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PUBLISHER  Natalie Gregory






We found the helpers

Mel Selcho Breya Rodgers Loren Pratt Joshua Vensel Brent Cashman

WRITERS Virginia Lynne Anderson Ellie Butterfield Loren Pratt Mel Selcho Kristin Smith Dr. Jane Wilkov

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers OUR STAFF HAS been planning a new year for Decatur Living bringing to light local unsung heroes and little-known treasures. Some of the smallest acts can create the biggest differences. I’ll never forget calling a friend when I had received some bad news. As we talked, I heard a knock at the door. There she stood, the phone still in her hand. She had immediately jumped in the car when she heard. She couldn’t take my challenge away, but she had my back, and it made all the difference. You’ll see examples like this from our Contributors (page 6) as well as a new section we call Helping Hands and Heroes. Each issue will feature people from the community rising to help or make a difference. Check out Kate Kennedy, who had an idea that grew to become a school for unhoused children (page 28). Who do you see when you “look for the helpers?” Share your everyday helpers and heroes with us by Facebook, Instagram or email at They might be our next source of inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, this year we’ll be highlighting Decatur’s four business districts that are energizing the community. This issue, we dig deeper into the Old Depot District, where businesses, art galleries and restaurants are invigorating the historic warehouses and train buildings on the east side. It’s so good to see them revitalized (page 8). Fall is the perfect time to raise a glass to all the wonderful things happening in Decatur. I’m looking forward to toasting with neighbors and visitors at the Decatur Wine Festival as well as other events (page 30). What better reason to tap into the tips and favorites from our local wine merchants and restaurants? (page 13). Natalie Gregory Publisher, Decatur Living Cheers to good people and good times.

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Decatur Living is published quarterly by Natalie Gregory. Distribution is a minimum of 14,000 with up to 11,000 being mailed to households in Decatur, Druid Hills, Avondale Estates, Candler Park, Lake Claire and Oak Grove. Contents of this magazine may not be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for content of all advertisements. The publisher does not necessarily share the editorial opinions expressed in Decatur Living Magazine. Personal decisions regarding health, finance, and other matters should be made after consultation with the reader’s professional advisors.

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