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A wise person once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

At Dental Assisting 101, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy a career doing what they love. Unfortunately, many men and women in Georgia settle for soulless, thankless jobs with no upward mobility. If you are stuck in a job just to pay the bills, your opportunity to make a change and build a better life is here.

Unlike traditional colleges, we offer our students an expedited pathway to success through a hands-on educational approach where students learn by doing. One of the best ways to secure your future and set yourself up for success is to learn from the best. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you enroll in our dental assisting school in Buckhead, GA. We pride ourselves on having one of the most effective dental assisting courses in the state, where most students find a position within 60 days of graduation.

When it comes to decisions, choosing a new career path is one of the most important of your life. It’s not an easy choice, and it can be even harder to juggle your current responsibilities while you study and attend class. That is why we offer both in-person and online course structures, focusing on teaching practical skills that you will use every day as a dental assistant. When you choose Assisting 101, you can rest easy knowing you won’t spend valuable time trying to discern complicated lectures or irrelevant tasks. Instead, you will learn crucial skills that will set you apart from your peers and help you begin a new life-changing career in the dental industry.

When you enroll in our dental assisting school, you will reap the benefits of:

  • Flexible schedules for working adults and first-time students
  • Practical training that will teach you the skills necessary to flourish as a dental assistant
  • Knowledgeable dental faculty who want you to succeed
  • Access to your instructor 24-hours a day, 7-days a week
  • Affordable tuition with low payment plan opportunities
  • In-depth career prep to get you ready for a job in the dental industry
  • Resume help and job interview coaching

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Choosing Your Dental Assisting Course In Buckhead, GA

At Assisting 101, students have their choice of two unique dental assisting programs in Buckhead. Both programs consist of 78 hours of lecture and 48 hours of in-depth, hands-on training at one of the best dental offices in metro Atlanta. Both programs allow students to build a career in dentistry with the help of real dentists and dental assistants.

STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE FROM TWO DIFFERENT COURSE PROGRAMS: ON-SITE AND ONLINE.

Online Dental Assistant Course

Our online program is ideal for those students that like to complete training at their own pace. If you are an eager student willing to study every day and want to complete this program in as little as one month, you can do so. However, if you would like to take more time to manage other life responsibilities, you have the choice of completing this course in less than six months.

When you choose our online dental assisting course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Begin classes at any time. With Assisting 101’s online course structure, students may begin learning as soon as their registration is approved.
  • Obtain a customized welcome kit that includes your textbooks, studying materials, alginate impression kits, dentition models, x-ray kit, pouring model package, and scrubs. This way, you can experience hands-on learning from the comfort of your home.
  • Take 10 academic sessions online, totaling 78 hours of lecture time and 30 hours of hands-on training seminars.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of dental assisting, through educational lectures. These lectures contain demonstration videos, slide shows with instructor voice-overs, and rich illustrations to ensure you retain crucial skills and information.
  • Complete the course as quickly as you would like. Dedicated, hardworking students can finish our online dental assisting course in Buckhead, GA, within a month!
  • Use our externship placement services to help you discover local dental offices in need of interns to help you fulfill our course competencies. While not mandatory for graduation, an externship will help you better prepare for a long career in dentistry. An externship can also be an incredible way to network with industry professionals and work at an office that may hire you down the road.
  • Engage with your instructor, who will be with you every step of the way while you carve your path to a new, rewarding career.

On-Site Dental Assistant Course

Our on-site dental assisting program is perfect for students who do not have to travel long distances to our facility or need to “rush” to complete the course.

THIS PROGRAM IS MORE IN LINE WITH A TRADITIONAL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

  • Immerse yourself in a traditional 10-week-long program consisting of training and in-office lectures each Saturday from 9AM until 5PM. On-site classes are conducted in an intimate teaching environment to ensure each student gets the attention they need and deserve.
  • Learn from successful dental professionals in our state-of-the-art dental assisting school in Buckhead, GA. Because this program is only offered four times a year, class space is very limited.
  • Get a basic understanding of common dental assisting techniques through lectures in the morning. You will put those techniques to use in our operatories in the afternoon, where you will practice real-world dental assistant duties.
  • Attend an orientation meeting, where you will receive your textbooks, studying materials, scrubs, and more.
  • Benefit from 48 hours of shadowing by our fully trained technicians and dental professionals. While you are being shadowed, your instructor will walk you through important procedures and teach you crucial skills needed for a fulfilling career as a dental assistant.
  • Build friendships and lifelong relationships with like-minded students who also want to begin a career in the dental industry.

Why Choose A Career In The Dental Industry?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow 11% over the next 10 years – faster than the average job growth of many other industries. New and ongoing evidence suggests an important link between a person’s overall health and their oral health. Because of this, demand for dental-related services is expected to stay strong for years to come. Dental offices in Georgia and other states must meet this projected demand. As such, the need for trained dental assistants will continue to grow.

As Baby Boomers grow older and as more men and women practice good oral hygiene, the need to treat and maintain one’s teeth will lead to an increased need for quality dental care. Over the next decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that nearly 24,000 new dental assisting jobs will be created. That means the future is bright for any student who has been educated through our dental assisting courses in Buckhead.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT DENTAL ASSISTANT CAREERS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS

  • Rated #15 Out of 100 Best Health Care Support Jobs According to U.S News and World Report
  • Rated #84 Out of Best 100 Jobs in All of the United States
  • Average Salary: $40,080
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
  • Number of Jobs: 23,400

What Does A Dental Assistant Do?

As a professional dental assistant, you will be tasked with managing a wide range of administrative and clinical responsibilities at a dental office. Dental assistants play a crucial role in the day-to-day workflow involved in a dental practice. They work alongside hygienists and dentists to provide patients with the highest quality oral care in the state of Georgia.

Common dental assistant job duties may include:

  • Assisting in the lab
  • Sterilizing dental equipment and tools
  • Ordering and organizing supplies for their dental office
  • Help perform x-rays
  • Maintain and organize patient dental records
  • Perform coronal polishing for patients
  • Provide fluoride treatments for patients
  • Help educate patients about how to maintain their oral health
  • Help educate patients about best practices relating to proper oral hygiene
  • Providing assistance to dentists and hygienists during cleanings
  • Greet patients and make them feel comfortable
  • Collect important info from new and existing patients
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Why Attend a Dental Assisting School In Buckhead, GA?

They say the best way to predict the future is to create it, and that is exactly what you will be doing when you enroll at Assisting 101. We believe in getting our students ready for a lifelong career, not just a job that pays the bills. When you attend our award-winning dental assisting school, you are investing in a future rich with opportunity.

Unlike other workers who choose not to attend school for legitimate training, our students enjoy a quick start in a vibrant job market where financial and personal growth are common. When you become a dental assistant after graduation, you will have confidence knowing you are well-prepared for a life-changing career.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS WHY OUR STUDENTS SAY THEY CHOOSE TO ATTEND OUR DENTAL ASSISTING SCHOOL:

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WORK IN AN EVER-GROWING INDUSTRY

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that job growth for dental assistants is growing at a faster rate than most other industries. This bodes well for our students, who will have job security as they navigate the workforce. In a time where many jobs are being replaced by robotics and other technological advances, the skills that you learn at Assisting 101 can help you for the rest of your life.

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FULFILLING BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND WORK

The work/life balance in the U.S is a problem. Spending every waking hour at the office instead of home with family can be draining at best and depressing at worst. Unlike other professionals, dental assistants typically enjoy normal working hours during the business week. That means they have more free time to dedicate to their children and families.

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ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When you are a dental assistant, you plan a crucial role in your dental office. But as an ambassador of the profession, you also help educate patients about the benefits of good oral hygiene. Given the ties between heart health and oral health, you are making more of a difference than you might realize.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

When students graduate from Assisting 101 and accept a job as a dental assistant, many choose to make it their lifelong career. For others, the role of dental assistant is just the beginning – a steppingstone to a role with more responsibility. After only a few years as a dental assistant in Buckhead, the chance to become a manager or supervisor will become much more likely. The sky is the limit!

Latest News in Buckhead

Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta To Open This December

WHY IT RATES: Combining Atlanta's local culture with modern design, the Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta is set to become a great accommodation for any city traveler. – Lacey Pfalz, Associate Writer, TravelPulseHyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta is scheduled to open this December along the edge of Lenox Square, the largest shopping center in the southeast in Atlanta’s affluent commercial and residential district of Buckhead. Guests and locals alike will delight in the 218-room hotel’s playful inte...

WHY IT RATES: Combining Atlanta's local culture with modern design, the Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta is set to become a great accommodation for any city traveler. – Lacey Pfalz, Associate Writer, TravelPulse

Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta is scheduled to open this December along the edge of Lenox Square, the largest shopping center in the southeast in Atlanta’s affluent commercial and residential district of Buckhead. Guests and locals alike will delight in the 218-room hotel’s playful interpretation of local culture paired with its historical heritage. The stylish boutique property will serve as a launchpad for exploration offering travelers the ideal respite for those seeking to discover the city’s retail, entertainment and cultural treasures. Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta will mark the entry of a fresh lifestyle hospitality experience in the Buckhead neighborhood.

Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta’s design by New York-based Sawyer & Company will be influenced by both Georgia’s historical pottery heritage and Buckhead’s more modern designation as a fashion destination. Stand-out design details will include the hotel’s lobby with a residential-like lounge area, curated art and decorative elements paying homage to the location’s history. The reception area will feature a floral stenciled wall, a light installation of woven pendant shades in the shape of pottery, stoneware decor adjacent to the front desk and an oversized accent wall made of terracotta.

The guestroom design will deeply reflect the artistic history of Georgia, with wallpaper that will mimic the appearance of crackled glazing on pottery and organic shape of earthenware. The Georgia clay landscape serves as inspiration for the rugs meanwhile the color scheme is influenced by the natural hues of clay. A nod to the city’s modern fashion designation will be reflected in the stylish headboards, which will feature a chic chevron fabric pattern. The design features that meld the past with the present will continue throughout the property, including a mural in the rear of the building by Lenia Castro, artist and co-owner of Buckhead Murals, which will showcase the growth and development of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, further seeking to encourage visitors to explore the destination.

“We are excited to begin welcoming guests to our property and serve as a launchpad for travelers to explore the best that Atlanta has to offer,” said Kristi Cotten, general manager of Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta. “From our 15th-floor rooftop with panoramic views of the beautiful city skyline to our seven stunning suites, two restaurants led by an incredible James Beard Award-winning chef and design that pays homage to the artistic history of Georgia, our hotel will be full of personality and truly unlike any other in the neighborhood.”

FOOD & BEVERAGE: MOUNT ROYAL & SPACEMAN

James Beard Award-winning chef and author Hugh Acheson, owner of Five & Ten and Empire State South, and Christopher Wilkins, owner of Root Baking Co. and Pizza Jeans, will bring elevated international fare to the Atlanta dining scene with their two forthcoming restaurants at Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta. The restaurants will be led by chef Sam Herndon, former chef de cuisine at Empire State South and Staplehouse.

The main dining space connected to the lobby lounge will be Mount Royal, a Montreal-style steakhouse that will combine the culinary diversity of Quebec with local products from farmers and artisans in southeast Georgia. The welcoming restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and provide to-go service for contactless guestroom delivery. The second dining venue will be Spaceman, an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge located on the 15th floor. It will feature craft cocktails and a simple menu of artfully composed shareable dishes. The thoughtfully designed dining area will be comprised of interior seating flanked by two outdoor terraces complete with lounge seating, yard games, and stunning views of the Atlanta skyline.

MEETING & EVENT SPACE

The hotel’s airy second-floor meetings and events space will feature accent wall coverings and art pieces reflecting the pottery design concept. All spaces will have built-in wet bar areas and feature floor-to-ceiling windows and lounge seating. The 3,702 square feet of total meeting and social space includes a total of six distinct areas: three meeting rooms (Stoneware, Fuller’s Earth and Kaolin), one large social space (Artisan, which is divisible), and one boardroom (Jugtown), each of which has a name paying homage to Georgia’s 19th-century pottery industry.Other hotel amenities will include signature accessories like a cozy, hooded bathrobe, exclusive Beekind® – high-end, socially conscious bath amenities, Drybar® – salon-quality hair dryer, bright and spacious fitness center with two Peloton bikes, an outdoor heated plunge pool with pool sun deck located on the 2nd floor rooftop, restaurant-to-go and contactless room service and complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public spaces. Guests will also have easy access to the city’s PATH400, a multi-use Greenway for bicyclists and pedestrians located along the hotel, making it easy for travelers to explore the city by foot.

Guests are invited to take advantage of Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta’s opening offer, available through February 28, 2022. The “Third Night Free Grand Getaway Promotion,” which allows guests who book two nights and receive a third night complimentary during that stay, is designed to allow guests to use the extra night to discover, explore and celebrate the surrounding Buckhead neighborhood, home to countless shopping, dining and nightlife options for every type of traveler. Visiors who book the offer will also receive a welcome drink at check-in and have 2 p.m. late check-out. Visits can be booked between November 15, 2021 and February 28, 2022 for stays between December 14, 2021 and February 28, 2022. The minimum length of stay is two nights, and credit card is required to guarantee reservation. Bookings must be canceled more than 72 hours in advance to receive a refund. Offer can be booked here.

For more information or to make a reservation at Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta, please visit hyattcentricbuckheadatlanta.com.

SOURCE: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts press release.

New Buckhead cityhood opposition group’s debut meeting draws mayor-elect, other officials

By John RuchA new community group opposing Buckhead cityhood drew Mayor-elect Andre Dickens and other elected officials to its Dec. 9 kickoff meeting.Formed earlier this month, Neighbors for a United Atlanta held the meet-and-greet at a private home. The group says it is s...

By John Ruch

A new community group opposing Buckhead cityhood drew Mayor-elect Andre Dickens and other elected officials to its Dec. 9 kickoff meeting.

Formed earlier this month, Neighbors for a United Atlanta held the meet-and-greet at a private home. The group says it is separate from, but an ally to, the more big-business-backed Committee for a United Atlanta (CUA).

Dickens’ message, according to a spokesperson, boiled down to a statement that he “is committed to keeping Atlanta one city with one future and will work closely with those with the same goal.”

State Rep. Betsy Holland (D-Atlanta) and City Councilmember Matt Westmoreland were among those in attendance.

Holland, a Buckhead resident, later said she was “privileged to have the opportunity to speak about some of the concerns I have about the proposed deannexation. It was a warm and energizing event. The gathering really represented the Buckhead that I know and love — people of diverse ages, ethnicities, professions and backgrounds from all corners of the neighborhood who all love calling Atlanta home. I’m really excited to keep the conversation going and engage more people in the discussion.”

“I’m grateful to the Buckhead parents and community members who organized this kickoff and are building a genuine grassroots effort,” Westmoreland said the following day. “Their actions are going to protect our neighborhood schools and preserve Buckhead’s dynamic economy — both of which are at stake with this existential threat. At the same time, I will be working hard with our new mayor and new councilmembers to continue aggressively addressing the challenges we face.”

Other officials in attendance were Atlanta Board of Education chair Jason Esteves, who is running for the Buckhead-area District 6 state Senate seat, and board member Cynthia Briscoe Brown. Another attendee was Jim Durrett, who heads both the Buckhead Coalition — which funded a study critical of cityhood — and the Buckhead Community Improvement District.

“We appreciate the enthusiastic support of Mayor-elect Dickens in our efforts to reach out to our friends and communities,” said Mike Handelman, the group’s executive director, in a press release. “Secession proposals such as ‘Buckhead City’ pose incalculable costs and harm to our schools, safety and prosperity.”

For Dickens, the event was part of a week of first official visits to Buckhead. They included a live appearance at a big-ticket fundraiser for the CUA Dec. 8, and a virtual meeting Dec. 10 with neighborhood association leaders in Buckhead’s City Council District 8.

One group not on the meeting list so far is the pro-cityhood Buckhead City Committee (BCC), though Dickens is open to visiting with them, according to a spokesperson. However, BCC chairman and CEO Bill White is already blasting Dickens’ policies and description of the cityhood supporters as “separatists,” and claims the mayor-elect does not intend to meet with them. In an Instagram post about that Dec. 10 neighborhood meeting, White called Dickens “100 percent dishonest in his words and actions.”

This All-Day Cafe Fuses the Chef’s Persian Roots With French Cooking in Buckhead

ChefChef Forough Vakili fuses her Persian roots with French cooking at all-day cafe, market, and wine bar Le Bon Nosh, opening November 17 at the Irby complex in Buckhead.Vakili sees Le Bon Nosh as a “community-minded destination”, where people pop in for coffee and a fresh-baked scone or fruit tart from the bakery before heading to work or relax with shakshuka and Belgian waffles in the morning or a jambon-beurre sandwich and squash caponata tartine ...

ChefChef Forough Vakili fuses her Persian roots with French cooking at all-day cafe, market, and wine bar Le Bon Nosh, opening November 17 at the Irby complex in Buckhead.

Vakili sees Le Bon Nosh as a “community-minded destination”, where people pop in for coffee and a fresh-baked scone or fruit tart from the bakery before heading to work or relax with shakshuka and Belgian waffles in the morning or a jambon-beurre sandwich and squash caponata tartine during lunch in the cafe. Look for natural wines and local beers served later in the day, with dinner and the opening of a petite wine bar planned for December.

Vakili, who came to the U.S. from Iran as a teenager, attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris after graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in chemical engineering. Her culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu later led to a job working for a Michelin-starred restaurant in France, before Vakili returned to Atlanta to work as a culinary consultant for Porsche.

Most of the menu for Le Bon Nosh leans French or French influenced, Vakili says, a style of cooking she enjoys at home with her family and is reminiscent of that special time in her life living in Paris while training at the esteemed French cooking school. Her go-to bites in France were tartines and sweet and savory galettes, both featured prominently on the menu for Le Bon Nosh. But, the familial foods of her youth and Vakili’s Persian heritage are never far from her mind.

“We will be cooking with a lot of fresh herbs, which is something that I grew up learning,” Vakili says. “For example, you will see tarragon incorporated into several dishes where you wouldn’t normally expect it. There is also a cardamom cake, which is a cake that I grew up eating, and a nod to my mom.”

Look for Le Bon Nosh to expand into dinner service later in December and for the menu to include more a la carte dishes and entrees, many infused with Persian flavors and ingredients. An intimate, natural wine bar offering small plates should also open by year’s end.

Vakili says she’s dedicated to using as many in-season and locally grown ingredients and meats from Georgia farms as possible.

The design for Le Bon Nosh evokes the simple, sophisticated coolness for which Paris is known. Designed by LA-based studio Commune, people enter through the market, a light-filled space set off by floor-to-ceiling windows and a large handwoven rug on the floor. Just beyond the front doors, a counter offers fresh-baked pastries, breads, and prepared foods, along with coffee and tea throughout the day. An open kitchen is flanked by communal tables.

Chandeliers in the dining room and wine bar bring Le Bon Nosh from day to night, punctuated with design touches channeling Paris and the French coast through tones of pale blues, dusty pinks, and muted reds and teal plaster and floral patterns on the walls. Vakili ties in her Persian roots through saffron-colored velvet drapes, pops of bold prints, and more handwoven rugs scattered about the floors, with a staircase in the dining room leading to a private dining area on the mezzanine. The space includes a constellation of light fixtures with star signs for Vakili’s two children.

In keeping with her community-driven vision for Le Bon Nosh, Vakili will launch a program from the market-cafe next year focused on addressing issues of food insecurity in Atlanta, starting with helping to feed the city’s school-aged children and their families.

“After having children, the idea of kids not having food was just unacceptable to me. I decided that Le Bon Nosh will be a for-profit company with a large nonprofit mission,” Vakili tells Eater of the initiative. “Initially, we will be partnering with KIPP schools and provide their multiple campuses with take-home meals for students.”

The goal is to provide 600 meals to students of the schools, along with their siblings still at home. Vakili hopes to continue expanding the nonprofit arm of Le Bon Nosh to other charitable endeavors surrounding food insecurity in Atlanta.

Le Bon Nosh is currently open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the ground floor of the Irby on the corner of Irby Avenue and Paces Ferry. Expect dinner to begin and the wine bar to open in December.

Take a look at the opening menu:

Cafe and market open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dinner hours and wine bar forthcoming.

Public transit information: Accessible via MARTA bus route 110. Busses leave Buckhead MARTA rail station every 10 to 15 minutes.

65 Irby Avenue, Atlanta. lebonnosh.com.

Hundreds of Atlanta jobs possibly coming as Amazon eyes Buckhead expansion

Amazon is currently eyeing a corporate expansion that could bring up to 300 jobs to the Buckhead area.ATLANTA — The Buckhead area in Atlanta may be flush with hundreds of new job opportunities in the future following a recent report that Amazon is eyeing the area for a corporate expansion.Amazon is considering acquiring up to three floors' worth of ...

Amazon is currently eyeing a corporate expansion that could bring up to 300 jobs to the Buckhead area.

ATLANTA — The Buckhead area in Atlanta may be flush with hundreds of new job opportunities in the future following a recent report that Amazon is eyeing the area for a corporate expansion.

Amazon is considering acquiring up to three floors' worth of business space near the Lindbergh MARTA station, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported.

The corporate expansion could bring up to 300 jobs, potentially doubling the company's Buckhead footprint after they previously opened an office at Terminus 200.

Details concerning the potential expansion are still unknown. At this time, Amazon is advertising over 300 open positions within the Atlanta area.

Amazon is not the only tech company eyeing the Peach State's capital city. Semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology, Inc., is bringing hundreds of jobs to the Midtown Atlanta area. The company hopes to open a design center within the area by sometime next year.

“Technology companies are drawn to our city for its diverse and fast-growing pool of tech talent,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press release following the announcement. “With the addition of Micron Technology’s engineering center in Atlanta, we gain another world-class company within our thriving technology sector and a valuable partner in our efforts to create good-paying jobs.”

As the U.S. job market continues to recover from last year's COVID-19 recession, the number of Americans applying for unemployment plunged to the lowest total in over half a century last week. Unemployment claims dropped by 43,000 to 184,000.

Georgians have even been quitting their jobs in record number -- a phenomenon economists are now calling the "big quit." As nearly four million Americans left their jobs in April, Georgia has seen the highest rate of departures with a staggering 35,000 citizens having quit, according to data reported in October by the United States Department of Labor.

If Amazon decides to bring hundreds of job opportunities to the Atlanta area, the tech company may consequently be facing a job market in the Buckhead work force's favor.

Thanksgiving Store Hours 2021: What's Open, Closed In Buckhead

ATLANTA — Need a break from all the Thanksgiving turkey eating, football watching and dish washing? Here's one idea: Gather up the family and head out for an hour or two of holiday shopping at select stores in Buckhead.While a majority of stores remain closed on Nov. 25, several will be open for shoppers looking for a moment of respite amid Turkey Day festivities or those hoping to get a jump start on their Black Friday shopping.However, don't expect all of your favorite retailers to be open this year.In June, reta...

ATLANTA — Need a break from all the Thanksgiving turkey eating, football watching and dish washing? Here's one idea: Gather up the family and head out for an hour or two of holiday shopping at select stores in Buckhead.

While a majority of stores remain closed on Nov. 25, several will be open for shoppers looking for a moment of respite amid Turkey Day festivities or those hoping to get a jump start on their Black Friday shopping.

However, don't expect all of your favorite retailers to be open this year.

In June, retail giant Walmart announced it will close all stores on Thanksgiving Day this year, a move the company said is a "thank you" to store employees for their hard work through the coronavirus pandemic.

Walmart's decision follows a similar one by competitor Target, which announced in January that stores would also close this Thanksgiving.

The two giant retailers Walmart and Target are among many companies that have faced criticism for remaining open on Thanksgiving and keeping workers from spending the holiday with their families. In response, a growing number of retailers including Costco, Lowe's and Hobby Lobby have started closing stores on the holiday.

Still, a number of stores remain open on Thanksgiving Day, according to lists compiled by Good Housekeeping, Country Living, NBC Chicago and more. Here are a few — and as always, it's a good idea to check your local store's hours.

Big Lots: Last year, select locations were open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CVS: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving, but hours may vary by location.

Dollar General: Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Dollar: Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Five Below: Stores will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Michaels: Stores open at 6 p.m. to midnight.

Old Navy: Most stores will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through Black Friday.

Victoria's Secret: Last year, most stores were open by 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Walgreens: Most stores will be open regular hours. Pharmacy hours may vary by location.

Meanwhile, these stores will be closed on Thanksgiving:

Ashley FurnitureBanana RepublicBarnes & NobleBath & Body WorksBed, Bath and BeyondBest BuyBloomingdale'sBurlington Coat FactoryCalvin KleinCentury 21Crate and BarrelDick's Sporting GoodsForever 21GapHome DepotHomeGoodsHomesenseJCPenneyKohl'sMacy'sMarshallsMenard'sPetcoPetSmartSierraSur La TableTargetTJ MaxxT-MobileWhite House Black MarketWalmart

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