Butter & Cream handcrafted ice cream coming to Roswell!

Butter & Cream handcrafted ice cream coming to Roswell!

Roswell will see a sweet new addition to its small business roster as the future home to Butter & Cream’s second location.

“We are looking forward to this exciting new chapter in our future,” said Butter and Cream Owner Stacy Wisniewski, anticipating the ice cream shop’s grand opening in late-March or early April.

Wisniewski made her own path when looking for a career, opening Butter & Cream in July 2014.

“I knew I had to do something with food and I always enjoyed ice cream,” she said.

She also expressed that an ice cream shop would fill a need in the city.

Butter & Cream flagship store in Decatur “makes ice cream the way it should be made, with real cream and only the freshest ingredients. Our small batch ice cream is 100% house made in our Church Street kitchen,” as stated on their website.

According to Wisniewski, “small batches” equals production of three gallons of a particular flavor at a time.

“We will be serving ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, root beer floats, sorbet slushies, cookies, brownies and some bagged treats to take home,” she said.

“My general manager, Henryk Kumar and I collaborate on flavor profiles. Sometimes the first try is a homerun, others take a few tries and some are still on the drawing board.”

The constantly changing menu consists of signature and seasonal flavors with classic favorites.

Classic Flavors include: Mexican Vanilla, Freckled Chocolate and Summer Strawberry.

“Lemon Custard,” “Sage Caramel” and “Milk and Cookies” will be available seasonally.

Butter & Cream also offers signature flavors such as “Butterscotch Brownie” and “Cashew Crème Brulee,” one Wisniewski noted as her favorite.

Everything is from scratch even includes the extras infused into the ice cream; brownies, cookies or toffee, for example, are also made in-house “using the best ingredients.”

Courtesy of the North Fulton Neighbor

 

Remodeling Done Right: A Cost Guide For Every Room In The House

Remodeling Done Right: A Cost Guide For Every Room In The House

Eager to upgrade a room (or two) in your house? You’re not alone. According to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Report, the number of homeowners planning a major home improvement project, like a room remodel, has increased more than 5 percent year over year.

But as excited as everyone is to get upgrading, it’s also important to remember that the costs that come with new floors, sinks and even walls can be downright daunting. Don’t get discouraged, though – just get smart!

We created a room-by-room cost guide so you can know what to expect from every type of remodel — from the “big money” areas like the kitchen and bathroom, to the super valuable spaces you may not have thought of, like the attic and the garage.

Garage Remodel
Average cost: $10,772

Why you should consider it: Whether you want to turn your garage into an extra room or just add some streamlined storage, the garage is an existing space waiting for you to take advantage. So why wait?

The biggest hidden cost: If you’re transforming a garage into a new master suite, an office workspace or a small apartment, adding heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units will increase costs.

How to save: Maintain the existing footprint of your garage to avoid paying for new interior walls and ceilings.

Kitchen Remodel
Average cost: $20,556

Why you should consider it: The kitchen gets more action than any other room, so a few upgrades can go a long way in terms of your daily life.

The biggest hidden cost: Cabinets, cabinets, cabinets. Especially if you go custom. This sneaky, essential part of the room takes up the biggest portion of kitchen remodeling budgets.

How to save: Get smart when it comes to choosing the projects and materials. Knowing what combination of upgrades add up to big, medium remodels is key to keeping to a budget that works for you.

Basement Remodel
Average cost: $18,810

Why you should consider it: Having another room in the house undoubtedly adds value to a house, which means someone will pay more for your home when it comes time to put it on the market. Plus, basements are also often some of the biggest spaces in the house, which means your dream of having that pool table for parties can be a reality.

The biggest hidden cost: A basement bathroom addition may sound like something you want, but it requires hiring a plumber, installing plumbing and choosing all the necessary fixtures. If you can, opt for a more cost-effective half bath or skip the bath addition altogether.

How to save: Larger square footage means more materials and longer construction time — and therefore higher costs. Some homeowners remodel only part of their basements to curb total remodeling costs.

Bathroom Remodel
Average cost: $9,348

Why you should consider it: Who doesn’t want to sit in a spankin’ new soaking tub at the end of a long day? The benefits to your daily life are one thing, but bathroom remodels provide some of the highest resale returns because buyers are also all about these types of little luxuries.

The biggest hidden cost: If you’ve got a specific idea for your bathroom — or if your idea of the perfect space doesn’t fit a certain style like modern or contemporary — you’ll need to hire a professional craftsman to custom build accessories like the vanity, countertop or mirror frame.

How to save: Spread out the costs. You always have the option to add some pricier pieces – sink, toilet and lighting fixtures – down the road, after you tackle the basics like flooring, cabinets and countertops.

Attic Remodel
Average cost: $49,438

Why you should consider it: As pricey as an attic remodel can be, it can expand your living space and create great guest quarters, master suites and play areas.

The biggest hidden cost: Consider 5 feet to be the absolute minimum ceiling height for a usable space. Don’t have 5 feet? Raising or modifying your roof is always an option, but the high costs that go along with that can put you in danger of not making your money back when you sell.

How to save: Be sure to have the space evaluated ahead of time so you know what you’re getting into. A pro will see potential obstacles and costs that the average homeowner won’t — whether it be the attic floors and roof joists that hold your home together or your home’s wiring, plumbing and ductwork infrastructure.

Multiple Room Remodels
Average cost: $36,001

Why you should consider it: You can save a substantial amount of time and money by tackling multiple rooms at the same time. Since workers can cover a few projects at once, getting it all done in one big swoop increases the efficiency of the project and reduces your contractor costs.

The biggest hidden cost: The older the home, the more costs there could be lurking behind doors and walls. If you live in an older home, be prepared to pony up more money (and allot more time) to bring wiring, plumbing and other features up to date.

How to save: Don’t forget to include the cost of proper permits in your budget. Homeowners generally spend anywhere from $100 to $3,000 in permit fees, which is nothing to laugh at. But ripping walls that weren’t done to code will run you even more.

From: Roswell Patch/Home Advisor

Valentine’s Day in Roswell

Valentine’s Day in Roswell

Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you want to do something romantic? Or would you prefer something adventurous, creative, or fun for the whole family?

Whatever your preference, you can find the perfect activity in Roswell!

There are lots of Date Ideas and Romantic Restaurants in Roswell. Or maybe you want to stay in, cook together, and watch a romantic movie?  Here are 40 Romantic Recipes for Two and the 12 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix.

However you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, have fun with the one you love!

Roswell Green Expo Set For February 18

Roswell Green Expo Set For February 18

The city of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful are fast at work preparing for the 6th annual Roswell Green Expo.

Set for Saturday, Feb. 18, the event will allow attendees to learn more about incorporating environmentally responsible, sustainable practices and products into your home and your day-to-day life.

This free, family-friendly event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Building at Roswell Area Park, which is at 10495 Woodstock Road.

Residents can expect to see:

  • The Green Market, showcasing many local and regional vendors, artisans, non-profit organizations and a diverse array of environmentally friendly services and products.
  • Food Trucks
  • A do-it-yourself rain barrel workshop presented by Vicky Culbreth, Roswell’s environmental education coordinator. Barrels are $10 each and one barrel will be distributed per household. You can register at www.roswellgreenexpo.org.
  • Favorite costumed characters, including “KiRBy” from Keep Roswell Beautiful, EcoMan, Captain Planet, city of Roswell’s Roz the Squirrel and Sparky the Fire Dog.
  • Back by popular demand: Mascot Dance-Off!
  • KRB’s Earth Balloon and other kid-friendly activities
  • Pottery demonstrations
  • Puppet show
  • Sustainable food seminar and tastings with fresh market
  • Ecotourism seminar with green global travel
  • Check out a Nissan LEAF from Regal Nissan of Roswell
  • Raffle Prizes and Giveaways

“The expo is a great way for residents to learn about being green while having fun, and none of it would be possible without the support of our sponsors and vendors,” said Janet Liberman, co-chair of the Roswell Green Expo and executive director of Keep Roswell Beautiful. “The whole event is designed to actively engage community members while teaching simple ways to be sustainable and green. It is the perfect way for businesses and organizations to let the community know that they want to be part of a greener tomorrow.”

For more information about the Green Expo and to sign up to volunteer at the event, visit www.RoswellGreenExpo.org.

Courtsey of Kristal Dixson (Patch Staff)