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2 Sandy Springs neighbors vie for bites of bakery business

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Little European Bakery shares a 30-year tradition Sometimes taking over a business with strong community ties can be difficult for the new owner, but Mike Rogers has successfully done just that at the Little European Bakery. Though he had no prior baking experience, Rogers bought the bakery—which at the time was named Bruweiler’s—on Sandy Springs Circle in 1999. The bakery has been in the same location since 1981, and many long-time Sandy Springs residents remember it as Hoffer’s Bakery, which it remained until it switched owners for a few years in the mid-1990’s. But it was Bruweiler’s when Rogers bought the business. All together, the bakery has been in Sandy Springs for almost 30 years, originally being located in the Hancock Fabrics shopping center on Roswell Road—practically next door to where it is now. Rogers said he bought the bakery when he needed a career change. “I had always worked in corporate America and decided I was tired of being in corporate America,” Rogers said. “I wanted something else to do and was looking for a business to buy.” Because multiple generations of residents have been coming to the bakery for decades, Rogers said he was initially reluctant to change its name because many people still associated it with the original owner. “If we changed the name on the outside, we thought people would think...

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Business briefs

3 office buildings at Northpark in Sandy Springs are for sale In the late 1980s, Sandy Springs resident and famed Atlanta architect/developer John Portman developed the first two office towers near the intersection of Abernathy Road and Georgia 400 and named the development Northpark Town Center. A third building was added in 1998. All three buildings, comprising 1.5 million square feet of office space, have now been put on the market for sale by their owner the State of Michigan Retirement System. C. B. Richard Ellis is the broker. The 400 building was completed by Portman in 1986 at 1000 Abernathy Road, followed by the 500 building at 1100 Abernathy Road in 1989. The brownish granite and glass complex, which began the office park development around the intersection of Abernathy Road and Georgia 400, will be marketed worldwide, according to the broker. Northpark Town Center connects to the Sandy Springs MARTA rail station. Winans Coffee shop leaves CityWalk Winans Coffees and Chocolates, which was located in CityWalk for two years, has moved its operations to Marietta Square. Store owners Jackie and Scott Winans left a note on its doors to let customers know that the shop has moved to 160 Roswell St. in Marietta. The notice went on further to thank customers for their patronage. “We have enjoyed getting to know you and becoming friends with you over the...

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Heart of Hope Academy gets official accreditation

From staff reports Buckhead’s Heart of Hope Academy, a private school for children with special needs located at 3715 Wieuca Road NE, announced July 20 that it will accept its official accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission’s Board of Commissioners. The school joins the ranks with 155 other private schools in the state. With its accreditation, Heart of Hope will be able to accept the Georgia’s special Needs Scholarship, which will make it possible for the cost of a special needs education to become more affordable, according to school officials. “Heart of Hope Academy is unique because the educators focus on each child individually,” said school founder and board chair Angela Matthiessen. “This way, we can teach them the proper skills according to the child’s disability. The children are taught many different subjects as well, such as vocal communication, technology and Special Olympics.” Following a similar program in Florida, Georgia’s legislature recently passed a bill creating a scholarship for special needs schools across the state. This new plan will allow extra funding for families that wish to move their children from a public school to a private, special needs institution. “Tuition expenses should not prevent a child from receiving the best education possible,” Matthiessen says. “This new program allows deserving families to enroll in schools that cater to the special needs of the child.” Heart of Hope Academy provides...

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North Springs High School to begin first year with ‘charter’ status

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net North Springs High School students will be greeted with more new surroundings than freshly decorated classrooms and the most recent faculty additions when they arrive for their first day of school on Monday. For the first time, the Sandy Springs high school will welcome its students as a charter conversion school. In April, the Georgia Board of Education approved North Springs’ application to become a charter school. The Spartan community now joins a bigger club of charter schools in Sandy Springs that includes Ridgeview Middle School and Dunwoody Springs, Spalding Drive and Woodland Elementary Schools. Becoming a charter school means North Springs is now allowed to implement a different curriculum and instructional and governance practices than what is allowed by the regular public school system. Because it remains a public school, North Springs will keep its traditional funding sources and attendance zones. Dr. Vicky Ferguson, principal at North Springs for the last five years, said the school year marks the dawn of a new day. She said the charter employs a more project/problem-based classroom approach, with an overall theme of interdisciplinary instruction. Ferguson said the move towards charter status is an effort to better prepare the students of today for the world of tomorrow. “It was motivated by our understanding that these children who are in school now are going to need new skills for...

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Ben Carter begins ‘putting Buckhead back together again’

John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net “Buckhead is hot!” exclaimed Scottie Greene to kick off the ceremony Aug. 3 which officially marked the beginning of destruction for the old Buckhead Village and the start of putting “Buckhead back together again.” Developer Ben Carter, addressing a group of more than 200 civic and business leaders inside an air-conditioned tent on the hot August morning, that as a youngster he was always saddened that Humpty Dumpty could not be put back together again after falling off the wall. “We have put Buckhead back together,” he declared as he announced five high-end fashion boutiques, two restaurants and two hotels for the new $1.2 billion Streets of Buckhead mixed-use development his company, Ben Cater Properties LLC, is undertaking for eight blocks of Buckhead. Carter began by thanking the more than 34 Buckhead Village property owners that “gave up their prized assets” to help bring Atlanta and the Southeast this vision. Carter reportedly paid about $200 million for those assets to help make the dream come true. He also thanked the 26 retailers and bars “that could have stood in my way, but realized that this was a vision of not just mine but a whole lot of people. I think that is why this room is packed today. There are a lot of folks who have been planning for years and years in hopes that this...

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