New Businesses in Emory Village

Several new businesses have opened their doors recently in Emory Village, and an upscale market is expected on the prime corner of North Decatur and Oxford roads.

The opening date hasn’t been announced yet for Savi Provisions, but workers will soon convert the historic building that housed Everybody’s Pizza for more than 40 years and later Slice & Pint. The gourmet market’s decision to locate a new store in Emory Village is especially welcome by neighbors who in recent surveys have put a grocery store at the top of their wish list for Emory Village.

Savi will join other newcomers on Oxford Road, including fast food purveyor Buffalo Wild Wings which has opened across from the Emory Campus between Chipotle and Chase Bank. On North Oxford, Joe May Cleaners, and Cloud 9 have set up shop.

Spring Cleaning in the Village

A beautiful day in May welcomed eager hands and new and long-time neighbors who converged upon the Village to spruce up public spaces.

Volunteers yanked weeds, pruned, edged and dug as part of a service day sponsored by the Druid Hill Civic Association in partnership with the Emory Village Alliance.

“The results,” said Todd Hill, EVA chair, “were fantastic! We have the best looking roundabout and streetscape in Druid Hills and beyond.”

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, emoryvillage.org, 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
eva@emoryvillage.org

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.