Chinamex, a business incubator that connects Chinese companies with those across the globe, has opened its U.S. headquarters at Atlantic Station. The new location will focus on helping Chinese enterprise conduct business with companies in North America and South America. Chinamex has leased nearly 14,000 square feet on the ground floor at 201 17th St.

Mercury Art Works has opened a 2,815-square-foot fine art gallery at 999 Peachtree. Established in 2001 in Athens, Mercury Art Works is a full service fine art gallery that features a diverse collection of art and artists. “Midtown Atlanta is a vibrant urban center,” said Sandi Turner, co-owner of Mercury Art Works. “My partner Chris Wyrick and I are thrilled to be presenting art work in 999 Peachtree, which to us, is at the core of this neighborhood and business district.” The gallery is open by appointment and for special events.

Corey Reed, an Atlanta entrepreneur and Internet security expert, has developed Cyber Chaperone as a way to help parents monitor their children and teens online experiences. Cyber Chaperone provides real-time Internet monitoring services using live security personnel, who notify parents of detected threats affecting their childrens’ safety via email or phone. Reports detailing online activity and Internet sites visited by registered users are provided

The Atlanta City Council has designated the City of Atlanta as a Recovery Zone. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the city received an allocation of $34 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds and designated the Atlanta Development Authority as its agent. ADA will use the Facility Bonds in recruiting new businesses to Atlanta. This new federal program can be used to provide non-recourse financing to commercial real estate acquisitions, renovation or equipment at a tax-exempt interest rate. These bonds were previously limited to manufacturers and non-profits.

Brookhaven Bank has named Bill Kane, the bank’s Chief Credit Officer and member of the Executive Management Team, as interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Brookhaven Bank.  He will replace former Brookhaven Bank CEO and President, Laurice Tatum, who announced his retirement last year. Kane has 30 years of banking experience with the past 20 years working for institutions in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Most recently, Kane served as Regional President of North Georgia for Park Avenue Bank.

Tad Leithead is the new chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta region. Leithead has served on the ARC board since July 2000, representing the citizen district that includes portions of Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb and Atlanta. For the last three years, he has served as chair of ARC’s Transportation and Air Quality Committee.  He becomes the first citizen member to serve as ARC chair in the organization’s history. Prior to forming his own governmental relations and consulting firm earlier this year, Leithead spent more than 23 years in commercial real estate in metro Atlanta, most recently as senior vice president for Cousins Properties.

The Children’s Boutique Sale is Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. with six local stores combining forces to present a sale of children’s clothing, shoes, toys, décor, and accessories at up to 70 percent off. Participating Stores include Addy’s Closet, Victoria’s Children Boutique, Layla Luv, Wiggle, Due Maternity and Children’s Liquidation. Admission is $5 and goes to charities supported by the boutiques. Event is at The Works, 6652 Interstate Ct. in Norcross. For more information, visit

Blend Custom Parfum Studio is holding workshops for individuals and couples to create their own scent for Valentine’s Day. Scents will come from Galimard, France’s oldest perfumer-maker. Learn the history of perfume, make a scent, get a decorative bottle and enjoy chocolate and champagne. Cost is $200 for an individual, $300 for couples. Call (404) 202-5503 for information.

Artful Living is now open at Lenox Square in Buckhead, located on the upper level of the Neiman Marcus wing near Nicole Miller. With almost 3,000 square feet of space, the store showcases eclectic décor, wall art, home furnishings, toys and more. Special offerings include Lolita glassware, jewelry and accessories from around the world, and gift books ranging from humor to sentimental.

Collin KelleyEditor

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.