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Pure Barre Virginia Highland owners to open Decatur studio

Pure Barre Virginia Highland owners to open Decatur studio

DECATUR, Ga. -- The owners of Pure Barre Virginia Highland announced their newest location in Decatur will open Wednesday, May 13. The fitness destination is the latest and greatest franchise of Pure Barre, the largest, most established network of barre studios in the nation, headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.

Pure Barre Decatur will be located at 415 Church Street in Decatur. The studio is owned by locals Ashley Goot and Katy Bayless Gibson, who have already established a reputation as an effective exercise option in the Virginia Highland neighborhood.

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.

Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

ATLANTA -- The Zesto Drive-In restaurant at 544 Ponce de Leon Avenue will close its doors Sept. 20 after 60 years in business.

The Livaditis family sold the property to an undisclosed buyer, according to Zesto’s website.

The restaurant opened at the spot on Ponce in 1954 and sold only ice cream. The small original walk-up building was razed and rebuilt in 1991. The building, which features a classic diner look, earned the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Award for Architectural Excellence in 1991, and has been seen in many TV shows and commercials and feature movies since.

The other five Zesto locations around metro Atlanta will remain open.

'Beltline Kroger'? Grocery store hopes for new nickname

'Beltline Kroger'? Grocery store hopes for new nickname

ATLANTA – An Atlanta Kroger with an infamous nickname hopes visitors will know it by another name soon.

Several folks told 11Alive that they have a very specific name they refer to the grocery store on Ponce de Leon Avenue as.

"It has the nickname 'Murder Kroger.' I'm not sure why," one woman said.

It's even inspired a song and a Facebook page devoted to the nickname.

But when you see yellow caution tape up this week, don't fret. It's all in the name of progress.

A news release from Kroger hopes people will begin referring to the store as "Beltline Kroger."

Bikers, with bags of groceries, will soon have paved Beltline access with bike racks, a ramp, lighting, landscaping and other amenities shown in the blueprint.

"We've rustled up through the woods to get on the Beltline," one biker told 11Alive. "It's going to be great to have an actual path."

Curbed.com names its Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014

Curbed.com names its Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014

ATLANTA -- Real estate website Curbed.com has released a list of Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014.

In introducing its list, curbed.com says, “Whether they're wrapping up, just starting or somewhere in between, major projects will be making mega progress all year long. Step back and think about it: Can any other city compete with a roster like this? Not just this year, but in any single year?”

Curbed.com's top 10 are:

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Jim Hansberger, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Jim Hansberger is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Ron Hart named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Ron Hart named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Ron Hart, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Ron Hart is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”