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Biz Bits: Community space focused on mental health, North DeKalb Mall update, mural at Subrban Plaza

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This story has been updated. 

Some business news and notes from around Decatur and metro Atlanta:

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– A new community center for mental and physical health support, Gathered and Grounded, is offering community talks and services for local youth seeking help with emotional needs, socialization, creativity, academics and more.

According to a Gathered and Grounded press release, Mrnie Grodzin, a licensed master social worker and self-titled “holder of space,” developed the concept for the community space after noticing a lack of mental health resources in Decatur for young people.

Since opening in April, Gathered and Grounded has hosted a number of activities: community talks, book clubs, yoga and meditation classes, support groups, camps, individual therapy, social gatherings and more. 

Additionally, the 1800-square-foot space is available for members of the community to rent out.

“The space is meant to be fluid and adaptable to what the community needs,” the press release said.

Registration for classes and workshops can be found at the Gathered and Grounded website.


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– Sixteen Metro Atlanta Planet Fitness locations are honoring veterans this month. 

“Beginning this Independence Day, 16 Planet Fitness locations throughout Metro Atlanta will offer all active, retired and reserve members of the military and their immediate families to join these participating clubs for a $0 enrollment fee,” a press release from Planet Fitness says. “Those who are interested simply need to come into their local club at one of the below participating locations and show their valid military ID, take a tour of the Judgement Free Zone® facilities and select the membership that works best for them. To honor and appreciate our armed services members beyond the 4th of July, this offer will continue throughout the year. Offerings and amenities at Planet Fitness include: state of the art cardio equipment, expansive strength and free weights equipment, free fitness training through the pe @ pf® program, HydroMassage beds and chairs and more.”

Savi Provisions in Decatur is hosting a grand opening party on Sunday, July 22. Savi provisions is located at 180 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Suite A, in the former Cook’s Warehouse space. The event will last from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The store manager told Decaturish there will be, “Tons of complimentary booze samples, complimentary food samples, live music and charity raffle.” The event will occupy half of the parking lot behind the store and will be a “block party,” the manager said.

– The Brain Balance Center at Suburban Plaza recently installed a new wall mural. 

The Brain Balance Center, works “with children who have developmental delays and different sensory processing issues. Some of our students have a diagnosis [usually ADHD] while many do not.  Some are in special education classrooms while others are mainstreamed,” Edward Finucan with the Brain Balance Center said.

“The journey our families are on is a very rough road,” Stephanie Haller with Brain Balance said. “We wanted our parents and kids to feel inspired when they walked thru  the front doors. We see miracles happen here a lot, (thus, the angel wings).”

Check it out:

Photo provided to Decaturish.

Photo provided to Decaturish.

– A plan to tear down North DeKalb Mall and rebuild it as a mixed use project anchored by a Costco is still being reviewed as a Development of Regional Impact by the Atlanta Regional Commission. 

Kathy Zickert, an attorney for Sterling Organization which owns the mall, said a report from ARC is due in mid-August and the project will then go to the DeKalb County Commission for approval. She said the project was mistakenly added to the commission’s July 24 agenda and will be deferred, most likely until September.

If the current plan stands, the mall – which opened in 1965 – will be torn down and replaced with a mixed-use development that includes 500 multi-family residential units (450 apartments and 50 town homes) a 150-room hotel, 300,000 square feet of retail, 46,000 square feet of restaurant space, a 14,500 square foot food hall and 50,000 square feet of office space.

The AMC movie theater will stay on the property, as will Burlington Coat factory and Marshall’s. The first stores could open as early as 2020.

Editor and Publisher Dan Whisenhunt contributed to this story. 

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