Atlanta StreetcarMayor Kasim Reed accepted a check for $47.6 million from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site last month to help build the Atlanta Streetcar line from Centennial Park to the MLK Center on Auburn Avenue. The city released this rendering of what the streetcar will look like as it traverses the 2.62 miles through downtown.

Sage kicks off the holiday season with their annual Santa Days at Sage holiday toy drive from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19. Visit any location and donate a new, unwrapped toy worth $10 or more and for a discount of 25 percent off of a single regular priced clothing item. This year’s Santa Days at Sage will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Sage has locations in Buckhead, Midtown, East Cobb and Forsyth.

The newly-opened HomeGrown Decatur showcases work from 50 local artists, from wall hung art in many mediums to pottery and glass, pet supplies and even hoola hoops. 412 Church St. For more information, call (404)373-1147 or visit

Van Michael Salon has opened its fifth location in East Cobb. Cartersville native Van Council, along with his wife Susie and his brother Michael, launched their first Van Michael Salon in Buckhead 1984. The East Cobb salon is located at 4475 Roswell Rd., Ste. 1730. For more information, call (404) 566-4247 or visit

Grant Park’s NV-U Boutique has opened its second location in Midtown. The fashion-forward, moderately priced shop is at 805 Peachtree St. For more information, visit or call (404) 624-3737.

Vetted | Atlanta, a luxury women’s boutique, has opened in the space once occupied by Lexie & Jane. The boutique’s name, a term commonly used when describing a political candidate, is meant to convey a specific, calculated, and modern approach to retail. Vetted | Atlanta is located at 516 East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit

Ten Thousand Villages, the fair trade shop with locations in Virginia Highland and Perimeter Place, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of 100 companies on the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2010. This is the third year that the company has been named an ethical leader in the specialty retail category. Ethisphere is an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) has expanded to Georgia and now offers comprehensive, customized property and casualty insurance coverage to homeowners. Through its multiple policy lines (home, automobile, jewelry, art, personal liability and watercraft), PURE offers coverage to what it calls “high value homeowners” who have expensive homes and possessions.

The Atlanta chapter of Women in Insurance & Financials Services (WIFS-Atlanta) has named Martina Jimenez as the 2010 recipient of the organization’s Woman of the Year Award, the highest level of recognition a WIFS-Atlanta member can receive from her peers. WIFS-Atlanta supports, encourages and advances the success of women in the financial services industry. Martina Jimenez is a financial adviser with Eagle Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of New York Life Insurance

The biannual Children’s Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Station. Participating stores will include Anklebiters, Sparklebugs, Children’s Liquidation, Momma’s Boy Daddy’s Girl, Salon Red, Monkey Moo’s, Layla Luv, Addy’s Closet, The Highchair Organizer, Little English, and KKNoodles. Admission is $5 (cash or check only). A portion of the sales will go to the Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. For more information, call (404) 876-1359.

Atlanta Business Bank has changed its name to Affinity Bank. Owners said the new name more accurately describes the nature of the bank’s relationships with their clients. The bank’s ownership and management remain unchanged.  Affinity Bank is located at 5660 New Northside Dr., Suite 200. For more information, call (800) 736-8194.

Inca Kids announces the opening of its new retail space at 5 Continents Gallery in Buckhead. 5 Continents is a collective of artisans and fair trade initiatives focusing on eco-friendly and sustainable products from all five corners of the world. 326 Pharr Road. For more information, call (404) 414-8854 or visit

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.