Thanks to our Atlanta Police Department liaisons who attended our PHCA Monthly Board Meeting in March! We're pleased to share several updates with our residents in Piedmont Heights.
Nakato Japanese Restaurant is eligible for a special grant – "Backing Historic Small Restaurants" to help with their exterior and online presence.
This program is presented by American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Nominate Nakato by the March 9 grant deadline!
Congratulations to Rod Smith, the new head of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department! He and his family live right here in Piedmont Heights, and he's been with the fire department for more than 24 years.
With the help of his wife, Dawn, and several friends, his neighbors surprised Rod with an outdoor celebration to commemorate the occasion! Thank you for your service, Chief Smith!
Read all about it on the AJC or 11Alive.
More celebration pictures coming soon!
Join Nakato in celebrating the traditional Japanese holidays of Girls Day and Dolls Day on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
To honor the traditions of this holiday, all children 12 and under who bring a doll with them to dine at Nakato, will receive a complimentary Children's Meal. This meal, valued at $14, is available at both our fun-filled Hibachi Tables and in our Garden Dining Room. The offer is limited to two complimentary children's meals per table.
Make your reservation now so we can celebrate this wonderful Japanese tradition with you next Wednesday.
Where can you get locally made arts, crafts, baked goods, and more? Look no further than the 3rd Morningside Craft Crawl!
On March 14 (rain date March 21) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., neighbors can enjoy this COVID-safe craft showcase in the front yards of Morningside homes on Courtenay Drive NE, Northview, Wayne, and Berwick Avenues (a "loop" of streets with sidewalks).
Current confirmed participants include three bands, an Irish dancing group, one-of-a-kind products from our friends at Hillside, and creative goods from 25 seamstresses, artists, woodworkers, weavers, bakers, etc.!
There are lots of ways to get involved. If you make crafts, bake/cook, make music, this is the show for you. Craft Crawl will also try to match artists with local homeowners willing to volunteer their front yard space.
Previous craft crawls held in October and November featured a wide variety of fun, practical and/or delicious commodities from vendors, such as paintings, dog beds, branch bouquets, soap, and jewelry.
Pandemic safety guidelines include mask-wearing, hand sanitizer availability, maintaining 6-foot distances, and contact-free payments.
For more information:
@craftcrawlatlanta on Instagram
Not only have our 2021 PHCA Sponsors been so generous in providing financial support to our neighborhood but they have also extended special offers for our residents in Piedmont Heights!
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Visit them as often as you can. Shop Local so it Stays Local!
2021 PHCA Annual Sponsors
Our friends over in Sherwood Forest have alerted us to a pine straw scam with potentially aggressive scammers, so please be aware.
Typically, an unmarked truck with two or three younger males will approach your home about putting out pine straw at a good price (typical is $5-6 per bale; they will offer around $3.50 per bale instead). Sometimes the vehicle will have out of state plates.
They will put down just a few bales and sometimes say they laid 5-6 times the number of bales actually put out. They will offer to show you the strings from the bales as proof they laid the pine straw. In most cases, they will say they have left-over pine straw from a job they just completed.
In one case, the homeowner agreed to 80 bales at $3.50 per bale. They worked about 20 minutes and said they had laid 80 bales when they actually put out 10-15. When the homeowner complained, they got very aggressive.
There seems to be several groups operating throughout Atlanta, although one case mentioned a white Dodge truck with an out of state license plate.
We encourage you to use a landscaper you trust or do it yourself.
As always, call 911 if you see something suspicious or illegal.
We also encourage you to loop us in by replying to this email or by contacting our Public Safety volunteers and our Security Patrol & Home Away Watch team of off-duty Atlanta Police officers.
If you're not already a PHCA Member, consider joining today so that you can benefit from our Home Away Watch service.
Thank you to our PHCA Members whose dues fund our Security Patrol service that benefits ALL of PiHi's residents!
We checked in recently with Jim Hardy who currently serves as the president of the Piedmont Heights Civic Association. He and his wife, Shelley, live at the top of the cul-de-sac of Rockridge Place, a quiet enclave of semi-detached townhomes just off Rock Springs Road near Monroe Drive. The couple have been homeowners in Piedmont Heights since 2005. We asked Jim a few questions to get to know him better.
Shelley Riden & Jim Hardy of Rockridge Place in Piedmont Heights with sister pups Calliope and Penelope
What do you love most about Piedmont Heights?
It has a neighborly, small town feeling. We’ve got residential single family homes, apartments, grocery stores, restaurants and local businesses - all within walking distance.
What was the first concert you attended?
I don’t recall, but when I was at the University of Alabama, I booked The Tams for a fraternity social.
If you could choose anyone in the world to have as a dinner guest, who would lit be?
I’d invite the leaders of both political parties to see if they could discover, on a personal level, common ground. In my experience, once people learn a little bit about each other, cooperation becomes easier.
What are you most grateful for?
My family. Especially my soulmate, best friend, and wife Shelley who has beaten cancer four times. And my two daughters, my son, and four grandkids.
What are you reading right now?
The Kybalion, a spiritual text. But I also enjoy anything by John Grisham or David Baldacci.
Where do you hope to travel once we can again?
Either Thailand or Germany. I served in the Air Force and was stationed in both countries. But Shelley hasn’t been to either yet.
Thanks to PHCA Board Member Helen Kacur for volunteering to interview Jim and write this Resident Spotlight!
Heritage Preparatory School recently purchased Rock Spring Presbyterian Church (including its Loudermilk Center building). In addition, it purchased the entire Hedgewood Homes development adjacent to the church – the three homes recently built and the rest of the property where an additional six homes were slated to be added next.
As a Landmark Historic Site, the church facade will be preserved by Heritage School, along with the sanctuary and the History Room. Three other rooms in the building will be reconfigured for classroom use for Upper School students.
The Loudermilk Center will become Founders Hall and will be used as a student center.
One of the new homes recently completed by Hedgewood Homes will be converted into a visual arts center with student gallery space, teaching areas, and a pottery studio. The specific use for the other two homes is still being decided.
The existing driveway into the church will also be eliminated in lieu of the new road originally planned for the Hedgewood development. Great idea, as that intersection at Montgomery Ferry and Piedmont Road isn’t the safest; the new driveway is better located to provide a safer experience for Heritage School’s high school drivers and others.
Heritage School will also be installing a large water retention system on the property to alleviate the flooding issues that have been plaguing Allen Rd. and Piedmont Way. More detailed planning is underway for this solution, and permitting will be required before installation can begin, so keep your fingers crossed for April or May.
Heritage School has been an outstanding neighbor for many years and a conscientious steward in their relationship with Morningside Baptist Church, another historic landmark in Piedmont Heights and where their Lower & Middle School classrooms reside. We’re delighted to see this positive outcome for this historic Piedmont Heights landmark after the Rock Spring Presbyterian Church congregation voted to close its ministry in late 2019. Thank you to the leadership of Heritage School, particularly its president, Matt Skinner, for making this possible!
Pet-friendly outdoor heated patio. NEW food menu with online ordering for to-go orders. Soul cover band every Friday night.
Open from 3pm Friday–Sunday
Open from 5pm Monday–Thursday
Check out the latest at Smith's Olde Bar!
Thanks to Smith's for supporting Piedmont Heights as one of our newest Annual Impact Sponsors!
$50 Gift Card Giveaway from Smith's Olde Bar
More details coming soon on Facebook and Instagram!
Limited spots available!
RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 9, for this free event!
Come paw-ty with your Piedmont Heights neighbors (and your pets!) in this virtual BYOB happy hour!
Thanks to Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital for sponsoring this fun gathering!
Piedmont Heights is ready to help you enjoy the big game on Sunday, whether you've got your hopes on the Chiefs or the Bucs – or even just the commercials or the halftime show!
Welcome Indie Studios, Victory Concepts, and more to Armour Yards! Check it out.
Sweetwater Brewery: Now open for lunch on Fridays starting at noon. Give them a visit.
Spalding Nix Artist Talks: Check the schedule to hear from these talented artists.
Goodbye, Red Snapper: After 34 years, we bid farewell to this local seafood restaurant.
Our friends at The Buttery ATL are on a roll with TONS of new, exciting things! To name a few...
FoodSmith Lisa Dwyer is making Heart Tarts for Valentine's Day. Perfect for your special someone!
A light butter cookie filled with pillowy whipped cream cheese and decorated with fresh flowers, chocolate, gold-dusted berries, chocolate wafers, and sprinkles. Place your order online.
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Piedmont Heights Civic Association
1579 Monroe Dr. NE, Ste. F307
Atlanta, GA 30324