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Three New Tenants Now Open at The Avenue East Cobb

The Avenue East Cobb announced College Station Sports, barre3 and The Ivory Company are now open. The three new retailers join the outdoor lifestyle center’s dynamic mix of local boutiques, national retailers and service providers.
College Station Sports, which is located next to Bed Bath & Beyond, offers licensed professional and collegiate sports team apparel and gifts for more than 100 colleges, universities and teams (including the NFL, MLB and NBA). As a one-stop sports store, it has everything needed to get ready for the game and offers apparel for infants, toddlers, kids and youth, as well as women and men. There are 15 locations throughout Georgia and Tennessee.
barre3 is an innovative fitness system and global network of studios inspired by the disciplines of yoga, Pilates and ballet barre work. Based on the importance of a balanced lifestyle, barre3 classes are designed to be accessible to individuals of all fitness levels and to transform the body through a focus on strength, grace and whole body wellness. barre3 is now open near LensCrafters. for more information.
The Ivory Company provides a unique selection of home décor merchandise to set the foundation for shoppers to make a style statement in their homes. Unlike other companies, The Ivory Company focuses on one color – ivory.  This retailer also is an excellent resource for home décor, entertaining and home fashion advice, trends and tips. The Ivory Company is open near Banana Republic. for more information.
Bed Bath & Beyond, the nation’s top superstore retailer of home products and goods with stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, will remain at The Avenue East Cobb. The store’s floor-to-ceiling shelves stock higher quality (brand-name and private-label) goods in two main categories, domestics (bed linens, bathroom and kitchen items) and home furnishings (cookware and cutlery, small household appliances, picture frames and more). Visit for more information.
“The addition of these three tenants and the retailer renovation further position The Avenue as the premier and convenient one-stop shopping destination for residents of East Cobb, Roswell, Sandy Springs and the surrounding areas,” said Kim Connelly – marketing manager, Lennar Commercial.  “The renovation of Bed, Bath & Beyond and the openings of barre3, College Station Sports and The Ivory Company will further enhance the merchandise mix at The Avenue East Cobb.”

Trick or Treat TODAY at Woodlawn Square


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Enjoy face painting, DJ with music, games and prizes, free Halloween photos and more this Saturday, October 25 at Woodlawn Square Shopping Center. The fun begins at 3pm and ends with Trick or Treating at 5pm.

  • Wear your Halloween best to participate in a variety of costume contests. Schedule includes:
  • Best costume contest ― 3:45pm:
  • Ages 3 and under; 4:15pm:
  • Ages 4-7; 4:45pm: ages 8 and over.

Trick-or Treating begins at 5pm. Woodlawn Square Shopping Center is located at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068.


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Vionic trunk show at Abbadabba’s


Check out Abbadabba’s in East Cobb for the Vionic Trunk Show. There will be fittings by a board certified pedorothist, a gift with the purchase of a pair of Vionics, and a drawing to win a free pair of slippers! The event will be on October 23rd from 1-6 pm. The store is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd in the Market Plaza shopping center. For more information call 770-565-3569 or visit


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MarketPlace 120 celebrating Halloween this Thursday


MarketPlace 120 is having a Halloween Party and Costume Contest with prizes, live music and refreshments on Thursday, October 23, 7-10pm. 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.

MarketPlace 120, 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info:


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Shop the Halloween Sale at Ivy Lane

Shop Ivy Lane for 30% off their Spooktacular Halloween merchandise!

Visit Ivy Lane at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 185, in the Publix Shopping Center.

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Halloween Party at Hospitality Incorporated


Celebrate Halloween at Hospitality Incorporated on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Enjoy fun and entertainment for the whole family. Open House will begin at the stroke of noon and delicious treats will be provided by Cookies by Design in East Cobb at 7pm.

Dress as your favorite character. Costume Contest begins at 8pm for adults and kids with free prizes.

Hospitality Incorporated is located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta GA 30068.


Opening Wednesday: Walmart Brings Jobs and Grocery Options to Marietta


A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening Wednesday, October 15, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 3101 Roswell Road and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store will provide Marietta residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer Walmart’s free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online items that can be ordered on and picked up at the Marietta store for free, often as quickly as the same day.

The new Marietta store is part of Walmart’s plan to open an additional 270 to 300 small-format locations this year. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 300 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.

The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services.

“This new store is here to offer convenience to our community,” said store manager Chad Harris. “It will provide an easy and pleasant shopping experience for our customers.”

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections perfect for holiday meals.

The new store is approximately one-third the size of a Walmart Supercenter. In addition to groceries, the store features health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Marietta store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Marietta residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The new store employs up to 95 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Harris began his Walmart career in 1999 as an hourly cashier.

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart to local community groups.

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Georgia donated approximately 29.6 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 24.6 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $54 million in fiscal year 2014 in Georgia alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit

Walmart is happy to be part of the Marietta community and is ready to celebrate with residents onSaturday, October 18.  A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Harris and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.


New Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opening soon


The community is invited to the newest Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grand opening at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is located at 3101 Roswell Road.

Start your holiday shopping at the annual JLCM Mistletoe Market


The 23rd Annual Mistletoe Market presented by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM) runs Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, October 11 at the Cobb Civic Center, 528 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

Merchants from the Atlanta area and beyond will offer the latest in apparel, jewelry, children’s clothing, gifts, home and garden accents, gourmet food, specialty items, and holiday apparel and accessories. Proceeds help fund local organizations.

Market hours are: Thursday and Friday: 9:30am-6pm and Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm. Admission: $4 online, $8 day of event. Ages 10 and under: free. Receive $1 off your General Market ticket at the door by bringing a canned food item to help JLCM support The Center for Family Resources.

For more information visit

The Avenue Announces the Launch of The Avenue Guest Blogger Program


The Avenue® has launched The Avenue Guest Blogger Program. The outdoor shopping destination is looking for guest bloggers to share shopping tips, dining deals, hair styling tutorials and the latest trends in fashion with The Avenue shoppers. Interested bloggers or writers can submit their entry beginning today through October 15.

Each blogger selected will receive a monthly prize pack from The Avenue and the opportunity to give away a monthly prize pack to their blog readers. The Avenue also will promote each blogger and selected posts via The Avenue website, which has close to 100,000 views per month and social media platforms that reach more than 26,000 fans and friends of The Avenue. Each participant will have the opportunity to broaden their audience and establish a new fan base.

“The Avenue is a premier shopping destination that offers a dynamic mix of retailers, merchants and restaurants reflective of local demographics and fashion trends. We want to provide a platform for Atlanta’s most talented bloggers to provide exciting new content to our shoppers and fans,” said Kim Connelly, marketing manager – Lennar Commercial.

The contest will be open to bloggers with any size audience who write about shopping, food, retail and trends in fashion, cosmetics and gifts.

Contest participants will be required to submit the following:

  • Closest location of The Avenue
  • Contact info (name, email, phone)
  • Blog information (URL, number of followers, etc.)
  • Sample blog post or writing sample (100 – 500 words)
  • Link to headshot (URL)
  • Applicable social media links (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)

To enter, participants must apply on The first selected panel of bloggers will be notified on October 30 and announced in early November.


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