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 team that owns Read Shop by The Merchant in Vinings, Daily Dose serves Stumptown Coffee and Alon Bakery pastries, as they do in all their locations, along with a book retail section.
Kinship-Part Butcher Shop, Grocery Store, and Cafe-Heading to Virginia-Highlands (What Now Atlanta) Virginia-Highland will be home to a one-stop-shop eatery of sorts when Kinship opens this fall, at 1019 Virginia Ave NE, in space adjacent to Paolo’s Gelato Italiano and the forthcoming Pizza By The Slice. The “multi-faceted foodservice space” will be a combination of a butcher shop, grocery store, and cafe, according to a press release Tuesday. It will also retail cheese and wine and offer boxed meals to go, replacing a portion of the former Goin’ Coastal space.
Coca-Cola to launch alcoholic Topo Chico Hard Seltzer (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it will launch an alcoholic Topo Chico Hard Seltzer later this year. Topo Chico Hard Seltzer will be offered in select cities in Latin America later this year. The company said it would share more details closer to launch. Coca-Cola acquired the U.S. rights to the Topo Chico premium sparkling water brand from Arca Continental, S.A.B. de C.V. in 2017 for $220 million.
Delta now requires customers to acknowledge mask agreement at check-in (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Customers who want to check in for Delta flights now must agree to wear protective face coverings for the duration. Delta Air Lines Inc. announced the new check-in policy Wednesday, July 29. As part of the update, customers must pledge to wear masks throughout the airport, in Delta Sky Clubs and on board flights, and they must acknowledge that they have not had a Covid-19 diagnosis and to their knowledge have not been exposed to Covid-19 in the prior 14 days, nor have they experienced the onset of any one of the primary symptoms of Covid-19 in the prior 14 days.
Marietta schools to buy 100 Wi-Fi hot spots for students (AJC) Marietta students who don’t have internet access will soon get the technology they need to begin virtual classes when the school year starts next week. Marietta school board members on Tuesday approved the purchase of 100 Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots at a cost not to exceed $54,000.
‘Camp Quarantine’: Tyler Perry produces show amid coronavirus pandemic (WSBTV) Tyler Perry knows how to get things done. The actor/director started production on his television show “Sistas” and finished ahead of schedule with a crew and cast that stayed healthy, CBS News reported. They all wore masks 12 to 14 hours a day shooting the 22-episode season in Georgia. They took a 1 1/2 hour lunch every day, Variety reported.
A Handbook to Today’s Tech Hearing (The New York Times) The four will answer questions from House lawmakers who have been investigating their companies’ business practices for more than a year to examine if they stifle competition and harm consumers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief executives will be testifying remotely via videoconference, starting at noon Eastern time.
ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:
Oakland Cemetery opens new East Gate that connects to Memorial Drive, Atlanta Beltline (Atlanta Business Chronicle) A new gate to Oakland Cemetery near the intersection of Boulevard and Memorial Drive is now open, providing access to the public memorial park from the east for the first time in more than a century. The gate also connects the cemetery to the rapid development taking place along Memorial Drive and the Atlanta BeltLine.
Cobb schools to provide meal kits to students during virtual learning (AJC) The Cobb County School District will roll out a program to feed their students who will start the new year with remote learning. School starts Aug. 17, and all students enrolled in the system are eligible to receive a week’s worth of prepared meal kits each week. Families who want to receive meals have to complete the online pre-order process, which will begin each Tuesday and run through noon Thursdays.
Atlanta Community Kitchen Project helps feed families while getting people back to work (FOX5) One of the biggest side effects of the pandemic is the number of people who are struggling to put food on the table for their families. Hunger relief organizations have partnered with a group of corporate kitchens to form The Atlanta Community Kitchen Project. They're putting employees back to work and feeding people at the same time.
Georgia Film Academy Creates Free ‘COVID-19 Compliance Course’ For Film Industry Workers (WABE) Georgians can take pride in the number of films made in the state as well as the number of jobs provided by that industry. As with so many businesses shuttered due to the global pandemic, our state’s normally booming filming industry has been on hold. The Georgia Film Academy is trying to help the industry with their latest “COVID-19 Compliance Course.” A free online course for anyone involved in the film industry.