Our network

Business

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

ATLANTA -- Many people dream of being their own boss, but struggle to make the leap.

Twelve years ago, Atlanta native Dana Spinola gathered the courage to turn her lifelong passion into a profession and opened her first clothing boutique, fab'rik.

"I get up early. I stay up late. My mind is always working," she said.

And it's perfectly understandable. Spinola has had a lot on her plate since starting fab'rik. She has since opened 21 boutiques and franchises. Her mission has always been frugal fashion -- less than $100 -- in a fun, inviting boutique environment.

Being your own boss can seem liberating, but many who make that leap say they end up working even more.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

MODA Floors & Interiors set to expand

MODA Floors & Interiors set to expand

ATLANTA -- MODA Floors & Interiors, located in Atlanta's West Midtown Design District, will open a 5100-square-foot retail-focused store in Town Brookhaven later this year. The company plans to add four new employees. MODA sells materials and provides installation services for hardwoods, tile and stone, carpet, luxury vinyl, laminate, area rugs and window coverings.

MODA Floors & Interiors' new store will be located in a shopping center in the Brookhaven area, providing easier access for the retail market. As a Shaw Design Center, the showroom will integrate the latest media technology to enhance the shopping and buying experience. Design consultants will be available at both stores to assist consumers in making design decisions for their homes.

IKEA's Top Drawer helps raise money for Devereux Georgia

IKEA's Top Drawer helps raise money for Devereux Georgia

ATLANTA -- Top Drawer is a fundraising effort by IKEA that brings the best students artists from from SCAD, The Art Institute of Atlanta, GA State, and ATC to design/decorate a one-of-a-kind IKEA 3-drawer TARVA dresser that will be raffled for charity. This year, 100% of the proceeds benefited Devereux Georgia, a non-profit organization licensed to serve children ages 8-21 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges brought on by abuse, neglect, mental illness, sexual exploitation, or intellectual/developmental disabilities. 

In additions to the dressers decorated by the students, local and internationally renowned artists James Randall Chumbley

Orangetheory® Fitness set to revolutionize Atlanta workouts

ATLANTA -- Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept, will soon make its mark on the Atlanta fitness scene. Four Atlanta-area locations are slated to be open by the end of the year, with more than 35 locations total planned for the metro area over the next three years.

Set to open in September, the first Orangetheory studio will be located on Collier Road in Midtown. Studio locations are also planned for Marietta and Sandy Springs.

Top Drawer to raise $10,000 for Devereux Ga.

Top Drawer to raise $10,000 for Devereux Ga.

ATLANTA -- On Tuesday July 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., IKEA presents TOP DRAWER. Local art students will design IKEA dressers for our TOP DRAWER charity event to benefit Devereux Georgia, a nonprofit organization that is licensed to serve children who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges brought on by abuse, neglect, mental illness, sexual exploitation, or intellectual/developmental disabilities.