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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent "technician" that offers "quick" solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won't cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Atlanta for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin
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As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you're looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Atlanta are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It's just the way we do business!
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Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn't defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Atlanta is so important - to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home's locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

Re-Keying Services

Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

New Lock Installation

New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it's time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we're done, we'll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

High-Security Lock Installation

High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you're interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

Access Control System Installation

Access Control System Installation

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses' assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Atlanta install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it's too late - your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it's always better to be proactive about your businesses' security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

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Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Atlanta:

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Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

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Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses' locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it's always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

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Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

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Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses' roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

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Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses' locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

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Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

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ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock's grade:

  • Strength Cycles - How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational - This refers to a door's ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security - The effectiveness of the lock's security
  • Material - What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish - Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today's day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you're worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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The 14 Best BBQ Joints in Atlanta, According to Local Experts

The first time Steve Hartsock, owner of Socks’ Love Barbecue in Cumming, had brisket was at Fox Bros. Bar B-Q a little over 10 years ago. “I was introduced to a whole new style, a whole new realm of barbecue,” he says. “I didn't really get to experience brisket or anything much outside of pork until I moved to Atlanta [from Columbus, Georgia].”Before twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox opened their Candler Park location in 2007, barbecue in ...

The first time Steve Hartsock, owner of Socks’ Love Barbecue in Cumming, had brisket was at Fox Bros. Bar B-Q a little over 10 years ago. “I was introduced to a whole new style, a whole new realm of barbecue,” he says. “I didn't really get to experience brisket or anything much outside of pork until I moved to Atlanta [from Columbus, Georgia].”

Before twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox opened their Candler Park location in 2007, barbecue in Atlanta’s food scene was pretty pork-driven. “When we first opened, pork was the main seller,” says Jonathan Fox, one half of the Fox Bros. duo. “We hardly sold any brisket, and, I would say, within the last five or six years, brisket has finally surpassed pork as our number-one seller.”

Fox recalls that barbecue institutions like Fat Matt’s and Sprayberry’s Barbecue in Newnan reigned supreme, and when Fox Bros. first opened, people were confused by their methods. “It took a while for it to take off, but after some sticking to our guns and doing what we do, we finally got around to winning over the masses,” says Fox. Now people wait hours to feast on smoked meats, including brisket, and other Texas-inspired treats like Frito pie and, on certain days, chicken-fried steak.

While the Fox brothers paved the way for Texa-fied barbecue in Atlanta, there are still purely Southern barbecue options around. Anna Phelps opened her restaurant, Anna’s BBQ, in 2013 in the Kirkwood neighborhood. “When I opened it, I didn't know of a good barbecue place, to be honest. I didn't know of a good one, until I got on the scene,” she laughs.

“From what I hear, a lot of people try to do the Memphis-style barbecue. I'm just strictly Southern because this is where I'm from and that's what I grew up eating. I'm strictly Southern with my vegetables and my meat,” says Phelps who cooks her brisket overnight for 12 hours and then uses chicken scraps to make her collard greens. “We pick our collard greens every other day. We have fresh greens and fresh green beans. I think it's different from a lot of places because I know a lot of places do use canned greens,” she says.

Since the last time Hartsock, the Fox brothers, and Phelps connected with Thrillist, a lot has changed, especially when it comes to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to Phelps and the Fox brothers, new challenges have also arisen even over the past several months. “The supply side of things have been difficult,” Jonathan Fox says.

Yet with that said, some positive developments have hit Atlanta’s barbecue scene. For starters, Phelps is expanding Anna’s BBQ’s business hours with the addition of her food truck, which will be stationed in front of her Kirkwood restaurant to supply BBQ lovers with some delicious nighttime barbecue. Furthermore, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q recently started serving their smoked short rib on Delta flights, and later this year, one of Atlanta’s most beloved pitmasters is returning to the brick and mortar barbecue scene with a new restaurant in Riverside. With so many exciting developments coming Atlanta’s way, the city’s barbecue scene remains as strong and as eclectic as ever. From the sausage and beef ribs to turkey ribs to brisket injected with miso, there truly is a barbecue style for everyone, so if you’re searching for the perfect ‘cue for you, here are the best, expert-approved barbecue joints in Atlanta.

Secret Pint BBQ

Secret Pint BBQ may not yet have a physical location, but this Hartsock-approved BBQ pop-up is more than legit. The pop-up operation is spearheaded by the well-respected Bryan Hull, who you’ve likely already fallen in love with if you’ve ever tried one of Socks’ Love Barbecue’s delicious sausages, and if you’re ever in need of some craft barbecue for your next wedding or event, Secret Pint BBQ makes for the perfect mobile BBQ joint. Over the next five months, Secret Pint BBQ has eight pop-ups planned, so now is the perfect time to give Hull's growing barbecue brand a try.

A Courageous Brand Refresh At Valor Coffee In Atlanta, GA

Coffee Design is proudly sponsored by Savor Brands, your boost in coffeedence through maximizing designs in packaging, sustainability and tech.The Coffee Design series on Sprudge searches near and far for the coolest nodes of coffee packaging art. This week we shine a spotlight on the brand...

Coffee Design is proudly sponsored by Savor Brands, your boost in coffeedence through maximizing designs in packaging, sustainability and tech.

The Coffee Design series on Sprudge searches near and far for the coolest nodes of coffee packaging art. This week we shine a spotlight on the branding refresh of North Atlanta coffee shop and roaster Valor Coffee, where the focus is on coffee quality, charitable giving, and engaging aesthetics courtesy of in-house design.

As told to Sprudge by Riley Westbook.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed.

Tell us about Valor Coffee.

Valor ultimately exists to match the top 1% of coffee quality with the top 1% of service and guest experience. We’ve seen so many times throughout our careers that some of the places offering the best coffee ultimately put guest experience on the back-burner. We’re an organization founded on the goal of giving guests, partners, and employees an uplifting experience through care and intentionality.

Valor was started by Ethan Rivers, Ross Walters and myself in 2016. We were young (19-year-old) college *quitters* (i.e. dropouts) who had zero cash and zero know-how to build out a cafe, so we ran a Kickstarter for $10,000, put another $10,000 on a credit card, and built out a mobile cart that we used to cater weddings, film sets, and office parties. We did this for a couple years until January 2018 when we landed a permanent-ish pop-up spot in a co-working space in Alpharetta. We subsequently started roasting in July of the same year, renting another roaster’s facility twice a week. We began to really feel connected to the city of Alpharetta and decided to open a permanent location after building some capital through our now-every-day operation. Our doors opened in Downtown Alpharetta in August 2019. Since, we’ve opened a roasting headquarters in the neighboring city of Roswell where we roast our coffees on a Loring S15 Falcon, fulfill all orders, and host our offices. Last month, we signed a lease on our second cafe in Dunwoody (about 11 miles from our first spot), with hopes to be open late 2022.

When did the design refresh debut?

March 21st was the official Day One of the refreshed line. One of the main focuses of this brand refresh was to make our brand elements and collateral more consistent. Lots of our previous design and branding work had really run together, looking clustered and without continuity, so we didn’t want that to happen with the new collateral. The “launch date” moved dozens of times due to production delays because we knew we wanted to release all new merch, packaging, and design elements on the same day while simultaneously removing all old brand elements.

How long did the process take—from vision to final product?

Honestly, it felt like it took an eternity. We are fortunate to have a staff designer (Arielle Zottneck) along with two other excellent designers in our circle (barista Elijah Knapp and my wife, Mikayla Westbrook). Working with an internal team really helped us all feel comfortable to present, critique, and rework tons of ideas. We would take a concept really far, scratch it, then completely start over. Our first brainstorm meeting was at the beginning of February 2021. We landed on our design elements and branding guidelines in September and spent the rest of the time from then to March 21st ironing out the kinks and producing collateral. We ran into several production delays, especially in the process of producing our boxes, that really stretched out our timeline. Luckily we had somewhat accounted for potential delays and knew we could likely afford up to 14 months with our previous packaging inventory, so we made it out just in time.

Tell us about the new design elements!

We moved away from a Logo mark that was sharp and somewhat “cold” to a mark that flows well with soft edges—something more kind, elegant, and refined. We think this is a great testament to the sort of company we want to be. Our icon, the staircase you can find debossed on the side of the box, signifies our desire to give our guests an elevated, uplifting experience. I’ll attach individual files of each below in case you want to throw them in separately.

For the boxes specifically, we wanted to keep things simple and elegant, finding inspiration from many candle and fragrance companies. The label that wraps around the front corner allows us to communicate the most pertinent information on the front (name of coffee and tasting notes) and the extra details on the side (coffee’s story, region/origin, altitude, varieties, processing). We used blank debossing where we could to give subtle touches, such as “coffee” on the front and the Staircase icon on the side next to the label.

Possibly our favorite thing about this new packaging is that we were able to use nine different box colors at a time to signify the menu slot that each coffee fills. We have an additional four colors that will rotate seasonally in place of our seasonal blend—currently Swoon. So 13 colors in total.

What coffees are you all excited about currently?

We always love our staple blend, Freethrow (blue box). It’s chocolatey with subtle fruit, perfect for those who don’t know a lot about specialty OR those who are looking for nuance and interesting notes, and it’s great no matter how you brew it. It’s always on espresso at our cafe.

Our spring seasonal blend, Swoon (lavender box), is an incredible take on a bright blend. It’s composed of a pink bourbon Colombia and a D.R. Congo, and it really brings nice citrus matched with some fun florals. One dollar from every box sold of our seasonal blends is donated to a charitable organization, this season being the Ukrainian Red Cross.

As for single origins, you really can’t go wrong with our black box coffees–these are always premium and higher price point because of their high scores. Currently we are featuring a honey processed gesha from Finca Nueva Granada in Guatemala. It’s truly mind blowing, holding a sparkling body with blue raspberry hard candy notes–it’s around for a very limited time, but sure to be followed by an equally interesting high-end offering.

Ethiopia Worka Sakaro Anaerobic Natural (red box) is a fan favorite right now, featuring clean natural processing with some nice Amaro liqueur-like notes.

Where is your coffee available?

We have quite a few wholesale partners throughout the states, especially in the Southeast. You can also find our coffee online or at any Whole Foods location in the state of Georgia.

What’s next for Valor?

Our next big project is certainly opening our second cafe in the city of Dunwoody. Lots of folks thought we were a little crazy for trailblazing a third-wave shop in the ‘burbs. But after cafe #1 was received so well, it just solidified, in our eyes, that smaller suburban cities need amazing coffee with friendly service as well. Otherwise, we are excited to continue expanding our wholesale partnerships and work with other shops and restaurants.

Thank you.

Visit Valor Coffee’s official website for more details and follow them on Instagram.

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Hartsfield-Jackson’s international terminal turns 10 with turbulence

The most dazzling part of the world’s busiest airport has soaring ceilings and an enormous Swarovski crystal chandelier &mdash...

The most dazzling part of the world’s busiest airport has soaring ceilings and an enormous Swarovski crystal chandelier — but is seen by only a small fraction of travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson International.

That’s partly because the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, turning 10 years old this week, has not met the passenger loads for which it was built.

It roars to life during peak periods, in the mornings and late afternoons, when large long-haul jets roll up to its gates to offload and reload hundreds of passengers.

After a decade of hosting travelers from around the world, though, it is still mostly empty during much of the day and night.

The international terminal’s sleek lines and empty corridors stand in stark contrast to the crammed, crowded and less-luxurious domestic concourses.

Hartsfield-Jackson’s international gateway faces an even steeper uphill climb to fulfill its potential after the pandemic pummeled foreign travel. International passengers made up fewer than 12% of total travelers at Atlanta’s airport before the pandemic, and last year were less than half of pre-pandemic levels.

When the $1.4 billion complex opened to the world on May 16, 2012, it introduced a “second front door” to the airport with a new terminal for check-in, security and baggage claim and a 12-gate Concourse F.

With it came not only a showcase design that set it apart from the rest of the airport, but an additional customs facility, parking and a new set of roadways to the terminal off I-75, on the east side of the airport.

The terminal’s designers wanted to “make it seem like it was a flowing space,” said Wilson Rayfield, who was on the architectural team for the project and is executive vice president at design firm Gresham Smith.

A trademark is its walls of windows offering expansive views of aircraft on the tarmac and beyond.

“It’s one of the few terminals at any airport where you can walk into the ticket lobby and immediately see outside... and have an immediate connection to where the airplanes are,” Rayfield said.

Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Balram Bheodari said the terminal was created to welcome international travelers to Atlanta and ensure capacity for increased international passenger volume. “We accomplished both goals,” he said.

Here’s the story behind the international terminal, what travelers experience and prospects for recovery.

International traffic

When a new terminal was first envisioned in the late 1990s, airport planners thought there could be 121 million total passengers through the Atlanta airport by 2015.

By the time the terminal opened in 2012, the estimates for overall traffic were more modest, and Hartsfield-Jackson officials expected 13 million international passengers by 2015.

Economic volatility and high fuel costs have kept international traffic from reaching those levels. Atlanta came close in 2019, with 12.7 million international passengers out of 110.5 million total at Hartsfield-Jackson.

International gates are often used for domestic flights for much of the day.

International travel took a sharp dive when the pandemic hit. Only 5.7 million international passengers passed through the Atlanta airport last year, and recovery could take years.

“Atlanta finishes this nice big, grand new international terminal, and then the bottom falls out,” said Chuck Stipancic, an investor in airports and airport infrastructure based in Virginia. But, “we’ve got to look to the long term, because what happens now or next year is not going to dictate what happens 10 years from now.”

Other international hubs face similar challenges, he said.

“I think traffic will pick up,” he said.Years later you look back in the rearview mirror and say, yeah, it’s recovered.”


Two weeks before opening day in 2012, the airport held a dress rehearsal with more than 1,600 “mock travelers“ testing the new facility.

Soon, airport officials got a taste of some of the complaints that have dogged the terminal ever since. The lack of Plane Train connectivity for some passengers to other parts of the airport. Long walks. Shuttle waits.

One of the biggest is challenging connectivity to the airport’s MARTA station.

The international terminal helps to alleviate congestion on the main terminal’s roadways, parking lots and security checkpoints by spreading traffic to another part of the airport. When security lines are particularly long at domestic, the international terminal is sometimes used as an alternate gateway.

But travelers arriving at the international terminal must take a shuttle bus to get to MARTA and long waits can sometimes frustrate weary passengers.

“It is very inconvenient if you in fact are coming in on the international side and have to come back over to domestic,” acknowledged Jai Ferrell, Hartsfield-Jackson’s chief commercial officer.

City Councilwoman Mary Norwood recently asked why connectivity can’t be improved. “I’ve been asking the question for years,” she said last month.

Officials have said there is potential for bus rapid transit.

“Can a monorail or something like that be built? Yes. But it’s not going to be cost effective,” said Tom Nissalke, the airport’s assistant general manager of planning and development.

Another frustration is that some international travelers face walks of up to six-tenths of a mile after landing to get to U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening. The airport in 2014 added electric carts to transport some passengers along the lengthy path.

Ten years in, the full slate of shops and restaurants at the international terminal hasn’t appeared. The terminal opened with the feel of a luxury mall, but retailers like Coach, Michael Kors and Mont Blanc closed after struggling for years with lackluster demand.

It wasn’t just the pandemic. Luxury retailers in airports have had to compete with the rise of online retail.

Future plans could depend on staffing and “appetite for using those kinds of services in the post-COVID space,” said Ferrell, the airport’s chief commercial officer. “I wouldn’t be shocked if people start to reimagine” plans, she said.

Some concessions haven’t yet reopened since the pandemic started, including a Jekyll Island Seafood Co. restaurant.

Other parts of the terminal have changed or disappeared.

A suspended sculpture in the international food court atrium, “airFIELD” by California artist collective Uebersee, had two intersecting, swooping shapes resembling a bird in flight. They were comprised of round acrylic discs programmed to turn opaque in movements that replicate flight paths using actual data from FlightAware.

But the system that sent electric charges to display the flight paths on the discs was eventually turned off, and now the sculpture has been removed entirely.

The making of the international terminal

From its inception, the international terminal brought scrutiny of its price tag, its name and the airport contracting process.

2000: Planning begins for an international terminal with separate access off I-75.

2003: The international terminal’s name is settled following the death of Maynard Jackson, the first black mayor of Atlanta. Jackson supporters wanted the airport renamed in his honor, but faced pushback from those who didn’t want the name of former Mayor William B. Hartsfield removed. A racially charged debate led to a compromise to name the new international terminal after Jackson and add Jackson’s name to the airport.

2005-2006: Costs climbed from $688 million to $828 million and airport officials said a planned opening in 2006 would be delayed to 2009. The airport also fired its original designer, saying the plans were over-budget and too “luxurious.” But that firing drove costs further to more than $1 billion. Eventually, costs would rise to $1.5 billion after a new design firm, Gateway Designers, was selected.

2009: The terminal’s price tag soared again to $1.7 billion and sparked a dispute between the airport’s then-manager, Ben DeCosta, and Richard Anderson, who was Delta Air Lines’ chief executive at the time. Amid lease negotiations, Delta insisted the cost must come down and threatened to move some of its flights to other hubs away from Atlanta. DeCosta eventually agreed to cut costs and the project moved forward.

2012: Contracts for new restaurants and shops throughout the airport sparked protests and appeals from businesses that weren’t picked, threatening to delay the new terminal’s opening.

Some of the largest restaurants, including Ecco, Jekyll Island Seafood Company and Lorena Garcia Tapas Bar, were not completed until months after the terminal opened. Contracting problems delayed the opening of The Club ATL airport lounge.

Others went through a whirlwind of challenges and barely made it for opening day in May 2012.

Atlanta seeing 2nd highest inflation rate in the country

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Inflation is now hitting Atlanta harder than almost any other city in America. The city’s rate tops 10%, and that’s above the national average of 8%. Only Phoenix, Arizona, has a higher inflation rate.“I saw food was going up, basically $50 worth of groceries was not the same,” said Jillian Anderson, business owner of HeRide.For Anderson, it’s scary to think the cost of living will keep going up, pushing her to adjust plans.“It’s crazy. I’ve actually ...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Inflation is now hitting Atlanta harder than almost any other city in America. The city’s rate tops 10%, and that’s above the national average of 8%. Only Phoenix, Arizona, has a higher inflation rate.

“I saw food was going up, basically $50 worth of groceries was not the same,” said Jillian Anderson, business owner of HeRide.

For Anderson, it’s scary to think the cost of living will keep going up, pushing her to adjust plans.

“It’s crazy. I’ve actually had to think about cancelling about my 30th birthday this year because of price increase,” said Anderson.

Gas, housing prices, groceries, and eating out. It’s all costing more.

“But people’s jobs, people’s difference places of businesses, they’re not experiencing any increase in profits or stuff like that. It’s becoming straining,” said Anderson.

The Bureau of Labor statistics says Atlanta’s inflation is at 10.8% – higher than New York, LA, and Chicago.

One cause is that more and more people are moving to Georgia, which means the city’s supply on goods is low while the demand continues to grow.

“A lot of people moving to Atlanta are bidding up the prices of housing and that creates an inflationary pressure,” said Tibor Besedes , professor at Georgia Tech School of Economics

The global supply chain issues are also making matters worse, and it’s unlikely any cities or states can do much to prevent further damage or loss.

“These are systemic issues. A lot of driving - can’t really reduce that quickly, and a lot of people can’t do that quickly. It’s difficult to require more fuel-efficient cars. You can’t increase public transportation overnight, so it’s really difficult,” Besedes said.

So it’s in the hands of the federal government. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said recently on the marketplace radio program, “The process of getting inflation down to 2% will also include some pain, but ultimately, the most painful thing would be if we were to fail to deal with it.”

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Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Presents Jazz 101

Mayor’s Office of Communications 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Presents Jazz 101ATLANTA—The 45th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is held Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park – from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, 2022. In addition to five show-stopping performances each day on the Meadow Stage, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents Jazz 101.Jazz 101 is an opportunity for residents...

Mayor’s Office of Communications 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Presents Jazz 101

ATLANTA—The 45th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is held Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park – from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, 2022. In addition to five show-stopping performances each day on the Meadow Stage, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents Jazz 101.

Jazz 101 is an opportunity for residents and visitors to experience, up close and personal, conversations with the performing artists. Eddie Palmieri with Ojeda Penn, Kenny Barron with Davis Sanchez, Makaya McCraven with Lil John Roberts and Tia Fuller are scheduled for Sunday, May 29th and Monday, May 30th at Park Tavern.

Additionally, young patrons will have the opportunity to learn about African percussion from Russell Gunn and engage with KUUMBA storytellers in the Kid’s Zone. Storytellers will read two books from the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program.

Find the schedule and registration links for the Jazz 101, African Drum Workshops and Kid’s Zone Storytelling below.

Jazz 101

Sunday, May 29, 2022

1:00 p.m. Tia Fuller

3:00 p.m. Eddie Palmieri

Monday, May 30, 2022

1:00 p.m. Makaya McCraven in conversation with Lil John Roberts

3:00 p.m. Kenny Barron in conversation with Ojeda Penn

African Drum Workshops featuring Russell Gunn

Saturday, May 28, 2022

4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

4:30 pm:

6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 30, 2022

4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Kid’s Zone Storytelling

Saturday, May 28, 2022

1:00 p.m. Sistah Butterfly & Queen Storyteller

2:30 p.m. Miss Luv Drop

Sunday, May 29, 2022

1:00 p.m. Sistah Butterfly & Queen Storyteller

2:30 p.m. Miss Luv Drop

Monday, May 30, 2022

1:00 p.m. Sistah Butterfly & Queen Storyteller

2:30 p.m. Miss Luv Drop

For more information on the 45th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, visit the official website,


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