Hit the gym at 2a.m.? Workout Anytime says, why not?

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  With the start of a new year, many people have self-improvement—especially becoming stronger, leaner and healthier—on their minds. Typically, gym memberships spike during January. But many who sign gym membership contracts later find scheduling and expense more difficult than they had expected. Bill Aicklen, who currently owns two DeKalb Workout Anytime locations, in Decatur […]

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Business is popping at a new North DeKalb Mall store

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When Barbara Carrothers lived in Chicago, her favorite snack was flavored popcorn—a popular offering in the area. When her corporate job brought a move to Atlanta in 1998, she was surprised to discover that shops selling the treat were hard to find. “I started making my own, experimenting with flavors,” she said. The batches she […]

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Dogfood: Good enough to eat

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One of Decatur’s newest businesses is Corrina’s Corner. Corrina isn’t the owner; she’s the owner’s dog and the inspiration for the business. Business owner Jacques Duplantier explained it this way: “I found Corrina at an animal rescue place. She was in such poor health that they didn’t want me to adopt her. She was almost […]

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Author packs DeKalb History Center for lecture on book about Rich’s

OPINION:Secession? Didn’t Georgia try that about 150 years ago?

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Some of the folks who are unhappy about the outcome of this year’s national election are taking some pretty extreme measures—including screaming for secession. That’s right, secession—the solution that slave owners in the mid-19th century sought to the “tyranny” of the federal government. Remember how that worked out? America fought the bloodiest war in history […]

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Cook brings New Orleans flavors to Decatur senior community

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Anthony Joseph left his native New Orleans in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. While his old Louisiana neighborhood has been completely destroyed, Joseph brought one thing with him to Atlanta that no storm could wipe out—his knowledge of Louisiana cooking. “My grandmother raised me because my mother was, well, caught up in another […]

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Upscale shoe store opens in Dunwoody

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Ninety-year-old Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation prides itself on two things: At a time when most shoe manufacturing has gone overseas, it remains an American footwear manufacturer; and using a 212-step process, it takes “shoemaking to the level of an art form.” Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds recently opened its only Georgia store in Dunwoody. “We are delighted […]

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It takes a children’s village to complete a book festival

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From its inception in 2006, the AJC Decatur Book Festival set out to be a festival for everyone, including the very youngest readers. In fact, each festival includes books, authors, activities and a special area designated for young book lovers. “We decided at the start that the festival has to have great children’s programming,” recalled […]

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