Upscale shoe store opens in Dunwoody

Ninety-year-old Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation prides itself on two things: At a time when most shoe manufacturing has gone overseas, it remains an American footwear manufacturer; and using a 212-step process, it takes “shoemaking to the level of an art form.” Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds recently opened its only Georgia store in Dunwoody. “We are delighted […]

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Chamber president weighs in on DeKalb’s job outlook

With the nation having recently celebrated Labor Day 2012 some are cautiously optimistic as America struggles to recover economically. Kathy Mitchell, The Champion’s managing editor, asked Leonardo McClarty, president & CEO of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, for his thoughts on how DeKalb County appears to be faring.    Does the job market in DeKalb County appear to […]

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Pedal power: 41 years and counting

Fred Boykin and Mark Zuckerberg have more than one thing in common. Zuckerberg attended Havard. Boykin went to the “Harvard of the South.” Another shared interest: Both presided over successful business startups in college.  Zuckerberg (with a little help from others) conceived Facebook. Boykin and his Emory chums started Bicycle South. One thing, though, Boykin […]

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Picketers protest Walmart again

Flash flooding in Decatur July 13 did not stop a group from protesting a proposed Suburban Plaza Walmart. Carrying handmade picket signs, members of Good Growth DeKalb, which is opposed to the Walmart development, gathered at the usually busy intersection of Medlock Road, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard. Carter Joseph, of Decatur, participated in […]

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Twelve 24 Boutique celebrates the plus-size woman

Angela Hargro said that the boutique in downtown Decatur that she opened with partner Melanie Williams was “born out of frustration as a shopper.” “It was so hard to find clothes in my size that didn’t look like something somebody’s grandmother would wear,” Hargro said. The name Twelve 24 reflects the range of sizes carried […]

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Leadership DeKalb wins IKEA’s office makeover contest

Leadership DeKalb in its 26-year history has been involved in makeovers of a sort. By training and inspiring community leaders, the organization has transformed communities in which these leaders work and volunteer. Earlier this month Leadership DeKalb was on the receiving end of a more tangible makeover. The organization received $10,000 in-kind from IKEA Atlanta […]

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Sugar Moon rises in Oakhurst area

There are a number of ways for people to relive stress. It’s a good thing for folks in the Oakhurst area that when Amy Kiefer is stressed she bakes. Kiefer, chief cupcake baker, and her cousin Catherine Pfitzer, chief cupcake marketer, are the owners of Sugar Moon Bake Shop. The cupcakes are the byproducts of […]

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New development coming to Covington Highway

Running from Avondale Estates to near Stonecrest Mall in unincorporated Lithonia, 12-mile Covington Highway is the focus of some new economic development. A month-old RaceTrac gas station is causing traffic jams along Covington Highway as it engages in a price war with a nearby QuikTrip. An apartment complex on the road has begun a complete […]

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