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Roswell Inc Wins National Bronze Anvil Award

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Roswell Inc wins National Bronze Anvil Award for its 2018 Annual ReportRoswell Inc has been awarded the prestigious 1st place Bronze Anvil Award for its 2018 Annual Report through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community.

For more than 45 years, PRSA’s Bronze Anvil Awards have recognized the best of the best in public relations tactics — the use of social media, video, blogs, podcasts, annual reports, digital newsletters, websites – that contribute to the success of overall public relations programs or campaigns.

The 2019 Bronze Anvil Awards program drew a total of 525 entries from across the country. Of those, only one project was selected as the Bronze Anvil Award winner in each of the competition’s 33 categories. Roswell Inc received the Bronze Anvil Award in the Annual Reports category.

“The Bronze Anvil is one of the most coveted awards in the entire public relations industry, which makes receiving this award an incredible honor—and, of course, extremely exciting for our team,” said Carisa Turner, APR, director of communications and public relations for Roswell Inc. “Our annual report is one of the main ways we tell our story and showcase our impact on building a strong, vibrant business community here in Roswell, and we are thrilled that our work has garnered national recognition in this way.”

Bronze Anvil judging is performed across the United States by teams of PRSA members and others with expertise in the specific categories. Judging is focused on four areas—1) strategic planning and content, 2) creativity and quality, 3) technical excellence, and 4) results achieved through the communications project.

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Veterans Business Expo 2019 Photo Gallery

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Last month, we hosted the first ever Veteran Business Expo of Georgia in partnership with the National Veteran Supplier Diversity Coalition, a Roswell-based nonprofit. Nearly 200 veteran businesses attended and got to connect with 30 corporate purchasing professionals from companies like Lockheed Martin, Southern Company, and Synovus.

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Welcome to Roswell | April 2019

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A Mindful Movement

Welcome to Roswell, A Mindful Movement! Founded on the teachings of Ayurveda, a holistic healing system that guides people to understanding their own unique path to wellness, A Mindful Movement is a wellness and yoga center offering a wide variety of yoga classes for every member of the family; women, men, and children.


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Grand Reserve of Litchfield

Welcome to Roswell, Grand Reserve of Litchfield! A David Weekley development, this community features expansive homesites between one and three acres and a variety of award-winning floor plans to fit your family’s lifestyle.

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Gypsy Rose Music

Welcome to Roswell, Gypsy Rose Music! As Historic Roswell’s newest music venue, Gypsy Rose hosts a variety of curated, original, live music and private events. Founder and local resident, Brittany Crooms, opened the music hall out of a passion for merging music, entertainment, and community.


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Fusion Physical Therapy

Welcome to Roswell, Fusion Physical Therapy, Fitness, and Coaching! As a private, outpatient, therapist-owned clinic, Fusion’s vision is to create a place where therapists come to work with a passion for learning, patient care, consistent improvement and fun, and where patients can achieve their maximum potential. Fusion’s physical therapists work with clients from all levels, from middle school up to senior citizens.


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Roswell Inc Wins Gold Hermes Creative Awards

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Roswell Inc was named a four-time Gold Winner by the 2019 Hermes Creative Awards. The international awards competition honors creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials, marketing and communication programs, and emerging technologies.

In the 2019 Hermes Awards program, more than 6,000 entries were submitted in 200 categories.

Roswell Inc was recognized with wins in the following areas:

  • Gold Award: Roswell Inc 2017 Annual Report
  • Gold Award: Roswell Inc 2018 Annual Report
  • Gold Award: About Roswell Inc Video (Nonprofit category)
  • Gold Award: About Roswell Inc Video (Corporate Image category)

Roswell Inc also received three honorable mention awards for its State of the City Logo, State of the City Brand and Design, and Roswell Craft Beer Magazine Ad.

“It’s incredibly exciting for our team to be recognized for its creativity, design and innovation,” said Carisa Turner, APR, director of communications and public relations for Roswell Inc. “We are thrilled to receive these awards and are proud to represent Roswell on the national stage through this awards program.”

The Hermes Creative Awards program is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand creative professionals. AMCP oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession. The Hermes Awards program has been in existence for more than 20 years.

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Roswell Inc’s Carisa Turner Honored as PRSA Georgia’s 40 Under 40

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Roswell Inc's Carisa Turner accepts award for PRSA Top 40 under 40.Roswell Inc’s director of communications, Carisa Turner, APR, has been recognized as one of PRSA Georgia’s Forty Under 40 public relations and communications professionals for 2019.

PRSA Georgia is the second largest chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community.

In its inaugural year, PRSA Georgia’s Forty Under 40 program honors emerging leaders within the public relations and communications industry who excel in their field while also giving back to their industry and community.

Turner, along with the other Forty Under 40 recipients, was recognized during an awards celebration on April 25 at Emory University’s Miller-Ward House.

Forty Under 40 honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of former PRSA Georgia Chapter presidents. To be considered for the list, individuals had to be under the age of 40 (as of May 1, 2019), employed in a communications role with a Georgia-based company, and hold at least one corporate or civic leadership position.

The Forty Under 40 program is open to both PRSA Georgia members and non-members.

PRSA’s mission is to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career. PRSA’s membership collectively represents more than 30,000 members comprising communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

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Summer Sippin’ Roswell Returns on June 1

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Summer Sippin' Roswell returns June 1 - July 31, 2019Summer Sippin’ Roswell returns to celebrate the creative craft beverage-making skills of Roswell restaurants, cafés, breweries, and coffee shops from June 1 to July 31, 2019. This year’s competition includes 46 participants from around the city, all of which have created and will launch a unique alcoholic or non-alcoholic specialty drink not already featured on their menus.

During the two-month event, patrons are invited to rate each sip they try. At the end of the event, based on the drink ratings, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic drink will both be crowned “The Best Sip in Roswell 2019” in their respective categories.

New this year, patrons will be able to submit their drink ratings through both the Summer Sippin’ app and the Summer Sippin’ website. Each user account will be synced and work seamlessly between the two platforms, allowing patrons to view an updated list of the sips they’ve tried and rated in either location.

In its fourth year, Summer Sippin’ is one of the industry support programs created by Roswell Inc, the economic and business development organization for the City of Roswell.

“Summer is one of our favorite times of the year because we get to celebrate and promote the creativity and innovation of our food and beverage businesses through Summer Sippin’.” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “This event not only supports our hospitality industry, which is one of Roswell’s largest, it also positions us as a destination for other restaurant and craft beverage entrepreneurs.”

Participating restaurants for 2019 include:1920 Tavern, American Pasta Factory, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, The Big Ketch Canton Street, Bistro VG, Brookwood Grill, C&S Chowder House, Chipper’s Club, Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Deep Roots Wine Market, Fellows, The Fickle Pickle, Flama Pizza Co., Foundation Social Eatery, Fresco Cantina Grille, From the Earth Brewing Company, The Gaslight, Gate City Brewing Company, Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast, the grub gastropub, Gypsy Rose Music, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Ippolito’s Neighborhood Italian, Land of a Thousand Hills, Local on North, Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Marlow’s Tavern, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Monkey 68, Monterrey Roswell, NOCA, Osteria Mattone, Pinkies Up Beer & Wine, Plum Café, PURE taqueria, Scooter’s Coffee, Sublime Tree, Sugar Shack in the Back, Table & Main, Tap & Six, Taqueria Tsunami, The Whiskey Project, Variant Brewing Company, Vin25, and Zest.

The full lineup of participating restaurants, drinks, descriptions and photos can be found at and on the Summer Sippin’ App, which is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Make sure to follow Summer Sippin’ on Facebook at @SummerSippinRoswell and Twitter and Instagram at @SummerSippin and use #SummerSippin2019.

Summer Sippin’ Roswell is sponsored by Gas South.

Canton Place Development Announces Partnership with Mainsail Lodging & Development

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Canton Place Development LLC recently announced its partnership with Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC as co-developer for Historic Roswell’s new 125-room boutique hotel. Specializing in creating luxury hotel projects as distinctive as their locales, Mainsail is well known for its concepting, vision and innovative design. The Tampa-based hospitality company’s regional focus includes Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean, with other developments currently underway in Atlanta and Macon, GA.

“We are beyond excited to bring the expertise of Mainsail president, Joe Collier, and his team into the fold as our lead partner on the hotel’s development,” said Kevin Bryant, co-founder of Roswell-based Canton Place Development. “Their reputation and success as one of the hottest developers of boutique, lifestyle-branded hotels and resorts is exactly the right fit for the Historic Roswell project. They are good people, visionary developers, and experiential hospitality experts.”

“We approach each project as a rare opportunity to create one-of-a-kind experiences for guests and locals alike,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “Uncovering what is unique to Roswell and bringing new life to this already thriving area and iconic destination while respecting its historic heritage is our goal.”

In the first quarter of 2019, Canton Place Development also closed on two land parcels that include the Wells Fargo bank, which will be home to the hotel as well as a newly-renovated iteration of the bank, and 26 Webb Street, which will house boutique retail and office space. The company released new design elevations for the corner of Magnolia Street and Mimosa Boulevard that include the redevelopment of the Wells Fargo bank currently on site.

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5/4 Meadery to Join Roswell’s Craft Beverage Industry

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5/4 Meadery is set to become the newest addition to Roswell’s growing craft beverage industry since signing an 1,800-square-foot lease at 23B Oak Street in Roswell, Georgia.

Once open, the meadery will manufacture and sell a variety of unfiltered, still to sparkling meads and ciders with dry, semi-sweet, or sweet variations—both with and without fruits and spices. The meadery space, located in the back of the same building occupied by Tap & Six and The Whiskey Project, will house both production facilities along with a public-facing storefront for tastings and direct-to-consumer sales.

Mead is a unique alcoholic beverage made from honey that predates both wine and beer. To honor the ancient origins of the drink, 5/4 Meadery will be using traditional processes for both its meads and ciders in addition to using natural, locally sourced ingredients.

Starting this business has been a labor of love, innovation, and creativity for the owner, who came up with the name for the meadery during the initial testing phase of the company’s first meads.

“5/4 is a time signature in music, one with an unusual number of beats in a measure,” said Sean Walcek, owner of 5/4 Meadery. “Believe it or not, first tastings of our experimental dry mead recipe elicited delightful comparisons with creative music innovators. It didn’t take much deliberation to accept a name that incorporated the 5/4 signature written into many original and exciting compositions.”

According to the American Mead Makers Association, mead presently enjoys the same status that craft beer experienced a few decades ago, with strong growth that includes a 42% increase in mead makers who increased their gross revenues by 85% from 2014-2015.

“Mead’s growth in popularity makes this meadery a welcome and exciting addition to Roswell’s craft beverage industry,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “We were honored to work with Sean and all those involved to help bring this project to Roswell, and we look forward to the way it will continue to strengthen Roswell’s economy and our city’s identity as a destination for craft beverage entrepreneurs.”

“We cannot wait to share our passion for meads and ciders with the community,” said Walcek. “Our hope is to establish ourselves as a premier maker of inventive mead and original fruit fermentations, and along the way, help cultivate a deeper awareness of, appreciation for, and love of meads and ciders in our community.”

New Businesses in Roswell Corners

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As of this month, construction is complete and signage is up for all four new tenants in the new 9,000-square-foot outparcel development in the Roswell Corners shopping center on the corner of Highway 92 and Hardscrabble Road—where the Target and Fresh Market are located.

Deka Lash, an upscale eyelash extension studio, has officially opened its doors to the public.

The three remaining tenants—Five Guys, 1,000 Degree Pizza, and Sirius Day Spa—should all be open within the next 60 days.

The outparcel development has been under construction since summer of 2018.

Roswell Inc Volunteer Receives Award

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Congratulations to one of our Community Connectors, Catherine Storey of Synovus Bank, for receiving the “Donald D. Howard Heart of the Community Award” for 2018. Started in 2015, this award is given out annually to a Synovus employee who exemplifies giving back to the local community with passion and dedication.

A Roswell resident, Catherine is actively involved in the community, both through her involvement with Roswell Inc as well as numerous other nonprofit and civic organizations in Roswell and throughout North Fulton.

As one of our Connectors, Catherine attends ribbon cuttings, networking events, and is regularly involved with helping businesses connect with one another. She is a wonderful extension of our team out in the community, and we are proud to celebrate her exciting accomplishment!