Tickets Now On Sale for 2nd Annual Decatur Dinner Party

The City’s Casie Yoder sends along this annoucement…

Tickets are on sale now for the 2nd Annual Decatur Dinner Party!  Enjoy delicious dishes prepared by some of Decatur’s most talented chefs to raise money for Decatur’s Kitchen Garden – a Global Growers Project.  Decatur’s Kitchen Garden helps over 30 refugee families from in and around Decatur grow thousands of pounds of fresh food each season.

This limited attendance event will feature a multi-course farm-to-table meal, live music, beer, wine and a live auction. Auction items will include VIP access to local festivals, a wine and craft beer event package, and more.

Get your tickets today for what is sure to be the foodie event of the year on Saturday, September 6th, 6:30pm at the Decatur Cemetery. Tickets are $125 each, or reserve a full table for a party of 8 at $1200.  To purchase tickets visit:

Former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd and Judy Turner are Host Committee Co-Chairs along with; Neil Dobbs, John Kelley, Alan & Jane McNabb, and Peggy Merriss.

Restaurant and Beverage Sponsors: Local Food Sponsors:
Brick Store Pub
Leon’s Full Service
Kimball House
Steinbeck’s Ale House
Cakes and Ale
Chai Pani
Farm Burger
Iberian Pig
No. 246
Pine Street Market
Twain’s Billiards and TapBlue Tarp Brewery

Three Taverns Brewery

Global Growers NetworkGum Creek Farms

Love is Love Farm

Springer Mountain Chicken

White Oak Pastures

Private Bank of Decatur to Open in One Town Center

Steve points out a legal notice in the AJC this morning, noting that Private Bank of Decatur will open at 150 East Ponce de Leon Ave Suite 120.  This was one of the rumored locations that Private Bank might occupy, since there was already a vault on-site from a previous bank where Judy Turner had once worked.

Private Bank Coming to Decatur, Headed by Decatur First Bank’s Judy Turner

There have been rumblings for a few weeks now, but it looks like it’s finally official.

According to a letter by Private Bank of Buckhead president Charlie Crawford, Judy Turner and Melanie Funk – formerly of Decatur First Bank – will head up a new branch of Private Bank of Buckhead in downtown Decatur called “Private Bank of Decatur”.

Mr. Crawford continues…

These seasoned bankers have long served the Decatur market and are doing so again from the strength of an organization like ours. This is a great opportunity to introduce a broader market — in this case the people of Decatur — to the high-touch service model that Private Bank of Buckhead clients have come to know and embrace.

What do the people of Decatur need to know about us and our name? We take an egalitarian approach, believing that all clients should benefit from the private banking approach other banks reserve for a certain few.

A location for the new bank branch has yet to be announced, but keep an eye out!

Decatur First Bank Signs Order to Raise Capital

As has already been communicated via letter to Decatur First customers, and reported by the DNO, Decatur First Bank recently signed an order with federal regulators to raise more capital and reduce bad debt as the bank crisis continues to play out across the state.

Bank president Judy Turner recently commented to the AJC

…the bank has been a conservative lender, choosing not to invest heavily in new home construction or subdivision development that got so many Georgia banks in trouble. But the economic downturn has hit its customer base hard, causing a spike in loan delinquencies.

“When people lose their job, they can’t pay their bills,” she said. “There’s just a lot of stress in the economy.”