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13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirteen Georgia bars have made Southern Living magazine's list of 100 Best Bars in the South.

Says Southern Living, "We sipped our way through the South to compile a list of our 100 favorite Southern bars. From down-and-dirty dives to sleek and buzzy cocktail lounges, these spots are sure to liven up any Friday night."

Georgia bars on the list are:

* The National, Athens
* Normal Bar, Athens
* The World Famous, Athens
* Argosy, Atlanta
* The Brookhouse Pub, Atlanta
* H. Harper Station, Atlanta
* Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
* One Flew South, Atlanta
* The St. Regis Bar, Atlanta
* Kimball House, Decatur
* Paper Plane, Decatur
* Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah
* The Sparetime, Savannah

Buckhead Atlanta project reaches construction milestone

ATLANTA - The project now known as Buckhead Atlanta has endured a bankruptcy, a name change and years of uncertainty. Now, the project is finally coming together.

The signing of the top beam for the long-delayed project was like a sigh of relief for the crew who has worked for the past six years to get the billion-dollar project up and running.

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"Many of those involved since the beginning thought this day would never come. Many of our employees felt the same way," said Al Petrangeli, Georgia Division president for Balfour Beatty Construction.

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

NEW YORK -- Retailer Macy's will lay off approximately 2,500 workers as it restructures its business, it said Wednesday afternoon.

The layoffs and other cost-saving changes are expected to to generate savings of about $100 million beginning this year, the company said in a press release.

"We have identified some specific areas where we can improve our efficiency without compromising our effectiveness in serving the evolving needs of our customers," said CEO Terry Lundgren in that press release.

The retailer will close five Macy's stores in early spring 2014. The stores that will close are in Fiesta Mall, Mesa, Ariz.; Metcalf South Shopping Center, Overland Park, Kansas; Jamestown Mall, Florissant, Mo., Medley Centre, Irondequoit, N.Y.; and Fashion Place Mall, Murray, Utah.

It will also combine its Midwest Region with its North Region to create a new North Central Region.

Macy's has eight stores in metro Atlanta.

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

ATLANTA -- The lanes at 300 Atlanta were packed with nearly 35 Atlanta-area companies for the fifth annual “Bowling For Education” fundraiser, held on Thursday, Nov. 5. The event, which supports the Simon Youth Foundation, raised a record-breaking $112,250 this year, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $100,000. 

“We could not be more thrilled about the success of this year’s Bowling for Education event,” said Leslie Bland, co-chair of Bowling for Education in Atlanta and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Phipps Plaza. “We’re so grateful for the incredible enthusiasm from our Simon family and for the generous donations from all our committed partners. The immense support for this annual event has helped Simon Youth Foundation provide more and more educational opportunities for our future Georgia leaders.”

Conway MacKenzie named Outstanding Turnaround Firm 2013 By Turnarounds & Workouts magazine

Conway MacKenzie named Outstanding Turnaround Firm 2013 By Turnarounds & Workouts magazine

ATLANTA -- Conway MacKenzie, Inc., the premier consulting and financial advisory firm in the middle market, is proud to announce it has been recognized as one of the nation’s Outstanding Turnaround Firms for 2013 from Turnarounds & Workouts, the leading industry publication. This is the twelfth time Conway MacKenzie has been recognized by the publication.

“We have established extremely high standards at Conway MacKenzie and are proud of the significant achievements that our professionals accomplished throughout the past year,” said Van Conway, chief executive officer and president of Detroit based Conway MacKenzie, Inc. “To be chosen as one of the Outstanding Turnaround Firms for the twelfth time by this prestigious group is an noteworthy accomplishment and honor for me and the hardworking, dedicated team at Conway MacKenzie.”

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

SweetWater's holiday brew named to nation's top 10

ATLANTA -- SweetWater's annual holiday brew has been named to BeerInfo's list of the top ten Christmas beers in the nation for this year.

SweetWater Festive Ale is a flavorful holiday beer, spiced with cinnamon and mace to get the holiday spirit in high gear.

BeerInfo describes it as a "strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace to keep you warm and toasted all winter long."

The limited-run brew is on sale in 6-packs at local stores, and will around through the remainder of the holiday season.

BeerInfo's annual list looks at craft and microbrews from across the nation. A number of the beers they have included in their list are available at retailers across Metro Atlanta.

The entire list: