Cobb Chatter - The word on the street on Cobb’s busy business front
by CBJ Staff
August 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 1390 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Restaurant scene continues boom

Kennesaw continues to add to its downtown restaurant scene with a wide variety of eateries at multiple price points. With indoor and outdoor dining options, live music and a great community atmosphere, Kennesaw continues to develop into one of Cobb’s dining destinations. The latest? BurgerFi opened July 10 at 2844 South Main St., next to the Trackside Grill between Watts Drive and Cherokee Street in Kennesaw.

Well, the dining scene on the Marietta Square continues to grow in diversity and flavor options. Blimpie, a long standing fixture on the Square, has been replaced by Pressed Panini Bar. As the name implies, the restaurant specializes in paninis, but also features gourmet salads. Our recommendation? We especially enjoyed the caprese melt sandwich that featured crisp greens and creamy mozzarella glazed with a balsamic vinaigrette. It is just a few doors down from its sister company, Taqueria Tsunami.

Speaking of dining, Blue Moon Pizza recently celebrated a decade in business. The restaurant, with a main location on Windy Hill Road, features unique signature pizzas that include Santa Fe chicken, jerk chicken, Thai chicken, The “Meateor,” veggie pizza and Grandma’s pizza.

The restaurant is owned by Husband and wife team Kelvin and Mandy Slater. Since the debut of their first restaurant, the duo has opened a Vinings location in 2007, and a Buckhead and Sandy Springs location in 2011. On the drawing board are two more locations, with one in Florida, in mid-to-late 2013.

If you’re looking for inspiration in the small business category, look no further than the Slaters. Well done!

And speaking of dining, we’ll be adding a new feature in our next issue concentrating on the best restaurants to take your clients to and how to wow them. Our writer? None other than public relations guru and award-winning columnist Dick Yarbrough.

Chamber names Leadership Class

The popular Leadership Cobb program, sponsored by the Cobb Chamber, has named its members for the incoming 2014 class. They are: Jason Anavitarte of Kaiser Permanente, Don Keller of Blue Sky Exhibits, David Birdwell of IDI, George Kleeman of Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers, Pam Brems of The Center for Family Resources, Judge Marsha Lake, Angelo Brown of DeVry University and Adriane Larson of Adriane’s Delectables. Also Mandy Burton of WellStar, John Loud of LOUD Security, Melissa Cantrell of CDH Partners, Sayward Masselter of Atlanta West Carpets, LaBrita Cash-Baskett of Fundamental Focus, Brooke Murphy of Mopdog Creative + Strategy, Caitlyn Cooper of Garrett McNatt Hennessey Carpenter 360 LLC, Sean Murphy of B+C Studio, Randy Crider of Cobb Fire and Emergency, Leslie O’Neal of O’Dell & O’Neal, Jeremy Cronemeyer of the Cobb Chamber Jim Pehrson of Cobb government, Russ Davis of Northside Hospital and Heather Pennington of Day Three Media.

Also Jeff Daxe of Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, Katie Peterson of the Marietta Visitors Bureau, Jeff Duckett of the city of Kennesaw, Kathy Qualey, Independent Psychotherapist, Darion Dunn of Croy Engineering, Laurie Ross of Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Adam Emrich of Georgia Power, Michelle Sams of the Bank of North Georgia, Greg Euston of McGraw Euston Associates, Megan Stambaugh of Cobb Travel & Tourism, Hope Felshaw of YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Sam Storey of WellStar, Cassy Ferrell of Vinings Bank, Tarrah Suggs of Cobb EMC, Brannon Fitch of BB&T and Andy Thomas of Lockheed Martin.

And Matt Foree of Freeman Mathis & Gary, Susan Tillery of Paraklete Financial, Shane Garrison of Puckett EMS, Jim Torres of Heidelberg USA, Mike Harders of Kennesaw State University, Michael Wall of Comcast, Angela Huff of the Cobb School District, Steve Welsh of Eaton Chiropractic, Katrina Kaiser of LGE Community Credit Union and Mark Zangari of Dollar Wise Cartridge.

Speaking of Leadership Cobb, the program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month with a summer social at the Marietta/Cobb Musuem of Art. The event takes place Aug. 15 and is open to all Leadership Cobb alumni.

How will new outlets affect Cobb?

The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock opened in July to huge crowds and traffic jams along 575. It is a boon for the Cherokee County community but some have questioned its impact on luring shoppers away from Town Center and Cumberland malls and loss of sales tax revenue for Cobb. While this may be true to some degree, most individuals we discussed with say it just gives shoppers more options but with different store offers, won’t directly hurt Cobb’s shopping malls. In addition, many will have to drive past Town Center and Cumberland to get to the outlet shops, potentially attracting more shoppers to stop at these Cobb retailers.

Art and business ... in a different light

At some point in the future, we’ll have a feature on the economic impact of the arts in Cobb County — the two have more of a symbiotic relationship that most imagine. But for now if you want to see the two together, we recommend you drop by the Cobb Chamber to view Kathy Rennell Forbes exhibit, “Impressions of Cobb.” Her series of 20 original paintings was inspired by the diverse and beautiful landscape of the county and features paintings in the mediums of oil, watercolor and acrylic.

The Cobb Chamber is at 240 Interstate North Parkway SE.

You can view the paintings in the Diana Brehm Williams Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. To find out more about Forbes, you can

visit her website: www.artbykrf.com.

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