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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 Sandy Springs 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

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 Sandy Springs 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!

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 Sandy Springs 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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Sandy Springs 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Inbox: He's built to thrive in any role

There’s a long history of Packers receivers who were strong blockers Milwaukee Bucks! Championship! Resilient team. Lifelong fan for the past 50 years. Wow, that's what makes sports great. The amount of Bucks-related submissions we received from 2-4 a.m. Wednesday brought a smile to my face. I hope everyone had a fun (and safe) night, especially those celebrating in the Deer District. Kyle from St. Charles, MO Congrats on the Bucks win, Wisconsin. Regarding the bandwagon fan, I say, &qu...

There’s a long history of Packers receivers who were strong blockers

Milwaukee Bucks! Championship! Resilient team. Lifelong fan for the past 50 years. Wow, that's what makes sports great.

The amount of Bucks-related submissions we received from 2-4 a.m. Wednesday brought a smile to my face. I hope everyone had a fun (and safe) night, especially those celebrating in the Deer District.

Kyle from St. Charles, MO

Congrats on the Bucks win, Wisconsin. Regarding the bandwagon fan, I say, "Hop on board! There's plenty of room!" At least that was my mentality in 2019 when my Blues won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It really is/was an awesome experience that I'll continue to vividly recall for the rest of my life. Here's to hoping all you lifelong and newly christened Bucks fans who have this memory of when and where you were for years to come!

I recounted on Twitter the time I attended a Bucks game with my father at the Bradley Center in the mid-90s. After yet another loss, I remembered asking when if the Bucks would ever be good? He told me to give it time. While my dad is currently down in Alabama for work, I made sure to send him a celebratory text as soon as the clock hit zeros. I hope all of you made some lifelong memories Tuesday night.

While we are talking about Giannis' greatness, can we mention how unreal it is that he will go to the free-throw line, shoot an airball, and the very next time he touches the ball he goes right to the paint to draw another foul? Another Eastern Conference player crumbled from his struggles at the line and cost his team a series. Giannis is unfazed. No conscious. Then, in a clinching game, he can't miss. It reminds me of Mason Crosby 's off-year.

It goes back to that clip from earlier this week where Giannis was talking about ego, pride, and humility. It's not that he's the best basketball player on the planet right now. He also is keenly self-aware of how the mental approach to the game is as important as the physical. Talent will get you to the NBA and discipline will keep you there. But for superstars to become champions, they must overcome adversity. And I'd argue few did it better than Giannis Antetokounmpo this year.

"But WHO do you trust to make it when it counts?" You were just testing to see if we've been paying attention, weren't you?

I mean, how could I not after the recent tutorial?

If Jones starts all 17 games, I'd probably take the under with AJ Dillon for no other reason than Jamaal Williams averaged 115 carries per season in that secondary role the past three years. A lot could also depend on how much Matt LaFleur wants to get a third running back involved. The good news for the Packers is Dillon is built to thrive in any role.

Good morning everyone! Long time reader of this column but first-time submitter (fingers crossed). I saw that Devin Funchess bested Gronk's record of catching a football dropped from 750 feet in the air by helicopter. Is there any chance that we see you or Spoff attempt to break this record? Would have made for a great filler during the dead zone. Thank you both for the daily read & entertainment!

What a cool video on Global Field Day, which raises money for youth-oriented charities. I can't speak for Spoff, but I will not be attempting to break Funchess' record anytime soon. Shoot, I had a difficult enough time trying to catch a football from Tim Boyle during practice last season from 15 yards away. I have zero interest catching a ball dropped from 800 feet at Mile High Stadium.

With the previous talk about Funchness and Allen Lazard 's blocking abilities, not much is said about Davante Adams 's blocking ability…why is that? Other than he is the one usually catching the ball?

Adams is an exceptional blocker and that should come as a surprise to no one. There's a long history of receivers who could blocker in Green Bay. It was a fundamental Edgar Bennett preached to his receivers and I think that attention to detail has been passed down from Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb to Adams and now this next generation of wideouts.

Weston, during past preseasons, the two teams meeting in the HOF game got to start training camp a week earlier than the rest of the league. Is that still the case this season and is that part of the new CBA? Spiff mentioned last week the preseason schedule is worked out among the teams. If so, who picks and chooses the HOF game participants? To me, the best part of the HOF game is the press box visits with the new inductees.

Oh, you didn't see Mike McCarthy rocking his shades on Wednesday? Heck yes, the Hall of Fame game is still a thing. Dallas and Pittsburgh reported for came Wednesday and play on Aug. 5. The NFL selects two of the teams with players in the enshrinement class to play in the game.

Just a follow on to yesterday's comment from Bob in Oconomowoc. Larry McCarren's "You just got Lucas'ed" has a better ring to it than "You just got Stepaniak'ed"

I'm holding out hope for a "You just got Yosh'ed."

So, my (unposted) question from a couple days ago about Amari Rodgers being listed by OTC as an URFA for 2022 was based on the misconception that he had already signed. Mea culpa. Theoretically speaking, if a player in that situation never signs with the team that drafted him, what happens? Would that player just be out of luck for the current season? Or would he immediately become an URFA? If the latter, is there a deadline by which a player must sign in order to play in the current season?

I'm not aware of any deadlines for players to sign and play. But if a rookie doesn't sign and play for the team that drafted him that season, then he goes back into the pool of draftable players for the following year's draft.

So Dar is correct that Wisconsin is the least populated state with three major sports teams, Bruce is correct that Minnesota is the least populated state with four major sports teams, one of which has never won a Super Bowl, and ice-cold root beer goes great with just about everything. Did I get that right?

Maybe? There also was another submitter who said neither was correct and Colorado should be the answer. I'm removing myself from this thread.

Wes made reference to "the Post-COVID world we live in." I was just wondering which parallel reality he's living in, because the infection numbers in pretty much every state in THIS reality are on the upswing…

I was referring to the effect COVID-19 has had on the world and how we live in it. I wasn't claiming the pandemic was over. My goodness, people.

If you were an Olympic athlete, would you participate this year? Would it matter about the sport you play? Something like golf or soccer, where they just had tournaments/cups around the world, I would feel pretty safe playing with no spectators. Some of the other sports that don't come with a lot of travel would make me nervous since there is no real system in place to prevent the spread within the game already like wrestling. Do you think they should cancel some or all events?

Coming off the postponement of last year's games, I think it would be idealistic to think COVID-19 wasn't going to affect the 2020/21 Summer Olympics in some shape. I would be cautious if I were flying out to Tokyo right now, but since I'm vaccinated, I probably would participate.

As a big fan of "Rock Report" and "Three Things," I get distracted by Larry lineman fingers. Can we get him a foam finger for the next session? Seriously, as someone who's broken most fingers, I still get the goose bumps looking at that pinky!

You know the foam finger also has a broken pinkie, right?

Everyone says that football is a game of inches. I would argue basketball is too. Imagine if Kevin Durant's foot was an inch shorter...

But it wasn't…and that's the beauty of sports. Also, wouldn't it be fair to say Wisconsin has endured enough heartbreak over the last 10 years? It's long overdue that fate favored a state team for once.

Spoff, if you want to steal Wes's lunch tomorrow…He's packing a 50-piece (not 51, not 49, 50) with a large (no ice) half Sprite and half lemonade.

Again, I want to learn more about this half Sprite/half lemonade concoction. I also have a sudden, insatiable hunger for tendies.

The most amazing part of Giannis is how he built it here. Not going and joining a group that was already winning or writing off whole blocks of years to load up for three established players like a video game All-Star team. It was Jordan-like. Winning and overcoming and taking the good with the bad and willing the team's parts to be better as a whole. It was special how the team was built piece by piece. And it all came after the years they dominated the regular season.

The Bucks have restored my faith in the NBA. Because this championship team was built brick-by-brick over the last eight years. You can bring it all the way back to Brandon Jennings being enough of a star for the Detroit Pistons to do a sign-and-trade with the Bucks, which was the deal that brought Khris Middleton to Milwaukee.

"...Ice-cold root beer (but no actual ice)" Awesome, just totally freaking awesome! And Wes, if you're ever in upstate New York/Alexander Bay, they have a microbrewery that makes a good root beer. I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had, but it has got to be in the top two. GO PACK GO!

So, like, top two, not two?

Which Sandy Springs Businesses Got PPP Loans

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have closed after benefiting more than 11.8 million pandemic-stricken businesses, including many in Sandy Springs. The Paycheck Protection Program started in April 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and was extended until May 31, 2021. There were 416,058 PPP loans approved in Georgia in 2021 alone, according to the Small Business Administration. The total 2021 amount approved was $11,056,741,932. ...

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have closed after benefiting more than 11.8 million pandemic-stricken businesses, including many in Sandy Springs.

The Paycheck Protection Program started in April 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and was extended until May 31, 2021.

There were 416,058 PPP loans approved in Georgia in 2021 alone, according to the Small Business Administration. The total 2021 amount approved was $11,056,741,932.

Loan applications were processed through banks and other traditional lenders, with the SBA backing the resulting loans. Around $800 billion in loans were approved nationwide under the program.

The loans are forgivable if borrowers meet certain criteria, including spending at least 60 percent of the money on payroll costs and maintaining employee compensation levels.

Below are some Sandy Springs businesses that benefited from the program according to the SBA. Check here for a full, searchable database.

RMH FRANCHISE CORPORATION

GPS HOSPITALITY, LLC

APRIO LLP

ALIERA COMPANIES, INC

PERMA-FIX ENVIROMENTAL SERVICES INC

GPS HOSPITALITY PARTNERS III, LLC

THOMAS EYE GROUP, PC

EQUITY PRIME MORTGAGE LLC

ANGEL OAK HOME LOANS LLC

SELECSOURCE, INC.

Nationally, the accommodation/food service industry received the largest share of loans in 2021, with 15 percent of the total.

Around 87 percent of the loans approved in 2021 were for $50,000 or less, and they accounted for a third of the total approved amount. The average loan size was $42,000.

The program wasn't without controversy. Banks tended to prioritize large, established businesses, according to a New York Times analysis. Congress raised fees for small loans in December to encourage lenders to make small business loans, and rules were changed in February to allow unprofitable solo businesses to qualify.

Several large companies drew public ire after it was revealed that they took PPP loans instead of relying on traditional capital-raising activities. The outcry prompted the SBA to review all loan applications over $2 million and issue guidance that the program was intended for businesses that lacked access to other cash-raising methods.

Editor's note: This list was automatically generated using data from the SBA for approved loans of $150,000 or more, although some loans ultimately were not made. Business owners can contact the SBA if information about a loan isn't correct. SBA data occasionally contains duplicate entries. Other feedback can be sent to content@patch.com.

5 Best Painting in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta’s Best Painting: The top rated Painting in Atlanta, GA are: CertaPro Painters of Atlanta/Decatur started with the vision of making residential and commercial painting services easier and more convenient for homeowners and business owners In 1992. The guarantee has been that of certainty, aiming to reassure customers of their quality and expertise where they are a subsidiary of the Toronto-based First Service Brands, the leading North American brand in property services. ...

Atlanta’s Best Painting:

The top rated Painting in Atlanta, GA are:

CertaPro Painters of Atlanta/Decatur started with the vision of making residential and commercial painting services easier and more convenient for homeowners and business owners In 1992. The guarantee has been that of certainty, aiming to reassure customers of their quality and expertise where they are a subsidiary of the Toronto-based First Service Brands, the leading North American brand in property services.

At present, they are the largest residential painting contractor in North America that is locally owned and operated franchises and take pride in bringing personalized service to customers in every region.

Products/Services:

Drywall Repair, Exterior Painting, High-durability Coatings, Cabinet Repainting

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REVIEWS:

“From receiving the quotation to completing the painting, the CertaPro team was professional, honest, and a pleasure to work with. The final job looked great and while on my property, the team was courteous and answered my questions. On time and within budget, I could not have asked for a better experience. Even when I changed the color of my house after the first partial coat, my rep and the painters were patient and supportive. Not easy to find these qualities in the marketplace today.” – Debra M.

Ace Painting Services is owned & operated by a full-service painting company that serves residential & commercial clients throughout North Metro Atlanta based in North Druid Hills, Atlanta, GA. They also provide a variety of North Metro Atlanta cities including Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Decatur, Dunwoody, Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Tucker.

Products/Services:

Free Consultation and Estimate, Interior and Exterior Painting, Drywall Repair, and More

LOCATION:

Address: 2897 N Druid Hills Rd Suite 265, Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 982-7000
Website: www.acepaintingservices.com

REVIEWS:

“If you want quick quality service, choose ACE Painting! They are very responsive, professional, and courteous. They completed two projects for us in a rapid time. They are very informative and will provide you with suggestions and recommendations. Ace Painting would get ten stars if I could.
Greatly appreciated.” – Jennifer L.

Castle Painting is owned and operated company that has been providing quality and efficient painting and remodeling services for over 20 years. They have served more than 20,000 customers and they consistently maintain five-star ratings. No matter the scope of your project, you can trust them for all your home improvement needs.

Products/Services:

Custom Woodwork, Wood Floor Refinishing, Commercial Painting, Bathroom Remodeling

LOCATION:

Address: 4627 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 236-8948
Website: www.castlega.com

REVIEWS:

“I’ve used Castle Painting twice to paint the interior walls of my condo and repair holes in the drywall. I am so impressed by their customer service, quick turnaround times, and fair prices. Castle is definitely my go-to painting company. Thank you, Miguel and team, for your exceptional service.” – Amanda B.

Intown Painting LLC is owned and operated by a full-service painter contractor, proudly serving the Atlanta, Georgia area for over 8 years. A fully licensed and insured service provider. They do commercial, residential, interior, and exterior and also do pressure washing, woodwork, staining, gutter cleaning, and repairs.

At Intown, they have found through experience on doing the job right the first time and With their attention to detail, philosophy is in every one of their painter’s processes and above all, they deliver a quality job that is second to none in their industry.

Products/Services:

Interior and Exterior Painting, Residential and Commercial Painting, Gutter Cleaning

LOCATION:

Address: 2480 Briarcliff Rd NE #6, Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (770) 843-1211
Website: www.intownpainting.net

REVIEWS:

“Wow! Awesome team, they did an excellent job painting the exterior of our house. We couldn’t be happier with the results and working with them was so easy. They always arrived on time and they worked so hard, even though some really hot days. It was the best price quote we received and we are so happy to have a beautiful new look at our house. Several neighbors stopped by to complement their fantastic work! Thank you.” – Jehan D.

Specialty Finishes Inc has provided a professional contract painting, wall covering, drywall and acoustics, and related division 9 services to commercial clients, light industrial accounts, and general contractors in Atlanta and the Southeast since 1982. They have the capacity and experience for large production work, as well as the expertise for high-decor interiors, and are fully equipped, staffed, and capable of handling your renovation repainting or new construction finishing.

Products/Services:

Exterior and Interior Painting, Texture Coatings, Venetian Plaster, Faux Finishes

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REVIEWS:

“Great people to do business with Very helpful and knowledgeable. The repair guy with equipment is awesome. Has no problems helping you with information. Do believe his name was Simon. Thank you Specialty Finishes. Will return.” – Dennis T.

Sandy Springs Zumba class creates community for women

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A Zumba class in Sandy Springs is gaining a lot of attention. It's not for the moves or the music, it's the women who are a part of it. Tucked away in a parking lot next to North Springs United Methodist Church is a Zumba class with a different kind of setup. "We get out here and we just have a great time. Because in Zumba, nobody's perfect, everyone is a work in progress," Amanda Ippolito said. The women here are not just working on their fitness. They're part of the progr...

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A Zumba class in Sandy Springs is gaining a lot of attention. It's not for the moves or the music, it's the women who are a part of it.

Tucked away in a parking lot next to North Springs United Methodist Church is a Zumba class with a different kind of setup.

"We get out here and we just have a great time. Because in Zumba, nobody's perfect, everyone is a work in progress," Amanda Ippolito said.

The women here are not just working on their fitness. They're part of the program Peers Empowering Peers, which helps support people recovering from mental health crises or substance abuse by offering community-based services.

"Some people recover by going to treatment, attending meetings, other people need other kinds of support, like meeting people with common interests," Ippolito says.

Magda Olvera teaches Zumba classes around the area. She's been around here for five years.

"And I think to myself, OK, I got it, I think I got it. And suddenly, Wondra comes along and I'm like oh! How do I do this?" Olvera said.

Wondra Walton lost her sight in 2015, but she didn't lose her passion to dance, so she decided to come to class.

"I told them I would just come and sit outside and listen to the music," Walton said.

She didn't sit for long.

"So we started our class and she was sitting there, and next thing I know she's (snapping fingers) on the beat, moving in her chair," Olvera said,

Olvera jumped in immediately and started teaching Walton the moves.

Now Walton is a Zumba regular.

"And I touch the parts of her body that she's moving so she knows. And I touch her with the beat so she knows how fast or slow she can move. And it seems like it's working, Wondra is it working? Yes!" Olvera said, laughing.

When Olvera takes a step back to teach the rest of the class a new dance, there's always a helping hand nearby.

"Everyone is so willing to help, and that's really what makes it work, is the community coming together for each individual," Ippolito said.

The ladies have created a support system, not just for Walton, but for each other, and it's all through the love of dance.

"When we're doing Zumba, we're dancing, we're just having fun, we're equal," Olvera says.

Road tripping for the best barbecue sandwiches in Georgia

Special to the Chronicle Sometimes you want to simply sink your teeth into a satisfying sandwich. No bones to get in the way, not even a fork between you and your meal – just pick it up and bite down into full-flavored food. If you’re burning for barbecue, you probably have a few nearby options. But if you’re doing some driving, there are a lot of great possibilities around Georgia that are well worth a side trip. All of the following have ranked highly in a variety of popular rankings. ...

Special to the Chronicle

Sometimes you want to simply sink your teeth into a satisfying sandwich. No bones to get in the way, not even a fork between you and your meal – just pick it up and bite down into full-flavored food.

If you’re burning for barbecue, you probably have a few nearby options. But if you’re doing some driving, there are a lot of great possibilities around Georgia that are well worth a side trip. All of the following have ranked highly in a variety of popular rankings.

Starting on the western side of the state, Sprayberry’s Barbecue in Newnan has a long history of great food. According to the website, Houston Sprayberry was selling so many barbecue sandwiches at his gas station that in 1926 he closed it and started a restaurant. His family still runs the joint, and Southern Living praises their chopped pork sandwich with a tomato and vinegar sauce.

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Over in Atlanta, it’s no surprise that the capital has a lot of great smoked sandwich places. Near the heart of downtown, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q brought Texas-style barbecue to the table in 2007. If you’re here, you shouldn’t miss out on the beef brisket sandwich or “The Big Tex,” but they also have pulled pork sandwiches for purists.

In the Virginia-Highland neighborhood near midtown, you can’t do better than D.B.A. Barbecue. If you’re hankering to fill a deep hunger, get “The Archie Bunker” – pulled pork with sweet BBQ sauce, with mac and cheese and cheddar cheese right there in the sandwich, between slabs of Texas toast. Other intriguing offerings include the Griddled Pimento Cheese sandwich and the Smoked Pastrami Reuben (14-day house-cured, according to the menu).

On the northern side of Atlanta, between Smyrna and Sandy Springs, Heirloom Market BBQ offers a unique union of flavors. If they’re not sold out, try their spicy Korean pork sandwich – with marinated, smoked meat and kimchi slaw – although regular pulled pork, pulled chicken, turkey and brisket sandwiches are also usually on the menu for takeout or patio dining.

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If you’re swinging a little south of the city, just check out Fresh Air Barbecue in Jackson. This family operation has focused on the best basics since 1929, and its pit-cooked pork, with a tangy tomato and vinegar sauce, has won praise from many. Treat yourself to some Brunswick stew, too.

If you make it to Macon, in the heart of Georgia, don’t fail to feed yourself at Fincher’s Bar-B-Q. It’s such a favorite since 1935 that there are four locations in town. Onlyinyourstate.com calls the pulled pork sandwich “nothing short of incredible.”

Over in Augusta, Sconyers Bar B Que hits the top of most lists. Another family-run restaurant, in business since 1956, its fine food and fixins have been requested by two presidents. For sandwiches, you can choose from chipped pork, T-Loin pork, chopped brisket and sliced turkey.

If you want to eat sandwiches all down the coast, you’re in luck, with many succulent sources to savor.

Start in Savannah with Wiley’s Championship BBQ. The restaurant only started in 2005, but the founder, Wiley McCrary, had been catering barbecue for decades before, and won many honors afterward. Their sandwiches include smoked chicken, pulled pork, and beef brisket.

Slightly south, in Richmond Hill, the Smokin Pig comes highly recommended. It’s a small, simple menu, but there’s no need to get fancy when the barbecue is this good. Take your pick from pulled pork, sliced chicken or sliced brisket sandwiches.

Every BBQ sandwich pilgrimage should include Southern Soul Barbecue on St. Simons Island. ExploreGeorgia.org calls this “one of the state’s best barbecue joints.” The first item on its menu is the Soul Sandwich, jumbo pulled pork on a toasted bun, and you can’t go wrong with this, but many people also rave about the Burnt Ends sandwich, although that’s not always available.

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Finishing up in Brunswick, on the southern end of the Georgia coast, stop by Gary Lee’s Market. Yes, it’s also a butcher shop and grocery store, but the barbecue restaurant is the real draw. Southern Living says the thick-chopped pork sandwich with its red sauce “is a textbook example of the Georgia style.”

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