News and Noteworthy
by CBJ Staff
July 14, 2014 12:04 AM | 1835 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Vinings Bank named top performer

ICBA Independent Banker, the award-winning magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America and the nation’s number-one source for community banking news, recognized Vinings Bank in Smyrna as an ICBA Top Performer in its June issue. The bank’s recognition was based on its earnings and operational efficiencies for 2013.

As part of its annual recognition of high-performing ICBA member institutions, ICBA Independent Banker pulled year-end FDIC data to identify the community banks with the highest performance metrics — those with best return on average asset ratios and the best return on average equity ratios — in six asset-size categories. The rankings separately recognize top-performing Subchapter C corporation banks and Subchapter S corporation banks.

To see the ICBA Top Performers listings, read “The Best of the Best” article at

State Bank announces dividend

State Bank Financial Corporation — the holding company of State Bank and Trust Company, which has a location at 250 Church St. in Marietta — declared a quarterly dividend of four cents per common share payable June 17 to the common stock shareholders of record as of June 9. The dividend represents an increase of one cent per common share, or 33 percent, over the dividend paid in the previous quarter.

Marietta Business Association has Staycation panel discussion

The Marietta Business Association June 9 luncheon focused on “The Economic Impact of a ‘Staycation’” with a panel discussion by Dale Kaetzel, park president of Six Flags Over Georgia; Sonny Horton, vice president of sales and marketing at Stone Mountain Park; and Scott Higley, vice president of marketing communications at the Georgia Aquarium.

The MBA’s next luncheon will be July 14 at the Mansour Center, 995 Roswell St. in Marietta. The event will feature “Small Business … Rising to the Top and Staying There,” which will feature a panel discussion by three Cobb Chamber Small Business of the Year Hall of Fame members — Mitzi Moore, president of Sun Dial Plumbing Services; Andy Crowe, CEO/founder of Velociteach; and Shane Garrison, owner of Puckett EMS.

The event is sponsored by the KSU Coles College of Business. To make reservations, visit

PT Solutions Physical Therapy has ribbon-cutting

PT Solutions Physical Therapy of East Cobb, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 140 in Marietta near Sprayberry High School, held a ribbon-cutting June 17.

PT Solutions Physical Therapy is a physical therapist-owned private practice with points of service across the United States. PT Solutions therapists strive to serve their clients using research-driven treatments to provide relief and restoration of their normal life.

Laura Beth Brown, PT, DPT, serves as PT Solutions of East Cobb’s clinic director. She earned her bachelor of arts in pre-physical therapy from Covenant College. Four years later, she graduated from Georgia State University with a doctorate of physical therapy. She has worked in a multitude of clinical settings and enjoys treating a variety of individuals, with athletes, lumbar and cervical patients ranking amongst her favorites.

For more information, call (770) 438-5162.

Discount Tire opens in Smyrna

Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, announced that it has opened its first store in Smyrna at 2717 Spring Road SE. The 7,373 square foot store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The store is closed Sunday. It will operate with 10 employees.

Brunswick’s in Marietta celebrates one year anniversary

Brunswick’s and Tavern ’45, 2749 Delk Road in Marietta, celebrated a milestone June 13 as the Marietta location turned a year old. The anniversary party included bowling for charity, a birthday cake, raffles and giveaways. Ten percent of the bowling proceeds was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. The Marietta location is the first of three Brunswick’s centers nationwide. The other locations are Norcross and Buffalo Grove, Ill. All three locations house an in-house gastropub, Tavern ’45, which offers local craft beer selections, small plates and specialty pizzas.

The Bird and The Bee launches new website

Betsy DiGiorgio, owner of The Bird and The Bee, a home and garden boutique at 2968 Atlanta Road in Smyrna, recently announced the launch of the company’s new website,

The website features a user-friendly design to help customers easily navigate the site in order to browse, set up appointments or request quotes on any piece of furniture that catches their eye.

In addition to vintage furniture, hand-crafted jewelry, fragrant soaps and lotions, the company carries Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan, a velvety paint with a matte finish that can be used in a variety of ways. The Bird and The Bee also offers regular Chalk Paint workshops, which are easy to access and sign up for through the new website. Under the guidance of DiGiorgio and Melissa Welch, workshop attendees can learn five to six Chalk Paint techniques and all of the secrets to waxing.

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