Many answers to ‘what’s new?’ at Northlake

Members of the Holiday Inn team cut a ribbon to mark the facility’s grand reopening.

  Those who haven’t been to the Northlake area recently may find there are shopping, dining and lodging options that weren’t present a year ago. Renovated Holiday Inn holds grand reopening The Holiday Inn Northlake held its grand reopening Dec. 10 as corporate executives, local officials and guests gathered for tours of the newly renovated […]

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Federal Reserve official: Economy on track for ‘normalization’ phase

Federal Reserve official:  Economy on track for ‘normalization’ phase

“I believe the national economy is on a reasonably solid trajectory,” said Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  Speaking Nov. 19 at a DeKalb Chamber of Commerce general business meeting at the Georgia Aquarium, Lockhart added, “Certainly, there are some important aspects of the economic picture that […]

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State-of-the-art police equipment designed, used in Decatur

Officer receiving info

Before choosing body-worn police cameras for its officers, Decatur officials looked at several options then chose a model sold by a Decatur-based company. “We are thrilled,” said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility, the company that created BodyWorn™ police cameras and Rocket™ vehicle router technology the Decatur Police Department now uses. “We’re very proud and confident […]

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After 30 years, pharmacist calls work rewarding

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The pharmacy business has changed in some ways during the past three decades, according to Sylvester Lee, who recently celebrated his 30 years in business at a banquet with family, friends, colleagues and community members. At the heart of it, however, the pharmacy business is—as it always has been—about helping people, he said. “Pharmacy is […]

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Decatur Road Kroger expands 47,000 square feet

Decatur Road Kroger expands 47,000 square feet

Although Kroger called the Oct. 14 event at its North Decatur Road store a re-grand opening, the Decatur store never closed. For approximately 22 months, however, sections of the facility were closed as departments were added, expanded or improved. Including pre-construction work, the project was four years from concept to completion, according Kroger President Bruce […]

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Comics and craft beer come together at My Parents’ Basement

The bar features 29 on tap beers, many local craft brews.

Many business owners say their enterprise started with a dream. Usually they mean a figurative dream. Tim Ensor, one of the owners of newly opened My Parents’ Basement in Avondale Estates, said the pub and comic book shop concept came from a literal dream. “I actually woke up having dreamed about opening a place like […]

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Shop frames ‘anything that doesn’t breathe’

Owner Carolyn Shalosky shows the variety of possibilities in frames and mats. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Carolyn Shalosky calls her business partnership with her husband “a match made in heaven.” The Shaloskys, who opened a framing shop called The Great Frame Up in Atlanta’s Morningside area in 2011, recently opened a second store in downtown Decatur. Andy Shalosky, a graphic artist, is in charge of the production end of the business. […]

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Back-to-school spending needn’t wreck the budget


The reopening of DeKalb County schools Aug. 10 means more to families with school-age youngsters than a change in schedule. It means significant shopping and spending. The National Retail Federation (NRF), which lists back-to-school among America’s major retail events, estimates that the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $630.36 on electronics, apparel […]

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