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 Breakfast at Barney's - Breakfast Restaurant in Atlanta, GA in 2021 ...

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!  Breakfast At Barney’s, 349 Decatur St SE, Downtown Atlanta www.Breakfastatbarneys.com   I finally made it to Breakfast At Barney’s and I was  so satisfied.  I had out of town guests,  so we decided to meet them for breakfast there.  We were greeted by a bubbly host and our waiter was knowledgeable, very friendly, and made great recommendations.  All 3 of us had the Emperors Breakfast which consist of eggs, bacon or sausage, beyond meat, toast, grits or potatoes, they also have “Just Egg vegan folded eggs and you can substitute fruit too, and  I can’t forget the housemade jam that was so delicious, they should bottle it  and sell it. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with flair.  Now it’s a very popular place, there’s usually a long line, we arrived during the weekday at 9am, so the earlier the better. (LOL) I highly recommend them, who knows I might see you there. ( I hear that you must try the 24 layer red velvet champagne cake, 24 karat gold pancakes)

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KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   La Vegano, Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Ave, Downtown Atlanta  mistervegano.com/  

There’s a new vegan/vegetarian restaurant in town and it’s at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Downtown Atlanta.  I frequent the Market at least 3 to 4 times a month on my daily walk discovered this nicely decorated, warm and friendly restaurant.  On my visit, I had Collard Green Spring Rolls and Cauliflower Wings, they both were very delicious and well prepared, they came with a really tasty dipping sauce, oh, I almost forgot to mention, for dessert, I had the chocolate coconut balls, so delicious.  The restaurant has only been opened a few weeks, so be patient, while they add items to the menu. They offer items such as, black olive pine nut roasted hummus, cashew carrot ginger soup, vegans wraps, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, juices, smoothies, desserts and more. So the next time you are downtown check them out, add something healthy to your life.

Dine Next to Mannequins at DC's New Upscale Persian Restaurant -  Washingtonian

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!  Rumi’s Persian Kitchen, 1175 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta (Colony Square) www.rumiskitchen.com

My guest and I were celebrating my move to a new apartment, so we meetup at Rumi’s  Kitchen Atlanta Restaurant at Colony Square. It’s a swanky new midtown restaurant offering Persian cuisine. I had the roasted Salmon with charred onions, citrus, saffron and aromatic basmati rice and my guest, Chicken Kabobs with lemon saffron brine and with rice also. For dessert, now you know I gotta have some sweetness, I chose Rumi’s tart, made with pistachios, hazelnuts, pinenuts  and a shortbread crust, are you drooling yet? LOL   Simply the best!   Our drink was a non-alcoholic sparking Reisling, had no idea there was such a thing, it was good too. Rum’s has several locations in Georgia, Avalon in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs.   So elevate your dining experience and checkout Rumi’s, they have excellent food and great customer service. (They have a nice outdoor patio too)

All Hearts are on Atlanta Restaurants this Valentine's Day — Dish Around  Town

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! 5Church Midtown @  Colony Square Midtown Atlanta  1197 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta  https://5church-atlanta.com/ 

I celebrated my friend’s Birthday at 5Church Midtown, a very popular, trendy new American restaurant.  We both were starving, I had Miso Scottish Salmon with creamed coconut rice, edamame, mango grastrique(caramelized sauce) and the Birthday “King”, fried Shrimp Po’ Boy with shaved lettuce, tomato, pickles, creole remoulade, Italian hero, both were yumlicious!! You didn’t hear me, they both were yumlicious!!!(LOL) For dessert, I had the Pineapple Mango tart with lemon sorbet, and the Birthday “King” had Tiramisu. You’re gonna love the upscale but down to earth atmosphere, great customer service, oh I almost forgot, if it’s your birthday you can choose one of  2  options, a free dessert or a glass of champagne.(my friend decided on champagne, of course). So the next time you are in midtown, let’s gather together on their rooftop lounge, my treat! By the way, they also have a Buckhead location.  Enjoy!!!

Best Atlanta patios: El Vinedo Local

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There: El Vinedo Local Atlanta, 730 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta  https://www.elvinedolocalatlanta.com/

It’s a beautiful sunny marvelous Monday, no humidity, not too hot yet, my friend and I decided to try a different place to eat instead of our regular midtown spot.  So we chose El Vinedo Local Atlanta, a small intimately quaint and creatively designed South America wine and tapas bar restaurant, it’s just one block north of the Fox Theatre.

We both shared chicken empanadas, light, crispy, and very tasty and decided on sandwiches, he had fried fish with butter lettuce, cebolla criolla, tartar sauce and me, grilled springer mountain farm chicken with butter lettuce, Georgia tomatoes, chimichurri, no mayo for me..lol.. on a sassy sesame bun. The sandwiches came with fried yucca(similar to a potato, it’s sweeter and nuttier) ,  so delicious served with  salsa rosada.(cocktail mixture of mayo and ketchup)  

In addition to empanadas, they have arepas(sandwich that’s crispy on the outside, soft in the inside), ceviche, sandwiches, plates, sides, coffee, pastries, did I mention, the tea is from my favorite tea shop, “Just Add Honey”, yep! and of course, they have an extensive wine list(wines from Argentina, Chile, etc.) Now they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so call me, let’s grab a bite, vibe,  and chill on the patio.

 Brooklyn Tea - Atlanta Georgia Bakery - HappyCow

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Sip the Tea! Brooklyn Tea Room ATL, 329 Nelson St. (Castleberry Hill) Downtown Atlanta https://brooklyntea.com/pages/atlanta  It’s a beautiful Spring morning, I’m taking my daily mental wellness art walk, I decided to stop in Brooklyn Tea  Room ATL in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood. I really like the vibe, energy and of course their tasty chai latte with oatmeal milk, talk about smoothness, oh, and I grabbed a vegan mini sweet potato pie to go. (LOL) Brooklyn Tea Room also has vegan and non vegan items such as croissants, muffins,  vegan cookies and  mini sweet potato pies by my favorite vegan company, First Batch Chef. They sell, apparel, tea boxes, teaware and more. The space is just the right size to chill and network, don’t forget to take an Instagram pic of the Brooklyn Bridge wall mural. I know you are definitely gonna check it out, call me, I’ll meet you there, we can chill outside! Tea-riffic!  (by the way they also have another location in Brooklyn, NY)

Healthful Essence Menu Atlanta • Order Healthful Essence Delivery Online •  Postmates

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There often!! Healthful Essence Caribbean Vegan Vegetarian Restaurant and Food Truck, 875 York Ave SW, (West End) Atlanta  https://healthfullessence.com  They have the best sorrel drink in the ATL, yes, I said so…lol..  Whenever I’m in the West End, this is my go to place for delicious yumminess, love their un fish cakes, rice and peas of course, curry veggies..so good!, they also have really good collard greens too, now you know I gotta have dessert, I usually devour the carrot cake and from time to time I’ll have the peach cobbler.  It’s a small intimate space, they also do takeout and have a few outdoor tables. I would highly recommend this spot for vegans.

TRUE JUICE ORGANIC JUICE & SMOOTHIE BAR, Grants Pass - Menu, Prices &  Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! True Life Wellness Juice Bar, 1197 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta (Colony Square Food Hall) https://www.truelifewellness.shop/ I had just completed my lunch at Colony Square and wanted something sweet with goodness, so I tried the tropical acai bowl, acai based topped with pineapple, banana, mango, coconut, chia seeds, granola, the best flavors, I enjoyed every bite. If you’re craving something sweet, might as well, make it nutrition-worthy. True Life Wellness also offers juices, smoothies, parfaits, cleanses, salads, wraps, raw, clean goodness. So the next time you’re in midtown stop by and indulge in goodness.

Wadada Healthy Market and Juice Bar 878 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW  Atlanta, GA Foods Natural - MapQuest

KeithKNOWS, Been there, shop there! Wadada’s Healthy Market & Juice Bar, 878 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd  SW (West End) Atlanta https://www.wadadaatl.com/    Your one stop market for vegan friendly, all natural, plant based everything in person or online, some of  my favorites are the vegan Jamaican patties(veggies, ackee, callaloo, spinach) that crust is amazing, mini sweet potatoes pies from First Batch, Majestea sorrel tea, True Laundry detergent, there’s so many great options.  Wadada’s also sells loose teas, hot foods, vitamins and supplements, candles, hair care, household cleaning products, bath and body products, desserts, fruits, health and beauty products, sea moss, shea butter, herbs,  oils, lotions, wellness products, smoothies, ice cream, juices, prepared meals, paper products, fashions, jewelry and so much more. It’s also an opportunity to support local and national small black businesses.  On your next visit to the West End, you gotta check them out, tell ‘em KeithKNOWS sent ya!

eighty7sweets Vegan Ice Cream Company - Atlanta Georgia Ice Cream - HappyCow

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!  Eighty 7 Sweets Vegan Ice Cream, on Broad Street, Downtown Atlanta (56 Broad St) www.Eighty7sweets.com "If you love yourself some ice cream, like I do, who don't?Creamy, coconuty, delicious, smooth and tasty, but you are lactose intolerant, and you can't do dairy or soy, this is the place for you. They specialize in non dairy, vegan ice cream with creative flavors with catchy names: West End Wakanda(I tried that one, yummy, it's a mystery flavor and I tried the Mocha flavor reminded me of coffee), Caramel Cobb, Edgewood Oreo, Vanilla Vinings, Spelman Strawberry & Mango and many more, try it on a waffle cone, cup or their warm vegan choc. chip super bowl. The staff was great at letting me taste all the interesting flavors, well not all, a few. (LOL) I'll will definitely be back. Call me, I'll meet you there!

Just Add Honey Tea Shop Opening Second Location in Old Fourth Ward on the Beltline - Eater Atlanta
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate  & Drank There!   "Just Add Honey", Old 4th Ward(East Beltline), 684 John Wesley Dobbs, Downtown Atlanta  https://justaddhoney.net/   Just Add Honey   "Givin You the "Tea"  I celebrated my B Earth Day there and was blown away with excellent customer care, delicious fruity teas and much more.    Oh, Oh, Oh, did I mention their teas are au naturale, can also be purchased at their flagship store or online.
 
Photo of Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft - Atlanta, GA, United States
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!  Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft,  1745 Peachtree St, Atlanta 30309 tuktukatl.com (678) 539-6181 I finally got the opportunity to tantalize my taste buds for Thai food at Tuk Tuk, my friends were in town for my birthday so we decided to check it out.  The décor and furniture will take you on a journey to Thailand without leaving Atlanta, and the food doesn’t disappoint. I was not feeling too adventurous so I settled for my favorite Massaman Curry with brown rice, of course, it was flavorful, seasoned well, delicious. Now you know a brotha gotta have dessert(LOL), I had the old fashioned Thai Coconut Ice Cream, I rarely have ice cream, I enjoyed every bite. Tuk Tuk is a great spot for a date, family gathering, private event or any special occasion.

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KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There, Flower Child, 3500 Around Lenox Drive, ste 207,  Atlanta 30326 (buckhead) https://www.iamaflowerchild.com/ 

There’s a new health conscious restaurant in town, across from Lenox, in the area known as “Shops Around Lenox” their motto, “Happy Food for a Happy World”.  “Flower Child” is its name, can you dig it? It’s the sister restaurant to another great restaurant, “True Food” which is at Lenox Mall.  The décor is modern and colorful,  the atmosphere trendy, the food tasty, and it’s very popular.

Flower Child offer healthy salads, soups, sandwiches, bowls, wraps, plates, the food is organic, local, something for everyone, vegetarian, vegans, yes, they have grass fed meats, naturally raised, no additives, non GMO, sustainable foods also.

I had the  “Mother Earth” bowl, finger lickin’ good, oh, let me tell what’s in the bowl, well… leafy greens, ancient grains, sweet potatoes, portabello mushrooms,, avocado…my mouth is watering already, I’m not done yet, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onions, red pepper, hemp seed, drizzle with a miso vinaigrette. (you can a protein, chicken, salmon, steak, tofu) oh by the way, the salad dressing are sugar and dairy free)

Spread a lil’ Peace, Love,  checkout Flower Child on your next buckhead visit, you’ll be glad you did.

Cinnaholic Bakery | Cinnamon Roll Dessert Shop

Cinnaholic Edgewood Bakery, 1230 Caroline St NE, Ste B-110, Atlanta   30307  http://www.cinnaholic.com/   Okay the wait is over, finally made it to “Cinnaholic” vegan cinnamon bun, I meant “rolls”, well, kinda sorta (LOL)  It’s a quaint space in the Edgewood Shopping Center off of Moreland Avenue.  Their products are dairy & lactose, egg, and cholesterol free. The rolls are displayed elegantly, so you can see exactly what you want to devour.  I had the Chocoberry cinnamon roll, a delicious glazed topped off with chocolate bites and fresh fruit.  Cinnaholic has a variety of flavors such as Gingersnap, Oreo cookies, Strawberry Jam, Macadamia Nut, Coconut, and many more.  You can have your cinnamon roll with Octane Coffee, teas, they also serve cookies and brownies.  I’m excited to go again and try another flavor, won’t you join me, on the sidewalk café, of course.   

RReal Tacos - Atlanta, GA, United States. Fideos Secos a la Mexicana ($3.50) and four tacos ($2.99 each) with house salsas. See my other pictures for descriptions of each item.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   RREAL Tacos,  100 6th St NE, Midtown Atlanta 30308  404-458-5887 www.rrealtacos.com   I'm always in Midtown searching for what's new, especially food wise...LOL  I spotted "RREAL TACOS", so of course, I was curious about the food.  I ordered whole wheat tacos with adobe chicken, OMG, deliciously divine...and had a very tasty salad.  This place is real cool, great spot for gathering, family, friends, to network, a date spot, colorful and artsy. I've been back at least 4 times, LOL....next time you're in midtown check it out!
Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen will revive the old Dogwood Space on Peachtree next month - Atlanta Magazine

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen, 565-A Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308  404-815-8787   http://herbanfix.com/  You want Pan Asian vegan food in an elegant, laidback, casual environment,  Herban Fix is the place. I feasted on the Pad Thai dish (stir fry) & my dining guest devoured the Pom Pom mushroom steak dish, both were excellent! You know I had to have dessert,  so I kept it simple,  Carrot cake,  OMG, moist, flavorful,  I wanna another slice.( Lol) Oh, I almost forgot,  we both had beetle juice (beets and ginger) I was pleasantly surprised,  it was delicious.  This is a great venue for a private event, a date, meeting, or just to enjoy good food in a fancy setting. Be sure to checkout their Sunday Brunch, I hear it’s a great way to sample some of the menu items. 

Insomnia Cookies - Atlanta, GA, United States. My fav thing to get here: chocolate chip cookie sandwich with moose track ice cream.

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Insomniac Cookies, 930 Spring Street, Midtown Atlanta 303039  877-6326654  www.insomniaccookies.com If sweetness is your weakness, early in the wee hours, well at least til 3am, Insomnia Cookies is the place to satisfy your sugar fix. Now, if you want ice cream, they got it, brownies a lode, sinful. .they got that too...lol Warm, Delicious, Delivered right to your dorm, I mean door, they are located near Georgia Tech campus in a new student housing complex.

Lov'n It Live - East Point, GA, United States. Avocado appetizer

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   Lov’n it Live,  2796 East Point Street  East Point, Georgia 30344  404.765.9220 http://www.lovingitlive.com/  Livin’ and Lovin’ the Good Food Life!   It’s Small Business Saturday, so my fellow YELP elite member and I join forces to support local small businesses.  We had planned to venture to Medu bookstore at Greenbriar Mall, after supporting, Shrine Bookstore and Cultural Center on the West End.  On our way to Greenbriar, we wanted some good and delicious to eat, so we stopped in East Point at “Lov’n It Live. Yes, Lov’n It Live…food prepared with tender loving care.  We both had the same appetizer, half avocado stuffed with nut meat, tomatoes, and bell peppers, presented elegantly, it was heavenly divine!  (smile) For my entree, I had the personal pan pizza scrumptious slice made with kamut bread, topped with spinach, tomato sauce, pine nut cheese, onions, chopped tomatoes, black olives, Sage crumbles and red bell peppers.  My dining guest had tacos, two crisp flaxseed-sun flower shells stuffed with sage crumbles, pine nut cheese, avocado, tomato. We both agreed our entrees were good, however, the appetizer was Da BOMB!  (LOL) Now keep in mind, all the food is fresh, organic, all natural, no additives or preservatives and prepared while you wait, so allow yourself, at least 20 minutes before the food arrives, so sip on some good ole’ Sorrel(Hibiscus flower, ginger and birch xylitol as a sweetener) The restaurant is cozy, casual and  quaint, white table linen on all the tables, tasteful artwork lined the walls, and good music. If you've being meaning to try a vegan or live food restaurant, Lov’n It Love, won’t disappoint.  

Ruscello - Atlanta, GA, United States

KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There!  Ruscello Restaurant, Perimeter Mall (Nordstroms), 4390 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta 30346  http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-restaurants?cm_mmc=yelp-_-ycm-_-rest-_-34760  On my recent visit to Perimeter Mall, I had lunch at Ruscello's formerly "Nordstrom Cafe".  Ruscello's is a snazzy, modern,  comfy restaurant tucked away on the 4th Floor of Nordstrom's. I was eager to try the "Salmon Nicoise Salad", which is grilled salmon,  mixed greens, capers, red onions, grilled potatoes, string beans, sliced boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. Delish!  Of course, you know I must have dessert, so I tried the apple cinnamon torta(pie) topped with vanilla bean gelato.  This is a great spot for lunch, reasonably priced, and a great value. So the next time you're at Perimeter, let's do lunch.

Sweet-Hut-Bakery-Cafe-Plano-Magazine-1 - Plano Magazine

KeithKNOWS, been there, KNOW THAT!  Sweet Hut Bakery & Café, 935 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30309  404-600-4822 www.sweethut.com Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8am-12am; Friday-Saturday 8am-1am (There’s another location in Doraville and coming soon to Duluth)

Sweetness Weakness! “ Stressed spell backwards is DESSERTS” bet you didn’t know that!(LOL) Sweet Hut is a dessert experience like no other. It’s an elegant spot, with leather seats and a diverse mixture of people.  You have two options for desserts, self serve or order from the display case or both.  They also offer desserts to go, small amount of foods, plenty of drinks, hot or cold such as bubble teas, coffee, mochas, etc.  Did I mention they have free wifi, an outdoor patio, FREE 2 hours parking, close to MARTA.  It’s a great spot to meet, mix and mingle, chill, stay awhile. (The café is located on the lower level of the Metropolis high rise)

9586827086?profile=original“Truly Living Well, Food for Life Supreme!True Food Restaurant @ Lenox Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30326 404-481-2980   http://www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/atlanta/  KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!

“I just recently return from my hometown VA(Virginia) where the deers and foxes do play(LOL)..just teasing, now that I’ve gotten your attention. True food opened while I was in Virginia so I was excited to check it out!  If you are looking for a restaurant with good food that’s simply delicious, look no further.  Food that’ll keep you fit for life! True food uses the freshest ingredients, meals fresh to order. The restaurant is eco-friendly with an open air atmosphere, quaint and comfortable.  Now let’s get to the real reason I’m at True Food, the food! I was starved, so I wanted something hearty, I tried the Turkey Lasagna(spinach, ricotta cheese, organic tomatoes)  and sipped on a coconut water mixer(coco nut water, pineapple, vanilla, OJ )now that’s real good food. For dessert, I had the chocolate flourless cake, you heard me, flourless cake…light, sweet, chocolatey, ”Da BOMB!(LOL)  This is a great restaurant for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free diets, there’s something for everyone. The prices are reasonable and the menu’s diverse with items such as, natural refreshments, entrees, salads, sandwiches, starters, wine, cocktails and beers. I’m excited to visit True Food again, if you go before I do, let me know what you think or call me, let’s meet for dinner”

9586827278?profile=originalKeithKNOWS, been there, Ate There!   Panbury’s Double Crust Pies, (inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market) 209 Edgewood Avenue, Downtown Atlanta  30303 404-500-1279   http://www.panburys.com   New at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, single serve hand pies,  just opened over a week ago. “Pie Power”  While elevating Small Business by having a scavenger hunt at the curb market, I discovered Panbury’s Double Crust Pies. I was greeted with such warmth and friendliness, I knew I had to try a pie, well, I ate 2 apple pies and bought 2 additional pies to take home.(LOL)  What I  really like about Panbury’s, their pies are homemade fresh from the oven. While I tried the fruit pies, some of the guests from the scavenger hunt were more adventuresome, some tried the roasted lamb pie, spinach and feta, and green thai chicken curry.  The menu consists of variety of pies, beef, chicken, veggies, and sweets.  Panbury’s also has small bites, sides and extras such as a kale salad, potato salad, beverages and more. Lunch anyone? Let’s go to the curb market, I’ll treat!

9586827291?profile=originalRevolution Doughnuts, 908 West College Avenue, Decatur & Inman Park   678-927-9920   www.revolutiondoughnuts.com KeithKNOWS, been there, KNOW that!   For Real “Dough”!   Have you ever dreamed of doughnuts that were gluten free, all natural, made from scratch, and definitely delicious. (  vegan and vegetarian optional).  Well, wake up the dream is over,  Revolution doughnuts to the rescue.   You must try my favorites, orange pistachio and dark chocolate, yummy for my tummy!(smile)  Now I must warn you, these doughnuts are a hot commodity, people drive across Atlanta just to get them.   I see your eyes are glazed over with excitement, now when you go, avoid Mondays, they are closed.  So spread the word, healthy doughnuts dominate the ATL.(smile) Don’t forget Revolution also has organic coffee and an expresso bar.

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List of 50 Gifts 2 Give & Get!

Shop Small Black Businesses!

Cultivating A Culture of Consciousness!!!

Buy Black, Gift Giving, “Ask Keith, KeithKNOWS” here's a list of where to find & buy black owned, affordable, quality handcrafted items, unique specialty shops, contemporary/ upscale/ one of kind gifts, artifacts, jewelry, original artwork, all occasion greeting cards, and much more.  "Elevate" your Gift Giving. Local, National, Online shopping. (Gift Cards will do too, use them wisely, check expiration date, policies, etc.)

Gift Giving, Holiday Shopping, Special Occasions, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and all year round gift giving..  Holiday Tips: Shop early, ship items in advance, be patience, item availability may be limited, create a list, shop online if possible, use contactless credit cards, and follow cdc guidelines for in person shopping.

 Supporting Black Love | Uprising Experience

 

Georgia & Local Businesses:

 

  1. Aakofii Leather Designer

Gifts to Give: handcrafted leather belts, tops, bottoms, neckpieces, bags, cuffs, silver jewelry, leather jackets, for men and women. aakofii.com

 

 

  1. Afro Centric Network

Gifts to Give: Art, clothes, jewelry, fabric, hair & body products, essential oils, and holiday/kwanzaa greeting cards, and  more. Iamafrocentric.com

 

 

  1. ATL-CruzersGuided City Tours

Gifts to Give: provide tours of Atlanta, by seqways, electric cars, trolley car tours.

atlcruzers.com/tours/

 

 

  1. Black Art In America

Gifts to Give:  shop for fine art,  by Najee Dorsey, John Biggers, Woodrow Nash, Mohammad Bhatti, William Tolliver, Buchi Aghaji, Abiola Akintola, Delita Martin, Faith Ringgold, David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett, and many many more. shopbaiaonline.com

 

 

  1. Barn Owl Garden

Gifts to Give: Stainless steel garden tools, garden gloves, bucket hats, nonslide shears.  Barnowlet.com

Basil Me

  1. Basil me Lemonades

Gifts to Give: Basil infused non sugary, health benefit beverages, with flavors like, blueberry, elderberry, strawberry, wheatgrass, and original. basilme.co

 

  1. Brown Toy Box

Gifts to Give: Cultural books, STEAM projects & activities, classroom décor, fun content for kids. (ages 4 to 12) browntoybox.com

 

  1. C2bN(Created To Be Noticed) Bags

Gifts to Give: multifunctional, adjustable strap leather and durable canvas bags, 6. wallets, vacuum flasks, clothes and more.  c2bn.com

 

  1. Culture Greetings All Occasion Cards

Gifts to Give: Culturally relevant greeting cards printed and mailed digitally for you… for holidays, birthdays, thank you, religion & spirituality and more. culturegreetings.com

 

  1. Dream Jammies

Gifts to Give: young girls, sleepwear, stain bonnets, cotton pajamas dreamandjammies.com

 Fruition Hat Company | Hat Shop Collection Atlanta GA

  1. Fruition Hat Company

Gifts to Give: Hat styles, fedora, wide brim, boater, top hat, flat caps, panama, derby, porkpie, bolero, godfather, bowler, trilby. fruitionhatcompany.com

 

  1. Gems of Africa Gallery

Gifts to Give: Shona sculptures, Iron wood sculptures, masks, South African pottery and tribal artifacts. gemsofafricagallery.com

 

 

  1. IWI Fresh Spa

Gifts to Give: Farm to Skin spa, Spa services, spa products, hot shaves, beard trim, facials, hair coloring, hair cuts, natural home remedies and more. iwifresh.com

 

 

  1. Just Add Honey Tea Company

Gifts to Give: loose-leaf teas, black tea gift set, elderberry syrup kit, latte gift set, matcha teas, roobois, cacao chai, tea strainers, black coconut, and more.  justaddhoney.net

 

 

  1. Majestea Tea Company

Gifts to Give:  Health & Wellness Teas, lemon ginger, sorrel, sweet tea, wellness tea, loose tea & infuser sets. mymajesteas.com

 

  1. Medu Bookstore

Gifts to Give: Afrocentric books, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and more. medubookstore.com

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  1. Miss D's Pralines

Gifts to Give:  New Orleans style Pralines, Gourmet Popcorn. missdspraline.com

 

  1. Reflektion Designs

Gifts to Give: African Ankara prints, fans, bags, baskets, accessories, phone cases, jewelry, fabric, scarves, tableware and more. reflektiondesign.com

 

 

  1. Sammy Cheezecake

Gifts to Give: Signature flavors, red velvet, strawberry, german chocolate, vanilla, yellow, lemon, chocolate, and more.  Handmade from scratch.  sammycheeze.com

 

  1. Smith & Lee Handmade Leather Goods

Gifts to Give: Handmade leather, watch straps, bags, wallets, card holders, luggage tags, keychains, bracelets and more. smithandleehandmade.com

 

  1. The Better Buggy Deliver Service

Gifts to Give: Same day delivery service for everyday essentials and fresh produce from blackowned farms, stores.  thebetterbuggy.com

 

  1. Timbuktu Art Colony

Gifts to Give: handcrafted  cultural jewelry, african masks, artifacts, bracelets, earrings, rings, and more. timbuktuartcolony.com

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  1. Uncle Jimmy Products

Gifts to Give: Beard care, beard oils, balms, shaving creams & gels, hair, beard and body wash, beard growth oils, body lotions, molding putty, conditioners. unclejimmyproducts.com

 

Nationwide Businesses:

  1. Abbey Creek Vineyard

Gifts to Give: Hip Hop Winery, chardonnay, sparkling blanc de noir, pinot noir rose, sparkling pinot gris, mélange noir, cabernet sauvignon, and more. abbeycreekvineyard.com (Oregon)

 

  1. Africaboutik

Gifts to Give: African, blankets, baskets, throws, scarves, bags, masks, clothing, wall art, jewelry and more. www.Africaboutik.us (NYC)

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  1. Bamboozle by Lavalis

Gifts to Give: Handcrafted natural bamboo silver, bone jewelry, earspears, bracelets, necklaces, loc ties, belts, earrings and more.  bamboozledjewelry.com   (Louisiana)

 

  1. Bevel Men Grooming

Gifts to Give: grooming tools, trimmers, face wash, shampoo, beard softener, soaps, deodrants, body lotion and more. getbevel.com  (California)

 

  1. Charlie Renee

Gifts to Give: vegan handmade body butters, hair & body butters, lip butter, hair grown serum, face serum, scrubs and soaks, hair pomade, Jamaican castor oil, aromatherapy and more.  charlierenee.com    (Virginia)

 

  1. Cocovaa Chocolatier

Gifts to Give: finest cacao beans, ganaches, bars, barks, caramels, mousses and more. cocovaa.com  (Wisconsin)

 

  1. Cooper Rose Baby

Gifts to Give: Eco friendly baby brand, diaper covers, flat & fitted diapers, wipes, nursing products, apparel and more. copperrosebaby.com  (Illinois)

 

  1. Foot Nanny

Gifts to Give: foot and hand protein cream, peppermint, tea tree oil, chocolate cream, lemon cream, eucalyptus, parsley sage, foot tubs, and more.  footnanny.com (California)

 

  1. Good Vibes Plant Based Cleaners

Gifts to Give: All natural pure cleaners, sandalwood, nao champa, frankincense & myrrh.  Goodvibesclean.com  (Philadelphia)

 

  1. HarperIman Dolls

Gifts to Give: Dolls of Color, positive affirmations, custom dolls, keepsake dolls, and more.  harperiman.com (online)

 

  1. Issa Black Thang Game

Gifts to Give: fun charades game for the culture, revisits favorite past times, movies, music, and so much more.  issablackthang.net  (Texas)

 

  1. Jungalow Désigns

Gifts to Give: wall paper, planters, outdoor/indoor décor, quilts, pillows, duvet sets, wall hangings, e-gift cards, recycled gift paper, blankets, and more. jungalow.com (California)

 

  1. Lakay DesignsGwo Lafrik | Pillows, Design, African

Gifts to Give: African inspired, bedding, clothes, art, lampshades, African print, rugs, chair covers, wall art, place mats, and more.  lakaydesigns.com  (Colorado)

 

  1. Linoto Pure Linen Design

Gifts to Give: beddings, baskets, sheets, towels, curtains, kitchen & dinnerware, jewelry, scarves, sandalwood art, mugs, pillows, accessories, journals and more. linoto.com (New York)

 

  1. Lock it Plates

Gifts to Give: microwaveable to go containers, party plates w/cup holder, usable as steam bowl & salad mixer.  lockitplates.com (Ohio)

 

  1. Mahogany Books

Gifts to Give: Fiction, non fiction, children, young adults, children  mahoganybooks.com (Washington, DC)

 

  1. Melaninful

Gifts to Give: Men & Women, black cartoon & civil rights leaders hoodies, dashiki hoodies,, ancient Egyptian bedding sets, fleece jogger sets, african jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, civil rights leaders rugs, ’68 olympics polo shirts,  shorts, car seat covers and more.  melaninful.net  (online)

 

  1. Moroccan Furniture Décor

Gifts to Give: Moroccan style, wooden artwork, tile fountain, chairs, vases, panels, doors, lighting, vintage furniture and more. moroccanfurnituredecor.com (Florida)

 

 

  1. Nurilens by JuNuri

Gifts to Give: wooden eyewear with blue light blocking lenses(from computers, phone, electronics), prescription options, sunglasses for men and women.  nurilens.co   (Washington, DC)

 

  1. Odin Leather Goods

Gifts to Give: accessories, bags, belts, travel, wallets, desk and writing, and more. odinleathergoods.com (Texas)

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  1. Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Gifts to Give: Designer chocolates, build a box, business gifting (salted vanilla caramel, salted bourbon caramel, dark chocolate and more) phillipashleychocolates.com (Tennessee)

 

  1. P-X-W Fit Factory

Gifts to Give: Men & Women fitness, shorts, leggings, Jump rope, t-shirts  p-x-w.com (California)

 

  1. Marcus Samuelsson Cookbook

Gifts to Give: “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food marcussamuelsson.com (NYC)

 

  1. Shop Well Costore

Gifts to Give:  gum healing toothpaste, carbon pulling perspirant, pit tox, mouth breath spray, castile soap, mist spray deodorant, ph dish soap, all purpose cleaner, toothache ointment, hand lotion and more. shopwellcostore.com (North Carolina)

 

  1. Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn

Gifts to Give: Flavors, austin smoke bbq, banana pudding, corn on the cobb, chicken n’ waffles, momma’s friend chicken, mac n cheese.  soulpopped.com  (Texas)

 

  1. Talley & Twine Watches

Gifts to Give: Men & Women watches, wallets, handbags, belts, and more. talleyandtwine.com (Virginia)

 

  1. TNT Goods

Gifts to Give: sweatshirts, jewelry, enamel pins, buttons, coasters, keychains, unique accessories and home décor.  shoptntgoods.com  (Tennessee)

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

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THANK YOU TO THE 2022-2023 AILEY AMBASSADORS
Keith Hill, Coordinator

Nicole Bell
Sylvia Breland

Robert T. Briggs, Jr.
Anita Burns
Roshawn Buxton
Tonya Cook
Darlene Council
Ericka Davis
Charles Duncan
Pam Duncan
Constance Harris
Audrey Johnson
Diane Larche
Julian Smart
Karmel Smith
Kym Treadwell
Rick Treadwell
Ayana Walker
Linda Woodberry

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KNOW Where to GO.. Places to “CHILL”, Gather, Cultivate, Unwind.....Netweave...Feel the Vibe!

Lounges, lattes, laptops, WIFI, Relax, Unwind, Coffee, tea, cider, hot chocolate, pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and much more…. Chill…all year long!

640 West Community Cafe, 640 Evans St, (West End) Atlanta   30310  404-343-1932  640 West specializes in healthy breakfast and lunch sandwiches by day, and intimate event space by night. The cafe comfortably seats 180 people banquet style seating and 260 theater style seating  https://www.640westatl.com 

Allegro Coffee Company at Whole Foods 22 14th St NW, Midtown Atlanta   A cozy full-service coffee and espresso bar with wine, local beers, baked goods – including handmade biscuits,  sandwiches and more,  404- 552-4201   https://www.allegrocoffee.com/  

Atlanta City Juice Bar,  549 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta  30308  678-WE-JUICE 

Atlanta City Juice Bar Is Not Just A Trendy Juice Bar.."It's An Upscale Organic Juice Bar,"  But Wait!! We Provide More Than Just Juice!!We Provide A Healthier Way of Life..It's A Place Where ”Everyone” Can Enjoy A Wide Varity Of Invigorating Drinks That Include Juices, Smoothies, Teas, Tonics, And Alkaline Water. As Well As Freshly Made Baby Food, Happy, Healthy Choice Foods, Salads, And Services... 

https://atlantacityjuicebar.com/

Buzz Coffee & Wine Bar, 2315 Cascade  Road SW, Atlanta 30311 (678) 337-8370 Where Art.Culture.Community and delicious libations reside in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Cascade Heights area https://www.buzzcoffeeandwine.com  



Café Intermezzo, 1065 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30309 404-355-0411(other locations in Dunwood, Avalon, Airport)   Café Intermezzo presents over 100 different tortes, tarts, cakes, pies and cheesecakes; scores of coffee beverages and other non-alcohol beverages; many hundreds of beverages with alcohol; and complete, international lunch and dinner menus with a plethora of offerings. Featuring the Largest Espresso/Cappuccino Machine in the World www.cafeintermezzo.com

Cafe ULU,  2036 Sylvan Rd SW (Sylvan Plaza), Atlanta   (470) 788-8124 Local Co-Op Owned Internet Cafe that serves healthy sustainable food with events to enhance community education  https://www.cafeulu.com/

Condesa Coffee, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Ste 100, Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 524-5054 Condesa Coffee is a café and espresso bar.  We sell coffee from roasting-great Intelligentsia, house-made sandwiches and morning quiche and locally sourced pastries.  www.condesacoffee.com

Dancing Goat Coffee Bar  650 North Avenue NE, Ponce City Market,  Midtown Atlanta 30308   (404) 874-0370   (other locations Buckhead, Midtown on 9th st,  Decatur)We offer exceptional espresso beverages, locally-made doughnuts, pastries, sandwiches and a menu of single origin coffees and blends roasted right here in Atlanta on the Westside. https://www.batdorfcoffee.com

Ebrik Coffee Room  16 Park Place SE, Downtown Atlanta  30303  404-330-0119  (there is also a Decatur & Emory's Carlos Museum location, see the website for more details)   Community, Culture, Comfort!   Your living room downtown? Or unwind spot in the afternoon? Place to study or catch up with friends? Whatever your reasons to visit Ebrik, we're glad you found a place to relax and enjoy a moment away from the hustle and grind      https://www.ebrikcoffeeroom.com/ 

 

Inman Perk @ Inman Park, 240 Highland Avenue, ste H, Atlanta  678-705-4545  Inman Perk Coffee was once just a family’s idea—an idea to bring really good coffee and a warm, comfortable atmosphere to the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the reality is that you can enjoy a variety of delicious specialty hot and cold beverages—along with decadent desserts, engaging artwork, and a free wireless Internet hotspot—in two metro Atlanta locations. Inman Park is often called “Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood”—and today, it thrives as a community of people who are interested in making their neighborhood a better place. http://www.inmanperkcoffee.com/about/



Java Monkey, 205 E Ponce De Leon Ave Ste 5, Decatur, GA (404) 378-5002
Coffee and cake are a hit at this cyber cafe-wine bar combo in downtown Decatur. http://www.javamonkeydecatur.com

Just Add Honey Tea Company, 684 John Wesley Dobbs, Atlanta 30312 {404} 850-6510   (on the Beltline) (another location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market) just add honey tea company wants you to enjoy the best, freshest, and most flavorful teas with every sip. Whether it is a black tea, herbal tea, fruit tea or specialty tea, just add honey wants you to enjoy every cup. Anytime. Anywherehttps://justaddhoney.net  

La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe, Midtown, East Cobb, Perimeter,  A cozy, casual French bakery and café serving authentic, freshly-made fare from time-honored recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”  https://lamadeleine.com  

Momonoki Atlanta,   95 8th St NW, Atlanta  Midtown   Momonoki will serve chef driven Ramen, Tsukemen (dipping ramen) Donburi (raw/cooked rice bowls), Katsu Sando (Japanese cutlet sandwiches), salads and small plates.  A full bar stocked with cocktails, sake, wine and local/Japanese brews in cans/bottles and on tap will round out the menu. Along with the restaurant, a café (Momo Cafe) attached to the space will serve the choicest coffee and Japanese-inspired drinks.  You can enjoy our drinks while getting inspired on our mezzanine overlooking the bustling 75/85 interstate or on our patio bar looking in to the cafe and restaurant. To complement the drinks, we’ll serve desserts, sweets and pastries made in-house with Japanese technique and ingredients.   https://www.momonokiatl.com

Land of A Thousand Hills, 715 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30308  (470)240-1269   (there is a location at Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Downtown)  Drink Coffee, Do Good! We craft beautiful coffee, create purposeful work, and cultivate flourishing communities.  https://landofathousandhills.com/   



Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge, 1009-B Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA  (also the Woodruff Arts Center location)   404.815.9886   Fuel for your day: Recharge at the Westside's urban coffee haunt. www.octanecoffee.com

The Sweet Hut  Bakery & Cafe,  935 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30309  (404) 600-4800 You will never not be satisfied with the hundreds of pastries and drink combinations that you can choose from at our store. Combining the selection available at our Doraville store with the sandwich menu available at our Midtown store, our Kennesaw store will have it all! Also in Marietta  https://www.sweethutbakery.com/



West Egg Cafe, 1100 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 404-872-3973
Master the art of the coffee break at a charming breakfast-all-day cafe on busy Howell Mill.

http://westeggcafe.com

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Dining Outdoors

Hot Spots for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Dining

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 Al Fresco Dining!  Sip on a tall glass of icy cold freshly made lemonade, chill with a fruit soup, try peach or strawberry, my favorite! Enjoy the nice weather while you can. Great places to dine..a cozy romantic patio, a quaint courtyard, open air seating…perfect hot spots for Spring/Summer/Fall. Places to unwind after a long day, relax with friends or take that special .  Downtown, Midtown, Uptown, all around town!

Blackowned restaurants are indicated with 2 asterisks(**)

 

10 DEGREES SOUTH, 4183 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 705-8870     

10 Degrees South is the only restaurant of it's kind in the USA, specializing in South African cuisine. South African cuisine is a fusion of French, Portuguese, Dutch, German & Malaysian cuisines with strong Mediterranean influences. The restaurant was founded in 1998 in a small bungalow in Buckhead Atlanta. Six years later, inspiration was taken from the sophisticated & modern hotels of Cape Town to transform 10 Degrees South. 10 Degrees South offers the passion for life which means the love of friends, family, food & drink! http://www.10degreessouth.com

 

AGAVE, Cabbagetown   242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta   404-588-0006   

Dressed-up Southwestern dishes share a stage with New Mexico standards at this likeable urban cantina in Cabbagetown. Shrimp and tuna seviche gets a nice kick from its lime and cider vinegar marinade. For dessert, rich chocolate mousse hits the spot. http://www.agaverestaurant.com 

 

BARCELONA WINE & BAR, 240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta (Inman Park)   404-589-1010

A variety of Spanish shareable plates & a long wine list amid rustic wood decor & wraparound patio.  As with the food, the décor is classic, sophisticated and understated. Whether dining inside in our tapas lounge or al fresco on our wrap-around patio, the restaurant’s warm ambiance mirrors the chic and urban style throughout the neighborhood.  http://www.barcelonawinebar.com  

 

**Breakfast At Barney's 349 Decatur St SE Unit A1, 30312 404-549-6042

Obsessed with Breakfast at Barney’s! Their extensive brunch menu will make you want to return every weekend. Make sure you finish your meal with their Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. https://www.breakfastatbarneys.com/

 

CAFE SUNFLOWER, 5975 Roswell Road, Suite 353, Sandy Springs  404-256-1675

Very friendly service. Relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful outdoor seating with cypress trees. Has a cookbook. Small place with an intimate atmosphere. The food is well-presented. A good place for a special event  www.cafesunflower.com

 

CANOE, 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 770-432-2663

Overlooking the Chattahooche River, Canoe offers unusual and artistically prepared American fusion cooking. Canoe is one of the loveliest restaurants in town. www.canoe-atl.com

 

ECCO, 40 7th Street NE, Midtown Atlanta, GA 30308    (404) 347-9555

Since being named a "Best New Restaurant in America" by Esquire in 2006, Ecco has quickly become one of Atlanta's, and the Southeast's, most recognized and renowned restaurants. The seasonal European menu tempts with delicious meat and cheese boards featuring a myriad of different selections, housemade pastas, authentic wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering desserts. The restaurant also features an adventurous, nationally-recognized wine list representing both boutique and well-known European vinyards with many selections exclusive to Ecco. Featuring award-winning design including an over-sized bar, a large, open-air patio and a breathtakingly beautiful main dining room, Ecco is completely unique, yet comfortable. Whether with a large party, enjoying a romantic dinner or simply having a bite at the bar, Ecco is sure to become one of your favorite Midtown neighborhood dining spots. http://fifthgroup.com

 

ECLIPSE DI LUNA,  Buckhead, 764 Miami Circle,  404-846-0449
Once you walk through our door, you feel like you’ve stumbled upon the best-kept secret in the city. Evenings offer a tapas menu that is tops. Lots of fun! Funky. Live music. http://eclipsediluna.com

 

**Milk & Honey Restaurant, 5495 Cascade Rd Suite 100 404-968-9266

A contemporary venue with a cheery vibe featuring all-day brunch & Southern specialties. Milk & Honey have award winning Shrimp and Grits, so you’re going to want to try them. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. They may become your new ATL addiction. https://www.milkandhoneyatl.com/

 

Mojave Restaurant, 6450 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, 30339 770-858-1720

This Latin American gem has one of the best brunch views in the city. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 until 3, brunch is served up with stand-out dishes like the Huevos Rancheros and their French Toast stealing our hearts and bellies. The French Toast is served up with thick slices of challah bread, grilled and draped with a Mexican hot chocolate rum sauce and carmelized bananas. https://www.mojaverestaurant.com/

 

MURPHY'S, 997 Virginia Ave. NE, Midtown Atlanta   404-872-0904

Celebrating 25 years of service, Murphy’s is one of Atlanta’s best-loved restaurants. Located in the trendy Virginia Highlands, it is the long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie and the choice destination for visitors seeking the epicenter of the district’s shopping and nightlife. Tom Murphy’s acclaimed restaurant brings in the crowds with the perfect combination of upscale comfort food, unpretentious service, a cozy, high-energy setting and excellent value. www.murphysvh.com

 

**Nouveau Bar & Grill,   3775 Main Street, College Park/ 404-343-675    103 West Mill St, Jonesboro/770-7035168

With live DJ’s and karaoke, it’s always a good time at Nouveau Bar & Grill. Their homestyle cooking is beloved by many. We suggest trying out their chicken wings, and make sure to get waffle fries on the side.  https://nouveaubar.com/

 

**Roc South Cuisine & Cocktails, 3009 Buford Hwy NE,  (Buckhead) Atlanta  404-481-5915

The undisputed Rockstar of Southern food, this restaurant is an icon in its own right. One bite of their Seafood Eggrolls and you’ll be hooked for life. Their refreshing and unique cocktail selection alone will make any visit worthwhile too!  https://www.rocsouth.com/

 

SOTTO SOTTO Inman Park  313 North Highland Avenue, Midtown  404-523-6678 

Subdued style and authentic Italian ingredients whisper softly in Inman Park.    The kitchen generally eschews popular Americanizations for simple ingredients in authentic combinations. And starters, pasta, and risotto are where it really shines. Retro-pleasure Vitello Tonatto serves up a flawless combination of unctuousness and tang. Tagliatelle with cream, ham and peas and spaghettini with tuna roe sing with understated, lovely flavors. Tortelli with roasted eggplant and walnuts, and an asparagus risotto likewise trade on a balance of rusticity and richness.  http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com 

 

STATS,  300 Marietta Street, Downtown Atlanta    404-885-1472  

Are you ready for some "food play?" Concentrics Restaurants has introduced the city of Atlanta to the premium, food-focused, sports-centered, draught-direct eatery with a high-energy vibe, STATS. Adding to the excitement and anticipation, tap tasters will be mesmerized by the revolutionary beer system incorporated into the restaurant. With 70 high-definition televisions, gourmet American cuisine and beer that literally pours from the tables, the venue will be the definitive spot for sports lovers seeking good meals and libations. Bob Amick and Todd Rushing are proving once again that when it comes to restaurants, they don't play around. http://www.statsatl.com

 

Sun In My Belly,   2161 College Ave, NE, Atlanta  404-370-1088

This place does exactly what it says it will. If you’re looking for sunshine in your belly, try their Cajun grilled shrimp served on cheese grits with pork sausage and toasted focaccia. It’s the ultimate Shrimp n’ Grits. http://www.suninmybelly.com/

 

TABLE 1280,   Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum  1280 Peachtree Rd. NE, Midtown  404-897-1280

Elegant cuisine in a crisp, contemporary setting in Table 1280 Restaurant and Tapas Lounge at the Woodruff Arts Center. While enjoying views of the main Piazza, guests may choose from two different dining experiences: The restaurant, offering American brasserie-inspired dishes and the Tapas Lounge, serving a variety of small plates, using the finest seasonal ingredients. An intimate food bar links the two dining rooms allowing guests to sit and enjoy their meal with a spectacular view of the restaurant's open kitchen  http://www.table1280.com

 

**Toast on Lenox, 2770 Lenox Rd, (Buckhead) Atlanta 404-748-4594

Dynamic breakfast & lunch spot with a trendy vibe serving waffles, salads & sides, plus cocktails. https://www.toastonlenoxatl.com/

 

Treehouse Restaurant & Pub,  7 Kings Circle NE, (Buckhead) Atlanta 404-266-2732

There’s an extensive brunch menu on offer at this Peachtree Hills gem. From Belgian Waffles to eggs however you like ’em, there’s something for everyone at Treehouse. There’s even Brunch Pizzas including the Farm Egg Pizza served topped with bacon, potatoes, eggs, and more! https://www.treehouseatlanta.com/

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Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

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Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

KeithKNOWS: They’re back, are you ready to be Elevated by Ailey II? Remember last year’s sold out performance @ the Rialto, our very own Choreographer and friend, Juel Lane, set the stage on fire with “Touch & Agree” If you weren’t there you missed it…well, buy your tickets for this year’s performance, one show only, Sat, Oct 18th, 8pm

Tickets on sale now, at the Rialto Box office or Online https://rialto.gsu.edu 

Rialto Box Office: 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta 30303 Hours: M-F, 10am-4:30pm

404-413-9849  This is a Rialto Series performance. (To avoid additional fees, buy your ticket in person at the box office, save $5)

Ailey II: Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance Troy Powell, Artistic Director (Additional Post-Show Talk on Stage) Merging the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's outstanding choreographers, Ailey II has become universally renowned as one of the world's finest dance companies. Ailey II continues the legacy of founder Alvin Ailey, delivering pristine performances with dynamic movement and dazzling technique. Dance Magazine calls Ailey II "second to none," and The New York Times declares, "There's nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II..." Especially when it's at the Rialto! FREE PARKING at the 100 Peachtree Garage.  

https://www.alvinailey.org/destinationdance

Checkout youtube Ailey II videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7TpcymFKt3eROIDF_JKcg   

(This year's performance schedule coming soon) New Commission works by Uri Sands(former Ailey Dancer)  & Bradley Shelver(Alumnus of Ailey II)

Additional Ailey II events:

  • October 6–7: Ailey Extension/AREA workshops

  • October 19: Hammonds House Museum presents a screening of Lincoln Center at the Movies presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auburn Avenue Research Library

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Atlanta Expos, Fairs, Festivals, Food Trucks & Farmer Markets (listed by date order, also if there’s no exact date listed, keep checking the website)

 

 

2nd Friday Art Stroll @ Castleberry Hill    KNOW More: www.castleberryartstroll.com 2nd Friday Art Stroll@ Castleberry Hill, Downtown Atlanta

April 12-April 15  ArtLANTA Fair, Fort McPherson, KNOW More: https://www.artlantagallery.com/fair

April 13-April 15  Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park, KNOW More: https://dogwood.org/

April 13-April 22   Atlanta Film Festival,  Plaza Theatre and more venues  KNOW More: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/ 

 

April 14-June 2  Georgia Renaissance Festival   KNOW More:   http://www.garenfest.com/     Fairburn, GA

April 21- April 22  Atlanta Arab Festival, ALIF Institute, KNOW More: www.alifinstitute.org

April 21-April 22   Taliah Waajid presents World Natural Hair, Healthy Lifestyle Event,  Georgia International Congress Center, College Park, KNOW More: www.naturalhair.org

April 28-April 29 Inman Park Spring Festival, Inman Park, near the MARTA station KNOW More: http://inmanparkfestival.org/ 

 

May 12 & May 13  Auburn Avenue SpringFest,  230 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Downtown Atlanta  KNOW More: http://www.sweetauburn.com/sweetauburnfestivals

 

May 18-May 20, Marietta Greek Festival, Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta  KNOW More: http://mariettagreekfestival.com/

 

May 19- May 28  Yarab Shrine Circus & Fair, John R. Miller Park, Marietta  KNOW More: http://www.yaarabshrine.net

 

May 19 & May 20  Malcolm X Festival, West End Park  Atlanta  KNOW More: http://malcolmxfestival.com

Fri, May 25-Sun, May 27     Decatur Arts Festival--Downtown Decatur KNOW More: http://decaturartsfestival.com/  

May 26-27  Atlanta Jazz Festival    KNOW More:  www.atlantafestivals.com  —Memorial Day Weekend)   Atlanta Jazz Festival (Piedmont Park)

 

May 26  Atlanta Caribbean Carnival  KNOW More:  http://www.atlantacarnival.org  Downtown  Atlanta

 

May 31- June 3    Atlanta Food & Wine Festival    KNOW More: http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/ Atlanta Food & Wine Festival    Midtown Atlanta

 

June 1 & June 3   Candler Park Music Festival  Downtown Atlanta KNOW More: http://candlerparkmusicfestival.com/

 

June 2 & June 3   Atlanta Women’s Expo, Georgia World Congress Center  Downtown

Atlanta KNOW More:   http://www.atlantawomensexpo.com

 

Sept   NBAF(aka: National Black Arts Festival)    KNOW More: www.NBAF.org  various locations, Atlanta

 

August 22-26   Bronzelens Fim Festival of Atlanta   KNOW More: www.bronzelens.com  BronzeLens Film Festival   Atlanta 

 

October  19-21  Taste of Atlanta     KNOW More: www.Tasteofatlanta.com   Annual Taste of Atlanta  Midtown Atlanta (new location: Old 4th Ward)

 

Neighborhood Festivals(subject to change):

Taste of Alpharetta (May 3) KNOW More: www.alpharetta.ga.us

Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes (May 19) KNOW More: www.kirkwoodfling.com

Virginia Highlands/SummerFEST   (June 9 & 10) KNOW More: http://www.vahi.org/summerfest.html   

East Atlanta Strut  (September 22)  KNOW More: http://eastatlantastrut.com/

Buckhead Arts Festival (Sept 22-Sept 23)  KNOW More: http://www.buckheadartsfestival.com/ 

 

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Feb 15-19, 2017

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wed, Feb 15- Sun, Feb 19, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30308  Tickets are on sale now:   http://foxtheatre.org/   

As Mr. Ailey once declared, “I want to hold up a mirror to my audience that says ‘This is the way people can be; this is how open people can be.’” Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together, connected by our common humanity. That’s why we say: you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. This February, engage your emotions when Ailey returns with the latest acclaimed premieres, plus Mr. Ailey’s Revelations, an enduring masterpiece that transcends differences to unite us in hope.

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NBAF 2015 Line Up: Focus on "DANCE"

9586828453?profile=originalhead-NBAF-SEASON-960pxNews: National Black Arts Festival announces 2015 line-up with focus on the art of dance

Step Afrika! will be one of the headliners at this year's National Black Arts Festival.

Step Afrika! will be one of the headliners at this year’s National Black Arts Festival.

From the sacred ring shout to tap, reinvented through funk and hip-hop; from the fiery Cuban Rumba to concert modern dance; from the South African Gumboot dance to Stepping of American black college fraternities, the vibrancy of African dance has resonated as far across the globe as its diaspora.

The art of dance, intensely physical and rhythmically charged — evanescent, but as old as human culture — will take the spotlight during this year’s National Black Arts Festival during a three-month season that begins July 11.

Festival offerings will focus on the artists who have shaped and defined the discipline across a range of dance forms, born of African culture and spanning from the 18th century to today.

A concert series will feature (in chronological order) master tap artist Savion GloverStep Afrika!, based in Washington, D.C.; the revered Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company; and Malpaso Dance Company from Cuba. Conversations and master classes with the artists will surround each concert. 

The performance series is nested inside a festival lineup that includes a gala tribute, two art gallery hops and a participatory dance symposium curated by African dance scholar Thomas DeFrantz, featuring an impressive roster of local and internationally regarded scholars and artists who will engage in conversations and demonstrations, capped by an Olympic-style youth poetry slam competition. 

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Spotlight Series Performance:  

Step Afrika! – “Symphony in Step

Saturday, August 29, 6 p.m.

Based on a new musical score and through its performance of “Symphony in Step,” Step Afrika! offers Atlanta audiences a groundbreaking merger of stepping and classical music in partnership with a local symphony orchestra and gospel choir.  

Members of Step Afrika! will offer a master class for youth, pre-professionals and lovers of dance of all ages and levels of talent.

Tickets: $30 and up ($20 students)

Location: Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta

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Master Class with Ronald K. Brown

Friday, September 11

Ronald K. Brown offers a master class for youth, pre-professionals and lovers of dance of all ages and levels of talent who are inspired by his innovative, historically and spiritually-rooted modern dance and choreography. A 2015 recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award among many others awards and honors, Brown offers transformational classes and workshops featuring the African and contemporary elements of his blended style.

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Spotlight Series Performance:  

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation

Sunday, September 13, 5 p.m. Pre-Performance Conversation; 6 p.m. performance

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, known for its fusion of African dance with contemporary choreography and storytelling that combines Cuban, Caribbean, West African and modern American dance movement. 

Tickets: $30 and up ($20 students)

Location: Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr., Atlanta

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Master Class with Malpaso Dance Company

Friday, September 18

Members of the Malpaso Dance Company offer a master class for youth, pre-professionals and lovers of dance of all ages and levels of talent.

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Malpaso Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation about the “State of Dance in Cuba Today”

Saturday, September 19, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $30 and up ($20 students)

Location: Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr. Atlanta

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Film Program:

Film Screenings and Conversations: Representing Us: Black Dance in Film  

Curated by Stephane Dunn, Associate Professor and Director of Morehouse College’s Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program. 

stormy-weatherScreening of Stormy Weather (1943)

Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m.

The classic musical film Stormy Weather starring Lena Horne and Ben Robinson presents an amazing array of music and dance performances. The film features a performance by the Nicholas brothers, one of the most famous dance scenes in the history of cinema, and showcases performance and choreography by Katherine Dunham and her dancers.

Discussants:  Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with Dr. Alessandra Raengo, Emory University  

Tickets: Free

Location: Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta

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Screening of School Daze (1988)

Thursday, August 27, 5 p.m.

This is director Spike Lee’s second feature film and a sharply pointed interrogation of skin color politics at fictional Mission College.  Lee’s now iconic modern musical offers a dazzling display of modern dance numbers.  

Discussants: Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with African American Film Critics Association founder and president, Gil Robertson

Tickets: Free

Location:  Bank of America Auditorium, Shirley Massey Leadership Building, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta

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Screening of Rize (2005)

Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m.

The screening features the popular, award winning documentary film Rize, in which director and artist David LaChapelle examines South Central Los Angeles youth dance movement and follows the subculture of clowning and krumping.  Popular and critically acclaimed, the film draws parallels between street and African dance forms while mimicking mid-20th century anthropological ritual dance films.

Discussants: Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with Rize director David LaChapelle  

Tickets: Free

Location:  Bank of America Auditorium, Shirley Massey Leadership Building, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta

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Gallery Hop II: “Intersecting Disciplines: Visual/Art/Dance”

Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.

Subscribers are offered a hosted private reception, viewing and tour of the current exhibition, given the opportunity to meet artists, socialize and enjoy dance performances by local dancers featuring different form of traditional, social, modern and contemporary dance at each venue. Participating galleries:

Hammonds House Museum
Exhibition: Albert Chong

Arnika Dawkins Gallery
Exhibition: Gordon Parks American Champion

Tickets: $30 ($25 if purchased before August 15)

- See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2015/06/news-national-black-arts-festival-announces-2015-line-up-focus-art-dance/#sthash.sgyiBYXB.dpuf

website: www.nbaf.org

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Support Black Businesses

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Elevate Black owned Businesses & Organizations...Support these businesses all year long! Share with Others.

 

Aakofii Wearable Art, 3500 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta  http://www.aakofii.com/about/  (Phipps Plaza) Coming Soon

Adrienne's Fine Resale Boutique(Luxury Women’s Boutique) http://www.adriennesfineresaleboutique.com    (Buckhead)

Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Fox Theatre, Midtown Atlanta  Wed, Feb 11-Sun, Feb 15, 2015  Use this link for tickets: http://foxth.co/CorpVIP  Promo Code: Ambassador

Bamboozle, Handcrafted natural bamboo, silver, and bone jewelry for men and women. P O Box 8542, Alexandria, Louisiana 71306 (318) 730-6142 https://www.facebook.com/earspears

Black Business.org , online resource for Black Businesses  http://www.blackbusiness.org/

BoxCar Grocer, 249 Peters St. SW(Castleberry Hill) Downtown Atlanta 30313 404-883-3608 http://www.boxcargrocer.com/

Celebrity Catering ATL, (Full Service Catering Company), http://www.celebritycateringatl.com/ 404.210.0887

Confiserie Electic Gourmet Bakery, 2591 Piedmont Rd NE, ste 1115 Atlanta 30324 (404) 832-5757 https://www.CEGbakery.com (Lindbergh area)

Corner Grille Café, (Traditional Southern food with a Cajun Twist) 3823 Main St, College Park   http://thecornergrillecollegepark.com/

Densua’s Gifts from the Motherland, Jewelry, Art, Apparel  (Macy’s at Greenbriar Mall) http://www.densua.com/

Diva Glass SlippersP.O. Box 11652, Minneapolis, MN 55411 612-559-1705  www.DivaGlassSlippers.com (online)

50 Shades of Black Book, T-shirt, Arthttp://www.50shadesofblack.com/shop/

Gems of Africa Online Gallery, (Art, Sculpture, Glass, Artifacts), http://www.gemsofafricagallery.com/

Glymph and Associates, LLC, Business Development Company, 300 Glade Koll Tr., Fayetteville, GA 30215 404-931.6622  www.glymphandaasociates.com (online)

IWI Fresh Garden Day Spa, 341 Nelson St, Atlanta www.iwifresh.com (Castleberry Hill)

Kheesekake by Kelli, Homemade Desserts, shop online  http://www.kheesekakebykelli.com/

Marlee’s Coffee & Tea, 349 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Pencil Factory Lofts & Shops) 404.230.9160  http://www.marleescoffeehouse.com  

Medu Bookstore, 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy SW, Atlanta  30331 (404) 346-3263  medubookstore.com (Greenbriar Mall)

Minoritees, Conscious, Casual Apparel,  http://www.minoritees.com (online)

MODA404 Men Clothing store, 3145 Peachtree St(Buckhead) Atlanta 30305 404-869-3310  http://www.moda404.com (Buckhead)

Moods Music/Little 5 Soul, 1131 Euclid Avenue(Little 5 Points) Atlanta, GA 30307 404-653-0724 http://www.moodsmusic.net

Poet of Peace(Poetry Book, Music, Inspirational), http://www.poetofpeace.com/  (Online)

Purchase Black: The Home for African American Online Shopping, Hair Care, Gifts, Art, and more http://www.purchaseblack.com/

Rawesome Juicery, Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Avenue SE, Downtown Atlanta 30303  (404) 996-6698 (Downtown) http://rawesomejuicery.squarespace.com/

Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center & Bookstore, Afro centric gifts, 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd(West End) Atlanta 30310  678-744-6125 http://www.cbpm.org/shrineofblackmadonna.html

Soul Vegetarian Restaurants, Healthy Soul Food  2 locations, West End & Virginia Highland http://www.soulvegetarian2.com/

Stef n Ty,  Handcrafted fine clothes and hats 227, Iron St, Unit 124, Detroit, Michigan 313-405-5759 www.stefnty.shutterfly.com   (online)

Sweet Auburn Bread Company, 234 Auburn Ave NE, Downtown Atlanta 30303 404-221-1157 http://www.sweetauburnbread.com  

Sweet Potato Café, 5377 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 http://www.thesweetpotatocafe.net/

Tassili's Raw Reality Cafe, 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, (West End) Atlanta 30310  (404) 343 6126 http://www.tassilisrawreality.com

Thomasina’s Cashew Brittle Candies,  (online) http://www.thomasinascashewbrittle.com/shop/cart.php

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IWI Fresh Garden Day Spa

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SMALL BUSINESS LISTINGS

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Celebrating a decade of “Elevating” Atlantans SociaLife! 

KeithKNOWS is a neighborhood champion, striving to increase awareness of  small and local businesses. 

"They're the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy. 
And the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood"

The  "Small Business Listings" was created to celebrate, collaborate, connect, support, encourage and empower you to "Shop Small"

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GET LISTED!  Interested in listing your business, contact KeithKNOWS2003@yahoo.com We'll send you all the necessary details.

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BoxCar Grocer, 249 Peters St. SW(Castleberry Hill) Downtown Atlanta 30313 404-883-3608 http://www.boxcargrocer.com/  KNOW: The Boxcar Grocer is a convenient market stocked with a skillfully chosen assortment of natural and organic groceries. Our strong commitment to a healthier community has led us to assemble a hybrid selection of goods tailored to the diverse neighborhood in which we reside thanks to welcome input from our customers.

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Confiserie Electic Gourmet Bakery, 2591 Piedmont Rd NE,  ste 1115 Atlanta 30324 (404) 832-5757 https://www.CEGbakery.com KNOW:  Atlanta based bakery that specializes in French and Southern infused baked goods. Professionally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in classic French Baking and Pastry techniques, we offer both traditional baked goods as well as creative fresh concepts that inspire custom dessert ideas for our clientele.

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9586827854?profile=originalDiva Glass Slippers, P.O. Box 11652, Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-559-1705  www.DivaGlassSlippers.com  KNOW: Diva Glass Slippers are fashionable slip-on identifiers & coasters for stemware. Make your glass stand out in style. Personalize with embroidery, charms, fancy trims and more. Give as memorable gifts, use as chic table decorations or unforgettable favors. Elevate your events and celebrations with Diva Glass Slippers.

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9586828056?profile=originalGlymph and Associates, LLC, Business Development Company, 300 Glade Koll Tr., Fayetteville, GA 30215404-931.6622  www.glymphandaasociates.com KNOW: Glymph and Associates is a business development firm providing assistance to organizations, small business owners, state agencies, and entrepreneurs.  We are committed to working with groups that recognize the value of helping others .  Some of our services include - Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning, E-mail Promotions, and Business Creation.

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La "Var Private Note Investors Group,  Mortgage Notes, Court Settlements, Lottery Winnings     contact: La "Var Bailey, Private Note Investors Group Specialists (757) 537-3279 george_hampton@yahoo.com  

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Lotta Frutta Gourmet Fruit House & Market, 590 Auburn Avenue(Historic 4th Ward) Downtown Atlanta  30312  404-588-0857 http://www.lottafrutta.com KNOW: Located in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward & Hartsfield-Jackson airport, LottaFrutta Gourmet Fruit House and Market specializes in heavenly Fresh-Cut Fruit Cups, Cuban-inspired Grilled Sanduches, Exotic Fruit Smoothies and LottaSnack.

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MALOBE Natural Hair Salon, 915 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-823-8626  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Malobe-Natural-Hair-Salon/144151337890  KNOW: Professional services include: establishing multi-cultural locs, braids and twists, transitioning hair from chemically treated to natural hair styles and repairing damaged locks. Also offering free consultations, on-site hair care for bridal or theatrical events, and styling for glamour shots and photo shoots.

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Medu Bookstore, 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy SW, Atlanta  30331 (404) 346-3263  medubookstore.com KNOW:  Medu, meaning “the power of the word,” is the second largest African-American owned bookstore in Atlanta, Georgia. Since December 5, 1989, it’s owner, Nia Damali has maintained a high level of customer service and satisfaction to not only the Greenbriar Mall.

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MODA404, 3145 Peachtree St(Buckhead) Atlanta 30305 404-869-3310  http://www.moda404.com KNOW: MODA404 is a distinguished, highly-acclaimed menswear clothing and accessory boutique located in the prestigious Buckhead community. Catering only to men, MODA404 carries the latest established and emerging high- fashion apparel.

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Moods Music/Little 5 Soul, 1131 Euclid Avenue(Little 5 Points) Atlanta, GA 30307 404-653-0724 http://www.moodsmusic.net  KNOW: We at Moods Music specialize in Indie Soul, Underground Hip Hop, Dance Music, Jazz & Imports.  Also carry an array of Soy Wax Candles, Incense, Oils, Soaps, Lotions, as well as, independently Handmade Jewelry.

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Rawesome Juicery, Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Avenue SE, Downtown Atlanta 30303  (404) 996-6698  http://www.rawesomejuicery.com  KNOW:  We are a fresh pressed juicery serving real fruit smoothies, made to order salads, and cleansing shots. You body says...THANK YOU!

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Revolution Doughnuts, 908 W. College Avenue, Decatur 30030 678-927-9920 http://www.RevolutionDoughnuts.com  KNOW:  Opened June 1, 2012. Revolution Doughnuts is a mom and pop baking company with a passion for making classic american style treats the old fashioned way - by hand - from scratch.

Shrine of the Black Madonna™ Cultural Center and Bookstore

Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center & Bookstore, 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd(West End) Atlanta 30310  678-744-6125 http://www.shrinebookstore.com/ KNOW:  Literary materials,  a wide assortment of African clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, artist prints, African-American collectibles, greeting cards, gift items and much, much more.

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Sight + Sound Gallery, 659 Auburn Avenue NE,  #G4, Downtown Atlanta 30312  (Studioplex) 888-419

3113 http://www.sightandsoundgallery.com/ KNOWThe Sight+Sound Gallery is the place to indulge your visual and auditory senses. The gallery's core focus is the exploration of "the good life" through the mediums of sight and sound. This convergence of mediums manifest in our core belief that we exist to enhance the lifestyles of our clients.

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Sweet Auburn Bread Company, 234 Auburn Ave NE, Downtown Atlanta 30303 404-221-1157 http://www.sweetauburnbread.com  KNOW:  Stop into this sweet Southern bakery for freshly baked breads, cakes, pies and pastries. Owner Sonya Jones serves the shop's signature sweet potato cheesecake by the slice. 

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Tassili's Raw Reality Cafe, 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, (West End) Atlanta 30310  (404) 343 6126 http://www.tassilisrawreality.com KNOW:  Raw Food cafe. Menu Highlights:Scrambled Tofu, Mediterranean Coucous, Coconut Couscous, Corn, Spicy Kale.

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African American Economics: Real Facts

Financial Monthly Calendar

Making One Financial Adjustment a Month Can Help You Get Your Money in Order

With a new year upon us, it might be time to make a commitment to revisit some aspect of your finances each month. Here are some suggestions:

 

January — Resolve to increase savings.
With each new year, many of us resolve to quit a bad habit, but this year you should resolve to start (or ratchet up) the habit of saving. First, increase your 401(k) deferral by the same percentage as your raise. So, if you currently defer 7 percent of your paycheck to your 401(k) and your annual raise for the current year is 3 percent, increase your 401(k) contribution from 7 percent to 10 percent. You will not miss the money and will benefit from this increased savings down the line. In addition, sign up for an automatic investing program through your bank or mutual fund firm. Start with a manageable amount, like $50 or $100 a month, and increase this amount over time. By having the money automatically debited from your checking account and deposited into a savings or investment account, you miss it less than if you were to deposit the money yourself. 

 

February — Make your  IRA contribution.
You can contribute a total of $4,000 to either a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA for the current year, and you can make your contributions until April of the current year. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000 in catch-up contributions for a total of $5,000. To participate in a Roth IRA, your adjusted gross income, or AGI, cannot exceed $95,000 for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers. Contributions and earnings grow tax free with a Roth IRA, and eligible withdrawals are tax-free as well. With a traditional IRA, earnings and contributions grow tax-deferred with eligible withdrawals subject to income tax.

 

March — Avoid the rush and get organized for your current year tax-return filing.
Look out for 1099s and your W-2. To minimize the painful ordeal of completing your tax return, take the time now to gather all the necessary paperwork. By the end of this month, you should have received your W-2 wage statement from each employer, as well as form 1099 from each bank, brokerage firm, investment company and mutual fund in which you invested in_____yr. If you have not received these forms by the end of the month, call the respective institutions immediately to request additional copies. Keep in mind, even if you are not ready to delve into completing your tax return, it is important to have all the paperwork at your fingertips now, as waiting until April can often be too late. On average, it takes banks three to five business days to mail you a duplicate 1099; however, many branches allow customers to come in for a reprinted copy. Additionally, it may take up to a week for shareholders to get duplicate paper copies of their brokerage account or mutual fund 1099s.

 

April — Electronically file your current  tax return. According to the IRS, 65.8 million tax returns were e-filed for the  tax year (an 11.3 percent increase from the year before). When filing your current tax return, you should take advantage of this filing option, as it can result in quicker refunds and fewer errors. Specifically, on average, e-filers get their refunds in half the time of regular filers, and if you e-file and use direct deposit, you can receive your refund in approximately two weeks. In addition, e-filers have a less than 1 percent error rate because the computer software automatically checks your math.

 

May — Use your tax refund to pay down debt.
If you filed your taxes via paper, your refund should arrive about six weeks after you filed, and within 10 days if you filed electronically. Either way, that money will likely arrive in May, so make sure to use it to pay down any outstanding loans. With an average refund of about $2,100 last year, this money can definitely make a dent in your debt.

 

June — Take your car in for a tuneup, so it is in top shape for summer travel.
While this might not sound like a financial tip, it actually is — the worse shape your car is in, the more money you are going to spend on gasoline. With gas prices usually a bit higher during summer months, a poorly tuned car could really hit your pocketbook. For example, be sure to check and replace the air filter regularly, which can provide a fuel economy benefit of up to 10 percent.

 

July — Check your credit and improve your score.
It is important to verify regularly the accuracy of the information in your credit report, and now you can do it for free! Beginning Sept. 1, 2005, the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act enabled everyone living in the United States to obtain a snapshot of his or her credit history once a year for free from each of the three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can request a copy of your free three-in-one credit report, which provides data from all three credit reporting agencies, through the Web, phone or mail.

Once you know the score, work on improving your credit by setting realistic goals and committing to a timeline for reaching each goal. Given its weight in your overall credit score, the first goal on your list should be paying your bills on time. If necessary, contact your creditors to arrange for a payment plan that you can manage, thereby preventing future late payments. Next, when thinking about which debts to tackle first, generally, credit card debt is the most expensive (i.e., credit cards carry the highest interest rates), followed by car loans, mortgages and student loans, so you should start with credit cards. If you have more than one credit card, pay down those balances that are the largest relative to the credit limit first. While it is best to pay down all your debt completely, you should aim initially to reduce the amount of your total debt to 30 percent of your credit limit. For example, if your credit limit is $1,000, you should reduce your debt to a maximum of $300.

When working to improve your credit, do not accumulate more debt. The best means of prevention is to use debit instead of credit; pay more than the minimum on all your balances; and most important, do not apply for additional credit cards. Finally, remember, no one can improve your credit quickly, so do not seek the services of any organization or person who makes such guarantees. The only person who can improve your credit is you.

 

August — Work on your will.
When work is quiet at the end of summer, take time to evaluate your will, or if you do not have one yet, get one on the books. Approximately 55 percent of Americans do not have wills, which can put your family in a precarious situation should you die unexpectedly. While no one likes to talk about death, it is important to get your affairs in order, especially if you have children. If you have a fairly straightforward estate, you may even be able to write your own will using a software product such as Will Maker. However, if your estate is more complicated, you should seek the advice of an estate attorney in your home state, as laws regarding wills vary state by state. As your financial and personal situation may change year over year, be sure to commit to revisiting your will annually and making updates as appropriate.

 

September — It's back to school time … be sure to invest in a Coverdell Education Savings Account.
Depending on your income, you can invest up to $2,000 a year in a Coverdell Education Savings Account. Your investment options include mutual funds, a savings account or a brokerage account (through which you can invest in individual stocks and bonds). Although your contributions are not tax deductible, the money you invest grows tax-free, and all withdrawals from the account are tax-free as well, provided you use them for qualified education expenses. These expenses go beyond just tuition and include books, school supplies, computers and many other education-related expenses. Anyone can contribute to an education savings account on behalf of his or her child, so long as the total annual contributions do not exceed $2,000.

 

October — Complete a home energy audit to prepare for winter.
A home energy audit is one of the best things you can do to cut down on energy costs, and it can result in hundreds of dollars in savings. Many local energy companies offer a free online audit service that lets you enter information about your home to determine what your energy costs should be. Other energy companies or outside organizations offer in-home audits by an energy auditor for a fee, which typically ranges from $100 to $500.

 

November — Start your holiday shopping.
There are several advantages to starting your shopping early. First, you are not rushed and you can take the time to find the right gifts at a good price. Next, by starting early, you have more pay periods before year-end, and you can effectively budget without having to rack up debt by rushing to buy all your presents the week before Christmas. Additionally, you can take advantage of lots of sales, including end-of-fall closeouts, Veteran's Day sales and, of course, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

 

December — Take advantage of last-minute tax strategies.
Before the holiday parties begin, make sure that you have made all your current tax moves, such as donating to the charity of your choice, contributing to a 529 for your child and making early mortgage or property tax payments. These moves can benefit you at tax time, but they must be done before Dec. 31, so be sure to make your tax moves as early in the month as possible so as to not be scrambling on Dec. 30.

Three SBA Loan Programs Help Bridge Small Business Finance Racial Gap

Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management (arielmutualfunds.com) in Chicago, is ABC News' personal finance expert. Matthew Yale and Aimee Z. Daley contributed to this report.

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Taste of Atlanta 2013

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Voted "2013 Best of Atlanta Food Festival and Event" by Creative Loafing, Taste of Atlanta is Atlanta's best "Eat and Greet" event of the year!  It’s the food lover’s dream festival that attracts thousands of people every year to enjoy culinary creations from the city’s finest restaurants. Imagine more than 90 of Atlanta’s favorites dishing out samples of their tastiest creations over two days in late October. It’s a weekend filled with specialty food and beverage tents, interactive chef demos and family-friendly activities. Don't miss the most fun, food-filled event of the year - Taste of Atlanta! Come see – better yet, taste – what the hype is all about. 

9586826883?profile=originalTaste of Atlanta is the city's Premier Food+Wine+Beer+Cocktail Festival that showcases the diversity of Atlanta restaurants and attracts foodies from Atlanta, the Southeast and beyond.

Now in our 12th year, the Atlanta food festival is again in the heart of Midtown at Tech Square, encompassing Spring Street and 5th Street. Taste of Atlanta patrons will enjoy:

The restaurant lineup for the 12th annual Taste of Atlanta festival is widespread, well-known and - most importantly - mouthwatering. More than 70 of Atlanta's most coveted and tastiest eateries have already signed on to participate in this year's festival, which will take place October 25-27 in Midtown at Tech Square. From city classics such as Ray's On The River and Max Lager's to buzzworthy newcomers including Lure, King+ Duke and Saltyard, Taste of Atlanta will once again spotlight the incredible energy and diversity of the city's restaurant scene.  KNOW More: www.tasteofatlanta.com

 

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Fireside Dining

9586829652?profile=original“Feel the Warmth”  FireSide Dining!

 

10 Degrees South, 4183 Roswell Rd NE(Interlochen Dr) Atlanta  www.10degreessouth.com  404-705-8870      10 Degrees South is the only restaurant of it's kind in the USA, specializing in South African cuisine. South African cuisine is a fusion of French, Portuguese, Dutch, German & Malaysian cuisines with strong Mediterranean influences. The restaurant was founded in 1998 in a small bungalow in Buckhead Atlanta. Six years later, inspiration was taken from the sophisticated & modern hotels of Cape Town to transform 10 Degrees South. 10 Degrees South offers the passion for life which means the love of friends, family, food & drink!

Agave, 242 Boulevard SE(Cabbagetown) Atlanta  (404) 588-0006  www.agaverestaurant.com
Agave is warmed with two roaring fireplaces that complement the Southwestern cuisine. Both dining rooms also double as private dining rooms that seat up to 60 of your closest friends. Reservations are recommended.

The Lobby Lounge, 3434 Peachtree Road NE (Buckhead) Atlanta (404) 237-2700 http://www.ritzcarlton.com
The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, provides a fabulous place to gather this winter. See and be seen while warming up by the fireplace, sipping from a fine selection of sherries, cognacs or ruby, tawny and vintage ports – the ideal combination for a winter afternoon. The Lobby Lounge also features specialty coffee drinks, including Irish Coffee and coffee with Bailey's. Meet me in the Lobby.

Seasons 52, 90 W. Perimeter Ctr. (Ashford Dunwoody Rd.)Atlanta   www.seasons52.com 770-671-0052  Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated ambiance.



Shout, 1197 Peachtree St, Downtown Atlanta (404-846-2000) www.heretoserverestaurants.com
At Shout in Midtown, fire pits though out the deck keep you warm while dining or having cocktails with friends. A cozy fireplace upstairs on the roof level provides a great spot to catch up with friends. (404) 846-2000

South City Kitchen, 1144 Crescent Avenue, Midtown Atlanta (404-873-7358) & 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. Suite 401, Atlanta(Vinings)   (770-435-0700)  www.fifthgroup.com
Warm yourself by the fire at South City Kitchen, where Southern cuisine and sophisticated tastes come together. Located in midtown & Vinings.., South City Kitchen offers a fresh approach to new south cuisine in a vibrant cosmopolitan setting. Dine at South City Kitchen.

TWO. urban licks, 820 Ralph McGill Blvd, Midtown Atlanta  (404-522-4622) www.twourbanlicks.com
TWO. urban licks has a fiery menu and kitchen, with a 14-foot flaming wood-rotisserie at the center of it all. Located on Ralph McGill Blvd. , TWO is an urban and imaginative environment that lets you dine on flame-licked entrees seven nights a week. Feel the fire.

Village Tavern, 11555 Rainwater Dr, Alpharetta (770) 777-6490 www.villagetavern.com
Village Tavern has a spectacular double-sided, stacked-stone fireplace surrounded by an open dining room with exposed timber beams, warm colors and rich woods. Wide menu offerings are all distinctly flavored by proprietary recipes and the use of hickory wood-fired grills.

Make it a weekend

At Callaway Gardens, fireplaces are located in the Gardens Restaurant , the Ironwood Lounge , the Plantation Room restaurant, all of the cottages and all of the villas. Stay for a romantic weekend and dine fireside, but don't forget to visit the 14,000 acres of gardens, situated about 45 minutes south of Atlanta. Stay at Callaway.   Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Georgia, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  GA Hwy 18/354
Pine Mountain, Georgia  1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292)
706-663-2281   
http://www.callawaygardens.com

 

Barnsley Gardens Resort's epicurean delights know no limits. Savor an impeccably prepared steak at The Woodlands Grill, amidst the ambience of an English hunting lodge. Share an ice cold beer with friends at our Beer Garden. Whether it is a gourmet breakfast or a to-go picnic lunch, guests can take to their favorite spot in the gardens, meals are always memorable at Barnsley Gardens Resort. It's cold outside.  Why not have dinner by your own fireplace? Our fireside dining experience is romantic dining at its finest.  Enjoy a private four course dinner for two served by your own private butler in your suite or cottage. 597 Barnsley Gardens Rd. Adairsville, Georgia 30103   (877) 773-2447 http://www.barnsleyresort.com/stay/dining/dining.asp

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 KeithKNOWS been there, “KNOW” that! 

“Middle of Nowhere” is deliciously good! It’s like devouring a decadent “chocolate” dessert, slowly savoring every sensational morsel. The film is real, raw, right on point! Some scenes painful but poised with passion! You will be glued to the screen from the beginning to the end. This is truly a beautifully, elegantly, choreographed film.  A film with heart, that stirs your Soul!  A sweet soulful soundtrack that fits the scenes like a bottle of perfectly aged wine to compliment your dessert(smile).  So what are you waiting for, Go..buy your tickets, see this groundbreaking film, a blockbuster for sure.  Now don’t be surprised, if I’m sitting right next to you, it’s definitely worth seeing again(smile)

 

EXTENDED:    "Middle of Nowhere",  Landmark Theatres/Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Midtown Atlanta 30308   (Theatre is next to café  “Apres Diem” in the Midtown Promenade shopping plaza) not far from Piedmont Park & Trader Joes    (404) 879-0160  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=116856

Show times & Buy your tickets:  http://www.affrm.com/middle-of-nowhere/

$10.00 GENERAL; $8.00 BARGAIN (M-F ALL SHOWS BEFORE 6PM, SAT-SUN-HOLIDAYS 1ST SHOW OF DAY); $8.00 SENIOR (62+); $8.00 CHILD (-12); $8.00 STUDENT (MON-THURS ONLY)

Winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award, Ava DuVernay's MIDDLE OF NOWHERE is a portrait of a woman struggling between two worlds and two men in the search for herself.   Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Harwick, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence  (music by Goapele, Meshell  Ndegeocello and others) 

Directions to Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema Theatre: note, plenty of FREE parking next to the Theatre  http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Atlanta/MidtownArtCinema.htm

MARTA: http://www.itsmarta.com   404-848-5000

 

 AMC Southlake Theatre, 7065 Mount Zion Circle
Morrow, GA 30260  Showtimes hotline:     888-AMC-4FUN  
 KNOW More: http://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-southlake-24

  AMC Stonecrest 16, 8060 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, GA - (888) 262-4386 Showtimes Hotline: 888-AMC-4FUN KNOW More:

http://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-stonecrest-16

 

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Atlanta Mavericks spreading the word about "Middle of Nowhere"

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