Business

Senoia’s ‘Idea House’ seen as good for local businesses

The halls are decked and so is the rest of the house. The Southern Living magazine 2010 Idea House in Senoia is all decked out for the holiday season and, since June, has seen more than 20,000 visitors tour the four-story brownstone. And many of those visitors have spent time in Senoia, bringing with them a significant impact on local business. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Southern Living Magazine 2010 Idea House opened in Senoia on June 12. Since that time more than 20,000 people have toured the unique four-story, 5,000 square-foot brownstone. And the tide of people visiting the city during the past five months have made a significant impact on Senoia’s businesses.

Senoia Downtown Development Authority’s Suzanna Helfman said the impact to the community brought by the Idea House has been felt both by local businesses and by the community at-large. Read More»

4 Fayette nonprofit groups recognized through Wells Fargo's Days of Giving donations

(L-R) Jim Lawrence of Wells Fargo stands with Rufus Mazyck of McGinnis House, Vanessa Mottley of Promise Place, Cheryl Burnside of Phenomenal Women’s Health and Dr. Monica Hill and Maurice Hill both of New Beginnings Training and Education during the Wells Fargo “Days of Giving” event held at Clayton State University in Morrow. Photo/Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo managers and team members recognized four Fayette non-profit organizations with $1,000 grants as part of the Days of Giving program in metro Atlanta Nov. 10.

The groups were among 44 south Atlanta metro groups honored at a community breakfast today at Clayton State University’s Student Activities Center.

Just the names of the groups tell a story:

McGinnis House

New Beginnings Training and Education

Phenomenal Women’s Health

Promise Place Read More»

New store aims to satisfy community’s Apple needs

Grand opening of peachmac set for Saturday at The Avenue in Peachtree City.

Darryl Peck has been working with Apple since the 1980s, developing award-winning software for Macintosh computers in the 1980s and 90s and selling software and accessories on-line on one of the first internet retail web sites in existence.

In 2007, Peck and his wife, Anne, opened the first peachmac store in Athens. They opened one in Augusta the next year and one in Macon the year after that.

This year, the Pecks are opening two more stores, one in Marietta, which opened eight weeks ago, and one in The Avenue Peachtree City, the grand opening of which is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. Read More»

Reynolds Development Group begins building Haddonstone

Haddonstone’s model home is designed to impress, with energy efficiencies that are standard for all its homes. Photo/Special.

There is a new residential community beginning to take shape in Fayette County. A product of the Reynolds Development Group, Haddonstone is the site of what will become 52 custom one-acre homesites and 62 acres of nature preserve on 119 acres along Redwine Road just north of Ebenezer Church Road. The subdivision’s model home opened last weekend. Read More»

Newnan cancer hospital on hold

The groundbreaking for the new Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) hospital in Newnan’s Ashley Park retail area was anticipated to occur in December. But hospital officials Wednesday said those plans are subject to the company’s ability to obtain the title on the property from Coweta County developer Stan Thomas.

CTCA public relations manager Kristin Schaner confirmed Thursday that the company will request a six-month extension on the initial construction. The request was said to be a precautionary measure. Read More»

Starship opens at Thomas Crossroads

It has been the story of a business opening that polarized a community like few others. But after nearly two years since applying for a business license to operate Starship Adult Novelties and Gifts on Ga. Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads the company’s Coweta County store opened Monday, with more than 550 sales on its first day.

Starship owner Kelly Rogers said he decided to open the store to recoup some of the past losses that stemmed from not being open while he awaited for the federal lawsuits to run their course.

The store’s first day of business racked up 556 sales, Rogers said. Read More»

Jobless rate dips in PTC to 7.4%; Fayette at 8% as hiring increases

Recession or not, unemployment rates released late last week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor show jobless figures falling to 8 percent in Fayette County and to 7.4 percent in Peachtree City.

The September jobless rate in Fayette dipped to 8 percent, half a percentage point better than the 8.5 percent rate in August. The rate in September 2009 was also 8.5 percent.

Fayette’s unemployment figures for September reflect 4,036 people out of work in a workforce of 50,319. Read More»

PTC may go back to big box limits; 1 goal would be protection of smaller stores

Peachtree City may be going back to a firm size cap on the largest-sized retail stores that will be allowed by city ordinance.

Such a “big box” ordinance would contrast to the city’s current method of regulating the size of stores and shopping centers. Currently the city allows developers a size of up to 32,000 square feet for an individual store and no more than 150,000 square feet total for one single shopping center. Read More»

Economic forecaster and author at PTC Library Nov. 6

Author/economist Mark Rogers. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Clayton State University. Photo/Clayton State University.

Clayton State economist Mark Rogers to answer ‘Is recession really over?’ and ‘What’s next?’

Clayton State University’s Peachtree City instructional site, Clayton State-Fayette, is co-sponsoring a presentation at the Peachtree City Library by Clayton State adjunct faculty member and author/economist Mark Rogers.

The presentation, entitled “Is the Recession Really Over? What’s Next?,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Floy Farr Room.
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