Biz Bits: Olive Branch Wellness Boutique in downtown Decatur dedicated to clean beauty
And now, some news and notes from the local business community.
– Ty Jenkins is a new tenant on the Decatur Square. She’s the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Boutique, a store dedicated to providing clean beauty products.
Jenkins graduated from the University of Phoenix, and following graduation, she enrolled in Atlanta Technical College to start her beauty career. After working at salons around Atlanta, Jenkins noticed trends in effects that different beauty products can have on people, sparking her interest in discovering “clean beauty.”
Jenkins was determined to find products that help people, without the added side effects. So, she started to look for vegan, organic, and all-natural hair and beauty products. In her search, she started to experiment in making some vegan soaps for her family and friends, which led her to found Olive Branch in downtown Decatur.
Today, customers can find an array of clean beauty products, such as organic moisturizers, dry shampoo, bath bombs, and vegan nail polish. New products are introduced to the boutique each week, too.
For more information about Olive Branch, go to www.shoptheolive.com.
– Charis Books and More recently hosted a Grand Re-Opening Party to celebrate its move to Decatur.
“On Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 27, Charis Books and More celebrated its grand reopening on the campus of Agnes Scott College at 184 S. Candler St. in Decatur,” the company said. “Charis, the South’s oldest independent feminist bookstore, and Charis Circle, the non-profit programming partner of the bookstore, celebrated their new home in conjunction with Agnes Scott College’s alumnae weekend and the inauguration celebration of college president Lee Zak. The bookstore and non-profit will continue operating as they have for much of their previous 44 years in Little Five Points, with the addition of a new Agnes Scott school store element that includes spirit wear, snacks and drinks, school supplies and convenience items.
“The celebration began at 10 a.m. with food from Avondale caterer Tiff’s Takeout and continued at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Charis Circle Executive Director, E.R. Anderson. Linda Bryant and Edie Cofrin cut the first ribbon, celebrating the nearly fifty year friendship which helped found Charis and which helps sustain it to this day. Charis Circle Board Chair Susana Morris, Agnes Scott College Board Chair Beth Holder, and Agnes Scott Professor Beth Hackett cut the second ribbon, symbolizing the community partnerships which helped bring Charis to the Decatur campus. Finally, Susana Morris introduced Charis Books and More Co-owners Sara Luce Look and Angela Gabriel (who moonlights as a beloved Decatur Pre-K teacher), and E.R. Anderson to cut the third ribbon honoring the Charis leadership team. Charis Circle also announced the hiring of Assistant Director, Dartricia Rollins.”
– Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital have been named in Becker’s Healthcare 2019 list of “100 great hospitals in America,” according to a press release.
“Just three hospitals in Georgia made the list of 100, with two of them being Emory hospitals,” the press release says. “The hospitals included on the list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction. According to Becker’s, the selected health care organizations are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction. Becker’s Healthcare selected the 100 hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report‘s 2018-19 rankings, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and more. Becker’s also sought nominations for this list.”
– Two Men and a Truck franchisee Holly Stewart is expanding her company to include DeKalb County.
Here’s more information from Two Men and a Truck:
Stewart, who has been in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system for over nine years, started her career at the DeKalb location as a General Manager. An Atlanta resident herself, Stewart is excited about the opportunity to return to the franchise where her journey started.
Stewart’s existing locations currently hold a 100 percent referral rating from customers and have experienced double-digit sales growth. She plans to continue these efforts at the DeKalb County location, and plans on putting a strong focus on staffing and employee retention to reach the same level of success she’s found at her other franchise locations.
Stewart is also already giving back to the community with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Movers For Moms program. Her Georgia locations have partnered with the Atlanta Mission to collect donations for mothers who are in-need and living in local shelters. This year, Stewart plans to donate over $20,000 worth of moving services to locally-based charities.
Stewart’s DeKalb County TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is located at 2377 John Glenn Dr., Suite 102 in Chamblee, GA and 1874 Piedmont Ave NE Ste 376C, Atlanta GA 30324.
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