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Whole Foods celebrates its grand reopening

The Sandy Springs Whole Foods Market, located at 5930 Roswell Rd., celebrated its grand reopening with a series of in-store activities, including cooking demonstrations, Oct. 26 to 28. The reopening came after the store’s $5.5 million renovation more than doubled the size of the existing store to 50,000 square feet. The facility, however, never closed to its loyal customers who have been visiting the store for the past seven years. The large increase of square footage came after the store took over the space next door that was formerly occupied by a yoga studio. “We listened to what our customers were looking for and incorporated many of those ideas into the renovations,” said store team leader David Azzolino. “It’s an even better store than before and we’re excited to finally show it off to our shoppers.” The new features include the following: -8,000 square foot farmer’s market-style produce department with a more extensive selection -Burrito bar and expanded hot and salad bars -45 foot butcher-style meat counter -Smoked meats bar -35 foot seafood case -Expanded bulk and grocery departments – Katie...

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72-year-old Sandy Springs barber retains profession’s traditions

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Charlie Day has watched young boys grow to middle-aged men as he has cut their hair in Sandy Springs for the past 46 years and, at 72, he shows no signs of being ready to retire anytime soon. Day owns Day’s Barber Shop on Hammond Drive just west of Roswell Road—the last of the old-time barber shops remaining in Sandy Springs. Instead of bowing to the increase of discount, franchised hair-cutting establishments, Day’s traditional barber shop has moved in Sandy Springs, but it has withstood the test of time, complete with a traditional red, white and blue barber pole out front. Day got his start as a barber after being laid off from Lockheed Martin in 1955. Just two years previous, Day first reported to the aerospace firm on the same morning James Dean was killed in a car accident. His inspiration for changing careers came after a particularly long day of trying to get his hair cut in Alpharetta. “While I was waiting that day, 33 people came to the door and left,” Day said. “When I got my haircut and left, there were still 31 people in the waiting area. It was easy to figure out the barbers were making more money than I was making.” At the time, Day had made about $16 a day working for Lockheed. But all that changed...

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Local Ironman makes history

By Katie Fallon Sandy Springs resident Scott Rigsby, 39, made history Oct. 13 by becoming the first double amputee to finish the Ironman triathlon championship in Kona, Hawaii. As reported in the Sept 21 and Oct. 5 editions of the Reporter, Rigsby lost his right leg in a car accident at the age of 18. Twelve years later, he elected to have his left leg amputated due to lingering health problems. Rigsby finished the “world series” of triathlons – which includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike course and marathon run of 26.2 miles – in nail biting fashion with a time of 16 hours and 42 minutes, just 18 minutes shy of the 17-hour cutoff. Despite being kicked in the eye during the swim, facing 30 mile-per-hour headwinds during the cycling portion and having to dump sweat out of his prosthetic legs every four miles during the run, Rigsby completed each phase of the race within the time limits before receiving resounding applause as he crossed the finish line. “The last three miles were probably the worst self-inflicted pain I’ve ever felt,” Rigsby said. “I was so happy, but in so much pain.” Rigsby said he will spend the next year focusing on his nonprofit organization, The Scott Rigsby Foundation, and participating in smaller triathlons to be 100 percent ready for the 2008 Hawaiian...

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Holy Spirit Prep named a top 50 Catholic school

From staff reports Holy Spirit Preparatory School has been named one of America’s top 50 Catholic high schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The Honor Roll provides a powerful resource to parents and educators by acknowledging those schools that best maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare students to actively engage in the world. Holy Spirit’s Upper Campus, which contains the high school, is located on Northside Drive in Buckhead and its Lower Campus is located on Long island Drive in Sandy Springs. This is the first year that Holy Spirit Prep was eligible for consideration and the first year that any school in Georgia has been recognized nationally in such a manner. “We are proud and grateful to be named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in America,” said Holy Spirit President Gareth N. Genner. “Our dedicated faculty and staff as well as our committed and supportive parents make Holy Spirit Prep a special place. We thank the Catholic High School Honor Roll for this distinction. We look forward to continuing our commitment to academic excellence, Catholic faith formation and exceeding the high expectations of our students, parents and alumni in the years to come.” Nearly 1,300 Catholic high schools were invited to apply to the Honor Roll by completing surveys that measure academic excellence, Catholic identity and civic education. With...

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Business briefs

RockBridge Commercial Bank hires David Fentress Sandy Springs-based RockBridge Commercial Bank has hired Buckhead resident David Fentress as senior vice president to head up the bank’s commercial real estate activities. Most recently, Fentress was senior vice president/market president of the Vinings office for Integrity bank. He has 20 years of experience in the Atlanta market in commercial and industrial and commercial real estate lending with such institutions as Chattahoochee National Bank, Conerstone Bank and SunTrust Bank. RockBridge closed on the largest banking capitalization in Georgia history last year at $36.6 million and opened at 5607 Glenridge Drive in November of 2006. RockBridge targets the financial needs of commercial clients and real estate developers, through a full array of cash management services, check image capture for remote deposits and an image lockbox system. Credit union moves to Sandy Springs Fidelity Federal Credit Union is relocating to Sandy Springs and is changing its charter to accept members who live, work, worship, volunteer and attend school as well as businesses and other legal entities in the city of Sandy Springs. As of Nov. 15, Fidelity’s new locations will be 6690 Roswell Rd, Suite 1100 in the Sandy Springs Crossing shopping center. Fidelity Federal Credit Union, formerly known as Circle 10 Federal Credit Union, was chartered May 25,1961 by a small group of hourly General Motors-Doraville, GA employees. In an effort to ensure...

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