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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 expanding with a second location. Slated to debut in September, Owner Mojdeh “Mo” Martin is bringing the eatery to Krog Street Market (KSM) in space situated between Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate and Mama Bath and Body.

Middle Eastern Restaurant Delbar Hopes to Capture Hearts in Inman Park (What Now Atlanta) Born and raised in Gorgan, Iran, Chef Fares Kargar grew up on the food that his mom, aunts, and grandmother cooked. He left Iran at 17 and worked in Turkey as a refugee. His initial dream was to study architecture until he got his first job in the restaurant industry.

Their Workers Kept Being Stopped by the Police, So They Decided to Help (NY Times) The employees of Grandchamps, a Haitian restaurant in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, were closing up after a long, hot day of filling takeout orders in early June when the owners asked them to gather in the dining area. The close-knit group settled in as the sun began to set and were greeted by Jason Starr, a lawyer with the Human Rights Campaign. “Has anyone here ever been stopped by the police?” Mr. Starr asked. Four of the six employees who were present raised their hands.

BUSINESS/RETAIL/REAL ESTATE:

Best guess on when business travel will recover? It could be years (Atlanta Business Chronicle) While business travel evaporated in a flash when the coronavirus hit, it may take two to three years for it to fully recover, far longer than many travel experts initially predicted.

Atlanta Braves not changing name, still discussing ‘Tomahawk Chop’ (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

The Atlanta Braves will not be changing their name. The Braves informed season ticket holders of the decision in a letter sent on Sunday and also said that the Tomahawk Chop is still being discussed about its use at future Braves’ games. The Braves say they increased their dialogue with Native leaders and organizations after that.

Kroger to require masks be worn in stores nationwide beginning July 22 (WSBTV) Beginning July 22, Kroger will require that all customers wear face masks in stores nationwide, the company announced Wednesday. The Cincinnati-based grocery chain joins a growing list of retailers across the country requiring coronavirus-conscious safety measures as the number of COVID-19 infections continue to surge nationwide.

Piedmont Hospital opens new tower, enters state partnership for COVID-19 treatment (Atlanta INTown) The State of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have entered a partnership to provide additional hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients. Gov. Brian P. Kemp joined Kevin Brown, President and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare for a tour of the new Marcus Tower at the Piedmont Hospital Atlanta campus on July 14. The tower officially opens today.

ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:

Guitar playing skateboarder on Beltline captures Atlanta’s heart (AJC) If you’ve been scrolling through Instagram or Twitter recently, odds are you have seen the videos of a guitar-clad skateboarder spreading music and joy along Atlanta’s Beltline trail. The videos of the Atlanta musician Chavis Flagg have gone properly viral in the last couple of days.

Teens answer call to entertain patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (AJC) The young patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta don’t stop arriving just because there’s a coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, the teen volunteers — VolunTEENS — at Children’s were forced to. But that doesn’t mean they stopped entertaining and interacting with kids, however, or that they stopped supporting the staff.

Local mask mandates ‘suspended’ by Gov. Kemp’s executive order (FOX5) Governor Brian Kemp is overruling local governments that have issued mandatory mask laws in a new executive order issued Wednesday. The 41-page order is mostly a revised extension of guidelines the governor had put in place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic with the addition of the new language regarding mask mandates.

High school student raising money to buy all students in district masks (11Alive) The first day of school for Fulton County is August 17 and families have the option of continuing virtual learning or heading back to the classroom. Sydney Harrison, a soon-to-be-senior at Chattahoochee High School, is going back to the classroom. She’s concerned, too, after district officials announced at a meeting two weeks ago a mandate for school staff to wear masks but only recommending it for students.

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