D. Geller & Son plans to relocate its Smyrna location to Akers Mill in March. The family owned jewelry store is actively promoting a "moving sale." The store's current location is within Cumberland Square North shopping center. The center was previously anchored by an Office Depot, but now hosts a Goodwill thrift store as its anchor and a much smaller Office Depot. The store's new location is reportedly the current Jenny Craig space near Brooklyn Water Bagel. Over the past few years, the company has closed its location in Gwinnett near Gwinnett Place Mall and most recently, opened a location in Sandy Springs near the intersection of Hammond Drive and Roswell Road. The company also has a location off Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.
A new Courtyard by Marriott hotel is being proposed in Vinings near the Vinings Jubilee shopping center. Interestingly, as recently as last year, there was a Courtyard hotel nearby, but it was recently rebranded as the Hotel Indigo Atlanta - Vinings. Vinings Overlook, LLC recently submitted an application to rezone the site at Paces Ferry Road and Overlook Parkway for the planned five-story hotel. The application is expected to be heard a week from today.
Gigi's Cupcakes is now open on the upper level of center court at Cumberland Mall.
Buffalo Wild Wings plans to open its new location at the front of Cumberland Mall next Monday, December 7th.
Vero Pizzeria is scheduled to open next Tuesday, December 8th on Dresden Drive in Brookhaven. The pizzeria is the newest Word of Mouth Restaurant concept and serves Neapolitan-style pizza. The restaurant group, started by Buckhead Life alum Michael Arnette, currently includes HAVEN and Valenza. Although significantly delayed, a fourth concept, a diner-like eatery called "The Royal," is now slated for a late 2016 opened on Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee.
FLIP Burger Boutique has closed its Poncey-Highlands location on North Highland Avenue. The restaurant, which replaced San Francisco Coffee Co., opened as HD1, a gourmet hot dog concept, in 2011. In 2013, the decision was made to "flip" the concept to the more successful "FLIP Burger Boutique" brand. Although the Buckhead and Westside locations were already up and running, and even though the Poncey-Highlands area is full of families and new residential construction, ownership blamed its proximity to existing locations as the reason for the closure. "After careful consideration we have made the decision to close the FLIP burger Poncey-Highland location due to its close proximity to our successful Howell Mill and Buckhead locations." Could we be witnessing the beginning of the end of "gourmet burgers?" A new owner with a new concept is reportedly already in the works for the space.