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As we bid farewell to June and welcome July, two things have become clear. We are bearing down on another hot summer in Atlanta, and we are one month deeper into a pandemic. Beyond that, we are doing our best to navigate what PR looks like during these unprecedented times. Lately we've been talking with our friends and colleagues about how best to activate events and promotions in the time of COVID. Without a crystal ball, we don't know when we'll get back to large-scale in-person encounters. But we're leaning in to webinars and Zoom. For the past few months we've pivoted this newsletter from promoting a steady stream of events toward what we hope you find to be insightful and inspir

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: With Bomb Biscuits, Baker Erika Council Expands Her Popup Into a Home Delivery Service (Eater Atlanta) Atlanta-based food writer, baker, and self-proclaimed “biscuit Jedi” Erika Council just launched an in-town biscuit delivery service sparked by her wildly successful Bomb Biscuits popups. With the need to pivot the popup business due to the ongoing health crisis, Bomb Biscuits now features “the Biscuit Drop”, delivering fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits and pies to neighborhoods around Atlanta. Grassroots Efforts to Support Atlanta’s Black-Owned Restaurants and Coffee Shops (Eater Atlanta) As protests continue in Atlanta and throughout the country against police

My Time Interning at LLPR

Subconsciously, I have always held myself to a higher standard than most. Do the best. Be the best. Let them remember you. We all fully have a desire to maximize our lives. Especially in the times we have been surrounded by, change and wanting to do something that you will be remembered by is the forefront of so many people’s minds. It is a change that is a long time coming. I started my summer early, as did most collegiate students around the nation. I am a rising sophomore at the University of Kentucky. Living in the heart of Lexington, where the fields of flowing solidago and galloping thoroughbreds encompass the area, has always been a dream of mine. For months, I had been experiencing t

What's Going On

Scrolling through social media and one thing is clear: when it comes to Black Lives Matter, we are polarized in our thoughts, beliefs and words. Over a hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech, at least on Facebook, we remain fractured. I can't understand how anyone can live through this and still think it is anything less than imperative to listen and act accordingly. Sure, many of us came into it pretty clueless, and that's okay. We were shocked and saddened by the steady cadence of black men and women being killed. But I don't think any of us anticipated this movement would take such a strong hold on our society. White privilege is not okay. My brill

Two Leading Non-Profits Align to Tackle Food Insecurity

As the pandemic drags on and racial tensions continue to flair, it's easy to feel isolated and helpless these days. We sit alone at our desks watching the world on our screens, and all eyes are on Atlanta as we take center stage in the Black Lives Matter Movement. We are frustrated, angry, scared and confused. Many of us are asking how we keep coming back to this place, while others are keenly aware that we've never left. We are living through history and it's on everyone to step up, speak out and do the right thing. Racism is not new, and doesn't happen in a vacuum. There are a plethora of contributing factors for why we remain mired in inequity. Consider food insecurity. Lack of

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Here’s a Running List of Restaurants That Have/Are Reopening Dining Rooms/Patios (What Now Atlanta) While seemingly hesitant at first, Atlanta-area restaurants are starting to reopen dining rooms and outdoor areas for on-premise service after temporarily closing in April to slow the spread of COVID-19. Bottles and Bones dining room will open on June 16. New Orleans-Style Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar Coming Soon To The Battery (What Now Atlanta) Fat Tuesday, a Louisiana-based chain of daiquiri bars, later this year will open a location in The Battery Atlanta near Braves Truist Park, according to a press release this week. Fat Tuesday’s 1,118-square-foot space will b

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Ponce Restaurant 8ARM Transforms Its Parking Lot Into an Outdoor Kitchen and Bar (Eater Atlanta) 8ARM debuts its new outdoor kitchen and bar called Side Piece on Wednesday, June 10, in the parking lot of the Ponce de Leon Avenue restaurant, after closing for dine-in service in March. Sidepiece and the patio bar at 8ARM offer counter-service food and drinks, takeout options, and expanded outdoor seating. North Fulton nightclub owners adjust to new way of business (AJC) The clubs were allowed to reopen June 1 as long as they comply with a set of 39 mandatory measures, including limiting their clubs’ capacity. Fire closes Sandy Springs restaurant indefinitely (AJC

Remembering Larry Kramer

It's Gay Pride Month, but the spirit of celebration that traditionally grabs hold of our city feels lost this year. Amid the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, our nation experiencing an awakening to Black Lives Matter, and profound sadness surrounding the killing of George Floyd, it's been a lot to take in. During all of this, we lost a national treasure, Larry Kramer. He was arguably the most vocal and powerful AIDS activist, a man whose raucous and unbridled advocacy ultimately changed the way governmental bureaucracy and our nation's health care system reacted to contagion. In the interest of learning from the past to set a course for the future, I can't help thinking about this amazing m

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Here’s How Atlanta Restaurants and the Community Are Supporting Protesters (Eater Atlanta) It’s become clear over the last few months that the Atlanta restaurant industry and its diners are looking into ways to step up to assist communities in need during a crisis. The recent protests around Atlanta over the last week, prompted by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, seem to be no exception. An Alpharetta Brewery Yanks an Offensive Beer From Its Lineup (Eater Atlanta) Currahee Brewing Co., with locations in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Franklin, North Carolina, yanked a beer from its lineup this week after facing backlash over naming a new beer “the Boog

Living Through History

You would normally be receiving this on a Tuesday, but we paused our outgoing communications yesterday in solidarity for #BlackoutTuesday. With over one hundred thousand COVID-19 deaths nationwide and Atlanta under siege, it feels senseless to try and put a positive spin on this week's newsletter. Here's what's up. I drove through downtown this past Sunday after the peak of destruction had subsided. I had to see for myself what was blowing up my social media channels. The only physical evidence of Friday night's riots was the plywood covered windows on Walgreens, Ted's Montana Grill, the Children's Museum of Atlanta, the College Football Hall of Fame, Chick-fil-A and Starbuck's. How s

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