Will new business come to Clayton?

Who says new businesses won’t come to Clayton County?

During a time when jobs are being lost, it is great to know that businesses are opening, creating jobs and stimulating the economy right in our backyard.

According to an AJC article, QT Kitchens brought 227 jobs to Clayton and, hopefully, our residents got first dibs on those positions. The Ellenwood and Lovejoy areas have slowly been blossoming for awhile now with businesses that appear here to stay.

Another newbie is “Da Dancing Pig” (1489 Mundys Mill Road, Jonesboro, 770.210.8844, 12-8pm Tues-Sat.), where hickory smoked pork slab ribs are the specialty. Owner Jasper Roundtree actually lives in DeKalb, but found Clayton “more suitable than DeKalb county” for his business.

“This is a very diverse neighborhood and community here,” says Roundtree. “You just have to put roots down and go for it wherever the opportunity looks best.” Says Clayton resident and repeat customer Julie Brown, “The food is really good, it’s close to home, and they are very friendly here. My favorite is the BBQ ribs.”

Although not a new business per se, AMC’s Southlake Pavilion recently opened an IMAX theater which will surely produce new jobs and customers. Clayton was chosen as an IMAX site because “… it is one of many of AMC’s top-performing locations in the U.S.,” says spokeswoman Sun Dee Larson. Upcoming IMAX flicks include: “Monsters vs. Aliens” (March 27), “Star Trek” (May 8), “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (June 16) and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” coming this summer.

If you have been to the “Da Dancing Pig” or AMC’s IMAX theater, what did you think? Are there any new or existing businesses in Clayton that you would recommend residents patronize?

64 comments Add your comment

Mr Charlie

March 26th, 2009
9:30 am

This is where we differ, I don’t think there is all that much wrong with our country. We are perfect? no, we are only the richest nation in the history of earth, but I guess we are a complete failure, huh?

It is like health care, we have the best doctors, best hospitals, and best medical schools in the world, but obviously something is wrong.

Where else to the “poor” with 400 pounds? Maybe we should model our country after Somalia, Zimbabwe, or even Mr. Obama’s homeland, Kenya. Those countries seem to be run well, maybe we should run our like that?

To quote Obama “America is the richest most powerful nation in the world, we need change”

Gomer Pyle vs. Sgt. Carter

March 26th, 2009
10:15 am

Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!! Shazam!!!

Sgt. Rock did you study English? That sure was a nice way of telling him to “Shut up idiot and prove your point”

Semper Fi

The Commentor

March 26th, 2009
10:20 am


You continue to show how uneducated, unintelligent, ignorant, and how uninformed you are on your lack of knowledege on the subject matter on the blog topic of the week.

Your stupidity and foolish thinking is showing in your nonsense, childish, and immature posting that you did yesterday evening at 9:27 P.M. in that you had nothing meaningful, intelligent, thought provoking, or thought engaging to say.

Your postings are idiotic, stupid, and juvenile and are the type and quality of postings that only an idiotic and a fool would post.

If you cannot post in an intelligent, informative, educated, and mature way and provide thought provoking, in depth, knowledgeable, detailed, and credible information in your postings like the the bloggers and posters you critized in your last two postings did, you should not continue to write postings on this blog topic of the week.


March 26th, 2009
10:28 am

Sgt Rock. You ROCK!!!!! I agree with your points 100% If they can’t make a point here you can bet They will pull out the PC “I’M A VICTUM” card. I am sorry my family did NOT fight for the South. We only had a small vacation here in Georgia with Sherman. So they shouldn’t blame others for their mifortunes. After all The lord helps those who help themselves.


March 26th, 2009
6:37 pm

Sgt. Rockhead,whatever,The Commentor Gomer Pyle vs. Ding-a-Ling,Mr. Punk Charlie and John Stewart

ROCK THIS!! After all this week’s topic and discussion on this Blog, you guys are still in denial about your own self worth! It’s a conundrum to me that seemingly intelligent people are so antithetical to pluralism in Clayton. You guys are so cohere in your own ways that you bulwark yourselves in front of your computer all day overdosing on your own dogma.

You guys profligate your days thinking about Clayton some 20, 30, 40 years ago. You guys are so stagnant and inert in your conservative thinking and that’s counterintuitive into what’s going on in 2009. You guys folks own all the major businesses in Clayton but you’re poorly represented in the county offices; therefore you suffer the same crisis some suffered in the 1700’s “taxation without representation”.

Although when you had your chances, you squandered them and turned the county into what we have today. The vast majority of Clayton population was subservience to assimilate with you and your ways but they found them perverse and vicious toward others. There is a paradox in what speak and how you conduct yourselves.

I gave you a viable solution to your woes with this county; when I said run for office-make a difference for yourselves, but you segue to torrential degradation when I provide didactic dialogue as such. However, we see the bottom line of your actions was formulaic by your progenitors with the sheets over their heads.


March 26th, 2009
6:44 pm

I know you “Idiots” need a “Thesaurus” to digest that!

Rev. Jimmy Jack Bourbon

March 27th, 2009
10:57 am

A superintendent is only as good as her or his help. Val needs to get her some help in the Human Resources Department. Ultimately, it is her responsibility. She needs adults in that department…adults who know how to follow the law.

Reginald Stalworth Jr.

March 27th, 2009
11:27 am

Lil Stealth Patrol, still spewing vitrol I see. YAWN!

Wise up and get a clue! Continue to whine and race bait and see yourself left behind. Previous White, and now Black officials of ClayCo have led us to where we are now. You cannot blame race or point fingers when the county has been controlled by Blacks in over 90% of offices for the past years. Its SHOW TIME!

Black and Democrats are in power, but why is the county still in need? WHY? It’s because Clayco has little diversity. We need more ‘others’ by race, religion, class, and culture to improve the area, or it will continue to be a ghetto dumping place…..

Peggy Sue Davis

March 27th, 2009
2:53 pm

We need a completely new electorate.

Mr Charlie

March 27th, 2009
3:51 pm

Stealth Patrol, you seem to just “know” all about me, but you don’t address the topics I bring up.

I guess attaching the messager is the only solution when one cannot intelligently debate their side of an issue. Unfortunatly your side cannot be supported by facts.


March 27th, 2009
6:53 pm

Stealth Patrol- I understood every word of your crap and didn’t even need a thesaurus you might want to replace subservience with subservient but I’m sure we can’t all be as smart as you think you are.


March 27th, 2009
7:19 pm

Reginald Stalworth Jr.,The Commentor, and Mr Charlie all of you “Idiots” need to READ this book titled, Black Wealth/White Wealth. Get yourselves some knowledge before you respond.


March 28th, 2009
3:22 pm

Looks like we got another idiot to laugh at on here. STEALTH PATROL A real work of art! LOL


March 30th, 2009
9:23 am

I have two friends that had buisnesses in Clayton county for over 20yrs but in the last 10yrs they both told me that due to a increase in thefts they had to close down. One moved to mcdonough and started over and one gave it up completely. Both blame it on Marta coming to clayton County.