Experts suggest simple ways to boost business

Three business experts provided money-making advice at a free seminar put on by the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation. The tips were aimed at businesses in the area.

Speaking to the group on Feb. 4 were Jennifer Galloway, owner of Thirsty Mona Lisa on Main St. in Stone Mountain, Kerry Wright, owner of Calabar & Grill at Redan & Indian Creek, and  John Ernst, experienced business owner and consultant with the Georgia Small Business Development Center.

They emMeeting-wide3phasized that first impressions matter. With people shopping online or driving to fancier neighborhoods to shop, businesses need curb appeal. The panel suggested simple, inexpensive ways that owners could make a more positive impression:


*Add flowers and plants to the front of the store

*Clean the windows

*Eliminate clutter on the windows – customers like to see what’s inside

*Showcase merchandise outside the front door

*Make the door a focal point

The experts also encouraged local business owners to meet frequently and network with each other.

All three experts donated their time to the event. Crossroads Presbyterian Church, at Redan and Panola, donated meeting space for the event.

The event launched the first annual Wow! Winning First Impressions contest. All businesses in the Greater Hidden Hills Community are invited to compete. The most improved businesses will win a grand prize – a beautiful, tall planter filled with attractive perennials – and be recognized in a ceremony on March 17. Two businesses will receive honorable mention awards.

Entry formMeeting-wide4s are available at this link  Contest Info and Entry Form

or  by writing to

The events are put on by the Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3), committed to improving economic development and quality of life.


This contest is made possible by a grant from the Neighborhood Fund. The Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, empowers community members to positively impact neighborhoods at the local level.

Come to the Battle of the Bands in Greater Hidden Hills

 August 22, noon to 3 p.m.

Redan Village: NE corner of S. Hairston & Redan, in front of Jay’s Place Redan-Hairston Map-band icon

This community event will showcase creative students and local businesses. Join us!

*  Celebrate the creativity of local high school bands (Including the Redan Raiders!)

*  Compete for top honors in the Little Caesar’s Shaker Board contest

Vote on the best haircut by the skilled barbers from Nick’s

*  Watch local deejays battle it out for best in class

*  Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers

*  Win prizes, just by coming out!

*  Find out about Roll Forward to One and the Keep DeKalb Beautiful effort

*  See what local businesses have to offer

We’ll be selling gently used books at the event and donate the proceeds to the Friends of the Library at Hairston Crossing. If you have books you no longer need or want, please bring them to our book sale table.

We’ll be raffling off great prizes – tickets are free, but we encourage tax deductible donations to our community development corporation.

Contributing sponsors include Jay’s Place, Zaxby’s, Kroger, and Bruster’s.


All proceeds benefit The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to helping the community prosper and thrive. This volunteer organization represents the area on zoning matters and advocates for attractive business development that meets our residents’ needs.