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New Disney Concept Store Coming to Perimeter Mall

New Disney Concept Store Coming to Perimeter Mall

DUNWOODY, GA -- In 2010, Disney Store began a successful launch of several interactive and immersive stores throughout the United States.

Now, in the new year, the company continues its mission to add more than 25 new and remodeled locations, with the ultimate goal of transforming all of its more than 350 stores worldwide.

The first new Disney Store in Georgia will be added to Perimeter Mall (4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30346) sometime in 2011.

Build-A-Bear Rewards Un-bear-lievable Kids

Build-A-Bear Rewards Un-bear-lievable Kids

ATLANTA -- Surveys show that today's young people are more in touch with the needs of their communities than ever before.

In a recent study conducted by Build-A-Bear Workshop, 98% of the 400 kids polled said that they believe it is important to help others.

Build-A-Bear Workshop founded its Huggable Heroes program to recognize and encourage young leaders who provide extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. Huggable Heroes is currently searching for a new batch of special kids to acknowledge and reward.

Anyone between the ages of eight and 18 can be nominated for the distinction of Huggable Hero.

New 'Girl of the Year' to Be Unveiled at North Point Mall

New 'Girl of the Year' to Be Unveiled at North Point Mall

ALPHARETTA, GA -- For American Girl fans, the introduction of the newest Girl of the Year character causes enormous excitement.

On Saturday, Jan. 1, girls and their parents are invited to line up in front of American Girl Atlanta for the official unveiling of Kanani, American Girl's 2011 Girl of the Year.

Girls will experience the warm, tropical world of Hawaii during the weekend-long Kanani celebration. Guests in attendance will be among the first to see the brand new Kanani doll, accessories and books, and learn about Kanani's inspiring story and her love of sharing the aloha spirit.

Each girl in attendance will receive a free grass skirt for her American Girl doll and enjoy Hula dance demonstrations by a professional Hawaiian dance troupe.

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

ALPHARETTA, GA -- It all started during a typical November weekend in Alpharetta's Dunmoor subdivision.

Samara Chasin, 12, and her mother Lisa watched their neighborhood's youth tennis team compete against the Horseshoe Bend team.

Nearby, 11-year-old Roswell resident Madie Dreesman cheered during her younger sister's match. A bandana covered Madie's hairless head.

In the car on the way home, Samara's eyes filled with tears. She asked her mother about the little girl with no hair.

Lisa had spoken with Madie and her mother during the match. She explained that Madie had cancer and was undergoing treatment, most likely chemotherapy.

DreamWeavers Toy Drive a Huge Success

DreamWeavers Toy Drive a Huge Success

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The leadership team at DreamWeavers of Georgia has been staffed by busy elves this holiday season.

They organized and coordinated a hugely successful toy drive that will make many foster children's Christmas dreams come true.

An overwhelming response from the community has enabled DreamWeavers to provide an extra dose of Christmas magic for over 70 children in foster care in Metro Atlanta.

Lynda Urrea, a foster parent with Giving Children a Chance, and DreamWeavers volunteer Ashley Muntan couldn't believe the number of people who chose to participate in the toy drive.

"We hope to touch the lives of as many foster children as we can," said Urrea.

DreamWeavers of Georgia is an Alpharetta-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the b

Downtown Alpharetta Kicks Off Holiday Season

ALPHARETTA, GA -- A weekend of festivities will ring in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 in downtown Alpharetta.

The fun kicks off with a Christmas Open House sponsored by the Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shoppers will enjoy refreshments, in-store specials and wonderful gift selections at all participating stores.

A special Christmas Farmer's Market will be open until 5:00 p.m.

Alpharetta PAL Plans "Shop with a Cop"

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) will host the annual "Shop with a Cop" event on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alpharetta Walmart (5200 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, 30004).

With exceptionally high unemployment in Georgia, the generosity of the public is more significant than ever, said Laurie Nicholson, Alpharetta PAL executive officer. This year, PAL aims to help more than 75 children. Each child will be accompanied by a police officer, firefighter or public safety volunteer as he or she shops for desired holiday gifts.

"Throughout the year, representatives of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety come across families who, for whatever reason, face financial challenges," said Nicholson.