Renewal Design-Build, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Teaming Up to Feed 1,000+ Homeless in Atlanta


On Wednesday, November 23 starting at 11 am, over 1,000 homeless people in Atlanta will enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving day feast at an event called The Day Before. The meals will be served at the Our House shelter located at 173 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 and at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless located at 477 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Three local companies have teamed up to create and coordinate this event including: Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q of Atlanta and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q of Atlanta who will be cooking and serving traditional Thanksgiving meals. Sysco Atlanta generously donated all 80 turkeys for the event. Additional funds raised will be used to purchase socks, hats and clothing for the homeless.

“It’s a great feeling to help those in need,” says David Michelson, President of Renewal Design-Build. “We are passionate about our commitment to our community, and we welcome opportunities to pitch in and help. It’s been gratifying to see other companies so eager to join in and make this a bigger and better event. We also hope to raise awareness so more individuals and companies get involved and make a difference in our community.”


Event History:

Two years ago, Anthony Hamilton, Jobsite Ambassador with Renewal Design-Build, organized an event to feed 500 people in Atlanta. He collected donations from employees and clients. When he started to organize the event again this year, he mentioned it to Mike Hufler, a partner with Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Hufler got excited and reached out to Jeremy Chambers, owner of the Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, and Jonathan Fox, owner of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, who both readily agreed to help.

Here is a link to an 11 Alive feature about Anthony Hamilton and the 2014 event he coordinated:

Hamilton created the family tradition of feeding the homeless the day before Thanksgiving years ago. “My inspiration for the event came from memories of my own childhood and knowing what it was like to be hungry and in need,” said Hamilton. “I was helped by many good people along the way, and I wanted to instill the value of caring for others in my two sons. You never know when you may be on the other end and need a helping hand.”

ABOUT Fox Bros. BAR-B-Q:

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is an award-winning barbecue restaurant located just south of Little Five Points in Atlanta. They are known for their unique Southern-style barbecue with a Texas flair. The Fox brothers developed a sauce that mixes the flavors of Texas with the heat of the South. It’s a tomato-based sauce with a hefty splash of vinegar and a southern sweetness, with a subtle blast of Texas heat. We call it “Sweet with Heat.” Today Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta staple, with favorites like the renowned Beef Brisket and the Smoked Wing Basket. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has been featured on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC and Fox News. For more information and reservations please call 404-577-4030 or visit Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave. Atlanta Ga. 30307. Connect with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q on Facebook at or on Twitter @FoxBrosBarBQ.

ABOUT Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q:

Jim ‘N Nick’s started cooking pork “low and slow” in 1985 when Nick, along with his dad Jim, reclaimed an old pizza parlour on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL where they opened the first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Thirty years later, with 34 restaurants in 7 states, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has become a Southern institution.

Jim ‘N Nick’s specializes in Hickory Smoked BBQ and Southern Food in a made-from-scratch, fresh daily kitchen.  We are proud to say we don’t have freezers. For us it’s about great food and technique rooted in tradition and hospitality that reflects our care for our staff and our guests with friendly service and Southern Hospitality. Local owners are taught the recipes and techniques, which they then pass on to the cooks and pitmasters in each location. Jim ‘N Nick’s has been supporting its local communities since 1985.  Jim ‘N Nick’s Atlanta is located at 4574 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30082.  Connect with Jim ‘N Nick’s on Facebook at or on Twitter @JimNNicksBBQ.

About Renewal Design-Build: 

Celebrating 15 years of service to Atlanta, Renewal Design-Build is a full-service design-build firm specializing in the renovation of older homes. Renewal delivers Atlanta’s best home renovation experience with inspiring design and excellent craftsmanship that exceeds expectations. They renew homes and lives with concierge service and an on-time, on-budget guarantee. Renewal offers a wide variety of remodeling services – from kitchens and master baths, to additions and whole-house renovations.

Founded in 2001, Renewal Design-Build has earned more than 80 prestigious national and local design, construction and customer service awards. What they value even more are the accolades they earn every day from their clients. To learn more about why Renewal’s clients consistently rate them as market leaders in customer satisfaction, please call 404-378-6962 or visit them online at

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Looking for an Historic Home to Call Your Own? Try Old Fourth Ward

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful while searching for a new neighborhood to discover a hidden gem only 15 minutes from the heart of downtown Atlanta? Then look no further than Old Fourth Ward. This Eastside neighborhood is so conveniently located to The Masquerade, a fabulous music venue and Historic Fourth Ward Park, with its sports fields, ponds, jogging trails and playgrounds.

Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Old Fourth Ward has great historical value to the city of Atlanta. Dr. King was born and raised in the area and now his family home and grave site are all part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site.

Like many inner city neighborhoods, Old Fourth Ward suffered through years of decline before revitalization began in earnest in the early 2000’s. Over the last decade, this neighborhood has become one of the most sought after sections of Atlanta, with housing now at a premium. Many of the neighborhood’s modest homes are being purchased and renovated back to their original style, now complete with modern updates. In 2013, This Old House Magazine selected Old Fourth Ward for their yearly Best Old House Neighborhoods: The South, bringing even more attention to this fabulous family friendly community. And while the neighborhood continues to grow and improve, there are still many of the neighborhood’s historic homes waiting for their turn.

Renewal Design-Build, a design build firm in Atlanta dedicated to community renewal, has a creative staff of professional renovators at the ready to discuss any future plans you have for your Old Fourth Ward home. Renewal Design-Build is happy to discuss future plans and even give you an estimate before you purchase the property!

The Decatur Design Awards Recognize Renewal Design-Build for Excellence in Preservation and Design

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Renewal is proud to announce that we were recently honored with three awards at the 2013 Decatur Design Awards Ceremony. The awards are bestowed upon entries that improve, preserve or add to the architectural environment of both homes and businesses in the city of Decatur. We are grateful for the positive recognition for our design solutions, and we are thankful to our wonderful clients who make winning these awards possible.

One of our recently completed whole house renovations was recognized with a 2013 Historic Preservation Award. This bungalow style home from the 1920’s was in a serious state of disrepair before we were called in to remodel both the interior and exterior of the home. The entire interior was gutted to create an open floor plan with a rustic farmhouse style that includes modern conveniences and industrial details. Significant improvements were made to the exterior siding, porches, windows, doors, foundation, trim and roof, all under the approval of the Decatur Historic Commission to ensure that the renovations and addition were consistent with the character of the neighborhood. View this historic renovation.

We also received a 2013 Addition Award for a home addition designed and built for a family that was outgrowing their home. The value of this highly functional addition is not just in the three extra bedrooms, modern kitchen, and spacious mudroom, but in its added character and absolute seamlessness of the project. Renewal was able to successfully preserve the period of their 1940s home and the Decatur neighborhood. The keeping room features a wood burning fireplace, custom built-ins, and French doors leading out to the backyard. The exterior is a showpiece all on its own. From the charming color choices to the trim detailing, the addition enhances the home in every way. We were able to match the design of the room, both its exterior and interior design, to the rest of the home, which boasted a 1940’s style. View this home addition.

Renewal also received the coveted 2013 Leila Ross Wilburn Award for helping promote preservation in Decatur as members of the Decatur Old House Fair committee.

If you are seeking a design-build firm in Atlanta to renovate your home, take a look at our portfolio online to see some of our award-winning projects and call us at 404-378-6962 for a free consultation.

Upcoming Seminar: Designing Your Ideal Kitchen

Does your kitchen need a makeover? Join us at the new Living Kitchen showroom at Sewell Appliance, and we’ll show you how to transform your kitchen into one that fits your lifestyle and fulfills your every need. You’ll learn about:

-Layout options
-Style choices
-Cabinets and countertops
-Flooring and backsplash ideas
-The latest in plumbing and appliances

Kitchens are the heart of the home, and Renewal has designed and built hundreds of them. We’re happy to share our expertise and ideas, so you can start planning your dream kitchen!

Seminar will be held at Sewell Appliance showroom, 7455 Trowbridge Rd. Sandy Springs 30328

RSVP online or call 404-378-6962.

Renewal on Cover of Professional Remodeler Magazine

Renewal is proud to be featured on the March cover of Professional Remodeler magazine, one of the industry’s top publications.

Renewal Design-Build’s Peter Michelson, CEO, and David Michelson, president, are featured alongside Joe Thomas, general manager of Renewal System Solutions.

The article discusses the symbiotic relationship between the full-service design-build firm and its sister home performance company. Renewal System Solutions performs home performance assessments and makes energy efficiency improvements as part of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

In Your Home for the Long-term? Attend this Seminar.

Aging-in-Place Seminar – “Renovation Solutions for a Lifetime”
Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 pm, Renewal office
Learn how to make your home accessible for life.

Will you or a family member be living in your home long-term or throughout retirement? Adapt your home to meet the immediate and long-term needs of your active lifestyle and maintain your independence comfortably, without sacrificing modern style and design. Learn more about universal design and aging-in-place.

Seminar will be held at 124 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur.

RSVP online, or call 404.378.6962.