Frozen assets—entrepreneur opens ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates


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, 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


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


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

Dion Page

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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Restaurant offers farm-to-table meals


  Hudson Rouse is a farmer and a chef. Both occupations are central to the venture he and his wife, Kathryn Fitzgerald Rouse, started recently. The couple in March opened Rising Son Restaurant, which features freshly prepared menu items that use locally grown ingredients. “We use some items from our own land and some from […]

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East Atlanta tire business keeps rolling along

East Atlanta tire business keeps rolling along

Twyla Styles said ever since her days taking business classes at Payne College in Augusta, she has dreamed of owning her own business. “I never thought it would be a tire business,” she said. “I always assumed I would own a restaurant—maybe a chicken wing place.” Her plans took a different direction after she had […]

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Awards abound for designing women

Jennifer and Barbara with award

As the 21st century dawned, Barbara Elliott started to consider making a career change. A certified public accountant, she longed to move away from numbers and ledgers for more creative work. “I have always enjoyed and had a flair for design. I started seriously thinking that was what I wanted to do for a living,” […]

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