Cherokee sees uptick in business licenses
by Joshua Sharpe
July 31, 2013 12:24 AM | 3444 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Jim Kelley is opening Eagle's Nest Pizza in downtown Waleska in the same building as the former Front Porch Creamery. Cherokee County saw an increase of more than 10 percent for the month of June in the number of new businesses braving the slow-mending economy and setting up shop around the county. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Jim Kelley is opening Eagle's Nest Pizza in downtown Waleska in the same building as the former Front Porch Creamery. Cherokee County saw an increase of more than 10 percent for the month of June in the number of new businesses braving the slow-mending economy and setting up shop around the county.
Staff/Todd Hull
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WALESKA — Cherokee County saw an increase of more than 10 percent for the month of June in the number of new businesses braving the slow-mending economy and setting up shop around the county.

In June 2012, 95 new business licenses were handed out throughout the county. This June, a slightly more promising 109 were given out. The number is also up from May when 101 were issued in Cherokee.

While the uptick isn’t staggering, local business leaders say it’s a good sign that the economy continues to recover from the downturn of recent years.

“It really doesn’t surprise me,” said Dennis Burnette, president and CEO of Cherokee Bank. “The economy is not necessarily booming, but we are seeing some growth.”

Burnette said he has ain always kept the lines of communication open with others in business, and what he hears is present in the numbers.

“For the last several years, business people have told me their revenues and sales were pretty flat,” he said. More recently, “Several of my clients have told me their revenues and sales are up 15 percent.”

Debra J. Williams, market development officer at Community and Southern Bank in Woodstock, also said the rise in the numbers is a positive sign.

“The continued uptick in the strength of the economy has the business community feeling more confident,” Williams said.

Williams said although gradual and sometimes flat, the growth is getting business people excited again.

“While any recovery is expected to be slow in nature, a measured pace carries with it a higher likelihood of being sustained over an extended period of time,” she said.

One Cherokee man taking advantage of the growth is Waleska’s Jim Kelley.

Kelley started renovating the former Front Porch Creamery building in Waleska where he plans to open Eagle’s Nest Pizza on Aug. 15.

Kelley came to Waleska about a year ago from Florida where he managed golf courses for decades.

He had a pretty simple set of goals when he came to town.

“Really, I came up here to kind of semi-retire and play golf,” he said.

But his new life wasn’t as fulfilling as he hoped it would be.

“I’ve been overplaying,” Kelley said. “And I decided I wanted to do something again.”

That “something” will now be his new pizza joint on Reinhardt College Parkway, which he hopes will draw in hungry youth from the college down the street.

“I don’t know many kids that don’t eat pizza,” Kelley said.

Eagle’s Nest Pizza will also have another thing near and dear to many college-age kids: beer.

The restaurant recently became the recipient of the city of Waleska’s first license to pour alcohol in the city limits, which Kelley said will help the business hit its mark of being a college-kid hangout, so long as the students stay safe with the alcohol.

“Basically, I’m going back to my youth,” he said. “When I was a kid going to college, we ate pizza and drank beer. And here I’ve got this captive audience down the street.”

Kelley said the restaurant will feature New York-style pizza and a Reinhardt University theme.

He also plans to offer a discount to students showing their school ID.

Kelley said his new business is a partnership with longtime Cherokee County resident Betty Callahan who is also a member of the Cherokee Planning Commission and owns the building.

Kelley said the building dates back well over 100 years.

In addition to Eagle’s Nest Pizza, other businesses that received licenses in the county were:

Cherokee County:

Paper.Scissors.Cake Children’s Art Studio

Jeremy’s Automotive LLC

Craig T Industries LLC

Just for You Catering

Flywheel Auto Sales Inc.

Georgia Platinum Realty LLC

Golfing Fore Green

Zingleman LLC

Oogie Originals LLC

HSGA Real Estate Group LLC

Freehome Barbershop

Herb Conn Masonry

Pets’ Premier Mobile Veterinary Clinic LLC

AIMC LLC

Stand Up For Your Birth LLC

Slate Interactive Photo Booths Inc.

Jerome Howard

Fairy Tale Cleaning Services

Huffs Pressure Washing

Sanuel Dematos Lawn Care

Black Cat Blasting LLC

C&H Enterprises LLC

Rit Priya 0527 Inc.

Kenneth Nix

Atlanta Horticulture Group

Michelle & Me! Music

Crossfit Bridgemill LLC

Dave Chandler Machinery

UNIR CORPORATION

Partners in Facility Services LLC

Superior Cleaning Specialists Inc.

New Beginnings Bright Futures

OurFund LLC

Elements Salon and Spa LLC

Carl Weinzierl

Platinum One Logistics LLC

Chamlee Landscapes

Milton Lawn Care

ArborCut LLC

Jimmy Long

Get Driveways ’R Us Inc.

Off Duty Landscape Company LLC

E & G Construction

Atlanta Student Loan Aid LLC

RG Ironworks LLC

R Squared Contracting Services LLC

John E. Miller Inc.

KREID Innovations LLC

AC Squad LLC

Taurus Landscape Services LLC

Design Today

Chrissy Carlisle

Shane Garrett

Design Options LLC

B&D Gutter Services LLC

Ann M. Olk Sales

Ansleigh Homes Inc.

Yolanda G. Henry-Event Planning

Sheila Jones Interiors

Bluegrass Materials Company LLC

ASAPpliance Repair LLC

Striking Promotions LLC

Camila’s Cabs LLC

KNL Fashions

Karen Miles

Beaudin Inc.

RBM Construction, Inc.

Woodstock:

Janae Bell

Rejuvenate Massage Studio LLC

National Title Insurance of New York

OshKosh B’gosh

Adidas America Inc.

Carter’s Retail Inc.

Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting

Mary Zeman Art LLC

Noco Inc.

Bradash II Inc.

Rhonda Pettit

Baby & More Thrift Store

The Hope Center

Rand Realty LLC

Sundance Security Inc.

Snap Franks & Coneys LLC

Atlanta Brain and Spine Care PC

Ruby

Destination Maternity Corporation

Urology of Greater Atlanta LLC

Barrel and Barley LLC

Canton:

David Jesus Hernandez

Linette’s Hilltop Daycare

Possum’s

National Title Insurance of New York

Extreme Cleanings

Riverstone Dairy Queen

Cherokee Arts Center

Southern Comfort Fireworks

George Mead Md.

JRI Enterprises Global

Comprehensive Pain Management

Turbo H20 Pressure Washing

Motel 6

1st Choice Cleaning

Holly Springs:

Goff Communications

Appalachian Air Deodorization LLC

Breeze Print Company

Turner Advisory Group LLC

Trendsetters Hair Salon

There is a Season LLC

— Ball Ground and Nelson issued no new licenses, and Waleska issued no others.
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joe gags
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November 02, 2013
jim kelley better revise his bussiness tatics cause he dont know anything about a resturant,he has been open a month and he already changed his prices ,without changing.the menues and i dont nean small changes ,he went from 70 cent a topping on pizza to $2.00a topping thats unheard of, and also deceptive on beer it was $2.75 a bottle now its $3.75 come on thats more than buckhead .do i smell greed or what. if your kid is at reinheart you better give them another $100 a month for jim,sgreed .i give him a short time in bussiness.
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