Gourmet burger chain opens its first Georgia restaurant

Bad Daddy's

  A chain that set out 10 years ago to show that a hamburger can be more than a fast, convenient way to satisfy hunger has opened its first Georgia restaurant. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar brought to Chamblee what it calls its “philosophy to prepare simple foods–such as the quintessential American dish, the hamburger–with culinary passion.” […]

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Another major retailer closing in Stonecrest

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  Another major store plans to leave Stonecrest. According to court documents filed Jan. 23, Toys “R” Us will close 182 stores as a part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan. Babies “R” Us, located at 8160 Mall Parkway, is among the stores that will close. Stonecrest Communications Director Adrion Bell said a member […]

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Hot furnaces, cool art

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Nate Nardi was a student at Jacksonville University in Florida when he discovered what has become his life’s work—glassblowing, the more than 2,000-year-old art and craft of shaping glass softened by extreme heat by blowing through a long tube. Nardi, who graduated with a fine arts degree in glass arts, then earned a master’s in […]

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Stonecrest Sam’s closes without notice

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Sam’s Club in Stonecrest closed unexpectedly without employees or customers being notified, according to Stonecrest officials and residents. Stonecrest City Facebook page stated the Sam’s Club near the Mall of Stonecrest closed Jan. 11 and the closure came as a surprise to elected officials, Sam’s employees and the community. “Mayor [Jason] Lary found out today […]

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Clinic offers blend of traditional, alternative medicine

Bindiya Gandhi, MD

With the flood of health information in periodicals, online articles and social media, many people wonder whether they might benefit from alternatives to traditional medical treatments. At the same time, they may be concerned that it could be a serious—even deadly—mistake to abandon traditional treatment. Bindiya Gandhi, a double board-certified family medicine physician, said there […]

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Family health issues lead to fitness business


After Michelle Campbell found ways to help her mother become healthier, she used her knowledge as a foundation for her business, Body by Chelle Fitness. “My mother was suffering from the side effects of her medication so I helped her create a diet and exercise wellness plan. When she returned to the doctor six months […]

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Barbecue restaurant ready to compete for hungry Atlantans

City BBQ photo by Travis Hudgons

As Ohio-based City Barbeque opens its first Georgia restaurant this month in Decatur it faces serious competition. The 404 and 770 area codes alone list more than 100 barbecue restaurants, according to restaurantguideatlanta.com. In addition, the booming Suburban Plaza development along North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard in which the new restaurant is located now […]

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Bridging cultural boundaries through books

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  Omar and Kimberly Finley, owners of The Listening Tree, say they review each book before accepting it for their store. The more than 80,000 attendees to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day weekend are evidence that there’s no shortage of people who love books. Owners of a small independent bookstore a […]

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