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Accomplishing together what no one could do alone Year 21 - Issue 5



Tuesday, June 8, 2010 @ 6:00pm Kurt’s & Vreny’s

Restaurant & Biergarten Kurt & Vreny Eisele, Owners 4225 River Green Pkwy Duluth, GA 30096 Phone: (770) 623-4128

Kurt’s & Vreny’s cuisine can be best described as American Continental with a European flair. We have often been labeled as a German Restaurant, but prefer to be known for our more Modern German Cuisine. We have a wide selection of fresh seafood, pork, lamb, beef, and veal. Not only are we Gwinnett’s Premier Fine Dining Restaurant, but we are also Gwinnett’s only full service restaurant. We have recently merged the two dining rooms and still offer several exclusive banquet rooms, and private dining areas scattered throughout. We aim to provide our customers with the freshest possible food and a unique dining experience surrounded by both European charm and Southern hospitality. Owner Kurt Eisele is as diverse as his restaurant reflects. He arrived in this

country with his wife in 1965 with dreams of bringing his European influence to the kitchens of Georgia. Twenty years later, after working in some of Georgia’s most renowned restaurants, he opened Kurt’s and began his quest to bring the finest and best cuisine to not only Gwinnett, but to all of Georgia. After many awards and high praises, Kurt’s continues to be dedicated to this cause. Today, 25 years later, Kurt’s offers a multitude of selections to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. We are now celebrating our 21st Anniversary at our present location at River Green and are excited to bring both restaurants into a new relm of culinary satisfaction. Kurt and his wife, Vreny, invite you to discover dining at Kurt’s for unprecedented food and service. Their son, Alexander Eisele who also had the incredible opportunity to do an apprenticeship in Germany, invites you as well to his legacy, Vreny’s Biergarten. Together, the entire Eisele Family and dedicated staff, bring Southern Hospitality and European Charm to all who enter their historic 1930’s home, either as a regular diner, a new client, or maybe you are experiencing Kurt’s AGAIN, for the very first time.... W E L C O M E - W I L K O M M E N.

From the President

2010 OFFICERS President Vice President

Glenn Sarver Sunny Ramsay


Al Brown


John Monk

Past President

Harold Stamey

Board of Directors Al Brown

(770) 495-8900

Dave Cook

(770) 476-5080

Richard Daluga

(770) 366-4561

Jim Johnson

(404) 626-6245

Chris McGahee

(770) 476-3434

Albert Marquez

(770) 330-5469

John Monk

(770) 495-8900

Sunny Ramsay

(678) 312-6857

Glenn Sarver

(770) 265-2448

Vally Sharpe

(770) 289-5248

Harold Stamey

(770) 476-1943

Don Weir

(678) 987-2606

Richard Jackson

(678) 644-2007

Allan Roth

(770) 401-2013

The Gab-RRR is a monthly publication of the Duluth Merchants Association. Back issues are available at Editor/Publisher Vally Sharpe Courtesy of Up Close & Personal in Duluth


Wow! What a great meeting we had at Duluth Fine Wines on Peachtree Industrial, a packed gathering and great information from Chris Glenn Sarver McGahee. There were lots of new guests – keep inviting and get the word out about your association. Every year the DMA donates money to the Duluth Community Scholarship fund. The scholarships are available to all seniors that attend DHS. This years presentation was on May 18th. Speaking of volunteers, you are needed to assist with DMA’s upcoming 5-K race. We traditionally do this on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. John Monk awaits your Volunteerism. Please check the website, for all the necessary information about the race and DMA information in general. It is a great website thanks to Albert Marquez. Summer is here and lots of parties and get togethers, remember to promote your local businesses and talk about the great things happening around Duluth. Our speaker will be Phil Kuban from FranNet, Phil will be talking on the buying & selling process of businesses and the advantage of when and how to prepare for it. Bring your questions — and a guest. I am always available at the meetings, so please come and introduce yourself to me. I want to get to know each and every DMA Member! You are what makes DMA Great!

Glenn Sarver, 2010 DMA President

June Guest Speaker

Phil Kuban

Franchising Expert and Broker Phil Kuban has been involved with the franchising industry for twenty years and has a very diversified background, having been both a franchisee and a franchisor. Based on his experiences, Phil founded FranMax in 1987, a brokerage and consulting company developing such franchises in the Southeast as Mail Boxes, Etc., Moto Photo and Sylvan Learning Centers, to name a few. Collectively, Phil has helped over five hundred investors start franchised businesses, the majority of which were first-time buyers. He specializes in franchise resales, helping owners value and sell their existing businesses and building value for the franchise system in the area. Phil started his career with 3M Company and held various sales and marketing positions. He first became exposed to franchising while working at 3M, when he built a distribution network of Energy Control Centers. He recognized early on that franchising is the best choice for most people seeking to own their own business. Being in business for yourself is better if you’re not in business BY yourself. Phil graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BS degree in marketing. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Susan, who is a professional portrait painter. His daughter Leslie is his partner in FranNet; his son Scott attends Kennesaw State University.



June 2010

June Events in Duluth CITY BUSINESS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Mondays, June 14 and 28, 2010 — 7:00 pm at City Hall PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS Mondays, June 7 and 21, 2010 — 7:00 pm at City Hall DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Tuesday, June 15, 2010 — 6:30 pm

ENTERTAINMENT BROWN BAG LUNCHES ON THE GREEN Every Thursday at Noon “Brown bag it” and come out for great performances! FLICKS ON THE BRICKS Saturday, June 12, 2010 — 7:00 pm SYMPHONY ON THE GREEN Friday, June 18, 2010 — 7:00 pm EUROPEAN MARKET Saturday, June 19 — 10:00 am SUMMERSTAGE CONCERT Saturday, June 26 — 7:30 pm



June 2010

June Events in Duluth

Saturday, June 12th, 2010 8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk with Fun Run after Location: Jackson EMC 461 Swanson Drive Lawrenceville, GA 30049 T-Shirts: Official Run for the Children T-shirts to all pre-registered contestants Awards: Top male & female overall, top male & female masters, top 3 male & female finishers in 15 age groups: 10 & under 30-34 55-59 11-14 35-39 60-64 15-19 40-44 65-69 20-24 45-49 70-74 25-29 50-54 75 & 0ver

Entry Fees: Pre-registered: $20.00 Race Day: $25.00 Race Day Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. Family: $55.00 (pre-reg only, limited to 4 family member entries) The Foster Children’s Foundation is a 501c3 Foundation. Your contribution and fee may be tax deductible, please consult your individual tax professional. Information: Mail in registration form below by June 1st Online registration at For more information contact Joe Hicks at

Make checks payable to Foster Children’s Foundation and mail to Attn: J. Hicks, P.O. Box 490250, Lawrenceville, GA 30049-0250 One entry form per person please. Do not mail after June 1, 2010 Last Name_____________________________________ First ________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________ City ____________________ State _________ Zip __________ Phone: __________________________ E-Mail ________________________________ Age _________ Sex __________ 100% Cotton Adult T-shirt Size: S




Youth L

2X (add $2.00)

In consideration of acceptance of this entry I waive any and all claims for myself and my heirs against officials, employees and sponsors of the 2010 Run for the Children 5K and Fun Run including, but not limited to, the Foster Children’s Foundation and Jackson EMC for illness or injuries which may result, directly or indirectly from my participation. I am willingly registering for this event and understand that participation is at my own risk. I understand that this course may cover varying terrain. I further state that I am in proper physical condition to participate in this event.

Signature ______________________________________ Date_____________________ Under 18 Parents Signature________________________________________________________



June 2010

Member Notes

Taste of Costco Day Host a “Taste of Costco Day” at your office – at no cost to you. Try some of Costco members’ favorite Deli and Bakery items without leaving your office. We bring everything to you…including a special offer for all your employees. Costco is excited about the opportunity to conduct a special tasting event to introduce you, your employees and even your members and clients to Costco. If you have 15 or more employees at your location, we can set up in your breakroom or office over a couple of hours, making it easy for everyone to have a chance to attend. Events are designed specifically around your company and what Costco benefits would be most valuable to your employees and clients/members. In addition to the great food, we will bring along information on the benefits of having a Costco membership, as well as offer your employees a special incentive to join Costco that day. Additionally, we can renew memberships, upgrade current memberships and offer “The Gift of Costco” memberships for your employees’ shopping needs.

Please contact Christy Gwyn directly at 404-915-3687 or e-mail Christy at or to learn more about this exciting opportunity to show appreciation to your employees, clients and friends.



June 2010

Member Notes June 20, 2010 8th Annual Father’s Day Cook-Out and Collection of Dad’s Toys Join us for this afternoon event where families can recognize the fathers out there—an event entirely their own. Go to the website for all the details:

Kurt’s Restaurant & Vreny’s Biergarten 4225 River Green Parkway * Duluth GA 30096 770.623.4128



June 2010

March 2

May 4 TBA

June 8




September 7


November 2 December 7


August 3

February 2

2010 DMA Meeting Locations NOTE: All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

January 5

April 6 TBA July 6 TBA


October 5


PO Box 559 Duluth, GA 30096

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