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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Printer says business built on faith, hard work

“I can’t separate my business life, my personal life and my spiritual life,” says Rick Sauers as he reflects on 50 years in the printing business.

Rick Sauers’ Stone Mountain office at The Sauers Group Inc., where he is president and CEO, was once filled with prestigious awards and other honors from his career in the printing business. Many honor his service to local, regional and national professional organizations. One day he decided to remove most of them and display “what […]

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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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