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Yelp Adds New Feature to Flag Businesses Accussed of Racism (Eater)

Starting today, Yelp will display warnings if restaurants and other businesses are associated with racist conduct, the review platform announced on its blog. The change comes amid ongoing protests and bolstered advocacy against racism, anti-Blackness, and police brutality, sparked in part by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black people this year.


Hop City Beer and Wine Begins Home Delivery From Krog Street and West End Shops (Eater Atlanta) Home delivery of wine, beer, and liquor has begun from some shops and stores around Atlanta. Early adopters of the new alcohol home delivery law in Georgia include Hop City Craft Beer and Wine and Perrine’s Wine Shop at Westside Provisions District.


Organic teas, Vegan Soft-Serve Coming Soon To Ponce City Market Via Eleven TLC (What Now Atlanta) Eleven TLC, a wellness co. offering organic teas, lattes, caffeine (or “tlc”), and vegan soft-serve ice cream, will open its first-ever storefront at Ponce City Market later this year. “With health and wellness top of mind, Eleven TLC uses ethically-sourced, organic ingredients and consults experts in a variety of fields (mixologists, functional medicine practitioners, doctors, and recipe developers) to carefully concoct recipes that provide true health benefits for the consumer.”


A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing (The New York Times) Cooks around the country are just starting to calculate menus and decide how many guests they can safely host for Thanksgiving. But for months, the people who grow and sell the centerpiece of the meal have been doing their own kind of turkey math.


It has been a chaotic year for the metro Atlanta craft beer industry (AJC) The new year arrived with a heady sense of progress on Atlanta’s beer scene. Even if Georgia’s laws remained less brewery-friendly than most states, there was so much growth that longtime observers wondered whether it was sustainable. In March, that question became a major concern, as the pandemic closed bars, restaurants and taprooms.


Business/Retail/Real Estate:


Solis Cumming Town Center announced for Mashburn Village (Forsyth County News)

As crews are already working on the proposed Mashburn Village between Atlanta Highway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard, a major piece of the development was recently announced. Officials with Terwilliger Pappas, a real estate development company based in North Carolina, recently announced a joint venture with Mill Green Partners to develop the Solis Cumming Town Center, a multi-use development with 320 apartments, retail and civic space.


Georgia Film Academy Announces New Savannah Program (OZ Magazine) The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) has begun teaching students in Georgia's second most-filmed city, the academy announced Wednesday. At Georgia Tech's Savannah campus, the GFA said it has opened a new collaborative production training hub, where they are teaching students from Georgia Southern University. The program is open to all Georgians enrolled in universities and technical colleges. GFA expects students from several additional institutions in the Savannah region to register for courses at the hub over the next year.


Atlanta Postal Credit Union Launches Center Parc Credit Union With Downtown Storefront (What Now Atlanta) Atlanta Postal Credit Union (APCU) has launched its first-ever consumer-facing division with the opening of Center Parc Credit Union downtown. “Driven by the same commitment to the community since APCU’s founding in 1925, Center Parc Credit Union will be a non-profit, service-oriented financial institution that aims to give back to the cities in which it does business,” according to an announcement for the opening. As part of its launch, Center Parc has secured the naming rights to Georgia State University’s stadium, now called Center Parc Credit Union Stadium.


A $70M project in Cumming shows developers and their big-money partners like walkable suburbia (Atlanta Business Chronicle) “We are identifying areas that are walkable to a town center, walkable to a park, a green space, and restaurants," said Alan Dean, who leads development for Terwilliger Pappas in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.


Arts/Lifestyle/General Interest:


Atlanta nonprofits extent initiative to deliver 20K meals this fall (AJC) A coalition of Atlanta nonprofits is extending its new food delivery program into the fall, aiming to provide an additional 20,000 meals to residents facing food insecurity.


Mercedes-Benz Stadium to welcome back fans Sunday. How safe is it? (FOX5) For the first time this season, Falcons' touchdowns will be met by more than the just the announcer and music. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is welcoming back a limited capacity of fans Sunday in the largest test yet for its cleaning procedures amid the pandemic.


Hawks’ 2020-21 City Edition uniforms honor MLK (AJC) King’s initials, “MLK,” will be front and center on the jersey, marking the first time in league history the initials of an individual will be featured prominently on the chest of an official uniform. The Hawks will donate profits from jersey sales back to the Atlanta community, focusing on economic empowerment for communities of color.


|‘Mister VP, I’m Speaking, I’m Speaking| Women everywhere agree that was a relatable moment (11Alive) "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking," Senator Kamala Harris proclaimed. It was a moment during the vice presidential debate that women across the nation found to be all too relatable. Immediately afterward, the phrase became a trending topic all across social media. Many women said it so closely reminded them of what it was like to be a woman in a corporate/workplace setting, a woman in a patriarchal society -- and just a woman, period.


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