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Top 10 Brunch Places in Gwinnett County

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This month in Peachtree Corners, Explore Gwinnett‘s Top 10 Brunch Places in Gwinnett County with co-hosts Victoria Hawkins and Rico Figliolini.

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  1. Parkside District, Lawrenceville, GA – https://www.parksidedistrict.com/
  2. Maple Street Biscuit Co., Duluth, GA – https://maplestreetbiscuits.com/
  3. Black Walnut Café, Peachtree Corners, GA – https://www.blackwalnutcafe.com/locations/atlanta-locations/peachtree-corners/
  4. Brunch Apothecary, Dacula, GA – http://thebrunchapothecary.com/
  5. Graft, Grayson, Ga – http://www.graftrestaurant.net/
  6. Three Blind Mice,  Lilburn, GA – http://www.tbmrestaurant.com/
  7. 45 South Café, Norcross, GA – http://www.45southcafe.com/
  8. Sugar Hill Bakery and Café, Sugar Hill, GA- https://www.sugarhilltowne.com/
  9. Famous Toastery, Suwanee, GA- https://famoustoastery.com/menus/
  10. Local Republic, Lawrenceville, GA – https://www.localrepublic.com/

For more information about things to do in Gwinnett County visit https://www.exploregwinnett.org/  

For more about Peachtree Corners or the Explore Gwinnett’s Top Ten List visit https://livinginpeachtreecorners.com

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Cinnaholic bakery to open 3rd Atlanta area location in Peachtree Corners

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Cinnaholic, the gourmet cinnamon bun bakery franchise, plans to open a new location on Peachtree Parkway in mid-September after Labor day (or perhaps later into August depending on health concerns). Replacing Soho Gifts, this will be the third Cinnaholic location to open in the Atlanta area as reported at WhatNowAtlanta. One is already located in Dunwoody (recently debuted) and one in Edgewood.

There’s no slowing down the sweet roll of Cinnaholic bakery. Not even the pandemic can sour this decadent craze. The brand has sparked a nationwide love affair with gourmet cinnamon rolls as only Cinnaholic can. In the last three months, the bakery, acclaimed for serving innovative plant-based cinnamon roll creations, set single-day sales records across its franchise system, introduced a series of new technology-based innovations, and inked deals to add more than a handful of new locations in key U.S. markets. 

“When the pandemic hit we battened down the hatches and focused on two big priorities – making it as easy as possible for our new and longtime fans to enjoy Cinnaholic and supporting our franchisees with even more revenue-driving opportunities than they’ve had in the past,” said Spencer Reid, president of Cinnaholic. “As a result, many of our franchisees have thrived during this unprecedented time. Plus, it just goes to show that our products truly resonate with customers and brand is here to stay.”

The brand has opened six franchise locations since January in new markets including Charlotte, San Antonio, Raleigh, NC; Gaithersburg, Maryland and two in the Chicago area, bringing its total location count to 40 units.

Plus, Cinnaholic projects a strong growth trajectory with newly signed agreements in Atlanta, Tampa, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Coral Springs, FL. With 20 locations under construction and nine others anticipated to start buildouts this year, Cinnaholic is on track to reach 60 locations by the end of 2020.

The economic slowdown did not deter Cinnaholic franchisees from building new locations. Not one of the stores already in construction phases have halted plans, and all others set to start construction in 2020 are moving forward. 

“While many business owners have had to put their dreams on hold, we are refusing to do so,” said Alex Loper, owner of the Cinnaholic location soon to open in McKinney, Texas. “The persistent communication and support from our corporate team has kept us on schedule. And, when we look at the proven success that other locations have shown, there is no doubt that continuing to move ahead is the right thing to do.” 

To preserve sales nationwide, Cinnaholic phased in a new, technology-advanced online pick-up and third-party delivery ordering platform. The impact of the refreshed online ordering system was felt immediately with average ticket sales increasing by 30 percent for pick-ups and 40 percent for delivery.

“When we were ordered to close, I was worried that my sales would drastically decrease. But, with the new online ordering system and third-party delivery relationships, our orders have not stopped,” said Shanntel Hobbensiefken, owner of Cinnaholic in Gilbert, Arizona. “With our easy, no-contact curbside pick-up, serving customers has been seamless.”

Cinnaholic has set itself apart as a “better-for-you” option exclusively using plant-based ingredients without sacrificing taste. Its variety of frosting and topping options make each customer experience truly unique, appealing to sweet-toothed dessert lovers across North America. The brand also provides catering services, serving sweet treats for events large and small from birthday or office parties to baby showers and weddings. Customers can expect nothing less than the highest quality ingredients, as the plant-based bakery franchise was founded upon a commitment that all ingredients must be animal-free and free of dairy, lactose, eggs and cholesterol.

In addition to low startup costs and manageable operations, franchise owners are provided extensive corporate training as well as real estate, construction, operations, marketing and grand opening support, making for a truly sweet franchise opportunity. This high performing business model has made Cinnaholic a highly sought-after franchise brand.

For more information on Cinnaholic, cinnaholic.com

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Cinnaholic Press Release

WhatNowAtlanta

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Local Ingredients from Georgia Grown To Go

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Now is your chance to stock up on fresh, local produce and meat before your Independence Day cookout. Residents can pre-order boxes of produce from local farmers for a reduced rate online at GeorgiaGrownToGo.com. The next event is Tuesday, June 30, 3-7 PM, at 4780 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker, GA.

The Georgia Grown baskets will feature these fresh items: Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, 2lb of Vidalia Onions, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, 1lb of Jalapeno

Other items available for purchase include watermelons and boxes of beef, chicken, sweet corn, peaches, mushrooms and Vidalia onions. Whether you’re grilling out or staying in for the holiday, you can support local farmers with these fresh choices.

Orders will be available for contactless pickup at the event site, and a limited supply of items will be available for same day purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Contactless payment options, cash, credit and debit cards will be accepted. Residents can also support their community by donating a box to a neighbor or local charity.

The last event before this one was hosted in Gwinnett County at Coolray Field Thursday, June 25. Georgia Grown, an initiative of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, partnered with Gwinnett County Government, Live Healthy Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Stripers and Explore Gwinnett to host the event.

“It is because of the great support from our community leaders that our Georgia Grown To Go events have been so widely successful,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “We are honored to once again team up with the great folks in Gwinnett County to not only help bridge the gap between our farmers and consumers, but to also expand the offerings to include melons, protein and value added Georgia Grown products just in time for the upcoming holiday.”

To learn more and place an order for upcoming events, visit GeorgiaGrownToGo.com.

Source: Press Release by Georgia Grown

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The New ‘Baked Kitchen’ Food Truck Serves Safely Throughout Peachtree Corners

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Take a bite out of something different from Baked Kitchen! Their eclectic international menu travels your taste buds, with flavorful wraps, sandwiches and desserts. The Katzef family owners have called Peachtree Corners home for 26 years. In January 2020 they invested in a food truck and started operating their business February 2020.

Marketing Manager Nikki Katzef had the calendar booked for events, breweries and festivals for the next few months. Then COVID-19 hit. The family came up with a plan to reach out to subdivisions and apartment complexes to offer online ordering and curbside pickup. Chef Allan Katzef cooked up a menu and Baked Kitchen was once again on the move. To find out where the food truck will be next, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/BakedKitchen101. ■

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