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Ferguson said buyers are over 70% more likely to envision themselves in a home that is staged versus unstaged, and those who use home staging are 85% more likely to generate higher sales prices. (Courtesy Southern Yankee Staging & Design)
Ferguson said buyers are over 70% more likely to envision themselves in a home that is staged versus unstaged, and those who use home staging are 85% more likely to generate higher sales prices. (Courtesy Southern Yankee Staging & Design)

Ferguson said buyers are over 70% more likely to envision themselves in a home that is staged versus unstaged, and those who use home staging are 85% more likely to generate higher sales prices. (Courtesy Southern Yankee Staging & Design)

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Southern Yankee Staging & Design owner: 'Staging is not a transaction; it's a personal experience'

Amy Ferguson, 12-year Alpharetta resident and owner of Southern Yankee Staging & Design, has not always been in this role. Prior to opening her home staging and interior design business out of her home, she worked full-time from home as an accountant until her children went to grade school. She then stepped away from the workplace to care for her children.

Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails chef highlights fresh produce, Southern meals

Sitting in the heart of downtown Crabapple is Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, one of the longest-standing restaurants in Milton. The restaurant opened in August 2006, four months before Milton became an incorporated city in December, said Derek Dollar, the executive chef and one of the restaurant’s managing partners.



Acton Academy to open in August, now open for fall enrollment

Acton Academy is expected to open a new location in August at 223 Roswell St., Alpharetta, and is open now for fall enrollment opportunities for children ages 6-11. Described as a "microschool environment," according to owner Olivia Garza, Acton Academy's learning style is student-led and does not have grade levels; instead, students earn badges to prove mastery of skills and subjects.

Coronavirus in Georgia: Current hospitalizations drop while case counts rise by almost 5,000

COVID-19 cases in Georgia rose by nearly 5,000 cases from July 23-24, for a total of 161,401 cases as of 3 p.m. July 24, according to the latest COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. This is the largest single-day increase in case counts since the pandemic began.

Alpharetta reaches agreement with Johns Creek, Forsyth County on McGinnis Ferry Road widening

At a July 20 meeting, Alpharetta City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Johns Creek and Forsyth County for the $61.5 million McGinnis Ferry Road widening project.

Kara McIntyre contributed to this report.