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Chai Pani One Year Anniversary – An Indian Street Food Fest
Tuesday, June 17
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

It’s Chai Pani Decatur’s birthday tomorrow and everyone is invited to celebrate, Indian street food style. Chai Pani is throwing an Indian Street Food Fest complete with endless servings of authentic Indian street fare and two brews from Three Taverns Brewery. Tickets are $39, and a cash bar will also be available.

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Maxim Barbers

Maxim Barbers, 218 E. Ponce de Leon Ave,  is offering a Father’s Day special on Saturday, June 14: A men’s haircut, shampoo, neck shave and any one Woody’s Grooming Product For Men for $30, while supplies last. Contact: 404-378-7877

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The Decatur Makers, a community organized makerspace for adults and school-aged kids, are busy readying their new space in the First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W Ponce de Leon Ave. On Saturday, March 22 Makers big and small participated in a clean up day. Volunteers carried out over a ton of garbage, which Decatur sanitation workers crushed with a garbage compactor and hauled away. (Check out this impressive video of a couch being crushed during the clean up.)

The Maker movement promotes creating, repairing, repurposing and otherwise making things from electronics to textiles, usually around shared equipment and community space. More information about Decatur Makers, including how to join as a founding member, is available here or by calling 404-822-2279.

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I know it seems like there is someone filming something in Decatur nearly every week. And although it isn’t quite every week, Decatur is still a hot spot for Hollywood. The main attractions to Decatur, and the state of Georgia in general, are the tax credits.  The state gives major tax credits to companies who produce films, television shows, and other forms of media here in our home state. But in return for tax credits, those companies bring lots of work to Georgia and add a real boost to our local economy. They hire local location scouts, local set and costume designers, local post-production companies, and give money to our local retailers, restaurants, and hotels.

We have had so many film and television shows filmed here recently that there is now an entire tourism industry based on projects filmed in Georgia. Check out this website that has created tours based on the various film genres filmed in and around Decatur.

The Decatur cemetery is a very popular location to film.

The site points out exactly where and when projects were filmed, and has lovely things to say about our beautiful City. It also notes where current projects are being filmed- do you think they have updated their website yet to mention that the television show, The Originals was here filming on Church Street just yesterday?!


A classic New Orleans funeral procession was being filmed on Church Street. This was the view from my office window!

A classic New Orleans funeral procession was being filmed on Church Street. This was the view from my office window!


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All City of Decatur offices will open tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14 for regular business operations. Trash and recycling that was not picked up today will be picked up tomorrow.

If you had a Decatur Municipal Court hearing that was canceled this week, please call 678-553-6655 tomorrow during regular business hours to reschedule.

While tonight’s “Fall in Love Indie-Catur” event remains canceled, many local restaurants will be open for those looking to get out of the house. Souper Jenny’s new Decatur location will be giving away free soup starting at 5 p.m. this evening.


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If you are driving around town today, you may notice film crews out and about. Locations include Trinity Street near Fire Station #1, Thumbs Up Diner on Ponce, and at Decatur First Baptist Church. There will be law enforcement present with all crews to ensure public safety and to help with traffic flow. If you are driving through downtown today, you may experience very temporary delays in front of Thumbs Up. Please either make plans to take an alternate route, or just be patient for a few moments while scenes film.

Interested in previous projects filmed in Decatur and around our state? Click here to see a full list of projects

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Just a reminder that can can join friends, neighbors, and fellow Decaturites on the Square tomorrow morning  (4:45-7:00am) as 11 Alive news does their morning show live from downtown Decatur.  Bring signs, wear matching t-shirts, make up a silly dance- anything to show all of the viewers how much spirit we have here in Decatur.   We know its early but we’ll be out with prizes and DONUTS so we hope to see you all bright and early!


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 The City of Decatur has permitted two projects within the City this week:

Wednesday, July 17th– A motion picture project titled “Kill the Messenger” will be filming in and in front of Thumbs Up Diner located at 174 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Trucks will be parked along a portion of Ponce de Leon, a portion of Commerce in front of Taco Mac, and a few spaces on Swanton Way.

Decatur Police will be present during the filming to ensure traffic and pedestrian safety. Some trucks will start loading into place this evening


Sunday, July 21st– Still photography project will take place at Glenlake Pool and Park on Sunday morning from 7-10am and then move to a location on Adams Street. The project will be over by 7pm and will not be filming any of the general public. Decatur Police will be present during the filming to ensure traffic and pedestrian safety.

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The Visitors Center official Grand Opening will be held Saturday, April 6 with the ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.  Stop by and see the new space at 113 Clairemont Avenue (sandwiched between Out of the Pan & Rose Squared and Decatur City Jewelers).   If you can’t make it at 11:00, plan to stop in anytime during the day.  We will be hosting an Open House with goodies from Decatur restaurants & pubs and there will be drawings for special prizes throughout the day.

The Visitors Center shares space with the Decatur Arts Alliance and they will be hosting a special art show featuring Ruth Franklin’s paintings.  The space is perfect for Pop Up Art Openings and they have lots of cool collaborations planned already.

Here is a sneak peek at the space…

Decatur Visitors Center

Decatur Visitors Center

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Calling all you folks who love Christmas ornaments and artists – the 1st annual Decatur Holiday Ornament is here!  Created by clay artist Malena Bisanti-Wall, this is the first in what will be a series of hand-crafted ornaments especially for Decatur.

The Decatur Tourism Bureau launched the series and the ornaments are available with “Holidays in Decatur” or “Christmas in Decatur” inscribed.  Each ornament is hand-crafted and each ornament is different.  The ornaments are $18 and all proceeds go toward creating the 2013 holiday ornament.

You can find the ornaments in Decatur shops including Wild Oats & Billy Goats, Little Shop of Stories, and Boogaloos.  Many thanks to Weatherly Copenhaver, owner of Wild Oats, who coordinated this first in what will be a series.  If you are interested in submitting a design for the 2013 ornament, let Weatherly know or leave a comment on this blog post.

Cute display at Little Shop of Stories

Go ahead and make your purchase now – quantities are limited and if you spend $200 in a Decatur shop in November and bring your receipts to the Community & Economic Development Department in the City of Decatur, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to a Decatur restaurant (while supplies last).  Remember to “Keep it Indie-Catur” this holiday season!

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