Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bits & Bites

This week's bits & bites are just a jump away...

Jacadi is closing its location at Lenox Square.  The children's clothing retailer has been located on the mall's second floor near Abercrombie & Fitch for many years.  If memory serves, Jacadi replaced ... sweet factory.

Aladdin's is reportedly the first restaurant signing at Phase 2 of Emory Point.  The Mediterranean restaurant currently has one location in Sandy Springs on Roswell Road.  Despite the recent closing of Bonefish Grill at Emory Point, the project has been an overall success with Phase 2 slated for completion next spring.

TOMS is getting into the premium coffee business.  The "One For One" model, popularized by TOMS iconic shoes, is now being applied to coffee, with TOMS Roasting Co.  Blake Mycoskie started TOMS in 2006, and after the success of the shoes, added eyewear two years ago, and most recently opened two stores in which in-house cafes serve cups and sell bags of TOMS Roasting Co. coffee.   The first two stores / cafes opened in Austin, Texas and Venice, California, both in former homes.  TOMS stores sell the entire TOMS line from the shoes for the whole family, to eyewear, and now coffee.  The diversified product line allows for TOMS to both take better advantage of square footage and better compete in a crowded retail environment with the in-house coffee.  In the case of the shoes and eyewear, the "give" for the purchase was a pair of shoes or glasses. In the case of the coffee, one bag of coffee purchased means one week of clean water for a community in need while a cup of coffee translates to a day's worth of water.  I doubt an Atlanta store is on the immediate horizon, instead I'd expect for places like Portland, Oregon or perhaps San Francisco to see stores first.

Mr. Mister Mosquito Control, a local leader in solving mosquito control issues, last week purchased MosquitoFree Backyards. Following the acquisition, Mr. Mister became the second largest mosquito control company in Metro Atlanta. Following TOMS' "One For One" principle, for every new customer, Mr. Mister Mosquito donates a life-saving mosquito net through Nothing But Nets, to help combat malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Bar Meatball officially opens today.  The meatball eatery takes the place of the beloved Pozole on Greenwood Avenue, just off North Highland Avenue.  The restaurant seems to be modeled after the popular The Meatball Shop in New York. Each concept serves a variety of meatballs either naked or in a sandwich, as well as assorted sides, ice cream sandwiches and plenty of coffee options.

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