Monday, November 26, 2012
This established East Marietta niche retailer is a one-stop shop for creators of jewelry, fashion and home decor items.
Rich colors of shiny Czech glass beads, pewter beads sourced from a Marietta supplier and semiprecious stones in organic and cut shapes dangle in strands fill the small Bead Dreams main show room with potential. The beaders nirvana in East Marietta Plaza on Roswell Road is easy to pass by because the dozen or so store fronts in the plaza sit well below the grade of the five lane road and compete for attention with neighboring retail at motorists’ eye level. Sole proprietor Michael Whone is an entrepreneur rather than a crafter. He started selling beads at trade shows and believes that good inventory and service are keys to brick and mortar retail success. “I love owning a business because I’m able to make a difference in the community by …
Monday, November 19, 2012
This Marietta artist creates permanent body art and offers piercing service, possibilities for memorable bonding experiences with relatives this holiday season.
Family Tradition Tattoo owner James Tuck’s tattoos start with cyan swirls that run the length of his right bicep and forearm. He doesn’t have a count on the designs that rest under his skin, and he doesn’t show them off, at least not while at work in his small shop in an understated plaza on Shallowford Road, just west of Trickum Road. Tuck is also a tattoo artist, a craft he’s been practicing for 16 years. When not using an electric needle to create, the Marietta High School Class of 1988 graduate writes dark urban fantasy novels and novelettes. Deacon Chalk: Occult Urban Bounty Hunter, is Tuck’s series published by Kensington Press. Two new releases are scheduled for first quarter of next year. Readers can find tastes of Tuck’s …
Monday, November 12, 2012
This Northeast Cobb smoke-friendly retailer stocks up for celebration of 14th anniversary on Saturday, tickets on sale now.
Where there is smoke, there's bound to be fire. This Saturday, the fires will be powered by butane and used to light cigars as customers and friends celebrate the 14th anniversary of Tobacco World: The Cigar Superstore on Sandy Plains Road. Owner operator Scott “Red” Grantham is preparing for a party of 800 guests and special tobacco industry friends. “We’re frying 30 turkeys and smoking 150 pounds of pork loin. Restaurant friends are bringing side dishes,” Grantham continues, “There’ll be a tent in the parking lot with live music by Spider Kelly, invited speakers, and giveaways. The party starts at noon.” About 25 tobacco blenders and cigar makers are expected including: Tatuaje Cigars owner, Pete Johnson; and Room 101 Cigars founder, …
Monday, November 5, 2012
This longtime Northeast Cobb business offers shop talk prediction on the outcome of U.S. presidential elections.
Monday, November 5, 2012
A bit of manual labor and a long pole are required to change the black letters on the tall, old-fashioned business sign in front of Mick’s Barber Shop on Canton Road. The current message promotes new manicure and pedicure services. Owner Autumn Freer says past messages have been “Closed mouth gathers no foot” and “We don’t buy gold.” The street side humor reaches back in history when barber shops were a place for men to come in, share jokes, and talk. Freer said lifestyles in 2012 allow limited barber shop time. Customers commit to everyday hustle and bustle and a full parking lot may make a prospective ‘walk-in’ keep driving, however, there still are moments when men, waiting for their turns in a barber’s chair, share perspectives on …
Monday, October 29, 2012
This experienced East Cobb landscape design firm provides services to homeowners wanting to cultivate remarkable yards.
Outdoor work is first nature to Chattahoochee Home and Garden owner/operator Hardy J. Kaplan. At an early age, he greened his thumbs and earned allowance by heading petunias for his horticulturalist mother. His first ‘real’ job was at the landscape company that he now owns. The design, consult and installation firm is located in an industrial park off of Shallowford Road near Sandy Plains Road. Kaplan believes that service and good work are what grow a business. Current economic drought has operations trimmed to one part-time office assistant and one installation crew. Kaplan goes on all the appointments and is hands-on when it’s time to plant a space that he’s designed. “When people call Chattahoochee, they’re calling for me,” Kaplan …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The most recent inspection reports from Cobb & Douglas Public Health include a visit to Laredos.
The following East and Northeast Cobb establishments serving food were inspected from Oct. 6-12 by Cobb and Douglas Public Health:
Monday, October 22, 2012
This retailer focused on trend-setting imported home goods and unique vintage items is holding a holiday open house Nov. 2-3.
The fixtures are not fixed at Touch of Europe on Roswell Road in East Cobb. Everything is for sale. An oak dining table, cup and saucer sets from Pip Studio in Amsterdam and an antique chandelier illuminating the display all have price tags. Store merchandise is an unconventional mix of new and antique home and lifestyle goods including cruelty-free, not tested on animals, French soaps and fragrances. The practice of selling the fixtures keeps the retail space evolving. Business owner Mimi Kriele welcomes change and lights up when discussing the consumer behavior of “shopping” a brick-and-mortar retailer by using wireless technology to scan barcodes while standing in a store and research prices and availability of merchandise at competing …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The latest inspection reports include visits to several public school cafeterias.
The following Northeast and East Cobb establishments serving food were inspected recently by Cobb and Douglas Public Health:
Monday, October 15, 2012
This canine-focused business hosts Pet First Aid class as a fundraiser for the German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of Georgia on Oct. 27.
The for-profit, Dog School 101 on Kingston Court near I-75 in Marietta is about good staff, good dog owners and good dogs, according to business owner, Sandy Watson. The training facility and dog day care center is also about being a good citizen. Watson is hosting a Pet First Aid class to raise funds for German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of Georgia. The class will be taught by Jennifer Perry of PetTech on Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon to 4 p.m.. The cost is $60. “All of our staff has gone through the class, so I know that it teaches valuable information,” Watson shares. “I’ve known Monica King of GSD Rescue for over a decade and I know that the group provides a life-saving service to dogs who have no one else. They need financial support” …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are county food scores from Cobb & Douglas Public Health inspections from Sept. 22-28.
The following Northeast Cobb food establishments were visited recenty by Cobb and Douglas Public Health: