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All Eyes On Downtown My first clear memory of Downtown Atlanta is from 1975. I am in the backseat of my parents’ car and we are on the interstate headed into the city to shop or perhaps to visit family. I don’t actually remember – I was only five. But what I do remember is seeing the towering cylinder of the Peachtree Plaza Hotel still under construction. To say that it dwarfed every other building is an understatement. I immediately wanted to go inside and told my parents so. When the hotel was completed in 1976, my parents took me to the Peachtree Plaza and I was nearly giddy over the giant lagoon in the lobby and stunned into silence (a rarity) as we soared up the glass elevator to the Sun Dial and the observation lounge. I fell in love with Downtown that day. With all the new attention now focused on Downtown – especially in light of the New York Times piece last month – I am renewing my vow of devotion to our city’s core. I plan to be one of the first riders on the streetcar, which is going to be a success despite the naysayers. It has success written all over it, despite the cost and delay. Once it links to the BeltLine, folks will wonder why we ever got rid of streetcars in the first place. I’m not a football fan (not the American kind, anyway) but I’m even interested in seeing the College Football Hall of Fame. The helmet-shaped design is inspired and the graphics and information about what
will be inside sound exciting. When you can get non-fans interested in visiting, you have gold. I have a feeling I’ll spend more time at the National Civil and Human Rights Center. It has all the hallmarks of becoming an oftvisited and cherished Downtown institution. Tourists and scholars will be there daily adding even more vibrancy to Downtown. But, believe it or not, the thing I’m most tickled about is the re-opening of the Polaris Room atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I went their twice before it closed and being inside the revolving “flying saucer” is a oneof-a-kind experience. Sure, the view isn’t what it used to be because of all the other skyscrapers that surround it, but, in my opinion, it’s John Portman’s best work and Polaris is a landmark worth visiting. On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported my poetry endeavors, especially the Atlanta JournalConstitution, which named my collection Render one of the best books of 2013. At the end of January, the American Library Association honored the book by selecting Render for its prestigious 2014 Over the Rainbow List of Books. That means my work will be in many libraries across the country. When I’m not wearing my INtown editor hat, I’m writing the third novel in my Venus Trilogy of literary mysteries, which will be called Leaving Paris and out in late 2015.
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Courtesy Central Atlanta Progress A legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games, vibrant Centennial Olympic Park plays host to some of Atlanta’s biggest events.
When the New York Times put Downtown Atlanta on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014 last month, it was confirmation of what local leaders already knew – it’s going to be a transformative year for the city’s core. With the Atlanta Streetcar set to come online and the openings of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the College Football Hall of Fame, Downtown’s destination status is about to get a huge boost. Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson said Downtown hasn’t seen so much activity or received so much buzz since the 1996 Summer Olympics, which spurred the revitalization of the district. He wasn’t surprised by the New York Times designation at all. “The New York Times did their research and realized there is a lot going on in Downtown Atlanta,” Robinson said. Robinson said that 90 percent of the track is in place for the Atlanta Streetcar, which will make a 2.7 mile loop from Centennial Olympic Park and The King Center. “The construction is still messy in certain areas like around Woodruff Park, but you’ll soon
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see poles and wire going up to power the streetcars.” If all goes well, the streetcar will be running by Memorial Day, which will coincide with the opening of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights next door to the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. The much-anticipated center will house the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr. from Morehouse College among other collections and exhibitions. The College Football Hall of Fame, which just had a “topping out” ceremony last month, is expected to open in August next door to the Georgia World Congress Center and is expected to draw sports fans from around the country.
Above: The Atlanta Streetcar will roll out at the end of spring. Right: a rendering of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; Below right: the Polaris Room atop the Hyatt will soon reopen; Below left: A rendering of the Atlanta Streetcar stop at Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
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While those tentpole attractions are receiving the most buzz, Robinson said there are even more projects set to open or starting construction, including the new ALOFT Hotel in the Luckie-Marietta District, new dorms for Georgia State students on Courtland Street, the new Hyatt House Hotel, the new Georgia State Law School and work on the new Falcons stadium, which is set to begin this summer. Robinson said he’s also excited that the Polaris will be reopening soon at the Hyatt Regency. The iconic blue “flying saucer” atop the Downtown hotel has been shuttered for years, but is getting a new lease on life and is expected to reopen in March. Built in 1967, the revolving bar and restaurant will offer one-of-a-kind views of the Downtown cityscape. “Each project is just one more notch in the city’s belt,” Robinson said. “It gives the economy a real push and will give a whole new level of tourism for the city.” Robinson also cited the move of 2,000 employees of Coca-Cola into new offices at SunTrust Plaza as a big boost for Downtown. He said projects set to open adjacent to the heart of the city, such as Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market, will also be beneficial. Another big Downtown project still to come is the proposed transportation hub near Philips Arena, which would put trains, buses and MARTA all in one central terminal. Robinson said the Georgia Department of Transportation was reviewing plans submitted by a development team for the billion-dollar project. “What we have to wait and see is who will run with it – the state or city?” he said. Environmental reports on the hub won’t be complete until year’s end and then there will be a push to seek federal dollars for the project, Robinson stated. Editor’s Note: Neighborhood Snapshots is a monthly feature to mark INtown’s 20th anniversary. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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Clockwise from left: Darin Givens captured the moody skies looking over Downtown; John Becker captured this image of Downtown while riding the Skyview Ferris Wheel; Shelease Roberts snapped this photo over the summer of peple cooling off in the Rings Fountain at Centennial Olympic Park; another photo by Darin Givens shows the buildings of the Fairlie-Poplar district in Downtown; and John Becker composed this image of some of the city’s buildings alongside the famed neon Coca-Cola sign and the statue of Atlanta from the Ashes (The Phoenix), a symbol of the city’s rebirth after being destroyed in the Civil War.
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Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy in for the long haul By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The nonprofit Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) spearheading the renovations at the Bobby Jones Golf Course, Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and Atlanta Memorial Park has only existed for little more than a year, but the amount of work completed in that relatively short time is extraordinary. The AMPC pulled together the separate organizations for the tennis center, golf course and the six neighborhoods around the park into one unified group to create a master plan for the 190-acres of parkland – which is crossed by both Peachtree and Tanyard creeks – along Northside Drive. While the Bobby Jones Golf Course & Park Conservancy started the process of developing a plan for the 80-year-old course, the AMPC has advanced the process with a new master plan unveiled last month. “We’ve been going like gangbusters,” AMPC President Roxanne Giles Smith said. “It’s been a banner year.” While the decision on whether the historic links will remain 18 holes or become an innovative, reversible nine-hole course is still to come, the AMPC is looking at the entire park long term. While the final master plan will cost millions to Special execute and take a decade to fully realize, the AMPC plans to stay involved in the maintenance The Bobby Jones Golf Course has not been updated in more than 80 years, says the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, with renovations now planned. Debate is under way if the course should remain 18 holes or be redesigned into a 9-hole course. and preservation of the park, just like the Piedmont Park Conservancy has done with Commissioner George Dusenbury and then go onto the renovations this month. Midtown’s beloved greenspace. The city’s third largest greenspace will remain Atlanta City Council for final approval and Mayor Kasim Smith noted that the Piedmont Park Conservancy Reed’s signature. under the control of the Atlanta Department of Parks, has been existence for more than 20 years and is still Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA), which Atlanta Memorial Park is the only regional park involved in the ongoing renovations. The AMPC will in the city that does not have a master plan, Smith ultimately has final decision on all issues concerning its launch a capital campaign to start raising money for the said. future. The master plan must be approved by DPRCA
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Atlanta Memorial Park master plan revealed By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The master plan for major renovations and upgrades to Atlanta Memorial Park, which encompasses the Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, was recently revealed to the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods. Expected to take 10 years and cost from $10 to $15 million to AMPC President Roxanne Giles Smith presents the master complete, the most significant plan to the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods. part of the master plan is an overhaul of Bobby Jones Golf Northside Drive. The two-level space Course. would have room for 400 cars and its Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy rooftop would provide room for six Vice-President Marty Elgison said the additional tennis courts. The entrance course hadn’t been updated in more than to the park would also be moved closer 80 years. Elgison and Atlanta Memorial to the tennis center and a traffic light Park President Roxanne Giles Smith installed for safer access. presented two plans for the golf course – On the opposite side of Northside an update of the current 18-hole course Drive, where the playgrounds and passive or a more controversial nine-hole course green space is located, there’s also a plan with a driving range. There would also be to add more greenery, move play areas a new clubhouse. out of the floodplain and install new “There’s an emotional feeling that the walking trails. course should stay 18 holes,” Elgison said, Smith said the Georgia Department “but there is also demand for a driving of Transportation had announced range, since the closest one is more than accelerated plans to replace and raise the 10 miles away. Both camps have been bridge over Peachtree Creek in the next very vocal about the design of the course, three years. She said the conservancy but it’s evenly split on whether it should had asked to be allowed to comment on become nine [holes] or remain 18.” the design and materials to be used for If the nine-hole course is chosen, the bridge with the GDOT, but would it would be only one of a handful of not insert itself into how the new bridge “reversible courses” in the country, will affect access to Woodward Way and Elgison said. Golfers would play the first Sagamore Drive. nine holes, then would turn around and Smith said the nonprofit Atlanta play the course in reverse. The innovative Memorial Park Conservancy would design would allow for a different be going after state, federal and other experience playing in each direction, he municipal dollars to help implement the said. Elgison said demand for the driving renovations, as well as seeking donations range would also generate funding for the from individuals and foundations. She golf course. said a capital fundraising campaign will At the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, kick off this month. a below-grade parking deck would be For more about the conservancy, visit installed, which would be invisible from atlmemorialpark.org.
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zoning ordinances are broken.” The task is so monumental that Shelby couldn’t name a date for its completion, but said initial work will begin this summer. The city plans to hire forensic experts to look at the current zonings, see how they compare to other cities of similar size and try to adopt best practices for the various categories. Shelby said once the forensic study is complete another team will do the actual rewrite of the ordinance laws. He said there would be public engagement and hearings on the zoning overhaul after the initial study is complete.
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YoBOULEVARD 2014 New year, new goals for Intown gateway Looking ahead, Hall said work will continue to get a new building for low-income seniors in the Bedford Pine complex along Boulevard, a new playground for Hope-Hill Elementary School, more cleanup days, summer camps and a new focus on “food security.” “We’re looking at food education, workforce development, a farmers market and food training to end hunger,” Hall said. “Food insecurity is one of the issues of poverty.”
By Collin Kelley INtown Editor More than 300 people braved last month’s frigid weather to pack Fort Street United Methodist Church for the 2014 launch of Year of Boulevard. The multi-year initiative’s goal is to improve public safety, quality of life, and access to opportunities for children, families, and seniors along the Boulevard corridor. Dist. 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who created Year of Boulevard, said the fact that so many residents and supporters turned out for the launch in the freezing cold “says a lot about the commitment of the people in this community.” “It was amazing to see so many people there,” Hall said. “Just huge. But we’re not resting on our laurels; we’re moving forward.” Some of those laurels include the opening of a new off-leash dog park at Renaissance Park, summer camps attended by more than 600 children FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 31, 2014 from the Boulevard area, an adult summer camp for seniors, street cleanups, entrepreneurship events for teens and much more. Hall said he was excited to seePER UNIT* that the Boulevard community was ® ® “advocating for itself ” and stepping up on Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades to make the neighborhood a better place PER to live. UNIT*
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Morningside. $1,595,000 1649 Wildwood Road NE
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Ansley Park. $1,495,000 207 15th Street
Ansley Park. $1,550,000 127 Avery Drive NE
Ansley Park. $1,499,000 84 Polo Drive
Druid Hills. $1,379,000 1185 The By Way
Morningside. $969,000 1016 Amsterdam Avenue
Ansley Park. $1,449,000 120 17th Street
Ansley Park. $1,350,000 240 Beverly Road
Morningside. $709,900 1268 East Rock Springs Road
Morningside. $949,000 1295 Cumberland Road
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Morningside. $699,500 969 East Rock Springs Road
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Dana Spinola, owner and founder of the fab’rik clothing boutique franchise that offers “high style without attitude or sticker shock,” sees clothes as a catalyst to reach young women in need of encouragement or a second chance. The fab’rik flagship store in Midtown was recently repurposed to a community boutique “to restore dignity, confidence and hope to young ladies who have lost theirs,” Spinola said. This community boutique is the continuation of a journey that began in 2009 when Spinola and her friend, local TV news anchor Kim Fettig Bartlett, combined their passion for fashion, overflowing closets, and altruism by launching free shopping sprees for struggling teens. “We put out a call for donations and 500 bags showed up,” Spinola said, noting that partners like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta helped put them in touch with teens in need. At the sprees, volunteers sorted clothes, set up the store, and helped each teen pick out a special outfit. “Shopping with dignity made the girls feel valued,” according to free fab’rik manager Rachel Large. In addition, the sprees demonstrated the abundance of donations, volunteers, and girls in needed a helping hand. By the summer of 2013, the faith-based nonprofit was ready to expand from in-store shopping sprees to a community boutique. free fab’rik is now open to the public with most merchandise priced from $2 to $20. Profits fund monthly sprees and a new six-month vocational training and mentorship program for women searching for a hand up. The City of Refuge referred the first four participant stylists,
The City of Refuge recommended that Chosen and LaSae become stylists at free fab’rik to help them learn a trade, life skills and help young women restore their dignity and confidence.
Chosen and LaSae. Over a six-month period, free fab’rik will teach them retail job skills and provide mentors to foster personal, professional and spiritual growth. Once these women complete the paid training program this spring, they will have a job reference and assistance in finding a permanent position. Chosen is grateful for the opportunity. “I can learn from here. I was down before. This is a step.” She likes learning skills that she can apply to her own life. As Chosen learns how to track store expenses, she can apply those life skills to managing her own money and career. LaSae has a sweet way with customers and enjoys helping them pick out their clothes. Thanks to free fab’rik, her message to other struggling women is “Don’t give up. Stay strong. Keep looking forward. You are valuable. You have support. You can work toward a safe home and a job that you will love.” free fab’rik is located at 1114 West Peachtree St. in Midtown. Visit freefabrik.org to volunteer, drop oﬀ your donations, shop with aid of a stylist, or make a gift.
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School Briefs The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously to elect Courtney D. English as its new board chair and Nancy M. Meister as vice chair, each of whom will serve in their leadership position for two years. The elections were held last month during the first board meeting of the year, where six new members and three returning members were sworn into office (pictured) to serve four-year terms. The new and returning members of the Atlanta Board of Education are Leslie Grant, District 1; Byron D. Amos, District 2; Matt Westmoreland, District 3; Nancy M. Meister, Vice Chair, District 4; Steven Lee, District 5; Eshé P. Collins, District 6; Courtney D. English, Chair, At-Large Seat 7, Districts 1 and 2; Cynthia Briscoe Brown, At-Large Seat 8, Districts 3 and 4; Jason F. Esteves, At-Large Seat 9, Districts 5 and 6. For more information about the board, visit atlantapublicschools.us. The students, staff and families from Primrose School of Midtown at Colony Square raised $6,365 for the Primrose Children’s Foundation. The money will be used to support Reach Out and Read, Save the Children and other organizations that serve children and families. The First Tee of Atlanta, in partnership with Georgia Power, has announced that elementary school students in 18 Atlanta Public Schools will begin receiving The First Tee National School Program as part of physical education instruction. The program integrates character education and health lessons along with basic golf instruction. For more, visit thefirstteeatlanta.org. The DeKalb History Center is offering new programs for schools. School tours are currently being offered and can accommodate 60 students. Students of Georgia or Early U.S. History tour Decatur’s oldest home, the Benjamin Swanton House (circa 1825), and two original pioneer log cabins. They learn about early businesses in the area and what life was like in the mid-nineteenth century from actors portraying people from DeKalb’s history. Students conduct interviews with these historic figures, photograph them, and then return to school to write an article about them. For information, visit dekalbhistory.org.
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Welcome to Haygood Preschool where we focus on providing programs to assist and guide children through the many facets of development, including mental, emotional, social and physical growth. Haygood’s developmental philosophy of learning, guides our curriculum and classroom activities. Children are encouraged through our experiential curriculum to learn through actively engaging in hands-on activities, guided instruction and exploration of the world around them. Skills such as: • Gross and Fine Motor skills • Self-Expression/Self-Control • Positive relationships with their peers and teachers
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Ansley Park. $1,350,000 240 Beverly Road 5BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5087108 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700
Blue Ridge. $379,000 95 Misty Mountain Overlook 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5214329 Annie Boland 404.449.1179
Buckhead. $1,295,000 3037 Towerview Drive NE 6BR/6.5BA FMLS: 5229973 Jenny Doyle 404.840.7354
Buckhead. $2,495,000 760 Londonberry Road NW 7BR/7Full 3half BA FMLS: 5221059 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595
Buckhead. $550,000 2055 East Roxboro Road 1+/- Acre FMLS: 5229783 Madeleine Almering 404.388.1924
Douglasville. $849,000 5572 Highway 5 6BR/5Full 2half BA FMLS: 5212288 Stacy Vaughn 404.787.9854 Sam Bayne 404.375.8628
Druid Hills. $899,900 820 Oakdale Road NE 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5229823 Trey Daniels 678.613.2705
Midtown. $560,000 270 17th Street #4201 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5231010 Kevin Grieco 404.822.4156
Old Fourth Ward. $212,000 400 Village Parkway NE #156 1BR/1.5BA FMLS: 5237047 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595
Buckhead. $85,000 2657 Lenox Road NE # B28 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5225153 Martha Massey 404.351.4951
Brookhaven. $645,000 3710 Narmore Drive #4 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5184997 Wes Vawter 404.683.0910
Decatur. $129,000 1175 Church Street 2BR/1.5BA FMLS: 5227186 Sylvia Mallarino Bras 404.786.3944
Midtown. $1,099,000 868 Penn Avenue NE 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5218304 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658
Midtown. $174,900 1101 Juniper Street NE #1526 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5234564 Robert Blaha 404.402.9741
Old Fourth Ward. $299,900 385 Angier Court NE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5185469 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595
Peachtree Hills. $569,900 2359 Glenwood Drive NE 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5225369 Michelle Wing 404.217.6764
Midtown. $429,900 1080 Peachtree Street #912 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5206747 Christa Huffstickler 678.207.7803
Virginia Highland. $375,000 675 Greenwood Avenue NE #107 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5228317 Jenny Doyle 404.840.7354
Virginia Highland. $89,900 847 Saint Charles Avenue NE #5 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5229889 Robin Elliott 404.314.9777
Virginia Highland. $969,000 1016 Amsterdam Avenue NE 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5235543 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700
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TimmyDaddy By Tim Sullivan
Eating like a caveman for better health In last month’s column I expressed a desire (need) to give 2014 a healthy kick-start and well, things must have been dire. As I write this, Kristen and I are on day 15 of a 28-day Paleo Food Challenge designed by the good folks at Fitwit (Fitwit.com). Processed food being something of a devil, the Paleo diet aims to eat what cavemen ate. Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, vegetables, fruit and some nuts are ok. Added sugar, dairy, grain, white starches, legumes and alcohol are forbidden. And since I’ve been asked, yes, wine is indeed considered a form of alcohol. At first, I suffered a surge of skepticism. We can have fruit but fruit juice is banned? Regular potato = bad. Sweet potato = good? And why no legumes? Did cavemen frown upon the bean? I’m partial to the peanut because it is delicious, but turns out it is actually a legume with a terribly misleading name. Boo! Our usual eating habits were in need of a makeover though and friends of ours have raved about the results the Paleo diet has brought about. Parenthood
has trimmed our exercise time down considerably but perhaps dietary changes can make up for some of that. It is said that fitness is 20 percent exercise and 80 percent diet, so for 28 days we committed to follow the rules. Staying Paleo compliant is difficult just from a shopping perspective. We’ve been scanning labels to make sure there aren’t nitrates or nefarious sounding additives like “guar gum” because they are in just about everything. I think I saw a carton of iodized salt where the secondary ingredient was sugar. Still, Kristen has stirred up a circus of kitchen activity to keep ahead of the game to avoid a food freakout and I’ve been a beneficiary. We’ve bought more squash varieties than I knew existed and have snacked on things like dried plantains and kale chips. The real mental gymnastics come with not taking a bite out of the kids’ half eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and not licking the spoon after doling out a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I made Margo waffles with “lots of syr-ee-up,” which was utterly painful and when
Jenn Purdy (with hand on chin) is the resident Paleo diet/nutrition expert at FitWit, who leads 150 participants in the challenge. The photo was taken at a potluck supper of Paleo compliant meals.
grain is out of bounds and you have not had any grain in two weeks, just don’t go sniffing a box of Wheat Thins. You’ll regret it. I was ornery in the early going. Then there were a couple of sleepy days and brain cloud moments where I’d walk into a room and forget what I went in there for, probably a few raisins. All normal I’m told. Black coffee with a smidge of Stevia (permitted) instead of my usual skim milk and sugar was really weird at first but now I’m walking around like I’m Stevia Steve. Still, this current phase of the challenge is feeling a bit purgatorial. I am seeing positive results in my body and my workouts, but I can’t seem to shake Bagel Palace from my Bagel Palace. I mean brain.
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The final leg of the journey is supposed to pump tiger blood through my veins where I will feel more awesome than Roberto Benigni at Six Flags. We’ll see how it shakes out, but I already know that I will benefit from what I’ve learned this month both about food and myself. As you read this, the challenge will be over and, hopefully, I will be pondering success down at Avellinos over a Quattro Formaggio pizza and a full bodied IPA, signing copies of my before and after pictures. For now, I gingerly sip my La Croix from a wine glass, like any proper caveman would. Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the Northeast and now lives with his small family in Oakhurst. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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From left to right: John Haupert, Grady CEO; Renay Blumenthal, GHF President; Janice Hutchings, BCBSGA Foundation; and Morgan Kendrick, President of BCBSGA.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia commemorated and reaffirmed their pledge to Grady Health Foundation (pictured) with a check for $250,000 in support of Grady Health System’s 2014 initiatives including a Women’s and Infants’ Center. “Thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s generous gift, we can further support the new plan for redesigning the Women’s and Infants’ center as one of the top priorities for Grady,” said Renay Blumenthal, President of Grady Health Foundation. Hydro-clinic (hydro-clinic.com) is now open at 3872 Roswell Road, A-3 in Buckhead. Hydro-clinic offers hydration therapy to provide immediate relief from fatigue, overexertion, hangovers, jet lag, flu, flu-like symptoms and dehydration. The minimally-invasive, pain-free procedures intravenously deliver fluids, medications and vitamins directly into the bloodstream. The IV fluid treatments are based on each patient’s specific symptoms and administered by experienced, board-certified medical personnel in a comfortable, sterile, upscale, spa-like atmosphere. Atlanta Medical Center Urgent Care is now open at 3979 Buford Highway at Clairmont Road. The walk-in clinic is for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. No appointments are necessary, and the center will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. CrossFit O4W (crossfito4w.com) opened in the Old Fourth Ward last month at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. with a fitness expo attended by hundreds of residents. CrossFit offers weights, cardiovascular training, gymnastics, and even a women’s self-defense course.
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Pet Picks Ezra is the last of a litter of five, and he has been at the shelter for over a year. He can be shy with new people, but he is a hoot once he gets comfortable. He races around like a whippet when he is outside and lounges around on his dog bed when he comes inside. He loves a good snuggle and will warm the heart of anyone who gives him a second look. Ezra is 1.5 years old and 18 pounds. To adopt Ezra or any of the other cats and dogs available, visit pawsatlanta.org or stop by the shelter at 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur.
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Want a preview of the hottest spring fashions? What about a preview of some adorable soonto-be-available-for-adoption doggies? The Atlanta Humane Society will host the Haute Hounds and Couture Cats fashion show and luncheon at Saks 5th Avenue on Feb. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. Celebrity models sporting a variety of designers, including Michael Kors, DVF and Helmut Lang, pair up with a rescue puppy of their choice while guests sip champagne and enjoy a catered lunch. The event also features a silent auction and pop-up accessory stores. Guests will leave with a fully-stocked gift bag and possibly a new puppy. For tickets and information, visit atlantahumane.org. Meet Atlanta author Sarah Segal on Feb. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westin Buckhead as she signs and talks about her book With This Paw: The Ultimutt Guide to Planning Pet Weddings. The event is free and open to the public. For more about the book, visit withthispaw.com. Sarah Segal
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Public Safety Briefs Family members and the Atlanta Police Department have unveiled the first in a series of billboards around East Atlanta and Decatur to elicit more clues and information about the murder of Patrick Cotrona. The first billboard is located on Candler Road. On May 25, 2013, Cotrona and two friends who were robbed at gun point on May Avenue near Flat Shoals Avenue in East Atlanta. Cotrona was shot and killed, but the murder remains unsolved. Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information regarding the crime by calling (404) 577-TIPS. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has given a $67,000 grant to Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS). The grant supports the three E’s of pedestrian safety: education, enforcement and engineering. PEDS will use these funds to provide technical assistance to government agencies, nonprofit organizations and others on pedestrian needs and solutions; increase driver compliance with speed limits and crosswalk laws; promote increased funding for sidewalks and safe crossings; increase awareness of policies and practices that promote pedestrian safety; improve government agencies’ responsiveness to pedestrian hazards; and promote installation of safe crossings on transit routes. For more about PEDS, visit peds.org. The Fulton County Police Department promoted five officers to higher ranks in a recent pinning ceremony conducted by Chief Cassandra Jones. The officers promoted included Adrian Massey and Wesley Spivey to sergeant, Terry Bryant and Kendra Lattimore to corporal, K. Thompson to detective and K.D. Stephens to detective II. Police Chief George Turner has transferred Atlanta Police Department majors to new posts. The changes come amid retirements and the effort to keep fresh eyes on crime. Maj. Barbara Cavender will be the new commander over the Special Enforcement Section. Maj. Elder Dancy will be over the corporate services section. Maj. Jeffery Glazier will be the new commander over Zone 3. Maj. Reginald Mitchell will be in command of the special operations section. Maj. Randell Robinson will be the new commander over major crimes. Maj. Darryl Tolleson will be the new commander over the training academy.
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showed remarkable genius for finance. By the time he was 27-years-old he was a charter member of Capital City Club. At his death, he would be a director of the Lowry National Bank, Trust Company of Georgia, Atlantic Ice and Coal Company, Georgia Railway and Power Company, and president of what later became Southeastern Underwriters Association. In his will he bequeathed money to purchase land and to build and equip a 50-bed hospital for children to be named after his mother, Henrietta Egleston Hospital, which opened in 1928. In 1998, Egleston Children’s Health Care System and the Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center merged to form the not-for-profit pediatric hospital Children’s’ Healthcare of Atlanta.
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Ann Taylor Boutwell Feb. 1, 1911: William Baxter Matthews’ compilation of facts in the recent The Negro Business Directory and Commercial Guide of Atlanta surprised many Atlanta readers. The Atlanta Georgian credited the Gate City School principal for his thorough listing of 100 business categories at 2,000 separate locations, managed by African Americans. In 1890, Matthews graduated from Atlanta University and from 1902 to 1929 served as a trustee. His Atlanta affiliations included membership in the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Negro Young People’s Christian and Educational Congress. He and his wife, Ophelia Beale, were Fourth Ward residents living at 147 Howell Street. Today William Baxter Matthews’ historical papers are housed in the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, Archives Research Center. Feb. 6. 1985: Spelman College welcomed Shirley Chisholm as a visiting professor for the spring semester. The Democratic trailblazer was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. During her seven terms in the House of Representatives from New York, 1969 to 1982, the bilingual
outspoken champion of women and minorities was a staunch critic of the Vietnam War. Her two published works are Unbought and Unbossed, an autobiography, and The Good Fight, about her bid for the U.S. presidency in 1972; she was the first African-American to seek a major party’s nomination. She died in Jan.1, 2005.
Feb. 22, 1892: Atlantans got their first look at the “Battle of Atlanta” inside a towering drum-shaped building on the north side of Edgewood Avenue between Courtland and Piedmont avenues. The Cyclorama is now housed at Grant Park.
Feb. 6, 1916: Thomas Robert Egleston, Jr. a Charleston native, died at his elegant home at 759 Peachtree Street on the northeast corner of Eighth Street. Although Egleston he never married, he helped father two great Atlanta institutions: All Saints’ Church and The Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children. He made his fortune as one of the nation’s top fire insurance men and
Feb. 29, 1940: Academy Award nominee Hattie McDaniel received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mammy in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. She was the first African American actor ever recognized with this honor.
Feb. 29, 1940: Screenwriter Lamar Jefferson Trotti (1900-1952), an Atlanta native, received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Writing/Original Story for Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). The film, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by John Ford, starred Henry Fonda in the highly fictionalized account of the president’s early life. In 2003, Young Mr. Lincoln was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Ann Taylor Boutwell is an Atlanta historian, tour guide and docent at the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. Email her at email@example.com.
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Special The city of Atlanta will install 57 bike stations in various locations this summer, offering more than 500 bicycles for locals and tourists to rent. The bikes at left are part of a similar program in London.
The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance’s Dream In Green Gala will be held Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. There will be a dinner buffet, music, dancing, performances, live and silent auctions and more. This year’s event will also have an Italian them with accompanying cuisine and decorations. The event raises money for the upkeep of the historic parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue. For tickets and information, visit atlantaolmstedpark.org. Mark your calendar for the Greenprints Conference 2014 on March 12-13. Now in its 17th year, Greenprints is a gathering of more than 200 national thought leaders in sustainable design, construction and communities. The event will be held at Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center. For more information, visit greenprints.org.
Bike share program coming to Atlanta Atlanta will soon join list of worldwide cities that have a bike share program. Popular in New York, London and Paris, bikes for public use are parked at various locations around those cities and can be rented for short trips by the locals or for use by tourists. Atlanta Commissioner of Planning and Community James E. Shelby told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods
IKEA at Atlantic Station has installed four Blink electric vehicle charging stations as part of its partnership with Car Charging Group. To charge an EV at IKEA Atlanta, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, tap their Blink InCard to the reader below the screen, plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging.
earlier this month that the city would issue a contract this summer to install 57 stations around the city with more than 500 bikes available for rent. Advertising on the bikes will offset the cost of the program and tracking devices will be installed so the bikes don’t go missing, Shelby said. – Collin Kelley
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Inscribed bricks will support community garden The Zeist Foundation, an Atlantabased family foundation that addresses the needs of at-risk children and families through education, arts and culture and health and human services, is partnering with the Wylde Center on the next phase of development of the Edgewood Community Learning Garden (ECLG) in East Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood. The partners have announced ECLG’s first-ever brick dedication project to raise funds for the public greenspace. Individuals, families, businesses and foundations will have the opportunity to purchase one or more bricks through March 31 and inscribe a name or names on the brick. The engraved bricks will be used to create the main walkway leading from the entrance to the outdoor classroom pergola. Donors may select from three sizes and costs: $25 for a 4 x 8” brick, $50 for an 8 x 8” brick and $75 for a 12 x 12” brick, and may be ordered at wyldecenter.org. “When the Edgewood Community
Learning Garden was created in June 2009, we had high hopes that it would become a safe and joyful learning environment for kids and families in Edgewood, and it has exceeded our expectations. However, this new redesign that the Wylde Center is managing promises to make the Learning Garden a beautiful sanctuary for Edgewood residents, Atlanta Public School students and neighborhood visitors for years to come,” said Brad Foster, Zeist Foundation board member. In 2012, ECLG, located at 1503 Hardee Street, Atlanta, 30307, became a managed site by the Wylde Center, an Atlanta non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating vibrant greenspaces and inspiring communities of environmental stewards. The 3/4-acre education garden is open daily to the public during daylight hours, and includes a chicken coop, 11 raised vegetable beds, a 1,700-gallon rain harvesting cistern and a composting site. The brick dedication program will support
the efforts of the Wylde Center and the Zeist Foundation to expand the garden’s environmental and educational offerings. In addition to the brick walkway and teaching pergola, plans include increased square footage for fruit and vegetable production, a larger chicken coop, bees, a butterfly garden and a tree house. “We are excited about renovating our outdoor classroom area to make it more functional, productive, and safe for the community and our education programs, said Monica Ponce, ECLG manager. “The dedication brick walkway will add an interesting feature to the garden, and the roster of names inscribed hopefully will honor loved ones, community members, partners, volunteers, and others. The plantlined walkway will start at the garden’s entrance and end at the pergola/ outdoor classroom. We hope our supporters will be excited to have the opportunity to contribute one or more bricks and will visit often to see ‘their’ section of the walkway.”
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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Cabbagetown family-owned factory a rare breed
By Melissa Weinman Tucked away in a brick warehouse in Cabbagetown is something you don’t see much anymore: a small, family-owned factory. With around 25 employees, Colgate Mattress produces some of the most popular baby mattresses in the country. “We’re one on the few manufacturers left in the city,” said Dennis Wolkin, national sales manager for the company. Wolkin is the third generation of his family to work at Colgate. His grandfather started the business when he moved to Atlanta after returning from World War II. “There was a lack of quality baby mattresses and he said, I can build better ones,” Wolkin said of his grandfather. Aside from size, the main difference between adult mattresses and crib mattresses is the firmness, Wolkin explained. “Babies need a lot more support and firmness. Their bones are growing and developing, they need the support,” Wolkin said. He said Colgate is still a tight-knit family business. He works with his father, brother, and uncle. And he praised the company’s loyal employees as an extension of the Wolkin family. “The average employee has been here well over a decade, which for a manufacturing facility is very high,” Wolkin said. “I like the people. I like working with family. The people in the oﬃce I’ve known all my life. They’re like family.” Most products are now manufactured overseas in places like China where labor is cheap. But Wolkin said his family hasn’t
considered moving their production elsewhere. “We’ve always been interested in staying in the U.S. We know it would be a lot cheaper to do it overseas,” Wolkin said. “But we know there’s enough consumers interested in a quality product made to our exacting Courtesy Colgate Mattress standards.” Workers at the factory in Cabbagetown have been turning out custom-made Colgate Mattresses since just after World War II. Plus, he said, it would mean laying off their long-time in the factory. They provided jobs, and in local, but because of the quality of the employees. turn, they were able to avoid becoming product and the integrity with which they “We have to live with ourselves and victims of the crime that plagued the area do business.” look in the mirror,” Wolkin said. “These at the time, Wolkin said. “They are the industry leaders for crib people have known me since I was a Wolkin said his family saw potential mattresses,” Nelson said. “They’re always kid. These folks are very good at their in the neighborhood as well as a couple in the top-rated mattresses and have been job. They take pride in their job, in their of other logistical advantages: easy access for decades.” work.” to MARTA and interstate highways. Nelson said she also appreciates the During a tour of the factory, a man environmental aspect of selling a product “We liked that it was residential and wearing a baseball cap with “Atlanta” it was close to downtown and close to that is made locally and doesn’t have to printed on the front inspected fabric major highways because we ship all over be shipped in. coming out of an embroidery machine the country,” Wolkin said. Wolkin said they’ve found themselves stitching the patterns onto a mattress Though they are an old company, in a now-trendy area of town. But when cover. Wolkin said they aren’t afraid to Colgate has done a lot to stay relevant. they moved their operations from Ponce scrap something if it doesn’t look just Wolkin said because they are a small de Leon Avenue to their current Fulton right. company, they are able to adapt to Terrace address in the early 90s, the One of their most high-profile fans is changing demands quickly. neighborhood was a lot different. He said Martha Stewart, who bought a Colgate For example, they now make an oval the Atlanta Police Department used to mattress for her grandchild, Wolkin said. shaped mattress for the Stokke crib, a use the roof of their building to monitor She later featured a Colgate mattress on European brand popular with people crime in the surrounding neighborhoods. an episode of the Martha Stewart Show living in smaller spaces. They also make But Wolkin said they’ve always focusing on nurseries. a crib mattress with an organic cotton maintained a good relationship Kelly Nelson, manager of New Baby cover. with Cabbagetown, even when the Products on Cheshire Bridge Road, said “People are concerned about neighborhood wasn’t so good. her store carries Colgate crib mattresses chemicals in mattresses,” Wolkin said. He said his uncle hired a lot of local exclusively, “not only because they’re “We give people an option.” people, especially young people, to work
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Business Briefs Central Atlanta Progress is seeking proposals from local businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and artists to open pop up shops at vacant storefronts along the Atlanta Streetcar route. The Pop Up Retail Event will run April 1 through July 31 and will be coupled with promotion and events surrounding the streetcar route opening. Central Atlanta Progress will grant up to $500 per each approved Pop Up retailer for start-up and space improvement costs. Funds may be used to finance minor improvements to interior or exterior space, per landlord/owner approval. Space will be provided rent-free for a period of up to three months; the retailer will be responsible for insurance and utility costs, as well as securing a business license. Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 28. For more information and to download an application, visit atlantadowntown.com/ business/pop-up-retail. Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP has chosen Kate’s Club, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling, as its annual partner for 2014. MMMPact, the company’s social responsibility outreach, selects one area organization per year as its annual partner. This year’s partnership will ensure that MMM and Kate’s Club work closely together throughout the year to create multiple sponsorship and volunteer opportunities within the firm, as well as to raise awareness and funds for Kate’s Club. The partnership also signifies that all proceeds from MMM’s annual fundraising event in the summer go to Kate’s Club. Buckhead’s Lindbergh City Center has secured a $24.5 million loan for an expansion project, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The money will go toward the construction of two additional buildings on the Piedmont Road site, one of which will be a 1,800-square-foot Dunkin’ Donuts.
The Atlanta City Council has passed an ordinance to increase the freeport exemption for manufacturers and distributors to 100 percent. The inventory tax exemption increase will remove the tax for certain classes of goods destined for shipment outside of the state, equaling exemptions in surrounding counties and cities. Manufacturing firms generate nearly $6 billion in sales each year, accounting for more than 10 percent of all sales in the city of Atlanta.
After almost 93 years, Loehmann’s (loehmanns.com) is closing all 39 of its remaining clothing department stores around the country, including two in Atlanta. Liquidation sales are underway at 2480 Briarcliff Road and at 120 Perimeter Center Place. Only cash and major credit cards will be accepted. Gift cards can be redeemed through Feb. 7. Comedian and owner of Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge, Marshall Chiles, is launching Green Room, etc (greenroometc.com), a “funny business” that utilizes professional comedians to integrate humor into business events, videos and presentations. “Comedy is the best way to maintain someone’s attention,” says Chiles. “The root word of emotion is motion. In order to move people, you need to connect with them emotionally. We provide a service that helps you increase those connections and engagement by adding more humor in your presentation.” Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) in Peachtree Hills has announced that Ainsworth-Noah (ainsworth-noah.com) will expand to 6,500 square feet in February, making it the largest showroom not only at the center, but in the southeast. AinsworthNoah will welcome new lines from Osborne & Little, the high-end British fabric and wallpaper design group, as well as Zimmer Rohde and Dessin Fournir. Children’s clothing manufacturer Carter’s, Inc. (carters.com) has opened its new corporate headquarters at Phipps Tower in Buckhead. The move is part of a consolidation of operations to metro Atlanta, where the company currently employs more than 1,700 people. In addition to moving into the new 275,000 square foot LEED certified space and consolidating operations, Carter’s will add nearly 200 jobs to its Atlanta workforce. The company made a $30 million capital investment to complete the relocation. Westside Modern (westsidemodernatlanta. com), a mid-century modern furniture showroom, has opened 876 Huff Road in Atlanta’s Design District. Furniture from American designers will be found among the works of Percival Lafer of Brazil, antique Khotan rugs from Turkistan, and contemporary designers like Patricia Urquiola. The offerings at Westside Modern will change frequently, with different furnishings arriving directly from Denmark. MOCK, the agency (mocktheagency.com), an advertising, graphic and digital design company based in Atlanta, purchased two buildings on 14th Street, in Atlanta’s Westside district. The first building will become MOCK’s new oﬃce, and the other is available for lease. The two buildings, at 247 14th St. and 253 14th St., are both 2,500 square feet. MOCK has worked with architect Jordan Williams of Plexus R+D, and both buildings are currently under renovation. The former Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Center Hotel has become Hotel Capitol Park (hotelcapitolpark.com) and is no longer part of the Holiday Inn brand of hotels. Located at 450 Capitol Ave. in Downtown, Hotel Capitol Park offers guests close proximity to the city’s tourist attraction, restaurants, nightlife, and sporting venues as well as access to the State Capitol and major trade and conference centers.
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Georgia State’s Album 88 keeps it quirky and cool By Annie Kinnett Nichols I’ve been over the moon in love with Atlanta’s college radio scene since high school. I tune into Georgia Tech’s WREK and WCLK at Clark Atlanta University often, but it’s Georgia State University’s WRAS 88.5 – known far and wide as Album 88 – that I come back to again and again. I’ve lived in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, worked in Los Angeles and traveled the world, but I’ve never found any radio station that can hold a candle to the quirky, edgy, freshly-minted, underground music that the DJs play on Album 88. Album 88’s place in music history is not in question. The station was the first to play the Go-Go’s, Sade, Run DMC, Men at Work, Outkast and Indigo Girls. Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats wrote the hit, “I Don’t Like Mondays” in the WRAS studio after reading about a schoolyard shooting while waiting to go on air. And that’s just some of the highlights. Even when I was a college student in New Orleans, I remember driving home to Atlanta and always being excited when my radio picked up the signal. I went to Georgia State for a semester or two and I always wanted to be a DJ. I used to go down to the studio and press my nose against the glass and watch the DJs at work, but I never had the nerve to enter the hallowed halls of Album 88. So it was a big thrill to finally visit the inside of the studio, located in the student center on Courtland Street in Downtown. I was afraid the DJs would be all music snobby and awful, but instead I found of a bunch of students working on computers, talking about music, playing music I’d never heard and generally having a blast. I was like a kid in the candy shop when Album 88 staffer Katie Iacino gave me a tour of the vinyl vault, the DJ’s booth with a huge disco ball twirling above and stacks and stacks of CDs. On the walls were cool posters and graffiti of musicians and DJs that have passed through the studio alongside gold and platinum records from artists that sent them as thank you’s for playing their music before anyone else. On the air since 1971, Album 88 has separated itself from the pack by being a noncommercial, volunteer, all student-run station from its inception. More than 50 students run the station until they graduate or leave GSU. The first DJ was Richard Belcher, who went onto WSB-TV. Operations manager Jeff Walker has been involved with the station since his student DJ days starting in 1979. During his tenure, Walker advocated for a stronger signal (100,000 watts), upgraded facilities and got Billboard to start publishing Album 88’s playlist – one of the first noncommercial stations to be tracked by the magazine. Walker didn’t want his name in this article because he firmly believes “the kids are the heroes,” but the students themselves think he’s a huge part of why the station is what it is today. Walker says, “The students and the music make Album 88 one of the nations most progressive FM & digital radio sites out there.” Talking to Iacino, I learned that they feel the same way I do about Album 88. “One of the hardest things to deal with on Album 88 is when student DJs leave the station. It’s so final,” she said. “It’s hard on the DJ themselves and it’s hard on the audience, too, because they miss the voices and personalities of their favorite DJs.” But it’s this regular change that has kept the station fresh and innovative. The students that work at Album 88 get training by shadowing current DJs and many hours on the overnight “graveyard” shift. Iacino said “those late nights and early mornings separate the wannabes from the real audiophiles who have an ear for music and breaking new artists.” The new DJs create their own rotation or pick up one that has been previously established and proven popular like, ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ on Thursday nights and ‘Soul Kitchen’ on Friday nights. Some shows come and go depending on DJ interest. My daughter’s favorite use to be the Saturday morning show, “Music for the Prepubescent,” that featured kids cartoon songs. Album 88 has also picked up a few nationally syndicated shows like, ‘Big Band Jump’ from L.A. and ‘The Commonwealth Club’ from San Francisco. The station’s own “Melodically A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Photos by Annie Kinnett Nichols Christal Toso-Corona, top photo, is one of Album 88’s regular djs. The radio station’s studio at Georgia State University is crammed with vintage vinyl, signed gold records from artists showing their love for Album 88 and plenty of band and record label stickers.
Challenged” has been syndicated to other stations around the country. All these years later, I still want to be an Album 88 DJ and I call WRAS once a week – at least – to ask about a song or artist and also to
just thank them for their fantastic sets. Radio stations come and go in Atlanta, their formats shifting like the wind. But Album 88’s mission continues to be “Left on the Dial. Right on the Music.”
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VALENTINE’S DAY IDEAS By Collin Kelley INtown Editor Stumped for ideas on where to take your spouse, partner or significant other on Valentine’s Day? We’ve compiled a list of ideas that takes some of the guesswork out of the most romantic date night of the year.
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A Night at the Theater Keep it classy by taking your partner or spouse to a theatrical production, such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Fox Theatre (foxtheatre.org) Feb. 13-16. On the boards at the Alliance Theatre (alliancetheatre. org) is the aptly titled In Love & Warcraft, about a relationships “expert” who uses strategies learned in videogames to help her clients. At Horizon Theatre (horizontheatre.com) in Little Five Points, the hilarious The Photo by Phil Mosier Book Club Play continues and Jenai Mayfield shops for jewelry at Ten Thousand Villages. follows a group of book lovers whose secrets are revealed Don’t Forget the Gift during the making of a documentary. Jewelry, flowers and candy are the traditional gifts for the day, but Romance Blooms rather than running to the mall or the The Atlanta Botanical Garden supermarket, try these local shops. Ten (atlantabotanicalgarden.org) is hosting Thousand Villages (tenthousandvillages. Valentines in the Garden on Feb. 14 from com/Atlanta) at 1056 St. Charles Ave. in Virginia-Highland has some of the most unique gift ideas in the city. The fairtrade shop has gorgeous, inexpensive jewelry, bags, scarves, wall art and much more. Items in the shop are made by artisans and crafters all over the world. Retro favorite Greene’s Fine Foods (greenesfinefoods.com) at 141 E. Trinity Place in Decatur will make your sweet tooth throb with delight with its selection of candies and treats. 7 to 11 p.m. with an evening of cocktails, For the flowers, drop by Candler Park dancing, desserts and live entertainment. Flowers (candlerparkflowers.com) at Court in the candlelight and, of course, 1395 McLendon Ave. to find the perfect stop to smell the flowers. Admission is bouquet. $35 per person. Dining Out Love & Marriage If taking your loved one to dinner Cupid at the Castle will return to is part of your special Valentine’s Day, Rhodes Hall in Midtown for Valentine’s Atlanta restaurants have got you covered. Day from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, According to OpenTable.com, 80 Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. restaurants are offering to 6 p.m. Couples Valentine’s Day specials, will be able to say “I including prix fixe do” during intimate menus with four courses 30-minute wedding and more. See the list we ceremonies. The compiled in our News cost is $500 per You Can Eat section on ceremony and the Page 34. proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Now Showing Historic Preservation. After dinner, a movie Couples can opt to is another great date exchange vows under night option. Some of the home’s granite the films opening for arches of the front Valentine’s Day include porch overlooking Winter’s Tale, about Peachtree Street or torn-apart lovers who in the Victorianmeet again in another style Reception Hall. lifetime and Endless To register, visit Love, a remake of the georgiatrust.org. 80s tearjerker about A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival tickets selling out fast By Collin Kelley INtown Editor If you haven’t purchased tickets to the movies you want to see at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, you might be out of luck. More than 10,000 tickets were sold the day they went on sale Jan. 5. Festival executive director Kenny Blank encouraged festivalgoers to keep checking the website at AJFF.org for the release of more tickets and returns to The opening night film for this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will be sold out films. “If you the acclaimed Run Boy Run, about check 24 to 48 hours a young Polish boy surviving on his before a screening, you own after escaping from the Nazis. might be able to snap one or two tickets up,” he The Baby, a said. documentary The only way to get into some of the about a woman more popular films is to show up at the recalling venue the day of the screening and add forbidden your name to a waiting list. Luckily, there memories of her past; Bethlehem, a are so many films on offer that if you buy cliffhanger about an Israeli intelligence tickets now you’ll get to see something agent and a conflicted Palestinian interesting. informant; Hunting Elephants, a bank With 65 films from 20 countries, it heist caper; the documentary Mel Brooks: also makes the AJFF, which runs Jan. 29 Make A Noise about the comedian and through Feb. 20, the biggest film festival director; When Jews Were Funny, a in the city and the second largest in the documentary about cultural identity: a world. Nearly 32,000 attended screenings 25th anniversary screening of Driving during last year’s festival. Miss Daisy with a panel of local actors “We have a very loyal and and experts; and Omar, a nominee for enthusiastic audience, and they stake out this year’s Best Foreign Film Academy this event early on to make sure they get Award, about a young Palestinian baker tickets,” Blank said. “We’re offering more living under Israeli occupation. screenings of the popular films and have The festivities kick off Jan. 29 with an secured larger auditoriums.” Opening Night Gala at the Cobb Energy To accommodate the crowds, Centre, featuring a screening of the the festival expanded to more venues Polish drama Run Boy Run. around Atlanta, including the Cobb “Every year we strive to make the Energy Centre, UA Tara Cinema, GTC festival better for our audience,” Blank Merchants Walk, Regal North Point, said. “Festivalgoers will have more Lefont Sandy Springs, Westside Cultural opportunities to see the most sought after Arts Center, Regal Atlantic Station and films than ever before. We want everyone the Woodruff Arts Center. to experience these meaningful and Some of the most anticipate films entertaining films that might not ever include 50 Children: The Rescue play in Atlanta otherwise.” Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus about a For a complete list of films, venues Philadelphia couple who saved children and to purchase tickets, visit AJFF.org. from the Nazi concentration camps;
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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family Visual Arts Whales: Giants of the Deep: Plunge into the mysterious world of whales at Fernbank’s newest exhibit. Meet two massive whale skeletons, climb through a replica of a whale heart the size of a VW Beetle, and more. Opens February 15. $16 to $18. fernbankmuseum.org
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Gyun Hur: A System of Interiority: Gyun Hur, known for her silk flower floor installations, goes in a new aesthetic direction for this exhibit by using written word and light as a way to transform found objects and space. Closes February 15. Free. getthisgallery.com Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things: Paper clips, bubble wrap and pencils have revolutionized the way people live. MODA highlights the stories behind these and more than 30 other everyday objects. Opens February 23. $5 to $10. museumofdesign. org A Gathering: Four artists look at four interpretations of bird imagery, from mythical notions to ominous tones, in this GSU Welch Gallery exhibit. Monday through Friday. Free. arts.gsu.edu Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door: The High Museum of Art presents the first major retrospective of Morell’s photography in 15 years, celebrating his use of camera obscura by turning the gallery into a walk-through camera obscura. Tuesday through Sunday. $12 to $19.50. high.org Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life: On loan to Alliance Française d’Atlanta from a French
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WWII museum on Jewish history, this young French girl’s diary is an inside look at a German-occupied Paris on the eve of her deportation. Monday through Saturday. Free. afatl.com Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman: Spelman College’s latest exhibit looks at artist Renée Stout’s unique approach to making sense of romance and society in today’s world – through her herbalist/fortuneteller alter ego, Fatima Mayfield. Tuesday through Saturday. $3. museum.spelman.edu Sky Light: Landscapes Traditional and Contemporary: Pissarro and Corot landscapes from the 19th and 20th century meet large scale oils by emerging contemporary Southern artists in this
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Performing Arts Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette: All the way from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Southeast premiere of this show by the Atlanta Ballet at the Cobb Energy Centre redefines the classic love story of the two star-crossed lovers of Verona. February 7 through 15. $20 to $120. atlantaballet.com Push Dance Company: Raissa Simpson’s dance company builds vibrant contemporary dances to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges attributed to mixed heritage. February 7 and 8. $25. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Fantasy meets Chinese folklore as a young girl sets off to find the secret of the Old Man of the Moon in this play based on the 2010 Newbery Honors book. February 7 through March 2. $10 to $40. synchrotheatre.com Georgia Young Composer’s Festival Concert: One of four finalists will be named Georgia Young Composer of the Year by the end of this concert at Avondale Estates First Baptist Church, where the DeKalb Choral Guild will perform each of the finalists’ works. February 8. $5. dekalbchoralguild.org Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 featuring Anat Cohen: Celebrate the legacy of the Newport Jazz Festival with clarinetist Anat Cohen leading musicians in a concert of music spanning the ages — from Louis, Duke and Miles to Latin, Brazilian and fusion. February 8. $50. arts.emory.edu The Book of Mormon: The nine-
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: This popular dance company returns as an Atlanta tradition with performances of new works and the classic “Revelations” at the Fox Theatre. February 13 through 16. $16.50 to $62. foxtheatre.org Lauryn Hill: After topping the charts with the Fugees in the mid-‘90s, Lauryn Hill released a debut solo album that earned her five Grammys and a permanent place in American hip-hop. February 13. $55 to $75. tabernacleatl.com Shakespeare’s R&J: Four young students break from the monotony of prep school upon discovering the Bard’s classic play and sink into a world consumed by the story. Opens February 13. $18 to $27. fabrefaction.org Lovers and Heroes: Contralto Marijana Mijanovic joins New Trinity Baroque to perform 18th century works by Handel and Vivaldi at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Free pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. February 15. $9 to $39. newtrinitybaroque. org Capitol Steps: The Steps put the “mock” in democracy and return to the Rialto to send up the many misgivings of the government’s past year with “Fiscal Shades of Gray.” February 22. $48.36 to $76.44. rialtocenter.org Shrek the Musical: After running on Broadway for 12 months, the ogre Shrek comes to the Alliance Theatre for a family friendly one-act experience. Opens February 22. $20 to $35. alliancetheatre. org In Love and Warcraft: The winning play of the 2014 Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award finds one woman struggling to succeed with a relationship of her own despite her ability to mend others’ relationships and being one of the best “World of Warcraft” players in the world. Closes February 23. $25 to $33. alliancetheatre.org A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Berry Good A Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) student’s sculpture is now on display at the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown roundabout in front of the hotel. Chris Reynolds, 42, based his sculpture – which features five hollow cast concrete “berries” – on native Georgia juniper berries. Reynolds gave up his 20-year career as a professional carpenter in Fairbanks, Alaska and drove the 4,000-plus miles to Atlanta with his wife and three kids to get his master of fine arts from SCAD.
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Poetic License: Guest conductor Marc Piollet makes his ASO debut leading Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture, the Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s “Fifth Symphony,” and virtuoso violinist Hilary Hahn performs Nielsen’s rarely performed violin concerto at Symphony Hall. February 27 through March 1. $24 to $75. atlantasymphony.org Red Badge of Courage: Adapted from Stephen Crane’s classic American novel, this co-production between 7 Stages and Kennesaw State University is an intimate performance with tabletop puppetry, live actors and animation. Opens February 27. $10 to $20. 7stages.org.
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Ponce de Leon breakfast hotspot Java Jive turns 20 By Collin Kelley INtown Editor When Steven Horwitz and Shira Levetan opened Java Jive on Ponce de Leon Avenue 20 years ago it was, literally, a different world. There was no BeltLine or Whole Foods and the hulking Sears & Roebuck building had yet to be transformed into City Hall East (or even considered for something as ambitious as Ponce City Market). Rather than families and cyclists, prostitutes and clubbers mainly walked the street after late nights at Clermont Lounge, Masquerade and MJQ. “It was quite an adventure,” Levetan recalls. “Twenty years ago it was a very different experience. It was also pre-Olympics, which is when Ponce started to transform.” Long before Starbucks was on the scene, Java Jive was also on the frontline of the indie coffeehouse scene, but even that has changed over the years. “We’re an accidental restaurant,” Horwitz says. “We’ve become more known for our breakfast than being a coffeehouse.” Levetan and Horwitz were visiting Pittsburgh in the early 90s and enjoyed visiting the small coffeehouses there. Upon returning to Atlanta, they found nothing comparable and decided to open their own as a place to showcase Levetan’s baking skills. They searched for a suitable space in Decatur (which was also years away from its renaissance), Morningside and Virginia-Highland before settling on the building – a former laundromat – at 970 Ponce de Leon in 1994. Since then, Java Jive has earned accolades for Levetan’s deserts and biscuits and has numerous “best breakfast” awards from local newspapers and magazines displayed on the wall. The space is filly with retro diner tables, appliances and other kitsch that the husbandand-wife team loves to collect. The patrons love it, too. “We have customers who have been coming in since day one,” Horwitz says. “We’ve watched their children grow up, go off to college and come back.” Unlike other successful restaurants, Horwitz and Levetan have never had any desire to open a second location of Java Jive. “We are Java Jive,” Horwitz says. “It wouldn’t be the same if Shira and I weren’t there.”
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For this month’s restaurant review, we chose Town Brookhaven, a mixed-use development in the vibrant and lively city of Brookhaven. This work, play, shop and of course, eat, development has well over a dozen restaurants to chose from. We set our sights on restaurateur Tom Catherall’s latest concept, Smash Kitchen and Bar. We visited at lunchtime during the week. The restaurant is decorated nicely in dark colors with most of the seating comprised of booths. It feels more like a dinner and drinks place especially with the wall-mounted deer heads staring down at you. Our server quickly approached, informed us of the daily specials and touted the muddled drink offerings. Smash derives its name from several items on the menu and these muddled or smashed drinks are one such item. With names like Blackburn, Capital City, Oglethorpe and Lynwood, they contain ingredients like blackberry bourbon with muddled blackberries or vodka, ginger beer and muddled pears and honeydew. Above: The half rack of babyback ribs were fall-off-theThey were enticing but as it was bone tender and served with shoestring french fries. lunch and all of us were headed back to work afterwards, we Below: The wild mushroom flatbread looked pretty, but declined. Smash also offers other the toppings made it soggy. craft cocktails and a decent beer and wine list. For appetizers, we ordered the pretzel sticks and the wild mushroom flatbread. The pretzel sticks came upright in a butcher paper cone accompanied by grainy mustard and a Newcastle Ale cheese sauce; both accentuated the salty, warm pretzels and were quite good. The flatbread was large and looked delicious with the dough spending just the right amount of time in the wood-fired oven. However the toppings of Fontina cheese, roasted peppers, baby velvet cheesecake. arugula and truﬄe oil, made it soggy and Our server was very attentive a disappointment given its high marks for throughout the meal, bringing multiple appearance. refills of tea and water. The three in our party ordered the From the looks of the well stocked half rack of baby back ribs, the steak bar and lots of outdoor seating, Smash is burger and the kale aalad with a side of probably a lively place on warm weather grilled salmon. The ribs were good. They weekends and after work when the Town were fall off the bone tender and covered Brookhaven residents return from their in a house made, fairly standard barbecue workdays. Our lunchtime visit never saw sauce. The mound of thin cut shoestring more than three or four tables of diners potatoes that accompanied the ribs could during our hour and half stay. easily have fed three or four diners. They Smash’s dinner menu is almost were crispy and hot. The Southern slaw identical to the lunch menu with the contained rough chopped cabbage and addition of steaks and chops and the strips of green and red peppers; it was usual increase in prices from the $12 to more of a garnish and tasted as such. $17 range to the $17 to $24 range. The Steak Burger ordered plain with Smash is located at 804 Town cheddar cheese was cooked to order and Boulevard, Suite 1010 in Town tasted of good quality beef. The bun, Brookhaven and can be found at www. however, was a bread behemoth and h2sr.com/smash. totally overpowered that all-important bun to meat ratio. Adding to the mix was Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite a huge portion of finely shredded, unReviewers, as well as a pilot gourmet melted cheddar cheese that was perched cook and food lover. Send feedback to on the bun top; it looked as though the firstname.lastname@example.org. cook had opened a bag of Kraft and A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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Southern Living has named a number of Intown’s bars to its 100 Best Bars in the South list, including Decatur’s Kimball House and Paper Plane, as well as Atlanta’s The St. Regis Bar, The Bookhouse Pub, Monday Night Brewing, One Flew South, Argosy and H. Harper Station. Paces Properties is touting the girl power behind new restaurants and shops set to open this summer at Krog Street Market (krogstreetmarket. com) in Inman Park. To date, a mix of 14 restaurants, market stalls and retailers have been announced for the development next door to the Stove Works. Just announced are: Spice Road Chicken from Cardamom Hill creator Asha Gomez; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams; Inman Park Pet Works; and The Little Tart Bakeshop, previously announced last fall, which has opted for an additional 200 square feet to provide a full coffee bar to go along with the pastries and baked goods. Krog Street Market is set to open in late July 2014. Buckhead Theatre (thebuckheadtheatre.com) has installed a full-service kitchen and hired Greg Sears, formerly with Buckhead Life restaurants, as executive chef. The theatre can now provide in-house dining and catering options for all concerts, shows and events. Boneheads Grilled Fish and Chicken (eatboneheads.com), a fast casual restaurant chain featuring fresh, fire-grilled fish and chicken dishes, has signed on to open its newest Atlanta location in the Eclipse building, 264 Pharr Road, in Buckhead. The new flagship location, which will feature an upscale bar, will be adjacent to the Boneheads restaurant. The approximately 3,840 square foot space, currently operating as Aqua Bistro, is expected to open in April. Local Atlanta favorite Café at Pharr (cafeatpharr.com) has opened a sixth location at Dunwoody Village Shopping Center. This comes on the heels of opening locations at Vinings Jubilee, Town Brookhaven and on the Westside as well as expanding out of the Pharr Road location in Buckhead.
Where to Eat on Valentine’s Day Looking to take that special someone out for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal? Dozens of restaurants have special menus you and your date are sure to love. To see the full list, visit OpenTable.com.
Midtown 10th & Piedmont, 4th & Swift, Loca Luna and South City Kitchen.
Buckhead Bistro Niko, Davio’s, Imperial Fez and King + Duke.
Virginia-Highland Highland Tap, Murphys, Rosebud and TWO urban licks.
Downtown Sun Dial at Westin Peachtree Plaza, Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill, Morton’s and White Oak Kitchen. Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere have opened a second Bantam + Biddy (bantamandbiddy.com) in Midtown at 1050 Crescent Ave. This is the third restaurant from the duo, whose list includes Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall and Chicka-Biddy in Atlantic Station. While the Crescent location has the same regional and pastured poultry and organic, seasonal vegetables as its predecessor, the new restaurant has a caffeinated bonus: an espresso bar serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee. Cuts Steakhouse (cutsatlanta.com) has opened at 60 Andrew Young International Blvd. in the old Steak & Ale spot. Bringing a Southern influence to your typical steakhouse menu, Executive Chef Donnie Wicker is preparing braised beef short rib and Southern fried lobster tail alongside a wide range of signature steaks. The distinctive, circular former location of Trust Company Bank and the now shuttered Piebar and Ixtlan on Monroe Drive will soon become a restaurant and lounge called Cirque. Built in 1962, the new concept is from the owner of The Daiquiri Factory on West Peachtree Street in Midtown.
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Canoe Cellar Door (cellardooratl.com), a sommelier-operated wine shop, is open at 4199 Paces Ferry Road. The new shop from the owners of Canoe Restaurant features 750 wines from around the world priced at $9 to more than $1,000. Doc Chey’s (doccheys.com) is ringing in the New Year with the ninth annual “15 Days of Chinese New Year,” which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 14. Sponsored by Monday Night Brewing’s “Fu Manbrew,” the celebration will feature food and beverage specials benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), giveaways and live entertainment at Doc Chey’s Noodle House’s three Atlanta area locations – VirginiaHighland, Emory and Grant Park. Chef Ford Fry’s newest restaurant, St. Cecilia (stceciliaatl.com) has opened in the former Bluepointe space inside The Pinnacle Building, 3455 Peachtree Road. The European menu features fish and pasta. Fry said he and executive chef Brian Horn worked together to create a menu that travels the southern European coastline, exploring pasta and roasted fish served in the historic seaside towns and villages. Chef Linton Hopkins (of Restaurant Eugene fame) has designed a signature menu that will be enjoyed on 1,000 daily Delta Air Lines flights from Atlanta to destinations around the world. Hopkins was selected to join Delta’s culinary team after taking top honors in The Cabin Pressure Cook-Off sponsored by Food & Wine magazine to fine the airline’s next chef. Establishment Buckhead (facebook.com/Establishment1845) is now open at 3167 Peachtree Road offering with cocktails and a menu of “Southern bites” alongside a rustic décor and Georgia-centric art installations.
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Roberto Caporuscio and Antonio Starita have opened Don Antonio by Starita (DonAntonioPizza.com) at 102 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. The restaurant offers 60 hot wood-ﬁred pizzas pies and more with housemade mozzarella and burrata. The restaurant is the second location of the New York City hotspot. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION Annual Decatur Old House Fair set for Feb. 8
The City of Decatur and Georgia Historic Preservation Division have partnered to host the sixth annual Decatur Old House Fair on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Ave., in Downtown Decatur. The event will feature industry experts offering fresh ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. This year’s theme, “Form Follows Function,” explores the relationship between home improvement and historic charm through an array of DIY, sustainable living, maintenance and renovation tracks. Homeowners get the latest “green updates” and renovation ideas for kitchens and baths, attend seminars and workshops on restoring windows and repairing plaster, and much more. The fair also includes a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers specializing in home improvement, historic preservation and interior furnishings. The exhibit area opens at 9 a.m. and seminars begin at 10 a.m. Some of the topics include:
Special Michael Pursor of The Rosebud Company discusses floor refinishing with a vistor at last year’s Decatur Old House Fair. Dozens of contractors, renovators, designers and more will be on hand to offer advice on the best way to spruce up your home.
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• Permitting 101 • Spending Money Wisely: Saving Money and Financing Dream Projects • Understanding Wood Floors and Wood Details in Older Homes • Insuring Your Historic Home • Period Kitchens for Older Homes For a complete seminar schedule, exhibitor details and ticket information, visit DecaturOldHouseFair.com. Ticket are $10 when purchased in advance, $15 at the door.
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Renewing your home for the new year a piece of furniture or lamp. Adding paint is a quick way to combat the winter blues and wake up your walls and accessories. It’s not too late to make a few new Bring the outdoors in: If the year’s resolutions, especially when it comes wintertime chill is causing you to have to changing, refreshing and renewing your outdoor entertaining withdrawal, home. Here are a few simple ideas to get try decorating your interior with you started: furniture meant for the outdoors. Think Organize your pantry: Sort and stack weatherproof pillows and indoor/outdoor food items using plastic storage containers rugs for high traffic areas. and let color be your guide Adding live plants, like when creating labels to help succulents and orchids, easily find items in your can also go a long way to pantry. Don’t forget to wipe bring life to a room without down shelves – or install sacrificing style. some to maximize your Make your home pop: space. Take a drive through the Change out your colorful neighborhoods hardware: Kitchen and of Inman Park or Old bathroom drawer pulls and Fourth Ward to find cabinet handles experience some front entrancea lot of wear and tear during inspiration. If we experience the year. Changing out your a temporary warm spell, hardware with a new style with temperatures above or finish is a simple way to 50 degrees, break out your achieve a clean, fresh look. Sarah Fishburne paint rollers and update Change your water your front door with a filter: Whether you have splash of color. Even a traditional house a water filter on your faucet, in your can be updated with a hint of lime green refrigerator door or as part of a pitcher or deep pink. A small change can make a filtration system, regularly change out the huge impact. filter to keep your drinking water free of Sarah Fishburne is director of trend contaminants. and design for The Home Depot where she Wash your shower liner: Freshen up is responsible for managing the company’s your bathroom by either changing out team of designers, developing products your shower curtain liner or washing it in and identifying merchandising product a combination of baking soda and vinegar. trends. Sarah and her team travel both Play with paint: If you have been stuck domestically and internationally to scout inside during the cold weather staring at the lifestyle trends of the future, overseeing a blank, boring wall consider painting the trends from inspiration to arrival in a trim, ceiling, banister or interior doors. If Home Depot store. you are feeling adventurous, try painting By Sarah Fishburne
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From left, Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) and Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) discuss issues such as ethics reform, an independent school system for Dunwoody, and the state’s budget woes at a legislative forum at Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Jan. 6. More photos on page 31.
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For the last 5 1/2 years, Jim King has been the face of Buckhead’s neighborhoods. On Nov. 14, King announced he is stepping aside from his role as Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods chairman. Tom Tidwell, a BY MELISSA WEINMAN firstname.lastname@example.org member of the West Paces/Northside Neighborhood Association, will take over that role. King says he will remain as vice chairman, As state legislators head back to the Gold Dome in 2013, they “temporarily.” King said he’d been considering giving up the post for have somea lot to think about. One local issue the state’s lawmakers may be asked to confront time, but some recent developments in his personal life pushed is the controversy surrounding DeKalb County’s school board. SEE JIM KING, PAGE 6 The system was recently placed on accreditation probation by AdvancED, the accrediting agency. Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), who chairs the Senate Education Committee, said at a recent forum that DeKalb County schools are his No. 1 priority. “I’m guardedly optimistic we can turn this thing around,” MilScan here to get lar said. Reporter Newspapers A Jan. 17 hearing of the Georgia Board of Education is schedin your inbox “Since 1983” uled to consider suspending the DeKalb school board members. If or sign up @
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Angry Ashford Park neighbors told City Council that the handling of permits for a new home in their neighborhood has them questioning their confidence in the new city’s government. On Nov. 22, residents addressed the City Council before a special called private meeting. They are concerned about a home being built at 2802 Ashford Road that they say is being built far closer to the street than it should be under city zoning regulations. According to the DeKalb County zoning code adopted by
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Tessa Rider, 11, carefully handles an ornament at the third annual Elegant Elf Marketplace at Lake Forest Elementary School on Nov. 16. The two-day holiday event, presented by The Sandy Springs Society, raises funds for local community services. Rider, part of a multigenerational family selling hand-painted ornaments at the market, personalized the decorations with a buyer’s name while he or she shopped, having it ready when the customer was ﬁnished. Additional photos on page 3.
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City Council awarded a $717,689 contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting to fix a portion of Lake Forrest Drive that’s been closed since June. The city’s current timetable estimates the portion of Lake ForBY TOM ODER rest between Lake Summit and Chevaux Court will be reopened by A court order halting construction a controversial multi-useFeb. 28, 2014. Scanofhere to get trail through Brook Run Park was extended after a boisterous Fri- The city closed the road after multiple rock slides. Reporter Newspapers day afternoon hearing in DeKalb County Superior in your inbox Court attended The initial quote from C.W. Matthews was $1.5 million. City by city officials and dozens of opponents of the city’s plan. or sign up @ officials revised their plans for the fix, deciding to use a net to catch Judge Tangela M. Barrie said her temporary restraining order ReporterNewspapers.net SEE CITY COUNCIL, PAGE 27 against the trail will remain in effect until she holds a full hearing on the matter. Barrie said homeowners who oppose the city’s plan for the trail must convince her that its construction through the forest in Brook Run Park should be permanently stopped. Critics are upset the planned 12-foot-wide concrete trail will require removal of more than 300 trees. City officials say an equal number of trees will be replanted. The judge’s decision to extend her temporary order capped a two-hour hearing before a packed courtroom. Chairs were add-
Before she exits Sandy Springs City Council in January, District 6 City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny is working to secure her legacy as the city’s lead tree preservationist. McEnerny, a firm believer in term limits, didn’t seek a third term in this year’s municipal election. She’s also a firm believer in tree protection, and has spent the last few months trying to get the council to correct what she believes are glaring flaws in the city’s tree ordinance. City Council on Nov. 19 discussed McEnerny’s suggested fixes
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HIDDEN GEMS: Little Free Libraries
It’s a bit harder to enjoy all the activity Atlanta has to offer when the sun sets daily at 5:30 p.m. and the temperature dips. I try to spend much of my time during the relatively short Southern winter season inside sipping a warm cup of coffee, reading and writing, but I still take to the city streets enough to feel engaged. Strolling from the Candler Park MARTA station toward Little Five Points for an afternoon diversion, I came across a Little Free Library on Candler Street. “Take A Book/Return A Book” read the sign above what appeared to be a miniature one-room schoolhouse. I grabbed a book of letters the New York poet Ted Berrigan wrote to his newlywed wife, Sandy, while she was in an institution, sent there by her parents for being crazy enough to marry him. I vowed to read it and return it, with some other good books I will donate for the neighbors to read. Todd Bol of Wisconsin created the first Little Free Library in Wisconsin in 2009, and it has quickly grown into an international organization. I discovered that the freestanding libraries
Photo by Han Vance Little Free Libraries are popping up all over Intown and around the country.
have popped all over neighborhoods in Intown. It’s a great way to promote reading and the honor system. For more general information on Little Free Libraries and to find one near you or to order one for your block, visit littlefreelibrary.org. Hidden Gems is a recurring series by culture writer Han Vance, a regular contributor to Atlanta INtown and other local and national publications. Visit him at hanvance.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Perspectives in Architecture Melody L. Harclerode
A Small Foundation Makes a Huge Difference Many architects enjoy the profession for the opportunity to make a difference for people through design excellence. They take pride as a designer or design team member for residential and commercial projects that elevate the quality of life in society. Led by Dan Cash, a group of architects and professionals in allied fields seeks to make another kind of difference for people as board members of the Architecture Foundation of Georgia (AFGA). Inspired by the call for social activism from the late Whitney Young, Jr., architects John Cherry and Stanley Daniels spearheaded the formation of this non-profit organization in 1971. This year, AFGA will continue its mission of awarding educational
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scholarships to college students along with community grants for organizations that reinforce the value of architecture in neighborhoods. The Dorothy P. Spence Memorial Scholarship honors the beloved, late executive director of the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Georgia). This scholarship assists students during one of their final two years of professional architecture studies at Georgia Tech, Southern Polytechnic State University, or the Savannah College of Art and Design. Keeping alive the memory of a late AIA member, the John D. Mulford III Memorial Scholarship helps one student annually during one of their final three years of professional architecture studies at his alma mater, Southern Polytechnic
the financial aid of AFGA. A recipient of the scholarship in 1990, the architect describes it as â€œa huge help for me in the furtherance of my career.â€? David has maintained a long term association with Georgia Tech as a professor for its College of Architecture since his graduation, and now serves as a Principal at the architectural firm Perkins+Will. Through tax-exempt donations and volunteer support, AFGA will continue to make a Architect and former AFGA scholarship recipient David Green at work. difference in the lives of college students and with communities. See aiaga.org/afga for more State University. The application deadline information and to make a donation. for both educational scholarships is Feb. 3. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a As David Green attests, the financial local architect, promotes the power of assistance can encourage architectural architecture and design as the Presidentstudents to complete their education and Elect of the Atlanta chapter of the make a transition into the workforce. His American Institute of Architects and the mother, who worked as a school teacher, Principal of Harclerode Architects (harcwould have had difficulty putting herself arch.com). For more information, check through graduate school at the same out aiaatl.org. time as David and another son without
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Epic Development has been approved for a rezoning from commercial to multiresidential commercial for property located at 627 Irwin Street, at the intersection of Irwin Street and Auburn Avenue, in the Old Fourth Ward. Epic’s plan calls for a 10-unit high-end townhome development scheduled to start construction in the Spring. Renderings of a proposed 35-story apartment tower at 6th and Peachtree in Midtown have caused a buzz. The unusual tower would integrate parking and 25,000 square feet of retail into an artful, stair-step design. Development company The Integral Group is looking for $70 million in funding to construct the firm Perkins + Will-designed tower, which would feature 400 apartments. Druid Hills Baptist Church on the corner of Ponce de Leon and N. Highland avenues in Poncey-Highland is considering turning part of its property into a mixed-use development. According to a report in Curbed Atlanta, the century-old church wants to convert a portion of the property behind the main sanctuary into retail, office space, religious facilities and multi-family residential.The historic church, opened in 1914, would not be affected by
Mitch Kaminer, Associate Broker with RE/MAX Paramount Properties and owner of Kaminer Property Management has been honored with the 2013 Realtor of the Year Award by the Atlanta Board of Realtors. Todd Emerson, Senior Vice President and Managing Broker of Harry Norman, Realtors Atlanta Perimeter and Blue Ridge Offices, was named 2014 President of the Atlanta Board of Realtors. Online real estate brokerage firm Redfin has released its Top Ten Hottest Neighborhoods of 2014 list and Mitch Kaminer the Morningside-Lenox Park neighborhood is number one in the Atlanta market and third nationwide. Inman Park came in second. Redfin bases its list on homebuyer searches on Redfin.com leading into the new year. Millions of pageviews, “favorited” homes and insights by Redfin agents all play into the selection process. Nationally, Morningside-Lenox Park ranked with up-and-coming neighborhoods in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Denver and Chicago. Harry Norman, Realtors has relocated its Buckhead Northwest office to 4401 Northside Parkway, Suite 250, Atlanta, Ga. 30327, within the new One Riverside live, work and play community.
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- Pre-construction purchasers may select finishes for a custom home. Homes include 2-car gar, custom lighting, fine cabinetry, stone c’tops, roof-top terrace, & balconies. 3Bed/3Bath $579,900 FMLS: 5029379 Allen Snow 404-931-1176
located on courtyard level. Excellent location and great investment opportunity. 1Bed/1Bath $155,900 FMLS: 5238187 Tonya Marlatt 404-518-8787
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beautiful hardwoods, 10’ ceils, 4 fireplaces, huge master closet, back deck, brick patio, basement w/tons of storage. 3Bed/3Bath $650,000 FMLS: 5220314 Lisa Barnhart 404-771-1178
taking view of Midtown skyline. Beautiful hardwood floors. Open modern kitchen. Large master bedroom w/en suite bath. 2Bed/2Bath $330,000 FMLS: 5222199 Patrick Jones 404-680-9534
ceilings and industrial windows w/courtyard views. Spectacular finishes in upgraded kitchen & bath. Concrete floors. FHA approved! $229,900 FMLS: 5217214 Wayne Anderson 404-202-1138
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