UPDATED: Decatur Market Now Open on East Howard Avenue

UPDATE:  Renee at Decatur Market tells us they’ll only be open until 8p for the next few days, as they continue to get up to speed.  Also they’re having a Grand Opening event this Friday with free bite sized deli samples samples around lunchtime, as well as sandwiches for purchase.  At 6p they will host a few vendors who will offer samples (beer, wine, snacks, etc).

Have you checked out the new Decatur Market on East Howard yet?   (If you’ve followed this site for a while, you probably are aware of my love of markets and grocery stores.)

Looking at their Facebook feed, it seems like they’ve been in a “soft opening” mode for a few weeks, but are now are abiding by their official hours posted on their door.  (Mon- Sat 7a-10p, Sun 10a-6p).

Recent posts show they already have lots of local items in stock, including eggs, cheese, spreads, beer and wine.

Have you been yet?  What do you think??

New Balance Store and Nail Salon Coming to Clairmont / North Druid Intersection

If you’re like us, you’ve been wondering what’s going up in Toco Hills at the intersection of Clairemont and North Druid Hills Road – where the Exxon Station used to be (see above).

Well, apparently Tomorrow’s News Today gave us the skinny back in December

New Balance and a nail salon are reportedly the two tenants coming to the new development at the corner of Clairmont and North Druid Hills Roads on the site of the former Exxon gas station and convenience store.

Thanks to the FFAF commenter, PMcG,  who pointed this out!

Photo courtesy of Google Streeview

Decatur Bikes Is Going Out of Business

Decatur Bikes sent out this message

Hi fellow cyclists and happy new year! Unfortunately this email will be one of the last you see from Decatur Bikes as we are going out of business. We have had a 10 great years but unfortunately the retail environment that we are in today doesn’t allow for us to continue.  Thanks so much for all of your support over the years and we hope to continue to see you around the neighborhood.

Below are pictures of quite a bit of inventory that is all on closeout. Right now all accessories are 30% off and bikes are at must go prices Call the store with pricing and size questions.

Thank You.

Photo courtesy of Decatur Bikes Facebook page

Huntington Learning Center Opening on West Ponce in Decatur

A sign in the old Fabu Face Spa location in the 335 West Ponce building announces that a Huntington Learning Center is “Coming Soon”.

The Center’s website shows that they specialize in tutoring and test prep.  Huntington has other Atlanta locations in Dunwoody, Alpharetta, East Cobb and Brookhaven.

Aldi Coming to Decatur Crossing Just North of Decatur

If you’ve driven down Scott Boulevard in the last couple of days, you may have noticed that the building they’re constructing where the old Ford dealership sat for years (Streetview) – the one that looked like an Aldi – is, in fact, an Aldi!

The sign went up on the building late last week.  As a commenter wrote in FFAF this past Friday, “What will we do with all of these new grocery stores?”

UPS Store Coming To Downtown Decatur

The former “17 Steps” space in the CVS Plaza along West Ponce is being transformed into a UPS Store.

A commenter in FFAF noted recently that signs hung outside the space announced the change.  We’ve since seen it with our own eyes, thereby confirming.

The next closest UPS Store is up in the Publix Plaza at N. Decatur and Clairmont Road, which is close in proximity, but can be a hassle to get to in rush hour traffic.  There’s also a FedEx Kinkos up at that intersection.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Root City Plans Popup Shop in Downtown Decatur This Holiday Season

This is pretty neat.

The folks at Root City – who host some super cool curated pop-up markets around Atlanta – have just announced that they’re planning on opening a temporary Pop-Up Shop in the old Art Institute space at 1 West Court House Squarenext to Souper Jenny this holiday season.

Here’s the email and FAQ they sent around the other day with the deets…

We have so much GREAT news to share with you!

1. Root City will have a Popup SHOP – a brick and mortar spot –  this holiday season in Downtown Decatur! We just received confirmation and we’re SO EXCITED!!!

…You may be wondering what this means. We have some FAQs below and the bottom line is that we are continuing to bring local, artisanal handmade goods to you for the upcoming holiday shopping season. If you’re a Maker, you can apply HERE.

Popup Shop FAQ:
Q: What’s the difference between a popup market and a popup shop? 
A: Popup markets are usually one or two days. Each of the Makers are on-site manning their own booths. However, a popup shop is a longer engagement.. In this case, four weeks. Root City will be selling on behalf of the Makers and although we are planning to have events with the Makers, they won’t all be present all of the time.

Q: Where will it be?!
A: West Court Square in Downtown Decatur – 1 West Court Square #110, Decatur, GA 30030. For those who are familiar, it’s right next to Souper Jenny where the Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur used to be located.

Q: What dates will the popup shop be open?
A: We’re planning to open for Shop Small Saturday – 11/25/17 and stay open until 12/2317. We’re still working on the hours.

Q: Will there be fun events at this popup shop?
A: OF COURSE! As soon as we have them on the books, we’ll let you know

Q: I’m a Maker and I want to be apart of this but I can’t be at a popup shop for the month of December. How will this work?
A: Great News! You don’t have to be there! Root City is handling staffing of the shop for you.

Q: I’m a Maker and I’m super pumped about this! Where do I apply?
A: HERE! We can’t wait either!

Photo courtesy of Root City Market Facebook page