique, something with vision, he tasks the Cardiff coders with creating an app that can be bundled with the Cardiff PC software. The coders, however, quickly jump ship at Cardiff when Cameron presents them with a new tech concept birthed from her job at the phone company — use phone lines to connect people’s computers, allowing them to play games and communicate over what will eventually become the internet.

The Hail-Mary pass to add a visionary element to The Giant fails, and Joe resigns himself to the product they have in hundreds of boxes, ready to hit store shelves.

As Gordon watches his Porsche speed off into the distance, Joe — jaded by his own product — stands in front of a truck filled with Cardiff PCs following the company party. He douses the boxes in gasoline, takes out a lighter, and sets the computers on fire, watching his work burn down, as if it were all for nothing. Perhaps, for Joe, it was.

more here
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This 9 Year Old Girl Singing “Folsom Prison Blues” By Johnny Cash Will Make Your Jaw Drop!

 This 9 Year Old Girl Singing “Folsom Prison Blues” By Johnny Cash Will Make Your Jaw Drop!

Emi Sunshine is a nine year old girl. Though her age is small, her talent is wonderfully huge. This little girl impressed the whole Market Square with her incredible singing talent. The way she sang “Folsom Prison Blues, in Knoxville, Tennesse everyone was left speechless.

This little girl started producing music a few years back. Though she hasn’t yet been to any musical school she sings like she is a trained singer. The way she has given voice over to this song, its tough believe she has never been trained.

This little girl has never had any music courses or any vocal training online however she not only sings gorgeously but also knows to play many musical instruments like mandolin, kazoo,ukulele, banjolele, and piano. With an incredible talent like this, its really good if she plans to opt for singing colleges in the future that will help her to lookout for music careers and also help in producing music officially.

This little girl enjoys music and forgets everything while singing. Her soul gets happy when she plays with music. And along with that, the little girl has her own songs too! She is sure shot famous artist of tomorrow.

Citizen’s Police Academy Classes

From The Decatur Minute
by Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross
The Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) gives community members the chance to learn about all aspects of police operations, meet many of the men and women who serve in the Decatur Police Department, see how officers are trained, learn crime prevention strategies and view police work first hand by riding with patrol officers. The Citizen’s Police Academy is also an excellent opportunity to develop working relationships with our Police Department staff.
Classes are held Thursday nights from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  The tentative dates for the 2014 CPA are every Thursday from September 11, 2014 to November 13, 2014 (10 weeks).

The application for Citizen’s Police Academy is available here.  Mail or drop off (Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm) completed applications to Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross, Decatur Police Department, 250 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite T-130, Decatur, GA 30030. *Deadline for submission of applications is Friday, August 29, 2014.

Please contact Sgt. Ross at or 678/553-6613 if you have any questions.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Big Box Stores are so Yesterday ?


By Krystal Steinmetz
Big-box discount retailers like Target and Walmart are not as popular with shoppers as they once were. It appears the domination of big-box stores might be coming to an end.

Goldman Sachs recently downgraded Walmart stock from “buy” to “neutral.” Meanwhile, the investment banker upgraded Costco stock to “buy,” Forbes said.

    In a note to clients, the firm explained the rise of e-commerce has prompted customers to see less value in general merchandise stores with large product assortments. Shoppers now prefer a combination of value and convenience, which analysts said they have found in narrow-assortment retailers like dollar stores, drugstores and warehouse clubs.

The migration of shoppers to Amazon, Costco and smaller stores appears to be taking its toll on both Walmart and Target. Arkansas-based Walmart has experienced declining sales for five straight quarters, and its U.S. CEO was recently replaced, according to Business Insider.

Meanwhile, Target’s profit fell 16 percent in the first quarter, compared with one year earlier, The Huffington Post said.

Charles Fishman, author of “The Walmart Effect,” told HuffPo:

    Everybody needs diapers and everybody needs toothpaste. People have figured out that buying it online is easy and inexpensive and you don’t have think about it.

While Walmart had $10 billion in Web sales last year, Amazon had $68 billion, HuffPo said.