Roots Real Estate
Published on June 28, 2021



Free Home Values for East Atlanta Residents

Did you know that by the time the average American retires, 83% of their wealth will come from home equity?* Homeowners are losing billions of dollars in wealth every year because they are making poorly timed home finance decisions. We can help you with that! 

Are you curious what your home could be worth? While most think that they can just log on to Zillow to check the”Zestimate,” that number actually isn’t that accurate. According to Investopedia.com, here’s why: 

  • Figures are based on information from sources like comparable sales and public data, but the”Zestimate” is only as accurate as the data behind them, meaning they may be outdated or just wrong. 
  • There may be mistakes in property taxes paid or tax assessments, and “Zestimates” may not include any upgrades or improvements made by homeowners.
  • Zillow also accounts for turnover rate, so an area where people keep their homes for longer periods of time (like East Atlanta) may not be as accurate.

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 My Elderberry Fairy Satisfies Tastebuds & Immune Systems

My Elderberry Fairy is a family-owned and operated local business that believes in the power and wisdom of nature to nourish not only our taste buds but our whole selves. All of their products are hand-crafted, bottled, and packaged with love. From small-batch elderberry syrups, tea blends, and fire cider tonics to elderberry rosehip lemonade, you can’t go wrong with any of their creations. ​

The business sprouted wings in 2013 when Amy Parson’s children started preschool. “The kiddos and I were always getting sick”, Amy told us. “I began researching methods to naturally help strengthen our immune systems and that’s when I began making elderberry syrup.” Black Elderberries are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while also providing powerful antiviral and immune-boosting properties. Elderberry has been shown to increase the production of special cytokines, and thus strengthen and promote immune functioning. After experimenting with her own elderberry concoctions, she quickly noticed the difference in her family’s health and elderberry became a staple in the Parson household.

The business got its name when Amy was delivering her products right to people’s doorsteps. “They began calling me the elderberry fairy and the name stuck”, said Amy. She told us the fairy in her brand’s logo is blowing a kiss of love that is full of plants. “We take extra steps and make sure we’re providing the best product. 

All products use organic and sustainable wild-harvested ingredients, as well as locally and home-grown fruits, roots, and herbs as often as seasonably possible. The pure raw honey offers additional healing benefits to teas, syrups, and ciders. My Elderberry Fairy products can be found at retail locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, and in Athens, GA. Head to their website to find retail stores and farmers’ markets near you. If you stop by their stand at the Farmers market, you will be able to try the Elderberry Switchel which is an electrolyte-filled and gut-healthy kombucha full of probiotics. “It’s like a Gatorade and kombucha had a baby together”, says Amy.

For the bartenders or wanna-be mixologists out there, the elderberry syrup or shrub makes a beautiful and healthy addition to any cocktail. To give your beverage wings, Amy suggests mixing the shrub with gin, vodka, or even lemonade for a mocktail! It’s very versatile and is a healthy punch with therapeutic value. You can even add it to still water or sparkling water on a hot summer day.

Root’s Elder Rita

  • 1 tsp Salt OR Sugar for Rim of Glass (we tried it with salt but think sugar would taste better!)
  • 2 oz Tequila 
  • 1 oz My Elderberry Fairy Syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ice
  • Topo Chico


  1. Grab a glass and rub the rim with a lime wedge and circle around a plate of salt or sugar.
  2. Mix Tequila, Elderberry syrup, Lime Juice, and fill the cup with ice. Top with Topo Chico and enjoy!

For a video “How To,” check out Lauren below!

For more information, head to www.myelderberryfairy.com and follow them on Facebook & Instagram


Enter to win a My Elderberry Fairy gift basket!

  1. Follow us @rootsatlanta & @myelderberryfairy on Instagram
  2. Like our post with this photo + tag 3 friends who would want to win!
  3. One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win the Elderberry Shrub, looseleaf tea & fire cider tonic!


Are You Ready to Strut Your Stuff?

Llamas, dragons, roosters, and peacocks – oh my! The 23rd annual East Atlanta Strut is back! On Saturday, September 25th from 12 pm to 6 pm, East Atlanta will celebrate the art, culture, and quirkiness of our neighborhood once again with music, food, and fun. We caught up with Michelle Rice, President of the East Atlanta Strut, who gave us the lowdown. “We’re using the same neighborhood-wide format as last year. We’ve come up with a way for the neighborhood to celebrate from their front yards instead of packing 10,000 people in the Village”, said Rice. 

Neighbors can strut their stuff by hosting an artist, band, vendor, or you can run a game, class, or contest. If you’re looking to roll through, you can strut your hot rod or classic beauty in the Strut Classic Car Show by driving through the neighborhood. The cars will finish by parking and playing at Motor City South. Don’t forget to upload a photo of your whip online so fellow strutters can vote for their favorite!

New this year, you can strut your garden. Flex your green thumb and show off your lockdown landscaping to win cool awards! 

You can also get involved in a bake-off! If you’ve been drinking and baking over the last several months, now is your time to shine by combining the two for fun, prizes, and neighborhood notoriety! You can register for the Strut’s Rum Dessert bake-off inspired by our longtime neighbor Katherine Carter who baked a legendary rum cake that brought her the title of Ms. Rum Cake at the very first East Atlanta Strut. Ms. Carter passed away at age 101 but her spirit and her spirit-infused desserts will live on forever! Now is the time to start perfecting your rum dessert that will delight the judges on Strut Day at 1 pm in the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market Lot. Desserts will be judged on taste, creative use of rum, and presentation. Not a baker? Look out for details as to how you can become a VIP Taster at the contest.


The Marbut Shapes Up

The Marbut is shaping up in between Hippin’ Hops Brewery and the Truist Bank Branch on Glenwood Avenue. After breaking ground in November, Pellerin Real Estate is excited to see the project move towards completion. The 25,600-square-foot building will have ground-level commercial spaces with 21 one-bedroom apartments above. Rent for a one-bedroom spans anywhere between $1,500 to $2,000 depending on the apartment layout and size. 

While supply chain delays are happening across most industries, the project should be completed by the end of this year. Pellerin Real Estate is also the developer behind The Beacon in Grant Park, the Southern Feedstore, OxFit gym, OxFit business club, and The Victorian & Bellwood Coffee collab.

The Marbut takes its name from the Flat Shoals Avenue brick building on the corner which was originally constructed by the Marbut & Minor General Mercantile Store. After the Civil War, East Atlanta began developing since Glenwood Avenue and Flat Shoals Roads were two major highways that brought farmers and their foods to town. The Mercantile Store was established in this location to effectively capture the trade before it reached the heart of Atlanta.

In 1887, Ebenezer Augustus [E.A.] Minor and Luther Marbut founded The Marbut and Minor Mercantile Store. Over a few years, the store grew to encompass several businesses including a dry goods store, feed and seed, blacksmith, livery stable, and grocery store. In 1915, the building burned down and had to be rebuilt. 

In the photos below, you are able to see the four iterations of the building from its earliest single story to its current two-story configuration. If you zoom in on the picture of the Piggly Wiggly (1940’s), you can still see Marbut & Minor above Piggly Wiggly. The building was refaced again in the 1950’s by the Trust Company Bank of Georgia and then later by SunTrust. 

The building that Truist Bank currently occupies will eventually be renamed “The Minor” and renovated while retaining its character and maintaining its primary structure. It will be several years before this plan goes into action.

Until next month, thanks for reading!


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