Blog Topic: Business, Man

  • In the Loop: The Pope on Prince Is Leaving Prince




    The Pope on Prince is about to become the Pope on Jackson when it moves into Community’s former space at 119 N. Jackson St., above the downtown Jittery Joe’s.

    Monica Bischoff, owner of The Pope, said the rent for her current space above Daily Groceries is too high. The space downtown will cost much less and has steady pedestrian traffic, and she doesn’t have to deal with the steep stairs that lead to her current store getting slippery and dangerous during rain. The downtown space also has central air conditioning, while the current Pope is equipped with window units only.

    “I don’t think that Prince Avenue is good for retail,” Bischoff said. “The foot traffic here is awful, crossing Prince may cost you your life, and I’m not making any money.


  • In the Loop: Job Fair at the Classic Center Friday


    Job seekers from all educational and professional backgrounds are invited to attend the Athens Job Fair and Career Expo taking place from 1–5 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at The Classic Center. 

    This event is free for the public and will host a number of employers seeking part-time and full-time help. The 2015 job fair saw over 700 job seekers. 


  • In the Loop: Back to the Drawing Board for 100 Prince



    A rendering of 100 Prince by Smith Planning Group.

    The Athens-Clarke County Commission sent the mixed-use development proposed for the St. Joseph Catholic Church site back to the planning commission Tuesday night at the developer’s request.

    “Homes Urban remains committed to the basic concept of the plan,” but three issues recently came up that require the Greenville, SC-based developer to reconfigure it, Athens lawyer Jim Warnes told the commission.


  • Grub Notes: Damien Schaefer Is Looking for Investors in Normaltown Brewing


    Damien Schaefer

    One of the founders of local hipster supper-club The Four Coursemen, Damien Schaefer, is looking to start a brewpub in Decatur called Normaltown Artisanal Brewery & Cucina, and he's seeking investors from across Georgia.


  • Culture Briefs: Community Will Move to a New Location this Summer

    Local fashion boutique Community officially announced plans this afternoon to relocate to a new space at the end of June. Currently located downtown at 119 N. Jackson St. above Jittery Joe's, the shop will move across the street into 260 N. Jackson St., the former home of the recently shuttered Jackson Street Books. The shop plans to carry out business as usual in its current location while renovations are underway.




  • Homedrone: Bands, Brands and Beers: Doing SXSW 2016


    Photo Credit: Mike White

    Mothers performing at SXSW 2016.

    The thing you notice first about Austin’s South by Southwest in its metropolis-spanning current form is the jarring degree to which it is branded. Nearly everything is brought to you by some commercial entity or another. One gets the sense that this is what America will look like under President Trump: entire cities as living billboards, naming rights to public property sold to the highest bidder, every inch of real estate emblazoned with some lifestyle website’s logo.


  • In the Loop: Athens Startup Week Starts Up Today

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    Local startups and entrepreneurs will have a free chance to network and learn how to expand their businesses during the first-ever five-day Athens Startup Week today through Friday, Apr. 1.

    The week is dedicated to inspiring local business and strengthen the already-existing entrepreneurial community.


  • Grub Notes: ACC Won't Prosecute Creature Comforts



    Photo Credit: Creature Comforts

    Athens-Clarke County won’t prosecute local brewery Creature Comforts for allegedly violating the state law regulating brewery tours, the county attorney’s office announced earlier this week.

    In February, an undercover officer acting on a tip and posing as a service industry employee on “industry night,” a monthly event where service industry workers receive free tours (and beers), reported that she was given free beers and never offered a tour, nor did she see a tour being conducted.


  • In the Loop: Oconee Approves Epps Bridge Centre Expansion Despite Lack of Sewer


    Photo Credit: Lee Becker

    Epps Bridge Centre.

    Oconee County commissioners voted In May of 2014 to move $2 million out of the water and sewer account in the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax at a time when the county’s Utility Department desperately needed money for maintenance and expansion of its two wastewater treatment facilities.


  • In the Loop: Will the 'Religious Liberty' Bill Hurt Athens Tourism?


    If Georgia passes a “religious liberty” bill into law, it could decimate the film industry andencourage businesses to leave the state.

    It could also cost Athens conventions and tourists, according to local tourism officials.


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