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The Original and Last Remaining Octane Coffee Closes for Good (Eater Atlanta) It’s the end of an era, as the last remaining Octane coffee shop closes after nearly 17 years at its original location on Marietta Street, the Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported Tuesday evening. The beloved Atlanta coffee brand was acquired by Revelator Coffee Company from founders Tony and Diane Riffel four years ago.

Reimagined Food & Wine Festival set for Sept. 10-19 (Atlanta InTown) In light of COVID-19 and in an effort to give back to the restaurant community its celebrated for the past 10 years, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) will hold a series of digital seminars and select socially distanced meals Sept. 10 – 19. This year’s event will forgo the festival and instead present 13 digital seminars, called AF&WF At Home Edition Presented by Publix, as well as 11 dinners, two lunches and one brunch, all with limited, socially distanced seating.

‘TI Lounge’ Planned Next Door to Trap Music Museum (What Now Atlanta) Rapper Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. who is better known as T.I. is planning something new next to his Trap Music Museum. Called TI Lounge, the new venture would open at 658 NW Northside Drive in a 4,200-square-foot, ground-floor space, previously homes to used car dealer World Premiere Auto Deals. A 10-year lease was secured for the concept.

America at Hunger’s Edge (The New York Times) A shadow of hunger looms over the United States. In the pandemic economy, nearly one in eight households doesn’t have enough to eat. The lockdown, with its epic lines at food banks, has revealed what was hidden in plain sight: that the struggle to make food last long enough, and to get food that’s healthful — what experts call ‘food insecurity’ — is a persistent one for millions of Americans.


Los Angeles-Based GRAMMY Museum Adding Atlanta Location (What Now Atlanta) Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum Foundation, in partnership with the Georgia Music Accord, is opening a GRAMMY Museum experience in Atlanta, Saporta Report Monday first reported. It is opening in partnership with Georgia Music Accord (GMA) for which Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is a co-chair.

Ho, ho, hum: Struggling retailers brace for a muted holiday season (Atlanta Business Chronicle) September may seem early to be thinking about the holiday shopping season, but retailers are already acknowledging that it will be transformed in fundamental ways.

Virtual Tours Are Here to Stay. This Is How to Do Them Right. (The New York Times) Crowding a stranger’s apartment on a lazy Sunday — the sport of so many New Yorkers looking to buy, rent or gawk — may never be the same. In-person showings are once again allowed in New York City, after a monthslong ban brought on by the coronavirus, but they’re harder to schedule, more difficult to attend, and reserved for serious shoppers.

Coronavirus is not stopping empty film sets from making a comeback: ‘There has to be a new normal’ (FOX News) As the novel coronavirus swept through the country, film and TV production sets were abandoned as the once-bustling movie sets with capacities that rivaled small towns were left sitting empty.


Women Delivers Meals To Those In Need: Atlanta Hero (Atlanta Patch) When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times. Here at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities.

Serving family needs through Covid-19 (The Common Good Hour Podcast) This week, we explore how working families with young children are navigating the Covid-19 pandemic. To do this, we’ve invited social worker Jamie Lackey, CEO of Helping Mamas, to share about her work supporting families in Georgia and beyond.

Laptop donation drive for Cobb students on September 5 (AJC) State Rep. Erica Thomas will host a donation drive for gently used laptops and tablets with front-facing cameras from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at City View Elementary School at 285 South Gordon Road in Mableton.

Black Atlanta woman signs up for COVID-19 trial to help ensure diversity (WSBTV) Health officials are busy working to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, and one of the most important things they need during the late-stage trials are diverse volunteers. It’s the thought process 32-year-old Atlanta resident Ashley Nealy applied when she decided to answer a social media ad looking for volunteers to take part in a coronavirus vaccine clinical trial. Nealy, an African-American said she felt it was important to make sure the trials were as diverse as possible.

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