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Dish, dirt and drivel


Real estate Talk: The downtown streets surrounding the new Georgia Aquarium are set to morph into an expansive residential and retail district. The currently desolate area, which is being called Luckie-Marietta, the Marietta Artery, and Fish Row, is billed as the future site of Atlantis, a 29-story condo tower and 12-story loft complex; a Hilton hotel; and more than 75,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.

PARTY TALK: Music producer Bryan Michael Cox seems to have better luck with clients, including Usher and Mariah Carey, than he does with party guests. Not even two hours into a Dec. 18 soiree hosted by Cox at Emeril's, cars were strewn all over the place in front of the restaurant and the line was way too much for a private event. The gawkers outside did get a chance to view exiting guests, such as actress Keshia Knight Pulliam -- but not much else.

Retail Talk: Phipps Plaza just got another casual, high-end boutique, and one more is on the way. Juicy Couture, best known for comfy, California-inspired lounge wear, has opened a free-standing boutique. Clothing line Theory, which has come a long way over the past few years by improving both craftsmanship (and subsequently upping prices), will open a store there next month.

HOTEL TALK: Originally slated to open this fall, the Glenn Hotel will swing open its posh doors at the intersection of Marietta and Spring streets in January. The boutique hotel will have 93 rooms, 16 suites, a penthouse and the latest incarnation of the New York-Miami lounge, BED.

If you've got any tantalizing tidbits, send them our way. Really, we won't tell a soul.

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