Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1978 Missing Concert Roll of Film Found and Developed Dr. Hook and The Village People at Omni


       Alex Cooley, Atlanta’s legendary promoter.

A Toys for Tots  concert in the Omni, Atlanta 1978
  For 5 dollars and toy at the door is all it was to get in.
The concert  included.

Dr Hook
Melisa Ethridge
Michael McDonald
The Village People
Paul Davis
Eddie Money

Monday, November 28, 2016

Decatur Estate's Annual Holiday Open House

Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting ! Dec 1

East Court Square
Thursday, December 1• 7 p.m.
Local Decatur businesses are kicking off the season with the 8th annual Decatur Christmas TreeLighting! Come out to East Court Square, in front of Little Shop of Stories, on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. for the Tree Lighting celebration, complete with hot chocolate, carols, snow and a visit from a jolly man in a red suit!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Day Before is a Pre-Thanksgiving Event Feeding 1,000+ Homeless Families in Atlanta

Here’s some “feel good” news about three Atlanta companies (including Renewal Design-Build of Decatur) teaming up to feed 1,000+ homeless families in Atlanta at an event called “The Day Before”.


Here is a link to the facebook page that was just set up to promote the event. If you can help promote/share this on social media, it would be greatly appreciated:


Renewal Design-Build, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Teaming Up to Feed 1,000+ Homeless in Atlanta The Day Before Thanksgiving

The Day Before is a Pre-Thanksgiving Event Feeding 1,000+ Homeless Families in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA, November, 21, 2016 –On Wednesday, November 23 starting at 11 am, over 1,000 homeless people in Atlanta will enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving day feast at an event called The Day Before. The meals will be served at the Our House shelter located at 173 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 and at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless located at 477 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Three local companies have teamed up to create and coordinate this event including: Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q of Atlanta and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q of Atlanta who will be cooking and serving traditional Thanksgiving meals. Sysco Atlanta generously donated all 80 turkeys for the event. Additional funds raised will be used to purchase socks, hats and clothing for the homeless.

“It’s a great feeling to help those in need,” says David Michelson, President of Renewal Design-Build. “We are passionate about our commitment to our community, and we welcome opportunities to pitch in and help. It’s been gratifying to see other companies so eager to join in and make this a bigger and better event. We also hope to raise awareness so more individuals and companies get involved and make a difference in our community.” 

Event History:

Two years ago, Anthony Hamilton, Jobsite Ambassador with Renewal Design-Build, organized an event to feed 500 people in Atlanta. He collected donations from employees and clients. When he started to organize the event again this year, he mentioned it to Mike Hufler, a partner with Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Hufler got excited and reached out to Jeremy Chambers, owner of the Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, and Jonathan Fox, owner of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, who both readily agreed to help.

Here is a link to an 11 Alive feature about Anthony Hamilton and the 2014 event he coordinated:
Hamilton created the family tradition of feeding the homeless the day before Thanksgiving years ago. “My inspiration for the event came from memories of my own childhood and knowing what it was like to be hungry and in need,” said Hamilton. “I was helped by many good people along the way, and I wanted to instill the value of caring for others in my two sons. You never know when you may be on the other end and need a helping hand.”  
ABOUT Fox Bros. BAR-B-Q:

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is an award-winning barbecue restaurant located just south of Little Five Points in Atlanta. They are known for their unique Southern-style barbecue with a Texas flair. The Fox brothers developed a sauce that mixes the flavors of Texas with the heat of the South. It's a tomato-based sauce with a hefty splash of vinegar and a southern sweetness, with a subtle blast of Texas heat. We call it "Sweet with Heat.” Today Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta staple, with favorites like the renowned Beef Brisket and the Smoked Wing Basket. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has been featured on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC and Fox News. For more information and reservations please call 404-577-4030 or visit Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave. Atlanta Ga. 30307. Connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter @FoxBrosBarBQ.

ABOUT Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q:

Jim ‘N Nick’s started cooking pork “low and slow” in 1985 when Nick, along with his dad Jim, reclaimed an old pizza parlour on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL where they opened the first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Thirty years later, with 34 restaurants in 7 states, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has become a Southern institution.

Jim 'N Nick's specializes in Hickory Smoked BBQ and Southern Food in a made-from-scratch, fresh daily kitchen.  We are proud to say we don't have freezers. For us it's about great food and technique rooted in tradition and hospitality that reflects our care for our staff and our guests with friendly service and Southern Hospitality. Local owners are taught the recipes and techniques, which they then pass on to the cooks and pitmasters in each location. Jim ‘N Nick’s has been supporting its local communities since 1985.  Jim ‘N Nick’s Atlanta is located at 4574 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30082.  Connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter @JimNNicksBBQ.

About Renewal Design-Build: 

Celebrating 15 years of service to Atlanta, Renewal Design-Build is a full-service design-build firm specializing in the renovation of older homes. Renewal delivers Atlanta’s best home renovation experience with inspiring design and excellent craftsmanship that exceeds expectations. They renew homes and lives with concierge service and an on-time, on-budget guarantee. Renewal offers a wide variety of remodeling services – from kitchens and master baths, to additions and whole-house renovations.

Founded in 2001, Renewal Design-Build has earned more than 80 prestigious national and local design, construction and customer service awards. What they value even more are the accolades they earn every day from their clients. To learn more about why Renewal’s clients consistently rate them as market leaders in customer satisfaction, please call 404-378-6962 or visit them online at

Find Renewal Design-Build on:
Twitter: @renewaldb

Best regards,

Lori Reed Tilt
1025 Rose Creek Dr., Suite 620-332, Woodstock, GA 30189

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Field & Stream Coming to Atlanta Market


Field & Stream is coming to the Atlanta market  in Kennesaw near Dick's Sporting Goods with connecting pathway, the stores together will be known as All American Sports Center
Read all about it below from
Field & Stream entering Atlanta market 

Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based Field & Stream plans to open its first Atlanta area location next year in Kennesaw.  The new 42,728 square foot store will open in place of the former JCPenney Home Store in Town Center Commons on Ernest Barrett Parkway.  Field & Stream will open adjacent to its larger corporate parent, Dick's Sporting Goods, which occupies an 80,000 square foot space, previously occupied by Galyan's, which was purchased by Dick's in 2004. 

The existing Dick's will be heavily renovated and will add a connecting pathway between the two stores.  Together, the stores will be known as "All-American Sports Center".

All-American Sports Center made its debut last summer at Mobile, Alabama's McGowin Park development. 

A Field & Stream representative indicated current plans are for the new store to be open sometime between late spring and mid-summer next year.  

Field & Stream was launched by Dick's in 2013 as a competitor to Cabela's. Like Cabela's (which was purchased last month by another rival, Bass Pro Shops),  Field & Stream focuses on hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor recreation merchandise.   The first Field & Stream opened on August 16, 2013 in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, at the site of the former Dick's location in Cranberry (Dick's had moved to a newer location nearby in Cranberry Township in 2012).

Cabela's has a location about nine miles north on I-75 in Acworth.  REI, which is also a competitor of Field & Stream, has a location across Barrett Parkway in the Barrett Pavilion shopping center.  

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Terrific Thursdays in Decatur

2016 Details Nov. 3, 10, 17 Dec. 1, 8, 15 It's time to get gifty! - Shop in Decatur on Thursdays in November and December. Terrific Thursdays are back with special in-store events, discounts, and treats at more than 20 shops, restaurants, and services.Participating businesses will stay open late, offering beverages, snacks and special offers. Learn about other holiday promotions and events here.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

30 Days of Shopping: HomeGrown Decatur

Looking for home-spun, gobs-of-fun holiday finds? Check out HomeGrown Decatur for all things locally made! This artist market features Decatur and Atlanta-area crafters, makers, tinkerers, calligraphers, painters, illustrators, jewelers, and more. Their vast (and always-changing) selection offers something for everyone, from leather cuffs to candles, wholesome homemade dog treats to customized beer koozies, and Bread Cat. Who doesn’t love Bread Cat? The shop is curated with quality – and quirkiness – in mind.
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Beatty is Back - Warren Beatty’s Biggest Films, Ranked

With Warren Beatty's new film  “Rules Don’t Apply”  starting soon, lets look back at some of his best movies.


Warren … who?

Back in 1967, when Warren Beatty was fast on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars,
Esquire writer Rex Reed was so frustrated by a long, rambling interview with the actor that he wrote up a hatchet job called “Will the Real Warren Beatty Please Shut Up?” that opened with a visit to the UCLA campus in which he asked five random students what they thought of the star. Only one even recognized the name, a point Reed took as damning proof that Beatty wasn’t nearly as big a deal as everyone seemed to think — when in fact, you could go down to UCLA now and perform the same poll with the name “Joe Biden” or “Mike Pence” and the recognition would be even lower.
For Beatty, that profile was so embarrassing that he swore off press for the next quarter-century, contributing to a mystique (coupled with his mythology as the industry’s most seductive star) that makes him uniquely suited to the role of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in “Rules Don’t Apply.”

And yet, it has been so long since the last time Beatty made a movie (15 years since “Town & Country,” an R-rated flop seen by no one under the age of 17 … and by very few adults) that a proper repeat of Reed’s mean-spirited experiment would be hard-pressed to find anyone of the college-aged generation who knows Beatty’s work — which surely explains why the poster for “Rules Don’t Apply” reads, “From the Academy Award winning filmmaker of ‘Reds,’ ‘Heaven Can Wait,’ ‘Shampoo,’ ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ ‘Bugsy’ and ‘Bulworth.'”
That’s one helluva track record — listing seven of Beatty’s proudest producing credits, four of which the star also directed himself. How many of them have you actually seen? What follows is a ranking of those seven Warren Beatty movies from Variety’s chief film critic, Peter Debruge.
See slide show here

The Industry Studios FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY EVERY WEEK 11am-2pm

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY EVERY WEEK 11am-2pm @ The Industry Studios in Downtown Atlanta minutes walk from MARTA and GSU south of Hill / Bell Streets.
 PUBLIC WELCOME - Join us for a different food truck every week YEAR ROUND (excluding major holidays, bad weather days, and truck issues) Follow us on Twitter @TheIndustryStu and Facebook/TheIndustryStudios to find out which truck is out which week. Bring your hunger to our downtown neighborhood for some fun chow downs
- the more people that join us,
 the more trucks we will add.
275 Decatur St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Price: The price of your hunger

Monday, November 7, 2016

Macy’s Pink Pig is Open thru Jan 1, 2017

 Pictured above is  RICH'S Original Pink Pig Flyer

Atlanta’s most unique and beloved holiday tradition is almost here! Mark your calendars and squeal with delight at The Macy’s Pink Pig Grand Opening Day scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016. Priscilla the Pink Pig will once again carry children of all ages through a life-sized storybook filled with friends and fun beneath the signature 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent.

We invite you to join us for this treasured tradition which debuted in the 1950s as a holiday ride at Rich’s downtown store and later enjoyed a brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. Now at Macy’s Lenox Square – with spectacular views of The Great Tree – Priscilla continues to hold a special place in the hearts of millions of Atlantans.

The ride officially opens to the public on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and will remain open through Sunday, January 1, 2017. Each ride costs $3 and multi ride tickets have a special discounted price (2 rides for $5.50, 3 rides for $7.50). True to tradition, a portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Peach State Opera's Fall Fundraiser at The Church of the Epiphany Nov. 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 Sent in by Nancy Martin
Join Peach State Opera for their "Fall Into the Stars" fundraiser featuring PSO stars Andrea Green, Pedro Carreras Jr., and Carrie Anne Wilson. The event will be held at:
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany - Parish Hall
2089 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be offered while patrons enjoy a preview of PSO's current production of “Tosca” where Love, Lust, Lies and Betrayals begin. Other favorite arias will also be presented. If you are unable to attend, please go to Peach State’s website and click to donate.
Advance Tickets on sale at for $25 until Thursday, November 10th. After November 10th tickets are $30 at the door.