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What do Brush Sushi Izakaya, Kimball House, Billy Allin, Porchfest, Coco and Mischa, and Treehouse Kid & Craft all have in common?  All are winners in various categories for Atlanta Magazine‘s “Best of Atlanta” awards.


Here is a list of the winners and their categories:

Brush Sushi Izakaya – Yakitori

Kimball House – Oysters

Billy Allin – Restauranteur of the Year

Porchfest – Neighborhood Festival

Coco and Mischa – New Gift Boutique

Treehouse Kid & Craft – Kidstore


Click here to view the entire list of winners.

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We’ve launched a new website and communications program — dubbed “Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition” — to keep residents informed and moving throughout an upcoming period of potentially disruptive construction projects.


Between streetscape overhauls, infrastructure repair, safety enhancements, and development projects, there’s a lot planned or in the works for the city’s downtown over the next 12 to 18 months. And much of it involves overlapping timelines, which amplifies the potential for inconvenience.

The new site is intended to give residents the tools they need to plan ahead and work their way around any disruptions.

From now until the list of planned projects is complete, DecaturMakeover.com will serve as the hub of a larger program to keep residents informed — offering timely, ongoing status updates, email and social media alerts, and overviews in the city’s Focus newsletter.

Included on the website:

Everyone is invited to visit the site and join the email list at www.decaturmakeover.com.

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oakhurstCMES, Inc. will be correcting punch list items in Oakhurst Village for the next couple of weeks. These include replacement of damaged  curbing, cracked sidewalks, ramps and similar improvements. On Friday, the parking lane on Oakview Road next to the Old Scottish Rite  property will be milled and repaved.

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Decatur Federal Savings & Loans was established in 1926 and opened its offices in the 250 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue building (pictured above) in 1962 . The parking garage still exists today, but it is hidden by the Renaissance condominium. Today, the Renaissance building’s storefronts line the street to make for a much more pleasant pedestrian experience.

To see what the 250 E. Ponce building looked like when it was first built in the 1960s, check out Next Stop’s post on the bank here.

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Didn’t believe me in last week’s #TBT post when I said Downtown Decatur was mostly parking lots and car dealerships? Well, here’s proof. Cars, cars, and more cars. If you haven’t already guessed, you’re looking the intersection of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and Commerce Drive pre The Artisan, SunTrust/Chipotle, and CVS.

There’s a misconception that these parking spaces were eliminated when the land was developed. That’s not the case at all. Mixed use developments still contain the same amount of public parking spaces that they replaced, but they’re wrapped by a building and in a parking garage. This makes for a better looking downtown and a much better experience for pedestrians.

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City Water Fountains

water fountain

The weather forecast calls for cold temperatures starting Sunday night, which means the city’s public works department will be turning off the water fountains throughout the city. If there is an extended period of above freezing temperatures in the future, a handful of fountains will be turned back on until the next cold spell.

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Rampart Construction will remove the crane from The Arlo site on E. Trinity Place (across from Fire Station 1) Oct. 27-29. Traffic will be reduced to one lane, so try to avoid the area if possible. Pedestrian access to the PATH trail will not be affected.

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Rampart Construction Co, the firm building Trinity Triangle, has been given permission by the City Manager to extend work hours and to close two of three lanes of traffic for sanitary sewer work in Trinity Place. This work has now been scheduled for tonight, June 1, from 10PM-5AM.

Specifically, the work will involve connecting a sewer line to the existing manhole located in East Trinity Place near the intersection of E. Howard/E. Trinity.  It is expected that the work would take 1-2 nights maximum and that there will be no disruption in water or sewer services.

Additional Information about  this work:

  • DeKalb County Watershed Management has approved this work;
  • A ROW permit has been granted by DEC for this work  (Permit number 14464 dated 5/27/15 was issued to Cummins Enterprises);
  • Work will be covered by steel plates during non-working hours;
  • Prior written notice to property owners and tenants of adjacent and nearby properties is a requirement of this approval;
  • Prior notification to the Fire Department and Police Department is a condition of approval;
  • Signage is a condition of approval; and
  • At  least one flagger will be posted at either end of the construction site.

If there are any questions, please contact John Maximuk at 404-370-4104.

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The City of Decatur has issued a film permit to MGM Studios for a project titled “Barbershop 3″ this week.  The project will film at two locations in Decatur: on Ponce de Leon Court and at the chapel at Decatur First United Methodist Church.  Decatur police and private security will be present at both locations and we do not anticipate any road closures or traffic control needs. Filming is scheduled through Friday of this week.

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If you’ve spent some time on the square today or if you follow Downtown Decatur on Facebook, you already know about the new lawn furniture:



chairs_MARTA plaza

Grab a book from a nearby Little Free Library and curl up on one of the new Adirondack chairs or just have a seat and enjoy some good people watching.

Yes, we know the chairs are not nailed down. That’s on purpose so they can be moved for festivals. So if you notice someone trying to take off with one of the chairs (which is not an easy feat because they’re not light), put a stop to it. Call them out or call the non-emergency Decatur police department number, 404-373-6551. Do the same if you see someone drawing on or tagging the chairs.

But most importantly of all, we want you to enjoy the chairs. Come out, get some vitamin D and enjoy the view!

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