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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.

For more information, including hours and tickets, visit

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. 

New Career Expo Series Kicks Off With Hospitality

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In partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor, we will host the first-ever Roswell Hospitality Career Expo sponsored by Gas South at the Holiday Inn (909 Holcomb Bridge Road)  on Wednesday, August 21 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The first in a series of career expos, this event will focus on bringing together employers and qualified applicants specifically in the hospitality industry.

“This career expo series is unique in that each event strategically focuses on the staffing needs of a key industry,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “The hospitality industry is one of Roswell’s leading industries, and with three new hotels and a number of restaurants and attractions set to open within the next year, it continues to grow. We are excited to help support that growth through the Roswell Hospitality Career Expo.”

The event will feature an exhibit hall with more than 35 of Roswell’s restaurants, breweries, hotels and attractions. Employers will have the opportunity to promote available positions and recruit job seekers at their individual company table. Additionally, businesses will have the option to participate in one-on-one interviewing in a separate, more private meeting space. The Georgia Department of Labor along with other local job networking groups are helping to promote this event to their extensive network of job seekers. 

Other career expos that are currently in the early planning stage include automotive and medical career expos.


For more information and registration, click here.

SCORE Partnership Brings Mentorship and Business Development Programs to Roswell

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We’re thrilled to announce that we recently entered into a partnership with the North Metro Atlanta chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a national non-profit and partner organization of the US Small Business Administration that focuses on providing mentorship and resources to established and aspiring business owners. The North Metro Atlanta chapter covers all of Cobb, Gwinnett, North Fulton, and Forsyth counties and will now be able to service Roswell area business owners and professionals.

“Our partnership with SCORE is a natural fit for the entrepreneurial spirit of Roswell businesses,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “We look forward to working with SCORE to mentor, train, and educate new and existing businesses to expand within the City of Roswell.”

“Our North Metro Atlanta Chapter, with its 15 offices and 62 Mentors, is uniquely equipped to help people start or grow their businesses through one-on-one mentoring, workshops and webinars,” said Bill Foust, of SCORE. “We are Roswell based and focused, and we look forward to serving the needs of Roswell’s future and existing businesses”.   

The partnership will allow Roswell-based SCORE mentors to hold weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions at Roswell Inc . The North Metro Atlanta SCORE chapter will also work with Roswell Inc to host business-focused workshops on a quarterly basis. The two organizations are in the beginning stages of planning these workshops that will be open to businesses across Roswell and the North Metro area.

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SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is funded through both a cooperative agreement with the US SBA and individual contributions of over 10,000 volunteers to provide programs for entrepreneurs at minimal to no costs.

Welcome to Roswell | June 2019

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Mattress Made Easy

Congratulation to Mattress Made Easy on celebrating its 2 Year Anniversary! The family-owned and operated business prides itself on its unique and durable product lines. Their helpful and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to assisting customers find a high-quality mattress at an affordable price.

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 Shattered Studios

Welcome to Roswell, Shattered Studios! Located near Canton Street, this eco-friendly art studio offers individual art sessions and group workshops to create upcycled art. They also encourage everyone in the community to recycle glass items in the designated bins located outside of their studio. 

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Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc. Announces New Board Members

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Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc., the board of directors that oversees both Roswell’s tourism program, Visit Roswell, and Roswell’s economic development program, Roswell Inc, has announced seven new board members for the organization.

The new board members became effective July 1, 2019 and will serve three-year terms.

“A strong board of directors is essential to the overall health of any organization,” said Ken Davis, president of Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc. “We are excited to be adding this many high-caliber individuals to our board with experience and expertise in both business development and tourism. We are confident they will help us strategically grow our organization over the next several years.”

New Board Members (2019-2021)

  • Mark Goodman, Director of Economic & Talent Development, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Hallerman, Commercial Account Executive, Gas South
  • Allen Barker, Chief Banking Officer & Regional Market President, Synovus North Georgia Division
  • Mike Prewett, President, Century 21 Connect Realty
  • Monica Smith, President & CEO, Southeast Tourism Society
  • Pat Thompson, IT Executive, GM Innovation Center
  • Dana Gurela, Owner, Deep Roots Wine Market


About Visit Roswell
Visit Roswell, the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau, is the destination marketing organization charged with carrying the responsibility of tourism promotion throughout the city. The organization incorporates targeted advertising and marketing programs with aggressive sales and public relations efforts to build the image of Roswell as a destination and increase visitation. Visit Roswell provides leadership for the tourism & hospitality industry in the community.