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89-year-old adds pop of color with home sewn masks for staff at Peachtree Corners senior living community  from the Union Journal

Woman sewing face masks holds a few to show.Carol Myer, an 89- year-old local at Village Park Senior Living in Peachtree Corners, is utilizing her time at home to stitch masks for the staff in her community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far she’s sewn 132 masks of all various shades and also prints, something Executive Director D.K. Carter stated everybody in the community believes is wonderful. Read more...

Redlands Feeds Employees During Furlough Period

As one might expect, revenues at Redlands Grill in Peachtree Corners took a plunge as people started to shelter in place. General Manager Jeff Heflin implemented an online ordering system and started providing curbside pickup, but revenues are a bleak in comparison to a few months ago. On average, the store does about 20 percent of the business it did before the pandemic. Heflin was forced to furlough most of the 75 employees of the restaurant. Although he doesn’t own the restaurant—it is a national chain— it is his life.

“I have 70 employees who live in the community,” he said, about those who he has had to temporarily lay off. Naturally, he is concerned about them.

So, every day between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. employees come by to pick up prepared food free of charge.

“Some days it is chicken fingers and some days it is filet mignon,” Heflin said. He typically feeds between 10-25 people each day.

In the morning, he sends out an email with the menu and requests and RSVP so he knows how much to prepare.

“They want to come inside and socialize, but we take it out to the curb for them,” he said. “They are appreciative and thankful.” 

Tea Donations Downright Peachy

nursesPhoto_400Although they are temporarily closed to the public, Peachy Corners Café has been taking their specialty iced teas and coffees to medical staff at area hospitals free of charge. According to owner Long Tran, the store has donated roughly 650 of the beverages, which are flavored green or black teas with a tad of sugar.

Residents in Peachtree Corners have heard about his generosity noticed and have started placing orders for 25 teas or more to be donated to hospitals. The cost to buy your favorite medical staff 25 teas is $125.

“They are very excited, especially for those in the ICU department. They are working very hard,” Tran said of the hospital staff.

Orders can be placed by phone by calling 678-691-0547 or you can email Tran at cafe@peachycornerscafe.com

Wells Fargo Assisting Clients

Wells Fargo Bank at 5525 Peachtree Parkway is working with its banking clients who are experiencing difficult times. According to branch manager, Jamund Casey, it is primarily being handled at the corporate level and there are instructions on the bank’s website. He said the bank has several programs to assist people during this time.

Bank of America Deferring Loan Payments

The Bank of America at 3210 Holcomb Bridge Road is working with clients who are experiencing issues, according to Anthony Brual, branch manager. Clients seeking deferments are asked to contact the specific departments through which they received the loan. He said the telephone number on the statements is the best one to call. Corporate-wide, Bank of America has deferred about a half million dollars in loans so far, he said.

Peachtree Parkway Bank Helping Out-of-Work Customers

The PNC Bank at 5130 Peachtree Parkway is deferring payments on credit cards and other loans for clients experiencing difficult financial times. The bank is providing loans through the Small Business Administration to businesses and offering lower interest loans to customers. Application may be made online, according to branch manager Marcus McKay.

Breaking Bread a Noble Cause

Cliff Bramble, the owner of Noble Fin restaurant, is too young to remember the Great Depression, when lines for bread wrapped around city blocks. But he knows it is not fun to be hungry.

In an attempt to help some in Peachtree Corners who may be out of work, the restaurant has given away 400 pounds of bread dough in March and early April.

“People need to eat.  And in difficult times, a 1-pound bag of dough can be made into a complete family meal for some people and families.  If we can help one family eat a good meal during this difficult time, we are doing our local community a great service,” Bramble said.  “We hope no family ever goes without a meal.”

Although the restaurant is temporarily closed, it is taking orders for alcoholic beverages which can be picked up contact-free curbside. There are plans to resume a delivery service in the near future.

Check Facebook or Nextdoor for future bread availability

Local Business Gets Creative During Crisis

hiddenHeroesTShirtIn an effort to stay afloat and contribute to a good cause, a Peachtree Corners business is printing T-shirts demonstrating support for those on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus.

Craton Promotions is selling “My Superheroes Wear Masks,” and donating $5 per shirt to the CDC Foundation’s "All of Us: Combat Coronavirus.”

Charles Craton and his son, Thomas, did some quick thinking to keep their business alive.

“We feel like this is a really great opportunity for our citizens around the country to rally around our medical community,” Charles said.

So far, the business has sold over 700 shirts in Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, California and even New York.

To order a shirt, visit ourhiddenheroes online.

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Four people at a table with boxes of Gigis cupcakes.With the impact that COVID-19 has had on everyone, Gigi’s Cupcakes decided to spread some cheer. Deena Coughlin, the owner and operator of the local bakery for nine years, decided to deliver more than 100 free cupcakes to local medical facilities. On Friday, March 27, she delivered cupcakes to the staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital.

“Local community members have noticed what we’re doing and have pitched in to help us, so it’s really been a group effort,” Ms. Coughlin said.

Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 4880 Peachtree Corners Circle, #1130, Peachtree Corners. The store will close temporarily but Ms. Coughlin said she hopes to be back open soon.

Taqueria Del Mar

Taqueria Del Mar implemented a “Pay if you can” program in an attempt to help people in crisis.

“We are welcoming anyone in who needs a meal,” said owner and operator Andrew Hoppen. “It’s different times we are living in. We are trying to do everything we can.”

Taqueria Del Mar is located at 5075 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners. They are offering fresh food products, take-and-bake family meal kits to-go, as well as gift cards with a 10 percent kick-back bonus.

Call the store at 678-820-9836, or order online at: taqueriadelmar.com. For Apple users, the best way for pickup and delivery is to download the app at apps.apple.com.