Category: Perimeter Business

Radio, TV personality Mara Davis to speak at Buckhead Business Association breakfast

Mara Davis, a radio and TV personality, will speak at a Buckhead Business Association breakfast on Sept. 12. A popular DJ on Atlanta radio for many years, Davis currently contributes to WABE and co-hosts the “Atlanta Eats” dining show on PeachtreeTV. The Sept. 12 breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 3368 Peachtree Road. Non-member admission is $25. For registration and more information, see...

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Newly merged Northside-Gwinnett healthcare system to begin Aug. 28

The newly merged Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System healthcare organizations will begin operations as one unit on Aug. 28. Northside, which has its flagship hospital in Sandy Springs’ “Pill Hill” Medical Center, will see its brand and administration extended. Most of the changes will be on the Gwinnett side, including renaming its hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville with the Northside brand. “Patients of the Gwinnett Health System will notice virtually no changes in their regimen of treatment and care,” said Northside Hospital in a press release. “Patient and family care is the central priority of the two systems,...

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Fulton Schools superintendent to speak in Sandy Springs Sept. 11

The new superintendent of the Fulton County School System, Dr. Mike Looney, will speak at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber luncheon on Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Pkwy N.E. According to Fulton Schools’ Chief Communications Officer Brian Noyes, Looney will speak about his background and an overview of his initial observations of the school district. “He will also summarize the board’s strategic plan and the district’s work focus for the current academic year,” Noyes said. Before joining Fulton Schools in June, Looney served as Superintendent of Williamson County...

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Ribbon-cuttings in Reporter communities

The following businesses recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities. Aviva Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, 110 Johnson Ferry Rd N.E., Center Pointe 2, Suite 470, Sandy Springs. Info: avivaplasticsurgery.com. Boardroom Salon for Men, Buckhead Court, 3872 Roswell Road N.E., Buckhead. Info: boardroomsalon.com. Expedia CruiseShipCenters, travel agency, 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: cruiseshipcenters.com. HOTWORX, fitness, 6115 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs. Info: hotworx.net. Ron Self & Associates, Allstate auto insurance agency, 2498 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 102, Dunwoody. Info: agents.allstate.com. Wallis Bank, 1710 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info:...

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Please eat our plants: An edible landscaping trend began in Buckhead

Atop a steep, shrubbery-spotted embankment in a Buckhead office park, where I-85’s traffic roars by just behind a low concrete wall, is one of Morgan Carswell’s favorite places to go for a work-break snack. In that unlikely locale, many of those shrubs are blueberry bushes, and Carswell says she and her coworkers at EpiCity Real Estate Services have gleefully picked “two to three large Tupperware bowls” of ripe berries in recent weeks. It’s no coincidence of nature that the plants are there. EpiCity has partnered with a Decatur-based company called Natural Born Tillers to turn its Buckhead headquarters into...

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Born from the Atlanta Olympics, a sports news outlet seeks to preserve its legacy

Talk of the lasting legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics usually revolves around a downtown park or stadium. But tucked inside a Buckhead office tower is a different kind of product of that heady time: a pioneering sports publication covering Olympics news and politics. And now it has its own legacy to preserve as its owners seek to pass the torch to new hands and find a home for their precious historic archives. Around the Rings was founded in 1992 by editor-in-chief Ed Hula, an experienced radio journalist, as a specialty newsletter covering Atlanta’s Olympics planning. It grew...

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Buckhead Coalition submits bid for self-driving shuttle at Lenox Square mall

As promised, the Buckhead Coalition filed a bid for a self-driving shuttle test at Lenox Square mall on July 31, despite not having a required minimum financial pledge of $88,000 available. A startup company called Local Motors is seeking pitches from metro Atlanta organizations to test its shuttle, dubbed the “Olli,” for a three-month trial run. Company spokesperson Nikki Jones said that there other Atlanta bidders as well, but declined to identify them. Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell is supporting the Lenox Square bid, along with MARTA, the mall’s manager, an “autonomous vehicle” expert from the legal firm Dentons,...

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Buckhead CID sets tax rate, will audit collections

The Buckhead Community Improvement District will keep its tax rate at 3 mills and will spend $11,000 to audit its collections, especially from mixed-use developments. The board of the self-taxing group of commercial properties made the decisions at its July 24 meeting at Tower Place 100. The BCID spends the money on improvements related to transportation, public safety and beautification in the neighborhood’s central business district. The millage has remained unchanged in the BCID’s 20-year history. This fiscal year, it is projected to raise as much as $7.6 million. But, BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett said, projections are always...

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Buckhead affordable housing study coming soon, costs $10K more

A long-delayed study of Buckhead’s affordable housing challenges and solutions is coming soon, but will cost another $10,000. Commissioned by the Buckhead Community Improvement District and Livable Buckhead, the study kicked off in August 2018 and was supposed to take about six months. “It has taken a lot longer than it was originally planned to,” Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling told the BCID board at its July 24 meeting. She said she now expects recommendations from the study, conducted by HR&A Advisors, to be complete “in the next few weeks” and for a presentation to be made at...

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Lenox Square mall marks 60th anniversary with display

Lenox Square mall is marking its 60th anniversary with a display of photos and memorabilia. The mall at 3393 Peachtree Road in Buckhead opened on Aug. 3, 1959 with a vastly different look as an open-air shopping center. After various renovations, it is now a massive enclosed mall known as an international tourist destination for luxury shopping. The anniversary display stands along a wall in the Mall level across from Banana Republic, according to a press release. It is intended as a temporary display to run roughly through summer, according to a spokesperson. For more information, see the mall...

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Buckhead Coalition still wants self-driving shuttle at Lenox Square mall despite BCID rejection

The Buckhead Coalition will press ahead with a bid to test the “Olli,” a self-driving shuttle bus, at Lenox Square mall despite another business group rejecting a co-funding request for the $88,000 minimum entry pledge. “The Buckhead Coalition is not in a money-raising business, but will offer in-kind services and facilities, and will welcome any other sponsors,” said Sam Massell, the organization’s president and former Atlanta mayor, in a written statement. “We think it’s beneficial to be introduced to tomorrow’s miracles, and still plan to pitch our proposal to the Olli manufacturers.” A startup company called Local Motors is...

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Hotel plan for Sandy Springs’ Barfield Road moves forward with real estate purchase

A site on Sandy Springs’ Barfield Road has been sold to a developer to build a hotel that is part of the NorthPlace project, which was approved by the City Council earlier in 2019. Construction will start later this year. The Aloft Hotel, an upscale brand owned by hotel chain Marriott, will now be built by RevPAR Development, which purchased the 0.65-acre parcel for $3 million, a press release announced. Childress Klein and MidCity Real Estate Partners will co-develop the office and retail building on the same site, the release said. MidCity is based in Sandy Springs. The NorthPlace...

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