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Representin’ : Kellie Thorn of Empire State South Is Off (Again) to Show the World the South Knows How to Drink

3 Sep
Kellie Thorn and her winning cocktail. Image courtesy Bombay Sapphire.

Kellie Thorn and her winning cocktail. Image courtesy Bombay Sapphire.

Although a true local won’t be shocked at the news, Empire State South‘s own Kellie Thorn won Most Imaginative Bartender at Bombay Sapphire gin’s regional competition, and will advance to the next round in Las Vegas on September 8.  Will the world finally recognize the superiority of the Southern cocktail? Probably not. But here’s her winning recipe to sip on while smugly knowing the truth:

Pickfair’s Garden
1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire
1 oz citrus juice (mix of lemon and grapefruit juice)
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz spiced sugar syrup (juniper, coriander, bayleaf)
4 drops Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
Carrot Foam

For the Cocktail Base:
Combine all ingredients, except for the bitters and foam, with ice and shake. Fine strain into a coupe. Add Cardamom bitters”,” and carefully top with carrot foam.  Garnish with candied carrot “twist” and sprig of carrot top

Bonus knowledge: This isn’t even the first competition she’s won.

Thanks to Bombay Sapphire for sharing the recipe.


Coming Soon: DVF for Gap Kids

28 Feb

Time to get jealous: Diane von Furstenberg is creating a lower-priced line for the Gap…Kids. A bummer to anyone over 14 and childless, the collection is slated to launch on March 15 at Gap Kids stores and online, featuring DVF’s famous bright prints, colors and wrap dresses for babies, toddlers and kids. Much like the Stella McCartney collection two years ago, we expect this will 1) fly off the shelves, and 2) you will see a lot of petite and slender women trying to squeeze into them in the dressing rooms.

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Look Familiar? One Atlanta Artist Says Yes

26 Jan

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Looks like H&M took a little too much “inspiration” from Atlanta’s own Tori LaConsay. After getting blown off from H&M, LaConsay took her tale to Regretsy, who published the awkward PR fail that started with “We employ an independent team of over 100 designers. We can assure you that this design has not been influenced by your work and that no copyright has been infringed” and ended with an apology. See the whole tale here.

Coming Soon: New Brews at Starbucks

25 Jan

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Starbucks is adding some new brews to its menu–the kind you typically drink to wind down at the end of the day, instead of kick-starting your morning. Atlanta is one of a few test markets where the coffee giant will be exploring the addition of beer and wine to its menu. Four to six stores in the Atlanta area will get the upgrade, which will be tailored “reflect local customer tastes and preferences.” We’re not really sure how Starbucks is going to determine beer preference based on geography, unless this means they will try to include locally sourced brews. Either way, we think this will make study groups and book clubs and helluva lot more interesting.

Coming Soon: Von Maur at Perimeter

7 Jan

We’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is, Von Maur is planning a second location in Atlanta, this time at Perimeter mall (much more convenient than the one at North Point).

The bad news: It’s taking the place of Bloomingdale’s.

The good news: A final clearance sale at Bloomingdale’s starts on January 8 and will run for 10 weeks.

Considering the Bloomingdale’s wasn’t pulling in enough business, perhaps the slightly lower-priced goods at Von Maur will appeal to shoppers at Perimeter. No opening date set yet, but it’s probably safe to say you’ll be able to do your holiday shopping there in December ’12.

More Por Favor: Lenox Extending Retail Space

5 Dec

Last Thursday, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Lenox parent company Simon Property Group has plans to tear down the porte cochere at the front entrance (the overhang where cars can pull up and unload in the rain) and turn that space into retail space. Which means two things: 1) Things are going to look new and shiny on the front side of the mall, and 2) Lenox is essentially getting more stores without having to lose any of the old ones!

Construction will begin in spring 2012 (just what Lenox needed, more grungy construction zones), and if all goes according to plan there should be some announcements of new retailers soon after. And then all that’s left is to press our noses to the glass and wait.

Of course, Crate and Barrel will be leaving the inner walls of the mall, venturing out to the Shops Around Lenox and leaving a huge hole across from Anthropologie, likely before this new project is completed. So it looks like there will be some large holes in Lenox for much of 2012.

All in the name of progress.

Now Closing: Filene’s Basement

22 Nov

Sad news: Filene’s Basement is closing. All of them, not just Atlanta’s. Good news: 30% off everything! More here.

Get Out: The Rink at Park Tavern Returns November 21

4 Nov
charlie brown ice skating

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If it isn’t already a holiday tradition, it should be: The Rink at Park Tavern will open on November 21. Tickets are $15 and include skate rental. Bring the kids for some cocoa, or show up for adult time and have a few drinks (because skating sober isn’t hard enough?).

This year, you can even get engaged on the ice.

The Rink is indoors, with a heated tent, modern amenities and music piped in through an awesome sound system. There’s also rink-side dining available for epic people-watching possibilities. Go ahead and buy your tickets online now (the Rink can accomodate 200 people at a time).

Park Tavern 500 10th Street in Piedmont Park.

Opening Set: Von Maur at North Point

18 Oct

It’s going to happen: Von Maur will open its first Atlanta store at North Point on November 5, despite talk that the store might not be finished in time for the holiday season. The midrange department store will bring jobs as well as a new shopping experience to the area. Bonus incentive to shop there: free gift wrapping for the holiday season.

Von Maur. Opening November 5 at North Point in Alpharetta.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Sage Clothing Tees

10 Oct


Sage Clothing debuted a cheeky collection of tees to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Show your support with a long-sleeved or short-sleeved looks sporting phrases like “Saving 2nd Base,” “Treasured Chest,” “Save the Twins,” “Breast Friends,” and “Stomp Out Breast Cancer.” The tees range from $20 to $25 and a portion of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Do it for the girls.

Sage Clothing. In Buckhead, East Cobb and Forsyth.

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