Atlanta regional commission reports growth, MARTA receives grant

Thursday growth

July 11 — The Atlanta Regional Commission released stats showing the 11-county metro region added 62,700 residents last year. Fulton, Gwinnett, Cherokee, and Cobb counties led the growth. 

🌞 Sunny and 92° today. 

🚍 MARTA has been awarded a $25 million federal grant for construction of the South DeKalb Transit Hub which will serve four major bus routes.

⚖️ U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff is part of a bipartisan group pushing for a stock trading ban that would prevent senators from profiting from insider knowledge.

📺 CNN announced it will cut 100 jobs as it focuses on digital.

🛒 A new Lidl supermarket is coming to Phase Two of the Interlock in West Midtown.

🏃🏾‍♂️ The Atlanta Track Club has already received more than 7,000 registrations for the 2025 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Early registration closes tonight. 

🏠 The Dunwoody City Council is considering a proposed ordinance to regulate community homes and recovery centers in neighborhoods. 

📽️ Francis Ford Coppola is bringing the “Megalopolis” production experience to other filmmakers with the unveiling of his All-Movie Hotel in Peachtree City.

💻 Applications have opened for Sandy Springs Citizens’ Leadership Academy, a multi-week program designed to empower and educate residents and businesses within the community. 


➡ With a growing drumbeat of politicians, donors, and celebrities like George Clooney calling on President Joe Biden to end his campaign, Biden will host a solo press conference at the end of the NATO Summit today at 5:30 p.m.

⚖️ The involuntary manslaughter trial of Alec Baldwin began yesterday, with his attorneys arguing he “was an actor, acting” when a live bullet killed a cinematographer on the “Rust” set.

⚽ England will play Spain for the Euro 2024 championship and Colombia will face Argentina for the Copa América title. Both matches are on Sun., July 14.

🇺🇸 Gregg Berhalter is out as manager of the U.S. men’s national team.

🕖 Here’s what’s in today’s newsletter:

• Margaret Mitchell House reopens
• Juvo Jobs app
• Sidetracked Wine Co.
• Quick Bites

Have a good day,
Collin & Sammie

🏡 Imagine living in a home fit for a Southern Living magazine photoshoot. Listed with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, this stylish Milton estate rests on 2.59± lush acres. It features a wraparound porch, six bedrooms, a main-level primary suite, a dream chef’s kitchen, and a large screened rear porch.


Photo courtesy of Atlanta History Center

1. Atlanta History Center reopens Margaret Mitchell House with reimagined ‘Gone With the Wind’ exhibit

🏡 The Atlanta History Center reopened the Margaret Mitchell House museum in Midtown yesterday with a new exhibit that more closely examines the popularity of “Gone With the Wind” — the novel and movie — and the influence it continues to have on American culture.

“Telling Stories: Gone With the Wind and American Memory” is the first exhibit at the museum since it was closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The museum, at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets, includes Margaret Mitchell’s apartment – nicknamed “The Dump” – where she wrote most of the novel.

In this environment, surrounded by supporters of the Confederacy, Mitchell learned what the Civil War meant. What Mitchell learned, however, is not historically accurate, as the exhibit points out.

📕 Learn more about the new exhibit here.

Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Estate


🏡 Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous architectural design inspired this all-brick home, listed with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Located in a quiet Sandy Springs gated community, this abode offers natural light, clerestory windows, and elegant interiors. Enjoy a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, a luxurious primary suite, and stunning views of the wooded yard and lake from multiple living spaces and decks.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty is Metro Atlanta’s No. 1 residential real estate company and No. 1 in luxury home sales above $1.5 million.

👉🏼 Check out our current listings here.

Photo courtesy of Hypepotamus

2. Over 11 million job seekers are using this Atlanta-based app to find jobs in their own backyards

📱 Over half of Americans are part of the hourly workforce. And yet the big job board players aren’t designed with them — or their employers — in mind.

Most job boards, like LinkedIn and Indeed, focus on salaried positions and aren’t suitable for high turnover positions. That makes it difficult for employers to find new talent fast. And employees have a hard time learning about opportunities nearby, which means they often have to spend precious time and money commuting to an hourly job that is located miles away.

That was a problem the husband-and-wife startup team Debbie and Mark Emery noticed as they built their careers in the HR technology space. And it is a problem they are now trying to solve with Juvo Jobs, an hourly workforce-focused app based in Atlanta.

💼 Read the full story on Hypepotamus.

Photo courtesy of Sidetracked Wine

3. The July 12 debut of Sidetracked Wine Co. in Chamblee includes free bubbles all weekend long

🍷 The owners of bottle shops Elemental Spirits Co. and The Zero Co. in Poncey-Highland are opening Sidetracked Wine Co. tomorrow. 

To celebrate its Chamblee debut this weekend, the shop will offer complimentary glasses of sparkling wine and give away swag bags to a few lucky patrons on Friday and Saturday.

“Our wines are representative of all regions, leaning more towards Old World regions,” said Cory Atkinson, who co-owns Sidetracked Wine with wife and business partner, Malory. “And carrying the Elemental ethos forward, we are focused on small, family-owned producers that practice under a sustainable umbrella in some form or fashion.”

🍾 Learn more about Sidetracked Wine here.

🐎 Discover equestrian luxury on 4.49± acres in Cherokee County, listed with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. This sprawling estate features a renovated main house, a PebbleTec pool and spa, a three-stall barn, and a riding arena. Have it all with modern amenities, serene privacy, and picturesque vistas.


Photo courtesy of Buckhead Restaurant Week’s Instagram

4. Quick Bites


🍗 Beloved Tucker comfort food destination Blue Ribbon Grill is relocating and adding a European-inspired sister restaurant, Jenovelle Cafe, next door.

🍭 Sugar Shane’s in Sandy Springs is throwing a second-anniversary bash today starting at 4 p.m. Expect $2 off treats ranging from banana bread to brownies in addition to Sugar Shane’s classic cookies. There will also be music from DJ JobayashiMore updates and details can be found on Instagram here.

❄️ Cool off with NaanStop’s Popsicle Party on Sat., July 13 at Atlantic Station from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will feature free handmade Rosewater Lemonade popsicles and Mango Lassi creamsicles. No purchase is necessary. The over-21 crowd can also enjoy a Pop-Tail – a popsicle and cocktail combo — and there will be family-friendly entertainment and board games.

🇫🇷 Le Bilboquet is celebrating Bastille Day on Sun., July 14 from noon-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, live music, French bites, and more. To learn more and to make a reservation visit

⚽ Copa América and Euro 2024 fans, get your watch on at Summerhill’s Halfway Crooks Beer on Sun., July 14. For more information pop on over to their website here.

🍳 Starting July 13, Indaco is launching a Saturday and Sunday brunch service beginning at 11 a.m. The Eastside BeltLine restaurant will feature a menu with highlights like ricotta toast with seasonal fruit and confit lemon; eggs with spicy tomato, basil, and Parmesan over toast; and breakfast pizza with garlic, pancetta, smoked mozzarella, farm egg, and hot sauce.

🐕‍🦺 The first Off Leash will open its doors Mon., July 15 in Alpharetta at the corner of S. Main Street and Old Milton Parkway. The location features a large outdoor and indoor dog park, a dog-friendly dining patio, and a humans-only indoor restaurant. For more updates, follow their Instagram here

🍦 Get your spoons ready! Ben & Jerry’s is on the road across seven select cities this summer to celebrate its new oat milk non-dairy ice cream – and Atlanta made the cut! The Creamy, Dreamy Non-Dairy Summer Tour will be at the Inman Park Scoop Shop on July 16 and 17. For more details visit the Atlanta event page here

🍽️ After nearly a decade on pause, Buckhead Restaurant Week (pictured) has returned. From July 22-27, 40 restaurants will be on board including PLANTA Queen, South City Kitchen, Chido & Padre’s, Snap Thai, Fado, and more. For more details and updates, check out their Instagram here. 

🍕 Junior’s Pizza in Summerhill is featuring “The Cuba Gooding Junior’s” as its July pizza of the month, available in regular, veggie, and vegan options. Similar to an open-faced Cuban sandwich, the regular option has mayo, Swiss cheese, ham, pork, pickles, and mustard, while the vegan option incorporates jackfruit, Vegenaise, and Violife cheese.

🌮 Rreal Tacos is welcoming back founder Adrian Villarreal as culinary director. He will join owners Damian Otero and Miguel Hernandez. Rreal Tacos has six Atlanta locations with a seventh under construction in Lawrenceville. 

📈 Pinky Cole, CEO and founder of Slutty Vegan, was a featured speaker at the Founder to CEO Summit on July 1. Hosted by the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC)1863 Ventures, and The Ayars Agency Inc., the event was centered on “creating equity and offering solutions to the economic injustice that Black entrepreneurs, leaders, and artists face,” according to BMAC Co-founder, President, and CEO Willie “Prophet” Stiggers.

🥇 River Remedy Brewing Company in Rome has won two gold medals in the U.S. Open Beer Championship. In the American Specialty Wheat Beer category, the Oostanaula Great White Ale was the winner, and in German Altbiers, Sabrewtage Altbier took the gold. Held in Oxford, OH, the event judges more beers than any other competition globally and ranks as the third-largest beer competition in the world.

📧 Today’s newsletter was edited by Julie E. Bloemeke.

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