Introducing Oliver & Rain, “The Little Brand with a Big Heart!” 

Atlanta company Kanopy Brands has launched its first new sustainable children’s clothing line that is not only unique and stylish but also baby-friendly and earth-friendly.

The online retail shop features a line of thoughtfully designed baby essentials for children, sizes newborn through 24 months. Oliver & Rain’s clothing is carefully and lovingly created with organic cotton and packaged with recycled materials to include biodegradable hangers, making it the perfect choice for parents who are looking to leave this world a better place for their little ones. 

For more information on Oliver & Rain, visit OliverAndRain.com

Caravaca Market Now Open After February Ribbon-Cutting

Guests joined celebrity chef Harry Pagancoss for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Caravaca Market, 782 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Located in the heart of Midtown, guests were entertained with light bites and coffee from Caravaca Market’s four food stalls and Provisions Market.

Pagancoss is a Puerto Rican chef, television and radio personality, author and restaurateur known for his travels, cultural focus on cuisine and experimentation with global flavors. With nearly 10 years of on-air talent, Pagancoss was the host of Turner’s Latin American travelogue, “GPS: Guided by Flavors.” In the past, Pagancoss has appeared on shows for Univision, NBC Telemundo, TV Azteca and collaborated with MTV Tr3s, engaging audiences throughout Latin America and the United States. This is Pagancoss’ first Caravaca Market.

For more information, visit CaravacaMarket.com.

Mix and Mingle at 5Church Atlanta Social Hour

Brush away the workday and enter a state of post-stress relaxation with friends by taking advantage of Social Hour at 5Church Atlanta on Peachtree at 14th in the heart of Midtown. Enjoy quality time catching up with friends over a selection of mouthwatering small plates, beer and wines from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday through Thursday. “Eats” ($8) include short rib sliders with pickled red onion and homemade barbecue sauce on a pretzel bun; Margherita flatbread topped with crispy basil, fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes; Prince Edward Island mussels in a tomato garlic broth; duck poutine; and smoked chicken wings in blonde barbecue sauce. For $6, kick back with glasses of Clos Pegase merlot or Riff pinot grigio. Beer specials include Highland Gaelic Ale and Modelo Especial for $4 each. Hurry in. There’s a spot waiting for you—a seat at one of the high-tops or at the bar.

Amazon Names Atlanta a Finalist for HQ2

Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America. Amazon announced 20 metropolitan areas to move on to to the next phase of the process, and Atlanta made the list.

“I am very pleased that Atlanta has been named as one of 20 cities selected for Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. “Atlanta’s spot on this list is a testament to our city’s assets, including the strong working relationship between the city and the state. I am excited to move forward into this next phase of the process, and I look forward to continuing to work with Gov. (Nathan) Deal, Commissioner (Pat) Wilson and all of our stakeholders to make sure Atlanta puts forth the strongest, most competitive bid possible.”

In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision this year.

Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest more than $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

Other finalists are Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis, Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.

Cultured South to Open a Kombucha Taproom & Fermentation Marketplace

Cultured South, a fermentation company from Melanie Wade, the creator of Golda Kombucha, will open a kombucha bar and fermentation marketplace on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail late this spring. Cultured South will offer fermented food and beverage products to taste and take home at a 6000-square-foot warehouse space in the much-anticipated Lee + White development, 1038 White St. 

Cultured South is Melanie’s newly formed parent company that includes Golda Kombucha, Pure Abundance Cashew Cheese and other forthcoming probiotic-rich, fermented fare. The company has launched a Kickstarter to secure additional funding for the brick-and-mortar project.

The news marks Golda Kombucha’s third expansion since launching in 2013, as the company moves from a 2,000-square-foot facility on the Eastside and adds an additional 4,000 square feet for production, tastings and retail.

Kombucha has gained popularity as a probiotic drink containing vitamins and live and active cultures to aid digestion, boost the immune system and energize the body. As Georgia’s “first and finest kombucha company,” Golda Kombucha helped pioneer the production of the fermented tea beverage throughout the state. The upcoming kombucha bar and taproom will be the first of its kind in Georgia, offering visitors the chance to taste, take home and learn about the making of kombucha tea, as well as a lineup of other fermented food and drink items like drinking vinegars, wild ferments, vegan cheeses and other probiotic-rich offerings.

A variety of specials and events will also be offered in the taproom, including new kombucha flavors and product launches, kombucha flights, cocktails and floats, DIY kombucha and fermentation classes, yoga lessons, collaborations and partnerships with other craft beverage breweries, distilleries and local farmers, and more.

Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Atlanta Braves Celebrate Ribbon-Cutting for Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta

Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Atlanta Braves commemorated the opening of the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta with a ribbon-cutting celebration. As the official hotel of the Atlanta Braves, the property is located at The Battery Atlanta, the city’s newest mixed-use complex and home to SunTrust Park, the Coca-Cola Roxy music venue, shopping, dining and premier office space. The hotel opened its doors to its first guests on January 3. The ceremony marked a major milestone in the expansion of The Battery Atlanta, one of the South’s most dynamic developments.

The ribbon-cutting festivities featured remarks from  Jim Caldwell, CEO of Omni Hotels & ResortsCaldwell; Terry McGuirk, chairman and CEO of the Atlanta Braves; Gil Watson, pastor emeritus at Northside United Methodist Church; and Ramon Reyes, general manager of Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta. Following the dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting, attendees enjoyed light bites from Achie’s restaurant by acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson and wine selections in the hotel’s Lobby Bar.

Tours of the 264-room property featured the hotel’s presidential suite with private terrace and the fifth-floor pool deck, steps away from SunTrust Park home plate. Guests also browsed South End Trading Company, a distinct retail store with a curated collection of American craft art installations, retro Americana, whimsical baseball items, local art and fashion, and music records inspired by the neighboring Coca-Cola Roxy music venue.

For more information, visit OmniHotels.com.