Savannah College of Art & Design fashion and marketing major Shae Anthony isn’t waiting for graduation to begin her career. She’s already launched her own brand of chic, functional handbags, ts.saks. Check them out at tssaks.com.

Jac’s Boutique in Inman Park might have closed but its online store remains open with clothing for women, men, babies, accessories and housewares. dearjac.com.

Design firm Schuon Kitchens & Baths has opened a new showroom in Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward. It will be the second Schuon Kitchens and Baths showroom in the Atlanta area for the company’s founder Hans Schuon. The Studioplex location will be managed by Emily Robbins, www.skbi.com.

Through its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), the Atlanta Regional Commission is awarding five local governments a total of $440,000 in grants. These grants will help each community create quality growth plans in specific locations that will enhance the livability of these areas. Once plans are completed, these communities are eligible for a larger pot of federal funding to implement their projects. The five recipients: Doraville, which will receive $100,000 to study the redevelopment of the now shuttered General Motors Assembly Plant; Dunwoody will receive $80,000 on the development of historic Dunwoody Village; Hampton will receive $80,000 to study mixed-used development; Morrow will receive $100,000 towards re-imagining the Southlake Mall area; and DeKalb County gets $80,000 for the Wesley Chapel Activity Center to redevelop the once thriving commercial and residential development.

Phipps Plaza welcomes two new shops to its roster of upscale offerings, including Mezlan, a luxury men’s footwear and accessories retailer, and the unique Cynthia Rowley Shop on Wheels. Rowley’s store is actually a shipping truck converted into a store featuring hardwood floors, a fitting room, printed-fabric wall coverings and Lucite fixtures. The store carries the entire range of items in the Cynthia Rowley collection—clothing, shoes, bags, eyewear, jewelry, leg-wear and more. For more details, follow the Cynthia Rowley Shop on Wheels on Twitter @CRowleyonwheels or through the blog www.cynthiarowley.com.

The Peachtree Streetcar has hit a road bump after the U.Ss Department of Transportation passed the project over for stimulus funding. Mayor Kasim Reed said, “While we are disappointed to not receive this particular round of funding for the Peachtree Streetcar, we will continue to aggressively pursue avenues for funding the streetcar initiative and I will be personally involved in securing the necessary funds at the Federal level.” The Peachtree Streetcar would connect Buckhead to Downtown, with plans to extend it as far south as Fort McPherson and a “tourist loop” to hit major Downtown attractions and businesses.

A free Small Business Association workshop on starting a home-based business will be held Monday, April 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m at the agency’s Georgia District Office, 233 Peachtree St, Suite 1900, in Harris Tower.  The two-hour workshop will provide information on the required laws and regulations dealing with a home-based business. General information will cover start-up considerations, legal entities, marketing, business insurance and finance, access to capital, and SBA programs and services. Pre-registration is required for the workshop. To register online, go to www.sba.gov/ga and cursor down to Spotlight-Public Training and Seminars-Register Now! Select seminar date from the drop down list. Complete relevant information and click “Register.”

Creative Circus graduate Peter Kehr has received top honors in the Atlanta Advertising Federation ADDY Awards competition. The ADDY awards are peer-reviewed awards based on best creative execution, and determined by leading industry professionals. www.creativecircus.com.
Barrons magazine has recognized Buckhead resident Kay R. Shirley as the sole female among the top 25 independent financial advisors in the State of Georgia.

Atlanta-based law firms Womble Carlyle and Townsend Lockett & Milfort have announced a new alliance. Townsend Lockett and Milfort was established to provide legal representation to startup and emerging businesses.The firms are expected to exchange ideas, expertise and resources as well as educational and networking opportunities. www.townsendlockett.com.

Enyiaanise Beauty Bar at 842 N. Highland Ave., Suite 3, in Virginia Highland is celebrating its one year anniversary this month. www.enyiaanise.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.