Local Date Ideas For Families

Spending quality time with your children is so important in building your relationship with them. In this article, you will find 25+ local date ideas for families in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

I don’t know about your kids but my kids love to have one on one time. They are like different people once they have time without their sibling around. Personally, my goal is to do a mother-daughter and mother-son etched memory every quarter of the year. Those activities look different each time. And I plan them out for the whole year so they are already on my calendar. That helps me make sure they happen.

My husband, on the other hand, does a monthly date with both of our kids. He does it every month on the date of their birth. {For example -For my girl, it’s on the 6th of every month and on the 27th of every month for my son.} He takes them out to eat. They both love it. And I hope they do for a long time!

But I’ve had many of you reach out asking for ideas of what to do locally for parent-child dates. I thought the best thing to do was to dump out my brain into an article for you. I hope these ideas help you to have great parent-child dates this year.

And if you haven’t done this before, let me encourage you that the kids are never too young or old to implement this idea. They thrive in the one-on-one time.

Parent-Child Date Ideas in Forsyth County & Cumming GA

  1. Take your son or daughter for a breakfast date.
  2. Dress up and take your son or daughter to a nice restaurant for dinner.
  3. Take your daughter to get her hair done at Sweet & Sassy.
  4. Take your son hiking up Sawnee Mountain.
  5. Take your daughter to get her nails done.
  6. Take your son or daughter to grab Fondue apps or dessert at Nido Cafe in Vickery Village.
  7. Check to see if Happy Belly Kitchen has any Child-Parent date nights coming up.
  8. Take your son or daughter to eat sushi at either Rice or Happy Family.
  9. Take your son or daughter to see a movie they have wanted to see.
  10. Take your son or daughter bowling at Stars n’ Strikes.
  11. Take your son or daughter ice skating at The Ice Complex.
  12. Take your son or daughter to see a high school play.
  13. Go grab some ice cream together at Chill Hill.
  14. Take your son and daughter shopping at the dollar store and surprise each other with a gift.
  15. Take your son or daughter to look at the animals at the pet store.
  16. Take your child to serve at a local non-profit.
  17. Pack up a picnic lunch or dinner and take your child for a picnic at the park.
  18. Take your son or daughter to play laser tag at Stars n’ Strikes.
  19. Do a cooking challenge at home or take a cooking class together.
  20. Take your daughter to get pedicures and/or manicures together.
  21. Take your son to go climbing at Sawnee Mountain Preserve
  22. Take your son or daughter to do a painting class at Pinot’s Palette.
  23. Take your son or daughter to craft at Pinspiration.
  24. Try a new restaurant together and pretend you are a food critic judging this new restaurant.
  25. Do a lego set together.

Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com. Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

Sts. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church Fundraising Gala/Capital Campaign

Sts. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church Fundraising Gala/Capital Campaign

Please join us for our 1st Fundraising Gala to kick off our Capital Campaign to build a church facility on the property of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church, located on 16-acres at 3074 Bethelview Road, Cumming, Georgia. All proceeds will be directed to the Capital Campaign fund.

Tickets are $150 per person and provide the following:

  • 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour
    5:30 p.m. Silent Auction begins
    7:00 p.m. Dinner and the Gala program begins
    8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Dance to the music of Spectrum Entertainment and The Bouzouki Express
  • Cash Bar
  • Black Tie optional

TICKET SALES: Tickets must be purchased by February 3rd!
(Tickets are not available for purchase at the door)

Marriott is offering a discounted rate of $79.00 plus taxes for the evening. Call (866) 316-7267 to book your room and refer to the Sts. RNI gala. Deadline to reserve a room is February 4th.

EVENT DATE: February 23, 2019
WHERE: Marriott Alpharetta Hotel, 5750 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005
HOSTED BY: Sts. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church, located at 3074 Bethelview Road, Alpharetta, GA 30040 (www.stsrni.org)
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please contact: gala@stsrni.org

 

New Year New Career Multi-Company Job Fair

The Place of Forsyth County presents the Multi-Company Job Fair open to the public. It takes place Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Place of Forsyth County, 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, GA 30040.

New Year, New Career opportunities at The Place Job Fair. This Multi-Company Job Fair is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet many hiring representatives from various industries in person to present their qualifications, to learn about the positions and to have a brief introductory interview. Often leading to a job offer “on the spot.”

Companies participating include:

AdWatch Media, Amos Backhoe, Bright Start Senior Care, Chick fil a,
Floor Care Specialist, Forsyth County Schools,
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Dept., Industrial Repair Services,
Lingo Staffing, Little Caesars, Northside Hospital,
Publix, Rambo Nursery, Randstad Staffing,
Scientific Games, Solvay, Speedway, State Farm Insurance – Rachael Fulcher, Tyson Foods, United States Census 2020, Waffle House

The Place of Forsyth County is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1975. The Workforce Program began in 2015. In 2016, Lynn, the Workforce Coordinator created the Job Fair as an opportunity for our clients and individuals in the community to meet with multiple companies. In 2018, the individuals assisted by the Workforce Program found jobs with salaries totaling $3.3 million. The Place is committed to its mission of assisting people of Forsyth County with essential needs and to be self-sustaining.
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If you would like more information about this topic or if your company would like to participate in future Job Fairs, please contact Lynn Sennett at 770-887-1098 or email at lynn@theplaceofforsyth.org

Things To Do: Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday in Forsyth County

Things to Do: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Forsyth County {2019}

On Monday – January 21st, Forsyth County Schools will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – that means we have a long weekend!   Click here for our full Calendar of Events.

There will also be many events taking place in & throughout Atlanta to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day.  If you’re looking for some of those events, be sure to check out the round-up from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family.

But if you’ll be staying in Cumming & Forsyth County for Martin Luther King Day and looking for something to do just to have fun with the kids during the long weekend and on their day off school, check out some of these opportunities:

Enjoy an Indoor Playcenter

Go Rollerskating:  Let’s Roll Skate ‘n’ Fun Center

Let’s Roll is also usually closed on Mondays; however, they do open on all Forsyth County School Holidays & Early Release Days and will be open Monday from 12pm to 5pm! $7 Admission $3 Skate Rental

Go Ice Skating:  The Ice 

Go ice-skating!  Usually closed on Monday, The Ice will offer Public Skate on Monday from 10:30-12:30pm & 3-5pm.

The Ice Online  |  Phone:  678.845.0103

See a Movie

There are some great movies out that you could see with the family. The Aquaman, A Dog’s Way Home, The Upside, Spider-man Into Spider-Verse, Mary Poppins Returns – just to name a few!

Here are links to the Movie Theaters in Forsyth County:

Go Bowling, Play Lazer Tag & More: Stars & Strikes

Painting at Pinot’s Palette

Click here for more information and to register

Go Out to Eat

  • Luca Brasi’s has a dine-in option now and their food is so good! Check out their menu by clicking here.
  • There are plenty of restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free deals on Mondays. Check our guide and pick one of them to eat at – Kids Eat Free Guide.

Need more ideas?

Click here to view our full Calendar of Events.  And as always, it’s recommended that you confirm details prior to your visit as information can change at any time. Enjoy your weekend!

What Is Your One Word For The New Year?

If you have been following Cumming Local for any amount of time, then you already know this – I am a goal setter. I love setting goals. In fact, I look forward to it every year. But I am fully aware that not everyone loves to set goals. For those of you who don’t like to set goals, I have an idea for you!

Pick ONE word and then focus on it all year round.

This is something we have done as a family for the last 4 years. It’s really helpful for kids too. Choosing one word is simple for kids and adults. We like to decorate a little canvas with our one word and then those hang in our kitchen above our weekly schedule. We will talk about the words all the time! It’s become part of our family so much that even the kids will say “mommy, remember your word…” We all keep each other accountable.

Please note: This is not an original idea. In fact, I heard about from one of my favorite speakers and authors. You can learn more about Jon Gordon, by following this link.

With that being said, I have a few tips that I would love to share with you.

#1 – Ask

If you don’t know what word to choose, ask those closest to you. They will know a word you can focus on. {Quick Tip: Ask someone who will be open and authentic with you!} The people closest in our lives have a unique perspective.

#2 – Create A Visual Aid

Like I said before, we decorate canvases and then hand them up in our kitchen. They are referred to often in our home. In year’s past, I have had a bracelet or necklace made with my one word on. I’ve also taped a card with a quote or Bible verse on my desk to remind me daily. The visual aid helps for the word/your focus to always be around you.

#3 – Check-In

Checking-in to see where you are is an important tool in your personal development. Set a reminder on your calendar to check your progress on your one word. Ask your family and/or friends how they think you have been. We do this every Sunday during dinner. You don’t have to do this weekly. That is just what works for us.

And that’s it. It’s still the start of the new year and you have time. I encourage you to pick a word and focus on it all year long. Here are some examples of words you can choose:

Possibility, Write, Perspective, Imagine, Freedom, Stewardship, Connect, Learn, Joy, Reflection, Battle, Transition, Soar, Generous, Invest, Trust, Enjoy, Persistence, Curious, Believe, Pause, Determined, Reduce, Listen, Unstoppable, Awake, Brave, Diligence, Shine, Resolve, Forward, More, Different, Ambition, Faith, Rebuilding, Health, Be, Focus, Direction,  Courage, Today, No, Risk, Confidence, Uplift, Optimism, Live, Finish, Embrace, Peace, Integrity, Purpose, Ignite, Thrive, Fortitude, Appreciate, Celebrate, Discover, Balance, Create, Growth, Choose, Relax, Simplify, Progress, Revel, Organize, Breathe, Truth, Action, Grace, Minimize, Release, Mindfulness, Empower, New, Open, Slow, Present, Adapt, Momentum, Love, Together, Opportunity, Adventure, Change, Strength, Selah, Relentless, Silence, Push, Sacrifice, Dare, Commit, Transformation

Happy New Year! If you do end up picking a word, please comment and let me know what it is!


  Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com. Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

Tips From BAR: Starting the New Year Out Well

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” -Melody Beattie

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already upon us. But here it is! I love that quote by Melody Beattie. I would reword it like this for you today – 2019 is standing before you, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. What will be written in your story this year? Personally, professionally – 2019 is going to be YOUR year!

As a business owner, I step back and think about how to best start out the new year. Thankfully, I’m a part of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. They have a program called BAR which is short for Business Advancement Resources. I have loved being a part of this excellent resource!

The mission of  The Business Advancement Resources (BAR) is to to provide small, existing, and emerging businesses with resources to succeed.

In connection with their mission, they have graciously shared some tips to help start your new year out well. These tips are specific to business owners. Please feel free to pass this article along to anyone! The hope is these tips will help everyone in some way!

  1. Become a member of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. If you are on the fence about this one, please read my article on “10 Things You May Not Know About the Chamber.”
  2. Have a business roundtable or join one. A business roundtable is a group discussion of business issues, facilitated by a business professional. If you are interested in further information, contact Carlos Cantu at ccantu@cummingforsythchamber.org.
  3. Do some market research. Are you in need of demographic research or reports? The Chamber is here to help. If you need a customized report, they will try to accommodate your inquiry. Contact Scott Evans for more information at sevans@cummingforsythchamber.org.
  4. Think about doing some continuing education through the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center or the University of North Georgia.
  5. Access the Small Business Toolkit created by the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce
  6. Make sure to request and/or renew your business licenses.
  7. Last but not least, set some goals for the year. A Harvard Business study “revealed remarkable statistics relating to goal setting and success: 83% of the population do not have goals; 14% have a plan in mind, but goals are unwritten; and 3% have goals written down. The study found that the 14% who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals. The 3% with written goals are three times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals. Writing your goals down sets you up to be exponentially more successful.” 

Happy New Year, Forsyth County & Cumming GA!

This article was written on behalf of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce

My Favorite Way To Save Time And Money This Year

As this new year begins, a lot of people reflect on the previous year. You may even find yourself asking – “how can I make this year better than the last year?” One thing that I always try to improve year over year is dinner time. Dinner time with kids is an important time. It’s where conversations start.  It’s where truths are shared. It’s where relationships are built.

Today I want to share several things with you that I hope will help. First, I will share with you how I meal plan. Secondly, I will share with you some conversation starters for the dinner table. And last but not least, I will share with you how you can get meal plans and a grocery list for $1.13 a week.

The Eat At Home Meal Plans

I have used the Eat at Home meal plans for almost 7 years. Fun fact: I actually used to plan the meal plans for Eat at Home. These plans work so well for every type of family. Here is how the program works:

  1. Choose Which Plan: Every week you will have access to four different types of meal plans – Wholesome Traditional, Traditional, Slow Cooker/Instant Pot, and No Flour/No Sugar. Once you sign up you are not married to one plan because you always get access to all four!
  2. Order/ Shop: Using the Eat at Home color-coded grocery list, you will be able to shop easily. What I do is print it out first and cross off items that I already have. Then I add on stuff for breakfasts and lunches. Once that is complete, I have a full list to use for my grocery shopping.
  3. Save: You will save time, money and sanity by knowing “what’s for dinner” every night!

Conversation Starters

Now that you have some margin in your brain again. I’d love to help you start more conversations at the dinner table. Here are a few ideas that we have used and loved:

  • Ask “would you rather” questions. (Here’s a bunch that we like)
  • Pass around Here’s a Question. Each kid gets to choose a question to ask the table.
  • Ask the kids to share their high and low for the day
  • Everyone shares a story from their day
  • Each person answers the following questions:
    • What is your favorite thing to do?
    • What has been your best memory in life so far?
    • Describe your perfect day.
    • Who is your best friend and why?

Those are the conversation starters we use on a daily basis. Do you have any you can share with us? If so, comment and let us know!

Access for 4 Plans for $1.13 a Week

Think about this – how many nights a week do you eat out as a family? Now think of how much you spend each time. If you could commit to eating dinner at home instead you would save that money week after week. For the average family of four, this will save a minimum of $1,000 a year. Isn’t that wild?!

The Eat at Home meal plans are on sale again! And you don’t want to miss out. So, don’t waste any time. Sign up before it’s too late. This deal is only good until January 15th!

{One last tip: Don’t forget to use the promo code NEW}


Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com. Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

St. Simons Island, GA: Best Places To Stay & Things To Do

St. Simons Island

In 2017, St. Simons Island, GA was voted by Southern Living Magazine as the South’s Best Islands. And we can see why. It’s beautiful and full of history plus a beach. What else could you desire in a vacation? St. Simons Island is well suited to multi-generational families or singles who want a beach vacation on a quieter island. Some of the popular interests pursued by guests are golfing, historical sites (Fort Federica National Monument) and wonderful Southern & seafood options in the Fishing Village and Pier of St. Simon.

If you are thinking about planning a trip to St. Simon’s Island, then you have found the perfect article. We will be walking you through some of the best places to stay as well as plenty of things to do while you are there.  St. Simons Island is about a 5-6 hour drive from Cumming, GA.

Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy your visit to St. Simons Island! 

Places To Stay

Using Vacasa to book your beach house is the best route to go. You can find homes from $96 to $1200 a night. You just have to browse the available homes that meet your budget and size needs. We have a few homes to highlight that we think are just perfect for your next beach vacation!

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze Villa is a spectacular recently renovated home right on the sandy coastline of St. Simons. Find an oversized private pool and lounge area, dune side deck, multiple balconies, and an observation tower all with stunning ocean views. Even the shared living spaces and master bedroom offer ocean views! These spacious accommodations offer both an upstairs and downstairs laundry room, a fully-equipped kitchen and two beautiful master suites. Your very own private path to the beach makes this a once in a lifetime experience.

Ready to book this house? Follow this link

Seahorse Villa

Enjoy gorgeous ocean views and your own private pool when you vacation at Seahorse Villa on St Simons! Walk 125 yards and you’ll find yourself at the popular Coast Guard Beach for fun in the sun. This lovely multi-story new build home offers fantastic amenities for the perfect beach getaway. An elevator makes moving groceries and luggage a snap, and the well-appointed kitchen will have the home cook living in luxury. Take in fresh ocean breezes from one of six balconies, or head downstairs to the patio while dinner cooks on the propane grill.

Ready to book this house? Follow this link

Atlantus Cottage

The Atlantus II Cottage offers a high-end style a short stroll from popular Coast Guard Beach. Walking only 150 steps will take you to the community pool, pavilion, and all day fun in the sun. Inside this well-equipped home, you’ll find breezy balconies and a rooftop deck with stunning beach views from an elevation of 50 feet. The updated cottage offers Brazilian Cherry floors, lovely master ensuite, and a gourmet kitchen among many details that add to its character. Relax in the main living space with the gas log fireplace and smart TV with apple sound technology while playing games.

Ready to book this house? Follow this link

St. Simons Happy Place

Discover the light-filled island charm of this beautiful four-bedroom home, a recently redecorated St. Simons Island retreat with family-friendly amenities, a screened porch, a fenced backyard, updated furnishings and appliances, and a perfect location close to shops, restaurants, and gorgeous beaches. It’s an ideal escape for anyone interested in biking, beach-combing, touring historical attractions, and shrimping on the Lady Jane!

Ready to book this house? Follow this link

Things To Do

So you have made it to St. Simons Island, now what? Well, we have you covered with over 25+ things to do. Whether you are traveling with a family, on a business trip, or spending some of your retired time in St. Simons Island – there is something for everyone. Let us know what your favorite thing is to do when you are traveling.

  1. Get some R & R on the beach or on the back porch of the home you are staying in!
  2. Check out the Lighthouse Museum
  3. Take a tour around the Historic Coast Guard Station
  4. Visit Fort Federica
  5. Go kite surfing
  6. Swim in the ocean
  7. Swim in the pool
  8. Do some fishing
  9. Take a bike ride to look at all the natural beauty of this town
  10. Go golfing
  11. Go play tennis
  12. Take a kayak out
  13. Go shopping in town
  14. Hit some local restaurants like Sand Castle Cafe & Grill, Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria and Halyards.
  15. Play at Neptune Park
  16. Take a surfing lesson
  17. Check out the Fishing Pier
  18. Take a tour of Harrington School
  19. Visit the Wesley Memorial Gardens
  20. Take your photo with the Tree Spirits of St. Simons Island
  21. Shop at A Pane in the Glass
  22. Grab some sweets at Keep it Sweet
  23. Have a picnic lunch or dinner at Neptune Park
  24. Take a Trolley Tour with St. Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours
  25. Discover the culinary delights with Food Tours Golden Isles
  26.  Have fun with Coastal Backwater Adventures and drive your own personal Catamaran

Private Parties at Pinot’s Palette in Johns Creek

Private Parties at Pinot’s Palette in Johns Creek

Host the best night ever! Your guests don’t need any art experience to have a good time at Pinot’s Palette. One of their local artists will guide the group through every step of the painting. Your party will have a private room, complete with all the little extras to make the night run smoothly.

With a private painting party, you get to call ALL the shots! {Insider Tip: Ask Pinot’s Palette about custom paintings, catering partnerships and music playlists.}

How To Book

Private events are booked by placing a refundable deposit to secure your desired date and time (after availability is confirmed by the studio).

What’s Included

Pinot’s Palette wants your event to be fun, organized and effortless. They will provide you with all the supplies needed for a party, including their helpful artist(s) to host and guide your guests through the event. They  include the following:

  • Private Party Room

In-studio parties will have an entire room to themselves, with plenty of space for all guests.

  • Art Supplies

Canvases, brushes, paints, palettes, aprons and anything else needed to finish a masterpiece. They also have a designated area to keep purses and coats.

  • Professional Instruction

Their instructors are professional artists themselves, and they are well-trained in making the painting process simple and enjoyable for painters of all skill levels. Everyone gets step-by-step instructions at a comfortable pace.

  • Ice, Ice Buckets, Bottled Water

The studio is equipped with ice and ice buckets to make it easier to keep drinks and food at the right temperature. Bottled water is available for all guests. You’ll also have counter space for food or gifts.

  • Glassware

They provide real glassware for all guests. No need to go out and buy disposable cups!

  • Music

Pinot’s Palette will have a crowd-pleasing playlist ready for you. Or, you can tell them what sort of music you’d like for your event and they will tailor a playlist to your needs. And don’t worry – they make sure the music doesn’t get in the way of hearing the artist’s instructions.

Painting Selection

Please provide your top three (3) desired paintings. They will always try to make sure you get your first choice; but due to occasional scheduling conflicts or materials shortages, it’s advisable to have a backup or two.

You don’t have to choose a painting in order to book an event, but the final selection must be confirmed with the studio at least two weeks before your event date.

Their painting library is huge! If you need assistance choosing the right painting for your group, just get in touch with them. They have hosted quite a few events and can help you narrow it down.

Offering Examples

We have a product quote to show you some of the most popular options. Take a peek at the image below!


Pinot’s Palette opened for business on May 6, 2009. Our first location was a cozy, local studio in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, TX. Being a new concept, we started small, with the hopes of hosting a wine and painting class three nights a week.

Before long, word spread, and now we have paint and sip franchise locations from coast to coast and internationally.

Together, we’ve created over one million paintings with our customers. And while we haven’t counted the corks, our guests have enjoyed plenty of wine with friends along the way.

We love being your go-to spot to relax, unwind and let loose. From date nights to birthdays and bachelorette parties, our paint parties are a unique way to celebrate all of life’s special moments – even if the occasion is just called “Friday.”

Connect Online: Website | Facebook
Location: 11720 Medlock Bridge Rd, Suite 175, Johns Creek, GA
Phone: 770.783.1783

Shop Local This Year: A Message From The Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Shop Local This Year

A Message From The Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Since the inception of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce in 1954, the purpose has remained the same; increase prosperity and promote a better community life for all. Their organization continues to be the leader in economic development, advocacy on issues of interest to business and engaging business leaders to ensure the long-term economic health of our community.

Cumming Local has partnered together this year to encourage you to shop local this year! We have several businesses to highlight this year. But we hope that you will choose to purchase your holiday gifts locally this year!

When you support a small, local business – you are supporting someone’s dreams!


Parsons Gifts

Parsons Gifts has been open for business in Cumming since 1946. The original store in Cumming was on the square and was a general store with groceries, hardware, farming supplies, dry goods, etc. Parsons remained on the square until 1982 when it was completely destroyed by fire, shortly after being completely remodeled. It was reopened in Tri-County Plaza and was there until 1990 when it was relocated to Lakeland Plaza.

It is still family owned and operated by the grandchildren of the original owners, Kate and Calvin Parsons. Gary and Cris Willis, and, Kay and Mike Montgomery, all work in the business. The Parsons family has been successful and stayed in business because they haven’t been afraid to change and update with the times. Parsons has always strived to carry unique merchandise. Some of the customers’ favorites right now are the extensive selection of Brighton, Pandora along with Ladies Clothing and other jewelry lines. Also, Parsons Buyers have a great eye for decorative accessories for your home. Parsons carries a nice selection of home décor items along with a wonderful selection of gifts for all ages. The Christmas Village displays are a big hit with customers, and Parsons Specialty Chocolates will keep you coming back to Parsons week after week!

Parsons carries a large selection of Christmas gifts and decorations each year. There is a 5,000 square foot Shoppe next door to the main store that features Garden Décor Feb to Aug. This store is then converted to Parsons Christmas Shoppe that opens each year in Sept. Parsons is known to have some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the Atlanta area. Christmas is definitely a great time to shop at Parsons!

Parsons Gifts: Website | Facebook

Location: 525 Lakeland Plaza Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770-887-9991


The Collection at Forsyth

Are you aware that the Collection has over 90 places to shop local at? Check their shopping directory at any time to look over the businesses located in the Collection at Forsyth.

The Collection at Forsyth is an outdoor lifestyle shopping destination in Cumming, Ga. Owned and managed by CORE Property Capital, The Collection at Forsyth features a variety of premier national retailers, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as specialty local stores and eateries.

In the Collection at Forsyth, you will find unique stores like Gibson Company. Gibson Co used to be located in the sweet little house next door to Browns Bridge Church. They moved to the Collection to have a bigger location. If you haven’t been in lately, I highly recommend it. Such a unique and fun store to walk through. And believe me, you will walk out with buying something. Everything in there is awesome!

The Collection at Forsyth: Website | Facebook


Vickery Village

I’d love to invite you to dine, shop and play at Vickery Village! You can enjoy one of the many fine restaurants, shop with the local merchants and bring the whole family to any of their free outdoor events in the Village Green. Housed in classic architecture surrounding a charming courtyard, Vickery Village is home to 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space.

The tenants include top restaurants representing many types of cuisine, an award-winning craft brewery, healthcare providers, local boutiques, a creative arts space as well as hair and nail salons.

On a typical day, friends meeting for coffee at Nido, people crafting at Pinspitation, and local residents enjoying a local craft beer from Cherry Street Brewing Coop.

On the weekend, you can enjoy live music at many of our restaurants, dine inside or out on the patio, craft with friends at Pinspiration, or even watch a movie outside on the big screen on selected evenings.

Please note: Vickery Village also hosts a Farmers Market. For more information on that event, head over to the Farmers Market Facebook page.

Vickery Village: Website | Facebook

Location: 5855 South Vickery Street, Cumming, GA 30040


We hope this encourages you to shop in Forsyth County this year! For more businesses to shop local at for the holiday, head to the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce’s Business Directory.

Happy Holidays!