ShutterBuddyTutor Doctor, a one-on-one tutoring service designed to help students from ages 6 to 106, has opened a new franchise in Atlanta under the direction of Tammy Dudley. After she worked for years in project management with Fortune 500 companies, Dudley’s job was eliminated because of the economy, so she decided to pursue her first love, teaching. For more, visit

Atlanta parents Brendan and Molly Parnell created ShutterBuddy, pictured left, after trying to keep their infant daughter’s attention during a Christmas photo shoot. ShutterBuddy uses the science of infant vision development and pattern recognition to capture and hold a baby’s attention. The device, which is designed with a black-and-white checkered pattern outlined in bright red, fits like a cone around a camera lens and catches and holds babies’ attention, enticing them to look directly at the geometric pattern, and, therefore, directly into the camera lens. ShutterBuddy is lightweight, portable and fits on nearly any point-and-shoot camera. Purchase at

The Urban Electric Company, a design and production firm in the luxury lighting industry, will open a 900-square-foot sales office and showroom this month at White Provision on the Westside. The office and showroom will feature select products from the company’s lighting collection as well as allow clients to review finishing and detailing options available for custom designs. The Urban Electric Company’s complete collection will be available for order from the showroom, including designs by Michael Amato, Darryl Carter, Tom Scheerer, Mark Maresca, Amelia Handegan, Richard Mishaan and Amanda Nisbet.

K-la, a boutique known for its unusual, trendy clothing and accessories, has opened at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead Owned by siblings Keila, Jose and Julie Keila Mesquita, the shop carries limited quantities of each item to alleviate shopper concern of seeing someone else in their new outfit. Designers that the store will showcase include Joe’s Jeans, Citizen’s of Humanity, Juicy Couture, Free People and Tulle. In April, Phipps will also welcome Vince, a luxury Los Angeles-based retailer that sells men’s and women’s clothing collections.

Drew Lewis, a boutique offering men’s and women’s designer clothing and accessories, has opened a 3,069-square-foot store at the Metropolis building in Midtown. Featured brands include Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Shipley & Halmos, Rag & Bone and William Rast.

Central Atlanta Progress has awarded its Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award to The Jones Group and interior designer Caryn Grossman of CG Interiors. The team was recognized for creating innovative and eco-friendly office space for The Jones Group in the historic Pioneer Neon Loft Building on Marietta Street. During the renovation of The Jones Group’s headquarters, two adjacent spaces were gutted and combined. Great care was taken to showcase and preserve such historic details as wooden floors, heart-of-pine columns, beams and ceilings, original metal vaults and plaster walls.

Region-wide transit issues will now be filtered through the Regional Transit Committee, an official committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. The new committee was formed under an agreement between ARC, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and MARTA. The RTC will continue the work of developing a region-wide fare structure and payment process that would allow riders to traverse the Atlanta region – changing providers as needed – in a seamless, consistent manner.

Lenox Square in Buckhead has two new tenants: The Athlete’s Foot, the specialty retailer of athletic footwear for women, men and children, and Artful Living, offering eclectic décor, wall art, home furnishings, books, toys and more.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.