Spindle owners
Brothers Ezz-Eldin and Sharif Hassan have opened The Spindle.

The Spindle, Atlanta’s ?rst commuter speci?c bicycle apparel boutique, has opened at the Tribute Lofts, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Suite 170, in the Old Fourth Ward. Owned by brothers Ezz-Eldin and Sharif Hassan, The Spindle offers high quality, functional apparel to urban cyclists of Atlanta burgeoning scene. The Spindle began as a blog (thespindleatl.com) with the mission to ?nd, test, and recommend fashionable options for the cycling commuter. The brothers said the boutique is a way to bring the blog to life.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has received a second year of funding from recreation gear retailer REI in support of its Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program. Doubling its previous gift, REI’s $20,000 grant will support the continued progress the 46 adopter groups are making along 8.2 miles of Atlanta BeltLine corridor currently included in the program. “REI believes in the Atlanta BeltLine as a long-term investment in our community,” said REI Market Manager for Atlanta Outdoor Programs & Outreach, Jason Lane. “We are excited by the opportunity the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program presents to provide Atlantans to be hands-on stewards of this transformative project.” For more about the program, visit adopt.beltline.org.

The James M. Cox Foundation has given Atlanta Habitat for Humanity a $250,000 grant to support the nonprofit’s $12 million “It Starts at Home” capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of a new, environmentally sustainable headquarters building. The gift will also support the construction of a new ReStore, which sells reusable and surplus building materials and home improvement products to the public, providing an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep reusable materials out of the waste stream. Atlanta Habitat will move from its current leased space into a new five acre property located near the Atlanta BeltLine in Reynoldstown by the end of 2014. Atlanta Habitat has raised more than $11 million toward their campaign goal.

Garrett Hyer, Community Planner/Designer with Midtown-based TSW, a full-service planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm, has been elected to the Board of the Georgia Planning Association (GPA) as a Non-AICP Director at Large.  In his new role, he will sit on the organization’s Planning Committee and aid the Atlanta Young Planners Group.  He previously served as the GPA’s Statewide Student Representative as he completed his Master of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.

Ansley Park resident Nancy Zintak has been named regional vice president of Caron Treatment Centers, which provide addiction treatment to consumers. Prior to joining Caron, Zintak worked at Georgia Public Broadcasting, overseeing marketing, communications and creative services at the statewide radio and television network.

Jennifer Durham, Director of Community Life Services at senior living center Park Springs, has received the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year award for her service at the Decatur Family YMCA. “For the past nine years, Jennifer has been involved in a volunteer-run program called the Happy Club,” says Bill McKoy, executive director of the Decatur Family Y.  “She has been the Happy Club coordinator for the past three years and is an outstanding, detail-oriented leader. She always is willing to go the extra mile for the club.”


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.