Friday, May 4, 2018

It's Official - Summer May Now Begin

After a one-week rain delay Food Truck Thursdays kicked off with a live band, courtesy of City of Dunwoody government.  We're looking forward to another season, every Thursday through October, weather permitting.  

A little bird told me that the rained-out Kosher food night has been rescheduled to May 17.

Weather updates will be posted to the Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays Facebook page and copied to the DHA page.  Anyone can see these updates even without a Facebook account.  If the weather looks like it's changing, updates about cancellations will be here.

But wait - there's more!

Tomorrow sees the debut of the all-new Dunwoody Farmers Market.  The committee has been hard at work lining up vendors, establishing some managers to oversee operations, and set up a fun communal atmosphere on Saturday mornings.  DHA and yours truly will be on site with some goodies so come say hello while you shop for dinner.

And to round out the weekend.....

DHA Board meets on Sunday at 7:30 at the North DeKalb Cultural Center.  Everyone is invited to be part of the conversation.  There will be candidates for office introducing their campaigns and local legislative updates that will impact Dunwoody's direction.  Join us on site or watch the live stream on Facebook.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Brew Pub Episode IV: A New Hope

Recently seen on the Atlanta Beer Redditt feed

I wanted to let you know Crim has just begun designing a new restaurant driven development which will be located in Dunwoody.
It’s a new development with an “old world” feel!
Our site overlooks Georgetown Park, a 1 acre City park that is available for our use-music, tastings, you name it! Also, the City will allow us to obtain an open container permit for the development!
Great spot for a brewery/brew pub!
*2,400 apartments within a 5 minute walk *126,100 people within a 15 minute drive *Avg. HH Income $123,495 within a 15 minute drive *Average age in Dunwoody- 37
Please let me know if you would have interest in discussing further.
Proposed delivery of spaces in 4th quarter of 2019.
Thank you for your consideration!
Archie C. Wanamaker Crim & Associates 678-516-6958
Don't just sit there, call the man!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Making WHAT Place???

This week's Atlanta Business Chronicle includes a "Dunwoody Market Report" with several major articles and op-ed pieces

If you subscribe or still have access to your complimentary content, here is the link to the section and its articles:


A few things jumped out at me in the hotel-related articles.

City hotels undergoing major renovations

Dunwoody makes a place for green space

Our Convention and Visitors Bureau is using this article and other outlets to promote Dunwoody hotels and the development of greenspace features for those hotel visitors.

So what's the problem?

Last weekend I attended a major conference at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia.   The leader of the host organization is a friend of mine.  We talked about the hotel and amenities and other moving parts of the conference.

She had NO idea that the hotel was in Dunwoody!

During the conference, Governor Deal visited and welcomed the attendees to the "City of Atlanta".
The governor of the state of Georgia had no idea he was speaking in Dunwoody.

How is that even possible??

Let's look at the hotels section of the CVB website.

According to the Dunwoody CVB, there are no hotels in Dunwoody.
They're all in "Atlanta".

Here's a screenshot:

Three hotels are listed in this image; if you visit the page, the rest of the hotels listed also give their address as "Atlanta".

With all of the chatter about "place making" and "Shape Dunwoody" and other slogans being tossed around in press releases, would it really be so hard to get some agreement and consistency about the name of the "place" being made?

Dunwoody.  D-U-N-W-O-O-D-Y.  

We really need our CVB and other agencies to get on board with reinforcing the city's NAME before delving into the minutiae of academic "place making".

Earlier this month, I received an email sent to the DHA from the Convention & Visitors Bureau office about the promotional efforts their agency was making.

I replied via email and pointed out the inconsistency between their bureau and the city listed in the address of "Dunwoody's" hotels.

They didn't answer.