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Two New Breweries Open in Roswell

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Roswell is thrilled to be home to two new microbreweries! Both From the Earth Brewing Company and Variant Brewing Company celebrated their grand openings this past weekend, November 3 – 5. We are proud to have had a significant role in the creation of the microbrew industry here in Roswell several years ago and are excited to continue cultivating this business community in the coming years.

From the Earth Brewing Company

From the Earth Brewery

Founded by Tim and Lisa Stevens, From the Earth Brewing Company is a brewpub with a specialized focus on a chef-driven and farm-to-table menu, craft beer options, and social gatherings. In addition to featuring a full menu and four of its own unique brews, From the Earth also serves a selection of other local and seasonal beers, a variety of cocktails, and wine. From the Earth is located on Holcomb Bridge Road in the Connexion Plaza east of GA-400.

To learn more, visit ftebrewing.com.

Variant Brewing Company

Variant Brewing

Founded by Matt Curling, Variant Brewing Company features a variety of seasonal and year-round beers in addition to a selection of “variant” brews, which derive their name from Merriam-Webster, which defines “variant” as something varying slightly from the standard form. These beers are thus specific variations of other brew offerings combined with unique ingredients such as toasted coconut, coffee, pineapple, or citrus flavors. Variant is located on Norcross Street behind Roswell City Hall and a short walk from Canton Street.

To learn more, visit variantbrewing.com.

Small Business Saturday is November 25

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small business saturdaySmall Business Saturday is November 25, and we encourage everyone to shop small by shopping locally this holiday season. In Roswell, small businesses make up approximately 75% of our economy, so supporting them is an integral part of ensuring our city’s economic sustainability.

While buying local might seem unnecessary, it fosters diversity among companies by creating a balance between well-known versus local brands. Shopping local is recognized in different capacities and can be accomplished by everything from gifting your loved ones a dining experience at one of our restaurants to picking up unique gifts from a small, locally operated store. During the busy holiday season, shopping locally also allows the luxury of skipping long mall lines!

For more information on Small Business Saturday, which is an initiative of the Small Business Association and American Express, visit the Small Business Saturday website.

Welcome to Roswell – October 2017

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Lefko Construction Group Ribbon Cutting

Lefko Construction Group

Congratulations to Lefko Construction Group on its new commercial construction and general contracting office! Located off Highway 9, Lefko tackles projects from office renovations to municipal projects. The Lefko team completes each job with premium project management by using quality execution, advanced technology, and effective communication.   

For more information, visit lefkoconstruction.com

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Herbert Legal Group

Welcome Herbert Legal Group, located on Vickery Street! Herbert Legal Group specializes in business law and provides representation for issues of all difficulty levels. Legal services are vital for all business operations, whether large or small, and Hebert Legal Group can assist you with all your business needs.

For more information, visit herbertlegalgroup.com

Sports Fitness Experience 10 Year Anniversary

Sports Fitness Experience (SFX)

Congratulations to SFX on celebrating the 10-year anniversary of starting its business in Roswell! Located off Highway 92, SFX offers services based around sports performance, general and targeted personal training, and group fitness classes. SFX understands the importance of an active lifestyle provides individuals with a good workout environment and gym space.

For more information, visit sfxfitness.com

Roswell Inc Launches Retail Study & Analysis Project

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Roswell Inc has launched a three-year study that will provide research and analysis of the city’s retail market on both a macro and micro level, with a specific focus on six main corridors that were identified as the largest shopping areas in the community.

Through a partnership with Georgia Power, Roswell Inc has contracted with NextSite for the study, a leading retail consulting firm that provides in-depth research, analysis, marketing and consulting services. NextSite has worked with multiple communities throughout the Southeast, including Tuscaloosa, AL; Oxford, AL; Augusta, GA; and Kingsport, TN.

“The retail industry is changing rapidly across the country, and with retail being our second biggest industry in Roswell, it’s important that we invest in projects like this that will help our community adapt,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Being able to gather and analyze this depth of data about our local retail market will guide us in making strategic decisions when it comes to business recruitment and retention, allowing us to both help the shopping centers in our city that are struggling while ensuring that our healthy shopping centers remain healthy.”

The six focus sites in Roswell are 1) Holcomb Bridge Road and Highway 9 Interchange; 2) Highway 92 from Woodstock to Mountain Park; 3) Highway 9 from Mansell Road north; 4) Holcomb Bridge Road and GA-400 Interchange, east through Martin Landing Drive; 5) Holcomb Bridge Road east from Scott Road; and 6) Historic District from Woodstock Road to the Chattahoochee River.

The project kicks off with an initial 60-day research and analysis period that will provide baseline data and key findings about the current state of the city’s retail market. From there, fresh data will be sourced and gathered by NextSite on a regular basis.

Data collected and analyzed will include, but is not limited to, the following areas: retail gap and leakage, peer identification and analysis, consumer attitudes and behavior, market segmentation, thematic mapping, mobile mapping, competitor analysis, and identification of retail prospects.

This data, along with the analytical tools and reporting functionality available through NextSite, will assist Roswell Inc in advising stakeholders, developers, property owners, local business owners, site selectors, and city leadership on key retail decisions.

“We know how important quality retail is to a community’s quality of place, which is why we’re excited about supporting this effort and helping Roswell and communities across the region adapt to the changing retail landscape,” said Lauren Lambiase, senior community and economic development manager at Georgia Power.

Three years is a best practice for this type of study, as it allows time for patterns and trends in the market to emerge and change. It also provides ample time to apply research and analysis to business deals, many of which take months or years to complete.

Welcome to Roswell – September 2017

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Ribbon Cutting at McDowell Chiropractic

McDowell Chiropractic

Welcome McDowell Chiropractic, located off Holcomb Bridge Road! McDowell offers services for both children and adults that help to revitalize the body’s basic capabilities. Dr. McDowell uses gentle, specific, and non-invasive techniques to adjust the spine to increase its mobility and proper function. These practices allow Dr. McDowell to focus on the physical health and well-being of his patients.

 

For more information, visit mcdowellchiropractic.com

Ribbon Cutting of Gazal Eyecare

Gazal Eyecare

Congratulations to Gazal Eyecare on its new Roswell location! Located on Norcross Street, Gazal Eyecare offers premium products and services for all basic optometry needs. Some of the services offered are routine eye exams, custom and SPFX lens fittings, and eyewear fittings and adjustments. Each pair of glasses is designed in Atlanta and hand crafted in Japan using unique and quality materials. Gazel Eyecare is dedicated to providing luxury eyewear and eyecare through innovative designs and vision technology.

 

For more information, visit gazaleyecare.com

Ribbon Cutting of Crazy Love Coffee House

Crazy Love Market & Coffeehouse

Welcome Crazy Love Market & Coffeehouse, located on Canton Street in the heart of Roswell’s Historic District! Owners Perry and Sandra Pettett opened Crazy Love Market & Coffeehouse in May of 2017 with a mission to create a delicious cup of coffee and a comfortable gathering spot for community members. Crazy Love Market & Coffeehouse serves more than just coffee, breakfast, and lunch – it also offers an array of home décor and market items. Coupled with an excellent menu and staff, this coffeehouse is the perfect place to connect.  

 

For more information, visit crazylove.coffee

Ribbon Cutting of Centered Recovery Programs

Centered Recovery Programs

Welcome Centered Recovery Programs, a Psychology Today verified treatment center! Centered Recovery’s mindfulness-based, non-12-step program was created to help people live free from substance abuse, while learning the steps to be present and self-aware. Located off Upper Hembree Road, Centered Recovery offers both intensive outpatient (IOP) and full-time day treatment (PHP) to patients looking for drug or alcohol abuse recovery aid.

For more information, visit centeredrecoveryprograms.com

North American Headquarters Comes to Roswell

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We are thrilled to share some exciting news about a project that we have been working on for the past several months with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Danish Trade Commission in Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

Please see the full news release below from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Kamstrup-North American Headquarters Roswell GAThe Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Danish manufacturer, Kamstrup, a world leading supplier of intelligent energy and water metering solutions, will create 52 jobs in the company’s new North American headquarters in Roswell.

“Georgia has become a magnet for international companies who are looking to expand their reach in North America,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are excited that Kamstrup has chosen Georgia – this announcement puts a spotlight on the continued strong relationship between Georgia and Denmark.”

Headquartered in Skanderborg, Denmark, Kamstrup manufacturers high-tech solutions provider of water, district heat and electricity intelligent metering solutions for commercial and residential use. The company currently employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. The new location in Roswell will serve as the company’s North American headquarter.

“By the rapidly growing sales in USA and need for a production plant in North America Atlanta and Fulton County was the natural choise,” said Kamstrup CEO Lars Bo Kristensen. “We see an increasing need and interest for intelligent and accurate water metering solution for the water utilities. But also the individual consumer has an increased focus on the usage as the cost for clean water increases year by year.”

GDEcD Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Danish Trade Commission in Atlanta, Roswell Inc., Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“Kamstrup is another great example on how well differentiated and advanced Danish technology faces a huge potential in the USA. Their new production facility in Georgia will form the perfect foundation for utilizing this moving forward,” said Carsten Rosendahl, Danish Trade Commissioner

“Kamstrup is a welcome addition to our area’s business ecosystem, because they not only embrace their Danish ties, but also water conservation and smart energy solutions.” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “They also represent how our region is attracting and supporting high-tech industries on a global scale.”

“We are proud to have Kamstrup locate its North American headquarters here in Roswell,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the city’s economic development organization. “This project is a great example of the impact strong collaboration by state, regional and local economic development agencies has in landing quality, innovative companies in our region. We are thrilled to have Kamstrup make its home in our city.”

About Kamstrup

Kamstrup is a world-leading supplier of electricity, district heating  and water metering solutions.  For 70 years, Kamstrup have delivered reliable, cost-effective ways to measure and manage energy and water consumption worldwide. By anticipating their customers’ challenges, Kamstrup  enables the energy and water utilities to run a better business and inspire smarter, more responsible solutions for the communities they serve. Kamstrup’s solutions include electricity, district heating and water meters , smart metering systems, hosting and services, analytics and smart grid applications. All products are produced with the highest certifications for environmental safety and quality in their automated production facilities in Denmark. www.kamstrup.com/en-us/about-kamstrup

Welcome to Roswell – August 2017

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Ribbon Cutting at The Mauldin Group in Roswell Ga

The Mauldin Group

Congratulations to The Mauldin Group! After outgrowing their original Roswell location, they recently relocated to a new space on Sun Valley Drive. The Mauldin Group offers affordable and innovative marketing solutions. Some of their services include web design, email marketing, content marketing and search engine optimization. They also offer social media marketing classes, so if you’re looking for a marketing expert or just want to take your own skills to the next level, The Mauldin Group has something for you.

 

For more information, visit themauldingroup.com

Ribbon Cutting at Bruster's Ice Cream in Roswell Ga

Bruster’s Ice Cream

Congratulations to the new owners of Bruster’s Ice Cream, located on West Crossville Road! In addition to offering delicious ice cream treats, did you know Bruster’s could help with your next fundraising or catering event? Whether your group is small, large, or helping out the community, Bruster’s will have everyone screaming for ice cream.

 

For more information, visit brusters.com

Ribbon Cutting of BIAS Corporation in Roswell Ga

BIAS Corporation

Welcome BIAS Corporation, an Oracle Specialized Platinum Partner and Certified Oracle Reseller and System Integrator! We’re thrilled you chose Roswell to be home to your headquarters. Located off Old Alabama Road near Holcomb Bridge Road, BIAS offers consulting, software, hardware and IT staffing solutions to keep your business on the cutting edge. They have received several awards, including the 2016 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year – North America in Big Data Analytics and the INC. 500 – Top 50 & Top 100 IT Services Firm in the Nation. They’re constantly expanding their skill and knowledge base so companies can take advantage of the latest Oracle products.

 

For more information, visit biascorp.com

Ribbon Cutting of Elevate Family Chiropractic in Roswell Ga

Elevate Family Chiropractic

Welcome Elevate Family Chiropractic, located off East Crossville Road! Elevate offers adjustments for the entire family, from children to adults to the elderly. Dr. Naeema has even completed more than 300 additional hours of training in pediatric and pregnancy chiropractics to keep everyone in your home at his or her healthiest. Spinal misalignment is the underlying cause of many conditions, and when corrected, it can allow the body to heal naturally. Using the latest technologies, Elevate is committed to identifying and addressing your health concerns.

 

For more information, visit elevateroswell.com

Designer Home Comfort

Congratulations Designer Home Comfort on opening their premium home furnishing showroom in Roswell! Located off Holcomb Bridge Road, Designer Home Comfort is dedicated to offering the highest quality furniture. They require that manufactures provide a warranty, hold a strong reputation in the marketplace, and constantly improve their products with innovative design techniques. Designer Home Comfort guarantees the lowest price online and in-stores and carries brands such as Stressless, Palliser, Malouf and Canadel.

For more information, visit designerhomecomfort.com

Important Change to Business Tax Collection

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The City will be sending the following letter to Roswell businesses in the coming week. We will continue to inform and assist local businesses during the transition. 

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The City of Roswell is changing how it taxes businesses in our community.  Previously, the City has collected business occupation tax based on number of employees. For 2018, businesses will be taxed using a method based on gross receipts. The majority of local governments in our area use a similar gross receipts method of business taxation.

Gross receipts are the total amount a business received from all sources during its annual accounting period, without subtracting any costs or expenses.  Business types are categorized by NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes.  This code is assigned a profitability index which corresponds with a specific tax rate.  The tax rate applied to gross receipts will determine the tax assessment.

The new fee structure for the 2018 tax year is as follows:

Commercial Business
The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate.  A $100 application fee and a $50 regulatory fee will also apply.

Professional License Classification
The tax due will be either $400 per practitioner or the gross receipts assessment with a $50,000 exemption.  The practitioner/ business may choose their preferred method of calculation.

Professional practitioners include but are not limited to: lawyers, physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, psychologists, veterinarians, landscape architects, land surveyors, practitioners of physiotherapy, public accountants, embalmers, funeral directors, engineers, architects, marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, dealers of motor vehicles, etc.

Home-Based Business
The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate. For home-based businesses, there is a cap of $100 on the total tax due.

This change will be implemented during the 2018 business occupation tax renewal process.  You will be receiving notification explaining how to determine your business occupation tax amount required for 2018.  All Occupation Certificate Taxes are due by December 31, 2017 for the 2018 calendar year.

For more information, please visit www.roswellgov.com/businessregistration. City staff is also available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding this change.  Please feel free to contact the city’s Business Registration Division at 770-594-6235 or businessregistration@roswellgov.com.

 

Meet the Roswell Inc Team

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Get to know the faces of Roswell’s economic development organization.

To learn more, check out the one-on-one interviews below.

Steve Stroud

Steve Stroud

Executive Director

Carisa Turner

Carisa Turner

Director of Communications & Public Relations

Debra Ewing

Debra Ewing

Business Development & Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Communications & Admin Coordinator

Stephanie Robertson

Stephanie Robertson

Program & Event Coordinator

Summer Sippin’ 2017 Top Rankings

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Top 5 Alcoholic Sips

Peaches en Regalia

Peach and The Porkchop

Proudly supporting local farms, this vodka cocktail features Maxwell Farms pickled peach jam, from Dallas, Georgia. Lemon oleo saccharum provides a lovely punch of summer citrus while peach bitters and orange blossom water blend and elevate the flavor profile. The Strega provides a light minty herbaceous note without over sweetening. Shaken with a splash of Konig Ludwig Weiss beer and topped with Indi carbonated orange water. The end result? A lovely collins-style drink with plenty of peachy punch, summery citrus, and a velvety mouth feel. Definitely a patio winner, “Peaches en Regalia” is a delightful summer sip!

Summer Sippin' 2nd Place Table and Main Georgia Peach

Georgia Peach

Table & Main

American Spirit Whiskey, muddled fresh peaches, and ginger beer.

Summer Sippin' 3rd Place The Mill Kitchen & Bar The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

The Mill Kitchen & Bar

High West Bourye Whiskey, coconut rum, fresh papaya, lime and pineapple juice, cayenne pepper and simple syrup.

Summer Sippin' 4th Place Taqueria Tsunami Asian Matador

Asian Matador

Taqueria Tsunami

Ginger infused Patron silver tequila with Patron citronage mixed with fresh kiwi puree, lime and pineapple juices.

Summer Sippin' 5th Place Alcoholic Summer Crush at Houck's Grille

Summer Crush

Houck’s Grille

Absolut Razz, Peach Schnapps, Elderflower Liqueur, muddled strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and fresh basil with a splash of Sprite and a lemon zest.

Top 3 Non-Alcoholic Sips

summer Sippin' 1st Place Non-alcoholic Scooter's Coffee Caramelicious Cold Brew N Cream

Caramelicious Cold Brew N Cream

Scooter’s Coffee Roswell

“Amazingness In a Cup” This drink has Caramelicious sauce, Scooter’s World Famous Cold Brew, splashed with a beautiful swirl of cream! It pairs perfectly with the Spicy Sausage and Egg Burrito.

Summer Sippin' 2nd Place Non-alcoholic Sublime Tree Dragon Show

Dragon Show

Sublime Tree

Be sublime this summer and enjoy the show – the Dragon Show! This layered tropical smoothie features dragon fruit, lychee fruit, mangos, oranges and coconut. It is the ultimate summer treat you never knew you needed, brought to you by Sublime Tree!

Summer Sippin' 3rd Place Non-alcoholic Kale Me Crazy Summer Cherries

Summer Cherries

Kale Me Crazy Roswell

Delightful Summer Smoothie made with only healthy ingredients, including organic cherries, house-made almond milk, cashews and organic bananas.

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