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June 27 — Happy Sunday from the team at Atlanta Senior Life

This week's newsletter has three stories including our second installment in a series of profiles about local Atlantans who have started new businesses after retiring.

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1. Johnny's Hideaway: Still going strong


💃 Johnny’s Hideaway opened its doors in 1979, and has long been a favorite of the 40+ crowd.

The Buckhead watering hole, tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, had skewed younger in recent years, while burnishing its retro vibe. Then came the pandemic. Older adults hit the pause button for more than a year. “The older folks are starting to trickle back in but it’s still only about 25 percent of what we had for happy-hour pre-COVID,” said current owner Chris D’Auria.

After a several-week shutdown, Johnny’s carefully reopened, following CDC guidelines, and gradually increasing capacity, hiring a specialized deep-cleaning company, and installing a high-end air filtration system.

During a recent happy hour, and well into a late Wednesday evening, mature adults were well-represented at the club, chatting amiably at the bar, working the crowd, and bobbing and weaving on the dance floor.

But a noticeable turnover happens around 9-10 p.m. The older set quietly slips out into the night, and a younger crowd floods in until 3 a.m. But as DJ Greg Picciano puts it, “Some of the older folks stay around to see what the younger folks are up to.”

2. Starting Fresh: A career of Silver Service

For most of us, retirement means slowing down and enjoying what’s familiar and comfortable.

Not so for Mary Ellen Moseley – who goes by MeM or Miss MeM – and worked as an administrator / bookkeeper for Dick Hagman Associates, her husband’s manufacturing rep business.

“In 1972, we were one of the first Swarovski Crystal representatives in the U.S.,” she said. “We had a showroom in the Dallas Trade Mart.”

But, when her marriage ended in 1988, Miss Moseley realized that she needed employment, so she joined an agency that specialized in newborn care. “I think the training lasted about six weeks, and I worked for them off and on until I found something more permanent,” she said. “I ended up moving in with one of my client’s families and caring for their newborn – and eventually for their two other children – for a total of eight and a half years."

Since then, Miss Moseley has fine-tuned her “Silver Service” business. Read her whole story here.

3. The secret to a shade garden


It’s July in Georgia, which means many of us are looking for ways to beat the heat. For some, that means waking up at 6 a.m., whether to get some gardening work done or just to enjoy a garden without melting. 

Gardening columnist Greg Levine prefers gardening strategically and setting a later alarm. He starts working in the sunny areas upon waking, and by 10 or so, I definitely am working in the shade. "I don’t mind a good sweat, but since reaching the half-century mark, I would rather not work in the sun in 90-plus degree weather.

A well-shaded garden provides more than just respite from the summer heat, including habitat for unique plants and reduced maintenance for you."

Or, as his nieces sum it up, it's "a cool place to get away from each other and vibe." Read more and enjoy the summer gardening!

4. From the Crates

For over 50 years, award-winning Bill Lowery Music published hundreds of songs, covering rock, country, pop, gospel, rhythm & blues, comedy, and more…  selling millions, and millions of records.

“Mr. Bill” had the first music-publishing company in Georgia. It began in 1952. Later, he operated Southern Tracks Studio and the Southern Tracks Records label. Over the years, he was connected to artists such as Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal, Jerry Reed, The Tams, Ray Stevens, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Alicia Bridges, Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, BJ Thomas, Lynn Anderson and Joe South … just to name a few.

For this month’s
 From the Crates column, veteran radio DJ Kelly McCoy relives the stories—from hearing Lowery’s its on the radio, 45s, albums, 8-tracks and cassette tapes to seeing his artists on the Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand, and growing up to become a family friend. 
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