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Walk through a whimsy wonderland at Wild Oats & Billy Goats (112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.). This vibrant gallery and artist bazaar is brimming with merry, bright, and I-never-would-have-thought-of-it gifts. Leave your list at the door and go rogue through their winding displays of folk art, crafts, cards, ceramics, jewelry, wallets, turned wood, lovably lopsided snowmen, license plate collages… You name it! Each piece at Wild Oats & Billy Goats is handcrafted by a local or regional artist, curated with a sense of humor, and waiting for a good home.


Terrific Thursdays at Wild Oats & Billy Goats: Free gift with purchase of $50 or more! Enjoy rotating artist specials each Terrific Thursday, and shop the official City of Decatur holiday ornament anytime.


Wild Oats & Billy Goats
112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

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Cozy up at Squash Blossom (113 E. Court Square). This boutique was MADE for sweater weather. And their sweaters are sumptuous! Layer on cardigans, cowls, capes, caps, and more – all with tip-top texture and boho style. They’ve got cute, quality boots to boot, too. Add a timeless clutch and a bit of flair (who knew unicorn enamel pins could be so understated?). Then light a hand-dipped candle to complete the cozy. Squash Blossom has grab-and-go gifts for everyone (men included!) on your list. Well, at least everyone with lush, effortless style and an eye for whimsy.
Terrific Thursdays at Squash Blossom: Shop rotating specials and pop-up trunk shows during Terrific Thursdays. This week get your denim fix with a denim-fit specialist, plus sips, snacks, raffles, and gifts with purchase, in store Nov. 15 and 16.
Squash Blossom Boutique
113 E. Court Square

All Aglow in Decatur


Decatur is brightening things up as days get shorter and temps get colder! Cultures around the world hold festivals celebrating light during the winter months, and Decatur has joined in by adding sparkle to our seasonal streetscape. Days got darker starting Nov. 4; Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, kicked off on Nov. 7; and Decatur began brightening up over the weekend. You can “bah humbug” if you have to, but deep down you know that bright lights look lovely all winter! – And they shine on shops, restaurants, and local businesses during dark months. Win, win.

Go ahead and get in the spirit! – Decatur already has with Terrific Thursdays, which started Nov. 1 and continue to bring sales, special events, and good cheer through November and December. Mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday and Santa on the Square on Nov. 24, too!
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Find that stand-out piece at Worthmore Jewelers (117 E. Court Square). Shop gifts that glisten at this gem of a jewelry store and gallery in downtown Decatur. Jaws will drop, we promise. Worthmore’s collection of fine jewelry, accessories, and wearable art has style – make that styles, plural! – to boot. Find finery with striking simplicity and eye-popping ornamentation alike. Upping the romantic ante this holiday season? Pop the question with his and hers, hers and hers, or his and his engagement and wedding sets. Worthmore prides themselves on inclusive and imaginative custom designs for all of their clients.

Trunk show this Sunday: Worthmore Jewelers hosts visiting artist Elena Lara Bonanomi on Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. Stop in on Terrific Thursdays, too, for more in-store pop-up events and refreshments.

Worthmore Jewelers
117 E. Court Square
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Have patio, will pizza at Mellow Mushroom (340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.) in Decatur. Perch on the premier porch in West Ponce and do a little people- (or football-) watching over a pizza pie and a pint. Mellow Mushroom is a long-time Decatur favorite offering out-of-this-world slices and so much more. Sample scrumptious apps and drinks, outstanding salads, hoagies, and calzones the size of your head – made with fresh ingredients and that spring water cruuuuust. Resistance is futile.

Terrific Thursdays at Mellow Mushroom: Stop in for deals on Thursdays in November and December. Think of them as pizza elves. Order in and enjoy the view, or take-out and take one thing off your list – dinner, done!

Mellow Mushroom
340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
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Oh boy, have they got eyes for you at Eyeworks of Decatur (335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.)! Your local eye care office pairs expert optometrists for the right lens with a striking selection for the picture-perfect frames. Ditch your drugstore readers or big box basics. This small shop packs a punch of personality with a curated collection of stylish and unexpected frames. You might say they have a real eye for design.

Terrific Thursdays at Eyeworks: New specs may not be a go-to stocking stuffer, but they’re a GREAT way to enjoy your flex spending account before the year’s out. Look for Terrific Thursdays deals this holiday season to help. See store for details.

Eyeworks of Decatur
335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-377-EYES (3937)

Due to the threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours for the remainder of the work week, the test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will not be audible this month. The next audible test has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

If you do hear the sirens in the next few days, they are indicating an actual tornado emergency and you should seek shelter immediately. Want to know more about what to do in a tornado emergency? Check out the new edition of the Emergency Services insert in the November Focus arriving in your mailbox or online at http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=12787





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Go ahead, seize the fry at Farm Burger (410 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.). This burger joint pleases gourmets and purists alike with house-made, locally sourced just about everything. Go back to oh-so delicious basics with fresh-cut, french-fried, real-life potatoes, hand-dipped shakes, and good ol’ grass-fed burgers with the fixin’s! The deliciousness is in the details. Pickles, toppings, sauces, slaws – nothing escapes the chefs here. The whole family can eat ethically, seasonally, and locally at Farm Burger without breaking a sweat (or the bank), and their fast ‘n friendly service is just right for hectic holidays.


Terrific Thursdays at Farm Burger: Look for lunch deals, free fries, koozies, and more during their rotating #terrificthursdays deals. See store for details.


Farm Burger
410 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

This Weekend in Decatur: 11/3

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This weekend in #decaturga: The Decatur Wine Festival (with Artwalk fun tonight) and an architectural walking tour


The Decatur Wine Festival brings nearly 500 wines to sample to the square. Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Kick off the fun during the Artwalk tonight, Nov. 2 – special art pop-ups at local businesses, starting at 5 p.m. Information, art spots, and festival tickets at decaturwinefestival.org


The one-mile Historic Decatur Architectural Walking Tour looks at landmark buildings and hidden gems. Saturday, Nov. 3, noon-1 p.m. Meet at the DeKalb History Center/Historic Courthouse, 101 E. Court Sq. $5 DeKalb History Center members, $10 non-members. Information at facebook.com/DeKalbHistoryCenter


The community is invited to an open house and workshop, Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4-8 pm, to kick-off planning for improvements to the railroad crossing at Atlanta Avenue. Learn about the project scope and schedule and share your vision and ideas about how to make the rail crossing and intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

City of Decatur staff and the design team lead by Landis-Evans & Partners and Atkins will listen to your suggestions, ideas, and concepts about the problems and opportunities at the railroad crossing. This will be the first of at least three workshops over the next several months to help develop a plan for the rail road crossing.

Please plan to drop by the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue, anytime during the workshop to learn about the project and share your thoughts.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue
When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-8 pm