Monthly Archives: January 2013

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts for him


Atlanta shops are beginning to bustle with Valentine’s Day shoppers. The folks at Maplewood Pointe Apartments have compiled a list of homemade gifts for men that are extra special as well as their store-bought equivalents.


You can buy expensive tickets to his favorite artist, but there are more thoughtful options available. Rent an affordable karaoke machine and invite his friends over for fun. Or take him back to high school; make a mixed cd of his favorite jams all in one place.

Beer Soap

Ok, purchasing this Guinness beer soap for $6.99 at Etsy may be far more practical than making your own. But for the ambitious Maplewood Pointe, wanted to include instructions for making honey bock soap.

Shaving Cream

High end shaving creams are popping up all over the city. The Art of Shaving located in Lenox Mall and other locations has starter kits for $50. Try your hand at an easy recipe that won’t break your budget.

Phone Case

Gadgets multi-task so why not the cases that protect them? Speck delivers phone cases that double as a wallet for your man. A handcrafted cover will mean more.


Simple Spicy Chicken w/ Chorizo

Send your mouth on vacation from Atlanta with this simple family friendly Spanish recipe from our family at Laurel Pointe Apartments.



3.5 lbs chicken, cut into pieces 
2 chorizo sausages, halved lengthways 
3 oz large green olives
0.5 lb cherry tomatoes
8 sprigs oregano, halved 
1 lemon, cut into wedges 
12 cloves garlic, skin on 
1 tbsp olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 375 F
2. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.   
3. Add the chicken, chorizo, olives, tomatoes, oregano, lemon, garlic, oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cook for 30–35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the chorizo is crisp.   
4. Discard the lemon wedges before serving.


Dear Residents:

The weather forecast for metro Atlanta indicates freezing temperatures starting this evening through Wednesday, January 23. Lows can reach down to 25 degrees these nights. We would like to remind you of a few freeze safety tips in preparation for the freezing weather.

1. Leave heat “on” at a temperature of at least 62 degrees to reduce risk of pipes freezing during cold weather.
2. Open cabinets in bathrooms and in your kitchen. This will help the warm air circulate around plumbing.
3. Let water drip in your faucets.

Following these few simple steps could potentially prevent pipes from freezing.

We appreciate your cooperation!

JAMCO Properties

College Park & East Point

Sharing Washington Rd as their main street, the towns of College Park and East Point give residents trendy urban lifestyle without the Atlanta big city price. Located ITP (Inside the I-285 Perimeter for those not in the know!) these cities provide convenient affordable living in historical settings. Today both East Point and College Park host a range of popular restaurants, retail shopping venues, fresh food markets and special events.

East Point Farmer’s Market:  “Our mission is to create a unique experience in the Downtown District for all who shop here, where we will consciously offer fresh food options that are as healthy for the people who eat them as for the ground in which they are grown.”  ~ from East Point Farmer’s Market

Truly Living Well Center:  “Since its launch in 2006, Truly Living Well has grown approximately 10,000 pounds of food annually on small plots of donated land within the city. TLW’s vision is to use quality local food production as a platform to provide a range of educational and entertainment activities.” ~ from Truly Living Well

Brake Pad Restaurant & Bar:  Zagat Survey 2006 “This quirky converted old gas station in College Park is a great place to refuel near the airport, offering basic American fare with flair, including buffalo chicken quesadillas to die for; the hip staff without attitude usually hits on all cylinders.”

Wolfe Creek Amphitheatre:  Whether it is Funk Fest or Gospel Explosion, the Amphitheatre in College Park plays home to exciting events year round. You can dine in the venue or bring your own picnic. The complex is also available for rent to private events.

By the Numbers

404-270-7091 Number to call after 9 a.m. to set up a “Chat With the Mayor” session with Earnestine D. Pittman.

$11 Price of bottomless mimosas Saturday and Sunday at East Point Corner Tavern.

5 minute MARTA train ride from East Point Station to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

1998 The first annual East Point Possums drag show for charity was held on July 4.

Riverdale’s Centre for the Arts, Business, and Leisure Services


The mission of Riverdale’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services is to provide residents a means to celebrate diversity in Riverdale by developing cultural initiatives and leisure activities that meet the needs and interests of the community. The department operates the Riverdale Centre in order to reach their goals of improving health, education, and lifestyle.

Residents of Riverdale are afforded the opportunity to participate in various classes offered at the Centre during the year. Courses on acting, dancing, kickbox cardio and more are currently running for winter and it’s not too late to register. If you have a special occasion or need coming up, the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure Services has a space right for you. Be it a banquet hall, dance studio, art studio or entertainment lounge, the Centre has rentals available now.

The Seafood and Beer Festival is a popular event held at the Riverdale Centre each year. The festival features a beer garden, live musical entertainment, kids’ fun zone, talent competitions, and a lobster derby. On warm summer nights cool down after work with music performed in the attached open air amphitheatre. Musical guests appear the third Thursday of the month in summer. Additional performances are scheduled throughout the summer via the South City Concert Series.


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Come see why the folks at Emerald Pointe and Stratford Arms Apartments are excited to call Riverdale home.


Thrifty Shopping, Atlanta


Atlanta delivers affordable trendy fashion, whether you prefer world famous designs or detailed local pieces.

Previously Loved:

Rummaging through racks and bins is a hassle, but thrift store and consignment shopping have come a long way in Atlanta. RAG-O-RAMA featuring current, classic, and vintage styles (often one-of-a-kind items) has locations in L5P and Sandy Springs to help you get your save on. They also purchase gently used items at a fair price or you can exchange your wardrobe. Salvation Army and Goodwill stores in the city are more organized than they use to be and are charitable ways for you to save.

Shiny New Stuff:

For brand new clothing and accessories without the high price one should visit any of the nearby outlet malls such as Tanger in Locust Grove or North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville. If you desire designer hand bags, sunglasses, shoes and other accessories for cheap, then head south to Tanger. Drive up to North Georgia Premium Outlets if you crave classic fashion within your budget. The JC Penny Outlet near Laurel Pointe Apartments in Forest Park offers a wide range of affordable home furnishings 30-50% off as well as clothing for the whole family.

Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Curb Market

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market located near the heart of downtown Atlanta serves up flavor from all over. The historic municipal market rents space to restaurants dishing the best in Caribbean, Venezuelan, African, plus American soul and comfort food. The independently owned restaurants host downtown business people, the staff of local hospitals, Georgia State University students, and the city’s immigrant communities alike. The local hot spots below are open Mon. – Sat. and hours vary but the market closes at 6 p.m. daily. SweetAuburnLogo


Operating in Atlanta for over 14 years, Afrodish brings the tastes of the Caribbean and West Africa to the metro area. Lunch specials include ox tail, stewed goat, curry chicken and jerk chicken. The fufu and egasi spinach soup is out of this world delicious.

Arepa Mia

Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Lisbet Hernandez creates tasty Venezuelan treats. Maybe put the avocado sauce (guasacaca) on EVERYTHING! Arepa Mia accepts cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard.

Metro Deli Soul Food

Macaroni & cheese, enough said? Probably not. Metro Deli is locally owned and pleases the locals’ cravings for southern favorites. If you need something quick fresh deli sandwiches do the trick. This restaurant starts serving breakfast at 8 a.m.

Sweet Auburn BBQ

Sweet Auburn BBQ began as one of Atlanta’s most popular food truck operations before setting up camp at the market. Ribs, chicken, pulled pork, savory sides… They are still driving Atlantans crazy with slow smoked BBQ. Catering available.

While you’re at the market pick up farm fresh produce, meat, seafood, and specialty items to create your own feast. The apartment homes of The Woods at Southlake are great for entertaining.

Crafty Apartment Decor for Any Budget

Apartment Lighting Ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting all have purpose in an apartment rental. Floor lamps brighten a dark corner while plug-in sconces can add a dramatic accent. Plug-in lights under cabinetry makes tasks more simple.

Pillow Pile Fun throw pillow bring lots of color and pattern into an apartment. Use many of them to create comfort and beauty. Covers can be made or purchased to change your look when you’re ready.

Curtain Trick Introduce a rental to luxury with gorgeous drapes. Hanging several sets of drapes along a wall is an apartment-approved way to give your walls personality without the permanency of wallpaper or paint. It also gives the illusion that there are windows hidden behind the drapes, rather than just an expanse of blank walls and one tiny window.

Mirror Illusion Mirrors are a great trick for expanding small spaces. They also reflect light to brighten a home. Place a large mirror across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room.

Floor Coverings Apartment rentals are notorious for poor finishes, like the carpet. If your apartment’s carpet is not up to par, fill the space with a large rug. Rugs are also a great way to define space that may serve different functions in different parts.

Paint Options Paint your furniture, when you can’t paint your walls. A new paint job on a bed frame, night stand, bookcase, or coffee table can update the piece and splash color into your rental. Small cans of paint are affordable and available in every color imaginable.

Gallery Display Floating shelves show off collections and decor. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. You can change your place’s look, leaving the shelves in place and avoid making any more holes in your apartment walls.


Moving Tips

Relocating to a new place is both exciting and stressful. Deciding where everything goes and planning the layout of your new apartment or house is fun, but a lot of labor goes into packing and moving. Plan ahead to limit your headaches. Then use the following guidelines on moving day.


7 Moving Day Tips

  1. Move on a weekday when leasing offices, banks, utilities, and government offices are open. Additionally, truck rentals are more affordable during the week according to U-Haul.
  2. Begin packing as early as 2 months before moving day. Out of season clothing, seasonal decorations, fine china, books, a movie collection… these are all things you can pack early. Having a stack of boxes around for 8 weeks might not sound like a fun, but it will save you so much stress.
  3. Label your boxes by room and general content. If you’ve hired professional movers or if you’ve asked friends to help, this will help them know where things go in your new house or apartment.
  4. Place your plates standing on edge in the box. Wrap each in plenty of paper and pad the bottom of your box. This will help prevent damage to your dishes. For all your boxes be sure to fill the empty space with paper or padding so that they will not collapse.
  5. Pack large items in small boxes and small items in large boxes. Heavy large items will fall through the center of a large box and small light items can be safely stacked in larger boxes. The exception is books. Heavy books should be packed in small boxes so you can lift them.
  6. On moving day, leave your pets and small children with a friend. Movers, professional or otherwise are distracted by kids and barking dogs. Plus, this insures the safety of children and pets alike.
  7. Finally, remember the last thing you packed? It’s probably the first thing you want to unpack! You were using it right up to the last-minute because you need it. Maybe it was cleaning supplies, maybe it was bedding, maybe it was a toothbrush… Chances are it was important.

Leasing consultants at Laurel Pointe Apartments have more tips for easy moving.

MLK Day of Service January 21, 2013


Martin Luther King, Jr. was an essential character  in the modern era and a central performer in the Civil Rights Movement. His influential lectures and dialogues inspired men and women, young and old, in the United States and all over the world. Not until 1983 was a national holiday created to celebrate Dr. King’s monumental impact and in 1994 Congress designated the MLK Federal Holiday as a national day of service. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday that is considered a day of service rather than a “day off.”

In Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King, Jr, there are many ways to contribute to the community on this day of service. Enter your zip code into the Find a Project box to learn how you can join the effort to memorialize Dr. King and continue his efforts for equality and justice. How will you answer Dr. King’s still relevant question, “What are you doing for others?”

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