Monday, December 29, 2014

More Townhomes for E. Howard Ave

Monte Hewett Homes is excited to announce East Howard Place, a new townhome community located in the heart of Decatur. Located at the corner of Hillyer Place and East Howard Avenue, this community will offer 24 unique three-story townhomes that are designed to complement the area’s local architecture: classic yet urban, with a nostalgic feel and unique features that speak to the nature of the community.
The exteriors of these townhomes will feature brick and granite with iron balconies, as well as private outdoor courtyards for relaxing and entertaining. In addition, the community will offer unique amenities, including a community garden and green space.

The first townhomes at East Howard Place are now under development, with completion dates placed for spring 2015. Priced from $589,900, there are two distinct floor plans available. The Hillyer will offer 2,242 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, while the Howard is the premium end-unit floor plan, complete with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms throughout 2,000 square feet of living space.

Thanks to its proximity to downtown Decatur, residents at East Howard Place will enjoy a walkable lifestyle, with easy access to many of the dining, shopping and entertainment destinations that can be found in the area. A small sampling of the local attractions include Fellini’s Pizza, Leon’s Full Service, Cakes & Ale, summertime Concerts on the Square, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Glenlake Park, Druid Hills Golf Club, Kimball House Restaurant, Decatur Famer’s Market and the East Lake Golf Club. Plus, Decatur has its own MARTA station, providing residents with easy access to most of Atlanta’s other intown neighborhoods.
To be among the first to reserve your new townhome at East Howard Place in Decatur, contact sales agents Ted Blocker at 404-918-4455 and Sandy Bartow at 678-859-3922. For more information on East Howard Place
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Watkins Building in Decatur Ga. circa 1930

The Watkins building ( circa 1930) on E. Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur GA.  held two grocery stores, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and Rogers.
Photo from the Maie W. Manget collection.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Atlanta Streetcar will be operational on Tuesday

The Atlanta streetcar will be operational on Tuesday, reviving a form of public transit not seen in Atlanta since 1949.
The Tuesday opening of the long-delayed $98 million, four-car streetcar system will beat a self-imposed deadline by Mayor Kasim Reed by one day. It also will come just in time to greet tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Atlanta for the Dec. 30 Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome and the annual New Year’s Eve peach drop at The Atlanta Underground.
What awaits riders? A free ride over the next three months, Reed said, along a 2.7 mile loop around downtown Atlanta. Bounded mainly by Auburn and Edgewood avenues, access points include Centennial Olympic Park, the King Center, Georgia State University and the Peachtree Center MARTA rail station.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Where to Eat on Christmas Day around Decatur

Where to Eat on Christmas: 12 Restaurants Open Around Decatur
By:  Allie Aylward (Patch Staff)
For those looking to dine out on Christmas Day -- or for the unlucky few to have burned the Christmas ham -- here are some restaurants, cafes and pubs open on Dec. 25 in Decatur and Dunwoody.
to see the list at

Friday, December 19, 2014

21 things you didn’t know about Clermont Lounge

By Sebastian Davis

You already know that Atlanta's most notorious naked watering hole is one of the city's best strip clubs, but there are a lot of things you probably don't about the Clermont Lounge. At least 21 of them in fact. So, whether you’re a regular or are hitting it up for the first time, this is a must-read primer. Think about how embarrassing it would be for you and your date to be kicked out.
see list here

Lady Gaga visits the Clermont Lounge and talks about it to Jimmy Fallon
  From ajc
The Clermont Lounge, the famed Atlanta strip club that’s a favorite with musicians when they visit town, got a virtual fist bump last night in the form of a mention by Lady Gaga on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The singer, who appeared on the show with Tony Bennett to promote their new album, “Cheek to Cheek,” was asked by Fallon if she’d ever taken advice from a stranger.
She went on to tell a story about going to the Clermont on a date (“Chivalry!,” she said), and watching a stripper, who didn’t recognize her, dance to her hit song “Poker Face.”
“So she leans over and she goes, ‘You know that Lady Gaga? I mean, she can really sing. I mean, if she just took off all those clothes and she just sang, she would be great.’…So maybe in some ways, I took her advice.”
She said the woman later crushed a beer in an unusual way, a reference to beloved Clermont dancer Blondie. Tony Bennett, cool as ever, kept a straight face through the whole story. --

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Burnt Fork BBQ is Closing

 This is the time of year that restaurant closing announcements are made , and here is another one for Decatur.
From Burnt Fork BBQ facebook page: Well folks after 4 years of hard work we've decided to close our doors. We really appreciate your support and we wish you all well.
 -Josh and Kara
Burnt Fork BBQ

Just last week  Harbour House Pub announced they were closing.

TAKEN 3 - Starts Jan 9


Burger 21 Coming to Buckhead and Johns Creek

 "Better Burger" chain continues Georgia expansion

Tampa, Florida-based Burger 21 is planning a new location at the Publix-anchored Chastain Square on Roswell Road in north Buckhead.  The new restaurant would occupy the approximately 3100 square foot former Chopstix / Scenario space, to the left of the Publix.  While I have confirmed this is the location being scouted, and there is a LOI (letter of intent) on the space, a lease is reportedly not yet signed. 

Another new Burger 21 is coming to a new center on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.  The new center, Johns Creek Promenade, will also be home to a Dunkin' Donuts, Jersey Mike's Subs and Moe's Southwest Grill, among other tenants. A Burger 21 representative told me the Johns Creek lease is signed.  Burger 21's Johns Creek location will be 3000 square feet and is expected to open in the spring. 

 Photo credit:

Eye on Decatur

 The Decatur Minute says "The street in front of the fire
station will be brightly painted to discourage vehicles from blocking the driveway used by emergency vehicles."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Share your Christmas Train Layout or Christmas Village Photos

 If you want to share your Christmas Train Layout or Christmas Village Photos


Here are some links to some photos:

Harbour House Pub has Closed

 From their facebook page.
We want to say thank you DECATUR!
 As much as we love the restaurant and our guests, new opportunities have come up and I have to make the right adjustments and sensible decisions to manage time and resources that are healthy for my family and me. If you've enjoyed Harbour and have some time please join us for a final day of joy and celebration. We will be open for brunch and dinner. I want to thank all our wonderful guests that have supported Harbour so generously over the past three and a half years! I sincerely appreciate you!!! Sean Keenan

h/t Decatur Metro

Friday, December 12, 2014

Garrett Popcorn Shop Now Open at Lenox Sq

Garrett Popcorn Shops  since 1949
Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326

Shop Hours
Monday - Saturday
10:00 am - 09:00 pm
12:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seth MacFarlane singing Ya Got Trouble

First Annual Christmas Lights Ride

 From Be Active Decatur
Join Decatur Bikes for their

Decorate your bike with as much holiday cheer as you like and please bring your helmet.

What:      Decatur Bikes Christmas Lights Ride
When:     Friday, December 19, 7 pm
Where:    Decatur Bikes, 252 W Ponce de Leon Ave

Bring:  At least one front and one back light, warm clothes and YOUR HELMET!!

A recommended donation of $10 per rider (or family) for Clark’s Christmas Kids.
first annual Christmas Lights Ride on Friday, December 19th at 7 pm. The short 6 mile ride is a family ride and will  proceed at a nice slow pace to enjoy the lights.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eye on Decatur

Run With the Dogs!! Jan 10, 2015

It is time to register for the first race of 2015:
The Decatur Bulldog Boosters would like to let the Decatur dog-loving and running communities know of the 10th Annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters 5K “Run with the Dogs” on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 9:00 am.

The race will begin and end in front of Decatur High School and traverse a scenic, if challenging, course. The event again will feature a single 5K race where runners and dog-owners can run with (or without) their dogs.  T-shirts (once again designed by local artist Adam Pinsley and featuring “Sydney” the winner of our drawing last year), awards, and treats will be available to race participants as well as a sporty “race”-kerchief for canine participants.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for a limited time.  All proceeds go to funding the uniforms, equipment, and awards for our student-athletes at the middle and high schools.  So come on out and run off a few of those Holiday calories with Decatur and its Dogs!
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Eye on Decatur - Have a Raging Holiday!

 Downtown Decatur GA
Raging Burrito & Taco
141 Sycamore St
 Decatur, GA 30030

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bonobos Opening a Try on Clothes then buy Online Store

Bonobos opening Buckhead shop for trying on snug-fitting clothes
By Christopher Seward
Bonobos, the upscale New York e-tailer known for its snug-fitting menswear, is introducing its stores-without-inventory concept to Atlanta.
On Dec. 12, the company opens its first local shop, Bonobos Guideshop Buckhead, where customers can try on clothes and then purchase them online.

Think of the Guideshop try-before-you-buy experience as walking into a fitting room area, complete with furniture, lounge space and artwork. Fit and style “guides” help customers with suits, pants, shirts and other clothing.

The e-commerce retailer, which has been around since 2007, has 10 other similar shops around the country and plans to have 30 in the next two years, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Andy Dunn recently told The New York Times. He said the fitting shops are helping to drive online sales.

The company raised $55 million in its most recent investment round, on top of more than $70 million previously, and the infusion will help it add more shops.

The Buckhead store is at 3035 Peachtree Road NW. Make an appointment by visiting

photo credit:  Courtesy Bonobos and Belk

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Eye on Stone Mountain Depot

 Stone Mountain Depot located in Stone Mountain Village
The building was used as the town's city hall and police station until 2011. After the opening of a new city hall in 2012, the depot will be converted to a visitors center, museum, and Downtown Development Authority office.

Christmas Tree Lighting! Thursday, December 4th 7 p.m. @ Little Shop of Stories

 From Little Shop of Stories
It's that time of year again! Little Shop of Stories and other local businesses kick off the holiday season with a giant Christmas Tree Lighting on the square! Come out on Thursday, December 4th at 7pm for this beloved tradition, complete with carols from the 4/5 Academy, snacks, hot chocolate, snow, and a visit from Santa. This year, there will be some exciting changes-- a customized light installation to replace the live tree. This tree-shaped installation will still sit on the roof above Little Shop of Stories and will be a more sustainable, workable option for future years. Happy Holidays!
Thanks to all the local businesses who helped make this possible this year: 17 Steps, Appolinsky & Associates, CafĂ© Alsace, Cakes & Ale, The Cooks Warehouse/Sherlock's, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Fabu Spa, Greene's Fine Foods, Harry Norman Realtors, Homegrown, Leon's Full Service, McCurdy & Candler, Mudhouse Design, My Own Bookkeeper, Private Bank of Decatur, Salon Red, Salon Red Kids, Squash Blossom, Starbucks, Steinbeck's Ale House, Universal Joint, Verisail Partners, Vivid Boutique, Wild Oats & Billy Goats, J.M. Wilkerson Construction, and Worthmore Jewelers.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Decatur’s Wahoo! Grill will open Wahoo Wine & Provisions

In case you missed it, the owners of Decatur’s Wahoo! Grill will open Wahoo Wine & Provisions in Oakhurst. Slated to open before the end of the year at 1036 W. College Ave. The new shop will offer vinos, of course, but also meats and cheeses, local produce, flowers, and gifts. Follow the progress via Facebook here.
Photo via facebook

How Toco Hill Shopping Center got it's Name Photo from flickr member David

 Here is a portion of Andy Johnston post for the ajc.

 Toco came from Clyde Shepherd, a developer who was the man behind the shopping center. He built airbases in Brazil in World War II, where he learned the word from an Indian cook, who would say it to him. Toco, he found out, means something like, “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” So when he built the shopping center, he named it Toco Hill, combining the phrase and an actual hill that once stood on the land. Shepherd’s son Clyde confirmed that story when I spoke to him last week. The area around the shopping center became known as Toco Hills in the years after it was built.
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h/t Decatur Metro