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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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Find great deals at upcoming book sale

Library Books

The Cobb Public Library System’s semi-annual book sale will be held Oct. 10-12 at Jim R. Miller Park. Donated items available during the sale include books, textbooks, DVD and VHS movies and children’s books. Prices will range from 10 cents to $4. The sale will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday.

All profits from the sale go directly to buying more items for the 16 libraries in the county. Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Patty Latch at 770-528-2345.


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Spooky decor and more at Ivy Lane

Get ready for a spooktacular Halloween season at Ivy Lane! Shop devilish decor, frightful Fall favorites and even new Fall fashions that will make you howl!

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


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Now Open: College Station at The Avenue East Cobb

College Station is now open next to Bed Bath & Beyond at The Avenue East Cobb. The store features more than just jerseys, hats, flags and tumblers. Unique items include baby announcements, bed sheets, business card holders, collectible miniature shoes, jewelry boxes, onesies, party packs, piggy banks and serving platters. New shipments arrive daily.

Normal store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM and Sunday 12 PM – 6 PM. Call College Station at 770.971.5050 for more information.


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