Business Briefs: Phipps renovation; Eventeract convention & more

mQOnpQnQbsDP-EP5I80tt5KgcQt5395ei8av1tNfHFoPhipps Plaza has unveiled its new chandelier as part of the mall’s multi-phase renovation. The former chandelier, which hung in the mall’s Court of the South since 1992, was removed to make way for a new lighting installation – a sixteen-feet wide by 7-feet tall chandelier composed of an illuminated core, surrounded by 88 stainless steel spears and featuring over 2,600 acrylic spheres throughout the fixture.

Local entrepreneur Amanda Dossey has opened Painting with a Twist, a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist, at 2140 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. With the Painting with a Purpose program, Painting with a Twist of Buckhead donates 50 percent of their proceeds to local organizations and charities. For more information, visit

Local fitness studio Pure Barre is opening a location at 515 Church St. in Decatur this month. Locals Ashley Goot and Katy Bayless Gibson, who also operate a location in Virginia Highland, own the studio. The barre-based workout utilizes small, isometric movements to target areas women struggle with most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. For more information, visit

PGi, a developer of virtual meeting and collaboration software, held a ribbon-cutting last month for it’s newly renovated Innovation Lab at the Terminus complex in Buckhead. More than 75 percent of Fortune 100 companies use technology created by PGi and the company recently released a new calendar app, Agenday, that has received high marks from users if Android and iPhones.

Yt6ttFsLkhngNWoDgB4rvxX7WZB-OJr5fXYrcO-8zKAThe 14th annual Eventeract will be held May 12-13 at AmericasMart  in Downtown. The event will feature 90,000 square feet of education, innovation and networking covering a variety of disciplines including, corporate and association events, food & beverage, meeting design, décor & event design, meeting planning strategies, technology, sales, revenue management and more. GaMPI will host its signature charity event “The Gathering” on May 12 to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For more information, visit

The Ellis Hotel in Downtown has announced the creation of a “Women’s Only Floor,” and partnership with The Chelko Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers women through art and education. From arrival to departure, women guests will enjoy the “princess” treatment, on a floor that can only be accessed by a special keycard in the elevator. Perks include a L’Occitane gift bag of toiletries, a miniature keepsake painting from The Chelko Foundation, robes, slippers, video call capability and services like in-room massage and facial treatments. For more information, visit

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