Friday, November 4, 2016

Bits & Bites - Bonus

Shannon Salter Sliger, founder and former owner of Dtox Juice, plans to open {SAMA} Food For Balance early next year in Andrews Square.  Sama, which means "balance" in Sanskrit, will be a healthy cafe with a mix of foods and drinks with an Ayurvedic twist. Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.  {SAMA} will occupy the 2,700 square foot space formerly home to Czar Ice Bar.  {SAMA} will also include a meditation studio.  "The cafe will draw its decor from ancient influences around the world (think Mediterranean, Moroccan, Spanish etc). Focusing on Ayurveda practices and lifestyle, {SAMA} will offer "food for balance," such as "Balance Bowls" offering a variety of both sweet and savory flavors served hot or cold. A retail space will offer specially branded {SAMA} Skincare and a meditation room will be a part of the vibe as Shannon is a trained yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda teacher. Also of note, {SAMA} will be a zero waste facility as composting will be a part of the practice."  

Exhale spa at Avalon, which offered barre, yoga and spa amenities, closed Tuesday November 1st.  The spa opened last February with the new North American Properties development in Alpharetta.  Exhale is the second closure at Avalon in just the past week, following last week's closure of Lottafrutta.  C.Wonder closed in the project last year while Boston Proper, announced to be opening the project, never opened.  Bantu, one of the least well thought out restaurants I'd ever seen, also closed last year shortly after opening and is today Branch & Barrel, another restaurant.  Exhale's original Atlanta area location at 1065 Peachtree beside the Loews Atlanta Hotel in midtown remains open, as does the spa's other location on Elizabeth Street at Inman Quarter in Inman Park.    

Club Pilates, a Los Angeles-based pilates franchise, is planning to bring at least nine locations to metro Atlanta.  The first two, located in East Cobb and Buckhead, each have leases signed and are both "pre-selling" to would-be customers.  The Buckhead location will be in the Publix-anchored Peachtree Battle shopping center, while the East Cobb location will be in the Kroger-anchored Sandy Plains  Centre.  "Founded in 2007 and franchising since 2012, Club Pilates is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing Pilates franchise."  In addition to the Buckhead and East Cobb locations, other Club Pilates studios are reportedly coming to Alpharetta, Atlanta, Brookhaven, Johns Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Virginia  Highland, according to the business's website.  

Hampton Inn hotels on both North Druid Hills Road near Buford Highway and on Piedmont Road near the "Disco" Kroger are each undergoing exterior, and "common area" renovations.  Each property reportedly underwent room renovations "within the past few months."  A new Hampton Inn hotel is currently under construction on Piedmont Road in front of LA Fitness.  

A new NTB (National Tire & Battery) is planned for Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Tucker.  The new facility would be built on vacant land adjacent to the the existing QuikTrip and near Sam's Club.  The existing NTB, at the corner of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard, would close when the new facility opens early next year.    

Tiff's Treats, an Austin,Texas-based hot cookie and cold milk delivery business, which earlier this year opened locations in Alpharetta and Midtown, expects to open their third location in early December.  Located in a portion of the former Genghis Grill in Perimeter Square West in Sandy Springs, new intel suggests the shop should open "in the first week in December."  Tiff’s Treats was founded in 1999 in an Austin area apartment by then University of Texas students Tiffany Taylor Chen and Leon Chen.   The privately held company has been on a growth spurt of late, fueled in part by a $14 million dollar investment last year, and earlier this week, an additional $11 million investment led by Dallas-based private equity firm CIC Partners.  Additional Atlanta area locations are being scouted and could open in such areas as Decatur and Buckhead, among others.  

1 comment:

Ham said...

I wonder if the NTB relocation in Tucker is a sign that the redevelopment of the old Sears warehouse/office site is moving ahead. I know there are reports of a planned mixed use development on that site, but also heard that approval was pending due to traffic concerns.