Archive for July, 2010

The creativity of Decatur’s shop owners is a constant inspiration for me. A couple of months ago JD of Rose Squared Gallery and Framing showed me some cardboard sheep he was making for a window display. Both the sheep and the “grass” were made from recycled cardboard JD had collected from deliveries to his shop. All the sheep were auctioned off except for the one black sheep.

I encourage you to stop by Rose Squared, say hey to JD, and check out  his cardboard sheep and his artwork he makes using broken musical instruments – it’s creative and eco-friendly!

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I’ve been to the New Orleans SnoBall Cafe (located next to Garlic Thai on West Ponce)  a couple of times and I’m completely hooked. The shaved ice is deliciously smooth, there’s a never-ending combination of flavors and the owners are incredibly friendly.

Have you been yet? Well, if not, this weekend is your chance because Saturday from 11a.m. to 4p.m. is their grand opening. The first 30 people will get a free t-shirt and edible goodies will include an organic frozen fruit drink, spinach dip, muffulettas, and of course snoballs. For more  details check out their website.

And for those of you who are thinking, “Who’s going to want a snoball in the dead of winter?!” Don’t worry. The owners have thought it through and will be introducing more cold weather items in the fall.

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

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PAL and Dog Whisperer

Photo from The Champion

Many of you might know Jeremiah McClendon as one of the City’s PALs (Parking, Assistance, Liason), but did you also know that he’s a dog whisperer? Well, at least I think of him as a dog whisperer. He teaches dog obedience classes at the Rec throughout the year. One of our co-workers says that Jeremiah had her dog so well trained that the dog would sit as soon as he heard Jeremiah coming down the hall. That’s a good enough recommendation for me, but if you want to learn more, check out the article The Champion wrote about him.

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The Decatur City Commission voted last week to adopt a new policy that provides incentives for green buildings. Construction permits which include one or more of the following components are now eligible to receive expedited permit review and possibly some public recognition:

  1. Green building certifications (LEED, EarthCraft, ENERGY STAR)
  2. Affordable and workforce housing facilities that are certified as EarthCraft House, EarthCraft Multifamily, ENERGY STAR, or LEED for Homes
  3. Solar energy for new construction projects
  4. Watersense certification for new homes

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the country. By providing incentives to build “green”, the City of Decatur hopes to encourage builders to incorporate sustainable practices which can reduce energy and water usage, improve indoor air quality, and set a positive example for the community.

Check out the entire text of the policy by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Resource Conservation Coordinator, Lena Stevens by phone at 404-370-4102 or by email at lena.stevens@decaturga.com.

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Hope you all are able to get out and enjoy on of the last weekends before school starts!

  • Wiggle: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wiggle will be at the Children’s Boutique Warehouse Sale at Atlantic Station. If you weren’t able to stop by the store this week for their semi-annual sale, the warehouse sale is your last chance to get great deals on kids clothes.
  • Decatur CD: Saturday, 6 p.m. In store performance by Chatham County Line. The band’s new album Wildwood will be available. You can also get your tickets to the August 14th Rosanne Cash Book Signing event at the store.
  • The Seen Gallery: Saturday, 7-10 p.m. The Seen invites you to the opening of Murmurs, oil paintings by Denise Wellenstein and figurative work by Kimberly Dean.
  • Rose Squared Gallery: Saturday, 7-10 p.m. You’re invited to A Lighthearted Walk Thru Serious Matters, inspired paintings of Bob Hughes.  Hor d’oeuvres and wine.

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I’m always constantly bragging about Decatur’s amazing restaurants to non-Decaturites. I love eating out in this town and I sign up for every restaurant e-news list. So, here are a couple local restaurant tidbits I’ve received this week:

Farm Burger is encouraging everyone to do a little summer reading by checking out their blog. Why add one more blog to your reader? Because Farm Burger will be posting about its harvest, discussing the differences between omega 3s and 6s, announcing when their piggies are born on their farm and other general FB happenings. I’ve already added their blog to my summer reading list and just hope they add a comments function to their blog so I can tell them how much they rock.

July is National Bison Month (who knew!?) and Ted’s Montana Grill is celebrating with its introduction of Bison Nachos (picture above), the new Red Rock Burger (covered with grated pepper jack cheese, fresh-diced jalapenos, chopped cilantro and friend onion straws) and Ted’s is bringing back “Eat Great for $8.” The return of the $8 lunch entrees include Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Bowl of Soup and Half Chopped Salad, Meatloaf Sandwich and Delicious Duo.

Parker’s has some great daily specials: Prime Rib every Sunday, 3 course prix fixe dinner for $25 on Mondays, half price draft beer on Tuesdays, half price bottled wine on Wednesdays, lunch 3 course prix fixe meal for $13 every Monday through Friday and half price appetizers at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday.

So the real question is, what are you in the mood for today? Burger? Bison? or Steak?

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You are invited to join Team Decatur  on the Square for the KP Kick-off Event!

Monday, July 26th  6-8pm

Come to learn about training programs for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk, hear world-class runner Jeff  Galloway speak, and win prizes provided by Leon’s, Big Peach, Fleetfeet, Decatur Boxing Club, Joan Rau, Oh Baby! Fitness and more!

Enjoy music by Morgan Rowe!

Visit with local businesses including Decatur Boxing Club, Big Peach Running, FleetFeet Decatur, Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, Kick in the Fit, DeKalb Jazzercize, Kaiser Permanente, One Step At A Time, Phidippides, CrossFit, Decatur Active Living and the Decatur Business Association

***Food will be available to purchase from Sammiches N’ Stuff***

See you on Monday!

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Hey All:

As most of you know, Billy and Kristin Allin’s wonderful restaurant Cakes and Ale will be relocating to the historic square.  They are working with Rosebriar Partnerships, the owners of the storefronts, to peel off the layers of bad 1960’s updates.  We’ve got pictures of what those buildings look like under the tarps.

Check out the cool tile roof!


Much of the original brick and beadboard trim is still on the facade.


I’m having trouble deciding what I am more excited about, the restoration of the buildings or the promise of a bakery with real bagels!  Either way, Decatur’s square will be changed forever and big Kudos goes to the Allins and Rosebriar Partnership for making this happen in our city!


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Google Fiber Lives On

Some of you may remember earlier this spring how we joined with four other cities in metro Atlanta to apply for Google’s Fiber for Communities project. Need to jog your memory? Check out our Google Fiber for Communities posts here, here and here.

With over 1,100 community submissions Google has yet to choose the lucky test community, but they did recently create a Google Fiber page. It contains information on fiber, how to improve broadband in communities and this great thank you video:

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