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terrific thursday sign in window

Look for this sign in the window of participating Decatur businesses.

Terrific Thursdays continue tonight in Decatur! Not only can you find bargains and refreshments while shopping locally, but you can enjoy the new lights around the Square while riding the Pedicab. Wow- was there enough information in that sentence?

Seriously, tonight (and every Thursday through December 17) is the night you will want to shop Decatur. Businesses and restaurants are staying open late and offering discounts or refreshments, or both. We have also hired the Pedicab to transport you and your packages from place to place. Look for their lights and “Free Rides” signs.

pedicab guy

The Pedicab is waiting to take you for a ride!

pedicab sign

Look for the "Free Rides" sign.

lit up bandstand

The Bandstand Glows at Night

Hope to see you shopping and dining in Decatur!

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Wow, a weekend in Decatur and no festivals. What will we do? No fear- there is “always something fun to do in Decatur”.

dha hc On Friday night, plan on attending the Decatur High School Homecoming Parade, unless the rain moves in. We will keep you updated. If not raining, the Parade begins at 5:30 pm. Meredith fills us in with the details in the previous blog.

WePoOct09LgFor the readers that are shoppers (and even those who are not) visit the shops in Downtown Decatur as they celebrate Fourth Friday. Discounts, refreshments, and more. Great time to begin your holiday shopping, support our local businesses, and have fun all at the same time!

pumpkins-1Glennwood Academy’s Great Pumpkin Extravaganza will be held all weekend long! Many types of pumpkins will be available for purchse. Check the dates and times below.

  • Friday, October 16th and 23rd:   3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17th and 24th:   10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 18th and 25th:   Noon until 6 p.m.
  • jck olDecatur Active Living invites the community to participate in a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street. Clean and carve your pumpkin for Halloween! Dress for the event and join the fun. For more information contact Lee Williams, Lee.Williams@decaturga.com, 678-553-6551.

    On Saturday evening, Our House presents  “A Night in Tuscany”, a fundraiser for the organization. The event will be held at Callawolde Fine Arts Center from 6:30 until 11 pm. For more information, click here.

    woodlandsgarden_logoOn Sunday, from 2 until 4 pm, join the community at Woodlands Garden for “Music in the Garden” featuring acoustic musicians Don Fay and George Eckard of “The Unusual Suspects”. For more information, click here.

    Little Shop of Stories invites everyone to its Coraline Movie Screening tonight at 7 p.m. Get into the Halloween spirit early this year by joining the Little Shop folks for some popcorn and a screening of a favorite super creepy (and well-made) movie, Coraline, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Read more about this event here.


    The Annual Church Street Fall Fest is this Sunday. For more information, see our previous post on the festival.

    Have a great weekend in Decatur!

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    The weather is suppose to be beautiful this weekend. So while you’re out enjoying the weather, I would recommend:

    1.) …stopping by Boogaloos Boutique for a trunk show this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring local jewelry designer R. Canady. She will be bringing some of her new fresh and colorful handmade pieces for Spring and Summer.

    2.) …attending the pre release party for Greg Connors and the Block at Sycamore Place Gallery and Studios on Saturday from 7-10 pm. Sycamore Gallery is located at 120 Sycamore Pl., 404-377-7747.

    3.) …researching this week’s new releases at Decatur CD.

    4.) …walk/running with a group from Big Peach Running at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

    5.) …heading over to the upper parking lot of Decatur High School for the annual Wheels Day/Touch a Truck Day on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

    Photo: Drew Stauss

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    What fun to walk around Decatur on such a beautiful morning. I was out checking out some more gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. I stopped in By Hand South and saw a lot items that would make great gifts. In addition to the great one of a kind handmade jewelry selection, By Hand South also has great gift items such as glassware, carved wood, metal and more.

    Glassware at By Hand South

    Glassware at By Hand South

    Mingei has a lot of unique gifts as well. I bought myself a lovely pendant that states I am the “Queen of Everything”! How fun is that? I was tempted by the freshwater pearls, earrings and bracelets as well, but decided one gift for myself was enough.  Mingei has merchandise at all price points, so you are sure to find something that you cannot live without.
    Freshwater Pearls at Mingei

    Freshwater Pearls at Mingei

    The Seventeen Steps has a nice selection of Valentine gifts. They always have great displays which makes it easy to locate the new items.

    Valentine Display at the Seventeen Steps

    Valentine Display at the Seventeen Steps

    And because it is Valentine’s weekend I could not resist adding a photo of our Valentine Couple in front of the Old Courthouse.
    Have a great weekend!
    Valentine Couple on the Square

    Valentine Couple on the Square

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    When you think of Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind? Why a big red heart filled with chocolates, of course! Greene’s on Trinity has some of the prettiest and biggest hearts I have seen. greenesheartsThey offer custom packed heart boxes from $7.50 to $150 in all styles and sizes filled with chocolate, nuts, fudge or even gummies.


    Decatur CD is stocked up with a  lot of new releases in case your sweetie is not a candy lover. They will assist you with your selections if you are undecided. Check out their blog http://decaturcd.blogspot.com/ for new releases and concert information.



     Wild Seed Boutique on Ponce de Leon is having a Valentine’s Day Sale that lasts through Monday. Entering “Wild Seed” is like entering a New York Boutique. You will be sure to find some unique clothing for yourself or your Valentine.


     sweet relief!

    Mingei World Arts located on Church Street is carrying “Sweeties Sugar Scrub”, an all natual skin slougher concocted by a former nutritionist and chef who is a friend of Ann, the owner. The scrub contains argan oil from a bedouin women’s co-op in Morocco. Mingei also has a new selection of jewelry and silk that has just arrived from Thailand. Stop in to find some unique gifts for yourself or loved ones.


    Little Shop of Stories had a good selection of Valentine-themed books for the child in all of us!

    Little Shop of Stories has a good selection of Valentine-themed books for the child in all of us!


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    I love to shop and I love bargains, so Decatur is the place for me! Walking through Decatur, I have seen  many signs for sales and other items that I think would be perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts.

    Whit’s End on Ponce de Leon has deeply discounted their winter items to make room for the new spring merchandise. And let’s face it, this warm weather in February will not last. This is a great opportunity to pick up something new and fresh to wear for the remaining cold weather, or to keep your loved one warm for Valentine’s weekend.

    rockit-50-offRockit Boutique on the Square is having a 50% off Winter Merchandise Sale. I can’t wait to wear the new skirt I purchased. It will take me right into Spring! Of course I had to buy some hoop earrings to accessorize.



    Boutique Karma on Church Street is also having a sale. Many items in the store are marked down 25 to 80%.  The Boutique has women’s bouti-karma-sign1clothing, shoes, accessories and more. Stop in for a look and I bet you will find an item or two that you want to take home.



    Squash Blossom has a great window display wishing you “love” in many languages. I know many women who would love to receive a gift from here. The sign outside says they have received  new HOBO and Free People. Stop in and check it out.squash-blos-window

    Both Squash Blossom and Kaleidoscope Boutique have a sale section in the back of the store so if you are looking for more bargains, head to the back. I know, it is hard to make it to the back when so many of the new fashions tempt you!

    There are many more shops in Decatur, and if you know of any other sales, please let us know. We will be out and about this week searching for Valentine’s gifts for our loved ones.

    Hope to see you around town.

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    boudreauxblackwaterThe Seen Gallery has relocated to downtown Decatur.  Conveniently located at 415 Church Street, the new space is two doors down from Java Monkey coffee and wine bar and one door down from Mingei World Arts, directly across from the Decatur Marta train station. 


    Plan to attend the sneak preview this Friday, January 23,  7-10 PM


    From Bill Bibb: “We, and our talented artists, are tremendously excited about the new space and the opportunity to more efficiently serve the art community.  We plan to resume regular, expanded business hours in mid February.  We have been working hard to open for business as soon as possible.  More than a few fresh coats of paint and we are almost there. We invite you to plan to attend our sneak preview, have a glass of wine with us, and talk with us about our plans for the new venue. The open house is presented in association with ATLart09, 18 days of city wide gallery openings, museum exhibitions, and lectures.”


    Mark your calendars!

    The Seen “Grand Reopening” will be on Saturday, March 7, 7-10 PM


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    Tomorrow evening will be the first Terrific Thursday in December, which means two things:

    1.) Santa will be out and about, visiting the shops and handing out candy canes! and…
    2.) Two Terrific Thursday shuttles (Cliff buses) will be circling Decatur to take shoppers around town. The route and all ten stops can be found on the map here.


    Each stop is marked with one of these fancy Shuttle Stop signs. Special Events Coordinator, Cheryl Burnette, is an expert at getting the signs in the ground – in heels no less!

    We’re also excited about our brand new Terrific Thursday signs featuring a festive flamingo and penguin (we figured reindeers and polar bears were overused this time of year). Five of these signs will appear around the city every Thursday night until Christmas. Take a picture of you and your family standing by one of these signs, send it to us and we’ll include it on this blog!

    Jeff, owner of Whit’s End, is kindly helping us out by taking care of the West Ponce Terrific Thursday sign for the next few weeks. He’ll be placing it outside on his end of the street each Thursday. Can you find the other four? *Hint: check out where Juan and I are standing in the photo above.*

    A couple of highlights for this week’s Terrific Thursdays:

    Dresscodes is throwing a two year anniversary party with a great art show opening. These events are always a lot of fun and the best part is you can still do some holiday shopping while you’re mingling with the crowd.



    greensfinefoodsThis Thursday at Greene’s make your own gingerbread house from 3 to 8 p.m. The folks over at Greene’s will help you get in the holiday spirit and entertain your kids while you shop in the store at 10% off. The cost is $15 per house and is first come, first serve.

    Visit the City’s Terrific Thursday page for a listing of the participating shops and restaurants.

    >Terrific Thursdays 2008

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    Decatur eLife will be highlighting Terrific Thursdays this holiday season. Below are just two videos to get you into the shopping mood for this evening. Remember, tonight is the last Terrific Thursday before Thanksgiving (and Black Friday). So, go out there and save money while you shop locally!

    More Terrific Thursday videos to come…

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    Over forty shops and restaurants have signed on to participate in Terrific Thursdays. In this post, I’ve just highlighted a few of the specials that are being offered this week. To see a complete list of participating shops and deals visit the Terrific Thursday webpage at Decaturga.com.


    Melrose on Ponce invites everyone to their Holiday Open House. Stop by and enjoy discounts, yummy treats, complimentary beverages and live music on the front porch. 

    Dresscodes is offering 25 percent of purchases of $100 or more (see flyer to the right). In addition to the cute sweaters and chic jeans, Dresscodes has a great selection of locally designed jewelry and other fun accessories like cute reusable hand warmers.

    Worthmore Jewelers and Gallery is featuring an artist every Thursday. This week’s artist is photographer Bobi Diamond. Also, make sure to bring some canned food with you. Worthmore is collecting food for Hands On Atlanta. Every time you donate, you can enter in a chance to win a $100 gift card.

    Decatur Travel Agency is hosting a Barbados Night this Thursday. Enjoy Barbados music, snacks and refreshments and learn about the January Barbados Jazz Festival.

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