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Nate Nardi was a student at Jacksonville University in Florida when he discovered what has become his life’s work—glassblowing, the more than 2,000-year-old art and craft of shaping glass softened by extreme heat by blowing through a long tube. Nardi, who graduated with a fine arts degree in glass arts, then earned a master’s in […]

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First stand-alone Chick-fil-A reopens to throng of waiting customers

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            An Atlanta Chick-fil-A awaiting opening day, drew its customary crowd of eager would-be customers camped on the parking lot waiting for their first meal at the new restaurant and possibly winning free meals over the next year. This time, however, the opening had special significance. The restaurant is Chick-fil-A’s historical first stand-alone restaurant, which […]

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Clinic offers blend of traditional, alternative medicine

Bindiya Gandhi, MD

With the flood of health information in periodicals, online articles and social media, many people wonder whether they might benefit from alternatives to traditional medical treatments. At the same time, they may be concerned that it could be a serious—even deadly—mistake to abandon traditional treatment. Bindiya Gandhi, a double board-certified family medicine physician, said there […]

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Family health issues lead to fitness business


After Michelle Campbell found ways to help her mother become healthier, she used her knowledge as a foundation for her business, Body by Chelle Fitness. “My mother was suffering from the side effects of her medication so I helped her create a diet and exercise wellness plan. When she returned to the doctor six months […]

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New Dunwoody hotel offers extended stay luxury

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Dunwoody’s newest hotel was designed with luxury in mind, according to its developers. The Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center Dunwoody, which recently held its grand opening, operates as a Marriott franchise, and is the third in the Dunwoody area to be owned by Atlanta-based Hotel Development Partners and managed by Hotel Equities. The […]

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Human Library allows living ‘books’ to tell their stories

Teresa Totten, programing and services coordinator for the DeKalb County Library

Communities are made up of people, each of whom has a story. They may be refugees, homeless persons, single parents, transgender persons, same-sex spouses, Christians, Muslims. Some may make assumptions about these community members based on such labels. Would those assumptions hold up if their neighbors learned firsthand more about their lives?  That question is […]

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Barbecue restaurant ready to compete for hungry Atlantans

City BBQ photo by Travis Hudgons

As Ohio-based City Barbeque opens its first Georgia restaurant this month in Decatur it faces serious competition. The 404 and 770 area codes alone list more than 100 barbecue restaurants, according to In addition, the booming Suburban Plaza development along North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard in which the new restaurant is located now […]

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Bridging cultural boundaries through books

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  Omar and Kimberly Finley, owners of The Listening Tree, say they review each book before accepting it for their store. The more than 80,000 attendees to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day weekend are evidence that there’s no shortage of people who love books. Owners of a small independent bookstore a […]

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