Junior League to close thrift store

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For almost seven decades, The Junior League of Atlanta Inc. (JLA) has operated a thrift shop as one of its most reliable fundraisers. Citing multiple factors, including “increased competition, an ongoing decrease in revenue and the need to meet the evolving needs of our volunteers,” JLA announced it will close the Nearly New Shop, its […]

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Cajun flavors come to Decatur

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Those who didn’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year have a chance year-round to sample Cajun food and a southern Louisiana party atmosphere. Fred Delawalla, owner of Louisiana Bistreaux in East Point, recently opened a second location in Decatur’s Suburban Plaza. With a décor that features Mardi Gras masks, beads and […]

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Franchise owner says, ‘We’re a local business’

Owner Randall Bloomquist says he chose to put his FASTSIGNS franchise in the heart of the Decatur business district.

“The fact that we’re a franchise doesn’t mean we’re not local,” said Randall Bloomquist, who recently opened a FASTSIGNS franchise on East Trinity in downtown Decatur.“Although we’re affiliated with a national company, we are locally owned and operated and absolutely part of the Decatur community,” Bloomquist said of his signage, graphics and visual communications company. […]

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Tucker business turns wedding dreams to reality

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Amanda Lankford admits the name of her business, Amanda Jewel Floral + Design, often leaves people confused. “Most people think we’re a florist shop. Even though we deal with a lot of flowers, we’re not a florist. In fact, I often refer people to a very good florist right down the street from us,” Lankford […]

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Newest restaurant in Mexican chain comes to Tucker

Mexican chain

Founded and headquartered in Denver, Colo., Chipotle Mexican Grill now has many fans in Georgia, especially in metropolitan Atlanta, according to company marketing strategist Mark Pilkington. Chipotle, which opened its first restaurant in 1993, on Feb. 2 opened its latest Atlanta area restaurant in Tucker. It joins other DeKalb stores in Northlake, downtown Decatur, North […]

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Grab-and-go goes upscale

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 Families too busy to prepare home-cooked meals every evening often rely on takeout to put food on the table in a hurry. Trend watchers say that an interest in variety and health is expanding this segment of the food industry beyond pizza and fried chicken and even beyond other restaurant takeout options. Restaurant Business online […]

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Decatur stores leaving for new locations

Cook's Warehouse Decatur

After 11 years in downtown Decatur, Mary S. Moore, founder and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse, is moving the cooking equipment store to another DeKalb County location. “I love the Decatur community and all our loyal customers there, but the store had the highest occupancy cost and the lowest performance of any of our business […]

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Atlanta Rhythm Section–started in DeKalb–still rocking after 45 years

Atlanta Rhythm Section–started in DeKalb–still rocking after 45 years

Producer and songwriter Buddy Buie in 1970 decided he wanted to pull together some of the best musicians in the South to perform in the studio he, Rodney Mills, Bill Lowery and J.R. Cobb were putting together in Doraville.  For the recording workspace called Studio One, Buie recruited three musicians he had worked with in […]

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