The launch party for Elite Crowd Fund was held at 5 Seasons Brewing on the Westside.

Elite Crowdfund has launched its online equity-based platform in Atlanta, which allows investors to connect directly with vetted early stage investment opportunities. Investors can connect with selected early growth stage companies in exchange for an equity share in the company while offering start-up or early stage funding. Elite Crowdfund’s portfolio of business opportunities is only available to accredited investors, defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an individual with annual net income of more than $200K individually or $300K jointly, or whose net worth is more than $1 million annually, excluding the value of a primary residence. For more information, visit

American Field, a pop-up exhibition and market featuring the handcrafted products, will set up shop at Ponce City Market from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 American Field’s inaugural Southern appearance will feature brands such as Ball and Buck, a Boston-based retailer geared towards the sporting gentleman, Rancourt & Co., a leader in handcrafted men’s shoes, boutique flask company Blind Pig Flask Co. and North Carolina-based micro-dairy Skyline Dairy, among many others. Vendors, who will be set up throughout Ponce City Market’s second floor, will engage with shoppers by selling their goods providing interactive, on-site demonstrations. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the curated selection of restaurants within the Central Food Hall throughout the weekend. American Field will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit


A new permanent tenant at Ponce City Market is Karoo, which offers a wide selection of fashionable and affordable eyewear. Karoo offers a single price point of $149 for a complete pair of eyeglasses including any frame in the store and single vision lenses. They also have a large selection of prescription sunglasses priced at $249. Eye exams are $69 and customers usually leave with their glasses the same day. The owners are Dr. Gavin Cohen and Mark Meyberg, who also operate Optique at West Paces in Buckhead and Reflection Eyecare in Brookhaven. For more information or to schedule an eye exam, visit or call (404) 875-2766.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber has announced that Kate Atwood will join the organization as vice president of marketing. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for leading the recently launched ChooseATL regional marketing campaign. In her role, Atwood will focus on managing a multi-pronged marketing campaign that includes paid, earned, social and digital media. She will also spearhead the campaign’s fundraising efforts and work closely with multiple partners and stakeholders in the 29-county region to showcase all that metro Atlanta has to offer. Prior to joining MAC, she served as executive director of the Arby’s Foundation. In 2003, Atwood founded Kate’s Club, an innovative grief support organization for children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.

The Gathering Spot, a private, members-only business and social club, has launched in Atlanta’s Northyards development to offer a socializing alternative to traditional city or country clubs, startup incubators and co-working spaces. The Gathering Spot provides a 24/7 business and social environment, with events, concierge services, integrated technology and a full-service restaurant and bar. For more information, including membership details, visit

The Urbana Varro group of companies has acquired 100 percent interest in the Artmore Hotel from Jamestown. Originally built as a luxury apartment building in 1924, the Artmore Hotel is an independent boutique hotel at 1302 West Peachtree in Midtown. There will on-site installations, pop-up studios and showcases, highlighting local artists, musicians and innovators. Expanded food and beverage offerings will include artisanal touches and authentic concepts such as a French creperie. For more information, visit

Nina Cheney

The nsoro Foundation has announced the appointment of Atlanta community leader Nina Cheney as its new executive director. Established in 2005, the foundation offers helps young people emancipated from foster care by providing non-merit based college scholarships and engagement programs designed to encourage high school graduation. Cheney, a Buckhead resident, is a member of the Board of Directors of WonderRoot, the SCAD Board of Visitors and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta Advisory Board.  She is a member of the Forward Arts Foundation, for which she has chaired the organization’s two major fund-raisers.

Legacy AMH, LLC has purchased the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown. With this affiliate transaction, Legacy Property Group expands its downtown hotel portfolio to just fewer than 1,000 upscale rooms. The hotel features 312 guest rooms and suites, 14,000 square feet of meeting space, nearly 1,000 square feet of retail space and underground parking. Located within the Luckie Marietta District, the hotel is sited blocks away from the convention center, Americasmart, and numerous attractions and employers.

Dixon Rye is set to open early this fall at the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road. Conceived and curated by designer Bradley Odom, Dixon Rye will combine the elements of interiors, wares and design in its 4,800 square foot industrial space. Odom will offer exclusive finds from Sabin and Astier De Villatte (to name a few), mixed with pieces from emerging and well established artisans, craftsman and designers. Custom upholstery designs by Odom himself will also be in the mix. For more information, visit

Baker presents the check to KIPP Strive Academy.

Local Allstate agency owner Raphael Baker received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award. The Allstate Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to the KIPP Strive Academy, where Baker volunteers. The Baker Agency works closely with the academy to provide incentives and reward scholars of the school. During the 2015-2016 school year, the agency will implement a Present and On Time program for the students.

Westside Provisions on Howell Mill Road will welcome two new upscale clothing retailers later this year – Lilith, a women’s fashion boutique based in France, and Roberta Roller Rabbit, a resort-inspired clothing line for men, women and children.


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.