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Wild Heaven announces brewery construction plans

AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. -- Wild Heaven Craft Beers announced Oct. 4 plans to begin construction on an 8,000 square-foot brewery located in Avondale Estates.

The company announced in a press release that it had recently completed full funding for the construction, which was originally scheduled for 2012. The release also stated brewmaster Eric Johnson, founder of Athens' popular Trappeze beer bar, will be transitioning from "Consulting" brewmaster to full-time Wild Heaven brewmaster.

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers was founded byNick Purdy, publisher of Paste magazine with recipes developed by Johnson. The brand entered the metro Atlanta retail market in 2011 and currently brews four beers as year-round offerings.

All About Developmental Disabilities taps Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt as new Justice Trainers

All About Developmental Disabilities taps Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt as new Justice Trainers

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), a nonprofit providing support services across Georgia for families living with developmental disabilities, has hired Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt to serve the South Georgia area as Justice Trainers and Transition Support Advocates.

In their new role, they will work with those transitioning out of RoseHaven into community based living residences and they will educate law enforcement officials on how best to deal with individuals with developmental disabilities when they encounter them on emergency or law enforcement calls.

Cathy Burks is an AADD Partners in Policymaking graduate, where she received training on how to be an advocate for her son, who has a developmental disability, and others like him. She has also served with the Governor's Council on Disabilities on the Children’s Freedom Initiative in Washington, D.C.

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.

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Cardlytics, the leader in Card-Linked Marketing, today announced a key addition to the leadership of the company. The company named Jim Morgan as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Morgan will lead the finance and accounting teams at Cardlytics, and will be based in Atlanta.

“Jim comes at a pivotal point for Cardlytics,” said Scott Grimes, CEO of Cardlytics “His global financial management expertise - and depth of experience in navigating significant growth - is exactly what we need to take the company to the next level.”

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams retires

ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams announced his retirement on Tuesday. According to a release, he told the Chamber's executive committee he will retire at the end of 2013 or when a replacement is hired.

Williams has served as the Chamber's president since December 1996, and had been at the forefront of a number of initiatives, including helping the city meet the standards of the Clean Water Act, to helping to attract more high tech, logistics and bioscience firms to Metro Atlanta.

At 68, Williams has served three years beyond the commitment he made in 1996 to serve until age 65. At the encouragement of the Chamber's executive committee, Williams has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the year, or until a replacement can be hired in 2014.

MOSAIC Group Wins Guildmaster Award for Customer Service

MOSAIC Group Wins Guildmaster Award for Customer Service

Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] has been awarded a 2013 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer service. The company is owned by William Fadul and Rick Goldstein. GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.

Over the past few months, GuildQuality reviewed numerous survey responses submitted by clients of Guildmaster candidates. In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. MOSAIC Group achieved a recommendation rate of greater than 90 percent from their customers, who were surveyed through GuildQuality.