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Amusement park giant buys Harlem Globetrotters

PHOENIX -- Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. has acquired Harlem Globetrotters International Inc. from Shamrock Capital Advisors.

Terms of the deal were not revealed.

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Herschend, based in Norcross, Ga., is a family-owned company that owns and operates 26 theme parks, aquariums and other attractions nationwide. Among its operations is a partnership with country singing star Dolly Parton for Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country in Tennessee. It also is an operating partner of Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, and owner of Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Founded by the Herschend family 50 years ago, the company also owns Newport Aquariums in New Jersey and Kentucky and Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga.

Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- So where are the best jobs in metro Atlanta?

On Sept. 13, Atlanta Business Chronicle named the 2013 Atlanta's Best Places To Work during a sold-out event at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.

Each year, Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with Quantum Workplace surveys the metro area's employers to find those that have discovered how to become one of Atlanta's Best Places To Work.

This year more than 560 companies and organizations were nominated and more than 400 participated in the surveys.

Quantum used analytical tools to rank the top employers in three categories: the top 10 in the large employer category (501 employees or more in the metro area), the top 30 in the medium employer category (101 to 500 employees) and the top 60 in the small employer category (10 to 100 employees).

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

ATLANTA -- Many people dream of being their own boss, but struggle to make the leap.

Twelve years ago, Atlanta native Dana Spinola gathered the courage to turn her lifelong passion into a profession and opened her first clothing boutique, fab'rik.

"I get up early. I stay up late. My mind is always working," she said.

And it's perfectly understandable. Spinola has had a lot on her plate since starting fab'rik. She has since opened 21 boutiques and franchises. Her mission has always been frugal fashion -- less than $100 -- in a fun, inviting boutique environment.

Being your own boss can seem liberating, but many who make that leap say they end up working even more.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

 

Atlanta -- Morgan Stanley announced today that, Brian Frank, a Managing Director - Wealth Advisor, with the Premier Wealth Management Group in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to The Financial Times’ inaugural list of America’s Top 400 Advisors.

                                    

The “Financial Times’ Top 400 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who have a minimum of $250 million in assets under management (AUM) and ten years of industry experience. Qualified financial advisors were scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance records, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility.  Financial advisors also had to commit to complete anonymous quarterly sentiment surveys for the FT.

 

Movie studio part of development planned for Gwinnett

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A 400,000-square-foot movie studio is planned for space along Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County, in the latest proposal to revitalize an under-used site currently used to develop fiber-optic cables.

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The studio is part of a 100-acre mixed-used project proposed by Jacoby Development, which built Atlantic Station.

"The dozen sound stages that we build first will be full from the day they open," Jacoby Development chairman Jim Jacoby said in a statement. "The campus will be complemented by an arts and media education center in partnership with a leading higher education institution -- plus a mix of housing, retail, hotel, office and entertainment to complement and support it."