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“Small Business Saturday?” ~ Saturday After Thanksgiving!

Did you know this coming Saturday is “Small Business Saturday?”

Join me this Saturday, November 26th, for one of the biggest kickoffs to the holiday season. For many of us, the most common Thanksgiving weekend traditions are usually: eating turkey on Thursday with family and friends, and then checking out the bargains on Friday. Don’t forget to add shopping at local small boutiques on Saturday!

Starbucks_Haynes_V__A58FStarbucks-2_V__4581In just four short years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a day where Americans can show their support of neighborhood businesses. The Small Business Saturday campaign was established by American Express in 2010 to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A growing number of chambers of commerce, small business organizations and local retailers around the nation are persuading shoppers to bypass the big malls, big-box stores and drop in to your local shops, right in our own backyard.

This year, think about all the small businesses located in and around Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell — independent bookstores, dress shops, children’s clothing stores, home décor shops and many more fantastic boutiques. Show your support by shopping at, these local, independently owned businesses. You will be buying locally, supporting independent retailers and reinvesting money into the local economy. The retail environment has really changed over the past 10 years; many people are buying online without even leaving their homes. If you appreciate having independent businesses around your community, you need to show your support of them.

Stop by your local boutiques and find something special for you, or
someone you love, that you just can’t live without!

It’s going to be a day full of fun around town!

Details_Kim Dherty_V__AEE3Details -2_V__AF02Sooo….this Saturday as many of our independent merchants open their doors, greet them with hopeful success by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday.

Grab yourself a hot beverage and follow me as I head off to my local specialty shops. Here are some of my and the WOW Team’s favorites:

Josephine's at Ellard_V__3287Josephines-2_V__85D6The WOW Team wishes you and your family a very
Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Contact Janet Weidmann of the WOW Team to learn more about your neighborhood or the local real estate market .

Happy Shopping!

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October is Festival Time

Don’t Forget All the Fall Festivals: The South knows how to welcome the season!   

pumpkin_patch_fall_gaEnjoy family fun every weekend in October.

• Autumn Leaf Festival – Maysville, GA – Sept 30 to Oct 2, 2016

• Andersonville Historic Fair – Andersonville, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Candler Park Fall Fest – Atlanta, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Sweet Auburn Music Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Elisha Winn Fair – Dacula, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Georgia Marble Festival – Jasper, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest – Alpharetta, GA – Oct 1

• A3C Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 5 to Oct 9, 2016

• Georgia National Fair – Perry, GA – Oct 6 to Oct 16, 2016

• Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 6 to Oct 11, 2016

• Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – Hiawassee, GA – Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2016

• The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA – Oct 7 to Oct14

• Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival – Madison, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Great Atlanta Beer Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Georgia Apple Festival – Ellijay, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Blairsville, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Prater’s Mill Country Fair – Dalton, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

• Woodstock Lions Fall Festival – Woodstock, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• North Georgia Folk Festival – Athens, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Georgia Apple Festival – Elijah, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Paulding Fine Arts Fall Fest – Dallas, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Atlanta Horror Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016

• Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival – Richmond Hill, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 16

• Georgia Carolina State Fair – Augusta, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 23, 2016

• Stone Mountain Highland Games – Stone Mountain, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 16

• Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival – Euharlee, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 15

• GA Peanut Festival – Sylvester, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Hummingbird Festival – Hogansville, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Festival on Ponce – Atlanta, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Decatur Beer Fest – Decatur, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Brookhaven Arts Festival – Brookhaven, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Bremen Towne Festival – Bremen, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Harvest Balloon Festival – Flowery Branch, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Harvest Festival – Athens, GA – Oct 20 to Oct 20, 2016

• Taste of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016

• Braselton Antique and Artisan Festival – Braselton, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 23

• Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown – Cleveland, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016

• Deep Roots Festival – Milledgeville, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

choosing_the_big_pumpkin• Good Hope Poppy Festival – Good Hope, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

• Chiaha Harvest Fair – Rome, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

• Georgia Sweet Potato Festival – Ocilla, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

• Wings Over North Georgia Air Show – Rome, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2016

• Martin Fall Festival – Martin, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

• Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival – Jekyll Island, GA – Sep 16 to 18, 2016

For a full list of festivals around Georgia visithttp://www.funtober.com/festivals/georgia/

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Cell Phone: 770-597-2862
Office Phone: 770-594-1578

Make Your Voice Heard – Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC

Aerials-150828-web-37Here is some great information from our friends at Neel, Robinson & Stafford.
It is going to be a busy election year both locally and nationally. Read on for some tips in exercising your right to vote.

November will be an exciting month for our country!  We will exercise our right to elect a new President of the United States and many other important officeholders.  Make sure you are registered to vote and that you take the opportunity to do so.  Here is pertinent information to make sure you can exercise your right to vote.

  • The Georgia Secretary of State registers voters and oversees elections.  On their website, www.sos.ga.gov , you can:  locate your voting location, register to vote, obtain key election dates, identify early voting locations and see sample ballots.
  • To vote in the Presidential Election on November 8, 2016, you must be registered by October 11, 2016
  • Georgia law requires Georgia residents to show photo ID when voting in person.  You may show a driver’s license (even if expired) , government employee ID, US passport, Military ID, Tribal ID, free ID card issued at any county registrar’s office or Driver Services (DDS) office or certain College Student ID.
  • If you vote early there are numerous locations in your county in which you can vote. Early voting for the Presidential Election begins October 17, 2016. A list of locations and the hours/days (Saturday hours are available at some locations) for voting at those locations is available on the Georgia Secretary of State website listed above.   If you vote on election day, you must vote at the location designated as your polling place; again, you can find your designated polling place on the Georgia Secretary of State website.  The hours to vote on election day are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Military and Overseas Voting for Georgia residents is available.  They may choose to receive their ballots by mail or electronically but all ballots must be returned by mail.
  • Absentee voting is also an option.  You may obtain an application for Absentee Ballot at the Georgia Secretary of State website.  Absentee ballots will be mailed as early as September 20, 2016.Aerials-150828-web-41

Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC  – Locations

Glenridge – Glenridge Highlands | 5555 Glenridge Connector, Suite 400 | Atlanta,GA 30342
Gwinnett – 3005 Breckinridge Blvd, Suite 200 | Duluth,GA 30096
Buckhead – 3060 Peachtree St, Suite 200 | Atlanta,GA 30305
Alpharetta – 500 Colonial Pkwy. – Mansell Overlook, Suite 675 | Roswell,GA 30076
West Cobb – 2414 Dallas Hwy – Building 100, Suite 300 | Marietta,GA 30064

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Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in  Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Cell Phone: 770-597-2862
Office Phone: 770-594-1578

It Takes Only A Mustard Seed

The following is insight to a program that Diane Rochford, the WOW Team and I hold dear to our hearts.
It has been an adventure & an experience of a lifetime.

1- Orphanage_16602-OrphanageThe Mustard Seed Communities opened an orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua (circa 2000) to assist the handicapped and/or mentally challenged children throughout Managua.  It was a last resort for abandoned children.  But there was another group equally desperate.  A group comprised of 300 families mostly consisting of women and children living inside the city dump, La Chureca.

From 2004 Mustard Seed had a feeding program within La Chureca, to aid the many desperately poor. This was only a temporary fix.  La Chureca has since been closed but tremendous poverty still exists outside the dump.

They say that if you give someone a fish you feed them for a day but if you give them a fishing pole you feed them for a lifetime.

A volunteer daydreamed about an education center where women could learn to sew and thus help support her family. It takes Only a Mustard Seed!

'Diane Rochford with recent 2015 graduate.'

In 2006 a group of dedicated individuals found a vacant building, and after a week of renovations and sewing classes we had our first classroom.  A teacher was hired before our departure to insure that the classes would continue.  Fast forward 9 years … today this center has become a force with momentum, growing on its own.  A new reality has unfolded where women can come to meet free of charge and learn to sew, tailor, alter clothing, and simply support one another in fellowship.   Baking classes and English lessons have also been added Student Baker_IMG_1808to supplement the sewing curriculum.  Upon graduation, the sewing graduates are given a sewing machine and the bakers are given a mixer.

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Our 9th graduation of yearlong curriculum program – Sewing & tailoring graduates, Baking graduates, and English language graduates.

2-Graduation Class_IMG_1721The Rags to Bags program is an auxiliary program.  One of a kind handbags are made from otherwise discarded fabrics from the states.  Think of all that drapery fabric that might be otherwise thrown into landfills all for the sake of a new homeowner’s style preference!  Expired sample fabric books found in upholstery shops is another resource for great fabrics.  In the words of the ladies constructing the handbags . . . “We love working with such exotic fabrics!”  In the words of the many repeat customers . . . “We can’t wait to see the new styles!”

So, for the past 9 years Diane and I have gone down once a year, and sometimes twice a year to help bolster the programs growth.  Mostly now the program runs itself and we come to celebrate the graduations each October.  It’s been a joyful adventure.  From the orphanage we have seen a small seed take root and blossom into many beautiful branches.  In the Sewing Center We have witnessed women realize their self-worth, bloom with self-esteem and re-discover hope.

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Join us a one of the up coming Trunk Shows where “Rags 2 Bags” items will be on sale.
I look forward to meeting you.

  • November 4 / Queen of Angels Sale – Roswell, GA
  • November 12-13 / Holly Days @ St Brigid – Johns Creek, GA
  • November 21 / Holiday Marketplace @ St. Pius X H.S. – Atlanta, GA

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn
more about Mustard Seed Communities.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

Johns Creek and Suwanee, Georgia

“The area known today as Johns Creek, GA, was once a meeting ground
between the rival Cherokee & Creek People. Inspired by the Chattahoochee River
that acted as a boundary for their tribal nations, they agreed to make
the Johns Creek area a “Sacred Place” where all tribal families
could feel safe
during their peace talks.”

Tom Blue Wolf
Creek descendent| Founder, EarthKeepers

Today Johns Creek remembers past pioneer families with streets honoring these families such as Medlock, Rogers, McGinnis & Buice. These streets and schools are solid reminders of by gone days rich in city history.

By the year 2000 a grass-roots movement was underway to incorporate communities throughout northern Atlanta.
Following Sandy Springs successful example of incorporating in 2005, Johns Creek House Bill #1321 was passed and signed by Governor Sonny Purdue July 18, 2006. Residents gained more control over traffic growth and quality of life.

Newtown Park Johns Creek

Newtown Park Johns Creek

Enjoy Johns Creek
Here are some little known facts:
Metro Atlanta’s only part-time, fully professional symphony orchestra
There are 6 golf facilities (five private and one public)
Newtown Park has a new amphitheater for summer concerts;
It is one of the most visited parks in Fulton County!
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center offers a replica of a Creek Indian hut, an 1800s historic village, and 46 acres of woodlands
Johns Creek Public schools have been rated top in the nation
The new Emory hospital in Johns Creek assists with growing health care needs

Follow this link to “Search homes in Johns Creek, GA.”

Aerials-150828-web-20Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Suwanee Town Center Park & City HallSuwanee Town Center Park & City Hall
The River Club Golf Center_Janet Weidmann WOW Team
The River Club Golf Center

Suwanee started out as an Indian village. It was centered around the Chattahoochee River, but unlike the NEW city of Johns Creek, Suwanee was recognized as a city in 1837 with the erection of a post office. Today Suwanee enjoys the pedestrian small town feel with a New Town Center Park. A large interactive fountain called the “Big Splash,” shops and dining al fresco have become a gathering center to the Suwanee community.

The River Club located in Suwanee is home to many executives with stunning homes, nestled along the Chattahoochee River in unspoiled nature. The River Club is sought after for its gated privacy and casual elegance. Rivermoore Park, another master planned community was one of the first planned ‘park neighborhoods’ with an assortment of eclectic homes in various park neighborhoods. It is a nature lovers and walkers paradise with paths and meadow along the Chattahoochee.

Follow this link to “Search homes in Suwanee, GA.”

Aerial Photography by:
Joshua Vensel / VENVISIO, LLC

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Property Tax.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

The Farmers’ Markets Are Open

The Markets are Open!

Fresh_Fruits_&_VeggiesIn Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell the Farmers’ Markets are now open and brimming with fresh produce and other products. After winter many of us are craving fresh fruits & vegetables and all the better that it is local. Most of these locations are open now through October.

In and around our neighborhoods, local farmers are busy preparing their produce to bring to the markets this weekend. Many of these vendors have been delivering produce to the market for years.

Some markets are open on Saturday and some open Saturday and Sunday. At the market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps and much more.

Follow these links for a few of the local markets: 

  1. Alpharetta –  http://alpharettafarmersmarket.com/
  2. Johns Creek –  http://www.johnscreekga.gov/community/events/farmersmarket
  3. Roswellhttp://roswellfam.com/
  4. Marietta – http://www.marietta.com/marietta-square-farmers-market
  5. Milton – http://farmtablemarket.com/fresh-market-in-milton-ga/

You may also want to visit some of these websites and locations: 

  1. Roswell Farmers Market – Not to be confused with the weekend market, this is GA’s First 100% GMO Free Grocer and Organic Café! They specialize in Local, Organic, Biodynamic produce, meats, seafood, and dairy. The store is located on Founder’s Square in Roswell.
    http://www.roswellfarmersmarket.com/
  2. Local Harvest – This is a terrific website with multiple links to “Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community.”
    Shop all the local farmers in Georgia by the types of vegetables & products they produce.
    http://www.localharvest.org/locations/ga
    > Sample for Alpharetta – http://www.localharvest.org/alpharetta-ga

Enjoy supporting these local businesses at the various markets and happy/healthy eating. 
The Markets are open to the public. Admission is free. Parking is available in and around each location.

 

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in your immediate neighborhood and other local happenings. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

“Small Business Saturday?” ~ Saturday After Thanksgiving!

Small business Sat logoDid you know this coming Saturday is “Small Business Saturday?”

Join me this Saturday, November 26th, for one of the biggest kickoffs to the holiday season. For many of us, the most common Thanksgiving weekend traditions are usually: eating turkey on Thursday with family and friends, and then checking out the bargains on Friday. Don’t forget to add shopping at local small boutiques on Saturday!

Starbucks_Haynes_V__A58FStarbucks-2_V__4581In just four short years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a day where Americans can show their support of neighborhood businesses. The Small Business Saturday campaign was established by American Express in 2010 to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A growing number of chambers of commerce, small business organizations and local retailers around the nation are persuading shoppers to bypass the big malls, big-box stores and drop in to your local shops, right in our own backyard.

This year, think about all the small businesses located in and around Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell — independent bookstores, dress shops, children’s clothing stores, home décor shops and many more fantastic boutiques. Show your support by shopping at, these local, independently owned businesses. You will be buying locally, supporting independent retailers and reinvesting money into the local economy. The retail environment has really changed over the past 10 years; many people are buying online without even leaving their homes. If you appreciate having independent businesses around your community, you need to show your support of them.

Stop by your local boutiques and find something special for you, or
someone you love, that you just can’t live without!

It’s going to be a day full of fun around town!

Details_Kim Dherty_V__AEE3Details -2_V__AF02Sooo….this Saturday as many of our independent merchants open their doors, greet them with hopeful success by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday.

Grab yourself a hot beverage and follow me as I head off to my local specialty shops. Here are some of my and the WOW Team’s favorites:

Josephine's at Ellard_V__3287Josephines-2_V__85D6The WOW Team wishes you and your family a very
Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Contact Janet Weidmann of the WOW Team to learn more about your neighborhood or the local real estate market .

Happy Shopping!

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