Cumming Dance Academy Opens CDA II

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CDA II – Grand Opening Week

Last week, we received a sneak peek of the newest division of Cumming Dance Academy family – CDA II.

Cumming Dance Academy (CDA) was founded in 2003 by Niki Jernigan-Watkins, loving called Miss Niki by her students (or parents too – I’m guilty).  Since that time, the program has continued to grow by leaps & bounds.  And the addition of CDA II is proof to that!

CDA II Performance Academy will be “a place to encourage and enhance the “Performance” aspects of each rising star“.  From a recreational dancer who simply wants to learn more about performing in front of people to the serious performer who is interested in a career on the stage professionally, CDA II is the place to be!

Cumming Dance Academy

Offering more in-depth dance technique classes as well as:

  • Vocal,
  • Acting,
  • Triple-Threat,
  • Broadway Jazz,
  • Musical Theater,
  • Boys Tap Classes,
  • and More!

Located just down the street (and walking distance) from CDA’s main facility, CDA II is located at 230 Elm Street, Suites 100 & 200 in downtown Cumming, Georgia.  Combined, the two spaces will give CDA over 10,000 square feet of dance & performance room for the students of the community!

The Open House event was filled with current dancers, parents, and LOTS of excitement!  And for good reason too!  There are several signature traits familiar to CDA – like the wall of large group photos from past performances.  But from the bright colors, to the lively murals, there are definitely new touches to define the style of CDA II.

And all the excitement kicks off this week – September 10, 2012!

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Interested in Dance or Performing Arts?

Fall Classes for both Dance & Performing Arts Students begin the week of September 10th.  For class schedules and space availability, please contact Cumming Dance Academy.  And be sure to tell them you were referred by Cumming Local.

Connect with Cumming Dance Academy:

Cumming Dance Academy & CDA II
Phone:  770.781.4922

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Cumming Dance Academy
419 Tribble Gap Road
Cumming GA 30040

CDA II Performance Academy
230 Elm Street, Suite 100-200
Cumming GA 30040

We’re grateful to CDA for the support & sponsorship of Cumming Local.  

Sponsor Spotlight: Catering from Mia’s Pizza & Eats

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Our friends at Mia’s Pizza & Eats have been great supporters of Cumming Local – both through sponsorship of our website and our on-site events too.  Most recently, they’ve been food sponsors for two of our Girl’s Night Out Events.

When I mention Mia’s as a food sponsor, you might immediately assume we’ll be eating pizza.  So you might surprised to see what we actually enjoy!

Mia's Pizza & Eats Catering

{Pictured:  Top Left – Meatball Sliders, Top Right – Mini Spinach Dip Bread Bowl, Bottom Right – Greek Salad on a Stick, Bottom Left – Bruschetta}

Yes, Mia’s has great pizza.  They also have great salads, great appetizers, desserts and even a super fresh “local” menu whenever possible.  But they also have an incredible catering menu.

And while many of the catering options are listed on their menu, according to the owners, “the sky is the limit”. You may choose beautiful Bruschetta, the fun Salads on a Stick, or amazing artisan sandwiches (not listed on the Catering Menu, but all available).

When I worked with Mia’s Pizza & Eats for our most recent Girl’s Night Out event, I simply told them what our event would be like – we would be on the go (to & from two destinations), we’d be busy with shopping & facials, but it was also dinner time so we’d be hungry too!  From there, they came up with the perfect menu for us!!

Working with Mia’s for this event was such a breeze!  The Meatball Sliders, Spinach Dip Bread Bowls, and Pepperoni Bites (not pictured), were all perfect for being both a filing choice and easy to eat while on the go.  The Greek Salad on a Stick was not only fun in presentation, but it was healthy and certainly the easiest way to eat a salad on the go!  And of course, Mia’s knew a Girl’s Night Out Event must require something for the sweet tooth – so they also included their Cheesecake Bites.  And for the Cheesecake, I’ll have to trust the girls that were in attendance – apparently they were so delicious they ate every bite before I could get to it!!  (I just might be a little sad about that still)!

You may have caught Mia’s Pizza around town offering “grilled pizzas”.  This has become very popular at festivals and events.  Even weddings are picking up with the pizza trend in 2012 – grilled pizzas and pizza bars!  I wish I was ahead of the curve and offered that to my wedding guests!

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 So, what type of Catering needs do you have coming up?  Maybe a birthday party?  An office event?  Or looking ahead to the Holidays?  Mia’s has more than just great pizza!

If you have a Catering need, definitely give Mia’s an opportunity to impress you – with the menu selection, the presentation and the ease of working with them too!

And while you’re here & now craving some pizza, be sure to snag some great coupons to enjoy inside their restaurant – click here & enter password “pizza” when prompted!

Connect with Mia’s Pizza & Eats:

Mia’s Pizza & Eats
911 Market Place Blvd, Cumming GA 30041
Phone:  770.887.8874

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Sponsor Spotlight: Primrose Steeplechase

The following is a Sponsored Post, written by a current Primrose Steeplechase Parent and Mother in Cumming, GA.  We’re thankful to have Primrose Steeplechase as a Supporter of Cumming Local and I know many families are thankful to have the Steeplechase location in our area. 

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Are you looking for a wonderful place for your child to engage with others in a fun learning environment?   With the right tools and resources, your child can excel academically as well as socially in the right environment with the right foundation.

The Primrose motto is:  With the Right Foundation, Anything is Possible.    Through their program they’ve discovered how to have balance between playing and exploring and talking and listening.  The philosophy is Balanced Learning.   With the right amount of balance, it helps promote and support children’s learning in many ways through listening, seeing, hearing, touching and playing.   The program was specially designed by Early Childhood Experts.   Primrose has been around for more than 25 years and along with the children that attend Primrose, they also take the time to ensure they have the right teachers and training in place.

The dedicated and professional staff is committed to helping your child excel in all areas of their life.   Each member of their staff is highly trained and classrooms are monitored continually to ensure high quality service to your child.   Primrose also strives to keep classrooms at a minimum to be able to give your child the one on one attention they deserve.   The low teacher to student ratio also only enhances your child’s learning experience.

Aside from maintaining the highest standards in learning programs, all staff members are also trained on safety and security for your child.  All staff members receive training in CPR, first aid and fire safety.   Each school also has a Safe School Plan.

As Primrose strives for perfection for your child on a daily basis, they’ve received accreditation by AdvancED, the parent organization of the divisions SASC CASI and NCA CASI.  This accreditation is the gold standard in continued dedication to early childhood development for your child.   It’s not easy to be awarded this prestigious accreditation, however, with the continued learning of the staff and programs for your child, Primrose has achieved this honor.   Once accredited, Primrose works hard to maintain their accreditation through their continuous desire to achieve great goals with you and your child.

As a parent whose children have been attending the Primrose Steeplechase for the past 7 years, I cannot imagine any other place I feel confident and happy about where my children are during the day.   The Primrose staff as well as the other parents and children who attend this Primrose have become our second family.

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Want to hear what other families think about Primrose Steeplechase?  Click here for additional family testimonials.

Now Enrolling:

Primrose Steeplechase is now enrolling for the 2012 – 2013 School Year and would be happy to provide your family with a tour & more information about the programs available.

Connect with Primrose Steeplechase:

5745 Steeplechase Blvd.
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  678.455.6008
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Mia’s Pizza & Eats: Featuring Local Specials

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Our friends at Mia’s Pizza & Eats are sharing their updated menu with us – featuring some local specials for the month of July!  All ingredients are organically, locally,and/or regionally produced whenever possible.

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{Pictured:  The Georgian (left), House Made Ice Pops (top right), The Queen (bottom right)}

The Queen:  Mia’s version of the classic Margherita pizza.  Locally grown tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh buffalo mozzarella.  12-inch.  15.99

The Georgian:  Begins with a goat cheese cream sauce, then layered with fresh peaches and basil, Thomson Farms bacon, and caramelized Vidalia onions.  12-inch.  17.49

House Made Ice Pops:  Raspberry/honey made with fresh Greek yogurt, organic raspberries, and Georgia honey; strawberry/lemon made with frozen organic strawberries and organic lemons; lemon meringue made with organic cream and lemons; and chocolate made with organic cream and organic milk.  $2.50 per pop.

Stop in the month of July to try one of these local specials!

Connect with Mia’s Pizza & Eats:

911 Market Place Blvd, Cumming GA 30041
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Summer Camps at Glazed & Fired

Spend the Summer with Glazed & Fired

If you’ve been following Cumming Local for even just a little while, I’m sure you’ve heard me share about Glazed & Fired from time to time.  They were wonderful hosts during our first Girl’s Night Out last September and my kids love to drop in & paint their own pottery pieces!

One of the things I appreciate about Glazed & Fired so much is that they are totally in tune with the school calendar.  They are constantly offering special events – Spring Break, Winter Break & Early Release day camps – and Summer Break is no exception.  They have an awesome line-up planned!

June 2012

June Camps will take place over three days – Tuesday through Thursday.  Each day campers will enjoy a different activity! 

Time: 10am to 12Noon
T-Shirts, Pottery & Canvas
$75 / Week (includes all materials & snacks)

Dates & Themes Include:

June 5-7:  Sand & Surf (Painting a Beach Scene)
June 12-14:  Once Upon A Time (Painting a Princess)
June 19-21:  Ahoy Matey (Painting a Pirate Ship)
June 26-28:  Splash!  (Painting a Mermaid)

July 2012

July Camps are one day Mini-Camps, offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Campers will paint both pottery & canvas and also sculpt with clay!

Time: 11am to 2pm
Pottery, Canvas & Sculpting
$30 / Day (includes all materials.  But don’t forget to bring your own lunch.)

Dates & Themes Include:

Tuesday, July 10:  Game Set Match (Tennis Theme)
Wednesday, July 11:  Rock Star
Tuesday, July 17:  Cats Rule, Dogs Drool
Wednesday, July 18:  Dog Days of Summer
Tuesday, 7/24:  Monkey Business
Wednesday, 7/25:  Ribbit!  (Frog Theme)
Tuesday, 7/31:  Go Team! (Cheer / Football Theme)
Wednesday, 8/1:  Under the Sea (Sea Turtle Theme)

Friday Nights at Glazed & Fired

Drop the kids off for 3 hours of Friday Night Fun & you’ll have 3 hours to enjoy on your own!   Campers will enjoy both canvas & pottery painting, plus a pizza dinner!

5pm to 8pm
Canvas & Pottery Painting
$35/ Night (Includes all Materials + Pizza!)


JUNE:  1st, 8th, 22nd, & 29th
JULY:  13th, 20th & 27th

A few important things to note for all camps:

  • Campers must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years.
  • Camps require registration & don’t delay because they will fill up!
  • Sign your child up for more than one week – with different themes they won’t get bored!
  • Campers will create a variety of  projects – T-Shirts, Pottery, Canvas (check individual camps for schedule).
  • Call now to Register – 678-208-6096

Connect with Glazed & Fired:

And don’t forget to think about Glazed & Fired outside of these camp event. Artists of all ages can walk in anytime during open studio hours & paint pottery.  They also offer Canvas Painting classes for both children & adults every Tuesday – Thursday evening.  Check their Calendar for a schedule of hours & canvas painting dates.

Glazed & Fired
435 Peachtree Pkwy (across from the Avenue)
Cumming, GA 30041

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For more information by phone or to make your reservations call 678-208-6096.

Cumming Dance Academy: Open Registration and Discount

It may be the heat of the Summer, but it’s also the time to think about Fall.  As in Fall Registration for dance & performing arts at the Cumming Dance Academy (CDA).

CDA has always had a lot to offer, but with the launch of their new Performance Academy and additions to their already extensive Dance Classes, you’ll definitely recognize their recent growth!

Just take a look at all the new classes being offered beginning Fall 2012 and you’ll see what I mean:

  • Music, Mommy & Me (18 mos – 2 yrs)
  • All Boys Tap (4 & 5 yrs)
  • All Boys Hip Hop (6yrs & up)
  • Mini Jazz (5 yrs)
  • Beginner Hip Hop (2nd – 3rd grade)
  • Broadway Jazz (2nd – 3rd grade)
  • Intermediate Hip Hop (4th – 5th grade)
  • Intermediate Lyrical (4th – 5th grade)
  • Broadway Jazz (4th – 5th grade)
  • Vocal Lessons (Private)
  • Triple Threat Class
  • Auditioning Techniques, Musical Theatre, Vocal & Dance
  • Zumba Fitness
  • Adult Hip Hop
  • Stretch, Strengthening & Conditioning

All of this is in addition to the popular classes that CDA is known for such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical, Performance Composition, Kinder-Gym, Acro-Cheer, and even Celtic Dance.

Cumming Dance Academy has been voted as the Best Dance Studio in Cumming for the past three consecutive years in a local publication. Parents & dancers alike love CDA!

Why are parents choosing Cumming Dance Academy for their children?

  • For excellent instructors: Instructors at CDA are either college graduate of prestigious dance programs, have performed professionally, have trained under CDA’s Artistic Director in the CDA Teachers’ Training Program or have degrees from an accredited college in the form of education / theatre arts.
  • For great prices & schedules: CDA follows the same scheduled closings as Forsyth County Schools, with the exception that classes are held on Early Release Days, MLK & President’s Day.  They actually teach 34 weeks per season, building in two extra weeks in the event of inclement weather or unexpected closings.  Prices are very competitive and discounts are offered for both siblings and multiple classes.
  • For a very fair make-up policy: Sickness, vacations, and missed classes are expected and CDA has made it easy to make-up.  All missed classes may be made up in other classes – without a time limit!
  • For a convenient & great location: Just off the Cumming Square, CDA’s Tribble Gap location is centrally located within Cumming & Forsyth County.  And the location is enjoyable for both the dancers & the waiting family – large & modern studios, advanced sprung floors, sibling playroom & free wi-fi.

In fact it’s for those reasons that I chose Cumming Dance Academy for my little ballerina!  And it’s for those reasons plus the fact that she loves her teachers, Miss Hannah & Miss Julie, that we’ll be back for the 2012-2013 dance season!

So, do you have a Dancer or Performing Arts Student to get enrolled?

We’ve got an excellent offer for all Cumming Local Readers!  Present the below coupon to CDA by June 30th and receive FREE Registration for one student!  That’s a $40 savings.  Take a look at the 2012-2013 Registration Packet.  Find the class perfect for your family & then take advantage of this great offer!

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Connect with Cumming Dance Academy

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Cumming Dance Academy
419 Tribble Gap Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  770.781.4922

EXPIRED: Exclusive Offer from Mary Kay Consultant, Deb Herota

Earlier this week, we introduced you to Independent Beauty Consultant Deb Herota as a new Cumming Local Sponsor.  Today, I am really excited to share an exclusive offer from Deb just for our Cumming Local Readers.

Do you currently use the Mary Kay line and need to restock on your make-up, skincare, or even fragrance products?

Have you heard great things about Mary Kay, but just haven’t ever got around to placing an order?

We’ve got a reason for you to take the time today.

Visit Deb Herota’s website & receive the following savings when you mention “Cumming Local”:

  • 20% off all Internet Orders
  • FREE Shipping
  • And a FREE Gift with any order of $40

This offer is available through May 31, 2012 so don’t delay.  Visit Deb’s site today, take advantage of these great savings and support a local representative!

Offer cannot be combined with any other offers & you must mention “Cumming Local” on the order to take advantage of this special.

Do you want to feel the skincare products & get help selecting colors that are perfect for you?

Deb is available for Complimentary Facials & Makeovers!  Simply contact Deb to schedule your complimentary service and she’ll take care of all the next steps!

Connect with Deb Herota

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Phone:  704. 962.2060

Sponsor Spotlight: Southern Way Insurance

Southern Way Insurance

Earlier this year, my husband was on a mission to update insurance policies for our house and automobiles.  We had been with the same company for about ten years.  And while we didn’t have a major compliant or issue to cause the change, we knew that we were simply another number to this large & big-box insurance carrier.

The main mission at Cumming Local is to introduce you to as many locally owned & operated businesses as possible.  And in the process, I’ve taken this mission to heart for my own family by shopping locally more & more.  So it was only natural to start looking close to home for our new insurance quotes too.

We began working with Craig Crawford at Southern Way Insurance.  Craig & his family live in Forsyth County (actually in our neighborhood!) & he knows what’s going on in our hometown.  He was able to get started on our quotes very quickly after he listened to our needs & learned more about what we were looking to insure.  In the end, he was sitting down at our kitchen table as we signed paperwork for our new coverage – that was both perfect for our needs and at a price that was better than we had been previously paying.

Have you reviewed your different insurance policies recently?

As an independent insurance agency, relationships are key – both with their Clients & with the Insurance Carriers that Southern Way represents.  Since 1990, they have worked hard to achieve prominent positions with those insurance companies. And these long-term relationships enable Southern Way to better serve their clients, even allowing them to attain coverage and deliver services that aren’t readily available elsewhere.

Southern Way provides the following coverage:

  • Home Insurance
  • Auto Insurance
  • Business Insurance
  • Motorcycle, RV, & Boat Insurance
  • and a variety of others too

But beyond providing coverage and competitive rates, Craig & the Southern Way team’s primary goal is to be your trusted advisor.  If you’re not sure where to start, what type of coverage you really need, or what additional valuables should be covered, the Southern Way team will guide you along in the process.

Ready for Your Complimentary Quote:

You can always use their Online Quote Form (simply select the coverage your looking to quote from the options on the left side), but why not take advantage of their personal, one-on-one help and connect with the Southern Way team today!

Connect with Southern Way:

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Phone:  770.591.4110

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Cumming Dance Academy Expanding

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UPDATE: 2012-2013 Dance Schedule is now Online … Registration Opens 4/14/12

Cumming Dance Academy, Inc. expanding by adding a new division:

CDA II Performance Academy to open Fall 2012!

Cumming Dance Academy, Inc., founded in 2003 by Niki Jernigan-Watkins, announced their new division and location expansion on March 1, 2012.  CDA, as it’s most commonly known, has led thousands of young dancers in Forsyth, Fulton, Dawson counties and surrounding areas to love the art of dance and performance.  CDA has been voted “BEST DANCE STUDIO” in Forsyth County two consecutive years in a row (2010-2011) by readers of My Forsyth Magazine publication and has been the host to Valdosta State University’s dance major auditions for the last five years.  CDA’s Company dancers most recently performed in an “AIDS Awareness” performance in Athens, Georgia raising money to promote awareness among youths in the state.  With two major theatrical productions a year, Holiday and End of Season, performers with CDA get a professional experience of what performing with a master company is like; yet all the while enjoying and having fun while performing!  CDA has a stress-free environment for performers, parents and guests. Staff members work hard to ensure everyone is comfortable and enjoying their performance experience.  From ages 3 year to Adult classes, CDA is known for their ability to entertain the audience during their highly energetic productions.   CDA is greatly involved in performing in our community and giving all who are willing a moment in the “spotlight!”  Community performances include the Cumming Christmas Parade, local assisted living facilities, entertainment at the Cumming Playhouse for the “Charlie’s Little Angels” fundraiser, Christmas in Central Park, Six Flags and many more!  With numerous young ladies passing through the doors of CDA each week, Miss Niki and her staff are thrilled to be able to offer this exciting new opportunity to the young ladies they love and adore.

CDA II Performance Academy will be a place to encourage and enhance the “Performance” aspects of each rising star.  From a recreational dancer who simply wants to learn more about performing in front of people to the serious performer who is interested in a career on the stage professionally, CDA II is the place to be!   Offering more in-depth dance technique classes as well as Vocal, Acting, Triple-Threat, Broadway Jazz, Musical Theater, Boys Tap Classes, to list a few; we are now able to reach the needs of all students – whether the student is only interested in a one hour per week class or is interested in more intense training!   With Jernigan-Watkins’ degree in Musical Theater/Dance coupled with her experience as a professional dancer, it is no surprise her students have grown to love the stage as much as she does and it is obvious she is determined to provide them the best in dance/performance education.

Located just doors down and walking distance from CDA’s main facility, CDA II will be located at 230 Elm Street, Suites 100 & 200 (formerly Newsong Community Church) in downtown Cumming, Georgia.  A new studio space of 3,100 square feet will combine with CDA’s home studio to complete their space at over 10,000 square feet of dance and performance room for the students of the community. CDA II Performance Academy, the new home for CDA’s Company and Performance Class members will be a huge studio room which doubles in size to their current technique room to ensure optimal space for performance training.   In 2009, Jernigan-Watkins completed construction on CDA’s new facility that is located at 419 Tribble Gap Road.  This will remain the hub for everything CDA!  Students at CDA and CDAII are blessed with state of the art flooring, sound systems, sibling play area, large lobbies with viewing windows and convenient restrooms.  CDA offers an in-house dancewear boutique, “Tutu’s & Tap’s” where students can get all of their dance supplies.

Niki Jernigan-Watkins, Owner/Artistic Director and CDA Student Abigail Hall

Jernigan-Watkins says her dream of opening a studio simply began with her love of dance and children.  “I am incredibly blessed to work with such an incredible group of women who not only share my love of dance, but realize that often times, we are teaching far more than dance.  Our goal for CDA has always been to encourage self-esteem and confidence by providing a loving place to grow as a dancer.  Whether a student is with us for 7 hours a week or 1 hour, we love them all the same!  Over 75% of our student base has been with us since we opened in 2003.  I think that speaks volumes for our staff and our studio.  We teach these girls, we grow with them – but most of all, we love them.”

CDA II Performance Academy is the perfect complement to what the dancers at Cumming Dance Academy, Inc. are already receiving.   For more information on Cumming Dance Academy and CDA II Performance Academy, visit them online at and find them on Facebook for a glimpse into the eyes of CDA’s superstars.  Summer Camps are enrolling now and Fall registration opens May 1st!

Cumming Dance Academy, Inc.

Home of “CDA II Performance Academy”

419 Tribble Gap Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040

“The perfect facility for both the serious & recreational dancer.”

Mia’s Announces: Make Someone’s Month

Mia’s Announces a New Campaign to “Make Someone’s Month”

Mia’s Pizza & Eats is launching a new campaign & ongoing promotion to honor someone in the community of Cumming – The Make Someone’s Month Campaign!

Mia’s already does a lot for our community through their 10% donation to Food for Thought, this new campaign is just another great way that Mia’s shows they are & want to continue to be, a part of our cummunity!


Simply send a letter detailing a story about a deserving individual — this can be an inspirational or entertaining story.  Mia’s will choose a winner from the entries and give that person a complimentary 12-inch pizza with up to three toppings each week for a month.


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The first deadline for nominations is March 10; the first winner will receive a certificate for the month of April.  Subsequent deadlines are the second Saturday of every month.  This will be an ongoing promotion, and Mia’s hope to discover many, many deserving individuals through this process.

Please read the entire flyer for all rules and expectations; otherwise, your entry may not be considered.

Connect with Mia’s Pizza & Eats:

911 Market Place Blvd, Cumming GA 30041
Phone:  770.887.8874

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