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Atlanta is a huge city with lots of news and events taking place at the speed of light. There is no way to fit in all of the exciting (and not-so-exciting) notices that popped up in March with one article — we figure that’s why we have the AJC and CNN. However, here’s a glimpse into some of the headlines that grabbed our attention here at StyleBlueprint that deserved a special call out in our new editorial series. To quote C+C Music Factory, here are the “things that make you go hmmm” from this past month. Enjoy!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start (Registering) Your Engines!

Lottery registration for the 2016 AJC Peachtree Road Race opened from March 15 to 22. The Fourth of July race is one of the most popular events in the region, attracting more than 60,000 runners and walkers each year. The Peachtree Road Race, which winds its way through Buckhead and ends at Piedmont Park, is a popular one. Don’t worry if you missed the registration window or your entry wasn’t selected — you can always make a $150 donation, benefiting the Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids, and have a spot in the race.

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The starting line at last Fourth of July’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. And yes, those are a few runners dressed as our founding fathers to honor Independence Day. Image: AJC

Westside Ironworks Opens for Business

What was once an unassuming, ignored, industrial property has become the “It” place to be seen, as tenant after tenant opens its doors to the public. Westside Ironworks has cool retail and restaurants as a surefire attraction for visitors and residents of Westside. Dixon Rye, Villa Savannah and hair gurus Toni & Guy Salon play nice with eateries like O-Ku and Tom+Chee. The newest tenant to welcome guests is Barcelona Restaurant’s second location, which will feature “midcentury industrial elements” to go along with the site’s look and feel.

Welcome to M-I-D-T-O-W-N

Colony Square got a bit of a makeover … and a spelling reminder with the new, colorful installment of “MIDTOWN.” These 8-foot-tall letters, on the corner of Peachtree and 15th streets, come from North American Properties, the developer that worked on Atlantic Station and Alpharetta’s Avalon, and which is now planning to revitalize this area of town.

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The pop of color definitely brightens up Colony Square, and maybe now you won’t get as lost in this city with these helpful reminders of where you are (FYI, you’re in Midtown). Image: Curbed

Call Blondie! The Clermont Hotel Redevelopment Finally Begins

After months of will they, won’t they, it looks like redevelopment plans are finally under way for Atlanta’s landmark Clermont Hotel. This hotel, originally built in 1924 and home to a very risqué past, will undergo an estimated $5 million renovation. Plans have stopped and started over the last nearly two years, but it looks like this dilapidated institution will get its much-needed makeover — the Clermont Lounge, the world-famous strip club in the hotel’s basement, should be saved, so don’t worry too much about Blondie and her beer-can-crushing talents. Yet.

Cafe Jonah Says Goodbye

Planet Jenny got a little smaller last month when Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic closed its doors for the last time. Based on Jenny Levison’s posted letter on Café Jonah’s website, the property owner did not renew the lease in the hopes of selling the Buckhead property. The neighborhood has been going through some major changes with the permanent closing of Andrews Entertainment District earlier this year. Fingers crossed that Jenny and her team will find another comparable, magical space in the future to reopen Cafe Jonah where we can all once again enjoy a hot cup of coffee with a psychic reading on the side.

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Thanks Jenny, for letting us hang out in such a special, magical place like Cafe Jonah. We hope it comes back in some form or function one day! Image: CatMax Photography

Hartsfield-Jackson Set for a Makeover

Anyone who lives in Atlanta, or for that matter has visited Atlanta or just had a layover in Atlanta, knows that Hartsfield-Jackson Airport needs some help, both logistically and aesthetically. Well, that long-awaited makeover may be headed our way, as city officials announced at March’s State of the Airport event that the A-T-L will be calling for more than $6 billion in investments to improve the world’s most-traveled airport. Exterior improvements will include new parking decks and an arched glass canopy; interior renovations will address the domestic terminal’s outdated décor.

Can I Get (Ford) Fry’s With That?

Ford Fry has been an Atlanta staple for years, but it seems the last six months have been blasting off for him and his team. Late last year, Atlanta welcomed Bar Margot to the family, then Chef Ford introduced a healthy alternative salad at Chik-fil-A. Just recently, his newest restaurant, BeetleCat, opened its doors to treat guests to some delicious, if not a bit quirky, seafood.

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Bar Margot, one of Ford Fry’s establishments, is located inside Midtown’s Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and has a super chic vibe. Image: Andrew Thomas Lee

Atlanta Represents in James Beard Awards 2016 Nominee List

The illustrious James Beard Awards will be handed out later this spring, but the organization recently announced award nominees, and Atlanta was well represented. Kevin Gillespie, of Gunshow, and Steven Satterfield, of Miller Union, were nominated for Best Chef: Southeast. Staplehouse is nominated as Best New Restaurant against some notable heavyweights, including Shaya in New Orleans.

BRANDSHOP Comes to Atlanta and StyleBlueprint Was Part of the Fun

BRANDSHOP is a traveling shop that introduces female-owned emerging brands and designers to the public. When the pop-up series came to Westside Provisions, StyleBlueprint got in on the action as our own co-founder Elizabeth Fox sat down with nationally recognized event planner Rebecca Gardner and Flower Magazine editor-in-chief Margot Shaw as part of the event’s compelling Speaker Series. Besides getting the chance to hear some amazing experts expound on their brands, the industry as a whole and what it’s like to be a woman leading this charge, guests also came for the great shopping!

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Pop-up branding event BRANDSHOP Atlanta was a huge success, and we like to think some of that had to do with our representation as moderator of one of the speaker sessions. Here, Elizabeth Fox,  StyleBlueprint co-founder (left) leads the discussion with Margot Shaw (center), of Flower Magazine, and top event planner Rebecca Gardner (right).

TGM Bread Opens to the Public

The General Muir is known for its fantastic food, much of which comes from its baked goods (holla to challah). So it made sense to open TGM Bread, which provides all the bread for the aforementioned restaurant, as well as related ones — Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla and West Egg — next door. It doesn’t get more local than this, as all the bread is baked in-house and customers (as well as restaurants) have access to their delicious buns, brioche, ciabatta and, of course, the hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels.

Jazz Fridays Are Back at the High Museum

Every third Friday, Atlantans are treated to amazing live jazz brought to you in the High Museum’s atrium. For $10, guests can see and hear some of the most talented jazz musicians from around the country. The series kicked off this month with a Brazilian twist, featuring Brazilian drummer and percussionist Rafael “Rafa” Pereira, alongside Sander Pinheiro, Chocolat Costa and Julius Speed. Just a reminder: seating for Friday Jazz is limited but standing room is plentiful. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and is free for museum members.

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Check the High Museum’s website often to find out who is performing at upcoming Jazz Fridays. Image: High Museum

Restaurant Openings to Make Your Tummy Happy

There are so many delicious restaurants that opened their doors over the last month or so that we wanted to give a shout out to just a few: O-KuCallie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Tom Tom, The Mercury, Bread & Butterfly, JP Atlanta.

Got interesting news that should be in a future roundup? Email it to [email protected].

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