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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!

Operation Griswold 4th Anniversary

Operation Griswold 4th Anniversary

By Joey and Laura Tirico
Located at 104 Wolf Creek Court Cumming, GA 30028

Inspired by the hit movie Christmas Vacation, “Operation Griswold” was born three years ago! A work in progress, my wife and I have enjoyed decorating our home for the Christmas holidays since moving to Cumming over nine years ago. We immediately fell in love with the Norman Rockwell countryside setting and friendly people. It is those friends and neighbors who inspire us every year to make each Christmas even more special than the last.

The day following Thanksgiving, its lights, ladders, and action! Resembling the set of a major motion picture, Operation Griswold 4.0 (the fourth year) is underway! 25,000 lights currently adorn the front yard taking about 30 days to finish. It definitely gets the attention of all the neighborhood kids who are mesmerized by the overwhelming beauty of lighted candy canes, ice cycles, lighted wreaths and 23-foot tall decorated Christmas tree in our front yard. Parents comment on how it brings back such fond memories of childhood, making our efforts so worthwhile.

While the outside can probably be seen from outer space, the inside is a totally different story. Inspired by visits each year to the Biltmore House in Ashville, NC, the inside is an elegant array of formal dining and entertaining. Whether it’s an informal bonfire in the backyard with close neighbors or a formal dinner with family, we love our home and living in such a picturesque neighborhood. We wish all of our friends and neighbors in the Wolf Creek Subdivision and surrounding community a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

2018 Festival of the Nativity Begins Nov. 29 – Dec. 2

Celebrate the Birth of Christ by visiting the display of more than 800 nativities from all over the world.

The Gainesville Ward (Congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invite all families and friends to visit the exhibit of more than 800 nativities from all over the world.

The exhibit will be open from 6PM9PM on November 29th through December 1st at 1234 Riverside Drive in Gainesville.

Final exhibit on December 2nd will be from 3PM to 9PM. There will be many performances of various artists from all over Northeast Georgia throughout the festival. This community event is a gift from the congregation to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Many have attended previous festivals in the past as part of their family Christmas tradition. This event is FREE to the public. Daytime tours can be arranged by calling 770-561-1199.

World Of Coca-Cola Makes The Season Bright With Five Holiday Highlights

World Of Coca-Cola Makes The Season Bright With Five Holiday Highlights

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year – at World of Coca-Cola at least. Starting today through Jan. 1, guests can experience glittering lights, larger-than-life decorations, signature seasonal beverages and more as part of the attraction’s holiday celebration.

“Just as Coca-Cola has always been a special part of the holidays, World of Coca-Cola has become one of Atlanta’s must-do holiday activities,” said Joanna Hobday, Group Director, Retail Operations and Administration. “Every year, couples, friends and families visit us to see what holiday drinks we’ll have this year – and of course to check out our over-the-top decorations and limited-time exhibits.”

When visiting the attraction this season, don’t miss these FIVE holiday highlights:

1. Very Merry and Oh So Bright: Brand new this year, enter Pemberton Place by walking through a 28-foot-tall ornament of holiday lights. Along with trees wrapped with thousands of lights and larger-than-life ornaments, the lawn is transformed into a real-life winter wonderland – perfect for photos with family and friends. All that’s missing is the snow…!

2. Sip on the Season: Fill your cup with holiday cheer in the Taste It! beverage lounge, where you can enjoy signature seasonal beverages like Apple Pie Sprite and Gingerbread Coke at the sampling bar. Visit the Freestyle area for a sip of Coca-Cola Jolly Cherry Vanilla, Seagram’s Ginger Ale Cheery Cherry Vanilla and Sprite Merry Berry. 

3. History of the Holidays: Brush up on your holiday history when you visit “A Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration,” which showcases seasonal Coke ads and artifacts from around the world. Then, check out “History of the Coca-Cola Santa” to learn the real story behind the man in red we know and love.

4. But First …Take a Santa Selfie: Climb aboard Santa’s sleigh and snap a holiday selfie with your friends. Then, for more photo fun, greet the beloved 7-foot-tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear, who is always ready for a picture and a warm bear hug. Let the world know you’re a fan by using #WorldofCocaCola, and you might even see your photo on the attraction’s social media channels.

5. Refreshing Gift Ideas: Knock out some holiday shopping for Coke fans on your list when you visit World of Coca-Cola. Choose from a wide selection of apparel, glassware, home goods, and other items at The Coca-Cola Store, or shop online at CokeStore.com. With a World of Coca-Cola Annual Pass, the fun doesn’t have to end when the holidays do! Give your loved ones the gift of unlimited World of Coca-Cola visits and memories with the Annual Pass – it makes for a great stocking stuffer! For $34, you get one year of unlimited access to the attraction, expedited entry, and multiple discounts. You can purchase Annual Passes online or during your visit to the attraction.

And that’s not all – visit and see why people all over the world love to celebrate the holiday season at World of Coca-Cola!


About World of Coca-Cola

An integral part of downtown Atlanta’s fabric for more than 25 years, World of Coca‑Cola has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 100 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Join over 25 million people who have visited the Atlanta attraction and experience the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 132-year-old secret formula for Coca‑Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 historic artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience, take a photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe.

World of Coca‑Cola is located in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, and is accessible via the Peachtree Center or CNN/World Congress Center MARTA stations. Consumers with questions may call 1-800-676-COKE or visit our website at www.WorldofCocaCola.com to purchase tickets. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/WorldofCocaCola, on Instagram at instagram.com/WorldofCocaCola and on Facebook at facebook.com/WorldofCocaCola.

Annual Gala And Live Auction For Horizon Christian Academy

Each year dozens of families join together to help support Horizon Christian Academy through their annual Gala and live auction. This year the local community is invited to join in the festivities enjoy the dinner, entertainment, and raffles.

Get dressed up and support a great cause as HCA hosts it’s annual Gala Friday, November 30th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Doors will open at 6 PM and the night’s festivities will begin at 6:30 PM. The evening promises to be filled with great prizes like a series 4 Apple Watch and art made by local artisans.

A delicious dinner will be provided by Chef Kern for guests as well as a live musical performance by Forsyth County native, Jacob Davis Martin. Guests can also bid on items during the silent auction and show off their silly side in the HCA Gala photobooth.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true live auction without highly highly sought after items like a Starbucks gift card wreath worth $500, 2 UGA Autographed Footballs in Cases by David Green, and a luxurious weekend trip to Doboy Island, GA that are sure to bring a little spice to the bidding that evening.

Don’t miss out on your chance to bid on a beautiful beach house on Dauphin Island, AL with enough space to sleep up to 16 guests. This gorgeous 5,100 square foot getaway boasts waterfront views, a recently renovated and spacious kitchen, and a large patio with a pool and jacuzzi overlooking the north bay. A week at this vacation home is valued at $5,000!

Thanks to generous donations from the HCA community, all proceeds from the Gala will be used to make improvements to the school campus such as purchasing new playground equipment for students play on during outdoor recess.

Recently all proceeds from the Gala have been used to make improvements to the property such as purchasing new playground equipment for the students to play on during outdoor recess. Funds during this year’s Gala will be used to continue to provide facility expansion and growth.

To get your tickets to the HCA Gala and support the growth of the school and local community you can visit the Facebook event page or contact Cathy Ransom at Cathy.Ransom@hcaga.org or (678) 947-0711 ext 3.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Gingerbread Man at Family Literacy Event

Preschoolers, toddlers, infants, and their families are invited to celebrate the stories of the season at Leap into Literacy with the Gingerbread Man, Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Cumming Elementary School, 540 Dahlonega Street.

Admission to the event is free and advance registration is not required. While the program is designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, children of all ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

The event is the second in the 2018-2019 Leap into Literacy series and will feature a puppet show, stories and songs in English and Spanish, early literacy activities, and a chance to take a photo with the Gingerbread Man himself!

Participants will also enjoy a simple dinner from Rosati’s Pizza and an authentic gingerbread cookie baked by Gasthaus Tirol that children can decorate with toppings courtesy of Ingles Markets.

After meeting the Gingerbread Man and practicing a few simple early literacy activities, children will also receive a free book to take home, courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

“Just over a year ago, Leap into Literacy was formed as a partnership between Forsyth County Public Library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth because we recognized that local families need help preparing their children for success in kindergarten,” says Tracy Walker, Programming Manager at the library.

The program is designed to reach families with children from birth to age five with a series of four free early literacy events each academic year. The events include a storytime or puppet show program designed for preschoolers, a nutritious meal, and education activities that give parents and caregivers the ability to continue early literacy practices at home.

Leap into Literacy organizers agree on the importance of early literacy in preparing children for success in kindergarten and the holidays offer a wealth of opportunities to help children practice early literacy skills.

“Families love to tell stories and share their memories around the holidays and when we tell traditional stories or sing traditional songs, we’re often using words that aren’t as common in our speech at other times of the year. Learning these less common words increases a child’s vocabulary, and that becomes a predictor of reading readiness and success for children as they enter elementary school,” explains Amy Chang, Title I Director at Forsyth County Schools.

Information about literacy, education and health services from the library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth will also be available during the program.

“In addition to helping parents and caregivers teach pre-reading skills to their children, Leap into Literacy also aims to connect families with young children to other free and low-cost services in Forsyth County,” adds Walker.

Leap into Literacy is sponsored by Forsyth County Public Library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth. Leap into Literacy is also supported by a Community Impact Grant from the North Georgia Community Foundation, as well as contributions from Scholastic, Inc., Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates, Barnes & Noble, and other local businesses.

For more information on upcoming early literacy events, including the next Leap into Literacy event in the spring, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Pinecrest Middle School Students Engage in “2018 Space Odyssey”

Pinecrest Middle School Students Engage in “2018 Space Odyssey”

Pinecrest Academy’s Middle School teaching teams are presenting a unit on “Space” in a creative way this week. Principal Denise Cress introduced “thematic units of study” in 2016, and the concept was so well-received by teachers and students, it now happens each November.

“We all know the best way to learn a language is by immersion,” commented Denise Cress, Middle School Principal at Pinecrest Academy. “We’ve taken the same approach with our all school themed units, which are multi-sensory, and focus on experiential learning. Our students have a great time learning, and our teachers enjoy sharing in their excitement,” she continued.

This year’s theme is 2018 Space Odyssey, an intriguing approach to learning all about space. The launch of three rockets is planned for Thursday, and the entire Middle School took a field trip to the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA, on Wednesday.  A multitude of classroom activities that are everything “space” are happening daily.

The Middle School lobby has been transformed into a space station, and the week will culminate on Friday, November 16, with a talk by Mr. David Weigel, Director of Christenberry Planetarium at Samford University.  His talk will be about Pluto, its recent related discoveries, and how the scientific process relates to individuals. Mr. Weigel is a 2008 graduate of Pinecrest Academy.

“What’s great about presenting a themed unit in the way we are doing so is that the theme runs across every subject area,” explained Cress.

In 8th grade English, students read Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day, a story written in 1950 and set on the planet, Venus. After reading and discussing the story, students had the options of creating a Powtoon, a PowerPoint, or a Popup Book about All Summer in a Day.

In Spanish class, students have been introduced to space-related vocabulary and placed on teams to compete in various activities. They participated in an all-Spanish Kahoot trivia, which tested their Spanish knowledge, as well as their science-knowledge of all things space.

Math classes have challenged students to become engineers and design space landers with 4×5 inch cardboard, straws, index cards, mini marshmallows and tape. Their aliens (marshmallows) cannot bounce out of the cup (alien’s cabin) when they test the lander for shock absorption and stability from 1-foot and 2-foot heights.

Students will complete their study of “space” on Friday, which also happens to be Pinecrest’s annual Grandparents Day, during which more than 200 grandparents will be on campus.

As a follow up to the 2016 themed unit of study on World War II and the Holocaust, Middle School students will engage in the third annual Daffodil Planting, supporting the “Daffodil Project,” on Friday, from 10:45-11:15am, in front of the Middle School. Started by Am Yisrael Chai!, a non-profit Holocaust Education and Awareness Organization, The Daffodil Project is a world-wide project empowering Holocaust Education. During the Holocaust, 1.5 million children died senselessly in Nazi-occupied Europe. Am Yisrael Chai! aspires to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember the children.

The site at Pinecrest designated for the daffodils was named the “Children’s Memorial Garden,” and was dedicated and blessed by former Middle School Chaplain, Fr. David Barton, LC, just before the daffodils were planted in November 2016. Students look forward to the spring when these daffodils will bloom, offering another reminder of the children of the Holocaust.

All are welcome to attend the talk on Pluto and the Daffodil Planting ceremony.


Pinecrest Academy is a private Catholic school conveniently located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, and Suwanee. We serve families of all faiths seeking a Christian education for their children.

To learn more about our educational philosophy, please visit our website or connect with us on social media – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Easy Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup For Cold & Flu Season

Easy {Instant Pot} Elderberry Syrup For Cold & Flu Season

I make a big ole batch of Elderberry Syrup every fall to help my family boost their immune system. Truth be told, I have two auto-immune diseases and elderberry doesn’t work for me. So I only make it for my husband and two kids. However, I’m glad it does work for them. Elderberry syrup has helped to shorten colds and ward off coughs every year that I’ve been doing this. In the years past, I used Dr. Marchman’s recipe. It’s a stovetop one, so if you are looking for a stovetop recipe head over to her article – Stay Well This Winter, Naturally.

This year, I thought I would experiment with a new way of making my good ole Elderberry Syrup. And of course, I wanted to use my trusty Instant Pot. Did you know that the Instant Pot is my most used kitchen appliance? Totally worth the $100 price tag. I use it for making rice, mashed potatoes, steaming vegetables, soups, and so much more! If you don’t own one, I recommend you get one asap! The one I have is on sale for $99 right now. Let me give you a few selling points – I can make perfect rice with a 4-minute cook and 10-minute natural steam release, I can hard boil eggs in 5 minutes, I can sear my roast and then cook it slow cooker style all in the same appliance. I could go on and on and on!

Anyway – back to the Elderberry Syrup. The desire for me to write this article was from a simple social media post on Instagram and Facebook. My post received hundreds of comments asking for my recipe. Not at all what I expected. I’m glad you guys wanted to make my recipe. I sure hope this keeps your family well this cold & flu season!

I purchase my dried elderberries on Amazon. This 1lb package will give me 3 batches. Which basically lasts me for two years. If you want to purchase the same berries as me, simply use this link – Dried Organic Elderberries, 1 Lb. {Please note – this is an affiliate link. If you purchase with my link, I will make a small percentage of income. That income helps to keep Cumming Local running}

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups of elderberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 cup of honey

Instructions:

  1. Put the elderberries, water, cinnamon, and ginger into the Instant Pot.
  2. Zest the orange and lemon. Squeeze both the orange and lemon to get the juices in the pot. Throw the orange and lemon in.
  3. Seal the Instant Pot and set it to manual and high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off, set the valve to “vent” and strain the mixture. Discard the remaining berries and citrus.
  5. Once the syrup has cooled to room temperature, add the honey and vanilla extract. You can add more vanilla and/or honey to your desired taste.
  6. I pour mine into a large mason jar and store in the fridge.

Dosing Information: Adults take 1 Tbs and children take 1 tsp daily to boost immunity. The dose can be tripled daily when fighting a cold, cough or flu.

And that’s it – so simple. It was done in about 15 minutes. The longest part of the process was waiting on it to cool so I could add in the honey and vanilla extract.

PS- My kids take this without any complaints. I don’t make it overly sweet but if you have a finicky husband or kids – you may want to up the sweetness.


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.

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth from Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28, 2019. Tickets are officially on sale today.

Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set. With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is the ultimate Disney fan experience.

Families will join the fun in an exciting opening number that salutes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as the original hosts of Disney On Ice and celebrates 90 years of Mickey and Minnie.

Tickets for Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic start at $20. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling 770.626.2464 or visiting www.InfiniteEnergyCenter.com. For group rates and information, reach out to FeldDirectGroups@feldinc.com. *Ticket price is subject to change based on market demand.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to DisneyOnIce.com.


About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience and Jurassic World Live (coming Fall 2019). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

Cumming Resident and Military Veteran to Bring Hounds Town USA Doggie Daycare Franchise to Local Area

Cumming Resident and Military Veteran to Bring Hounds Town USA Doggie Daycare Franchise to Local Area

As a member of the Marine Corps for 17 years, it was always difficult for Cumming resident Dave Robbins and his wife Ammee to leave their dogs in the care of strangers, especially when Dave was deployed to Iraq in 2004.

After working at AT&T for more than 18 years, Robbins was ready to take the leap to start his own business and came across Hounds Town USA, a fully interactive doggie daycare franchise that offers customers worry-free and reliable pet care service. Robbins saw a business model that was run by people who truly cared about dogs and their well-being.

“Hounds Town USA is a place where dogs can be dogs,” said Robbins. “As an owner, you can walk away feeling satisfied with the care and treatment provided by Hounds Town USA.”

Robbins sees the Cumming community as a great fit for Hounds Town USA because of the number of dogs in the area and lack of suitable doggie daycare options in metro Atlanta. Robbins plans to bring four Hounds Town USA locations to the Atlanta area in the next 10 years.

Founded in 2001 by former NYPD canine handle and commanding officer of Nassau County Police Department Mike Gould, Hounds Town USA has grown to seven locations, with another six in development and a strategic plan to grow to 50-plus units by 2023.

“Throughout my many years working with dogs, I noticed that humans often fundamentally misunderstand dogs and how they behave. They are social pack animals who need interaction to live a balanced life, and few dog daycare and boarding facilities share this mentality,” said Gould. “I created Hounds Town USA to offer a place for dogs to be dogs, and it has been embraced by both dog owners and potential franchisees like Dave. We know the metro Atlanta area is a perfect geographic area for our brand and we look forward to Dave growing the Hounds Town USA footprint in the Southeast.”

Since 2001, Hounds Town USA has offered a safe and welcoming environment for dogs to be dogs, with interactive doggie daycare, pet boarding, dog grooming, a pet taxi, and retail services. For more information, please visit https://www.houndstownfranchise.com/.

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