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Frameworks Gallery Celebrates 40 Years in East Cobb

Sisters Sunny Walker, Diane Spencer and Jean Willey celebrate the 40th anniversary of Frameworks Gallery.

Sisters Sunny Walker, Diane Spencer and Jean Willey celebrate the 40th anniversary of Frameworks Gallery.

It’s clear the custom framing business that sisters Diane Spencer and Sunny Walker started in their basement 40 years ago can no longer be considered a hobby. As their business grew from the Parkaire to Merchants Walk to Woodlawn Point shopping  centers, they finally settled in at their current location in Woodlawn Square 12 years ago. Also, as their interest and knowledge in original art expanded, they changed the name of their store from Frameworks to Frameworks Gallery.

Frameworks Gallery is truly a local family business. The owners brought their children to work with them or helped watch each other’s children. Their sister, Jean Willey, started working with them, and a son is now the framing manager. They’ve provided artwork and framing for generations of families, and they credit their success with striving to be the best at what they do, while putting the customer first.

“We love the saying, ‘quality endures,’ and we are using this as our mantra for the business,” shares Walker.

Through the years, Frameworks Gallery has expanded to display a wide variety of artistic media, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels and pottery. In fact, they just completed the art and framing for the new East Cobb WellStar facility.

“We introduce novice art buyers to the process of collecting fine art of all mediums, and we take pride in introducing veteran collectors to artists they may never have seen,” says Spencer.

Longtime customer Becky Wallis shares that she goes nowhere else for her framing needs. “I have been coming here for years, and every piece in my house has been framed by them,” says Wallis.

Frameworks Gallery will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with customers through the month of November, including a Gala Art reception Nov. 15. For more information, visit, call 770-973-6701 or go to their store at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30068.


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Network at ECBN Mornings


ECBN Mornings, an East Cobb Business Association (ECBA) event, are held every Friday at 7:30am at Capossi’s NY Deli, 4983 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062.

Come for open business networking. Cost is $3 for entry, $5 with coffee $8 for

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Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta Acquires Two Long-Term Care Pharmacies


Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta, a leading long-term care pharmacy and locally-owned member of the Guardian Pharmacy family, announced the acquisition of the long-term care division of Moye’s Pharmacy in Stockbridge, Georgia, and Wender & Roberts Assisted Living Pharmacy in Roswell, Georgia. This strategic expansion caps two years of exceptional growth and positions the company to now serve group homes, assisted living and skilled nursing communities from Macon to the north Georgia state line.

The acquisition increases the pharmacy’s resident customer base by more than 112 percent and its prescription volume by more than 70 percent. In addition, since inception in 2012, Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta has increased its employee base from 10 to 43 through acquisition and organic growth.

“This strategic move allows us to expand our outreach to more facilities and partner with them to offer enhanced pharmacy services,” said Matt Hopp, president and founder of Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta. “When we opened in 2012, our organizational goal was to impact the long-term care landscape by providing exceptional customer service and innovative solutions to help communities better serve their residents. We feel we are already making our mark and reaching significant milestones.”

According to Kendall Forbes, RPh, co-founder of Guardian Pharmacy and executive vice president of sales and operations, “Over the past few years, Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta has established itself as a leader in Georgia’s long-term care industry by serving as a true ally for its assisted living and skilled nursing customers. This acquisition is a significant step forward and demonstrates the growth and success pharmacies have when they provide superior service and proactive support.”

The pharmacy also announced that it will now offer Medicine-On-Time’s multi-dose dispensing system that color codes medications by time of day. This is in addition to the pharmacy’s current unit-dose and automated multi-dose strip packaging options.

Moye’s 2,500 sq. ft. long-term care pharmacy will serve as an additional location for Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta under the Guardian name, allowing for even greater personalized attention to facilities in the southern part of the footprint. Wender & Roberts Assisted Living Pharmacy’s customers will now be serviced through Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta’s flagship 10,000 sq. ft. pharmacy in Marietta.

Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta is one of 22 pharmacies in the Guardian family that together serve 14 states and more than 50,000 residents, making it the third largest long-term care pharmacy company in the U.S. For more information on Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta,


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Register for final ‘How to do Business with Cobb’ seminar of 2014

If you would like to know how to be a Cobb vendor, register for the final 2014 How to do Business with Cobb seminar. Learn how to do business with Cobb County government and Cobb County Schools. Meet department reps, learn about opportunities and network with local business owners.

The session will be held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Kennesaw State University KSU Center at 3333 Busbee Drive, Room 400, Kennesaw 30144. Space is limited. To RSVP send an email to or call 770-528-3317.


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Pigtails & Crewcuts launches local model search

Pigtails & Crewcuts, a premier children’s hair salon, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in East Cobb by launching a Local Model Search. The Model Search is designed to showcase the children of Marietta and surrounding areas.

“We are ecstatic to be celebrating Pigtails & Crewcuts tenth anniversary in East Cobb,” said Nancy Anderson, Owner of Pigtails & Crewcuts East Cobb. “The Local Model Search is our way of thanking our customers for allowing us to serve this wonderful community and showcasing the adorable children we have gotten to know and love.”

The Model Search seeks to feature children ages 0 to 8 residing within the community and will be open to anyone who “Likes” the Pigtails & Crewcuts – East Cobb Facebook Page. The search begins September 10th, 2014 and runs through October 9th, 2014 Photos of aspiring models will be featured on our Facebook Page and open to the public for “voting”.

Winners of the Model Search will include a boy and a girl determined by the photos with the most “votes”. Winners will be invited to a professional photo shoot and receive free haircuts from one of Pigtails & Crewcuts’ licensed stylists for a year. Photos from the photo shoot will appear in ads and promotional materials used by Pigtails & Crewcuts East Cobb, West Cobb & Roswell, also owned by Mrs. Anderson throughout the year.

Proud parents can find more details on the Model Search, Headshot Events, and photo submission guidelines at or on our Facebook Page.

Pigtails & Crewcuts East Cobbis located at 4724 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta 30068. The hours are Monday Friday 9:30 to 5:30 pm , Saturday 9 am – 5 pm . No appointment necessary. For more information, please email mariettaeastcobb@pigtailsandcrewcuts or call 770-565-8765.

SBA Introduces New Online Course for Young Entrepreneurs in Spanish


Young entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started.  Young Entrepreneurs: An Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business (Jóvenes Emprendedores) is a free, self-paced online course in Spanish that gives an overview of basic business principles and introduces resources available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“This month, the SBA recognizes the vital contributions Hispanic American small business owners have made to our economy as we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator.  “As a proud Hispanic American, I believe that providing financial, educational and technical assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs is a major means to create jobs and stimulate the economy.  The new course is an essential business development tool for young entrepreneurs that can be central to the future success for many generations to come.”

The Young Entrepreneurs course is designed to help with the essentials of starting a small business, including evaluating business ideas, choosing the best financing options and registering a business.  The course also includes useful resources that will help with each step along the path to entrepreneurial success.

The course is accessible from the SBA’s Learning Center under the banner “Starting a Business” at, and is also available in English.  The Spanish version of the course includes a special video introduction.  Young Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs will receive a personal greeting from SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet when taking the course.

Together, SBA and will host a live Hangout on Thursday, September 25 to chat about the new online course and entrepreneurship with Sarah Farzam, owner of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music company that encourages cross-cultural awareness throughcombining language and music.  Farzam will answer questions about getting started as a young entrepreneur.

Hangout participants can submit questions for Farzam by email to or tweet questions using the hashtag #jovenesempresarios.  No registration is needed to watch.

To join the conversation and watch live, go to for a live stream of the Hangout.  The live Hangout will start at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Obama Administration has a good record of SBA assistance to the Latino community, and the SBA’s 7(a) loan guarantee program has increased its level of assistance to Hispanic-owned businesses over the last five year period.

The agency has placed more than $3.3 billion in loans to Hispanic business owners over the four-year span from 2009 through 2013.  And this year, SBA’s 7(a) lending pace has already exceeded last year’s volume, attaining a level of more than $857 million.”


Toastmasters Club Coming to TKE September 17th



Do you have a fear of speaking in public? Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Would you like to listen more effectively. Toastmasters may be for you. A new Toastmaster Club is forming at TKE. An informational session-demonstration meeting will be held at 7:00 pm.

For more information and to reserve your place, contact Sandi Gansel at or 404-861-3794.


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ECBA monthly luncheon is Tuesday


The East Cobb Business Association will host their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, September 16. ECBA meets every third Tuesday, January through November, 11:30 am -1:00 pm.

Cost is $15 Members (Pre-paid), $20 Guests. Meetings are held at Indian Hills Country Club 4001 Clubland Drive Marietta, GA 30068.

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GG’s Fashion Forward – East Cobb Moms on Local TV!

When we hit the stores, we not only want sales, we also want a shopping experience. How about an experience that doesn’t involve stores or the internet, but is on wheels! That’s what you get with GG’S Fashion Forward.

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Registration open for Performance & Success with QuickBooks workshop

Use the power of QuickBooks to take control of your business accounting on Wednesday, September 17, 1-3 pm. Presented by SCORE with speaker Wendy Lerner.

In this workshop you will be introduced to the process of:

  • setting up a company
  • entering checks and deposits
  • creating invoices
  • receiving payments

QuickBooks is designed for small to medium size businesses that want to incorporate powerful, effective software with a traditional approach to accounting. If you are new to QuickBooks or just getting underway, this workshop will introduce ways to gain control over the financial aspects of your business. Included is a presentation on profit and loss statements, balance sheets and aged accounts receivables.

The workshop will be presented using the Windows desk top 2014 version of QuickBooks and the on-line version.

Registration closes Monday, September 15 at noon. To register, click HERE.