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Merchants slam plan for Buckhead bowling alley, bar

ATLANTA -- The Miami Circle Merchants Association has apparently created a website in its attempt to stop The Spence wine director Justin Amick from opening The Painted Pin, a bowling alley and bar slated to open in 2014 in Buckhead's Miami Circle.

Merchants reportedly do not support the special administrative permit the city of
Atlanta approved for The Painted Pin because the permit was approved for
a "family entertainment complex," not a restaurant/bar. Merchants have filed an appeal that will be heard by the Atlanta Board of Zoning Adjustments in December.

Amick responded, "We are lifelong Atlantans and current residents of the
Buckhead community. Miami Circle is a landmark destination and we greatly value its importance in Atlanta; hence the reason we chose this special location for our bowling alley project."

Amick said the business meets all codes and that all permits have been filed.

Petra Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley hosts investors' forum

ATLANTA -- Jim Easterling and Neal Sumter of the Petra Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley in Atlanta hosted a private investor’s forum for clients at the Capital City Golf and Country Club in Brookhaven on October 16. Distinguished finance and economic speakers included Bob Doll, chief equity strategist of Nuveen; Troy Gayeski, partner and sr. portfolio manager at SkyBridge Capital; and Jim Barksdale, president and chief investment officer at Equity Investment Corporation.

In addition to discussions on the market and the world economy, guests attended sessions on estate and legacy planning, aging gracefully, basic principles of investing, and improving productivity with your iPhone or iPad. 

Sprinkles Cupcakes bringing cupcake ATM to Lenox Square

ATLANTA -- For Lenox Square, this is pretty sweet.

Sprinkles Cupcakes plans to occupy a new spot at the front door of Lenox Square, the upscale Buckhead mall. Sprinkles wants to take space beside the mall's main entrance on Peachtree, where the Lenox Square façade is getting its first big makeover in years.

For those seeking that after-hour sugar fix, Sprinkles plans to have a 24/7 cupcake ATM. Earlier this summer, a similar machine debuted at a new Sprinkles in Dallas. Patrons were buying cupcakes "at $4 a pop," according to Dallas Business Journal.

Sprinkles Cupcakes has recently been expanding the concept in various markets, including its locations in Texas. The company was started eight years ago in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jim Hansberger named to REP. Magazine’s 2013 Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors In America

Jim Hansberger named to REP. Magazine’s 2013 Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors In America

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley Wealth Management announced that Jim Hansberger, managing director in the firm’s Atlanta office, has been named to REP. magazine’s annual list of “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors In America.” 

REP. magazine’s “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are ranked exclusively on assets under management custodied at their firm. Only advisors for whom 60 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients were eligible for the list.

“I am extremely proud that Jim is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Manager of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of dedicated financial professionals.”

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

SweetWater moving 420 Fest to Centennial Olympic Park

ATLANTA -- SweetWater Brewery's 420 Festival will move from Candler Park to Centennial Olympic Park for its 10th anniversary in 2014.

"We have nothing but love and gratitude for the folks at Candler Park for being such incredible hosts to our festival over the years, however we're very excited to now call Centennial Olympic Park home," said Freddy Bensch, co-founder of SweetWater Brewing Company. "Approaching our 10-year anniversary, we wanted to look long-term for opportunities that will help grow the festival, bring on bigger entertainment and provide better access for local patrons and those traveling in for the fest. This change allows all of that, plus a bigger footprint right in the heart of downtown Atlanta."

Garry W. Bridgeman joins Graystone Consulting

Garry W. Bridgeman joins Graystone Consulting

ATLANTA -- Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley, announced that Garry W. Bridgeman, Certified Investment Management Analyst, has joined the Firm’s Wealth Management office in Atlanta as an Executive Director, Financial Advisor and Institutional Consulting Director.

Mr. Bridgeman specializes in providing consulting services to philanthropic organizations, governments, corporations and individuals.  He worked at Merrill Lynch for over 34 years as a Global Institutional Consultant and Private Wealth Advisor and most recently with the Private Banking & Investment Group.

“We are delighted and honored to welcome Garry to Graystone Consulting,” said Michael Outlaw, Managing Director and Buckhead Complex Manager in Atlanta.  “Garry is a leader in the industry and community.  His extensive experience, background and reputation make him a valuable addition to the Firm.”