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Chuice comes to metro Atlanta Whole Foods

Chuice comes to metro Atlanta Whole Foods

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Atlanta-based Chuice, maker of blends of bottled, plant-based foods landed Whole Foods Market as its newest retailer in Atlanta.

The beverage is now available at Whole Foods in Buckhead and Midtown, and is slated for distribution to all eight metro Atlanta stores by November.

Dr. Sujit Sharma, a practicing emergency room pediatrician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, is the CEO for the startup.

"This is an opportunity to be part fo a solution-oriented approach to disease prevention," Sharma said in a statement. "Chuice is far more than just juice, containing high quantities of nutrient dense fiber missing in almost all drinkable refreshments on the market. Nuts and seeds in Chuice also provide high quality protein, as well as healthy fats, that are also missing from most juices. The result is a complete meal."

Chuice was created by Taste of Earth LLC founder and personal trainer Ladell Hill.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries is offering two classes for customers who want to bring the outdoors into their homes.

On Saturday, July 19, Pike shoppers can attend a free terrarium and fairy garden class, where they will learn how to create and maintain glass gardens.

The class is free and will be held at every Pike Nurseries location at 9 a.m.

A similar class geared toward children will be hosted Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m., also at every Pike store. Children will make their own fairy gardens to take home. The class costs $14.99 per child.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest Pike.

Ellard Farmers Market opens in Alpharetta

Ellard Farmers Market opens in Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Ellard Farmers Market will be open July 12, August 2, August 23 and September 13 to serve residents in the Alpharetta community. The farmers market is operated by Fulton County Cooperative Extension.

The market is located at the Ellard Village Shopping Center at 8400 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, 30022 (at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge and Barnwell behind Starbucks and CVS). The market is open rain or shine.

The farmers market will feature local fresh fruits and vegetables, educational programs, children’s activities, knife sharpening, and live performances by local musicians.

Market visitors can also get free advice from UGA Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents and Master Gardeners on topics ranging from planting a garden to radon detection and canning.

For more information, call (404) 613-7670 or (404) 332-2400.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Pike Nurseries to host customer appreciation event

Pike Nurseries to host customer appreciation event

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Pike Nurseries locations will say thank you to their loyal customers this weekend with a special cookout.

On Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pike will serve cold drinks and fresh grilled hot dogs to customers. Guests will also receive 20 percent off their entire purchases all day long.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your nearest Pike location.

9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.