New Peavine Trail Attracts Neighbors, Students









The South Fork Conservancy has completed a stream bank erosion control project, slowing storm water draining. The $60,000 project, funded by a generous grant from Cox Communications, allowed South Fork to create an easy crossing over the former concrete lined ditch in Peavine Creek. Emory University contributed over 20 species of native plants and trees, worth more than $5,000, which the Conservancy used to restore the land at the confluence leading to a serene woodland garden, a hidden treasure.

“Every drop of water raining on Emory Village slides into Peavine Creek. The Alliance is doing good work protecting this waterway by keeping eyes on the health of the creek,” says Sally Sears, president of South Fork Conservancy.  

Peavine’s headwaters drain from many neighborhoods: the Decatur City Cemetery, Candler Park’s Golf Course, and most of Druid Hills. In fact, baseballs from Emory’s fields are often prized by hikers who find them in the current.

Three trail walks near Emory Plaza offer a wilder side of the water of Peavine Creek. Trails were first cut when DeKalb County installed a sewer line 20 years ago and improved by Emory students for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2018.

Burbanck Park is a block away, past Domino’s Pizza, where recently, volunteers removed the Burbanck home from the stream buffer and built the park with sweeping views of the creek, benches, and a trail close enough to dip your toes in the creek.

The Peavine Confluence Garden is a 15-minute walk down the trail (across from Candler Field), continues past Old Briarcliff Road, and returns as a loop trail onto Eagle Row, offering a view of the bank’s beaches and tall trees. However, we would like to discourage bicycle riders from veering onto the path toward channel 5, as the traffic harms the native plants.

The newest walk, for those wanting a longer stroll in the woods, begins at the intersection of Harvard and Emory roads. At Panera Bread, two new benches sit right on the bank where herons, otters, and salamanders make their homes. This is where the annual duck race is held during Open Streets Emory Village each fall. Further directions for trails are located at South Fork Conservancy.


COVID-19 Impacts Village

Since March 13, the coronavirus pandemic has imposed an historic metamorphosis on Emory Village. Once well-worn sidewalks pave the way to temporarily closed restaurants and stores, and vacant parking lots leave only the bravest cars to bake under Georgia’s summer sun. Occasionally, village-goers simply walk up to the doors of their favorite restaurants, toting children and over-walked dogs, and remember what once was—all of the Mother’s Day brunches at Rise-n-Dine, the before-school excursions to CVS to pick up that gift card for that friend’s birthday you forgot, and the weekends spent lounging in Ali’s Cookies.

But today, within the pandemic plagued Village, the “palpable impact of COVID-19 is the economic devastation of the businesses.” says Todd Hill, chair of the Emory Village Alliance. EVA remains loyal to the struggling enterprises. “We are patronizing the businesses ourselves,” Hill says, “and are encouraging the broader community to do the same.” 

Hill reports that EVA has shifted to online monthly meetings and is working to improve the Village on behalf of all of its users “by work days, lighting the roundabout trees, keeping the plaza fountain clean and operational, maintaining the streetscape plantings, working with the county to install a pedestrian crosswalk signal, and our upcoming streetlight banner campaign.” Among EVA’s recent successes was a salute to local graduates’ with a drive-through celebration. “EVA posted a banner celebrating the spring graduates, and Emory Villagers and neighbors cheered on the parade of graduates as they drove through Emory Village.” 

Despite the ongoing health crisis, Hill reports that EVA still plans to host the annual Open Streets event. “The 8th Annual Open Streets Emory Village will be a hybrid series of activities held both virtually and in the Village,” Hill says. “EVA is considering a fundraising effort that would be associated with the Open Streets Emory Village event and may benefit businesses.”

EVA plans for a host of village-life improvements demonstrate that it’s definitely not giving up on Emory Village. “As we continue to live the new normal,” Hill says, “we will seek ways to help businesses and keep the Village a vibrant community center—including more social media outreach, focused highlights on specific businesses, and acknowledgement of the healthcare providers in our community.”

                                                     By Megan Walter, EVA high school intern

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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 year. Two new businesses have opened in recent months: Joe May Cleaners and Cloud 9. 

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, appointment only 
Starbucks, Emory – Open
Supercuts – Open
Joe May Cleaners – Open
Tutor Salon – Open
WaGaYa (Japanese) – Open with limited dine-In service. Take-out and delivery
Zoe’s Kitchen: Open 



Sprucing up Emory Village Plaza

Nathan Hartman and Christopher Sipes remove rust from the fountain.

A recent Emory Village Alliance workday attracted many  volunteers who weeded the beds and painted the bench in the Emory Village Plaza.  The sculpture got a thorough spring cleaning too as volunteers ground the rust off the base of the sculpture, then primed and painted it.  The fountain was cleaned and the lights aimed. 

Anna Robinson helps sand the sculpture.

Besides chairing the Emory Village Alliance, Todd Hill is handy with a paintbrush.

Mark and Lilly Herold lend their skills to repainting the sculpture.

The grounds crew