Kendra Scott

Aloft Atlanta Downtown opened its 254-room hotel at 300 Spring St. last month. Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Aloft was formerly a Days Inn before a multi-million renovation. The 10-story building, which underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, allows guests to check in with their smartphones, and features 2,500-square-feet of meeting space, fitness center and the WXYZ bar.

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has seen a 150 percent growth since February of 2013, according to a report from President Suzanne Baugh. The nonprofit, which promotes economic growth and advancement for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender businesspeople in metro Atlanta, has also launched a new website ( and is working to increase its programing including the launch of AGLCC University for personal and professional development.

Midtown’s Domestic Comfort Furniture & Design ( has relocated to a new showroom at 1512 Piedmont Ave. in Ansley Square. The new space is four times larger than their former space on Monroe Drive.

Kendra Scott (, the Texas-based jewelry brand, has opened its first Atlanta location at Shops Around Lenox. Known for her statement and personalized jewelry, a second location will open in October in Avalon in Alpharetta.

Westin Buckhead Hotel was recently awarded the “Good Earthkeeping” award at the GHLA Stars of the Lodging Industry luncheon. The award was presented to the hotel for its low consumption of energy and resourceful installations. Earlier this year, Westin Buckhead installed new thermostats from Inncom that sense movement and light levels. This change has left the hotel with an average energy savings of 26 percent per month compared to its pervious non-automated system.

Bobby Jones (, which manufactures men’s and women’s sportswear and golf equipment, has announced it will mark its 25th anniversary by moving its headquarters to the 100 Terminus building on Peachtree Road later this year. The company is named after the Georgia golf legend who founded the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

The Greater Perimeter Business Expo will be held June 5 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, in Dunwoody. The Expo, a collaboration of the Dunwoody Chamber and Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, will kick off with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Gene Griessman, host of Up Close on TBS, author and has portrayed Abraham Lincoln in a one-man show he created at venues around the country. There will be 100-plus exhibitors from around the Perimeter area showcasing their businesses, products and services. For more information, 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.