Natalyn Archibong
Natalyn Archibong

Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd, Natalyn Archibong and Keisha Lance Bottoms have been named to Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence list by the Atlanta Business League. For nearly 20 years, the Atlanta Business League has recognized business owners, professionals, community, and civic leaders in metro Atlanta who have reached senior level positions; 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.

The City of Atlanta has been selected as a 2014 Code for America City, an 11-month program where developers, designers, researchers, and product managers work alongside with governments to solve community issues with new technology. Over the past three years, the program has produced more than 75 web apps and partnered with 20 municipal governments. Past apps have supported citizen engagement, criminal justice and public health. The City of Atlanta will work with partners to develop a platform aimed at connecting city services and operations to improve customer service.

Non-profit Startup Atlanta has launched a new website,, to connect, support and expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the metro Atlanta region. Founded in May 2013, Startup Atlanta is backed by Atlanta Technology Angels, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Invest Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. The new website features a resource map, interactive events calendar and a blog, which will showcase best practices and ideas from well-known Atlanta entrepreneurs and thought leaders. It also includes Atlanta’s startup deal flow, outlining angel investments and venture capital that support promising area companies.

Republic of Couture (, a new fashion store for men and women, is now open at 12th and Midtown, 1075 Peachtree St.

Hunter Collective ( boutique has opened at 22B East Andrews Road in Buckhead offering designer jewelry, an eco-friendly holistic skin care line, fashion accessories and more.

Loop Salon ( is now open at 537 Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite B offering haircuts, color, and blowouts in an eco-friendly environment.

Florist Foxgloves & Ivy ( has moved from Memorial Drive to 484-B Moreland Ave. in Little Five Points next door to Savage Pizza.

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.