Upscale shoe store opens in Dunwoody

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

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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Twelve 24 Boutique celebrates the plus-size woman

Angela Hargro said that the boutique in downtown Decatur that she opened with partner Melanie Williams was “born out of frustration as a shopper.” “It was so hard to find clothes in my size that didn’t look like something somebody’s grandmother would wear,” Hargro said. The name Twelve 24 reflects the range of sizes carried […]

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Leadership DeKalb wins IKEA’s office makeover contest

Leadership DeKalb in its 26-year history has been involved in makeovers of a sort. By training and inspiring community leaders, the organization has transformed communities in which these leaders work and volunteer. Earlier this month Leadership DeKalb was on the receiving end of a more tangible makeover. The organization received $10,000 in-kind from IKEA Atlanta […]

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A petit bit of France comes to Kirkwood

When Marchet Sparks visited France in 2004, traveling extensively throughout the southern Provençal region then up to Paris and Normandy, she was charmed by little markets with freshly prepared foods and local goods that dotted throughout the countryside. A busy real estate executive working out of her native Los Angeles at the time, she decided that one day […]

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