The Real Black Santa’s resident Father Christmas, Santa Dee, spreads yuletide cheer by posing for seasonal photo ops with holiday revelers. During photo sessions, shutterbug elves capture perfect poses with their jolly boss before cranking their magical photo machine to churn out prints. Patrons who opt for this deal’s third option leave with a CD of the day’s photos, suitable for emailing to family members or taping to Facebook.
Ghost Tours of Atlanta's paranormally connected storytellers introduce locals to the city's haunted history during nightly walking tours and two-hour ghostly galas. While meandering the streets of downtown Atlanta, tour guides recount tales of haunted schools, theaters, and passed-on residents still roaming the streets and stealing sheets. Walkers convene at 8:30 p.m. outside of the Ellis hotel before embarking on moonlit journeys in the chilly wakes of lingering specters.
Veterans of the banking, marketing, and corporate worlds, Resume Workshop's three founders repeatedly interviewed ideal job candidates who struggled to articulate why they were qualified. To remedy the trend, they draw upon their years hiring for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase and Barclays to dispense step-by-step assistance to prospective employees.
Whether clients are applying for entry-level work or vying for a spot in upper management, instructors make sure their resumes and cover letters clearly and persuasively demonstrate their aptitude and are free of errors. During group or one-on-one sessions, job interview coaches prepare students for the questions they can expect and reveal what types of answers stand out to employers. For following up after an interview, Resume Workshop also imparts strategies that are more effective than the tradition of mailing a thank-you ham.
Since banding together in 1979, the historians at Atlanta Preservation Center have helped ward off packs of angry bulldozers from more than 175 endangered buildings. Working alongside local government, businesses, and community leaders, the preservation team has saved elaborate structures including the Peters House and Winecoff Hotel. In addition, its headquarters—the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park—is one of just three antebellum houses left in Atlanta and the team is currently working to restore the building to its architecturally accurate origins. When it isn’t keeping delicate treasures from crumbling, the Atlanta Preservation Center leads walking tours of historic areas and tells embarrassing stories from the days when the city’s buildings were just a bunch of baby bricks.
Housed under the same roof, Adios Café and No Mas! Cantina draw from Mexican culinary traditions with inventive dishes rich with spices and flavors sourced from across the country. The feasting begins early with Adios Café’s breakfast menu that brims with omelets, burritos, and quesadillas infused with Southwestern standards, such as black beans, chorizo, and avocado. The same breakfast fare appears on the No Mas! weekend brunch menu, though No Mas! also hosts a light lunch menu on weekdays. Dinner options expand into richly seasoned skirt steaks, blackened salmon, and slow-roasted pork dishes that sport accents of tamarind, orange butter, or fried plantains. The knowledgeable staff at No Mas! guides guests through an expansive tequila catalogue of newborn blancos and blancos aged inside white oak vats or a novelty inflatable cactus.
In contrast to Adios Café’s colorful, tiny storefront, the expansive dining rooms of No Mas! Cantina span two floors, spreading both indoors and out, with each space inspired by old rural Mexico and festooned with art from more than 300 Mexican artists. Guests embark on gustative adventures amid traditional wooden furnishings and celestial, illuminated patio tables glowing with impressions of the sun and outlines of burrito-shaped constellations.