Awards abound for designing women

Jennifer and Barbara with award

As the 21st century dawned, Barbara Elliott started to consider making a career change. A certified public accountant, she longed to move away from numbers and ledgers for more creative work. “I have always enjoyed and had a flair for design. I started seriously thinking that was what I wanted to do for a living,” […]

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Dunwoody author attacks sexual assault

Dunwoody author attacks sexual assault

“The ninth circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno—the lowest and most horrific level where you meet the devil face to face—includes betrayers, people who stood by and allowed evil to continue without acting,” said Dunwoody resident and author Anita LaRaia. “I won’t be guilty of that sin.” The evil LaRaia addresses in her recently released […]

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Handcrafted bracelets cute as buttons they’re made from

Handcrafted bracelets cute as buttons they’re made from

“Oh, look at this one!” exclaimed one woman in the group gathered July 7 at the Chamblee Library meeting room. Another said, “This one is just stunning. I wonder what it’s made of.”  What had these women giddy with excitement were buttons—little disks that for centuries have been used to fasten clothing. For many, buttons […]

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Island twist makes south DeKalb restaurant special

Grillers served in a “bowl” made from a scooped out pineapple are a specialty at Taste Buddz. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Alana Simpson has started three businesses since graduating from Georgia State University’s business school with a degree focusing on hospitality. She said she’s never had one take off the way the restaurant she opened two months ago has. “Our success is my biggest challenge right now. We’re so busy it’s hard to keep up,” she […]

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Lawn referral service cuts path from customer to provider

Founders of GreenPal, from left, Ross Brooks, Bryan Clayton, Zach Hendrix and Gene Caballero, say they believe there isn’t another business like theirs in the country.

8 Business innovations often start with the observation that there has to be a better way. That’s how GreenPal started, according to Gene Caballero, one of the company’s four founders. GreenPal matches lawn services with homeowners needing yard work. “That sounds simple,” Caballero said, “but we discovered a lot of frustration among homeowners looking for […]

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Moving on up with Two Men and A Truck

Moving on up with Two Men and A Truck

The name can be misleading. Two Men and A Truck is now actually thousands of men and thousands of trucks at 330 locations worldwide. Also, the business was founded not by two men but by a woman.  Approximately 30 years ago teenage brothers Brig and Jon Sorber started offering their services as movers to make […]

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Energy savings brewing at Doraville Dunkin’ Donuts

Owner Barkat Colabawala shows the plaque that tells customers his store meets Dunkin’ Donuts’ DD Green environmental standards.

The Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant that opened recently on Buford Highway in Doraville is the first in the Atlanta area to be part of the company’s DD Green program. Started in 2014, DD Green is a certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. “Dunkin’ Donuts is an all-franchise business, so owners decide whether […]

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No place like home for aging population


  The generation that rocked to Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, protested the Vietnam War, demonstrated for civil rights and fought to revise societal assumptions about women is moving rapidly into retirement years. But there are indications members of the baby boomer generation, born in the 20 years that followed World War II, are still […]

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