Outlet mall sparks uptick in permits
by Joshua Sharpe
August 25, 2013 12:00 AM | 5993 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Kevin Kino, owner of the Gifted Ferret, a wine and gift shop in Woodstock, has recently opened a kiosk at the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. From left, Gifted Ferret employees Vince Monroe, Carol Mastowski and owner Kevin Kino. <br>
Kevin Kino, owner of the Gifted Ferret, a wine and gift shop in Woodstock, has recently opened a kiosk at the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. From left, Gifted Ferret employees Vince Monroe, Carol Mastowski and owner Kevin Kino.
With help from the opening of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, the month of July saw a staggering increase of about 130 percent in the number of new businesses choosing to call Cherokee County home.

Of the 176 new businesses getting their working papers around Cherokee in July, 91 of them were retailers in the 370,000-square-foot Woodstock shopping center, and officials say the numbers are just a taste of impact the development will prove to have on the county.

Pam Carnes, president and she said she CEO of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, said the increase in business licenses, up from 76 in July 2012, is “of course” due to the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. And she hopes the development will attract more business to move into the county.

“With the proven success of the development,” Carnes said, “the hope is that Cherokee’s increasing economic climate will spur (other) development adjacent to the location along with additional projects throughout the community.”

Lewis Cline, senior vice president of Bank of North Georgia, agrees the center will have a positive impact on Cherokee.

“The placement of the outlet center in Cherokee County is not only a great asset to the community but a testament that Cherokee County is a choice location for new businesses,” Cline said.

On top of the sign of the times seen in the uptick in business licenses, the impact of the Outlet Shoppes has already hit the city of Woodstock with real dollars.

Since May, the city has brought in $17,025 in business permit fees from stores at the shopping center, with $14,805 of that cash coming in during July alone, according to Venis Ponce, a development services representative with Woodstock.

Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques said much of the growth the development will bring to the area can’t yet be known, but so far, things look good.

“It’s a tremendous economic impact for the city and the county, bringing that we know of over 200 jobs immediately,” he said.

One Cherokee County entrepreneur who saw that impact coming was Kevin Kino, owner of the Gifted Ferret which is one of only a few locally based businesses in the outlet mall.

With another location on Eagle Drive in Woodstock, the Gifted Ferret has been in business for about two years, selling high-end gifts and wine.

Kino said the decision to open up its second location in a kiosk at the mall was an easy call. But originally, it looked like he wouldn’t get to cash in on the highly anticipated development.

“They actually had all the kiosks filled, and we were inquiring with their corporate to see (about advertising in the center),” he said. Then, “One of their vendors fell through, and they contacted us.”

At its new location, the Gifted Ferret is offering a similar business as the other shop on Eagle Drive.

“We kind of just do a small slice of what we do at the big store, minus the wine,” he said.

Kino said his business is a good fit for the Woodstock center, where shoppers are drawn in by upscale and hard-to-find products at reduced prices.

“We’re different, we’re unique, it’s more upscale in line with their business plan,” he said. “The whole idea of the business is to be very unique. Basically, if you find it somewhere else that’s something we don’t want to carry.”

Now that his kiosk in the center is open, Kino said he is finding that customers agree.

He’s also found the outlet location has him advertising his larger location after all.

“This is just really starting to get foot traffic over to the store,” Kino said.

But business owners like Kino likely won’t the only ones to feel the impact of the Outlet Shoppes.

Cherokee Board of Commissioners Chairman Buzz Ahrens said the development will bring in millions in sales taxes revenue and along with the Cherokee County Aquatic Center will draw in newcomers who might not normally visit the county.

“This will be a real boon to Woodstock, specifically,” Ahrens said.

Business permits for July

Cherokee County:

Josefina Molina Party Decorating

Phillip McPherson

Compacting Trash Industries, Inc.

Nu Look Solutions LLC

Valenzuela’s Cleaning LLC

Pelayos 2 LLC

TB Consulting Group LLC

The Vape Spot LLC

Solid Approach Realty Services LLC

Louisa Carter

The Better Builder

Rusk Waites Home Cleaning

Miss Milly’s LLC

McMillen Metals

Georgia Doves LLC


Pop Photography

Fancy Business Inc.

DLC Contracting

Concrete Solutions Of Ga.

Chad’s Printing LLC

Kent’s Cleaning Service

Kelly’s Painting and Floor Care

Xzalt Productions

Aaron’s Window Cleaning

Wheels Over Georgia

Christine Powers

Lock, Stock and Barrel

HSM Remodeling LLC

Travail Enterprise LLC

MCM Flooring Paint & More LLC

J & J Hay Farms Inc

Lighting Creations Inc

VaFuGa Group LLC

Cherokee HVAC LLC

Cherokee Land Development LLC

Meacham Control Systems LLC

White Water Learning Center of Georgia LLC

3 H Service System Inc

Primal Awakening Studios LLC

Mutts In Action

Call Riley LLC

Focus on Function LLC

Brannibreath Enterprises LLC

Carter-Hazel & Associates Inc

Carter Septic Tank Co

Dirt Cheap Hoodz

Green General Contractor Inc

Bow Wow N Meow

Vas Cleaning


Alexander Kessler

Clean Office Solutions Corp

Elizabeth Nelson

Kay Jewelers

River Green Academy

Champion Cycles Inc

Diane L.Hollander Psyd

Integrated Financial Advisory

GA Urology

1938 Enterprises

HD Photography Inc

Holly Springs:


Capturing Hope Photography

Oakmark Realty Inc

Cakes by Carissa LLC

Appalachian Ice LLC


Tsunami Wave Woodstock LLC

Tsunami Wave Woodstock LLC

Gymboree Retail Stores Inc.

Converse Inc

Bose Corp.

Genesco Inc.

Chico’s FAS Inc.

The Dress Barn Inc.

Jockey International Global Inc.

White House/Black Market Inc.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Papaya Clothing

The Fragrance Outlet

Love Culture Inc.

Famous Footwear

Naturalizer Outlet

Levi’s Outlet Store

Gold Toe Stores Inc.

Steven Madden Retail Inc.

Ultra Stores Inc.

Kay Jewelers




Columbia Sportswear

Samsonite Company Store

Kitchen Collection


True Religion Brand Jeans


Charlotte Russe

Corningware Corelle & More

The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta


York Chiropractic Clinic

Locker Room by Lids

Abundant Staffing Agency LLC

Ann Taylor Factory Store

Ann Taylor Loft Outlet

The Luggage Factory

Journey Store

Million Dollar Spray Tan LLC

J.Crew Factory


Cherokee Health Massage

PS From Aeropostale

Luxury Bedding LLC

Book Warehouse of Atlanta, Georgia Inc

New Balance Athletic Shoe


Reliable Disaster Solutions the Source for Floors LLC

Little Roots Yoga LLC

Thrivent Financial

Le Creuset Factory Store

Michael Kors

Cherokee Health Massage

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

Cole Haan Company Store

Saks Off 5th

O’Brien Nutritional Services, Inc.

Skechers USA


Leaning Ladder

Typical American Music

American Eagle Outfitters

Brooks Brothers



Nine West Outlet

Jones New York

Easy Spirit Outlet


Auntie Anne’s

Calphalon Kitchen Outlet

Fox Head Inc.

Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton

Tascia’s Teas

Korwin Consulting, Inc.


Under Armour Retail of Georgia, LLC

Little Tokyo

Mystic Boutique


The Children’s Place

The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.

Willard Enterprises, LLC

Lucky Brand Dungarees Stores, Inc.



Juicy Couture


Sunglass Warehouse Inc.

Sunglass Hut


Berry & Berry

Sabol Designs Inc

Toy “R” Us


Crabtree & Evelyn


Power Brands Marketing Inc.


Home Fusion LLC

Light Global Technologies Inc.

Rem-Net Ministries Inc.

Dr. Bruce E Reid And Associates, PC

Two Men And A Truck

DSI Renal

Theisen Vending Inc.

Kate Spade New York

Duct Dr.

Thrivent Financial

Elyse Kraus

Center Cut Catering

Ball Ground:

Les Bon Temps Louisiana Kitchen

Waleska and Nelson issued no permits.

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