Georgia TrendGeorgia Trend magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Publisher Neely Young said that while traditional print journalism has been “shaken to its core,” the monthly magazine continues to grow and reaches every community in the state. Georgia Trend has also embraced new media, with an electronic edition of the magazine online and regularly posts to its Facebook page. For more information and to read the latest issue, visit

Eye Etc. in Little Five Points is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the community. Owner Dr. Michael Stamboly continues to offer comprehensive eye examinations, contact lenses and has a big selection of frames. For more information visit

Moda Floors & Interiors, a specialty flooring, tile and window coverings company headquartered in Atlanta since 2003, has partnered with Shaw Industries to open Atlanta’s first Shaw Design Center in the West Midtown Design District. The design center features an extensive selection of carpet, custom area rugs, eco-flooring, hardwood, laminates, stone, tile, and window coverings. (404) 477-3744 or

The Atlanta Business League honored C.J. Stewart at the recent Men of Influence Reception & Induction Ceremony. C.J. and his wife Kelli co-founded L.E.A.D., the country’s first instructional play baseball development program for inner city youth. The “Men of Influence” list honors black men in metro Atlanta communities who have reached senior level positions within their profession, are leading entrepreneurs in their industry, have proven history-making feats or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically and in government.

Atlanta-based music licensing company Affix Music has added Clear Channel Creative Services Group to its client roster. A one-stop licensing company, Affix specializes in placing independent urban music in television, film, advertising, games, and digital media.

Skyland Trail, a community based, non-profit treatment center for adults recovering from mental illness, has announced the election of community volunteer leader Jackie Montag to its board of directors. Montag is former board chair of the Atlanta History Center and past president of The Temple. She serves on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Board of Trustees, and three educational boards. Montag also oversees business development for the investment counseling and management firm A. Montag & Associates.

The Commerce Club has begun a $7 million construction project on its new club quarters, located on the 49th floor of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower. Plans for the facility include a members bar, seven private meeting rooms, a ballroom that can accommodate over 200 people; a multimedia room, office-away-from-office spaces; and enhanced integration of technological conveniences. Winter Construction is serving as contractor on the project expected to be completed next month. Dining rooms will be named after great Atlantans. The décor of the club will include historical art, artifacts, and memorabilia.

The Galloway School’s board of trustees has appointed Dr. Beth Farokhi as interim head of school for the 2010-2011 school year. Farokhi succeeds Tom Brereton, who resigned on July 22 after a three-year tenure. Farokhi brings more than 30 years of education experience to The Galloway School. She served as an administrator in the College of Education at Georgia State University for 24 years. Prior to her work at Georgia State, Farokhi spent six years as a public school teacher in Cobb County schools. She holds an M.A.T. from Emory University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Classy Klutter has opened a store in the Embry Village Shopping Center, 3535 Chamblee Tucker Road. Classy Klutter offers customers name brand merchandise at a 30 to 70 percent savings. For more information, call (678) 530-0721 or visit

Atlanta native and designer Shamollie Anthony is working on a new selection of handbags she originally created as a student a SCAD Atlanta. The popularity of her bags led to the creation of Tenthstreet Handbags, which are now sold at shopSCAD here and in Savannah. The full range of bags and accessories is available to purchase at

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.