Friday, March 23, 2018

Bonus Bits & Bites

Men's retailer Mizzen + Main plans to open a new pop-up store at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park in the coming weeks.  The new men's shop, which is opening in the same space in which Chubbies popped-up last year, is expected to open Thursday March 29, in time for the The Atlanta Braves home opener at 4:10 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Mizzen + Main, who proudly states "We are not cotton. We are better than cotton." primarily features men's dress and casual shirts made of Nylon, Polyester and Spandex.  The shirts as said to breathe, stretch, and wick away moisture, require no ironing or dry cleaning, and be machine washable.  Mizzen + Main claims their shirts are "comfortable AF" and are made of "performance fabric."    The brand's online origins and brick & mortar evolution is not unlike the growth of fellow men's lines UNTUCKit and Bonobos.   The Dallas, TX-based brand has one other pop-up shop open, in Plano, Texas, and is also carried by a number of local retailers including Nordstrom at Perimeter Mall and  assorted Kinnucan's locations, among others. 

Aaron Brothers, an art & framing retailer which first opened in 1946, announced yesterday that it will be closing all of its 94 stores nationwide.  The retailer, owned by The Michaels Companies, will be incorporated into the existing Michaels stores as "store in stores" offering custom framing.  The lone Atlanta area Aaron Brothers is located on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs Plaza in Sandy Springs.  The store is roughly 5,300 square feet.  There was no timetable announced for how soon the stores will close.  Aaron Brothers previously operated at least two other locations in metro Atlanta, one in Buckhead, the other in East Cobb.  The former Buckhead location, on Peachtree at Pharr Road, is under construction to become the new Modera Buckhead apartment complex.  The East Cobb location on Johnson Ferry Road in an outpacel of Woodlawn Square shopping center became a AAA Auto Car Care Plus.  

My friends at Scoop OTP reported Thursday that The Real Fix Pizzeria in Roswell will close temporarily to rebrand itself as its sister restaurant, Local on North.  Restaurateurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac of F&H Food Trading Group opened The Real Fix Pizzeria in 2014 before selling it to current owners husband and wife Salem Makhlouf and Georganne Rose in 2015.  Local on North opened last year in downtown Canton and has proved quite popular.  The transition for Real Fix will include changing the name to Local on North Roswell, adding menu options similar to those that are available at the Canton location, custom cocktails, and building an outdoor alley-style patio.  Real Fix's popular pizza options will remain on the menu.  The owners told Scoop that the rebranding should be complete before the first Alive After Five event in Roswell — a monthly street festival that highlights local businesses with a street fair.  The first event is April 19. They also shared that plans are in the works to open a third Local on North in downtown Duluth. 

Batter Cookie Dough Counter, the popular Ponce City Market eatery offering dough in a variety of flavors, will pop up at Alpharetta's Avalon every Saturday and Sunday this summer, beginning April 8 and running through the end of October.  Batter will serve up eggless cookie dough in The Plaza, Avalon’s central green space at the heart of the mixed-use development.  The product is made locally by High Road Craft, and flavors include chocolate chip, sugar cookie, cookies and cream and salted caramel. The pop-up will have six standard flavors and one rotating “Flavor of the Weekend.” Select flavors are also available in vegan and gluten-free varieties.  Batter's cookie dough is offered in a cup or waffle cone and catering is also available.  The pop-up will be open Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.   

You are not dreaming, we did announce that Savannah's popular salad joint Zunzi's was opening a new location on Howell Mill Road.  The restaurant, opening at 1971 Howell Mill Road, just off Collier Road, is still opening but has been delayed by, you guessed it, the City of Atlanta permitting process.  Owner Chris Smith, who originally hoped to be open by the end of 2017, is now targeting a mid-May opening.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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