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fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

ATLANTA -- Many people dream of being their own boss, but struggle to make the leap.

Twelve years ago, Atlanta native Dana Spinola gathered the courage to turn her lifelong passion into a profession and opened her first clothing boutique, fab'rik.

"I get up early. I stay up late. My mind is always working," she said.

And it's perfectly understandable. Spinola has had a lot on her plate since starting fab'rik. She has since opened 21 boutiques and franchises. Her mission has always been frugal fashion -- less than $100 -- in a fun, inviting boutique environment.

Being your own boss can seem liberating, but many who make that leap say they end up working even more.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

 

Atlanta -- Morgan Stanley announced today that, Brian Frank, a Managing Director - Wealth Advisor, with the Premier Wealth Management Group in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to The Financial Times’ inaugural list of America’s Top 400 Advisors.

                                    

The “Financial Times’ Top 400 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who have a minimum of $250 million in assets under management (AUM) and ten years of industry experience. Qualified financial advisors were scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance records, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility.  Financial advisors also had to commit to complete anonymous quarterly sentiment surveys for the FT.

 

Chamber to host Partners in Education breakfast

Chamber to host Partners in Education breakfast

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast reception for the school district's Partners in Education later this month.

The event will be held Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 8 a.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School.

Several awards will be presented at the breakfast, including the Outstanding Business Partner of the Year, Outstanding Fayette County School and the Junior Entrepreneur Award.

Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., will be the keynote speaker. A.B. Combs is the first leadership elementary school in the U.S.

Visit fayettechamber.org to register for the event. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Spring Hill Elementary is located at 100 Bradford Road in Fayetteville.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Olive Garden promises cheaper food, more options

Olive Garden promises cheaper food, more options

(NBC) -- Fret not, Olive Garden lovers: The "endless" breadsticks aren't going away.

But new management has big changes in store for the casual dining chain, which touts family-style Italian food and has struggled with declining sales.

The chain's president, Dave George told investors on Tuesday the changes include creating a new logo and toning down its the "Old World Style," the Tuscan-style stonework and wooden archways that have been a signature part of Olive Garden restaurants since 2000.

"You're not going to see stainless steel showing up tomorrow in a Tuscan Farmhouse," George said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

George, who became Olive Garden's president in January, said the look would be "more relevant." Olive Garden is part of the Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants chain that includes Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse.