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Clean Eatz: Tasty, Healthy and Easy

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Nancy Glass, Owner of Clean Eatz. Photos from Clean Eatz Facebook.

Clean Eatz, a healthy cafe that offers meal plan services, is coming to Peachtree Corners in late April 2021. Clean Eatz started construction on March 15 and will open tentatively around late April. The cafe will be open for two weeks before meal plans are offered.

When talking to owner Nancy Glass, she said what attracted her to Peachtree Corners was the active lifestyle displayed by the community. “When you go on the Peachtree Corners website it’s all ‘family, community, outdoor Living.” It’s all about active living! There’s this feeling of family and that everyone is in it together.” Clean Eatz’s mission “is to help be the first step you take to living a healthy lifestyle,” as well as giving the community “the tools needed [in maintaining a healthy diet] by preparing properly portioned sized meals with a balance of protein, carbs and fats.” Meal planning has become popular in recent years for busy adults with families and others always on the go, especially in light of the pandemic.

“COVID has brought on this whole new environment to our family dynamic,” Glass said. “So at the end of the day, whether you’re a parent or a single working adult, you just want to take a moment to breathe without having to stress about dinner. With a meal plan, you have nutritious meals ready-to-eat, which make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle… We simplify life!”

High on nutrition, low on cost and commitment

The Clean Eatz Meal Plans offers nutritious, personalized meals for those with active lifestyles at an affordable cost. Meal plans come in 5, 10, 15 and 21 meal options, and prices start at $38 for five meals ($7.60 per meal), and if you order 21+ meals, the price goes down to $6.10.

“Clean Eatz puts their money where their mouth is! If we say it’s affordable, we will make it affordable,” Glass said. The meal plan menu changes weekly but it is adaptable to each person’s dietary needs, such as gluten-free, low or no-carb or extra protein. Meal plans can also be shipped to your house as well as picked up in-store.

The meal plans are also low commitment. “We don’t take your credit card [information] or bring you into any contracts,” Glass explained. “If we offer you a tasty, nutritious meal, it will be a delight. You will want to come back.”

Wealth of options

In addition to meal plans, they have a separate cafe dining menu that provides “a balanced look at food while giving you several options.” And they offer frozen grab-and-gos as an alternative to what is on the weekly meal plan menu, including gluten-free cauliflower crust frozen pizzas. They also provide catering, great for events like athletic competitions and after-school sports. Glass mentioned she had already been contacted by a CrossFit gym nearby to cater later in the summer.

On the cafe menu, there is a wide variety of smoothies that can work as a snack or a meal replacement when “First Form” protein powder is added. Customers can build their own burger choosing between turkey, salmon, black bean or bison and customize it any way they want.

Glass invites everyone to come by and grab some “Good for You Nachos” (sweet potato fries topped with shredded beef, guacamole, salsa, green peppers and red onion) or boneless wings or buffalo cauliflower bites as a snack. “Build a Bowl” options allow customers to choose and customize their meal to their liking — with a base, protein, veggies, sauce and spice.

Simple and tasty

About the menu, Glass said, “We’ve taken your favorites and made them good for you — tasty, delicious!” They also offer salads, wraps and kids’ menu options such as “Pizza Rollz” and “Boneless Wingz”.

Clean Eatz features healthy and balanced meals that taste good, while also offering variety to their meal plans and menus, making them stand out against other often bland diet programs. Their menu includes Keto and Celiac-friendly options, as well as choices for people who are on a diabetic diet.

“It’s not easy going into the grocery store and know how to put a recipe together that is balanced and has all the necessary nutrients. We take away all the guesswork,” Glass said. She added that it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and that’s where Clean Eatz can help. “We’re here to create a plan and then create a community.”

Ahead of opening, everyone is invited to sign up for meal plans at cleaneatz.com/locations/peachtree-corners-ga. Once Clean Eatz is open, customers will receive an email notification with a menu on Thursday, with a reminder, to place their orders by Sunday.

For more information about Clean Eatz, follow @cleaneatzpeachtreecornersga on Instagram and Facebook.

Elizabeth Sigmon is a junior Creative Writing Major and Music Minor at Young Harris College. She graduated from Norcross High School in 2018, and has lived in Peachtree Corners her entire life. After college she plans to pursue higher education along with her writing. Aside from writing, Elizabeth has been singing and performing as long as she can remember and music will always hold a special place in her heart. You can follow her on Instagram @_efsigmon to follow her on her adventures and life updates!

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Dunkin’ & Baskin-Robbins Bring Next Generation Combo Store to Peachtree Corners

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The newly renovated restaurant celebrating with a free donut with any beverage purchase offer 

Dunkin’ celebrated the grand re-opening of its Peachtree Corners restaurant located at 5075 Peachtree Parkway on Friday, April 30. The newly remodeled store, which now features Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins’ Next Generation store designs, hosted a re-opening celebration on April 30 where guests can receive a free donut with any beverage purchase from Friday, April 30 through Saturday, May 1.*

Dunkin’s Next Gen store design features innovative technologies to enhance the guest’s experience and make their daily Dunkin’ run faster and more convenient than ever before. 

Dunkin’ franchisee network Macon Donut and Coffee Inc will hosted a socially distant ribbon cutting to celebrate the new store opening. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Macon Donut and Coffee Inc, alongside the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’, hosted a check presentation to donate $2,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Children’s aims to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology.  

The newly renovated 1,800 square-foot restaurant employs 12 crew members and is open daily from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Additionally, it features Dunkin’s new restaurant design, with a modern atmosphere, a convenient drive-thru, and innovative technologies, including: 

  • Dunkin’ on Demand: With fully-integrated digital kiosks, guests will completely control how they order by choosing to order with or without the help of a crew member. Dunkin’ has also introduced an area dedicated to mobile pickups so that members of the DD Perks® Rewards program who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App can get in and out of the restaurant faster than ever before. For all orders placed for pick up inside the restaurant, guests will be able to track the status of their order via a new digital order status board. 
  • Modern Design: The openness, colors and materials used in the design help to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment.
  • Premium Pours: Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are now served through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. Crew members will also use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order. 
  • Increased Energy Efficiency: The new Dunkin’ is a DD Green Achievement™ restaurant, which is designed to save 25% more energy compared to a standard Dunkin’ restaurant. 

The store will also offer the Baskin-Robbins next generation “Moments” store design to give guests an entirely new and engaging experience when they visit Baskin-Robbins. The new store concept is designed to deliver on Baskin-Robbins’ commitment to bringing guests great flavors and memorable moments. 

Key features of Baskin-Robbins’ “Moments” next generation store design include: 

  • Modern design: The special interior design features inviting and contemporary décor with bright colors to spark joy and optimism and creates an inviting environment for guests to create special moments. 
  • New ice cream dipping cabinets: An expanded row of modern and sleek glass cases prominently display premium ice cream flavors, ice cream cakes and a new “novelties” collection. 
  • Wall mural: A colorful wall mural features unique and interactive artwork to celebrate the key attributes of each local community and help create a strong connection between Baskin-Robbins and local guests. The mural also includes images that are intended for guests to engage with and share photos of on social media. The Fresno mural features local landmarks and features, including forest campsites and local parks. 
  • Upgraded digital menu boards: An entirely new digital menu board displays products in an engaging way with high quality photos and video imagery. 

To learn more about Dunkin’, visit DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook @DunkinUS, Twitter @dunkindonuts and Instagram @dunkin

*Limit One Per Guest. Offer valid only from April 30 to May 1. Open to Peachtree Corners Residents, 18+/age of maj. Official Rules available upon request at 5075 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 201 Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 

Source: Casey Cargle, On Behalf of Dunkin’  

770-238-9890  cc@alliancemarketingpartners.com 

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Best Brunches in Peachtree Corners

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Flying Biscuit, FL Sunshine Waffle, Breakfast. Photos by Isadora Pennington.

Eggs, waffles, toast. Pancakes, biscuits, and hash browns. Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Yep, we’re talking about brunch. Brunch is one of the most beloved meals to share with friends, and that’s not just because it’s acceptable to daydrink; these feel-good comfort foods are warm, rich and packed full of flavor. As we prepare to see more in person dining, I anticipate a return to this popular weekend outing. So recently I set out to try some of Peachtree Corners’ tastiest dishes at a few of the most popular brunch spots in town.

Flying Biscuit

Flying Biscuit, FL Sunshine Waffle, Breakfast.

A local classic. Flying Biscuit is known for, you guessed it, their signature “fluffy flying biscuits.” The first Flying Biscuit location opened its doors in Candler Park in 1993 and sold out of biscuits by 11am the first morning, so the founders knew they were onto something from day one. In the years since, they have expanded to 25 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

When I stopped by the restaurant, I sampled their FL Sunshine Waffle Breakfast. This delectable offering features two eggs served with chicken sage sausage patties, “creamy dreamy” grits, plus a house-made Belgian waffle topped with berries, banana, powdered sugar and whipped cream. And, of course, a fluffy flying biscuit. $12.99

5270 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 120, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-407-5885 | flyingbiscuit.com

First Watch

First Watch, Farmhouse Skillet Hash.

Touting fresh ingredients and made-to-order dishes, the First Watch philosophy can be summed up as “friendly, fast and accommodating service.” On arrival, diners are greeted with a pot of their Project Sunrise Coffee, and free WiFi and complimentary newspapers add to the appeal for breakfast lovers.

At First Watch I ordered the Farmhouse Skillet Hash. This dish starts with a bed of fresh, seasoned breakfast potatoes cooked in a skillet loaded with bacon, avocado, house-roasted onions and tomatoes, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, and two cage-free eggs. On the side are all-natural house preserves, fresh fruit, and whole grain artisan toast smeared with rich and creamy butter. If it needs an extra boost of flavor (hint: it doesn’t), try adding ketchup or hot sauce on top. $11.99

5230 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 110, Peachtree Corners 30092
470-781-9190 | firstwatch.com

Pub Ten

Pub Ten, Huevos Rancheros Nachos featuring Wonton nachos.

Looking for a more casual, laid-back vibe? While this bar is more known for its craft beers and elevated pub food, their growing brunch menu does not disappoint. Kick back and enjoy bottomless mimosas without the hectic atmosphere of most local brunch spots. Owner Marc Cloutier, who bought the business just before the pandemic shut things down last year, can often be found personally tending to his customers.

Here I decided to go for a slightly untraditional brunch dish — Huevos Rancheros Nachos featuring Wonton nachos. Topped with heaps of savory ground beef, red bean pico, salsa verde, cotija cheese, queso, cilantro and two scrambled eggs, this dish is sure to cure any hangover. $10.50

5270 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 118B, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-5041 | pub10.com

Eating Americana

Eating Americana, Bread Pudding

In the Peachtree Parkway Shopping Plaza sits a comfortable and no-frills restaurant by the name of Eating Americana. This casual eatery just celebrated their first anniversary, and what a trial by fire it must have been to open a restaurant during a global pandemic. And yet, the folks at Eating Americana have survived and thrived, offering comfort foods and traditional American cuisine first only available for take-out or delivery, until recently when they opened their dining room.

While Eating Americana is open only on Sundays for brunch, one of their most delectable dishes, Bread Pudding, is available daily. Composed of a variety of breads offering a complex combination of flavors and tastes, this dish features bright flavors of cranberries, raisins and pineapple folded into the layers of bread pudding. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg add dimension to the overall flavor of this flavorful and decadent dish. $6.00 ■

5450 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 7A, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-676-5846 | eatingamericana.com

Other Great Brunch Places in Peachtree Corners

Grace 1720

Contemporary American cuisine in a casual upscale environment.
5155 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 320, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-421-1720 | grace1720.com

JR’s Log House Restaurant

Old-school Southern breakfast served in a legit log cabin.
6601 Peachtree Industrial
Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-449-6426 | jrloghouse.com

Peachy Corners Cafe

Friendly neighborhood cafe serving up coffee and tea, bubble teas, matcha and small bites.
6365 Spalding Drive,
Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-0547 |
peachycornerscafe.com

Atlanta Bread

Counter service chain offering omelets, pastries, baked goods and breakfast sandwiches.
4880 Peachtree Corners Circle, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-662-0900 | atlantabread.com

Corner Bakery Cafe

Casual counter service cafe with classic breakfast favorites.
6050 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 500, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-281-2150 | cornerbakery.com

IHOP

Well-known chain offering a variety of pancakes and traditional diner dishes.
6125 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-231-0081 | ihop.com

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The Makings of a Renovation Boom

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My Secret Garden. Photos by Isadora Pennington.

If home is indeed where the heart is, then home improvements and proper maintenance must be the life blood. And as many homeowners in our community have had unprecedented extended time at home between social distancing and remote work, we have seen an uptick in families investing time and money into additions, landscaping and other enhancements to make their time at home that much more enjoyable.

“I researched our permit records and found that in 2020 there were 157 permits issued for residential remodeling. In 2019, that number was 101,” reported Peachtree Corners Community Development Director Diana Wheeler. “And five years prior, in 2015, there were 99 residential remodeling permits issued. These numbers indicate that in 2020, residential remodeling increased about 50% over previous years.”

For those of us looking to freshen things up this spring, there are numerous local businesses doing great work in the area. We have collected a sampling of those here.

My Secret Garden

My Secret Garden lets you dream about big plans for your next gardening or landscaping project. This boutique garden center services the Peachtree Corners and Norcross area with a variety of plants, trees, custom design services and more.

My Secret Garden Owner Sonya Harrison. Photo by Isadora Pennington.

Owner Sonya Harrison’s love and loyalty to all things green is evident as she speaks about her work and the current increase in landscaping installations she has seen.

“It’s mostly people who want to enjoy their backyard, not as many front yards. People want to sit on their patio, enjoy their backyard or what they see out of their kitchen window, living room or screened-in porch. So, I would say it is definitely more focused on the backyard, so they can cook out and be with their family,” Harrison said.

For anyone wondering what to plant this year, My Secret Garden presents countless choices. They’ve completed their annual yard sale on March 13, but there are always plenty of lovely plants available for purchase.

My Secret Garden. Photo by Isadora Pennington.

“Being born and bred in Georgia, I am a firm believer that you can never have too many hydrangeas in your yard,” Harrison said. “I love hydrangeas, especially multi-blooming hydrangeas. The traditional hydrangeas only bloom once and then they’re done for the summer.”

Other favorites include azaleas, for their color, and gardenias, for their heavenly smell. But there is a little something for every gardener to keep their thumbs green. For more information, visit mysecretgardenga.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Premier HVAC

Heating and cooling are commodities that we might take for granted until the air goes out in the heat of summer and we need blessed relief.

Premier HVAC is a second-generation family-owned business located in Peachtree Corners and operated by Peachtree Corners residents. Jackie West serves as the Director of Operations, while her husband Steve West drives the professional expertise necessary to provide exceptional HVAC service.

Premier HVAC owner Steve West and his son Grayson.

“We have seen an uptick in people replacing their units and things like that because they have a more flexible schedule at home, and don’t have to take time off work to meet with the estimator, to see what they have in their homes, to suggest new products, new systems or options on what they might want,” Jackie West said.

“We actually did more service last year then we did replacements, because of the pandemic, because people didn’t have $3,000 to $6,000 to replace a unit unless absolutely necessary, because that is a big expense,” Jacki said.

Premier HVAC services most makes and models of HVAC systems. To learn more, call 770-696-4189 or visit premierhvaccorp.com.

Peachtree Corners Remodeling

Owner Todd Hudson has been in the interior remodeling business with Peachtree Corners Remodeling for a long time, and he has certainly noticed growth recently as kitchen and bathroom projects continue to fill up his schedule.

A recent remodeling job by Peachtree Corners Remodeling (photo courtesy of Todd Hudson)

“This has been my best year by far, with 20+ years of doing this kind of work. I’m booked into June,” Hudson said. “I attribute it to people wanting to live in Peachtree Corners and there is no inventory of houses, so they improve what they already have.”

For more info about Peachtree Corners Remodeling, visit ptcornersremodeling.com or call 770-873-9245.

Renovation Solutions

Operating out of nearby Suwannee, Renovation Solutions covers all manner of renovation work related to home improvement, landscaping, handyman services, welding and fencing. Renovation Solutions Owner Mario Fuentes has been around the block a few times, even working on two televised HGTV projects over the course of his 15-year career (while he worked for other businesses).

“I have been busy, busy, busy. In January — when everybody is slow, and this year the most, but especially this January and February — I have seen more business,” Fuentes said.

Fuentes mentioned recent work in commercial spaces, working on lobbies in hospitals. He also mentioned patio work and room renovation, focusing on homeowners’ desires to drive up house values.

“People are mainly concerned about how much it is going to bring the house value up. There are some things that will definitely bring value,” Fuentes said.

More information on Renovations Solutions can be found at renovationsolutionsrs.com or by calling 770-376-5384.

EV Remodeling

EV Remodeling serves the Greater Atlanta area but has made Peachtree Corners its home base. The business’ primary service offerings are home additions and deck repair and construction, as well as kitchen and bathroom remodeling.

Owner Eli Vaknin noted an increase in calls about kitchen remodels, as well as patio and deck builds or improvements. He attributed this increase, in part, to more homeowners working in the home and noticing things they would like to change.

Eli Vaknin

“I see a lot of outdoor living and also a lot of office additions, renovating existing space and turning it into an office or finishing part of a basement to turn it into an office,” he said.

Vaknin has noticed an “increase in volume” of kitchen and bathroom remodels “because people aren’t traveling as much, going out as much, so they are going to use that money on that ‘ugly’ kitchen they have been cooking in for a year because they couldn’t go to restaurants.”

EV Remodeling has received the “Best of Houzz” service award for the last five years, since 2016. For details, go to evremodelinginc.com or call 678-822-7573.

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