Olde Towne Morrow makes its debut

According to a survey taken a few years ago, Morrow residents wanted a “downtown” created in their area.  The City of Morrow is granting their wish, while managing to tie in some Georgia history as well.

The Olde Towne Morrow concept originally started in 2006.  By using homes built in the 1800s (and one from the 1900s), an old-town atmosphere was created containing modern day businesses. “All of the houses have a unique, neat history behind them,” says Jessica Kilby, Main Street Coordinator for the City of Morrow.  For example, the Gordon House once belonged to former Georgia governor General John B. Gordon and was later bought by George Woodruff of Coca-Cola. “We researched the name and it has some Scottish history behind it, so it was convenient that the Irish pub (Maguire’s) will be housed there, “adds Kilby.

Expected to debut on Nov. 27 (Black Friday) are: Maguire’s, Incredible Southern Poundcakes, Designs by Dolores, Old Town Quilts, specialty Christmas shop Christi Trees, and the Tonia Mitchell Gallery showcasing artwork from Mitchell and other artists.

Old Towne Morrow will also be celebrating “Christmas In the Park” on Dec.  5, at which time everything should be open.  In the meantime, the site is already decorated for with a 35-foot tree and looks great at night. Future plans include weekly concerts, Oktoberfest, craft festivals and other events encompassing the entertainment factor.

“I think this will be a place for the family-oriented to come, where kids can play and parents can relax, “ says Kilby. “The atmosphere will cater to all ages, and that’s been missing in Clayton County for a really long time.”

Will you visit Olde Towne Morrow during the holidays? Whatever you do, have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, Clayton!

54 comments Add your comment

Claytonian

November 23rd, 2009
2:55 pm

I went there for Halloween and now I get why there wasn’t much there. I’ll check it out again, hopefully this time it will be better because wasn’t much going on last time.

Jo

November 23rd, 2009
4:21 pm

Lets see…..Hopefully the Clayton trash low life residents wont put their stink on it.

Incredible southern pound cakes are AMAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!

oldtimer

November 23rd, 2009
4:40 pm

Good luck to Morrow with this developement.

Ex Morrow resident

November 23rd, 2009
6:36 pm

I sure hope this works for Clayton but I’m just afraid of the criminal element there. I don’t let my kids go to Southlake Mall alone anymore because of the thug element there.

Peggy Sue Davis

November 24th, 2009
10:05 am

As long as this place is heavy on police protection, it should prove successful.

Black Woman In Clayco

November 24th, 2009
10:36 am

This place sounds like it has potential, it’s just sad that the good law abiding people in Clayton county with money to spend (yes, we do exist) can’t simply enjoy things like this without having to worry about thugs and police protection. I may not go there this weekend but will soon.

Lookahere

November 24th, 2009
11:23 am

Happy Holidays! I’d agree, what a lovely venue! However we all know it was paid for with money stolen from the county’s school system!

Debi

November 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

There are far too many good, educated people in Clayton County to allow a few people who make the news in a negative way dictate the entire element and atmosphere of this area. Bad elements exists in all places in America. Affluence and middle class is no protection against crime. Crimes that affect the bank accounts, jobs and retirements of most people are because of the white collar crimes and abject greed of the affluent. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Peggy Sue Davis

November 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

White collar criminals steal paper, blue colla’ thugs steal life… that’s why no one crosses the street when an investment banker walks by, LOL!

MorrowTouristCenter

November 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

The City of Morrow will welcome in the holiday season on Saturday, December 5, 2009 with the 3rd Annual Christmas in the Park. The event will take place in Olde Towne Morrow, which is the new entertainment district adjacent to Southlake Mall, and will last from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are both free.

Representatives from area churches, businesses, and non-profit organizations will be in attendance at their Christmas themed displays and exhibits. Choirs and musical groups from area churches and schools will provide the entertainment for the day. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to ride Morrow’s “Lil General” Train and to play in a “Winter Wonderland” made up of REAL SNOW! At dusk, the city’s “Singing Christmas Tree” will help light Morrow’s Great Christmas Tree.

New for this year’s Christmas in the Park will be a CASI Chili Cook-Off, which will be bring cooks from all around the southeast to compete.

Also, new for this year’s Christmas in the Park will be the venue. In the past two years, the event took place at Milton Daniel Park next to Morrow City Hall. This year, the event will take place at Olde Towne Morrow. “This event will really showcase Olde Towne Morrow. It will really give visitors a feel of an ‘olde country Christmas’,” remarks Mike Sakowitz Twomey of the Morrow Business and Tourism Association.

According to Twomey, “This event will unify residents and businesses of Clayton County. It has quickly become one of the largest Christmas events in the Southern Crescent.”

For more information about Christmas in the Park, please contact the Morrow Tourist Center at 770-968-1623 or visit http://www.morrowtourism.com/christmasinthepark2009.htm.

wait-a-bit

November 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

I think I will check this out. Just not this weekend. I make it a policy not to go shopping the first three days after Thanksgiving. I hate the crowds. But the quilt shop and the cake shop sound interesting.

oldtimer

November 24th, 2009
5:12 pm

Lookahere This was paid for by the City of Morrow. Clayton County, schools or other wise had nothing to do with it.

Lookathere Boy Lookathere

November 24th, 2009
11:22 pm

“Oldtimer” you say “This was paid for by the City of Morrow. Clayton County, schools or other wise had nothing to do with it.” I’d agree, that this is a lovely venue! However we all know it was paid for with money stolen from the county’s school system! Stolen by your school system’s Brock law firm and county’s plutocracts. All in light of Metro Area CRCT Cheating, Cobb County 57+ Illegal board, and now Douglas County School Board — at best “Unethical Bond funding of schools being built

Lookathere Boy Lookathere

November 24th, 2009
11:36 pm

Peggy Sue Davis says,” White collar criminals steal paper, blue colla’ thugs steal life… that’s why no one crosses the street when an investment banker walks by”. However, in Atlanta know more black investment bankers than I know whites; and your point is? Peggy Sue Davis, “must–be a color/race thing!

40 year Morrow resident

November 24th, 2009
11:42 pm

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will work out. If enough police protection is there, the thugs will not find it attractive and will, therefore, go elsewhere for their entertainment. This could just be what turns Morrow around!

Nonya

November 25th, 2009
6:41 am

Wish it were somewhere else. When you clean up Southlake mall, it may do well. I went to the mall a few weeks ago in the middle of a week day. I was greeted by 3 young guys just hanging in front of the entrance to the food court area. May have been nice kids but were dressed like thugs. It made me uneasy. I guess it will be another few years before I go there again. I wish this county would clean itself up. I’m tired of going north of atlanta or south to Macon to shop.

i like to watch

November 25th, 2009
9:02 am

i knew you would bring up the 57+ meetings you puppet.i got mind control on you.

The Shadow

November 25th, 2009
9:05 am

Victor Hill has resurfaced from under the rock as a result of the recent revelation of the AJC posting names of those having acquired Sheriff’s badges under the ousted Hill Regime at the CCSO.

He is now selling auto’s at Lexus of South Atlanta in Union City.

Having been found guilty of numerous civil rights violations, illegal detainment of citizens, harassment of local businesses (all as a result of his direct orders), costing the county millions in lawsuits and still there are pending unsettled suits, he now has access to potential customers SSN’s, credit history, address, financial information, date of birth etc.

It is unsettling that a business would allow such a person of dubious character to have employment let alone all the information needed to potentially defraud customers. This is a matter of questionable ethics on the part of Lexus of South Atlanta.

If they allow Victor Hill this latitude, just imagine what they do to prospective customers shopping for a vehicle…for example…would they intentionally misstate a customer’s credit rating when applying for a loan? Would they inflate the price of the car during negotiation? Would they not inform the customer of all available incentives and rebates available? What does this say about the Management of Randy Knapton, Chris Biro and Chris Hobbs and their ability to hire ethical individuals?

I find it appalling that a dealership, let alone Lexus, a brand that stands highly upon its reputation, allows Victor Hill employment and access to sensitive private information of its customers.

I am hopeful that his wages are being garnished as a result of his bankruptcy due to the outcome of the various lawsuits.

Until such time the above questions are answered in detail, I would urge no one to have any interaction with Lexus of South Atlanta in Union City Georgia.

Captain Midnight

November 25th, 2009
9:50 am

Looking foward to seeing how Christi Trees is gonna shape up. I know Christi, and she brings the holidays like a 1970’s Farrah Fawcett,your Grandmother,and Mrs Claus all rolled into one.The girl lives for holidays,all the holidays.Check her out folks, she’s over the top.

Claytonian

November 25th, 2009
9:51 am

I had the same thoughts as The Shadow when I saw him on the news last night .. I’d hoped he was long gone, far away from Clayton county but he’s right next door, probably still living in his Clayton home. I’m wondering if he’s laying low, planning on running for Sheriff again when the opportunity arises or some other elected office. Like it or not (I don’t) he still has “fans” in Clayton but hopefully when the bus is elimiated his fan base will disappear.

there you go

November 25th, 2009
12:16 pm

Victor’s situation as a car lot guy does show Lee Scott’s attitude and propensity of using people. If he(Lee) can use you for his purposes – as he did with his own wife and Victor, then the world of Lee Scott is good. If you are of no use to Lee you lose your job – your house, your reputation, and end up in a job I am sure Vic thinks is beneath him. Hang in there Vic – a little humility could help you turn yourself around and you can become the real man GOD intented for you. And Lee Scott’s name is not on the list of those who returned the Sheriff badges. Sheriff Kembrough – this is a troublesome oversight.

Lexus Driver

November 28th, 2009
5:47 pm

I recently purchased a car from Victor Hill and was satisfied. He seems to bea professional and outstanding individual

DoubleAction

November 30th, 2009
9:14 pm

Lexus Driver

November 28th, 2009
5:47 pm
“I recently purchased a car from Victor Hill and was satisfied. He seems to bea professional and outstanding individual”

Victor is a cheap version of a politician; what did you expect from him ?

DoubleAction

November 30th, 2009
9:33 pm

As a Lexus Owner; I would have to expect more out the the salesman who sold me the car, considering his track record of serving the people.

a person

December 1st, 2009
8:18 am

I’ve been going to Southlake mall since I could drive. Though the area may look like it’s bad, I’ve never had a single bad experience there. I am excited about this project and can’t wait to have fun there.

Captain Midnight

December 1st, 2009
5:10 pm

Captain Midnight had lunch on the back deck at Mcguires in Olde Towne Morrow Sunday afternoon and it was awesome. The Captain will return.

DoubleAction

December 1st, 2009
6:59 pm

I once enjoyed going to movies every weekend, but they all disappeared.I don’t count the multiplex movie mall,

Keeping Watch

December 2nd, 2009
5:14 pm

What makes you think that Old Town Morrow is “paid for”? The bridge alone cost $1.2 million. The city is up to its eyeballs in debt because of the poor planning of the former city manager. He and his family and friends are the only ones profiting from the old town venture. He dug a hole so deep that Morrow citizens will never get out of it. Keep Watching.

DoubleAction

December 2nd, 2009
8:09 pm

Morrow already has the Southlake Mall; and you can see for yourself how it turned out.

fearful at the mall

December 3rd, 2009
3:27 pm

After seeing santa”s elf trying to blow up santa and all the shoppers at south lake how will olde towne morrow will be able to make it !!! among all the thugs that rome the streets!!!

DoubleAction

December 3rd, 2009
7:11 pm

The silly notions for promoting anything in Morrow, is against my best judgment of keeping my family safe from the predators who lurk around the area.

DoubleAction

December 3rd, 2009
7:47 pm

Risking the safety of my family from the predators, who lurk around Morrow, I don’t believe it’s worth the risk.

James

December 4th, 2009
5:46 am

I hope Olde Towne Morrow will be a successful venue and I plan on supporting it. I have already eaten at Maguire’s twice and the food and service were wonderful. A development like this can only help our county and property values, and we need the support the effort. It’s time for tne Clayton County taxpayers to take back their county and send the thugs packing.

DoubleAction

December 4th, 2009
6:57 pm

James; They have a new State Law, it’s called HB 89.See how many legislators from this county supported this law.

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/sum/hb89.htm

DoubleAction

December 4th, 2009
8:37 pm

“It’s time for tne Clayton County taxpayers to take back their county and send the thugs packing.”

And how you propose that we do that ?

DoubleAction

December 4th, 2009
8:46 pm

Thugs have rights too !

DoubleAction

December 4th, 2009
9:33 pm

” It’s time for tne Clayton County taxpayers to take back their county and send the thugs packing.”

And how you propose that we do that !!

DoubleAction

December 4th, 2009
11:25 pm

Hate and Fear are our worse enemies in this county, until we already to tackle both, this county is doomed.

Momma S

December 5th, 2009
9:26 pm

Shhhh. Let’s keep this our little secret. I’m hoping the antebellum-ness will keep the thug element away…yeah right, anything to mess up a good time. The Towne is decorated so pretty for Christmas. Love it and will return. Let’s keep it clean and respectable!

Claytonwhat

December 6th, 2009
10:59 am

I made sure NOT to buy my new Lexus from the same dealership where that thug Victor Hill works. That’s $60k they won’t be seeing from me!

DoubleAction

December 7th, 2009
12:04 am

Momma S

December 5th, 2009
9:26 pm
“Shhhh. Let’s keep this our little secret. I’m hoping the antebellum-ness will keep the thug element away…yeah right, anything to mess up a good time. The Towne is decorated so pretty for Christmas. Love it and will return. Let’s keep it clean and respectable!”

What will we do after Christmas ?

James

December 7th, 2009
7:30 am

Let’s continue to support Olde Towne Morrow. It might even become the more important than downtown Jonesboro, there is certainly more to see there. The Christmas celebration was fantastic, but we must shop and eat there for the venue to be successful. What a great place for artists, I am hoping Arts CLayton will move their operations there. It will take successful redevelopment projects like this for our property values to increase. Congratulations Morrow on your foresight.

Captain Midnight

December 7th, 2009
9:42 am

The Captain returned Sat for the big Christmas celebration and it was magical.We had dinner on the deck At Maguires (it was about 29 degrees, but hey it’s Christmas)and the lights and sounds wer awesome.The ‘House of Thomas’band did some amazing ole’ time Christmas Rock and roll and yes, The Captain rode the train.Btw,The Morrow PD ain’t gonna put up with any vagrants and thugs, and if anybody tries anything their gonna get a pound down just like that crazy bomb throwin’ elf.

Clayton Parent

December 8th, 2009
2:27 pm

I took my kids to Olde Town Morrow last Saturday. The Christmas in the Park festivities were awesome! It is so refreshing to attend a Christmas event that actually has “Christ” as the main theme! We ate Maguire’s and the food was great. I can’t wait to go back. Hopefully, it will be on a much warmer day and we can stay longer.

Christmas Carol

December 9th, 2009
1:42 am

Is there a map some where that tells us what business is where in Olde Towne Morrow? We went there last week. We found the Christmas shop, the quilt shop, and Maguires. We were not quite so lucky trying to figure out where everything else was. Plus the parking was lacking. I would not want to go there when it was raining as most of the parking will turn into a giant mud hole. So with better signage and parking it could be a winner.

MorrowMan

December 10th, 2009
7:32 am

It’s a shame that parking might be a problem at Olde Towne Morrow. I have paid Morrow city taxes for 30 years and the city finally has something I am interested in, and I can’t enjoy it because of the poor parking situation.

Keeping Watch

December 10th, 2009
11:40 am

There is still space to provide convenient parking but the plan is to have everyone park at the Mall and walk across Soulthlake Circle / Ring Road. A couple months of bad weather will destroy the bottom line of any business that opens there UNLESS the parking situation is reconsidered. Too bad they didn’t put the parking garage at Olde Towne instead of Clayton State.

James

December 11th, 2009
4:15 pm

I agree- the parking problem must be resolved. I hope City of Morrow officials are listening!

AshDaniFont

December 13th, 2009
1:04 pm

HEY NOW!!!!! We cannot allow these people to take over. W

Victoria

January 1st, 2010
2:08 pm

Most car salesmen are deceitful so Victor is in the right place if he is as you say he is. As for Olde Towne Morrow it would be helpful to have an up to date web site.

fearful at the mall

January 6th, 2010
7:44 pm

olde town morrow is in my back yard !! fearful there will be THUGS trasspasing on my property !!!! Hopefuly morrow police will handle this and keep olde town safe for all consernd!!!!!!!!!

RAY

January 24th, 2010
1:31 am

Hi, just wanted to say that i went to old town marrow and it was really nice but it needs somthing for kids to do like an iceskating rink i been skating since i was 7 years of age and now i am currently 14 years of age and my mom can no longer drive me 3 days a week at 5A.M in the morning to skate i would LOVE TOO SEE THAT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys are idiots

February 5th, 2010
8:29 am

Victor Hill is a person. He is neither less than or better than any of you. I suppose none of you have ever let a little power go to your head and I am SURE none of you have made any mistakes. I have had the opportunity to get to know him and as a FORMER (bc who in the heck still wants to live there?!?!) Clay. Co. Res. and I hated him as much as the rest…until I got to know him. I am a very goof judge of character and I truly believe he knows he made a mistake. Would I vote for him if he ran again, ummm NO! but as a person he isn’t a bad guy.

Keep on casting stones though guys…I’m sure it makes you feel better.

eternal optimist

February 22nd, 2010
11:16 am

It’s disturbing to read down this list of comments and see people pointing fingers at everyone else for the problems with Morrow and Clayton County. It’s not just the city/county government that has Clayton County where it is today…it has more to do with the people living within that city/county. The citizens are who elect these officials and they are who live their lives within these areas. If they don’t take care of where they live and the areas around them, it really will turn into “trash”. How do you expect a business to make it when the people that frequent it steal, litter, and expect to get something for nothing? An area truly reflects its inhabitance.

Old Towne Morrow is a great idea and it’s unfortunate that this kind of money has to be spent to make something nice in the area. Had the citizens of Clayton County taken care of what they had this wouldn’t be the only nice place around to go. I’m tired of driving the extra distance to visit another coutnies establishments only to avoid what’s around me. Instead of spreading negativity around with comments bashing everyone, try supporting something that is actually good in this world. This city needs a place a family can go and enjoy being together…heck, it might even help some families stay together. I truly hope this project works and it spreads like wildfire. I’ll play my part to see that this happens so please be sure to play yours!