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Celebrate the season at the Fall Festival at The Avenue

Head to The Avenue East Cobb this Saturday, October 25, for a Fall Festival with fun for the whole family. Photos, giveaways, princesses, superheroes, balloons, trick-or-treating and more from 3-5pm.

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East Cobb Resident joins SK Commercial Realty as EVP

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Dena Rodrigues

Dena Rodrigues, CPM has joined SK Commercial Realty as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Property Management. Rodrigues brings more than 15 years of experience working in the metro Atlanta market.

“We are proud to add and welcome a talented resource like Dena to our growing team,” said Hugh Scott, III, CEO SK Commercial Realty. “The addition of Dena is part of our strategy to add skilled, energetic and entrepreneurial brokers to the company.”

Prior to joining SK Commercial Realty, Rodrigues served as Vice President for Property Management for Cassidy Truly and was responsible for client relations, accounting oversight and operational performance for a seven million-square-foot portfolio. She brings experience as former Vice President for Carter’s Property and Facility Management business unit in addition to a three million square foot of commercial office space she managed while at Jones Lang Lasalle. Rodrigues also led operations for a 25-building, three million square foot office portfolio for CarrAmerica Realty Corporation. While there, she leased and renewed more than one million square feet of space each year and was instrumental in new business development.

During her career, Rodrigues served as Georgia Real Estate Commissioner from 2002 until 2006, as appointed by former Governor Roy Barnes and reappointed by Governor Sonny Perdue. Key clients included Interventure Capital Group, Kennesaw State University Foundation, Kimberly-Clark, Alecta Investment Management, Grove Street Partners, Abbott Laboratories, Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corporation, Tampa Electric Company JP Morgan and AIG.

Rodrigues now brings all these experiences and skill sets to SK Commercial Realty.

Rodrigues, earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. She is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management, for whom she served as vice president of the Atlanta Chapter. She is a licensed real estate salesperson and a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Active in her community, Rodrigues is a Vice Chair of Leadership Cobb (2015) and a member of the University of Tennessee Alumni Board of Directors 2014-2015.

Rodrigues resides in East Cobb.


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Networking Master Session with Cobb Chamber

The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce will have a Networking Master Session on October 27 from 2pm-3pm at The Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street NE, Suite 100, Marietta.

The seminar, moderated by Louis Dillard, president and CEO of Zero to Infinity, will feature Andy Crowe, CEO of Velociteach; Don Keller, owner and CEO of Blue Sky Exhibits LLC; Leslie O’Neal, attorney with O’Dell & O’Neal P.C.; and Donna Shaw, realtor with RE/MAX Around Atlanta.

The interactive forum will equip participants with the best practices to be more effective and consistent in their business development. Topics will include structured networking events and the “30 second elevator speech,” effective networking at less structured networking events, developing strong relationships that bring referrals, appropriate follow-up after events and utilizing social media.

Registration is required. Register at


Seasonal Jobs Available for Upcoming Holly Jolly Holidays


The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for employment. Noerr Programs is holding a job fair on Saturday, October 18 at Town Center at Cobb for seasonal set employees. Noerr Programs will be accepting on-site applications for cast members, as well as position of Assistant Manager and looking to hire around 15 people to complete an all-star staff. Don’t miss out on the chance to enhance the memorable experience of children and guests during this year’s festivities.

Town Center at Cobb is located at 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144. The job fair will be held in the  Upper Level, Center Court. Job seekers should apply in person at the job fair. If you are unable to attend, online applications will be available for submission after October 18that Applicants may get more information at

For more information on Town Center at Cobb, visit or call 770.424.0742.


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Advertise with EAST COBBER! TODAY is the deadline for our November issue!


If you are not advertising in the EAST COBBER, you’re missing a great opportunity to promote your business:

  • Exceptional market  – we serve all of East Cobb County
  • Wide audience appeal – lively, fact-based, locally-focused reporting
  • Print advertisers receive a free ad in our online edition
  • Free copies to distribute from your place of business
  • Great value

Call 770-640-7070 today to place your ad!


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Job Networking Ministry Hosts “Mini” Job Fair on Oct. 13 at RUMC

Roswell United Methodist Church’s Job Networking Ministry is excited to announce that it will host a community-wide job fair to include returning companies from Alpharetta’s new Avalon development on Monday, Oct. 13. More than 35 employers will be hiring.

The “Mini” Job Fair will be held at Roswell United Methodist Church in the heart of historic Roswell at 814 Mimosa Blvd. Roswell, GA 30075 and is open to the public. The event will begin with employer introductions at 6:45 p.m. and will conclude at 9 p.m. The day’s job search workshops start at 12:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Employers will include: Ackerman Security Systems, Apex Signs & Graphics, Athleta, Atlanta Braves All-Star Bar & Grill, Banana Republic, Colibrium, Talent Acquisition and Retention, Donnelly Communications, Dream Dinners, General Motors, Goldbergs, Hire Dynamics, J. Jill, Kona Grill, New Balance of Atlanta, Optomi, PrideStaff, Render Ad Service, Road Runner Sports, Ryder Truck Rental, SEDC Corporate Staffing, Stella Cee Associates, Thrivent Financial, Top Job Hospitality, and Weed Man Lawn Care.

Hiring managers will be onsite to interview and discuss employment opportunities one-on-one. Job seekers are asked to wear business attire and come prepared with several copies of their resume. No advance registration is required. For a full-day agenda starting at 12:30 p.m., visit

Prior to the career fair, job seekers can attend a series of career workshops taught by professional job coaches and business leaders beginning at 12:30 p.m. A free hot dinner ($3 donation accepted) and dinner program will be provided at 5:30 p.m. in the RUMC Fellowship Hall before the “Mini” Job Fair.


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MarketPlace 120 Open House is Oct. 11


MarketPlace 120 will  an open house event Saturday, October 11 from 10am – 7pm. MarketPlace 120 is a 14,000-square foot gallery space offering a diverse collection of art, antiques, gifts and decor from more than 50 local artisans.

The open house will feature food trucks from A Little Bit of Heaven and Backyard BBQ, door prizes, live music, artist demonstrations and professional pumpkin carving from in-house illustrators. MarketPlace 120, 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info:


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Pigtails & Crewcuts Model Search ends Thursday

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.

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

For more about ECBA visit


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