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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Overlay district allows alcohol sales adjacent to church

A DeKalb County business owner says Lemon Drop Bar and Grill is operating illegally but county 
officials say it is not.

Charles McCorkle describes himself as a “very persistent” man, which is why he said he’s not giving up until something is done about a business selling alcohol that he says is too close to a church. McCorkle, owner of GB Event Facility off Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, said the Lemon Drop Bar and Grill […]

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Businesses learn about exporting during Small Business Week

Jen Yun, manager of global business development at the Atlanta Metro Chamber, shares the importance of exporting to DeKalb small business owners.

  A group of DeKalb County small business owners received a lesson on exporting and how it can help their companies grow. Decide DeKalb Development Authority held a networking event March 16, during Georgia Small Business Week, to bring together business leaders from the county and various industry partners of the county. “We wanted to […]

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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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Falcons frenzy helps boost local business

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  The Atlanta Falcons couldn’t take advantage of the team’s first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998-1999 season, but that didn’t stop local business owners from cashing in. In DeKalb County, street vendors, businesses and organizations took advantage of the Falcons run to an NFC Championship by offering discounts and special deals. Curley […]

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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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