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Holiday_smallDon’t freak out yet if you still haven’t started finished your holiday shopping. This Thursday is still Terrific with over 30 participating shops and restaurants. If you’re a parent, you’re in luck! The DeKalb History Center is hosting A Night at the Museum. It’s a drop off event so parents can enjoy shopping and dining downtown while the kids have a night of crafting, entertainment, and holiday treats this Thursday. Click here for details.

If you really want to leave things to the last minute, HomeGrown has its Dude Day and Desperate Dude Day right before Christmas next week.

Best of Luck!

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With Santa visiting the stores and over 30 shops and restaurants participating by offering special deals and discounts, you don’t really need another reason to come to downtown Decatur this Terrific Thursday. So just consider these three events the icing on the cake:


1.) Stop into Wild Oats & Billy Goats for a special Terrific Thursdays event. David Stephens from All Hands Productions will be appearing with his puppet cohort, Norbert from 6 to 9 p.m.


2.) Core Performance Company is hosting a Salon celebrating new dance creation and the holidays this Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. Come into the studio to experience and talk about artistic director Sue Schroeder’s newest work with the company, SECRET. CORE will premiere SECRET on February 1. Light refreshments will be provided by Cafe Alsace. www.COREdance.org.


3.) For Terrific Thursdays Vivid Boutique is hosting Shannon Kotze, founder of Serendipity Body – all natural bath and body products and author Wendy Watkins. Stop by the store to check out the new Serendipity products and pick up a copy of Wendy’s book, The Joy Factor Recipe Book – A Common Sense to a Delicious Life.

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Remember to come to the square for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, 11 am-5 pm. Shop and eat at a local business then stop by our tent:

We’ll have free gift wrapping, snacks, Keep It Indie-Catur gift basket raffles and five minute massages.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the Oakhurst area on Saturday from 1-4pm stop by with your dog or cat and get a holiday pet portrait made!

For more info, check out this post.

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What a week! Here at the City of Decatur we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and hope that you’re in town for Small Business Saturday (more on that in a second). You should have received your Holiday Sanitation Schedule on your door this weekend. Normal trash and recycling services for Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) and Friday, Nov. 23 (Black Friday) will be on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (the day before Thanksgiving).

Black Friday
Boogaloos After Thanksgiving Day Sale. 30 percent off all full price merchandise from 9am-1pm and 15 percent off all full price merchandise after 1pm through Sunday, Nov. 25.
• At Decatur CD, Black Friday means independent-record-store-only releases. Click here for a full list.
Boutique Karma’s Black Friday Sale lasts through Nov. 25, 25 percent off the entire store.

Small Business Saturday
11am-5pm on the Square
Do your holiday shopping in Decatur and bring your local purchases to the Decatur tent on the square to get them wrapped for free! There will be holiday music, five minute massages, Keep It Indie-Catur gift basket raffles, free college football face tattoos, candy, and live musical performances around town.

1-4pm Harmony Park, Oakhurst
Bring your dog with you to Harmony Park in Oakhurst from 1-4pm to get a holiday pet portrait made.

Remember to save your receipts! Spend $200 at city of Decatur shops in the month of November, then bring them to the square on Small Business Saturday or to the second floor of City Hall during the week and get a $20 gift card from a Decatur restaurant while supplies last.

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It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Didn’t Terrific Thursdays just start? Well, yes. This week will be the second Terrific Thursdays in November. The third Terrific Thursdays will be Thursday, Nov. 29 in conjunction with the Little Shop of Stories Tree Lighting. But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

This Thursday we have over 35 participating shops and restaurants giving out specials and delicious treats. Plus, there were be an art performance on the square!

We’ve already had a couple of people bring in $200 worth of receipts from local Decatur shops. Remember, you can get a $20 gift card to a local restaurant if you bring in your receipts (details here). We still have gift cards from Chick-Fil-A, Farm Burger, Leon’s Full Service, Cafe Lily, Parker’s on Ponce, Wahoo! Grill, The Yogurt Tap (only one left!), The Square Pub and Universal Joint.

Feel free to park in the DeKalb County Courthouse deck at the corner of Commerce and Trinity Place if you’re not walking or MARTA-ing to Decatur this Thursday. It’s free to park in that deck after 5 p.m.

Happy holiday shopping and dining!



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Calling all you folks who love Christmas ornaments and artists – the 1st annual Decatur Holiday Ornament is here!  Created by clay artist Malena Bisanti-Wall, this is the first in what will be a series of hand-crafted ornaments especially for Decatur.

The Decatur Tourism Bureau launched the series and the ornaments are available with “Holidays in Decatur” or “Christmas in Decatur” inscribed.  Each ornament is hand-crafted and each ornament is different.  The ornaments are $18 and all proceeds go toward creating the 2013 holiday ornament.

You can find the ornaments in Decatur shops including Wild Oats & Billy Goats, Little Shop of Stories, and Boogaloos.  Many thanks to Weatherly Copenhaver, owner of Wild Oats, who coordinated this first in what will be a series.  If you are interested in submitting a design for the 2013 ornament, let Weatherly know or leave a comment on this blog post.

Cute display at Little Shop of Stories

Go ahead and make your purchase now – quantities are limited and if you spend $200 in a Decatur shop in November and bring your receipts to the Community & Economic Development Department in the City of Decatur, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to a Decatur restaurant (while supplies last).  Remember to “Keep it Indie-Catur” this holiday season!

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Not only are there lots of specials and discounts going on at Decatur shops and restaurants tonight, there’s also the mysterious announcement on the bandstand at 6 p.m.

Here are all of the shops and restaurants participating in Terrific Thursdays (you can read about their specials on this page):

  • Alexia Gallery
  • The Bakery at Cakes & Ale
  • Boutique Karma
  • Blue Moon Designs
  • Cafe Alsace
  • Cafe Lily
  • Collage
  • Cook’s Warehouse and Sherlocks Wine Merchant
  • Cottage Beauty Salon
  • Decatur Market Gallery
  • Eyeworks of Decatur
  • Fabu Face Spa
  • Farm Burger
  • Greene’s Fine Foods
  • Heliotrope
  • Kismet
  • Little Shop of Stories
  • Mezcalitos
  • Mingei World Arts
  • Natural Body
  • Parker’s on Ponce
  • Pinewood
  • Pure
  • Salon Red
  • Salon Red Kids
  • The Seen Gallery
  • Sq/Ft
  • Squash Blossom Boutique
  • Taste
  • The 17 Steps
  • Trinity
  • Vivid
  • Wahoo
  • Wild Oats and Billy Oats
  • Worthmore Jewelers
  • The Yogurt Tap

And don’t forget to save your receipts to get a free gift card!

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Yep, Halloween is over, November is here, which can only mean one thing: the holiday season has begun! Before you roll your eyes and mumble something to the effect of “The holidays start earlier and earlier every year. Bah! Humbug! ” just keep in mind that you don’t have to go to the mall to get your shopping done. In fact, the holidays can be a downright enjoyable experience if you stay in Decatur.

Visit www.decaturga.com/terrificthursdays to see a list of the specials, discounts and open houses that over 30 local shops and restaurants are hosting in November and December. This year Terrific Thursdays are Nov. 8, 15 & 29 and Dec. 6, 13 & 20, so mark your calendars and spend the evening walking, dining, and shopping with your family.

In addition to Thursday specials, we’ll also be posting non-Thursday events going on around town at www.facebook.com/indiecatur. Go ahead and Like the page so you can stay on top of what’s happening around town.

This year we’ll also be celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. More on that in a future post.

Know of anything we left off? If so, make sure to Tweet about it with #indiecatur to help spread the local Decatur love.

Remember, Keep It Indie-Catur this holiday season!


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Sunday, Nov. 4 • 5-8 p.m.

Natural Body, located at 225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., is bringing in some local artists to display their work, a Bumble & Bumble “play” station and some goodies from Taste for this Sunday. For a $15 registration, you will receive a mini facial and massage and the registration fee is returned for service or retail credit. Get yourself pampered before the holiday season craziness begins!

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Yes, that title is a mouthful, but it’s just too good of a deal not to mention it all at once.

Here’s how it works: you spend $200 at any city of Decatur shop(s) in November, bring your receipts to the Community and Economic Development Department (second floor of City Hall), and we’ll give you a $20 gift card from a local restaurant.

The $200 doesn’t all have to be spent at one store or on one particular day just as long as it’s in Decatur and during the month of November.

We’ll have $20 gift cards from Cafe Lily, Parker’s on Ponce, Farm Burger, Wahoo! Grill, Square Pub, Harbour Bar and Chick-Fil-A calendars. Supplies are limited, so the first few people who bring in their receipts can choose which gift card they want.

What better way to Keep It Indie-Catur this holiday season?

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Catherine Lee at 404-371-8386.

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