In this new Stone Mountain-Redan Patch feature, learn about stores, restaurants and other businesses moving into neighborhoods in and around the area; companies moving out; and the latest other business/economic development news and information.
If you have any Stone Mountain business news you'd like to share, please e-mail editor Leslie Johnson at: Leslie.Johnson@patch.com.
Opening soon: Sweet Potato Cafe
Workers are still laying tile and adding other finishing touches to the former residence that is transforming into the farm-to-table Sweet Potato Cafe, which chef/owner Karen Patton has slated to open Oct. 31.
The restaurant space will be about 1,500 square feet, with a seating capacity of 49, Patton said. There will be counter space as well as tables and chairs throughout the cafe. The restaurant's head chef is George Pollard.
Growing in raised beds in the yard, just a few steps away from the front entrance, are vegetables such as sweet potatoes, okra, and bell peppers. Patton plans to add four more raised beds to the lot.
Before pursuing this dream, Patton took early retirement from a law firm.
"I had done catering for about four years," she said, "and I always loved to cook."
Encouraged by her husband -- "You always wanted to go to culinary school," he reminded her -- Patton attended Atlanta Tech for 18 months, doing her externship at in Stone Mountain.
Patton picked Stone Mountain Village because "We've always been familiar with this area and we've always liked it," Patton said.
She had looked at the 1938 home a few years ago when she considered setting up a catering operation. It wasn't meant to be then, and it's a good thing: about halfway through her culinary education, "I guess my vision changed and I decided I wanted to do a little bit more than the catering," Patton said.
Eventually, Patton said she plans to help children learn about fruits and vegetables through a non-profit effort.
How to Do Business with DeKalb County
On Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 10-11 a.m., learn how to do business with DeKalb County from representatives with the DeKalb Office of Contract and Compliance. The event, which also runs Oct. 25 at 10 a.m., takes place at the Maloof Administration Bldg, 1300 Commerce Drive, Room 202, Decatur. It's free and open to the public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
is now open for business at the former Eckerd's store at Young and Panola roads in Lithonia, across from Berean Christian Church.
is setting up in the spot once occupied by Subway in the Crowe's Crossing shopping center, anchored by Kroger.
Liquor license approved
The Stone Mountain City Council has approved a liquor license for restaurant, 961 Main Street.
Closed: Petals Salon & Spa
After seven years, has closed its shop at 857 Main Street in Stone Mountain Village.
"I'm all right with it. I feel like a burden has been lifted," co-owner Amy Putmon, who ran the salon with son Dante, said recently.
The sour economy made staying in business difficult. Putmon said she noticed things going south "over the last two years, when the bottom fell out and clients started losing their jobs."
"I loved our business, I loved our building. It was the economy," she said.
Many people have opted to go to hair shops that charge cheap fees for service, Putmon said: "The beauty industry has changed."
Clients who want to contact Dante and Amy Putmon about taking care of their hair care needs can call the shop number for more information on how to get in touch with them: 770-413-0400.
Stone Mountain-Redan Patch wrote a feature on the owners in September.