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River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen Opens at The Battery Atlanta

January 24, 2020

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, a famed Southern candy franchise, welcomes our newest franchisees, Doug Hicks, of Milton, Georgia and Jamie Wright, of East Cobb, to our candy family as we continue to expand our presence in the metro Atlanta area.

“We looked at several potential locations in Atlanta, and it is obvious that none of them compare to The Battery,” said Doug Hicks. The Hicks and Wrights are very familiar with the brand, having visited Savannah and River Street for years. “The product, the location (GA based) and the people on the team were a perfect fit for us,” said Hicks. 

A grand opening is planned for Friday, February 7th with a ribbon cutting, giveaways and free samples beginning at 3:00 pm.

“The Battery is an extremely exciting place in Atlanta right now and we are excited about offering a place to satisfy a sweet tooth after a great meal or day at the ballpark,” said Jamie Wright. “Our son Miller’s middle name is Murphy, partially inspired by Dale Murphy, and he is our #3, so the Lord was working in mysterious ways when we settled on that name.”

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen will be located at 455 Legends Place at The Battery Atlanta and will feature the same Southern confections that guests have come to know and love since the flagship store opened in 1973 in Savannah: World Famous Pralines®, handmade chocolate Loggerheads and homemade ice cream and gelato, just to name a few.

Friends, associates, fellow members of the Cobb Chamber and the Strickland family will be on hand to help officially welcome River Street Sweets Savannah’s Candy Kitchen to Braves fans and the people of Atlanta at the grand opening. A portion of the proceeds from all Chocolate Loggerhead® sales on opening day will be donated to the Caretta Research Project, a charity partner of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

 “We’ve seen time and again that our Southern confections, family-friendly atmosphere and old-fashioned approach to candy making appeals to people nationwide,” said Jennifer Strickland, co-founder and co-CEO. “We’re confident the people that visit The Battery will fall in love with our historic brand and we’re excited that Jamie and Doug are the ones to bring it to the area.”

About River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a joining of two well-known and highly respected gourmet candy brands based in the Southeastern U.S, River Street Sweets® and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. After operating independent brands for more than two decades, the Strickland family, the proprietors of both candy stores, reunited to offer the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity, offering a variety of handmade Southern candies crafted right in front of guests. For more information, visit

With more than a dozen corporate-owned locations across Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, and a strong mail and web-ordering program, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has grown exponentially this year. Franchise-owned locations are in Pooler, GA, Key West, FL, Lancaster, PA, Greenville, SC, San Antonio, TX, Atlanta, GA ,and an additional 2 are set to open soon in Asbury Park, NJ and Orlando, FL.  For more information regarding the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity, visit, or email

Feb. Marquee Monday to Feature Chairman Mike Boyce

January 22, 2020

Register now!

Join fellow business professionals as Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce gives the annual State of the County address Monday, Feb. 10.

Chairman Boyce will discuss Cobb’s biggest successes from this year, and share his goals for 2020 to continue moving our county forward.


Doors Open for Coffee & Networking: 7:00 AM
Breakfast: 7:30 AM
Conclusion: 9:00 AM

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Marquee Sponsor: Superior Plumbing
  • Presenting Sponsor: Georgia Power
  • Host Sponsor: Coca-Cola Roxy at The Battery Atlanta
  • Catering Sponsor: Delaware North

Registration closes and refunds will no longer be available after February 5th

Parking Instructions:

Please note: Parking is available at The Battery Red Deck for free up to 3 hours. For further parking options please refer to the Battery Atlanta Parking Guide. Check in will be located through the doors to the left of the Coca-Cola Roxy ticket box office. Security screening will be required at check-in.”

Parking link:

We encourage you to review the Roxy’s safety and security information prior to arriving.

Once you have parked please proceed to the 3rd floor. The Roxy is located near the right field gate and Live at the Battery Atlanta.

For Marquee Monday check-in and registration please enter the doors to the left of the box office where you will proceed through security.

Cobb County’s First Dedicated Axe Throwing Facility to Hold Ribbon Cutting Jan. 21

January 21, 2020

American Axes is opening its doors to their first location. Since Monday, December 16th, American Axes has been hosting select small groups and individuals for a soft open prior to opening in full to the public on January 10. Conveniently located 10 minutes or less from the Battery, Marietta Square and Kennesaw State University at 821 Livingston Court SE, Suite G, Marietta, GA 30067, American Axes is excited to become part of the Cobb entertainment community.

“We are very excited to be a new member of the thriving Marietta and Cobb County entertainment community,” said owner, Dan Fisher. The sport of Axe Throwing has grown substantially over the past decade. So much so that now the sport’s championship games are broadcast nationally on ESPN. As the sport continues to grow, American Axes is excited to bring a high-quality Axe Throwing facility to Cobb County that is different from others in the greater Atlanta-area. Amenities include:

  • VIP space to host groups of up to 12 people that has dedicated TV and audio
  • Main throwing room has single target lanes for added safety
  • Several TV’s that will play local sports
  • Vintage video game console
  • Outdoor theme that celebrates the National Parks
  • Lanes designed with highest standards of craftmanship and safety in mind

“Our tagline is Safe, Easy, Fun and our guests will experience the time that we took in the details to provide our guests with a safe and fun experience that is easy to learn,” said Fisher. The commitment to safety is paramount and American Axes took extra measures not taken by most venues to create single target lanes.

About American Axes

American Axes is a family owned and operated business founded in Marietta, Georgia in 2019. American Axes is a proud member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Comcast NBCUniversal Launches SportsTech, A Global Accelerator for Sports Technology Startups

January 15, 2020

Comcast NBCUniversal today announced the launch of SportsTech, a global accelerator for sports technology startups.  SportsTech will feature an unprecedented partnership of three of Comcast NBCUniversal’s sports brands – NBC Sports, Sky Sports and Golf Channel – alongside NASCAR and two US Olympic sports organizations: U.S. Ski & Snowboard and USA Swimming.  Comcast Ventures, the company’s San Francisco-based venture capital arm, will round out the partnership.  Each partner will serve on an advisory committee that influences the innovation priorities of SportsTech, and each will provide startups with direct access to strategic industry relationships, mentorship, and partnership opportunities.

Early stage startups from around the world are encouraged to apply for the inaugural class, which will begin in August, at

Based in The Battery Atlanta/SunTrust Park, where Comcast Cable’s Central Division headquarters are located, the new accelerator is designed to provide sports tech startups with the resources and relationships to succeed by giving them access to a broad international consortium of advisors, a custom sports tech curriculum shaped by industry experts, and investment capital.  Partners will have early exposure to emerging sports tech trends and technologies that cross multiple sports, gaining insight into how these technologies can potentially reshape and benefit their businesses.

SportsTech is the third accelerator created by Comcast NBCUniversal in the last three years, joining LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by TechStars, based out of the company’s global headquarters at the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, and The Farm, powered by Boomtown, located in Atlanta.

“We are delighted to introduce SportsTech to our suite of accelerators to help founders build sports technology and products, refine their business models, tell their stories, and benefit from the unique assets and talent of Comcast NBCUniversal,” said Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast Cable.  “Comcast NBCUniversal has some of the most prominent sports brands and we are excited to partner with founders through SportsTech.”

“The demand for sports technology across the globe has never been greater, yet most sports startups don’t have access to the resources they need to succeed nor an ability to develop relationships with the right people inside the industry,” said Jenna Kurath, Vice President of Startup Partner Development, Comcast Cable.  “SportsTech will provide the curriculum and platform for founders to develop their ideas while obtaining mentorship from leaders in multiple sports, enabling them to further deploy their technologies to dramatically improve sports experiences for athletes and audiences alike.”

Beginning in August 2020, SportsTech will offer a three-month custom-tailored program for up to 10 startups.  Initial focus areas will include technologies and products in several key categories:

  • Media & Entertainment
  • Fan & Player Engagement
  • Athlete & Player Performance
  • Team & Coach Success
  • Sports Venue & Event Innovation
  • Fantasy Sports & Sports Wagering
  • esports
  • Business of Sports

The deadline to submit an application for SportsTech is May 15.  The selected startups will reside in Atlanta for the duration of the program, operating out of SportsTech’s flagship location at The Battery at SunTrust Park, where Comcast’s The Farm accelerator is also based.  It will be directed by Boomtown Accelerators, a leading accelerator program headquartered in Boulder, CO.  Boomtown operates The Farm for Comcast NBCUniversal and has established itself as a preeminent home for early-stage startups. 

Comcast NBCUniversal has a proud history of supporting founders and startup communities, dating back to its own founder Ralph Roberts, who had the vision to see how a small cable startup in 1963 could transform into one of the most innovative global media and technology companies.  In addition to SportsTech and The Farm, run at the Central Division in Atlanta, the company also offers the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator.  Both accelerators are currently accepting applications for startups from around the world to build and refine their business. To learn about the 2020 focus areas and apply, visit and

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit for more information.

Town Center CID Launches New Website

January 15, 2020

The Town Center Community Improvement District (CID) is excited to announce its brand-new, dynamic website ( to kick off the decade. The site presents the CID as a driving force behind projects that have benefitted Cobb County’s business community for 23 years. Furthermore, it provides a more significant web presence for the CID’s creative placemaking focus, in the form of its nonprofit arm, the Town Center Community Alliance.

Developed by Marietta agency 524 Creative, the new site’s design fully integrates the CID’s organizational vision and mission. Clear, user-friendly navigation streamlines their message and empowers users to find what they’re looking for faster. Each page showcases the CID’s thoughtful, forward-thinking plans for the area through refined messaging and imagery that draws in the viewer.

The visual experience builds upon the CID’s brand, which they introduced in 2015. The design represents a refinement of the diamond shapes that comprise the CID logo, bringing them to the forefront. The site also implements new color gradients that complement the CID’s vibrant palette.  

“Our fresh website design is an evolution of our established visual brand, one that we are thrilled to roll out across all our upcoming marketing,” said Tracy Rathbone Styf, executive director of the Town Center CID. “The Town Center area is unique because it integrates natural assets into a prosperous business center. The site perfectly represents its incomparable character as well as the CID’s overall vision—to make Town Center a vibrant, accessible community and inviting regional destination.”

“We love that innovation is an integral part of the Town Center CID brand and an explicit focus of their board,” said April Wright, principal of 524 Creative. “Their openness to new ideas and boundary-pushing consistently makes them trailblazers in their field. It was a pleasure to partner with them on their new website and previous branding, and we are excited to see it launch.”

About the Town Center CID

Founded in 1997, the Town CID is dedicated to the betterment of the Town Center area through transportation infrastructure, safety improvements, beautification and other projects that enhance property value by increasing interest and investment in the community. The Town Center CID utilizes funds from voluntary commercial real estate taxes to implement its projects. For more information, please visit

Rugby ATL Hosts New Orleans Gold for Inaugural Exhibition Match

January 7, 2020

Rugby ATL is putting together the final touches as they prepare to host its inaugural exhibition match on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 pm against the New Orleans Gold Rugby at the upgraded Rugby ATL Stadium in Marietta (1494 Barclay Circle). This will be the team’s only home exhibition match and provides an exclusive opportunity to watch Rugby ATL in action for the first time as they prepare for their inaugural season. 

In addition to introducing the new pro Rugby team, there will be an introduction to the upgraded rugby stadium.  In partnership with the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Rugby ATL will host a ribbon-cutting of the stadium prior to the game at 1:30 pm and the public is invited to see the new facilities unveiled. 

“We are excited to showcase Rugby ATL to the city,” said President and CEO Bob Taylor. “This is a historic opportunity to see the first live-action in franchise history. Our roster is full of young talented players with the work ethic required to play a high speed, exciting style of rugby.”

Atlanta is tackling the league headfirst by building a team from the ground up in a city that has been a big supporter of rugby and is primed to support its first professional rugby team. General Manager and Head Coach Scott Lawrence has built a 36-man roster of experienced domestic and international professional players that will bring plenty of excitement to Atlanta.  And the new facilities demonstrate the ongoing commitment to the success and long term viability of this MLR team.  The regular season premiers on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Rugby ATL Stadium.

The team’s broadcast partners are ESPN Radio, CBS Sports Network and My ATL. The franchise is proud to announce that its current sponsors include Chicago Title, Stewart, Pure Taqueria, Keegan’s Public House – Roswell, Creature Comforts, Ready Refresh, Revolution Chiropractics and Southern Catered Events.Single Match and Season Tickets are available now. For more information on Rugby ATL, please visit

Atlanta-based Marketing Firm Spreads Holiday Cheer by Giving Back to Local Elementary

January 7, 2020

The Partnership of Atlanta, located near the Battery, partnered with Cobb County Schools to become a Partner in Education with LaBelle Elementary
School, which is in Smyrna, Ga. As a result of the partnership, Amanda Lucey, CEO of The Partnership, presented the school with a check for $1,000.

The administration is excited to use the funds to equip teachers with more technology for the classrooms, including digital cameras and printers. Additionally, Paul Watson, Principal, and Dr. Marilyn Thomas, Assistant Principal, are hoping to increase student achievement by providing
incentives for their hard work. With the combined technology and incentives, the administration is hoping to see gains in reading and math.

“There are always needs within a Title 1 School, so any support is greatly appreciated,” commented Watson. LaBelle is a Title 1 Arts Integration School, meaning they receive federal funds for low-income students to ensure they receive the necessary funds for their education. LaBelle consists of 410 students and about 70 teachers and staff members. Of the 410 students, 70% are Hispanic and about 30% are African American.\

“We are proud of our mission at LaBelle in which we work each day to be a community inspiring student success,” said Thomas.

For more information about LaBelle Elementary or to find out how you can get involved, visit their
website at


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