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Atlanta Hawk To Open Art Gallery on Clairemont

The Decatur Tourism Bureau will occupy the space next door.

Two months ago, Patch asked readers what should go into the old music store  at 115 Clairemont Ave.

Nobody suggested Atlanta Hawks player Zaza Pachulia turn it into an art gallery that celebrates the culture of his native Republic of Georgia.

That's what's going to happen, according to a report in the recent Decatur Focus magazine.

This will not be Pachulia's first business venture in Atlanta. He owns the Buckhead Bottle Bar on East Paces Ferry Road. Another restaurant he owned, the French-style bistro 5th Street Café in Midtown, closed.

Atlanta has enjoyed a connection with the Republic of Georgia for decades, since a Friendship Force exchange.

Several thousand Georgians now live in the Peach State and a group called Georgia-to-Georgia keeps has kept the relationship between the two nations alive.

The city also has plans for a smaller space next door to 115 Clairemont Ave.

The Decatur Tourism Bureau hopes to set up a visitors center and a small office for the Decatur Arts Alliance.

The city earlier planned to locate the tourism bureau in the DeKalb History Center, but that plan was dropped because the building is closed on weekends except for weddings, receptions and other events.

Ted Mauro July 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I am very happy to hear this. I live in SC USA, I have lived in the Rep of Georgia and many Americans have taught English in RofG. It is a beautiful country and they have been good friends to the United States. I can't wait to hear more or to help support it.
FM Fats July 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
For the record, Pachulia has owned that building for four years.
Ralph Ellis July 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Thanks, FM.
bulldogger July 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM
There has only been "One Real Music Store" in Decatur, that being "Clark Equipment Company" on the square (that's no longer there) in Decatur......I think there's a restaurant in that location now. So, don't be calling the store at 115 Clairemont Avenue that sold musical instruments a "music store".....it just happened to sell musical instruments.

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