In the guest chair:

John Kemp and Dana Barrett

John Kemp and Dana Barrett

President of Oldcastle Building Solutions, John Kemp joined Dana live in studio to discuss brand loyalty, new stadiums, and building new roads.

Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of building products. Oldcastle produces architectural masonry and concrete products including architectural glass, roof tiles, veneers, segmental retaining walls, bricks, sand, aggregates, precast concrete, masonry units and concrete pavers.

In the headlines:

  • A quick note – Early registration for Venture Atlanta (the largest investment conference in the Southeast) ends tomorrow – July 31st.  The price to attend is  $450 through July 31st. With limited seating available and standing room only crowds in 2014, the conference is expected to sell out. The price goes up to $550 on August 1st.
  • Georgia’s tax free weekend starts tomorrow, so if you have some shopping to do, this is the time!  The sale runs from Friday at midnight to Saturday at midnight – just in time for many families to shop before school starts.
  • Buckhead could see even more development in the near future.  This time the area being discussed is moving a bit west of Peachtree – across the street from the St. Regis hotel along West Paces Ferry.
  • Dana always says everything is business – so we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the legal sex biz.  The founder of the adult stores around town called Inserection is planning to expand another adult store brand here in town.  Michael Morrison sold the Insurrection chain several years ago and now has a new brand of stores called Tokyo Valentino Erotique.  Sounds exotic.  Guessing it will be the same thing as Inserection but with a different name.  Also betting there will be lots of opposition.
  • Popular Old Fourth Ward music venue The Masquerade and adjacent land along the Atlanta Beltline were recently sold for $5.3 million, according to CoStar Group Inc. – Right now costs are being evaluated and plans being made and there is no word on the future of The Masquerade.
  • new study shows MORE millennials are living at home with parents NOW than they were during the height of the recession.  What’s up with that?

Other stuff:

Join us on Monday, August 10th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our August selection is Coined by Kabir Sehgal. If you’ve been meaning to read this, now’s your chance! Or, if you’ve read it before, time to refresh! We will meet at American Food & Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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