Ponce & Peachtree - May 2019

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 29, No. 5 • MAY 2019 Pop-Up Shops Give Glimpse of What’s to Come on Historic Hotel Row Ponce Library Hosts Used Book Sale Mark your calendars now for the used book sale sponsored by the Friends of Ponce Library to be held on Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. AND Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Library at 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta 30306. Cash and checks only please. Come support the library while taking the opportunity to pick up some really great titles at bargain prices. Choose from a variety of hardback and paperback books in all genres including fiction, non-fiction, biogra- phies, history, science fiction, home and gardening, children’s and young adult. While you’re at the sale, why not join the Friends of Ponce Library or renew your membership for a $10 year- ly fee. All membership and sale funds are used to purchase books and supplies for the branch as well as support children’s and community programs hosted at the Library.” Historic Hotel Row In earlyMarch German investment and development company Newport put out a call to local businesses, nonprofits, makers, artists and others to help fill eight empty retail spaces in South Downtown with pop- up shops. The spots offered up are located in Atlanta’s original business district between 209-239 Mitchell Street SW, in the most intact row of early 20th century commercial structures in the city. Known as Hotel Row the buildings there were built with street level retail and hotel rooms on the upper floors and served railroad passengers from nearby Terminal Station. Pop-Up Row opened with a kick-off party April 11. “We’re giving them four months free rent and utilities until the end of July when Newport plans to start construction and renovation of the buildings,” said April Stammel, Vice President of Marketing and Community Development for Newport Investment & Development Company. “The buildings all need pretty sub- stantial mechanical, electrical and plumb- ing work. We had this opportunity in the meantime to give these people a chance to launch a business or try something dif- ferent in a place that hasn’t seen a lot of activity for a long time.” Continued on page 6