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Hotel Indigo Atlanta 
- Vinings is now open!

After much work and a pushed back opening, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened the third installation of the Hotel Indigo brand in metro Atlanta.

The 160-room hotel is located at 2857 Paces Ferry in the heart of Vinings, steps from the shops and restaurants in Vinings Jubilee. This boutique hotel is striving to be a space for both hotel guests and locals to relax together in a chic, yet comfortable setting.

Guests at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta – Vinings are greeted by artwork, furniture, and custom-created pieces to embody the history and feel of the Vinings area. This includes a front desk that resembles whiskey barrels as the area once produced a high quantity of whiskey. Influences of Nellie Mae Rowe, famed American folk artist, and a previous owner of the land the hotel sits on, can be seen throughout the hotel in the bold color palette. There are also murals and other art in guestrooms and elevator lobbies that feature the history of Vinings as a riverfront town.

In addition to the hotel, The Public House at Vinings, the hotel’s restaurant has opened too. Located in the lobby of Hotel Indigo Atlanta – Vinings, guests can enjoy southern-styled cuisine, with a local flavor as well as hand-crafted cocktails.

Guestrooms feature unique hard-surface flooring, plush bedding, and spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center and both indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Hotel Indigo Atlanta – Vinings offers over 3,200 square feet of meeting space with the Crossroads and Riverside Ballrooms.

The new hotel also features some new technology, too. The Neighborhood Guide, as seen at other Hotel Indigo properties, is a touchscreen display unit which allows guests to connect with others at the hotel, the local community, and people at Hotel Indigo locations around the world.

The Hotel Indigo Atlanta – Vinings hotel is owned by Rialto Capital Management, and managed by Valor Hospitality Partners.

Smyrna Rotary Club donates STEM equipment to Teasley Elementary

When Smyrna Rotary Club learned Teasley Elementary was in need of new technology equipment, they stepped up right away. Teasley Elementary’s STEM teacher Erin Sumners said, “We want robotics technology to teach our students coding and computer programming. They are extremely excited about technology and robotics, and I hope to offer them growing experiences.”

Smyrna Rotary Club responded to this need with $3,500 of technology including 12 Bee-Bots, 12 activity mats and two docking/charging stations for Grades K to 2 as well as 40 Ozobots for Grades 3 to 5.

“Bee-Bots are a kid-friendly robot that will teach the 480 students in Grades K-2 coding, sequencing, problem solving and estimation,” explains Sumners. “The Ozobots are for grades 3-5’s 355 students to learn coding and sequencing using iPads or their own drawings.”

Smyrna Rotary Club’s immediate Past President Scott Auer presented the robots and did a technology demonstration on Teasley Elementary’s morning TV show. Current President Narayan Sengupta, also on hand, says, “This is all about our vision for Smyrna as a city focusing on the future.  Our Club is really interested in doing all that it can for our community.  Smyrna’s kids need to have the best chances that they can at getting into great colleges and having great jobs.  When Smyrna will need employees or customers, there is a good chance that they will come from Teasley Elementary and our other schools.  This is why we have done project after project in the area’s schools including a recent $4,500 robotics grant at Griffin Middle School.  Today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators, consumers and leaders.  The better they are, the better our community’s long-term success and prosperity.”

Smyrna Rotary Club is currently having a membership drive and is looking for community and business leaders to get involved, as well as for companies that are interested in partnering together for local projects. If interested, contact Smyrna Rotary Club at

Beehive Atlanta Opens Pop-Up Shop in Vinings Jubilee

The Beehive Atlanta is expanding and opened a new pop-up store in Vinings in November. The new space is located in the Vinings Jubilee shopping center (next door to Talbots). Guests can shop from over 50 locally-curated jewelry, fashion, skincare, stationery, housewares, baby/children and food goods. The pop-up store will remain open through February 2016.

The original Beehive is located in the trendy Edgewood neighborhood in Atlanta, and has been the place to go for eclectic finds since 2010. Both locations are designed to be boutique collectives comprised of independent designers with a focus on the local entrepreneur. The goal of the collective is to keep top quality handmade culture alive and well in Atlanta (and now Vinings, too)! Learn more at