IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT “THE PEOPLE MAKE THE PLACE.”
MEET SOME OF OUR LOCAL STARS WHO WILL LET YOU KNOW…
YOU’RE WELCOME IN ACWORTH!
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
We're a full-service outdoor outfitter, and we do everything from camping to hiking, kayaks, paddle boards, stuff you can't find at big-box stores. We have a lot of local brands, and we try to stock a lot of products from the Southeast. We've been working with the city to set up some mobile locations on Acworth’s three beaches, too. We offer rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, and canoes....
THE SWEET LIFE & ANTIQUES
In the market for vintage vinyl, an antique rocking horse, or pre-Prohibition barware? You just might find it at Two LiRu. Lisa Mack’s eclectic antiques and decor shop is one of the true gems of Main Street: a place where you can find something special for your home, hunt for the perfect keepsake gift, or wander around admiring 10,000 square feet of expertly curated treasures....
COWAN MILL EVENT SPACE
Built in the 19th century, the Mill has been a fixture on the Acworth landscape for generations, and in its new life as a wedding venue, it’s getting a long-overdue facelift (complete with covered patio, outdoor fireplaces, and one stunning chandelier). But you don’t have to get hitched to enjoy the newly revitalized Mill. Kevin and his family hope to share this special landmark with Acworth through community events, too...
SOUTHERN CAJUN FUSION... YUM!
"It’s Southern, fusion, and Cajun. My first job back from Europe was in a fusion restaurant. The Southern part comes from my upbringing — for 18 years I was brought up on a farm and my nanny did Southern cooking. That’s where you get Louisiana alligator flash-fried with a hoisin sauce, topped with remoulade. We do traditional gumbo, etouffee, and jambalaya, but then we have Nanny Castell’s fried chicken plate, served over..."
DRINKS AND DELICIOUSNESS IN DOWNTOWN
Since quietly opening their doors on New Year’s Eve of 2015, Brix on Main has become one of downtown Acworth’s go-to date night spots, where guests can indulge in everything from mac ‘n cheese to martini flights (or, preferably, all of the above). "We offer the organic produce; we make sure we get the best quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Italy. I only use 100% grass-fed Angus beef and wild-caught fish...."
FALL IN LOVE WITH FOOD
Steve and Veronica Dudley opened Fish Thyme, their cozy, modern seafood restaurant after they both fell in love with the space—and with Acworth. Since then, Fish Thyme has become a local favorite, a date night go-to, and even a destination for wedding proposals. What makes the it so special? Aside from serving some of the best seafood in the northern suburbs, the duo are part of the community here, and they make their guests feel like family...
SPA & APOTHECARY... HEAL WELL
Pearl’s is a family affair: the spa is not only named for Danielle’s grandmother, but the space itself is also the former home of Danielle’s mother’s spa. And, according to Danielle, it couldn’t have succeeded without the Acworth community showing up and supporting her. We sat down with Danielle to chat about what she loves about Acworth...
HISTORIC PRESERVATION & TOURISM
When Abbie Parks isn’t hosting cocktail hour on the front porch of her historic Acworth home or jetting around Main Street with her tiny canine companion, Radar, she’s probably working to share her love for the city with others. That might mean welcoming 20,000 visitors into town for the annual Acworth ArtFest she helps organize, or campaigning to preserve a historic landmark. We caught up with Abbie to chat about her favorite pieces of hidden history in Acworth...
AT HOME IN ACWORTH
If you’ve attended one of Acworth’s much-loved public events, you’ve probably spotted Marvon Williams. Marvon, an American Family Insurance agent, moved to Acworth nearly two decades ago, and he’s been one of the town’s biggest cheerleaders ever since. We caught up with him to see where he takes out-of-towners, where he enjoys hitting the links, and his tips for visitors...
ON THE FRONT PORCH
Trevor took Natasha on a romantic drive through historic Acworth, where Trevor spent time as a kid. “She didn’t know about Acworth and I wanted to show it to her,” he says. It must have worked: now, the couple is happily married, working in Cobb County and raising their one-year-old son, Tuck, right here in Acworth. Trevor and Natasha know all the good tips about Acworth: from baby-friendly brunch to date night spots to the historical sites they impress their out-of-town friends with...
MAYOR OF ACWORTH
Tommy Allegood likes to say that he’s never really had a career, but “a series of adventures.” Two decades ago, one of those adventures led him to Acworth, and before he knew it, he and his wife Carol were renovating their beautiful, century-old Victorian farmhouse in their brand-new hometown. Not being one to say no to a good adventure, Tommy found himself signing up to run for City Council in 1999. The rest, as they say, is history...