The Merchant at Howell Mill.
The Merchant at Howell Mill.

The Merchant at Howell Mill ( boutique is now open at 993 Marietta St. selling stationary lines such as Rifle Paper Company, Jonathan Adler, Sugar Paper, Kate Spade, Bella Ink Designs & Lilly Pulitzer, among others, as well as coffee table books, greeting cards, candles and other chic gifts and accessories.

Indonesian-inspired furniture, art and accessory store Gado Gado ( has moved to its new location in the West Midtown Design District, 1483-C Chattahoochee Ave.

Contemporary furniture showroom Switch Modern ( has moved into a new 25,000 square-foot location in West Midtown, 670 14th St. The new showroom features lines like Poliform, Minotti, Bocci, Flexform, B&B Italia Outdoor, FLOS, MDF Italia, Walter Knoll, Verpan and more. There’s also an expanded accessories division with an expansive selection of dishes, flatware, glassware and gifts.

18|8 Fine Men’s Salons ( will soon open three locations in Atlanta with the inaugural location in Buckhead at 305 Brookhaven Ave., Suite 1140. Offering hair care, facial treatments and scalp treatments, the first location should be open by summer.

Skinchanted ( has opened in Berkeley Heights shopping center, 1700 Northside Drive. The shop offers handmade, natural skincare products. All products are made in store and can be customized by choosing your own fragrance, essential oils and additives.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is working to implement its new Atlanta Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy. The ARC put together a group of business, civic, education and government leaders to assess the competitive strengths and weaknesses of the Atlanta region. Now, an implementation committee is working to bring that strategy to life with four primary goal areas: a more educated workforce, helping existing businesses be more productive and profitable, become a pipeline for innovative entrepreneurs and create more livable communities.

For its work on The Real Downtown video, Central Atlanta Progress received the top honor from the Atlanta Chapter of The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) at the recent Golden Flame Awards. The Real Downtown promotional video showcases a day in the life of Downtown workers, residents and students. Watch the video at

Hala Moddelmog has been elected president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber ( Moddelmog, a Georgia native, previously served as Arby’s Restaurant Group president, where she led the divestiture from public company to private ownership in a deal valued at more than $400 million. She also led Susan G. Komen for the Cure and was president of Church’s Chicken.

Atlanta-based architecture and design firm Lord Aeck Sargent ( has opened a new office in Tyson’s Corner, Va. near Washington, D.C. “The D.C. market is robust and offers excellent opportunities in all of our practice areas,” said Tony Aeck, LAS chairman. He said the new office will focus on designing  multi-family housing and mixed-use projects.

Host Hotels & Resorts has sold Atlanta’s Four Seasons Hotel to Cascade Investment Group, a company founded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates. The sale price was $62 million.

The WNBA Atlanta Dream will move its corporate headquarters to Centennial Tower, 101 Marietta St., early this year. The building, which also houses offices for the Hawks, Turner Broadcasting, StubHub and Associated Press, is just a short walk from the Dream’s home court at Philips Arena.

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.

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