Holiday shoppers urged to remember small local stores

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Holiday shopping this year is expected to “increase a solid 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and above the seven-year average of 3.4 percent since recovery began in 2009,” according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The figures include not just purchases of gifts, decorations and the like, but also […]

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Upscale restaurant a hit on Tucker’s Main Street

James Haggard says m572 is for diners who want to take time to enjoy good food and the company of those they are with.

After operating a successful restaurant on Tucker’s Main Street for four years James Maggard and his partner Jason Hylton decided to open a second restaurant just a few feet away. A year later, they concluded the decision was a good one. The original restaurant, Local No. 7, has a pub atmosphere. The owners decided that […]

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Tasting Decatur —business samples city’s diverse restaurant scene

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A Decatur businesswoman has latched on to what industry officials say is a new, but growing trend—food tourism. According to an article recently published by Skift, a company that provides information to the global travel industry, “While cuisine has always been an important part of most travel experiences, the concept of traveling to a destination […]

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Frozen assets—entrepreneur opens ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates

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When Tushar Patel opened Avondale Ice Cream, an ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates, he joined a trend as old as the country itself. According to icecream.com, the first ice cream parlor in the United States opened in 1776, the year the nation declared its independence. The frozen dessert is now America’s second favorite treat—only […]

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Tailoring shop helps men create confident, stylish look

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The Sept. 17 grand opening at HKT Custom Clothiers was not a grand opening in the traditional sense. The business has been at the Buford Highway location since 1970 but has recently undergone what its owner calls “a big refresh.” “It was started by my uncle,” explained Neil Balani, who has taken ownership of the […]

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Research and technology the backbone of chiropractic clinic

David Shapiro, chief wellness officer at Complete Spine Solutions, demonstrates a whole body vibrator he calls “the Cadillac of vibrating machines.”

 David Shapiro, who has been a chiropractor for 16 years, chose Brookhaven as the location of his new Complete Spine Solutions (CSS) clinic, describing DeKalb County’s largest city as an area where “people make health a priority.” Shapiro, who continues to operate the Tucker clinic where he has practiced for 14 years, said he opened […]

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DeKalb has right ingredients for meal kit company

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A meal kit delivery service in search of an East Coast location found that DeKalb County has all the right ingredients. Ray Gilley, president of Decide DeKalb, a development authority that promotes business recruitment, retention and expansion for DeKalb County, said Home Chef looked at several options before selecting a 140,000-square-foot facility on Lithonia Industrial […]

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Entrepreneur opens cool business

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Dion Page enjoys selling frozen treats in neighborhoods around Decatur. “I love kids and it really thrills me to see them so happy to see me coming,” he said. Page opened a Kona Ice franchise in April and says he’s never had a moment’s regret. Before buying the franchise Page operated a recording studio, but […]

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