6th Annual Vinings Spring Wine Stroll

April 12, 2014
1:00 pmto7:00 pm

6th Annual Vinings Spring Wine Stroll

The Vinings Spring Wine Stroll will be held on Saturday, April 12th vinings-inn(Tour 1PM – 7PM), with registration from 1PM – 5PM @ Noche, which is located at 2850 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339.

This is the 6th annual Spring wine strolling event in Vinings Village that features great wine and food offerings, a 50/50 raffle & entertainment.

lapaz-viningsParticipants can enjoy a nice stroll around Vinings visiting four restaurants while enjoying wines from different countries & regions.

After-party is Social Vinings 6pm-until with entertainment.

Last Fall this event was big hit with over 600 attendees so we are bringing it back again for your enjoyment.

social-vinings-restaurantParticipating restaurants include Noche, Vinings Inn, LaPaz and Social Vinings.

Cover: $6 Advance, $12 Door

Portion of proceeds benefits Lupus Foundation of America team of Purple People Eaters.

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2014 Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival

April 26, 2014
10:00 am
April 27, 2014
3:00 pm

The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of April 26 & 27. The 2014 Spring Jonquil Festival is right around the corner and will be held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, Georgia next to the fabulous Smyrna Market Village. The festival is on Saturday, April 26th from 10a.m.-6p.m. and on Sunday, April 27th from 12 p.m. – 5p.m.The festival has a history of over 25 years and will feature over 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profits, sponsors, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children’s activities. We will also have local entertainment on the stage in front of the library.

Friends of the Smyrna Library will have their book sale during the Spring Jonquil festival, so plan to get some phenomenal deals on all types of books imaginable.

A crowd favorite, Peter Hart will be bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to the Spring Jonquil Festival! Peter’s festival puppet show has appeal to everyone in a family audience with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage!

Adding the right sounds…Scott Thompson for your listening pleasure. J. Scott Thompson one of the founding members of Peachtree Station (voted Atlanta Magazine’s Best Country Band 2000) will entertain you with all your favorite songs on the Village Green lawn adjacent to the Jonquil Food Court.

Artisans are from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more.

The festival foods include: cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ.

The huge interactive children’s area includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more. So whether it’s your child or the child in you, there are plenty of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The children’s activities area will have a huge array interactive inflatable activities, City of Smyrna fire truck, sand art.

The festival hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Admission is FREE. Eat delicious food, shop, check out the puppet show, play and then relax on the Village Green lawn. The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family!

And there’s MORE… Run for fun, education and pie at the Jonquil City Jog 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26th at 8 a.m. The race starts and ends at Smyrna City Hall next to the Market Village and Village Green.

200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080.

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Smyrna Vinings Home March Report

2014 is off to a good start in the  Smyrna Vinings real estate market. With US home loan rates remaining low, we expect demand to remain strong and we expect to see a lot of move-up homebuyers taking advantage of the opportunities that 2014 will offer. We’re certainly off to a good start.

Smyrna Vinings Home Sales March 2014

This chart shows you the past 12 months of home sales at any given point. As you’ll notice, the green bar is 2007 and we were selling a fair amount more homes in 2007. Sales dropped significantly in 2008, with the drop becoming more pronounced toward the last quarter of 2008. That would be the beginning of the financial meltdown. 2009 home sales started off about 32% off the level just two years previously in January 2007. We saw Smyrna Vinings home sales continue to drop in 2009, but then leveling off in late summer and actually seeing sales pick up toward the end of the year. Typically, you expect sales to be higher in the late Spring and early Summer, but that hasn’t been the case in 2007-2010.

2014 has started well with home sales at a level in the first quarter of 2014 that has only been surpassed in the past eight years in 2007. Interest rates have been slowly increasing, but it certainly has dampened buyers appetites for buying a Smyrna home. Pending sales are up at the end of March by 13% , so we’ll see how April shapes up in a few weeks.

Smyrna Vinings Homes for Sale March 2014

The Active Listings chart depicts Smyrna Vinings homes currently for sale. Much like last year, we’re seeing Smyrna Vinings homes for sale at very low levels. As a general rule, we’ve seen inventory increase in the April to June range and then see the amount of Smyrna Vinings homes for sale reduce towards the end of the year. While sales and months of inventory numbers vary drastically from previous years, the one thing you can count on is that inventory decreases in the last quarter of the year, as indicated above. The big difference of course is that the overall number of homes on the market is just much less than in years past due to homes selling so quickly.

As sales are improving, we’re also seeing prices increasing as well. We’re going to continue to see more equity sellers in the market and fewer distressed properties as we move forward over the next couple years. This will result in continued low inventory levels as the number of equity sellers that can afford to sell will be outnumbered by buyers eager to take advantage of prices that are still depressed and interest rates that are phenomenal. If you’ve thought about selling and just aren’t sure, be sure to contact us or find out how much your home is worth. Less competition is a good thing if you’re ready to sell.

Smyrna Vinings Homes Months Inventory March 2014

One other important statistic that we like to track is the overall health of the Smyrna Vinings home market. Months of inventory is a calculation that takes the current amount of homes for sale and divides that by the number of homes that have sold in the last 12 months. What the result means is if no more homes were listed, how many months would it take, based upon the past 12 months activity, to sell all the homes currently for sale.

A result of 6 months is considered a healthy market, less than 6 months a seller’s market and more than 6 months, a buyer’s market. What we can see from the chart above is that we have lower inventory levels right now than at any point in the past five years. Compare that with the highest amount of bloat and most severe buyer’s market in July of 2009 with significant improvement starting in mid-2010 and continuing through today.

In March, inventory levels have increased slightly from the end of 2013, but are about the same as last year. As prices have increased this year, we have seen a big pickup in new construction and an increase in resale activity as more home owners can afford to sell. Technically, we are now in a seller’s market based on current inventory levels. What this means as you will continue to see prices slowly rise from here as demand outpaces supply.

That is your Smyrna Vinings homes sales activity recap for March 2014. Hope that was helpful and don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help you sell your Smyrna Vinings home or find your new Smyrna Vinings home.

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5th Annual Vinings Business Expo April 21st

April 21, 2014
4:00 pmto7:30 pm

The Vinings Business Association will hold its 5th annual Business EXPO, Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Marriott Courtyard Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339, from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The event is free to the public.

Those attending the event are eligible for door prizes, drawings, discount offers and complimentary food samples. 30 + Exhibits will highlight Vinings-area businesses and restaurants.

Exhibit Tables Now Available. 30 Tables Available. Tables are provided and are 6′-8′ covered and at least chair provided per table. Exhibits are to be table-top size.

Click to Purchase Exhibit Space to the April 21 VBA EXPO

Exhibitors MUST Register and Pre-Pay in Full Online in Advance – $125 VBA Members, $195 Non Members. Set up 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, 1st come, 1st served on set up.

If You Want to Showcase Your Restaurant to the Vinings Community, Food Sponsors Will Just Bring Food Samples, NO Exhibit Fee! Food Spots Available

Contact: glenn@viningsbusiness.com

General Info: 678-725-0099; 770-861-8285

The Vinings Business Association (VBA), a non-profit corporation, consists of business owners, executives, employees, residents and interested citizens that are committed to enhancing the economic, business and residential vibrancy of Vinings and to promote the physical and financial health of the community through networking, social, cultural and educational activities.

Regular events of the VBA include a 1st Tuesday monthly luncheon, a 3rd Tuesday After Hours event and a 3rd Wednesday VBA Executive Club.

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Jonquil City Jog 2014

April 26, 2014
8:00 amto10:00 am

2014 jonquil city jogJonquil City Jog 2014

At the Jonquil City Jog 5K participants run (or walk) for fun, education, and PIE at this annual race for education held in downtown Smyrna. Proceeds benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides financial and community support to Campbell High School students. Campbell High School is a recipient of a Georgia School of Excellence award and has an outstanding International Baccalaureate program.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 8:00 AM

Smyrna City Hall – 2800 King Street

7:00am – Registration & Packet Pick-up
8:00am – 5K Run/Walk
9:00am – Fun Run & Fitness Walk
9:15am – Tot Trot


5K Timed Run – $28.00
5K – Untimed Walk / Run – $23.00
1K Fun Run – $15.00 – (no official results)
Tot Trot – Kids 5 & Under w/T-shirt – $15.00
Tot Trot – Kids 5 & under – FREE (No T-shirt) $0.00
Team Registration (teams of 10 or more) 5K Timed Run – $25.00
Team Registration (teams of 10 or more) 5K Untimed Walk/Run – $20.00

Team Registration (teams of 10 or more) 1K Fun Run – $15.00 (no official results)

Team Registration (teams of 10 or more) – Tot Trot – Kids 5 & under w/T-shirt – $15.00

(NOTE: Team/Group discount applies only to online registration and mail-in registration postmarked by Monday, April 21, 2014. NO race day registrations for groups.)

Race Day Fees
$35 – Timed Runner
$30 – Untimed Walker/Runner


You can register now at Active.com or download the registration form.

Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up
Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup will take place adjacent to the Smyrna City Hall from 7:00 a.m. until race time. The Race Day Fee is $35 for timed / $30 for untimed (not included in official results). No race packets will be mailed to pre-registered entries.

The 5K is an accurately measured out & back course down Atlanta Road that is scenic and fast. The race begins on Bank Street surrounded by the famous Village Green, City Hall and the Market Village then down Atlanta Road where it shoots down to Campbell Middle School, then returns finishing in front of City Hall and the Market Village, where it all began.

Age Group Awards

Key Lime Pies for all 1st place winners!
Awards will be presented to the Overall and Masters Male and Female winners, as well as the top three finishers in 15 age groups from 8 & under to 70 & over, male and female. All participants in the Fun Run will receive a commemorative ribbon for participating.

Proceeds benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides financial and community support to Campbell High School students. Campbell High School is a recipient of a Georgia School of Excellence award and has an outstanding International Baccalaureate program.

Directions & Parking
From I-285 – Exit Atlanta Rd. Go outside I-285 approximately 4 miles to Church Street (just past Concord Rd.) Follow signs to race parking.

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