Jump-start your holiday spirit – and shopping! – by going local in the city of Decatur. #holidaysindecaturga #keepitindiecatur #decaturga #shoplocal

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You carved the turkey – now trim the tree! Vivid Boutique on West Ponce has everything you need – no matter your seasonal style.
Shop classic Christmas memorabilia, glimmering mixed-metal mercury glass, cheeky and cheerful woodland creatures, hand-painted, updated orbs, and so much more. Vivid is your one-stop shop for ornaments and embellishments this holiday season. Look for delightful decor beyond the conifer, too. Tea towels, napkin rings, platters and plates, home scents and accents, Santa Claus count-downs, and cookie trays all get the Winter Wonderland treatment! This charming boutique offers timeless gifts, handcrafted jewelry, accessories, soaps, stationery, and more – all with *vivid* personality.

Vivid Boutique
308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite F-1


Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Santa TOMORROW on Decatur’s downtown square! Register for milk and cookies (or hot cocoa) and photo opps with The Man in Red at freshtix.com — it’s FREE! Shop small at city of Decatur businesses and then come to the tent on the square for free gift wrapping and festive fun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa sneaks out at 3 p.m. — he’s got work to do!

Jump-start your holiday spirit – and shopping! – by going local in the city of Decatur. #holidaysindecaturga #keepitindiecatur #decaturga #shoplocal

Hey, that’s not a turkey! Slice into a different sort of PIE. When you’re tired of Thanksgiving leftovers, bring the fam to Mellow Mushroom for specialty pizzas, tempting appetizers, hoagies, salads, or calzones. (They’re closed today but open tomorrow!) Enjoy letting somebody else do the dishes for a change. Kick back on their heated patio and overlook the hustle and bustle of Decatur’s West Ponce retail district – with a pint of craft beer or a crafted cocktail in hand. Take 20 percent off of your ‘for-here’ food purchase when you drop in on Terrific Thursdays in December!

Mellow Mushroom
340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Decatur #shopspiration: Sq/Ft

Jump-start your holiday spirit – and shopping! – by going local in the city of Decatur. #holidaysindecaturga #keepitindiecatur #decaturga #shoplocal
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Brace yourself… for the holiday shop-splosion that is Sq/Ft! Their surprising stash of yuletide inventory makes the season bright – never boring. Fill Santa-approved sackfuls with hand-spun hipster ornaments, candy-cane striped knee-highs, disco ball tree toppers, festive felted garland, and oh-so-much more. Get your gift list out and check it twice. Shop Sq/Ft’s BLACK FRIDAY SALE and take 30% off the whole shop from 9 to 10 a.m. (with more deals throughout the day). That’s hip home goods, gifts galore, eye-catching coffee table books, snarky stationery, and stand-out accessories and apparel for men and women. They’ve got something for everyone (…or is it ‘a bunch of things for myself’?)

149 Sycamore St.

Jump-start your holiday spirit – and shopping! – by going local in the city of Decatur. #holidaysindecaturga #keepitindiecatur #decaturga #shoplocal

Find finishing touches for your festive feast at Greene’s Fine Foods on East Trinity Place. Add a customized tin of fresh and flavorful pecans to the buffet. Serve house-made fudge with the coffee. Or go classic with candy! Shop pops, gum drops, gummi butterflies or fighter jets and, of course, chocolate-covered-just-about-everthings. They hand-dip quality nuts, fruits, caramels, potato chips, you name it, in premium milk and dark chocolates. And they offer beautifully crafted truffles as well – that’s like chocolate dipped in chocolate. (Sign me up!) Greene’s is the lovable local candy shop that sells craft beer, too! So once your sweet tooth is satisfied, hit up their growler taps and wine selection.

Greene’s Fine Foods
141 E. Trinity Pl.



Santa is *shopping small* this year! Celebrate Small Business Saturday with ol’ Saint Nick himself on the Decatur square. Santa arrives in style on a fire truck at 10 a.m. and stays for milk, cookies, and photo opportunities until 3 p.m. Register for this free event at freshtix.com so there are enough fresh-baked cookies, milk, and hot cocoa to go around. SHOP SMALL for gifts at City of Decatur businesses, then head to the tent on the square to get them expertly gift-wrapped for free! Until 5 p.m.


Jump-start your holiday spirit – and shopping! – by going local in the city of Decatur. #holidaysindecaturga #keepitindiecatur #decaturga #shoplocal
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Dig in at Squash Blossom boutique on the square! Their bountiful racks offer fabulous fashionable finds, unexpected accessories, handcrafted jewelry, giftable scents, stationery, and embellishments. And SHOES. Oh, such beautiful shoes. They’ve got an eye for popping patterns and fresh color palettes and a feel (literally) for luscious, touchable natural fabrics. Add “wow” to your winter wardrobe. Browse textured sweaters for layering, jackets with smart silhouettes, dresses with a touch of drama (perfect for parties), stand-out tops, embroidered tunics, and quirky circle skirts in vintage-inspired fabrics. They also offer smaller accessories with big personality like scarves, clutches, stacking rings, belts, and even bow-ties for the guys – perfect for gifting!


Squash Blossom
113 East Court Square


New flood hazard maps for the City of Decatur are ready for public review.  The preliminary maps are the result of a multi-year project to develop accurate and detailed digital flood maps for the Upper Chattahoochee Watershed based on data from the latest mapping and modeling technologies.  They are being released by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) under Georgia Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and communities throughout DeKalb County. The new maps reflect current flooding risks, replacing maps that are based on dated studies, of which some are more than 30 years old.  Revisions to these mapping products may affect residents and business owners in the City of Decatur.

Residents and businesses will want to be aware of how the maps are changing, and how the changes may affect new construction and rebuilding decisions, as well as requirements for flood insurance.  To help property owners better understand the project and changes, a public Open House is being held December 6 in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr. in Decatur from 5 – 7  p.m.  No formal presentation will be made so residents and business owners can visit at their convenience to view the new maps, understand how their properties may be affected, review options that they have and learn more about financial and material steps that they may need to take to protect their investment.

For those who cannot attend, the maps are available at www.GeorgiaDFIRM.com or they can visit the City of Decatur Design, Environment & Construction Division of Public Works, during normal business hours Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (404) 370 – 4104. More information about the new maps is also available at www.decaturga.com.

This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

Sunday, Nov. 19

 Thursday, Nov. 23

Saturday, Nov. 25


Jump-start your holiday spirit – and shopping! – by going local in the city of Decatur. #holidaysindecaturga #keepitindiecatur #decaturga #shoplocal


Got a *gourmet* on your gift list? ImPRESS them with olive oil and more from Splash of Olive! This specialty market offers a deep dive on deliciousness with oils and vinegars to elevate any culinary experience. Their gleaming decanters contain ultra premium extra virgin olive oils, white and dark balsamic vinegars, specialty vinegars like serrano-honey and champagne, and oils infused with rich and unexpected flavors. Use them in inventive appetizers, sandwich spreads, shrubs, show-stopping main courses, and even desserts! This is not just salad dressing, people. Their passionate proprietor inspires boundless uses (and pairings galore) for each of their top-quality products. And did we mention free samples? Stop in today – enter on Commerce Drive and park for free in the Artisan deck.

Splash of Olive
201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., #117 (entrance on Commerce)