Saturday, April 12, 2014

GODSPELL

April 18th 7:30pm






Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz,GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” As the cast performs “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side,” the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and heartrendingly to life. April 18, 19, 25, & 26 at 7:30pm and April 20 & 27  at 2:00pm. $12 for Adults, $11 for Seniors/Students and $10 for Children 3-12 in advance online.  Includes sales tax.  ($15, 13, 12 at the door)  Held at City Center Auditorium 8534 Main St  Woodstock GA   678-494-4251  www.elmstreetarts.org

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Disney author Ridley Pearson coming to FoxTale





 FoxTale Book Shoppe is excited to share thatNew York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson is visiting on Tuesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.!

This is a free community event, but the shop requests that all visitors purchase the new book. Pre-purchase the book.
Pearson is touring with his latest The Kingdom Keepers (Disney After Dark) book, Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider. In addition to the Kingdom Keeper series, Pearson is co-author (along with Dave Barry) of the Peter and the Starcatcher series and more than 20 novels for adults. FoxTale will be selling all of Pearson's Kingdom Keepers as well as other titles.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET





The details for the 2014 Woodstock Farmers Market presented by Hamilton State Bank have been set. The market season this year will run Saturday, May 3rd - October 25th, the market will be open every Saturday. Market Hours will be 8:30am- Noon. The Woodstock Farmers Market will be located at a new location in 2014. The Farmers Market will now take place on Market Street. (Market ST is the new street that runs parallel to Main St on the west side. First part of the new grid network of streets. It currently runs from Dupree Rd to Mill St, Woodstock West and the site for the Elm St Cultural Arts Village are located on Market St. The market will take place on the portion of Market ST between Mill St and Maple St)

The vendor application for the Woodstock Farmers Market can be found here http://mainstreetwoodstock.org/Programs/FarmersMarket

For more info on the Woodstock Farmers Market please call 770-924-0406
RESTAURANT WEEK 

Main Street Woodstock is pleased to announce the first semi-annual Downtown Restaurant Week March 23-30. Join us for a week of specials at your favorite downtown eateries and food shops to celebrate the unique food we have to offer right here in your city! Try something new at your favorite place or try a place you have never ever tried but always wanted to. Each restaurant will offer a special prix fixe menu at $10, $15, $20 or $25 and food stores will be offering discounts during the week. More information will be coming soon towoodstockrestaurantweek.com

Participating businesses are: Pure Taqueria, Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill, J Christophers, Canyons Burger Company, Ice Martini Bar, Ipps Pastaria and Bar, Century House Tavern, Magnolia Thomas, Hot Dog Heaven, J Millers Smokehouse, Cupcakelicious Sweet Shop and Leaning Ladder.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gas station approved at Ridgewalk, council discusses police salaries




Shoppers who frequent the new outlet mall in Woodstock soon will have a convenient place to fill up on gas before getting onto Interstate 575, at Exit 9. 
The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved, with conditions set forth by the planning commission, a conditional use permit submitted by RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.; however, the decision was met with some opposition during the public hearing portion of the Feb. 24 meeting. 
The gas station and convenience store is planned to be constructed to the north of Ridgewalk Parkway, west of Rope Mill Road and east of I-575, across the street from McDonald’s. The property consists of approximately 2.45 acres and is zoned light industrial with Technology Park Overlay. 
“With the brand new interchange, this is needed in this area,” said Parks Huff with Sams, Larkin & Huff LLP, the law firm representing RaceTrac. 
Huff said he and the applicants have worked with residents of the Meridian subdivision, which borders the property, to ease some concerns. One resident spoke in opposition during the public hearing portion of the council meeting. 
“When I look at that exit, it should be the premier gateway to our city,” Ron Schaefer said. “I’d like for the council to step back, revisit the land use there, perhaps turn it into park land and make it a nice gateway to Rope Mill Park.” 
Some of the conditions that have been put in place to assist in protecting residents of Meridian include: supplementing existing landscaping along the eastern right of way of Rope Mill Road to increase the screening for the subdivision; not allowing deliveries or trash service to occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; and ensuring that all lighting shall be downcast and shall not exceed 0.1 footcandles at property lines adjacent to residential uses. 
“(At) the first public participation meeting, obviously, Meridian had a very large contingency — I think 20 or more folks were there very concerned about this,” Huff said. “They are not here tonight because we’ve worked through these issues with them.”
There were several people in attendance at the City Council meeting, who left after the RaceTrac application was approved, who did not speak during the public hearing. 
Other complaints came from local Towne Lake Parkway Shell station owners Theresa and Charles Goodaker. They pleaded with the council to reconsider approving the conditional use permit for the sake of their livelihood. 
“Our gas station and convenience store is a little more than a mile down the road from the new outlet mall,” Theresa Goodaker said. “We are terrified of the prospect of a RaceTrac opening less than two miles from us, and we can tell you, from personal experience, that these large corporate gas stations destroy small business.” 
Charles Goodaker became emotional when speaking to the council and said he felt the RaceTrac would serve the freeway, not the community. 
One resident, who said she lives on Ridgewalk Parkway, spoke in favor of the RaceTrac and its convenience. 
“As much as I love the new on and off ramp, I haven’t been able to use it as much as I would like due to the fact that there’s not a gas station,” Crissy Tinsley said. “If we were to have a gas station on Ridgewalk Parkway then we would be able to easily stop before proceeding onto the new on and off ramp.” 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Woodstock Downtown wins 
statewide award!

by Michelle Babcock of the Cherokee Tribune

From left, Main Street Woodstock representative Mitzi Saxon stands with Billy Peppers of the Georgia Office of Downtown Development and Julie Kingsley, chairman of Main Street Woodstock board of directors, after the city received the Award of Excellence in Economic Development at the Georgia Main Street 35th anniversary banquet on Feb. 26. <br> Special to the Tribune
From left, Main Street Woodstock representative Mitzi Saxon stands with Billy Peppers of the Georgia Office of Downtown Development and Julie Kingsley, chairman of Main Street Woodstock board of directors, after the city received the Award of Excellence in Economic Development at the Georgia Main Street 35th anniversary banquet on Feb. 26.
Special to the Tribune
DOUGLASVILLE — Woodstock was one of 12 Georgia cities recognized for its downtown area improvements in 2013, just three years after gaining Main Street accreditation.

Woodstock officials were presented with the Award of Excellence in Economic Development at the Georgia Main Street 35th anniversary banquet on Feb. 26.

Mitzi Saxon, with Woodstock’s Office of Economic Development and Downtown Development Authority, was at the banquet to accept the award on behalf of the city.

“It was such an honor to receive this award because we strive to make downtown Woodstock a destination that people want to visit — we want them to come eat at our restaurants and shop at our shops — and we want to shine,” Saxon said. “For us to win for the entire state was an honor.”

The Georgia Main Street Program is housed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and Commissioner Gretchen Corbin said the state’s Main Streets “are the jewels of our state, and play a critical part in economic development.”

“Establishing a vibrant and flourishing downtown speaks volumes about a community’s commitment to economic growth for its citizens and its businesses,” Corbin said.

Woodstock’s Main Street program became nationally accredited in 2010, and has since welcomed 229 new businesses, created 496 new housing units and completed 78 building rehabilitations in the area.

Saxon said this is Woodstock’s first time winning a Georgia Main Street award for economic development, and said the achievement reflects city officials’ shared vision “to keep Woodstock growing and doing well.”

“It’s a very big deal,” Saxon said Friday. “I think this award is a statement to how well our city manager, city council, Downtown Development Authority and Main Street program all work together with the same goal and vision. Without the approval of all of these organizations, none of this would’ve been able to happen.”

The winner of the economic development award is determined using 16 factors, and the Woodstock Main Street Program achieved the first-place position in eight of the 16 economic indicators.

“It includes multiple factors — anything from new houses, new business, new jobs created, private and public investment — it consists of a lot of different things,” Saxon said.

One of the indicators that Woodstock took first place in was total number of new jobs created, adding 1,291 jobs in 2013. Saxon said the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta had a big impact on the number of jobs in the city in 2013.

“Having the outlet mall open in the city limits of Woodstock, that’s where a lot of the new jobs that were created came from,” she said.

The 2013 opening of Woodstock West by Walton, along with a bustling downtown business area, put Woodstock at No. 1 in two additional indicators — total number of new housing units and total number of new businesses.

“Walton opening with over 300 apartments also counted in our favor,” Saxon said. “At this point, we only have one true space available in the downtown area for any new business that want to come in. It’s a good problem to have, but we have people calling daily, wanting to locate their business in downtown Woodstock and we just don’t have any place to put them.”

The city of Woodstock welcomed 179 new businesses in 2013, many opening in the new outlet mall.