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Tears for the Tara Thursday 

November 10 Tropical Storm Nicole struck the eastern coast of Florida as a Category 1 hurricane overnight and is expected to bring wind and rain to metro Atlanta today and Friday.

☔️ As such, expect wind gusts and rain today with a high of 66°. 
🗳 As expected by pre-election polls, Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker are headed for a Dec. 6 runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat.

🏛 The woman who shot and killed two men and injured a third in Midtown in August has been indicted on murder charges by a Fulton County grand jury.

🍿 Regal Cinemas announced that the beloved Tara Theatre will close after more than 50 years.

🚨 The driver who crashed into a Kirkwood charter school on Monday injuring three students is now facing aggravated assault charges

⚽️ Brookhaven City Council has again deferred its decision on a rezoning application that would allow St. Martin’s Episcopal School to build new athletic facilities

🍑 The Peach Drop is returning to Underground Atlanta to ring in the New Year after a three-year hiatus.

🎸 Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, and Chris Stapleton were the big winners at last night's CMA Awards in Nashville. Alan Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement award.

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• Talking Ponce redevelopment
• 'Star Wars' geeks unite
• The Letters literary festival

• Quick Bites 

Stay dry,
Collin, Sammie & Sophia
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✅ Keep your voting skills sharp before the runoff. Vote for Best of Brookhaven with categories including beauty, food & drink, home services, shopping, and more. Presented by Reporter Newspapers, Explore Brookhaven, and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce. 
1. Residents 'wary' of Ponce redevelopment

🏗 A group of Virginia-Highland residents gathered at The Bookhouse Pub on Monday night to hear a presentation from Portman Holdings about the redevelopment plans for a storied part of Ponce de Leon Ave.

Our Dyana Bagby was at the meeting and spoke to residents who said they would like to see improvements along the gritty stretch, but are "wary" of what two office towers and an apartment building will mean for the neighborhood. 

"It will change the character of the area, maybe for the better,” resident Bill Conway said. “But it will dramatically increase traffic in a nice residential area where people walk, ride bikes, and children play.” 

➡️ Read the full story here. 
Men's GMT Master 1675 Rolex with Pepsi bezel
Extraordinary jewelry & timepieces from important Atlanta collectors

🔎 Ahlers & Ogletree is proud to present more than 400 lots of the finest names in jewelry and watches from the collections of two important Atlantans.

Designers include Rolex, Vacheron, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Philippe Patek, Buccellati, Audemars Piguet, Laura Munder, and Boucheron to name a few.

📍 Interested bidders can preview items from the Estate of Marjorie & Ralph Knowles and the collection of Joel A. Katz in person at 700 Miami Cir. on Wed. and Thurs. Nov. 16-17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

🍷 There's also a reception from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 16.

⌚ All registered bidders may bid in real-time as lots sell, beginning at 10 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 18.

Maximum bids may be left at any time until the lot goes live on auction day.

➡ Don't miss these amazing collections. Visit Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery to register.
2. May the Force be with you

✨ If you’re a fan of the “Star Wars” saga, then a new memorabilia exhibition opening in Doraville this weekend is right up your galaxy.

“The Fans Strike Back: The Largest Star Wars Fan Exhibition” will feature the largest private collection of official “Star Wars” items assembled by fans and collectors from around the world, including models, sculptures, posters, costumes, and more.

This exhibition opens Nov. 11 alongside “Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience” at the brand-new, 50,000-square-foot Exhibition Hub Arts Center in Doraville, 5660 Buford Hwy.

➡️ Get tickets and more details here.

✅ Keep your voting skills sharp before the runoff. Vote for Best of Brookhaven with categories including beauty, food & drink, home services, shopping, and more. Presented by Reporter Newspapers, Explore Brookhaven, and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce. 
3. The Letters literary festival returns

📝 The 2022 Letters Festival returns Friday and Saturday with live readings at MINT gallery and generative craft workshops on Saturday at Elevator Factory.

Featured writers will include Allegra Hyde, Mathias Svalina, Nicholas Goodly, Tramaine Brathwaite, Lydia Conklin, Maggie Su, and more. 

The festival is presented by Lostintheletters, an Atlanta-based creative writing organization that provides an inclusive, community-based alternative to academic creative writing programs.

➡️ See the full schedule and register here. 


Poetry at Tech will host a virtual reading tonight with celebrated poets Ocean Vuong, Carolyn Forche, and Marilyn Chin starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and can be watched via Zoom at this link
4. Quick Bites

🍔 Whataburger is opening an “Atlanta” location in Kennesaw on Nov. 28.

🍺 Sample Wild Heaven's Cause Beer and learn more about Second Helpings Atlanta, the local nonprofit working to reduce food waste. Fri., Nov. 11, 5-7 p.m. at Wild Heaven West End. 

🌮 Over the next six months, the Mexican street-food restaurant Rreal Tacos will open locations in Chamblee and Sandy Springs.

🍩 Miami-based doughnut shop Salty Donut will open three locations in 2023: one on Krog St., one in Buckhead, and one in West Midtown.

🍻 Marietta’s Schoolhouse Brewing will open its second store next to the General Muir at Emory Point on Fri., Nov. 11.

🍦 Roswell is getting a new addition to its historic downtown: Cherried Mary’s, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, opened this week on Canton St.

🥞 Just Brunch Breakfast Bar has opened in Duluth, featuring vegan options along with classic brunch favorites.

🥗 Salad bar Chopt opened its sixth Georgia location in East Cobb on Nov. 9. To celebrate, they held a Chopt Gives Day on Nov. 8, and all proceeds went to the local nonprofit HOPE Atlanta.

🍺 USA Today has named Urban Tree Cidery (pictured) ”The Number One Cidery in the USA.”

😝 Bomb Biscuit Co., which was stationed at Irwin Street Market, is now open on Highland Avenue in the former space of Field Day restaurant.

🍫 Asheville-based chocolate company French Broad has just opened a shop on the first floor of Ponce City Market.

🥐 Hell Yeah Gluten Free Bakery is planning to open a new location in Adair Park alongside a vinyl store.
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