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IN the Neighborhood BeltLine Expansion.............................4 Streetcar Update.................................5 Atlanta Streets Alive............................6 Fourth of July Events..........................7 Healthy Living......................................8 Health Briefs........................................9 TimmyDaddy.....................................10 A Look Back......................................13 Pets....................................................15

Go Green PACE Awards....................................16 Eco-Briefs..........................................18

Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail Expands p4

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Cheshire Bridge Road......................20 Bumble Bee Press............................21 Midtown App.....................................22 Business Briefs.................................23

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Atlanta Vintage Books.......................24 Playwright Tom Willner.....................25 Atlanta PlanIt.....................................26 Intown Datebook...............................27 The Thinking Artist............................28

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News You Can Eat Intown Sweet Tea..............................30 New Restaurants...............................31 Quick Bites........................................32

Home & Real Estate Inman Park Project...........................34 Real Estate Briefs..............................35 Thrifty Design....................................36 Historic Home Moves.......................37 Gateway Project................................38

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ABOUT THE COVER This month’s cover photo (as well at the photos accompanying the story on page 24) was taken by INtown Editor Collin Kelley at Atlanta Vintage Books. Owners Bob Roarty and Jan Bolgla love to be surrounded by books and Kelley wanted to caputre the couple in their natural habitat. Roarty and Bolgla said books come in the door nearly every day at AVB as evidenced by the stack on the front counter waiting to be priced and shelved at the shop.

Along with our recent acquisition by Springs Publishing, Atlanta INtown has a brand-spanking-new website at AtlantaINtownPaper.com. It went live a few weeks ago, but we kept it quiet while working out some of the bugs. This was our first web upgrade in about five years, and had been on our “to-do” list before the end of the year. Chris North, our director of creative and interactive media, whipped up the new site in a matter of days. After a few midnight emails after the site first went live and some tweaking along the way, I think you’ll find AtlantaINtownPaper. com is a much cleaner, user-friendly place to visit. I think you’ll particularly like “IN The Loop,” a daily-updated column of breaking news and events. There’s also easy access to keep up with news being posted via our Twitter feed (@ATLINtownPaper) and our Facebook page (facebook.com/AtlantaIntown). You can sign-up to get a daily email alert of breaking news and also read our handy-dandy digital edition. As a matter of fact, our digital archive has issues of INtown all the way back to 2010. Be sure to visit the site daily and let us know what you think of our new redesign. If the July issue seems a little more “news” heavy than usual, it’s because so many of the stories and projects we write about on a regular basis all seemed to come into confluence over the last month. That means it was time for an update on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail expansion (Page 4), a status report on the Atlanta Streetcar project (Page 5) and the news of so many restaurants opening that you’ll need to start booking tables now (Page 31). I worked with my Reporter Newspapers colleague Melissa Weinman to put together a story about the new fight to ban Atlanta’s adultoriented businesses. Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan’s bid to shut down strip clubs and sex shops along Cheshire Bridge Road ultimately failed, but there’s much more to the story. Read the article on Page 20. In 2010, I had the pleasure of interviewing Corinne Drewery, the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, the pop/jazz outfit Swing Out Sister. They were kicking off their tour in Atlanta, but the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano scuttled all the American dates. Fast-forward three years and Swing Out Sister is making up that Atlanta date on July 16 at Variety Playhouse. Fans are flying in from all over the place, and I’ll be down front. Check out a preview of my new interview with Corinne on Page 27 and read the full version online at AtlantaINtownPaper.com Cheers!

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IN the Neighborhood BeltLine Extension FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Reynoldstown, Glenwood sections coming next By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Atlanta BeltLine plans to temporarily utilize the Krog Street Tunnel to extend the Eastside Trail across the CSX railroad yard, but officials have promised the graffiti and art that have made the iconic tunnel a destination for films, music videos and guerilla advertising will remain. Catherine Owens, Senior Civil Engineer for the Atlanta BeltLine project, said there would be improvements in the Krog Street Tunnel, but the “character won’t change.” “We’ll be adding new handrails to the elevated pedestrian paths that run down both sides and the city will be repaving the roadway inside the tunnel,” she said. “We also plan to add some additional lighting, but we wouldn’t dare touch the paint.” The move to use the Krog Street Tunnel for a temporary fix comes as work continues on extending the paved portion of the Eastside Trail from its current terminus at Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward. The

trail will continue behind the Stove Works complex and cross under Edgewood Avenue before arriving at DeKalb Avenue and the massive CSX Hulsey Yard. Owens said the Krog Tunnel is the most immediate and expedient way of getting BeltLine users across Hulsey Yard into Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown and Glenwood Park. Owens said bike riders will be able to diverge off the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street, where bike lanes will be built, and go a block to Krog Street. Once crossing through the Krog Tunnel, BeltLine users will take Wylie Street along the northern edge of Cabbagetown to pick up the Eastside Trail again. Pedestrians will be able to continue down the trail to DeKalb Avenue and take the sidewalks through the Krog Tunnel. Future BeltLine plans call for some type of streetcar or tram, which Owens said will require a permanent solution to crossing Hulsey Yard. “We’re looking at different alternatives and are in the process of an environmental review,” Owens said. “It will

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take a couple of years, 18 to 24 months, and then we’ll know if we’ll go across, over or under Hulsey Yard.” However, the railroad yard is not the only challenge the BeltLine has to face as the Eastside Trail transitions into the future Southeast Trail. At the southern end of Reynoldstown, the trail leaves the old railroad corridor at Memorial Drive. Funding has not yet been secured for this segment, but Owens said the plan is for the path to run alongside Bill Kennedy Way on the west side of the road (alongside A&P Lofts), cross over I-20, and pass behind the Enso apartment complex (via Faith Avenue and Chester Avenue) before terminating at Glenwood Avenue.   Meanwhile, work continues on the rebuilding of the Edgewood Avenue Bridge, which will remain closed to traffic until next spring. Once it reopens, there will be stairs and ramps leading down to the Eastside Trail. Owens said the BeltLine recently received a grant to create access from the

trail to Ponce de Leon Avenue and will be working with the city and private land owners on creating access points at Highland Avenue and other streets. AT&T has also closed Krog Street between DeKalb and Edgewood avenues until Aug. 3 for utility replacement. While this work is going on, Owens said corridor design is underway for the southeast corridor from Glenwood Avenue all the way to Allene Avenue and the southwest corridor from Allene Avenue to Washington Park. The BeltLine also recently received a $600,000 grant from Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up former brownfields along the northeast corridor from Monroe Drive up to Buford Highway. Above: Work continues on the dismantling the Edgewood Avenue bridge. Below: The Eastside Trail will follow the old rail corridor to Reynoldstown and Glennwood. Photos courtesy of the Atlanta BeltLine.

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Streetcar back on track Downtown project now slated to open Spring 2014 By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Atlanta Streetcar project in Downtown was originally set for completion later this year, but utility relocation caused delays pushing the date back to Spring 2014. City of Atlanta senior transportation advisor Tom Weyandt said at press time that 3,300 feet of track had been laid on Edgewood and Auburn avenues and track work was underway along Peachtree Street from Woodruff Park up to Peachtree Center. The east-west route will run 2.7 miles beginning at the King Center and following Edgewood Avenue to Centennial Olympic Park before looping back around via Auburn Avenue. The route will provide a total of 12 stops that will connect major tourist destinations and local business alike. Weyandt said a recent major milestone for the project was the installation of electrical substations along Edgewood and Auburn that power the streetcar. The vehicle maintenance shed, which will be located under the Downtown Connector, is also well underway. “All of the track east of the expressway is complete and they are working on resetting curb lines for sidewalks on Edgewood,” he said. “Soon, they will be setting poles for the overhead wire to power the streetcars.” Weyandt acknowledged that the construction process has caused “major disruption” to businesses, residents and motorists in the area. “It’s been difficult for the small businesses, especially with the utility relocations,” he said. “There were over 15 different utilities involved along with the city having to make changes to water and sewer, too.” Another big milestone for the streetcar will be choosing a system operator, which, despite misconceptions, will not be MARTA. Weyandt said the city is taking proposals for system operators through the end of July. He said four prime contractors that operate other transportation systems around the country have expressed interest in the Atlanta Streetcar. While construction continues on the initial streetcar loop in

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Downtown, Weyandt said the city is already in discussions about a further east-west expansion that will connect the system to the Atlanta BeltLine. “The likely first extension will be to the east, since the BeltLine is only about two-and-a-half blocks away,” Weyandt said, noting that nearly two years worth of environmental studies will have to be completed before any extension is made. The dormant plan to run a streetcar line on Peachtree from Buckhead to Downtown is likely to be dusted off as well, but Weyandt said there is no timetable or funding for this part of the expansion as of yet. “The success of the first segment in Downtown is going to be critical to the public’s understandings of what streetcars are all about and an acceptance of this alternative mode of transportation,” Weyandt commented. “It will also be critical to funder understanding, too.”

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Alive and Well Atlanta Streets Alive plans two more events

Despite the rainstorms on May 19, Atlanta Streets Alive was a big success with more than 15,000 people biking, skating, rollerblading and walking along a 2-mile stretch of Peachtree Street. “We were incredibly lucky,” said co-organizer Rebecca Serna from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “At 2 p.m. the heavens opened up, but by 3 p.m. there was this clear area over Peachtree Street. People were joking that Atlanta Streets Alive controls the weather.” Serna said the event was a hit with local businesses and restaurants along the corridor, and they wanted to know when it was happening again. Well, mark your calendar: Atlanta Streets Alive returns to Peachtree Street on Sept. 8. And not only Peachtree but a third Streets Alive is planned for Oct. 6 on Highland Avenue from Virginia Highland to the Old Fourth Ward. Visit atlantastreetsalive.com to check up on the upcoming events.

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Fof ourth July Fireworks & Events

The Peachtree Road Race officially kicks off the holiday early in the morning. The race starts at Lenox Square and makes its way down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. and the foot race at 7:17 a.m.  Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite watering hole. More information: peachtreeroadrace.org The Fourth Fest at Cook Hall at W Atlanta-Buckhead will feature a day of live music on July 4th with Moontower, Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins and headliners Yacht Rock Revue. The party starts early at 6 a.m. with DJ Hakim spinning on the Cook Hall patio for diners cheering on the runners in the Peachtree Road Race. The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. and guests will also get a prime view of the fireworks display at Lenox Square. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door at ticketalternative.com                                       The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. The evening kicks off in the parking lot of Buckhead’s Lenox Square at 6 p.m. with Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and Party on the Moon. Fireworks will begin around 9:40 p.m. Organizers are encouraging revelers to take MARTA because parking will be limited. For more information: simon.com                         The Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m.

with fireworks scheduled for 9:40 p.m. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from nearby restaurants. There will be entertainment and live music, too. Since parking will be extremely limited, visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Philips Arena/GWCC or Peachtree Center stations. For more information: centennialpark.com The Georgia Aquarium Red White & Brew
is July 4 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. with beer, food, live music and watching the Centennial Park fireworks from atop the aquarium’s parking deck rooftop. For more information: georgiaaquarium.com Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade will wind through downtown Decatur on July 4 and the community is invited to join in by decorating your wagon, riding a bike, skating or walking in the event. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur and ends at the Community Bandstand on the courthouse square. The Callanwolde Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at dark. For more information: visitdecaturgeorgia.com. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform an All-American Celebration on Friday, July 5, 8 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. ASO Staff Conductor Jere Flint will lead the Orchestra and a chorus in a program of patriotic songs, beloved anthems and sing-alongs capturing the heart of freedom. The evening will conclude with a post-concert finale featuring fireworks. For more information: atlantasymphony.com. The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration will be held July 6 with music from Shiloh at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The official viewing area will be located on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center located at Five Concourse Parkway. Complimentary parking will be available in Concourse Parking Decks Five and Six with parking for handicapped guests in Parking Deck Four. Parking at the Concourse will officially open at 6:30 p.m., and there is no admission fee. More information: sandyspringsga.gov.

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Health Incentives Technology, rewards and ‘racecations’ all part of new initiatives By Dan Popovic

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More and more, individuals are taking the initiative to get active or involved in their communities to combat obesity. From casual exercise to taking “racecations” – that’s traveling to participate in road races and marathons –to utilizing technology such as smartphone apps, the options to promote health and wellness are exploding around the country. I had a chance to chat with two Intown athletes and find out what they are doing to stay healthy. Amber Raley has been a constant at many of the Atlanta BeltLine running events, and she has also enrolled in the Active Lifestyle Challenge, where participants can earn awards – including cash, gift cards and bragging rights for being the BeltLine’s “most active” user. Raley commutes by bicycle to her job, runs, swims and has competed in half-marathons. “I enjoy these activities as a way to stay in shape and explore the city,” she said. Raley said she’s inspired by her mother, who has run and biked with her in several events. This year, Raley said she

plans to participate in all the BeltLine races, the Peachtree Road Race, along with more biking and swimming. Another Intown athlete, Stephanie Tobben, has become addicted to using technology as part of her race and workout routine. Tobben uses the hand-held Garmin device, which tracks performance and gives GPS-style navigation. “I may be in the minority here, but I tend to go ‘unplugged’ when I’m training – no music or apps,” Tobben said. “It’s just me and my Garmin, which is the one thing I can’t train or race without. It might be a slight obsession at this point.” Tobben laughed that friends constantly comment on her addiction to her Garmin and she said a photo from the Publix Half Marathon shows her checking the device as she crossed the finish line. Tobben said she regularly swims, cycles and runs and decided to try her first triathlon in 2011. “At the time, I thought I would complete one Olympic distance triathlon, mark it off the list, and call it a day,” she said. “Now, I find myself planning vacation days around races.”

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The Coca-Cola Foundation announced grants to organizations across Georgia, including a $75,000 award to Soccer in the Streets (sits.org).  The grant will expand opportunities for Atlanta youth to participate in sports-based youth development programming. Soccer in the Streets works with over 1,300 Atlanta youth at metro schools, community centers, parks and the City of Atlanta recreation centers. Participants develop character traits, learn specialized skills, and gain employment experience through programming centered on soccer training sessions and matches.   The Fragile Kids Foundation (fragilekids.org) has received a $16,500 grant from Answer Atlanta, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to select non-profit organizations that are fulfilling critical needs within the metro Atlanta area.The Fragile Kids Foundation will use the grant to support its Loaned Equipment Program, which provides specialized medical equipment to medically fragile children with neuromuscular disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Muscular Dystrophy.   The Intown Academy (intownacademy.org), a K-8 charter school in the Old Fourth Ward, has been awarded a $5,000 wellness grant from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s SHAPE Initiative. The school will use these funds to develop its Farm to School program and school garden, plan wellness events on campus, and provide Farm to School field trips for students in the 2013-2014 school year.   The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter (lls.org) announced its Man & Woman of the Year at its recent Grand Finale Gala at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Scott Thomas, Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Cartoon Network, was named the 2013 Man of the Year raising $103,482. Nancy Chambers, Regional Sales Partner for Lacoste/Devanlay, was named the 2013 Woman of the Year raising $38,785. 

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TimmyDaddy By Tim Sullivan

Birthday Party Evolution When I was growing up, birthdays were super low-key. With so many siblings around to sing “Happy Birthday” we usually felt plenty feted. I did have one party though when I turned 6. The guest list was my four best friends from Mrs. Gilmartin’s noon to 3 p.m. kindergarten class. That was the theme too: Four Friends Over. I have no idea what we did, but I’m certain we had my mother’s famous brownies because that was birthday standard. Then we took a picture. And then, we went to school. And if a support group exists for people whose birthday parties were held before school I need to know about it. My brother, Bill, took matters into his own hands when he turned 8. Bill waited on the front steps as the first kid was dropped off, present in hand. The kid’s mom waved from the street to our mother: “What time should I pick him up?” Despite a look from our Mom, Bill explained that he was throwing himself a party and she shouldn’t worry about it. Soon enough, there were 10 additional children in the house looking to be entertained. When Mom’s ire was raised to certain levels she would say she was so mad she could spit nickels and this incident more than qualified. She quickly instructed Marty, one of our older brothers, to take all of the kids to the baseball field. When they returned, famous brownies were served and kids were sent home smiling. Mom cooled off along with the hastily made batch, but informed Bill he would be returning all of his ill-gotten presents. A few nickels were spit for sure, but I have to think she liked his moxie. When Kristen and I entered the birthday party circuit as parents, we marveled at the extravagant events people would throw for their children. We’d assess the totality of the spread and how haggard the parents looked. How much does it cost to rent out the entire jumpy castle place? Or to hire an adult dressed like a princess to read stories? How much does a traveling clown cost? Of course now we realize this is routine stuff and, unfortunately, kids expect it. Twohour home movies document these events, so I guess it’s better if they don’t suck. We resisted this modern day insanity until this year. The topic of Elliott’s 6th birthday party came up a month ago, and I jokingly suggested we have a dance party. Elliott is pretty shy, so when he concurred we were knocked off balance. Our response was something along the lines of, “heck yeah, we’re going to have a dance party, buddy!” So, we Gangnam Styled-up an Evite for 30 of the fun kids and went hog wild at Party City. We put together a

Above: Tim Sullivan and his friends mark a birthday in the 70s. Below: Sullivan hired a breakdancer for his own child’s party.

playlist. We cleared out the garage, bought a disco ball and enough cardboard to fabricate a dance floor. We ordered seven pizzas and a cake the size of a coffee table. We hired a professional breakdancer to “crash” the party. Does Katy Perry do birthday parties, I wondered? We need Katy Perry! Maybe it was Elliott’s moxie that drove us to join the legions of fragile, parental souls on the birthday party hamster wheel. Or maybe the party was as much for us as it was for him (I know that’s what you all have been thinking). Either way, it was a big hit. Elliott was indeed too shy to dance in front of his friends, but he had a great time and we boogied after everyone left. The adults preferred my brownies (Mom’s recipe) to the cake and the highlight of the party was when the kids ran through the sprinkler in the yard. I think that will be next year’s theme. 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 tim@ sullivanfinerugs.com 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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July 1, 1925: Atlanta’s newest bachelors’ address opened at 591 Peachtree St. The 12-story red brick and limestone building designed by Pringle and Smith architectural firm opened as the Carlton Hotel with 143 apartments. The first floor lounge had sanded wood-paneled walls, heavy beamed ceilings, and a huge limestone fireplace. Over the past 88 years the site has been called the Carlton Hotel, Cox-Carlton, Hotel York, and Days Inn Hotel-Peachtree. Today the exterior looks pretty much as it did in 1925. In 2004, it became Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel. The address is now 686 Peachtree St. July 12, 1868: Three years after the Civil War, Walton Spring Park remained one of Atlanta’s favorite gathering spots. Named for Augusta native Anderson W. “Lee” Walton, an early member of Atlanta’s first city council in 1848, the property had a diverse list of uses, including wagon yard, amusement park, bathhouse, saloon, confectionary concession and picnic grounds. Today the Spring Street spot is a 10,000 square foot triangular public greenspace located across from the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel on the northeastern corner. July 14, 1908: The Uncle Remus Association decided to purchase the Joel Chandler Harris home in West End known as The Wren’s Nest. After five years of intensive fundraising it became a reality on Jan. 18, 1913. That Saturday, Mrs. Esther La Rose Harris, widow of the author, turned her deed to the house over to the association. The association preserved the house so that little children could see the place where Joel Chandler Harris wrote his stories. Harris lived in the Queen Anne Victorian from 1881 to 1908 and penned many of the Brer Rabbit tales on the front porch.

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July 19, 1986: The grand opening of the Atlanta Cyclorama’s new $380,000 Civil War Museum was appropriately celebrated during the annual commemoration week of the Battle of Peachtree Creek (July 20, 1865) and the Battle of Atlanta (July 22, 1865). July 20-August 4, 1996: During the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, the Czech Republic team was lodged at the Randolph-Lucas House in Buckhead on Peachtree Road. The Georgian-Revival style home was designed by Atlanta Architect P. Thornton Marye for Hollins Nichols Randolph, the great-great-grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Author Anne River Siddons used the two-story red built as the model for the Bondurant mansion in her 1989 novel, Peachtree Road. After the Olympics, the Czech-Republic returned home with eleven medals; four were gold. For more about the upcoming move of the Randolph-Lucas House to Ansley Park, see page 38.  July 27, 1924: Architectural firm of Heinz, Reid & Adler moved its offices from north Forsyth Street to the Candler Building, where they opened a suite of six large offices. A year earlier the firm completed the 696 Peachtree Street Apartments located in Midtown on the southwestern corner of Peachtree and Sixth streets. It’s one of the last works of Neel Reid before his death in 1926. The Georgian-Revival style five-story red brick with basement is adorned with limestone such as the classical swags above the entry door etched with the building’s original 696 address. The current address is 826 Peachtree and the building is called the Manor House. On May 8, 2013, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property owners sponsored the nomination and Georgia State University graduate students prepared the nomination materials. The property is privately owned and not opened to the public.

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Pet Briefs Petfinder, pet bed and toy company P.L.A.Y. and graphic design company Nebo has partnered to create The Rescue Pledge (rescuepledge.org), which encourages the adoption of dogs from shelters rather than commercial stories or unlicensed breeders. Every year more than eight million dogs are placed in shelters and half of them are put down, according to Rescue Pledge statistics. The 9th annual Bark for Art to benefit Atlanta Lab Rescue will be held July 20 from 7-10 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive. The evening will offer refreshments and libations, a silent auction featuring pet-centric art, trips and other surprises. Admission is $45 at the door or $40 in advance at barkforart.org if purchased by 6 p.m. on July 19. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Atlanta Lab Rescue. The average cost to rescue one dog was $720 in 2012. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it plans to award four communities in Georgia with brownfield grants for new investments to provide communities with funding necessary to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and create jobs while protecting human health. Atlanta brownfield grant recipients include the City of Atlanta ($200,00 assessment grant for hazardous substances and $200,000 assessment grant for petroleum) and Invest Atlanta ($600,000 cleanup grant for hazardous substances). More than 400 paddlers in 300 boats and over more than a thousand festival attendees turned out for the recent Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival. The race covered an 8-mile course from Garrard Landing through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and to Riverside Park. All of-age racers were treated to a couple of complimentary brews from the SweetWater Beer Barge on the way to the takeout. There were also musical performances by Tommy Talton, Freddy’s Finest, Women of Rock as well as events for the kids. The event helps to raise money and awareness for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (chattahoochee.org).

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By Collin Kelley and Melissa Weinman Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan’s high profile campaign to shut down adultoriented businesses along Cheshire Bridge Road ultimately failed after a 9-6 vote by the council on June 3. But if it had passed, where would those businesses – including Onyx and Inserection – have relocated in the city? The answer is just about anywhere. Senior Assistant City Attorney Jeff Haymore said that out of the city’s 12 council districts only 5 and 10 had no compatible zoning available for adult-oriented businesses, strip clubs and those that sell sex toys and paraphernalia. “Except for Districts 5 and 10, there is at least one piece of property in each district that meets the

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minimum legal requirements for an adult business,” Haymore said. Under the city’s zoning code, adult businesses are allowed in both light and heavy industrialized areas (I-1, I-2) and three commercial districts – commercialresidential (C-3), central area commercialresidential (C-4) and central business district support (C-5). In all instances, the adult business would have to be a minimum of 500 feet from a residential district and 1,000 feet from a church, park or school. Councilman C.T. Martin voted against Wan’s legislation primarily because of the potential impact on other neighborhoods. “I’m not sure it solves the problem for this one neighborhood without causing problems for another,” Martin said. City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, who led the fight to clean up prostitution along Metropolitan Parkway, also said she couldn’t support the legislation. “Where will these businesses go – Fulton Industrial?” Sheperd asked, referring to the west Atlanta industrial thoroughfare that is home to many adult businesses. Sheperd said there were two adult businesses in commercial areas of her district – Gold Rush Show Bar and Pleasers – and she never received any complaints from constituents. “Folks have a right to run their business if they aren’t breaking the law and are compliant,” Sheperd said. “We need to need to look at this kind of legislation more holistically.” Councilwoman Cleta Winslow said she had already identified property where adult businesses could set up shop, including a parcel across the street from the West End MARTA Station and various parcels along Marietta Street west of Downtown. “I’m sensitive to the problems along Cheshire Bridge Road, but I’m not sure what the answer is,” Winslow commented. Councilman Howard Shook, who represents a portion of Buckhead on the council, said he voted against the measure because it would likely result in a lawsuit. He pointed out that the plan was panned by the neighborhood-friendly zoning review board. “There are other methods of spurring redevelopment in neglected commercial corridors that don’t rely on legislation that opponents can’t wait to get into a courtroom,” Shook said in an email. “I look forward to supporting a pragmatic, legallysound plan that reflects a consensus among the appropriate property owners and other stakeholders.” Councilwoman Felicia Moore, who represents another portion of Buckhead, also voted against the measure. “As a council member who is very

supportive of community initiatives, this vote was one of the most difficult that I have faced while on council. In the end, like Mr. Wan, I had to be supportive of the constituents that I represent in that at least 80 percent of the areas in which these businesses could relocate were in District 9,” Moore said. Had Wan’s proposals been approved, seven identified businesses along Cheshire Bridge would have been forced to vacate Cheshire Bridge Road by 2018. Wan described his legislation as “critical” to residential neighborhoods around Cheshire Bridge and other businesses on the street that he alleged had been intimidated to not speak out in favor of the ordinance to close the businesses. “There is a 14 percent vacancy rate along Cheshire Bridge and declining property values,” Wan said. But Attorney Alan Begner, who represents four of the adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road, said Georgia has strong zoning laws that afford property owners many rights. “You know, under the law, if you put a business out of business, if you amortize them out like Atlanta wanted to, you don’t shut them down. You have to find other

pinpoint a single factor that has led to the recent interest in measures that would alter or ultimately shutter adult-oriented businesses. Each case is slightly different. But many government officials claim adult-oriented businesses bring crime and noise, and lower surrounding property values. The business owners argue that they have property rights and First Amendment protection for their businesses. Sandy Springs’ City Attorney Wendell Willard said though the city has been in litigation with strip clubs for six years, officials feel like it has been worth the cost and effort. “I think what you look at is community standards of what citizens say they’re looking for in the safety and protection of their community. And the council listened to their citizens,” Willard said. “We recognize that [combining] nude dance clubs with serving alcohol does brings about sometimes criminal elements, and that’s what we’re trying to protect against. We think the outcome will be supportive of the effort that’s been put forth.” In Brookhaven, the City Council supported a sexually-oriented businesses

There is a 14 percent vacancy rate along Cheshire Bridge and declining property values. ~ Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan

locations for them to operate at and recoup the costs of them moving,” Begner said. Begner said the Cheshire Bridge Road measure appeared to be a response to a group of residents and business owners in the area who wanted to get rid of the adult businesses. “The people who wanted this to happen were primarily some neighbors and some developers, but not all,” Begner said. “This is a common theme.” Atlanta isn’t the only metro city talking about strip clubs and other adultoriented businesses lately. The new city of Brookhaven and the city of Doraville are headed to court after being sued by strip clubs for adopting regulations the clubs say would destroy their businesses. And Sandy Springs has been in litigation for years with strip clubs located within its borders. Attorneys and politicians can’t

ordinance that will ban nude dancing and the sale of alcohol in the same venue. The ordinance, adopted shortly after Brookhaven incorporated, prompted the city’s only strip club – the Pink Pony – to sue. Brookhaven City Attorney Bill Riley declined to comment on the litigation, as did Attorney Scott Bergthold, who helped draft the ordinance. The City of Brookhaven released the following statement from the city attorney’s office: “Cities across Georgia and the nation have ordinances regulating the location and operation of sexually-oriented businesses to prevent the negative effects associated with these types of establishments, such as crime and adverse impacts on nearby properties. “These negative effects have been recognized in numerous land-use studies 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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Midtown Alliance recently announced a partnership with Georgia Tech to produce a Live-Work-Play ‘Laboratory,’ including the development of an open platform and the creation mobile apps enhancing the Midtown experience. As part of the ‘laboratory,’ businesses, residents, and visitors will be able to test, play with and potentially alter the new apps as they become available. The potential apps will be designed to inform users about parking and wayfinding, transportation, sustainability, public safety and more. Midtown Alliance officials said the apps would encourage exploration, walking, transit use and also provided social interactions with other Midtown neighbors and visitors. There’s also been discussion about digital kiosks on the streets with directions and information and district-wide Wi-Fi. Starting this summer, Georgia Tech will begin the development of the platform, tools and a few pilot apps. In the fall, Midtown Alliance will post an open call to the public for participants and collaborators to improve and create more apps.  For more, visit midtownatl.com.

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Entrepreneur turns letterpress into thriving business By Pamela Berger SweetPeach.com Julie Franklin has a pioneer spirit. The moment she picked up her first letterpress card in the early ‘90s, she was hooked. “It was so special; The words and images danced off the page. And the paper was thick and yummy.” She had found her calling. The only thing was Julie was a bit ahead of her time. When she bought her first letterpress machine in 1995, people in Atlanta didn’t understand the appeal. Through various trade shows and hard work, she amassed a steady client base from California and New York. “I had high school textbooks from the ‘20s and I taught myself,” she said. Now, more than 17 years later, letterpress has gained a strong following nationwide. Most of her clients are now locally based and loving all the pretty and smart designs she has to offer.  Julie’s company, Bumblebee Press (bumblebeepress.com) is located in the Inman Park. She specializes in custom letterpress for stationery, invitations, weddings, events and branding. The texture and visual appeal of a letterpress card is undeniable – and it’s the perfect creative

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touch to add to your special occasion.  Julie relishes the chance to collaborate with designers to create custom looks, but also designs on her own. No matter the project, her favorite part is delving into ideas or styles that are novel and a little challenging.  Julie’s studio on Edgewood Avenue is an incredible space. Once a grocery store from the 1920s, much of the original brick is exposed and the space is bright and welcoming. She currently has four automatic letterpress machines, the earliest dating back to the 1930s.  With retail offerings in the front of the studio, Julie’s door is always open and her smile never far away. She’s a Southern girl through and through, with a heart of gold and a true passion and care for her craft.

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Business & Retail Briefs Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the second-annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey showing that Atlanta ranked among the most small business-friendly cities in the country.  The survey obtained data from job creators and entrepreneurs in order to determine the most business-friendly locations. This is the second year in a row that Atlanta has made the list, with the city earning an A- rating and ranking in the Top 10. Other cities to make the list included Austin, Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Houston, Colorado Springs and San Antonio. To see the full ranking, visit thumbtack.com. PulteGroup (pulte.com), one of America’s largest homebuilding companies, will relocate its corporate headquarters to 100,000 square feet of Class A office space in as yet-to-bedetermined Buckhead building. The company will bring 300 jobs to the city. Atlanta was recently featured in Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” Issue. The special section detailed why Atlanta is a great place to do business for both Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups. The article cited the convenience of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, the low cost of doing business in the city, distribution capabilities, number of students and universities as well as ranking number 3 in terms of Fortune 500 companies.

checking and money market accounts with Affinity by Oct.31, 2013, the bank will donate $50,000 to CURE, which helps children with cancer and their families. No donation is required by those opening the new accounts – the bank will make the donation to CURE on their behalf. For more information, visit myaffinitybank. com/cure Republic of Couture (ROC) (rocintheweb. com) is now open at the 12th and Midtown development. Located at 1075 Peachtree, the 7,000-square-foot flagship space offers the latest men’s, women’s and children’s fashions, shoes, accessories and designer sunglasses. Atlanta-based Affinity Bank has formed a new partnership, Banking for a CURE. If at least 500 new customers open charitable

 Van Michael Salon (vanmichael.com) will open a sixth Atlanta-area location in Alpharetta’s The Avalon development, a $600 million mixed-use community scheduled to open in late 2014. The opening of the sixth location coincides with the 30th anniversary of the opening of the original Buckhead flagship salon. There are also location in East Cobb, Sandy Springs, Norcross and Virginia Highland.

Illuminarium (illuminarium.us), a new event space designed to inspire collaborative and innovative thinking for public and private meetings and events, has opened in the Telephone Factor, 828 Ralph McGill Blvd, Suite W5.

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Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) has announced its new Downtown Partner Program (AtlantaDowntown.com/membership) that will encourage area businesses to get involved in the community development organization’s mission to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta. Businesses, nonprofits, homeowner groups, neighborhood organizations and individuals are encouraged to become Downtown Partners. Benefits of the program include exposure through interactive and print media, exclusive invitations to CAP member-only events, e-newsletters, and networking opportunities. “We are excited to open up the rich benefits of involvement in CAP and Downtown community building to an even larger audience,” said CAP President A.J. Robinson. “This new program allows us to engage and promote more of the great businesses and organizations that make Downtown so special.”   Computer Generated Solutions (cgsinc.com), a provider of technology solutions and services, has opened a new office at Perimeter Center in Atlanta to support their continued expansion. The new space will nearly triple the size of their existing office CGS’s new Atlanta location will house sales and IT support staff for their software solutions and will serve as the main office for their Leadtec division, which is undergoing massive international expansion. Atlanta-based Novelis (novelis.com), which makes and recycles aluminum rolling, was named Metals Company of the Year at the inaugural Platts Global Metals Awards ceremony held in London. Novelis president and CEO Philip Martens was also named CEO of the Year. Novelis was selected as Metals Company of the Year from among 17 finalists in the aluminum; copper; raw materials and mining; scrap and recycling; and steel industries by the independent panel of judges. In late 2011, Novelis made a commitment to increase its recycled content from 33 percent to 80 percent by 2020. In less than two years, the company has reached 43 percent recycled content and is well on its way to achieving 80 percent by 2020.   Lenox Square (simon.com) in Buckhead has announced the addition of Vince Camuto, Invicta, Tumi and Bachrach to its retail roster. In addition, there have been expansions of Lacoste and A|X Armani Exchange store and relocations of Brookstone, Original Penguin and Carol’s Daughter   Modani Furniture (modani.com) has opened a new showroom in Buckhead at 3221 Peachtree Road. The store offers furniture and accessories for the living room, bedroom, outdoor, office and more.

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Atlanta Vintage Books thrives despite digital revolution

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor Despite the convenience of shopping online or downloading an eBook to your Kindle or Nook, nothing can replace the experience of browsing in a brick-andmortar bookstore. Atlanta Vintage Books (AVB) in Chamblee has been banking on bibliophiles need for the tangible for the past 25 years, and business is thriving. Atlanta’s chain and independent bookstores have taken a hit over the last decade as eBooks and big box stores have sapped away readers looking for lower prices and the ease of shopping from a computer or smartphone. Last year’s closing of Borders Books locations and the loss of landmark gay and lesbian bookstore Outwrite shook up the literary community, leaving Barnes & Noble and a handful of indies to carry on. AVB owners Bob Roarty and Jan Bolgla know they are lucky. The husband and wife team bought the store on Clairmont Road nearly seven years ago from the original owners after seeing a “for sale” ad in a the newspaper. The couple was burned out from their careers – Roarty in commercial printing and Bolgla in graphic design – and they both loved books. “It seemed like a no-brainer,” Roarty said.

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The shop covers 7,000 square feet and right now,” he said. “History, military, art, has roughly 75,000 books for sale. While photography, religion, esoteric and metaupstairs is saved for vintage and rare books, physical books have been big sellers. We’re the huge downstairs has contemporary always on the hunt for more.” hardbacks and paperbacks selling for $2 to Roarty said sci-fi, fantasy and horror $4. The display cases novels are also in are treasure troves of demand, mainly classic books, includbecause fans of those genres tend ing first editions of to hold onto their Catcher in the Rye, Ray books. He said that Bradbury’s science books some people fiction novels and a consider out of copy of Gone With the date are a prized Wind autographed by find for some colMargaret Mitchell. “People come in lectors. the shop and find “We have books they’ve been engineers looking searching for their for old engineering whole lives,” Bolgla books to find the said. “You can see tables and graphs the excitement and and English-as-aemotion. That’s what second language makes coming to work teachers in search here every day so of old grammar Co-owner Bob Roarty holds a 1632 copy of The much fun.” books,” he said. History of Britain - the oldest book at AVB. The couple Roarty said AVB regularly goes to is filling a niche that estate sales and gets calls from people who the chains and big box stores are not: supare downsizing and need to get rid of their plying readers with older titles that aren’t book collections. Bolgla said AVB’s clienreadily available or have gone out of print. “Nonfiction is very popular in the shop tele regularly calls in or stops by the shop

to see what has come in. “We have incredibly loyal customers,” Bolgla commented. “Some come in every day to grab a cup of coffee, browse and talk books.” Roarty agreed, likening AVB to the fictional bar in the sitcom Cheers: “People really do want to go where everybody knows there name and we are on a first name basis with many of our customers.” AVB’s move to differentiate itself from other new and used bookstores and embracing Amazon has also helped the store navigate difficult times. “We sell our rare and used books at Amazon and on our own website,” Roarty said. “Many people believe that Amazon is evil, but physical bookstores and Amazon can co-exist.” Bolgla said AVB has also used online deal sites like Living Social and Scoutmob to bring a “new generation” of booklovers to the shop. AVB has also made fans of parents with young children by often giving a kid a free book. AVB is also hosting a regular open mic night, which Bolgla likens to the old Paris literary salons once held by Gertrude Stein. The open mic is held the third Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. and brings in writers of all ages who want to try out their latest work in front of an attentive audience. “It’s a casual evening and an audience 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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Local playwright Tom Willner details cancer battle in song By Clare S. Richie

Atlanta Vintage Books has five shop cats. The one above is called Boo.

that is willing to listen to your work with no pressure or expectations,” Bolgla said. Roarty said one dream he’s hoping to make reality in the near future is having AVB open late on the weekends. “I‘d like to be open until midnight or 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,” he said, harkening back to the days of the much-missed Oxford Books in Buckhead and Peachtree Battle that regularly kept late hours for literary night owls. Of course, it wouldn’t be a bookstore with a cat – or five. Callie, Frieda, Mickey, Boo and Little Boo can often be found lounging on the display cases or prowling around the shelves. Roarty and Bolgla also work with other businesses in the neighborhood to feed stray cats and always keep a bowl of food or water outside. With more books coming in regularly and collectors looking for those elusive treasures, Bolgla said her and Roarty’s pas-

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sion for the shop grows every day. “We are passionate about books and we love to talk to people about books,” she said. “When you wake up every morning excited to come to work, then you know you’ve found your calling.” Atlanta Vintage Books is located at 3660 Clairmont Road. For more information visit atlantavintagebooks.com or call (770) 457-2919.

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$10,000 via Kickstarter to conduct a recent workshop. Recently, director Scott Warren, musical director Michael Fauss, actors and musicians poured over Willner’s work for a performance last month. At the talkback, Tom Key, executive artistic director of
Theatrical Outfit, weighed in, “There is something really substantial here. The last song ‘I Got Life and Life is Good’ created joy in me – a precious thing to earn.” The audience also discussed whether the musical should be sung as a rock opera or if needed more dialogue and backstory. Willner will ponder these and other creative decisions as he moves toward his next goal of a longer run at a local theater. Director Scott Warren believes that goal can become a reality at theaters like the Essential Theatre, Stage Door Players or Aurora Theatre. “I can see continuing the workshop at the Aurora – they always take chances on new musicals,” Warren added. For more about Tom Willner and the musical, visit turningthirty.org.

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After a well-received showcase performance, Tom Willner, playwright, producer and composer of Turning Thirty, The Musical, is ready to share his life story with more audiences. His musical explores how a young couple’s decision to start a family is interrupted and ultimately influenced by a testicular cancer diagnosis. The concept for the musical came to Willner during his cancer treatment, more than a decade ago. A gifted musician and songwriter, the Virginia Highland resident started a journal to help him cope. “One day, I wrote ‘Turning Thirty’ on the top of the page and within minutes I had the musical title, five characters, and seven song titles,” Willner recalled. With his wife, Allyson, by his side, Willner endured major surgeries, a recurrence of cancer and chemotherapy. The musical captures their devotion in “I’m Here for You” as well as the surrealism of navigating cancer treatment in “The Battle” between his doctor and cancer personified. By his 32nd birthday, Willner was a cancer survivor and a father. The years passed, he remained cancer free, and his family grew. He continued writing songs (check out “Rescue Me” on Pandora) but his musical went unheard. Willner explained, “when I was 39, a friend told me I better perform my musical before I turned 40!” Since 2008, Willner has performed four staged readings that to raise money to fight cancer. To take it to the next level, he raised

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Swing Out Sister makes good on concert after 2010 volcano By Collin Kelley

In 2010, pop/jazz band Swing Out Sister was planning to kick off its American tour in Atlanta. The band – best known for ‘80s-‘90s hits “Breakout,” “Twilight World” and “Am I the Same Girl” – was riding high after its last album, Beautiful Mess, made Top 5 on the Billboard jazz chart. Then the Icelandic volcano erupted. It shut down air travel over large parts of the UK and Europe and Swing Out Sister wound up cancelling its entire North American tour. Three years later, the band will finally make up that missed show with a concert at Little Five Point’s Variety Playhouse on July 16. Swing Out Sister vocalist Corinne Drewery said cancelling Atlanta and the 2010 tour was “heartbreaking.”

“We had fans flying in from all over the country for the show in Atlanta,” Drewery said in a phone interview from London. “We were very pleased that Beautiful Mess had done so well in the states and we had this great set planned. We hadn’t played in Atlanta in many, many years then the volcano caused chaos and havoc.” Longtime fans can expect a set of hits and covers on July 16, all re-worked once again. “We never stay the same,” Drewery laughed. “We evolve to keep the tunes fresh, so you never hear the same thing twice.” To read the full interview, visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com. Tickets for the July 16 concert at Variety Playhouse can be purchased at variety-playhouse.com.

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work in a post-apocalyptic world where they no longer have access to their digital files or the power grid in this Atlanta Photography Group Gallery concept exhibit. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. apgphoto.org

Performing Arts Mighty Myths and Legends: Georgia Shakespeare plays out the greatest legends of human history in this action-packed orginial show for kids and families at the Conant Performing Arts Center. July 2 through July 20. $13.08. gashakespeare.org

Visual Arts Cardinal: This unique exhibition occurs in two conceptual parts — at both the Marcia Wood and Twin Kittens galleries — where travel and time become inclusive to the experience. Closes July 21. Admission is free. marciawoodgallery.com CANCER: Survivors in Focus: This threepart photography exhibition is a glimpse into the lives of people living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis, telling survivors’ stories in a global, U.S. and CDC context. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. cdc.gov/museum HENSE: Prints and Paintings: Graffiti artist HENSE draws inspiration from his large-scale exterior works in public spaces, including in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District and his nearly 140-ft tall work in Lima, Peru, at this Sandler

Hudson Gallery exhibit. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. sandlerhudson.com

Emeli Sandé: The “Next to Me” platinumselling and platinum-haired U.K. singer performs at The Tabernacle after becoming the new record holder for the most consecutive weeks in the Official UK Album Chart Top 10. July 3. $27.50. tabernacleatl.com

Key of C by Cynthia Frigon: Atlanta artist Cynthia Frigon uses the colors and patterns of recycled magazine ads and calendar artwork to create her imaginative images at this ART Station exhibit. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. artstation.org

All American Celebration: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of all-American musical numbers at this annual show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, featuring a post-concert fireworks finale. July 5. $15 to $45. vzwamp.com

Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks: Painting, photography, video and sculpture highlight Johnson’s first major solo museum exhibit that looks back at the first 14 years of his career. Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the High Museum’s Driskell Prize, the first national award honoring contributions to the field of African-American art. Tuesday through Sunday. $12 to $19.50. high.org

Shakin’ the Rafters: In this True Colors Theatre Company play at 14th Street Playhouse, a touring gospel group of four sisters struggle to make their way in the music industry as they travel through the South in the era of the Jim Crow laws. Opens July 9. $20 to $30. truecolorstheatre.org

The Post-Apocalyptic Photo Challenge: Artists explore how they would produce their

Buddy: Theater of the Stars presents this musical theater celebration of Buddy Holly and his hits “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue” and more at The Fox Theatre. July 9 through

July 14. $27 to $62. theaterofthestars.com Summer Soul Jam: 1970s and 1980s soul and R&B bands The Manhattans, Peaches & Herb, The Stylistics and more unite for this concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. July 10. $25 to $60. classicchastian.com Log Cabin Storytelling: Bring your children to The DeKalb History Center’s historic Biffle Cabin for a new storytelling event on select Wednesdays this month. July 10 through July 31. $6. dekalbhistory.org Every Tongue Confess: Comedy and the music of the Deep South combine in this summertime whodunit play by Marcus Gardley at Horizon Theatre that blends ancient myth and magical realism with local TV news. Opens July 11. $20 to $30. horizontheatre.com Village People: Beginning their 36th year as the “kings of disco,” the Village People perform a concert at the Cobb Energy Centre. July 12. $40.50 to $57. cobbenergycentre.com Stray Dogs: Matthew Myers’ Quentin Tarentino-style world premiere play highlights Essential Theatre’s festival with a story of two criminals who are caught in the middle of a war between corrupt cops and barely organized crime. Opens July 17. $18 to $23. essentialtheatre.com NBAF Pan African Film Festival: For its 25th anniversary, the National Black Arts Festival partners with the popular Los Angeles-based film group to show 18 films from the U.S. and throughout the world. July 18 through July 20. $10 per film. nbaf.org

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Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters: Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his new band perform at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre as part of their first North American Tour, performing music that draws from blues, techno, Texas two-step and Griot mantras of West Africa. July 19. $39.50 to $79.50. vzwamp.com Yacht Rock Revival: One of the summer’s best tributes to ‘70s light rock comes to Chastain Park Amphitheatre with special guests from classic “yacht rock” bands Toto, Chicago, Looking Glass and .38 Special. July 20. $25 to $50. classicchastian.com Conversations with Myself: A troubled jazz singer from Atlanta tries to escape her past in this Reisha Lauren play by AOA Theatre Arts at 14th Street Playhouse. July 21. $25. 14thstplayhouse.org

Jazz on the Lawn: The Ted Howe Trio and vocalist Karla Harris continue Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s summer “Jazz on the Lawn” series with “Shaken Not Stirred” featuring the music of the James Bond legacy. July 26. $15 to $20. callanwolde.org

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Summer Pops Concert with Mac Frampton: DeKalb Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of summer pops music featuring pianist Mac Frampton at Georgia Perimeter College Cole Auditorium. July 26. $15 to $30. dekalbsymphony.com Dementia Juice: Dad’s Garage Theatre Company takes audiences on a hilarious, puppet-filled ride to Hell – a.k.a. the in-laws’ house – in this scripted comedy before moving locations in August. Closes July 27. $7 to $28. dadsgarage.com.

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Tennis returns to the heart of Midtown at the BB&T Atlanta Open, which will be held at Atlantic Station. Tickets are available for the 11 matches at bbtatlantaopen. com. Main draw players will include Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Mardy Fish, Ryan Harrison, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake and Kevin Anderson.

The National Black Arts Festival kicks off a three-month celebration to mark its 25th anniversary. All month long, surprise performances and events will be popping up around the city with no set schedule or locations – it will be a total surprise. On July 6, the first event will be the NBAF Family Book Fair at Fulton County Library locations around the community. Also coming up in July: Pan African Film Festival July 18-20 at Southwest Arts Center; NBAF Photo Exhibition at Bank of America Gallery opening July 19; and the signature NBAF Gala: A Love Note To Broadway at the Intercontinental Buckhead on July 20. For a complete list of events happening through September – including music, theatre and more – visit nbaf.org.

July 12

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and Georgia Tech partner for a new exhibition, XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design, which will run through Sept. 1. The exhibit seeks to challenge the misperception that women neither play or create video games. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the interactive aspects of the exhibition. For more information and events surrounding the exhibition, visit museumofdesign.org.

July 18-21

The Heritage Cultural Arts Festival will be held at Underground Atlanta featuring an artist market, vendor market, live music and entertainment and much more. For the full schedule, visit heritageartsfestival.org.

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You’d better shape up, get your poodle skirt pressed and your motorcycle jacket out of mothballs for Sing-a-long-a-Grease at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The classic musical film with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will be shown with on-screen lyrics so you can sing-along with “Summer Lovin’,” “Greased Lighting” and “You’re The One That I Want.” Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Buy tickets at foxatltix.com.

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Capitol City Opera will hold its annual fundraiser, On the Light Side, at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs. There will be musical performances from such classic shows as South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and The Mikado. Attendees are invited to bring their own indoor picnic. Tickets are $35 or a table of 10 for $350. More information and tickets at ccityopera.org.  

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

Unstuck for Art I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… Perhaps this was the wrong time to reread Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Although considered a classic satirical American novel examining fate, free will and the illogical nature of humans, becoming “unstuck in time” sounds a lot less like science fiction and much more like my own life. Vonnegut’s narrator talks about places where everything exists simultaneously and time overlaps. Thanks to my iPhone and the popularity of Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, I think that’s already happening. Unfortunately for me (and now for you), it begs one to contemplate the concept that we are moving away from time-place connection (think dairy farming) and swiftly toward unlimited access (think Skype contract calls and speaking to the departed). While I try not to dwell on the notion that the internet connects us all like an invisible global feeding tube because deep down I’m just like everybody else who thinks I’m unique, special and have privacy, the truth is that every single aspect of our lives has changed, including the way we are affected by art, self-diagnosis and our loved ones. I blame Wikipedia, which I think may be a secret organization designed by aliens with a mission to warp the time-space continuum. When was the last time you took a stroll through a ‘bricks and mortar’ art gallery just to enjoy the experience? Surfing the Internet in our pajamas should be restricted to homework and chatrooms if you ask me, because although there are somewhere around ten quintillion (not a real word) images on Google, seeing art in its natural habitat is a very different experience, plus it helps ground you if you’re unstuck in time. Think of it like going to the zoo, except the exhibits smell better. While my extensive and laborious (not true) research indicates that art institutions are being frequented less, the demand for art remains strong enough to keep the doors open without begging for grants and endlessly pestering donors. Artists, while mostly solitary love, to assemble or get assembled with others to light the bonfire of their collective creativity in hopes the smoke and fire will attract the curious, plus maybe a good review. It’s hot this summer in Atlanta but try really hard to remember that art galleries are always air conditioned, so that in itself should be a huge draw. Plus, once you’re inside there is usually no danger of getting unstuck in time, experiencing overlapping realities or hearing from departed loved ones because the buildings are usually

well insulated. Years from now you can mindchat with your grandkids from the comfort of your levitation lounge about the quaint experience you had before everything became multidimensional. They’ll love it! Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.

Upcoming Art Events Through Aug. 30 “Sandy Skoglund: Magic Time” Fay Gold Gallery at the Westside Cultural Arts Center Skoglund is a photographer who creates elaborate artificial interiors. Free to attend. 760 10th Street, westsideartscenter.com Through Aug. 30 “Nature: Four Ways” Photographs by Ronald Nuse Callanwolde Gallery Besides being a fantastic destination, photographer Nuse has assembled images from four past collections illustrating surrealism, urban language and the hidden mystery of nature. 980 Briarcliff Road, callanwolde.org. Through Aug. 10 “Paper Works” Alan Avery Art Company Among the nine artists in this “works on paper” show is Susan Davidoff. Her use of organic materials in addition to charcoal, oil, ink or clay produces magic. 315 East Paces Ferry Road, alanaveryartcompany.com.

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News you can Eat How Sweet It Is Sampling Southern staple iced tea Intown EATING OUT | EATING IN | FOOD NEWS | WINE

They were the only colony producing tea plants. Once the plant arrived, thanks to the French explorer and botanist Andre Michaux, iced tea began immediately appearing in cookbooks of the day. I decided to randomly hit up some Intown restaurants near my ‘hood and see if their iced tea was up to scratch. Here’s what I found out.

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand

Delia’s is the only place I will take my iced tea sweet – because it’s frozen and amazing! Delia’s is hardcore about their tea. They use Lipton only and both the sweet and un-sweet tea is lightly colored, clear, crisp and refreshing. They also provide fresh cut lemons are next to the tea dispensers. Of course, the sausage sliders and food is A+ at Delia’s, so the tea is fantastic bonus. 489 Moreland Ave. SE. thesausagestand.com

Ann’s Snack Bar

By Annie Kinnett Nichols As a native Atlantan, I’ve been drinking iced tea all my life. I prefer my tea served half and half: half sweet, half un-sweet. Some drinkers want a full-on sugar rush at the first sip, just like grandma used to make it, while others prefer to add in their own sugar. Just know that when you add plain sugar to your tea it just sits at the bottom and doesn’t melt. If you add fake sweeteners to your tea, you should stop. That stuff is poison, not to mention completely un-Southern. A little iced tea history: There is a misconception that iced tea first showed up the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Iced tea actually dates back to 1795 in South Carolina.

Food critics from around the nation love the giant hamburgers at iconic Ann’s Snack Bar, including the Wall Street Journal, who named the Ghetto Burger the best hamburger in America in 2007. I say it’s an Atlanta gem and heart attack-inducer all at once. Miss Ann only believes in serving sweet tea, so I had to go for it. They use Luzianne iced tea, and employee Idel Sims says the customers go crazy for it. Served in tall styrofoam cups, this is seriously sweet, sweet, sweet. As the ice melted it got a little easier to take, but I took my cup with me because there was no way I could finish it all in one sitting. 1615 Memorial Dr. SE .

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also cooking up salads, sandwiches and sides, including gluten-free options.

Looking to try some new restaurants this summer? There’s something for every palate on offer as Intown’s dining scene continues to expand. We’ve also included a few eateries that are on the horizon to keep your eye on for fall and winter.

Gunshow


Recently Opened

Chef Kevin Gillespie, formerly of Woodfire Grill, opened his new restaurant at 924 Garrett St. in Glenwood Park in May. The menu features a rotating mix of seasonally rooted and locally focused food. Check the website at gunshowatl.com for the latest, featured smoked pork belly and cornbread, catfish, cheeseburgers, quail and trout.

King and Duke


Chick-a-Biddy

Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere’s new chicken joint (facebook.com/chickabiddyatl) was set to open July 1 in Atlantic Station. Featuring regional, all-natural poultry, Executive Chef Scott Weaver is

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Chef Ford Fry opened his latest restaurant (facebook.com/kingandduke) in the old Nava space, 3060 Peachtree Road, in Buckhead in April. Dishing up “Colonial American” cuisine, the menu includes trout, duck, rabbit, lobster, lamb chops and other hearty fare.

Saltyard


Restaurant veterans Christian Favalli and Kristy Favalli-Jones opened Saltyard (saltyardatlanta.com) in The Brookwood Build-

Bell Street Burritos

Located inside the historic Sweet Auburn Market, Bell Street Burritos lets you draw your own tea, which lets me do my sweet/un-sweet mix. Lipton is their tea of choice, and they brew it hot and fresh and let it cool. Limes are freshly chopped, which is a nice twist. 209 Edgewood Ave. bellstreetburritos.com.

Home Grown

Lisa Spooner, who co-owns Home Grown with Kevin Clark, served me their fresh iced tea herself. She is a sweetie and told me Kevin was very particular about his ice tea. They are Luzianne lovers. The tea is dark, black and strong. The sweet tea was clean and super sweet. Kevin makes simple syrup by boiling sugar then adds it to the tea while it’s still hot, which is also how your grandmother made it. 968 Memorial Dr. SE. homegrownga.com

Fellini’s

There are many Fellini’s locations, but the ones in Candler Park (1634 McLendon Ave.) and in Poncey-Highland (909 Ponce de Leon Ave.) are my two favorite haunts. Community tea, made in New Orleans, is their tea of choice and you can pour it yourself. The sweet is sweeeeeeeeet, toothhurtin’ and the un-sweet is perfect. The tea is medium light in color, but strong in flavor. This is my favorite Intown tea. Community makes their tea with orange pekow and pekoe cut black tea, and it’s truly tasty. To be honest, sometimes I just skip the pizza and go for the tea. fellinisatlanta.com.

A round-up of recently opened restaurants

ing, 1820 Peachtree Road, on June 1. The small-plate format features seasonal dishes including starches, charcuterie, cheese and larders, vegetable, seafood and meats.

Ink & Elm


This Emory Village restaurant (facebook. com/InkAndElmRestaurant) was supposed to open in March, but was delayed until the end of June. Located at 1577 N. Decatur Road, the restaurant features specialty sandwiches that change daily in addition to unique sides, salads and soups.

BoccaLupo


Bruce Logue (formerly of La Pietra Cucina) has opened this Italian-themed restaurant (facebook.com/boccalupoatl) in the old Sauced space on Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park. There’s plenty of pasta on the menu and one customer described the lasagna as “life changing.”

pagnolo Restaurant + Bar owner Maureen Kalmanson and is located on 10th Street between Juniper and Peachtree. Named for Maureen’s dog, Henry’s will feature a menu created by Campagnolo Chef Daniel Chance with appetizers, pastas, sandwiches, entrée salads and fabulous desserts. There’s also a patio that seats 60 – perfect for summertime.  

Couscous

Featuring Tunisian and Mediterranean dishes, Couscous (couscousatlanta.com) is serving dinner seven days a week in Midtown, 560 Dutch Valley Road, Suite 100.

Henry’s Midtown Tavern

Henry’s (facebook.com/HenrysMidtown) is the latest Midtown endeavor from Cam-

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It’s Poppin!

Inspired by the owners of Cake Café in Decatur, this new café (facebook.com/ ItsPoppinAtlanta) at 3165 Peachtree Road features over 300 flavors of gourmet popcorn along with other sweet treats including cakes, nuts, classic candies, gourmet chocolate bars, cotton candy and ice creams.  

Coming Soon Slice & Pint

At press time, Slice & Pint had yet to announce a firm opening date other than “Summer 2013.” The pizza and beer pub is taking over the former Everybody’s Pizza space in Emory Village. Check facebook.com/SliceandPint for more details.

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand


Delia Champion and Molly Gunn are bringing their popular concept to the Westside. The new stand, which will feature a rooftop deck, is still expected to open later this year at 881 Marietta St. The delicious chicken sausage sliders have been a hit at the East Atlanta location since opening in 2011. Visit thesausagestand.com to keep abreast of the opening date.

The Pig & The Pearl

An opening date was still forthcoming for this “smokehouse and raw bar” in the former Geisha House spot in Atlantic Station. Todd Richards, formerly of Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and The Shed, will be executive chef. Keep up with the progress of the restaurant at facebook.com/ThePigAndThePearl.

Diner

Ron Eyester, owner of Rosebud, will open Diner this winter in the former Fox Sports Grill space in Atlantic Station, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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Quick Bites

Mexican restaurant chain Barberitos (barberitos.com) has opened its 33rd location Sandy Springs in the Prado shopping center on Roswell Road. Burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas, and nachos are their specialties. Radio personality Mara Davis has joined Atlanta Eats (atlantaeats. com) as a guest contributor and video blogger. She’ll also be hosting a new restaurant segment on CBS Better Mornings on Fridays. The selfdescribed “food fanatic” is best known for her 20-plus year gig as a DJ on radio station Z-93/Dave FM.

Strippaggio (strippaggioevoo.com), an olive oil and vinegar shop and tasting bar, is now open at Emory Point. The bar includes Georgia’s only single-produced olive oil from Georgia Olive Farms and there is also a selection of gourmet gifts and sustainable culinary serving accessories made from olive and mango woods, bamboo and reclaimed timber.   Preserving Place, a new shop and interactive teaching kitchen, will open in August at Westside Provisions District at 1170 Howell Mill Road. The company will offer cooking classes, specialty cooking supplies and house-produced preserved foods. Founded by Martha McMillin, the concept of Preserving Place was inspired by her family’s farm in Spartanburg, SC, the experience of growing up on a farm that produced cotton and peaches, and learning methods of canning and preserving foods.   

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The Fulton County Cooperative Extension kicks-off its third season and will hit the road with two mobile units to cover expanded service areas of the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market program. The Fulton Fresh program provides free, fresh produce and nutrition education to residents living in 16 communities identified as “food deserts,” which are large geographic areas where mainstream grocery stores are scarce or missing.  The market season lasts until Aug. 28. For more information, call (404) 332-2400 visit fultoncountyga.ga/fcced-home.

Downtown Restaurant Week Returns Presented by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week returns for its 11th year from Saturday, July 27, through Sunday, Aug. 4. More than 30 restaurants will participate by offering $15, $25, or $35 prix-fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus, allowing diners to enjoy casual destinations, upscale eateries and neighborhood hot spots alike. In addition to expanded menu offerings, Downtown Restaurant Week will also feature unique experiences with participating sponsors Trianon Tequila, BMW and Celebrity Cruises. As the exclusive spirits sponsor, Trianon Tequila will host tasting events at select restaurants featuring signature cocktails and food pairings. To see a list of participating restaurants, menus and event information, visit facebook.com/ DowntownRestaurantWeek.

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Home & Real Estate CITY LIVING | DEVELOPMENT | HOME IMPROVEMENT | HOME DECOR

Inman Park Development Mixed-used property to feature apartments, restaurants & retail

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By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The collection of office buildings, parking lots and the building that houses Dad’s Garage theatre company in Inman Park is about to get a serious makeover. Known as the “280 Elizabeth Street project,” the 3.3 acres bounded by Elizabeth Street, Lake Avenue and North Highland Avenue will soon be home to a mixed-use development with apartments, retail and restaurants. JPX Works, a partnership between developers Jarel Portman and Bruce Fernald, closed on the property May 31, but demolition on the collection of buildings won’t begin until Dad’s Garage finishes its season and moves to a temporary home at 7 Stages Theatre at the end of July. While lawsuits and community concerns delayed the approval of the Elizabeth Street project, Portman said he is pleased that the Inman Park Neighborhood Association has given its blessing to the development. “It’s notoriously tough to get development approved in Inman Park, but they are challenging us to do a great job and we plan to live up to that.” Portman said his goal with Elizabeth Street “is once you get home on Friday, you’re not getting back in your car until Monday morning.” To that end, JPX is looking for the right combination of retail and restaurants to fill the space, along with creating a design that makes residents want to stay on the property and in Inman Park. Portman said there will be 167,000 square feet of multi-family and 38,957 square feet of retail space, mixed evenly between shops and restaurants. At the corner of Elizabeth and North Highland will be a stand-alone w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

restaurant space, which will keep the scale of surrounding buildings like Friti and Pure Taqueria, and feature an ecofriendly green roof to minimize heating and cooling cost, as well as provide a space for growing fresh vegetables. There will be 200 apartments in the complex, each with a balcony or outdoor space. Portman said the style of the apartments will range from studios to two-bedroom townhouse-style apartments, which will face the lake and greenspace at the property’s center. “We’re going for a look inspired by the brownstones in Chicago and New York for the townhomes,” Portman said, noting that he wants 280 Elizabeth to compliment the successful IPV Lofts, Blue Horse and the old Meade company redevelopment, which features a mix of apartments, townhomes and single-family Craftsman-style homes facing Lake Avenue. The apartment homes will range in size from 498 square feet to 1,512 square feet and amenities will include a fitness center, club room, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool, a rooftop terrace lounge and 570 parking spaces for the homes and retail. The parking deck will be “wrapped” by the buildings hiding it from street view, Portman said. “There will be a dozen floorplans to choose from in the apartments and easy access for residents and visitors to get to the restaurants and shops, “Portman said. “We’re also planning a ‘doggy car wash’ for residents and their pets.” The “town center” aspect of the property will feature areas for residents to congregate, wild grass, perennials, water wall and connect to the lake. Portman said the 280 Elizabeth property has several unique design challenges, including the fact that it sits in a “bowl” prone to flooding and that it is bisected by a sewer

line dating back to 1880. “We’ll build up the grade of the property to eliminate the flooding issue and we’ll improve the sewer line.” Lending expertise and engineering to the Elizabeth Street project are a couple of other names well known in the development world: Mark Randall, who worked with Wood Partners and the Meade project, John Long, formerly with Novare Group. Portman said site work will begin this month as tenants begin to leave the site. He said the first units will be completed by next September and the entire 280 Elizabeth Street project will be completed by December 2014 or January of 2015. Portman said the official name of the project will be announced soon.

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Filmmakers and photographers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson moved to Atlanta from Silver Lake, California in 2005 - coincidently, the same place I moved from seven years ago. They discovered a 1955, threebedroom, two-bath home in great condition in the Fernleaf neighborhood (near Peachtree Battle) and bought it immediately. It’s a unique treasure and certainly has a California feel. I love the layout, floors, windows, ceilings – the feeling of peace and calm the moment you enter the front door.  Most of their furniture was found through thrift stores and estate sales both here and in LA. Owen sees potential in many thrown away items simply by looking through the bad upholstery or paint job and seeing the overall shape of the piece. You can always fix things up; you just need a keen eye for the good stuff. What I can truly appreciate in a home is a lack of clutter. I struggle every day with minimizing my things, but Christine and Owen perform this task with ease. When I asked them to describe their aesthetic, Owen responded, “lean and clean.” They’ve intentionally kept the walls white as they do not get a lot of natural light in the home and it helps the space feel fresh and airy. The colors they do choose to add, as Christine said, “just make us feel good.”  “As creatives, we’re always thinking of other projects so we don’t want too many distractions,” Owen said. “When we do come home, we like the eye to relax and everything in its place.”

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New Lease On Life Historic Randolph-Lucas House moving to Ansley Park

From left: Erica Danylchak and Wright Mitchell of Buckhead Heritage with new owners Christopher Jones and Roger Smith.

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor Preservationists plan to move the historic Randolph-Lucas House in Buckhead to the Ansley Park neighborhood before the end of summer. The once-endangered

mansion will be the private home of NewTown Partners’ founders, Christopher Jones and Roger Smith, returning the mansion to its residential roots for the first time in nearly 20 years. Jones said he and Smith closed on the property at 98 Peachtree Circle in May,

but at press time there wasn’t a definite timeline for the move. “We’re working with the city, utilities and the DOT,” he said. “It’s a big endeavor we’ve received nothing but extreme support.” The 1924 home is currently located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Lindbergh Drive, just north of Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. Noted Atlanta architect P. Thornton Marye designed the Georgian-Revival style home for Hollins Randolph, a great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson, based on Randolph’s ancestral home near Charlottesville, Va. Margaret Lucas owned the house until her death in 1987. The house was moved once before – although only a few dozen feet – in 1998 to make way for the 2500 Peachtree Road condominium project. The condo association agreed to maintain the home and use it for functions, but the maintenance required quickly became cost-prohibitive and the house fell into disrepair. Last fall, the 2500 Peachtree Road Condo Association was issued a demolition permit by the City of Atlanta. They offered to give the home away for free if someone could move it to a new location by the end of this summer. With the assistance of the Buckhead

Heritage organization, city and the condo association, Jones and Smith proved that they had the financial resources and a location for the home. Jones, an historic preservation major, said he couldn’t imagine the house being demolished because of its significance to the city. “The house has everything you look for architecturally and it’s appropriate infill for the Ansley Park neighborhood,” Jones said. Jones said he was excited that the Marye-designed Randolph-Lucas House would soon sit next to a home designed by another of Atlanta’s famed architects, Philip T. Shutze. “We plan to return the home to its original 1924 appearance,” Jones said. “We’re photographing, videotaping and have drawings so that everything will be put back into place after the move.” Jones said once the house is in Ansley Park, he and Smith will donate a preservation façade easement to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, ensuring that the house can never be torn down and that all future exterior changes or additions follow preservation standards.

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Outdoor Rooms

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Mixed-use development near Chastain Park draws concern

By Dan Whisenhunt Hudson Hooks said he needs more time. Hooks, a developer with JLB Partners, asked the Sandy Springs Planning Commission to defer approving his mixed-use development near Chastain Park. The Sandy Springs City Council will likely consider approving the zoning for the plan in July instead of at its June 18 meeting. Hooks wants to tweak the proposal to satisfy the development’s neighbors in Sandy Springs. The city’s residents already see some improvement in designs Hooks presented in April. The project’s neighbors in Atlanta’s Buckhead community won’t be as easy to convince, however. The development, known alternately as the Chastain Mixed Use Project and the Sandy Springs Gateway, will be inside Sandy Springs, right at the city’s border with Atlanta.

If the Sandy Springs City Council approves zoning for the Gateway, the project will require realigning the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway. The total costs are unknown, but the city of Sandy Springs already is considering what funds might be available for it. It’s a different story in Buckhead, where residents don’t expect the city of Atlanta to have the money to pay for improvements to the intersections of Roswell Road, and Wieuca and West Wieuca roads to the south. Both are part of a bottleneck on Roswell Road. Roswell Road will likely see an increase in traffic if the project is approved. Hooks said the intersection of Windsor Parkway and Roswell Road already is a known problem. The Georgia Regional Transportation Agency is requiring the intersection’s realignment for the JLB development, but Hooks said it would be required for any development on the site larger than 400 apartment units. JLB has proposed 700 units, a number residents in both cities say is too dense. Hooks said he couldn’t address Buckhead residents’ concerns about the project’s impact on Wieuca and West Wieuca. “That’s a City of Atlanta thing,” he said. “I’m a resident of the city of Atlanta. I live in Buckhead, not far from Chastain Park. I drive that intersection all the time. I can’t speak to what Atlanta will and won’t do.”

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