We want to #HelpOthers. A word for Local Merchants and Restaurants.

If you haven’t figured this out yet, we love the many shopping and dining destinations Alpharetta has to offer. If you’re in Alpharetta, or even anywhere close to it, I’m inviting you to participate in a free initiative that my daytime employer, LivePerson, has launched to help support small businesses during this unpredictable and challenging time.

Our teams at LivePerson have created HelpOthers.io, a national marketplace where consumers can purchase gift cards from small businesses to be used down the road when social distancing situations resolve. Our hope is that getting money into the hands of small businesses like yours now will provide the resources to serve your customers in the future.  

What makes this initiative different from traditional gift card operations is that customers can easily purchase gift cards through messaging — they can support you just as easily as they can send a text message. And, you will have minimal administrative work on the back end to manage the purchasing, cash and eventual redemption. There will be no fees incurred by you at any time. I too asked “what’s the catch?” but there is none as far as I can tell, and I’m on the inside in this whole deal. LivePerson is based in Alpharetta across from Avalon and we want to do right by the community in these times.

To get started, sign up for free at HelpOthers.io. Then, you’ll receive instructions on how to alert your customers about how they can support you by simply messaging their gift card requests. 

LivePerson is a public company that provides conversational AI solutions to businesses of all sizes, from mom-and-pops to big brands like The Home Depot. If you’ve ever talked to a company over chat or messaging, there’s a good chance they were using our services to write you back! We’re one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies, and we’ve been in business for 25 years.

I, and many others in Alpharetta, personally look forward to supporting you during and after this unprecedented difficult time. 

If you are a business and sign up for HelpOthers.io, please reply to this post and we’d be happy to feature you on MyAlpharettaLiving. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us as well.

If you don’t own a business but want to find a way to help your favorite local businesses, then send them this info too. The more businesses that sign up to offer the gift cards, then the easier it will be for the community to support our favorite places.

This is all about the community, and together, we will not just survive this struggle, but come back stronger and better than ever!

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Sheltering In Place and how to Eat Out without Eating Out

Hello again, My Alpharetta Living family! First and foremost, we hope everyone is staying as healthy as can be in these trying times.

We are not doctors of any kind on this blog, and won’t pretend to be. Instead, what we are, is fans of Alpharetta, and especially the amazing culinary community that has sprung up in recent years.

Of course, it’s not possible to eat out anymore with current Shelter In Place rules, so we’ll have to pause the restaurant reviews for now, but what we would like to talk about is how we can help some of the places we love most in these trying times.

Did you know that many local restaurants are offering delivery, curbside pickup, or to-go services still during the lockdown? The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau has composed a pretty awesome guide of who is still operating that we would like to share with you (it’s a long list):

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Hate Alpharetta traffic? It’s time to take action!

Hello friends! It’s been a bit since our last post, sorry for that! Even restaurant bloggers take some time off from time to time.

To kick off 2020, we’re starting on a bit of a different note. As you know, we are forever-long residents of Alpharetta and die-hard loyalists of the City, but it’s come to a point that even we need to address some issues here in our hometown.

Have you noticed that traffic seems worse than it used to be in the morning, at lunchtime, and even at night? Have you noticed that our great parks have stagnated? How about how our pedestrian-friendly downtown area that isn’t always so pedestrian-friendly?

That’s right, the City has been growing by leaps and bounds, and our public infrastructure has not kept pace with the development.

What is to be done? It’s simple, we need to invest in the City before it’s too late. Roads and sidewalks don’t get cheaper, and we’re already behind the curve, so the time to act is now.

Alpharetta’s day time population is roughly double it’s night time population, meaning basically 2x as many people are working in the City during the workweek, coming from neighboring communities, which adds a lot of stress to the local infrastructure.

This upcoming Monday, February 17th at 6:30 PM, the City Council will start their regularly scheduled meeting and on the agenda is to discuss “Bond Projects.”

These aren’t just any projects, these are projects to reshape how the City handles it’s core infrastructure needs. It’s improving roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, parks, everything we love as Citizens of Alpharetta. It’s not a matter of if the changes are needed – they absolutely are – it’s how soon we can implement them.

If you’re sick of sitting in traffic like me, then please join us Monday and telling the City Council the time to act is now.

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Alpharetta Restaurant Roundup

When you think of November, you think new restaurant openings, right? Okay, maybe not. Conventional wisdom often associates new openings with Spring and Summer, but we’re in for a treat here in Alpharetta as we’re about to have a flurry of new openings in the next two weeks. Let’s break down what is new and what is coming soon.

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This Weekend – Wire and Wood Festival Returns!

If you’re a fan of singer-songwriters, then this is the weekend for you!

Returning to downtown Alpharetta, The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival brings together nationally and locally recognized musicians to perform their original hit songs, and tell the stories that inspired them. The 2019 Wire & Wood Music Festival will feature seven stages across the downtown landscape including main stages on Milton Ave, at the Village Green and a special intimate venue inside Alpharetta City Hall.  Additional music stages are being sponsored and hosted by Ceviche, Citizen Soul and Central City Tavern. Artists will gather together to perform their original songs giving music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass songs. 

Map of the Festival
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Review: The Savory Gourmet

A true New-York style deli and market? In the heart of Alpharetta? I wouldn’t have believed it until I saw it…and then I saw it, I tasted it and then I kept going back to it! The Savory Gourmet is next door to Coalition Food and Beverage on Milton Avenue and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 – 7:00 and Sunday and Monday from 11:00 – 3:00.

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Local Southern Buffet Fails Health Inspection

Tucked away into the corner of a shopping center on Haynes Bridge is AJ’s Home Cooking. It’s honestly been several years since we’ve eaten there, but as memory serves, it was always “ok.” Perhaps the best part was the more than reasonable prices they charged for their buffet, which was pretty extensive.

This week, Fulton County Public Health reported that AJ’s Southern Cooking at 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 902 in Alpharetta received a “U” for “Unsatisfactory” in their most recent health inspection.

The exterior of AJ’s Home Cooking. Courtesy: Ny Li, via Google Images

Read on for what AJ’s was found by the County Health office to be deficient in, as well as AJ’s response to the score, and how they will improve.

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Exclusive: Movie Studio Grill to replace AMC At Mansell Crossing/North Point

In the 90s, AMC at Mansell Crossing/North Point was one of the best theaters around. By the time it met its demise, it just couldn’t keep up with the new comfy recliners and full-service dining that other theaters came to offer. When the AMC Dine-In opened at North Point Mall a few years ago, the writing was on the wall for what would become of the old AMC theater at the corner of Mansell and North Point Parkways.

No, it wouldn’t become a Dave and Busters arcade like the old Regal (United Artist?) theater did down the road. Now, as My Alpharetta Living has learned, this location will soon be transformed into a Studio Movie Grill.

A rendering of AMC 2.0, errr, we mean Studio Movie Grill.
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Alpharetta’s “oldest new neighborhood” is thriving!

The News is out…the “oldest new neighborhood” is awakening in downtown Alpharetta!  A coalition of residents and merchants along the Canton Street corridor are engaged in raising awareness of local history and art through their efforts to officially designate the downtown Alpharetta Garden Arts District. The District includes elements of the Arts Walking Tour (including the Alpharetta Arts Center and 4 of the permanent public artworks) as well as the Alpharetta History Walk (like 14 of the historic markers). Mansell House, Resthaven Cemetery, Dodd Hotel, Manning Mercantile, and the FFA Log Cabin are just a few of the notable historical destinations within the Garden Arts District. An exciting mix of unique shops and restaurants plus public amenities like Wills Park and many residential options contribute to the vibrancy of the Garden Arts District.

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