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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Empire State South Set to Launch an Online Wine Shop Next Week (Eater Atlanta) An online wine shop dubbed “ESS Bottle Shop” is set to debut next Tuesday, August 4, at Empire State South, the midtown Atlanta restaurant owned by chef Hugh Acheson. The virtual market will be run by the restaurant’s longtime wine director and sommelier Steven Grubbs. Daily Dose, a ‘Coffee Store With book,’ Quietly Opens in Reynoldstown (What Now Atlanta) After a year of planning, Daily Dose by The Merchant has quietly opened in Reynoldstown. Its first day is Wednesday, July. 29. The coffee shop operated out of a pop-up in Lenox Square from the end of 2018 to 2019. Run by the same t

My Farewell

I think it can go without saying that this summer did not go with the status quo. Instead of pool days, road trips, and endless slushies, the break was filled to the brim with masks, pumps of hand sanitizer, and the dreaded phrase of ‘social distancing.’ No part of this summer was the experience any person asked for -- no child, no college student, no working adult. It was simply a drag. But we have made the most of it. For myself, my summer consisted of ample learning and engagement for which I am very grateful. Liz Lapidus Public Relations gave me a bit of that true summer experience I was looking forward to before the pandemic. I applied to be an intern in February and was given the most

Look Who's On Good Morning America

They say you pay for advertising and pray for PR. To that end, I've been praying hard for decades. PR looks a lot more glamorous from the outside. Back when we used to have actual events, while you were sipping champagne and nibbling catered canapes, my team was setting up, cleaning up and extinguishing the occasional dumpster fire. I'll save you the details, because no one likes to see how we make the sausage. Suffice it to say, we work hard for our clients. Building brands, exceeding expectations and making key connections is what we do. We create customized solutions for every client, and what defines a win differs with each campaign. Regardless, we tap into our deep connections an

As Long as We’re Here

When COVID-19 spread across America in March, gyms were one of the first businesses to close for safety precautions. Being a fitness fanatic, I needed another place to work out in Gainesville, so I decided to visit our University of Florida football stadium, known as "The Swamp.” It was here where I discovered my new favorite method to workout -- running stadium stairs and adventuring through the facilities. When my eyes became open to improvisation, instead of feeling like I was compromising from the gym, I took the opportunity to enjoy this new style of working out. At the football stadium, I feel as though I am part of the University of Florida football team working out. The sun shines pe

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Drift Fish House in Marietta Launches a Pop-Up Slinging Lobster Rolls This Weekend (Eater Atlanta) Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in East Cobb plans to host a pop-up called Pop’s Lobster Shack each weekend for the remainder of the summer serving a “New England-style” seafood menu. That menu includes a Maine lobster roll, oysters, and a fried shrimp platter. King of Pops popsicles will also be available for purchase. Pop’s is takeout only, with limited seating available on the patio once food is received. People can preorder online for pick up on Saturday or Sunday. The Owners of Buckhead Italian Restaurant Storico Fresco Launch a Virtual Wine Shop (Eater Atlanta

Remembering John Lewis

My dear friend Scott Peacock texted me late Saturday night as I was turning off the lights to go to bed. I couldn't believe it. Google turned up nothing. But it was true. The news was just breaking that we had lost John Lewis. What a loss for us as a nation, and especially for his massive fan base that is the 5th Congressional District. We were so lucky to have him getting in good trouble for us in Washington. I had seen Congressman Lewis speak several years ago at an ADL leadership dinner and had run into him many times around his district where I have always lived. Don't get me wrong -- I was never less than awed by him. But I had the good pleasure to spend an entire morning with him, an

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Nourish Botanica Aims to Bring a Sustainable Greenhouse and Cafe to South Atlanta (Eater Atlanta) Quianah Upton, the founder of Nourish in Black — an Atlanta-based sustainable events and food storytelling company dedicated to raising social consciousness — is opening a greenhouse and cafe called Nourish Botanica. Once open, Nourish Botanica plans to operate as an events space and restaurant serving mostly vegan Caribbean and Southern dishes and herbal remedies, with the greenhouse growing and selling plants, flowers, and herbs from local farmers. Sandy Springs-Based Ju-C Bar Coming to Krog Street Market (What Now Atlanta) Sandy Springs-based Ju-C Bar is expandi

Are You Ready For Your Closeup?

Our dear friend Craig Miller's film "Only" hit the top 10 most watched movies on Netflix last week. And for good reason!! Centered on a couple enduring a self-imposed quarantine to escape the ravages of a pandemic, it's beautifully shot around the state of (wait for it!) Georgia. Ever since the shut down (to escape the ravages of a pandemic), I couldn't help thinking that our multi-billion-dollar film industry stood the best chance of helping our state's economy rebound, if only they could figure out how to safely operate a film set based on best practices from the CDC and GDPH. Today, we are one step closer to re-launching the movie business here with the Georgia Film Academy’s (GFA) fi

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: These Atlanta Food and Cocktail Popups Offer Home Delivery and Curbside Pickup (Eater Atlanta) Like so many restaurants around Atlanta, chefs and bartenders running food and drink popups have adapted their traveling dining rooms and bars to curbside pickup and home delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some chefs and bartenders currently work at a restaurant and use their popup to supplement their income, while others created their popup as a pathway to opening their own restaurant or business in the future. Restaurant Employees Are Pleading with Atlanta Diners to Wear Masks (Eater Atlanta) As of July 3, West Egg Cafe requires diners and people grabbi

Much to Post About Nothing

When your job is to manage professional social media accounts, you are responsible for posting relevant and creative content. When nothing new is happening during a pandemic, what are you supposed to post? Where can you find new content? I currently run the social media accounts for the University of Florida Barstool brand of Barstool Sports, including Instagram with a 40.9k following, Twitter with a 12k following, and a newly launched TikTok account with over 1,500 followers. Barstool Sports is a sports and pop-culture blog started by Dave Portnoy in 2003. Today, Barstool is valued at $450 million, and owns over 700 social media accounts covering everything from major Super Bowl news to upd

You're Invited to The Zoom Where it Happens

Coming off another holiday weekend with our wings clipped, we continue to settle into life without travel or communing in large crowds. It feels like the loop of a strange fever dream as we tick off milestones, now putting July Fourth in the rear view. Spring has turned to summer. And we have a puppy! We're back to our events-focused newsletter format this week with some cool things to report. Even if we can't actually be in the "room where it happens," we have some fun ones that will put you in the Zoom where it happens. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to find more details on these awesome virtual events!

A Hands-On Experience in a Socially Distant World

Following my sophomore spring break from University of Florida in early March, I returned from Bimini to see the United States slowly shutting down in front of my eyes. While my college town of Gainesville, FL seemed unaffected, the news showed coronavirus cases rapidly spreading around the country. Mid-March, I left my house at University of Florida to quarantine with my parents in Atlanta. I went from going to class every day and living in a fraternity house with 42 other people to being isolated in my house with my family for weeks to come. One of the harder aspects of quarantine for me was the suspension of professional sports in America. Sports consumed my entire sophomore year as I ser

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