See live improv and stand-up comedy at the Village Theatre downtown this spring

Village TheatreSo much is happening at the Village Theatre we are dedicating an entire post to tell you about it.  If you like to laugh (it feels good, so I hope you do) check out one of their upcoming shows.  If you like to make people laugh, check out their improv classes!   All the hilarious information is below.

And remember, parking is FREE in the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops parking garage for guests of the Village Theatre and all Pencil Factory retailers.  The Village Theatre serves beer, wine and snacks, but you can grab a hearty meal before your show at Caramba Café or The Drafting Table – both located at the Pencil Factory. Continue reading

The Drafting Table is now open at the Pencil Factory!

The Drafting TableEver since tasting the goods a few weeks ago, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the official opening of The Drafting Table – and today we’re happy to announce it is here!   The Drafting Table opened Wednesday, September 26, at the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops in downtown Atlanta.   Here’s what you need to know before you go.

First, check out their new website.  If you’re like me, you like to browse the menu ahead of time.  Admit it.  You do it too.   You can also follow the latest news from the restaurant on their Facebook page.

Here are my top 5 reasons to experience this new Atlanta gastro pub: Continue reading

My visit to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market – and why you need to plan yours!

While scheduling a lunch date with a friend last week, I suggested we try the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.  Neither of us had been before and it was right around the corner from my friend’s office.  Additionally, after seeing the recent news coverage about the Sweet Auburn Historic District being named as an “endangered historic place” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I was curious to see at least one part of the area, the Market, for myself. Continue reading

Blusion Wash + Dry Eco-Friendly Laundromat Arrives at the Pencil Factory

Blusion dryersAttention students:  You no longer need to bring your laundry home to mom to get that quality clean you so crave (and isn’t it about time you learned how to do your own laundry, anyway?)   Blusion Wash + Dry, an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art laundromat, is now open at the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops.

So what makes Blusion worth checking out?   Put down that bleach and listen up.  Continue reading

Music Midtown, 311 Call Center, and the Streetcars Are Coming to Atlanta

Three big news items we’d like to cover today:

We’re sure you’ve heard…after five years, Music Midtown is finally returning to Atlanta. September 24, the long-time Atlanta music festival will return to Piedmont Park after a six year hiatus. Headlining bands will be Coldplay and The Black Keys. Other bands scheduled to perform include Cage the Elephant, The Constellations, Young the Giant, Band of Skulls, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, and more. We’re excited to have a significant music festival back in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 16 for $55. But how would you feel if Music Midtown ruined your wedding? An Atlanta couple who had booked part of Piedmont Park for September 24 started a Facebook group protesting about the surprise event that would conflict with their wedding. Fortunately, it was reported this week that the City, Piedmont Park, and Live Nation helped find a new venue for the wedding, and cheers were heard all around.

This week, it was reported that Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $3.3 million to fund an “Innovation Delivery Team” that will develop a 311 call center allowing the city’s citizens to dial 311 to find the right department for a service, freeing up 911 and other phone lines and improving customer service for Atlantans unsure of how to report information to the city. Additionally, part of the grant will help to fund anti-homelessness and anti-panhandling initiatives that will serve to reduce the incidence of both in Atlanta.

Finally, the Federal Transit Administration has announced that work can begin on the Atlanta Streetcar Project. The electric streetcar system will run 2.6 miles through the heart of downtown Atlanta, with access to residential, cultural, educational, and historic centers, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. Additionally, it will provide easy access to the new residential and dining districts popping up on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward and at the Pencil Factory on Decatur Street, offering easy transit to Georgia State University and MARTA.

With all this buzzing development, it’s an exciting time to be intown!