A message from DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management –

A temporary road closure to facilitate Sanitary Sewer System improvements on Superior Avenue is expected to begin on Monday, November 30th and weather permitting, will last approximately three (3) weeks.

Be advised that Superior Avenue between Scott Boulevard and Willow Lane will be closed to thru traffic. Access will also be limited to local traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The County is alerting residents that detours will be in effect, and heavy equipment and construction noise may be noticeable. However, County crews will work diligently to minimize the duration of the construction period and road closure. Patience is appreciated while the improvements are made.

Please call the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) information line at 1-800-986-1108 with any questions or concerns.



What many believe to be the “official” holiday shopping season starts this Friday.  With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday upon us, it is a good time to take a minute and review some safety and prevention tips.

Have a Safe & Happy Holidays! Sgt. Parks, Sgt. Bellis, Ofc. Santiago, Ofc. Kersey & Lt. Jackson.


While Out & About:

Be alert, aware and trust your instincts.  If a situation does not feel right, pull to another part of a parking lot or walk back into a store.
– Beware of “looking” unaware by talking/texting on your phone, digging in bags or sitting parked in your vehicle after arriving or before leaving.  Predators are looking for targets that seem to not be paying attention.
– Park in well-lit, populated areas.
– Place packages and bags out of view in your vehicle, either in the trunk or under a cargo shade. 
– If you return to your vehicle to unload items with the intent to return shopping, move your vehicle.

Package Theft:

Have packages shipped to your office or work location or to the home of a friend or relative who is home during the day.
– Request that a signature be required to deliver the package.
– Use the services offered by various shipping companies that allow for tracking and rerouting packages.
– Track packages and ask a trusted neighbor to look out and take the packages in when they arrive.
– When traveling, make sure to ask a family member, friend or neighbor to check for packages at your home. You may have received a gift delivery you were not expecting.
– If you observe people you do not recognize on a neighbor’s property, pay attention and if it appears they are removing packages, call police immediately and provide a detailed description of the person and direction of travel and description of a vehicle if present. 

While At Home:

Secure your home!  Make sure doors and windows are locked even when you are only taking a short walk, going to dinner or inside your home.
– If you have a burglar alarm, use it every time you leave and when your family is in for the evening.
– Acknowledge knocks on your door that you are not expecting by speaking through the door or a window.  It is a common tactic for burglars to knock to confirm nobody is home before they break-in.
– If you are headed out of town, ask a neighbor to park one of their cars in your driveway and submit an “Out of Town House Check” through the SeeClickFix App, online or by calling the police department non-emergency number at 404/373-6551.





30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips in November on The Decatur Minute. Click here to see previous days.


Sunshine is Decatur’s newest jewelry store located a few doors down from Natural Body Spa on East Ponce de Leon Avenue. It’s also probably the brightest store in Decatur with crisp, white walls and lots of sparkly lights that make the sparkly jewelry even sparkly-er. The owners are husband and wife, Rafi Junaid and Sumaya Karimi, and are some of the nicest people around. Rafi has over 25 years of experience in the jewelry and watch repair biz. He makes everything from engagement rings to cocktail rings (see photo) to unicorn charms. And Rafi will custom make anything. I’m thinking some sort of cocktail ring with a unicorn charm on it. Who’s with me?

Tip: The shop has more than 2,000 style options of rings in stock so you won’t leave without finding a least one that you love.

Sunshine Jewelry and Watch Repair
225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 130, Decatur, GA 30030

We would like to thank the Spencer family for making and bringing lunch as a holiday treat for police department staff today.  We enjoyed pasta, salad, sandwiches, chili, cupcakes and cookies.  Thank you for thinking of us, feeding us and visiting.

There were lots of delicious choices.

There were lots of delicious choices.

The officers enjoying lunch.

The officers enjoying lunch.

Yes, we like to color too.

Yes, we like to color too.

Thank you Spencer Family!

Thank you Spencer Family!


30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips in November on The Decatur Minute. Click here to see previous days.


The holidays call for appropriate holiday attire. Don’t roll your eyes, you know it’s true. I’m not saying you have to go all out and buy Versace or Dior, but this is the time of year when you make an effort in dressing. Enter Bleu Hanger. This Decatur clothing boutique is located between Meldora Hair Salon and Arepa Mia on East College Avenue and will become your go-to holiday party shop (unless you’re a guy. . . ). Take the above dress, for example. Pair it with a chic black wrap, a sparkly necklace, and a metallic heel and you’ll be the best dressed in town. Need some other outfit ideas? Check out Bleu Hanger’s Instagram account.

Tip: The store has two entrances. You can park in the back lot and enter through the back of the store.

Bleu Hanger
305 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030


Why go out on Black Friday when there’s a much better way to shop this week? Go to Small Business Saturday and Sunday in Decatur instead!

To honor the greatness that is Decatur’s local independent shops and restaurants, we’ll have a Small Business Saturday and Sunday tent this. . .Saturday and Sunday. . . on the square. Spend your weekend supporting your favorite local businesses and then stop by the tent for:

  • Free gift wrap (on any locally purchased items)
  • Hot chocolate, candy and other goodies
  • A chance to win a City of Decatur basket (with gifts from all over town)
  • A visit from Santa (Saturday only)
  • To turn in your receipts – spend $200 at local shops in Decatur during the month of November and get a $20 gift card to a local restaurant
  • Holiday music and other festive things

Here are the details:

What: Small Business Saturday and Sunday in Decatur
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29
Time: Saturday, 11-5 p.m., Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.
Why: See details above, plus, Santa, and a much more enjoyable shopping experience than the mall

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and see you this weekend!


What is a Swurfer? It’s a swing. Learn more about it here or visit Treehouse’s website here.

Treehouse is participating in “Good Karma” on black Friday and Small Business Saturday. The shop will be donating 10 percent of all its proceeds to two charities.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips in November on The Decatur Minute. Click here to see previous days.


One trip to Decatur’s Splash of Olive and your worries of what to buy for the hostesses and hosts of all of your holiday parties completely goes away. The hostess/host doesn’t even have to be a foodie or cook. All you need is some perfectly crusty French bread to dip into the olive oil and you’ve got the best appetizer in town. Pick up a couple of the vinegar and olive oil gift boxes (pictured) and you’re set for the season.

Tip: You can taste all of the olive oils available for sale at the shop. I would just recommend you don’t taste them all in one go. You know. That might be a bit much.

Extra tip: The shop also sells all natural oil olive skincare products that are ideal for sensitive skin.

Splash of Olive
201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

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 Catherine.lee@decaturga.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 25
Decatur Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, Nov. 28
• Small Business Saturday on the Square, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips in November on The Decatur Minute. Click here to see previous days.


The scented candle market is pretty insane. You can’t go into a big box store without finding shelf after shelf of sickly sweet smelling candles. This is especially true during the holiday season. There are holiday scented candles galore. But not all scented candles are created equal and you have to tread carefully with scents like “apple cinnamon pie” and “nutcracker suite.” But then there’s the Balsam & Cedar candles at Trinity that smell like heaven. Well, a very outdoorsy, evergreen holiday-y heaven. Trust me, as soon as you smell it, you’re going to have to buy it. Plus, it comes in one of the most elegant looking containers I’ve ever seen so your living room will smell and look fantastic this season.

Tip: Trinity is first and foremost an interior design showroom. Visit the Trinity Tumblr page for endless interior decor inspiration.

Extra tip: In December, the shop will host Sip and Shop days every Saturday. Stay tuned to this blog for updates.

Trinity Mercantile & Design
116 E. Trinity Pl., Decatur, GA 30030