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.

For more information, and to see the full list of winners, visit

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 

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.

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. 

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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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.