February Ribbon Cutting Roundup

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Alliance Francaise of Atlanta ribbon cuttingAlliance Francaise

We recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of Alliance Francaise of Atlanta. The company relocated from its original office on Atlanta Street to the new Willeo Road location.

The new location is the perfect fit for Alliance Francaise, with bright splashes of red and lots of space. Director Catherine Thrille said they are excited about many of the upcoming events, including movie nights, dinners and wine tastings.

Alliance Francaise is a nonprofit French-American cultural center.

Learn more about Alliance Francaise here.



Another Broken Egg Ribbon CuttingAnother Broken Egg

Roswell is well-known for its restaurants, and we recently added another delicious spot to our city.

Another Broken Egg Cafe is a breakfast and lunch restaurant offering a variety of dishes with a hint of New Orleans flavor. Select menu items include fresh salads, delicious omelets, handmade biscuits and beignets.

Check out its menu offerings here.





gallery43Gallery 43

We recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of our new neighbor, Gallery 43.

This contemporary art gallery is located across from Roswell Historic Square. In addition to showing beautiful works of art, it regularly hosts gallery events and local fundraising benefits.

If you would like to attend an event or visit the gallery space, check out the Gallery 43 website.

A Response to East Roswell Economic Development Discussions

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roswell_inc-266With the recent closings of Target, Kohl’s, Rack Room Shoes and a variety of other retailers in Roswell, we know there is growing concern over the future of retail and overall economic development in the city, with a particular concern for East Roswell.

As a longtime Roswell resident and 30-year business entrepreneur in this city, I am likewise disappointed by these recent announcements. However, I also find myself excited by the opportunity this creates for us to cast vision for what East Roswell could become in the future.

As many of you know, what’s happening to retail in Roswell is not isolated to our city – it’s happening across the nation. The demand for traditional retail is decreasing rapidly, as the market for online shopping continues to grow. This, alongside the continued trend toward mixed-used development, has become a major game-changer.

This shift in consumer behavior has been causing waves in the industry for several years and is set to completely transform the way retail looks 5 to 10 years from now. It’s also caused major retailers, from Target to Macy’s to Walgreens, to completely rethink their business models. While stores that can’t sustain a profit are closing, CEOs are brainstorming ways for their companies to adapt to the new environment and changing consumer.

People often ask me if that means traditional brick-and-mortar shops will become a thing of the past.

The overwhelming majority of industry experts say no.

However, there is a growing understanding that to remain competitive in the new retail environment, stores and shopping districts will need to offer something consumers can’t get on their phones – a shopping experience.

Consumers are increasingly desiring experience-driven shopping areas like Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market in Atlanta and the downtown areas in Woodstock and Lawrenceville. These destination retail concepts are what most industry leaders forecast as the future for non-online retail.

How does Roswell adapt?

Last month, Roswell Inc was invited to participate in two public forums about the future of economic development along the Holcomb Bridge Road Corridor. The discussions at each focused on trends in commercial development and retail and also started conversations between city leaders and the community about how we can work together to respond to the changing market.

At Roswell Inc, our core mission is to ensure a strong, competitive economic and business climate for the City of Roswell. We do that through keeping up with market trends; working in partnership with business owners, entrepreneurs, city leaders, residents and property developers; and keeping a pulse on what’s happening in the community.

As these discussions continue in the coming months, our commitment to each of you is that we will continue to work diligently as a leader and catalyst for smart economic development that aligns with both the culture and character of Roswell and the demands of the market.

What does that look like?

Currently, our Roswell Inc team is finalizing the details to begin a comprehensive retail study for Roswell. This will focus on the needs for the city as a whole as well as help us develop a plan for the distinct, unique retail needs and opportunities for each part of our community.

We are also working closely with city staff on a proposal to begin a study along Holcomb Bridge Road, east of GA 400. This will help map out future redevelopment in East Roswell and identify what types of projects make sense for the community and the market. It will also work in tandem with the Highway 9 study.

-As both these projects progress, there will be opportunities for public input along the way – whether through surveys, focus groups, town hall meetings, etc. Your voice is an important part of this process, and we encourage you to stay involved.

Welcome to Roswell – January 2017

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Stretch Zone Ribbon Cutting

stretchflexWe recently welcomed Stretch Zone to Roswell. Their new facility is conveniently located in the Target Shopping Center on Woodstock Road.

Stretch Zone offers a unique form of stretch therapy. “Traditional stretching methods attempt to make you more ‘flexible’ or ‘elastic’. However, the Stretch Zone® method works by increasing your active range of motion and the quality of those movements.” Stretch Zone aims to help patients of all ages. Whether you are an athlete looking to improve your golf game or a senior hoping to reach the top shelf in the kitchen again, Stretch Zone is for you!

Learn more about Stretch Zone, and even schedule a trial, by visiting their website.


enAble Groundbreaking

img_6739-1We would like to congratulate enAble on their upcoming expansion! They recently broke ground on a renovation that will double the size of their day program space.

In addition to providing a day program service to local adults with developmental disabilities, enAble provides residential services to many adults across Fulton County. These facilities are homes located in typical neighborhoods. Clients are provided 24-hour support, supervision and transportation. If desired, enAble also strives to match clients with a job in the community, such as Publix or HomeDepot.

Learn more about this great organization by visiting their website.

Vickery Rose Groundbreaking

vickery-roseWe were very excited to recently attend the groundbreaking of Vickery Rose!

Vickery Rose is a high-end, resort-style senior living community that will be located on East Crossville Road. Construction is expected to be completed in 12 to 18 months.

The facility will include a chef’s pantry, movie theater and floor plans ranging from studio to three bedrooms.

You can read more about this new luxury community in the North Fulton Neighbor article or on their website.


2017 Live, Work, Play City

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The City of Roswell recently received the 2017 Live, Work, Play award in the Large City category presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend Magazine. You can read the full article on the City of Roswell’s website.

Check out the video below that was submitted for the Award competition. We always knew that Roswell was the best city to live, work, and play, but now we have the award to prove it!

Drought and Your Business

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A special message from the City of Roswell’s Environmental/Public Works Department:


Did you know that on November 17, 2016, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) declared a Level 2 drought? Although we have experienced a number of rainy days in recent weeks, exceptional drought conditions still persist in our region. We encourage your support in conserving our precious resource as much as possible.

Here are a few examples how you can help conserve water:

  1. Do you serve water to your customers as soon as they sit down? To help conserve water, we recommend you only serve water when the customer requests it.
  2. Under a Level 2 Drought, there are watering restrictions in place for outdoor watering. Even addresses and sites with no numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those at odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  3. If you have a well that is used for irrigation, please place a sign out on the lawn or on the door to state “Well Water.” This will help the Environmental Compliance Officers and Code Enforcement Officers know that the water is from a well.
  4. Using water for ornamental purposes—such as fountains, reflecting pools and waterfalls—is not permitted during a Level 2 Drought.
  5. Using a pre-rinse spray valve that uses less water when washing your dishes will also help to conserve water.

For more information, visit the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District website or contact the City of Roswell Water Utility Division at 770-641-3707.

Thank you very much for your conservation effort. It is much appreciated!

Roswell Restaurant Week Kicks Off on January 23

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RRW Logo 2017Roswell Restaurant Week returns to celebrate the city’s finest culinary experiences from January 23 to February 1, 2017. This year’s event includes 26 participating restaurants, all of which will present special chef-driven prix fixe menus, showcasing signature favorites as well as out-of-the-box specialties.

“Roswell Restaurant Week is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Roswell has an incredibly strong and growing restaurant scene, and this event is a fun and exciting way to invite people from all across the region to experience the unique culinary treasures and dining experiences we have in our city.”

Participating restaurants include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s On Canton, Amalfi Ristorante, BistroVG, Brick House, The Big Ketch, Crabapple Tavern, El Porton, Foundation Social Eatery, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Houck’s Grille, Metro Diner, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Moe’s Original BBQ, Monterrey Roswell, Osteria Mattone, Oak Street Café, Pastis, Peach & the Porkchop, Pizzeria Lucca, PURE Taqueria, Roux On Canton, Salt Factory Pub, Table & Main, Vin25, and Your Pie.

Make sure to follow Roswell Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW and share dining experiences using #2017RoswellRestaurantWeek and #RoswellRW. Learn more at

This is the second year Roswell Restaurant Week has been presented by Roswell Inc. Roswell Restaurant Week is sponsored by Gas South.


Registration Open for 2017 Roswell Business Academy

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business_academy_logo_4_eventbriteRegistration is open for the 2017 Roswell Business Academy, which kicks off on Thursday, January 19. Presented annually by Roswell Inc, this professional development program for leaders of Roswell-based businesses is designed to challenge, inspire, and help business leaders achieve their goals.

This year’s program covers tackling business growth barriers, leadership development, de-cluttering a workspace, crafting the perfect bio, and social media marketing.

Sessions are $10 each. Participants can register for each class individually or purchase a series pass to secure their seat at all five sessions. Limited spots are available, and early registration is encouraged. All participants must work for a business located in Roswell.

For more information about each class and speaker, or to register, visit:

Sessions for 2017 include:

• January 19 – Get Unstuck: Overcome Business Growth Barriers
Every leader and every business hits a wall. Whether your issues are tied to leadership development, employee engagement, limited cash flow, market penetration or other common growth barriers, business leader and Fortune 100 consultant Anthony Flynn will share practical tools to break through your wall and take your business to the next level.

• February 16 – Rise-up: Become a Leader Worth Following
In this session, you will learn how to strengthen the core of your leadership ability and create a culture of empowerment for your company. Essy Lucas will share practical visual tools developed by GiANT Worldwide, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation, that will help you become a more effective and influential leader – one everyone wants to follow.

• March 23 – De-clutter: Create a Space for Success
Discover the joy of a beautiful and organized workspace. Sara Fisher, owner of A Simple Space, will discuss how simplifying, organizing, and personalizing your office can increase productivity, foster greater creativity, and enhance critical thinking and problem solving.

• April 27 – Define: Enhance Your Business Presence with a Great Bio
A compelling bio is one of your most important marketing tools. In this session, professional writing coach Beth Hermes will teach you how turn an interested audience into a loyal patron or client by creating a clear, engaging bio that highlights your accomplishments, business philosophy, and life experiences – all while telling your unique story.

• May 23 – Engage: Build Your Brand on Social Media
In this session, Mallie Hart, owner of Go Creative Go!, will focus on best practices for creating, building and maintaining a Facebook presence, while also spending some time on other platforms, such as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. The class will cover organic reach versus advertising, as well as tips and tricks to ensure marketing messages get seen by the right eyes – those with an intent to buy.

The 2017 Roswell Business Academy is sponsored by: Fidelity Bank, Ringer Consulting, Art & Beyond, Signs of Significance, and TG Visuals. Coffee is sponsored by Scooter’s.

Bring Small Business Back Tour Comes to Roswell

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Bring Small Business Back Tour: Roswell, GA

The Job Creators Network’s “Bring Small Businesses Back Bust Tour” stopped into Roswell, Georgia on October 6th. Our team was joined by Congressman Tom Price, as well as Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus. Together, we discussed the problems facing American small businesses today. We also championed the strides Georgia and Job Creators Network are taking to fix those problems.

You can learn more about JCN’s mission to Bring Small Businesses Back here and read the original article here.

Welcome to Roswell Wednesday

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City of Roswell Employee Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting

Roswell City Employee Wellness Center Ribbon CuttingLast Thursday we celebrated at the ribbon-cutting of the City of Roswell Employee Wellness Center. The facility is open exclusively to city employees and offers a fitness center, gymnasium, and clinic.

City staff can maintain a healthy lifestyle at the fitness center, where we were told a group from City Hall visits on their lunch break once a week. If they do fall victim to a cold or ailment, they can see the onsite Physician to get them well again!

Congratulations to the City of Roswell! This is an awesome benefit to offer to our city’s staff.


Save The Dates – 2017 Roswell Inc Event Dates Announced!

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Mark Your Calendars

Announcing the 2017 Roswell Inc event dates – Roswell Business Academy, Roswell Coffee Connect, Roswell Connect


7:30 to 9:00 AM
Thursday, January 19
Thursday, February 16
Thursday, March 23
Thursday, April 27
Tuesday, May 23

The Roswell Business Academy brings participants together by providing opportunities to learn, grow, discuss ideas and gain insight on local business trends. These courses consist of everything from enhancing your online presence to starting and financing a business from scratch.

coffee_connect_for_emma7:30 to 9:00 AM
Friday, February 10
Friday, April 14
Friday, July 14
Friday, August 11
Friday, October 27

Roswell Coffee Connect provides a morning opportunity for Roswell business owners and leaders to network and connect over a hot cup of coffee. This program furthers Roswell Inc’s  mission to foster strong relationships within and among the Roswell business community.


5:30 to 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, December 6

Founded and operated by Roswell Inc, Roswell Connect is a bi-monthly evening networking event exclusively offered to Roswell registered businesses. Roswell Connect is highly attended by industry-leading business professionals and community leaders. Enjoy complimentary beverages and light snacks provided by Roswell Restaurant Partners.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Roswell business happenings and event announcements – Join Roswell Inc’s email list today!