New West Cobb Shopping Centers Coming?

It’s easy to see from all of the new homes being built around our neighborhoods, that new businesses, especially West Cobb shopping centers and restaurants can’t be far behind. We already know about the new mixed-use development planned at the corner of Barrett Parkway and U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway that will bring Whole Foods to our neighborhood.

Shopping Center Planned for Marietta

Another new shopping center is planned for the corner of Dallas Highway & Casteel Road in Marietta near the Avenues of West Cobb. Named Parkside, the center plans to offer high-end retail and restaurants. This new West Cobb Shopping Center will bring new businesses will offer jobs, tax revenue for the community, and of course, convenience for us!

Could Sprouts Pop Up In Our Neighborhood?

And it looks like we might also be getting a Sprouts Farmers Market too!

Residents challenged by allergies and health issues, will be excited about the possibility of these stores coming to our neighborhood. Their offerings include great selections of gluten free, organic and natural food items.

Interested in helping make this happen?

Come to the Planning Commission meeting currently scheduled for 9AM May 5, 2015 to show your support:   100 Cherokee Street – Marietta, GA 30090  


August 20, 2016 – This project was approved and is well underway. Planned tenants include Sprouts, Stein Mart, Ulta, Zoe’s Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom, and Marshalls.

In addition, the Kennesaw Marketplace is coming along at the corner of Barrett and Cobb Parkways. In addition to Whole Foods, some of the other shops/restaurants include Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports, and much more.

Get Ready for Cabela’s

If you have driven on 75 lately, you have probably noticed that Cabela’s is almost ready to open. The long awaited store will be the first of its kind in our neighborhood. For those that enjoy hunting, boating and other outdoor sports, this will be quite the adventure. So prepare yourself and mark your calendar.

Cherokee Village
Highway 92
Acworth GA 30101

Date: August 21, 2014
Time: 11:00am
Cabela's Grand Opening

Choosing To Do Business In Acworth

Have you noticed the construction going on around town? Developers, retailers and restaurant chains are choosing to do business in Acworth as they open new locations here. These businesses will offer residents several benefits including jobs, shopping and dining options, as well as revenue for the community.

Business in Acworth … coming soon

Scheduled to open this summer/early fall, Cabelas will offer residents quick access to hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. According to their press release, the store will include a large mountain replica, a Gun Library, Bargain Cave, Boat Shop, Indoor Archery Range, Deli and Fudge Shop

Cherokee Village Route 92
Acworth GA 30101

Huey Luey's
Opened since 2011 in Hiram, Huey Luey’s will bring a new Mexican dining experience to our side of town when they open their Acworth location later this year. Along with their famous $5 margaritas and made to order guacamole, their menu offers traditional Mexican items including enchiladas, burritos and fajitas, and several unique entree offerings. HueyLueys 
3338 Cobb Parkway
Acworth GA 30101
Mellow Mushroom
An eclectic assortment of salads, soups, pizzas and more, Mellow Mushroom will be a welcome addition to our dining options. In addition to their traditional menu, Mellow Mushroom also offers gluten free, vegan and other items that address allergy and dietary needs. Mellow Mushroom 
6121 Cedarcrest Rd. NW
Acworth GA 30101
And if you drive north a few miles (less than 10), you will see that Lakepoint Sports Complex has already opened some of their facilites as they continue to develop the land in Emerson that is scheduled for completion in 2016 offering several sports, retail, entertainment and hotel options. They continue to update their website and share event information, so check it out here.

Prom Season Is Upon Us

A right of passage – senior prom. And it is upon us. Local residents will probably have a difficult time scheduling hair appointments as well as getting mani/pedis next weekend. The East Paulding High School Prom kicks of the calendar this year with their prom on Saturday, March 15. Like generations before them, students will change from their traditional casual attire into the formal gowns and tuxedos indicative of this event.

There will be several limousines around our neighborhoods since the prom is being held in Atlanta. North Paulding will also hold their prom in an Atlanta location on April 26th. Allatoona High School’s prom is on April 12th in Perimeter.

In preparation for the event, Allatoona High School is again hosting the 4th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale at Allatoona High School March 8 from 10a-2pm at Allatoona High School in Acworth. The average price of a new prom dress is well over $300.

The other costs for prom include tickets ($100/couple), tuxedo rental, limousine, hair, nails, tanning, makeup…bringing the average cost to $1078 last year after a 33.6% from the year before!¹ Figures for 2014 have not been released yet, but we are sure to see a significant increase again. This right of passage has become an evening to celebrate and splurge.
There are some ways to save in our area:

  • Dawsonville Outlets – I just purchased a pair of evening shoes for a formal event at the Vince Camuto outlet for $29.99 and they were available in silver, gold or bronze. Nine West Outlet also offered several pairs under $59.99/pair. And then there is also the new Atlanta Outlet Mall in Woodstock. Both of these outlet malls offer VIP Clubs for discounts: North Georgia Outlets, Atlanta Outlet Mall.Shoes
  • Dillards has a large assortment of formal prom gowns at a variety of prices, but several are under $200. There are four Dillards locations nearby in Arbor Place Mall, North Point Mall, Perimeter Mall and Atlantic Station.
  • Belk is offering 15% off special occasion dresses in their Prom Department through March 9 with local stores in West Cobb, Town Center Mall, Cartersville and Arbor Place Mall.
  • Charming Charlies at the Avenues at West Cobb offers an assortment of jewelry, wraps and handbags at affordable prices. They also have a store in Arbor Place Mall.
  • Local nail, hair and tanning salons may be offering prom specials. If not, you can always check for a coupon on Living Social and/or Groupon.

Most of all, the students should enjoy this right of passage and have a safe, amazing evening.


Creative Windows | Window Treatments in Dallas GA

One of the great things about living in our neighborhood are the great views.  Window treatments should enhance your home, while maintaining your view. Walking or driving through Seven Hills, Bentwater, Brookstone or any of the other subdivisions in our area and you can see magnificent mountain vistas and right now colorful leaves changing color in the fall. As a homeowner, you probably want privacy when you are inside your home, but you also want to be able to appreciate the outdoors. So making a decision on window treatments becomes overwhelming. And then there is the cost…and course if you’re like me, lots of windows!

Basic Window Coverings

Basic coverings like blinds and shades provide a window covering that offers privacy but can be easily opened to view the outdoors. If you are purchasing a new home, find out if window coverings are included. If you are purchasing a resale, confirm whether the window treatments stay, and if so, which ones.

Check with your HOA

Before you purchase window treatments, check your HOA documents. It is not unusual for HOAs to require all of the window treatments be the same color to create unity throughout the subdivision.  For example: All windows have to have white backed coverings.

Once you have your basic window coverings, you may want more to enhance the decor of your rooms. Understanding the terminology will help you in this process.






There are some inexpensive and creative ways to make custom curtains for your home. Using products like Steam-A-Seam and Wonder Under, along with the fabric you have selected which can be sheets, napkins, or fabric remnants. For a quick view of how easy this is you can watch this video I found on YouTube.


Sometimes all you need to spruce up your windows is a valance to add extra charm to your already existing curtains. You can make your own valance using any type of material. Make a casing at the top of the material and thread it through the curtain rod. Add appliqués, braids, ball fringe or tassels to the bottom to create a unique, but complimentary addition to your existing window coverings. You can even drape scarves over the curtain rod for a unique effect.

If you sew, Pate Meadows offers an assortment of patterns for valance treatments.


Pinch Pleated DrapesDraperies usually offer a more formal look, which is why many people choose to have these custom made. But you can make your own draperies with just a little patience and minimal sewing skills. Here are some websites that offer tutorials:

Pinch Pleated Drapery Panels

Drapery panels with grommets

Creating your own window coverings is only limited by your imagination. By being resourceful, you can have beautiful windows that add beauty and charm to any room in your home without spending a fortune doing it.

Local Resources

DIY Tutorials

Final Steps

If you’d like help with your window treatments, you can reach out to a professional like those listed on our directory. And if you are considering selling your home, please let us know. We’d be happy to help you with that.

Thankful for Thanksgiving Help

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? Signs of Thanksgiving around Cobb County are evident and the holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning the menus. All around West Cobb, Publix and Kroger stores have put up the holiday planning displays. You begin to see the baking supplies, and the trimmings for the turkey. Yes, let the holiday season entertaining begin.

If you recently moved into your West Cobb home, you might be hosting your first family Thanksgiving. And while you focus on making sure the house is ready for the guests, you might want some help. Here are some hotlines that can help you with menu planning, portion calculations, food safety and more.

  • Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-BUTTERBALL
    The Turkey Talk-Line is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM CST from now until December 21. And the best part of all: it’s open Thanksgiving day, starting at 6 AM CST!! TDD line: 1-800-TDD-3848. Bilingual help is available. Online help in Spanish and English.  They also offer a FAQ list to quickly answer many popular questions.
  • USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854
    If you have questions about food safety, including storage, handling and preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey, call the USDA hotline weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM CST. TDD line: 1-800-256-7072. The Hotline is open on Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m., Eastern Time, but closed on other Federal government holidays.
  • Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line:1-800-777-4959
  • This helpline, for all your questions about breads and rolls, is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 7 PM, all year long. Online help.
  • Land O’Lakes Holiday Bake Line: 1-800-782-9606
    Any and all baking questions are answered from 8 AM to 7 PM CST at Land O’Lakes from now until Christmas Eve. Online help.
  • Hershey’s Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-468-1714
    Let the folks at Hersheys walk you through every chocolate question you’ve ever had. Ask for recipes too! This line is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM EST, all year round.
  • Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374
    Stressed about your pumpkin pie? Get tips and advice, plus recipes using canned pumpkin. The line is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 8 PM EST, all year round.
  • Ocean Spray Consumer Helpline:1-800-662-3263
    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about cranberries, including ideas for using leftover canned cranberry sauce. The hotline is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM EST, all year round. And it’s open on Thanksgiving! Online help

And if cooking Thanksgiving Dinner is overwhelming you, and you decide to let someone else do the cooking & cleanup this year, here are the restaurants in our area open on Thanksgiving Day and offering a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner:

Whether you dine in or out, enjoy your holiday and be safe.

Cabela’s Selects Acworth

On July 25, 2013 Cabela’s announced it’s plans to begin construction this fall with a scheduled opening in fall 2014 of their new store at Cherokee Village in Acworth. Their store will be an anchor in the new development being built in the northeast quadrant of I-75 and Highway 92. The 100,000 square foot store is expected to employ approximately 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees with most coming from Acworth and the surrounding area. According to the press release, the store will be built using Cabela’s next-generation layout, designed to surround customers in an outdoor-like experience with museum-quality wildlife displays. In addition to thousands of quality outdoor products, the store will include a large mountain replica, a Gun Library, Bargain Cave, Boat Shop, Indoor Archery Range, Deli and Fudge Shop.

For more information on the Cherokee Village, you can view their retail site plan at their website and keep updated on who else is coming to our neighborhood.