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MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] won a Regional Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in a Residential Bathroom Category. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

The same project also won first place in a Bathroom Category during the recent Contractor of the Year awards competition sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation's best work in 15 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The competition is open to professional remodelers and design professionals in the United States.

Supreme Court sides with Brookhaven in Pink Pony lawsuit

Supreme Court sides with Brookhaven in Pink Pony lawsuit

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has dismissed a strip club's lawsuit against the City of Brookhaven.

The Pink Pony opened on Corporate Boulevard near Buford Highway in November 1990. It was licensed by DeKalb County to allow nude dancing while serving alcohol and food.

Brookhaven became a city on Dec. 17, 2012. The Pink Pony is located in the newly incorporated city's southernmost area.

Less than a month after achieving cityhood, Brookhaven's city council passed a Sexually Oriented Business Code that prohibits alcohol sales in businesses featuring fully nude dancing.

Ga. Shakespeare cancels 'Henry V,' reviews long-term direction

Ga. Shakespeare cancels 'Henry V,' reviews long-term direction

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Georgia Shakespeare announced Friday it has canceled its upcoming production of Henry V.

The Oglethorpe University-based theater company said it has "insufficient financial resources" to stage the Shakespeare play, which was slated to begin its run on Oct. 1.

Georgia Shakespeare's board and staff also plan to evaluate the theater's long-term direction. Company managing director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons said it has operated in the black four of the last five years, but suffers a lack of operating capital.

"We have remained a fragile organization financially," Bauer-Lyons said. "It is not enough to fix the business model. We also have to find a way to fix the balance sheet."

Le Dress Boutique celebrates anniversary, moves to Sandy Springs

Le Dress Boutique celebrates anniversary, moves to Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- You don't have to break the bank to get the wedding dress of your dreams, according to Linda Morado, proprietress of Le Dress Boutique, a Sandy Springs business that sells and consigns luxury dresses at substantial discounts. The company recently celebrated its five-year anniversary with a move from Buckhead into a larger retail space in Sandy Springs.

Le Dress Boutique's inventory includes fine wedding and evening gowns; party, prom and Mother-of-the-Bride dresses; and vintage jewelry. Discounts range from 35-80 percent off list price.

Approximately 95 percent of the wedding gowns are new or samples consigned to the store by overstocked specialty boutiques from around the country. On the special occasion side of the business, half of the inventory is new, and half is "once-loved."

MODA Floors & Interiors celebrates 10 successful years

MODA Floors & Interiors celebrates 10 successful years

ATLANTA -- MODA Floors & Interiors, a flooring and window coverings resource and Atlanta's first Shaw Design Center, recently celebrated its 10th year in business. The company has showrooms in the West Midtown Design District and at Town Brookhaven.

"MODA" is the Italian word for fashion. Owners Dean and Janice Howell selected the company name to reflect cutting-edge style and European flair.

Started initially as a three-person home-based business, MODA Floors & Interiors currently employs 15 people and partners with 10 installation crews to complete approximately 1,300 projects each year. The diversified client base includes residential remodelers, custom home builders, designers, insurance contractors, and consumers. The company also does light commercial jobs.

MODA Floors & Interiors opens at Town Brookhaven

MODA Floors & Interiors opens at Town Brookhaven
BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- MODA Floors & Interiors has opened a 5100-square-foot retail-focused store in Town Brookhaven. MODA sells materials and provides installation services for hardwoods, tile and stone, carpet, luxury vinyl, laminate, area rugs and window coverings. MODA Floors & Interiors' second store is located in a shopping center in the Brookhaven area, providing easier access for the retail market. As a Shaw Design Center, the new showroom includes the latest media technology to enhance the shopping and buying experience. Design consultants are available at both locations to help consumers make design decisions for their homes. The Town Brookhaven store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%