BBA luncheonto hear Pearson

Monica Pearson, anchor on WSB-TV’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, will be the keynote speaker at the Buckhead Business Association’s quarterly luncheon Thursday, April 9, at the 103 West event facility, 103 W. Paces Ferry Road.

“We are delighted to welcome Monica Pearson, Atlanta’s beloved television anchor and television host,” said Elizabeth Gill, the president of the BBA.

Pearson joined Channel 2 in August 1975 and has won 28 local and Southern Emmy Awards. She serves on the board of directors of True Colors Theatre Company and the High Museum and the advisory committee for the Alliance Theatre Company. Pearson was the first black person and the second woman to serve as chairman of the Metropolitan United Way.

Individual tickets are $50 for BBA members and $75 for guests and visitors. Corporate tables, which seat eight, are $400 for BBA members and $600 for nonmembers. Reservations must be made by April 6, either by visiting, faxing 404-467-7610, calling 404-467-7607, or mailing the BBA at Atlanta Financial Center — East Tower, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 137, Atlanta, Ga. 30326.

SRS Real Estate adds five in Atlanta

SRS Real Estate Partners, with offices at 3400 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, has added five retail real estate professionals from Catalyst Retail Group to its Atlanta team. SRS Real Estate Partners was formerly known as Staubach Retail Services.

Joining Dallas-based SRS from Atlanta-based Catalyst are Palmer Bayless, senior vice president; Brad Westbrook, vice president; Adrienne Crawford and Tim Mittelstaedt, associates; and Julia Rechsteiner, transaction coordinator.

“This team brings a strong reputation and invaluable experience to the SRS Real Estate team,” said Ray Uttenhove, executive vice president.

“Ray and I decided about six months ago to join forces to tackle this market cycle together,” Bayless said.

Recently, Staubach Retail Services announced plans to rebrand the 23-year-old firm as SRS Real Estate Partners.

James Kelly among best in health law

James P. Kelly of Buckhead has been selected by his peers as among “The Best Lawyers in America 2009” for health law. Kelly is the managing partner of the Kelly Law Firm.

With 34 years of experience as a health lawyer, Kelly is a fellow with the American Health Lawyers Association and a Georgia Superlawyer.

Buckhead’s former top cop launches security business

Maj. James Sellers, the former commander of Atlanta police Zone 2, has launched Accion Security Consulting, focusing on specialized security needs for businesses.

The offices are at 173 W. Wieuca Road, Suite 203, in Buckhead.

Sellers, who retired from the Atlanta Police Department in February after 23 years of service, said the main goal of Accion is to address security needs for businesses “that desire to be safer in every aspect and who want to successfully maintain and reinforce a secure environment that extends beyond corporate functions to employees and customers.”

He said, “Customers will be provided with knowledgeable analysis to define their specific profile and offered options and solutions to sustain an environment that meets their needs during both challenging and difficult times and normal and routine times.”

Sellers is a member of the internationally renowned American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and serves on the Private Security Services Council, which is involved in developing standardized training guidelines for security officers around the world. In 2002, he earned ASIS board certification as a certified protection professional.

Sellers has traveled internationally to gain knowledge and perspective on what security measures will be most helpful to businesses.

— John Schaffner

Cafe Lapin adds dining option to Peachtree Battle

Mattie Hines, owner of the La Lapin restaurant in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) in Peachtree Hills, and partner Jim Mosher have opened a second restaurant, Cafe Lapin, in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center.

Years ago, Cafe Lapin was on Bennett Street in Buckhead.

The neighborhood French bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers to-go orders, bakery items and catering. All items are made from scratch on the premises. The dinner menu changes daily, and there are daily lunch specials.

Hines, who has had the only restaurant at ADAC for four years, said many of his customers asked him to open a second restaurant because ADAC is closed on weekends.

Cafe Lapin, which opens at 8 a.m. seven days a week, is open Monday through Saturday until 9:30 p.m. And Sunday until 6 p.m. The brunch and lunch menus are served from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As of this writing, Cafe Lapin has not received its liquor license, so patrons can bring their own wine without paying a corkage fee.

Labels Resale Boutique opens

Labels Resale Boutique has opened at 3202 Paces Ferry Place and is focusing on “serving shoppers searching for high-end clothing at a fraction of the cost, as well as customers looking to consign threads that impress,” according to its owners.

Labels Resale Boutique accepts clothing for sale by consignment.

Prada, Gucci, St. Johns, Ella Moss, Ralph Lauren, Ed Hardy and Theory are among the labels at the new store, owned by Susan Webb and Fernando Perez. For example, a red Chanel dress that retails for $2,500 was offered for $500.

“These genuine clothes are in mint condition yet at a fraction of the cost,” Webb said.

“Many times people come in with a garment and say, ‘I just know I will never wear this again,’ ” said Perez, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the clothing industry. “So it is perfect for owners of high-end clothing who are looking to get something back on their original investment.”

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Travis Reed again is top Harry Norman agent

Travis Reed of Harry Norman, Realtors’ Buckhead office was named No. 1 among the companywide Top 25 Sales Associates of the Year for the third year at a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. He was also Branch Listing Associate of the Year and Branch Sales Associate of the Year for the Buckhead office.

Other sales associates in the firm’s Buckhead offices who ranked in the top 10 companywide were Studie Young, second; Cathy Boston, fourth, the Branch Sales Associate of the Year for the Powers Ferry office; Carol Young, fifth; Elsie Thompson, sixth; Christy Harris, ninth; and Beverly Mason, 10th.