Moving Forward in Emory Village

For nearly two decades, the Emory Village Alliance has worked hard to make the Village an attractive, safe asset for you, our neighbors. Please help us keep the public spaces within the Village vibrant, well-maintained and actively programmed with your tax-deductible financial contribution. With your support, the Village will become an even more sought-after place to shop, eat and live! 

We take pride in our community as we care for and manage the public spaces of our 11-acre Village. We are neighbors, business leaders, and Emory representatives who together have donated thousands of volunteer hours. Our primary sources of funding are our board members and annual contributions from the community. 

We don’t just talk; we get things done! Even in the face of the pandemic, we accomplished a lot together in 2020:

  • Worked with DeKalb County to install signalized pedestrian lights and signs on North Decatur Road at the CVS crossing 
  • Held quarterly Volunteer Work Days to maintain the plaza, sculpture, fountain and streetscape
  • Installed color-changing lights in the roundabout
  • Successfully planned and executed the 8th Annual Open Streets Emory Village Hybrid Edition! We learned a lot about producing a socially distanced, multi-day, safe event which will improve all our events in the future
  • Mounted 10 multi-color banners featuring a new graphic design on light poles to give the Village more of a sense of place
  • Began implementation of the Goizueta MBA Marketing Strategy to make the Village more attractive to Druid Hills residents, Emory University users, and the broader local markets. 
  • Updated and revamped our website,, to promote and provide information about the Village
  • Expanded our social media exposure on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Promoted DHCA and South Fork Conservancy for the benefit of our community

Our board members continue to work tirelessly in three main areas to improve the public realm of the Village:

Events + Social Activities 

  • Annual Open Streets Emory Village
  • Periodic fun classes and activities in the Village

Operations + Maintenance

  • Work with the county and Emory University to maintain the plaza, fountain and roundabout. The streetscapes are the responsibility of the property owners.  

New Improvement Projects

  • Sidewalk widening in front of the shops on the block of Oxford north of the roundabout. We’ve talked to the county and property owners about this significant project, which will make that block safer and more walkable. It will require tens of thousands of dollars, so your contributions are very important to match other funding sources.
  • In conjunction with DeKalb County, crosswalk repairs at the roundabout and North Decatur Road at CVS crossing 

Emory Village Alliance communicates with Village property owners to monitor their involvement and business plans and to share the community’s vision as detailed in DeKalb County’s Emory Village Overlay. 

We reach out to the shop and restaurant owners and operators to better understand their challenges and needs as we seek to promote their businesses. Despite this, we’ve seen shops and beloved restaurants depart from the Village due to Covid-19. We anticipate a stronger 2021 as the world slowly regains its footing. 

If you would like to contribute to these Emory Village Alliance initiatives, please donate today online. Or send your check, payable to Emory Village Alliance, to Emory Village Alliance, PO Box 15185, Atlanta GA 30333

Thank you for your support.

Todd Hill
Chair of the Board

Support Your Village Businesses!

” It feels great to have guests in our dining room again!” says JoJo Hill-Alto, general manager, of Double Zero. “Everyone that’s dined with us so far has been very receptive and respectful.”

Please remember your neighborhood businesses the next time you want to shop, eat out, or take out. 

The 2020 pandemic has been especially hard for Emory Village business which have been struggling these past few months to  stay solvent. Four businesses–Lucky’s, Tide Cleaners, Rise n Dine. and Romeo’s have left the village in the past months.

However state pandemic guidelines have allowed many restaurants and other businesses to reopen their  doors or expand their offerings. In turn, businesses owners say they are working hard to keep their guests and employees safe and healthy. 

“We are very excited to be open again for dine in operations and we can’t wait to see our neighbors enjoying delicious and authentic Japanese cuisine fresh out of our kitchen and sushi bar once more!” said Christina Lu, WaGaYa general manager. “We are following CDC and state recommendations of social distancing inside our restaurant and on our patio area as well as all other protocols.”


Here’s a quick look at the status of Emory Village businesses. 

Ali’s Cookies – Open, also takeout and delivery
All Fired Up – Open
Chase Bank -Open
 -Open for take-out and delivery
CVS – Open
Dave’s Cosmic Subs –
Open for takeout
Dragon Bowl – Open for dining on the patio, take out and delivery, 
DoubleZero – Open with limited dine-In service, takeout and delivery
Falafel King – Open for take out. 
Jimmy John’s – Open for take out and delivery
Panera – Open for dine-in, take out, and delivery
Majik Touch Cleaners – Open
Spa Aeon –Open
Starbucks, Emory – Open
Supercuts – Open
Tide Cleaners-Closed, out of business
Tutor Salon – Open
WaGaYa (Japanese) – Open with limited dine-In service. Take-out and delivery
Zoe’s Kitchen: Open 



Open Streets Covid19 Edition Attracted All Ages and Interests

The Eighth Annual Open Streets Emory Village inserted some fun into 2020 with a “Covid19” edition that included a mix of virtual and socially distanced events. For four days in October, neighbors enjoyed specials at Village restaurants and tried out events that ranged from bike tours, to architectural and creek walks, sidewalk chalk art and pottery art, concerts, virtual 5K and dog contests, gymnastics, a duck race and much more.

One Lucky Duck Wins Race

Congratulations to the winners of the Third Annual Peavine Creek Duck Race. Three dozen bright yellow rubber ducks bobbed down the creek to the finish net. South Fork Conservancy Board Chairman Glenn Kurtz (in a dashing pair of camo waders) plucked the winning ducks from the creek beneath the Panera parking lot. 

Mike Goodwin, duck number 131 came in third. Todd Ableser, duck number 82 was second. And winning duck #48 belonged to Jeffry Elzemeyer, a 6-year-old from Druid Hills who is a first grader at Fernbank Elementary School.

The third annual Peavine Creek Duck Race enjoyed spirited cheering from a safely distanced group of racers watching from the North Decatur Road bridge. Judges on the bridge included Defense Attorney Don Samuel, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Executive Director Revonda Moody, Open Streets Emory Village Chair Don Walter and EVA president Todd Hill. Watch the ducks race to the finish line. The event was one of many hybrid activities during Open Streets Emory Village-COVID19 edition.