With the holiday season fast approaching, Worthmore Jewelers continues its long-standing tradition of giving back to the Atlanta community it calls home. This year, Worthmore will kick off the season of giving with a free personal safety seminar in Decatur on Nov. 13.

The seminars will be led by local safety expert Michael Briant of SKYDAS Group International — an award-winning strategic security consulting firm. Briant will focus on preventative instruction — encouraging situational awareness, understanding criminal methodologies, and identifying outlying behaviors — with supplementary physical self-defense instruction offered by Highland Martial Arts later in the evening.

Community members of all physical skill levels are invited to attend the seminars.

The event will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center in downtown Decatur (231 Sycamore St.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy complimentary Raging Burrito appetizers along with the safety seminar.

Harris Botnick, Worthmore Jewelers president and owner, said the events were inspired by tough situations faced by close community friends. “Crime rates really sky-rocket this time of year, and we’ve had quite a few friends fall victim to muggings and other senseless personal attacks,” asserted Botnick. “We feel that helping to keep our friends, families, and community members safe is the best possible gift we can give this holiday season.”

For more information about the event, visit WorthmoreJewelers.com/happenings.

City Nights – An evening with Jane Iredale featuring the new City Nights Collection & The Nutri-Define collection by Jurlique
Oct. 29 • 5-8 p.m.
$30 Registration fee – includes your choice of foundation color – matching daytime to dramatic eyes or custom lips and cheeks. Cocktails and light appetizers will be served.


A Spa-liday Affair
Nov. 13 • 5-8 p.m.

  • Serving wine and complimentary mini-services
  • 20-35% the entire store
  • Bring in cans for the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry. With every 3 cans, an extra discount will be applied.

The results of a project researching diversity in the City of Decatur were presented at a City Commission work session in August. The entire work session is archived and can be viewed here.

 The final written report, Findings on the state of diversity in the City of Decatur, is now available as a PDF.

Halloween Happenings

Here are a few things going on right now that will get you ready for Halloween next week…

*5th annual Commissioner’s Cauldron- Residents and businesses are invited to decorate for Halloween and submit a photo to specialevents@decaturga.com by noon on Monday, October 27th.  Please include your name and address. Judges will make their decision Monday evening and the winners will be posted on the City of Decatur website, the Downtown Decatur Facebook page, and on www.thedecaturminute.com blog.  Winners will receive a special yard sign to display throughout the week and one stand-out location will win the coveted Commissioner’s Cauldron trophy to keep on display for the entire year.

*Salon Red Kids Halloween Costume Contest-Here is what they say: “Don’t forget about wearing your Halloween costume when you come to visit us this month. You could win a $25 gift card & a FREE haircut if you win this months costume contest at either location! ”

*This Sunday is the Homegrown Halloween Haints & Saints Parade in downtown Decatur. Parade begins at 4pm, more details here


On Friday, October 17th, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day will come through downtown Decatur from about 11:15am until about 3:30pm. Walkers and spectators will be on the sidewalks but please be patient as there may be some traffic delays. Crowds will be the heaviest in front of the DeKalb History Center.

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival is being help on the Decatur Square on Saturday, October 18th from 11am-5:00pm.   N. McDonough St, East Court Square, and Ponce de Leon Ave (between Clairemont and Chursh St) will be closed for the duration of this event. The event is Sold out and is held rain or shine.



UPDATE to the update: DeKalb County estimates it will take 30 days for its crew to finish upgrading the water system, weather permitting. Once that is done, final paving of Ansley St. will be completed.

The repaving of Ansley St. started on Monday, and as sometimes happens, an unexpected water leak issue developed. The city is currently working with DeKalb County to replace and upgrade the water system underneath Ansley St. before finishing the repaving process.

The good news is this means once everything is complete Ansley St. will have a new, smooth surface AND an upgraded water system. The only downside is Ansley St. will be torn up for a bit longer than anticipated. Once an updated work schedule is finalized we will share it here on this blog.

Questions? Contact the Design, Environment and Construction Division at 404-370-4104 and ask for John Madajewski.


Join the Decatur Police Department and Decatur Active Living for a Bicycle Registration and Safety Event.

Bike Safety

Register your bike, receive a helmet safety check, and ride the “safety course” to learn bike safety, hand signals, rules of the road.

This event is offered FREE to the community! Hosted by: Decatur Housing Authority

When: Saturday, October 18th, 10 am – Noon
Where: Rear driveway to the right of The Oliver House (1450 Commerce Drive) between Commerce Drive and Electric Avenue.

For additional information, please contact jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com

Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur.

Various Dates and Times (click here for complete list):

  • Friday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Main Floor

$10 for adults, $6 for kids (age 6 – 18), under 5 free with an adult

For reservations call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or click for email.

Decatur Retail Tidbits

lsos rootbeer fest

Every couple of months we host a meeting just for our local shop owners to catch up on news and promotions. Here’s some of the things we learned about at our fall retail meeting last week:

Little Shop of Stories is hosting their annual Root Beer Festival on Friday, Oct. 17 (the day before the Decatur Craft Beer Festival). They’re also still collecting pennies for their penny floor! www.littleshopofstories.com

Worthmore Jewelers is hosting a number of upcoming events. On Saturday, Oct. 18 bring your old silver by the shop for the silver restoration event. At the end of the month, bring in your Halloween candy for the shop’s annual Stars and Stripes Candy Collection and it’ll be sent to our oversea troops. Stay tuned for more info about their upcoming holiday gingerbread contest. www.worthmorejewelers.com

Fabu Face Spa is offering a special Orange Pumpkin Harvest Facial for the fall – herbal cleansing, sweet milk, and orange scrub, yam and pumpkin enzyme and hydrating mask. www.fabufacespa.com

The 17 Steps will be celebrating it’s 38th anniversary on Nov. 6 – the first Terrific Thursday of the season! www.the17steps.com

The City of Decatur has issued a film permit for Monday, October 13th in downtown Decatur. Two locations, Worthmore Jewelers and Eddie’s Attic will be used for the project. City of Decatur police will be present during the project and possible intermittent traffic control may be used on E. Court Square for brief periods of time.

We appreciate your patience during this project.