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A Marietta Couple Transforms a 1920s Gas Station Into a Socially Distant Cocktail Bar (Eater Atlanta)A cocktail bar and lounge calledthe Third Doorrecently opened inside a restored 1920s gas station on Church Street just off of Marietta Square. Owners Ted and Lara Ferreira wanted to tap into the clandestine days ofProhibition-era speakeasies and the uninhibited glamour of the Roaring ’20s with the decor and cocktail menu for the Third Door.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Is On (Restaurant Informer)After COVID-19 postponed the 10th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May, the festival has been reimagined with a series of seminars and socially distanced meals Sept. 10-Sept. 19. And in an effort to give back to the restaurant community it’s celebrated for the past 10 years, 100% proceeds from the seminars go to the participating chefs, and 70% of the proceeds from the meals will go to participating restaurants.
Top things to do in and around Atlanta this month (WSBTV)In any other year, this month would be full of concerts, live events, festivals and thousands of other fun things to do. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 hanging around, the number of local events has been drastically reduced. But that doesn’t mean everything has been canceled.
Billion-Dollar Salad Chain Sweetgreen Snags Ponce City Market Space (What Now Atlanta)Los Angeles-based Sweetgreen is entering the Atlanta market with an outpost in Ponce City Market (PCM) next year, according to plans filed recently with the City. Although CEO and Co-Founder of the billion-dollar salad chain Jonathan Neman on Thursday did not immediately confirm the plans with What Now Atlanta, a spokesperson did, noting the opening timeline was slated for 2021.
Travis Scott Meets McDonald’s (It’s Lit!) (The New York Times)In 2020, a fast-food chain looking for equivalent big-tent cultural relevance has few more compelling places to turn than hip-hop, the cultural arena with the most natural and ambitious gift for merchandising. And in hip-hop, there are fewer more ambitious personal branders than Travis Scott.
How the Pandemic Has Changed Apartment Building Amenities (The New York Times)After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some landlords installed sturdy posts outside their buildings to guard against future strikes. A legacy of the current health crisis? Kettlebells with handles made of copper. Opting for the brown metal known for its antimicrobial properties instead of steel is among the steps some developers are taking to keep viruses out of their amenity spaces.
Oracle wins TikTok over Microsoft in Trump-urged bid (WSBTV)The owner of TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as the American tech partner that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in the U.S., according to a source familiar with the deal who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. Microsoft announced Sunday that its bid to acquire TikTok's U.S. operations was rejected.
Papa John’s International is moving its main headquarters from Louisville to Atlanta (Atlanta Business Chronicle)The pizza giant said the new global headquarters in Atlanta will be where menu innovation; marketing; customer experience; HR; diversity, equity and inclusion; communications; and development functions will be located.
Amazon launches Luxury Stores to separate the hoi polloi from the haute couture (The Verge)Can shopping on your phone be a luxury experience? It seems unlikely, but that’s not stopping Amazon’s latest attempt to get high-end brands onboard its platform. Today, the company is unveiling what it callsLuxury Stores— a new way for brands to present their wares to discerning customers on Amazon’s mobile app, with high-end ready-to-wear brand Oscar de la Renta as the first official partner.
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Live Nation Converting Venues Into Polling Sites for 2020 Elections (Rolling Stone)The concert industry giant said Wednesday that it is discussing with local officials the feasibility of converting over 100 venues across the country. So far, Live Nation confirmed four venues will serve as polling sites: the Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Emo’s in Austin and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta. The Fillmore in Philadelphia is also in the final stages of the vetting process.
‘Avenger’ actor Josh Brolin purchases home in Atlanta (AJC)The 52-year-old actor is the latest to pick up a residence in a state that has become a magnet for film and TV production the past decade thanks to its generous tax credits. Others who now have homes here include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Melissa McCarthy and Louis Gossett Jr.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day will go on, but only in TV land (CNN)All parade participants will be at least 18 years old, with previously selected high school and college bands' performances deferred to the 2021 event and local professional marching and musical ensembles taking over this year. Meanwhile, the 80 to 100 handlers that normally walk the balloons throughout the city will be replaced by specialty vehicles.
Yes, Those “Vote the Assholes Out” Patagonia Tags Are Real (GQ)This past weekend, Twitter went wild over a photograph of the backside of a Patagonia tag. Instead of anodyne intel about fabrication and ironing directions, it read, in clean, sans-serif stitching: “VOTE THE ASSHOLES OUT.” It seemed too good to be true—a little bit of #resistance fantasy. But Patagonia has been one of the most vocal brands in consumer culture when it comes to politicians’ inability to take climate change seriously.