Business Briefs: Faster Internet; Startup Crawl; Westside Market

General views at the Comcast Center seen Monday October 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When the 2nd Comcast Tower is complete the building will become the tallest building in Philadelphia, topping the first Comcast Center by 150 Feet. ( Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast )

Comcast has announced it will introduce the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers in Atlanta this year. The new network technology will, for the first time, make it possible for Xfinity and Comcast Business Internet customers to receive gigabit speeds over the communications lines that most customers already have in their homes and offices. Once Comcast’s rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 is complete in a market, customers with gigabit-capable devices will be able to get the service by signing up for a new plan and just plugging in a new modem.

The Startup Crawl returns Feb. 11, taking the idea of a bar/pub crawl and applying it to startup companies around the city. There will be drinks and other refreshments available, but crawlers will also get a snapshot of startup activity happening in Midtown and Downtown while visiting newly opened co-working/corporate innovation space, Tech Square Labs and consumer/design-focused downtown club, Switchyards. If you’re an entrepreneur, student, or business leader interested in checking out the great ideas coming to life in our city, don’t miss this event. Tickets available via eventbrite by searching for Startup Crawl.

Phipps Plaza in Buckhead has announced that Ticknors Men’s Clothier will join its list of retailers, while expansions of Hervé Léger, Elie Tahari and Nicole Miller stores are also nearing completion. Ticknors will open in the spring on the second level in a 4,348 square foot store offering brands like Peter Millar, Michael Kors, Johnston & Murphy, Robert Graham, Andrew Marc, Mezlan and more.

Atlanta Capital Group, a private wealth advisory firm, is expanding to Texas with the acquisition of Stark Capital Management. The deal is for Stark Capital’s Registered Investment Adviser, RIA, which has more than $150 million in assets under management. Atlanta Capital Group surpasses $1.7 billion as a result of the acquisition.

HouseDox.com has launched in Atlanta offering homeowners a convenient platform for purchasing household services. Free to use for consumers, HouseDox currently partners with more than 25 top-rated companies including plumbing, pest control, carpet cleaning, gutter cleaning, and handyman services.

Atlanta-based Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture was recently awarded the prestigious WFX Solomon “Best Church Architect” Award for church facilities seating more than 800 people for the newly redesigned and expanded CrossPointe Church, located in Madison, Alabama.

Atlanta-based startup, PlayNConnect, has launched a new dating iOS application of the same name. Available for free in Apple’s App Store, PlayNConnect allows singles to connect and forge bonds by playing quick, engaging games. Games are designed to shed light on users’ personalities in a fun and lighthearted way, bridging the gap of an awkward first contact.

Westside Market, known for its wide variety of home furnishings, rugs and accessories, has opened a 59,000 square-foot expansion. In addition to adding more merchants, artists and a mix of new and vintage pieces, the retail space now offers a 2,000 square-foot private event space that can host up to 800 people, a 1,500 square-foot pop-up shop and several home furnishing merchants. Home to more than 85 merchants, Westside Market is located at 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. For more information, visit westsidemarketatl.com.

 

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