Around Town: Out of the past Denmead ‘ghost’ fails to scare Starbucks
by Bill Kinney and Joe Kirby - Around Town Columnists
October 06, 2012 01:19 AM | 4329 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALLOWEEN is right around the corner, and a “ghost street” from the city’s past briefly loomed this week over plans to open downtown Marietta’s first-ever Starbucks.

That Starbucks is planned for the former Krystal fast-food location at the corner of Whitlock Avenue and North Marietta Parkway, two blocks off Marietta Square. Starbucks officials went before the city’s Historic Board of Review on Monday to request approval for changes in signage and the building’s exterior, which was granted.

But in the course of discussion, questions arose as to ownership of the right of way of what used to be Denmead Street, which formerly traversed what is now the Marietta Parkway end of the property.

The Starbucks/Krystal property now is owned by Joseph Goldstein, son of powerful Marietta Councilman Philip Goldstein, who with his family is the largest private landholder downtown.

Historic Board attorney Greg Litchfield was uncertain during Monday’s meeting whether and when the city had officially abandoned the Denmead right of way.

He learned afterward from City Clerk Stephanie Guy, that the city council had voted in 1952 to abandon the stretch of Denmead between Whitlock and Depot streets. He does not plan a title search on the property, saying that would be more appropriate later in the process if the city’s planning and zoning department thought it was necessary.

Denmead is a north-south street that once ran all the way from Polk Street south to Whitlock, intersecting a now-vanished stretch of Depot Street and paralleling the railroad tracks and also now-vanished Husk Street. Denmead now ends at the Root House Museum. A century ago the southernmost section ran further south behind “Chick” Anderson’s Livery Stable, which occupied what’s now the portion of the Starbucks parking lot that’s closest to the railroad.


HISTORIC BOARD member Becky Paden tells Around Town that after the meeting she asked the Starbucks representatives if after their applications were approved, they would consider adding a “Krystal” counter to the coffee shop so there would still be a Krystal in Marietta.

“They just laughed,” she said.


COBB SCHOOL BOARD member David Banks has often clashed with fellow member Alison Bartlett during their years on the board and did so again at last Thursday’s meeting, when, as reported in Tuesday’s Around Town, he suggested that she had been meddling in connection with her role as the board’s liaison with the district’s Facilities & Technology Committee.

That brought a retort on Wednesday from F&T member Kim Euston, in the form of an email to Banks shared with AT.

Wrote Euston: “Dear Mr. Banks, as the chair of the committee, I want to go on record stating that Mrs. Bartlett is doing a great job of communicating the issues and concerns raised at the F&T meetings and reporting back to the committee from the board. She stays awake during our meetings — I mean no disrespect but you did fall asleep during two meetings I attended while you were liaison — and is fully engaged and reports back to the committee in a timely manner. Again, as you recall, the committee had issues while you were liaison getting information report to the board or answers back from the board. …”


CONVICTED killer Waseem Daker apparently didn’t take kindly to being handed the maximum possible sentence — life plus 47-and-a-half years — by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley on Monday for the 1995 murder of Karmen Smith and the repeated but non-fatal stabbing of her then-5-year-old son, Nick.

Daker was returned to the Cobb Adult Detention Center after the trial pending transfer to prison.

The cold-case trial drew TV cameras and crews from around the world, and on the night of Daker’s sentencing, he demanded to be allowed to watch the evening news. Jailers refused, at which point he reportedly “got physical and started fighting.”

“He’s going to be bad news in prison,” a well-placed courthouse source told Around Town.


AS NOTED in last Saturday’s column, “Cracker Queen” author Lauretta Hannon of Powder Springs is turning a new page with the Marietta Daily Journal. She’ll pen a weekly advice column — sassily titled “Because I Said So! (Not Your Granny’s Advice Column)” — that will appear every Tuesday on the front page of the Lifestyle section, and which will offer “advice with an edge” in response to letters from readers. Her column debuts three days hence. Hang onto your seats!

In the photo at right, waitresses Sheila Cleveland and Pam Toney — who Hannon describes as “My Waffle House Advisory Board” — review some early submissions for her column.


COBB LIFE magazine will unveil a new look and format Sunday. The major changes include a matte cover and wider pages. The new format is similar to the successful 2012 Factbook the MDJ published in July.

“Local and regional magazines are continuing to see growth in the marketplace. One trend we identified is how readers are treating their magazines as more of a ‘coffee-table book’ and are keeping them on hand for longer periods of time,” said Director of Magazines Mark Wallace Maguire. “This new format will give the magazine a stronger lifespan which readers should find gratifying. And the extra width will also allow for more dynamic design and photography to enhance our editorial content.”

Cobb Life is published by the Journal and is celebrating its eighth year of publication in November. It is published 10 times a year and is distributed to more than 32,000 homes and businesses throughout Cobb.


THE YWCA of Northwest Georgia is accepting nominations for its annual “Women of Achievement” Awards. Nominees must live and/or work in Cobb, Cherokee or Paulding counties, reports director Holly Comer. Nomination forms can be downloaded at Deadline is Nov. 30.


THE CAMPAIGN to Re-elect Sheriff Neil Warren will host his “Annual Tailgate Party” from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mud Creek Ranch on Villa Rica Road. Cost is $25 per family. Go to for more. ... Hiram’s Timothy Johnson Ph.D., President/CEO of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, will be the guest speaker at Monday’s Madison Forum Lunch at The Rib Ranch Restaurant on Canton Road.


SOME OF THE BEST CRACKS about Wednesday’s presidential debate came not from TV analysts, late-night comedians or radio talk show hosts, but rather from MDJ readers commenting on Facebook.

Quipped new Marietta Downtown 20/20 Vision Committee member Carey Cox midway through the debate: “Watching this is causing Jimmy Carter to experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder about right now.” Added GeoSurvey’s Trent Turk, of west Cobb, “Obama: Deer in headlights. Romney: Headlights.”

Former Cobb GOP VP Darryl Wilson of east Cobb posted, “Mitt wins Round 1 with a flurry of head shots to his opponent, who was apparently expecting a cakewalk! Obama needs a few bags of ice and a cold steak. Wow!”

Marietta entrepreneur Allen Koronkowski of Mr. K’s Cookies explained afterward that, “I did not watch the debate for 3 reasons: 1) I know who I’m voting for, 2) my friends and family know who I’m voting for and 3) I’m already on blood pressure medication.”

Attorney Justin O’Dell, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic Primary for the Statehouse seat representing Fair Oaks, waxed philosophic: “The true ‘Independent’ and ‘Undecided’ voters spent last night watching ‘Keeping Up with Kardashians” and Honey Boo Boo. Despite an overwhelming increase in access to information, voters are less and less informed. Instead of issues, voters will vote based on things like race (two sides to that coin), blind party affiliation or absolute falsities that they have ‘heard’ but did not bother to investigate.” 

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October 08, 2012
The arrogance of Becky Paden...

"HISTORIC BOARD member Becky Paden tells Around Town that after the meeting she asked the Starbucks representatives if after their applications were approved, they would consider adding a “Krystal” counter to the coffee shop so there would still be a Krystal in Marietta." “They just laughed,” she said.

Where do some elected and un-elected bureaucrats get off with some of their ideas. A few years a BP Convenience Store went before the Smyrna City Council for a zoning variance and one of the Council Members pushed for BP to modify their green logo color to match the Smyrna City "green color."

The Smyrna request was absurd as is Ms. Paden's request of Starbucks. If Ms. Paden wants to remember The Krystal so much, she can apply to have a variance for such counter added to the front of her home.
October 07, 2012
I am writing about a different issue than those discussed. How can the City of Smyrna Mayor and Council justify letting the food trucks come into a city park for FREE every Tuesday but charge a business license fee to Smyrna restaurants. Don't they recognize this is hurting homegrown businesses and taking money OUT of the city? I have no problem with "Food Truck Tuesdays" but I think it only fair to existing restaurants they be charged a fee. Right now Smyrna is actually subsidizing these out of town businesses at the expense of local restaurants.
miss Krystal
October 06, 2012
I, for one, was very disappointed to hear that the Krystal had been sold to another Goldstein who then sold it to Starbucks. That is all we need, more Goldstein-owned property. And yes, Philip is powerful, too much so, for the public good. I hope people, when they rush in to buy the overpriced coffee etc at Starbucks, don't manage to put the other coffee shop on Mill Street out of business. I will miss the Krystal, as will a lot of other folks.
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