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.

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

Steel City Pops Opens Decatur Location This Saturday

Steel City Pops has announced that their new Decatur location – and production facility – along Church Street – the first in GA – will open this Saturday, September 20th.  Here’s the release…

Birmingham, AL-based artisanal pop company Steel City Pops has announced a new retail space to open at 312 Church Stree in Decatur. The shop will feature Steel City’s signature handmade frozen pops, locally sourced and made with all natural ingredients.

Steel City Pops opened their first shop in Birmingham, AL in May of 2012. They strive to make gourmet frozen pops with the freshest, all-natural ingredients. When possible, they source their ingredients locally by connecting with food artisans and farmers in the area. Their desire is to represent the very best that a region has to offer and share those unique culinary experiences from one region to another among all the Steel City Pops locations. They currently have 19 shops in three different states.


Doggy Dogg Plans To Reopen Next Weekend

Let’s make sure we give some love – and foot traffic! – to the businesses along East Howard Avenue that have been affected by the extensive construction in that area over the past many months!

Vicky writes in to report that Doggy Dogg is planning to reopen next weekend after paving of the street is finally completed…

I ran into James Hammerl, the owner of Doggy Dogg on E. Howard across from Kimball House.  He’s planning on reopening the weekend after Labor Day (he’s still waiting for the paving to be finished at the E. Trinity – E. Howard intersection).  He’s had to close down for many months while the street was closed.  I hope we can show this guy some love and stop by and get a hotdog — he’s a super nice guy and definitely the kind of independent quirky business we want in Decatur.

Top Stitch Studio & Lounge Opens on West College Avenue

Now we finally know what was behind all those dress patterns papering the window of this West College storefront!

Top Stitch Studio & Lounge had its Grand Opening last Saturday and is now open at 722 West College Avenue in Decatur.

The establishment’s Facebook page describes the unique new spot thusly…

…a fabric and sewing shop with a focus on modern apparel fabrics, indie garment patterns, tools, trunk shows, craft nights, movie nights and after school craft club.

A quick scan of their website shows a diverse array of upcoming events including a Field Trip to Cotton + Steel Studio, a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Movie Night and a regular Sip & Sew Craft night ever other week.  They also offer a variety of  fabrics,.patterns and classes.

Sounds like a great new local spot!  Welcome Top Stitch!

Photo courtesy of DM

United Healthcare is Closing Harken Health Locations

Wonder what will happen to the large space Harkin Health now occupies in downtown Decatur.  From the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Harken Health, a insurance startup launched by UnitedHealth Group Inc. that offered patients care with almost no co-pays, is closing its doors in Chicago and Atlanta, its two core markets.

The Chicago Tribune reports on the shutdown of Harken, which follows moves by the insurer to scale back operations and a loss of $64 million last year.

The article also notes that Harken will offer care through the end of the year.

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