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Roswell Inc Sweeps the PRSA Georgia Phoenix Awards

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Roswell Inc wins PRSA Best of Phoenix Award 2019

Roswell Inc won four awards during the 2019 Phoenix Awards ceremony, hosted earlier this month by the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Created in 1984, the Phoenix Awards recognize projects and programs each year that demonstrate excellence in the state’s public relations profession.

Roswell Inc won Phoenix Awards in three different categories and took home the evening’s highest honor—the “Best of Phoenix” award. The “Best of Phoenix” award is given out each year to the top PR program entry, one that embodies the “best of the best” in terms of public relations excellence and impact.

“The Best of Phoenix Award is very competitive and includes entries from Georgia’s top Fortune 500 corporations, hospital systems, non-profit organizations, and PR agencies,” said PRSA Georgia President Jasmine Hoffman. “I am thrilled to see Roswell Inc emerge as the winner of the Best of Phoenix Award this year. This recognition is a testament to the extraordinary quality of work being performed by Roswell Inc and its leaders.”

This year, 239 programs and projects were submitted to the awards program. Of those, only 63 received Phoenix Awards, which signifies the best entry in its category.

Roswell Inc received Phoenix Awards for the following campaigns and projects:

  • Brand/Reputation Management: Rebuilding Our Brand
  • Issues Management: Changing the Conversation About Our Organization
  • Annual Reports: 2018 Roswell Inc Annual Report

PRSA Georgia is the second largest PRSA chapter in the country, with more than 900 members. The Phoenix Awards program is open to both members and non-members.

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Welcome to Roswell | October 2019

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Zion Christian Academy

Welcome to Roswell, Zion Christian Academy! Located behind City Hall in the historic district, Zion Christian Academy is a Christian early childhood education provider that allows children to learn through play and fun activities. Offering full-time and part-time schedules to early learners, ZCA is a private preschool where highly trained, energetic teachers promote a love of learning inside and outside the classroom.

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Congratulations to InterDev on its recent expansion into a new, larger location here in Roswell! InterDev has been providing information technology (IT) support and security services to corporations, non-profit and educational organizations and public-sector entities for more than three decades. InterDev installs and supports a broad spectrum of technology solutions including applications, servers and networks, security and backup/disaster recovery solutions and voice and data products and architectures. Roswell is InterDev’s headquarters.

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Edge Business Systems

Congratulations to Edge Business Systems on its recent expansion! With more than 50 years of industry experience, EDGE Business Systems is a leading provider of document technology solutions to businesses in the Atlanta area. Combining award-winning service with the latest and best in office technology, Edge helps their clients achieve maximum productivity.

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Aqua Tots Swim School

Welcome to Roswell, Aqua Tots Swim School! Founded in Arizona in 1991, Aqua Tots was created by a husband and wife seeking a quality swim program for children. The company has since grown into a national organization that offers comprehensive swim training curriculum focused on meeting the needs of two important people—the child and the parent. In addition to traditional swim lessons for all ages and stages, the Roswell location also specializes in swim curriculum and training for special needs clients.

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Welcome to Roswell | September 2019

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I Canita Cake

Welcome to Roswell, I Canita Cake! Located off Alpharetta Street, this local bakery creates custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies that can be decorated in a variety of ways for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, and corporate events. 


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Holiday Inn Express 

Congratulations to Holiday Inn Express on the completion of its new renovations! The new look and feel elevates the guest experience, and we are excited for the impact the renovations will have on the hotel.  

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RUMC Coffee House

Welcome to Roswell, RUMC Coffee House! RUMC Coffee House is a collaboration between Independent Grounds Cafe and the Roswell United Methodist Church. A mission-based organization, RUMC Coffee House is a neighborhood coffee shop that primarily hires adults with special needs. 


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Retail Study Updated | September 2019

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On September 23, our retail study partner, NextSite, attended the city’s Mayor and Council Work Session to provide updated key findings on the shopping patterns and consumer behavior within the city’s six retail corridors, which included a look at demographics, favorite places, length of stay, numbers of visits, along with a discussion on national retail trends.

These updated findings are part of our three-year retail study in partnership with Georgia Power. Conducted by leading retail consulting group NextSite, the study provides ongoing research and data on Roswell’s six main commercial corridors identified as the largest retail shopping areas in the city. The initial key findings were presented to Mayor and Council on July 9, 2018.

Roswell Business Leaders Win GNFCC Awards

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Several Roswell business owners and local leaders were recognized during the 2019 awards program through the Greater North Fulton Chamber. We are proud of the positive impact these individuals have had on the community. Congratulations, everyone!

2019 Small Business Person of the Year – Brian Martin, Righteous Guitars

In 2015, Martin founded Righteous Guitars with the vision of building the finest guitar store in the Southeast and one of the top 10 guitar stores in the world. The National Association of Music Merchants has recognized Righteous Guitars as being one of the Top 100 Music Stores in the world for the past three years. Martin has put his stamp on the high-end guitar market with a deluxe showroom, over-the-top service, and an inventory studded with exclusive models from Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, and others. 

Two additional Roswell business leaders were recognized with high honors through the program. Congratulations to Bonnie Mauldin of The Mauldin Group, and Harry Maugans of Clickagy, for both being named Business Person of Excellence Award Winners.

2019 Nonprofit Leader of the Year – Dr. Steven Palmer, The Cottage School

Palmer has served at every level at The Cottage School, from teacher to superintendent. Under his direction, the school has grown significantly as it continues to expand and advance to meet the needs of every child who may find success in a non-traditional learning environment. The Cottage School has been recognized for excellence by distinguished educators, counselors and psychologists and was named by the Masters in Special Education Resource Guide as one of their Top 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States.

Also in the nonprofit arena, two more Roswell nonprofit leaders were honored for their impact on the community. Congratulations to Chris Nelson of the Chattahoochee Nature Center and Amy O’Dell of Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopment School and Therapy Center for both being selected as Community Impact Award Winners.



To see the full list of winners and to learn more about the awards, visit 

Welcome to Roswell | August 2019

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Souper Jenny

Congratulations to Souper Jenny on opening its newest location right here in Roswell! Located just off the historic town square, Souper Jenny serves fresh food by passionate people in a community-focused environment. With a menu that changes daily and always includes gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan offerings, there’s something for everyone at Souper Jenny. 


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STAR House’s After School Program

Congratulations to STAR House, a Roswell-based nonprofit, on the opening of its new after school program at Vickery Mill Elementary School. STAR House provides after-school tutoring and mentoring for at-risk children throughout North Fulton County, currently serving more than 300 children. 

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Repro Products

Congratulations to Repro Products on the opening of its new office in Roswell! Located off Old Ellis Road, Repro Products specializes in design software and solutions, industry-leading imaging technology, and world-renowned implementation and training services.

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Congratulations to Anthem on joining the Roswell business community! As an independent branding company, Anthem believes that inside every brand’s heart and soul, there lives an Anthem. The organization specializes in strategy and research, web design and development, social media, advertising, branding, relationship marketing, and public relations. 

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Hospitality Career Expo 2019 Photo Gallery

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Last month, we hosted the city’s first ever Hospitality Career Expo, where Roswell restaurants, breweries and hotels connected with job seekers from around the Metro Atlanta region. Since the event, several businesses have expanded their workforce through connections made during the expo.

Welcome to Roswell | July 2019

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Whitney Kennedy State Farm

Welcome to Roswell, Whitney Kennedy State Farm! Located in the Colonial Park offices, their office serves Roswell and the Metro Atlanta Area with insurance needs ranging from home and auto to life insurance and healthcare.

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Computer Museum of America

Welcome to Roswell, Computer Museum of America! Located in the Roswell Town Center shopping center, the technology museum features exhibits such as A Tribute to Apollo 11, Vanquishing the Impossible: a collection of super computers and the Historical Timeline exhibit.

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McKesson Corporation

Welcome to Roswell, McKesson Corporation! The company relocated to a portion of Sanctuary Park in the city limits of Roswell. They are a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, and healthcare information technology, and with more than 500 employees, they are a Top 5 employer in the city.

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The Cotton Farm

Welcome to Roswell, The Cotton Farm! The quilting shop is located just off of Woodstock Road in Historic Roswell. This is the second location for the family-owned businesses, with the first located in Tennessee. The Cotton Farm offers a wide range of fabrics, patterns and notions. Not a quilter…yet? They offer quilting classes as well!

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Welcome to Roswell, GeoTerra! Recently relocating from Marietta, they are a leading provider of aerial acquisition and mapping services in the United States for all types of projects requiring imagery, LiDAR, and/or engineering quality mapping.

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Shanghai Street Food & Bar

Welcome to Roswell, Shanghai Street Food & Bar! The farm-to-table Chinese restaurant is located off of Magnolia Street in Historic Roswell. Their menu features dishes such as “3 Day” Wings, Smoked Kurobuta Pork and Lobster Fried Rice—made with a colossal 1.5 pound Maine lobster! 

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Summer Sippin’ 2019 Winners Announced

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After two months of sippin’ in Roswell, the wait is finally over, and the 2019 “Best Sip in Roswell” winners are—The Whiskey Project’s “Me So Honey” in the alcoholic category and Scooter’s “Peanut Butter Mocha Caramelicious ” in the non-alcoholic category.

During the event, which ran from June 1 through July 31, 46 participating restaurants each featured a unique summer-inspired specialty drink not already available on their menus. Patrons then rated each sip they tried on or the Summer Sippin’ app, which is available for free on both iPhone and Android, and those ratings were used to determine the “Best Sips in Roswell” for the year.

“Congratulations to this year’s ‘Best Sip in Roswell’ recipients,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “Roswell’s food and beverage scene is a leading industry in the city and one that sets it apart—with over 200 family-owned or chef-driven establishments. While we could only crown one first-place winner in each category, we applaud all of this year’s participants for showcasing Roswell as a premier destination for enjoying well-crafted drinks and exceptional food.”

Below are the top drinks in each category:

Top Alcoholic Sips:

  1. “Me So Honey” at The Whiskey Project – Best Alcoholic Sip in Roswell 2019
  2. “Tamarind-Mango Twist Margarita” at Fresco Cantina Grille
  3. “Blackberry Bonnet” at Local on North
  4. “Mai-Tai Gose” at Variant Brewing Company
  5. “Spiked Blueberry Lemonade” at Zest

Top Non-alcoholic Sips:

  1. “Peanut Butter Mocha Caramelicious” at Scooter’s Coffee – Best Non-Alcoholic Sip in Roswell 2019
  2. “Spro Shaker” at Crazy Love Coffee House
  3. “Strawberry Shortcake Shake” at Sugar Shack in the Back

During the competition, thousands of drinks were sold, and more than 1,500 ratings were submitted—which is a 34.3%  increase from last year’s event.

A full list of this year’s participating restaurants can be found on

Both Summer Sippin’ and Roswell Restaurant Week are industry support events by Roswell Inc and sponsored by Gas South.

Computer Museum of America Announces Its Grand Opening

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The Computer Museum of America will host its official grand opening on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the museum located at 5000 Commerce Parkway, Roswell, GA 30076. The event is open to the public and will begin Saturday at 10:00am. Operating hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm. 

Over the past fifty years, computing has grown from a few gadgets to an almost universal extension of human life. Yet while computing has become commonplace, the history of its innovation is being lost every day as ‘old’ technology is discarded, recycled or consigned to a landfill. The Computer Museum of America was created to preserve this history and educate visitors on the past and future of computing, empowering the innovators of tomorrow. 

“Anything that is in the collection, no matter how primitive, is magic,” says Lonnie Mimms, CEO of Mimms Enterprises. “We want the Computer Museum of America to be a center of inspiration for all generations to be encouraged to go out and do something great.” 

Tickets to the grand opening event are priced from $12-$15 and will give attendees access to exhibits such as A Tribute to Apollo 11 featuring a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Vanquishing the Impossible: a collection of super computers illustrating how these remarkable machines led to dramatic improvements in weather forecasting and national security, and the Historical Timeline exhibit that shows the advancements in information and data technology – from the early abacus and slide rule up to the ubiquitous “super computers” we call smart phones. 

With 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event space, the Computer Museum of America will soon also offer a unique environment in which to host corporate or social events. 

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About Computer Museum of America: Developed from the passions of an avid lover of computers and technology over a period of 40 years, the Computer Museum of America has evolved into one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of computing artifacts, preserving the history of computing for future generations. These artifacts of the digital revolution are beautiful and valuable in their own right, and even more valuable as a permanent record of the innovation process and market experiments that drove discovery forward. From this collection we have curated engaging exhibits to share the stories from the history of computing, while also allowing us to loan rare artifacts to other museums including the Smithsonian Institution.